Employees, volunteers and their families were invited to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department annual Christmas party held on Friday December 21, 2018 in the sally-port. After a welcome and greeting from Sheriff Tatum, a brief year-end recognition was made for department employees who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their duties during 2018. Recognized were Dispatcher of the Year Gretchen Howell, Seizures officer Lori Duncan, Narcotics Officer Wade Sheets, Patrol Officer of the Year Michael Russell, Deputy of the Year Aaron Chaney and Corrections Officer of the Year Yolanda Williams. The food was blessed and serving lines formed for a BBQ meal prepared and served in the jail kitchen facilities. For the children who attended, Blue Santa made an appearance. Each child got a chance to meet him in person and select toys from Santa’s bag. Even Sheriff Tatum got a present, a Henry rifle for his personal collection. A Merry Christmas was wished to all and a blessed, safe and healthy New Year!