Harris served as Tyronza's Grand Marshal

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Rodney Harris was selected as the Grand Marshal for the Tyronza parade.

Harris will soon be retiring from the Tyronza Fire Department after 25 1/2 years of service.

Harris has lived in Tyronza for 30 years. He now works at a facility in West Memphis, East Ark Enterprises, that deals with serving the needs of the mentally and physically handicapped in Crittenden County. He is involved in the rental business in Tyronza. He has served on the Tyronza City Council for 16 years and has been assistant fire chief for the Tyronza Fire Department for five years. He was also a member of the Jaycees.

Harris has a daughter, Sandi Lynn Carroll, who teaches special education at East Poinsett County School and a son, Rodney Shea Harris, who is a freshman at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He is married to Debbie Harris.

"We were very pleased with the turn out," Fire Chief Tommy Baines said about the parade. "More people attended than expected."

Baines estimated 300 to 400 people attended the parade.

The parade included Sheriff Mills, the DARE car, Johnny Rye, five floats, Citizen of the Year - Miss Hill, the Tyronzie Brownie troop, five antique cars, a tractor-trailer truck, Tyronza Fire Department equipment and the band. The Tyronza Police Department led the parade.

The EPC first grade won first place in the floats division. First Baptist Church of Tyronza placed second. The Revival Center of Lepanto placed third.

"We're looking forward to next year," Baines said. "We're hoping it will be bigger and better."

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