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TELL CITY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A southwest Indiana city is ranked among the “Best U.S. Cities for Working From Home” by The home services website ranked cities based on criteria including percentage of residents with access to high-speed wired internet and monthly rent costs.

The rankings were split among extra small, small, medium and large cities. Tell City in Perry County is ranked No. 1 in the small cities list and is the only Indiana city included in the top 10 among all categories. 

The ranking cites Tell City’s average monthly rent cost of $450 and housing cost per square meter of $1,303. The city is also noted for having 91.5% of residents with access to high-speed wired internet and 95.4% having access to basic wired broadband internet plans.

The website also lists the best “work from home” city in each state, with Greenwood being named for Indiana.

Morristown, Tennessee tops the list for medium cities, while San Antonio, Texas is ranked No. 1 for large cities. You can connect to the full rankings by clicking here.

TELL CITY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Perry County Development Corp. (PCDC) has appointed Erin Emerson as its new executive director. Emerson has worked for the PCDC for seven years, most recently serving as vice president.

During her tenure, the organization says Emerson’s role included an increased focus on community, marketing and workforce development initiatives designed to strengthen the county.

“The commitment of time and energy that Erin has shown over the past seven years makes her uniquely capable of leading the organization for years to come. We’re excited to work together in accomplishing the mission of the PCDC,” said David Goffinet, the PCDC board chairman.

The organization says Emerson has worked on projects involving business retention and expansion, business attraction, entrepreneurship and small business development. Emerson has also been integrally involved in the development and continued growth of Pick Perry, the county’s centralized branding and marketing campaign.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Saturday evening declared a disaster emergency for 11 Indiana counties following flooding and damage caused by sustained heavy rainfall.

The order applies to Carroll, Dearborn, Elkhart, Fulton, Lake, Marshall, Perry, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland and White counties, with the possibility to expand its reach as rain is expected to pummel southern Indiana.

In a release, Holcomb’s office said the declaration gave the Indiana Department of Homeland Security the ability to provide expanded emergency services and is a necessary step should the state request assistance from the federal government.

“This is an important step in helping Hoosiers around our state who’ve been hurt by this flooding,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our state agencies will continue to work hand-in-hand with local emergency management teams to help families weather the tragedies they are facing. I’m amazed by their resiliency. Looking ahead, we won’t hesitate to seek federal assistance if it proves necessary.”

Holcomb visited Elkhart and St. Joseph counties on Friday to observe flood damage and local emergency response efforts.

He is expected to return from the National Governor’s Association meeting in Washington on Sunday.

CROZET, Vir. (WISH) — An Indiana lawmaker is being hailed a hero after a train carrying members of Congress and their families crashed into a garbage truck.

The crash happened late Wednesday morning about 15 miles outside of Charlottesville, Virginia in Crozet. The train was carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress, including several from Indiana, to their legislative retreat in West Virginia. The driver of the truck was killed. Six patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition. All members of Congress on the train and their families were said to be OK, with the exception of a few minor injuries.

Indiana representatives Susan Brooks and Jim Banks, as well as Senator Todd Young were on board the train.

Congressman Larry Bucshon is a heart surgeon. He was also on board with his wife who is an anesthesiologist. Both stepped up with several others to help after the crash.

“We again came to a very distressing scene with obviously very severely injured people and the atmosphere was as professional as that setting could allow and I do think it made a difference, I think what the people on this stage did hopefully has saved a life,” Rep. Larry Bucshon said.

Rep Bucshon also offered prayers to the those involved in the crash and said he hopes it will refocus lawmakers in Washington.

“This does bring back thoughts of family and friends in a partisan Washington D.C. climate. Sometimes, I think some of us start to lose what really is important in life and this incident today really brings that back in focus for everyone,” Rep. Bucshon said.

As for the retreat, GOP lawmakers say it is going on as planned. It’s happening in West Virginia through Friday. President Trump is scheduled to speak to the group Thursday.

PERRY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The chief of the Cannelton Fire Department has been placed under arrest for shoving a police officer multiple times at a fire scene.

Authorities said the incident happened Tuesday evening at a fire in the 500 block of Knight Street in Cannelton.

51-year-old Fire Chief Christopher Herzog pushed officer Ryen Foertsch and began to shout profanities at him when Foertsch attempted to break the window of a room that he was unable to clear. Herzong began to continue to push Foertsch and continued yelling profanities after Foertsch attempted to explain himself.

Indiana State Police was soon notified of the incident and took Herzog into custody.

Herzog faces charges of batter against a public safety official, which is a felony.

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LEOPOLD, Ind. (AP) – A 63-year-old Indiana man has been found more than 48 hours after he went missing while hunting in the Hoosier National Forest.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says state and local law enforcement located Frank Knight of Tell City in a rugged area near Leopold around 2:00 a.m. Saturday. He was suffering from hypothermia.

Knight, who has limited mobility, told a friend Wednesday he was going hunting the following day. When he didn’t return home on Thanksgiving his loved ones became worried.

Authorities spent the day searching the forest Friday before receiving a tip that Knight’s vehicle was spotted near Leopold.

Officers searching that area Saturday heard Knight call out around 2:00 a.m.

Conservation Officer Jim Schreck says Knight told his rescuers he’d grown exhausted while hunting and had been unable to stand up to return to his vehicle.

CANNELTON, Ind. (WISH) — Southern Indiana police searched for a murder suspect described as armed and dangerous Monday afternoon. Police said around 5:15 p.m. that he had been caught.

Indiana State Police said Stacy B. Matheny, 47, shot and killed a man shortly before noon Monday in the 4300 block of Bell Hallow Road in Perry County.

Matheny left the scene in a green 2001 Ford Explorer, IPS said. His father was possibly in the vehicle with him.

He was caught in Hancock County, Kentucky.

CANNELTON, Ind. (AP) – Conservation officers say a southern Indiana man who broke a leg when he fell while deer hunting crawled for two hours to reach his all-terrain vehicle and contact authorities.

Fifty-one-year-old Michael Davidson of Jeffersonville fell Sunday about 25 feet from a ladder as he was climbing it to reach a tree stand in rural Perry County. He broke a leg and possibly ribs in the fall.

Davidson had a cellphone but no reception, and officials say he crawled about 250 yards to an ATV where he called 911 nearly two hours after his fall.

Davidson then drove the ATV to meet first responders at his car.

Conservation officers say Davidson fell because his body safety harness was not connected to a safety line as he was climbing the ladder.

TROY, Ind. (AP) – The National Weather Service confirms that a small tornado touched down near an Ohio River town in southern Indiana as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill swept across the region.

The weather service said Saturday that an EF-0 tornado with winds of about 80 mph touched down Friday afternoon about one mile east-northeast of the Perry County town of Troy.

That Ohio River community about 45 miles east of Evansville is near the county seat of Tell City.

Weather service crews say the tornado left a trail of damage about one-third of a mile long and 150 yards wide.

No one was injured as the tornado touched down. Its damage was confined to a forested area near an industrial park where trees were stripped of limbs or snapped in half.