From February to March, unemployment in Benton County rose 0.3 percent to 4.3 percent. The February unemployment rate in Benton County was 4.0 percent before a slight increase in March brought the unemployment rate up to a total of 4.3 percent.
The heroic and tragic story of Sonny Melton is now known to people all across the United States. After Sonny Melton died Sunday evening while shielding his wife Dr. Heather Gulish Melton from gunfire during the Las Vegas Massacre Shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, nationwide attention has been brought to the Melton story. Dr. Heather Gulish Melton appeared on CNN Tuesday night to talk with Anderson Cooper about the sad yet heroic events that took place in Las Vegas. Dr. Melton described Sonny as the most selfless kind-hearted person she had ever met, as she gave details of his life and their relationship on national television. There are thousands upon thousands of messages and posts of hope, sympathy, and love on Sonny Melton’s Facebook page, where strangers from as far away as Turkey paid their respects. Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Sonny Melton. No time has been announced, but we’ll keep you updated on the latest details.
A second man with Benton County ties was wounded in the Las Vegas Massacre Shooting at a music festival Sunday night. Facebook reports Jason McMillan, whose father Mike McMillan lives in Big Sandy, was shot twice in the chest and is in critical condition at a Las Vegas hospital. WENK reports that Mike McMillan was attending one of the Prayer Vigils for Sonny Melton, who was killed in the same shooting, before he even knew that his son Jason was injured in what is said to be the largest mass shooting in United States history. Mike McMillan flew out to Las Vegas to be with his son Jason at the hospital Tuesday.
Two Community Prayer Vigils to remember the life of Sonny Melton were held in Big Sandy on Monday afternoon and evening. Melton was one of the victims of the Sunday Night Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, and he graduated from Big Sandy High School. Melton was a nurse at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. There were several speakers at both vigils on Monday who talked about their remembrances of Sonny Melton and what a caring and loving person he was to everyone he came in contact with.
A Benton County man has died in the Las Vegas Massacre Shooting at a Music Festival. 29-year-old Sonny Melton of Paris was one of fifty people that died while Jason Aldean performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Sonny Melton was with his wife Dr. Heather Gulish Melton at the time of the shooting. WZTV in Nashville is reporting that Sonny Melton died while trying to save his wife.