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"I didn't have a say in the matter so it's very disappointing," says District Sales Manager Matt Dial.
Friday morning, Texas-based Hostess Brands announced it filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy court to close the business and sell its assets. The company says a Bakers Union strike left them no choice but to shut Hostess down. It was a decision that left 18,000 workers nationwide out of a job, like Dial. Dial says the hardest part of an emotional last day was breaking the news to 2 dozen employees that they'd be out of a job less than a week before Thanksgiving.
"I told them all I wish them luck and as I say, I know they're a good group of guys and they will bounce back on their feet, but as I say, it's really disappointing," says Dial.
Hostess announced baking operations have already been suspended nationwide, which could mean no more Twinkies, Snowballs, or any other Hostess products ever.
"My grandbaby won't ever have a Twinkie," says Julie Lane. "You know he's going to be born in March, so he'll never have a Twinkie."
Fans of the cream-filled snacks like Lane are hoping another company will buy the brand and keep Twinkies on the shelves, but for now they plan to get their hands on as many as they can. Dial says the store would remain open until the shelves are cleared. As for the hundreds of pounds of products in the warehouse behind the store, Dial says he'd like to see them donated to help feed the hungry this Thanksgiving. Many of our viewers are reacting on Facebook tonight.
"How sad, hope things change," says Lisa Jones. "We must stand up for our country and our jobs!"
"You know some of them have worked there forever," says Beth Donahue-Weedman. "So sad."
"Used to go there to pick up stale cakes to feed livestock, I'm gonna miss this place and the fine folks who worked there," says Nick Kirby.
Friday, November 16 2012, 08:29 PM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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