The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) recognized two winning entrants from Cumberland County in its 2017 Fire Prevention Poster Contest and Fire Prevention Video Contest with an awards event on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Governor’s Residence in Nashville. Both statewide contests, which kicked off this fall, were designed to harness Tennesseans’ talent and creativity to help spread awareness of key fire prevention topics and messages. The poster contest is a longstanding event used by the SFMO to highlight and promote fire safety awareness throughout Tennessee schools. This year’s contest theme corresponded with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week campaign focused on home fire escape planning: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Local fire departments sponsored the poster contest in schools from their districts and judged a winner from each grade. The local winners were then sent to the SFMO for final judging in Nashville. Over 100 poster entries were received this year. The winning entrants selected from Cumberland County include 4th grade student Heidi Melton from Christian Academy of the Cumberlands and 8th grade student MacKenzie Smith from Brown Elementary School.