When you hear the word testosterone, what comes to mind? Many folks think of a large, muscle-bound man who is too aggressive and macho. Of course, that stereotype is untrue. Testosterone plays a role in a man's motivation and vigor, but it does much more than that. The truth is that testosterone is crucial for the male body because it affects development from puberty through old age.
As your primary androgen, testosterone helps develop the characteristics that make you the man you are. Controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus, testosterone helps maintain and develop:
Unfortunately, when your body suffers from low testosterone (also called hypogonadism), you'll start to notice concerning symptoms that affect every aspect of your life.
This is a question we get all the time at Rank One Medical. Though the true answer is nuanced, the bottom line is that aging is most often the reason for low T. Every man who ages will most likely have lower testosterone than younger men. Other causes of low testosterone include prescribed medications, drug abuse, injuries, and obesity.
When you lose large amounts of testosterone, it alters your testosterone and estrogen. Low T levels usually result in more abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetase levels to jump. This creates even higher levels of estrogen in your body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, several concerning issues manifest.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:
If you're a man struggling with just one of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. However, the only way to be certain is to have your testosterone levels tested. If your testosterone levels are low for a man of your age, TRT in Tahlequah, OK, may be the next logical step.
Have you noticed that you don't feel like "you" when you're working or relaxing at home? Do you always feel lethargic or unmotivated, even on your days off? Do you find it challenging to maintain an erection? Many men mistake these symptoms for being overworked or over-busy. Truthfully, though, there's a good chance these are symptoms of low testosterone. Since no two males have the same symptoms of low testosterone, it's prudent to understand and recognize some of the most common signs.
When you have low T, it's not unusual for sex to be unappealing. Crazy, right? If you're one of the thousands of men in the United States suffering from a low sex drive, it might not be you. It could be low testosterone. Don't settle for a mediocre libido - reclaim your sex life with Rank One Medical.
Also called ED, these are two words that every man hopes to avoid. When you're unable to perform in the bedroom, it's not just embarrassing - it can also affect your long-term relationships and even your mental health. ED is a challenging topic to talk about. But it doesn't have to be. TRT in Tahlequah, OK can help re-light that special spark you've been missing for so long.
Your brain has many testosterone receptors. However, when you're suffering from low testosterone, it can affect your mood. With time, those feelings can lead to serious psychological issues like depression. However, studies show that TRT can help rebalance your hormones, which can lead to improved mood and a life without depression.
When you work hard all day, most men want to come home, eat some dinner, and try to go to sleep. Unfortunately, men with low testosterone tend to toss and turn, even when they're exhausted. Whether you have undiagnosed insomnia or a different sleep disorder, low T could be the culprit.
When testosterone levels lower as we get older, men have a harder time lifting heavy items. That's true even if you're hitting the gym and lifting weights to maintain your muscles. If you're making a concerted effort to keep your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low testosterone.
Do you find it extra challenging to finish normal tasks at work? Do you believe your memory is getting worse? Does your spouse or partner yell about not paying attention to them? Trust us; we've been there. The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can also affect your mind and memory. When TRT brings your testosterone levels back within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues will often go away.
At Rank One Medical, we understand what men go through every day when living with low testosterone. They suffer from low libido, lack of motivation, and often feel abnormal and out of place. But as bad as those are, living with low testosterone can have more severe health risks that put your vital organs at risk.
Some of the health risks you should be concerned with include the following:
When you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may be wondering why. Sometimes, the culprit is having low T. Statistically, men with low testosterone have a higher chance of getting diabetes as they age. In the same vein of thought, men with diabetes are also much more likely to have low T. This fact establishes a relationship between testosterone and diabetes. This relationship is furthered by the fact that men with low testosterone have more challenges resisting insulin. Though TRT in Tahlequah, OK won't cure your diabetes, research shows that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are usually not as obese.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that you have high blood pressure? Do you have an idea what may be causing your high blood pressure? Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else?
According to research, men with low testosterone have higher chances of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses. Because, when your testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction slows. That, in turn, causes plaque buildup in your arteries. With time, plaque buildup can cause life-threatening issues like heart attacks or strokes.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and are disgusted with how fat you've gotten, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with obesity. If you eat well and exercise like you should but still can't shed embarrassing body fat, low T could be the cause.
Research shows a link between obesity and low T, with testosterone playing an essential role in food metabolism. It's also involved with insulin, glucose, and fat regulation. Thankfully, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, men who use TRT often lose weight and benefit from better blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
When a man has anemia, his body lacks much-needed blood cells, meaning organs have less oxygen to properly function. Normal testosterone levels have been linked to healthy red blood cell counts, so it makes sense that men with low T are at risk of anemia. In fact, a study conducted in 2009 found that aging men with low testosterone were five times more likely to have anemia versus men with healthy testosterone. TRT isn't a cure for anemia, but with healthier levels of testosterone, your body will produce more red blood cells, which can prevent anemia.
Up to this point, we've explained some of the revolutionary benefits of TRT but haven't dug into how it works. TRT does exactly what its name implies: it's a therapy backed by science that replaces low T levels in men.
Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy for men that helps them deal with and triumph over the debilitating side effects associated with low testosterone. Originally created by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown from a little-known treatment to a life-changing solution for millions of men worldwide.
Without boring you with facts and scientific speak, TRT gives your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy T levels, your body isn't able to maintain the natural processes it needs for your well-being. As a matter of fact, men with low T are more likely to develop serious health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Until their testosterone levels are restored, most men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone without hormone replacement therapy like TRT.
With TRT from Rank One Medical, your hormones are rebalanced so your body can finally begin to heal, relieving and even eliminating many of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Unlike some TRT clinics, Rank One Medical takes a comprehensive, careful approach to testosterone replacement therapy. To ensure our patients get the best results in the most efficient time frames, we have developed a 10-step physician-prescribed plan for TRT in Tahlequah, OK.
You Complete Our Initial On-Boarding Form
You Complete Paperwork Regarding Your Medical History & Physical
You Receive a Lab Requisite Form to Print
You Find the Nearest Quest Lab Center for Your Initial Lab Work
Quest Lab Sends Rank One Medical Your Lab Results for Review
A Physician from Rank One Medical Will Develop and Prescribe a TRT Regimen Tailored to Your Body
Our Physicians Order TRT from a 501 Compounding Pharmacy
The Pharmacy Preps and Ships Your TRT Order to Your Doorstep Within 10 Business Days
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs After 9 Weeks to Review Your Progress
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs Every 4-6 Months for Ongoing Treatment
In addition to our easy 10-step process for TRT, every Rank One Medical patient benefits from our affordable prices and personalized service. After all, every man has a different body, and as such, will need different TRT. Our valued patients also benefit from the following:
Did you know that 13 million men have low T and that 90% of them go untreated by doctors? Living with the harmful side effects of low testosterone is no way to live. If you believe your testosterone levels are unhealthy, it's time to contact Rank One Medical. Living with low testosterone is definitely risky. But with help from our male HRT clinic, you can reclaim your youth and health with TRT in Tahlequah, OK.
Unlike other TRT clinics, our highly-trained team uses a functional approach to male health, which lets us solve the causes of your symptom instead of putting a proverbial band-aid on them. Ready to get started? We're ready to help you every step of the way. Contact Rank One Medical and make a difference in your life today.
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – The Texas-based Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps is filling the air with sound and fury during its four-week spring training at Oklahoma’s fourth-largest university.Chris Lyman, corps director, said the group of 161 students is using the resources at Northeastern State University to learn an 11-minute program they will perform in future competitions starting in July.The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, now entering its 49th season, is a competitive group originally from Philadelphia...
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – The Texas-based Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps is filling the air with sound and fury during its four-week spring training at Oklahoma’s fourth-largest university.
Chris Lyman, corps director, said the group of 161 students is using the resources at Northeastern State University to learn an 11-minute program they will perform in future competitions starting in July.
The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, now entering its 49th season, is a competitive group originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but as of 2007, the members have made San Antonio, Texas, their home.
Lyman said the youth enrichment organization, which is rooted in performance and the arts, has individuals from 15 to 22 years old, practicing and preparing for shows that will take place all over the United States later this year. Students are from 27 different states and two countries, with 15 to 20 members from Oklahoma.
Caroline LaDoucieur, of Houston, Texas, has performed with the Crossmen for three years and believes the experience has become even more positive as time has progressed.
“I would probably describe it like band in high school, but on a professional and intense level. It’s not something like, ‘Oh, they just go toot-toot around the field,’ It’s something intense,” said LaDoucieur. “It’s the major leagues of marching. Only a select few are able and can do it.”
Besides preparing these students for future competitions, Lyman hopes the members will learn some life skills from their experiences on the road and at NSU.
“The facilities here at NSU have been incredibly accommodating for us,” said Lyman. “Between our different sections of the performing group, having our indoor facility for our Color Guard to work on their flag routines and auxiliary equipment has been really helpful. The stadium is a fantastic venue for us to work on the overall picture of the marching show and get all of the formations correct.”
Members of the group practice about 13 hours a day at the various NSU facilities to prepare for the coming competitions.
With 40-50 staffers helping run the practices, the Crossmen will be hitting the road July 5 for seven weeks.
The tour will start in the Midwest, then go through the East Coast to the South, and then up to the Northeast portion of the U.S., which is where the group will finish on Aug. 12.
Madeline Jerde, of San Antonio, said this is her second year to be part of the organization as a member of the Color Guard. Jerde said from her experience, it’s like being a part of a family.
“My favorite part is probably meeting people from all over the country and all over the world to put together an 11-minute marching show and bond with people who enjoy the same things that I do,” said Jerde.
Joseph Bello, NSU director of bands and low brass, said he has played host for the Crossmen and has found the experience to be amazing every time he goes out to the stadium.
“It’s incredible. I mean, there’s this incredible mass of sound. If you’re sitting in the stadium listening to them practice, it just overwhelms you,” said Bello. “That’s why we do music, isn’t it?”
Bello said he hopes the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps’ stay at NSU will help push them to have an outstanding season and will “set them up for excellence.”
“For my students alone, it shows them how having discipline and a hard work ethic pay offs in the end, because they practice every day in the summer. We’re talking from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. every day,” said Bello. “It just shows them how to work toward an end goal and what it feels like to accomplish something for the greater good of the team.”
The Cherokee Nation is starting construction on its six-story $400 million hospital that will replace the nearly 40-year-old aging W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.Cherokee Nation leaders gathered for the official groundbreaking Thursday, April 6 to celebrate the replacement W.W. Hastings Hospital that will span 400,000 square feet and include 127 beds, helipad on the roof, and allow expanded services for Cherokee and Native citizens.“To start building the walls that will bear our future citizens, save countless Cherok...
The Cherokee Nation is starting construction on its six-story $400 million hospital that will replace the nearly 40-year-old aging W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.
Cherokee Nation leaders gathered for the official groundbreaking Thursday, April 6 to celebrate the replacement W.W. Hastings Hospital that will span 400,000 square feet and include 127 beds, helipad on the roof, and allow expanded services for Cherokee and Native citizens.
“To start building the walls that will bear our future citizens, save countless Cherokee lives and heal and comfort our sick in their most critical time of need is a defining moment in the Cherokee Nation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “We can look at how far our tribe and our sovereignty has come, from Indian Health Service operating a small rock building at NSU to a more institutionalized facility built in the mid 1980s to the Cherokee people taking ownership of its hospital needs a decade later and now building our own sky-high hospital to care for each other at the hands of more Cherokee doctors and nurses shows that in this brick and mortar we prioritize the health needs of our people.”
The hospital will have a connecting bridge to the existing Outpatient Health Center on the tribe’s medical campus off Ross Avenue in Tahlequah so Cherokee citizens and staff can easily move through. The rebuilt Hastings will include an ER, surgery, ICU, Imaging, pharmacy and lab, Neo-natal ICU, hospice, dietary and acute care, among other services. The current W.W. Hastings was built in the mid-1980s, with approximately 180,00 square feet, with 56 beds and was initially designed to serve about 60,000 patient visits per year.
In the past year, W.W. Hastings served 60,000 patients in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care. The hospital labor and delivery had 900 births, 4,000 surgeries, and nearly 100,000 patient visits. In December 2021, Hoskin and Warner signed legislation investing $440 million into health care capital improvement projects. Aside from the $400 million replacement Hastings Hospital the investment also includes a $35 million replacement clinic in Salina and $5 million toward Northeastern State University college of optometry.
“The Cherokee Nation is blessed to be in a position to build what’s needed for our people and have the right leadership in place to make it happen and dedicated staff to serve citizens in this facility,” said Council of the Cherokee Nation Speaker Mike Shambaugh. The current W.W. Hastings Hospital employs more than 500 health care staff.
Dr. R. Stephen Jones, executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services said hospital staff work diligently to serve the Cherokee people with limited space and resources. Health administration continue to add more talented physicians, nurses, health professionals, and providing them with a state-of-the-art facility will only add value to the amazing work they already do.
“These limitations have not stopped us from becoming a baby friendly hospital, a primary stoke center and creating more jobs,” said Dr. Jones. “Today marks another step towards progress for our hospital family and our patients. This phase of growth will further our mission to ensure that the story of the Cherokee Nation continues and to improve our health and quality of life.”
Childers Architects and Foreman Manhattan Construction team are overseeing the project, which is expected to be a two-year completion.
CRAIG COUNTY – Oklahoma state and local officials joined American Heartland leadership to announce American Heartland Theme Park and Resort, a more than $2 billion entertainment destination development in northeast Oklahoma, just west of Grand Lake on Route 66.The development will be built in phases starting with a large-scale RV park with cabins scheduled to open phase one in spring 2025 and a world-class theme park and resort scheduled to open in 2026. The American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will offer a unique visitor ex...
CRAIG COUNTY – Oklahoma state and local officials joined American Heartland leadership to announce American Heartland Theme Park and Resort, a more than $2 billion entertainment destination development in northeast Oklahoma, just west of Grand Lake on Route 66.
The development will be built in phases starting with a large-scale RV park with cabins scheduled to open phase one in spring 2025 and a world-class theme park and resort scheduled to open in 2026. The American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will offer a unique visitor experience rivaling the world’s top resort destinations.
“We are thrilled to make Oklahoma the home of American Heartland Theme Park and Resort,“ said American Heartland CEO Larry Wilhite. “At the crossroads of the heartland, Oklahoma is an attractive location for a family entertainment destination. The state’s business-friendly approach and innovative partnership efforts have helped make this possible. We look forward to bringing unforgettable generational experiences to Oklahoma.”
American Heartland will be a 1,000-acre development with a 125-acre theme park, which is comparable to the size of Magic Kingdom Theme Park and Disneyland Park. The park will feature an Americana-themed environment with a variety of entertaining rides, live shows, family attractions, waterways, as well as restaurant-quality food and beverage offerings.
“Oklahoma is excited to welcome American Heartland Theme Park and Resort,” said Oklahoma State Rep. Rusty Cornwell. “Located on historic Route 66 just west of Grand Lake, the development will attract visitors from around the world to experience and celebrate the rich cultures and hometown values America has to offer.”
The adjacent 320-acre Three Ponies RV Park and Campground, designed by Oklahoma architects ADG Blatt, will be the largest campground in the central U.S. with 750 RV spaces and 300 cabins plus amenities.
“There’s no better place to represent the heart of America than northeast Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom. “This $2 billion investment in our state will create more than 4,000 jobs and introduce a new category of entertainment to the region, and its long-term economic impact will be transformative. Tourism is already one of Oklahoma’s top industries and this project will elevate our state even further. Since tourism is a doorway to economic development, American Heartland Theme Park and Resort will draw new businesses not only to the surrounding area but also throughout the region and state.”
The developer is American Heartland whose leadership has deep Oklahoma roots. American Heartland is an affiliate of Mansion Entertainment Group, LLC, Branson’s leading performing arts, animation, and studio brand.
Led by Executive Producer Steve Hedrick, the design team is made up of the world’s best theme park designers including 20 plus former Disney Parks builders and Walt Disney Imagineers. Design firms include THG, FORREC and Cuningham, whose portfolios feature the world’s foremost theme park brands including Six Flags, Disney Parks, and Universal Studios.
“We are pleased that American Heartland Theme Park and Resort has taken the first step and chosen Oklahoma to build a world-class entertainment destination,” said Hopper Smith, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “We look forward to assisting with this project as it develops.”
American Heartland Theme Park and Resort is a family-friendly park promising timeless fun and boundless adventure. The 125-acre theme park will feature a collection of six distinctly American lands to welcome guests on a journey through the best of the American story. Families will find thrilling rides and heartwarming shows as they discover Great Plains, Bayou Bay, Big Timber Falls, Stony Point Harbor, Liberty Village, and Electropolis.
“American Heartland will be a place families can come together to create lasting memories, experience joy, laughter, imagination and wonder,” said American Heartland Founder and Chief Creative Officer Gene Bicknell. “There is so much to celebrate about our country: its landscapes, its cultures and most importantly, its people. No matter where you’re from, you’ll feel right at home at American Heartland.”
The development will also include a top-tier 300-room hotel and modern indoor water park.
“American Heartland will be an anchor tourist destination on Route 66 set to attract more than two million out-of-state visitors to Oklahoma each year,” said Kristy Adams, senior executive vice president of sales and marketing for Mansion Entertainment Group, American Heartland and Three Ponies. “The scale and quality of the development will be unlike anything else in the region, making Vinita, Oklahoma a can’t-miss destination for families around the world.”
When Tahlequah native David Camden was a young skater in Cherokee County, he struggled to find events and support from the community to show his craft.Now 20 years later Camden is the main planner for Tahlequah’s annual Skate Jam along with Avenue Skateshop’s Wyley Hensen. This year’s edition of the Skate Jam takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.This year is shaping up to have more support than in the past according to Camden. Over 20 sponsors have signed up for the event. There will be prizes including a ...
When Tahlequah native David Camden was a young skater in Cherokee County, he struggled to find events and support from the community to show his craft.
Now 20 years later Camden is the main planner for Tahlequah’s annual Skate Jam along with Avenue Skateshop’s Wyley Hensen. This year’s edition of the Skate Jam takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.
This year is shaping up to have more support than in the past according to Camden. Over 20 sponsors have signed up for the event. There will be prizes including a BMX bike, a skate competition, and more. The skating competition will be broken up into beginners, intermediate, advanced, and women’s divisions. Prizes will be awarded to those who finish first through third place. Professional rider Daniel Yeager will be appearing as well.
“Tahlequah businesses this year have really stepped up so we have a larger budget and we would like to have something that is better funded,” said Camden. “In the years past we always end up with extra products we can use as prizes. This year local businesses have contributed local donations that will allow us to have free drinks, fruit, Gatorade, and all the little extra things that go along with renting the skate park for the event.”
The competition is free for anyone to join. The main attraction will be the jam which will group up to three to five skaters and give them the chance to show off their skills in a group.
“This helps us get through the crowd faster and allows people to not feel so much spotlight and anxiety for it to be just them,” said Camden. “The jam session format is the most successful and most commonly used.”
In previous years Camden and Hensen had to put on the event with money from their own pocket. Now with more support from local businesses, the duo does not have to worry about losing money on the annual event.
“It is really just to keep the vibe of the sport we love and to say thank you and give back to the community,” said Camden. “Having sponsors is nice this year, it is the first time we will not lose money.”
When the event was originally started it was used as a fundraiser to help add to the skate park. At that time Camden and the others involved used the event to help raise money to add one piece of equipment to the park every year.
That all changed when the city of Tahlequah granted over $300,000 for renovations. Since then the event has been used as a way to promote the sport of skating.
“It gives everyone something to look forward to,” said Hensen. “It gives the kids something to practice and train towards. Even when I was skating contests always kept the torch lit for the skateboarding community. It also invites our other community to come out and see what we are all about.”
Year-in-and-year-out talent from surrounding states heads to Tahlequah to compete in Skate Jam. Camden says in the past there have been skaters from Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and all over Oklahoma. The event draws 100-200 skaters every year.
Even if you do not skate, Camden says there is a lot of value in coming out to the event.
“It is free entertainment, it is local. If you don’t want to compete just come and enjoy the atmosphere,” said Camden. “If you are a fan of the X Games this is the perfect opportunity for you to see it in Tahlequah.”
Camden and Hensen have been skating together for over 20 years in the area. When the duo was getting their feet on the ground, skating was not nearly the same sport that it is today. During those days the skate park was not quite the facilities they were today.
During those days Camden and his friends had to set up ramps to supplement was little was available. Usually, these were quickly taken down by the time they returned.
In the 20 years since though, Tahlequah has developed a skate park that not only fits the town but competes with parks in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Since then, Camden has been growing the sport in Tahlequah with his local events. As a rider for Blindside Skateshop, Camden was a part of the original group that set up Skate Jam.
“I have just been a part of generation after generation of this and what has become,” said Camden. “Next year if I don’t make phone calls and don’t make the fliers it wouldn’t happen. Not to toot my own horn it really is just my event that I like to do. I feel like if I don’t do it no one else will.”
The event continues to grow and grow every year. Each year more businesses hop into the sponsor pool. Despite this though, Camden still sees one area that could support the event more.
“What I would love to see, is the city to take note of the event and see the investments they made and get behind us in the future,” said Camden. “I don’t feel like they have ever been against us but I don’t feel like they contribute the same way they do for the Red Fern Festival. It would be really nice for them to get behind us and not feel like we are just kind of underground pushing this thing. I know the people are behind us, I completely see that I would just love for them to see the value of this event.”
A storm that raged through much of Oklahoma Saturday, June 17, left many thousands of homes and businesses without power, although in Cherokee County, the outages were minimal.On June 18, Lake Region Electric Cooperative reported that significant damage took place on electrical lines, including 32 broken poles and downed trees. Over 2,500 households were without power at 7 a.m. on June 18. According to LREC, all members who could receive power had it restored on June 19.Several trees were reported downed in the area, but the mo...
A storm that raged through much of Oklahoma Saturday, June 17, left many thousands of homes and businesses without power, although in Cherokee County, the outages were minimal.
On June 18, Lake Region Electric Cooperative reported that significant damage took place on electrical lines, including 32 broken poles and downed trees. Over 2,500 households were without power at 7 a.m. on June 18. According to LREC, all members who could receive power had it restored on June 19.
Several trees were reported downed in the area, but the most severe damage occurred in Tulsa and neighboring counties.
Public Service of Oklahoma said it expects to restore power to most the impacted customers by the evening of Saturday, June 24. The company reported that 90 mph wind gusts “ripped through the area over the weekend,” causing more than 204,000 PSO customers being without power. On June 20 at 11:30 a.m., about 135,000 people were still without power, PSO said.
Between June 20 and 5 p.m. on June 24, the power is expected to be completely restored in Tulsa, Wagoner, Creek, and parts of Rogers County, although many residents in those areas are back online. Restorations were expected for Mayes, Delaware, Craig, Osage, and portions of Rogers County between June 20 and 5 p.m. June 21.
According to multiple reports, several residents from Tulsa have been making their way to Tahlequah to get fuel after the supply chain was halted. Others booked hotel rooms in Oklahoma City, saying all Tulsa lodging was booked. Several families said they expected the items in their refrigerators and freezers would be spoiled by the time power was restored.
Bilal Chaudhry, manager of X-Press Stop gas stations in Tahlequah, said he does not know about drivers from out of town getting fuel from Tahlequah sites. X-Press Stop No. 3 was only out of fuel for a few hours the morning of June 20, but a delivery was made to the other two X-Press stop sites the day prior to the storm.
“From [what] I know, the situation is resolved and they will be caught up by tomorrow morning,” said Chaudhry.
According to various reports, other gas stations in the area were still dealing with fuel shortages as of press time.
A press release from the office of Gov. Kevin Stitt called on Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat to sign an executive order that will declare a State of Emergency in Creek, Delaware, Harper, Mayes, Pawnee, Payne, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Choctaw counties. This order was declared after the recent reports Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
“My heart goes out to the Oklahomans impacted by last weekend’s severe weather, and the many people still overcoming the aftermath of those storms,” said Stitt. “The State, including the Oklahoma Department Emergency Management and Homeland Security continues to be responsive through emergency declarations, waivers, and requests to impacted areas to restore power, protect critical infrastructure and to get Oklahomans the resources they need during these trying times. I am thankful for our emergency response teams and power crews who are working tirelessly to restore utilities in the affected areas.”
Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced on June 20 that the declaration of emergency for the eastern part of Oklahoma has caused the Emergency Price Stabilization Act to activate. Drummond has now called for reform on emergency response procedures.
“My fellow Oklahomans in the Tulsa area have been suffering a great deal and deserve the utmost focus and attention in times like these,” said Drummond. “I hope the governor and Legislature will work to ensure Oklahoma families and businesses don’t experience similar delays when future disaster strikes.”