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Barham faces fraud charges in stock manipulation scheme A Henderson man was arrested Friday as part of a multistate, multi-country roundup of suspects in a Federal Grand Jury indictment out of the Southern District of Florida in Miami. Timothy Brown Barham Jr., identified in the idictment as a stock promoter in Tennessee, was arrested without incident at his 1175 Holly Springs Road home, charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Agents with the United States Postal Inspectors made the arrest with assistance from the Chester County
Sherriff’s Department. Barham was taken to the Chester County jail, and later transported by Postal Inspectors to an unknown Federally approved facility. He was released Monday on $500 thousand bond. Barham and two other men were indicted for their roles in a stock manipulation scheme that defrauded investors, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida, Chief Postal See FRAUD, Page 3-A
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
Timothy B. Barham Jr. was arrested at this 1175 Holly Springs Road home Friday on charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
Big rig crash claims life
School Board to discuss budget tonight Chester County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5 (tonight), in the Board of Education meeting room. On the agenda is approval of the 2011-2012 budget, approval for participation in special programs (Comprehensive Title I, II, III, V; IDEA; CTE and Perkins Child Nutrition; Extended Contract; Technology Plan; Coordinated School Health; and Pre-K), approval of teachers for tenure, and approval of medical terminology as a special course. Also on the agenda is consideration of bids of the Chester County Junior High School addition, a report on projects, and a review of Section III of the Policy Manual. The public is invited to attend the meeting.
Commission sets meeting for May 9
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Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday morning May 2, two tractor-trailer trucks collided near the intersection of St. Rt. 100 and Wayne Harris Rd./Hwy. 225. A westbound 2000 International 18-wheeler driven by Timothy Thomas, of Parsons, approached the intersection where two vehicles were stopped waiting to turn left on Hwy. 225. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Bryant, Thomas slammed on his brakes and jackknifed into the eastbound lane. Abram Thiessen of Ontario, Canada, was headed east on St. Rt. 100, and when he saw the other truck veering into his lane, he was unable to stop his partially loaded 2007 Peterbilt. The two trucks collided, with Thiessen’s truck skidding off the road and striking a utility pole in a nearby field. The cab of Thomas’ truck detached from the trailer and turned on its side in the eastbound lane. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, and Thiessen was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he was treated and released Monday afternoon. Investigators recreated the accident scene, and according to Bryant, the reports from witnesses and Thiessen matched the evidence at the scene. No charges will be filed in the crash.
Chickasaw Park receives severe damage from storms
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Chester County Commission will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Criminal Justice Complex. On the agenda are official’s reports and committee reports, appointment of the EMA director, appointment of a redistricting committee, approval of sponsorship of a Boys’ State delegate, and approval of local Board of Equalization for 2011. The meeting is open, and the public is encouraged to attend.
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By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer
Storms last Tuesday and Wednesday caused substantial damage to Chickasaw State Park at both the main park and the group camp at Lake LaJoie. Many large trees were uprooted, and several toppled on cabins and picnic areas throughout the park. According to Ranger Zach Tinkle, Group Camp 5 and Main Camp 1 received the most damage, and two picnic shelters were hit by trees. The park is still assessing damage and clearing away debris, and Tinkle stated that no monetary figures for the damage have been estab-
lished. “At this point we don’t have any info about how much it will cost to repair the damage,” he said. “It’s progressing, and getting the roads clear and open is the first thing we need to do.” Tinkle said that he anticipates the clean up to be a lengthy process. Within the next few weeks, he said that he expects that the park will get all of its areas reopened with the possible exception of the group camp. At the moment, the lakes, campgrounds, stables, and a portion of the trails are open. Tinkle said that the park has cancelled reservations for the group camp for two weeks, and they will play
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it by ear as to when the camp can be open again. Two large trees fell on one of the group cabins, and a single tree fell on one of the other cabins. The hiking trails called Friends and Forked Pine were closed at press time. They were inaccessible because of fallen trees and debris. Park maintenance staff and rangers have been working for
over a week to clear the trees and make all areas of the park accessible. Electric service to portions of the park was also cut during the storm, and the staff is working to reestablish power to all areas. They are also rebuilding picnic tables and grills and righting features that were overturned during the storms. During the storm that hit See STORMS, Page 2-A
THP roadblocks scheduled May 13 The Tennessee Highway Patrol has scheduled two Enforcement Roadblocks in Chester County. A driver’s license checkpoint is scheduled May 13 on Old
Jacks Creek Road at Talley Store Road. In addition, a sobriety checkpoint is scheduled May 13 for Hwy 100 and Hwy 22A intersection.
Local children cast rods in MSYC fishing rodeo Saturday
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Cabin 11 at the group camp was hit by two falling trees. Park officials have not determined how much monetary damage was done throughout the park during the storms.
The 15th annual Mid South Youth Camp fishing rodeo will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7, with more than $2,500 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Contest times are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and food will be available for weary fish wranglers. A check for $150 will go to the pole-bearer catching the highest total weight in fish for each age category, ages 5-8, 912 and 13-16. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in each weight category as well as for the biggest fish caught and
first fish caught. A $10 registration fee will be required for each child. The pond has been stocked and there is no limit for size or species for the contest. The event is sponsored by many businesses and individuals in and around the Henderson-Jackson area. All proceeds benefit Mid-South Youth Camp. Gather up your rod and reel and head on out for some rodeo fun on the banks of the MSYC pond, Hwy 45-N. Lures, tackle and bait will be available for purchase if desired.
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Storms Chester County earlier in April, Chickasaw was able to borrow chainsaw crews from East Tennessee to help with the clean up that damaged a cabin and a bathhouse, but last week’s storms left a trail of damage so wide that Chickasaw will handle all clean up and repairs by itself this time. “We’re sitting between wind and water,” Tinkle said. Fortunately, the park did not experience any flooding, so crews will be able to tackle the debris in a more timely manner. The park plans to recycle the wood that is salvaged from the clean up. Tinkle explained that the large logs will be used for firewood in the winter, and smaller limbs will be
A picnic shelter at the Chickasaw group camp was crushed during the storms of April 26-27. chipped up to put on washed out places along the trails. Chickasaw is open for business, but the ranger urges park visitors to use caution when using the trails. There remains a potential for trees still to
be on the trails and snagged trees or branches may still be hanging in the woods. Wind, rain, or movement of humans or animals could dislodge to snags, causing them to fall unexpectedly. “We want people to
Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent
Last week’s storms blew down many trees in Chickasaw State Park. Several cabins, including this one at the group camp, were damaged by falling trees and debris. know we’re open as best we can be and want people to visit us but understand that we’re still working to get the park back to normal,” Tinkle added.
City discusses draft of pending 2011-12 budget By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer
The City of Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a special budget meeting on Thursday, April 28. The board met with heads of the police department, fire department, public works, and building inspector to discuss changes and plans for the 2011-2012 budget. The board plans to meet at least one more time before they vote on the proposed budget. “This is only a draft,” City Recorder Jim Garland reminded the board and department heads as they sat down to discuss the budget. Before the department heads discussed their upcoming budgets, Scott Whaley presented a request on behalf of Henderson’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides books to children ages birth to 5 years old. Whaley asked the board to consider adding $1,500 to its budget to help support the Imagination Library. The city and county currently pay $500 each, but as more children have joined the program, the cost to provide books has increased. Without Imagination Library, the city would lose its Three Star status, which makes it eligible for grant matching. According to Whaley, 334 children in Henderson and Chester County are signed up. Alderman Johny Farris made the motion to put the funds in the budget, and the board will vote on this and other budget additions in June. Police Chief Tommy Davis told the board that he intends to transition the police department to a standardized sidearm and ammo during the upcoming budget year. Davis explained that for reasons of safety and training the standardized sidearm would be an asset to the department, and he will trade in his department’s current weapons to offset the expense. The current budget expectation for the new side arms and necessary accessories, along with other equipment purchases is set at $15,000. Davis also requested $63,000 for the purchase of two new patrol cars. The board included an additional $12,000 for new radio dispatchers. The police salary budget will go down in 2011-
2012, despite a 2 percent cost of living allowance increase and standard step raises. The budget included an extra officer during the present budget year, which will not be needed for the upcoming budget. Speaking on behalf of Fire Chief Glenn Bryan, who was out of town, Captain Derek Holloway discussed the fire department’s need to have the station painted next year. The estimate for painting, which will be included in the budget, was $12,000. The board will include an extra $5,000 in the budget for volunteer firefighters’ salaries “to cover uh-ohs” Garland said. The volunteer cap will remain at 30 firefighters, but the extra funding will be available in case more volunteers than necessary show up to fires. Public Works Director Carter Scales asked the board to consider allocating funds for the purchase of a used snowplow. Scales estimated that the plow would cost about $20,000, and when plowing and salting the city streets, the plow would run further without filling up. Building Inspector Brent Beshires said that his biggest increase would fall in legal and cleanup. Since the state of Tennessee has dissolved the state planning commission, the city may have to look into hiring a planner of its own. According to the board, the city brought in $420,000 in local sales tax, which was up from the previous year. A growing population of 6,309 city residents is also contributing to the city’s recent improvement.
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
An uprooted tree rests on the roof of a cabin at Chickasaw State Park’s main park area.
Second infant death in two weeks, unexplained Chester County dispatch received an emergency call April 30 reporting a one-month old infant not breathing. According to the report, EMS responded to the Chester County residence where it was determined that the child’s mother awakened that morning to find the male infant not breathing. Family members reportedly performed CPR until EMS arrived, at which point they took over. The baby was transported to Jackson Madison County General Hospital, where he was reportedly pronounced dead. Due to the unexplained circumstances of the infant’s death, an autopsy was ordered. A representative of the Chester County Sheriff’s Department stated the Renovations and improvements to the city park could begin in the upcoming year, and the city’s $100,000 will be matched by a grant from the state. During the next budget meeting, the board will meet with Utility Director Mark Elkins.
Haslam requests FEMA damage assessment for April storms Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide a joint preliminary damage assessment for 11 counties impacted by severe storms in the state on April 4. The counties include: Chester, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Humphreys, Lake, Sevier, Shelby and Sumner. “We want to make sure these local governments and utilities receive the assistance they need,” said Haslam. “We’re confident the process will be handled as swiftly and efficiently as possible.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and FEMA will begin joint preliminary damage assessments with local governments in the impacted counties the week of April 25. FEMA is responsible for reviewing the public assistance project applications from local governments, assessing the funding and making the payments to public assistance applicants. For more information on FEMA’s public assistance program, go to http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.s htm.
instance is under investigation pending autopsy results.
Way to go, Nurse Walker! We love you, Dusty, Chase and Camryn
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Fraud Inspector Guy Cottrell of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Barham, 43, Nathan Montgomery, 30, of Henderson, Nev. and Ryan Reynolds, 39, of Dallas, Texas, were each charged in a superseding indictment filed on April 28, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Montgomery was arrested Friday in Las Vegas. Reynolds, who was in custody on previously filed civil charges, made his initial appearance today in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The superseding indictment charges Barham, Montgomery and Reynolds each with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud. The superseding indictment also charges six individuals who were originally indicted in February 2010 for their roles in the fraud scheme: Jonathan Randall Curshen, 46, of Sarasota, Fla.; Michael Simon Krome, 49, Long Island, N.Y.; Ronald Salazar Morales, aka “Ronny Salazar,” 39, of Costa Rica; Robert Lloyd Weidenbaum, 44, of Miami; and Eric Ariav Weinbaum, 37, and Izhack Zigdon, 47, both of Israel. According to the superseding indictment,
Curshen was the principal behind Red Sea Management and Sentry Global Securities, two companies located in San Jose, Costa Rica, that provided offshore accounts and facilitated trading in penny stocks. The superseding indictment alleges that Weinbaum and Zigdon took control of the outstanding shares of a company called CO2 Tech (ticker CTTD), which traded in the over-thecounter market through listings on Pink Sheets, an inter-dealer electronic quotation and trading system. Weinbaum and Zigdon allegedly obtained the shares by retaining Krome, a securities attorney. Krome allegedly evaded federal securities registration requirements in order to provide co-conspirators with millions of unregistered and “freetrading” shares of CO2 Tech that the co-conspirators could not have otherwise legally obtained. The superseding indictment alleges that the shares were subsequently sold to the general investing public by Weinbaum, Zigdon, Curshen and Salazar, a Sentry Global stock trader, through Sentry Global’s stock trading floor. According to court documents, the defendants concealed from the investing public the actual financial condition and business operations of CO2 Tech by evading the registration requirements. The superseding indictment also alleges that Weidenbaum, Reynolds, Montgomery and Barham
coordinated trades by purchasing shares of CO2 Tech on the open market from Curshen, Weinbaum, and Salazar. Weidenbaum was allegedly paid approximately $1 million by Weinbaum and Zigdon to participate in sham stock trades of CO2 Tech to make it appear that there were genuine investors in the market that were buying the shares. As alleged in the superseding indictment, coordinated trades were often made between the co-conspirators in conjunction with the issuance of false and misleading press releases that were designed to make CO2 Tech appear that it had significant business prospects. According to these press releases, CO2 Tech purported to have a business relationship with Boeing to reduce polluting gases emitted from airplanes. The superseding indictment alleges that these relationships never existed. After fraudulently “pumping” the market price and demand for CO2 Tech stock through these press releases and coordinated trades, Weinbaum, Curshen, Salazar, Reynolds, Montgomery and Barham allegedly “dumped” shares by selling them for large profits to the general investing public in the over-thecounter market through listings on Pink Sheets. These shares were allegedly purchased by unsuspecting investors, including in the Southern District of Florida, and
were often rendered virtually worthless. The superseding indictment further alleges that Curshen and Salazar engaged in a conspiracy to commit money laundering. Curshen, through Red Sea and Sentry Global, allegedly established domestic and offshore bank accounts through which the proceeds of stock manipulation schemes flowed. The superseding indictment alleges that Curshen and Salazar used these accounts to conceal the origin and ownership of the ill-gotten gains from these schemes. The defendants are all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities, mail and wire fraud. Additionally, as in the original indictment, the superseding indictment charges Krome with one count of securities registration violation, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of wire fraud. Weinbaum and Zigdon also continue to be charged with three counts of wire fraud. In addition, Curshen and Salazar each are charged with two counts of mail fraud, and Weidenbaum and Weinbaum each are charged with one count of mail fraud. The superseding indictment also charges Curshen and Salazar with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The superseding indictment seeks forfeiture in the amount of $7 million. The fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum
Modern Woodmen invites community to bridge generation gap and help brighten Henderson on Join Hands Day Join Hands Day will sponsor a day of brightening up downtown Henderson on Saturday, May 7. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Modern Woodmen of American, along with local Girl Scout troops, and the Woodmen Youth Club will plant flowers and tidy up the planters along Main St. Ronnie Geary, local Modern Woodmen representative, invites the
entire Chester County community to join in. There is no sign up necessary, and participants should meet at the Main St. Gazebo at 9:30 a.m. Geary said that the clean up will include removing old flowers from the planters and planting new spring flowers in their place. Bridging the generation gap and improving communities - that’s the focus
Red Cross responds to storms The American Red Cross is helping those affected by the recent round of severe weather. Since the storms began April 25, the Red Cross has disbursed Damage Assessment Teams to survey the damage and support shelters in several mid-south counties. The Red Cross has responded to disasters across more than half of the country. In the past two weeks, the organization has opened nearly 50 shelters and provided more than 3,000 overnight stays, In addition, with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 233,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 20,000 items like cleanup supplies and comfort kits to people affected. Red Cross mental health and health services workers have provided thousands of consultations to people coping with the aftermath of these disasters. All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge to those in need. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. To make a donation, visit www.midsouthredcross.or g, call 1-800-RED-
CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999. Contributions may also be sent to the Mid-South Chapter, 1400 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. To report damage or to request disaster assistance, contact the MidSouth chapter at 901-7261690.
of Join Hands Day, a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and other fraternal benefit societies. Join Hands Day brings youth and adults together to plan and complete volunteer service projects in their communities. As the generations work side by side, they learn more about each other, sparking new levels of understanding and respect. Locally, Modern Woodmen’s members and youth service club will partner with Chester County Girl Scouts Daisy and Brownie Troop 40487. The groups will be meeting at the gazebo on Main Street at 9:30 a.m. to plant flowers in all of the city flower pots along Main Street.
Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to connect through social activities and volunteer projects. Youth service clubs provide young Modern Woodmen members with opportunities to volunteer, be patriotic, learn new skills, make friends and have fun. “Coming together on Join Hands Day can make a difference in our community,” says Geary. “And, we will be part of a larger, nationwide effort.” As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stock holders but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders – members, their families and their communities.
penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each count of wire fraud and mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The securities registration violation carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine and the obstruction count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The money laundering conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Curshen, Krome, Salazar, Weinbaum, Zigdon and Weidenbaum were also charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission in February 2010 in a related civil matter. An indictment is merely a charge and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the USPIS. The case is being prosecuted by
Trial Attorneys N. Nathan Dimock and Rina Tucker Harris of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida provided significant assistance in this case. The Department of Justice acknowledges the significant assistance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the SEC in its investigation. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Costa Rican authorities also provided assistance. Upon conviction, the property subject to forfeiture includes, but is not limited to $7 million in U.S currency. According to the Chester County Assessors office, Barham owns at least 400 acres of property in Chester County, most in the Glendale area. The property where his home sits, at 1175 Holly Springs Road, was purchased for $608,000 on March 9, 2006.
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ALICIA ANN BLEVINS AND MARK ANDREW COLLINS
Blevins – Collins engagement The engagement of Alicia Ann Blevins and Mark Andrew Collins is announced today. The future bride is the daughter of Austin and Judy Blevins of Jasper. The future bridegroom is the son of John and Mary Collins of Henderson. The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Concord Road Church of Christ in Brentwood. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late John W. and Ruth Blevins of Kimball and the late Robert S. and Lorene Glover of Stevenson, Ala. Miss Blevins received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s degree in health informatics and information management at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She is employed at HCA as a Senior Practice Leader. The future bridegroom is the grandson of the late Carley and Electra Orick of Henderson and the late Sid and Effie Collins of Hohenwald. Mr. Collins received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson. He is employed by the State of Tennessee as a Legislative Auditor. Family and friends of the couple are invited to attend the wedding ceremony and the reception to follow.
We have had such a bad spring so far with all the rain and wind, but nothing like Tuscaloosa, Ala., and other places. We have a lot to be thankful for. We want to thank Jerry King, our road supervisor, and his crew for clearing our roads of trees so fast last week. It was very much appreciated. Wonderful news Sunday night – Osama Bin Laden finally killed! I’m so glad our military personnel were not hurt or killed. We owe them so much for protecting our lives and freedom. Pray that this war will soon be over and all our men and women will be home. Happy birthday this week to Orban Goff on
May 5; Ross Hopper and Winna Knipper on May 7; Courtney Howell on May 9; and Michael Landers and Benny Barnett on May 10. The Easter egg hunt on April 23 at the community center was fun for the kids. The prize egg for each age group was a $25 gift card. The 0-5 age group winner was Bella Parker, 6-10 was Alex Evans, and 11 and up was Alley Hutcherson. Congratulations to all of them. Get well wishes to Sylvia Heard, Brenda Collins, Joyce Stockton and Ed Davis. Our list has diminished a lot from what we had. Prayer does work and we thank God they are better. Remember our shut-ins and military. Pleasant Springs Methodist Church will have their Homecoming on Sunday, May 8. Everyone stay safe and pray for better weather. Call me with any news for our column at 8799977.
Decoration Day at Cave Springs Baptist Church is Sunday, May 8. The Franks of Savannah will be singing at the beginning of the worship service. Pastor Randy Hart welcomes everyone. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If your mom is still living, visit her or give her a call and tell her you love her. Years from now, you’ll be glad you did. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. There will be a meeting
at the center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, to iron out all the details for the Homecoming. If you have sold tickets for the bean dinner and cannot attend the meeting, call Linda at 989-5987 or 989-3315. We need to know how many have been sold. The Homecoming at Hickory Corner Community Center will be held on Saturday, May 21. Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. The ham and bean dinner plate includes beans, slaw, onion, cornbread, dessert and drink for $5. Everyone loves a cakewalk, which begins at 1 p.m. Members, donations of cakes are needed for the dessert table and cakewalk. All proceeds go to the center. Everyone is
Happy birthday wishes go to Agnes Tenry Smith on May 5; April Crowell on May 6; Harrison Lambert and Beverly Weatherington on May 7; Jared Harwell on May 8; Vernon McCombs and Pete Ramey on May 9; and Janice Strickland on May 11. The Enville Community Center Committee is having a “Bake Sale” from 8 a.m. until on Saturday, May 7, in the parking lot of the Methodist Church. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods can contact Tanya Harwell at 688-0002 or Jan Johnson at 688-5129.
The Enville Volunteer Fire Department will have their Annual Barbecue Fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. This will include barbecued pork, chicken and bologna. All proceeds are used for supplies for the department. They would like to thank you in advance for your support. Remember Mother’s Day on May 8. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving Have a great week and call me with your news at 989-0212.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
REBA AND CECIL CROOM
Croom 55th anniversary Reba and Cecil Croom will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on May 9, 2011. Sharing this momentous occasion with them will be their children, grandchildren and great-grandson. They are the parents of Cecil Rayburn Croom, Marvin Croom and Phillip Croom.
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By Gloria Holiday
Sunday, May 1, was Decoration Day at New Friendship Church. On Saturday, a large crowd gathered at the cemetery to place flowers on their loved ones graves and the cemetery looked so pretty. Lunch was served after the Sunday morning service, The Olde Tyme Harmony Quartet of Jackson sang in the afternoon and it was a blessing to everyone. Our deepest sympathy goes to the family and friends of Dorothy Lee Cicotte. On our prayer list this week are LaVerne Lott, Charles and Loretta
Haggard, Joanne Sells, Nancy Connor, Clessie Stovall, Randy Miller, Charlene Holmes, Donnie Sells, Allen Miller Jr., Ernie Reeves, Martha Mainord, Gayle Ellington, Joanne Altier, Pam Priddy, Shirley Rietl, Charles and Wilma Cupples, Lisa Peddy, Brian Peddy, Bobbie Nell Wells, Carolyn Potter, Gerald Stanfill, Diane Wells, Jean Latham, Carroll Williams, John Kent Sells, Ollie Dean Kennedy, Gathel Latham, Shirley Gaddy, their caregivers, and our military personnel and their families. Happy anniversary to Jeff and Phyliss Holder on May 9 and Leon and Francis Carroll on May 10. Birthday greetings to Debbie Mainord on May 6; Amy Wilson on May 7; Bobbie Nell Wells on May 8; Tracy Ross on May 9; Darlene Bridges on May 10; Charles Cupples on May 11; and Bill Bozza on May 12.
Hello to everyone! It is great to be with you today. I know last week was a scary week for the most of us. Roads were flooded, trees were down, school was closed and some people lost power. But, you know that was nothing, some people lost much more. I was glad to see that all of my family and friends were still with me and I was thankful! If you are reading this article that means you made it through the storms also. Congratulations to the new Democrat officers of Chester County, Jerry Thomas, chair; Vickie Zamata Rainey, first vice chair; Rick Rickard, second vice chair; Renee Phelps, secretary; and Jill Faulkner, treasurer. The city would like to recognize Faith and Hope Ministry for the noteworthy job they did on April 8 for serving so many families by giving them food. May the Lord continue blessing your ministry. Congratulations to Michael Miller Jr. on becoming our CCHS boys’ coach. I hope your first year with us will be successful. Cool Springs MBC, will be having a Mother’s Day program at 10 a.m. on
invited to come out and enjoy the day. Congratulations to Pam Clayton Durbin, who was awarded the McNairy Regional Alliance Administration Professional of the Year Award for 2011. Pam is employed by Monogram Regency LLC in Selmer as a human resource administration assistant. The company has a sister plant in Decatur, Ala. Pam and their community involvement team delivered boxes of food to the storm victims there. The east and west end of town was hit the hardest by the storm, but no fatalities. April has been a month of the most tornadoes in years. The death toll and damage from the storms throughout the south was
devastating. Pray for all who are affected by the storms. We had a wonderful visit with our family in Pekin, Ill. It was fun watching our great-granddaughter, Lainey, who is 18-months old, hunting Easter eggs. It’s always hard to say goodbye. Leonard and Erma Morris have company, his brother, Leroy and wife Bobbie of Sutherlin, Ore. They enjoyed a family reunion last Saturday. Those attending were brother, Jerry Morris and wife Jean; and sisters, Dale, Melba and husband Robert. They had not seen Leroy since 2004. Those absent were sister, Virginia of Morton, Ill., and brother, Leon, of Tampa, Fla.
May birthdays are here already; your birthstone is emerald. The color is deep green and is as refreshing to the eye as a spring garden after the rain. Your birth month flower is Lily of the Valley, which represents humility, chastity and sweetness. Happy birthday to William Maness on May 1; Sam Howell on May 3; Vickie Beshires on May 4; Donna Maness on May 5; Riley Hathcock on May 7; Erma McNeil on May 9; Grant Beshires, Jessie Lee Rowland and Charles Stout on May 10; Roger Murray IV and Richard Leath on May 14; and our grandsons, Matthew Lucas on May 1 and Josh Patterson on May 2. Happy anniversary to Phillip and Judy Cranford on May 1.
Chase Anthony Pickett celebrated his sixth birthday with a tree house sleepover and birthday parties with family and friends. Chase is the son of Dusty and Carrie Walker of Henderson, and Kyle Pickett of Luray. His grandparents are Anthony and Judy Taylor, Richard and Teresa Walker, and Bobby and Sheryl Pickett, all of Henderson. Thanks to everyone who made Chase’s birthday so special!
Sunday, May 8. Evangelist Gloria Holiday will be the speaker. The public is invited. The city would like to wish all you mothers a happy Mother’s Day on May 8. Happy birthday to Asya Washington on May 5 (16), she is the daughter of Sholanda Burton and Michael Washington; Sherry Hutcherson on May 5; Brian Westbury on May 9 (5); and Dexter Brown on May 11 (55). Happy belated birthday to Kynsington Gray on April 30 (3), she is the daughter of Takiyah Burton and Naldev Gray. On the prayer list this week are my dear friends Connie Miller, Judy Ruth and Marilyn Myhan. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Beene family, Linda, Brooke, Justin and J.C. Emerson. Remember as you go through life’s greatest sorrow, the loss of someone you love, may your own faith in God sustain you, bringing you comfort today, courage for tomorrow, and hope in your heart always, we are praying for you. Continue to pray for people that are in the hospitals, for the ones that are sick in their homes, for our children, teachers, family, the men and women that are serving our country, the tornado victims, and the incarcerated. Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town. Let’s try to support our own as much See CITY, Page 6-A Congratulations to David and Virginia Morrison, who celebrated 63 years of marriage on April 23. Virginia celebrated her birthday on March 17 with a St. Patrick’s Day party, hosted by her first cousin, Judy Malone, at her home in Sweetlips. Attending were first cousins, Geneva Stanfill and Shirley Trice, and niece, Linda Kent. Sympathy to the family and friends of Marilyn Cox Patterson, who died April 27. Burial was in Little Hatchie Cemetery on May 1. She is survived by a son, Stan Patterson of Tacoma, Wash., and two grandchildren. The family and friends thank everyone who provided food for the meal at Little Hatchie Church. God bless America.
CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, May 5, 2011
Sharing family recipes makes a wonderful gift
I hope all of you survived the storms without serious personal injuries. When asked if I was afraid, I said no. I didn’t have time to be, it hit so fast! I know there was some severe damage and flooding throughout the county. Ron Petty, Kevin Faulkner and Job Huckaby stopped at my house to see if I wanted to go to the church basement. I was alone, but assured them I was fine. I said, “I think a tree fell on the back of my house.” They glanced at each other and said, “Mrs. JoAnn, you know that huge tree in your front yard? It’s on top of your house.” It covered threefourths of my house and hung about 20 feet off the back. Thanks guys for caring enough to stop. I then went from room to room to see what was damaged. I opened the door to my son’s room and nothing could prepare you for what I saw. There was a tree through the ceiling with debris falling all around me, and what looked like a gigantic waterfall pouring into the room from a black abyss that continued for two days. When the tree was finally removed from the roof, most of us out this way had no power for at least 24 hours and still no phone service. Jeff McEarl saved the day when he pulled into our yard with his truck with the big bucket that allowed them to reach high enough to cut the
limbs. I thank God for wonderful family and friends. Within minutes, the yard was full of people. It was pouring down rain and they just continued to work. My most heartfelt gratitude to Jeff McEarl; Bobby, Ashton, Zack and Cole McEarl; Gary Busby; Shannon Ross; Justin Crouse; Pete Creech; Matthew Greer; and Dillon Faulkner. We then had to box everything in the house and store in a pod. If you wanted a house emptied in a hurry, call Mitzi Crouse, Kim Moore, Robyn Russell and Sarah McEarl, and thank you my sweet niece, Fallon Faulkner, for running for food. I was told that I seemed so calm. I said, “God spared our lives, things can be replaced, that’s calm.” Bobby McEarl may be walking kind of funny for a few days. He was helping drag tree limbs. I turned around and there he lays, flat of his back in the mud with his hands extended skyward. I don’t know if he was saying, Lord help us or help me up! Congratulations to Duran Pickett who was chosen prom king Saturday night. Congratulations to Chase Warren and Melissa Harrell on the birth of a son, Zayden Miles Warren, born April 27, 2011. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20½ inches long. There will be a benefit singing for Kathy Bailey Wood, a cancer patient, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Liberty Grove Baptist Church on Harts Bridge Road. The Dills Family and Jeff Smith will perform. We welcome Darlene Hurst to the community. She is the mother of Amiee Price.
There was other storm damage called in from the Griggs, Colbert and Ratcliff families. Trees are also down in the Hopewell Cemetery. On our prayer list are all the families who were touched by this storm, Mary Russell, Molly Russell, Loretta Pickett, Ernie Merriman, Jean (Dewey) Pickett, Butch Russell, Marvin Weaver, Peggie Phillips, Cindy Springer, Betty Stout, Alyse Rietz, and our military and their families. On the birthday roster are Brandy P. Lemons on May 1; William Bishop on May 3; Adam Connor on May 5; Diane Bullman and Jacob Massengill on May 7; Tanner Jordan on May 10; and Sandy Morris on May 11. Happy anniversary to Doug and LaVon Jones on May 5. If you have news to share, call 989-7523. We should have phone service back after May 5. If not, call the Sweetlips Store at 989-2156. Thought for the week: Life is often hard. You can
When it comes to cooking, new recipes are always fun to try, but there’s nothing like having old, family recipes passed down through the generations to provide comfort and a sense of home. I found my grandmother’s recipe box a few weeks ago, and it was full of tried and true recipes, and some I’ve never tried before. It has been fun to flip through and try a few new recipes every now and then. My husband’s cousin got married a few months ago, and Chris’ grandmother wanted to give her a special gift for her wedding day. Grandma Gina gathered up recipes from a wide array of family members and combined them in a book to which more recipes can be added. After she finished the book for her grandniece, she decided to make books for other members of the family, and Chris and I received our book last week. She sent us a wonderful note along with the book, and in it, she wrote: “I thought it might be fun for you to have a book where you could put recipes you really love, and if you choose, a photo of those who share recipes with you.” I chose Grandma Gina’s Mexicana Brunch Pie for this week’s recipe because it is such a delicious, easy breakfast dish. When Chris and I visit relatives in Kansas, Grandma Gina always cooks us delicious meals. She’s one of the best cooks I know, and this breakfast always stands out. “This is good for breakfast or brunch, and leftovers are good warmed up in the microwave the next day,” said Grandma Gina. “If you like sausage, it’s good crumbled and fried ‘til brown (drain off excess grease), and place in bottom of casserole, with egg mixture poured over the let it grind you down or polish you up. My prayers are with all those digging out from the storm.
Dodds celebrates birthday
Jean Dodds celebrated her 83rd birthday April 27 with a party at Henderson Villa. Dodds enjoys sewing, quilting, and just loves to cook. “The Lord has been good to me to be here this long,” Dodds said. “I’m so grateful.”
top and baked.” She added, “I especially like to use this recipe when we have overnight company. I mix it up the night before, and then pop it in the oven to serve for breakfast. It’s good with fruit as a side. Hope you like it.” Next time you have company over or want to plan a special breakfast that can be prepared the night before, try this recipe. It’s wonderful, and if you add sausage, it adds an extra special kick. It can also be made into a ham and cheese quiche
without very much extra work. If you have any special recipes you’d like to share, send them to me, and I’ll be happy to feature them as part of this column. To find additional recipes, check out the “Just a Pinch” column on page 5-A, or visit www.justapinch.com. Email your favorite or best recipes to email@example.com or mail them to Chester County Independent c/o Mary Dunbar, P.O. Box 306, Henderson, TN 38340.
Grandma Gina’s Mexicana Brunch Pie Ingredients: 5 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons butter (or Oleo), melted ¼ cup flour 1 (4 ounce) can of chopped mild Jalapeno peppers, drained ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 cup cottage cheese (cream-style) 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterrey Jack cheese Directions: Beat together in mixing bowl eggs, butter, flour, and baking powder. Beat well, then stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a well-greased casserole dish (about 9” x 9”) or into a large, deep pie pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees for 20 minutes until set in the middle.
Ham, cheese, and broccoli quiche Make a single piecrust, with fluted edge, which stands up, so filling will not run over. Use ingredients listed above, omitting the can of peppers. Mix ingredients together, add 1 cup cubed, cooked ham and 1 cup broccoli, which has been steamed or cooked in the microwave with small amount of water, for about 4-5 minutes. Drain water off and let cool a bit before adding cooked broccoli to egg mixture. Pour into pie shell and bake as directed above, adding an extra 10-15 minutes until set in center.
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Civitan Club News Chester County Independent archives, May 4, 1951
Dedication exercises for the half-million dollar high school building will be held here on Sunday afternoon, May 6 at 1:30, according to Tom Armour, Superintendent of Chester County Schools. Supt. Tom Armour explained that the dedication was delayed due to delay in receiving much of the new equipment used in the new structure. The exercises will begin at 1 p.m. when a band concert will be held in the new school gymnasium. Supt. Armour will serve as master of ceremonies, following invocation brought by B.B. James, minister of the local Church of Christ. The chief address of the afternoon will be delivered by the Hon. Frank Bass, president of the Tennessee Education Association. He will be introduced by Mrs. W.M. McCallum, immediate past president of the PTA for the State of Tennessee.
Only Yesterday “Six Chester County boys receive draft call” From the files of the Chester County Independent May 8, 1941 “Officers Find Nice Little Still In Nice Little Spot” “On a tip that a still was operating somewhere in the vicinity, Sheriff Webb Helm and Night Marshall Jack Freeman Monday combed the section of country about onehalf mile north of Haltom’s Chapel – results – one nice little copper still, one barrel of beer. “The still was ideally situated at the end of a little branch where water was convenient, and the officers had almost given up hope when Marshal Freeman, who had hunted squirrel in the neighborhood and was more or less familiar with the lay of the land, remembered this particular spot. “Southern States Fox Hunters Ready For Big Chickasaw Meet” “Preparations have been completed for the fifth annual field trials and bench show of the Southern States Fox Hunters’ Association, which will be held at Chickasaw Park Monday through Thursday next week. “The association is one of the major Fox Hunters’ Associations in the country, and has the unique distinction of having the world’s only woman president. She is Mrs. Pearl Polk Chapleau, of Hickory Valley, and Memphis. “According to Emmet Guy, park superintendent, this year’s event is expected to be the biggest ever held here, with approximately 300 hounds entered. Inquiries and reservations have already been received from 18 states, the total number represented last year, with many more expected in the next few days. “All vacation cottages at both lakes have already been reserved Mr. Guy said, together with most of the bunkhouses, and accommodations are available for only about 30 more. So large is the crowd expected that Henderson and Bolivar may also be taxed for quarters, Mr. Guy said.” “Six Youths Leave On Draft Call” “Six more Chester County youths expect to leave next Wednesday for Fr. Oglethorpe, Ga., on the May 14 Selective Service call. These are K. D. Lowrance of Henderson, J. L. Smith, Finger, Lloyd Blair, Henderson, Jewell Pusser and William Cecil Barker of Enville, and Charles Hershel Hopper of Henderson.” “50 Prisoners Arrive In Camp – 50 More Expected This Week” “Although the new prison camp is still incomplete, 50 prisoners arrived Saturday night from Brushy Mountain Penitentiary. “Forty-five of the number were put to work Monday on improving the section of Highway 70 leading from Jackson to the new Jackson-Madison County airport. “Fifty additional prisoners are expected at the camp by the end of this week, and these will be put on similar work on Highway 22 from Jacks Creek to Milledgeville.” May 4, 1951 “Future Farmers Receive State Degree” “Six members of the Chester County Chapter of the FFA were awarded the degree of State Farmer, the highest degree given by the State Association at the annual convention held in Chattanooga, April 27 and 28. “Boys receiving this honor were Dossie Talley, president of the local chapter; Joe Talley, Arthur Oliver, Dennis Hall Latham, Bernard Scott and Edward Morris. “Mr. W. E. Rhodes, local banker, was given honorary membership in the State Association in recognition for his interest and cooperation in making it possible for Chester County to bring national honor to Tennessee.” “Births” “Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Hart of Henderson, a daughter on April 30.” “Steadman Clinic” “Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Buckley of Luray, are the parents of a daughter born April 23. She has been named Anita Kay. “Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Moore of Montezuma, announce the arrival of a daughter, Lynn Marie, on April 24. “Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Siler of Silerton, are announcing the arrival of a daughter on April 28. She has been named Mary Ann. “Mr. and Mrs. Raymond V. Siler of Toone, are the parents of a son born April 27 and named Raymond Victor Siler, Jr. “Mr. and Mrs. Elbert D. Jones of Jacks Creek announce the birth of a son, Jerald Anthony, on April 28.” “Dr. H. D. Farthing” “Mr. and Mrs. Matt Marion of Chickasaw
Park are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter, Donna Marie, on April 17. “Mr. and Mrs. Currie Ivy, Finger, announce the birth of a son on April 23.” “Dr. L. C. Smith” “Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Hopper announce the birth of a son on April 18, He has been named Danny Glenn.” May 5, 1961 “Ed Casey Wins In Weights” “Ed Casey, the red-headed weightlifter from Henderson, is readying himself for his next competition in the Junior Nationals AAU Championship in Lafayette, La., on May 20. “Last year, while representing the University of Tennessee, Casey placed second in the AAU event. “The popular 27-year-old eighth and ninth grade science teacher at West Fulton High just finished with the highest total of his career in the Southern Area YMCA Sports Festival in Louisville on March 18, lifting in the 198 pound division. “Casey pressed 255, snatched 220, and clean and jerked 325 for a total of 800 pounds, highest in the entire competition.” “Marine Recruiter Here May 11 & 12” “Equipped with special information about Marine Corps Aviation, Marine Staff Sergeant Bobby R. Stanfill will be in Henderson, Tennessee May 11 and 12. “Sgt. Stanfill, who enlisted in the Marines here in Henderson, will be speaking to the Senior Class at CCHS at 8:00 p.m., May 11. “He will spend May 12 at FreedHardeman College, discussing the various programs leading to a Commission with the college students. “Sgt. Stanfill is a native of Chester County, born near Enville and lived near Chickasaw park when he entered the Marines in November 1950. This Marine attended CCHS prior to enlisting and through the Marines, received his High School Diploma from CCHS in 1958. “Births” “Mr. and Mrs. Bill Melton are announcing the arrival of their first daughter on May 2. They have two sons, Billy and Chucky. Mrs. Melton is the former Nitzi Moffitt, daughter of Gen. and Mrs. Laurence Moffitt. “Mr. and Mrs. Troy A. Smith of Jackson are receiving congratulations upon the arrival of a son, Troy Allen, Jr., on April 27. He has a big sister, Ida Marie, who was a year old in January. The proud grandparents are Mrs. A. C. Steed and Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Smith of Henderson.” “Henderson Clinic” “Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Austin of Finger are the parents of a son, Ralph Jeffery, who arrived April 26. “Mr. and Mrs. Lester Woods are the parents of a daughter, Dianne, who arrived April 26.” “Drs. McCallum and Wilson” “Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ross of Luray announce the arrival of a son on May 1. “Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Patterson of Nashville are the parents of a son born May 2.” May 6, 1971 “Strike Accord Is Reached” “Members of Local 756 United Rubber Workers returned to their jobs at the Quality Manufacturing Company and Henderson Plastics Company after being idled for six weeks in a strike over wage increases and other fringe benefits. “Lelton Jones, president of Local 756 said the majority of the workers voted to return to their jobs at a meeting Monday night. He said the terms of the settlement was not exactly what the workers wanted but ‘under the circumstances, the workers voted to return to work.’ Mr. Jones said the union is expected to sign a two-year contract with the two companies calling for a 20 cents per hour raise, an extra paid holiday and improvements in insurance coverage. The workers were seeking a pay increase of 35 cents per hour. Forty-two workers were involved in the strike. “A company spokesman said he was glad the settlement had been reached and that the workers were ready to return to their jobs. He said all personnel were on the job Tuesday morning and that he expects to get back to normal production within a short period.” “Delay Indicated For Funds For Hospital” “County Court Chairman Hubert Seaton has been advised by the State Department of Health that Hill-Burton funds to build a general hospital here are not available at the present time .... Judge Seaton was told that the present allocation of H-B funds across the state was so great Chester County could not be included at the present time.”
Civitan President-Elect Ray Eaton initiated two new members, Courtney Bingham and Fred Neuman.
By J.D. and Sherry M. Thomas Erin Adams, director of Archives and Special Collections at FreedHardeman University, spoke to the Henderson Civitan Club and guests at the club’s meeting on April 28. The meeting was on the first floor in the FHU Old Main Administration Building, 158 E. Main St., instead of the usual meeting location in the Alumni Center on White Avenue at Second Street. Adams earned a B.A. degree in English and history at Freed-Hardeman, and an M.A. in Museum Studies at The George Washington University in DC. She has worked as a curator and resource educator at several historic houses and museums, including Carlyle House in Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and the National Postal Museum in Washington. She has served three years as archivist at FHU. Her program was entitled, “Pictures NOT Pixels: Navigating FHU’s Electronic Archives Resources.” It demonstrated how attendees and other citizens can access the database and use local history collections on campus and online. Adams distributed a resource list handout on “Preserving and Maintaining Local History.” Refreshments were served by Director Shirley Eaton in the Old Main Lobby, and the presentation was in the adjoining conference room. After the meeting, members and guests were invited into the C. P. and Grace Roland Historical Room, where exhibits and assistance are available Monday through Fridays during daytime hours. Club President J. D. Thomas welcomed the guests, who included Bud Butler and George and Linda Hale. Dr. J. Walker Whittle, who was the club’s founding president in 1961, led the invocation. President-elect Ray Eaton initiated two new members, Courtney Bingham and Fred Neuman. Neuman led the
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pledge to the flag, and Director Jean Marilyn Hogan read the Civitan Creed. The club’s board of directors will meet at
Jack’s Restaurant on May 10, and the next club meetings will be on May 12 and May 26 at the FHU Alumni House.
FHU Archivist Erin Adams presents Local History Resource List to Civitan President J.D. Thomas.
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Durbin named 2011 MRA Administrative Professional Chester County’s Pam Durbin was recently named the McNairy Regional Alliance 2011 Administrative Professional of the Year. Durbin is employed at Monogram, LLC, in addition to two part time jobs, and was nominated by Andi Litz for her dedication to her job, fellow employees and her family. “She always strives to provide the best customer service possible,” reported Litz. “Even when times are difficult, her energy and enthusiasm keep the team going. “Pam’s hard work and tireless devotion to Monogram, her volunteer efforts to improve the community, her efforts to continually grow herself through higher education, and her dedication to family inspire us all to strive for continuous improvement and to follow your dreams.” Courtesy Photo
Chester County’s Pam Durbin was recently named the McNairy Regional Alliance 2011 Administrative Professional of the Year. ter sites over the past several years. Each time I feel that I have been blessed as much as the people we helped. A quick web search of emergency management agencies in some of the hardest hit areas will produce a list of ways to help. In Alabama, which endured the brunt of the storms, volunteers can call 1-888-421-1266 and speak to someone who can offer a coordinated way to serve. It is important to note that sometimes immediately rushing to an area to serve can be harder on the victims. Volunteers require food, shelter, and sanitary conditions in order to offer assistance. These commodities are often very limited soon after a major disaster. The more seasoned volunteers know that in the early days following the disaster, the best thing they can do is allow time for the
government and emergency responders to do their work. Many faithbased organizations have very refined disaster assistance programs that make volunteering easy and not a burden to the victims of the disaster. Tennessee is truly the volunteer state. I have witnessed her citizens’ generosity in times of sadness and grief and have been brought to tears by the love shown to the hurt. Be a part of this great heritage by volunteering. In doing so, I am certain you will find it easier to live well.
The “Royal Wedding” is over for Kate Middleton and William MountbattenW i n d s o r. D a l e Middleton’s invitation and mine were probably lost in the mail (will check with Lori Martin at the post office for lost special deliveries). We certainly would have fit into the $34 million social event! Guess we’ll have to settle for being the first in line at Jacks Creek Community Club buffet line in our country attire on May 12. The more those British hats are shown the less I like hats! The more I look at William’s last name – the more I like Jones. Talking about Jones this week-end brought Kentucky Jones cousins (Cleo, Kevin, and Wayne) into our lives. Elkanah Fowler Jones and Rebecca Rhodes had 14 kids. Cleo, Kevin, and Wayne Jones descend from the eighth branch (Samuel Thomas Jones) and Don descends from the thirteenth branch (Elkanah Harrison Jones). That’s a mighty big tree bearing 14 fruits – the first being born on Halloween 1825 and the last born on Christmas 1850! It started with a “Boo-o-o” and ended with a “Ho-Ho-Ho.” Guess that’s a good reason to say, “Keeping up with the Joneses” might not be a good idea! Ha-Ha. There were several folks who had storm damage at Jacks Creek last week. Our plastic lawn furniture didn’t even turn over, but a mile up the road brought a caravan of emergency vehicles to McAdams Loop, Roby Road, and Sand Mountain Road. Our phone rang con-
tinually asking which direction the sirens were headed. Standing on the porch direction and time could be stated. Reported to me were damages to Darrell and Debbie Jones on Johnson Crossroad – gas line explosion when lightning struck; Sharon Weatherford on Highway 100 – trees down and debris; Ron and Debbie Smith on Howard Bailey Road – four trees down with limbs hitting car and roof; Murrell Attaway on Roby Road – tree down near the house; Newsome and Joann Jones on Highway 100 – tree on van and shed; Raul and Joy Figueroa on Joy Lane – several trees down; Sandy Matthews on Sand Mountain Road – several trees down; Paul and Ann Schilling on Roby Road – tree down and blocking road; Ruby Courdle on Highway 22 South – tree down and lots of debris; across from Beech Spring Church on Highway 22 South - tree blocked the highway; Richard and Dee Whaley Potts on Highway 22 South- double-lined driveway trees down and sections of fence; Gary and Barbara Rhodes on Highway 22 South – lots of backyard trees down; Harville family on Highway 22 South – mobile home hit by lightning and burned; Milton and Pat Tucker on McAdams Loop – pear trees down and debris; and Unity Cemetery has a floral wind-blown look. Check yours, so pick-up will be easier for the guy who mows before Fourth Sunday Decoration Day. Decoration Day on Mother’s Day is at Cave Springs; Lexington City; Little Hatchie; Johnson Crossroads; Middlefork, Milledgeville; Palestine Baptist; Oak Grove on Lott Road; Sweetlips; Union Hill; and Woodlawn.
It was a cold snow and ice day in January. We observed her going from house to house hearing her new name, “Get.” An open car door was all the encouragement she needed as we rode around the Creek. With the heater on high, she stopped her shivering. Dusty shared a meal and the doghouse was just her size. She slept like a baby all night. Charlotte named her Sadie. We fostered her four months; Sadie leaves us May 4. Loving Paws Rescue will be taking care of her for a few weeks, before adopting Sadie out to a forever home. The site offers healthy dogs. Jacks Creek Fire Department is trying to come up with a plan to help this organization. Would you call to make a suggestion? My cousin donated $35 in memory of my daddy and a friend did the same. Communities have strays abandoned because irresponsible people will not spay and neuter. Please help stop the animal population! Leave off two two-liter cokes a year and spay a pet! Drink water – that’s the liquid God created anyway! Birthday greetings to Jean Dodds, nurse-assistant that gave us shots in the 1950-‘60s at the Medical Building. It wasn’t Tarzan who helped friends at Henderson Villa Assisted-living sing a little birthday greeting last Wednesday- it was Jane Vestal Kanizar! Surely Jean didn’t swing from the chandelier just because it was her birthday! Glenda Nobles Parchman and Betty Hemby Newman shared a birthday on May 3. If they want a good slice of cake they could attend Scott reunion on May 7 at Enville Community Center. Prayer is requested for
Kathryn Vandiver Bromley, a friend of mine at Heritage Towers; Betty Martin as she recovers at home; and Dorothy Plunk Norville as she faces physical therapy to make her stronger to return home. A call or note would express a hug to them. We continue to pray for Judy Ruth, Danny Meek, Betty Brown, our dear USA, and all armed forces. Our community expresses sympathy to families of Ruby Swoape (2-13-31/4-27/11); Curtis Beene (11-10-28/4-26-11); Johnny Foster Curtis (130-41/4-28-11) from Nashville and husband of former Chester Countian Mary Randolph; Dorothy Cicotte (5-23-32/4-27-11); and Dakota Fehland (3-2311/3-30-11), infant of Alan and Samantha of Henderson and sibling of Kevina Dotson. “Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop”. Home-cooked meals, red velvet cakes, buttermilk pies, animal cookies decorated, sausage pizza spins cut and baked, and bon-bons rolled small to large; fresh picked buttercups and lilacs; spotless home, buffed waxed floors, sparkling windows, airdried sheets, and freshly ironed clothes; chest colds treated with a rag of Vick’s salve, heater warmed blankets tucked around your frame, feet lotion rubbed, and ear wax removed with a bobby pin; backrubs and ribs counted with a certain touch, head scratching in a soft lap, a sweet voice saying nitenite; and on and on to honor Mother - the sweetest name I know, the sweetest love I’ve known, and the one I miss the most. Honor and pray for your Mother. Nite-nite to my dear Momma, and the same to yours, if she’s in heaven with mine.
By Russell Epperson Columnist
Tennessee is the Volunteer State. Our ancestors earned that title by sending many volunteers to fight in several wars throughout the early history of America. In recent days, we have worked hard to honor that title by volunteering for numerous events and organizations. In 2007, Tennessee became the first state in the union to have 100 percent county participation in the annual Great American Cleanup and currently holds a four-year record for having 100 percent participation each year. You only have to open a newspaper or look at a storefront window to see numerous other examples of people or organizations that are volunteering their time and
energy to help a friend or group. I write this to say that we are being presented with another opportunity to show our volunteer spirit. Our fellow citizens of Tennessee and other neighboring states are in great need. The recent spate of bad weather has turned many people’s lives upside down. In the end, the severe weather outbreak may go down in history as one of the worst to ever hit our nation. Now is the time to act. Let’s reach out to our neighbors and extend a helping hand. Some may do this by donating money, while others can actually serve by traveling to these hard hit areas and aid in the distribution of supplies, or by cleaning up the vast amounts of debris left in the wake of the storms. Whatever you can do, please do it. I have been blessed enough to be able to travel to several disas-
Jacks Creek Community Club News By Shelley The Jacks Creek Community Club met on Thursday evening, April 12, at The Community of Christ Church. Joann Jones led the group in the singing of “America,” and Dwight Jones blessed the food. The group enjoyed a delicious add-a-dish meal prepared by club members. Barbara Rhodes gave a report from the Scholarship Committee regarding the annual $750 given to a deserving student to attend a college of their choice. She reported that Shelley Pusser, a very
Pusser active member of the club was this year’s recipient. Shelley was very grateful and thanked the committee and the club for honoring her. Jane Vestal, owner of The Villa Retirement Facility in Henderson, was the guest speaker. Mrs. Vestal discussed the facility in detail regarding services and costs. She then answered several questions and invited all members to visit. Robert Waller led the group in The Pledge of Allegiance and the meeting was adjourned.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
America celebrates the end of Bin Laden and the royal wedding, a glance from war to peace The end of American enemy number one Osama Bin Laden’s death has garnered much attention over the past several days. After 10 years on the run, the AlQaida leader has finally been eliminated. This comes as a big boost to America’s morale, even if the effects are temporary. Over the past decade, America has become more and more ambivalent about the war on terror, and it’s strange to see so many people rejoicing and fired up about the death of Bin Laden. On the news from major cities, the celebrations have taken on the air of a giant party in honor of Bin Laden’s demise. While I’m glad that a zealous enemy of the United States is no longer a threat, it’s strange to see his death celebrated throughout the country. I’ve never seen Americans celebrate an individual’s death with so much excitement, and it’s probably a good thing that his own personal brand of terrorism is no longer a threat to our country, still, it’s disconcerting to see the celebration that his demise has caused. I’ve read some of the celebrations described as reminiscent of Victory in Europe Day, minus the kissing sailor and nurse that became the icon of that day. Unfortunately, we haven’t achieved unconditional victory over terrorism yet. With the death of Bin Laden, what’s to say that someone else won’t step up to fill his place? AlQaida and the antiAmerican movement runs so deep and is so engrained in portions of the world, it will be much more difficult to extinguish than by merely eliminating one prominent leader. Most Americans would love to see the war on terrorism wrapped up neatly the way that during WWII, the war in Europe seemed to end with the defeat of the Axis powers, but wars in the 21st Century have changed, and the enemies are much better at hiding and attacking without regards to conventional methods. Despite this bright moment that we’ve experienced, things will never go back to the way things were before the 9/11 attacks, and even though Bin Laden is no longer leading Al-Qaida, those who wish to harm Americans will continue to find ways. Celebrating a royal wedding On a brighter note, the
wedding of Prince William and the newly dubbed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, culminated months of suspense and festivities last week. The royal watchers were thrilled that the wedding was as splendid as it has been expected to be. Many people have complained that the wedding received too much publicity in lieu of all the problems facing the world right now – storms, recessions, countries in financial distress. While I don’t normally fawn over celebrities, I’ve had a mild fascination with the royal wedding since it was announced last year. I think those who have been enthralled were so because it offered an escape from the tiring monotony of daily life. Whether we admit it or not, fairytales hold a special appeal for many of us, and William and Kate gave us a fairytale wedding – complete with castles and carriages. I may be cynical when it comes to politics, but when it comes to love and happily ever after, I tend to be a hopeless romantic. Unlike many, I didn’t get up before dawn to watch the wedding, nor did I TiVo it for later. I did look through the pictures after the fact and marvel at the unique assortment of hats that the guests wore, and I certainly admired Kate’s dress and accessories. For a moment, this wedding in a far away country gave the world a moment to stop and enjoy a moment of joy and beauty with a happy couple. Yes, we have our share of suffering here that shouldn’t be ignored, but if we don’t allow ourselves a chance to enjoy the moments we do have, it often seems as if we’re left with little but trouble, destruction, and dissidence within our own country. Some cynics have remarked that America spent its early days trying to rid itself of the English monarchy, so we shouldn’t be as entranced by their lives and weddings as we have been of late; however, we are free of English rule, and we are now peaceful allies. Last summer, many of the same Americans were eager to see what Chelsea Clinton would wear to her own wedding, which marked America’s own version of a royal celebration. It seems that most people like a happy ending, no matter on what side of the ocean it takes place.
Family remedy to writer’s block and grief
My apologies go to readers of these columns for an absence of several weeks. The illness and death of my father had an unexpected effect on me. I ceased to be functional as a writer. It wasn’t writer’s block or a lack of ideas and subjects. Such problems are common among those who make their living by stringing together words and phrases. There are tricks of the trade for overcoming temporary creative and productive logjams. Usually, a publisher’s stern reminder of looming deadlines and checks withheld works wonders. What happened was a bone-deep reaction to the loss of an important part of my life: the man I’d known for almost six decades, the sole reason I became a writer in the first place, my encourager and booster – my first fan, in fact – and the source of so many articles and stories about a time when Appalachia was a simpler, more straight-forward place. “We were dirt-poor but didn’t know it,” he chuckled when beginning one of the tales of Mussel Camp Landing, Peck Hollow, Tark (Tar Kiln) Hill, Rock Creek, Valhermoso Springs, Crow Pond, Oden Ridge, Cottonmouth Slough, Eva, Eno and Old Scratch Mountain. The colorful characters of his childhood and young adult years during the Great Depression and World War II walked,
marched and galloped through those (mostly true) stories about southern Appalachian life on small farmsteads nestled among the hillsides. Odens, Fords, McCarleys, Childerses, Sharps, Gurleys, Entrekins, Browns, Kings, Matkins and all the other families bound by blood and marriage lived, loved and died in a community bounded by not more than 10 square miles of Tennessee River Valley real estate. From my maternal grandmother, my mother and her sisters – Irish and Cherokee stock from North Carolina – I inherited an oral history of how we all came to be connected, root and stock, to this very rural area. They recalled who came over the mountain with their mules and wagons, where they settled and how the network of dirt roads and place names came into being. They also guarded and passed along the legends and superstitions, herb and tonic treatments, lessons for raising children and the need for members of large and extended families to keep in contact. The importance of presence, the lesson could have been called. In sickness and health, you remembered your family and neighbors. Nobody expected you to buy and send a gift or a greeting card. It was your physical being that was required at certain crucial turning points in life, including an individual’s passing.
Whether you liked a person or not didn’t matter. You were expected to attend their funeral out of respect for others. Thus, the meanest, thieving, most conniving old cuss in the community would have attendance at his visitation, mourners at the funeral and enough pallbearers to lower his pine box into the grave hole. He deserved no less, according to death customs in the hills and hollows. People prayed that he had found Jesus at the last, ladies cooked and delivered covered dishes to the family and stories were told. It was God from whom judgment would come. When it was a good man or woman, no less or more was done. “You can bite and scratch all week, but on the Lord’s Day lay it down,” said my Granny Brown. Thus, when my father died, I wasn’t there. Reasons don’t matter. Excuses aren’t sufficient. I suffered great guilt, and this caused me to turn from writing while I wrestled with a few personal demons. I wish the internal struggle had been resolved. Not yet am I at peace with what happened and exactly why. But I am trying. The preacher who
offered my father’s eulogy obviously didn’t know him, but I thanked him for the words. I shook the hands of each member of the honor guard, old men and fellow veterans of my father, who had to hurry to the next graveside service, perform the manual of arms and fire the rifles after the bugler played “Taps.” My sons and I searched the grass where the line of riflemen had stood and fired the salute. We picked up the shell casings and parceled out the brass to uncles: old men themselves who sensed the day not far ahead when the gathering of loved ones dressed in black would be for them. I credit them for helping me get over the emotional dry gulch that kept me from writing this column. My brother, the career Navy petty officer, told me last night in a telephone conversation that he had learned from our uncles of “Pop’s special request.” He said, “You and I have been adopted. Pop asked them to look out for us ‘cause he knew we’d need special care and treatment. We are expected to be home this fall to fish and squirrel hunt!” We both will be there.
CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, May 5, 2011
Dear Editor, As a taxpayer, conservative, and Republican, I read with great interest the Tennessee Democratic Party’s advertisement, “Stewardship: The Tennessee Democrats’ Creed” in the April 28, 2011, edition of the Chester County Independent. It outlines their defense for maintaining or increasing spending on social programs. The genesis of the party’s defense comes from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In a public meeting on April 4, 2011, Leader Pelosi used the Holy Bible to defend social spending. Quoting
Pelosi, “When I hear you speak about this issue, of course it’s the Gospel of Matthew: When I was hungry, he gave me to eat and the rest of it goes on.” (The misquoted passage is Matthew 25:30-46 where at the final Judgment, Jesus praises the righteous and condemns the unrighteous.) Affirming Pelosi’s statement, Tennessee Democrats say they “follow the scriptural as well as cultural admonitions that call on us to care for the least among us, and prepare for that which is to come.” To my neighbors in the Tennessee Democratic Party, we Republicans also
accept our obligation to be good stewards of the resources given to us by our fellow citizens. Stewardship requires more than publishing a list of pleasant platitudes and promises. We must make hard choices to lift our country out of its financial crisis. We can’t do it by borrowing more money, refinancing our current debt, and raising personal income tax rates. We can’t “cash in” a “peace” dividend after our war on terrorists ends because we will need to rebuild our armed forces. We must reexamine the functions and policies of our government, and appropriately eliminate or adjust programs and spending. It will take courage on the part of all of us, but we must do it. Abraham Lincoln, the greatest hero of my party, spoke these words to remind Union
soldiers what they were fighting for. They ring true for us today. “It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives. “I beg you to remember this, not merely for my sake, but for yours. I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has. It is in order that each of you may have through this free government which we enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise, and intelligence; that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations.” Jeffrey H. Blackwood Henderson
CAPITOL HILL REVIEW Storms Tear through State On April 27 severe weather tore through the South, with Tennessee sustaining heavy damage as the result of numerous tornadoes and destructive straight line winds. Overall, at least 260 were killed across the region, at least 33 in Tennessee. On Thursday, the Governor visited the scene of some of the worst devastation in East Tennessee, with stops in Bradley and Hamilton County. He said, “As we clear away debris and start the process of repairing lives, there are many in East Tennessee facing the unimaginable loss of a family member. On behalf of all Tennesseans, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these storms.” The Governor has declared an official state of emergency for the State. To open the House Session on Thursday, a bipartisan group of House members gathered to lead the Chamber in a moment of prayer for lives lost and families affected across Tennessee and throughout the South.
From Representative Steve McDaniel with the input of all inter- House and the best ideas Government, ested stakeholders in edu- from the Senate and Increase cation and empowers brings them together to Transparency Last week, the House began moving a plan— authored by the House Speaker—that literally downsizes government operations and saves Tennessee taxpayers money. The legislation calls for the elimination of duplicative committees. Overall, the move is expected to save nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds. In praising the legislation, the House Speaker stated, “This legislation will save the State money while also eliminating duplication in our committee system. As Tennesseans are setting priorities in their family budgets, so too should the Legislature.”
Common Sense Education Reform Proposal Late in the week, an amendment to House Bill 130 was unveiled that promotes student achievement and encourages teaching excellence in Tennessee classrooms. The amendment, added to the Senate version of the legislation, is a boon for Tennessee’s education system. It was crafted
Tennessee teachers like never before. Essentially, the amendment moves the education negotiating process from an adversarial approach to one of collaboration to do what is best for our students. Under the legislation, school boards and teachers will work together to advance a positive agenda for children in the classroom without dealing with the roadblocks of the past. Most importantly, the bill now ensures individual teachers have a seat at the negotiating table and that their much-needed input will be fully utilized. Teachers are put in control of their careers with a hands-on approach. While critics say the bill does away with unions, this is not true under the amendment. In fact, all professional associations are preserved. The only item this bill ensures is that teachers no longer have to pay dues in order to have their voice heard at the negotiating table. One legislator stated, “This amendment takes the best ideas from the
move education forward in Tennessee. Our teachers are given the authority they need to excel and our school boards have a roadmap for a collaborative way to raise education standards.”
Pro-Business Tort Reforms Legislation that caps non-economic damage awards at $750,000 and at $1 million in cases where victims suffer certain catastrophic injuries was given final approval to move to the House Floor next week for full consideration by the Chamber. The bill also caps punitive damages meant to punish accidental negligence by businesses or individuals. Awards for injuries that can be quantified, such as medical care, rehabilitation, or loss of income, are not capped. The bill is a central focus of the Majority’s legislative agenda. Proponents of the legislation believe these reforms will bring stability to the legal environment companies have to account for when considering relocation to Tennessee or doing business here.
Best education practices ignored at home By Gera Summerford TEA President
I recently had the privilege of attending the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City. The event marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from around the world convened in the United States to discuss best practices in building a world-class teaching force. Foreign delegations from 15 highperforming and rapidlyimproving education systems, including Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom, joined the United States in holding discussion sessions focused on Teacher Recruitment and P r e p a r a t i o n ; Development, Support and Retention of Teachers; Teacher Evaluation and Compensation; and Teacher Engagement in Education Reform. What intrigues me is that the nations deemed successful in educating children have policies and practices that could be implemented here in the U.S. Yet the “reform” measures promoted by
our state government are moving Tennessee in an entirely different direction. We can learn a great deal from other countries. Successful nations recruit top graduates into the teaching profession. In Finland, all teachers have a master’s degree before entering the classroom and their teacher training includes a continuous mix of theory and practice. Singapore, England and Finland have all developed compensation and recognition practices to increase the status of the teaching profession, making it a desirable choice for top college students. Studies also show that improving the relationships between schools and communities contributes to increased respect for educators, making teaching a more attractive profession. In many of these countries, teacher salaries are much higher than those of their colleagues in the U.S. Once in the profession, teachers need to be supported and developed to continue learning and growing professionally. In Shanghai, where education has improved very quickly in recent years, every school employs a
teacher who is an expert in education research. Teachers are encouraged to learn from one another, to observe each other’s classes, and to mentor and support their peers who may be facing challenges. A consensus among all educators at the International Summit was that quality professional development and collaboration are essential to improving teacher practice. Participants agreed that evaluation and compensation is the most difficult component to “get right.” In Singapore the focus is on evaluation as a formative assessment for improvement, not as a summative and punitive instrument. They invest a great deal in teachers and recognize that developing a competent teacher is not easy. In England the emphasis is on collaboration and peer support, and the recognition that student outcomes include more than test scores. They work through a holistic approach to evaluation, with a focus on the overall performance of students in the school. These approaches look very different than what is being developed under
First to the Top. The fourth focus of the summit was Teacher Engagement in Education Reform. I am saddened and frustrated that, in Tennessee, the legislature believes they are “reforming” education with some of their actions—ones that specifically remove teacher engagement and attempt to silence us. During the summit Secretary Arne Duncan said, “One of the common misconceptions in education reform is that the teacher unions are obstacles.” All of the high-performing nations agreed that educators must be empowered and represented for any reform effort to succeed. Canada’s minister of education urged a “dynamic relationship between unions and policymakers.” Tennessee’s teachers could have produced many of these recommendations for improving teaching and learning. Unfortunately, many policymakers haven’t asked us for input or been willing to listen to our concerns. We will continue to offer solutions. We will stand together to promote what’s best for students and teachers in our state.
Local communities continue to rely on hometown newspapers (From the editorial board of the Manchester Times, Dec. 15, 2010) Founding father Thomas Jefferson said in 1787, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” In small towns across America, Mr. Jefferson’s words seem to ring true today. A study recently released by the National Newspaper Association shows that communities served by local newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. As a matter of fact, 73 percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week. Readers also say they read most or all of their community newspapers (78 percent), and of those going online for local news, 55 percent found it on the local newspaper’s website, compared to 17 percent for sites such as Yahoo, MSN or Google, and 26 percent for the website of a local TV station. Working with the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, NNA tests reactions of people living in smaller communities served by local newspapers. Since 2005, NNA has done research on how people read and what they think about their local newspapers. Results have been fairly consistent over the years, though the surveys have focused more tightly on small communities during the five years. The early data indicate that the positive findings are consistent with the earlier surveys: •73 percent of those surveyed read a local
newspaper each week. •Those readers, on average, share their paper with 3.34 persons. •They spend about 37.5 minutes reading their local newspapers. •78 percent read most or all of their community newspapers. •41 percent keep their community newspapers six or more days (shelf life). •62 percent of readers read local news very often in their community newspapers, while 54 percent say they never read local news online (only nine percent say they read local news very often online). •39 percent of those surveyed read local education (school) news very often in their newspapers, while 67 percent never read local education news online. •30 percent read local sports news very often in their newspapers, while 67 percent never read local sports online. •35 percent read editorials or letters to the editor very often in their newspapers, while 74 percent (nearly three quarters) never read editorials or letters to the editor online. •75 percent think governments should be required to publish public notices in newspapers, with 23 percent reading public notices very often in their newspapers. •71 percent have Internet access in the home, but 66 percent never visit a website of a local government. •Of those with Internet access at home, 89 percent have broadband access. The local community newspaper is the primary source of information about the local community for 49.3 percent of respondents. The next best source runs second: friends and relatives, 18 percent of respondents.
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He came with the building! Burkhead retires from EMA Henderson/Chester County Public Safety Building opened in 1975. Shortly thereafter Mike Burkhead was hired as a sherriff’s deputy and parttime dispatcher. These many years later, the building still stands, having recently undergone a significant changeover in its use. Burkhead’s duties
and job titles have changed several times over the years as well, however, he now has officially “left the building” and headed into retirement. And Thursday a reception was held in his honor, attended by friends, and county officials. Burkhead leaves with his final title being
Emergency Management Director. Other titles he’s held include county fire chief, and Civil Defense Director. “I came with the building,” Burkhead joked. “It seems like I turned around twice and here it is retirement time. If you do something you enjoy, and work with people you
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
Veteran’s Service Officer Russell Clayton presents a going-away gift to retiring EMA director Mike Burkhead. The two shared an office for many years in the Public Safety Building.
Retiring EMA director Mike Burkhead, right, chats with Johny Farris who is expected soon to be named the new director. enjoy, it makes it worthwhile.” Former county mayor Troy Kilzer stated, “If you have the right person in the right position, you don’t have to worry about it. I appreciate what Mike did while I was a mayor.” Madison County EMA director Marty Clements, Jane Waldrop, TEMA Regional Director, and other area emergency directors attended the recention as well. “It’s been a trip,” Burkhead quipped. “I think I’ll adapt to retirement real well.” Burhead’s wife Louise is pleased to see the moment arrive also, noting that she and her husband of 27 years had spent 19 anniversaries in the EMA office while stormy weather raged outside.
Golf clubs and guns among items reported stolen this week CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT April 25, 2011 Marquita Charron Chadwick, 31, 1070 Howard Road, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $500 bond. While patrolling, an officer found vandalism at the city park soccer field. According to the report, the glass windows of the show case in front of the restroom was broken. The damage is estimated at $50. April 26, 2011 Gregory Hollingsworth, 44, 326 N Church Ave., was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. April 27, 2011 A Seiko watch, gold and silver, valued at $135, was reported missing from a residence on Hwy 100 west. Golf clubs and a GPS were reportedly stolen from a vehicle at FreedHardeman University’s Sewell Hall. The GPS was Magellan valued at $150, and the golf clubs included a black and yellow golf bag with a set of Walter Hagen Clubs valued at $299, and a black TaylorMade Tour Burner 9 ½ degree driver valued at $200. Golf clubs and sunglasses were reportedly stolen from a vehicle at FreedHardeman University’s Farrow Hall. Two pair of imitation Ray Ban-type sunglasses, valued at $40, and one pair of Oakley Mframe sunglasses valued at $150 were missing. The golf equipment included a Sunmountain FHU golf bag (maroon and white) valued at $120, a TaylorMade R7 425 club valued at $500, a Taylor Made R11 3 Wood valued at $400, a TaylorMade R11 Rescue valued at $200, a Cleveland Golf TA-6, 3-9 Irons and Pitching Wedge valued at $700, a Scotty Cameron Red-X putter valued at $600, a Cleveland Golf CG-12 52,
54, 56 and 60 degree wedges valued at $400, a TaylorMade 3 wood valued at $100, a black Callaway rain jacket valued at $50, and approximately 20 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls valued at $50. A CD player and equalizer and GPS were reportedly stolen from a vehicle on Fourth St. The CD player was described as a JVC valued at $200, the equalizer, brand unknown, was valued at $150. The GPS was a Nextar M-E series valued at $250. April 29, 2011 A vehicle parked in the parking lot on Front St. was reportedly vandalized. According to the report, the driver’s side window had a small hole in it. Damage was estimated at $250. April 30, 2011 Bobby Wayne Clayton, 45, 570D Steed St., was arrested and charged with public intoxication. After posting a $250 bond, he was released from the Chester County jail to Henderson County. CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT April 27, 2011 8:40 a.m. – 708 E Main St., East Chester Elementary, false alarm. April 29, 2011 9:34 p.m. – 203 E University St., FreedHardeman University, Benson Hall, alarm. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT April 25, 2011 A break-in was reported at a residence on Opal Lane. According to the report, the door appeared to have been kicked in, resulting in $500 in damage. There was no list of missing items at the time of the report. A Remington .38 handgun was reportedly stolen from a vehicle. The gun was black with rust on the barrel, and valued at $400. Keith M. Ross, 22, 607 Mifflin Ave., was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Felony. He is being held in the Chester County jail without bond. April 26, 2011
A book of checks was reportedly stolen from a residence on Cabo Road. James Austein, 22, Medon, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. Cory Ty Locklear, 20, 1680 Simmons St., was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $1,000 bond. Jason Stephen Self, 36, 275 Haltom Chapel Road, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $500 cash bond. Joshua Heath White, 36, 439 Crook Ave., was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $1,000 cash only bond. April 27, 2011 A utility trailer was reportedly stolen from a property on Cabo Road. The trailer was described as a black 5-foot-by-10foot tilt bed valued at $675. Several parts were reportedly stolen from a Dodge truck at a residence on Glendale Road. April 28, 2011 An off-road motorcycle was reportedly stolen from a residence on Lon Wynn Lane. According to the report, the motorcycle was a red and white 1999 Honda CR80 valued at $1,000. Charles Dowan Bommer, 25, 5415 St. Rt. 100 E, was arrested and charged with driving on a canceled/revoked or suspended license. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $300 bond. Carl Neisler, 53, 675 Enville Road, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) second offense. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,000 bond. Brian K. Null, 42, Selmer, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County
jail after posting a $1,000 cash bond. April 29, 2011 Two mowers and an extension cord were reportedly stolen from a property on Wells Road. The mowers were described as a Poulan 17.5 horse power 42-inch cut riding mower, black and green, valued at $950, and a Sears self propelled push mower valued at $300. The extension cord was valued at $20. Joseph D. Cromwell, 35, 455 Melody Circle, was arrested and charged with violation of bond terms. He is held in the Chester County jail waiting to see the judge. Tyrone D. Harris, 39, 413 Laura St., was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $1,500 cash only bond. April 30, 2011 Several guns were reported missing from a residence on Opal Lane. According to the report, missing guns included an Olympic Arms AR 15 valued at $700, a Stevens 16 gauge shotgun valued at $200, a Steven 410 gauge shotgun valued at $100 (with broken hammer), and two .22 semi-automatic rifles valued at $400. May 2, 2011 Tikeya Evans, 18, 521 Luray Ave., was arrested and charged with assault. She is held in the Chester County jail waiting to see the judge. James Douglas Williams, 47, Beech Bluff, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $689.34 cash only bond. CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No reports. CHESTER COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT No reports.
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
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Local business receives celebrity visit El Ranchito’s owner Claudia Aleman received a visit from Univision’s Neida Sandoval-Cochran recently. Honduran-native Sandoval-Cochran is the wife of Henderson’s David
Cochran and is well known as news anchor and host for the morning show Despierta America, broadcast from Miami. Additionally, SandovalCochran won two Emmy
awards for her coverage of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Accompanying Sandoval-Cochran was husband, David, their children, Abener David and Aliene Aida, David’s sister
Dana Cox, and Dana’s daughter, Nicole. Aleman stated she was honored and encouraged by the visit, adding that she greatly admires both Neida and David. At right: Claudia Aleman of El Ranchitos and Neida Sandoval-Cochran during a recent visit.
Alzheimer’s conference offers help for caregivers May 18, features Teepa Snow
Claudia Aleman received a visit from Univision’s Neida Sandoval-Cochran recently. Pictured are, from left, Gabriel Avila, Desiree Rodriguez, Lucy Rodriguez, Abener Cochran, Sandoval-Cochran, Nicole Cox, David Cochran, Claudia Aleman, Aliene Cochran and Dana Cox.
By Nancy Canada It is time for another book sale at the library! The Friends of the Library will hold a book sale during the month of May. Paperbacks are 25 cents, hardback books are 50 cents, or fill up a bag for $3. DVDs/Videos/Audio books are $1 each. We have been getting a lot of really great donations, so come by and see what we have to offer. Donations will be welcome all during this month to keep our book sale going. Do some bargain shopping at your friendly local library. Do you need help composing a resume? How about brushing up on interview skills? If the answer is “yes,” you need to visit the Career Coach which is coming to our library courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Labor. The Career Coach will make its first visit to us at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, and will be here most of the day. They are equipped with a computer lab and staff who can offer resume writing workshops, job searching and interview skills, and even help in earning a GED. Come by and see what the Career Coach can help you do. The Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon on Wednesday, May 11, to discuss One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. Our book for June will be The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig and in July, we plan to read the acclaimed The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The hand-out for our summer reading program schedule is now ready to be picked up. The theme for this year’s program is Many Stories, One World and we will kick off with a visit from Clifford, the Big Red Dog at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. Clifford’s visit is provided to us by WLJT-TV of Martin, our local PBS affiliate. All our other programs begin at 10 a.m. and will be every Tuesday and Wednesday during the month of June. Through our reading program we will take virtual trips to Zimbabwe and Scotland, sample foods from around the world, learn about local wildlife, see a fantastic magic show, and a fun puppet show. The library will definitely be the place
to be this summer, so pick up a schedule today. There are already 30 children on the Middle School Book Club list. The book club is in its eighth summer of operation and we grow in membership every year. Children who want to be part of the book club must register so we will know how many books to purchase. Our first meeting will be from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, and we will meet every Thursday during June and July. If your child has finished third grade through sixth grade, he/she may be part of the book club. Contact the library at 989-4673 for more information. We are happy to host two special displays this month. Our local office of the Carl Perkins Center for Child Advocacy has provided materials about their agency to raise awareness about child protection needs. Also, Carol Gertson, who is a member of the Quilters Without A Clue Quilt Guild, has loaned us one of her beautiful handcrafted quilts for our quilt rack. The Quilters meet from 9:30 to noon every third Saturday at the library and they welcome new members and beginning quilters. Special thanks goes to the Junior High Teen Advisory Board for meeting in emergency session to help me spend book funds that were only offered for a limited time. The boys and girls were armed with lists and were very helpful in suggesting books that their peers are reading. We will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. New arrivals at the library are: DVDS: The King’s Speech; Samurai Jack; The Switch; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1; Yogi Bear; Conviction; The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Tron: Legacy; Alice In Wonderland; and How Do You Know? AUDIO BOOKS: The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie; The Inner Circle; The Nine Tailors; The Magician’s Elephant; and The Sword In the Stone. JUVENILE LITERATURE: The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising; The Morganville Vampire
series; The Little Red Pen; Lone Wolf; Broadway Lights: Secrets of My Hollywood Life; Lock and Key; City of Fallen Angels; Shadowland; Mr. StrikeOut; Motorcross Double Cross; Soccer Shoot-Out; Blue Moon; Stone Fox; Book of Shadows; (Start Here); Dance With A Vampire; The Coffin Club; Vampireville; If I Were A Mouse; Dark Flame; Incarceron; Thirst; Dracula, My Love; Immortal; If I Never Forever Endeavor; Halo; Follow Me; (Play); (PopOver); and (Score). ADULT NON-FICTION: Old Time Country Wisdom and Lore: 1000’s of Traditional Skills and Simple Living; 101 Things I Hate About Your House: A Premier Designer Takes You Room-by-Room to Transform Your Home From Faux Pas to Fabulous; Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen; Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back; Plain Wisdom: An Invitation Into An Amish Home; and Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success As A Teenage Mother. ADULT FICTION: Save Me by Lisa Scottoline; Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts; Daughters-In-Law by Joanna Trollope; The Journey by Wanda Brunstetter; A Duke’s Temptation by Jillian Hunter; The Judgement by Beverly Lewis; Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson; I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark; Friendship Bread by Joanna Trollope; The Postmistress by Sarah Blake; The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice; The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly; Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans; Once Upon A Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg; Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy; Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke; The Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker; Three Seconds by Anders Roslund; True Grit by Charles Portis; Black Mesa by Zane Grey; 44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel; The Sixth Man by David Baldacci; Eve by Iris Johanson; and Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann B. Ross. See you at the library!
Almost everyone’s life has been touched in some way by Alzheimer’s. West Tennessee Healthcare, Union University and the Alzheimer’s Association invite the public to the first Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital’s J. Walter Barnes Conference Center. This conference is designed to provide helpful information about Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving, coping and valuable resources. The featured speaker will be Teepa Snow, who is an occupational therapist working as a dementia care and dementia education specialist. She has
more than 30 years of clinical experience in the field of geriatrics and dementia care. Currently, she has an independent practice as well as clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. She provides interactive and creative educational and training sessions to organizations and providers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Organizers say the topics covered will include: “The Basics of Alzheimer’s”; “Why Do They Do That? Symptoms in Real Life and What to Do about Them”; “How to Communicate with Someone Who has Dementia”; and “Making
Moments of Joy: It’s What You Choose to Do as a Caregiver.” Door prizes and a box lunch, along with snacks and drinks throughout the day, are included in the $5 registration. Those needing to fill nursing education contact hours with receive 4.75 contact hours for attending the conference. Continuing Education for Social Workers is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 11. For registration information or more information, go to www.wth.org/ supportgroups, or call Regina Smith at 731-5418757 or Jan Boud at 731661-5454.
Celebrating more than moms on Mother’s Day Every spring individuals celebrate their mothers on Mother’s Day. It has evolved from a day to honor mothers to one that recognizes all special women. Therefore, if there is a woman in one’s life who isn’t a biological mother — but special nonetheless—Mother’s Day can be a time to tell her how much she is appreciated. There are many reasons a person may want to honor a woman that is not his or her mother. Perhaps the person’s own mother has passed away or is not prominent in this individual’s life. Maybe there is a grandmother or aunt with whom one is especially close. There may be a teacher or mentor that has touched the life of a person in a special way. Although Mother’s Day is built around giving thanks to Mom, it’s certainly acceptable to thank women in addition to dear old Mom. Furthermore, one needn’t wait until a specific day in May to honor a notable woman. This can be done all year long with certain gestures and sentiments. For those who are celebrating all women on Mother’s Day, here are some ways to set the day apart. • Create a handmade card with personalized sentiments that reflect the unique relationship with this special woman. This can mean more than a prepurchased card that may not offer the right words. • Find out her interests and spend a day doing entirely what she wants to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to take place on Mother’s Day. A trip to a museum or a day at the park — whatever it may be — can be a nice outing. • Treat her to a special dinner. Ask about favorite foods and create a meal at home. If dining out is a must, choose a day other than Mother’s Day to avoid the crowds and have intimate moments with just the two of you, espe-
cially if you are also honoring your own mother on Mother’s Day. • Find something you both enjoy and then go and do that. Maybe you met up due to a hobby or interest. Remember the first day you met and reminisce by heading to that place for a celebration. • Have an extended family fiesta. Host a
Mother’s Day party at home and single out all the special women in attendance. Serve cocktails and enjoy the time spent together. Mother’s Day is a special time of the year to honor not only a person’s mom but also any other notable woman in his or her life. The holiday can be customized any way a person sees fit.
VFW president visiting
Cortina Barnes, national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will visit Chattanooga on Aug. 19. All members of the VFW Auxiliary are invited to meet Barnes as they mark the 97th year of service by the organization.
Obituaries Curtis D. Beene Date of Death – April 26, 2011 Curtis D. Beene, 82, of Henderson, passed away April 26, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were held April 29 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel with Bro. Earl Edwards and Bro. Stan Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in Chester County Memory Gardens. He was born in Finger, the son of the late Walter Gordon and Mary Elizabeth Yearwood Beene. He went to school at Harmony. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1945 and served 23 years. He served in Little Rock, Ark., England, San Antonio, Texas, and Tampa, Fla. He married Dorothy Melrose Collins while he was stationed in Tampa. After retiring, they moved to Bethel Springs for 15 years where he operated Beene’s Meat House. He moved to Henderson in 1995. He loved to garden and supplied the countryside with tomatoes. Mrs. Beene died in 2003. He married Fae Curry in December 2005. He was a member of the Finger Church of Christ and served as a deacon. He was active in the repair work around the church building. Mr. Beene is survived by two daughters, Shirley Crisp of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Linda Emerson (J.C.) of Henderson; three grandchildren, June Hernandez (Tico), Justin Emerson (Tessa) and Brooke Emerson; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Hannah, Noah Hernandez, and preceded in death by two great-granddaughters, the Emerson twins. He is also survived by two brothers, Jere Beene of Henderson and Jimmy Beene (Wanda) of Bethel Springs; two sisters, Sue Burgund of Henderson and Onnie Houska of Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Georgia Beene. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Beene and B.W. Beene; and four sisters, Marie Kennedy, Margie Stanfill, Georgiana Rameriz and Vela Romines. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) May 5, 2011
Ruby Swoape Date of Death – April 27, 2011 Ruby Belle Brown Swoape, 80, of Pinson, passed away April 27, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were held April 30 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel with Bill Robbins and Mark Brewer officiating. Burial followed in Rogers Cemetery at Pinson. She was born and reared in Hardeman County at Piney Grove, the daughter of the late James and Addie Belle Moss Brown. She attended school at Silerton. She married Frank Swoape in October 1946. They lived six years in California, two years in Phoenix, Ariz., and moved to Pinson in 1957. She worked at Salant and Salant Manufacturing, in the fabric department at Gibson’s, at the Bemis Cotton Mill, and Service Merchandise. She loved to garden and work in her flowers. She was all about her family. They were her life. She was a member of the Pinson Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Frank Swoape of Pinson; a daughter, Deborah Diggs (Mike) of Pinson; a daughter-in-law, Janie Swope; grandchildren, Brian Swope, Bridget Fernandes (Lincoln), Crystal Doyle (Tim), Amber Diggs, and Matthew Diggs (Zandrea); and a great-grandchild, Austin Bingham. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Swope in 2011; six brothers, Roy, Elvin, Pete, Orin, James and Thomas Brown; and sisters, Thelma Bradford, Aller Dodd, Lydi Wiggins and Juanita Brown. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) May 5, 2011
Dorothy Lee Cicotte Date of Date – April 27, 2011 Dorothy Lee Pickett Cicotte, 78, of Henderson, passed away April 27, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were held April 30 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Johnson Chapel with Richard McCaskill and James Rice officiating. Burial followed in Sweetlips Cemetery in Chester County. She was born in McNairy County, the daughter of the late William Tell and Clara Elenora Lutrell Pickett. She married Eddie Cicotte and they made their home in Henderson. She worked at Schultz Manufacturing and then Salant and Salant Manufacturing for 25 plus years. She loved gardening, fishing and collecting trinkets. She was a member of the Henderson Church of Christ. Dorothy loved to be with her family and loved her pets. She is survived by her sisters, Martha Fay Rice, Lois Jeanette Pickett and Wilma Morris, all of Henderson; and brothers, Terry Dwight Pickett of Beech Bluff, Max Ray Pickett of Milledgeville, W.C. Pickett, Columbus Detroyce Pickett, David Brice Pickett and Ralph Gordan Pickett, all of Henderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Cicotte in 1972; a sister, Marry Joe Hampton; and a brother, William Troy Pickett. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) May 5, 2011
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Johnny Foster Curtis, Jr. Date of Death – April 28, 2011 Johnny Foster Curtis Jr., 70, of Donelson, died April 28, 2011 in Donelson. Funeral services were conducted on May 1 from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill with Randy Curtis officiating. Burial followed in Swanson Cemetery in Chapel Hill. (www.lawrencefuneral.net) Mr. Curtis was born in Williamson County and was a son of the late Connie Bell Neal and Johnnie Foster Curtis Sr. He was a graduate of Forrest High School Class of 1960 and was formerly employed with Yellow Freight Company of Nashville. In addition to his parents, Mr. Curtis was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Curtis; foster daughter, Lou Conners; and brothers, Robert Curtis and Charles Curtis. Mr. Curtis is survived by his wife, Mary Curtis of Donelson; daughter, Marla (Richard) Lewis of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Clayton and Abi Lewis of Mt. Juliet; two adopted sons, Tim Curtis and James Curtis; sisters, Dot (Joe) Burns of Nashville and Wanda Burns of Chapel Hill; brothers, Billy (Gayle) Curtis of Chapel Hill and Ben (Carol) Curtis of Lewisburg; special nephew-in-law, Johnny Allen; special friend, Eddie Richards; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN, 37203. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) May 5, 2011
Peggy Roberts Hall Date of Death – May 2, 2011 Peggy Jean Hemby Roberts Hall, 75, of Henderson, passed away May 2, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel with Bro. Roy Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in Chester County Memory Gardens. She was born and reared in Chester County, the daughter of the late Johnnie Anderson and Annie Estelle Linton Hemby. She attended schools in Chester County. She worked in the local garment factories and was married to Herschel Roberts. They made their home in Henderson. Mr. Roberts died in 1964. She was an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union of which she retired. She later married Wallace Hall, who preceded her in death. She enjoyed working in her yard, fishing and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Estes Church of Christ. She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Lackey of Henderson; a granddaughter, Ashley Mosier and a great-grandchild, Odin Mosier; two brothers, Donnie Hemby and Ronnie Hemby, both of Henderson; and a niece, Jessica Hollin of Henderson. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd, Lloyd and Ricky Hemby; and a nephew, Johnnie Hemby. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) May 5, 2011
Jesus Christ Answers By Roy B. Duck After accepting Jesus Christ as my total Master in 1996, I was still active in insurance sales. I shared my Jesus experiences with many people that I met while working. I found out that if you reveal your inner self to people, many of them would reciprocate. Consequently, I heard many Jesus stories from these people. A couple of them were from a woman from Linden. Until I shared some of my experiences with her, she told me she had never shared these stories with anyone. In late 1999, this woman’s husband was in a hospital near death from heart problems and on a respirator. One day, she went down to the chapel to pray. She asked the Lord to keep him alive until their 50th wedding anniversary. She heard a voice that told her that her husband would live three more years, but no longer. They did have their 50th anniversary and he died in early 2003. After his death, she was in despair. She had quit working for an extended period to care for him. As time passed, her financial budget was tight, she continued to grieve and there seemed to be no relief in sight. In April, she went to bed one night in anguish and was praying for help. She experienced what she would later call the ultimate peace. She heard that same voice again telling her that she would be OK and that He would take over. She drifted off to sleep and got up the next morning ready to get on with her life.
Celebrating Stepmothers Harvest Time Church of God In Christ, 414 Beechwood St. in Henderson, plans to celebrate step moms this Mother’s Day. If you know a great stepmother or have a great stepmother, visit Harvest Time on Facebook and tell us why she should be Harvest Time’s Stepmom of the Year! All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. For more information, call 438-0539, 394-4789, or e-mail Juanita Szaabo at email@example.com.
Homecoming Services Cave Springs Baptist Church will have Homecoming Services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 8. Josh and Ashley Franks will be singing first and then Pastor Randy Hart will preach. Lunch will follow. Everyone is invited. Pleasant Springs United Methodist Church will hold their 133rd annual Homecoming on Sunday, May 8. Church service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and singing at 1 p.m. There will be a special tribute to all mothers for Mother’s Day. Everyone is invited.
Gospel Singing The Whisnants will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Selmer Second Baptist Church. The group has had 10 number one songs. Admission is free, however a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 607-1948.
Free Food Pantry A free food pantry is set up for the needy only from 911 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at Montezuma United Methodist Church. Take Hwy. 45 South from Henderson, turn right on Montezuma Road (across from Estes Church of Christ), the church is located three miles on the right. Drive around to the back of the church. Due to overwhelming response, the requirements for baskets are: must be a Chester County resident; picture ID for all adults; SS cards for the household; proof of residency, household income, custody for children; verification of children’s ages; your actual utility or rental bill; proof of household monthly expenses and loss/crisis (layoff notice or doctors’ excuse); DL may be required. For those who don’t have transportation, call 608-1038 or 695-9497.
Early bird service The Henderson Church of Christ worship hour is carried over WFHU 91.5 at 8 a.m. each Sunday. The program includes recorded acappella singing, prayer, scripture reading, and a live sermon.
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Property transfers FHU Associates’ Rummage Sale The Freed-Hardeman University Associates’ will have a rummage sale at the National Guard Armory on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday, May 6, from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. everything will be half price. From 2-7 p.m. on Friday, fill a shopping bag with clothes for $1 and other items will be half price. All proceeds from the sale will go toward scholarships.
National Day of Prayer The National Day of Prayer will be at noon on Thursday, May 5, at the Chester County Courthouse. Come pray as a community for our families, schools, community and national leaders, armed forces, economy and our businesses, Prayers will be led by local pastors.
Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 6, at North Chester School cafeteria at 186 Luray Ave. A child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30, in order to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year. Documents needed during the registration process include the Tennessee Immunization Record or Child Health Record, physical exam record (dated no more than one year prior to the start of school on Aug. 2), birth certificate (official copy), social security card, and proof of residence (example: water bill, electric bill, or rent receipt). For more information about registration, call Linda Patterson or Patsy Doyle at 989-5134 or Ethel Wade at 9898143. If you have not returned a survey indicating that your child is eligible for kindergarten, call the Board of Education office at 989-5134.
Bake Sale/Mothers’ Day Desserts There will be a bake sale featuring “Mothers’ Day Desserts” from 8 a.m. until on Saturday, May 7, in the parking lot of Enville Methodist Church. Items for sale will include homemade breads, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, sausage and biscuits, and lemonade. Proceeds will go for upkeep of the Enville Community Center.
CC Youth Soccer Registration Chester County Youth Soccer registration will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at West Chester Elementary School. The ages are from 4–16 years. Your child must be 4 years of age by July 31. For more information, call Kim McNeil at 695-8165 or visit the website at www.chestercountysoccer.com
Mothers’ Day Banquet Beech Spring Baptist Church Choir will host its 20th annual Mothers’ Day Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Chester County Senior Center, 247 E. Main St. Minister Chris Rainer will be the speaker. A donation of $10 is requested. The public is invited.
Tri-County School Reunion The Tri-County School Reunion will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Milledgeville United Methodist Church. A potluck meal will be served. Bring a dish and a friend. For information, call Margie Alexander at 687-3811 or Donnie Hanna at 608-1988.
Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale Madison County Master Gardeners will host their annual plant sale from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 7, at the UT Agricultural Complex located at 309 N. Parkway in Jackson. A diverse selection of reasonably priced plants which are grown locally by master gardeners will be available. Also included in the sale will be gardening items such as handmade bluebird houses and hypertufa pots. Master gardeners will be on site to answer questions and provide gardening tips.
McNairy Horse Show The McNairy County Equine Association will have its first show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. There will be 24 classes to show. Negative coggins required. All riders welcome.
BQA Meeting A Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the UT Extension Office, 126 Crook Ave. This will be for BQA recertification and initial certification as well. Call the UT Extension Office at 989-2103 for more details.
Enville VFD Fundraiser The Enville Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual Barbecue Fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. This will include barbecued pork, chicken and bologna. All proceeds are used for supplies for the department.
Pre-Kindergarten Registration Pre-kindergarten registration will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at North Chester School cafeteria at 186 Luray Ave. A child must be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2011, in order to be eligible for the 2011-12 school year. Documents needed during the
registration process include birth certificate (official copy), Social Security card, proof of income, and proof of residence (example: water or electric bill, or rent receipt). You will be notified in July if your child qualifies for the class. On the first day of school you must provide updated immunization records and physical exam. For information, call Linda Patterson or Patsy Doyle at 989-5134.
Hickory Corner Homecoming The Hickory Corner Community Center invites everyone to their Homecoming on Saturday, May 21. Opening ceremonies will start at 11 a.m. Ham and bean dinner plates include beans, slaw, onion, cornbread, dessert and drink for $5. Hot dogs will also be available. The cakewalk will be at 1 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the center.
Doug and Jessica Acred to Charles and Brooke Mullins - $68,000 Randy and Shannon Ballard to Ike Castellaw and Meredith Holder $25,000 Bank of Jackson to Joseph T. Igou - $220,000 City of Henderson to Southwest HRA – 0 J.C. and Brenda Copeland to Charles Lewis - $6,000 Joe and Jean Cox to Finis Kelley - $37,000 Don and Joyce Harrison to Judson and Marsha Davis - $3,300 Willard and Dorothy Hearn to Matthew and Amanda Hearn - $10,000
John and Theresa Hodges to William J. Barclay - $70,000 Daniel and Heather Hope to Jonathan and Ashley Estes - $165,000 Donald Sr. and Shirley Lawrence to Donald Lawrence Living Trust – 0 David and Linda Lipe to Joel and Elizabeth Sanford - $135,000 Ronald E. Moten to Jerry and Alejandra Boblett - $15,000 Lymon Parsons to Ashley C. Lilly - $59,000 Columbus and Loreta Pickett to Darlene Marie Hurst - $28,000 Columbus and Loreta Pickett to William Terry
Pickett - $10,000 Joel and Elizabeth Sanford to Daniel and Lori Malone - $99,900 William and Kimberly Shumate to Russell and Nancy Carter - $134,900 Tri-State Express, Inc. to Jerry Morris Jr. $160,000 Alexander Jr. and Heather Verduzco to Paul Jerry Engle - $126,000 Thomas Whitman to Ed Haltom - $30,000 Lee and Holly Wilkinson to Jeremy and Shawna Northrop $100,000 Scott and Paige Wilson to Melissa A. Taylor $117,900
CCHS Class of ’81 planning reunion The Chester County High School Class of 1981 has slated its 30-year reunion for Saturday, June 11. Forward your address, phone numbers and email address to Cindy Sherrill Jones, 4965 Wilson School Road, Henderson, TN 38340, or Facebook Renee Ross Phelps or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Other classmate contact information is needed.
CCHS Class of 1991 Reunion The Chester County High School Class of 1991 will hold its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Miss Ollie’s at 111 E. Lafayette St. in Jackson. Please send $25 per person to Marilyn Malone Davis, PO Box 412, Henderson, TN 38340 no later than May 20, or contact Bruce McIntyre at Bruce@MyResilientLife.com for more information.
Pine Wood Derby and Baseball for Special Needs Children Through the help of our local Cub Scouts, special needs children will have the opportunity to participate and create memories of their own. The inaugural Pine Wood Derby for Special Needs Children will begin with car construction on Saturday, May 7, at Fellowship Bible Church in Jackson. The race will be the following Saturday, May 14, in the same location. To sign your child up to participate in this event, email Michael Richerson (email@example.com) or call Mona DeFord at 343-1627, no later than Saturday, April 16. Special Needs Athletics Baseball season starts Thursday, May 5, and will run for 10 consecutive weeks. All games will be played at the West Tennessee Sportsplex on Field 1. If you want to play and haven’t signed up yet, call Mona DeFord at (731) 343-1627 or Michael Richerson at (731) 3946675 for instructions.
CCHS Class of ’79 50th Birthday Party The Chester County High School Class of 1979 is having a 50th birthday party on Saturday, June 18, at “The Barn.” All classmates, whether graduates or not, are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Beverly Morton at 731-435-9185 or Phil Butler at 731-6978575.
Senior Centers plan trips The Chester County Senior Center is planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam for May 17-27. The cost is $919 per person (double occupancy). For information and reservations, contact Joanne Bulliner-Osborne at 989-7434. The Selmer Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Fla., May 9-14. The cost is $599 per double occupancy. The Selmer Senior Center is sponsoring a trip out West for July 23-31, and a Western Caribbean Cruise Oct. 15-23. For more information, call Hollie Knight at 645-7843.
Word Weavers meets each month Word Weavers, a local writing group, meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Chester County Library. Word Weavers is a group for anyone interested in writing. Visitors are welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous The Henderson group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. each Tuesday (closed discussion), 8 p.m. on Thursdays (open discussion) and 3 p.m. on Sundays (open discussion and big book). Meetings are now located at First United Methodist Church on North Ave. in Henderson. For more information, call 989-8348.
Yoga Classes Yoga classes are being offered at First United Methodist Church. The classes are taught by Carleen Miller, certified yoga instructor, and are held every Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church’s Christian Life Center gym. The cost is $5 per session. For information, call the church office at 9892732.
Recycle cell phones The Chester County Senior Center and the Chester County Solid Waste Department have joined together to recycle cell phones. You may drop them off at Miller’s Big Star, all five convenience centers, or the Senior Center. It helps the environment and is a fundraiser for the Senior Center. Used ink cartridges are also recycled.
Chester Co. Relay For Life: May 20, 2011 Relay For Life Events Relay’s Got Talent Relay’s Got Talent is looking for anyone with talent to compete for cash prizes at Relay on May 20. Call WYN106.9 at 427-9616 and they will fax you an entry form, or inquire at Clayton Bank’s 101 E. Main St. branch. The first 20 entries will be accepted and is open to all ages. Win cash and help the American Cancer Society. An Elvis Look-Alike Contest will be held at Relay in honor of Danny “Goose” Jones. The contest is open to all ages. Participants in the Elvis Look-Alike contest will vie for the best Elvis costume of the evening.
CCMS Talent Show
Chester County Middle School’s Relay for Life Talent Show will be held at Loyd Auditorium on the campus of Freed-Hardeman University at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6. There will also be shows at Williams Auditorium beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5. Admission for each show is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6 and above, and children under 6 admitted free. Proceeds go to benefit Relay for Life.
Riding for a Cure
D.A.R.C M/C and Taco Bell of Henderson would like to invite all riders to join in riding for a cure charity motorcycle ride for Chester County Relay For Life 2011. Anyone who would like to
ride will need to meet at the South Highland Taco Bell in Jackson on Saturday, May 7. Registration will be from 910:30 a.m.. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. There will be $10 fee per bike and $5 per additional rider. All proceeds will go to Chester County Relay For Life. Stops will be made along the way at designated Taco Bells and will end at the CC Taco Bell. For early registration or more information, call Tim at 695-4012 or Falecia at 879-9940. The rain date will be the following Saturday at the same times.
There will be a dog show hosted by the Relay For Life committee at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 20, during the annual relay event. Prizes will be awarded in the small, medium, and large dog categories. Entry fee will be $5 and you may register by contacting Tami Casey at 9895984. Registration will also be accepted prior to the 6:15 p.m. show time. All proceeds will benefit the Chester County Relay for Life.
“You’ve Been Flocked” and “Paint the Town Purple” campaigns now underway
“You’ve Been Flocked” and “Paint the Town Purple” campaigns are underway. Purple bows may be purchased for $10 at the Chester County Property Assessor’s Office, the Chamber of Commerce, and Taco Bell. Tell all your friends
and neighbors to buy a bow for their mailboxes or doors and join in the cancer awareness outreach. Contact Beverly Morton at 989-4882 for more information. If you desire to see two dozen pink flamingos adorning the yard of your favorite person, you may do so for $25. The flock of birds will remain there for 24 hours until they fly away to another deserving person. Contact Kevin Howell at 731-608-2865 or any committee member for more information.
Recycling for a cure taking place throughout the county
Chester County Relay for Life is recycling for a cure this year. The community is being asked to assist with this fundraising event, by dropping off any aluminum cans at the recycling bins at any Chester County Solid Waste and Recycling locations within the county. Also, look for the purple barrels placed around businesses in the area. For additional information, call Teresa at 6952100.
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FHU hosting TranSouth softball tourney The TranSouth Conference postseason softball tournament is set for Morgan Stadium at Associates Field at Freed-Hardeman University, May 3-6. Trevecca Nazarene University, the defending tournament champions, is the top seed again this year after claiming the regular season championship. The Trojans have won five out of the last six regular season titles. Union has locked up the No. 2 seed while FreedHardeman University is the No. 3 seed narrowly edging out No. 4 seed Cumberland University. Martin Methodist College will be the No. 5 seed while Lyon College takes the No. 6 seed by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker over Bethel University, which is the No. 7 seed. Mid-Continent University is the No. 8 seed while first-year program Blue Mountain College is the No. 9 seed. The tournament began with the 8/9 game on Tuesday, with the remaining games beginning on Wednesday, May 4.
Yates, Cousar named all-conference
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
Freed-Hardeman shortstop Jill Brock leaps for an overthrown ball as a Lyon base runner slides into second. The action came during the Lady Lions’ regular season home finale Thursday.
Brittany Yates and Sarah Elizabeth Cousar were named first team TranSouth all-conference selections in the postseason awards released on Monday. This is the third year that Yates, a 5-foot-8 junior from Jackson, has been selected as an all-conference player. She was a second-team selection as a freshman in 2009 and a sophomore in 2010. This season, Yates batted .310 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs to lead the Lady Lions in both categories. Cousar, a 5-foot-8 freshman from Covington, was FHU’s No. 1 starter and leadoff hitter for much of the season. She batted .295 and led the team with 10 stolen bases. In the circle, she went 13-9 with a 3.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts.
CCHS hosting baseball district,
Lady Lions split with Bethel, finish third in conference softball at Selmer, Saturday The Freed-Hardeman 9 a.m. Wednesday. FHU started strong in game two, going three-forLady Lions’ softball team finished the regular season by splitting with Bethel University Saturday, winning 4-3 in the opener and dropping the finale 7-5. Freed-Hardeman hosts the upcoming TranSouth C o n f e r e n c e Championships which began Tuesday. FHU gets the No. 3 seed in the tournament and plays Lyon at
The Lady Lions built a 4-0 lead in game one after the top of the fifth inning before Bethel came back with three in the bottom of the frame, but Savannah Cole kept the Lady Wildcats from tying the game in the final two innings to earn the save. Bailey Morgan hit a solo home run while Brittny Johnson went two-forthree with two RBIs.
game two as well, getting four runs in the first and another in the second to take a 5-0 lead. But again, Bethel scored three times in the fifth and was able to get the split with four runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Summer Cole, finished off by Katie Pacifici’s two-run walk-off home run. Brittany Yates continued her hot hitting in
four with her ninth home run of the year and three RBIs.
Senior sweep Yates hit a walk-off single to complete a comeback victory in the first game of a double-header, then homered and drove in three runs as the FreedHardeman Lady Lions swept Lyon, 5-4 and 9-1,
Chester County’s Eagle Field is the site of the 2011 high school baseball district tournament. First round games were scheduled Tuesday at the top four seeds, with the remainder of the tournament set for Eagle Field through next week. The district softball tournament begins this weekend at Selmer. CCHS softball is the number two seed and plays Saturday at 4 p.m. CCHS boys soccer is still in regular season play with two games remaining before the regional begins next week.
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Arthur named all-conference, seven named scholar-athletes Leamond Arthur was voted to the All-TranSouth Conference second team for the second year in a row, but was FHU’s only player represented on the all-conference squads released on Saturday, April 30. Arthur, a senior catcher from Ripley, finished the regular season with a .314 batting average and .411 on-base percentage with 17 dou-
bles, five home runs and a teamleading 48 RBIs after starting 49 games for the Lions. Seven Freed-Hardeman Lions were named TranSouth Conference Scholar Athletes. They are Evan Mansell, Charlie Overturf, Kyle Parrish, Justin Mackey, Jonathan Soto, Ben Graddy and Hunter Newby. To qualify for the award, student-
athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a sophomore or above in academic classification. Freed-Hardeman finished the regular season with a 27-26 overall record and 12-12 conference record. The Lions had a strong finish in conference play, winning nine of their last 12 to move into fifth place.
Regular season ends with 9-6 Lion victory Robert Prieto and Kyle Dearing both had three hits as the FreedHardeman Lions’ strong play continued in the last game of the baseball regular season with a 9-6 win over Martin Methodist on Saturday afternoon in Pulaski. The Lions (27-26, 1212) took a 9-2 lead into the home half of the ninth inning before the RedHawks created a bit of a scare, scoring four times and bringing the tying run to the plate. Matt Singleton, though, worked out of the jam and wrapped up the victory. It finished a strong close to the regular season for FHU, which has
won 12 of its last 16 games and nine of its last 12 conference games. Martin Methodist took an early lead after scoring once in the second inning but Dearing and Prieto answered with RBI singles in the top of the third to put FHU on top. The Lions added to their lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Prieto and a sacrifice fly by Evan Mansell. Leamond Arthur added an RBI single in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth, and Kirkland Wheeler hit a solo home run in the eighth for his second in as many games. Dustin Speight scored on See LIONS, Page 3-B
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Augusta McClary of Freed-Hardeman fields a sharplyhit ground ball in the Lady Lions’ doubleheader sweep Thursday at Morgan Stadium.
Lions’ golf wraps up return
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FHU pitcher Amos Bingham delivers a pitch during the Lions’ victory over Christian Brothers April 26 at Carnes Field.
The Freed-Hardeman Lions’ first golf season since 2005 came to a close April 22 at the Union University Spring Invitational held at Wingfoot Golf Club in Union City, where FHU placed 11th out of 13 teams. Freed-Hardeman shot a two-day, three-round total of 955 (321-314-320) on the 6,835 yard, par 72 course with its secondround 314 being the team’s lowest score of the
year. Darren Bart was again Freed-Hardeman’s low finisher, placing in a tie for 30th place at 231 (76-7778). Bart ranked second in the tournament in total pars with 37. Jonathan West (81-7881=240) finished 47th followed by Scott Milam (8280-79=241) and Bryant Cashion (82-79-82=243). Carson Wiley rounded out the team’s scores with a 256 (84-84-88).
Victory in tourney for CCJHS soccer Chester County Junior High grabbed its first ever post-season tournament victory with 4-0 washout of Dyersburg Saturday. CCJHS got goals from Tyler Holeman, Braden Lott, Ryan Stanfill, and Michael Whitehead. Destiny Morris recorded the shutout in goal. “This win has given the
team a great boost in confidence,” said Chester County head coach Tommy Kirk. “They are no longer satisfied just being in the tournament, they know that they can win it all.” The victory sends the Junior Eagles to Tuesday meeting with Covington. Results were not available at press time.
Eagle seniors Photo courtesy Kelly Hatch
Chester County seniors played their final regular season home games over last weekend. From left are CCHS assistant coach Ryan Coleraine, Adam Crouse, Josh Cupples, Eagle head coach Mike Goff, Josh Hatch, Andrew Hunt, and Mason Wells. CCHS is currently hosting the district tournament at Eagle Field.
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Youth soccer registration is Saturday at West Chester County Youth Soccer registration will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at West Chester Elementary School. Ages are from 4-16, and your child must be 4 years of age by July 31. For more information, call Kim McNeil at 695-8165, or visit the website at www.chestercountysoccer.com.
American Heart Assn. to benefit from 5k, 10k Proceeds are scheduled to go the American Heart Association from a 5K and 10K race, as well as a walk, scheduled for 9 a.m. May 21 at McKeller-Sipes Regional Airport, Hwy 70 west of Jackson. There will be chip timing on a USATF certified flat course. Entry fee is $30, and all who preregister by May 4 are guaranteed a high-tech shirt. Sponsor is the Walker Clinic of Jackson. For more information, call 731-225-3379, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is http://www.walkerclinic.com.
UTM hosting camps
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Elite Sports, with three players from Chester County, won the championship of the Double Decker Dandy 12year-old baseball tournament recently in Oxford, Miss. Members of the team include, front row from left: Austin Rich, Sid McGee, mascot Ryder Harville, Conner Simmons, Christian Kirk, and Kason Emison; and back row: Coach Chad Harville, Sam Harris, Jacob Jones, Austin Richie, Logan Roberts, Jaylan Northern, McKinley Smith, Grant Burns, and Coach Brandon Jackson.
Waverly’s Adams joins FHU cross country
The University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting summer softball camps, May 31-June 2 and June 14-15 at the Bettye Giles Softball Park on campus. The first is a day camp for ages 6-13 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Cost is $75 which includes T-shirt and insurance. An advanced hitting and pitching camp is also offered from 2-4 p.m. May 31-June 2, also for ages 6-13, for an additional cost of $80. Cost for both camps is $125. The second session, June 14-15, is for ages 14 through graduating high school seniors. Time is 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and fee is $125 For more information, call 731-881-7162, or email to email@example.com.
QB Club meet is May 12, Haywood at CC is May 19 The Chester County High School Quarterback Club will meet at 6 p.m. May 12 at the school cafeteria. All interested parties are urged to attend. CCHS will play Haywood in a spring scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. May 19 at Eagle Stadium. The contest was originally scheduled at Brownsville.
Generals celebrating Cinco de Mayo Thursday The Jackson Generals will celebrate Cinco de Mayo Thursday as part of their five-game homestand against the Birmingham Barons. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Pringles Park and they will have several concession specials. An Air Force swearing-in ceremony will take place before the 7:05 p.m. Friday contest, followed after the contest by a post game fireworks display.
Trent Adams, a senior from Waverly Central High School has signed to run for the Freed-Hardeman men’s cross country team next year. Trent Adams, a senior from Waverly Central High School in Waverly, has signed to run for the Freed-Hardeman men’s cross country team next year. Because Waverly Central has no cross country team, Trent ran for nearby McEwen High School. Of this arrangement, FHU coach Derrick Spradlin says, “The dedi-
cation, drive, and independence that Trent displayed in running for McEwen while attending Waverly, which no other student in the history of his school has done, are qualities that I am excited for him to bring to our program here at Freed.” In addition to running cross country, Trent played on Waverly Central’s basketball and
Sports camps scheduled at FHU Each year, Freed-Hardeman University offers a wide assortment of summer camps for interested parties who wish to challenge and extend their abilities to a new level of competition. Cub Camps are for campers entering kindergarten through third grade. The volleyball day camp is for third through sixth grades. Camps scheduled for 2011 include: • Baseball Cub Camp – May 23-26 • Basketball Cub Camp – TBA • Girls’ Soccer Camp – June 19-23 • Baseball Boarding/Day Camp – June 6-10 • Baseball Day Camp – June 7-10 • Boys’ Soccer Camp – June 19-23 • Volleyball Day Camp – June 20-22 • Soccer Cub Camp – June 20-24 • Volleyball Boarding Camp – June 22-25 • Girls’ Basketball Camp – June 26-30 • Boys’ Basketball Camp – July 17-21 • Girls’ Basketball Post Camp – TBA For more information, call the FHU athletics office at 989-6900.
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Rachel Leach recently entered her first 5K race, coming in first place in her division. The race was the Little General 5K held April 30 at Union University.
soccer teams for four years. He won the Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award and attended Humphreys County Leadership Program in his junior year. The
Fellowship of Christian Athletes President also won the Governor’s Volunteer Star of the Year. Adams plans to major in Bible/Ministry, is the son of Mike and Traci Adams.
Chester County team in district Saturday A talented Chester County High School softball team is winding down its regular season as the district tournament approaches. CCHS has added a home game with Riverside Thursday, and is scheduled to open district play at Selmer at 4 p.m. Saturday against an opponent to be determined. In other games, CCHS hosted district-leader Lexington April 26, falling 7-2. The Eaglettes got both of their runs in the third inning. Logan McEarl led off with a double and advanced on a sacrifice by Cynthia Beene. After a walk to Beth Blackstock, Elantra Cox singled to score one runner, and Jessica Weeks drove in another with a double, pulling the Eaglettes within 5-2. However, they went hitless the remainder of the contest. Cox had three hits and scored three times as CCHS beat McNairy 6-2 at home last Thursday. Sammie Jo Ivy added two hits including a lead-off homer in the fifth. Bailey Gately got the victory, striking out six. Later that same day, CCHS played Bartlett in a
tournament in Jackson, pounding out a 9-1 victory. Katelyn Faulkner gave up only one hit to get the victory. McEarl blasted a three-run home run in the first inning to kick-start the offense. Also in the tournament, Halls had only two base runners off Kamara Trice as Chester County won easily, 5-0 in four innings. Hits by Cox, Weeks, and Ivy plated two runs in the first inning, with Ivy’s third-inning double scoring two more runs. That pitted Chester County against perennial state powerhouse Covington late Friday, and the Eaglettes jumped in front early, holding on for a 4-3 victory. Two firstinning walks mixed in with a Weeks single and a double by Ivy scored three runs in the first inning for CCHS. Cox hit a two-out home run in the second for 4-2 lead, and Gately struck out the final Covington hitter in the game with the tying runner on base to preserve the win. She fanned a total of 12 Lady Chargers, recording all the outs against her opponents. CCHS is now 26-5 on the year.
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Freed-Hardeman University 2011 Baseball Schedule Date
Opponent Location TranSouth Conference Tournament May 2-5, at Union in Jackson
Freed-Hardeman University 2011 Softball Schedule Date
Opponent Location TranSouth Conference Tournament May 3-6, at Freed-Hardeman
Chester County High School 2011 Softball Schedule Date Opponent Location May 5 Riverside Henderson May 7 District Tourney Selmer
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Chester County High School 2011 Boys Soccer Schedule
The Lions congratulate themselves following a victory over Christian Brothers April 26.
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Lions a wild pitch in the ninth for FHU’s last run. Amos Bingham picked up the win after throwing four innings in relief of starter Charlie Overturf. Bingham allowed one run on three hits, striking out two. In all, the Lions had 14 hits on the day lead by Prieto and Dearing’s three apiece. Justin Mackey, Arthur, and Speight each had two hits.
Mansell, Wheeler hit homers Mansell and Wheeler hit home runs in key spots, helping the FreedHardeman Lions earn a double-header split with Martin Methodist on Friday night in Pulaski, losing the opener 3-1 before winning the nightcap 12-7. Wheeler broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a two-out, three-run shot his first of the year - and Mansell followed in the sixth with a two-run blast (7) that also came with two outs. Martin Methodist
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FHU Thursday at Morgan Stadium. FHU trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the seventh of the first game, but Jill Brock led off the inning with a double the first of five straight hits for the senior - and advanced to third on a one-out pinch-hit single by Amber Vansandt. Sarah Elizabeth Cousar followed with a double to score Brock and move Audra Yopp, running for Vansandt, over to third. Two batters later, Yopp scored on a close play at the plate after Bailey Morgan struck out swinging but the ball got away from Lyon catcher Sarah Knudson. Yopp barely beat the tag, tying the game at 4-4 and setting up Yates’ game winning single as the next batter. Lyon took a 4-0 lead into the middle of the third after taking advantage of three FreedHardeman errors to score three runs in the second. Kristan Inman’s RBI double in the third produced what turned out to be Lyon’s final run of the game. The Lady Lions got two runs back in the third on an RBI single by Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Morgan. Neither team scored again until FHU’s rally in its last at-bat. Savannah Cole (5-4) earned the win in the first game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out four. It was her fourth win in her
answered with three runs in the sixth after a two-out error by Dearing extended the inning, but Josh Suttles retired the side in order in the seventh to earn his fifth save of the year. The Lions (26-26, 1112) gave Suttles a cushion after scoring two more times in the top of the final inning on a sacrifice fly by Prieto and an RBI single by Leamond Arthur. Josh Reynolds (5-1) picked up the win in relief of Hunter Newby, allowing one run in two innings. Reynolds and Andy Southard combined to allow just five hits in the first game, but MMC used three pitchers to hold the Lions to one run on four hits. Prieto drove in FHU’s lone run in the third on a single that plated Dearing from second base. However, MMC’s Travis Garcia hit a twoout, two-run home run to put the RedHawks on top. Joe Mike accounted for two of FHU’s four hits in game one and added a pair of hits in the second game. Mackey went 3-for-4 in game two while Prieto and Mansell each had two hits. TranSouth Conference Softball Standings Final Regular Season Team 1. Trevecca Naz. 2. Union 3. Freed-Hard. 4. Cumberland 5. Martin Meth. 6. Lyon 6. Bethel 8. Mid-Continent 9. Blue Mtn.
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last five starts. The nightcap was much less dramatic as FHU used a four-run third highlighted by Yates’ tworun home run (8) - and added runs in each of the next three innings until Brock’s fifth straight hit drove in Samantha Stricklin to complete the run-rule victory in six innings. Cousar (12-9) fought off control problems early to get the win, scattering five hits across six innings and working out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by allowing only one run. Brock’s senior night in particular was special as she went four-for-four in the second game. Her five straight hits, starting with her last at-bat in game one, raised her batting average almost 30 points. Yates and Morgan went two-for-three in game two with three RBIs. Johnson also went two-for-three in the game. Yates and Cousar each had two hits in game one. It was the final regular season home games for seniors Brock, Yopp, Betsy Pickler and Augusta McClary. The wins clinched a third-place finish in the regular season standings for the Lady Lions.
The win in the nightcap clinched a fifth-place finish and a spot in this week’s conference tournament for the Lions.
FHU pounds the Brothers The Freed-Hardeman offense scored 13 runs on 17 hits in just six innings as the Lions won their final home game of the season, 13-4, over Christian Brothers University on April 26 at Carnes Field. FHU scored in every inning and did the most damage with five runs in the fifth as the Lions rapped six straight hits after Dearing started things off with a one-out single. Mike finished the string of hits with an RBI single. Seven of the Lions’ 17 hits went for extra bases, including a two-run home run by Prieto (1) in the second inning. Mansell got FHU on the board with a two-run double in the first inning. Prieto added an RBI
TranSouth Conference Baseball Standings Final Regular Season Team 1. Cumberland 2. Trevecca Naz. 3. Union 4. Martin Meth. 5. Freed-Hard. 6. Bethel 7. Mid-Continent 8. Lyon 9. Blue Mtn.
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single in the third and Lincoln Lakoff did the same in the fourth before the Lions blew the game open in the fifth inning. Justin Mackey was a perfect five-for-five at the plate with three RBIs, while Prieto added three hits. Mansell, Dearing and Arthur each had two hits for FHU. Kyle Parrish (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one run over four innings of work. The win evened FreedHardeman’s record on the season at 25-25 entering the final weekend of regular season play.
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Social club presents “magical” sports tournament to benefit elementary students Gamma Tau Omega, one of Freed-Hardeman’s six social clubs, brought FHU a little of the charm associated with J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series with their version of the wizard game Quidditch. The Quidditch tournament played April 30 benefitted the club’s tutoring effort at South Elementary School. It raised more than $350 and an assortment of school supplies. The Hungry Hungry Hippogriffs representing Theta Nu captured the golden snitch to defeat Xi Chi’s Delta Death Eaters and win the tournament. The game’s rules are well-known to Harry Potter fans. Each team consisted of three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker. Chasers scored the quaffle through one of three hoop goals guarded by the opposing team’s keeper. Beaters attempted to prevent chasers from scoring by throwing bludgers at them as dis-
traction. The seeker, a position unique to Quidditch, attempted to capture a golden snitch to score 50 points and end the game. Each regularly scored goal was worth 10 points. Like the mythical sport, players were required to make all movements on the field while sitting on brooms. Certain rules have been changed to make this version less contact oriented, including the quaffle being a traditional volleyball, bludgers being dodgeballs, and the golden snitch a recruited
cross-country runner wearing golden flags. Gamma Tau Omega had been tutoring at South Jackson Elementary since the spring of 2010 to help them raise their TCAP scores. The GTO members typically tutor the same students each visit so they can become influential mentors and develop a personal relationship with them. Harry Potter-themed concessions were for sale, and donations of cash, clothing, canned foods or school supplies were accepted at the gate.
Gamma Tau Omega served refreshments similar to those enjoyed in the Harry Potter books. Pumpkin juice and “butterbeer” were two favorites from the series. Bertie Botts’ Beans (left) are the “magical” equivilent to jelly beans.
Photos by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent
A Freed-Hardeman University student (above) dressed in the style of robes from the Harry Potter series walks behind the Quidditch goals on Saturday afternoon. While golden snitches in the Harry Potter books are tiny flying balls, the muggle FHU teams had to substitute cross-country runners (at left, behind the fence). These snitches could run anywhere they wished between the baseball and soccer fields, and a seeker from each team had to try to catch one of the runners to end the game. Representatives for Gamma Tau Omega said that they are working on improving players’ flying ability before next year’s tournament.
Players had to follow the rules for Quidditch as lain out by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series – minus the flying. However, they still played the game aboard broomsticks.
Left, holding tight to their broomsticks, a chaser (left) and a beater (right) contemplate their next moves while the crowd cheers them on. At right, players scuffle over the quaffle, which is needed to score a goal in the Quidditch game.
Taylor graduates basic and AIT Army National Guard Pvt. Dakota W. Taylor has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT). During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions. During AIT, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area sup-
port, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations. The trainee performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations. Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order. Taylor is the son of Dannie W. Taylor of Enville, and Angela D. Wheeler of S. 39th St., Fort Pierce, Fla.
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USJ students out score Chester County for high school math competition awards University School of Jackson took the lion’s share of the awards in the 55th Annual Statewide High School Mathematics Contest held April 19 at Freed-Hardeman University. The competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Math Teachers Association, is conducted at testing centers throughout the state. At FHU, 168 students from six area high schools competed. The five areas of competition were Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-calculus, and Calculus. Fayette Academy and Adamsville, Chester County, Perry County, Riverside and Scotts Hill High Schools also participated in the
By Renee’ Thomas Students, faculty and staff were refreshed after Mother Nature blessed our county with lots of rain, dismissing school on Wednesday and Thursday. Students are working extra hard to make sure all schoolwork for the year is completed. Parents, encourage your child to do their best every day! This past Friday, teachers enjoyed Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center representative, Clay Jordan, on their staff development day. Mr. Clay described the many types of child abuse. He also shared indicators of child abuse and the effect child abuse has on society. For more information on what the Center does for Chester County, call 9897222 or 1-800-273-4747. Kindergarten students are preparing for their graduation. Their sweet little singing voices can be heard throughout the school. The ceremony will be held at the West Chester Gym at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Students need to be here at 6:15. Cap and gown pictures are available to purchase now in the school office or they will be available the night of the May 12. Kindergarten moms were treated to a special luncheon on Wednesday.
Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester Elementary, Jacks Creek Elementary, and West Chester Elementary Schools Monday, May 9 Manager’s choice Tuesday, May 10 Manager’s choice Wednesday, May 11 Manager’s choice Thursday, May 12 Manager’s choice Jacks Creek Field Day
competition. FreedHardeman faculty member Jamie Holtin serves as the FHU chair for the competition and supervises grading of the tests; she has been in this position for the last five years. The top 10 tests in each mathematics division from the Freed-Hardeman testing center will be forwarded to the regional chair; after another grading, the top 10 regional scores in each division will be sent to the Examinations Director to determine the statewide winners. The FHU testing center also presents awards to the area schools scoring highest in each of the divisions. The University School
of Jackson was the preeminent scorer in all of the mathematics divisions. Top scorers from USJ include Benjamin Coffman, Aisha Suara and Leah Sanders for Algebra I; John Villareal, Akua Nuako and Gouind Bindra for geometry; Benjamin Vargason, Gray Mager and Angad Bindra for Algebra II; Jacob Cohen, Aashray Singareddy and Rachel Harmon for pre-calculus; and Thomas Burton and Kwame Nuako for calculus. Fayette Academy was also represented with Laura Ferguson in the top three for pre-calculus and Daniel Klein for calculus. All of the top three scorers for the FHU test-
ing center will receive a Certificate of Merit for the contest. They will also be entered into the regional competition for a Certificate of Distinction. If they are among the top three scorers in the region, their scores will go up against the other regional winners to determine the state winners. School results in the five areas were Algebra I – USJ, Riverside, and Fayette Academy; Geometry—USJ, Chester County, and Fayette Academy; Algebra II— USJ, Adamsville, and Riverside; Pre-calculus— USJ, Fayette Academy, and Chester County; and calculus—USJ, Scotts Hill, and Riverside.
The students presented their moms specials gifts they had made for them. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, Chester County Kindergarten Registration will be May 56 at the old North Chester building. You will need to bring proof of residence, a copy of your child’s Social Security card, a birth certificate, immunization records, and a physical examination form. If you do not have all information gathered you may go ahead and start the registration process with the information you do have. Open House for new kindergarten students will be at 6:30 p.m. May 9. If you missed registration or were missing information, you may bring this to Open House night. First-grade parents need to be on the lookout for information regarding their Field Trip. Mother Nature has not cooperated with them as they have already rescheduled twice. Check student folders every day! Second-grade students enjoyed their, “Camp Out.” Students brought their favorite books and board games to share with their classmates. They were all comfy and snug in their sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. Student cooperation was fantastic! Second-grade teachers would like to express thanks to FreedHardeman University for allowing students to visit the Black Box Theater. After the students enjoyed a nice movie, they traveled to Chickasaw State Park and enjoyed a wonderful grilled meal that was prepared by the
parents. Third-grade students are continuing to prepare for fourth grade. They are working on friendly letters, identifying states and perfecting their multiplication tables. Huge thanks goes to CCMS for allowing them to tour the school this past Monday. P.E. classes are completing the End of Year Fitness GRAM. Parents should receive feedback before the end of the school year. The wet weather is keeping the students inside so “Coach A” is sharing lots of new, fun activities with the students. Yearbooks are here! If you did not pre-order a West Chester Yearbook, there are a few left. The cost is $35 (cash only). These are available on a first come first serve basis. Contact the school office if you are interested. Students were able to spend their earned AR points in the library this week. Mrs. Starla assisted the students while they purchased items. To earn AR points, students must complete a short comprehension test on the library books they have read. Our final PTO meeting for this school year will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. The new slate of officers will be presented to the members present for voting. Field Day will be Friday,
accounts. This includes lunch money and picture money. These accounts need to be cleared up before May 17. Thanks for your cooperation! We will like to continue to send get-well wishes to Reba Hunt. We all miss you and hope to see you soon! Chester County Youth Soccer will hold registration from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the West Chester Gym. Application forms should have come home with students this week. Our Relay For Life “Snack Shack” is open daily. Snack items include drink pouches, pop-tarts, chips, etc. Grab Bags are also available all for only .75 cents. All money goes to the American Cancer Society. Thanks for your support. West would like to recognize our wonderful “secretaries.” Our school would not function properly without them. We love and appreciate you – Janice Guinn, Kaye Middleton and Amy Frye.
Friday, May 13 Manager’s choice
Chester County Middle School Monday, May 9 Manager’s choice
May 6, weather permitting. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing so that they can perform at their best. Sunscreen might be needed! Parents are encouraged to check with the school regarding unpaid
Chester County Junior High School *Cereal, fruit, milk choice offered daily Monday, May 9 Manager’s choice
Wednesday, May 11 Manager’s choice
Tuesday, May 10 Baked chicken or Chili Cheese Maxwrap Mashed potatoes Green beans Salad, roll
Thursday, May 12 Manager’s choice
Wednesday, May 11 Manager’s choice
Friday, May 13 Field Day Sack Lunch Manager’s choice
Thursday, May 12 Manager’s choice
Tuesday, May 10 Manager’s choice
Friday, May 13
Inside CCHS by Meghan Black This week students have been taking the Gateway exams. Algebra I was given on Tuesday; English II will be given Wednesday; and Biology will be given on Thursday. These tests must be passed in order to graduate, so do your best, students! Yearbooks will be handed out on Friday of this week. Please bring the remainder you owe with you. Remember that checks will not be taken. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, they will be sold for $100 starting with seniors. There will only be a limited number of these yearbooks sold. Next week will begin End of Course testing and final exams for seniors. Just a reminder, the schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the testing. Make sure you’re prepared for your tests. Underclassmen finals will be given the week of May 16. Students can exempt
By Ally Rogers The junior high will host a sixth-grade night for upcoming sixthgraders to the junior high. This will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. We will also host a fifth-grade night at 6:30 on Thursday, May 12, for all upcoming fifth-graders. These will be short meetings to hear about some information, clubs, programs and activities offered at the junior high, meet and greet with teachers and tour the building. I encourage all students and their parents to attend, if this pertains to you! Progress reports were
By Amber Murley It is hard to believe the school year is almost over! We are working hard the last few days. Kindergarteners took a tour around Henderson
Chester County High School *Cereal, fruit choice or fruit juice, and milk choice offered daily Monday, May 9 Manager’s choice Tuesday, May 10 Manager’s choice Wednesday, May 11 Manager’s choice Thursday, May 12 Manager’s choice Friday, May 13 Manager’s choice
last week. They visited Clayton Bank where Mr. Jack Bulliner spoke to students about how the bank operates and even let them see a $1,000 bill! Mayor Bobby King took them around City Hall and Mr. Kyle Connor showed the students his new police car. The Henderson Fire Department showed the fire engine. Students also toured the courthouse. Afterwards, they enjoyed a picnic at Chickasaw State Park. Third-graders went on a trip to CCMS to get acquainted with the school. Thank you to Mr. Randle Fenimore, Mrs. Christy Swope, and Mrs. Sarah Hibbett for showing them around and answering questions. A big thank you goes to C & R Grocery, Jack’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, It Don’t Matter, Baskin Robbins, Sonic, and Pizza Hut for our TCAP rally prizes! Kindergarten graduation is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the gym. Be sure to get a yearbook before they are all gone. Bring $15 (cash) if you want one. Field Day is May 12 and Awards Day is May 16.
MEGHAN BLACK their finals if they either have no unexcused absences and an A average in the class or if they have less than two absences and have at least a C average in the class. There are several important dates coming up for our seniors. Awards Night will be Friday, May 13 in the high school cafeteria. Baccalaureate will be on Sunday, May 15 at Williams Auditorium. Graduation will be at 7:30 p.m. on May 16 at Loyd Auditorium. Congratulations to this year’s graduating class! sent home Monday. Please look over your child’s grades and the attached newsletter. This newsletter has some very important information on it pertaining to the end of the school year. If you have questions, email or call and set up an appointment with your child’s teacher. Because of the weather and days out of school last week, the current seventh-grade boys’ basketball try-outs and try-outs for current sixth-grade boys will be held together from 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, May 9, 10 and 13. If you have questions, email or call Coach Kirk. We will have our annual Awards Day on Wednesday, May 11. All students that will receive an award during the program will receive an invitation for themselves and their parents to attend. Cheerleading try-outs were held this past Tuesday at the CCJHS gym. Congratulations to all the girls who tried out! Spring practice for all boys playing football runs each Monday through Thursday through May 10. The Blue and White game will be May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school football stadium. The Beta and Courtesy Clubs are going on a joint field trip to the Memphis Zoo Thursday, May 5. This was rescheduled from last Thursday’s trip. Eighth-grade day at the junior high will be this Friday, May 6. This year has gone by so quickly, that it is hard to believe half of our student body will be in high school next year! They will be watching a slide show, eating a special lunch, voting on Student Council positions and having a Womanless Beauty Review! I hope each eighth-grader will come ready to enjoy a day set aside, just for them! Congratulations to the boys’ soccer team! They won the first round of the district tournament. They played in the second round in Covington on Tuesday night. This was a first for our junior high team! Way to go, Coach Kirk and the team!
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By Amy Tims We’ve been very busy at East Chester. Our boys and girls listened and concentrated during TCAP testing. They are wonderful students and we are so proud of them! Our character word for last week was joyous! We are joyous that we did our best on our TCAP test! Our Kite Day has been rained out on both the scheduled dates. We’ve decided to allow the children to fly their kites on a day during their PE time. Go ahead and send your child’s kite to school. We’ll just decide to fly kites on a day that seems good for this activity.
PTO sponsored “East Chester Appreciation Week” the past few days. We’ve celebrated our wonderful staff that help make East Chester such a great school! We celebrated our cafeteria staff and custodians on Monday, April 25. Our school is a very clean place thanks to our custodians! Thanks to Brenda Pickett, Dana Meek, Terry Moody, Tonya Morris, Tammy Jones, Lovie Ross, Diane Burkeen, Tina Gilbert and Krystale Ross. We honored our East Chester grandmothers on Tuesday, April 26. East Chester grandmothers are so caring with our children. They work extremely hard to provide extra help and attention for our children that need it. They are always available to give a hug and a smile! Thanks to Stella Malone, Shirley Nelson, Mary Jo Willis, Maxine McCaskill and Johnnie Smith. We honored our secre-
taries and nurse on Monday, May 2. Shelia Frank, Allison Barnes and Sandy Cravens always have a smile and help our children every day! Kari Perry, our nurse, is always available to care for each child no matter how small the boo-boo. We thanked our teacher assistants on Tuesday, May 3. East Chester teacher assistants help our children every day. Everyone really appreciates everything they do in our classrooms. Our assistants are Ruby Jones, Denise Stringfellow, Vanessa Taylor, Nancy Morris, Monty McNeal, Sandy Cravens, Carol Oliver, Carol Hooper, Missy Geary, René Webb, Angel Kelley, Emily Donaldson, Janice White, Tessa Emerson, Tina Graves, Doris Pickett, Katrina Cook, Lori Ulmer, Mary Hesselrode, Loretta Howell, Myrna Stanfill and Belinda Tole.
Nancy Canada from our Chester County Library came to East Chester to talk about the summer reading program. We will be very busy these last two weeks of school. Our kindergarten classes will be going on their field trip will be on Tuesday, May 3. Thirdgraders will tour Chester County Middle School on Tuesday, May 3. Thirdgrade Field Trip will be Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5. Kindergarten registration will be Thursday and Friday, May 5-6. Our Field Day will be on Friday, May 6. Kindergarten Open House will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. Kindergarten Awards will be at Williams Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. First- and secondgrade awards will be Monday, May 16. Firstgrade awards will be from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and secondgrade awards will be from
Help bring a child home this May For those wanting to make a difference in a child’s life, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to support a child in need. May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and a chance for adults to open their homes and provide love and support to abused, neglected or abandoned children. More than 7,000 children in Tennessee are placed in foster care every year. Organizations like Youth Villages, a private nonprofit based in Memphis, work with the state of Tennessee to find caring foster parents to provide love, hope and healing to these children in need. “Unconditional love and stability are what children really need to overcome trauma and succeed in life. When a child first experiences that care and support, he or she can begin to make remarkable changes,” said Donna Goodman, foster care recruiter for Youth Villages in Jackson. Youth Villages has been providing foster care services in Tennessee since 1992. “Being a foster parent is a calling, especially for someone who loves children and has the compassion to understand what a child has been through and the foresight to recognize what he or she can become,” Goodman said. Youth Villages is committed to providing support for its foster parents. All new foster parents complete free training courses, offered in the evenings or on weekends. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide support to foster par-
ents. Foster parents also have access to weekly support groups and mentoring from other foster parents. All foster parents receive monthly reimbursements to offset the cost of adding a child to their home. “We work hard to ensure that our foster parents have the support they need to provide the best care possible for their foster children,” Goodman said. The state of Tennessee has strived over the past decade to reduce the number of children in foster care. Prevention services have helped keep thousands of children with their families, and reunification services have helped other children return to their birth families or another member of their family more quickly. Still, thousands of children need foster homes every year in Tennessee when their birth families can no longer safely care for them. “The need for foster families is great,” Goodman said. “People often don’t realize just how much of a difference they can make as foster parents. By changing just one child’s life, you literally change the world as a whole. That’s what we want people to take away and pass on.” Youth Villages invites anyone who feels the calling to become a foster parent can contact Donna Goodman at 731-660-6767. To become a Youth Villages foster parent, adults must be at least 25 years old, be single or legally married for at least a year and have stable income, adequate space in their home for a child, a valid driver
license and reliable transportation. In addition, all foster parents must pass a background check and complete foster care training. Opportunities to help foster children are not limited to becoming a foster parent. People can help by donating items such as clothing, hygiene items and school supplies to foster care organizations. Adults are also needed to mentor children in foster care. Mentors spend regular time with foster children and act as a positive role model for them. About Youth Villages Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. It offers a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services. Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home two years after completing a Youth Villages program. Named one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org.
Go! Campers emphasizing service will pack meals to send to Haitian children Campers attending Freed-Hardeman University’s GO! Camp June 5-10 will partner with the Estes Church of Christ and Feed My Starving Children to pack 100,000 meals for Haitian children, according to Brad Montague, director of Go! Camp. Go! Camp, in its inaugural year at FHU, is designed for young people in grades seven through 12. The event which has a heavy emphasis on service will also feature guest speakers including
Derreck Kayongo, a Ugandan refugee who founded The Global Soap Project; Zach Hunter, a 19year-old abolitionist and author of “Be the Change” and “Lose Your Cool;” Sam Davidson, author and founder of Cool People Care; and Michael Richerson, founder of Special Needs Athletics. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that supplies meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and ships them to 70 countries around the world. Representatives
from the organization will be in Henderson to organize the packing of the meals. The Estes Church of Christ has a special interest in helping to feed the children of Haiti. The church, located on Highway 45 between Henderson and Bethel Springs, helps to support a children’s home and nutrition program in Port au Prince and continues to provide assistance to Haitians rebuilding after the earthquake of 2010. The meals are being funded by the Estes Haitian
Relief Fund. “We want to put real life, world-changing ideas into the hands of a young generation who wants God’s love to be seen and known by all,” Montague said. Go! Camp will also include nuts and bolts sessions for service as well as worship and devotional time. Interested persons may go to www.fhu.edu/go for additional information and to register. They may also follow the camp at facebook.com/wearego and twitter.com/goisgood.
Way to Go Kids! encourages children to be healthy, fit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Community Health and Well-Being and Regional Hospital of Jackson will host Way to Go Kids!, a series of six classes designed to help children ages 9-14 develop a healthy approach to weight management. The weekly classes begin Tuesday, June 7. Registration is $25 per
child and includes six twohour sessions held from 46 p.m. Tuesday evenings at Regional Hospital of Jackson, 367 Hospital Blvd. There will also be one session for parents featuring guest speaker Lawrence Martin, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist with Jackson Pediatric Center. The classes will cover
topics like exercise for fitness and fun, healthy snacks and recipes and more. “Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States, and if you are like most parents you may not know how to help your overweight child,” said Outreach Specialist Whitney Thornton, RD, who will teach the classes.
“Way to Go Kids! is a great nutrition and fitness program for both parents and children to get the right information in order to improve eating habits and physical activity because becoming well informed is one of the best ways to begin a healthy lifestyle.” To register, call (731) 984-9958. Class size is limited to 15 kids.
9:15-10 a.m. First- and second-grade awards will be held in individual classrooms. Third-grade parent appreciation breakfast will be from 8-8:30 a.m. and third-grade awards from 8:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17. Students will pick up report cards from 1010:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. East Chester students continue learning every day! East Chester kindergarten students are busy learning about different seeds and the different parts of a plant. Kindergarteners have planted seeds this week. They are adding and subtracting numbers in math. Kindergarten students are learning songs for their awards program on May 12. First-grade students are learning about famous inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell and Benjamin Franklin.
They are practicing twodigit addition and subtraction. First-graders are also learning about pronouns this week. Second-grade students are learning how to draw conclusions in reading. They are learning about using commas and reviewing the five parts of a letter. Second-graders are learning how different sounds are produced as well as describing the volume and pitch of sounds in science. They are also learning about different customs and traditions in different cultures. Third-grade students are reading a story called Talking Walls. They are creating a classroom mural. They are learning about fractions in math. Third-graders are busy reading a Tennessee book and learning about blues and jazz music. East Chester students continue to soar higher and higher!
FHU Board approves new administrators The Freed-Hardeman University Board of Trustees approved administrative changes to take effect at the beginning of the new academic year when it met April 29, according to FHU President Joe Wiley. Two new vice presidents have been appointed and one is changing positions. Mark Scott has been named vice president of technology and innovation. Dr. C.J. Vires will assume the role of vice president for academics and Dr. Sam Jones will be the vice president for spiritual development. Jones is currently the vice president for academics. Vice president of spiritual development is a new position. Wiley explained its creation saying, “Spiritual development of our students is paramount, and, up until this point, no one had it as a primary responsibility. Since many of our faculty and staff are involved with and concerned about the spiritual growth of our students, our hope is this new position will strengthen their efforts.” Vice president of technology and innovation is also a new position. Scott began teaching at FHU as an adjunct professor in 2002 and became an assistant professor in 2005. Three years later, he was named the director of instructional technology and in 2009, he became an associate vice president for academics. He is now the university’s chief technology officer. For seven years, he was the managing partner of Memphis Technology Group, LLC. He has extensive experience with medical technology. Scott attended Freed-Hardeman 1972-74 and he holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from University of Memphis and a master’s in telecommunications and information systems management with a concentration in business administration from Christian Brothers University. He has also completed course work for a doctorate in business administration from Capella University. Vires came to FHU last summer as director of academic success. He had been an administrator at East Central University in Ada, Okla., since 1999. He had served the university there as associate vice president for research and advancement and associate vice president for
sponsored programs and research, as well as interim assistant vice president for academic affairs. In addition, he has owned Dream Catcher Consulting, LLC which offers grant-writing services for educational, health care, and tribal organizations. Vires holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Education from East Central University and a Ph.D. in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma. Jones has been a member of the FHU faculty since 1991 and became vice president for academics and enrollment management in 2002. He is also the director of graduate studies and a professor of family studies, of Bible, and of counseling. Jones has also been the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s from Freed-Hardeman, and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from Mississippi State University. In addition to his work at FreedHardeman, Jones preaches regularly for the Oak Grove Church of Christ and holds gospel meetings. He is also a member of the Chester County School Board. In other action, the board agreed to purchase the property currently housing the Office of Alumni Relations on White Avenue and approved the 2011-12 operating budget. They also reappointed President Wiley and three current vice presidents: Dr. Dwayne Wilson, executive vice president; Dave Clouse, vice president for university advancement; and Dr. Wayne Scott, vice president for student services. “I believe this organizational structure will best serve our students as well as utilize the talents of these men,” Wiley said. “I look forward to working with them in the upcoming year as we continue to promote the growth and development of FreedHardeman.”
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Public Notices NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured by that certain Real Estate Deed of Trust for Tennessee executed on February 21, 1989 by Joseph L. Rush and wife, Vicki V. Rush to Johnny V. Crow, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee in Book 110 Page 736, recorded February 21, 1989, (“Deed of Trust”); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed(s) of Trust is the United States of America, acting by and through the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”); and WHEREAS, USDA, the current owner and holder of said Deed(s) of Trust appointed Arlisa Armstrong as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed(s) of Trust; and NOW THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed(s) of Trust by USDA, and Arlisa Armstrong as Substitute Trustee, or duly appointed agent, pursuant to the power, duty, and authorization in and conferred by said Deed(s) of Trust, will on Thursday, May 26, 2011, commencing at 11:00 A.M. at the South door at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest bidder either for cash or 10 percent of the high bid price as a non-refundable deposit with balance due within ten (10) days of sale, (and if such balance goes unpaid, USDA will retain the deposit and re-foreclose) the following described property lying and being in the Seventh Civil District in Chester County, Tennessee to wit: Beginning on a plastic pipe in the west right of way line of Memory Lane black topped road, this point being the northeast corner of Donna Copeland’s property; runs thence north 88° and 1.94 minutes west, 331.61 feet, more or less, to a stake in the east boundary line of Reddin’s property, this point being the northwest corner of Copeland’s property; runs thence north 2° and 28.91 minutes west 150 feet to a stake; runs thence through Garland Mayfield’s property, south 88° and 12.01 minutes east, 345.66 feet to a stake in the west right of way line of Memory Lane black topped road near the west end of culvert and in a small ditch; runs thence with the west right of way line of Memory Lane, south 2° and 52.97 minutes west 150.58 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.167 acres, more or less., Being the same property conveyed by Garland Mayfield, et ux. and Phil Mayfield, et ux. to Joseph L. Rush and wife, Vicki V. Rush, by deed of record in Deed Book 85, Page 307, in the said Register’s Office. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1470 Memory Lane, Henderson, TN 38340 CURRENT OWNERS: Joseph L. Rush and Vicki V. Rush The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or setback lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed(s) of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. Arlisa Armstrong Substitute Trustee 85G Stonebrook Place Jackson, TN 38305 http//www.resales.usda.gov
NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE WHEREAS, on August 24, 2007, EILEEN SOMMERS (DECEASED), by Deed of Trust of record in Record Book 305, at Page 351, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, conveyed the following described property in trust to secure the payment of a Promissory Note in the original principal amount of Sixth Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety Eight and 50/100 Dollars ($68,898.50), payable to Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, FLCA; and WHEREAS, the undersigned was appointed Substitute Trustee by FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF MID-AMERICA, FLCA, the legal owner and holder of the said Note, by appointment executed on November 1, 2010, and
recorded in Record Book 345, at Page 246, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee; and WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness and other provisions of the Deed of Trust have been violated, and FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF MID-AMERICA, FLCA, the lawful owner and holder of the said indebtedness, has declared the entire amount due and payable as provided by the Deed of Trust in accordance with the terms thereof, and instructed the undersigned to foreclose. NOW, THEREFORE, the public is hereby notified that the undersigned Substitute Trustee will sell the hereinafter described real estate at public auction, to the highest and best bidder, for cash in hand paid, at the south door of the Courthouse at Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 2:00 o’clock p.m., said property to be sold in bar of the equity of redemption and subject to the lien of all special assessments against it. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within a reasonable time to be announced at the sale, the next highest bidder will be deemed the successful bidder. Lying, and being situate in the 3rd Civil District of Chester County, Tennessee, bounded and described as follows; to-wit: Tract One: BEGINNING at an iron pin set in the north margin of Talley Store Road, which point is located north 84° 54? 21? west 992.63 feet from a fence corner found at the southwest corner of Donald Hutcherson as recorded in Deed Book 88, page 440, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee; thence, from the point of beginning, and with the north margin of Talley Store Road, the following calls; north 84° 54? 21? west 303.54 feet; south 89° 47? 53? west 102.43 feet to an iron pin set at the southwest corner of the herein described tract; thence, on a new line through white, north 2180.59 feet to a point in the centerline of a large ditch, and being in the south line of Pete Creech; thence, with the centerline of said ditch, and the south line of Creech, south 79° 19? 59? east 411.89 feet to the northwest corner of an eleven acre tract; thence, with the west line of said 11 acre tract, south 2130.94 feet to the point of beginning, containing 20.0 acres, as surveyed by Advanced Land Surveying, Inc., R. L. S. #1999, on February 16, 2005. Tract Two: BEGINNING at an iron pin found in the north margin of Talley Store Road, which point is the southwest corner of Anthony Moody and is located the following calls, from the southwest corner of Donald Hutcherson as recorded in Deed Book 88, page 440, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee; north 84° 54? 21? west 1296.17 feet; south 89° 47? 53? west 102.43 feet; thence, from the point of beginning, and with the north margin of Talley Store Road, south 89° 47? 53? west 200.00 feet to an iron pin set; thence, on new line through White, north 2218.96 feet to a point in the south line of Pete Creech as recorded in Record Book 139, page 447, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee; thence, with the south line of Creech, south 79° 19? 59? east 203.52 feet to the northwest corner of Moody; thence, with the west line of Moody, south 2180.59 feet to the point of beginning, containing 10.0 acres as surveyed by Advanced Land Surveying, Inc., R. L. S. #1999. It being the same property as that described in a Deed to Create an Estate by the Entireties from Eileen Sommers, to her husband, Wesley L. Hawkins, dated January 9, 2009, and of record in Record Book 323, page 669, in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee. Eileen Sommers died in September, 2009 and upon her death, Wesley L. Hawkins became the owner of the entire fee as surviving tenant by the entirety. Map 57, Group 17.06 The street address of the above described property is believed to be 335 Knuckles Road, Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control. TRACT ONE AND TWO ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS WHICH WILL RUN WITH THE LAND AND WILL BE BINDING ON THE GRANTEE AND THE GRANTEE’S HEIRS, REPRESENTATIVES, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS: (1) No mobile homes are allowed, except double-wide mobile homes with a masonry foundation. (2) No fowl, livestock, or other animals, except such customarily domesticated animals as dogs and cats, shall be kept, stabled or penned on any lot or brought onto any lot. All animals must be confined on said lot in accordance with local ordinances and state law. Dangerous or annoying animals shall not be allowed. (3) No inoperable or damaged
vehicle shall be parked or maintained on any lot. (4) No business shall be allowed to operate on said premises. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. Interested parties: None. This property is subject to the restrictive covenants contained in the deeds of record in Record Book 303, at page 328, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, and Record Book 305, at page 349, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. This property is classified and assessed as agricultural, forest or open space land pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 67-5-1001, et seq. The owner of said property may be subject to liability for roll-back property taxes should such property be converted to a use other than that stipulated in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 675-1001, et seq. Title to said property is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell as Substitute Trustee only and will assign to the purchaser all covenants of warranty contained in said Deed of Trust. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. Said sale may be adjourned to another time or may be postponed to another date by public announcement at the appointed time of sale without readvertisement. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. WITNESS my signature, this the 28th day of April, 2011. KIZER, BONDS, HUGHES & BOWEN, LLC BY: STEPHEN L. HUGHES Substitute Trustee P. O. Box 320 Milan, Tennessee 38358 (731) 686-1198
SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on August 24, 2005, by James D. Tomlinson and Regina H. Tomlinson to American Title Co., Inc., Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, under Book No 273, Page 132, (“Deed of Trust”); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as trustee under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated as of November 1, 2005, GSAMP Trust 2005-HE5; and WHEREAS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as trustee under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated as of November 1, 2005, GSAMP Trust 2005-HE5, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the “Owner and Holder”), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-117 (i), not less than sixty (60) days prior to the first publication required by § 35-5-101, the notice of the right to foreclose was properly sent, if so required; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or his duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in him, will on Thursday, May 26, 2011, commencing at 12:00 PM at the Main entrance of the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Chester County, Tennessee, to wit: Tract One: BEGINNING on an iron stake in the southern margin of Woodland Drive at the northeast corner of Wayne and Donna DeBez near the north end of a new wire fence; runs thence with the southern margin of Woodland Drive, South 59 degrees 15 minutes East 105.5 feet to a stake in the southern margin of the same, 12.5 feet from the center near the north end of said new wire fence and being 37 feet north of the northwest corner of the Freeman Lot; thence South 18 degrees
30 minutes West passing Freeman’s northwest corner and the southwest corner of Freeman’s Lot and running with a new wire fence 193.5 feet to a corner of the same an interior corner of the Simmons lot; runs thence with the new fence North 73 degrees 24 minutes West 104.5 feet to the corner of Wayne and Donna DeBez; runs thence with said new wire fence North 18 degrees 54 minutes East 219 feet to the place of beginning as surveyed by Hobart K. Qualls, R.L.S #226 on April 16, 1987. Tract Two: BEGINNING on a stake in the east boundary line of John K. Hughes lot; in wire fence, this point being the northwest corner of Guy Austin’s lot; runs thence with wire fence, Hughes’ east boundary line, North 13 degrees 25 minutes east 138.5 feet to an iron stake, a corner chain line fence; this point being the Northwest corner of LA Simmons north boundary line, South 74 degrees 44 minutes East 105 feet to a stake in fence; thence with a new line, South 13 degrees 22 minutes west 141.30 feet to an iron stake, this point being in the north boundary line of Austin’s lot; runs thence with Austin’s north boundary line, North 73 degrees 12 minutes west 105 feet to the point of beginning and containing 0 3372 of an acre, more or less as surveyed by Hobart K. Qualls, R.L.S # 226 on April 16, 1987. Meter and Bounds Being the same property conveyed to James D. Tomlinson and wife, Regina H. Tomlinson by deed from John Lawrence Coolidge and wife, Melba Leona Coolidge filed for record in Book 237, Page 48, Register’s Office for Chester County, Tennessee, dated 07-14-03. Property address known as: 813 Woodland Drive, Henderson, Tennessee 38340, Chester County. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 813 Woodland Drive, Henderson, TN 38340 CURRENT OWNER(S): James D. Tomlinson and Regina H. Tomlinson The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as sole nominee for SouthStar Funding, LLC OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee c/o PP Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 File No.: 416.J1001955TN Web Site: www.jflegal.com
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS OF CONSTRUCTION BIDS TO BE RECEIVED ON May 26, 2011 Sealed Bids will be received by the CITY OF HENDERSON, at the office of the City Recorder, at 121 Crook Avenue, Henderson, TN 38340, until 10:00 A.M., May 26, 2011 and opened publicly at the City Hall Conference Room at that hour. The reading of the bids will begin at 10:00A.M. The City of Henderson is seeking bids for the construction of an actuated traffic signal installation and associated intersection improvements at the intersection of Main Street at Mifflin Avenue in Henderson. The work will include installation of a fully actuated traffic signal, construction of curb ramps, installation of traffic signage and pavement markings, and related work. This project will be funded with Surface Transportation Program (STP)
funds. PROPOSAL CONTRACTS WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL THE TIME SET FOR OPENING BIDS A Prime Contractor must prequalify with the Department of Transportation in accordance with Section 54-5-117 of the “Tennessee Code Annotated” and Tennessee Department of Transportation Rule 1680-5-3 prequalification of contractors before biddable proposals will be furnished. The CITY OF HENDERSON hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation, and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability in consideration for an award. The CITY OF HENDERSON is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, drug-free with policies of non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service. Telephone (731) 983-5000 THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS IS RESERVED Bidding documents and information, and plans, may be obtained by contacting Neel-Schaffer, Inc., 107 West Main St., Jackson, TN 38301, telephone (731) 423-9673 for a cost of $60.00 per set, plus any applicable shipping charges.
NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated January 29, 2007, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded January 30, 2007, at Book 295, Page 585 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Chester County, Tennessee, executed by Tommy Turnage and Johnnie Turnage, conveying certain property therein described to John Clark, a resident of Weakley County as Trustee for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a separate corporation that is acting solely as a nominee for First State Bank and First State Bank’s successsors and assigns; and the undersigned, Shellie Wallace of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Shellie Wallace of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on May 19, 2011 on or about 12:00 P.M., at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a stake in the Southern margin of the Old Davis Gravel Road, this point being the Northwest corner of a 4 acre tract of land conveyed to James Rose, et ux., on June 14, 1974, by deed of general Warranty from Lessie Davis, of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 62, page 447; runs thence in a Southern direction with the Eastern boundary line of Henry Cupples, 210
feet to a stake at the Southwest corner of said 4 acre tract above mentioned, of which this is a part, this point also being a Northern boundary line of Henry Cupples; runs thence in an Eastern direction with said Northern line of Henry Cupples, 210 feet to a stake; runs thence in a Northern direction 210 feet to a stake in the Southern margin of said Old Davis Gravel Road; runs thence in a Western direction with the Southern margin of said Old Davis Gravel Road 210 feet to the place of beginning, this being the most Western one acre of the 4 acre tract of land conveyed to James Rose, et ux., by Lessie Davis in the above-mentioned deed. Said legal description is the same description as contained in the previous deed of record. ALSO KNOWN AS: 1730 Proctor Road, Henderson, Tennessee 38340 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 35-5-117. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Tommy Turnage; Johnnie Turnage The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 931205830 DATED April 21, 2011 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee By: Shellie Wallace FOR SALE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MYFIR.COM and WWW.REALTYTRAC.COM
IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF CHESTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE No. 2010-CV-459, AT HENDERSON DENNY BOND BOYTHA MCCAIN PLAINTIFFS VS. KEITH ROSS, ET AL. DEFENDANTS ORDER OF PUBLICATION It appearing from the complaint, which is sworn to, that the Defendant, Melvin T. Pearson is a United States citizen and that personal service of process cannot be had upon him; it is therefore ordered that publication be made for four (4) consecutive weeks in the Chester County Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Chester, Tennessee requiring the said Defendant to defend a civil action by filing his answer with the Clerk and Master, and by serving a copy of the answer on Larry F. McKenzie, Attorney for Plaintiffs, whose address is P.O. Box 96, Henderson, Tennessee 38340 within thirty (30) days from the date of the last publication of this notice, not including the date of last publication. If you fail to do so, judgment by default may be taken against you and this cause set down for hearing ex parte as to you. Signed this the 15th day of April, 2011 Cornelia Hall Clerk and Master
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SHIP awarded grant by Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the first installment of funding to the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee and those who care for them, by providing information and counseling about their health care choices. These grants are available to the 54 SHIP organizations in the United States and its territories for the funding year that runs from April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012. TN SHIP will receive $1,031,827, part of the nearly $46.5 million being
distributed to SHIPs as part of the total $50 million that is available to SHIPs in 2011 for direct grants and support contracts. Performance awards will be distributed to SHIPs in September. “With these funds, SHIPs will provide counseling to beneficiaries encouraging them to use the new annual wellness visit and other preventive services that the Affordable Care Act provides at no cost to beneficiaries,” said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. “SHIP educational services also help beneficiaries to identify and report suspected Medicare fraud, enhancing
the anti-fraud tools provided by the Affordable Care Act.” SHIPs are expected to increase their efforts to provide outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, reach people who are most likely eligible for Medicare’s lowincome subsidy and may be able to benefit from lower prescription drug costs, beneficiaries with disabilities, and diverse racial and ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English proficiency. Teresa Niño, director of CMS’ Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary
Services said, “We all know that early detection and preventive services are an investment in our health. Now, with the Affordable Care Act, we’re supporting that knowledge by making healthcare accessible to those who are often less likely to receive preventive care. SHIPs and other CMS partners with grassroots connections will use creative methods to inform Medicare beneficiaries, their families and
trusted representatives about these services.” For information, call 1800-633-4227.
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