Chester County Retiring, Page 7-A A Thursday MAY 5, 2011 146th YEAR - NO. 52 chestercountyindependent.com $1.00 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 Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent 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 2 Sections Life & Styles Opinion Right to Know Obituaries What’s Happening Sports Education Classifieds 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. 4-A 8-A 10-A 12-A 14-A 1-B 4-B 7-B 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 See page 5-A 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 TODAY’S WEATHER Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent 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.