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Local Weather December 2, 2010 146th YEAR - NO. 30 SERVING CHESTER COUNTY SINCE 1865 $1.00 “W” to speak at FHU Friday By Holly Roeder Staff Writer Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent Christmas parade tonight Holiday decorations are already up around town, holiday spirit is running high, and tonight (Thursday), the Chester County Christmas parade will kick off the holiday season in downtown Henderson. The parade begins at 7 p.m. with floats and riders lining up at First Baptist Church beforehand. Throwing items from vehicles is strictly prohibited, due to safety precautions, but Santa’s elves will be trailing the parade line to hand out treats. This year, hot chocolate will be available on the courthouse lawn for parade attendees to enjoy. For more information, contact Patricia Ledford at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce at 989-5222. George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States of America, is set to arrive in Henderson Friday for the 46th annual Freed-Hardeman University Advisory Board Benefit Dinner. The anticipation for this year’s speaker is evident in that last year’s record setting total of $1.3 million raised was surpassed in August of this year. According to Dave Clouse, FHU Vice President of University Advancement, General Admission tickets sold out in just two weeks, and all remaining tickets had been sold as of Monday of this week, with a waiting list for any tickets which may become available. Clouse said he expects to top out at $1.7 million for this year’s event, with all proceeds going directly to student scholarships. All costs are underwritten for the expansion of the parking lot the benefit, Clouse continued, beside the baseball field to twice explaining that scholarships are its previous size. In addition to doled out this expanto stusion, parkd e n t s ing will be upon regavailable istration b e h i n d for colL o y d l e g e , Auditorium, according at the FHU to GPA, soccer and t e s t softball scores, field parkand scholing areas, arships Gardner they may C e n t e r, have qualHenderson ified for in Church of specific Christ, and d i s c i other areas plines. of the camF H U pus includGEORGE W. BUSH has made ing the a few B r o w n changes for those who are famil- Kopel parking lot and dormitory iar with the campus, including parking areas. Shuttles will be available making rounds to transport visitors from parking areas to the Sports Center, Bader Gymnasium and Loyd P.O. Box 306, Henderson, TN., Auditorium. Handicapped park38340, or drop them by the ing will also be designated newspaper office, 218 S. Church around the Sports Center. St., between the hours of 8 a.m. Those wishing to take advanto 5 p.m. Monday through tage of the handicapped parking Friday, or fax them to 731-989- must have a placard or must 5008. have made a special request Santa looks forward to read- when purchasing tickets. ing each child’s letter, so get Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. them in early so he can forward with dinner at Bader them to his workshop in the See BUSH, Page 3-A North Pole. Santa needs letters emailed by Dec. 10! Santa Claus has his new email address set up at the Chester County Independent to make it easier for him to keep track of Chester County children’s wish lists. He knows that these days it’s often easier to type an email than to mail a letter, and the Independent is working closely with him to help sort the wish lists of Chester County boys and girls. Children or parents of chil- dren too young to write may email a letter to Santa at by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 in order to ensure that Santa has time to read all of his messages and to put the elves to work making toys. Copies of the letters will be printed in the Christmas week edition of the Independent on Dec. 23. There is no charge for publishing the letters to Santa; however, parents also may submit a photo of their child to run with the letter for only $25. Santa’s email will allow the jolly old elf the quickest access to his Christmas letters, but he still accepts regular mail as well. Children should post their letters to Santa in care of the Chester County Independent, HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Holiday Tour of Homes Five homes will be featured on the 2010 Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 until 4 p.m. This year’s Tour features the homes of David and Charley Highers; Andy and Amy Morris; Joel and Beth Sanford; and Jason and Emily Shelton; and the barn of Bill and Helen Mitchell at 4180 St. Rt. 100 East. With houses of every size featured this year, the Tour has something for everyone. Tickets are available at the Carl Perkins Center, 113 East Main, Henderson. Advance tickets are $8, but tickets can also be purchased for $10 at the Mitchell barn on the day of the tour. Call 989-7222 for more information. Montezuma Christmas Potluck The Montezuma Community Center will have a Christmas potluck dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Bingo will follow the meal; bring a bingo gift. Lighting of Chickasaw is 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 10-12 The 19th annual Lighting of the Park at Chickasaw State Park is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10-12. There will be both electric lights as well as 2,000 candle luminaries lining the roadways. Santa Claus will be present each night. For more information, contact the park office at 989-5141 or 1-800-458-1752. Loving Paws Pictures with Santa Loving Paws Rescue will be doing pet pictures with Santa at Petsmart in Jackson on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your pet(s) and get pictures made for the holidays. They look great on Christmas cards. Santa’s Elf Training at FHU Freed-Hardeman University Associates presents Santa’s Elf Training from 10 a.m.- noon on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Bader Gymnasium. Workshop Stations include reindeer stable, Mrs. Claus’ cookie kitchen, elf hat shop, story time with Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house maze, Frosty’s cafe, and pictures with Santa. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. They may be purchased at the University bookstores, Lloyd business office, or by calling 989-6020. Library holiday hours The Chester County Library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, due to the Henderson Christmas parade. ‘Cherish the Ladies’ to perform with Jackson Symphony Award-winning Celtic group Cherish the Ladies will kick-off the holiday season with a performance with The Jackson Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling 427-6440 or going online to Table tickets are ($25-$55), general admission $25, and student/senior tickets $15. ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ The Jackson Children’s and Teen Theatre will present the annual performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. Tickets are $5 for the matinee; evening performance is $8 and $9 the day of the show. All tickets are available at The Ned office, call 425-8397 or 425-8396. Report links Chester County to 13th most dangerous metro area By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer If rankings from CQ Press are to be believed, Chester County now ranks 13th nationally for crime among U.S. metropolitan areas. CQ Press is a periodical covering a variety of social issues, but it is best known for its yearly crime report, which highlights the highest crime areas of the U.S. According to the official press release, the study ranks cities and metro areas with at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI for the 2009 calendar year. To reach the status of metropolitan area, local data from Chester County are combined with information from Madison County as well, creating a cumulative but seemingly illogically construed set of statistics. Local officials acknowledge that crime in Chester County has been on the rise in recent years, but the county remains small, unmetropolitan, and certainly not statistically more dan- gerous than Stockton, Calif. Chief Deputy Mark Griffin of the Chester County Sheriff’s Department states that the FBI cautions against using rankings as a measure of how well an area does in managing violent crimes. A report from the U.S. Department of Justice states: “To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among locales. Geographic and demographic factors specific to each jurisdiction must be considered and applied if one is going to make an accurate and complete assessment of crime in that jurisdiction.” Griffin agrees with the Department of Justice’s statement, and he adds that it is frustrating for Chester County to be See CRIME, Page 2-A

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