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CHRONICLE HUMB LDT ‘Serving Humboldt, home of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, since 1886’ 1 $ 00 VOL. 125, NO. 23 INSIDE... Hockett competing in Miss Tenn. HUMBOLDT, TENNESSEE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011 Local woman charged in toddler’s murder Little Bells girl dies from brain injury A former Humboldt resident has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated rape of a child after her boyfriend’s 17-month-old daughter died over the weekend from injuries. Molly Jane Roe, 24, of 43 Greatest Cove in Bells, is now being held without bond, said Crockett County officials Monday morning. Initially she was charged with Haley’s Law (aggravated) child abuse and her bond was $250,000. Roe remains in the Crockett County Jail after being arrested last Thursday. According to the affidavit, Roe is accused of throwing the child, when the toddler’s head hit a blunt object causing the brain injury. Crockett County authorities said the impact caused a severe brain injury and the child was flown to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Along with the brain injury, it was discovered the child had bruising on the lower portion of her body in different areas, and a bite mark was discovered on her back. According to Investigator Penny Curtis of the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department, the case remains under investigation. Roe is scheduled to appear in Crockett County General Sessions Court Thursday at 9 a.m. Roe’s 2-year-old son also lived at the residence in Bells. Curtis said he had no injuries and had been placed with family members. Roe is a graduate of Celebrating Life Former Hostess Princess Kayla Hockett is among Miss Tennessee contestants this year. Page 2A BY STEVE SHORT Gibson Coounty Commissioners plan to adopt a county redistricting plan when legislators reconvene Monday night, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Agricomplex in Trenton. The state requires the commission to change boundaries of voting districts at least every 10 years if necessary so commission members represent substantially equal numbers of people. According to the 2010 census, the southeastern part of the county saw population gains of up to 58-percent while the city of Trenton and southwest part of the county declined in population by as much as 27-percent. A Redistricting Committee will be established to oversee redrawing boundaries Jasmine Brandt looks to the future after competing in an international spelling bee this spring. Page 8A file photo by DANNY WADE Rotary Dodgers’ catcher, Tyler Todd, tags out Chamber of Commerce’s Tyler Berryman as he tries to avoid the tag at home plate. The Pirates however won the game 12-11 over the Dodgers. Sports, 1A Deadlines Deadlines for news and advertising are Friday at 5 p.m. If you have questions call 784-2531. RELAY HONOREE– Cancer survivor Stacey Williamson rode in the Strawberry Festival Grand Floats Parade promoting this year’s Relay For Life. Williamson is the honorary chair this year and will speak during the luminaria ceremony during Relay for Life at Bailey Park this Friday night. Relay for Life honors Williamson BY DANNY WADE People visiting the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building are used to seeing Stacey Williamson’s smiling face greet them. But for the fast few months, she has been on leave while battling cancer. Just last month Williamson returned to her job as city clerk and is proud to say she is cancer free. Now, to celebrate her clean bill of health, Williamson is this year’s Relay for Life honorary chair. She invites everyone to come out and celebrate with her and all the cancer survivors this Friday night at Bailey Park. “I’m just glad to be here,” Williamson said last week. “That’s what I tell everyone.” Relay for Life co-chairs, Susan Runions and Mike Hicks, discussed who would be this year’s honoree. One day while Runions was working the window at the bank, Williamson came through the drive-thru. see COUNTY page 2A That’s when Runions first thought, “Stacey would be a great candidate for honoree”. “I said to myself, she would be perfect,” Runions recalled. “She’s young and cute. People often times think of cancer as someone older.” Runions said it was a unanimous decision by the committee and asked Williamson to be honorary chair. Williamson was first diagnosed with stomach cancer in May 2010. Prior to that in March, she was having acid reflux issues and went to her doctor. After several treatments for reflux, none seemed to work. That is when more tests were run and results confirmed it was indeed cancer. “I was treated (for cancer) at Vanderbilt in June,” Williamson said. “But I was able to have chemo treatments in Jackson from July through Medina complex coming BY STEVE SHORT The Medina city board voted unanimously June 6 to build a new, $2.3 million municipal complex to headquarter city government agencies. The 14,177 sq. ft. building will be on 1.5 acres on Hwy 45 just north of The Bank of Milan and will house fire and police departments and offices for mayor and department heads. A courtroom will seat 195 people and function as a city council and conference room. Funding will come via a $2,982,000 loan from the Dept. of Agriculture with an interest rate of 4-percent to 4.5-percent, officials said. The board authorized the city to incur the indebtedness of the loan. see WILLIAMSON page 3A Ditch the workout, join the party with Zumba BY APRIL G. JACKSON The women come prepared, towels and water bottles in tow. From teens to retirees, they arrive in all shapes, sizes and degrees of fitness. They greet one another, chat, laugh, and stretch while some tie slinky little coin-embellished scarves around their waists. It’s Zumba time and the bright scarves are Zumba skirts. Once the music begins, the movement begins. For a solid hour, almost non-stop, high-energy dance steps and Latin-influence meet rock and roll, aerobics and toning. The skirts are optional fun, but comfortable workout clothes and shoes are a safe bet. Folks from all walks of life are enjoying the Zumba ZUMBA HUMBOLDT! 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Humboldt Chronicle June 15 2011

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