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CHRONICLE HUMB LDT ‘Serving Humboldt, home of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, since 1886’ 1 $ 00 VOL. 125, NO. 30 INSIDE... Meet the new Helping Hand director HUMBOLDT, TENNESSEE WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011 Board of Education moves to high school First move in three decades BY DANNY WADE After 30 years on the third floor of the Municipal Building here, Humboldt school officials are moving out. The central office is being relocated to Humboldt High School. All board of education operations and business, including school board meetings, will be at HHS. Two classrooms and an office/storage area in the technology wing are being converted into the central office at HHS. Those classes, HOSA and special education, will be relocated in other classrooms in the school. The move comes after Mayor Allen Barker and Superintendent Steve Bayko had a few informal talks about space, or lack of space. Bayko and Barker agreed that both could use more office space and storage for city and school files. “We had available space at the high school,â€? Bayko said. “We had limited space (at the Municipal Building) and very little storage. At the high school, we will almost double our square footage.â€? Back in 1981 when the newly renovated Municipal Building was completed, the mayor’s office, police Rock, Pop, Funk & Soul Seals named general chairman Linda Tramil is the new director at Humboldt’s Helping Hand. Read about all the non-profit’s endeavors in these trying times. Page 10A Jennifer Seals to serve with preisdent Randy Terry Shelton promoted Middle School prinicpal Lillian Shelton has been promoted to data coordinator/evaluator in the Humboldt City School System. Page 2A Local teams see state tourney action Zach Davenport gets a base hit and an RBI as Humboldt beat Benton County 9-2 in the opening game of the 14-15 Year-Old Babe Ruth state tournament in Newbern. Page 1B Deadlines Deadlines for news and advertising are Friday at 5 p.m. If you have questions call 784-2531. photo by DANNY WADE BAND CAMP – Dozens of members of the HHS “Prideâ€? Band withstood the sweltering heat last week during band camp held at Humboldt High School. Band director, Mike Martin, said this year’s halftime show will feature songs by Carlos Santana, Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores and The Doobie Brothers. More photos and story on page 1B. County population moves south and east BY STEVE SHORT Gibson County’s population shifted from the southwest to the east and southeast between 2000 and 2010, according to data provided by Mayor Tom Witherspoon’s office and the U.S. Census. The county’s population grew by 3.2-percent over 10 years, gaining 1,534 people and climbing to 49,683. But areas near Humboldt, Gibson Wells and Brazil lost residents, while the Medina-Gibson region and areas near Milan saw gains. A map of population changes was provided to a Redistricting Committee that will oversee redrawing county commission districts. Members are: Com. Michael Longmire of Humboldt; Com. Nelson Cunningham of Medina; Com. Jimmy Copous of Milan; Com. Mark Flake of Milan; Alderwoman Tammy Wade of Milan; Dwight Reasons of Trenton, a member of the election commission; Mayor Tom Witherspoon and Adm. of Elections Molly Bailey. The committee will draw new district lines with assistance from CTAS, the state County Technical Assistance Service. “The committee will change the district lines to even out the population,â€? said Bailey. The new districts will take effect for elections after Jan. 1. The county has 19 districts and 25 commissioners 5 districts have multiple commissioners. The greatest population change occurred in District 1, which includes Medina, Gibson, Sitka and the Humboldt airport. It saw a 58-percent growth, gaining 3,449 people up to 9,411 residents. Other areas (voting precinct indicated) that saw significant population gains: •East Milan Ward 2 (Dist. 15, Milan Municipal Bldg.) gained 109 people, a 5percent growth up to 2,096 residents. •South Milan, Ward 1 (Dist. 12, Milan Express) gained 56 people, a 3percent growth up to 2,043 residents. •Moore’s Chapel, Concord, Union Central, Skullbone, and Gann (Dist. 11) gained 112 people, a 3percent growth up to 4,087 residents. Areas declining Fifteen of the county’s 19 districts lost residents during the decade (2000-2010). Areas and voting precincts with the most significant .431  9-53FUBJM#POVT$VTU$BTI '-7#POVT$$ 3FUBJM$VTUPNFS$BTI 'PSE$SFEJU3FUBJM#POVT$VTU$BTI (FOF-BOHMFZ%JTDPVOU 24,230* $ Gibson County Commission Districts and Population Summary Total population based on 2010 Census: 49,683 Population gains 2011 Ford F-150 4x2 Styleside Supercab '4 see MOVES page 2A see SEALS page 2A Chamber banquet Aug. 25 -27%- -11% -10% - 10% 11% - 58% Yellow: Population decline between -11% and -27% Gold: Changes between -10% loss or +10% gain Red: Significate gain of between +11% and +58% population declines: •Humboldt Fire Station (Dist.4) lost 537 people, a 27-percent decline down to 1,450 residents. •Humboldt Lane Chapel (Dist.5) lost 536 people, a 27-percent decline down to 1,451 residents. •Spring Hill (Dist. 8) lost 350 people, an 18-percent drop down to 1,637 people. •Trenton City Hall (Dist.10) lost 453 people, an 11-percent decline down to 3,522 residents. •Milan Polk Clark (Dist.13) lost 330 people, a ‘You really should try 17-percent decline down to 1,657 residents. •Milan First Assembly (Dist.14) lost 277 people, a 14-percent decline down to 1,710 residents. • K e n t o n - Yo r k v i l l e (Dist.16) lost 264 people, a 7-percent decline down to 3,711 people. •Laneview-Goodluck (Dist.18) lost 174 people, a 9-percent decline down to 1,813 people. •Dyer-Currie (District 19) lost 136 people, a 3percent loss down to 3,839 residents. .431  0WFSUIF5PQ4USJQFT  -JTU1SJDF  (FOF-BOHMFZ%JTDPVOU before you buy!’ 3FUBJM$VTUPNFS$BTI 13#$$ 1-800-273-3875 or 784-9311 WWW.GENELANGLEYFORD.COM For subscriptions call 784-2531 Humboldt Chamber of Commerce will have their 2011 annual chamber of commerce membership banquet Thursday, August 25 at the Humboldt General Hospital Conference Center. This year’s banquet will feature the dynamic action coach Steve Pitcairn as keynote speaker. Pitcairn is the owner of ActionCOACH practice in West Tennessee. ActionCOACH is the world’s largest business coaching firm helping see C OF C page 5A 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe "MM1SJDFT*ODMVEFT1SPDFTTJOH'FF1MVT5BY 5JUMF -JDFOTF.VTU'JOBODF5ISV'.$$5P3FDFJWF'.$$#POVT$BTI 8"$4FF%FBMFS'PS%FUBJMT"MM1SJDFT&YQJSF For Chronicle advertising call 784-2531 BY DANNY WADE The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival is steeped in history. In recent history at the beginning of the new millennium, Judy Graning was the first female to be named general chairman and then serve as president in 2001. This was a milestone for the turn of the century. Now a new piece of history is being written with Graning’s daughter, Jennifer Seals, being named general chairman of the 2012 Strawberry Festival. And another milestone will be marked as 2012 will be the 75th festival. There have been fathers and sons heading up the festival. There have even been husbands and wives to serve. But this will be the first mother and daughter who have shared the helm of the .6 23,380* $ E-mail us at

Humboldt Chronicle July 27 2011

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