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110TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE - COLLECTOR’S EDITION Moore Brothers DONNIE - WAYNE - TREY Towing & Recovery Selmer, Tenn. Office : 145 Moore Lane Telephone : 731.645.3933 Savannah, Tenn. Office : 2155 Pickwick Street Telephone : 731.925.6494 “We tow across the road or across the country.” Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn., Wednesday, May 23, 2012 INDEPENDENT APPEAL CELEBRATES 110 YEARS Christen C. Coulon The Independent Appeal is proud to announce that this issue will mark our 110th year of continuous publication. As you will read in our tribute to founder Col. James Washington Purviance, the “McNairy County Independent,” was first printed in 1879 in the town of Purdy. Following a nearly decade-long break in printing in the late 1800’s, Purviance resurrected the name in 1902 and began printing at the new county seat, Selmer. The paper would keep its original title for more than half a century before merging with the “Adamsville Appeal” to take on the name you know us by today, “The Independent Appeal.” To mark the occasion we have issued this collector’s edition front page of our newspaper. This week, we have taken great care to recreate an authentic front page reminiscent of how our paper looked 110 years ago. For the flag of our paper we are using the original font for the McNairy County Independent. At that time, many papers used original fonts for their flags to create a unique feel for their publication, however, since we have no record of the exact origin of our flag font dating back to 1879 we are using a touched up photo scan of the flag from an original copy of our paper. Local artist, Lanessa Miller, drew most of our front page graphics. Miller created images in the style of newspaper etchings of the era. In addition to using etchings for the imagery in our ads, we made every attempt to follow period printing techniques and font choices with our front page advertising. We would like to thank both of our front page advertisers for allowing us the opportunity to incorporate their ads in our anniversary layout. Both our headlines and advertising utilize a Bordeaux Roman font, and we have also used a standard Times New Roman font with some headlines as well as for use in our body text. We used varying type sizes throughout the layout and lines to separate columns in order to recreate the feel of an early 1900’s publication. For those of you with an eye for detail (and the ability to read Roman numerals) you will notice that we have jumped from publishing Volume 107 of our paper to 110. This is not an error, a recent archive search of our paper turned up that we inexplicably published under Volume 102 for four consecutive years from 2004-2007, and in a half-hearted attempt to correct this error the paper was then jumped to Volume 104 in 2008. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, we humbly beg your understanding for our absentmindedness on this issue. Who among us can say they wouldn’t make the same mistake after their 100th birthday? No doubt, there are some other anachronisms present within this week’s design such as the incorporation of email addresses in advertising and the presence of our UPC bar code, however we hope you enjoy this throwback issue. We will be back to our standard layout next week. INSIDE 28-Page Graduation Special Page 1C Selmer PD announces checkpoints The Selmer Police Department will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints on Saturday, May 26, 2012, within the city of Selmer, between 5:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Sobriety checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool, effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when wellpublicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. The goal of the checkpoint is to bring awareness to the dangers of driving while intoxicated; Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail. Anyone who plans on drinking should always have a sober designated driver or find an alternative way home. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Selmer Police Department by a grant from the The Governor’s Highway Safety Office, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver. Founder: epitome of progressiveness COL. J.W. PURVIANCE 1842-1936 John E. Talbott James Washington Purviance began his life in Illinois and died in Selmer, Tennessee, but his life served as a bridge between old and new worlds and old and new orders. He was a prominent citizen of Purdy when it held the honor of being the county seat, and he became a prominent leader of the new county seat. Purviance was born on February 25, 1842, in Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois. He was the son of Robert Washington Purviance and Marinda P. Gaskill Purviance and the grandson of William H. Purviance. They were the descendants of French immigrants and were successful farmers. Purviance received his early education in the schools of Macoupin County, Illinois, and his collegiate studies at McKendree College at Lebanon, Illinois, from which he graduated in 1864 with his A.B. and LL.B degrees. He left Illinois and relocated to Memphis in 1864 where he took up the practice of law. In 1865, he again relocated. This time, he moved to Purdy, Tennessee, the quaint county seat of McNairy County that had seen troops of both sides march through town on their way to important campaigns. Purviance was present for reorganization of the first court following the war. As a lawyer, his skills were much in need at that time. From 1865 until 1869, he served as the State’s attorney for the Tennessee Eleventh Judicial Circuit (District). From 1869 until approximately 1873, he served as United States Attorney in Memphis. He married Miss Rachel C. Pharr in 1873 and they settled in Helena, Arkansas. Following an outbreak of yellow fever in Helena, Purviance again made his way back to Purdy in 1879. He continued with the practice of law and then entered the field of journalism. He established the McNairy County Independent. The newspaper was meant to be of the Independent persuasion as to politics and this stood in stark contrast to its fellow Purdy newspaper, the Sun, which was published by Dr. Daniel Barry and was of the Democratic persuasion as to its politics. According to General Marcus J. Wright, “the Independent was first issued March 15, 1879...its columns have been largely devoted to the material interests of the county.” His office was located in an upstairs room over a store and sometimes restaurant belonging to a gentleman by the name of McGraw. During the time that Purviance established his newspaper in Purdy, the village was well-known and had developed into a seat of learning. Judge John A. Pitts wrote that Purdy was “the prettiest and most delightful town in the whole Eleventh Judicial See PURVIANCE, 3A May 28 Remember the fallen this Memorial Day The legacy continues Janet Rail Today we honor our founder, Col. J.W. Purviance who established the McNairy County Independent on June 27, 1902. For 110 consecutive years now, publication has not ceased. Purviance continued to serve as publisher until 1920. At the dawn of the new century, the media consisted mainly of newspapers and various periodicals. Most of the news was packaged into one paper including news, entertainment and advertising with no special sections. News was primarily focused on local or regional news with in house reporters sent on assignment to outbreaks and progress of war, business or government scandals. The media became big business in the 20th century. We experienced job growth and attracted many immigrants who spoke little English and so they depended on the papers to learn the language. Publishers, like Purviance, saw the profit potential and started his first publication, McNairy County Independent in March 1879 and reacquired the publication in 1902. The paper has a long legacy of independent family ownership all dedicated to publishing one of the best newspapers in the state and nation. We not only celebrate 110 years, but are the oldest existing business in McNairy County. There are some differences in today’s paper, however, our commitment to the community in which we serve remains as strong as ever. As in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Feel Lucky” puts it, “The stars may lie but the numbers never do.” So here are our numbers. We print 7,400 copies of the paper, have an audited circulation of 7,189 at present with loyal subscribers reaching more than 20,000 readers a week. We just exceeded 4,000 facebook friends with online subscriptions growing rapidly. Our website www.independentappeal. com features local stories, video and photos. We believe in newspapers and in our community. On the rare occasion when a subscriber misses a paper, we are notified almost immediately when the subscriber or the Postmaster at any of the 10 incorporated cities we serve calls because the customer wants, “their paper.” All of this success did not happen by chance, but with the dedication and leadership of past publishers Col. J.W. Purviance 1902-1920; Orpheus Abernathy and Family 1920-1938; Ken Duke 1938-1941; B. O. Weeks 1941-1946; Wilbur Wright 1946-1964; George Hamilton 1964-1970; Bruce Hurt 19701974; Leslie Houston 1974-1976; William J. Rail 1976-2000 to cur- Number: 01 MCHS bound for State Bobcats down Bulldogs Win nets first-ever tourney bid Andrew Alexander The McNairy Central Bobcat Baseball Team is bound for the Class AA State Tournament for the first time in school history after Matt Chandler’s walk-off suicide squeeze plated Justin Roberts in the bottom of the seventh to give MCHS a 3-2 victory of Fairley High School of Memphis in the Class AA Sectionals last Friday afternoon in Selmer. For complete game coverage, see Page 1B. For complete on-site coverage of the BlueCross Spring Fling Baseball Class AA State Tournament, read next week’s edition of the Independent Appeal. The Bobcats played Red Bank High School after deadline on Tuesday at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro for their first round game of the 2012 BlueCross Spring Fling and will play against either Goodpasture or Pigeon Forge on Wednesday afternoon. ILLUSTRATION BY Lanessa Miller A gutsy call by MCHS Coach Brian Franks. Matt Chandler lays down a perfect suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning driving in Justin Roberts. The play clinched the Bobcats 3-2 victory over Fairley High School last Friday. INDEPENDENT APPEAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The Independent Appeal offices will be closed Friday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our offices will be open and operate on a normal schedule on Monday, May 28. We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. 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