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THE VOL. 119, NO. 4 TRI-CITY REPORTER WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011 DYER, TENNESSEE Pioneers Win! Rutherford to extend sewer line service BY MICHAEL ENOCHS The Rutherford city council gathered for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on January 17. One order of new business that came under discussion was extending city sewer lines out into the north end of town. The council will draw up a resolution to take bids on the project before proceeding. Also under new business the city set a date of January 25 to have a meeting concerning an energy grant for the city water plant. Also related to the city water and sewer department, the council decided to spend $2000 to repair their sewer machine rather than to purchase a new one for $43,000. It was also decided that water and sewer supervisor Jim Cooper could fill out the proper forms to obtain federal grant money to replace the city’s aging fluoridation equipment. The council discussed replacing a police cruiser that has been used on a parttime basis. The cruiser has between 180 and 190,000 miles on it and needs $800 worth of repairs. The council has also discussed purchasing a low mileage cruiser. Alderman Dusty Emerson suggested having the parttime car refurbished before purchasing another car. Alderman Bob White stated that there was $860 left in the maintenance repair fund. Emerson made a motion to repair the old car and the board approved the measure. Cooper reported to the board that the water State Rep. Curtis Halford Rep. Halford takes oath of office State Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) was among the 99 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives taking the oath of office last week in Nashville. The oath was administered as state lawmakers organized the business of the 107th General Assembly. “I am honored and humbled that the privilege of serving the citizens of the 79th District has been bestowed upon. I look forward to the session starting and working hard to represent my constituents,” Rep. Halford said. “I am excited about the opportunities for my district and the great state of Tennessee,” Halford continued. “We face a lot of challenges. I am eager to work to provide our district with improved education, safer neighborhoods, and more job opportunities during this 107th General Assembly,” he concluded. see page 4 HORTON SCORES - Senior Mike Horton shoots over three Westview defenders during the come-back win over Martin. Horton had 17 points for the night. (Photo by Lori Cathey) GC Pioneers win in overtime BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County Pioneers won in overtime over Westview Tuesday night 68-63. The Westview Chargers rushed out to a 15-10 lead in the first quarter. The Charger’s full-court pressure defense proved too much for the Pioneers to handle as bad passes led to several turnovers. Gibson County’s Mitchell Simpson stole the ball and made a 5-foot jumper at the buzzer to make it 34-21 Westview, at halftime. Gibson County was outscored 14-12 in third quarter and was down by 15 points. But in the fourth quarter the Pioneers’ back-to-back scores from Mitchell Simpson and a steal from Denzel Harris for a easy lay-up, had GC scoring 13 points in the first 2 and a half minutes of the quarter, but the Chargers were still clinging to a 50-46 lead. Shaquille Watson connected with a 3-pointer to make it 56-51 with 2:49 remaining. Gibson County’s Mike Horton sunk a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game up 56-56 with 1:02 left. Westview missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer to send it into overtime. Gibson County outscored Westview 23-8 in the forth see page 8 BY STEVE SHORT Health insurance and claims for Gibson Co. government employees cost about $105,000 per month during 2010, according to figures presented to county commissioners Jan. 24. Keith Silar, insurance agent with the Silar Thornton firm reviewed statistics for commissioners. Com. Bobby Cotham of Milan, Chairman of the Insurance Committee, recommended that the county retain its insurance agreement with West Tennessee Health Partners, and the commission voted to keep the partially self funded plan. Gibson Co. paid a total of $2.24 million for healthcare see page 3 Rutherford Elementary School’s Math-A-Thon was launched Wednesday, January 19th to raise vital funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. St. Jude is the top children’s cancer hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Gibson County community can support students by making donations to St. Jude in honor of students’ participation in the national math fundraising program. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Math-AThon has become one of America’s largest educationbased fundraisers. More than 10,000 schools across the country participate in the program every year. “St. Jude is a research institution that develops and shares protocols and expertise to treat deadly childhood diseases,” said Ashley Pickard, coordinator of the event. “By pledging donations to students participating in Math-A-Thon, we will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.” The Math-A-Thon works by participating students solving math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook. Students ask family and friends for donations in support of their participation in the Math-A-Thon. All donations are sent to St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. This year’s Math-A-Thon event is in memory of Mr. Steve Wallace. He and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Wallace, were long time supporters and educators in the community. They also shared a love of St. Jude. We have set a goal of $2,500. We will be accepting sponsors/donations until February 9th. Donations can be made to any student participating in Math-A-Thon or you may simply mail donations to Rutherford School, Attention: Ashley Pickard, P.O. Box 70, Rutherford, TN 38369. About St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer see page 3 WALLACE MEMORIALIZED - Rutherford School is raising funds for St. Jude Math-A-Thon in memory of former teacher, the late Steve Wallace. Wallace and his wife Nancy Wallace both taught at Rutherford School for many years. WWW.GENELANGLEYFORD.COM 20033 200 FS210B FS2 10B 6,998 998** MONTE CARLO CD, Dual Zone Temp Ctrl. $ 20066 200 1999 20022 200 MU104A $ see page 3 Math-A-Thon to honor late teacher Health ins. for county employees costs $105k per month 6,998 998** FORD EXPEDITION VV66 P1442A P14 42A Eddie Bauer, Moonroof, Loaded Local Trade One Owner RA002A $ 5,998* TOYOTA CAMRY Cruise/Tilt, Like New *All vehicles are pre-owned, pre-titled. Price includes $189 process fee, plus TT.T .T..L. 75¢ Home care providers earn wage boost BY STEVE SHORT Employees of the Gibson Co. Office on Aging who provide personal care to elderly and disabled people will receive a boost in pay following a near unanimous vote by the County Commission Jan. 24. Commissioners voted 23 for, one against, and one passing, to grant 50 cent per hour pay raises to in home services employees. The employees were earning between $7.50 and $9.00 per hour prior to the increase. Commissioner Keith Steele of Idlewild made the request, saying that the workers go into homes and help residents. Steele presented budget figures showing that the Office on Aging, based in Bradford, took in revenues of about $184,000 in state see page 12 ‘You really should try EP005A $ 8,998* PONTIAC G6 V6 CD, Tilt/Cruise, Very Clean before you buy!’ 1-800-273-3875 731-784-9311

Tri-City Reporter January 26 2011

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