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THE VOL. 117, NO. 49 Dyer residents pay highest combined tax rate BY STEVE SHORT you’re a resident of Gibson County, your property tax can depend on several different tax rates depending on your place of residence. Residents of cities pay county, city and school taxes. Rural residents living outside cities pay the county tax ($0.72) plus a school district tax, depending on which school district they occupy. Humboldt residents pay the county tax plus a city rate that encompasses the city schools. Property Assessor Gary Paschall said Gibson Co. is unique in having 11 different taxing jurisdictions because of multiple towns and special school districts with taxing powers. New tax rates were recently approved following a state reappraisal of property. Dyer residents pay the see page 3 TRI-CITY REPORTER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009 DYER, TENNESSEE Santa, I’ve been good 75¢ If Heather Griffin Griffin joins GCHS 1,000 point club DEAR SANTA - Kenton School Principal Renee Childs gets in the spirit of the season, sitting on Santa’s knee during the town’s Breakfast with Santa held at the school. The Kenton School Boosters sponsored the breakfast. The Kenton White Squirrel Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 12 beginning at 6 p.m. City of Kenton dreaming of a white squirrel Christmas Diane Taylor County Clerk to retire BY DANNY JONES THE GAZETTE Gibson County Clerk Diane Taylor has announced she plans to retire at the end of her present term September 1, 2010, ending 20 years serving in that position. Originally hired as deputy clerk in 1968 by then clerk Edwin E. “Cotton” Pigue, Taylor also worked 16 years under Clerk Josephine Jackson. Upon Jackson’s retirement in 1990, Taylor was elected to her first fouryear term. She then ran unopposed in 94, 98, 02 and 06. Taylor stated that she has seen many changes in the clerk’s office in these 40 plus years. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to the voters of Gibson County for their continued confidence and support,” Taylor said. She continued by saying her campaign pledge was “Vote for me and I’ll work for you” and she has fulfilled that pledge to the see page 3 BY MICHAEL ENOCHS The Kenton City Council met in regular monthly session on December 1, at the Kenton City Hall. The city is gearing up to celebrate Christmas as only the home of the white squirrels can do. Even though there might not be a white Christmas, Kenton’s white squirrels, up in the trees, will have the best seats in the house from which to watch the Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday, December 12. Alderman Tim Johns informed the board that lineup for the parade will start at 5 p.m. at the former Plastech Company parking lot with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. L. A. Baucum is the grand marshal for the parade. Baucom is a long-time resident of Kenton and was a charter member of the Kenton Volunteer Fire Department of which he served as Fire Chief for five years. He was elected city alderman in 1959 and served for 10 years. He is a former president of the Kenton Lion’s Club, and served on the White Squirrel Festival Committee for many years. Baucom and his wife Rebecca have four children; Regina, Avery, Mark and Mike. Baucom has been instrumental in the growth of Kenton School and has volunteered his time to keep Kenton and its residents thriving. The community is thankful for Baucom’s commitment to the town’s success. Johns L.A. Baucum announced that other scheduled parade participants include; the Tennessee National Guard, the Gibson County High School marching band, the Junior High School band comprised of students from Dyer, Rutherford and Kenton, and various participants from the area fire, police, and see page 3 Annual Shop Dyer event a big success BY JOHNNY MCILWAIN Christmas came early to the Dyer community last Thursday evening as 14 Dyer businesses opened their doors for Dyer Station Celebration’s annual ‘Shop Dyer After Hours.’ After a long day of ‘business as usual’they set up tables laden with food, added decorations, prepared boxes for door prizes and waited for the crowds of shoppers and browsers to appear. And appear they did! Even with the added 30 minutes for this event, shoppers still had trouble finding the time to visit all of the businesses involved. The door prizes included everything from country hams to haircuts to gas cards to decorative gift items. The food items available were a variety of finger foods, grilled hot dogs and delicious hot drinks. Food Rite was packed again this year with parked cars and many of the participating businesses were see page 3 BY LORI CATHEY On Tuesday, November 23 during the basketball game against Humboldt, Gibson County Lady Pioneer Heather Griffin notched her 1,000th career point. Griffin added 19 points in the win against the Lady Vikings, reaching the milestone with a turn-around jumper. She also had seven rebounds, three blocked shots and was seven of 10 from the field. “I knew I was getting close but I didn’t know I was going to get it tonight,” said Griffin. “It’s nice to have personal achievements but none of them can be accomplish without your teammates.” Griffin becomes the 15th member of the Lady Pioneers Basketball 1,000 Point Club. Final plans made for Rutherford Cheer BY ALAN ABBOTT Names have been added to the Rutherford Christmas Cheer list. Fruit, candy and grocery items have been ordered. Final plans are made to help our friends and neighbors have a joyous Christmas holiday. The sponsoring organizations, our businesses, local churches and many contributors want to encourage our friends to make a small difference in their lives. The Lions Club, Woodman of the World Loge 153 and the American see page 3 Dyer Goodwill finalizes list for deliveries CITY LUMBER - Johnny McIlwain visits City Lumber employees Vanessa Griggs, Dona Leadbetter, Bethany Hall and April Martin during the Shop Dyer event last Thursday. SPREAD THE NEWS... Give the gift that keeps on giving... A subscription to The Tri-City Reporter Call 731-692-3506 to start your gift subscription! BY SAM THOMPSON The Dyer Goodwill Committee met this past Thursday night and collected names of the families who will receive food and baskets of fruit this year. This year, we will pack out 89 food boxes and 113 sunshine baskets and 41 bags to go to the nursing home. The committee went over each name and hopes see page 3

Tri City Reporter December 10 2009

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