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Thursday, September 16, 2010

STATES-GRAPHIC 144th Year • No. 56

Haywood County, Tennessee

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Two Haywood students caught with gun Last Friday (Sept. 10), officers from the Brownsville Police Department received information from the administration of Haywood High School that they believed a student or students were bringing a handgun to school. One of the students was allegedly involved in a slight altercation Thursday afternoon at the school and made the threats to bring the gun to school to “settle the problem,” authorities said. Upon receiving the information, school administrators contacted the Brownsville Police Department. Friday morning, the investigation led to recovery of a loaded 9mm handgun and the arrest of two HHS seniors, J.T. Shaw and Derail Shaw, both 18 years old. The weapon was found in a vehicle prior to the start of classes. Both J.T. and Derail were charged with Possession of a Handgun on School Property, and were being held without bond pending arraignment at the Haywood County Jail. During Tuesday’s monthly Education board meeting, the incident was noted briefly by Haywood High School Principal Dorothy

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Derail Shaw Bond and Haywood County Schools Superintendent Marlon King, who both felt that under the unfortunate circumstances, the staff acted accordingly. It was perhaps a dark mark, to an otherwise positive school year so far. “We did the very best that we felt we could do,” Bond said. “I’m proud of my staff.” Bond also asked those in attendance at the meeting to pray for the two students that were arrested.

Brownsville Police Department won first place in the State of Tennessee and second place nationally for their department size in the National Law Enforcement Challenge. The winners were announced Sept. 10 at the sixth annual Law Enforcement Challenge by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office. “The Law Enforcement Challenge recognizes outstanding performances by law enforcement agencies and officers from across the state,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “These dedicated public servants work diligently for the good of their communities and deserve this recognition both by the state and nationally.” The Challenge provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a significant difference in the communities they serve. The Challenge is a friendly competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies that recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States. Over 470 agencies that were able to meet all

Mayor reveals head of Department of Planning for city

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BPD places first and second in state, national competition

Frye named city clerk

It was a packed house Tuesday, September 14 inside Brownsville City Hall as the board of Mayor and Aldermen held their monthly meeting. After going through 35 applications and four interviews, the mayor finally announced her choice for City Clerk, which the board agreed. Jessica Snell Frye, a Brownsville native and University of Memphis Accounting alumnus will take up the position left by Jerry Taylor who is retiring. Matherne noted that Frye was very bright in her class, is seven credits away from being a C.P.A. and has love for working with city government. Frye’s salary will be set at $45,000. “You think you can learn from Jerry Taylor’s mistakes?” Alderman John Simmons joked, poking fun at Taylor. “Those are some really big shoes to fill, but I will do my best to fill them, Frye humbly replied. The addition of Frye was the only change to the city staff. Shortly after the board approved the second and

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final reading—following a silent and non-reactive public hearing—of an ordinance that will allow the city to create a Department of Planning, it’s head was announced. Sharon Hayes, another native Brownsville and University of Tennessee Knoxville graduate from Accounting, will be the department head. Hayes has had a 30-year career in accounting and public education, and actually recently retired from budget planning for the University of Memphis. Hayes’ position will be part-time, making her salary in the $25,000$30,000 range. Some of the duties of the Department of Planning include being in charge of city planning activities under the eye of the city mayor, as well as develop a detailed strategic growth plan for the city. While Mayor Matherne noted that she has a few people in mind to round out the new department, she won’t reveal the names until next month’s meeting. But the department cannot have more than ten or less than six, according to state law, and may actually end up containing seven members, she said. In other board news, first readings to annex property on Highway 19 (Mercer Road), which includes the Volunteer Lounge property. “In light of recent events, the city would have say on the type of business that goes there,” Mayor Matherne said to the board. “The business would also have to follow our laws and regulations on serving alcohol.” A number of negative events have hit the Lounge, including the stabbing murder of 26-year-old Latoya Drake that took place last month. While the board was

initially going to vote to annex the property as a R-3 zone (high density residential) the board amended to list it as commercial property, at the behest of the Lounge property owners. Passing its first reading, there will be a public hearing and second reading during next month’s meeting. Aresolution was passed to give $25,000 to the Industrial Development board to be paid to Lasco Fittings, Inc. The purpose of the payment is to help implement a new production line to create 25 new jobs in Brownsville and Haywood County. The county apparently made a similar deal with Lasco. And finally, the board examined a few requests from the community. The board approved the request of a parade permit from Haywood High School for their homecoming. The parade will take place October 15, starting from Anderson Grammar School parking lot and will end at the football stadium from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The board also approved a request for a roadblock for Buford Mathias, who will be holding a donation drive for Hunters for the Hungry this Saturday (September 18). The organization involves hunters harvesting local deer to feed local underprivileged families. Donations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2.p.m. around the courthouse. A request from Haywood County Youth Sports (HYS), for $1,000 was tabled to next month’s meeting, pending that the organization provides a ledger on specifically where their funds go. The board voted 4-1 on this request, with Alderman Tom Averyheart voting no on the motion.

From left to right, Office Mike O’Connell, Officer Darren Jenkins, Chief Chris Lea, Senator Delores Gresham, GHSO Director Kendal Poole, Lt. Barry Diebold, Corporal Tony Rankin, Officer David Culver. of the criteria competed in this program. Brownsville placed first in the 25-45 officers category and second in the 26-45 municipal category. “I’m very proud to be a part of this department for achieving such high honors,” said BPD Police Chief Chris Lea. “Their hard work and dedication to this community led to them being ranked as the best department in the state and second in the nation.” The program is designed to strengthen and support traffic enforcement nationwide and targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving, and

speeding. Participating agencies are asked to provide documentation on their agency’s efforts and effectiveness in areas of officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries. BPD has competed in the Law Enforcement Challenge for the past six years and have previously won state first place, state second place, state third places, and National honorable mention. This program combined the efforts of officers working projects in the schools and community, with extra enforcement efforts to reduce crashes. Vehicle crashes have been reduced more than 50 percent in the past six

years saving the residents of the City of Brownsville millions of dollars in insurance and medical costs. BPD will be receiving additional awards at the International Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando Florida in October. The Police Department won approximately $5,000 in police equipment at the state conference. They will also be receiving equipment donated by law enforcement vendors for traffic enforcement and education at the IACP Conference in October. These programs are funded by the City of Brownsville and the Governor’s Highway SEE RANKS PG3

Haywood County to celebrate U.S. Constitution

September 17, 1787, 55 delegates in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall signed the U.S. Constitution. Friday, September 17 will see the national celebration of Constitution Week in the U.S. The celebration is meant to bring attention and commemoration of America’s most important document, thanks in part to the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The purpose of the celebration is to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and encourage the study of the historical events leading

to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. This Friday, Brownsville and Haywood County will do their part to commemorate the anniversary of the Constitution by ringing church bells and sounding sirens at noon. The DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children. The David Craig Chapter, NSDAR, celebrated its 102nd anniversary of its founding in Haywood County this year.

County Mayor Franklin Smith and Brownsville Mayor Jo Matherne sign a proclamation cementing the celebration of U.S. Constitution Week in the city county. Present with them are David Craig Chapter, NSDAR Regent Martha Hooper and Constitution Week Chair Nell Fox.

Workers injured in West Tennessee plant fire A flash fire broke out Tuesday in Hardeman County in a manufacturing plant that makes flares for the military. Firefighters were on the scene at Kilgore Flares Co. in Toone. The explosion took place before noon and while still under investigation, foul play has been ruled out by authorities. Six have been listed as injured by the fire, with three reportedly in critical condition. Officials and Kilgore Flares Co. have not released the name of the injured so far. A spokeswoman at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis said two women and one man from the plant were in critical condition at the hospital.

A spokeswoman for West Tennessee Health Care said a hospital in Bolivar reported three people there in good condition. Kilgore supplies infrared decoy flares to counter guided missiles. Earlier this year, the company announced a $22.5 million Department of Defense order for flares for B-52 aircrafts. So far, a statement from Chemring North America revealed that the fire started in one of the assembly facilities and it seemed to alone in one building. Kilgore was founded in 1920 and became a major military contractor during World War II. Chemring Group PLC, a British company that bought it in 2001, owns it.


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