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Hunter class instructor retires After 21 years of teaching the Hunter’s Safety Class for TWRA, Rex Barnes has retired. In Haywood County, students came from all over West Tennessee, to become qualified to hunt. Barnes started teaching in 1988, teaching both his sons under TWRA’s officer Keith Byrd, the a few years later, under Steve Henderson ad now under Robert Colvert.

Rex has taught the classes while averaging 20-35 students per class. Tim, his oldest son, has helped for over 15 years. Rex’s dedication for helping others has been shown not only through TWRA classes but also through his church family at Zion Baptist Church. Staff Sargent Michael Broder will be the new TWRA instructor.

Firefighters J.R. Baker and Jimmy Qualls collect money from Dalton and Logan Rushing.

7 Supports fund-raises for Hospital Wing tragedy

WBBJ-TV Jackson made a stop in Brownsville last Friday at Donnie Hatcher Chevrolet. The TV station set up a fund-raising area there, as well as another area in Jackson, as part of their 7 Supports. 7 Supports benefits families of fallen officers, firefighters and first responders who die in the line of duty, said News

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Continued from Page 1 Avery will move with his wife, Diane ,and son, Josh. Avery was offered the job initially early in the year, but declined due to the timing. It would be their second time offering before he would choose to resign. Cadets presented Avery with a special plaque, which consisted of the squadron patch and a picture of all the cadets forming their squadron code:

TN-944. Students who gave last hugs and handshakes before his departure soon surrounded Avery. It was clear based on student reaction that Avery will be missed. “I will miss you and I’m sure you’re going to miss all that homework and hard work,” Avery said to the cadets. “Thank you for this great privilege.”

Tennesseans warned of fake unemployment benefit check scam NASHVILLE – Commissioner James Neeley of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Mary Clement, Director of the Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division, are cautioning Tennesseans about cashing checks that come in the mail for services as a secret shopper. The fake check, which appears to be an unemployment benefit check, bears the name and address of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The recipient is instructed to deposit the check in his or her bank account and then withdraw the amount in cash. The recipient is then instructed to use a portion for shopping purchases, keep a portion for time invested, and take the remainder to a money transfer service and wire the money to a

contact in London. “We’ve had a number of calls from individuals who immediately recognized it didn’t seem right for our department to fund secret shopping services for a marketing firm overseas,” Labor Commissioner James Neeley said. “We are working with the proper authorities in this matter and want to get the word out quickly that this is a scam.” All of the checks recovered have been in the amount of $3,400. It may take several days before a bank determines the deposited check is not real, potentially leaving the recipient liable for the entire amount and any additional bank charges. The Tennessee Consumer Affairs Division advises that legitimate businesses will never pressure you to send money by wire transfer services, and you should end the transaction immediately. There is little recourse

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if there is a problem with a wire transaction. If you think you have been a victim of this or any other counterfeit scam, you should report it to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the United States Postal Service. Consumers may file a complaint or call the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs for more information at 1-800342-8385 (toll free inside Tennessee) or (615) 741-4737. To file a complaint with the FTC or for more consumer tips, call tollfree, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

Director Robert Davidson. “It’s one of those things you hope you never have to do, but may need to do,” Davidson said. Davidson wasn’t alone at Hatcher. Area firefighters, officers, and workers from the ambulance authority joined him. “It’s been a good day, a lot of folks that have donated have either

themselves been patients of Hospital Wing or had family that were patients,” Davidson said. The fund-raising effort managed to raise $5,560.20. The money will be given to charities chosen by the families of pilot, Doug Phillips, and nurses Cindy Parker and Misty Brogdan.

cord of 654. It’s a number that creates more questions that answers. “Are the officers being more productive and solving crimes and making arrests or are more folks committing those crimes?” Lea said. “That’s something we haven’t narrowed down yet, but that’s something you want to look at. You have to ask yourself is that a concern or pat on the back that arrests are up.” Traffic citations also increased significantly. 2009 saw them at 4,022 versus 2008’s 1,926. Lea noted that the increase has to do with a federal grant that’s basically allowed more officers to enforce speeding and DUI offenses. “It tells me that the job is getting done,” Lea said. The department has also seen domestic assaults remain roughly the same, making the authorities question whether the down economy has had a major effect. One increase that Lea has been impressed with however is the solvable rate of the investigative division. With an increase of

personnel in that division from three to five, the department went from 20 percent to 60 percent in the first two months of this year. “I do expect that to either hold or increase,” Lea said. “We have an excellent investigative team.”

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the first meetings I had was with Sheriff Bond,” Lea said. “We sat down and we both decided that day that we need to have an excellent work relationship and it’s been nothing but good from that day. If I have ever needed or my guys have needed help, they’re there and vice versa. There are no boundaries.” “From being a citizen, the relationship had not been what I wanted it to be,” Lea continued. Connections seem to be a theme with the department this year, with Lea adding his desire for the department to get back in touch with the community. He wants the public to know their officers, just as they did when he was an officer during the 80’s and 90’s. “I want to get that relationship back because a large percentage of the crimes are solved by the public,” Lea said. “And if the public has trust issues with law enforcement that line is severed.” Lea added that he doesn’t expect to earn the public’s trust overnight, but is ready to do what it takes. While connecting is a goal for the department, studying may be another. Lately the analysis is being focused on statistics for 2009. For example, last year, arrests were 815, a shot up from 2008’s arrest re-


This Ordinance set forth requirements on how materials should be prepared for curb side pickup by the Brownsville Sanitation and Street Departments.

We are working continuously to keep the city clean. We constantly pick up brush, leaves, litter, etc. The people of Brownsville should take pride in their town. Help stop litter. All grass clippings, shrub clippings, leaves and small items must be bagged and placed curbside. Small limbs and cuttings should be placed in one neat pile at curbside. Do not place the piles under electric lines or low tree limbs. Blowing your grass in the street is “No Less Than Littering” and is against the law. If you have excessive grass cuttings, they must be bagged and put curbside. The city DOES NOT pick up bricks, concrete items, vehicle parts, trees or any individual or contractor construction waste.


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