Thursday, October 28, 2010
STATES-GRAPHIC 144th Year • No. 56
Haywood County, Tennessee
Two Sections, 22 pages
The Field of Flags makes its return to Brownsville If you’re driving past the Haywood County Court House, then it’ll be difficult for you to miss the amazing display of flags at the Haywood County Courthouse. The annual Field Of Flags has made its return. It wasn’t featured last year, but appeared in 2008. So far, approximately 235 flags have been set up. Installation started in October 25 and will remain through November 15.
The display comes in time for the annual Veterans Day Commemorative C e r e m o n y , presented by the V.F.W. Post 4838 David Craig Chapter, USDAR. The ceremony will take place November 11. All proceeds from the Field of Flags will benefit the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and other Exchange Club civic projects, like the Exchange Club scholarship.
On the move
Casey Jones Village moves old church Perhaps it’s safe to say, that Brooks Shaw and Son Old Country Store and Casey Jones Village CEO Clark Shaw is no stranger to Haywood County. For years, residents have ventured to Jackson to enjoy some down home cooking, southern knick-knacks and souvenirs, and historic stories of Casey Jones at Casey Jones Village. Some residents may know of Shaw, thanks to his father Brooks Shaw, also founder of Brooks Shaw and Son Old Country Store and Casey Jones Village, who use to work in the Wellwood Country Store. And speaking of that particular store, it was only recent that it was sold to Shaw and moved to Casey Jones Village. One could say that Shaw is a fan of local history, and even bigger fan of preservation.
It would seem that an attempt to relax two years ago, for Shaw and his wife only turned into an opportunity to save an old building. “My wife and I love to take out the car and just drive out in the country to relax,” Shaw said. “And so we were driving through Haywood County.” Shaw and his wife, Juanita made a stop on Highway 70 veering into an old country veering inside for any possible shelf-ready relics. That’s when Shaw’s eyes met with a building across the street, hidden behind a few trees. “We were taking a look at the store, and I looked over and said ‘Honey, I think that building might be a church.’” It was. The Browns Creek Primitive Baptist Church has been abandoned for nearly 40 years. The
Shaws describe it as being in great condition. It was built 105 years ago and seats approximately 60 people. The Shaws approached the remaining membership of the church about relocation of the building. They agreed to it. Last Thursday October 21, the church made its ofﬁcial move from Haywood County to Casey Jones Village. It was moved in a similar fashion like the Wellwood Country store, via large trucks. Funding for the moving and preservation of the church is thanks to a new community fund established through a partnership with the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation dubbed the “Village Church Historic Preservation Fund.” The church will serve a variety of uses for Casey
Movers had to separate the church’s roof from the rest of the building to successfully move it. Jones Village, the Shaws said. It will primarily be used for a daily prayer chapel. The church will also host a variety of events, including gospel concerts, community meetings, weddings and reception, and special dinners. The church will also contain a little more of Brownsville within it.
House mover, Bill McMillen will use 125-year-old brick from a demolished building in Downtown Brownsville for the church’s foundation. The Shaws would like to get the church open by November, but at this stage, it’s still an early and loose idea. Currently donors are being sought for the
Village Church Historic Preservation Fund, which states its mission as “To preserve and educate future generations about the rich history of worship in West Tennessee and the American South.” If you would like more information, visit www. wthfoundation.org.
Narcotics investigation yields 13 arrests America’s Top Model
Thursday October 21, the Brownsville Police Department concluded a two-month long, narcotics investigation in the City. Ofﬁcers from the Criminal Investigations/ Narcotics Division were able to purchase crack or powder cocaine from 14 individuals, and prescription drugs from two others. Ofﬁcers conducting the investigation spent between $ 1,500 and $ 2,000 on the illegal drugs. The investigation was funded through conﬁdential funds provided from the City of Brownsville Drug Fund, and was conducted by the ofﬁcers assigned to the Criminal Investigations/ Narcotics Division of the
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agency. The investigation had 18 ofﬁcers from the Brownsville Police Department participate in the arrest operation. Of the 16 individuals sought, 13 were located and arrested during the operation. Monday, October 25, two more suspects, Pierre Gunn and Akeem Hardin turned themselves into authorities. Authorities are still on the lookout for one more suspect, Steve Whitelaw. This investigation began in August 2010, when ofﬁcers began purchasing narcotics from street level dealers in and throughout the City of Brownsville. Many of the offenders in this investigation were previously convicted felons, some with prior drug arrests and some with arrests for other crimes ranging from Theft of Property over $ 10,000 to Aggravated Robbery to Attempted Murder. Each defendant in this investigation faces felony narcotics charges.
Brownsville Police Department Lt. Shawn Williams believes that the investigation delivers a strong message. “I feel like we made a statement both to drug dealers in the city and residents that we are not going to just let this happen,” Willams said in reference to drug related crimes. All of the defendants in this matter will be held at the Haywood County Jail without bond pending their arraignment by Judge J. Roland Reid. The following suspects were arrested on Illegal Sale of Narcotics charges October 21: Jason White, Delano Bond, Daniel Reid, Sherry Forsythe, George Wade, Lee Liggons, Daniel Shaw, Bridgette Forrest, Leslie Graves, Monica Taylor, John Hughes, Sedrick Morton and Roy Faught. Their initial court appearances are scheduled for November 18 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in Haywood County General Sessions Court.
Local Save-A-Lot serves as example to chain
In 1977, a man by the name of Bill Moran opened the ﬁrst SaveA-Lot store in Cahokia, Ill. With a focus on high quality product on low prices, the store has grown to nationwide 1,200 discount chain, whose network stretches from Maine to California. There have been some changes. Save-A-Lot is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU, INC. And its original founder, Moran, retired in 2006 and turned it over to current President and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, Bill Shaner. Every two years, many of the grocery chains leaders will gather to strategically plan and reassess their mission of quality. They will usually gather, in what the dub, a “show store,” a visual example of the bar being raised. This is the type
of store that has the cleanest ﬂoors, friendliest customer service and of course, high quality product to sell. It was last Thursday, October 21, that the Brownsville Save-A-Lot located at 81 Bank Drive had become recognized as a show store. Approximately 42 corporate store and licensed owner from areas like Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee gathered at the local store. “It’s to demonstrate to both our corporatelyowned store operators as well as our licensed ones, to see the latest in what we want to make available to our consumers,” SaveA-Lot Vice President of Retail Operations John Likens said. “We’re showing the best way to present a store, the latest in purchasing and also emphasize the importance of wholesome products at extremely
low prices. That’s what our business model is all about.” To local employees of Save-A-Lot, to serve as that example of the company’s business model is a huge honor. “We’ve always considered ourselves to be the premier store in Brownsville, and we’re reemphasizing that by doing what we’ve done here,” Brownsville Save-A-Lot co-owner James Boyd said. “We’ve reset the store, we’ve redecorated, remerchandised everything.” For Boyd, the stores success is only partially related to their recent changes. The other part stems from the store’s loyal customers. “We appreciate Brownsville and the consumers we have here. And we look forward to being in Brownsville for a long, long, time.”
Fall Fest Correction In the ﬁrst picture of last week’s story, “Fall Fest attracts largest crowd in history,” one of the musicians was incorrectly identiﬁed. The person listed as Joe Yeargin is actually Herbert Adams. We at the States-Graphic apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Save-A-Lot employee, Jonathan Johnson who works in the meat department, inspects everything.