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Thursday, December 2, 2010

STATES-GRAPHIC 144th Year • No. 56

Haywood County, Tennessee

Two Sections, 18 pages


Christmas parade coming this weekend

By Calvin Carter Staff Writer

Like a child going sledding on a steep hill, the holidays are coming fast to Haywood County. Rarely limited in community activities, Haywood County will play host to a variety of holiday related events, kicking festivities off this weekend. The annual Christmas parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday around the Haywood County Court Square. However, before the crowd takes—or in this case brings—its seats and thermoses full of hot chocolate, one may want to hang around the court square area prior to the main event. From noon until 4 pm, Santa will be making an appearance during the hours before his ride in the parade. There will also be numerous vendors, child-friendly games and activities, as well as a special “Kiddy Parade,” where some of Brownsville’s youngest will ride around court square as prelude to the main parade. If you’re looking for great deals on holiday shopping, then you may want to consider hanging around Brownsville on Sunday, Dec. 5. From 1 to 4 pm, businesses around the city will host their first annual Shop Brownsville First Holiday Open House.

Businesses included are The Paisley Corner, Morris Jewelers, The Computer Patch, Personal Expressions Home Furnishings, All That’s Victoria, Veranda Family Restaurant, Lytle Computer, Fine Things, Livingston’s, The Treasure Chest, Merle Norman and Traditions Gifts, The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, DLI Computer Services and T-Shirt Plus. Many of the business owners participating have expressed a desire to bring residents’ attentions locally, for their holiday spending, helping the city economically and making residents realize many other benefits of shopping locally rather traveling to Jackson or Memphis. “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve had an area-wide open house,” All That’s Victoria owner, Vickie Cooper said. Some of the businesses in the open house will also have special deals during the open house and holidays. For instance, Personal Expressions Home Furnishings and Gifts will donate five percent of the purchase price on every new bedroom, living room or dinning room purchased until Dec. 10 to any of five area charities of the customer’s choice. Also, Lytle Computers will give a free gift with every computer purchase until Christmas. Finally, if you’re

looking for an opportunity to hobnob with local community leaders, business owners and other local residents, then you may want to stop by the Brownsville Chamber “Thanks For All You Do!” Membership Holiday Open House. The event is open to all Chamber members as well as the public and will be Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Usually hosted for chamber members, this will be the first year that the event is open to the public. “It’s been a long year for all the businesses in Brownsville and Haywood County, as well as citizens,” BrownsvilleHaywood County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joe Ing said. “We decided that we were going to have a little fun this Christmas.” “Despite trying times, we’re all right, and we want to give back a little something,” he continued. Besides food and fellowship, attendees will also be treated to the holiday singing of the Haywood County High School Show Choir. Their performance will take place at 10:15 a.m. For information on the chamber event or to RSVP, call 772-2193. For more information on the Shop Brownsville First Holiday Open House, visit http://www.

An example of one of the many floats from last year’s annual Christmas parade. Photo By Calvin Carter

THP Supports C.O.P.S. Project Blue Light Decorate with Blue to Remember Fallen Officers

NASHVILLE ---The Tennessee Highway Patrol will once again partner with C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) this holiday season to encourage Tennesseans to display a

blue light in home or office windows in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officers. A blue light, candle or holiday decoration honors and remembers those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their profession and thanks those who continue to work America’s dangerous streets and highways daily. “The holidays are especially tough for anyone who has lost a loved one,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott, said. “This simple gesture is a reminder for the law enforcement officers who

are no longer with us and a symbol of thanks to those who continue to keep our communities and highways safe.” Each captain in the eight Highway Patrol districts, along with the nine scale complexes, will display at least one blue light during the month of December. A blue candle also adorns the Colonel’s office at Foster Avenue in Nashville and at his home in support of the effort. For more than twenty years, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) has asked law enforcement families, surviving families,

and police families to put a blue light in their windows during the holiday season. The idea began in 1988 when Mrs. Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room window that holiday season. One candle was for her son-inlaw, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department on June 5, 1986. For more information on C.O.P.S. & Project Blue Light, click www.

Brownsville’s new prescription – Operation Medicine Bottle a “go” By Calvin Carter Staff Writer The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation views prescription drug abuse and misuse as a major problem in the state of Tennessee. It is a view that mirrors the nation’s growing stance against the improper use of prescription medications. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2008, 6.2 million Americans

claimed that they abused prescription drugs. Perhaps even more startling was the number of youth who are no stranger to prescription drug abuse. Another 2008 study done by the University of Michigan showed that by 12th grade, almost 10 percent of students nationwide had tried vicodin and about five percent had used oxycotin. Some of the youthrelated prescription drug abuse stories that officers like Brownsville Police Department Lt. Barry See “Go”w Page A3

Asking a village: Meeting held to discuss help for Eastside By Calvin Carter Staff Writer Ward 2 residents, community leaders and school board members met Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Eastside Elementary School for a brainstorming session. The problems that needed to be tackled had to do with improving the education and conduct of Eastside Elementary students.

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The meeting served as an opportunity for Eastside Principal Sandra Humphreys to ask for much needed help. “As they say, it takes a village to raise a child, and we can’t do it alone,” Humphreys said. Academics were at the forefront of the discussion, with Principal Humphreys noting that many of Eastside’s students need help with their reading. The lack in reading skills has also extended to problems in math, science and other areas of schoolwork, Humphreys said. To combat this problem, the school has developed a type of special reading program. Yet, more volunteers are needed. “We have a young man that comes in and reads to students and students read back to him,” the principal said. “We welcome more of that.” The focus seems to extend as far as the Haywood County School Board, with Haywood County Schools Superintendent Marlon King noting a new effort to start “planting the seed of college in our students

at this level.” Principal Humphreys added, “Many times, we wait till junior and high school before we mention college and by then, they’ve already formed their plans.” The reading and mentoring programs weren’t the only items discussed. The brainstorming sessions produced ideas regarding businesses helping out during

the school’s pep rally, helping at risk children with Christmas gifts and uniforms, local field trips to the various businesses and organizations around Haywood County, and rewarding good conduct. “I guess that’s why we have a variety of people here, to contribute so many different ideas,” said meeting organizer and Vice Mayor Carolyn Flagg. There was also

discussion about those who attended the session becoming East Side Elementary’s support group in light of the school not having a very active PTA. “You have stepped up to the plate and asked us for help,” Insouth Bank Community President Alan Callery said. “I think it might be a great idea to start a support group for the school.” It remains to be seen

when the plans formulated will become reality, but the session has at least gotten the ball rolling. Although still in its beginning stages, there are plans for another meeting to help East Side Elementary. “I appreciate everyone that has come out here today and the ideas,” Humphreys said. “I feel that once we come together as a team, we can become a village.”

Community leaders and Ward 2 residents gathered for a brain storming session meant to help East Side Elementary.


An example of one of the many floats from last year’s annual Christmas parade. Photo By Calvin Carter $1.00 See weather on page B8 See recipe...