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Large freshman class puts strain on FHU housing; university looks to the future with capital projects By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

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City Board will meet tonight, discussion of utility extension policy planned Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Council Chamber of Henderson City Hall. On the agenda is tentative approval of construction bids on the Old Jacks Creek Sewer Project. Bids will also have to be approved by Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development. The Board will also consider bids received on a backhoe for the Utility Department. Also on the agenda is to consider amending the policy allowing utility customers to call in for a seven-day extension before they are turned off for non-payment. The Utility Department has noticed that this policy is being abused by the same individuals every month.

With 474 first-time freshmen on campus this year, FreedHardeman University has found itself somewhat squeezed for space, especially when it comes to housing female students. At August’s meeting of the Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the university asked the city to rezone one of the residences it currently owns from R-1 Single Family Residential to I – Institutional. One-third of the lot where the 244 Crook Ave. residence is located is already zoned for institutional use, but the main portion where the home is located remains residential. When the board of Mayor and Aldermen failed to reach a vote on the rezoning, Dewayne Wilson, Executive Vice

President of FHU, was concerned that without use of the residence dorms FHU might be substantially overcrowded. However, once school started in late August the university found suitable housing for all students using dorms and other residential homes that FHU owns on and near campus. “We have space for folks, and we’re going to try to accommodate as many people as possible. That’s the point,” said Jud Davis, director of the Office of Marketing and University Relations. “I think that’s the reason we were moving in the direction we were.” As the population of FHU grows, the university must look to the future and determine what projects are to come as a result of a growing student body See PROJECTS, Page 2-A

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Like many other universities, Freed-Hardeman University has seen a steady growth in the number of female students enrolling each year. Even Tyler Hall, its newest women’s dormitory, has reached capacity, while an entire men’s dormitory remains empty. The university is looking at options for housing female students in the future.

Local singer/songwriter to headline 34th Annual Chester County BBQ Festival By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

The Chester County Barbeque Festival, which begins Sept. 29, is only three weeks away, and preparations are underway for a great time. Emily Shelton and Patricia Ledford of the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce have been working hard to make arrangements and get everything in order for food, fun and festivities at the 34th annual BBQ Festival. “We’re excited that vendor slots have filled up so quickly,” Ledford said.

She stated that the festival has already filled up all of the slots for vendors, and now the focus has shifted to arranging the entertainment and associated festivities. Once again, Ledford added, there will be a fun area for kids to play during the three-day festival. As usual, Thursday night will be focused on gospel music performances, while Friday and Saturday will feature music of all genres. The kick off begins at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, and the festival runs through Saturday evening. Headlining Saturday’s festivities will be local singer/song-

writer Jimmy Melton and the 45 RPM band. Melton grew up in Chester County, and he has a successful career as a songwriter in Nashville. According to BBQ Festival organizers, last year’s festival saw approximately 12,000 visitors from at least five different states over the three-day event, and on Friday, an estimated 5,000 people attended, with some parking a mile and a half from Court Square. In addition to the ever-popular talent show, parade, pet show, and barbeque, 2011 BBQ Festival visitors can look forward to the annual Pig Trot 5K,

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Celebrating Vincent High

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which benefits the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and the first ever Antique Show and Sale at First United Methodist Church. Henderson Antique Mall will be sponsoring the Antique Show and Sale, which is expected to draw additional visitors to Chester County. On Sept. 17, Clayton Bank and Trust will host the Miss Chester County Barbeque Festival pageant. Proceeds from that event will benefit Relay for Life. Event schedules and further details about all of the 34th Annual BBQ Festival events will be included in upcoming editions of the Chester County Independent.

Jimmy Melton and 45 RPM to play Oct. 1

Jimmy Melton began his career as a musician at the age

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Countdown to the Barbeque Festival 2011

TODAY’S WEATHER

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Vincent High Scholl alumni examine pictures from their school days. For the first time since the school closed its doors in 1969, teachers and alumni had a chance to reconnect in their former school. Vincent High was Chester County’s historically black school during the 1950s and ‘60s. When the county schools integrated in 1969-1970, Vincent closed its doors and was renamed North Chester. The former students had not been able to revisit their school until last Saturday. See pages 1-B and 2-B for story and additional pictures.

21 days until the Chester County Barbeque Festival Sept. 29 - Oct. 1


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Projects and ever-expanding educational opportunities. “We are essentially at capacity in terms of female students for dorm space,” Wilson said. “There are some options there we’re looking at.” Those options include using the FHU-owned homes around campus and renovating existing dorm space until the student body reaches a level that makes building a new dormitory financially feasible. “We have historically used the houses the university owns around campus,” Wilson continued. “It’s not very efficient to build a dorm and have it mostly empty, so we’ve historically built capacity

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Board The Board will also discuss approving accepting credit card payments for fines, property taxes and other revenues taken by the recorder’s office, and they will discuss how the city would handle the processing fees for the credit cards. They will also consider a request from the principal at West Chester Elementary School for a 15 mph speed zone on Westside Drive during school hours. In other business, the Board will hear a report regarding a seven percent increase in the health insurance cost for employees effective Jan. 1, 2012, and they will continue the discussion of shipping containers/pods being used as storage buildings.

of occupants before we build a building so it’s financially feasible to pay for itself.” This year, FHU renovated Scott Hall and HallRoland Hall, both women’s dormitories, and replaced furniture in Paul Gray Hall and reroofed Dixon Hall. With 11 residence halls, the university is capable of housing 1,453 students. According to Wilson, FHU currently has more capacity for male students than for females. With the construction of Sewell Hall, the newest men’s dormitory on campus, there is now a surplus of men’s housing. Unfortunately, with more female students enrolling each year, the current arrangements make it difficult to place the female students. “We do have a large female population and need places to put them,”

Davis added. Brigance Hall, which is traditionally a men’s dorm located on White Ave., has been empty since Sewell Hall was constructed. The university has considered converting it to apartment-style housing, but at the moment, it is “locked and secured.” “Sewell added significant capacity for guys’ dorms, and it [Brigance] needed a pretty significant overhaul,” Wilson said. “It was basically taken offline until needed.” Although the newest dormitories have been constructed in the apartment style that has grown in popularity in recent years, not all students are clamoring to sign up for these new dorms. “Our experience is that it’s a lot more popular with young ladies than with guys,” Wilson explained. “There’s a pretty significant waiting list to get into

the apartment style housing for young ladies, and we almost have to recruit them to move into apartment style for the guys. I don’t think the guys are as prone to want to cook for themselves.” In the meantime, FHU will continue to look for new options for housing their ever-growing female population until new dorms can be built or a suitable permanent housing option can be found. In addition to dormitories, Freed-Hardeman’s board of directors has much on its mind concerning the University Strategic Plan. When the board rotates in new members and leadership in 2012, Wilson predicts that it is likely that the new incoming chair and FHU President Dr. Joe Wiley will unveil plans to update the plan. In addition to construction of the Anderson

Science Center, which broke ground in March of this year, the university is looking toward a renovation and restoration of iconic Old Main and its bell tower, and there has been talk of a renovation and likely addition to the Loden-Daniel Library. The later two remain several years in the future. “We won’t spend money on capital projects until it’s in hand,” Wilson said. However, the Science Center is expected to be complete in time for classes to begin next fall. “Fall semester 2012 is the first time we’re planning on scheduling classes in it. That gives us the summer for them to get the labs set up. It’s on schedule to be finished late April or early May next year.” Construction crews began pouring concrete for the building late last month.

School board meeting set for tonight, sixth grade move to highlight agenda Chester County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 (tonight). On the agenda is election of a chairman and vice-chairman for the 2011-2012 school year. The board will also vote to delegate approval of

school trips to the director of schools Cherrie Pipkin. Also on the agenda is consideration of changes to the policy manual, approval of textbook committees, approval of compliance assurances for 2011-2012, and

approval of auditor for individual school accounts. The final item slated for discussion is consideration of plans for the sixth grade move to the junior high school. The new wing at Chester County Junior High

School is set for completion this fall, and the sixth grade will make the move from the middle school to the new classrooms once construction is complete. The meeting is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

County Commission will meet Monday Chester County Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Criminal Justice Complex. On the agenda is approval of minutes of the July meeting, elec-

tion of a chairman and chairman Pro-Tem, approval of school budget amendments, approval of standing committees, and also the approval of T-21 Grant Matching Funds.

Also scheduled is the appointment of three members to the 911 Board, resolution to adopt the redistricting plan, resolution for the three-year capital outlay notes for the Highway

Department, and resolution to accept partial payments on county property taxes. The meeting is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Arts in the Alley set for next week In addition to the everpopular arts, crafts, handiwork and food, two familiar bands will headline Henderson Arts Commission’s September Arts in the Alley next week. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, twoman rock group Boomer Nation will perform. The band features Mike Cook (guitar and vocals) and Randy Cooper (bass and vocals). At 7:30 p.m., After Hours will take the stage. After Hours plays classic rock and features local residents Tony Ervin, T.J. Ervin, Rick Bowlin, Tim Stratton and Joe Noles. At each Arts in the Alley, vendors sell work that includes items such as sewn crafts, paintings, wreaths, woodcuttings, altered art crafts, handmade soaps, photography and balloon animals. The HAC brown bag special helps offset costs of each Arts in the Alley. Available for pre-sale or at the event, the special includes two hot dogs or a hamburger, chips, drink and dessert for $5. (Dessert is guaranteed if the meal is pre-ordered.) The Henderson Arts Commission exists to recognize, educate, enrich and entertain through the arts in Henderson, Chester County and the surrounding area. The commission hosts Arts in the Alley on third Thursdays throughout the spring, summer and fall. For more information, go to www.facebook.com HendersonArtsCommissi on.


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BBQ of eight, learning to play the guitar from his father. He then moved on to the banjo, and at the age of 12, became one of the youngest performers ever to appear on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Soon thereafter, he was invited to appear with guitar legend Chet Atkins on “Pop Goes the Country,” a popular country music television series. Melton was also fortunate enough to get the chance to perform with a few more of his heroes, bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.

By his late teens, Jimmy had already spent almost 10 years touring the summer bluegrass festivals and fairs. In his early 20s, Jimmy left the bluegrass scene, formed a country band, and played the country fair/dance hall circuit in and around his native West Tennessee. After dabbling in songwriting as far back as he can recall, Melton moved to Nashville to pursue his career and landed his first publishing deal in 1996 with Murrah Music, owned by Hall of Fame songwriter Roger Murrah. He then moved on to write for another Hall of Famer, the legendary Harlan Howard, giving him yet another chance to

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hone his craft with one of the greats. Melton is currently signed to a publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing in Nashville and is building a catalogue there. He has also worked in the past as a session musician, playing on many albums as well as his own recordings. His original songs have been recorded by some of the following artists: Hank Williams Jr., Mark Chestnutt, Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Daryle Singletary, Gene Watson, Chely Wright, Craig Morgan, Trent Willmon, Dierks Bentley, and George Jones.

Flu vaccine soon available at Health Dept. Influenza, or flu, season is just around the corner, and the Chester County Health Department is ready to offer flu vaccine to area residents. A mass flu vaccine clinic is scheduled at the Health Department from 8-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. It is designed to allow people to get in and out quickly. “It takes about two weeks to be protected after you get the flu vaccine, so it’s a good idea to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available,” said Shavetta Conner, M.D. Regional Health Officer.

“However, we will continue to vaccinate residents through the winter, or as long as we have vaccine available.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their community. Flu shots, and/or FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be provided during the vaccination clinic. There will be a charge of $32 for flu shots and

$13.70 for FluMist. The cost for vaccines will be charged on a sliding scale. Payment can be made in the form of cash or check, and Medicare and TennCare can be billed. Private insurance will not be billed. Appointments must be scheduled for the mass flu clinic. The Chester County Health Department will start booking appointments on Aug. 31 for the Sept. 9 vaccination clinic. Call the health department at 9897108 to book your appointment.

Questions and answers from UT Extension By J. Brian Signaigo UT Extension Agent III

Who is that new UT Extension Agent? Starting Sept. 1, Michele Sides has joined the staff at the UT Extension Office in Chester County. Michele will be serving the youth and adult residents of Chester County with information and educational programs related to Family Consumer Science. We are glad to have Michele as a coworker! Call her or come by and see her. Otherwise, she’ll be out in the county soon. Something is wrong with my mimosa trees. What could it be? Upon inspection, the leaves are wilted and turning yellow. They will eventually fall off, and die back occurs. Often there is a white foamy substance that “weeps” through the bark – which attracts insects and also serves as an avenue for disease to

enter the tree. All these symptoms point to Vascular Wilt of Mimosa. It is picked up by the root and, unfortunately, is usually fatal to the tree. There is no treatment for this wilt – sorry. Tell me about Perilla Mint in my pasture. Get rid of it quick! It is toxic to cattle that ingest the plant. The ketones in the plant are associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome or panting disease – caused from lung inflammation. Other names for this nuisance weed are rattlesnake weed, Chinese basil, beefsteak plant and purple mint. Generally, cattle will

select more palatable forage, but may consume perilla mint in times of short forage or through hay. It may be chemically controlled by pulling or digging it up and by mowing. Of course, early season control will minimize plant occurrence and lower the incidence of infection. Don’t forget about the Landscape Review that will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Jackson Experiment Station. It’s about pests and diseases of ornamentals. There is a cost to be paid “at the door.” Call UT Extension at 989-2103 for more info!

Changing of the guard at Jacks Creek

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Command at the Jacks Creek post office is currently in a period of change. Pat Jones, left, greets Amanda Springer Todd, officer in charge; Laurie Martin, who was replaced by Todd and is now back at Scotts Hill Post Office; and Beth Hurst, new Jacks Creek Postmaster Relief.

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JIMMY MELTON

Chester County Awarded Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Funds Chester County has been awarded $7,623 Federal Funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The selection was made by a national Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The local board made up of county executives, United Way and volunteers will determine how the funds will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs in the area. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies cho-

sen to receive funds must be private voluntary non profits, be eligible to receive Federal funds, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies wishing to apply must submit the following information, name and address of agency, type of agency, description of the program, how many people that you have assisted within the last year, a list of board members and amount requested. Please submit your information no later than Sept. 8, to patross@unit-

edway.tn.org or mail to Emergency food and Shelter Program, P O Box 2086, Jackson TN 38302, attn: Pat Ross or call 731422-1816.


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy 65th birthday

Landers celebrate golden wedding anniversary

MR. AND MRS. MARK COLLINS

Blevins – Collins wedding Mark Collins and Alicia Blevins were wed on May 21 in Brentwood, Tenn. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Austin and Judy Blevins, of Jasper, Tenn. Mr. Collins is the son of John and Mary Collins of Henderson. William Watkins was the officiating minister. The reception was held at the Concord Road Church of Christ. The couple spent their honeymoon in Charleston, S.C. They now reside in Brentwood.

Congratulations to Sandra and Tommy Landers who were married on Aug. 25, 1961, at West Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. A reception was held in their honor on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Deanburg Community Center. Numerous family members and friends were in attendance to witness the renewal of their vows, officiated by the Rev. A. Tillman Mays, and to celebrate their 50 years of marriage. They have three sons Michael Landers, wife Ruth, of Memphis; Mark Landers, wife Reneé, and Tim Landers of Deanburg. Sandra and Tommy have been blessed with 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Jones Reunion The descendants of Allen Kincaid and Ann (Truett) Jones met at the Glendale Community Center on Sunday, Sept. 4 for memorable recollections and delicious home cooked food. The descendants included Shelby and Bonice Henson, Virginia and Richard Thornton, Dean and Annette Jones, Vicki Zamata and Dr. Irvin Rainey Jr., Estelle Jones, Ellis Truett Jr., Brandi Jones, Bill and Phyllis Wood, David, Delores and Tyler Jones, Robert C. Lawler, Doug and Lavon Jones, Howard and Jean Millsapp, Dawn Nance, Brian and Jennifer Cronin, Colton and Tate, John and Dale Kirby, Ricky and Susan Jones, James E Webb, Alayne Phillips, Christopher J. and Lizzie. Mr. Ellis Truett provided pictures, musical instruments, books, and other memoir dating back to over two hundred years.

By Gloria Holiday Hello to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I pray and hope all of our loved ones from out of town made it home safely. There were plenty of activities happening in the City of Henderson, from community basketball games to reunions. The First Saturday of September is a big celebration for the Black/African American community, this is a time when so many return back home. We use to have the First Saturday picnic out on hwy 100, where Mr. Cawthon would cook some of the best barbeque in town, but it is no longer there, so the community is doing other activities so we can meet, greet, and have fun talking about old times. The city would like to thank the All-Class Reunion Committee and any others that had activities for the people. Now, since we have eaten all of the high cholesterol food, we need to make our way to Jackson on Sept. 10. Starting at 8 a.m. until noon, the West Tennessee Healthcare will be offering free screenings during the West Tennessee Health Fair at the Carl Perkins Civic

Center. The screening is free. It will include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, bone density for people ages 50 and above, vision, foot screenings and body mass index. They are asking you to fast at least four hours before having your blood work done. For more information about the West Tennessee Health Fair, call Kay Cranford at 731-541-4907. I know you may be tired of seeing this, but to me our health is very important. I hope to see you there on Saturday. The city would like to congratulate Patricia Jones for her great accomplishment being elected chair of building trade group, keep up the great work. On the prayer list this week: pray for our loved ones that are in the hospitals, for the ones that are sick in their homes, for our children, teachers, family, the men and women that are serving our country also the incarcerated. Remember to patronize our local businesses here in town. Lets try to support our own as much as we can. If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you, call me at 731-9891907 and leave your message or you may email me a t gloria__holiday@msn.co m. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

We urge all descendants of the late Joe and Etta Carroll to attend the Carroll reunion Saturday, Sept. 10, at the New Friendship Community Center. We are NOT having a barbeque this year as all are decided on a potluck meal. Bring whatever dish you desire and a drink. Serving will begin at 6 p.m. On our prayer list this week are Mary Faye Brewer, Laverne Lott, Charles and Loretta Haggard, Joanne Sells, Bobby Sells, Frenzola Morris, Josephine Hinson, Shirley Gaddy, Faye Tucker, Gathel Latham, Ollie Dean Kennedy, John Kent

Our neighbor, Tonett and John, were in Adamsville on Saturday, Aug. 27, and found a female black lab, which was starving to death. When their truck broke down in Finger, a great Mennonite family stopped to help. Their daughter Kate had dog food and water in their car. Tonett brought the dog home and bathed her, gave her flea meds, and wormed her on Sunday. She was so sweet and loving I suggested we name her Hope. Tuesday her friend Jan Baker put the dog on Facebook – “Saved from Euthanasia,” hosted by dog rescuers from Parson’s, Marg Walker and Bridgette Gross. By midnight, Hope had a new home with Tim and Lisa Guss, from Henry. They were in Jackson on Wednesday to pick her up. Lisa said that after seeing Hope on Facebook she had cried all night. Hope had touched their hearts. On Labor Day Lisa reported that Hope has a

Sells, Carolyn Potter, Jean Latham, Diane Wells, Bobbie Nell Wells, Lisa Peddy, Charles and Wilma Cupples, Shirley Rieti, Pam Priddy, Joanne Altier, Rachel and Gayle Ellington, Ernie Reeves, Allen Miller, Jr., Randy Miller, Clessie Stovall, Sharon Dailey, Lee Nell King, our care givers, and our military personnel and their families. May God bless you all. Happy anniversary wishes go to Charles and Loretta Haggard on Sept. 11 and Bobby and Doris Sells on Sept. 14. Birthday greetings to Judy Bray, Paul Zucker and Gary Morris on Sept. 9; Julia Jordon Vest on Sept. 10; Lisa Williams and Hensel Peddy on Sept. 11; Seth Berry, Jr. Ross, Donnie Buckley and Keith Brown on Sept. 12; Sarah Ross and Kent Rush on Sept. 13; Steve Priddy, Linda Ross, Cindy Cupples and Crystal Reddin Wilson on Sept. 14; Debbie Morris, Heather Ross, Mary Ann Priddy, Dustin Connor and Riley Katherine Vest on Sept 15.

new home, and is doing great. She is gaining weight, has 15 acres to run on and new dog friends. Wayne and Peggy Patterson celebrated their 50-year anniversary on Aug. 28, with a surprise party at Montezuma Community Center. Wayne’s sister, Lucille, picked them up, supposedly taking them out to eat. They had no idea of what was in store for them. When they came in view of the Center, Peggy remarked, “I wonder what’s going on at the Center – Why are we stopping here?” As they walked in the door, the look on their face said it all. Their family had pulled off a big surprise. They had decorated the Center beautifully and the couple received many nice gifts. Family and friends helped to make their day special. Congratulations to Kim Stidham and Jimmie Ray on their recent wedding. We wish you many blessings, may you fulfill your dreams throughout your years together. Sympathy goes to Leonard Morris and family on the loss of their aunt, Louise Rush, who passed away on Aug. 28. Burial was in Silerton Cemetery. As always, remember the sick, our military and leaders of our country in

Happy 65th birthday! We love you - Leslie, Blair and family.

Jacks Creek Community Club News By Shelley Pusser Our club ladies, and one guy, have been very busy making and freezing pies in preparation for the BBQ Festival. We have over 2,000 pies! Many thanks go to the following people for their help: Kay Robison, Kathy Mays, JoAnn Jones, Shirley Nelson, Alma Jones, Mae Dell Chumney, Lori and Shelley Pusser, and Bill and Jan Moore. At our July meeting, we were entertained by the fabulous Cindy Springer and Company! We are always happy to have Cindy. She was “Ms. July” at our August get together; we were also thrilled to have the Henderson Barbershop Quartet, under the direction of Ike Roland. Chester County is blessed to have such great local talent! All enjoyed a delicious potluck meal. Both meetings opened with prayer by Dwight Jones, and closed with the Pledge of Allegiance. We want to keep Ralph and Kathy Mays, and Gary Rhodes in our prayers for better health. Join us on at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 at The Community of Christ Church.

prayer. A good crowd attended the Masseyville and Woodville Fire Department fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 5. Two hogs were barbequed and they were sold out around 11 a.m. The cakewalk was a success, with 50 numbers filled at all times. Terry won fried pies by Vicki Ray and James won Emma Morris’ Cake. Kayla Emerson won $100, and Phillip Cranford won the country ham. The family of little Billy Ray Maness are having a benefit for him at Hickory Corner Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 17. Billy Ray has had some serious health issues, and has not been able to get back to work. Meal tickets are for sale for $7 for a chicken and dressing plate including green beans, sweet potato casserole, roll and dessert. By 11 a.m., the meal will be ready. At 1 p.m., there will be a cakewalk, followed by an auction. Donations of cakes and auction items will be appreciated. For more information, call Rita (608-2931) or Donna (8790083). I can’t believe how fast the months are flying by; our September Birthdays are here already. The September birthstone is the beautiful sapphire that exists in nearly every

color except red, as the red corundum is a ruby. Sapphire colors are cornflower blue, which is the most popular. Other colors are all shades of blue, yellow, colorless, black, white, orange-pink and brown. Since sapphires are the hardest mineral, they have been in demand since ancient times. The September birth flower is the Astor, meaning love, faith, wisdom and it symbolizes valor. Astor colors include pink, red, white lilac and mauve. Sending birthday wishes to Evelyn Weaver, Grant Lovel and Nancy Holmes on Sept. 1; Jamie Kesler, Sept. 3; James Knipper, Sept. 4; Janice Weaver, Sept. 5, Kay Travis, Joyce Clayton and Steve Sanders, Sept. 6; Linda Obrien, Sept. 7; Tenisha Pursell, Sept. 14; Sharon Dunkin, Sept. 15; and James Patterson on Sept. 11. Our son, Terry, is here. He came on Saturday, Sept. 3, which was his birthday. We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. The first big Labor Day I remember was Sept 3, 1955, the day I gave birth to my second son, Terry, at Pekin Hospital. Now I call that a labor day celebration. Have a good week!


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Fall is just around the corner – time for apples and nuts, warm spices and tasty Since last week’s recipe was so long and involved, I decided to share a much simpler recipe this time. This apple bread recipe is easy and delicious, and with little preparation time, you will have fresh bread in no time. Sometimes when I have a new recipe to try, I let me co-workers tastetest the finished product. They seem to get excited when I’m trying out something new, so since this recipe makes two loaves, I made one for home and one to share. Everyone at my office has given this their seal of approval and asked to be sure that I was planning to share the recipe. Since fall begins this month, it’s the perfect time for apple recipes. One of the quintessential fall fruits, apples are excellent ingredients for this time of year. To make cooking with apples easier, I have a slicer/peeler/corer, and the peeler portion is optional. I cored and sliced the apples in a few turns of the handle, but I left the peeling on for texture and nutrients. Then, I simple chopped the slices into pieces approximately one inch wide. For the picture that

accompanies this recipe and to share at the office, I used walnuts, but I’ve used pecans before with equal success. I only had a few cups of walnuts left, but I have endless bags of pecans from our bountiful pecan trees over the past few years. I decided to try to get rid of the ones I had fewer of to make more room for the pecans I need to use. Choose your favorite nut, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s very important to follow the order in which the ingredients should be added, and when it comes to adding the flour, remember to only add one cup at a time. Mix each cup of flour into the creamed ingredients until the flour is completely moistened. If you add it all at once, it will become too thick to stir. Once all the dried ingredients are added, stir in the apples and nuts until the batter covers them. It will be lumpy and thick, but that’s due to the fruit and nuts. Spread the batter into

two well-greased loaf pans. You’ll want to use a spoon to make sure the batter fills in the corners. The nutmeg is optional. I forgot and left it out of my last batch, and it turned out to be delicious, so use your own taste to guide you. When it comes to baking, one hour worked out perfectly for my oven. Both loaves were golden, and the toothpick test came out clean. Just remember that ovens can cook at different temperatures, so check you bread to be sure it doesn’t overcook – or fail to cook completely. Serve warm or at room temperature for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. It’s wonderful with a cup of coffee, and it’s sure to please almost everyone. Email your favorite or best recipes to mdunbar@chestercountyindependent.com or mail them to Chester County Independent c/o Mary Dunbar, P.O. Box 306, Henderson, TN 38340.

Fresh Apple Bread

A big thank you goes to all the Chamber of Commerce members who came out in support of Business After Hours at the library recently. We had a large crowd and we were very proud to show everyone the new donations that we have had for our county museum in the Tennessee Room. The 2011 Leadership Chester County class has chosen this as their project and we are very pleased with the interest that the museum has generated. Please contact the library at 989-4673 if you have any questions regarding the museum or donations to it. We have forms available to help us keep up with who is donating what. Items may also be loaned for a short period if the giver prefers. Brochures about the museum are available at both the library and the Chamber of Commerce office. We want to preserve our past for future generations. For several years, the library has offered a Middle School Book Club during the summer. This year, several of the boys and girls who were moving to Junior High expressed an interest in continuing a book club in their age group so, in conjunction with the statewide Teen Read Week during the third week of October; we are forming a Teen Book Club. We will meet on from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, and the book we will discuss is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Also at our meeting, we will do some type of activity that goes with

the book and, since the meeting is right after school, a snack will be provided. Anyone who is interested in the book club MUST register at the library by Wednesday, Sept. 7. The book will be ordered based on the number of names on the list and they will need to be picked up by Thursday, Sept. 22. Book Club participants are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book via the library and the cost will be at the library’s rate. Let’s get ready to celebrate Teen Read Week with a great book! We have just finished a very productive book sale. Anything that is left from the August book sale is free for the taking and there is no limit to how much library visitors can cart out the door. Look for the boxes in front of the circulation desk. Our next book sale will be through the Friends of the Library and will be in November. Proceeds from the August book sale have gone toward our library building fund. The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at noon to discuss Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. October’s book will be Devil In the White City by Erik Larson. Join us! The library board will meet on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. in the library conference room. The public is invited to attend. There have been several changes recently in our library family. Tracy Mitchell Watts has moved to Bells where her hus-

band has accepted a full time pastorate. She will continue to help out when needed and she is finishing her education at Freed-Hardeman University, but she will no longer be working on Saturdays. Melissa Dee Judd will be filling in for a while, and we are very happy to report that Melissa and her husband, Nathan, are expecting their first baby in April. Linda Geary, who was employed for almost four years, has left to accept a full-time job. We will miss seeing Tracy’s dependableness and smiling face on Saturday mornings, but we are very happy that we can still call her at short notice and have her run to the library to rescue us when necessary. We all mourn Linda’s leaving us we all love her wonderful personality, her quick grasp of new things, and her expertise in all things computer and we wish her well at her new job. Linda continues to maintain our web page and we thank her for that. Paige Pierce Jordan is the newest member of our library family. Paige is a lifelong Chester Countian, the daughter of Billy Joe and the late Lynn Pierce. She is married to Captain Mark Jordan who is a helicopter pilot for the National Guard and they have two small boys, Pierce and Cole. Paige has been a fast learner and her friendly demeanor is going to make her a wonderful asset to our library. Longtime library employee Judy Beaver has added Fridays to her regular Monday and Tuesday

Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup oil 2 eggs 1 ¾ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 3 cups chopped apples

work days. Judy and husband, Merrill, continue to clean the library every Thursday morning. We have had many comments from visitors about how sparkling the library always is and we thank them for their diligence. New arrivals are: DVDS: The Lincoln Lawyer; Soul Surfer; Diary of A Wimp Kid; Roderick Rules; Rango; Source Code; The Grace Card; and Beastly AUDIO BOOKS: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business JUVENILE AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: How People Lived; Troublemaker; And Then Comes Halloween; The Art Collector; Mission (un)Popular; Dragon’s Oath; Reaching Through Time: Three Novellas; Twisted: A Pretty Little Liars Novel; Populazzi; Forever; Passion: A Fallen Novel; Radiant Shadows; Symphony City; Bone Dog; Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life; Should I Share My Ice Cream; and See SHELF, Page 6-A

½ cup nuts (pecans or walnuts) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients, apples and nuts until moist. Batter will be lumpy. Grease and flour two loaf pans. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 1 hour or until loaves are golden brown.


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Electro Farm Family – Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beene and their little son are pictured with Hubert Williams (left) agricultural engineer for Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and Chester County Agent Bob Darnall (second from right). The Beenes have been selected as the first Electro Farmers in Chester County.

Only Yesterday Chester County Independent archives, Sept. 7, 1951

From the files of the Chester County Independent September 11, 1941 “Registration At Freed-Hardeman Begins Monday – Demonstration School Opens Next Thursday” Freed-Hardeman College will open formally next Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with chapel exercises, over which President Hardeman will preside, open to the public. Registration of students will be held on Monday and Tuesday. According to Mr. Hardeman, one of the largest enrollments in history is anticipated, with students entering from 20 to 25 states. All rooms in the boys’ dormitory have already been reserved, Mr. Hardeman said. Of the large number expected, about 75 will be ministerial students. The entire college has been thoroughly remodeled and repaired during the summer. The Administration Building has been redecorated throughout and improvements made on all others. The entire first floor of the boys’ home has been covered with battleship linoleum, which adds much to its general appearance. There will be no changes in the faculty, which includes Professor Hardeman, who will teach Bible; C. P. Roland, History and Bible. Mrs. W. O. Folwell is Librarian and will teach Public Speaking; and Mrs. Oscar

won by Mrs. Martha Horn. Tasty sandwiches, punch and cookies were served by the hostess.

“Draft Takes Three Chester County Boys”

Three boys will leave Monday for Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., in response to a draft call for Sept. 15. These include Robert Lois Taylor of Enville, Bruce Maness of Pinson and Buell Stidham of McNairy.

September 7, 1951 “J. N. Segerson To Head Crusade For Freedom Drive” Sims Crownover of Nashville, State Chairman for the Crusade for Freedom Drive, soon to get underway in Tennessee, advised the Independent this week of the appointment of J. N. Segerson as Chairman for Chester County. In explaining the purposed of the “Crusade For Freedom” drive, Mr. Segerson stated: “The Crusade for Freedom is the American people’s challenge to world Communism. It offers each one of us, as individual citizens, the opportunity to strike a blow for freedom – to add our voice to the voices of Truth piercing the Iron Curtain. It says to the Communists: - ‘You tell your lies and we’ll tell the Truth, and the Truth will win.’ “Every day, hour after hour, the hardhitting transmitters of Radio Free Europe pierce the Iron Curtain, sending hope to the enslaved peoples...spiking Communist lies the Truth... and undermining the influence of the Red rulers. “In launching the Crusade for Freedom last fall General Eisenhower said, ‘Radio Free Europe has the simplest, clearest charter in the world: ‘Tell the Truth’. General Lucius Clay, leader of the Berlin Airlift, is directing the Crusade for Freedom. Your contribution, great or small, will help him expand Radio Free Europe into a network of freedom stations.”

“Births”

Steadman-Guy Clinic Mr. and Mrs. Odell Gilbert of Luray announce the arrival of a son, Ronald Odell, on Aug. 31. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bailey of Henderson are the parents of a son born Sept. 3. He had been named Howard Wayne. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Alexander of Henderson are announcing the birth of a daughter on Sept. 3. Dr. H. D, Farthing Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joyner of Bethel Springs are the parents of a daughter born on Sept. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Riley of Montezuma announce the birth of a son on Sept. 3.

Chester County Independent archives, Sept. 7, 1951

Foy will head the Demonstration School ... which will open Thursday, Sept. 18. “Welcome Stranger” Mr. and Mrs. Taylor of Pinson are the parents of a daughter, their second child, born Sept. 1. She weighed 8 ½ pounds. Mr. and Mrs. James Cupples of Silerton are the parents of a son, their fourth child, born Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Santos of Jacks Creek are the parents of a daughter, born Sept. 3. She is their fifth child, and weighed 10 ½ pounds. Mr. and Mrs. William Pollock of Luray are the parents of a daughter, their second, born Monday. She weighed 7 ½ pounds and has been named Shirley Anne. “‘Music Month’ Observed In Meeting Of Legion Auxiliary” “Music Month” was observed by the American Legion Auxiliary at its meeting Thursday evening in the home of Mrs. W. M. McCallum ... Mrs. T. H. Williams was leader. The program was interesting and varied, and followed the pledge to the flag, and reading of the Preamble to the Constitution by Mrs. Roy Smith. Oscar McCallum rendered “Auld Lang Syne” on the trumpet. Mrs. Mary Williams read an article “Now Is The Time For Music,” by the Auxiliary’s National President, followed by another trumpet solo, “Star Spangled Banner by Oscar. A musical contest was

Chester County Independent archives, Sept. 8, 1961

“Electro Farmers Chosen for Chester County”

“From A to Z”

By T. D. P. The new streetlights that have been put over most of the city are a wonderful improvement over the old, antiquated type, which they are replacing. It is expected that the installations will be completed soon for the entire city. Mayor Crowder states that under the new arrangement, there will be three times as many streetlights as heretofore. The lights are being placed closer together and while the light bill will naturally be higher each month, it is considered on of the best moves made by the City Fathers in some time. The arrangement for the new lighting was made between the Mayor and Board and the Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. It is a truly forward step.

September 8, 1961 “Beenes Are Electro Farmers” Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beene, of Route 4, Henderson, have the honor of being selected the first Electro Farmers in Chester County. When you pass the Beene’s home, you will see his name printed on a neat sign signifying his farm as an Electro Farm. When they decide to install a new piece of electrical equipment in the home or on the farm, they get expert help in its selection, installation and use. This help is provided through the University of Tennessee Extension Service, Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperation, and the

Tennessee Valley Authority. The purpose of the Electro Farm and Home program is to increase the farm family’s understanding of the value of electricity and to assist him in planning his over-all farm program for increased income and provide conditions for more satisfactory living. It provides for demonstrating efficient use of electricity for all rural families. Electricity has been made available to all farms and farm homes. Our major job now is to demonstrate how electricity can be used in the most productive manner to reduce man-hours of labor and increase income. This program is designed to give the farmer expert assistance in his farm planning. Mr. and Mrs. Been farm 207 acres in cotton, corn, hay and soybeans. He has eleven brood sows in his hog operation. Last year he used a cotton gin fan and electric motor to dry and store 6,000 bushels of shelled corn. This is only an example of how electricity is being used on his farm.

“Births” Mr. and Mrs. David Sain of Munfordville, Kentucky, announce the arrival of a daughter on Aug. 30 at Jackson General Hospital. She has been named Rhonda Dee. Mrs. Sain is the former Phyllis Cherry, daughter of Mrs. Claude Cherry and the late Mr. Cherry of Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. Oneal Deming of Memphis are the happy parents of a son born Aug. 30, 1961. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hill, Henderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Truett Deming, Finger.

“Eagles Name Football Royalty”

The C.C.H.S. Football royalty has been selected by members of the team. Queen is Miss Brenda Love, daughter of Mrs. Maurine Love. Other members of the royalty are first maid, Nancy McHaney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McHaney, and Carol Bannon, daughter of Mrs. Peter Bannon.

“Notes From The Southwest Kitchen”

By Elizabeth Kendall, Home Economist, STEMC Breakfast should be more than a coffee break with every family each morning. This meal for the beginning of every day’s

activities should be nutritious in order to set a good pace for both the physical and mental needs of a 16 to 18 hour awake day. Many persons endeavor to reason with themselves that by skipping the breakfast foods, they can easily cut down on their daily calorie intake. According to good authorities on weight watching diets, foods should be taken at regular times during the day, starting with the breakfast meal. By so eating, the nervous systems are not strenuously strained by hunger voids. A good breakfast meal means a basic cereal, fruit or fruit juice, sugar added to either of these should be at a minimum for weight watchers, milk, hot coffee or tea are good beverage starters for every day. With an egg and bread, varieties of meats can be optional. Using this as a model for a well balanced breakfast... all members of the family can go about their morning tasks with a calm pleasing sparkle in their eyes, and renewed energy for their tasks.

September 9, 1971 “Cancer Talkathon Slated Saturday” Fentress Casey, chairman of the Annual Cancer Crusade Talkathon, announced this week the annual talkathon will be staged Saturday on the courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The talkathon will be broadcast over radio station WHHM. Mr. Casey said the talkathon will take the form of a gigantic “hoedown” with local and area talent performing throughout the day from a stage on the courthouse lawn. Casey said chairs will be provided for spectators and urged people to come and participate in the day’s activities. A tent will also be set up with a bank of telephones to receive pledges for the cancer drive. Mr. Casey said he hopes to raise $3,500 during the drive.

“First Cotton Reported On Jacks Creek Farm” Harold Crowe of the Jacks Creek Community, reports he has discovered several open cotton bolls, the first to be reported in the county this year. Mr. Crowe said cotton in the area looks good and he expects a near record harvest from his cotton acreage.

Graduate and Professional School Day on the Horizon Lane College will conduct and sponsor its annual Graduate and Professional School Day/Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the J.F. Lane Health and Physical Education Building. This event is designed to conveniently connect students, alumni, and the

community with graduate and professional school representatives along with local, state and national businesses. Vendors will recruit students of all majors for internships, full-time and part-time employment, summer, and volunteer activities. Most importantly, this networking opportunity reflects

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Trouble and Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey; The Butterfly’s Daughter and Mama Ruby by Mary Alice Monroe; The Eternal Engagement by Mary Morrison; The Cut by George Pellecanos; Full Black by Brad Thor; Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson; Learning by Karen Kingsbury; Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons; Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs; A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin; and The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall See you at the library!

Shelf Reality Check ADULT NON-FICTION: Sex On the Moon; The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist In History and Growing Up Amish ADULT FICTION: Quinn by Iris Johansen; Split Second by Catherine Coulter; Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison; The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen; Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon; Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel; The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood; Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens; Back of Beyond by CJ Box; Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner; Victory and Honor by WEB Griffin; Born to Die by Lisa Jackson; Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante; Justice by Karen Robards; Tempted by

Lane’s belief that the world is transformed through the power of education. For more information, contact Virginia Crump at vcrump@lanecollege.edu, 731-410-6709; or Robbie Coleman at rcoleman@lanecollege.ed u, 731-426-7584.


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Remembering 9/11 Thoughts from readers who recall America’s darkest day Ten years later the shock of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is still fresh in the minds of many Americans. No matter where one was when the news first struck, the memories of those first few hours of uncertainty remain vivid. Last week, the Chester County Independent asked readers to submit their memories of that day. Here are our readers’ recollections in their own words. Chad Farris – Fort Jackson, S.C., Basic Combat Training Here is my memory of 9/11. I signed up for the Army around April 2001 and was set to leave for BCT (Basic Combat Training) at Ft. Jackson, S.C. on July 5, 2001. It was during my next to last week at BCT when 9/11 happened. We were on our FTX (Field Training Exercise), this is where we simulate a war zone and other activities associated with being in a battle situation. During this weeklong exercise, you hear stories of America being under attack and it is our job to protect her.

going to Iraq, there was no set time for us to deploy; we were told to be ready at any time. This was the second hardest thing I would face due to 9/11. I had to call my family back in Henderson and tell them that I would be going to Iraq. It was like my family already knew, my dad answered the phone, and I could hear my mom crying in the background. She did not want to talk at that time; I guess it all had to settle in. My dad would make a trip out to Colorado in late February, for the obvious reasons my mom did not make the trip. It was a great few days spent with my dad and my wife Brandy; it was almost like God had a plan, because the following weekend, I was on a plane to the Middle East. The support I received before and during my deployment (15 Chad Farris and family at BCT months) was amazing, and I Graduation following 9/11 could never thank the citiI remember the day after 9/11 zens of Henderson who wrote very well. It was Wednesday me and prayed for me, enough. morning and you could sense Even though the events of something was going on. All of 9/11 were 10 years ago, the batour leaders were huddled up tle still goes on as veterans are near the center of our camp and coming back injured and jobless, had looks of disbelief. I don’t so a new battle begins for remember the exact time but a America, to take care of the meeting was called and they had Veterans of OIF/OEF. all of us huddle around them and this is when we found out about Alma Harrelson – At home 9/11. They showed us newspaWe still lived in Memphis on pers from post and Columbia, Sept. 11, 2001. My husband had S.C., that showed the twin tow- gone to work; not yet retired, ers and other images of 9/11. and I was pouring myself a cup There was shock, disbelief of coffee when he called me at and tears (by those of the group the same time my daughter was from New York or had relatives calling. They both told me to in New York). They allowed turn on the TV. When I did, I saw those from New York or with the second plane crashing into relatives to call home and check the Twin Towers. I almost on friends and family. I personal- dropped my coffee, but managed ly did not know what to expect; to put the cup down, then fell to all I could think was this would my knees praying for the ones be my luck, sign up for the Army who died, the survivors, and the with no visions of ever going to families they left behind. war and know I probably would That day changed forever the be. ideals I had, and many others The rest of FTX was surreal, also, that my country was invinlots of talking of what the future cible, no one would dare attack may hold for us, long days and the USA! Well, it happened, nights of pulling guard on our killing and wounding thousands camp and just an uneasiness all of our fellow Americans, even around. The next week would be some non-Americans, including graduation from BCT, my family some Muslims. It seems like would come to visit, and there only yesterday, but 10 years were lots of tears and hugs as have passed. I don’t think our none of us knew what to expect. leaders of today care about the My sister Brittany received spe- significance of what is happening cial permission to miss school to to our country. We can’t pray as attend my graduation. Saying groups in public, at ballgames, in goodbye to them was the hard- our schools, and even some est thing I had to do while in churches are not preaching the BCT. Gospel, and are becoming so libFrom BCT, I went to eral, they say that Jesus Christ Aberdeen Proving Ground in is not the only way to Heaven. Maryland. As soon as I got God help us all! Americans, as there, along with a few others, we remember this day when our we were met by a few Officers wonderful country was invaded, and Senior Enlisted Officers, and thousands died, please fight and they were asking us in loud to regain our freedom as voices, “Are you ready to go to Christians and Americans. I war? Are you ready to fight for know it changed my life. America?” I wish I could have I don’t just remember Sept. seen the look on my face as they 11 on the day it happened, but it were asking us this. often crosses my mind, and I say Everything we did during AIT a little prayer. I have realized (Advanced Individual Training) that we are not invincible, but was done with the backdrop of we can stand up for our country, 9/11 in mind. It was at foremost be patriotic to our flag, pray for of everyone’s mind, as well it our soldiers, and most of all, at should have been. From all times say, “God bless the Maryland, I was stationed at Ft. USA!” Carson, Colo., with the 3rd BCT 4th ID, again all training was LaVon Jones – At Work done with 9/11 as the backdrop. My son Jason and I had been We spent a lot of time down to New York City for the first range preparing to be deployed. time May 2001. The city skyline At this point, it wasn’t a matter if was fresh in my mind and I had we would; it was a matter of taken lots of photographs. For when and for how long we would all those whom have never been be deployed. to New York, the Twin Towers On Jan. 21, 2003, we received stood way above all the other the orders that we would be many skyscrapers. As a photog-

rapher, to get the buildings’ entirety it could only be seen by water when we cruised around the island of New York, and I took a photo of the Twin Towers mirrored in water. Also, the church in between was a favorite shot of mine. The morning of the attack, I had just arrived at Rainey Dental office where I worked, and the TV was on in our break room. Fear and shock ran through me as I was greeting my patients for the day and running down the hall to watch the news. Dr. Rainey was busy with patients, and I said, “The Twin Towers have fallen from the attack.” In disbelief, he kept saying, “Are you sure, LaVon?” “Yes,” I replied. A young receptionist was also beside me at the office and began to cry. I put my arms around her and said, “We’re at war; we have been attacked. This is our Pearl Harbor!” Just a few minutes later, my parents arrived because my father had a dental appointment. He was calmly reading the newspaper in lobby, and I ran to him. “Daddy!” I said. “What is happening? How can we protect ourselves?” He said, “You cannot. It is against human nature to sacrifice yourself.” My father added, “It is like the Kamikaze Pilots of WWII flying suicide attacks.” He said there was nothing we could do. Our pilots were flying to avoid being killed. I wanted my children near me to hold them, protect them. When my husband and I got home from work, we sat along with my daughter. We held hands and watched, with tearfilled eyes, the news showing all the devastation. I just kept telling myself that they attacked the United States of America. God bless and be with all the families and friends that relive the nightmare of 9/11 without their loved ones that were killed. Ally Rogers – At home, waiting for husband who was in New York for business Feelings of uncertainty, overwhelming fear, doubt, and chaos yet feelings of hope and compassion, all at the same time – I remember those feelings as if it were yesterday. 9/11 was a day that changed my life forever. My oldest daughter was three, and we were watching the TODAY show, trying to get a glimpse of familiar faces as the cameras spanned through the crowds outside. Katie Couric broke in, and they showed that the first plane had hit a tower. They were skeptical as to what had happened … questioning whether or not it was a bomb, not knowing at first that it was actually an airplane that had hit the building. We watched, live, as the second plane hit the second tower. The phone rang about five minutes later. My husband, Scott,

had called to see if I knew what was going on. He and his then boss, John McCaskill, were on a ferryboat in New York City on the way to Ellis Island. The conversation was short, and I wasn’t sure what to tell him. About 30 seconds into the call, we lost connection. I realized something wasn’t right, but went ahead to take Lauren to her Mother’s Day Out class and stopped by to see a friend so that our babies could play a while together. Scott and John had contemplated as to what to do that day. They had several hours to spend sightseeing before they met with customers. The Statue of Liberty, the Twin Towers and several other top NYC attractions were on their list of top options for that day. The Statue of Liberty won out. Cameras in hand, they boarded a ferryboat and were in route for a day of sightseeing. That’s when, as what they describe, bombs or explosions, sounds of screams and looks of sheer terror on the faces of those around them were everywhere. The boat turned around and went back to the dock. They were able to get off, but not able to communicate via cell phone to figure out what was really going on. News spread quickly and they made their way downtown to try to see what they could do to help. They bought bottled waters and began handing them out. They watched as people in turmoil, ran in every direction, not sure what would happen next. They listened to screams and heard bodies hit the ground from many stories above, as people jumped fearing there was no other way out. They tried not to panic, but knew they also had to take care of themselves. Thinking quickly, they decided to go back to their hotel room and devise a plan. By this time, they had learned that no planes would be allowed into or out of the airport. Ironically, they had both packed tennis shoes on this trip, something they both had never done, and were able to walk several miles across the bridge that connects the state of New York to New Jersey. Meanwhile, at home in Henderson, I had gotten a phone call at my friend’s home, from my Mom. She called and trying not to alarm me, said, “Have you talked to Scott? I think you better get home. I’m not sure you know how serious this is!” I frantically drove home, praying the entire way there, and my friend followed me. I tried to call Scott on his cell phone, but it would not go through. I let my mind think the worst. My parents both met me at the house. Friends from church began coming over to be with me, and brought their children to entertain mine. I think we were all worried about the outcome. We all watched, over and over, the planes hitting the buildings. We learned about the plane that was also intended to hit in Washington D.C., but crashed in Pennsylvania instead. This time,

I watched the television even more closely, trying again, to get a glimpse of familiar faces. We prayed, we cried and prayed some more. Finally, about 2 p.m., the phone rang and everyone with me was silent. It was Scott. The call was short, as I tried to muster questions through my sobbing. He said they were safe and were now trying to find a way home. The “I love you’s” that we exchanged, seemed to be more than just the mutual saying before goodbye and hanging up the phone. Knowing he was okay put our minds at ease, but not knowing how he would get home, was still upsetting. John had gotten in touch with one of his brothers-in-law who had agreed to drive the 18 hours to pick them up in New Jersey. I’m not sure I slept and don’t remember eating the two days that it took for them to come home. Knowing he was coming home was comforting, yet knowing that our country had just experienced something that would change us forever, still gave me a sense of insecurity. My three-year-old is now 13. My baby is now 11, and we have a seven-year-old, as well. Lauren, who watched intently with us, not knowing exactly what was wrong, yet knowing it was serious, had trouble sleeping for several months afterwards. She seems to have repressed the memory of that week and seldom talks about it. My son is very intrigued and asks to take the photo album that Scott has from that day to school each year. He seems proud, in a way, that his dad was there that day. Our youngest will only remember the pictures and what we tell her from our experience. I hope that all three of our children never forget the impact that day has on our family, as well as our country. That day changed my life. I cannot talk about it without wiping away tears. Knowing the outcome of what happened to so many innocent people, to their families, to those trying to help and knowing what could’ve happened to ours is frightening. I am truly grateful, however, that Scott and John were able to come home and tell us about it. They were both heroes, just as so many were on that day and so many continue to be as they fight for our country. I learned that day, that we must lean on God in times of trial and having friends and family by our sides will always help make the burden a little less heavy. Liz Kitchen – At Work I was at the Bar-B-Q pit working on South Church Street. My best friend, the late Mrs. Ruth Morris, called to tell me a plane had hit the World Trade Center tower. Then she screamed that another plane had hit the other tower. She asked, “Will this put Allen back out at sea with him in the Navy?” I told her we would just wait and see. She wanted to know what to do now. I told her if so, I’d handle it for I’m not the first mother and I won’t be the last, and she told me I had a great outlook on it. I told Ruth that a higher power would take care of us. I’d always supported the military. With all my uncles, sons, brothers and friends in there all through the years, it [9/11] made my support stronger from then on. It made me see that other people wouldn’t do unto you as you would do unto them. It made me pray more for our men and women in uniform for they are there for us to have a free America and to stand tall. I fly my flag proudly in support of all of them. Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder who will be going off next for I have two nephews on foreign soil now. All we can do is pray and keep in mind that God is watching over all of us, both good and bad.


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I remember dKeeping the Faith By Ronnie McBrayer

Where were you when the world changed? Learning defiance and strength in the wake of 9/11

Ten years ago, I was in college, living in the dorms. In the fall of 2001, my Tuesday/Thursday classes didn’t start until about 9:40 a.m., so I slept until 8:30 or 9 a.m. My radio alarm was bad about getting off its station and not waking me up right away, so I tuned it into the station that seemed to have the strongest signal, even though the morning show hosts drove me crazy. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I woke to the chatter of the obnoxious radio hosts, who were making a longwinded bad joke about a plane that had crashed into a building in New York City, so I turned off the alarm as soon as I opened my eyes. I usually enjoyed getting ready for the day in peace and quiet, but that morning, I flipped on my stereo, which happened to be set to a local morning talk radio program. The local host was talking about the plane joke also, but he didn’t make it sound so haphazard. Something terrible had happened. He was in the middle of explaining what had happened, but I had missed most of the details. I think I tried to get online, but I had dial-up Internet in the dorm, and it wouldn’t connect. My three suitemates were either still asleep or already in class, and we didn’t have our TV hooked up yet. We had only been in school a week or two, and we were on a waiting list to get our wall connection for cable fix. Until then, we couldn’t pick up a single channel. We had televisions in the commons buildings of each dorm, so I got ready quickly and went to the commons. Several of my friends were already parked in front of the TV, and I joined them as the second tower of the World Trade Center crumbled. We watched in shocked amazement. Two iconic towers in one of our nation’s most prominent cities had just fallen, vic-

tims of rogue planes, terrorists, a horrible flight system error – no one was yet quite clear on the details. Just a few years before I had visited NYC during spring break of my senior year in high school. I don’t think the name “World Trade Center” meant much to me at the time. As a teenager, I just wanted to go to Broadway, see the Statue of Liberty, and go shopping on Fifth Avenue. However, in the midst of all that, I remember eating lunch in the lobby of the World Trade Center. I don’t have a picture of the buildings themselves, but I have a photo of my friends huddled on the stairs eating sandwiches. I had no idea how many buildings made up the entity called the World Trade Center, and even until the towers had fallen, I didn’t realize that they were icons of our nation. Sitting in the commons at school, the scenario seemed unreal. As people trickled in and out, we asked if class had been cancelled. No one wanted to leave. Despite the horrific scene unfolding on the TV, it was more comforting to be there surrounded by friends than to have to walk across campus and sit through Statistics for Psychology Majors. Our professors saw the situation differently. They sent an announcement through the dorms telling us that we had better show up for class. My stats teacher droned on about probability while members of our class pestered her to turn on the TV. “But it’s important,” some said. “Probability is important,” our professor argued. She pacified us by turning the TV on for a few minutes, turning it off, teaching, answering a few questions about what was happening in NYC and teaching some more. From what I recall, that was my only class of the day. As I walked out of the

building, I looked up into the clear blue sky. There was not a single plane in sight, not even a vapor trail. The whole world seemed strangely silent. Being finished with class for the day, I was restless, so I got in my car and drove around for a while. It was strange to see lines already forming at the gas station pumps. People were panicking, and fuel prices were rising before our very eyes. I listened as the talk radio host told about the plane that had crashed into the Pentagon and then about the crash in a Pennsylvania field. How could so much tragedy happen in a single day in America? That evening, I had dinner with friends. I didn’t want to be alone, and I didn’t want to go back to my dorm. I did want to be near the TV. So many people had flooded the Internet that I couldn’t connect from my room for days, but the TVs in the common areas on campus worked, and crowds of students had gathered in front of each of them. Over the next few weeks, I learned that America was not as well loved or untouchable as I had grown up believing. People my own age that I knew went off to war. And I had nightmares of buildings falling and people running through a chaotic clamor. At the time, the world seemed like a very scary place. America came together in seeming unity during that time, but the decade

between then and now has strained our country almost beyond recognition. It’s difficult to believe that it has been 10 years since that day, which is so clearly seared in my mind. In many ways, it feels like another lifetime. Have we changed for better or worse since then? It will probably take another decade before we can answer that question for sure, but I know that I miss the innocence with which I embraced the world before that day. Two months after the attacks, I flew to Washington, D.C., for a conference. I don’t remember much about the city – it was my third or fourth visit to D.C. – nor do I remember much about the conference, for that matter. I think I mainly went out of defiance, to prove that I was not afraid of flying after the hijacked planes or of being in a major city, one of the hubs of the attacks. I went, nothing bad happened, and I am not scared. I’ve flown across the world since then, married a two-tour veteran of the war that 9/11 spurred, and I’m still defiant. As our legacy of 9/11, we should be proud of our country, honor those who defend it regardless of if we agree with the wars, and do our best to make our nation strong and proud again. No matter what others tell us, it’s our job to continue to reach out, unite and find the common ground that can rebuild America as a place we can love and stand beside.

I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time, I thought of it as little more than a curiosity. How wrong I was. It’s been 10 years since that September morning, and still I can recall the horror and heroics of that day. The pancaking towers, the daring and dutybound firefighters, the dust-soaked city of New York, and the ash-coveredwalking-wounded, stumbling like ghosts through Manhattan. Each September since 9/11, when the proper and solemn remembrance ceremonies begin, I am tempted to believe the now faded bumper stickers that were so common in the months following the tragedy: The stickers read, “We Will Never Forget.” Not true. We will forget. No, those who lived in the cities directly attacked will never forget. Those who huddled around television sets as bewildered and confused witnesses will never forget. And of course, those who buried their loved ones murdered in the attacks would easier forget their own names as forget that Tuesday morning. But those following us will forget. They are not calloused or forgetful. They are simply too young. Most of the students who entered college this fall were in elementary school 10 years ago, and many of this generation (including my own children), were even younger or not yet born. This is more than a generation that thinks Starbucks and cell phones were created shortly after Adam and Eve; that can text 80 words a minute, but can’t write in cursive; that has never known the limitation of having only three network television channels, and can’t imagine life without Google and YouTube. This is a generation that will come to maturity in the shadow of a dreadful event not even in their collective memory. Yes, I want my children (and the generations to come) to remember and

reflect upon these events. I want them to forever hold in their memory the suffering and injustice of that day and the days that have followed. But I do not want them to cloud their memories with the notion that the “world was changed forever on 9/11,” for it was not. Violence, retaliation, the suffering of the innocent, and the struggle for power have been around for all of human history. Sept. 11, rather than changing that status quo, was another brutal, heartrending chapter in the same narrative. To say that 9/11 is the defining, irreversible mark on human history is to give evil and injustice far too much credit; and for followers of Jesus to say such a thing, it is a loss faith. Consider, that whenever Christians gather, they gather to remember, celebrate, and hopefully integrate into their lives a profound event from the past, an event to which the Eucharist and the Creeds point: “Jesus Christ was crucified, dead, and was buried; but on the third day he rose again.” Our faith informs us that Jesus took all the hate, evil, retaliation, death, and rejection the world could muster, and when the world had done its worst, he responded with his best. He overcame all of these with resurrected life, goodness, and hope. This is the defining event of our past, the memory we will never forget, and the trajectory for our future. Yes, I will bow my head and say a prayer for those taken away from us a decade ago. I will give thanks for the rescue workers, the firefighters, and those who tried to save and serve the hurt and dying. I will ask God to assuage the sorrow of the families and friends left to grieve. But when I am finished praying, I will work for peace; I will seek to overcome evil with good; I will pursue the example of Jesus; and I will teach my children to remember properly. Remember that grace, not hate, will have the final word. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author. His books include “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.” Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.


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Cash Express to honor emergency workers Cash Express, 103 West Main Street, will honor emergency and governmental workers Friday by delivering cakes to Henderson City Hall, the Chester County Sheriff ’s Department, Chester County Fire Department, and Chester County EMS on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept.

11, 2001, terrorist attacks. According to Cash Express, small gestures carry big messages. “It is important to honor those who died on 9/11 and thank those first responders – police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service technicians – who continue to protect our

communities,” stated the release from Cash Express. Every year since that tragic day in 2001, employees at Cash Express stores across Tennessee and Kentucky and throughout the nation have visited first responders in to make these simple yet thoughtful gestures by

delivering cakes to police and fire stations. “Cash Express is simply doing what many Americans feel on 9/11, a sense of thanks and respect for first responders. The tragic events on 9/11 unfortunately remind us that life can be too short, so we must say thanks and express gratitude when we can.”

CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT August 30, 2011 Michael Thomas Diamond, 22, 595 Old Finger Road, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. He was released from the Chester County jail on furlough to pay fines. Rachel Nicole Diamond, 19, 595 Old Finger Road, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. She was released from the Chester County jail on furlough to pay fines. September 3, 2011 Crystal Dawn Perry, 30, Jackson, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Walter J. Crabtree, 49, 431 Baughn St., was arrested and charged with public intoxication and criminal trespassing. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $500 bond. September 4, 2011 Scotty Douglas Mayes, 41, Finger, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $250 bond.

A prowler complaint was answered at a residence on Deanburg Road. According to the report, the resident stated someone has allegedly come into his home over the past few weeks and has taken cook ware valued at $200, a .357 Smith & Wesson valued at $500, and $1,100 in cash. Medication and other items were reported missing from a residence on Dogwood Lane. According to the report, someone allegedly entered an unlocked home and took a Pepsi, loose change, keys, and an unknown number of Lortab pills and Soma pills. The total value of missing items was estimated at $100. A rabbit was reported missing from its cage at a residence on Hwy 200. According to the report, the rabbit was gray and white, and valued at $12. It was last seen around 3 p.m. September 1, 2011 A dog complaint was reported at a residence on Sweetlips Road. According to the report, neighborhood dogs had damaged property. The dogs were put up and the matter was settled. Jimmie Michael Black, 29, Bethel Springs, was arrested and charged with failure to appear, identity theft, criminal impersonation, manufacture/deliver/sell of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Caleb Nathanial Maness, 18, 75 Opal Lane, was arrested and charged with theft of property $500 to $999 and theft of property $1,000 to $9,999. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Clifton Michael Roach, 25, 1385 Deanburg Road, was arrested and charged with manufacture/deliver/sell of a controlled substance and unlawful carry of a weapon with the intent to go armed. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. September 2, 2011 A green camouflage 2006 Avanti 70cc ATV was reported missing from a fully enclosed shed on

Tenry lane. September 3, 2011 Jamey Ray Crowell, 35, Enville, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, vandalism and reckless endangerment. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. Scottie L. Hunt, 29, Trenton, was arrested and charged driving under the influence (DUI), driving on a canceled/revoked or suspended license, reckless driving and violation of the implied consent law. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $4,250 bond. September 4, 2011 A yellow five-gallon container of diesel fuel valued at $30 was reportedly taken from the carport of a residence on Hwy 45 N. Additionally, the resident found an empty red fuel container in her yard which did not belong to her. September 5, 2011 Dennis Clay Arnold, 52, 606 Luray Ave., was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $750 bond. Tommy Stacy Hollingsworth, 44, 429 Baughn St., was arrested and charged with failure to appear and violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. He was released from the Chester County jail on his own recognizance.

GENERAL SESSIONS COURT Vicky Ables, 43, 295 Plunk Road, was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000 to $10,000 and fraudulent use of credit/debit card up to $500. She was waived to the action of the Grand Jury. Donnie Durrance, 50, Parsons, pled guilty to simple possession. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Chester County jail, all suspended except time served, with a 90-day furlough, and ordered to pay court costs and $2,500 in fines. He is supervised. David Brian Rayburn, 36, 1180 Clarks Creek Road, pled guilty to vandalism up to $500. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Chester County jail, all suspended except 364 days, supervised. Patricia Kay Sweat, 43, Enville, pled guilty to driving while license revoked. She was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Chester County jail, all suspended except two days, and ordered to pay court costs and $100 in fines, supervised. Brandon Nicholas Huff, 33, Beech Bluff, was charged with possession of schedule II controlled s u b s t a n c e , manufacture/deliver/sell/p ossession of schedule IV controlled substance, schedule VI controlled substance – attempt, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia – attempt, and promoting methamphetamine manufacture. He was waived to the action of the Grand Jury.

CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT August 30, 2011 6:45 p.m. – 428 Beechwood St., kitchen fire. August 31, 2011 4:03 p.m. – US Hwy 45 and White Ave., vehicle fire. September 1, 2011 7:14 p.m. – 2785 Old Jackson Road, Jones Lumber Company, false alarm. 7:45 p.m. – 330 E University St., FreedHardeman University, Woods-East Hall, food on stove. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT August 30, 2011 Darnita Marie McNeal, 22, 597 Sanford St., Apt. 706, was arrested and charged with vandalism and assault. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $500 bond. August 31, 2011

CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT August 31, 2011 6:27 p.m. – Old Finger Road, grass fire, Station One Volunteer Fire Department responding. September 1, 2011 12:15 p.m. – 2985 Wilson School Road, shed fire, Hearn Chapel Volunteer Fire Department responding. September 2, 2011 3:13 a.m. – 960 Hwy 45 S., grass fire, Station One Volunteer Fire Department responding. September 6, 2011 4:35 a.m. – 2735 Hughes Road, faulty detector, Hearn Chapel Volunteer Fire Department responding. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No reports. CHESTER COUNTY

CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Matthew Ross, 25, Pinson, was found to be in violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the original sentence imposed of one year, receiving credit for time served on this case. Ricky Reeves, 28, was found to be in violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the original sentence imposed of six years in a TDOC facility, receiving credit for time served on this case only.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

No need to keep jumping Keeping the Faith By Ronnie McBrayer

Gospel Singing The Cave Springs Baptist Church will have their regular monthly gospel singing Saturday night, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The Father’s Four will be the featured singers. Everyone is invited.

Cross Heart Ministries Cross Heart Ministries is a ministry to those who have lost babies too soon due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. They will be at Henderson Assembly of God on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. services. Henderson Assembly of God is located at 1203 US Hwy 45 N across the street from Lofton Chevrolet. For more information, call is 989-5228, or visit www.crossheartministries.net.

Old Time Singing at Silerton Methodist Church The Silerton Methodist Church is having an old time singing on Sept. 16. Supper will be at 5 p.m., singing will begin at 7 p.m. The singers will be Jublirs, Harmony Trio, and Elvis! Everyone is invited. Come and let’s have a good time praising God.

Girls’ Weekend Getaway scheduled Oct. 21-23 Life can be tough, but it can also be fun being a girl! The West Tennessee Women’s Center and Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital are once again hosting a girls’ weekend Oct. 21-23 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, in Franklin. Opportunities include massages, health checks, manicures, hair and wardrobe makeovers, and even some retail “therapy.” Friday night will offer a pajama party and contest, Saturday participants can choose to watch the Tennessee/Alabama game in the ING Sports Lounge, enjoy a luncheon with a fashion and hair show, learn and laugh at the

breakout sessions or create in a craft room. Sunday is Wear Red Day when the focus will be on taking care of your heart and heart disease, the number one killer of women. Sunday will also be an inspirational worship time, with door prizes, and the chance to marvel at the weekend’s makeover winners. Women of all ages are invited to recharge their batteries, rediscover their smiles, get refreshed from pampering, and to rejoice in this life! Space is limited and registration deadline is Sept. 29. For more information, call 731-541-6448 or go online to www.wth.org/girlsweekend.

There’s a proverb that says if you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours. If not, well, it never belonged to you in the first place. But had my son Braden written that proverb it would go more like this: “If you love something and it won’t cooperate, stomp the guts out of it.” A few years ago he and I rescued a frog in our garage. I gently placed the little guy in Braden’s hands. We talked about the frog’s warts, his strong legs, and bulging eyes. After the brief science lesson, we set him free. Braden followed his new friend around the yard for a half hour. He tried to catch it, pet it, and steer it. He wanted it back in the garage to do with it as he pleased. But the frog wouldn’t oblige. In frustration Braden lurched forward and crushed the little fellow beneath his foot. I was horrified! I momentarily concluded that my wife and I were raising a sociopath. When I could

finally reel in my slack jaw I asked him, “Why did you do that?” His answer was as telling as it was simple: “Because he wouldn’t listen to me.” Some of us think that God is a lot like Braden. If you don’t stay one step ahead of him, leaping quickly from his crushing blow, God will maliciously scrub you into the dust. God will eventually catch up to you and squash you for every evil act ever committed, every wrong thought that has crossed your mind, and for every missed Sunday service. Maybe it stems from an anxious childhood or from bad religious experiences, but we all too often see God for less than he is. We view him as some kind of irritated old school master keeping a ledger of our sins – an Ebenezer Scrooge – selfish, stodgy, and never to be crossed. Or we think of him as a vindictive bully, angry at the world – a cosmic Simon Cowell – one who only lets the best get by, and only then after a severe tongue lashing. Sure, a few will make it through the pearly gates,

Mate, the Miracle Bird By Roy B. Duck

In 1988, my wife Glenda went to a pet shop and came home with Mate, a cockatiel. We already had Susie, a dog, and Drake, a cat. They decided they were going to be the bosses. All it took was one peck on each of their noses by Mate and they were all equal. Mate also had total run of our home and except when working, whenever

Glenda left our home, Mate always rode on her shoulders. On Feb. 1, 1991, we were staying in a motel in Dover. Glenda and I went out to eat, leaving the three of them in the room, with Mate in her cage. When we returned, Glenda let Mate out of her cage. I had to go back out to the car to get something and had on a

respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Also “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever thing are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (4:8). Then there are the beatitudes, or as I like to call them the attitudes to be, in Matthew 5:ff3-12 and Luke 6:20-23. Notice verses 4 and 10 -

11. We are to rejoice and be glad, (verse 12) literally leap for joy! Don’t feel like it? Yes, I have not either, yet when we understand that suffering is our lot in life as a human being, knowing others have experienced the same before us, and if they have endured we can also. What shall we do depends largely upon our attitude, how high will we attain in our restoration/renewal. This is Sunrise.

‘Wisdom from others’ Realizing we are not alone, someone has well said that whatever in this world we are struggling with someone has been there, someone has experienced it before us. Solomon said it best long ago, “That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Peter Kreeft, in his book, Making Sense Of Human Suffering, said, “you neighbor, your best friend, your doctor, your auto mechanic, all have hidden hurts that you don’t know about, just as you have some that they don’t know about.” When we are in our acute period of suffering, we often think our world has come to an end, we

DAVID COY cannot endure this hardship. Someone has well said attitude determines altitude in life. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, said, “…Everything can be taken from man but one thing: the loss of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…” Very well said, yet again scripture says it best, ”Not that I speak in

but God will be none too happy about it. Or we may imagine God, sitting in a high and mighty palace somewhere, breathing threats and intimidation just waiting for someone to cross the line, to be noncompliant, so he can squash them like a bug. Or frog. Is this who God is? If you believe some religious extremists, certainly this is accurate. But this is not the God revealed to us by the person of Christ. Jesus reveals a God who loves with such passion that he was willing to drive nails into his own flesh to set free those living in darkness. If we’re not careful, these polluted images of God can even corrupt the very lynchpin of our faith – the cross. A vindictive God reduces Jesus to just a martyr – someone who finally stood up against this angry tyrant, and paid the price for it. But on the cross God was not saying, “See! Look what you made me do to my Son,” launching the mother of all guilt trips. Not at all. The cross reveals, not God’s anger, but God’s love. The

cross, and the love that orchestrated it, was not designed to shame and guilt us into doing something we really don’t want to do. It was an intentional act of revelation. God was showing us his heart. God was showing us his true nature. God was inviting us to flush away these horrible misconceptions about who he is. In the process he was calling us to himself; to a God worth believing, a God worth worshipping, a God worth loving. And by the way, I don’t think Braden will turn out to be an axe murderer after all. Thankfully, a day later our family paused to say grace over our evening meal. When it was Braden’s turn to pray, he bowed and said: “Dear Jesus…I killed a frog.” All was forgiven.

coat. Unknown to me, Mate got on my shoulder. When I got outside, Mate flew away. Afterward, we ran ads in the Dover newspaper and on the radio offering a reward for information about our missing partner and I put posters in many stores. In January of the following year, I had been in Mississippi working all day. When I got home, I walked into our living room and told Glenda that I’d had a good day. Her reply was that she’d had a good day in Dover. I asked

her why she had been to Dover and she pointed at Mate and said, “I went to pick her up.” It turned out that she had received a phone call that day from a woman in Dover who said our bird was there. Glenda went and called her out of a tree and brought her home. This was around three miles from where we had lost her. The lady thought Mate had been eating with her outside dogs. Mate died peacefully in 2004.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author. His books include “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.” Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.


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Chester County Library The Chester County Library will host a teen book club for Teen Reading Week in October. The group plans to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They will meet to discuss the book from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. This group is open to junior high-aged students and registration is required to be part of the group. Book club participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book, but it will be sold at the library's cost. Contact the library at 989-4673 by Wednesday, Sept. 7 to order the book.

Monthly Hopekeepers Support Group Meeting This group is free and open to anyone suffering from chronic pain conditions. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8. Groups will meet at Sports Plus AquaTherapies, 614 E. Carriage House Drive, Jackson (behind Aloha Pools) the second Thursday of each month. The topic will be How to pray when I am hurting – Living as a broken vessel. The speaker will be Rev. Terry Hamlett of Hosley Chapel. For more information, call Sports Plus AquaTherapies at 731-668-4449.

Free Sports Physicals Free sports physicals will be provided to high school and junior high athletes from 1:30-5 p.m. every Thursday, at Main Street Family Medicine, 1306 Hwy. 45 North in Henderson. This service is to help support the local teams and families of Chester County. Bring your sports form completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian. For information, call 989-9899.

CCHS Class of 1947 Reunion The Chester County High School class of 1947 will have a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Whisker’s Restaurant in Henderson. Class members will meet at 11 a.m. and eat at 12 p.m. For more information call David Ross 989-2629.

West Tennessee Collectors Club Coin Show The 52nd annual Coin Show, sponsored by the West Tennessee Collectors Club, will be for 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at the Madison County Agriculture Extension Service Auditorium, 309 North Parkway, in Jackson. Items at the show will be U.S. and foreign coins, ancient coins, gold and silver, paper money, Confederate money, supplies, books, Civil War and other historic documents, and jewelry. Admission is free. There will be free coins for children and drawings for door prizes. For additional information, email to trime1865@yahoo.com.

Annual Neighborhood Stew The Annual Neighborhood Stew will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the residences of Jimmy and Darlene Jones at 563 Trice and Vercie Massengille at 563 Trice. Bring all meats for the stew on Friday and all vegetables before 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The stew and fellowship starts at 2 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Come and enjoy the food, fellowship, and games.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser The Henderson Lodge #485 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be at the Henderson Lodge, Sept. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.

GED Preparation Classes Scheduled Chester County Adult Education will begin GED preparation classes for the fall beginning Sept. 12. The classes will be at the Henderson-Chester County Technology Center at 1449 White Avenue. Class time will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights. For more information, contact Thomas Leach at 989-9407.

Dobber Dyer Benefit planning meeting The Dobber Dyer benefit planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, at the UT Extension Service. For more information, contact Penny at 695-3754.

Retired Teachers Meeting The Chester County Retired Teachers will meet Wednesday, Sept. 14, at noon at the FH Gardner Center. Clayton State will be the sponsor.

Benefit for Billy Ray Manness The family of little Billy Ray Maness are having a benefit for him at Hickory Corner Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 17. Billy Ray has had some serious heart surgery and hasn’t been able to get back to work. Meal tickets are for sale for $7 for a chicken and dressing plate that includes green beans, sweet potato casserole, roll and dessert. By 11 a.m. the meal will be ready. At 1 p.m. there will be a cake walk, followed by an auction. Donation of cakes and auction items will be appreciated. For more information call Rita (608-2931) or Donna (8790083).

Miss Barbecue Festival Pageant The Miss Barbecue Festival Pageant will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, Chester County Middle School in Williams Auditorium. The entry fee is $20; after Sept 9, the entry fee will be $25. Ages zero to nine, Casual Wear only; ages 10 to 18 Pageant Wear only. Entry forms are at

Clayton Bank and Trust, sponsor of the event. All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 989-2161.

Clay Wagoner Bluegrass Show The Clay Wagoner Memorial Bluegrass Show will be Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Marty (Community Center) in Adamsville, Tenn. Performers will include Crossroads Bluegrass, Flatwoods Bluegrass and Heartland Bluegrass. Concessions will be available. We will take donations to pay for the expense of the show.

Pinson Mounds Archaeofest The Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park will host its 29th Annual Archaeofest from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. The weekend event is a celebration of Native American Culture and Archaeology. Activities include Native American dancers and drummers performing both traditional and contemporary; hay wagon tours; storytelling; Native American foods and crafts; wildlife programs (birds of prey and reptiles); flint knapping; and archaeologists on site for artifact identification. Other programs available are weapons and tools, nature hikes and tours. For more information, contact park staff at 988-5614.

Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

SSG Bill Baldy visited Judy Yates’ first grade class at East Chester Elementary Wednesday, Aug. 24, to discuss his upcoming deployment, during which the students plan to correspond with him. Baldy is with the Tennessee Army National Guard 268th military police company.

Headhugger Hat Group meeting The Headhugger Hat Group will be meeting on Monday night, Sept. 19, in the Studio 412 building behind Henderson Assembly of God. September starts our third year of making hats for chemo patients. If you are interested in helping bless those who have such great need at this time in their lives, please join us in this ministry. There are various ways you can be part of this ministry. You can knit, crochet, or sew hats (free patterns available); donate yarn or material; or donate quart/gallon baggies. If you have questions, call 608-7303.

Community Theater to present encore performance of Steel Magnolias Local actors will present an encore production of Steel Magnolias, which they performed at last year’s Women’s Conference. The encore is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24, at Williams Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. You may purchase tickets from any cast member, Chester County High, Chester County Bank, Carl Perkins Center, Candy’s Nails or Sharpers Salon. The cast will feature the same performers, which are Donna Butler, Amy Howell, Cyndi Kilzer, Brianne Matheny, Rebecca Thompson, and Sherry Thompson. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Carl Perkins Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, and purchasing books for Chester County Library.

Chester County Manufacturing Reunion There will be a reunion for Chester County Manufacturing at Chickasaw State Park on Sept. 24, starting at 9 a.m. For more details, call Faye Millner (614-9634) or Doris Arnold (307-5895). Bring food and drinks.

Eagle Baseball Four-Man Scramble The Eagle Baseball Four-Man Scramble will begin at 8 a.m. (shotgun start) on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Chickasaw Golf Course. Cost is $300 per team; 18 team limit. For information, call Mike Goff at 2670583.

Zumba for St. Jude Team Henderson Helping St. Jude is sponsoring a zumbathon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Zumba for St. Jude will be Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chester County High School. Melissa Bell will be the instructor and a $10 fee will be charged which will go directly to St. Jude. Free Zumba for St. Jude T-shirt goes to first 25! Door prizes will be given away and Team Henderson T-shirts will be available for sale. Team Henderson Helping St. Jude, which was formed in memory of Mallerie Graves, will be participating in the Memphis Marathon in December to support and raise money for St. Jude. St. Jude treats children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and many from Henderson have been patients at St. Jude. Help us help St. Jude give these precious children and their families the treatment, the hope and the love they so desperately need! For more information, call Shannon Austin (608-1599) or Sheila Cloud (608-1850).

Senior Center plan trip The Chester County Senior Center is planning a nine-day/eight-night New England getaway to Vermont with a day tour of Boston, Sept. 30-Oct. 8. The cost is $1,349 per person/double occupancy. A $250 deposit is due now. For information and/or reservations, call Joanne Osborne at 9897434.

Finger School Reunion The Finger School Reunion will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Finger Community Center. A potluck meal will begin at noon. For more information, call 934-4000.

SSG Bill Baldy explained the different patches on his uniform and talked with students about being in the military, deployment and respect.

FHU admissions planning annual “RUSH” youth rally, Sept. 16-18 An expected 1,300 middle and high school students will be taking over FreedHardeman University’s campus Sept. 16-18 for the annual youth rally RUSH. RUSH, or Reach Unlimited Spiritual Heights, unites Christian young people from Michigan to Florida for a weekend of fun, fellowship and spiritual revival, organizers said. This year’s RUSH theme, “The Highway,” is derived from Psalm 25: 4-5: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me. For you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” RUSH’s goal this year is to help young people to recognize the journey they are on and where they should be looking for direction. FreedHardeman’s admissions team organizes the weekend and hopes that RUSH will be filled with variety and will confront issues important in

the lives of young people. Joe Askew, director of FHU Admissions and coordinator of RUSH, believes the ultimate goal for RUSH is reaching the youth. “The most important thing for admissions is to be relevant to the youth. With RUSH we want to understand what they need and how they communicate and how we can minister to them,” said Askew. In coordination with the theme, the keynote speakers will address powerful instances in the final days of Christ’s life where he was on a road. These were roads Jesus traveled on in his journey to fulfill the will of God. David Wright from the Meigs Avenue congregation in Jeffersonville, Ind., will speak Friday night about the road to Jerusalem. Alex Bayes from Rogersville Church of Christ in Rogersville, Ala., will speak Saturday morning about the road to Golgotha. Taft Ayers

from Main Street Church of Christ in Milan will speak Saturday night about the road to Emmaus. Sunday morning Joe Askew will lead the assembly in commemoration of the road to the tomb with special emphasis on the communion. Registration is $20 with meals not included and $30 with Saturday lunch and supper provided. Interested persons or youth groups can visit www.fhu.edu/rush to find out more details about housing.


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East Chester SOAR’s into new school year

Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

Near the beginning of each school year, East Chester Elementary has a SOAR Assembly to encourage students to soar like Eagles in the studies at the school. Several members of the faculty and staff took part in the event last Thursday. Noted in the event was an extra focus on reading skills.

These three young ladies show their reverence for the flag as the event began with the singing of the National Anthem.

SUSAN PATTERSON

Belinda Anderson leads the chorus of several popular songs that revved up the occasion.


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Open house scheduled Thursday at Cancer Research Institute The Cancer Research Institute will have an open house and ribbon cutting from 36 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 8 at 112-114 East Main Street. The Institute recently purchased the buildings where cancer research has been conducted for the past five years. The famous Cuban/American Artist, Rolando Diaz, will be at CRIWT to do a live painting of the Natural Killer Cell, discovered by Dr. Jerry Thornthwaite

ROLANDO DIAZ almost 40 years ago. The painting will begin at noon and will be auctioned at the Arts & Music festival on Sept. 17 at the Neely House event in Jackson. The Arts and Music Dinner, featuring a live painting/auction by Diaz, will benefit the Cancer Research Institute of West Tennessee. The benefit costs

$75 for individuals, or $125 for couples. Please RSVP by Sept. 10 to artshow@criwt.com. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by dinner and symphony music at 7 p.m. Diaz is a Cuban/American, born in Havana. His family fled the Communist regime in Cuba. Diaz has been able to exhibit nationally and internationally, and has collectors in both. Some who enjoy Diaz’s work include, Liza Minnelli, Rob Thomas, B.J. and Gloria Thomas, Courtney Rainwater and many others. With a PBS special that aired this past year in the U.S., Canada and Russia, Diaz received additional international attention. The artist has also been able to paint live with great musicians such as Seth Simmons, Jewel, Manhattan Transfer, George Winston, David Moneit and B.J. Thomas to name a few. Last year, Diaz also performed live for a special event for President Bush. Diaz believes his gifts are from God, and continues to use

Students take part in the work at the cancer research center in Henderson which is hosting an open house today, Thursday, from 3-6 p.m.

them to bring excitement to the eyes of the viewer, and relate messages sometimes hidden about life. For more information, contact Dr. Thornthwaite at 608-2123.

The important work of the West Tennessee Cancer Research Center is carried out at its downtown Henderson location.


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Revisiting the hallowed halls of school: Vincent High students return to school grounds for first time since integration closed its doors By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

In 1969, Vincent High School closed its doors. After the last class graduated from the historically black Chester County school, the remaining students were integrated into the Chester County school system, and Vincent High School was renamed North Chester. Few of the students who attended Vincent as a kindergarten through 12th grade school have had the opportunity to return during the ensuing years, but that couldn’t erase the memories the students have of their beloved school. Beginning in the mid1980s, alumni from Vincent High School began holding an all-grade reunion every two years. They have met at various locations throughout Chester County, but since their school was effectively dissolved by integration, they were never able to return “home” – until this year. Integration brought students of all races and skin colors together, and it allowed everyone to have access to the same opportunities and levels of education. However, those who had graduated from Vincent High School felt lost without a school. They have watched over the years as their alma mater was transformed to middle school and sixth grade to Headstart center and ultimately to offices, storage and an alternative school. The once vibrant school now serves as a catchall for unused equipment and countywide school employees. “We were heartbroken when we came out here and looked at it,” said Annette Johnson, a 1968 graduate of Vincent High. Johnson was on the reunion planning committee, and after years of petitioning the school system, Superintendent Cherrie Pipkin granted the committee the use of the school cafeteria and gymnasium for their reunion festivities last weekend. When Johnson first toured the school, the gym, which had been the social center of the former school, was being used for batting practice and covered in netting, and the cafeteria kitchen, which was added in the late

1960s, was filled with unused items needing storage. “I was hurt by the condition it was in,” Johnson said. “There are so many good memories here.” Many of the Vincent alumni have dreamed that the school could one day be converted into a community center, similar to the old Dunbar-Carver High School in Brownsville. They feel that it would be a positive way to preserve the history and heritage of Vincent High School and the community. However, since the building is still in use, the alumni are excited that they finally had the chance to go back inside and relive their school days. “I’m just excited that they finally let us back in,” Johnson added. “It’s a historical moment, and a one-time thing we wanted to do.” After many failed attempts to request use of the school for one night, the wish was finally granted. However, until approximately three weeks ago, the reunion committee wasn’t positive that they would be allowed to revisit their school. There appeared to be a problem removing the nets used for batting practice, and some of the coaches worried that formal attire might damage the floor. Pipkin assured the committee that she would see to it that they had access, and soon the nets were put up and covered, and the floor was completely refinished. “Mrs. Pipkin has done everything she can to make sure this night happens for us,” Johnson said.

Courtesy photos

Nina Ross taught for many years at Vincent High School. She was recognized as the oldest member present at the reunion. On Saturday morning, Sept. 3, the alumni held a brunch in the cafeteria. That was followed by a golf tournament, and the reunion prom, which included dinner and dancing, concluded the celebration. While much has changed since the last class of students left Vincent High School, much remains the same. Johnson recalled exactly where her locker was located, and what classes

were held in each classroom. Before the presentday cafeteria was added, students ate lunch in the gym. The school received commodities from the school system, and the cook used them to make lunches the former students still fondly remember. While Johnson and other committee members decorated the building, they discussed their favorite lunches. Peanut butter cookies, cake with

Members of the reunion planning committee (above) stand in front of the beautifully decorated stage.

Sheila and Harry Davis served as toastmaster and mistress for the formal dinner and dance ceremonies.

peanut butter frosting, vegetable soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches topped their list of beloved meals. “We had some good times here,” Johnson said. “We all looked after each other and took care of each other. We were all poor, but we didn’t know we were.” Ethel Wade, a 1964 Vincent High graduate and 2011 retiree from the Chester County School System, added that her fondest memory is of playing basketball on the basketball team. She fondly remembers seventh grade and her teacher George Saunders. The year Johnson was crowned homecoming queen, she rode on the first and only float Vincent High School ever entered in the Chester County Christmas Parade. “That’s something you never forget.” High school was important to Barbara Reeves,

class of 1967, because “It was great to meet the girl who became my best friend.” Her sophomore year, she was also named homecoming queen. All three women recalled how much they admired their teachers’ fashionable attire. Much has changed over the years, and now teachers’ clothing is often indistinguishable from that of their students, but the students of Vincent High School still cling to the memories of their schooldays. Over 300 photos were compiled on a DVD slideshow that was played during brunch, and each class made a poster with photos and memories of their time at Vincent. Approximately 160 people from all grades and graduation years attended the reunion, which takes place on Labor Day weekend every two years. Photos are continued on page 2-B.

During Saturday’s brunch, alumni helped themselves to trays and towers of breakfast goodies.

Each class made poster boards with photos and memories from their school days at Vincent High School, which were displayed during brunch.


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Alumni from Vincent High School enjoyed brunch in the cafeteria of their alma mater Saturday morning.

Ethel Wade

Terry Hollingsworth

Decorations and red carpet invited guests to the gymnasium of the former Vincent High School for a reunion prom.

Mattie Mickens taught at Vincent High School before the school closed as a result of integration.

J.P. Davis

Members of the Vincent High School All Class Reunion committee organized the 2011 reunion, which marked the first time many had revisited their former high school.

Pictures from events and activities at Vincent High School are displayed beneath the 1968 class photo.

John Welch and Rufus Davis

Masters of ceremonies Sheila and Harry Davis

Brenda and Richard DePriest

Annette Johnson


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Speedy CCHS Eagles blow by JCM Cougars By James A. Webb Editor-in-Chief

Jackson Central Merry had a blowout victory in its opening game of the high school football season, and followed that up with a narrow setback in its second game. Those contests led prognosticators to suggest that the Cougars might upset Chester County at home Friday in the first district game for each team. Not so. CCHS forced a turnover on the first JCM possession, and got the ball back a second time when the Cougars failed to cover a kick. CCHS was up 12-0 before JCM had run one series of plays. Then following an Eagle miscue, CCHS held its opponent on four downs inside the 10-yard line for third time this season. The result ended up as a 46-15 Chester County blowout victory that kept the Eagles undefeated for the year at 3-0, and dropped JCM to 1-2. The Jackson team has never beaten Chester County in football in three tries. “All week long we talked about starting fast,” said Chester County Head Coach Michael Hodum. “One way was to win the special teams battle. You have to make plays on special teams. Last week in JCM’s game with North Side the reason it was close was because JCM won the special teams battle. Our kids getting down there and covering those

kicks jump started us.” After almost getting the opening kick away from the Cougars, Eagle Tanner Beecham recovered a JCM fumble on the next play. It took CCHS only two plays to score with quarterback Austin Cavaness covering the first 17 yards, and Cameron Phelps bolted over the final three feet. Déjà vu followed on the next kick, and Beecham fell on the ball only 22 yards from the end zone. Phelps soon scored his

25-0. JCM finally reached the end zone three minutes before intermission, and yet another Eagle fumble set up the Cougars to get back in the game by halftime. However, Ryan Turner picked off a JCM pass and first two periods came to a close. In the second half, CCHS used the same strategy it had used the week before, relying on its powerful experienced offensive line to control the game and essentially run out the clock. Five first downs later, Phelps scored his fifth TD of the night, and Will Taylor booted another PAT for a See CCHS, Page 2-B

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Darian Robinson of Chester County appears to be interfered with by a Jackson defender prior to the arrival of the football and resulting in an incomplete pass Friday at Eagle Stadium Friday.

CCHS travels to Dyersburg second touchdown for a 12-0 CCHS lead. After forcing a JCM punt, the first of five Eagle fumbles gave JCM a short field, but the Chester County defense shut the door. Four CCHS first downs later, Phelps scored his third touchdown of the first quarter and the rout was on. Two more Chester turnovers kept the game close, but Jonathan Murley’s interception of a JCM pass stopped the first serious Cougar drive at the 15-yard line. The ball was tipped at the line by Skylar Sheffield. Phelps retaliated by making quick work of the JCM defense, galloping 79 yards to extend the CCHS lead to

Chester County plays its final non-district game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Dyersburg. The Trojans are 1-1 on the season with a victory over Fayette-Ware and a loss last week to Covington, 21-8. Last season the Trojans won only three games, but Hodum cautions they are much improved in 2011.

High School Football Sept. 2 at Eagle Stadium Jackson Central Merry 0 – 7 – 8 – 0 = 15 Chester County 19 – 6 – 21 – 0 = 46

Unofficial Statistics: JCM First Downs Rushing (atts., yds.) Passing (comp. Atts., int., yds.) Penalties, yards Fumbles, lost Punts, average

CC

11 35-90

17 51-403

12-25-3=161 4-30 6-3 3, 35.7

2-6-1=46 10-65 5-5 1, 26.0

Scoring Summary:

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Tanner Beecham recovers a Jackson-Central Merry fumble early in the CCHS Eagles’ district contest Friday at Eagle Stadium.

First period: (10:51) CC – Cameron Phelps 1 run (run failed), [0-6]. (8:08) CC – Phelps 6 run (run failed), [0-12]. (0:46) CC – Phelps 14 run (Will Taylor kick), [0-19]. Second period: (6:07) CC – Phelps 79 run (kick failed), [0-25]. (3:07) JCM – Clifton 28 pass (Harrison Kroger kick), [7-25]. Third period: (7:34) CC – Phelps 18 run (Taylor kick), [7-32]. (3:55) JCM – Terrence Kenney 16 run (Kenney pass to Harrison), [15-32]. (2:37) CC – Turner 43 pass from Cavaness (Taylor kick), (15-39]. (0:15) CC – Toneal Bumpass 5 run (Taylor kick), [1546]. Fourth period: None.

Eaglette volleyball continues unbeaten ways

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Fans vent their excitement in the later stages of Chester County’s 46-15 victory Friday over Jackson Central Merry. Fans have a long road trip this week as the Eagles travel to Dyersburg.

Last week was another successful adventure for the Chester County Eaglette volleyball team, as they remained unbeaten on the year despite playing some of the best teams around. Aug. 29 they travelled to Fayette Ware for their second district match of the season, with the JV winning easily in their match and the varsity winning in three straight sets. Scores were 25-7, 25-13, and 25-20. For the match, Annsley Poston had 10 kills, and Logan McEarl six. Serving aces came by Cynthia Beene with seven to go with six digs. Jana Frye had 10 assists.

Tuesday, the Hardin County Tigers came wanting to get revenge for the Eagle’s football victory, but the JV team won quickly in two sets. In the varsity match, the Eaglettes easily won the first set with a score of 25-5. The Tigers proved they were fully capable of winning the match by taking the second set, 22-25. With the intensity picking up, Chester County won the next two, 25-14, 25-10. Emily Humphry had seven aces; Frye added 26 assists and Humphry 10; Poston posted 16 kills, McEarl, 10, and Kirsten Henry, 9; Beene had 12 digs, and Henry and

Humphry had seven each. Thursday was Chester County biggest match of the year so far when Lexington came for a district match at Eagle Gym. The Tigers came in fired up and ready to play. “I knew they would come in with a lot of emotion and intensity,” said Chester County head coach Susan Humphry. “Both teams had been talking about this match all week.” Lexington started off really strong and jumped out ahead. “I knew if we could just weather the emotion of the night and continue to work hard that everything would be all

right,” added Humphry. The first set went long and was back and forth right up till the end when Chester County finally was able to push ahead and win with by a score of 29-27. Lexington was still tough in the next two sets, but the Eaglettes won both of them by scores of 25-21 and 25-17. Cynthia Beene led the defense with 18 digs with Frye adding 17 and Henry adding 12. Poston and Henry led in kills with 12 each and McEarl added seven. McEarl and Presley Robinson each had two key blocks in the match. Humphry had 15 assists and Frye had 13.

Pig Trot 5k scheduled for Oct. 1 The annual Chester County Barbecue Festival Pig Trot 5K race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 1. The race begins and ends at No Xcuse Fitness, and benefits the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Registration is at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 for pre-registration, or $25 late or on race day. Registration forms are available at No Xcuse Fitness, and checks should be made payable to No Xcuse Fitness. For more information, call 435-1016.

Champions of Hope Submitted photo

Local runners participating in the Champions of Hope Tommy Youmans 5K Race recently at Union University included, from left to right, David Oglesbury, Ted Nelson, Todd Cotton, Marjorie Mitchell, Hope Shull, Michael Barnes, Todd Shadburn and Anthony Ohrey. All proceeds from this race benefitted Tommy Youmans who has melanoma cancer.


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Cats clawed by Eaglette soccer Chester County defeated McNairy Central 3-2 in women’s soccer Aug. 29 in Selmer. CCHS played a great first half, with Darby Miskelly opening the scoring with a penalty kick. Piper Davis soon followed with a shot of her own that sailed over the keeper's head and into the back of the net. The half closed with the Eaglettes up 2-0. In the second half, CCHS did not play as smoothly, allowing McNairy players more time to move and run unmarked. McNairy soon

found the back of our net with a shot of its own. However, Cameron Greer capitalized on a beautiful corner kick that “bent” into the back post pocket of the goal for a 3-1 CCHS lead. McNairy scored another goal, and could get no closer. The remainder of the half was a back and forth attack, counterattack. “We were able to go down and get a big win. We were able to do some really good things on the field,” said CCHS head coach Jason Judd. (See page scheduled on page 4-B.)

Junior High slips by West

Photo submitted by Tammy Lott

Junior High cheerleaders have had a lot to cheer for this season, including the Junior Eagles’ 6-0 victory over West Aug. 29.

Chester County High School Football Location Dyersburg Bolivar Eagle Stadium Lexington

Chester County High School Girls Soccer Date Sept. 13 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 22 Sept. 27 Sept. 29 Oct. 4 Oct. 6

Opponent South Side Adamsville Fayette Academy Lexington Sacred Heart McNairy Central Trinity Christian Jackson C-M

Time 5:00 5:00 5:00 6:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:00

Location Henderson Henderson Henderson Lexington St. Mary’s Henderson Henderson Jackson

Chester County High School Volleyball Date Opponent Location Sept. 8 Hardin County Savannah Sept. 10 FHU Tourney Brewer Center Sept. 12 Liberty Tech Jackson Sept. 13 Crockett County Eagle Gym Sept. 15 Lexington Lexington Sept. 19 McNairy Central Selmer Sept. 20 Dyersburg Eagle Gym Sept. 22 South Side Jackson Sept. 27 Liberty Tech Eagle Gym Sept. 29 Jackson C-M Eagle Gym Oct. 3 McNairy Central Eagle Gym Oct. 4 Fayette-Ware Eagle Gym • Junior Varsity game preceding

Time 4:30* TBA 5:00* 5:00* 5:00* 5:00* 4:30* 5:00* 5:00* 5:00* 5:00* 5:00*

Chester County High School Golf Date Sept. 12

Opponent District Tourney

Time TBA

Location Tenn. River

Freed-Hardeman University Golf Date Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 30

Event Bison Fall Class – Stonelinks Bison Fall Class – Stonelinks Union Fall – Jackson National

Location Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock, Ark. Jackson

Freed-Hardeman University Men’s Soccer Date Sept. 9 Sept. 12 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4

Opponent Location Saint Francis Henderson Delta State Henderson McKendree Henderson Martin Methodist Henderson Bethel Henderson Union Henderson

Time 7:00 7:00 6:00 7:00 7:00 7:00

Freed-Hardeman University Women’s Soccer Date Sept. 12 Sept. 15 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 13

Opponent Location Delta State Henderson McKendree Henderson Martin Methodist Henderson Bethel Henderson Union Henderson Tennessee TempleChattanooga

Time 5:00 4:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 TBA

Freed-Hardeman University Volleyball Date Sept. 13 Sept. 17 Sept. 20 Sept. 22 Sept. 27 Sept. 29 Oct. 3 Oct. 6 Oct. 7

Opponent Time Location Bethel 7:00 McKenzie Lyon 1:00 Henderson Mid-Continent 7:00 Henderson Rhodes College 7:00 Henderson Trevecca Naz. 7:00 Henderson Martin Methodist 7:00 Pulaski Cumberland 7:00 Henderson Union 7:00 Jackson Va. Intermont # 5:30 Montgomery, Ala. Bryan College # 7:30 Montgomery, Ala. Oct. 8 St. Thomas-Houston# 11:30 Montgomery, Ala. Southern Wesleyan # 1:30 Montgomery, Ala. Oct. 11 Bethel 7:00 Henderson # Faulkner Invitational; ^ Bone Yard Brawl

Chester County Junior High Football Date Opponent Location Sept. 15 Lexington Eagle Stadium Sept. 20 Hardin County Eagle Stadium Sept. 22 Jackson Christian Eagle Stadium Sept. 29 Selmer Selmer * Junior varsity game at 5:30

Time 6:30* 6:30* 6:30* 6:30

Chester County Junior High Girls Soccer Date Sept. 8 Sept. 9 Sept. 12 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 23

Opponent Jackson Christian Univ. School Haywood Martin Trinity Christian Lexington Paris

Loc. Home Away Home Away Away Home Home

Time 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30

Chester County Junior High Girls Softball Date Sept. 6 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 15 Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 24

Opponent West Middle Trinity Christian Crockett County Jackson Christian Trinity Christian Lexington Tournament

Time 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 TBA

Location Denmark Jackson Henderson Jackson Henderson Lexington TBA

yards passing on four of eight attempts. Tyler Stablein caught one pass for 58 yards. Defensively, Dylan Maness and Ryan Stanfill had seven tackles each, and Eric Arnold anchored the defensive line with six tackles. Chester County Junior High is off until its next action Sept. 15 hosting Lexington.

Chester County Amateur Championship Slated Sept. 10-11 at Chickasaw

Sports Schedules Date Opponent Sept. 9 Dyersburg Sept. 16 Bolivar Central Sept. 23 Open Sept. 30 McNairy Central Oct. 7 Lexington All games at 7 p.m.

Chester County Junior High dominated play and came away with a 6-0 victory over West Middle School Aug. 29 at South Side in Jackson. Chance Lott scored from 14 yards out for the only touchdown as CCJHS improved to 3-1 on the season. Chester County had 50 yards rushing, 36 on seven carries by Lott. Bo Morris added 101

Photo submitted by Tammy Lott

Branton Stephens, 23, is held by the West offense as Hunter Swope, 64, makes the tackle with Braden Lott in pursuit, in the Chester County Junior High’s victory over West Middle School Aug. 29 in Jackson.

Eagle golf beats two Chester County High School’s golf team concluded its regular season Thursday, Sept. 1, defeating Riverside 166 to 192 at Tennessee River Golf Club. Scores for the Eagles were Zack Morton, 37; Collin McPherson, 40; Taylor Hodges, 43; and Jacob Williams, 46. On Aug. 29, CCHS played Scotts Hill, also Tennessee River Golf Club, winning 179 to 215. Morton was a medalist with a 39, and McPherson

was tied for second with a 45. The next day, Aug. 30, CCHS hosted Riverside at Chickasaw Golf Club, beating the Panthers 177 to 227. Top five golfers for the Eagles were Morton (medalist) with a 38; Casey Cupples, 43; McPherson, 48; Hodges, 49; and Williams, 48. The district tournament is scheduled Sept. 12 at Tennessee River Golf Club near Decaturville.

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rushing on the night. “He pushes those guys and stays on them, but picks them up when they need picking up. They are his guys and they do a fabulous job.” One of those offensive linemen is Sheffield. “The coaches just push us each week. They told us this week we had to bring it because JCM was a tough opponent. We worked through it in practice, and had to bring it at game time. In the second half, they told us we were going to power it down their throat. Just pounding the ball on offense is what we do best.” The ball just seemed to find Beecham throughout the game. He noted the execution of the CCHS defense to nullify much of the JCM speed. “We do the same things every week, just execute and we’ll win,” he said. The Eagles’ six turnovers marred an otherwise marvelous performance which produced 463 yards offense, while holding the Cougars to only 251. Phelps went over 200 yards on the night on only 17 carries, backed up with eight for 88 by Matthew Butler, and eight for 80 by Bumpass.

CCHS 32-7 advantage. A Zach Malone sack slowed the next JCM advance, but Terrence Kenney scored the final TD of the night for the Cougars. Then it was Turner’s time to shine again, showing his speed on a 43-yard pass play from Cavaness pushing the lead back to 24 points. Murley got his second turnover, recovering a JCM mistake, and Toneal Bumpass carried for 22, five, and five yards again for a score. Taylor’s final kick cemented the final score at 46-15. Beecham’s sack of the JCM quarterback put the Cougars in a bind, and Darian Robinson picked off a pass on the next play. CCHS had two other chances to put points on the board, but committed two more fumbles in the fourth period, giving them five for the night to go with an interception. “The ball was soaking wet with sweat, but we really have to do a much better job of keeping hold on the football,” said Hodum. “We have to get better if we want to compete with the better teams in the district. Turner, the league’s special teams player of the year in 2010, has not been a factor this season as teams have consistently kicked away from him. However, Hodum knew Turner’s time would come. “He’s got a target on his back, people are kicking away from him,” said Hodum. “But Ryan is a big part of this team. I told him to stay in the game, and once your time comes make sure you are ready. Hodum gave credit to line coach Randall Todd, for the second half charge by the offensive line which produced 400 yards

The 2011 Chester County Amateur Championship will be held at Chickasaw Golf Course Sept. 10-11. Chickasaw Golf Course is located on State Route 100, just east of Chickasaw State Park. The event will be 36-hole stroke play and flighted by handicap or first round scores. The number of flights will be determined by the number of entries. Championship Flight will be by declaration. Entry fee of $100 includes two tournament rounds of golf, one complimentary practice round plus prizes and awards. Call Chickasaw Golf Course at 731-989-4700 or stop by the golf shop for registration. Entry deadline is Sept. 8.

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Senior Cameron Phelps rushed for more than 200 yards and scored five times for CCHS in their district victory over Jackson Central Merry.


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Inside CCHS We hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day holiday! While students had a day off on Friday, West Chester teachers worked diligently learning about the new Common Core Standards and evaluation procedures. They also enjoyed spending time sharing ideas with their countywide grade level coworkers. West Chester teachers also enjoyed a brief meeting with our PTO officers. We would like to thank our officers for taking the time to come and speak with us and for our sweet “treats!” Thanks to all of those who were able to attend our very first PTO meeting of the school year! Our PTO officers announced the top salespeople in our recent membership drive. They were first place –Zoey Zdravkov, second place – Brooklyn Rush, and third place – Brionna Estes. They received McDonald’s gift cards. The students who sold at least 20 memberships received a free recess time. Those students are Kase Cupples, Kali

Zdravkov, Chandler Cranford, Brooklyn Rush, Paul Edward Jones, Grace Ingram, Evan Hutcherson, Chase Pickett, Ty Maness, Zoey Zdravkov, Kennedy Holman, and Brionna Estes. We had almost 1,000 memberships sold so our awesome PTO decided to try out our new popcorn machine and treat ALL classes to a popcorn party for their hard work! Our Fall Festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 29. We are seeking volunteers to help with a variety of things to help make that night a success. Royalty notes were sent home last week and royalty has been chosen. Please watch for more information coming about with royalty representatives. Kindergarten students would like to invite their grandparents to eat lunch with them on Thursday, Sept. 15. Teachers ask that grandparents arrive between 11:50 a.m. and noon in order to sign in and pay. Please wait in the hallway near the office and we will pick you up on the way to lunch. We can’t wait to see you! First grade students have been busy learning about vowels and suffixes, the naming and action part of sentences, and ordering numbers. They have also enjoyed learning about animal habitats. First grade teachers are working hard to plan their

Second grade studied desert plants and animals this week in their reading story, “A Walk in the Desert.” Kindergarteners read about a stuffed Plaidypus that got lost in many places. They have been working hard learning their sight words and recognizing their alphabet. In math, kindergarteners have been practicing sorting objects and learning position words. Don’t forget about upcoming events: On Sept. 8, Fall pictures will be taken. A Grandparent’s reception will be Sept. 13, at 1:30

p.m. for the grandparents of students in Mrs. Michelle Hopkins and Mrs. Melissa Allen’s classes. On Sept. 14, Mrs. Jennifer Smith, Mrs. Brandy Johnson, and Mrs. Erica Parten’s classes will host their Grandparent’s receptions at 1:30 p.m. in their classrooms. On Sept. 14, students will enjoy a Wildlife assembly. Don’t forget about the PTO meeting Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. East Chester will have its first parent involvement meeting. All parents are encouraged to attend. On Sept. 26, East Chester will have Chuck E. Cheese night.

Chester County Middle School

Junior High School

by Meghan Black The Chester County High School Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall musical, Annie, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Williams Auditorium. Those who audition need to bring sheet music for the song they will be singing. Each person will be singing 16 bars from the song with a provided accompanist. It is preferred that the song selection be from a musical with a similar style of music to Annie. Good luck to all! If you’re a sports fan, the high school teams have several games coming up. The high school volleyball team played a home game against Southside on Tuesday, and their next game will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hardin County. The

BY CARRIE SELLS East Chester’s gym was full of excitement last Thursday as special visitors entertained the students with some very upbeat songs. The students enjoyed a GREAT SOAR assembly on Thursday. The SOAR assembly gets its name from East Chester students being EAGLES who soar and do the right thing! The program began with Mrs. Susan Patterson leading the students in the special SOAR song. Third graders sang, “I Am a

BY ALLY ROGERS I hope you all enjoyed a long weekend! Please make plans to attend the first meeting of the “Eagles Nest.” The meeting date is tonight, Thursday, Sept. 8. The meeting will begin in the gym at 7 p.m. The football team is off this week, but is looking forward to hosting Jackson Christian School on Sept. 15 for a home game. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. The girls’ softball team played on Tuesday of this week against West Middle School. They will take a few days off and play again on the Sept. 12 at Trinity Christian Academy. The girls’ soccer team played at Medina on Tuesday and will play against Jackson Christian School today (Thursday) and against USJ on Friday. Thursday’s game is at home but Friday’s game will be on the road. If you get a chance, come and support these fine athletes and their coaches. Good luck and GO EAGLES! Homecoming at the Junior High will be Thursday evening, Sept. 22. T-shirts are available

team will also be playing in a competition at Freed-Hardeman University Saturday. The girls’ soccer team had a home game against Madison on Tuesday. Their next game will be a home game against Southside at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Good luck to both teams! The Eagles’ football team defeated JCM last Friday with a score of 46 to 15, and Cameron Phelps scored five touchdowns in the course of the game! Congratulations, Eagles! The team is going strong this year and is currently undefeated. The freshman football team will have a game Thursday at Southside. The Eagles will also have a game at Dyersburg on Friday. Go support the teams, and Promise,” and did an outstanding job. Other songs included working together to be all that we can be, with some great cowgirls and a cowboy doing an awesome job on this song. One song sung to the tune of “Footloose,” had some special rock stars show up to entertain the students. Rule emphasis was walking quietly in the hall, using manners when we eat, and keeping trash off the floor. Ms. Kim’s focus this year for our school is reading. Teachers sang “R-E-A-D” to the tune of “YMCA” to encourage students to read during DEAR time, check out books in the library, as well as to succeed on AR tests. The students all had a great time while learning how to follow the school rules. They also learned that reading and going to to purchase for $10 each. These shirts will be grey with blue writing and will be able to be worn other times during the year, as well as during homecoming week. See Coach Eads for an order form. We will announce more information about Homecoming activities soon. Congratulations go to Sydney Moore. She was selected the Lion’s Club Student of the Month! Sydney is in the eighth grade, and has maintained an A average both years of Junior High. She is in the Beta club and enjoys writing. She will be an honoree at a dinner on Sept. 19. Mrs. Ally, the school guidance counselor, presented a lesson to all seventh graders last week. This lesson discussed the potential dangers of sending or posting messages through cell phones, emails or through popular websites such as Facebook. They talked about cyber-bullying, which is more common between junior high students in today’s society. Please remember to THINK BEFORE YOU POST! Picture remakes will be on Friday, Sept. 16. If your child was absent or unhappy with the first picture day, make plans to wear your pretty smiles on that day! Continue to check the Junior High website at w w w. c h e s t e r c o u n tyschools.org.

BY MISTY HALL

MEGHAN BLACK good luck, Eagles! Just a reminder, Project Graduation will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria. Fundraisers and the point system will be discussed. The marching band will have their next competition on Sept. 10, in Ripley. The time has not yet been announced. Good luck, Marching Eagles! the library are the coolest things in our town. Thanks to all the teachers for their GREAT performances. They were awesome! A special thanks goes to Mrs. Belinda and Mr. Monty for helping lead the singing of the national anthem. In Guidance last week, Mrs. Brandi discussed bullying and how to handle bullies. She read and discussed picture books about this topic to the students. Flat Stanley is out for adventure. Third grade classes recently read Flat Stanley. It is a story of a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board. He found he could do many things when he was flat that he could not do otherwise. Each third grader received a Flat Stanley to mail to someone far away or to take with him or her on a trip. They will be looking to see how many places Flat Stanley travels this year. They will post pictures in the hallway and mark the places he goes on a map.

Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester Elementary, Jacks Creek Elementary, and West Chester Elementary Schools Monday, Sept. 12 Chicken patty/bun Baked fries, baked beans Salad bar Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #5 Tuesday, Sept. 13 Baked chicken Mashed potatoes, rolls Green peas, salad bar Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #6 Wednesday, Sept. 14 Chicken and dumplings Cornbread, salad Sweet potato casserole Brown beans Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #7 Thursday, Sept. 15 Lasagna/meat sauce Green beans, corn, rolls Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #1 Friday, Sept. 16 Pizza Baked potato Broccoli/cheese Fruit sherbet cup Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #2

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Monday, Sept. 12 Chicken nuggets Mashed potatoes, rolls Green beans, salad bar Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #5 Tuesday, Sept. 13 Spaghetti/meat sauce Sweet potatoes, salad Purple hull peas Texas toast Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #6 Wednesday, Sept. 14 Breaded chicken sandwich Sweet potato puffs Baked beans Salad bar, trimmings Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #7 Thursday, Sept. 15 Country fried steak Mashed potatoes, roll Pinto beans, salad bar Baked apples Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #1 Friday, Sept. 16 Pizza Baked potato, salad California blend Fruit sherbet cup Fruit choice, milk choice Or Schoolable #2

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*Cereal, fruit, milk choice offered daily Monday, Sept. 12 Chicken rings or Warm philly steak/cheese With peppers/onions Mashed potatoes, roll Green peas, salad bar Tuesday, Sept. 13 Spaghetti/meat sauce or Ham/cheese sandwich Glazed sweet potatoes Green beans, salad bar Texas toast, slaw Wednesday, Sept. 14 Cheeseburger or fish/bun Tater pals, baked beans Salad bar, trimmings, slaw Chocolate chip cookie Thursday, Sept. 15 Country fried steak or Chicken/dumplings Seasoned diced potatoes Purple hull peas Turnip greens, salad bar Cornbread Friday, Sept. 16 Pizza or Tuna salad plates Lima beans, salad bar Sweet potato waves, corn

Chester County High School *Cereal, fruit choice, fruit juice, and milk choice offered daily Monday, Sept. 12

fall field trip. Please watch for more information to come home regarding this. Second grade students have been reading “The Strongest One.” The students are now able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. They also continue to work on addition, subtraction, and sentence skills, using capitalization and punctuation. Teachers in all grades would like to remind you to please check your child’s folder EVERY NIGHT! Sign and return any papers in your child’s folder. Read with your child every night also! This helps to make them a better reader. Third grade students in Mrs. Cathy Whitehead’s class are very excited! They will be receiving $300 to spend on her classroom library! The Delta Kappa Gamma grant was offered to female teachers in Chester and Madison Counties who are new to the profession. Mrs. Whitehead wrote a 500-word explanation of how she would use funds in the classroom and was chosen as the grant recipient. She will be attending the DKG meeting and dinner on Sept. 12. Mrs. Whitehead and her class would like to express their gratitude to DKG for their generosity. Thanks to DKG, her classroom library will be greatly expanded and she will be able to get more books into the hands of her students! School pictures were recently sent home. Pictures need to be returned OR paid for by Friday, Sept. 30. Retakes will be made on Friday, Sept. 30. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 29. We will be having our first Parent Involvement Family Picnic Night. This meeting and dinner will be for parents and students in all grade levels. Weather permitting, we hope to enjoy grilled hot dogs under the evening sky with our families here at WEST…Where Everyone Stands Tall!

Chicken nuggets (2 lines) Salad bar, pizza, batter bites Seasoned diced potatoes Black-eyed peas, rolls Steamed cabbage Tuesday, Sept. 13 Spaghetti/meat sauce or Clux Delux/fries Salad bar/crackers Tiny whole potatoes Green beans, coleslaw Corn, breadsticks Wednesday, Sept. 14 Cheeseburger, hotdog Pizza bar/fries Salad bar/crackers Fries, baked beans Steamed broccoli Apple sticks Thursday, Sept. 15 Baked lemon pepper chicken Pizza Baked sweet potato waves Salad bar Mashed potatoes Seasoned green peas Glazed carrots Friday, Sept. 16 Fish scroodles/ hushpuppies Pizza/batter bites Meatball subs Salad bar/crackers Macaroni/cheese, coleslaw White beans, Turnip greens


Page 6-B CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, September 8, 2011

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FOR RENT FOR RENT – 2-bedroom, 1-bath townhouse, $375 a month, $150 deposit. 467-0226. (TFC) FOR RENT – Commercial Building, 117 W. Main St. 3900 sq. ft. plus basement. $1500. Will divide. United Country Action Realty. 989-7488. (TFC) FOR RENT – 2 BR, 1 Bath Duplex Apartment Located in Town. Appliances Furnished. References, Credit Check and 1 Year Lease Required. No Pets. $200 Deposit. $450 / Month. Call 608-4885 or 989-4979. (TFC) FOR RENT – 2 bedroom brick duplex, appliances, CHA, covered deck. 945 Woodland. $425 / month. 989-7488. (TFC) FOR SALE ($110,000) or For

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FOR RENT – 334 Steed St. 2 BR, Kitchen Furnished. $450 / Month. $225 Deposit. 989-5304. (18C) FOR RENT – 3-bedroom brick house, carport, appliances, fenced yard. 478 Woods. $625 month. 989-7488. (TFC)

MISCELLANEOUS NEEDED – Adult Female to Care for 3 Young Children with Special Needs in My Home. Mostly Nights or Weekends. References Required. Call 731-608-3121 anytime. (18C) JIM’s TRASH SERVICE - $15 / Month. Senior Citizens $3.00 Discount. Call 731-608-5165 or 989-8958. (18P) WANTED – Responsible female roommate Henderson. $300 / Month. Call 427-1619. (18P) WANTED LAND OR STANDING TIMBER on 10 acre tracts and larger. Pine & hardwood. Carter Timber & Land. Since 1993. Ted Carter 731-607-0777. (TFC)

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Public Notices NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated October 10, 2006, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded October 12, 2006, at Book 290, Page 723 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Chester County, Tennessee, executed by Michael K. Conway, conveying certain property therein described to John Clark, a resident of Weakley County as Trustee for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a separate corporation that is acting solely as a nominee for First State Bank and First State Bank's successsors and assigns; and the undersigned, Shellie Wallace of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Shellie Wallace of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on September 29, 2011 on or about 12:00 P.M., at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron pin set on the east bank of a cut ditch (said iron pin being 1040.0 feet north of the present end of Mitchell Lane); thence north l degrees 21 minutes 55 seconds east with Record (DB 79, page 128) 345 feet to a steel fence post found on said east bank at the southwest corner of Bill and Jim Steed (DB 55, page 237,

Tract 1); thence south 87 degrees 59 minutes 07 seconds east with Steed 252.87 feet to an iron pin set; thence with a severance line south 2 degrees 16 minutes 57 seconds west 689.96 feet to an iron pin set on the north line of Clement; thence north 87 degrees 59 minutes 07 seconds west with Clement 16 feet to an iron pin set; then with a severance line north 2 degrees 16 minutes 57 seconds east 344.98 feet to an iron pin set and north 87 degrees 59 minutes 07 seconds west 231.35 feet back to the point of beginning, containing 2.108 acres, more or less. Also conveyed hereunder as a means of ingress and egress from Mitchell Lane to the property herein conveyed is a non-exclusive easement, to be used jointly by both grantors and grantees, their heirs and assigns, the same being more particularly bounded and described as follows: Beginning at it stake, the northwest corner of the Schull tract (formerly Adcock), and being the southwest corner of Kenneth Clement, et ux.; runs thence north l degrees 21 minutes 55 seconds east 705 feet to a stake, this point being located 10 feet north of the northwest corner of Kenneth Clement, et ux. and being 10 feet north of the southwest corner of property being retained by Walter R. Cox, et ux.; runs thence south 87 degrees 59 minutes 07 seconds east, at all point 10 feet north of the common boundary line between Clement and Walter R. Cox, 225.83 feet to a stake, this point being in the common boundary line of the property being retained by Walter R. Cox, et ux. and the above described lot being conveyed hereunder; runs thence south 20 feet to a stake, this point being 10 feet south of Clement's northern boundary line; runs thence north 87 degrees 59 minutes 07 seconds west 205.83 feet to a point which is located 20 feet

east of Clement’s western boundary line; runs thence south l degrees 21 minutes 55 seconds west, at all points 20 feet east of the western line of Clement, 685 feet to a stake in the northern boundary line of Schull; thence with the northern boundary line of Schull north 88 degrees 29 minutes 19 seconds west 20 feet to, the point of beginning. Being the same property conveyed to Grantor herein by Warranty Deed of record in Record Book 290, Page 720, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. ALSO KNOWN AS: 415 Mitchell Lane, Henderson, Tennessee 38340 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 35-5-117. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Michael K. Conway; First Bank N.A. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 726155549 DATED August 31, 2011 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee By: Shellie Wallace DSaleNoticeTNShellie_tcrow_110831_1050 FOR SALE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MYFIR.COM and WWW.REALTYTRAC.COM

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