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FEBRUARY 2, 2012 147th YEAR - NO. 39


Howell awaits Grand Jury trial for rape of student Facing charges of rape of a student, Amy Howell, 37, appeared in Circuit Court on Jan. 31. On the advice of her attorney, Howell told Judge Larry McKenzie that she was waiving her right to a preliminary hearing. McKenzie ordered the case to be turned over to the Grand Jury. According to the arrest warrants in December, Howell was charged with sexual battery by an authority figure (T.C.A § 3913-527), and two counts of rape by an authority figure (T.C.A § 39-13-532). She is alleged to have engaged in the acts with a 17-year-old male, who is a student at Chester County High School. Howell was released on a $10,000 bond. Investigation of the incidents began Dec. 6 when another teacher at the high school informed administrators that she had become aware of alleged inappropriate behavior taking place in Howell’s classroom. Investigators with the Chester County Sheriff’s Department began their investigation the next morning. During the investigation deputies interviewed several students and faculty members who allegedly gave statements

Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

Put ‘em up… Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

Amy Howell appeared in court Tuesday accompanied by her attorney. She waived the right to a preliminary hearing, and Judge Larry McKenzie ordered the case to be heard by the Grand Jury. about inappropriate conversations between Howell and students, and also gave information about activities allegedly taking place at Howell’s home. The male student told investigators from the Chester County Sheriff’s Department that he and Howell became flirtatious with each other during the time that each was recently involved in a play at the school, and that Howell eventually

invited him to her home. Howell’s home is where most of the sexual acts are alleged to have occurred. Howell, reportedly, stated to investigators that she did have a flirtatious relationship with the male student, and that he did come to her home. However, she reportedly told investigators that the relationship was limited to kissing and touching. See HOWELL, Page 2-A

Celebrity waiter dinner raises money to fight cancer Last Saturday, Jan. 28, Henderson was abuzz with celebrities and characters on their way to kick off the 2012 season of Relay For Life. Above, 1920s gangster Michael Phelps, a city alderman, holds up “Sheriff Moonshine” Blair Weaver and his moonshining accomplices Leslie Weaver and Richard Walker. The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner raised over $13,000 to help with Chester County’s fight against cancer. Chester County’s 2012 Relay For Life committee hopes to raise at least $90,000 by the end of the May 18-19 Relay celebration. See additional photos from the dinner on pages 14-A and 15-A.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill scheduled for Feb. 7 “She hath done what she could” African-American History includes many stories of human struggle and survival, and one such story has taken place right here in our own back yard. Read

Registration is open for the second annual Great Central U. S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will take place at 10:15 a.m., on Feb. 7. More than three

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million people in 11 states, including 250,000 Tennesseans, took part in the first Central U.S. ShakeOut drill last April. To sign up for the ShakeOut, go to The site provides links to other earthquake preparedness information. In addition to schools, there are also participant categories for colleges and universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, medical facilities, individuals and families and more. “Small earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Tennessee, said Director Jim Bassham of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). “We hope Tennesseans will use the upcoming drill as an opportunity to practice protective actions and get prepared in case we have a major earthquake in our state.” The New Madrid Seismic Zone, which is made up of several thrust faults that stretch from Marked Tree, Ark. to Cairo, Ill., has produced some of the largest earthquakes ever in the continental U.S. Experts say knowing how to respond when an earthquake occurs is an important step to practice before the next major event occurs. During the ShakeOut, residents should practice the Drop,

Cover and Hold On technique for 60 seconds. DROP to the ground; Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. The Drop, Cover and Hold On technique is considered the best way to protect yourself in an earthquake. The Feb. 7 ShakeOut drill will be held on the 200 anniversary of the largest of the great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811 and 1812. Feb. 5 to Feb. 11, 2012 is also Tennessee’s annual Earthquake Awareness Week. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri are also participating in the Feb. 7 ShakeOut. For more information about the New Madrid Seismic Zone and Tennessee’s Earthquake Preparedness visit TEMA’s website at

The King and Superstar Dundee to headline Memphis Wrestling Jerry “The King” Lawler and Bill “Superstar” Dundee will step into the ring together when NEO Products brings Memphis Wrestling to town on Friday, March 2, at the Chester County High School gymnasium. This is the third annual event that raises funds for the Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center. “We have set a goal of $10,000,” said Terry Hearn, event organizer. “The gym was packed last year and we plan on exceeding last year’s total.” The New Nature Boy Kevin White, Henderson’s own Spellbinder, Dirty Doug Gilbert, Brian Christopher, Bruiser Brody Jr. and others will also

Exciting “Miss-ter Chester Co.” Pageant scheduled for Feb 4. A “Miss-ter Chester Co.” Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Williams Auditorium. The pageant is open to all males 9 and up. Applications are available from Ashtyn Walker, Logan McEarl, Teresa Walker or Renee Phelps.

how one Chester County couple fell in love and then defied the doubters to create a life on their own against all odds. Page 7-A.

Proceeds benefit the 2012 CCHS Project Graduation. Madison Kuykendall, Ashtyn Walker and Chester County’s own “Village People” featuring Richard Walker, Tommy Lay, Joe Melaro, Charles Cavaness and Michael Phelps will provide special entertainment!

participate. School teacher Michael Showers will emcee. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and will be available Feb. 13 at the Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Centers in Henderson, Lexington, Selmer, Jackson, Bolivar and Parsons, at NEO Products, and at Prime Care Medical Center. Each child 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Concessions will be available. For more information, call the Carl Perkins Center at 9897222.

Sweetlips Volunteer Fire Department having stew and bake sale Feb. 4 The Sweetlips volunteer fire department will have a Superbowl stew and bake sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Bring your own containers and come early! Proceeds benefit the fire department and community center of Sweetlips. In case of snow, the sale will be on Saturday, Feb. 11. For more information, call 989-7046.

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Legislators and Educators Legislators visit Henderson, discuss education reform, part 2 Lipford, a Science teacher with 26 years experience teaching in McNairy County approached the mic and addressed the legislators as an educator and also as a county commissioner, concerning a flexi-

By Holly Roeder Staff Writer

Delta Kappa Gamma, Theta Chapter hosted an educational forum Thursday night, Jan. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Henderson. A number of legislators were invited to attend, to create a dialogue between those who create the laws, and the educators who must implement and abide by them. The legislative panel consisted of Representative Jimmy Eldridge, Representative Johnny Shaw, Representative Steve McDaniel and Senator

Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

A legislative forum on education reform was well attended Jan. 19 at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Many topics were discussed and dialogue was opened between legislators and educators. Dolores Gresham, chair of

Thousands of visitors expected to attend 2012 FHU Lectureship They’re coming back! This weekend thousands of visitors will make their annual trek to Henderson for the 76th Annual Bible Lectureship at FreedHardeman University. A total of 125 speakers and song leaders will lead sessions this year. This year’s theme is “The Behavior of Belief: Faith and Life in James to Jude.” “The program is based on the seven brief New Testament books known as the ‘General Epistles,’” Dr. Billy Smith, dean of the FHU School of Biblical Studies, said. “They emphasize the kind of life that is produced in the one whose faith is firmly rooted in God and His inspired word. Behavior is the proof of one’s belief,” he concluded. The lectureship is being dedicated to the life and work of Clarence DeLoach, a minister for more than 60 years. A dinner will be held in his honor at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, Feb. 7, in the auxiliary gym of Brewer Sports Center. Tickets to the DeLoach appreciation dinner are $12 each and may be ordered by calling 731-989-6769. The FHU Alumni Singers under the direction of John R. Hall will present a program at 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Feb. 9, in Loyd Auditorium. They will pay

respect to several people in the Church of Christ fellowship who have made contributions to the church’s worship in music, according to Hall. The works of Tillit S. Tedlie and L.O. Sanderson will receive particular attention. In addition, the program will honor the life and work of Kelley Doyle who, Hall said, “spent his entire career teaching young people to love good hymns.” The five-day event will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in Loyd Auditorium with congregational singing. Dennis Michael Crowder will give the initial address at 7:30 p.m. His topic, “Living by Faith,” will focus on James 2:20. Lectureship will close with Friday morning’s chapel address, set for 10:30 a.m., by Jay Lockhart. His topic is “Loving God and One Another” from I John 4:721. Sandwiched in between will be 146 individual lessons. Special sessions will be conducted Monday and Tuesday for youth workers. Wednesday will also feature sessions designed for Bible school teachers. A complete schedule of this year’s lessons and speakers may be found at Those interested may also register and submit questions to Open Forum at the site.

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against Howell are considered Class C felonies, and, and if convicted, 39-13532 (4) (b) states that “no person who is found guilty of or pleads guilty to the offense shall be eligible for probation pursuant to § 40-35-303 or judicial diversion pursuant to § 40-35-313.” The trial date has yet to be set.

Howell At one point early in the investigation Howell is alleged to have stated to investigators “I have nothing to hide.” According to the Tennessee Code Annotated, the charges

Senate Education Committee, with Chip Sherrod of Talbot Law Firm serving as Moderator. The Chester County Independent continues

reporting on that event this week in part two of the series. Following a lengthy discussion on the school voucher system, or parent choice system, Jeff

ble salary schedule, expressing the strain of expenditures at the local board level. Rep. Eldridge stressed the Governor’s proposal will not allow a county commission to cut See SCHOOL, Page 3-A

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School funding for education. The general consensus among legislators was that the proposal allows for some flexibility, with discretion at the local level, with Rep. McDaniel adding that the flexibility lends to competition in hiring teachers. Lorrie Butler with Tennessee Education Association next approached the legislators, furthering the discussion of flexible salary schedules, regarding the Basic Education Program (BEP) funding accounting for movement of salary schedule. According to Butler, if the bill is adopted, there will no longer be movement within the salary schedule. She also pointed out a discrepancy of a claim of cost savings, with the same amount of money allotted to locals, saying “It’s my understanding it takes about 21million dollars to give teachers across the state a one-percent pay raise, and my understanding is the only money that is offered in the teacher line item is a million dollars. So, cost savings/no less money to locals, how does that happen?” Sen. Gresham responded by explaining how advantageous questions such as Butler’s are at local Forums, however, the disadvantage is that the topic has not yet been discussed. “We don’t have the answers yet,” she said. Rep. Shaw said he thinks “at the end of the day you’re going to see a decrease in the BEP with this process, and we don’t need that, we need all we can get. This really ought to be about the children,” he stressed. Rep. Shaw continued to say he thinks highly of Gov. Haslam, but added, “I think you need to think through things before you say them sometimes.” “I disagree with my colleague,” Rep. McDaniel stressed, “there is no intent to decrease the BEP funding that I have heard of, only to continue to fund it...The end product is what we’re looking at...Our (legislators) goal is to make sure teachers have the best tools that they can possibly have and the best training to obtain the goals..., because our students are not prepared to go to postsecondary education.” When questioned fol-

lowing the forum for her thoughts on the legislators’ reaction to her questions, Butler said, “I felt avoided,” stating she felt the underlying message was one of fewer positions and larger classroom sizes. David Morris, a retired Jackson/Madison County teacher, next addressed the panel with concerns regarding the retirement system, asking the legislators “Can you reassure the teachers that the retirement benefits they have now will stay intact?” Rep. McDaniel and Rep. Shaw both affirmed no legislation has been proposed to change the retirement system for teachers and state employees. The next issue came from Al Price, a retired educator who continues to teach adjunct for Jackson State, University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Price expressed a decline of interest in students wanting to major in education and teach in Tennessee. Rhonda Mitchell, Decatur County Middle School teacher and former superintendent of Decatur County, addressed frustration with the teacher evaluation system, asking if the legislators would be willing to make changes. Rep. Shaw responded stating Gov. Haslam has indicated for SCORE to look at the system, following with, “I would be willing to change some things if they could be changed.” Sen. Gresham followed Rep. Shaw’s statement, saying, “The Commissioner of Education has made clear the system is not perfect,” adding, “it’s not locked in stone.” Rep. Eldridge said he wished there had been more dialogue such as in the present forum in the beginning in creating the system, and agreeing with Sen. Gresham changes could still be made. Mitchell later stated that while the panel did say they would be willing to change, they did not

specify what kind of changes might be possible, adding “What incentive is there (for educators) to further their education if it is left to local decision? All they have to do is learn to play the game.” Theresa Guthrie, Licensed School Social Worker for Jackson Madison County, added a twist to the teacher evaluation question, explaining that she is bound by the same evaluation procedures as educators, though she does not teach, and suggested the system be adjusted in such cases as hers. The next topic was addressed by Chester County Librarian, and 35year-education veteran, Nancy Connor, who said she loves to teach children to read, and looked forward to being able to “put a book in their hand” as a librarian. However, she said, “This year I have not done my job, I have not been allowed to,” and explained she is evaluated according to the same standards referred to by Guthrie. With requirements to teach for a specified time during each class period, Connor said there is no time left to check out books, and to work personally with children to find books that will interest them. A college senior approached the panel next appealing to them on behalf of the teachers and educators, explaining that it is because of them that she has been successful. “Please let them continue to teach...Please watch out for them so they can keep watching out for us.” The final issue of the evening was introduced by Sharon Cypress, Dean of Education at FreedHardeman University, explaining her unique role of training students and partnering them with educators at the same time. She said placing student teachers is becoming increasingly more difficult as teachers are guarding their classrooms as a result of tighter standards, adding it is difficult to

teach and mentor a new teacher at the same time. Cypress asked the legislators to consider what is asked of teachers, “Be mindful of what stress these teachers are under and having to mentor these students and yet through it all they are still partnering with us and working with us.” Donna King of Hardin County reiterated the difficulty in placing student teachers in the school system. In closing, a teacher from Madison County asked the panel if they had personally taken the time to go into a classroom, not just for a few moments, but long-term, for three or four days, to see what it takes to truly run a class. Contact information for each of the legislators is available at

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The next meeting for the center will be Monday, Feb. 6. All members are urged to attend. Please remember Mrs. Ann Morrison as she is recuperating. Mrs. Ann, I miss seeing you every Thursday at the Gleaner’s House. At the Chester County versus McNairy basketball game Friday night, I saw that Kristy Lott Davidson and her husband have a new baby boy, now four months old. I send my congratulations to grandparents Jerry and Linda Lott of Selmer. Brandon works at Star Therapy in Henderson and has helped many of our athletes as well as many Chester County residents. Remember Mary Faye Brewer and Jim Hunt families in their loss. This month is Valentine’s Day, giving many churches and organizations a chance to have a Valentine’s banquet. Many of these will be an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Check your Independent newspaper. Please help Chamber director Emily Johnson with the Imagination Library. I can personally say when these books arrive I read them to my grandchildren. Do not let

Life & Style this slip into the background, step up and support reading. That is all we hear from the State down to our own school board and officials. Read – Read – Read. So take that book, sit down with your child or grandchild in your arms, and read a book. You will both truly benefit. Birthday greetings to Garrett Hathcock on Feb. 2; Vicki Finley and Michele Newman on Feb. 5; Krista Cook, Kim Wooley and Buddy Richardson on Feb. 6; Jeremy Cook and Nicole Wooley on Feb. 7; Lynn Cook on Feb. 8; Vadeen Reddin on Feb. 9; Holly Hemby on Feb. 10; Mandy Cooper Futch on Feb. 11; Danielle Adkins, Ray Cook (Porky), Donna Doyle, Molly McQuire and Deanna Morrison on Feb. 12; John Moore and Randy Cooper on Feb. 13; Becky Rowsey on Feb. 16; Gayle Cox, Christy Hathcock and Alice Cook on Feb. 17; Anthony Cooper and Judy Greensled on Feb. 19; Bonnie Cook Davis on Feb. 21; Celeste Parker on Feb. 22; Allen Cook and Peggy Lard on Feb. 23; Imalee Montgomery on Feb. 24; Mason Wells and Sherry Thompson on Feb. 25; Kelsey Turner and Tamony Thomas on Feb. 26; Wanda Cook on Feb. 27; and David Cox and Randi Burke on Feb. 28. Call Wanda Cook (9893724) or Celia Murley (989-5300) with your family news and church events.

News from the City

By Gloria Holiday Hello to everyone! It is good to be here with you another week. I am so glad we have this time together, as Carol Burnett would say. Well it is a new month. Even though February is the shortest month it has a lot going on. The second day of February is often referred to as Ground Hog day. The old stories that are told say the ground hog comes out of its burrow on Feb. 2, to look for its shadow. If there is sunshine and he sees his shadow, then he goes back to sleep and there will be more winter time. If he doesn't, then the spring time will begin . . . or so the superstition says. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on Feb. 14 in most western countries. Children give valentines and have a party in school. Young and old exchange cards with loved ones. This custom is hundreds of years old, Valentine greetings having been found that date back into the 1400's. The third

Monday in February is President’s Day. Both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays were in February. It is considered a Federal holiday for celebration of Washington's Birthday, but most states also honor all president's on this day. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Celebrity Waiter Dinner, Relay for Life, was wonderful of course. Teresa King, along with the members, did an out standing job. This year it was held in the First United Methodist Church CLC building. All of the tables were just beautiful and the food was delicious. If you did not attend this year maybe next year you can. Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, North Henderson Church of Christ is hosting their annual Ladies Winter Banquet (Valentine’s). For more information, contact the church. On our birthday list for this week is Annie Brown on Feb. 6. She is a very special lady that I know very well. Happy birthday mother, we love you! On the prayer list this week: pray for our loved ones that are in the hospitals, the ones that are sick in their homes, our children, teachers, family, the men and women that are serving our country and also the incarcerated. Remember to patronize our local businesses in town. Let’s support our own as much as we can. If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcement, and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Call 989-1907 and leave your message or email m. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Honors given Ruth at Gala in November Jim Ruth, a former bus to Nashville, but often driver for Trailways bus took extra routes. On lines, was recognized Nov. April 11, 1961, Trailways 5 by the National was to carry the Freedom from Fisk Association for the Riders Advancement of Colored University in Nashville on People, NAACP, at the a journey to Mississippi. Several other Freedom drivers turned Fund Gala at down the t h e route before Renaissance Ruth acceptHotel in ed. Nashville. As part of T h e Ruth’s recog“Af f i r m i n g nition he was America’s presented a Promise: plaque which Black and stated “for W h i t e your kindness To g e t h e r ” and profesgala took sionalism place 50 JIM RUTH while serving years since the first “Freedom Rides” as a Trailways driver, from Nashville and other transporting the brave places, which sought to young men and women integrate public facilities who undertook the valiant such as buses and bus sta- cause of freedom so that every American may have tions. In 1961, Ruth had a equal access to all public normal route for accommodations.” It was by John Trailways from Clarksville presented

Jim Ruth, former Chester County resident, received this plaque for his part in the 1961 Freedom Rides. Arradondo, president of the NAACP - Nashville Branch. Ruth also received a

congratulatory letter from Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch Jr.

Corner Community Center, and always enjoyed coming to the Center’s events with her dear friend, Mary Alice Autry. She will be remembered in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who

knew her, because she was loved by so many. As always, remember the sick, our soldiers and our country in prayer. If you have news to share, I need to hear from you – call 989-3315.

The Hickory Corner Community Center would like to invite you, your family, friends and neighbors to our Valentine’s Banquet. At 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb 11, we will have a potluck dinner; bingo will be played after the meal. Please bring a gift for the Bingo table. February birthday wishes to Dené Weaver Taylor on Feb. 1; Garrett Hathcock on Feb. 2; Vadine Reddin, Lois Garner and Adrion Weaver on Feb. 6; Ellna Roland on Feb. 9; Linda Byrd and Mandy Cooper on Feb. 11; Deonna Morrison on Feb. 12; Nicole Travis on Feb. 13; Paul Clayton, J. C. Patterson and Candice Weatherington on Feb. 14; and Nathan Clayton on

Feb. 15. Happy anniversary to Dennis and Erma Dean Clayton on Feb. 5. “Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. When the groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters, and if he sees his shadow he pops back inside, and winter will last another six weeks, but if the day is cloudy, he remains out, as the weather will be moderate.” That was an early reference to Ground Hog Day found in a diary entry, by storekeeper James Morris, of Berks County, Pa., dated Feb. 4, 1841. I am predicting the groundhog will see his shadow and winter will continue. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the beautiful spring like weather. It was nice to be outside today. It is just too soon for winter to be over. (Did we actually HAVE a winter this year?) On Jan. 17 the Masseyville community lost a lifelong resident when Josephine Smith passed away. She was a member of the Hickory

Happy Birthday wishes go to Jim Stublaski on Feb. 1; Misty Kendrick on Feb. 2; Tiffany Jones on Feb. 3; Delana O'Neal and Jami Marie Robertson on Feb. 6; and Alana Davis and Willis Hudson on Feb. 7. The community club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. We hope everyone in the community will attend. Guest speaker will be Michele White, Chester County Election Coordinator. She will be explaining the new

photo ID requirements that have gone in effect beginning this year for voting. To all patrons of the Enville Community Center: There is a $40 charge to rent the community center, this took effect Jan. 12. All donations over that amount will be greatly appreciated. The fee will be required at the time of key pickup. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharlal Nehru. Have a great week and call 989-0212 with your news, birthday's, church events, etc.

Parties in February are fun. It was a mad dash to make all three – ‘the more the merrier’ takes on a new meaning. From one to five it was community party time! Dressed in peacock blue with matching hat I made cooing sounds at all three. First stop was to hear Patsy Denton’s talk on health and wellness. Lucky Fran Bailey and Patsy N. Jones were the blessed winners of products to make them even look more gorgeous on Valentine’s Day. Second stop was to see Cinderella waiting on the dining room table with a cake under her glass slippers. The cake was for little Kaylee Renea BootheTaylor and her guests. Cinderella was hanging around because she wanted to hear the wish as Kaylee blew out the lone candle, indicating age one. After the private wish all could see a mad rush as the special little cupcake was crushed between two

little hands. Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too wondered parents, Timmy and Mindy Boothe-Taylor! Attending the party were proud grandparents, Terry and Sharon Boothe; greatgreat-aunts and uncles, Jerry and Nadell Johnson, Wade and Vonnie McCollum, Penny Duck and Truman Cordle; greataunts, Sue Boothe, Carolyn Russell and Teresa Cozart; aunt, Traci Duck and Amber Jones; uncle, Fred Duck; cousins, Cassie and Tessie Duck, Chelsy Cozart, Kylie Townsend, Madison McCollum; and friends, Dakota and Jennifer Parker and Patsy Nobles Jones. Third stop was to see balloons lining Wayne Moody’s drive-way welcoming family and neighbors celebrating his 82 years. His daughter, Patsy Williams and other family members prepared a feast. The counters were lined with every imaginable finger food. Patsy even sent two bags home with the Jones family. After cleanup Patsy and family headed to Jackson for yet another party. Wayne was the pampered birthday man, but River was the pampered pet at the party. Valentine’s is a fun time. It is a sweet day to show love toward family,

friends, and pets. The Jacks Creek Community Club is having a valentine dinner theme on Feb. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. Patsy N. Jones teased members saying if they dressed to please her, in valentine colors or designs, someone would receive a surprise; and the same thing for the dish that pleases her. So dress the part and prepare a beautiful dish and hope you are the lucky one to receive a surprise to make your valentine’s day more special. One special dessert will be present - Bobbie Nobles’ “Red Velvet” cake will be on the dessert bar with one piece missing before guests arrive. Be sure to observe the large lawn decoration in the neighborhood. Hint: Love is in the air! It inflates and lights up at night for a few hours and once in the daytime. Observe and read the message – it’s a small expression of love to the community. Honk if you feel the squeeze - we’ll know we light up your life! Send a valentine’s card to a shut-in or a healthcare resident. What an unexpected thrill they have. Little things mean so much for they are truly from the heart. Hope Loy Jones enjoyed that jar of spice tea on her birthday – it is her recipe given to me years ago. No telling how

many gallons have been shared. Thanks, Loy. The Loving Paws fundraiser has been changed to May. I will share more details later, hoping for your support. Our community expresses sympathy to the family of Zelda Ann Davis Vinson (9-8-54 to 1-3012). She was buried at Cabo. She is the mother of a former junior high student of mine, Larry Vinson. Also, Jimmy Hunt (9-2-34 to 1-27-12), son of the late Roscoe and Lela Hunt, was buried at Trinity. He was the brother to Cherrie Pipkin with whom I graduated at CCHS. We go from loving them in their presence to the loving them in their absence. God bless you. Last week’s “Thought for the day” brought responses. (Reminder You died. God gave you only one day to return to earth. What would you do?) Selected answer – Go to my family and friends and tell them all they ever heard about heaven is absolutely true. Thought for the day: If God granted this gift Who would you ask and what three questions would you ask someone in heaven? Call with tidbits and your answer at 9897485, or write me at PO Box 13 Jacks Creek, TN 38347

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No time to cook dinner? There’s always time for a tasty meal I’m a bit at a loss of what to write about this week’s recipe. Have you ever gotten into a cooking “funk” and not really known what to make – at all? Nothing sounds good. Everything takes too long. If you might want to try it, you don’t have the ingredients, and you feel like who has time and energy to cook anyway. That’s where I’ve been this past week in the kitchen. I came up with this recipe as I was cleaning out the refrigerator. Two links of Italian sausage were all I had left from a package, and I wanted to use them up. I decided that a take on spaghetti and meatballs would be a quick and easy use for them, and it’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal or a weekend when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Sauces can seem intimidating when you’re preparing dinner, but they are the crowning glory to many dishes. On first glance, tomato cream sauce isn’t something one expects to be simple enough to make on a busy work night, but this is so

simple. I looked up how to make a cream sauce, and when I saw that all it took was adding a cup of cream to the tomatoes and cooking it down just a bit, I was amazed. I decided that I had to incorporate that into this pasta dish so that it felt fancy, even for a meal that you want to be hassle-free. Aside from parsley, I don’t really have any leafy green vegetables to go in this recipe, so you might want to add a side salad or some steamed vegetables. One of my favorite sides to accompany pasta is microwaved fresh asparagus spears. In a microwave-safe dish, add enough frozen asparagus to serve each person. Add a little water, and microwave uncovered according to the package – or for about three minutes. Stir and sprinkle one teaspoon of lemon juice over asparagus. Add cracked pepper to taste and return to microwave until tender-crisp. Toss

with a dash of salt to taste and serve. It’s quick and easy, and it’s so much better than the mushy canned asparagus I grew up eating. Don’t worry about having the exact proportions for this recipe or the asparagus. Make enough to feed your family without leftovers. When adding the parsley, I simply snipped of a small handful and chopped it up. I did the same with the linguini. I took out what seemed to be enough to feed my small family. It’s no-fuss without weighing and measuring, so it’s easy enough for a busy night. If you need to stretch the sauce, add some more tomatoes or another halfcup of cream. For hungry meat-eaters, add some more sausage if you want it or stretch it out with ground beef. This is not a recipe to worry over proportions and measurements. Cook what feels right and enjoy without the fuss.

Easy pasta in tomato cream sauce

I hope everyone in our community and elsewhere reading this column had a blessed week. I know people from out of town who keep up with Deanburg through this column, so call me with anything of interest. They’d like to read about it. Get well wishes always go to our sick. On our list are Nella Rush, Joyce Stockton, Tommy Landers, Winna Knipper, Clifton Mainers and Edra and Benny Barnett. We are sending praise up for Joyce. She is a dear friend of mine and has been on our prayer list for almost a

year now. Her last PETSCAN was negative, no cancer was detected! We are praising the Lord for her healing. She has been through so much and is such a special person. She never gave up faith that she would be healed. We can all take a lesson from her. She still has a problem with a kind of pneumonia from the treatments so please continue to pray that she will be completely healed. Benny is better and got a good report. I talked to Clifton Mainers’ sister Joyce who said he did really well with his surgery, is healing well and feeling good. We are really glad to hear that. God is so good! A verse to remember, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. ” - Psalm 46:1-2. Please think of your neighbors and friends and

pray for them daily. We all need divine intervention on our behalf. Thank a soldier for his service when you see them on the street. They will appreciate it and it will make you feel better too. Also remember to pray for our nation and our leaders. We have several birthdays this week. Mary Jane Harris and Dee Stewart on Feb. 2; Joe Gilchrist on Feb. 4; Brad Henson, Meagan Barnett and Raghen Morton on Feb. 6; and Larry Rose on Feb. 7. Enjoy your special day and rejoice that you have been given another year on God’s green earth. “Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.” - Unknown Quotes for the week: “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” - Jim Rohn. “Smile at everyone you see. All the statistics in the world

can’t measure the warmth of a smile.” - Chris Hart Call 879-9777 and share your birthdays, weddings, revivals or other church activities, illnesses, and any other news. Thanks to Jim Ruth for

The monthly singing went great, there was a good crowd and good singers. The February singing will be Feb. 28 at the Old Pleasant Hill Church in Mississippi. For more information, call 989-7342. Remember to meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the center to peel potatoes. You may also drop off your roast and baked items that day. Your donations of roast should be cooked, deboned and left in its own

juices. It is best to send it in a non-returnable container. It is very important to bring your own containers when you come to pick up your stew. You may now reserve yours early by calling Cindy (9897046), JoAnn (989-7342), Neal (989-2156) or the Sweetlips store (9892156). Stew will be ready for pickup at 10 a.m. at the Sweetlips Volunteer Fire Department. We would like to thank Faith Baptist Church for their generous donation to the Fire Department and Community Center. It came right on time! Remember at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, we will have a Valentine pot luck meal. Bring a covered dish, a drink and your ‘sweetie’ and join us. Not only is the

Sweetlips store selling chocolate covered and cream-cheese covered strawberries, but also the chocolate turtles. I have tried them, they are so good! If it is for Valentine’s Day, remember to order early. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mary Faye Brewer. On our prayer list are Cayden Coats, Emma Tay Lott, Caitlin Dickey, Ernie Merriman, Talmo and Sue Johnson, Billy Connor, Betty Stout, Brenda Smith, Loretta Pickett, Kathleen Busby, Ora Lea Barham, Beverly Tedford, Bobby McEarl, Chrissy Busby, Mary Russell, Jim Ruth, and our military and their families. Birthday wishes to John Wilson, Johnathan Wilson

and Jessica Ratcliff on Feb. 3; Jeff Harris on Feb. 7; and Case Cherry on Feb. 8. Happy anniversary to Jeff and Chastity Harris on Feb. 6; and Tiny and Diane Bullman on Feb. 8. A special thank you to all those who turned out to work at the new building for the Faith, Hope and Love foodbank. If they have those kinds of turnouts each time they are sure to finish by March. It’s all about working together toward a common goal. I know you get tired, but doesn’t it make you feel good to see what you have accomplished! If you have news to share call 989-7523. Thought for the week: We are in charge of the effort, God will handle the results.

Ingredients: 1/3 package linguini 2 Italian sausage links ¼ onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with herbs 1 cup heavy cream ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup grated parmesan Directions: In a large pan, bring water to a boil.

Add pasta and cook as directed. Drain. Brown Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling into bite-sized pieces with spatula. Add onion and garlic and brown. Pour diced tomatoes into skillet and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in cream and parsley and allow to simmer until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and pour sauce over pasta. Garnish with grated parmesan over top.

the call, and for reading this article. It is always good to hear from you Jim. Hope you are feeling good.

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Chester County Independent archives, Feb. 1, 1952

SHERIFF CONDER AND DEPUTIES CAPTURE STILL – Pictured above from left to right: Sheriff Neal Conder, Deputy E.E. Massey and Deputies Dick Moffitt and J.C. Dunn, who made the raid and captured this giant still.

Only Yesterday “Local trapper takes prize in fur show” From the files of the Chester County Independent January 30, 1942 “Sugar Ration Coming” Housewives of Henderson and Chester County will buy their sugar under a wartime rationing plan to be put in effect within a few weeks, the Office of Price Administration announced in Washington this week. Already automobiles and tires are on the ration list and with sugar now added it was announced that “this is only the start.” Consumption of sugar will be cut to three-quarters a pound a week per person. In 1941 the average American consumed 74 pounds of sugar. “Cockran, Local Trapper, Wins Prize” C. D. Cockran, well known trapper of Jacks Creek, Chester County, is winner of an award for correct pelt preparation in the Thirteenth National Fur Show conducted by the Raw Fur Marketing Service. Mr. Cockran's carefully handled mink pelt brought him one of the prizes as a result of being judged the best handled skin among all pelts received in Kansas City and in addition entitles Cockran to consideration for one of the major awards, including $1,000 first award, accorded in the final judging to be held in April. “News From War Is All Bad Except Russia. Subs Bring War To U. S.” The supreme crisis for Singapore, key to the South Pacific, is at hand today, and the British line was giving away and defenders were preparing for a stand across a milewide strip of water form Singapore Island itself. The gravity of the situation, not only for the most vital of all Pacific defenses but for the Dutch East Indies and Australia, was unqualified. The fall of Singapore would remove the greatest barrier to a large scale enemy invasion of the Indies and Australia; it would work tremendous damage to the entire Allied position in the Pacific. A huge Japanese armada, bent on a fullscale invasion of Java, has been battling its way south thru Macassar Strait for six days and although it has lost at least 28 ships, there are more than 65 still afloat with 150,000 troops aboard, it was reported from London [...]. A submarine menace in virtually all waters touching the United States, its territories and possessions, was revealed today by reports from Hawaii to Puerto Rico and Texas to Alaska. The undersea warfare that had already burst upon both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts spread to the Gulf of Mexico. Almost daily ships are being sunk only a few miles off shore [...]. “Jacks Creek News” By Pattie Hodges Rev. J. W. Camp filled his regular appointment at Unity Church Sunday. - The shower for Mrs. Jimmie Elder given by Mrs. Frederick Rhodes at the Rhodes home in Jacks Creek Saturday afternoon was attended by a large number. Mrs. Elder received many nice gifts. Mrs. Houston Smith has as her guest this week her mother, Mrs. Jim Young. - Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Grissom and children Jimmie, Mary Lou and Martha Sue spent Sunday in the Newman home at Sardis. - Sergeant Robert Neal Coatney of Valdosta, Ga., spent several days here recently with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Coatney. - Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Devoe had as their guests Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Easton Henley and sons of Nashville, Mary Louise Newsom and Hazel Plunk. - The S. S. Flying Cloud, a 12 ft. boat of the runabout type, is nearing completion. Newton Hodges, builder of the craft, announces today.

Constructed of marine plywood over a specially build frame which combines large capacity with minimum weight. One unusual feature is combination V bow and wave cutter seldom seen on boats of this size. The ship is 42 inches wide at stern, 46 inches amidship with 52 inch deck and is finished in yacht white with orange trim. Although no definite date has been set for the trial run, weather permitting, it will be launched soon. February 1, 1952 “Corporal Ryals Sends Propaganda Leaflets Home” Corp. Elbert L. Ryals, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Ryals of Henderson, now serving in Korea, sent his parents a Chinese Propaganda leaflet and some Korean money last week. The leaflets were dropped behind the lines and depicted a picture of Commies and U. N. troops gathered about what appeared to be the peace table. Unfortunately the propaganda is in Chinese and no one here has been able to decipher it. Corporal Ryals is stationed in Yonchon, Korea with the 151st Engineers and has been in Korea nine months [...]. “Births” Mr. and Mrs. Brancy Seratt of Finger announce the birth of a daughter on Jan. 14. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Julian McAdams of Savannah, formerly of Henderson, announce the arrival of a son on Jan. 23. He has been named Robert Julian. “Feed House Fire Here Does Damage” Fire of undetermined origin did extensive damage to a Feed House here owned and operated by John L. Weeks, just west of the Henderson Gin Company on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 24. Mr. Weeks stated this week that damage amounted to approximately $3,000 but the metal building will be repaired and business resumed soon. “Elementary News” By Helen Williams and Ann Carpenter Many elementary teachers are receiving new cabinets for their room improvement. A new helper for our lunch room has been added due to the absence of Faye Bullman who moved to Pinson, Claudia Horn of Mr. Ward Johnson's room. From the sunny state of Florida to cold, cold Henderson returns Bill Stanfill, a student of Miss Flora Roberts, from his vacation. Room officers were elected for the coming six weeks in Ward Johnson's room. They are as follows: President, Larry Woody; vice president, Bobby Hysmith; secretary, Nina Anne Thomas; treasurer, Vera Anne Pusser; librarian, Peggy Jane Pierce; Doormen, Billy Ralph Barton and Harold Plunk; program chairman, Claudia Horn; blackboard chairman, Nina Ruth Ivy; Song leaders, Stanley Robertson, Helen Williams, Claudia Horn, & Janis Plunk; bulletin board committee, Helen Williams, Katherine Evans and Mary Ann Rodden. January 27, 1962 “Fire Fighting Cost City $990.50” Fire fighting cost the city of Henderson $990.50 last year, according to the report issued this week by Lyman Cook, City Recorder. Grass fires headed the list with 19 reported. There were 11 residential calls, one miscellaneous, three auto or truck fires, three false alarms and three smoke scares. The fire department also answered two calls outside the city limits making a total of 42. “Births” Mr. and Mrs. James Evans of Pinson announce the arrival of a son on Jan. 27.

Chester County Independent archives, Feb. 3, 1972

METS PITCHER VISITS – Chuck Taylor, a pitcher with the New York Mets, is pictured above with a group of CCHS students while he was on campus Monday. Taylor spoke to the student body about the harm drug abuse can do to a person. Taylor told his youtherful audience that his prime responsibility “is to promote youth involvement in local programs on drug education.” He is a former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher.

King Tumbling Studio opens Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Grand opening took place Jan. 27 at King Athletic Tumbling Studio, located inside Bob Bass Karate at 1314 Hwy 45 North. Megan King welcomes kids from walking to age 18 to take part in the program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. From left are Chamber of Commerce director Emily Johnson, assistant director Patricia Ledford, Megan King, Zachary Beard and Craig Casey. In front is Kylan King. For more information about King Athletic Tumbling Studio, call 608-6722.

We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Faye Brewer and Mary Rachel Holland. They both attended school at New Friendship School and both were buried in Friendship cemetery the same day. They were both

very active in the Senior Citizens Center. Mary Faye and her husband delivered meals on wheels and Rachel was a member and enjoyed going on trips with the Senior Citizens as long as she was able. On our prayer list this week are LaVerne Lott, Pam Priddy, Lisa Peddy, David Thomas, Carroll Williams, Doris Sells, Joanne Sells, Frenzola Morris, Shirley Gaddy, Faye Tucker, Gathel Latham, Ollie Dean Kennedy, John Kent Sells, Carolyn Potter, Jean Latham, Dianne Wells, Bobbie Nell Wells, Charles and Wilma Cupples,

Shirley Rietl, Joanne Altier, Rachel and Gayle Ellington, Ernie Reeves, Randy Miller, Dobber Dyer, Connie Barnes, their caregivers and our military personnel and their families. Happy birthday to Polly Robinson, Billy Joe Seaton and Paige Dawn Wheatley on Feb. 3; Kaitlyn Pratt on Feb. 4; Branson T. Butler, Linda Harmon, Barry Joyner, Christopher Bright and Lauren Mobley on Feb. 6; Brian Braden, Sharon Connor, Brandi Jones and Tiffany Holder on Feb. 7; Rodney Butler on Feb. 8; and Blair Elizabeth Visser on Feb. 9.

Suspended truck rules extended Gov. Bill Haslam recently extended an executive order to allow haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks as long as they observe safety requirements. The order is in response to drought and extreme weather conditions in Texas and across the Southeast, which has left

some farmers without access to hay for livestock. The order allows for an increase in gross vehicle weight to 95,000 pounds, not exceeding 20,000 pounds per axle load, for semi truck/trailers. The order also increases the height of trailer loads to 13 feet, six inches and the width to a maxi-

mum of 14 feet during daylight hours. The increase in width allows haulers to transport standard six- to seven-foot round hay bales side by side, increasing the capacity being hauled per truck without a permit. The executive order extension will expire on May 13. “The governor’s order

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“She hath done what she could” By Al Price Special Contributor

on the fender of a car with her hat and pretty clothes holding the hand of her husband who is decked out in his fine suit and tie and hat, both beaming with pride and love in their hearts. And so, they did make it! They bought a small farm with a house and barn. Mr. Ruel got five cows to milk and tend. Walking to the barn with a guide pole, he kept everything in a certain place. Mike Williams, a neighbor, recounts how he saw him going to the barn to milk, and how he had the cows trained. He would call them in, “Come along now, it’s time to milk.” The cows

lyzed her right side, Lou Helen had to learn how to use her left hand when she wrote letters to others to encourage them. During those evenings together, they sought to put their experiences in perspective. Mr. Ruel said, “My grandfather raised me in Mississippi, and he taught me to be a man, a real man. I would have learned a trade like carpentry or mechanic work if I had not become blind. I’m not bitter about losing my eyesight; the Bible says there will always be handicapped people. It just as well be me; I’m no better than anyone else.”

Some people believe that to find a moving and powerful story of human struggle and survival, one must go to the movies, read works of fiction, or find it in the literature about kings and commanders. That is really not true; sometimes, we only need to look in our own community. One such story is right here in Chester County on Sweetlips Road. When Lou Helen Fulton was born in 1916, her future life chances were as uncertain as those of any other African American child of the time. But she determined that her life would be different. She would go to college and become a professional woman, a goal not usually achieved in those days, both as a woman and b e i n g Black. U p o n graduating from high school, she travelled to Nashville to enroll in Tennessee A and I ( n o w Tennessee S t a t e University). She would be the first Miss Lou Helen Fulton is sitting on the fender of a car with her hat in her fami- and pretty clothes holding the hand of her husband, Ruel Fulton, who ly to go to is decked out in his fine suit, tie and hat, both beaming with pride and c o l l e g e . love in their hearts. Soon after enrolling, Lou Helen fell, would go to just the right Rearing a Child – and the doctor told her stall every time. Added Joy the nerve damage was so Mr. Ruel dug a storm An unexpected crisis severe that she would cellar by himself, because lose her eyesight. he said that Lou Helen occurred when one of Eventually, she became was nervous and afraid of Lou Helen’s sisters had a totally blind, dropped out thunder. He drew water daughter for whom she of college, and came from a well for the house could not care. Lou Helen (before she marhome. and mended his fences all ried Ruel Fulton) could by himself. People mar- not stand wondering Love Bears All Things veled that he could tell what would happen to Rather than living in which was a one-dollar, this child, so she volundespair, she decided not five- or 10-dollar bill. In teered to take and rear to give up on life. With paying his debts, he her. Again, the naysayers that positive attitude she would lay out the exact said, “Why, how can a would focus on her amount every time. He blind person raise a child remaining faculties and washed clothes in a galfrom infancy?” But she use them to the fullest. vanized tub and hung took Jean Carol Trice into She enrolled in a school them on a clothesline he her own home, taught for the blind and learned built. Firewood needed to her all the necessary to read Braille. Then one be chopped, and he did skills, sent her to school, day a man came into her that too. Visitors were and taught her right from life, a man named Ruel shown his watermelon wrong. Jean Carol was Fulton. They fell in love patch where he had taken to church, and Lou and married against staked out each plant. Helen proudly held her almost everyone’s Some people driving by little hand and held her advice, because, you see, never guessed that they head high. She graduated Mr. Ruel was also totally were blind. from high school and got blind as a result of the Miss Lou Helen was a job at Chester effects of glaucoma. also an industrious Manufacturing. Most thought two woman. Like Ruth in the Giving Love Back blind people attempting Old Testament, she willAfter Mr. Ruel died in to live independently on ingly worked with her 1982, Jean Carol, who their own was out of the hands. She cooked meals never married, began to question. The predictions using her Braille cookcare for Lou Helen and were loud and clear: book titled Cooking continues this noble “Why, you just can’t do Without Looking. How endeavor to this very day. that. You’ll never be able could she tell when After her retirement, she to make it, having to something was done in made a personal commitcook, clean, wash, and all the oven? She said, “It ment to her dear, blind the other necessary just smells different.” aunt: Out of appreciation things.” No one thought Her sewing machine was for what Lou Helen did they could. But, you see, seldom idle. She made for her when she was an people didn’t realize how braided rugs and potholdinfant, she would take determined and self-suf- ers to give away to othcare of her the rest of her ficient they were. They ers. Her yard was life. would take care of one adorned with flowers, the Now, at age 96, Lou another and not rely on beauty of which she Helen cannot walk and, anyone else. would never see. When though it distresses her Among the pictures I the productive day was to be so dependent, Jean was shown while inter- over, Lou Helen would Carol humbly offers her viewing them, my get her Braille books and reciprocated love every favorite was one taken Braille Bible and read to day and night. Every soon after they married. Mr. Ruel. morning and every Miss Lou Helen is sitting After a stroke para- evening the ritual is

Carol Jean Trice, standing, has devoted her life to the caring for Miss Lou Helen Fulton, seated.

repeated, which involves raising Lou Helen out of bed with a mechanical lift, literally suspending her in air until she can be placed in a chair or back into the bed. Neighbors, church members and friends who visit marvel at their example of faith and determination.

“I’m People Too” “Miss Lou Helen, some believe that older people should just retreat to a back room out of mind and out of sight.” She replied, “I may be 96 years old, but I’m still people too. I still have feelings; I still have pride.”

Never Lose Your Vision “Once I heard that losing your eyesight was the worst thing that could happen to a person. Do you agree with that?” “No, I don’t! When you lose your dreams and your imagination, that’s worse. I still dream and imagine what the world ought to be like: full of happy people, flowers, and good will. I may have lost my sight, but I still have a vision. No one should ever lose their vision. That’s worse!” Their friends rise up to speak highly of them. Danny Bishop got to know them when he worked with Jean Carol at Chester Manufacturing. He enjoys taking them filleted fish and is amused with Lou Helen wondering what happened to the bones. Nina Ross remembers how “they didn’t expect people to do for them as long as they could do for themselves. They enjoyed their neighbors and taking care

of one another.” Lovies Barham has known them all her life. “Lou Helen Fulton is a woman worthy to be honored. It is amazing how she has overcome and lived her life so well. That is what inspires me.” Dr. Sam Jones, their minister, goes by to see them often, and they sing, pray and commune. He states, “When I go by to encourage them, I’m the one who leaves uplifted and inspired because of their positive outlook on life. When I lead a song, Lou Helen already knows every word of every song.” Fixed in my memory of this interview is the

scene of Lou Helen moving her left hand (the one with feeling) across the Braille book of Matthew in the Bible, and hearing her read: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Robert Lewis Stevenson, Scottish poet, novelist and essayist, wrote, “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but playing a poor hand well.” If that is the criteria, I think it can be said with some degree of certainty that Lou Helen Fulton has played her hand extremely well.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lost to history: Finding those who have been forgotten by time I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to genealogy research and have been for some time. Recently, however, I signed my mother up for a free trial on a genealogy site, and we’ve both been devoting countless hours to looking up our family’s past. It’s not a passing thrill for me; it’s a project I’ve work on sporadically for several years. My grandparents were the history buffs who instilled a slight compulsion in me to learn more about our family. Unfortunately, they never shared their finds with me. I have some of their notes and outlines, but those aren’t the same as discussing ideas and leads together. I think they would have enjoyed the Internet and the research opportunities it affords. With my computer skills and their knowledge of family history, I think we could have made great strides toward discovering the missing links in our family trees. My mother and I have been working to fit together the pieces the best we can, but it’s difficult when the records from the 1800s are spotty at best. More often than not, we end up with more questions than answers. I remember a story about an ancestor who crossed the mountains wearing a pair of wooden shoes and one who wandered off during a snowstorm. Perhaps these family legends are lost to history because we don’t even know their names. How is it that people can become lost to history? How can we so easily forget where we came from? It’s sad that a person who lived a normal lifespan, loved, had children (or didn’t), worked, and apparently had some form of social interaction with others can simply disappear over the course of time. We live in an age where almost every major event is documented. There are records of our birth, Social Security cards, telephone books, digital archives, Google, Facebook, blogs, marriage licenses, online databases, official documentation of almost every major event. Unless we intentionally drop off the grid and go live in a cave, someone, somewhere has a record that we existed. The same isn’t true of the past. Things were different even 10 years ago, but it’s especially true of those who lived prior to 1900. During the first half of the 1800s, the census didn’t even record the names of all the members of each family. Only the head of the household/land owner’s name was recorded. Everyone else received a mark under an age group, which makes tracing people very difficult, especially when you want to find a female or someone who didn’t own land. Another difficult aspect of researching the past is the lack of consistency when it comes to spelling and the translation of handwritten forms into searchable documents. As it’s not convenient or practical for me to go scour the archives of each possible county where my ancestors may have lived, I rely heavily on the Internet and computerized documents that genealogy sites provide. Reading some of the attempts to decipher old-fashioned handwriting is both frustrating and amusing. One example I ran across recently was a woman named Tennessee. In the database, however, she was listed as “Tennepee.” The old-fashioned double-S does look remarkably like a “p,” but it seems like those in charge of making these documents searchable would be aware of that fact and take it into account. In other places, a man named Serenus had his name recorded by the census taker as Serena, which if I didn’t know the exact person I was searching for, that gender-bending name could throw one for a loop. Spelling is also difficult to follow on old records. Obviously, the requirements to become a census taker did not include neat handwriting and impeccable spelling. Junius Little becomes “Junious,” “Junia,” and “Juni.” And many an “-ey” changes to “-y” or vice versa. Possibly the saddest and most frustrating aspect of research is when people who undoubtedly really existed suddenly seem to vanish. My grandmother’s family had a tendency to do that. They missed several censuses, and both my grandmother and one of her sisters simply vanish when it comes to birth and marriage certificates, and in my great-aunt’s case, even her death certificate doesn’t seem to exist. I know she existed. I never met her, but my mother did, and I have pictures of her. I even got my middle name from her. How can she simply not exist on paper? This year, the 1940 census will be released, and I hope that will help me solve a few of the mysteries that I’ve been encountering. I guess for privacy reasons, I understand why censuses remain sealed for 72 years, but it certainly is frustrating when I’m trying to piece together who my family was back then. Perhaps I’ll never know all the stories or understand everything that happened in the past, but it seems only fitting to honor and remember the men and women whose mark on the world may have been small, but because of them, we exist today. With each generation, the stories fade and are forgotten. We never think until it’s too late that these are a part of who we are. Small though it may be, at least I’m working to preserve their memory in name, if not in deed.

Fox should not guard the henhouse By Lynn Richardson, Publisher

Herald & Tribune, Jonesborough

During the past two years, Tennessee legislators have pounded away at the state’s newspapers, introducing bill after bill that would remove Tennessee public notices, legal ads and announcements of official government meetings from newspapers and place them, instead, on a government website. The reason, they say, is to make government more transparent and information more accessible to the public. Hogwash! We think that sounds a lot like the old adage of the ‘fox and the henhouse.’ “Let me take care of those chickens,” the fox tells the farmer. “I’ll do what’s best for them.” Well, you know the rest of that story. The fox, or in this case, the government, is telling us they know what’s best for us. “We’ll put all those notices on our government website,” they say soothingly, “and everything will be just fine.” First of all, according to a recent ConnectTN survey, nearly a third of Tennesseans lack broadband access, and in rural communities the numbers are higher, with only 55 percent having access. But, for those who do want to look up a public notices, they are already online statewide, published free for the viewing at the Tennessee Press Association’s website, For others who want to look up notices in a newspaper, free copies are available at local libraries and are also available for a few

RICHARDSON cents in the communities they serve. Secondly, if the public notices are published on this government website incorrectly, what recourse would the parties involved have? For instance, what if your home is sold on the courthouse steps before proper public notice is published? What if the state government, God forbid, should neglect its duties and fail to get those notices posted in a timely manner, if at all? Most people would feel such neglect of duty would be grounds for a lawsuit. But wait - have you ever tried suing the state government? Taking action against a government entity is just about impossible. State and federal governments are protected by ‘sovereign domain’, making them almost bulletproof to lawsuits. Should such an oversight occur, chances are that the minimum wage employee charged with this duty would be chastised or perhaps even lose his or her job. But aside from that, what consequences are there for a government that doesn’t get it right? Newspapers have incentives and motivations to be accurate and

dependable. We have obligations, not only to our customers, but to our employees whose livelihoods depend, in part, on revenues from legal and public notice advertising. If we make mistakes, our customers will make sure we feel it in our bottom line. Furthermore, if we make an error, newspapers, unlike the state government, are subject to legal action. We also wonder about the ethical, if not legal implications of these proposed changes. It does seem wrong, somehow, for a state government to

compete with its own Tennessee businesses. The vast majority of the newspapers in the state are small businesses and all of them hire local people. Certainly an entity with little or nothing to lose is a poor choice to watch the ‘henhouse’. When the eggs get dropped and the chickens start losing their feathers, we need the ability to hold someone accountable. When mistakes or omissions are made, the public deserves more than an ‘oops’ and a shrug from the fox in charge.

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National Wear Red Day is Feb. 3 By Michele Sides UT Extension Agent

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their number one killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. This disease is largely preventable, but kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Join The Heart Truth campaign on Friday, Feb. 3 - National Wear Red Day – to help spread the message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear, It’s the number one Killer of Women.” The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. While heart disease risk begins to rise in middle ages, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. It’s never too early, or too late, to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease. What are the risk factors for heart disease and how to control them? High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, physically inactive, having a family history of heart disease and being a woman age 55 and older are all things that put you at greater risk for developing heart disease. If you have one or more of these risks, it’s time to make life style changes and learn self-care tips that will help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Some risk factors, such as age and family history of early heart disease, can’t be changed. Although many can’t be changed, it is important to realize that you do have control over many others. If you are a diabetic, control your blood sugar, maintain a healthy diet and have regular visits with your doctor. You should maintain a healthy weight.

Chester County Library reduces price to fax The Chester County Library has reduced the price for faxes sent to or received by the library. The price is now $1 for the first page and 50 cents for every page after that. The person sending or receiving the fax is responsible for paying for every page. The library does not accept debit cards.

Rural Development meeting set for Feb. 3

Incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily life. Everyone can do something. If you are bound to a sitting position, use your arms and move them in the motion of a conductor who is directing an orchestra. If you are more mobile, take a walk or ride a bike. Keep in mind you should exercise at a level that you are able to talk, but not sing. You may have to start slow, but the goal should be to do some type of physical activity for 30 minutes at least three or four days a week. Eat less fat! Fill your plate with whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Monitor portion sizes! Many Americans eat the right things, but they eat too much of the right things! Smokers are up to six times more likely to suffer from a heart attack than non-smokers. Quitting smoking cuts the risk of heart disease in half by the end of one year. Keep your blood pressure in check. Cut down on salt, alcohol and caffeinated beverages. If you take medication for your blood pressure, take it as prescribed by your doctor. Heart disease usually develops slowly and you may not see any signs or symptoms for years. Due to the slow onset, many choose to ignore their risk factors until it’s too late. Although this article targets women’s risk of heart disease, the disease isn’t biased toward one particular race or sex.

Regardless of your age, background or health status you can lower your risk of heart disease - and it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you have other questions, or would like assistance in developing a plan to reduce your risk of heart disease, please contact your local UT Extension office at 9892103. Don’t forget … wear your red on Feb. 3!

The Jackson Rural Development Area Office holds meetings from 9 - 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month in the conference room of Henderson City Hall, 121 Crook Ave. A rural development specialist will be available to assist with rural housing applications. To set up an appointment, call 668-2091.

“Miss-ter Chester Co.” Pageant scheduled for Feb 4. A “Miss-ter Chester Co.” Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Williams Auditorium. The pageant is open to all males 9 and up. Applications are available from Ashtyn Walker, Logan McEarl, Teresa Walker or Renee Phelps. Proceeds benefit the 2012 CCHS Project Graduation. Madison Kuykendall, Ashtyn Walker and Chester County’s own “Village People” featuring Richard Walker, Tommy Lay, Joe Melaro, Charles Cavaness and Michael Phelps will provide special entertainment!

Sweetlips Volunteer Fire Department having stew and bake sale Feb. 4 The Sweetlips volunteer fire department will have a Super bowl stew and bake sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Bring your own containers and come early! Proceeds benefit the fire department and community center of Sweetlips. For more information, call 989-7046.

Chester County Historical Society to meet Feb. 6 The Chester County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Senior Citizens Center. Vickie ZamataRainey will speak about her career as former Anchor/Reporter with WBBJ-TV in Jackson. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Senior Center Valentine’s Banquet on Feb. 10 The Chester County Senior Center is having a Valentine’s Banquet! Join us on Feb. 10 and enjoy the evening. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. dinner will be served. There will be a live band to enjoy, and a stand-up comedy performance following dinner. Tickets are $10 and space is limited, so call 989-7434 for tickets and reservations as soon as possible.

The Jackson Symphony performs with Monica Mancini Feb. 11 The Jackson Symphony will welcome Monica Mancini at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, to the stage of the Carl Perkins Civic Center, 400 South Highland in Jackson. Mancini, a singer and double Grammy award winner, is the daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic concert of Mancini’s legendary music, “Moon River”, “Charade”, “Days of Wine and Roses” and other favorites. This will be an opportunity to hear Monica’s stories about her famous father, and to listen to his beautiful musical scores that defined a generation of film and television. In addition, to begin the evening of orchestral music, The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra will join the professional musicians of The Jackson Symphony in a side-by-side performance.

Quilt Group to meet Feb. 18 “Quilters Without a Clue” to meet from 9:30 to noon Feb. 18, and the third Saturday of each month, at the Chester County Library. Quilters/needle workers of all experience levels are welcome. Lessons are given for beginning quilters. For more information, call Carol at 608-2974.

Miss Sweetheart Pageants set for Feb. 18 The Miss Sweetheart Pageants will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Williams Auditorium in Henderson. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m. the pageants will begin. Age groups are from birth to 18. Registration fee is $25 with optional categories available. Enter everything for $45. Registration forms may be picked up at Chester County Middle School, Ponytails and Klassic Images. Call Tanya Morris for more information at 608-7927.

“Everybody Loves Opal” plays Feb. 24-26 in Bolivar The comedy production of “Everybody Loves Opal” opens at the Hardeman County Arts Center, located at 1580 W. Market St., Bolivar, Feb. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. This play, best known for being “entertaining, wacky, nutty and loads of laughs with a cheerful philosophy,” is about a

middle-age recluse that lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. Opal befriends three con artists that take advantage of her and devise a plan to insure her for lots of money and a rapid demise! She is an optimist, for no mater how mean her lot, or her friends, Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Tickets are $10 and go on sale to the public Feb. 20, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by calling 731-658-2787 during those hours. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Benefit for David Brasfield set for Feb. 25 There will be a benefit from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, for cancer patient David Brasfield at the Finger Community Center. There will be whole and half BBQ Chickens; stew by the bowl, gallon or halfgallon (bring containers); cake walks; auction tickets to purchase a 22 Smith and Wesson handgun; and multiple musical talents will perform all day, gospel etc. For further information, contact Pat Jones 9893402, Billy Maness 608-2908 or Jeff Finley 688-5488.

Chester County High School Band to have Expo Feb. 25 Come shop ‘til you drop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at our Expo, held at the Chester County Junior High School gym! Admission is FREE! There will be many vendors, door prizes, and concessions. We plan to make this an annual event. Make your plans to attend and support the band at our first ever EXPO! Vendors who have already confirmed are Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Arbonne, Thirty-One, Accessorize This, Verizon, The Back Pain Clinic, Scentsy, NYR Organic, and many more! If anyone if interested in having a booth, contact Mandy Mobley-Buckley (731-8799143) or Alicia Owens (731-879-6075). Live life to the fullest!

Annual Memphis Wrestling in Henderson set for March 2 Neo Products and Carl Perkins Center of Henderson announce March 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Memphis Wrestling will be held at Chester County High School. All proceeds will go to the Carl Perkins Center in Henderson. Ticket prices, and the date tickets will be available for sale, will be announced soon.

‘Welcome to Medicare Workshop’ to be held March 14 Everyone with Medicare has different needs. With all the options and choices you have today, it can be difficult to figure out what is best for you and your family. At the “Welcome to Medicare” workshop, get clear, straightforward answers to common questions like: Who is eligible? When can and how do I enroll? How can I get assistance with costs related to Medicare premiums and prescription plans? The workshop will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Chester County Senior Center. Dorothy Turner Montague, Regional Director of the South West Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will lead it. The workshop is free and open to the public. You may also call 1-877-801-0044 for assistance and counseling from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

Selmer CO-Ed Volleyball league – first meeting March 29 The Selmer Park and Recreation Department will be starting a Co-Ed Volleyball League. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, for all interested teams or players. This meeting will discuss rules. The cost will be $25 per player, and teams must consist of at least one female. Games will be played on Thursday nights at the Selmer Community Center beginning the following week. For more information, call 731-610-7170.

Southwest HRA announces transportation assistance to voters in 2012 for Photo ID Starting in 2012, registered voters in Tennessee will have to show government issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls. The Rural Public Transportation system is designed to benefit the entire community including the elderly, preschoolers, dialysis patients and the disabled. Vital transportation services are provided to the rural areas of Southwest Tennessee, linking these residents to doctors, grocery stores, employment, senior citizen centers and recreation. Southwest HRA Rural Public Transportation will now offer transportation to the Driver Service Centers (or county clerk partner locations that apply) to voters who otherwise would not have transportation. Voters may call the agency at 1-800372-6013 for more information about scheduling your trip and trip fares that apply. For more information about Rural Public Transportation or Southwest HRA, you may visit their website at

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It Must Be Raining By Ronnie McBrayer Keeping the Faith

Helen Louise Smith July 25, 1922 – Jan. 23, 2012 Helen Louise Smith, 89, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, with Jeffrey Young Jr., Rev. Jeffrey Young Sr., Rev. Terry Bell and Rev. William Sciscoe officiating. Graveside services on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 were in the Glen Rest Memorial Estate at Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 2, 2012

Jimmy R. Hunt Sept. 2, 1934 – Jan. 27, 2012 Jimmy R. Hunt, 77, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 27, 2012. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with Dr. John Jones and Dr. Roger Penn officiating. Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were his special friends and his fellow drivers from Roadway. Visitation was from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday, at Shackelford Funeral Home- Johnson Chapel. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. He was the son of the late Roscoe and Lela Hunt. Jimmy lived in South Haven, Miss. most of his adult life. He was a professional truck driver and retired from Roadway in 2008. He was a member of the Tennessee Road Team, the Million Mile Club, Shriners and Trinity United Methodist Church. Since retirement, Jimmy loved working in his garden, doing yard work, and barbecuing. His greatest joy was doing for others. He was affectionately called “Uncle Duck” by his great-nieces and great-nephews. He is survived by his devoted wife, Reba M. Hunt; a stepson, Pacer Eidson; three grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; four brothers, Bill Hunt (Bobbie), Jack Hunt (Alicia), Steve Hunt (Celia) and Rusty Hunt (Daphne); four sisters, Peggy Purnell, Carolyn Blurton (Bill), Cherrie Pipkin (John) and Ginger Hinton (Bruce); many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dewayne Hendrix, Merle Johnson, G.W. Thompson, Joe T. Burton and Brad Burton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sissy Hunt; and a brother, Larry Hunt. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 2, 2012

Zelda Vinson Sept. 8, 1954 – Jan. 30, 2012 Zelda Ann Davis Vinson, 57, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Wednesday at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Bro. Ken Kitchen and Bro. Anthony Goodman officiating. Burial followed in Cabo Cemetery. She was born at Iuka, Miss., and grew up in Jackson, Tenn., the daughter of Minnie Pearl Mosley Davis and the late Arthur Clifton Davis. She went to school at Beech Bluff. She married Larry Eugene Vinson in 1969 and they made their home in Henderson. She was a homemaker. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her mother, Minnie Pearl Davis of Iuka, Miss.; two sons, Larry Vinson and Pete Vinson; a daughter, Tammy Kuhn; a foster son, Tony Tummins, all of Henderson; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Brenda Davis of Henderson; and a brother, Nathan King of Greenville, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry E. Vinson in 2001; a grandchild, Dalton McCage in 1997; and a brother, Arthur Davis. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 2, 2012

Happy Time Group to meet Feb. 8 The Montezuma Methodist Church Happy Time Group will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the fellowship.

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Months ago a friend handed me a little book entitled “Have A Little Faith,” written by Mitch Albom. Honestly, it sat on my shelf for a long time gathering dust. It’s not that I was uninterested; I was plowing through some dense reading material and figured that Albom’s book was a little too light for what I had my teeth sunk into at the time. I thought I would turn to it when I needed something lighter, like cleansing your palate after a heavy meal. But what a fantastic surprise! This little book has turned out to be proof that big things indeed arrive in small packages. Mitch says more in a few pages than I can say in writing a year’s worth of columns. Further, 10 percent of the profits from the book go to refurbish places of worship that aid the homeless. You really should go buy a copy. You can read Mitch’s words for yourself, and help your neighbor in the process. (No, this is not a paid advertisement.) To whet your appetite, the book tells the story of

Rabbi Albert Lewis, who asks Mitch to deliver his eulogy when the time comes. It was a strange request, as Mitch had pretty much abandoned faith. But over the last few years of Albert’s life, Albert rekindled Mitch’s faith through deep friendship and the telling of story after beautiful story. One of those stories is called “Salesman.” Albert told the story like this: “There's this salesman, see? And he knocks on a door. The man who answers says, ‘I don't need anything today.’ The next day, the salesman returns. ‘Stay away,’ he is told. The man gets very angry and yells and threatens the salesman. “On the third day the salesman returns once again. ‘You again!’ the man screams. ‘I warned you!’ He gets so angry, he spits in the salesman's face. The salesman smiles, wipes the spit off with a handkerchief, then looks to the sky and says, ‘It must be raining.’” Albert explained to Mitch – to us all – that love is just like that. If they spit in your face, you say, “It must be raining,” and you go back tomorrow.

You stay at it. Albert would agree, I think, that such love mimics the endless, relentless love of God. He stays at it. No, this isn’t warm and fuzzy talk. This isn’t the power of positive thinking. This is the real love and grace of God poured out on us without condition and without end. God’s love for us does not depend upon who we are, the good or bad we have done, or the mistakes we have made. God’s love depends upon his own nature and goodness. Even when we spit in his face, he keeps coming back. That is why the worst of your personal failures, the worst crimes you have committed, your divorce, your drug abuse, your emotional baggage and weakness, your arrest record, your selfishness, your adultery, your addiction, your dishonesty, stupidity and your bone-headed decisions – fill in the blank – can never separate you from God’s love. Yes, we have all been guilty of having the “uns” at points in our lives. We have all been unworthy, undeserving, unprepared, unemployable, undone,

unnoticed, unthankful, unjust, unfair, uninsurable, uneasy and unaccepted. We have been unknown, underdogged, unapologetic, unhinged, unraveled, undesirable, unbearable, unclean, unethical, underhanded, uninterested, unkind and untouchable. We have been unwanted, unlucky, unnerved, unpopular, unpredictable, unqualified and unstable: But none of us have ever been unloved. God is not keeping his distance. He arrives at our doorsteps with open hands and an open heart, loving us to the point of infinite sacrifice, doing anything – and has done everything – to make us feel welcome, safe and able to trust him. So even if we shake our fist at him in rage, spit in his face and do everything we think possible to spurn his love, God will be back; standing on the porch in the rain of our refusal, eager and ready to love us through our rejection. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. Read more and sign-up to receive regular ecolumns in your inbox at

Broadway to campaign trail, Mormon’s the buzz For a religion many Americans still describe as “cultish” and “secretive,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gained a lot of mainstream clout in the past couple of years. On Broadway, the irreverent musical satire “The Book of Mormon” was the hands-down favorite of 2011, winning nine Tony Awards. On television, “Big Love,” a fictional HBO series about a Mormon polygamist, enjoyed a five-year run ending last March. And on the GOP presidential campaign trail, front-runner Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are both Mormons with deep roots in the 181-year-old church. Los Angeles attorney Robert P. DesJardins studied the religion and its history for his newest novel, Land of the Saints (http://robertpdesjardins.a He found a history that provided him not only with plenty of mystery and intrigue for his fiction, but also gave him insights into the religion’s role in contemporary America. Did you know? • Former governors Romney and Huntsman share a common ancestor: Parley Pratt. An original apostle of the church founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Pratt was Romney’s great-great grandfather and Huntsman’s great-greatgreat grandfather, DesJardins says. Pratt was said to have had 12 wives in the years before polygamy was banned by the church in 1890. (Current members practicing plural marriage are excommunicated.) Pratt was killed in 1857 by the

estranged husband of a woman with whom he’d become involved. • Romney and Huntsman are not the first church members to run for president. Joseph Smith, who founded the church in 1830, began his run for president on Jan. 29, 1844. It ended with his assassination five months later on June 27. • Contrary to popular belief, the church’s growth has slowed dramatically since 1999. From 1974 to 1994, it was said to be the fastest-growing American-made religion, but the numbers started dropping in 1999, DesJardins says. There are now about 14 million Mormons worldwide and they comprise just two percent of the U.S. population, which is interesting, DesJardins notes, since they comprise 28 percent of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. • One issue that surfaces in heavily evangelical Christian states such as Iowa and South Carolina is whether Mormons are Christians. “Mormons believe in God the father, Jesus the son and the Holy Ghost. They believe in Jesus as our savior and Messiah,” DesJardins says. “So how why would anyone say they’re not Christians? The difference is they do not believe the three gods are one. And they believe in human deification – that humans can become gods. Those are two fundamental reasons why some Christians say Mormons do not share their faith.” • The Latter-day Saints is well-known as the keeper of the largest genealogical library in the world, with more than 2.4 million

rolls of records on microfilm, and a database with names of 600 million dear departed. Why all the data on non-church members? Mormons can assure ancestors are together for all eternity through baptism of the dead; living church members stand inn as proxies. The church has long been regarded with suspicion, and even outright violence. Despite its growing prominence in American culture, those attitudes still prevail, DesJardins says. “The church itself hired two ad agencies in 2009 to research public perception and was disappointed to find Americans still describe it as ‘cultish,’ ‘secretive’ and ‘sexist,’’’ DesJardins says. “It set about to change that with a multi-milliondollar TV, billboard and Internet campaign in

2010.” The campaign expanded in 2011. DesJardins expects it will do little to help a religion that still idolizes its authoritarian founder, carefully guards secrets and ceremonies, and reserves positions of power within the church for men.

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Friendship Baptist Church 720 New Friendship Road

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Fish/Wildlife Service bans giant snakes The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced this week. The final rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental

assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States. It is expected to publish in the Federal Register in the coming days. “Thanks to the work of our scientists, Senator Bill Nelson, and others, there is a large and grow-

ing understanding of the real and immediate threat that the Burmese python and other invasive snakes pose to the Everglades and other ecosystems in the United States,” Salazar said. “The Burmese python has already gained a foothold in the Florida Everglades, and we must do all we can to battle its spread and to prevent further human contributions of invasive snakes that cause economic and envi-

ronmental damage.” The four species were assessed by the U.S. Geological Survey as having a high risk of establishing populations and spreading to other geographic areas in that agency’s 2009 report, Giant Constrictors: Biological and Management Profiles and an Establishment Risk Assessment for Large Species of Pythons, Anacondas, and the Boa Constrictor.

CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT January 26, 2012 Samantha Jean Wheeler, 25, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections Misdemeanor, simple possession/casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia uses and activities. She is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $800 cash bond and $2,500 bond. January 27, 2012 A theft was reported at Faulkner’s Repair, 410 Regina Dr. According to the report, some person or persons entered the business through a window and took a Pioneer CD player valued at $100, 850 watt car stereo amplifier valued at $100, two speakers in wood box valued at $150 and four car batteries valued at $100 each. A Henderson resident reported the fraudulent use of a credit card. According to the report, charges had been made on the card to Virgin Mobile for $110.28 and Domino’s Pizza for $32.41, both out of state, and unauthorized. Cameron Orion King, 19, White Ave. Apts, was arrested and charged with harassment. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond. Jonathan Lee Plunk, 29, Bethel Springs, was arrested and charged with failure to pay fines and inhaling/possession of glue/gas/aerosol. He was released to Jackson Police Department from the Chester County jail upon payment of fines. January 29, 2012 Shoplifting was reported at Oden’s BP on Church Ave. According to the report, two white females in their late teens, allegedly removed four or five “Four Loco” alcoholic beverages from the beer cooler, placed them in a handbag, and left the store without paying. Someone allegedly kicked in the front door at a residence on Mifflin Ave. According to the report, nothing was known to be missing at the time of the report, and damages were estimated at $300. Troy Smith, 64, Heritage Towers, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was released from the Chester County jail on his own recognizance. CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT

January 26, 2012 8:07 a.m. - 110 E University St., FreedHardeman University, Tyler Hall, hairspray set off alarm. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT January 24, 2012 Bart Allen Wamble, 42, 530 Old Montezuma Road, was arrested and charged with driving on a canceled/revoked or suspended license. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $1,500 bond. January 25, 2012 A Roby Road resident reported the theft of mail. According to the report the resident suspected some person or persons had removed mail from his mailbox, and also stated a neighbor had found some of the mail in Henderson County. Kenneth Wayne Davis, 30, 520 Cemetery Road, was arrested and charged with simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and introducing drugs into a county institution. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,500 bond. David Hill, 39, Saltillo, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a legend drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released to Hardin County from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,500 bond. Scotty Douglas Mayes, 41, Finger, was arrested and charged with simple possession, driving under the influence, driving on a canceled/revoked or suspended license and violation of the open container law. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,300 bond. Patricia Kay Sweat, 44, Enville, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a legend drug without a prescription. She was released to Hardin County from the Chester County jail on furlough. January 26, 2012 A two-year-old male Boxer was reportedly stolen from a property on Bear Creek Road. According to the report, the dog is brindle and is valued at $550. The dog was later recovered at a

veterinary clinic in Bolivar. Lisa Marie Clayton, 26, Luray, was arrested and charged with identity theft, 20 counts, and forgery. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $10,000 bond. Donese McHaney, 58, Hendersonview Apt. A8, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $750 cash bond. January 27, 2012 David Wayne Deckard, 26, Jackson, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections Misdemeanor. He is held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $800 cash only bond. January 28, 2012 Summer G. Massengill, 20, 740 Fourth St., Apt. 349, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. She was released from the Chester County jail upon payment of fines. January 29, 2012 Crystal Lynn Walker, 37, 585 Roby Road, was arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamines. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,500 bond. January 30, 2012 Deanna Elizabeth Robbins, 32, 2965 Hughes Road, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released from the Chester County jail with a court date.

fines and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service work. John Edward Carlson, 31, Enville, was found guilty of Count one, promoting manufacture of methamphetamine; Count two, possession of drug paraphernalia; and Count three, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. Count one: Carlson was sentenced to two years in a TDOC facility at 30 percent release eligibility, receiving credit for time served, to serve 11 months and 29 days prior to release on probation. He was ordered to pay court costs plus $2,000 in fines, and ordered to receive an alcohol and drug assessment and successfully complete recommendations. Count two: Carlson was sentenced to two years in a TDOC facility at 30 percent release eligibility, all suspended and supervised. He was ordered to pay court costs plus $2,000 in fines. Count three: Carlson was sentenced to two years in a TDOC facility at 30 percent release eligibility all suspended and supervised. He was ordered to pay court costs. All counts are concurrent.

CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No reports. CHESTER COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Danny Lynn Pusser, 53, Jacks Creek, was found guilty of assault. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in the Chester County jail, receiving credit for time served, to serve a minimum of 75 percent prior to eligibility for work release, furlough, trusty status or rehabilitative programs, all suspended and supervised. He was ordered to pay court costs plus $100 in

Property transfers Jere Beene to Norman E. Pipkin and Norman J. Pipkin – $2,000 Tommy Casey and Ruth Carrington to David C. Ray – $10,500 Joe and Jean Cox to William and Nita Middleton – $32,000 Ben and Jenna Cupples to Christopher and Valesa Weatherford – $35,000 Joy Daniel Trust to Michael and Allison Richenbaker – $200,000 Richard and Shelly Emison to W & S Enterprises, LLC – $14,500 Deborah Grantham to Billy and Anthony Pearson – $ 116,000 Rickey D. Harwell to Rafael and Alison Martinez – $17,000 Donna T. Lombardo to Richard and Barbara England Jr. – $43,500 Lymon Parsons to Monica Russell and Chad Lofton – $7,500 Chad and Sandy Sellers to Johnny and Amanda Rhodes – $169,000

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Girl Talk– Teaching girls to make good decisions about sex and their bodies By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Changes are part of growing up, but many adolescents receive little or no information about what is happening to their bodies. Some parents are hesitant to discuss these changes with their children, and some don’t know how to start a conversation about sensitive issues. As a result, many pre-teens turn to their friends or to magazines and the Internet for information, which is often wrong or misleading. To help parents open the lines of communica-

tion with their children, the University of Tennessee Extension Service is offering a Girl Talk seminar for mothers and their daughters ages 9- through 12-years old. Chester County Extension Agent Michele Sides will offer the fourpart series beginning Feb. 9. According to Sides, the first session is for moms, grandmothers or guardians only. During that session on Feb. 9, she will provide information about how the sessions will run. That first session will allow mothers/female

guardians to discuss how they were taught about sexuality, to understand approachability with their daughters and to find out if they will be comfortable with the sessions. While some girls are very mature, both mentally and physically at age 9, others may need a few more years before they are ready to understand and discuss sexuality, values and decision-making. “I think session one is a good session because when mom’s come, they’re going to know everything that will be discussed, and they’ll know

whether or not they will be 100 percent comfortable with the sessions before they’re in the middle of something that they weren’t prepared for,” Sides said. Sides has sent flyers about the program to local churches and said that many parents have asked about it due to word of mouth. In order to keep sessions intimate and comfortable, she has limited the number of participants to 12 mother-daughter pairs. She will offer additional sessions throughout the year based on demand.

Country Market open for business

Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

Shelia Hesselrode forms hamburger patties for lunchtime at Country Market, located on South Church Ave.

By Holly Roeder Staff Writer

Country Market opened Nov. 11 on S. Church Ave., just past Guinn Brothers, and is quickly becoming a favorite lunch spot for many around Henderson. The new fruit stand and lunch spot is operated by Jimmy and Marilyn Cagle and Sheila Hesselrode. Many will recognize the Cagles from Marilyn's Market which operated on US Hwy 45 just

south of the Chester/McNairy County line. Country Market features all of the things you would expect to find at a, well, country market, such as fruit, vegetables, pecans, peanuts, jams, molasses, honey, baked goods, and candies, as well as fruit baskets and gift baskets. A hot lunch is prepared each day, planned and orchestrated by Hesselrode. Each day's menu includes a soup of some sort, such as beef and vegetable, taco soup,

chili or chicken soup, prepared with fresh vegetables when available. Other options throughout the week include a hotdog basket, chicken and dumplings and burgers. The menu has been created through trial and error, Hesselrode said, "I'm always thinking of new things." Country Market is open for business from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for now, but expect the hours and produce varieties to adjust a bit with the change of the seasons.

A similar program, entitled Straight Talk, is available for boys and their fathers or guardians, and it will be offered later this year. The goal of Girl Talk is to educate girls to make good decisions reguarding sex and their bodies. Sides also hopes that the program will encourage girls to develop more open conversations with their mothers or guardians. “It’s important that girls grow up being educated about their bodies,” Sides said. “It’s our goal that this will keep them from going to outside sources and getting the wrong information.” Developed by the University of Tennessee Extension Service, Girl Talk strives to provide factual information about sexuality; to explore sexual attitudes, feelings and values related to making responsible decisions about sexual situations; to encourage open communication within the family;

and to promote young girls’ positive self-esteem and acceptance of sexuality. “As a parent, I think it’s important that they’re getting information from the right source,” Sides added. With access to movies, the Internet and television, children are exposed to sexual terms and situations from an early age. Side stated that many parents do not understand that their children are faced with these situations often as early as elementary school, and she encourages parents to be involved and teach children the best ways to respond and how to avoid problematic situations. There is a $40 fee for the Girl Talk series, which covers both mother and daughter. Included in the cost are imformational folders, refreshments and prizes. To register, call the Chester County Extension Office at 9892103.

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Relay For Life Kickoff 2012: Awards for the evening of Jan. 28 went to the following: Best Decorated Table – Redneck Country Club Most Entertaining Waiter – Donna Butler as Minnie Pearl Best Dressed Group – The Roaring ‘20s Judges for the evening were Lisa Beene, Vernell Thomas and Amanda Garrison. Raising the most money were John Moore and the Montezuma Community with $2,060 and Alley Cats and Junkyard Dogs with $1,617.

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Banquet to benefit Kathy Hollomon fund The annual Valentine banquet will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday Feb. 11, at First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, to benefit the Kathy Hollomon Memorial Cancer Care Fund. The fund was established through W e s t Te n n e s s e e Healthcare Foundation to honor and memorialize the life and battle of Chester C o u n t y t e a c h e r K a t h y HOLLOMON

Hollomon, who lost her fight with breast cancer in Dec. 2007. It was her wish to establish a fund which would assist others from Chester County with a cancer diagnosis, in their day to day care and expenses. The fund provides assistance through fuel cards and assistance with groceries and utilities among other needs. The banquet will feature a homemade menu including roast pork loin, green beans, hash brown casserole, green salad, bread and desserts, and will also include entertainment featuring the Chester County High School Jazz Band. Tickets are $15 each and may now be purchased at the FUMC church office, or by contacting Melinda Carroll.

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Near-miss by Eaglettes Chester County squandered an 11-point first quarter lead over McNairy Central, but had several chances for victory at the end of both regulation and overtime. However, the District 14-AA leader from Selmer had just enough muscle to sneak back home with a 48-47 win and stay unbeaten in league play. McNairy flexed its muscles in the third peri-

od, eventually taking a 10point lead on its first possession of the fourth quarter. However, CCHS was not done. Amos hit underneath the basket for the Eaglettes igniting a 13-2 run by her team. Dee Dee Jones scored the final two points of the run, giving Chester County a 40-39 lead with 1:51 to play in regulation. The visitors hit three of four free throws on the

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Dee Dee Jones, right, was honored Friday night at Eagle Gym for passing the 1,000-point mark in her basketball career at Chester County High School. Making the presentation is CCHS girls’ coach Lee Pipkin.

Season concludes Tuesday, tournament schedule changed The regular season for local high school basketball concludes at 6 p.m. Tuesday when Chester County hosts South Side. However, the Eagles and Eaglettes also have home games at 6 p.m. Friday when they host Bolivar Central. All are district 14-AA games. District officials have clarified earlier information on the schedule for the upcoming district tournament, and it appears the CCHS Eaglettes will not be hosting a first round game. Instead, teams seeded first and second will host a doubleheader Feb. 14 for girls’ teams, and Feb. 16 for boys. The CCHS girls are currently in third place, two games out of second. Semi-finals and finals are at Lexington Feb. 17-21. First round winners automatically advance to the regional tournament.

Senior night slated at CCHS Chester County hosts South Side in the last doubleheader of the high school basketball season at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Gym. The night has been designated as senior night, and all senior players and cheerleaders will be honored before the contests. A reception is slated for the seniors as well as CCHS basketball sponsors.

Another Saturday DH at FHU Freed-Hardeman will host yet another Saturday afternoon basketball doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. when Cumberland University comes to the Brewer Sports Center for two contests. Cumberland’s teams are each in the middle of the pack in the TranSouth Conference, with both the men’s and women’s teams 4-4 in league play. However, before the Cumberland encounters, FHU must first travel to Blue Mountain, Miss. for a pair of games against the Toppers at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday.

Bowden to speak at FHU Benefit Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden has been announced as the featured speaker on April, 28 at the Freed-Hardeman University Sports Advisory Council Benefit Dinner. The silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m. and concludes at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin being served at 6:30 and a live auction will take place during dinner. For ticket prices or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the FHU athletic office at 731-9896900.

Jr. Eaglettes are Best of West Chester County defeated Hardin County 25-21 Thursday in the championship game of the Best of the West junior high tournament at Lexington. Paige Pipkin of CCJHS was declared the Most Valuable Player, with Kelsey Luttrell also making the all-tournament squad. Below, Chester County battles Hardin County in the boys’ championship, won by Hardin. Photos by Tammy Lott

Royal night at CCHS

other end to go up by two, but Jones came back with a pair of freebies with 17 seconds left to knot the score. After a McNairy turnover Chester County worked the clock down and could not convert before time expired. In overtime, CCHS and Jones struck first, followed by a McNairy miss on the other end. The Eaglettes rebounded and began to run some clock. However, they gave the ball away with 1:09 to play. Kydra Brown hit a threepointer giving the Lady Bobcats a one-point edge with 53 ticks remaining in the extra period. Jones, who had 18 points in the second half and overtime, retaliated with an oldfashioned three-point play and the lead for Chester County. Brown was not done, however, from behind a screen, she connected on yet another three from the top of the formation with 17 seconds left. CCHS was not able to match Brown’s heroics, despite a McNairy turnover under the basket in the last seconds. Jones had 20 points,

Chester County High School celebrated its B a s k e t b a l l Homecoming Friday with the naming of the royalty. At left, King and Queen are Ryan Turner and Ivanna Sims; below, left are first alternates Hunter Hearn and Daela Whited, and below right, second alternates Mitch Naylor and Ashley Franklin.

Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

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Eagles beat Savannah, on the edge vs. others After struggling for most of the season, the Eagle basketball team at Chester County High School is making its presence known. CCHS went on the road Jan. 23 and defeated Hardin County by nine, before returning home for a pair of competitive

defeats at the hands of district foes Lexington and McNairy Central. Cameron Phelps had 17 in the win over Hardin County, 62-53, which found the Eagles outscoring the host team by 10 in the second half. CCHS hit six three-pointers including two each from Austin

Cavaness, Zach Phillips and Jared Humphry. Returning to Eagle Gym Jan. 24, CCHS rode the scoring roller coaster from period to period. Despite a 21-14 edge in the final quarter, the Eagles were simply too far down to overcome Lexington, 54-46. Kirk

Atkins and Tony Phelps led the way against the Tigers with 13 points each. The script was much the same Friday hosting McNairy. The visitors rode into Eagle Gym and put the Eagles quickly behind by double digits in See EAGLES, Page 2-B

Lyon upsets FHU ladies, Bethel takes the wrath Two days after suffering their first on-court loss of the season, losing 48-43 at Lyon, the No. 1 FreedHardeman Lady Lions bounced back in a big way and cruised to a 71-47 win over visiting Bethel University on Saturday afternoon. Against Bethel Saturday, FHU (19-3, 7-1) shot 53.3 percent in the first half on its way to a 41-21 halftime lead. The Lady Lions closed the half with a 14-4 run over the last five minutes, getting seven points from Hayley Newby during the stretch. The freshman came off the bench to score all 11 of her points in the first half. Bethel's Jana Roney scored the first five points of the second half to pull the Lady Wildcats (11-11, 3-5) within 15, but FreedHardeman responded with an 11-2 run to build a 5228 lead with 14:20 to play. Again fueled by Roney, Bethel later managed to cut the deficit to 16 points at the 8:07 mark. It was as

close as the Lady Wildcats would get, though, as FHU closed the door with an 11-1 run and led by as many as 27 points. The Lady Lion defense caused problems for Bethel the entire game, forcing the Lady Wildcats into 21 turnovers. FHU, meanwhile, committed a season-low seven turnovers and shot 45.5 percent to Bethel's 34.1 percent. Natalie Shumpert led Freed-Hardeman's scoring with 17 points while Maria Bagwell added 14. The Lady Lions finish the first half of the conference schedule in a firstplace tie with No. 3 Union University. The second half of the schedule begins on Thursday as FHU visits Blue Mountain College. In the loss at Lyon, another poor shooting performance caught up to FHU which missed its last eight shots while the Lyon Scots scored the game's last eight points on their

way to a 48-43 upset. It was the first on-court loss for Freed-Hardeman this season after losing two games earlier in the season via forfeit. Despite taking 23 more

shots than did Lyon, FHU managed to shoot only 30 percent to the Scots' 51.4 from the field. The Lady Lions also went four-of-10 from the foul line while See FHU, Page 2-B

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Freed-Hardeman’s Ashley Tate eyes the basket for the Lady Lions against Bethel Saturday at the Brewer Sports Center.

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Iesha Sims launches a two-point shot for CCHS Friday in their contest with McNairy Central.

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CCHS topped only by Brown’s 21. Tamacha Couch added 16 for CCHS, while McNairy star and thousand-point career scorer Chelsea Bodiford was held to only seven, all in the first half. Unofficially, Chester County shot 35 percent from the field and McNairy 37 percent. CCHS had seven more rebounds but turned the ball over five more. In earlier games, CCHS went to Savannah Jan. 23 and used a 16-4 fourth quarter to win over the Lady Tigers 34-29. Each team started cold from the field scoring only two points each. Jones and Couch had 13 and 10 points respectively. Also, Jan. 24 at Eagle Gym, Chester County mounted yet another final quarter rally to overcome

Lexington 45-39. Jones scored 22 and Sims added nine. The win gave CCHS the season-sweep over the Lady Tigers in what could be key in deciding which team gets the number three or number four seed in the upcoming district tournament. Jan. 24 at Eagle Gym Lexington 8- 8-16- 7=39 Chester Co. 11-10- 6-18=45 L – Caitlin McGill 11, Goff 8, Hale 7, Moffitt 6, Sparks 5, Nichols 2. CC – Dee Dee Jones 22, Sims 9, Couch 6, Amos 4, Naylor 3, Cox 1. Three-point shots: L – McGill, Hale, Sparks. CC – Naylor. Records: L – 13-9 (6-4). CC – 15-9 (7-3). Jan. 27 at Eagle Gym McNairy C. 4-10-20- 8-6=48 Chester Co. 15- 2-10-15-5=47 MC – Kydra Brown 21, Sweat 9, Rowland 7, Bodiford 7, Woods 2, Lusk 2. CC – Dee Dee Jones 20, Tamacha Couch 16, Amos 8, McEarl 3. Three-point shots: MC – Brown 3. CC – None. Records: MC – 21-4 (11-0). CC – 15-10 (7-4).

Fifth-graders go Snowballing Submitted photo

A team of fifth-graders from Chester County recently won the 2012 Snowballing Tournament the weekend of Jan. 21-22 in Jackson. Team members include, standing from left: coach Mike Showers, Jusino Prather, David Showers, Tyson Walker, Mac Shelton, and coach Jim Brown; and front row: Zachary Brown, Michael Wilder, Cortez Thomas, Ja’Koby Griffin and Seth Frye.

Lions dominant in win over Cats A strong defensive and rebounding effort helped the Freed-Hardeman Lions breeze past visiting Bethel University, 83-57, on Saturday afternoon in the Brewer Sports Center. The Lions used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to turn a tied game into a 25-12 lead. Seven of the 13 points in the run came at the foul line, as Freed-Hardeman went on to be a perfect 17-of-17 from the line in the first half. It helped make up for an uncommonly cold day from three-point range for FHU (15-7, 5-3), which made just one-of-13 in the

first half and four-of-25 in the game. The run was highlighted by a pair of dunks, the first of which came from Verkeneo Mann. Mann, a 6-foot-1 guard, outjumped everyone to throw down a missed threepointer by Jonathan Milewski with one hand. Moments later, Daniel Gravatt stepped in front of a Bethel pass near midcourt and capped off the 13 unanswered points with a one-handed dunk of his own. The win moved the Lions into third place in the TranSouth Conference standings, two games

behind Union University and one behind Martin Methodist. FHU retakes the floor on Thursday with a trip to Blue Mountain College. Freed-Hardeman head coach Jason Shelton went with a slightly different starting five for Thursday night's game at Lyon College, and it paid off. Verkeneo Mann scored a game-high 20 points in his first start as a Lion, leading FHU to an 87-68 win over the Scots in Batesville. Mann started in place of the sidelined Chandler Mack, while freshman Vincent Dotson also got

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took a 43-40 lead with 3:10 to play after a pair of Hayley Newby free throws. It would turn out to be the final points scored by the Lady Lions as they shot just 23.3 percent in the second half.

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Eagles FHU the first period. The Bobcats commanded a 3924 lead at intermission and extended it to more than 20 points before Tony Phelps and Phillips began bombing the nets from three-point range. CCHS clawed back within seven points, but McNairy hit enough free throws to hold on for an 84-72 victory.

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Toneal Bumpass of CCHS floats above the McNairy defense for two points Friday at Eagle Gym.

Sports Schedules Chester County High School Basketball Date Opponent Location Feb. 3 Bolivar Central Eagle Gym Feb. 7 South Side Eagle Gym Feb. 14 Girls’ District First Round, higher seed Feb. 16 Boys’ District First Round, higher seed

Time 6:00 6:00 TBA TBA

Chester County High School Junior Varsity Date Opponent Location Feb. 3 Bolivar Central (g) Eagle Gym

Time 4:30

Freed-Hardeman Women’s Basketball Date Opponent Feb. 2 Blue Mountain Feb. 4 Cumberland Feb. 11 Union Feb. 13 Martin Methodist Feb. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Feb. 18 Mid-Continent Feb. 23 Lyon Feb. 25 Bethel

Time 6:00 2:00 2:00 6:00 6:00 2:00 6:00 2:00

Place Blue Mtn., Miss. Brewer Center Jackson Brewer Center Brewer Center Mayfield, Ky. Brewer Center McKenzie

Freed-Hardeman Men’s Basketball Date Opponent Feb. 2 Blue Mountain Feb. 4 Cumberland Feb. 11 Union Feb. 13 Martin Methodist Feb. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Feb. 18 Mid-Continent Feb. 23 Lyon Feb. 25 Bethel

Time 8:00 4:00 4:00 8:00 8:00 4:00 8:00 4:00

Place Blue Mtn., Miss. Lebanon Jackson Brewer Center Brewer Center Mayfield, Ky. Brewer Center McKenzie

Jan. 23 at Savannah Chester Co. 13-13-18-18=62 Hardin Co. 10-17-12-14=53 CC – Cameron Phelps 17, Tony Phelps 15, Zach Phillips 10, Cavaness 8, Humphry 6, Atkins 4, Cobb 2. HC – Shelton 17, Wardlow 12, Brown 8, LaRue 4, Roach 4, Smith 3, Guyer 3, Wilkerson 2. Three-point shots: CC – Cavaness 2, Phillips 2, Humphry 2, T. Phelps. HC – Smith. Jan. 24 at Eagle Gym Lexington 14-12-14-14=54 Chester Co. 8-22- 6-21=46 L – Justin Belew 19, Kristopher Williams 12, Smith 6, Fraser 6, Bolen 5, McNeil 4, Burton 2. CC – Kirk Atkins 13, Tony Phelps 13, Zack Phillips 10, C. Phelps 9, Humphry 1. Three-point shots: L – Williams. CC – Phillips 2, T. Phelps. Records: CC – 6-18 (2-8). Jan. 27 at Eagle Gym McNairy C. 19-20-23-22=84 Chester Co. 10-14-20-28=72 MC – C.J. Byars 29, Rameil Pollard 18, Justin Sutton 11, Waller 8, Burton 6, Chappell 6, Littlejohn 4, Nixon 2. CC – Tony Phelps 24, Zack Phillips 15, Kirk Atkins 10, C. Phelps 7, Bumpass 7, Cobb 6, Cavaness 1. Three-point shots: MC – Byars 3, Sutton 3. CC – T. Phelps 4, Phillips 3, Cobb, C. Phelps. Records: CC – 6-19 (2-9).

Lyon was a perfect eightfor-eight, including four in the final minute by Phagen Altom that sealed the win. FHU trailed for the majority of the game but

Thursday at Lyon Freed-Hard. 43 Lyon 48 No other information available. Saturday at Brewer Sports

his first career start. Dotson scored four points in 11 minutes while saddled with foul trouble. Thursday at Lyon Freed-Hard. 87 Lyon 68 No other information available Saturday at FHU Bethel 26-31=57 Freed-Hard. 46-37=83 B – George Coleman 14, Caleb Hardy 11, Palmer 8, Sipp 5, Gillette 4, Andrews 4, Holt 3, Williamson 3, Harris 2, Walker 2, Williams 1. FH – Jonathan Milewski 18, Daniel Gravatt 14, Kyle Teichmann 10, Verkeneo Mann 10, Sampson 8, Young 8, Fleischman 5, Bass 4, Gilmore 2, Dotson 2, Meis 2. Three-point shots: B – Coleman, Williamson. FH – Milewski 3, Young. Center Bethel 21-26=47 Freed-Hard. 41-30=71 B – Jana Roney 21, Taylor 6, Hamilton 6, Wallsmith 5, Porter 5, Cooper 3, Cobb 1. FH – Natalie Shumpert 17, Maria Bagwell 14, Hayley Newby 11, Alexander 9, Tate 9, Alonso de Armino 4, Colter 4, Parsley 3. Three-point shots: B – Hamilton 2. FH – Tate, Shumpert. Records: B – 14-8. FH – 19-3.

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FHU College Republicans conduct voter registration

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With the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary just over a month away, the FreedHardeman University College Republicans conducted a campus voter registration drive Jan. 2327. The College Republicans provided students with information on voter registration, early and absentee voting and the new voter ID requirements in Tennessee. Voter registration forms were also made available to unregistered voters. Jared Pack, president of the FHU College Republicans, said, “The voter registration drive has been a huge success. We had an incredible response from students and it exceeded our expectations. It’s really encouraging to see so many students actually getting involved in this crucial election.” Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

West Chester Elementary recently celebrated 100 days of school with their traditional balloon launch by third-grade students. The colorful take-off came on a bright, sunny January afternoon as the entire school looked on in delight.

By Sarah Hibbett READY! SET! WRITE! This week on Wednesday, Feb. 1, students in fifth-, eighth-, and eleventhgrades will take a writing assessment. Our fifthgrade teachers and students have worked hard to be ready for this big day, and we appreciate the help that students have received at home. Students will be given a prompt and will have 35 minutes to create their essay. If you would like more information about the writing assessment, there are links to the Tennessee State Department of Education on the parent portal which can be accessed from the

CCMS home page. We KNOW that our fifthgraders are going to do an AWESOME job on the writing assessment! In December, CCMS students enjoyed Winter Writing Week. Students practiced their writing skills every day, and the week ended with a prompt given that was similar to the actual writing assessment. These essays were read and judged by CCMS teachers, and the overall winners were determined by teachers at another school. Last Friday the most improved students, classroom winners, and overall winners were honored at an awards ceremony. These students received the Most Improved award: Emerald Anderson, Alex Arnold, Cameron Bartsch, Nick Bell, Casey Carroll, Darrian Dancy, David Drew, Tristian Eskew, Tyler Frye, T.J. Hall, Sylena Johnson, Kate

Gresham bill would protect teachers in discipline matters State Senator Dolores Gresham announced Jan. 25 that she has filed legislation that would give teachers protection from civil liability when disciplining students as long as they follow the established school discipline policy. The bill aims to give teachers the ability to manage their classroom without fear of being sued for either disciplining students or referring them to the principal, when acting in conformity with those policies. “As I have listened to teachers I have found that many fear that the appropriate management of classroom discipline may result in false lawsuits brought against them,” said Gresham. “This hampers student progress and puts teachers at an unfair disadvantage in achieving their evaluative goals. This bill would give teachers the ability to manage their classrooms without fear of being sued, as long as they are following the school’s policies when disciplining a student.” Local Boards of Education must clearly establish a written disci-

pline policy and all employees must receive instruction annually on its provisions. The policy must include methods of dealing with acts of school violence and disciplining students with disabilities. Upon removing a student from the classroom, the teacher would file a brief report with the principal regarding the behavior for which the discipline was applied. The bill specifies that a principal may not return a student to the classroom when there are three documented removals. If the principal does not comply, the teacher would then have the right to ask the Director of Schools to review the record and determine the appropriate action. “There must be an orderly classroom for students to learn,” added Gresham. “Teachers must have the authority to discipline students who are disorderly. I look forward to discussing this legislation with my colleagues as it goes through the legislative process and believe it will benefit both students and teachers in Tennessee.”

Kilzer, Austin King, Montana Lipford, Tucker Matthews, Tristin McClain, Bryce Morris, Dillon Rinks, Tanner Thompson and Kenneth Wilson. These students wrote the winning essays in their class: Abbey Allen, Anna Beth Beaver, Alaina Cooper, Ariana Doucette, Isaac Ellis, Daniel England, Alayna Felker, Hillary Foxx, Kaylin Garner, Taylor Geary, Alex Hammons, Taylor Henley, Trista Hill, Katie Hollin, Lucy Johnson, Lillie McCarver, Gracen McClain and Mia Osterman. Congratulations to the overall winners Lillie McCarver (fourth) and Mia Osterman (fifth). We were extremely proud of the effort that was shown by all of our students during Winter Writing Week. We definitely have a school filled with talented writers! Also during the assembly on Friday, Mrs. Christy Foster was honored for being voted CCMS Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Foster graduated from Freed-Hardeman University and has been teaching fifth-grade at CCMS since August of 2003. Mrs. Foster states that she has been blessed with wonderful co-workers and students. She is married to David Foster, and they have two daughters, Isabel (4) and

Morgan (2). In classroom news…Mrs. Stout’s class has learned the names of the presidents in chronological order by singing them. Mrs. Stout’s and Mrs. Kinard’s classes recently participated in experiments exploring matter. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, CCMS will be hosting the Mr. and Miss CCMS pageant at Williams Auditorium. The pageant is open to fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade Chester County students. Pageant forms were available on Jan. 30 and will be sent home with students. Also again this year CCMS will be sponsoring the Miss Sweetheart Pageant at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, for girls 0-18. Start preparing now to get those smiles ready. Please contact Tanya Morris with any questions: 608-7927 or Below are reminders of important dates in February that you will want to mark on your calendar: Feb. 1 – Fifth-grade writing assessment Feb. 2 – Progress reports go out Feb. 14-17 – 4-H meetings Feb. 16 – Spring and class pictures Feb. 18 – Pageants Feb. 20 – School dismissed in honor of Presidents’ Day.

The College Republicans is a student political organization sponsored by Dr. Stephen Morris, associate professor of political studies at FHU. The organization promotes Republican ideals and candidates and encourages participation in politics and civic activities. The College Republicans also work to become future leaders in the conservative movement. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, the FHU College Republicans will be hosting an event on campus with Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “The event will be an election forum talking about primaries, the importance of voting and the impact of our generation,” Pack said. The community is invited to attend this event.

Artists work on display at FHU’s art gallery Two recent graduates of Union University opened a month-long show Thursday, Jan. 26, at Freed-Hardeman University’s BullinerClayton Art Gallery. The work of Kelsy Nagy and Paige Ward will be on display through Feb. 24. Nagy is the studio assistant and pottery instructor at Botbyl Pottery and Companion Gallery in Humboldt. In addition to her study at Union, she interned at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. “I strive to celebrate and highlight the everyday object through ornamentation,” she said. Ward holds a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in

ceramics. She also interned at Arrowmont. She is Union’s art department shop technician and the children’s clay instructor at Mudslingers Studio, an annex of Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. “All of my work seems to have the common thread of home and people who have influenced me,” she said. The artists’ works share many similarities. “In planning this show,” Ward said, “Kelsy and I talked about the similarities of our work. In our discussions, we discovered that the vessel and the home are both containers—Objects of Containment.”

UTC Dean’s List and Graduates for Fall 2011 Kelly Ducheny, from Chester County, has been recognized by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for academic achievement during the 2011 fall semester having been named to the Dean’s List. To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-

point average of 3.2 or above. David Oldham, from Chester County, participated in the fall 2011 (238th) commencement exercise for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Over 600 students were in the graduating class.

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By Ally Rogers The basketball teams played in the Best of the West tournament in Lexington last week. The girls’ team won first place, defeating Hardin County in a close game! Paige Pipkin was named MVP of the tournament and Kelsey Luttrell was named to the AllTournament team! The boys took second place, losing to Hardin County in a close game. They played so well and showed their awesome talents on the court! Congratulations go to Jarrett Wilson and Daniel Scott for being

By Rosemary McKnight East Chester would like to congratulate Dr. Belinda Anderson on being selected as East Chester Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. Dr. Anderson is in her second year of teaching special education at East Chester. She teaches a wide range of abilities from those with special needs to the gifted. The past two years she has received acclaims for her work with gifted students by training them in law and taking them to the Criminal Justice Center to conduct a mock trial. Dr. Anderson is also known for her motivational talks to faculty and staff that has inspired them to do more to encourage students and each other by “filling each other’s buckets.” Dr. Anderson has a wide range of experience in education. She taught kindergarten in Fayette County, headed the School of Education at Lambuth University, and worked as Director of Admissions and other capacities at Freed-Hardeman

Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester Elementary, Jacks Creek Elementary, and West Chester Elementary Schools Monday, Jan. 30 Chicken tenders Corndog Green peas, rolls Mashed potatoes Fruit choice, milk choice Tuesday, Jan. 31 Baked lemon pepper chicken Or ham/cheese sandwich Macaroni/cheese Green beans, roll Baked apples Pineapple, milk choice Wednesday, Feb. 1 Manager’s choice January birthday cake

named a part of the AllTournament team, as well! What a GREAT season our teams have had. Please show your appreciation to the coaches and players. The Volleyball team plays their first games next week and all will be at home. On Monday, beginning at 5 p.m., they play Lexington; on Tuesday, beginning at 4 p.m., they play Trinity; and on Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m., they play Middleton. They will also compete in an all day tournament at FHU on Saturday. We hope you’ll make plans to come and watch one of their matches! The eighth-grade students took the writing assessment last Wednesday. We set a goal and believe that our students have the ability to reach it! The test scores will be back in several weeks and we will send

them home ASAP. In the next couple of weeks, the students at the Junior High will be participating in the “Great Shake Out!” This is to raise awareness for earthquake safety. All students will be participating in drills that will teach them what to do in case there ever is an earthquake. It never hurts to be prepared! We want to welcome Ms. Christie Pennington to CCJHS. She will be doing her student teaching with Ms. Cole’s sixthgrade math classes. I know she will benefit from being here, and our students will benefit from her teaching! All seventh-grade students were given ‘Interest Inventories’ during a guidance lesson, taught by Mrs. Ally last week. Some were very surprised at their results! They were also able to go to the library to research their occupation of interest. Be

sure to ask your child what their goal is for after high school! The Miss/Mr. CCMS pageant will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Williams Auditorium. The sixth-graders are invited to participate in this pageant. We have forms in our office that have all the details about this. Good Luck to all involved. Our Spring Banquet is right around the corner. It will be held March 22. All students, grades 6-8 are invited to attend, however those with severe discipline issues will not be allowed to purchase a ticket. Tickets will go on sale in the upcoming weeks. Progress Reports will go out on Thursday, Feb. 2. Be sure to include on your calendar that on Feb. 20 school will be dismissed in honor of Presidents’ Day, and on Feb. 22 spring pictures will be taken.

University. Her experience and expertise has spread to all teachers and helped to make East Chester an even better school. Students have been logging on to IXL Math at home to practice their math skills. Students received a username and password that allows them to access this site at home. Teachers receive reports telling them how much time has been spent on IXL and how many problems students have practiced. We appreciate Ms. Kim making this possible. There is a lot of thinking going on at East Chester. The evidence is in the many Thinking Maps that are displayed in the hallway. Thinking Maps are graphic organizers that help students make descriptions, compare and contrast, make analogies, break things from whole into parts, and classify information. All grades are using Thinking Maps to encourage higher level thinking skills. First-grade classes enjoyed having celebrations from other cultures last week. They compared and contrasted our customs with those from other countries. They ate tortillas from Mexico, fortune cookies from China, and cascarones eggs from France. Beverly Rogers’ class studied treasures from the sea. Several students

shared shells from their vacations to the beach. Dr. Stuart Rogers brought a horse crab shell that he retrieved from a sand dune for Mrs. Rogers. Second-grade teachers attended TRIAD training in Jackson last week. They spent two days learning characteristics of autism and how to provide structured learning for students with autism. Progress reports will go home Thursday. On Feb. 3 students will receive a free dental

screening. Dr. David Magee and his staff will come to East Chester and provide the screening. East Chester will participate in Computers for Education next week. Parents should be on the lookout for information about this project. We need as many addresses as possible returned to school. East Chester is a great place to be. There is a lot of learning going on. Come visit and see for yourself!

Fruit choice, milk choice

Fruit choice, milk choice

Thursday, Feb. 2 Vegetable beef soup/crackers Turkey/cheese sandwich Tiny tri taters, corn Carrots/ranch dip/pickles Pimento cheese sandwich Fruit choice, milk choice

Wednesday, Feb. 1 Breaded chicken sandwich Or hamburger Baked fries, baked beans Sandwich trimmings January birthday cake Fruit choice, milk choice

Friday, Feb. 3 Pizza or barbecue/bun Fries, coleslaw Broccoli/cheese Fruit choice, milk choice

Chester County Middle School Monday, Jan. 30 Chicken nuggets or Country fried steak Mashed potatoes Green beans Baked apples, rolls Fruit choice, milk choice Tuesday, Jan. 31 Manager’s choice

By Marti McDaniel West Chester would like to give a big “thank you” to the response we had for the 100th day of school penny collections. Please read next week’s news article to find out what our grand total was! All of the pennies and donations collected will be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kindergarten students are learning how to form complete sentences, beginning with capital letters and ending with a punctuation mark. In math, kindergarten students are learning about

Thursday, Feb. 2 Spaghetti/meat sauce Or turkey/cheese wrap Sweet potatoes Purple hull peas Texas toast Fruit choice, milk choice Friday, Feb. 3 Pizza Tuna salad plates Baked potato California blend Fruit choice, milk choice

Chester County Junior High School *Cereal, fruit, milk choice offered daily

addition and subtraction, time to the hour, and money. Please practice these difficult skills at home with your child. Mrs. Misty’s class now has a rather unique reading area. If you visit you will find an igloo made with 357 milk jugs big enough to comfortably seat 5 kindergarteners! Thank you so much to everyone who helped collect milk jugs. You helped make the Arctic unit come to life! First-graders have been busy learning about adjectives, vowel digraphs, possessives, and main idea. They have also been learning about skip counting, odd and even numbers and ordinal numbers. While learning about ordinal numbers, Mrs. Emily’s class read The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett. They used the books not only to discuss

Monday, Jan. 30 Chicken strips or Meatball sub Mashed potatoes Green peas, rolls Baked apples Salad bar Tuesday, Jan. 31 Vegetable beef soup/ crackers Corndog Corn, mixed vegetables Baby carrots/pickle spears Salad bar Pimento cheese sandwich Wednesday, Feb. 1 Cheeseburger or Ham/cheese sandwich Macaroni/cheese Baked beans Salad bar/trimmings January birthday cake Thursday, Feb. 2 Lasagna/meat sauce Or turkey/cheese wrap Green beans, salad bar Tiny whole potatoes Bosco sticks

Inside CCHS by Meghan Black Basketball homecoming was last Friday, with the homecoming court announced between the games. Mitch Naylor and Ashley Franklin were the second alternates; Hunter Hearn and Dayla Whitehead were first alternates; and Ryan Turner and Ivanna Sims were homecoming king and queen. Congratulations to the MEGHAN entire homecoming BLACK court! The 2012 Miss-ter Chester County Pageant is coming up at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Williams Auditorium. All the proceeds go to Project Graduation, so come out for a fun night and support a good cause. Banquet is still several months away, but you might start thinking about with whom you want to go. Dues for guests will only be taken from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24; make sure you get your money in, everybody. Mu Alpha Theta is having a fundraiser for Valentine’s Day to allow you to find your perfect match in the school. The teachers have been given the forms; simply fill out the form and return it, with a dollar, to the teacher. The results will arrive around Valentine’s Day. Who will your perfect match be? The results from the Hairspray audition will be posted later this week. If you auditioned, check outside Mr. Mitchell’s door, room 25, for the cast list. Good luck to all! ordinal numbers but also to sequence events and draw conclusions from text. Second-graders are reading the story Helen Keller and The Big Storm, benefiting from the lessons learned in her extraordinary life. Mrs. Kelly’s class learned some sign language, so, parents should be sure to ask your child to show you! Second-grader’s teachers ask parents to continue working on addition and subtraction even though geometry will be introduced. Did you know it’s important to read to your child every night? Just 10 to 15 minutes a night will make a big difference! Also, please remember to check inside their folder

every night to keep up with what is going on in the classroom. Teachers and staff would like to say thank you to our wonderful cafeteria staff and custodians for all of their hard work and extra effort each and every day to make our school a great place! Family Winterfest will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, followed at 7 by a PTO meeting. Don’t miss out on this really fun and unique way to learn more about how to help your child. There will be refreshments and games with the coaches. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and promptly at 5:55 p.m. the rotations will begin. We can’t wait to see you here!

Friday, Feb. 3 Pizza or barbecue/bun Baked potato Salad bar Broccoli/cheese

Brown beans Turnip greens Cornbread

Chester County High School *Cereal, fruit choice, fruit juice, and milk choice offered daily Also, Stuffed crust pizza served as pizza choice each day Monday, Jan. 30 Chicken strips (2 lines) Pizza choice/fries Salad bar Mashed potatoes Green peas, salad Glazed carrots, rolls Baked apples Tuesday, Jan. 31 Chicken/dumplings Corndogs Pizza choice/fries Salad bar Tiny whole potatoes

Wednesday, Feb. 1 Cheeseburger or corndog Pizza choice/batter bites Vegetable beef soup Deli bar/salad bar Pimento cheese sandwich Baked beans, apple sticks Batter bites January birthday cake Thursday, Feb. 2 Baked lemon pepper chicken Pizza choice/fries Salad bar Green beans, corn Mashed potatoes Salad, rolls Friday, Feb. 3 Manager’s choice Pizza choice Baked potato bar Homemade chili, toppings Salad bar Manager’s choice vegetables

Page 6-B CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 2, 2012

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FOR RENT FOR RENT – 2-bedroom, 1-bath townhouse, $375 a month, $150 deposit. 467-0226. (TFC) FOR RENT – Mobile Homes in Jacks Creek Area, Nice Community. No Pets. Senior Discount. Call 989-4227. (TFC) FOR RENT – Commercial Building, 117 W. Main St. 3900 sq. ft. plus basement. $1,500. Will divide. United Country Action Realty. 989-7488. (TFC) FOR RENT – 2 BR, 1 BA Duplex. Excellent Location. No Pets. 1 Year Lease. Appliances Furnished. Call 983-2766. (TFC) FOR RENT – 3 BR, 1 BA, CHA, 230 North Franklin. $400 / Month. $200 Deposit. Call 9895304. (39C) FOR RENT – 2 or 3 BR Mobile Homes and Houses in Lexington. Weekly With Utilities or Monthly Without. Call 731-968-9689. (40P) FOR RENT – 2 BR Duplex. $425 / Month. $225 Deposit. All

FOR RENT – 2 bedroom house, 3 acres. 765 Cemetery Road, Enville. $495. United Country Realty 989-7488. (TFC) FOR RENT – 150 Hidden Valley Lane. $400 / Month. $400 Deposit. References Required & Proof of Employment. Call 731571-1158. (39P) FOR RENT – Rural Chester County. 3 BR, 2 ½ BA House with Screened Back Porch. $450 / Month. $150 Deposit. References Required. NO PETS. Call 731989-5002. (39P) FOR RENT – 1 bedroom house, appliances, (landlord mows yard). 248A E. Third. $325 / Month. 989-7488. (TFC) FOR RENT – 2 bedroom mobile home. $295 / month (includes water). 1825 Sand Mountain Road. United Country Action Realty. 989-7488. (TFC) FOR RENT – 750 Cherry. 3 BR, 2 Bath Home in Great Neighborhood. Appliances Furnished. Enclosed Garage. $500 Deposit. $950 / Month. Credit Check, References, and One Year Lease Required. NO PETS. 608-4885. (TFC) FOR RENT – 3 BR, 2 BA. Excellent Location. 1 Year Lease. NO PETS. 983-2766. (TFC) FOR RENT – Log Cabin, Tamarack Park Area. 2 BR, 1 BA. $450 / Month. Shown by Appointment - Henry Harrison. Call 731-217-3350. (39C)

MISCELLANEOUS JIM’s TRASH SERVICE - $15 / Month. $12 / Month for Senior Citizens. Call 731-608-4244 or 989-8958. (41P) CROSSROADS Lawn Care and Tree Service – Home Maintenance Plus Pressure Washing – Insured in Workers Comp. Call 731616-1565 or visit www.crossroadslawncare.c om (11P)


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CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 2, 2012 Page 7-B Substitute Trustee Larry F. McKenzie, Attorney

Public Notices SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: THAT, WHEREAS, by deed of trust dated April 12, 2007, recorded in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee in Record Book 299, page 70, et seq., Charles W. Chamber and wife, Linda L. Chambers did convey in trust to John Alexander, Substitute Trustee, the real estate hereinafter described to secure the payment of the principal sum of $52,000.00, payable to the order of Community South Bank, Adamsville, Tennessee, evidenced by a certain promissory note described in said deed of trust and being incorporated by reference; and, WHEREAS, said deed of trust provided that in the event of a default in the payment of the indebtedness required to be paid under said note, when the same are due and payable, the entire indebtedness shall, at the option of the owner and holder thereof, become due and payable forthwith; and, WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness, now due, and the owner and holder of said note has declared the entire unpaid balance now due and payable, and has called upon John Alexander, the nominated Substitute Trustee, to foreclose said deed of trust according to the terms and provisions thereof; NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as such Substitute Trustee under said deed of trust, I will, on Friday, February 24, 2012, offer for sale and sell, at the front door of the Courthouse in Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, at 1:30 P.M., to the last, highest and best bidder, for cash in hand and in bar of the equity of redemption, the following described real estate located in CHESTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE, more particularly bounded and described as follows, towit: TRACT ONE: BEGINNING on the McNairy and Chester County line on the south side of the Henderson and Savannah Highway No. 45, thence south 30 ½ poles to a stake in branch, thence degrees south of west 12 ½ poles down said branch to a stake, thence north 49 poles to a stake on the south side of Highway No. 45; thence south of east 40° 17 1/4 poles to the beginning containing by estimation 2 - 71/100 acres to be the same more or less.

TRACT TWO: BEGINNING on a stake in the Chester and McNairy County line, thence south 31 ½ poles to a stake on a branch, thence south west 12 ½ poles with branch to a stake and George Cagle’s south east corner, thence east 37 ½ poles to a stake on south side of Henderson and Savannah Highway No. 45; thence running north with said Highway No. 45, 42 poles to the beginning corner, containing by estimation 2 3/5 acres to be the same more or less. Said legal descriptions are the same descriptions as contained in the previous deed of record. INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION BUT EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED THEREFROM IS a tract of real estate conveyed to Robert Neal Frazier by deed of Vesta Wilkins, Tommie Sue Hutton and Clara Jane Hutton dated October 24, 1974 and record in Deed Book 63, page 207, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. Street Address: 11870 State Highway 22A South, Milledgeville, Tennessee 38359 Liens in favor of the United State or the State of Tennessee: None Map 79, Parcel 9.00, Chester County Tax Assessors Office Other parties interested in this property: Brandon L. Chambers and Loretta L. Martin Said sale shall be made subject to any outstanding indebtedness, taxes, or other encumbrances which may constitute a valid prior lien against said property, if any. Said property shall be sold and conveyed by the undersigned as Substitute Trustee only, and not further or otherwise, and the buyer shall rely upon his own good judgment and investigation as to the status of title. 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. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender of trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated at Henderson, Tennessee, this January 27, 2012. John Alexander

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of: Betty L. Johnson, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on the 25th day of January, 2012, Letters Testamentary in respect of the Deceased’s estate were issued to the undersigned by the Chancery Court for Chester County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against this estate are required to file the same in triplicatewith the Clerk and Master, Chancery Court, within the earlier of four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice, or twelve months from the date of death of the dcedent, otherwise their claims will be forever barred. No. 2012 PR 152 All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 25th day of January, 2012. J. Winston Truett, CPA Personal Representative Estate of Betty L. Johnson By Cornelia Hall Clerk and Master

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated February 15, 2007, executed by KIMBERLY LYNN SEATON, UNMARRIED, conveying certain real property therein described to MARK A ROSSER, ESQ as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, on February 22, 2007, as Instrument No. 28367, in Book 296, at Page 501; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-2, who is now the owner of said debt; and WHEREAS, Notice of the Right to Foreclose(“Notice”) was given in compliance with Tennessee law by the mailing a copy of the Notice to the parties at least sixty (60) days prior to the first publication of the Substitute Trustee’s Sale. WHEREAS, the undersigned, RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., having been appointed by as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that the

undersigned, RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as Substitute Trustee or its duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on February 17, 2012, 11:00 AM at the Chester County courthouse door where the foreclosure sales are customarily held At the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, TN, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Chester County, Tennessee, to wit: The following described tract or parcel of real estate located in the Tenth Civil District, Chester County, Tennessee, more particularly bounded and described as follows, to wit: Beginning at an iron pin set in an interior line of Raymond Deming as recorded in Record Book 145, Page 573, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, and in the North line of the parent tract; thence, from the point of beginning, and with line of Raymond Deming (Record Book 145, Page 573) the following calls: South 86° 53’ 22” East, crossing Deming Road, 457.43 feet to an axle found at the Northeast corner of the said parent tract; South 03° 06’ 38” West 377.17 feet to an iron pin set at the Southeast corner of the herein described tract; thence, on new lines through Henson, the following calls: North 87° 01’ 28” West 321.17 feet to an iron pin set; North 48° 52’ 04” West 228.08 feet to an iron pin set North 13° 28’ 19” East 241.37 feet to the point of beginning, containing 3.9 acres as surveyed by Advanced Land Surveying, Inc., R.L.S. #1999, on December 07, 2001. PARCEL NUMBER: 091 00202 000 PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 2740 DEMING RD, HORNSBY, TN 38044. In the event of any discrepancy between this street address and the legal description of the property, the legal description shall control. CURRENT OWNER(S): KIMBERLY LYNN SEATON AKA KIMBERLY PERRY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: The sale of the abovedescribed property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; 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. This property is being sold with the express reservation that it is subject to confirmation by the lender or Substitute Trustee. This sale may be rescinded 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. All right and equity of redemption,

statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The Property is sold as is, where is, without representations or warranties of any kind, including fitness for a particular use or purpose. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., Substitute Trustee 2380 Performance Dr, TX2-9840407 Richardson, TX 75082 Tel: (800) 281-8219 Fax: (866) 681-5002 Registered Agent: CT Corporation System 800 South Gay Street, Suite 2021 Knoxville, TN 37929 Tel: (865) 342-3522 TS#: 11-0100721 FEI # 1006.151584

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by that certain Deed of Trust executed on September 24, 2010, by Kelly A. Revnoc to Old Republic Title Company of Tennessee, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, under Book No 344, Page 160, (“Deed of Trust”); and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to CRESCENT MORTGAGE COMPANY; and WHEREAS, CRESCENT MORTGAGE COMPANY, the current owner and holder of said Deed of Trust, (the “Owner and Holder”), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-117 (i), not less than sixty (60) days prior to the first publication required by § 35-5-101, the notice of the right to foreclose was properly sent, if so required; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Owner and Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or its duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in it, will on Thursday, February 16, 2012, commencing at 12:00 PM at the Main

entrance of the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Chester County, Tennessee, to wit: Beginning at a point in the centerline of State Route 22A, which point is the Southwest corner of Keith LeCornu; and the southeast corner of the herein described tract; thence, from the point of beginning and with the centerline of State Route 22A, North 52 degrees 50 minutes 12 seconds West 200.00 feet to a p.k. nail set; thence on a new line through Cox, North 06 degrees 59 minutes 02 seconds East to an iron pin set in the south line of Harold Richerson as recorded in Record Book 141, Page 464, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee; thence, with the south line of Richerson, South 87 degrees 27minutes 47 seconds East 200.00 feet to a iron pin set at the northwest corner of LeCornu; thence, with the west line of LeCornu, South 13 degrees 59 minutes 02 seconds East 898.44 to the point of beginning, containing 2.94 acres. [Legal description is the same as contained in the previous deed of record] Being the same property conveyed to Kelly A. Revnoc by warranty deed of record in Record Book 261, Page 411, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 2215 South St Rt 22 A, Jacks Creek, TN 38347 CURRENT OWNER(S): Kelly A. Revnoc The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: N/A OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. 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. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee c/o PP Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 File No.: 559.J1104078TN Web Site:

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