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FEBRUARY 16, 2012 147th YEAR - NO. 41


Council amends ordinance concerning tattoo parlors By James A. Webb Editor in Chief

Henderson City Council approved on first reading an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinances which would allow tattoo parlors in the vicinity of churches and schools. The action came at the council’s regular monthly meeting Thursday in City Hall. However, since only five of the city’s six council members were present, the second and final reading making the change official has to wait until the next council meeting in March. Pamela Dowdy addressed the board requesting the change. She and her business partners are seeking to open a tattoo parlor at 222 North Church Ave., in a building owned by Donald Britt, which is less than 1,000 feet from Cool Springs Baptist Church located on Harmon Street near the corner with Church Ave. Another tattoo parlor, at 248 North Church Ave., is already located inside the 1,000foot barrier but was “grandfathered” in when the present ordinance was established. Dowdy explained to council

members her plans for the business, stating that no minors would be allowed in the business at any time, not even her own children. And that the business would not be open on Sundays, “because we go to church too,” she said. “We did not seek to go against the ordinance, but because of the other shop we thought it would be OK,” said Dowdy. In support of her request, she stated that persons of all status in society now are getting tattoos. The Planning Commission had already approved the amendment, and no one at the meeting spoke in opposition. Council member Johny Farris also noted a change in society’s opinion concerning tattoos, and he made the motion to affirm the amendment, which passed five for and one absent. In other matters before the council, James Taylor addressed the board concerning his utility bill. Taylor stated that due to a water leak at his residence, his current bill was in excess of $300. And while the leak had been repaired, he stated he could not currently pay the

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Pamela Dowdy addressed the Henderson City Council during their meeting Thursday at City Hall. Dowdy explained to the council members about her plans to open a tattoo parlor on North Church Ave. The council approved, on first reading only, an amendment to the city’s ordinance which would allow Dowdy to open the business at this location. entire utility bill. The council approved allowing Taylor up to six months to complete payment of the $300 as long as each monthly bill during that time is also paid. Seven bids were received by the city concerning East Lagoon modifications, but only five met

specifications. The council voted to award the contract to Quinn Construction Corp. of Parsons in the amount of $173,080 in Part A, and $54,680 in Part B, for a total of $227,760. The Federal Emergency See CITY, Page 3-A

FHU deems 2012 lectureships a success The Freed-Hardeman lectureship committee is resting easy after a successful 76th annual Bible lectureship. The series of biblical lectures began Sunday, Feb. 5 and concluded with a chapel lesson Friday, Feb. 10. In a nod to the decades-old tradition of snow during lectureship, a few flakes fell about the time chapel ended Friday. This year’s theme was “The Behavior of Belief: Faith and Life in James to Jude.” A total of 125 speakers and song leaders led the sessions this year. The lectures dealt with the seven brief New Testament books known as the ‘General Epistles:’ James, first and second Peter, first, second and third John and Jude. “We are indebted to our entire campus family for helping

such a huge event run so smoothly with very little difficulty. Our speakers were very well prepared, the audience was happy and grateful for such a good program, and our contributors have given very generously,” said Dr. Billy Smith, dean of the FHU School of Biblical Studies. “As far as logistics on campus is concerned,” he said, “everything worked. It takes a fine-tuned machine to put on something like this.” Smith estimated approximately 4,000 additional people were in town for the week.

Keynote sessions each evening at 7:30 addressed the theme topic: “The Behavior of Belief.” Chapel sessions Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. focused on “Faith and Life.” Special sessions were conducted Monday and Tuesday for youth workers. Wednesday also featured sessions designed for Bible schoolteachers. Musical entertainment followed each evening’s session. Monday night was the University singers, and Tuesday was the University Chorale. Bible professor Sam Hester

coordinated the annual performance “Pickin’ and Singin” Wednesday evening. The FHU Alumni Singers under the direction of John R. Hall presented a program Thursday evening. Following the lecture Thursday evening, Dr. David Lipe, director of the Lectureship committee, announced the 2013 theme: “We Will Serve the Lord: Conquest and Deliverance in Joshua to Ruth.” The 77th annual Bible lectureship will be Feb. 3-8, 2013. The lectureship committee will begin planning for next year in two weeks.

Banquet proceeds benefit Hollomon Fund

Henderson attorney Lloyd R. Tatum is among three nominated for a vacant circuit court judge position. Ta t u m , and Dale Conder and N a t h a n Pride both of Jackson, were selectLLOYD R. ed Friday by TATUM the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 26th Judicial District judge vacancy created by the appointment of Roger A. Page to the court of Criminal Appeals. Gov. Bill Haslam may now appoint one of the three to the vacancy. The 26 district includes Chester, Madison, and Henderson Counties. Tatum is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and has been in private practice for 26 years.

Early voting began Wednesday Tennessee early voting for the 2012 Presidential primaries will begin Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Chester County Election Commission Office at 126 Crook Ave. Voters must appear in person with a valid photo ID in order to take part in early voting. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 15-28, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25. Early voting will close at noon on Friday, Feb. 17, in order for county officials to attend the funeral of Nancy Halton. Voting will also close on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Election Day is March 6, 2012.

C.C. offices to close for Haltom funeral Friday Nancy Haltom, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – C a s e y NANCY Chapel. HALTOM Burial will

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Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

Clay Canada led the Chester County High School Jazz Band in entertainment during Saturday’s Valentine’s Banquet to benefit the Kathy Hollomon Memorial Cancer Care Fund. See additional photo from the evening on page 2-A.

follow in Hearn’s Chapel Cemetery in Chester County. Haltom was the Youth Service Officer for Chester County Juvenile Court, working there for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Board of Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center and a member of the Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) for the Center. All Chester County governmental offices will close at noon Friday, Feb. 17, in order for fellow county workers to attend the funeral. (See complete obituary, Page 10-A.)

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MSYC project underway to build new bunk beds

Ledford leaving Chamber

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Chamber of Commerce officials surprised Patricia Ledford with a reception in her honor Thursday at the Henderson City Hall. Ledford, center, has been part of the Chamber staff for several years but decided it simply was time for a change.

Valentine’s Banquet honors Hollomon

Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

All proceeds from the Valentine’s Banquet held at First United Methodist Church Saturday evening will benefit the Kathy Hollomon Memorial Cancer Care Fund.

The Dan Cole Bunk Bed Project is in full swing for Mid-South Youth Camp. This project seeks to memorialize Chief Warrant Officer Dan Cole by building new bunk beds for the summer camp he loved. Mid-South Youth Camp is a summer camp that runs eight weeks during the summer. It caters to about 1,300 campers with Bible classes, swimming, hiking and a 13-elements ropes course. There is also a retreat center. MSYC has longed served as a strong recruiting tool for Freed-Hardeman University. Cole was killed July 9, 2011, in a helicopter crash near the Smoky Mountains. He was a loving husband and father, a devout Christian and a decorated soldier. Raised in Henderson, Cole was a longtime friend of FHU and Mid-South. He graduated from Chester County High School and attended Freed-Hardeman University from 1988 to 1990. Many of his family members, including his parents, John and Sue Cole, continue to reside in the Henderson area. Cole is also survived by his wife, the former Deanna Hall, a 1989 FHU graduate; two children, Lauren and Logan; and two sisters, Beth Naylor and Rebecca Ada. Naylor has organized the project to help MSYC, which has had a great impact on their family. A number of the Cole family members have been involved with MSYC in the past. Dan attended MSYC, was baptized there and worked there during the 1980’s.

Approximately $8,500 has been raised to build the bunk beds and 40 percent of the building has already been accomplished, thanks to volunteers. A group with the local National Guard disassembled the old beds, which are being sent to Haiti to be used to build furniture. FHU’s art center has volunteered the use of its facilities to cut and sand wood pieces. The Chester County football team and Boy Scout Troup 25 have begun assembling the new beds. Money and volunteers are still needed to complete the project. MSYC has 13 cabins with 20 bunks per cabin. Current funds will only cover the cost of the beds, not mattresses. “Putting old mattresses into new bunk beds isn’t ideal. We really want to be able to give our campers the best we can,” said Frank Bradford, director of MSYC. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a gift acknowledgement. Checks should be made payable to MidSouth Youth Camp and can be sent to Dan Cole Bunk Bed Project, c/o Richard Taylor, Mid-South Youth Camp, 158 E. Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340. For more information, visit DanCole.

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IRS unveils new Smartphone app The Internal Revenue Service announced last week the availability of IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of its smartphone application designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information. The new app, available on the Apple and Android platforms, adds a new YouTube feature, news feed and tax transcript service in addition to existing tools. “The new smartphone app provides an easy way for people to get helpful information about their taxes,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. The IRS released the first version of IRS2Go in 2011, and had more than 350,000 downloads. The phone app offers taxpayers a number of safe and secure ways to access information and keep cur-

rent on practical tax information. The 2.0 version of the phone app includes three new tools: • Watch Us. People can view IRS YouTube videos on their smartphones. The videos provide short, informative features on a variety of tax topics. IRS also has YouTube channels available in multilingual and American Sign Language. • Get the Latest News. With this tool, users can have the latest IRS news releases delivered to their phones as it becomes available. • Get My Tax Record. Taxpayers can now order their tax return transcript from the IRS2Go app. The transcript will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service to their address of record. The free IRS2Go app will continue giving taxpayers access to the tools

offered last year: • Get Your Refund Status. Taxpayers can check the status of their federal tax refund through the phone app with a few basic pieces of information. • Get Tax Updates. Phone app users enter their e-mail address to automatically receive simple, straightforward tips and reminders to help with tax planning and preparation. • Follow the IRS. Taxpayers can sign up to follow the IRS Twitter newsfeed, @IRSnews, which provides easy-touse information, including updates on tax law changes and important IRS programs. Apple users can update or download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the Apple App Store. Android users can visit the Android Marketplace.

Mentors and foster parents needed in Chester County area Youth Villages is looking for caring people in the Chester County area to become mentors and foster parents to children in need. Mentors serve as positive role models to children in Youth Villages’ care, who may be dealing with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. Many children lack a positive adult figure in their lives and can benefit greatly from one-onone time spent with a mentor. Mentors are asked to make at least a six-month commitment and spend at least four to six hours per month with their mentees. These times can be spent doing things they both enjoy such as going out to eat, visiting local attractions, volunteering or reading together. Potential mentors should be at least 21 years old and attend a free initial training session. For more information on mentoring, please call Tangina Sanders at 901-252-

2898, email her at or visit Youth Villages is also looking for foster parents for children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues and need a home. These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them. If the children become available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. Foster parents should be single or married adults over the age of 25 living in the Chester County area. For more information on becoming a foster parent, please call Donna Goodman, foster parent recruiter at 731660-6767, email her at or visit

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City Management Agency will pay 75 percent of the project, the state 12.5 percent, with the city responsible for the remaining 12.5 percent. On a motion from Farris, the council voted to move forward with a project to light four intersections on the Hwy 100 bypass. The city is hoping to use Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to complete project at an estimated total of $289,460. However, the city currently has only $52,882 available which will be used for an engineering study and other preliminary work. At the urging of Police Chief Tommy Davis, the city authorized the establishment of a Reserve Account in the General Fund in which certain funds awarded in General Sessions and Circuit Court would be deposited. These funds would be used for any police expenditure except salaries and benefits. An estimate was received in the amount of $9,703 for replacement of the water plant north side flow pipe. The city also approved an extension of the lease for Eagle Logistics of the city-owned building at 60

Record Drive. The lease is for $2,200 per month. The City authorized the Chamber of Commerce to apply for a grant in the city’s name for a $15,000 Downtowns Innovation Program Grant through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Grant funds have to be spent on public improvements in the downtown area. The City’s Downtowns Committee decided the best use for the funds was to create a park like area on the lot where the gazebo now sits at the corner of Main and Washington. The plan has not been finalized but it includes removal of the gazebo, new landscaping, walkways, benches, tables and chairs and decorative sail type shade. The project

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will also include a free WiFi hotspot. Due to the uncertainty of the final cost of the project, Mayor Bobby King asked for the city to fund up to an additional $15,000 (if needed) to complete the project. At the conclusion of the meeting it was noted that: Property tax collections were four percent ahead of the pace at the same time last year; the city’s rate on retirement payments will increase from 12.97 to 13.20 percent, an amount that is less than anticipated; local sales tax collections are running about the same as the previous year; and Davis noted that one new police car had been ordered, but expected that he would not be able to order another through the state contract before at least March 15.

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Life & Style

Thursday, February 16, 2012

News from the City

Happy birthday wishes go to Randi Baxter and Barbara Cole on Feb. 17; Tony Murphy on Feb. 18; Jerry Crowell on Feb. 19; Lynn Canaday and Jackie Hutcherson on Feb. 20; and Rose Busby on Feb. 22. Happy anniversary to Jim and Lavern Vest on Feb. 17; Jerry and Jean Crowell on Feb. 20; Patrick and Shelby Mooney on Feb. 21; and Ethan and Monica Martin on Feb. 22. The Enville Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Have you noticed in our community calendar the Enville Fire Department meetings schedule? It says for April - June EVFD meetings are on Thursdays, meetings for July are listed on Wednesdays, and in December the meetings are listed on Mondays! The EVFD meetings ARE still on Tuesdays, so the calendar is incorrect. This is just a little humor in our

calendar this year. Valentine's Day has once again come and gone. I sure hope everyone had a chance to spend some special time with that special someone. Presidents' Day is Monday, Feb. 20 and no, I'm not going to give a quote from all 44 presidents like I did last year; just one quote from our first and our present presidents. “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington. “If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.” - Barack Obama. For more quotes go to w w w. g r e a t p r e s i d e n In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, is the first day of Lent, the season of penance, reflection and fasting in preparation for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. Have a great week, and if you have any news please call me at 9890212.

Hello to my family and friends. It is good to be with you on another day that the Lord has allowed us to see. If you are reading this that means you are alive today. That is why I give God some praises for everyday he allows me to see. To Jean, the niece of Lou Helen Fulton, I enjoyed hearing your voice and was glad that we could make you so happy. It is good to receive phone calls like yours. Your auntie is a great woman that I can appreciate along with many others here in Chester County. Her wisdom and knowledge has encouraged me to try and make a difference even more in my life. Thank you for calling and you are more than welcome. You know everyday can not be sunshine in our life. Monday was a sad day for me, and many others, when I heard about my friend Nancy. Nancy has worked and helped so many people here in our city of Henderson and many others that lived elsewhere. Nancy, we the City will miss you. Our sympathy and prayers are with her family and friends. The Southwest Head Start Program will be hosting Parent Day training starting a 9 a.m. on Feb. 17, at the Chester County Head Start Center Training room, located at 1495 White Ave., next door to the Southwest HRA office in Henderson. The topics will be “Job Searching,” presented by Sandy Barnett with the West Tennessee Career Coach Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and “Budgeting,” presented by Kathryn Avent with the West Tennessee Legal Services. If you are interested in attending, contact Carrie Buck at the Southwest Head Start office at 989-5111, ext.

1166. Do not forget about the Electa Chapter No. 255, PHA is having their Sweetheart Banquet at 6 9 p.m. on Feb. 18, at the Lucyville Masonic Lodge, 416 Fourth St. Henderson. Tickets are $10. They plan to make this an annual event. For more information, call 989-4993. I hope to see you there. The VFW post 4844 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, at our Post located in the Senior Citizen Center. All members please come, and new members are welcome. The Chester County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Whisker’s, behind Jack’s. The public is invited. The Senior Citizen Center is starting a therapy group session from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on March 1. The name of the group is C.O.P.E. (Circle of Personal Empowerment) and is open at no cost to anyone in the community who wishes to come. It will be held in the fitness room. Come one, come all, and be involved. For more information, call Joanne at 989-7434. The city would like to wish a happy birthday to every one who had a birthday this week. On the prayer list this week are Mary Burton, Vircie Massengill, Dorothy Demper and any others that I do not know about. Remember also to pray for our children, teachers, family, our men and women that are serving our country and also the incarcerated. Remember to patronize our local businesses here in town. Let’s support our own as much as we can. Chester County Head Start is still accepting applications for 3- and 4year-olds. For more info call 989-2561 or 989-5111. If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, an announcement and something happening in the City, call 989-1907 and leave your message, or you may email m. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Valentine’s Day may be over, but “LOVE is like a butterfly, it settles upon you when you least expect it.” Ask yourself – “Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?” Hope your day was full of chocolates, roses, jewelry, hugs, cards, a romantic meal, someone held your hand or you had a tender memory recall. Aren’t all of these cherished gifts? Our community expresses sympathy to the families of Billy Clark Allen (6-12-35 to 2-10-12) from Saltillo; Nancy Naylor Mayfield (4-9-33 to 2-10-12) from Old Friendship community Dusty and I enjoyed visiting her, she always had a loyal mate sitting quietly

near her - in honor of Mr. Floyd, “Guys are like stars – millions of them, but only one to make a dream come true,” and he did – “till death us do part”; Howell Volner (1927 to 211-12) from Scotts Hill, a Pentecostal pastor; Nancy Haltom (died 2-12-12) from Henderson, the wife of city policeman Dennis Haltom; and James Ceron “Bill” Jordan (12-27-34 to 2-12-12) from Jacks Creek - he was a family man who supported his kids (Teresa and Vicki) and grandkids (Amy, Keri, and Dylan) in all activities. He adored little Logan and Jordan, and enjoyed Mariah and Madison. I remember seeing Bill and Ann at ball games when just a kid myself. Bill took good care of his young bride, and they took care of their parents. Bill was a gentle giant. His family and our community will miss him. Don’t forget the benefit on Feb. 25 for David Brasfield at Finger community gymnasium. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be stew or BBQ chicken with carry-out plates.

There will also be a live auction, cake walk and tickets for a 38 Smith Wesson pistol. Preorder at 989-3402 or call Pat Jones. Thanks for your support for David. Regina Brooks wants to wish family birthday greetings to Scott Clayton (14) and Lisa and Ryan Clayton (16). A correction from last week - birthday greetings go to Wendy Cherry, granddaughter of Martha Bell Phillips. On our prayer list are Nellie Bess Armour (former teacher) and Lorraine Talley Reddin. Improving are Wayne Moody, who is home now; Carolyn Potter; Sylvia Grissom, who lifted lots of spirits on Sunday; Allene Johnson, who left transitional care; Cynthia Edgar Vogt (my teaching buddy and formerly from Enville); my cousin, Clyde Maness, who returned home; and my cousin, Betty Haggard, who is one tough sugar cookie while healing after hip-replacement surgery. Leon Morris called to express thanks for being on our community prayer

list, so thank you for calling to remember those loved – perhaps it made that person heal faster! We never know how we touch a heart, do we? I sure wish I knew who made and left a red velvet cake as a surprise while I was sleeping It was left in a red cake saver. Goodness! It was delicious to the last slice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my dear secret pal. If I had one wish for Thursday, it would be that you would call me at 8 a.m.! You obviously love me, and I think I love you, but I know I loved your cake! Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it; Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.” Something to think about today: Your home is in the path of a huge tornado. What two possessions would you grab as you ran for your cellar? Call 989-7485 with your responses and/or any news to include here next week.

By Gloria Holiday

Clark to celebrate first birthday Kamora BreShae Clark, daughter of Taneisha Burton and Rodricus Clark, of Henderson, will celebrate her first birthday Feb. 25, with a Hello Kitty party with her family and friends. Kamora has one brother, Jamarion Burton. The grandparents are Dwight Burton and Thresea Shields, and Laura Clark and Robert Price, all of Henderson.


Moore – Drye engagement Jacob Moore of Henderson and Allison Drye of Knoxville would like to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The couple met six years ago when both were attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Allison, the daughter of Duane Drye and Deborah Boromei, both of Tampa, Fla., is a graduate of The University of Tennessee where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently attending South College in Knoxville where she is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. She is employed with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Allison is the granddaughter of Kelly and Helen Brooks of Gate City, Va., and the late Ralph and Catherine Drye of Winchester. Jacob, the son of Bob and Janeane Moore, of Henderson, is a graduate of The University of Tennessee where he received a bachelor’s degree in business. He is employed with Southwest Tennessee Development District in the REDI program as a college mentor. Jacob is the grandson of Bobby and Lois Grissom, the late Joe Armour, and N.W. and Annie Jo Moore, all of Henderson. The couple is planning a beach wedding in Florida this October. The couple has already been feted with an engagement party in the home of Doris White. Michele White, Lois Grissom and Kakki Bird also hosted.

Ingleside-Pentagon holds February meeting Members of the Ingleside-Pentagon Club gathered in the home of Joan and Carolyn Swift for their February meeting. After a short business meeting conducted by President Regina East, the hostesses introduced Ike Roland, who told about growing up in Henderson during the Depression and World War II. The C. P. Roland family lived in a frame home on North Street. Like other Henderson families, the Rolands ate well even during the Depression because they had cows, chickens, a smoke house and a large garden. Henderson during this era was a noisy place: sirens called the volunteer fire department, and diesel engines ran the ice plant and electric plant. At night, the noise abated at 10 p.m. when the electric plant engines stopped, and electricity was shut off for the entire town. Chickasaw Park was opened during the Depression, and the segment of Highway 100 between Henderson and the park was constructed. Henderson youth spent many days at the park and in Chickasaw lake during the summer. Roland reminisced about school days. He was in the fifth-grade when the terrible flu epidemic swept the country, and the schools were closed for several weeks. Before a theater was opened in downtown Henderson, the PTA ran a theater in the school building located on the corner of White and Main, later known as the Milan-Sitka building. During World War II, an important part of going to the movies was watching the Newsreel for war news. Roland emphasized the patriotism that was seen in every aspect of Henderson life during World War II. Following Roland’s presentation, while enjoying delicious refreshments prepared by the hostesses, club members also enjoyed sharing their earliest memories of Henderson. Members present were Joan Brown, Regina East, Glenda Gardner, Beverly Hardin, Janice Kent, Nancy Lofton, Frances Melton, June Roland, Carolyn Swift, Joan Swift, Glenda Wiley and Ann Woods.

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Think beyond your comfort zone: There’s more than one way to make a chili To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when my husband suggested having pork and hominy chili. He found a recipe in a cookbook and wanted to try it, but I wasn’t completely sold on the concept. I mean, the chili I’m used to usually has beef and beans, and I don’t necessarily like to deviate from the standard. I’ve always been happy with some ground beef, a few cans of kidney beans, some tomatoes and a package of premixed chili seasoning. Why mess with my winter comfort food? All we needed that wasn’t in our pantry was a bit of pork and some hominy, so we bought the ingredients. I figured, if we didn’t make “chili,” we would use those two things in something. One night when I was feeling a bit under the weather, Chris decided it was time to make the chili, and I didn’t feel up to changing the menu, and a delicious new meal was born. Buying boneless pork ribs is definitely the way to go with this recipe. You will have plenty of meat and don’t have to worry

about working around the bone. Simply trim away the fat and cube the pieces. Over medium-high heat, brown the pork thoroughly. It takes about 5 minutes to achieve a nice, brown skin. Once the meat is brown, add the ingredients according to the following recipe and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. I never knew that a soup or chili could be so easy and fast. From start to finish, this recipe takes fewer than 30 minutes. It’s perfect for a night when you’re in a rush and want a warm hearty meal. I can’t imagine a chili being any easier, and there is no straining or long cook times involved. Before we made this, I was a skeptic, but now, I plan to make this one of my go-to meals for cold, wintery nights. There is just enough spice to make you feel warm inside and out, but it’s not over-pow-

eringly spicy. I don’t enjoy extra hot foods, so the chili powder and red pepper flakes added just enough heat to satisfy my pepper-loving husband while being gentle on my sensitive palate. The hominy acts as a great substitute for beans. It adds a nice texture and subtle flavor, and it’s a change from the typical chili and beans motif. You’ll be surprised by how perfectly this works together. I was so impressed by how well the flavors melded. It’s an absolutely delicious dish. This recipe only makes four servings, so if you have a large family or want to make several meals, you will probably want to double the ingredients. I was pleasantly full from my portion, but when I was washing dishes later and caught a whiff of the chili in the bottom of the pan, it made me sad that we didn’t have any leftovers.

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In the center’s previous meeting it was decided that the center will have a big country breakfast and bake sale March 17. The breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. More later on the items to be served. Jeri Lee Harris attended the center’s meeting and asked for members and neighbors to please help with the upcoming Relay for Life activities to be held this spring.

The Faith, Hope and Love food bank meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Hopewell Baptist Church fellowship hall. The monthly singing will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Old Pleasant Hill Church, just over the line in Mississippi. Faith Baptist Youth will have a workday at Faith, Hope and Love distribution’s new building on Feb. 18. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the church. On the birthday list are Marcel Northcott on Feb. 16; Billy Busby, Patsy Bullman and Camryn Pickett on Feb. 17; Mitch Plunk and Laney Kennedy on Feb. 20; Rose Busby on Feb. 22; Mary Jane Moloney on Feb. 23; Mamie Morain, Ike Kinchen and Mark Bell on Feb. 24; Mike Bullman and Christy Gilliam on

If there is anyone that would like to help many of us with a benefit for Gail Marsh, widow of Tony Marsh, please come after the regular March 5 meeting at the center. Discussion will begin on getting items for the live auction. The benefit is April 14. We need help from friends, family and neighbors in this event. Please contact me at 9895300, Wanda Cook at 9893724 or Ann Moore at 989-3233. Congratulations to Becky and Charles Monks on the arrival of Garrett Henry Monks, born on Feb. 10. Garrett weighed six pounds and was 16 inches long. The proud

grandparents are Wanda and Jerry Cook. I’m still asking for help getting in touch with 1972 graduates. If you have a family member, or know of someone that graduated that year, please contact Celia Murley at 989-5300. On our prayer list are Troy Cooper, Gail Marsh, David and Virginia Morrison, their daughter Sandra Allen, Aaron Parker, Mrs. Ann Morrison, the Whitwell family, Wayne Rinks and Randy Cooper. I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day. Remember to call with any news Celia Murley at 989-5300 or Wanda Cook at 989-3724.

Feb. 25; Jane Johnson and Melissa Carter on Feb. 27; Bobby Pickett on Feb. 28; and Bill Kinchen on Feb. 29 (his first in four years!). Happy anniversary to Mike and Diann Bullman on Feb. 16; Tex and Rose Busby on Feb. 20; and Paxton and Carol Connor on Feb. 24. On the prayer list are Amy Busby, Lorraine Reddin, Emma Tay Terry, Ernie Merriman, Talmo and Sue Johnson, Billy

Connor, Betty Stout, Brenda Smith, Loretta Pickett, Bill Kinchen, Ora Lea Barham, Beverly Tedford, Mary Russell, Linda Patterson, Bobby McEarl, Kathleen Busby, Chrissy Busby, and our military and their families. If you have news to share, call 989-7523. Thought for the week:”When you are worried, give your troubles to God; he will be up all night anyway.”

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons canola oil 8 ounces boneless pork ribs, trimmed and cubed 1 medium onion, chopped ¾ cup chopped green pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes 1 can (6 ounces) no-salt-added tomato paste 1 (15.5 ounce) can golden hominy, rinsed and drained 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added

diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth ¼ cup sour cream Directions: Heat canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cubed pork and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onion, green pepper and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender and onions are transparent. Stir in chili powder and next four spices. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste, hominy, tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Makes about 4 servings. Ladle into bowls and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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Words for the Week: ‘What’s his name?’ By Junebug

Chester County Independent archives, Feb. 17, 1972

SCOUT HONOR NEW MEDIA – Cub Scoutmaster Bill Leonard, right, is pictured above presenting attractive wall plaques to representatives of the Chester County Independent and Radio Station WHHM of Henderson. Accepting the award for the newspaper is Mrs. Jo Ann Anderson and for the radio station, Donald Earl Holmes. A similar plaque was presented to Lewis Jones, principal of East Chester Elementary School during ceremonies of the annual Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet held Monday night. The awards were given for “Outstanding contributions to the Cub Scouts program.”

Only Yesterday “Citizens urged to grow ‘Victory Gardens’” From the files of the Chester County Independent February 13, 1942 “All Citizens May Aid Home Defense” T. H. Williams and R. E. Henson were selected to head a committee to arrange for a countywide voluntary registration of citizens for home civilian defense by the Chester County Civilian Defense Council last Monday evening. Prof. Williams will make all arrangements and the date will be announced next week [...]. County Director Jere Galbraith and George H. Johnston, County Co-ordinator, reported progress toward civilian defense and suggested a simplified set-up of nonpaid workers with special attention to fire prevention, police patrol and air raid alarm. They also urged a complete survey as to housing of refugees if such became necessary and stressed the great importance of food production. “Army Camp Here?” According to a report from Washington this week, Army engineers have given the proposed location of an Army camp here the highest recommendation. With the rapidly expanding army and need for additional camp sites, it is possible the Henderson site may be approved soon. “Home Gardens Serve Dual Purpose” By increasing food production and by providing a means of exercise and pleasure, the home gardening program serves a double purpose in America's victorious campaign, asserts Mrs. Willard McCallum who is chairman of the Committee on Food and Nutrition acting for the Chester County AAA Program Planning Committee and the Chester County Independent who have joined in urging citizens to plant “Victory Gardens” this spring. Mrs. McCallum in her usual frank manner said, “The powers that be have decreed that the American people must use less rubber than they have been accustomed to using. That not only means no new tires for automobiles, but also less sporting goods, including golf balls, tennis balls, bathing caps and many other articles. The effect is double: less riding in automobiles to points of recreation, and less participation in sports. To put it in other terms, we will just have to stay at home.” February 15, 1952 “Pentagons ... Enjoy Spaghetti Supper” Members of the Pentagon Club honored their husbands with a spaghetti supper on last Thursday evening, Feb. 7 in the lovely home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Davis on North Street with all members present. Members and husbands present were Mr. and Mrs. Kerby Farrell, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Foy, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rainey, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bolton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pump, Mr. and Mrs. John King, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Pace, Mr. and Mrs. Worth Powers of Memphis, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Challie Meeks of Jackson. “Births” Mr. and Mrs. Owen Brandon of Memphis are announcing the birth of a son on Feb. 10 at the Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Brandon is the former Mary Helen Reid of Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Riddick announce the arrival of a son on Feb. 6 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He has been named Edward Roland Riddick and will be called Ed. Both mother and son are doing nicely at this time. Mrs. Riddick is the former Miss Jo Rowland of Henderson. “C.C.H.S. News” by Gene Horn When this year's 80 seniors started in their Freshman year there were 112 and through the four years matrimony took 34 students from the starting group. The Senior class now has one married couple in it and four more girls who are married but are working for their diploma. Last week we lost another senior girl when Peggy Jo Sherrill and Sonny Record were married. “New Orleans bound” is the Senior cry now because this is the place the seniors have chosen to go on their senior trip. It should prove a very nice trip with all the beautiful scenery and historical places around the large city. The seniors always plan this trip for the last of April when the weather begins to warm up. February 16, 1962 “Patterson Is Homemaker of Tomorrow” Miss Alice Lee Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Patterson has been announced as winner in Chester County High School, 1962 Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow. She achieved the highest score in the examination on homemaking attitudes and knowledge taken by senior girls Dec. 5. She becomes eligible now along with winners in

other state high schools, of the title of State Homemaker of Tomorrow. “Sports” On Thursday night, Feb. 1, the Henderson Independents defeated Ray “Maverick” Bishop and his “Dollar Store” Red Caps 50-28 in the Finger Gym. In the second game the Independents defeated Finger 41-38. The Henderson team had Dan Guinn, Ed Morris, Odell Hatch, Larry Kent, Larry Gilliam, Ace Harvey and Wayne Copeland. The “Red Caps” players are Ray “Maverick” Bishop, Manager and general overseer, Larry Moffitt, assistant Mgr., A. C. Stidham, Floyd Weaver, Rowlett Pierce. “Legion Auxiliary Met Thursday” The American Legion Auxiliary held their regular monthly meeting Thursday night at the Legion Home with 23 members present. The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Allen Williams. The Colors were advanced by Mrs. Joe Simmons, followed by the pledge to the flag and the preamble in unison. Prayer was led by the chaplain. Mrs. Joe Miller read the minutes and gave a financial report. The Library committee composed of Mrs. T. G. Morgan, Mrs. W. M. McCallum and Mrs. T. H. Williams, reported that they had assisted in the selection of a book for the Chester County Public Library. Mrs. Joe Simmons, rehabilitation chairman, reported on lunches purchased for children of veterans and also the purchase of clothes for children. Mrs. Martha Horn reported that poppies have been ordered for the annual Poppy Day which is observed by the Auxiliary in May [...]. Miss Elizabeth Tucker was in charge of the program, Americanism being the theme for February. Mrs. Aubrey Bishop read a poem, and Mrs. T. H. Williams read a paper which had been prepared by Fentress Casey, chairman of Civil Defense in Chester County [...]. February 17, 1972 “Wheel Tax Hearing Slated Friday” State Representative Edward Bailey has called for a public hearing Friday night on the county court-proposed “wheel tax” to finance an already operating ambulance company in Chester County. Rep. Bailey said he has called the meeting because of much opposition he has been receiving from local and county citizens on the proposed tax. He said opposition has been coming to his office through telephone calls, letters and petitions. Many of the people who are opposing the tax – are not actually opposed to the tax itself, but rather they feel the people should have the opportunity to vote on the tax instead of having it imposed by the county quarterly court, as the bill now reads. Rep. Bailey said he too, feels the people should have the right to vote for or against the tax, but he also felt they should understand the alternatives to the tax, which would be a tax on property or an additional sales tax. He said the wheel tax would be more equitable, that is it would cover more people, because there are more automobile owners in the county than there are property owners [...]. “What the citizens of Chester County must also be made to understand,” Rep. Bailey said, “is that the county is already obligated to provide funds to operate the ambulance service. It is now up to the court to provide this money. The court has asked me to introduce a private bill in the State Legislature authorizing it to collect a $10 wheel tax on all automobiles and small trucks in the county. This is a fair plan and will provide the necessary funds [...].

Chester County Independent archives, Feb. 16, 1962

Pets “are kind, they are intelligent, they are important.” Yes, I borrowed that description from the movie, “The Help.” But it is sooooooo true about the nonhumans in our families! One afternoon I was out in the country, talking with people at their homes. As I walked up toward one porch where an unkempt man was sitting, I glanced at the black dog lying about 10 yards to my right, his eyes followed me but he didn’t move. He was very skinny but had the kindest eyes. I continued looking at him as I walked up to the porch, stopped on the ground level, looked up at the man and tried to start a conversation with him. Picture this now! I am alone, the man is clearly drunk, I’m standing on the ground by the porch and he starts to stand up. So, I change the subject quickly and ask him, pointing toward the dog, “What’s his name?” The man looks at the dog and quickly looks back at me, and says, “He ain’t got no name – he’s sick and dyin’ . . . Do YOU want him?” I really didn’t want a dog, but my heart went out to that animal, and my mind thought it would be a great way to LEAVE. So as I was saying, “Sure … I’ll take him, thank you.” He jumped off the porch (I was shocked he didn’t fall to the ground in his condition), hurried to the dog, picked him up and said, “Open the door of your van and you can have him right now.” WOW! – Now I

was closer to making a get-a-way! I opened the side van door and he all but threw the dog inside, he wasn’t a bit gentle with him. I shut the door, thanked him, and got out of dodge! As I drove, I glanced at the dog often, as he just lay still in the floor, looking like he felt worse than I could even imagine. I drove straight to the vet; he took the dog out of my van very gently, carried him in and examined him, asking “What’s his name?” – I didn’t have one for him yet, so I shared how I came to have the dog. The long and short of the dog’s problem was, the vet said, “This dog is starving to death. Feed him lots of small meals, talk to him, befriend him and he should be fine in a week or so.” He was an almost full grown black lab, and starved for more than just food, he needed TLC too. Next in this afternoon’s adventure, I took the dog home. My three children are home and they all come out to see what I am carrying ever so carefully to the front porch. They ran back in and got a blanket to lay him on, and then we gave him some of the dog food I had gotten at the vet. There we four are, surrounding that dog, talking gently to him, rubbing his back and side and he was looking at each of us with eyes that were expressive, seemingly saying, “Ohhhhhhh, please . . . don’t stop!” When the two older children left to go back

inside, the three-year-old stayed there, sitting by him, holding his head in her hands, looking into his eyes, rubbing his head and talking so softly to him. It was she that asked the question I had been contemplating an answer to since he became a passenger in my van, “What’s his name?” Since it was clear she was going to be the one who really loved the dog the most, I said, “Well, he doesn’t have a name yet. Would you like to name him?” The look on her face was total excitement and happiness, “Oh yes, Mama, OH YES!” She turned her attention toward him, sat there a few minutes and talked to him, her head turning from side to side as she was deep in thought figuring out what name she thought he should have. Finally she looked toward me, with a giant smile, beaming eyes and so full of excitement, gave him his name, “His name is Big Dog, Mama, HIS name is Big Dog!” He proved to be exactly what she named him. He was big in stature, big in heart and big in loyalty, a family member for many years. How very thankful I was that on the day I had walked up to the porch of that unkempt and totally drunk man I had asked, “What’s his name?” Email your ideas for ‘words for the week’ and/or opinion of this week’s article to “Let’s keep life simple, real and fun.” - Junebug

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Activities to commemorate 150th anniversary at Shiloh Tennessee’s Shiloh National Military Park, a masterpiece of Civil War interpretation and preservation, will hold the 150th commemoration of its strategic battle during a series of events taking place March 29-April 8. The state’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Signature Event: “Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh” will be held April 4-5 at Pickwick Landing State Park in Pickwick Dam. The Signature Event begins with the Looking Back project hosted by Tennessee State Library and Archives and also features a teacher’s workshop “Illuminating the Battle” hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation. There will be a red carpet film premiere of a state-ofthe-art documentary, The Story of Shiloh: Fiery Trial at 7 p.m. on April 4. Official Opening Ceremony will take place

at 9 a.m. April 5 and will feature a forum with America’s foremost historians on the battle of Shiloh, living history demonstrations, a special Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battle of Shiloh and a musical performance by The 52nd Regimental String Band. The event will kick off with the firing of an official Shiloh cannon at Pickwick Landing State Park. Co-chairs of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial C o m m i s s i o n , Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Dr. Carroll Van West, director of MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, will host the event. Governor Bill Haslam has been invited to participate. The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War

Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Historical Society and Shiloh National Military Park. The Shiloh National Military Park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh with a “Grand Illumination” on the evening of April 7. Luminaries will be placed around the battlefield representing the 23,746 killed, wounded or missing at Shiloh. The illumination will begin at dusk and end at 10 p.m. Other special activities will take place April 6-8 including special ranger led hikes, at corresponding time and place, 150 years later. For more information on the events presented by The Shiloh National Military Park, visit Other events not to be missed on March 29-31 are two reenactments that will feature more than

6,000 re-enactors and more than 100 cannons. The action will unfold during these locally organized reenactment events coordinated and sponsored by The Armies of Tennessee and the BlueGray Alliance. The Armies of Tennessee reenactment will feature a march to Shiloh from

Old Man Winter has appeared just as every one had thought he had forgot-

ten us. We had snow flurries Saturday and more are expected. Just turn your thermostat up and stay warm. On our prayer list this week are Pam Priddy, LaVerne Lott, Joanne Sells, Jean Latham, Lisa Peddy, David Thomas, Carroll Williams, Doris Sells, Frenzola Morris, Shirley Gaddy, Faye

Tucker, Gathel Latham, Ollie Dean Kennedy, John Kent Sells, Carolyn Potter, Diane Wells, Charles and Wilma Cupples, Shirley Rietl, Joanne Altier, Ernie Reeves, Randy Miller, Dobber Dyer, their caregivers and our military personnel and their families. Birthday greetings to Amy Connor and Jerry Rogers on Feb. 17; James

Miller on Feb. 18; Larry Vestal on Feb. 19; Scott McCaskill on Feb. 20; Dianne Connor on Feb. 21; Adam Bray, George Bishop and Celeste McPeake on Feb. 22; and Shirley Hinson and James Bright on Feb. 23. Quote - “We can’t do much about our appearance, but we have total control over the kind of person we become.”

term was from 1789 to 1793 and his second from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played many important roles in the military, including leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States and is probably the best-known American politician ever. The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is the portrait of him, and three other American presidents, carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United

States is Washington D.C. Washington state and at least three universities are named after him. Washington's birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on Feb. 22, the anniversary of George Washington's birth. In 1971, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February. This holiday is legally designated as "Washington’s Birthday." Though other institutions, such as state and local governments and private businesses, may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law. We have had a sad week. We lost one of our

Dachshunds named Lucky. He was so special to us and we miss him so much. I found him on the road in bad shape a few years ago and Gina has had him ever since. He had arthritis and had surgery on his spine. This quote is the way we feel, and if you have a pet you will sympathize with us. “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.” – Unknown More thoughts for the week. “Smiling is infectious; you can catch it like the flu.” (I hope you all avoid the flu and catch the smile.) “And the second, is like, namely this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:3031 Have a great week.

I hope everyone had a great week and a nice Valentine’s Day. Happy birthday to Terry Hopper and Jackie Melton on Feb. 15; Norma Tulley on Feb. 18; Bro. Paul Roaten on Feb. 19; and Clifton Mainers on Feb. 20. Have a wonderful day. If your birthday is Feb. 15 through Feb. 21 you share your day with these famous people: Feb. 15 Jane Seymour, John Barrymore and Susan B. Anthony; Feb. 16 - Ice-T, Sonny Bono and Edgar Bergen; Feb. 17 - Michael Jordan, Jim Brown and Hal Holbrook; Feb. 18 - Matt Dillon (an actor but not the one in Gunsmoke), Vanna White and John Travolta; Feb. 19 - Justin Bateman, Smokey Robinson and Lee Marvin; Feb. 20 - Cindy Crawford, Gloria Vanderbilt, Sidney Portier and Charles Barkey; and Feb. 21 - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Erma Bombeck and Kelsey Grammer. Still on our get well list are Nella Rush, Joyce Stockton, Tommy Landers, Norma Tulley, Winna Knipper, Clifton Mainers and Edra and Benny Barnett. I am adding Randie Snider to our list. We hope you have a quick recovery. Our prayers are with you. Please call 879-9777 if you want to add someone to our list. I hope everyone is feeling much better. Feb. 20 is Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day. It is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, who was the first president. His first

Volunteers sought for “Grand Illumination” Shiloh National Military Park is seeking volunteers to help with activities on Saturday, April 7. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, park staff and volunteers will be placing and lighting 23,746 luminaries around the battlefield, which will represent the total casualties of the bloody two-day fight. For more informaion, call ranger Heather Smedley at 731-689-5696 or email her at to sign up. Mississippi. The BlueGray Alliance reenactment will transport soldiers by rail and river, as they were 150 years ago, directly into the battle. To

register for these two events visit w w w. 1 5 0 t h c i v i l or www.armiesoftennessee.c om/.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The games people play –

Family game night encourages quality time together Spending time together as a family is a treasured gift in most households. In this day of smart phones, video games, TV and Internet, however, it’s often far too easy to be physically present with your family while mentally and emotionally detached from everyone around you. These devices aren’t bad or even harmful in small doses, but when they cut into family time, they can become a problem – one that many people don’t even realize. One way that my small family has reined in the issue of quality family time is setting aside a family game night several times a month. Even though my husband and I live fewer than five miles from my mother and sister-in-law, work schedules and busy lives often cut into the time we get to spend together, so we decided that we needed to remedy the fact that we could sometime accidentally go weeks without seeing one another. During our most recent visit to my husband’s grandparents, they taught us their favorite card game, Hand and Foot, which is a version of canasta. We stayed up until the wee hours of the morning on several occasions playing cards with them, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Even when one team had a serious advantage over the other, we couldn’t help but have a good time simply spending quality time together. A few weeks later, we taught our holiday guests how to play Hand and Foot, and on New Year’s Day, we started a game that lasted until 3 a.m. on Jan. 2. We played music, ate cheese and crackers, and everyone was completely engaged with one another. With the success of our New Year’s game night, we taught my mom how to play, and now, we gather up our cards and plan a fun dinner, such as a pizza or tacos, and spend the evening together. Sometimes our games run a little late, and I don’t get to bed as early as I would like to on Sunday evenings, but sacrificing a few minutes of sleep during the week is worth it to have quality time together as a family. Last week, we planned to have tacos during our family night. Chris and I brought all the ingredients from our house and fixed them at Mom’s. Following his directions, I put the soft tortilla shells in the microwave to heat. I was distracted by attempting to do too many things at once and never questioned his instructions to microwave the shells for eight minutes on high. At some point, my mom smelled something burning and turned off the microwave. When I took the “soft” tortilla shells out, they were a blackened, smoky mess that was seconds away from bursting into flames and the kitchen was filled with acrid smoke. It caused one of the dogs to have a wheezing fit, and I stuck my head out the door while Chris extinguished the smoldering tacos. Needless to say, we didn’t have soft shell tacos, but we made taco salads with the crunchy shells that we had. After our culinary adventure, we didn’t even play cards that night. We just hung out together, but the pretense of having a family game night was enough to bring us together in the same place. A few days later, we were taking Chris’ sister to dinner, and she mentioned that she loves to play the board game Monopoly. Her work schedule has kept her from participating in most of our game nights, but she seemed extremely excited when I mentioned that we have the game. So now instead of just playing cards, we will have to add board games to our game night rotation – and make sure that we can all get together on a night that no one has to work. Playing cards or board games together might not be the answer to all of the problems facing families these days, but spending time together in a fun, relaxed situation certainly helps strengthen the bonds of friends and families. When Chris was stationed in Germany and I was living here in Tennessee, we didn’t have a lot of ways to spend time together. We could talk on the phone, but calls can become expensive, and no matter how much you like someone, chatting on instant messenger gets boring after awhile. To give us something to do together, we started playing an online multi-player game together. We could solve the quests together or separately, but we were there to help one another and discuss strategies and ideas. While it wasn’t perfect, the game gave us something that we could do together even though we were living on different continents. Online games are less effective when you want to bond with people in your own immediate vicinity. It’s easy for one person to become involved in a single player game and exclude the rest of his or her family. Smart phone games and apps pose the same problem; the person playing those games is usually physically present, but conversations slip by unheard when one is focused on a game. However, games for the whole family break down those barriers and open the way for conversation and bonding. Chris and I connected over our video game because we used it to communicate and spend time together, just like we now do with cards and board games. It’s great to have a family outlet, something everyone can enjoy together. I’ve always enjoyed playing board games with my friends and family, but dominoes and cards are also great family games. Unplugging and enjoying each other’s presence is one of the best ways to promote family bonding. Games might not solve all of the world’s problems, but they certainly help people become closer.

A race to the top headed toward Washington By Lamar Alexander U.S. Senate

President Obama has recently been talking about efforts to help students afford to go to college – something we are all in favor of. The President’s proposals include what he calls a “Race to the Top for college affordability.” It has a familiar sounding formula, but in this case it will impose new rules and mandates and price controls on colleges and universities in states. Unfortunately, this race is headed in the wrong direction. The President should turn around his higher education Race to the Top and head it in the direction of Washington, D.C., to help the federal government compete for ways to stop adding mandates and costs on states that are soaking up higher education dollars and driving college tuition through the roof. Let me be specific and offer three examples of how Washington, D.C., could actually help students and lower tuition: First, Washington should stop overcharging students on their student loans. We have approximately 16 million students who have federal loans that allow them to spend that money at one of 6,000 colleges and universities of their choice. The Department of Education is borrowing money from

the Department of Treasury at 2.8 percent, loaning it to these students at 6.8 percent, and using the profit to help pay for the new health care law and other government programs. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), over the next 10 years, here is where the profit goes: $8.7 billion goes to pay for the new health care law; $10.3 billion goes to pay down the federal debt; and $36 billion goes to support other Pell grants. So if we really want to help students pay for tuition, why would we not use this profit to reduce the interest rate on student loans? The CBO says we could have reduced the rate to 5.3 percent and let the students, rather than the government, have the savings – an average of $2,200 per student over 10 years. That is a lot of money when the average student borrower has approximately $25,000 in debt. I have proposed putting a “truth in lending” label on every student loan, saying this: “Beware: Your government is overcharging you on your student loan to help pay for the health care law and other government programs.” Second, Washington should help students with lower tuition by repealing the new Medicaid mandates on states taking effect in 2014 that will further reduce state funding for higher education and

raise tuition at public colleges and universities, which is where approximately 75 percent of students go to college. The new health care law requires states to expand and help pay for Medicaid coverage. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the CMS Chief Actuary, this new expansion of Medicaid will cost states an additional $20 billion over 10 years and add between 16 and 25 million more people to Medicaid programs. This in turn will require governors to take money for higher education out of state budgets and spend it instead on Medicaid. We know this is going to happen because it has already happened. In California, for example, the state enrolls 8.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries and are expected to gain 2 million more when the new health care law is implemented in 2014. Just over the last year, there has been a 13.5 percent decrease in State support for higher education, a 21 percent increase in tuition at State universities, and a 37 percent increase in tuition at community colleges. Third, Washington should stop prohibiting states from reducing spending on Medicaid at a time when state revenues and expenditures are going down.

The 2009 stimulus bill and the new healthcare law prohibit states from changing eligibility standards as a condition of receiving federal Medicaid payments through 2014. So throughout this recession, while state revenues have gone down, the federal government in its wisdom has been imposing billions of new dollars in Medicaid mandates on states while forbidding them from tightening their eligibility requirements. That forces states to spend money on health care that otherwise would be available for higher education. The administration and Congress have left governors with little choice but to cut in other areas, and that usually turns out to be public higher education. Yes, colleges and universities also need to do their part to cut costs. For example, I have suggested that well-prepared students ought to be offered three-year degrees instead of four and that colleges should maximize their resources by remaining open during the summer. But the biggest reason tuition rates are going up is us – Congress, the President and mandates from Washington D.C. Instead of pointing the finger at states and colleges, we ought to look in the mirror.

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Questions and Answers for UT Extension:

Tennessee Saves Week is Feb. 19-26 By Michele Sides UT Extension Agent

Tennessee Saves week will be a concurrent event with America Saves Week. Both campaigns will occur Feb. 19-26. These are social media campaigns that occur annually to encourage better saving habits among all Americans. Most Americans today are not saving adequately for retirement, and most lower-income households do not have adequate emergency savings for unexpected expenditures. During Tennessee Saves week, University of Tennessee Extension educators are encouraging state families to practice better financial responsibility. “While hard economic times continue to make national news, it’s not an entirely new situation in Tennessee. Our foreclosure and loan delinquency rates have traditionally ranked high among states in the U.S., and most people know Tennessee also has the highest rate of personal bankruptcy in the nation,” said Dr. Deana Wise, Family Economics Specialist with UT Extension. “What’s new is another study that puts Tennessee second from the top in the amount of average credit card debt owed.” Tennessee Saves Week is a good time to look closely at your current and long-term finances and determine if you need to begin saving more. Here are only three of the many reasons you may need to save more in 2012. You may be only one emergency away from financial trouble. One out of four Americans is living from week to week with no emergency savings. More than half wouldn’t

be able to get by three months if they lost their job. You may need to save more for retirement. Only one of four Americans says that they are confident that they have enough retirement savings. Forty percent will only have Social Security to rely on when they retire, and it typically replaces less than one third of your working income. You may need to save for future purchases. Whether you need a new washing machine or are planning a vacation, it pays to pay cash. Savvy consumers no longer fall for the “buy now, pay later” tactic that got so many in trouble during the economic crisis. They understand that buying only what you can afford when you can afford to pay cash is the best policy. The first step in saving is to set a goal. You can save more when you have a goal in mind. Visualize what you want to save for and this will give you a purpose. What are you saving for? An emergency fund, a new car, a home, or retirement fund? Once you have a goal in mind, you have to make a plan how you are going to save. To start, cut down on your spending and

reduce high-cost debt. You should keep track of your spending. It’s hard to cut down on spending if you aren’t sure where your money is going! Saving automatically is an ideal way to save your money. Once you’ve determined the amount of money you can afford to save each month, have this money automatically put into a savings account through direct deposit. UT Extension educators plan to continue spreading the message that making a habit of saving and avoiding dependence on debt is the responsible thing to do. If you would like to know more about saving and debt reduction, contact Michele Sides at the Extension office at 9892103.

Jackson Life Member Telephone Pioneers to meet Feb. 16

Annual Eastern Star Fundraiser – ham and bean dinner set for Feb. 24

The Jackson Life Member Telephone Pioneers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Perkins Restaurant in Jackson. Bring items such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, Lysol wipes, Kleenex, art supplies for children or size three and four diapers. These will be donated to the Dream Center in Jackson. All retired communications employees and their spouses are invited to attend. For additional information, call 731 423-0944.

The Eastern Star fundraiser, a ham and bean dinner, will be held Friday, Feb. 24. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dinner, from 4 to 6 p.m, will include ham and beans, slaw, corn bread, dessert and drink for only $5. All are welcome to enjoy this meal.

Open House at the Henderson National Guard Armory Feb. 16 Open House at the Henderson National Guard Armory (759 East Main Street) from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 989-5222 for more information.

Gardening Workshop at CC Library Feb. 16 The Chester County Library will host a gardening workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the library conference room. The workshop will be presented by County Extension Agent Brian Signaigo and will feature how to prepare for a garden as well as information on fertilizer, soil testing, planting schedules, and any other concerns for a beginning gardner. The event is free and open to the public.

Southwest Head Start Program to host Parent Day training Feb. 17 Southwest Head Start Program will be hosting a Parent Day training starting at 9 a.m., Feb. 17, at the Chester County Head Start Training room, 1495 White Ave., next door to the Southwest HRA office in Henderson. The topics will be “Job Searching,” presented by Sandy Barnett who is with the West Tennessee Career Coach Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and “Budgeting,” which will be presented by Kathryn Avent who is with the West Tennessee Legal Services. If you are interested in attending, contact Carrie Buck at the Southwest Head Start office, 989-5111 ext. 1166.

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.

It’s Basketball Time for Special Needs Athletics – Selmer – Feb. 18 and 25 Special Needs Athletics of Selmer is proud to announce its first ever Basketball Season! There will be two different sign-up dates. The sign-ups will be from 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. both Saturday, Feb. 18 and Saturday Feb. 25, at the Selmer Community Center (230 N. 5th Street, Selmer). The first game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12. All games will be played at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Selmer Community Center. Games will run for six weeks, with the last game will be on April 16. For more information call Linda Taylor (731-610-7557) or Michael Richerson (731394-6675) or visit our website at to download registration forms. If you are unable to make one of these sign-up dates, you may sign your athlete up at the first game. SNA welcomes any group or individual that might be interested in volunteering to help to sign up as well! We invite everyone to come out and support these incredible athletes!

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.

Clay Wagoner Memorial Bluegrass Show set for Feb. 18 Clay Wagoner Memorial Bluegrass Show will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the “The Marty” (Community Center) in Adamsville. Performers will include Crossroads Bluegrass, Flatwoods Bluegrass, Rudy Moore and Bluegrass Pals. Concessions will be available. Donations will be taken for the expenses of the show.

The Chester County Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 The Chester County Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Please keep in mind that the Oral History Project will end on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and we will not be making recordings after that. Contact the library at 989-4673 for an appointment to tell your story before the end of the project.

“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! 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 38 Smith and Wesson handgun; and multiple musical talents will perform all day, gospel etc. For further information, contact Pat Jones 9893402, Regina Cupples 989-2264 or Phyllis Brown 608-1440.

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 (731-879-9143) or Alicia Owens (731-8796075). 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, Memphis Wrestling will be held at Chester County High School. 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. All proceeds will go to the Carl Perkins Center in Henderson. For more information, call the Carl Perkins Center at 989-7222.

Word Weavers to meet Mar. 10 Word Weavers, a local writing group, meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Chester County Library. Word Weavers is a group for anyone interested in writing. Visitors are welcome.

The 8th Annual Taste Of McNairy is set for March 13 Habitat for Humanity McNairy County wishes to extend a personal invitation to all residents of McNairy County (and beyond) to join us once again for a delightful and fun filled evening Tuesday, March 13, with friends and neighbors at The 8th Annual Taste of McNairy. “Tasting” will take place from 5 through 8 p.m. at the Selmer Civic Center, 230 North 5th Street. For additional information, call Donny or Dianna Gibbs (731-645-9868), Jo Rica Moore (731-6454930) or Judi Marshburn (731-645-9384). A FREE shuttle bus will be available.

‘Welcome to Medicare’ 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.

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Obituary/Religion Eunice Mae Leath

Obituaries Billy Clark Allen June 12, 1935 – Feb. 10, 2012 Billy Clark Allen, 76, passed away Feb. 10, 2012, at his home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Chester County Memory Gardens, with Shackelford Funeral Directors – Johnson Chapel in charge of the service with Jerry Parker officiating. Born in Henderson, he was the son of the late Dewey T. Smith and Mary Earl Melton Smith. He was in the Navy four years serving in the Korean conflict. He was a Baptist in faith. He worked for Roadway Express and retired after almost 34 years. He loved music, played the guitar and was a good singer. He was a member of the Saltillo Ruritans and Teamsters Local 667 in Memphis. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jessie Mai Parker Allen of Saltillo; a daughter, Jessyca L. Allyn of Memphis; and a son, Danny Clark Allen of Saltillo. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 16, 2012

James Ceron ‘Bill’ Jordan Dec. 27, 1934 – Feb. 12, 2012 James Ceron ‘Bill’ Jordan, 77, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Johnson Chapel with Dwight Jones officiating. Burial followed in Bailey Cemetery at Jacks Creek. He was born in Henderson County, the son of the late James Robert and Sallie Little Jordan. He was married to Ann Scott Aug. 2, 1952. They made their home in the Jacks Creek Community. He farmed and retired from the Chester County Highway Dept. after 29 years. He loved square dancing, fishing, hunting, watching westerns - especially John Wayne movies and, above all, he loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Ann Jordan of Jacks Creek; two daughters, Teresa Jordan Holder (Teddy) of Pinson and Vicki Jordan Gastley (Gary) of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Amy Holder Ellis (James), Keri Holder Denbow (Wesley), Dylan Dodds and Ryan Barry; and four great-grandchildren, Miriah Denton, Logan Denbow, Madison Ellis and Jordan Denbow. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Jordan James. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 16, 2012

Nancy Yanessa Haltom Date of Death – Feb. 13, 2012 Nancy Elaine Lamar Yanessa Haltom, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Geary officiating. Burial will follow in Hearn’s Chapel Cemetery in Chester County. She was born in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy Garett Lamar. She moved around the U.S. while her father was in the military, going to school in many states. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School. She married Dennis Haltom in 1993 and they made their home in Chester County. She was the Youth Service Officer for Chester County Juvenile Court, working there for over 25 years. She was a member of the Board of Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center and a member of the Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) for the Center. She loved to go to auctions and loved her grandchildren. She was a Baptist in belief. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Wayne Haltom; two sons, Tony Yanessa of Jackson and Rusty Haltom; two daughters, Christina Yanessa and Misty Walker, all of Henderson; four grandchildren, Lily Latham, Carly Fesmire, Faith Fesmire and Marshall Brewington; two brothers, Ed Lamar of Dover, Ark., and Charles Lamar of Fort Smith, Ark.; and two sisters, Diane Wooten of Benton, Ark. and Pat Annie Stakland of Utah. The family will receive friends at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel from 4 until 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 16, 2012

May 29, 1929 – Feb. 13, 2012 Eunice Mae Clark Leath, 82, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at her home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Rev. Stan Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Chester County Memory Gardens. She was born and reared in Mishawaka, Ind., the daughter of the late Frank Benjamin Clark Sr. and Agnes Allen Thompson Clark Kissinger. She attended schools in St. Joseph County. She was married to Roy Leath in 1947. They made their home in South Bend, Ind., until 1968. They made their home in the Finger community since 1968, and she continued to live there since Mr. Leath passed away in July 2007. She loved bowling with the Lady Elks League, painting and cooking for her family. She was Methodist in belief. She is survived by a daughter, Patty Leath Buswell (Todd) of Henderson; two sons, Roy Howard Leath (Deborah) of Decatur, Mich., and David Allen Leath (Anna) of Henderson; nine grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; a sister, Agnes Ann Dougall of Osceola, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Richard Leath, Charles Leath (Joy Ruth) all of Finger, and Billy Leath (Linda) of Cookeville; sisters-in-law, Jenny Courtney (Kline) of Baton Rouge, La., Ann Day (Ronnie deceased) of Walker, La., and Joyce Cameron (Bill) of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Harmel Leath in 2007; a daughter, Diane Kay Leath in 1986; two sisters, Evelyn Handley and Helen Takace; and five brothers, John Stansfield, Robert Stansfield, Richard Clark, Dale Clark and Frank Clark Jr. A special thanks to the caregivers at Jackson Madison County General Hospital and the Hospice of West Tennessee. The family will receive friends at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel from 4 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Hospice of West Tennessee. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 16, 2012

Old Friendship Baptist Church to show “Courageous” Feb. 19 Old Friendship Baptist Church will be showing the movie, “Courageous,” at 5 p.m. this Sunday. Visitors are welcome.

Old Friendship Baptist Revival set for March 4-7 Old Friendship Baptist Church will be holding their revival services March 4 – 7. Sunday Worship times will be 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services on Monday through Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. Dr. Manning Garrett will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Sound of Silence By Ronnie McBrayer Keeping the Faith

It is golden. It is a virtue. It is more musical than any melody, rest for the mind, and sometimes it has the loudest voice. It is often the best possible answer, a friend that never betrays, and it is the subject of a classic Simon and Garfunkel song. And, frankly, I’m not very good at it: Silence. I make a living using words – putting them on paper and screen and ejecting them into the air – so being quiet is, by default, not my specialty (though a few enthusiastic readers beg me to shut up almost every week). My mind suffers from Attention Deficient Disorder, it moves quickly between tasks, and the words constantly spewing from my mouth or keyboard and the busyness of my schedule confirm this diagnosis. Truly, I wish it was different for me. I have always envied those who are quiet and meditative by nature, those who can eagerly hide in the stillness, and those who can retreat for days at a time into the calmness of contemplation. How I wish I was more like Thomas Merton, the Desert Fathers of old, or the preacher E.M. Bounds who spent four hours a day – every day – in silent prayer. That is my wish, but that is not my reality or my nature. I’m busy. I’m torn. I’m shooting at multiple targets all the time with little chance of developing into a Henry David Thoreau. I also have three young sons, writing deadlines every week and a speaking and blogging schedule that sometimes make me wince. The closest I get to contemplation is sipping my coffee in the early morning. And if I get lucky – really lucky – I might get a moment of spiritual retreat with a walk in the woods, the only sound being the crunching snow beneath my feet and thumping of my pulse filling my ears. But, we ADD-types need some quiet here and there. We need to subdue our minds and soothe the chorus of voices inside our heads. But how? How can we, who are nothing like, say, Mother Teresa, find the soothing sound of spir-

itual silence? I can only return to a story involving Jesus and two sisters. The two sisters were Mary and Martha who hosted Jesus in their home. Mary was a venerable St. Benedict, placid and peaceful, sitting at Jesus’ feet in silence. Meanwhile, Martha was in the kitchen shaking and baking, jumping and jiving, busting her can while the more brooding types breathed the ether of serenity. Martha’s own ADD mind, being in overdrive as it always was, earned from Jesus an understanding, gentle rebuke. He effectively said (and I am paraphrasing here), “Martha, relax. It’s okay to be busy, dear one, but don’t overdo it. Yes, do the few, important things well; but let the rest of it go.” This is a prescription written by Jesus’ own hand, for all us Marthatypes who need a little less talk and a lot more contemplation: “Chill out. Take a walk. Linger over your coffee a few more minutes each morning”. We are not so important that the earth will swing off its hinges if we don’t complete everything on our to-do list. Yes, we who are the hard-driving, multi-tasking, goal-orienting, noisemaking, word-emitting Martha’s of the world would do well to learn the discipline of nothingness. By creating times of vacancy and empty space on our calendars and in our lives, we might not be transformed into spiritual mystics, but we might discover that God is easier to hear, for in the quiet places God will certainly speak. In the stillness the universe might whisper in our ears. In the calm of morning coffee the divine could be revealed. A simple walk in the woods may well unlock your heart. Sitting softly in the dark for a time of prayer could possibly reorient your life. None of these things are exceptionally spiritual on their own, but they build a discipline of listening silence, and the sound of silence can be a beautiful sound indeed. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular ecolumns in your inbox at

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Reward offered for information on bald eagle killings in Tennessee Approximately one year ago, in February 2011, a mature bald eagle was shot and killed in Bledsoe County, about one mile east of the intersection of Tennessee State Highway 101 and Big Springs Gap Road. A few weeks later, about 30 miles away, a second mature bald eagle was shot and killed in Cumberland County, east of Crossville, in Crab Orchard. The eagle was discovered near the Crab Orchard School, adjacent to Main Street, close to the Old Easley Swimming Hole. The first person who provides information resulting in the successful prosecution of the person or per-

sons responsible for both of these crimes will be eligible to receive a $17,000 reward. For information resulting in the successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible for one of these crimes, an $8,500 reward is offered.Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison. Anyone with information concerning the eagle found in Bledsoe County is asked to call Special Agent

Bo Stone at 865-692-4024, or Bledsoe County Wildlife Officer Mark Patterson with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 800262-6704. Anyone with information concerning the eagle found in Cumberland County is asked to call Special Agent John Rayfield at 615736-5532, or Cumberland County Wildlife Officer Casey Mullen with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 800-262-6704. Tennessee currently hosts about 140 bald eagle breeding pairs, according to Scott Somershoe, ornithologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

WFHU, FM91 focuses on service; places graduates The student and staff management of WFHU, FM91 are focusing on serving the Henderson/Chester County community throughout the next year, according to station manager Ron Means. Their first project was in conjunction with U.S. History classes at Chester County High School. Throughout the week of Jan. 30, FM91 broadcast a special news segment at 7 a.m.; this newscast covered national, world and political news. The students enrolled in the four U.S. History classes at CCHS, roughly 120 students, were asked to listen to the newscast each morning.

CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT February 6, 2012 Twenty dollars in cash was reported missing from a residence at the White Ave. apartments. February 7, 2012 Chassity L. Faulkner, 25, 55 Dobber Lane, was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,000 bond. February 8, 2012 A home was reportedly broken into on S. Carolina St. According to the report, the resident returned home to find the door apparently kicked in and several items missing, including a 40-inch Dynex flat screen television valued at $450, a Playstation 3 valued at $320, Sony Vio laptop valued at $1,250, Hewlett Packerd laptop valued at $350, computer tools valued at $50, 3/4 length black jacket valued at $400, 30 Playstation 3 games valued at $60 each, 15 DVD movies valued at $10 each, and a Canon projector screen valued at $1,600. February 9, 2012 A Chester County resident reported someone has allegedly filed income taxes with the IRS this year and last year. Reginald Lamar King, 19, Jackson, was arrested and charged with attempted theft. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $500 bond. A medication theft was reported. Missing medication included Xanax, Hydros, Zanaflex and Abilify. February 11, 2012 A theft was reported at a residence on E Third St. Missing items included a 1965 6hp Johnson boat

At the end of the week, the students were tested over the material. The class that earned the highest average score will receive a pizza party from Express Pizza, which partnered with FM91 for this project. Means set a challenge for his student staff at the beginning of the year, assigning the department directors a month for which they were to plan community service activities. Means says, “WFHU is a local broadcast radio station that services both the campus and community. We are the only broadcast facility that is operating in Chester County, so I feel the need very

motor valued at $300 and a three-gallon gas tank valued at $30. February 12, 2012 Terry Lee Wallace, 44, Jackson, was arrested and charged with violation of registration, driving on a canceled/revoked or suspended license and speeding. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $300 bond. CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT February 8, 2012 12:49 p.m. - 552 E Main St., Chester County High School, pull station. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT February 7, 2012 Patrick R. Smith, 32, 55 Dobber Lane, was arrested and charged with assault and criminal trespassing. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $2,000 bond. February 8, 2012 A bathtub was reportedly stolen from a house under construction on Old Jacks Creek Road. According to the report, the tub was a Tradewind 42-inch bone-colored oval fiberglass tub valued at $660. An attempted burglary was reported at a residence on Cemetery Road. According to the report, the resident arrived home to find the exterior pane of a double pane window broken. Entry was not gained and nothing was reported missing. Damage is estimated at $500. February 9, 2012 An iPod was reported missing from someone at Chester County High School. February 10, 2012 Derrick Allen Sewell, 27, 486 Crook Ave., was arrested and charged with

strongly to step up and provide more of a public community service through our radio station.” John Williams, a December graduate of FHU and a former staff member at WFHU, FM91, is now working at Forever Communications in Jackson as a radio air personality with one of their stations. FHU students have been placed with Forever Communications in the past; several have interned with the company, while two graduates have been put on contract and given time slots with them over the past four years. WFHU is owned and operated by Freed-Hardeman University.

contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $250 cash bond. Steve Allen Sewell, 48, 486 Crook Ave., was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $1,000 cash bond. February 11, 2012 Construction tools were reportedly stolen from a property on Dry Creek Road. Missing items included 10 nail guns valued at $200 each, 14-piece Ryobi drill bit set valued at $114, a 10-inch Radial arm saw valued at $400, a yellow Bostich air compressor valued at $450, a yellow Bostich air compressor valued at $650. A spray rig for fourwheeler valued at $800, Synco framing nailer valued at $300, Porter Cable finish nailer valued at $175, and a pneumatic staple nailer valued at $175. February 13, 2012 Freddie Rowland, 48, 30 Rowland Lane, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $1,000 bond. CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No reports. CHESTER COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Barbara Ann Hopper Day, 38, was found guilty of tampering with evidence. She was sentenced to six years in a TDOC

facility at a 30 percent release eligibility, receiving credit for time served pretrial. This sentence is to be served consecutively to an Arkansas Circuit Court case. She was ordered to pay court costs. Jeffrey Tyler Jones, 19, 450 County Lane, was found guilty of theft of property $500 to $1,000. He was sentenced to two years in a TDOC facility at a 30 percent release eligibility, receiving credit for time served pretrial, One year and nine months suspended and supervised. He was ordered to pay court costs plus $100 in fines and $525 in restitution. This case is to be served concurrently with the following Chester County Circuit Court case. Jeffrey Tyler Jones, 19, 450 County Lane, was found guilty of Count One, aggravated burglary; and Count Two, theft of property $1,000 to $10,000. Count One: Jones was sentenced to four years and six months in a TDOC facility at a 30 percent release eligibility, receiving credit for time served pretrial, with four years and three months suspended, and supervised. He was ordered to pay court costs plus $100 in fines. Count Two: Jones was sentenced to three years in a TDOC facility at a 30 percent release eligibility, receiving credit for time served pretrial, with two years nine months suspended, and supervised. This case is to be served concurrently with the previous Chester County case.

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You can see the library from your house Chester County Library announces eBooks online library By Holly Roeder Staff Writer

Chester Countians can now check out and reserve eBooks and audiobooks from any (online) location with just the click of a button. While the statewide READS program has been in effect for several years, Chester County has now joined the ranks of electronic reading, as well. Librarian Nancy Canada reported the library has purchased several eBooks (see bottom of article for titles) in collaboration with READS. The decision to offer a local selection of electronic books was a natural progression according to Canada. “The READS circulation had tripled over the past couple of years” she said, adding many readers had come to the library just after Christmas, armed with their new e-readers, seeking information on eBooks. Given the increase in demand, and an anticipation of that demand continuing to increase, the librarian began exploring options for the local library. “I thought it would be great to have our own (electronic) books,” said Canada. Library card holders are able to access the online books at For those who are using the site for the first time, there is a simple software download and installation, and then activation. MyHelp!, located at the top left of the page, provides a walk-through of the process. Software is available in a number of formats, including the Kindle and Nook readers in addition to an iPad app. Readers will note navigation is slightly different for mobile sites. Once the software is activated, the site is accessed

Ultralight-led whooping cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama. The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County, Ala., to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. They will be placed in a secure pen, equipped with identification bands and tracking transmitters, then later released in the company of other whooping cranes that have been wintering there. “We are fortunate to be in a position to help by standing in for our sister refuges at Chassahowitzka and St. Marks in Florida,” said Dwight Cooley, refuge manager for Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, on the outskirts of Decatur, Ala., which lies on the border of Tennessee. “While we hope they will visit us again in coming winters, where they eventually winter is not nearly as important as their survival, and the hope they will complete many more migrations in years to come. Their continued safety is our highest concern.” He went on to say the refuge hosted more than 11,000 sandhill cranes at the refuge this winter, as well as seven whooping cranes. “We also have fantastic observation facilities and viewing platforms that allow great views and don’t disturb the wildlife,” said Cooley. “We’ve got great habitat and conditions, as evidenced by the number of cranes wintering on the refuge.” The original plan was to have the Operation Migration pilots use ultralight aircraft to guide the birds further south to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida – their originally planned wintering sites. The migration had been sidelined for over a month by an issue involving FAA flying policies. FAA granted a waiver for the flight, but the cranes apparently decided Alabama was far enough, refusing to follow the ultralights. The cranes had been imprinted to follow the pilots of the ultralights who are dressed in whooping crane costumes. The warm winter may also have had an impact on the cranes refusal to fly further south. The nine whooping cranes are part of an effort to establish an Eastern Migratory population for one of the most endangered birds in the world. Cranes have been taught variations of the eastern migratory route for the past decade. There are now about 104 cranes in the eastern population. One crane that had dropped out of the migration in the first few days ended up joining migrating sandhill cranes, ultimately wintering in Florida.

clicking the Sign In tab, Shiloh Region, and Chester County Library, as prompted. The library card number is entered at the next prompt, and can be found on the back of your library card (1CHS0000#####). Once signed in, readers may browse titles or search for specific eBooks or audiobooks. The site shows how many copies are available, or how many readers are waiting for a specific title. If the desired title is checked out, a hold can be placed to receive the book with email notification when it is next available. Checkout length options are seven, 14 or 21 days. The benefit of the local library participating in READS means readers may not have to wait quite so long for popular titles. For instance, Canada said there were more than 300 requests for “The Help” on READS last week, meaning in effect, if a reader wanted to check it out, even with 31 copies in the online library, he or she would have to wait for 350 people (as of press time Tuesday) to read it first. For a selection of books available to Chester Countians only, click on the “See if your library offers more titles” graphic on the lower left of the page. Additionally, while browsing the entire site, eBooks owned by Chester County may be identified by a symbol of an “a” and a checkmark (as pictured at left). When choosing books, titles will remain in your cart for only 60 minutes

prior to checkout. Canada said she intends to purchase more eBooks as funds become available. Some titles, such “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins is not yet available on eBook, and is among those she plans to purchase in the future. For more information on the READS program, visit the Chester County Library on East Main St. in Henderson, or call 989-4673. Step-by-step instructions are available for the eBook process, prepared by Katelynn Dee and Paige Jordan, as well as an updated title list. The eBooks currently owned by the Chester County Library include “Explosive Eighteen” by Janet Evanovich; “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, all by Steig Larson; “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; “The Litigators” by John Grisham; “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain; “The Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon; “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obrecht; “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen; “The Affair” by Lee Child; “A Clash of Kings”, “A Storm of Swords”, “A Feast for Crows”, “A Game of Thrones” and “A Dance With Dragons”, all by George R.R. Martin; “Love Finds A Home” by Wanda Brunstetter; “The Bride Quartet” by Nora Roberts; “The Mercy” by Beverly Lewis; “The Night Strangers” by Chris Bohjalian, “The Reluctant Spy” by John Kiriakou; “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simons; “Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle” by Ann B. Ross; and “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.

Election Commission joins Chamber

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

The Chester County Election Commission officially became a member of the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting last Thursday. The ceremony took place in front of the Public Safety Building where early voting in the presidential preference primary began Wednes, Feb. 15.

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Young love really can hurt – Use Valentine’s month to encourage safe dating for teens Teen dating: it’s a subject that causes many parents to shudder and shy away. But romance is a fact of life for young people, and parents can use Valentine’s Day to start important conversations with their teens or preteens that can make dating and relationships safer for them – not just now but throughout their lives. The experts at Youth Villages say there’s a dark side to puppy love. Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. One in four teen girls in a relationship says she has been threatened with violence or experienced verbal abuse, and 13 percent of teens say they were physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Forty-five percent of girls know a friend or peer who has been pressured into having intercourse or oral sex. These statistics were compiled by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The Internet, social media and cell phones have opened up new avenues for improper, even illegal behavior, among teenagers. Teens can be harassed or ridiculed through texts or Facebook posts. And one in five teen girls has electronically sent or posted nude or nearly nude photos or videos. What’s a parent to do? Kristin Landers, a clinical

program manager for Youth Villages, a private nonprofit with the mission to help children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families, said to help teens date safely, lines of communication have to be open, and parents must pay attention. Here are some tips: Know your teen’s friends. “As children become tweens and teens, it’s more important than ever for parents to know their children’s friends,” Landers said. “This is the age when what peers think and say are a teen’s top influence. Teens value their friends the most. You must know them. “You may have to step in and help the child reduce his or her relationship with a peer who you think is negative or damaging. That’s very difficult. It’s easier to promote positive relationships early and nourish those relationships through the teen years.” Set family expectations early and review often. It’s never too early to start talking about your family’s unique values and expectations. Start talking about dating and relationships as early as age 9 or 10, no later than 12 – before the first date is even on the horizon. “Your child needs to know what activities you consider appropriate and where the absolute out-ofbounds lines are,” Landers said. “Be sure to look for ‘teaching moments’ – such as a congressman who is forced to

resign after sending a provocative photo. These events become lessons in the bad things that can happen when actions aren’t thought through. You can discuss incidents that are in the news, behavior of TV stars, scenes in movies, anything that will inspire conversation and help you reinforce your values message.” Take a deep breath and discuss sexual situations your teen might encounter. “Remind them that oral sex is sex. There seem to be some teenage and adult misunderstandings about that,” Landers said. “Be sure your teens understand that they have the right to say no.” You might even role play potential situations so your child learns how to say no, or what to do if he or she feels pressured. Randomly check your child’s cell phone. Check your teen’s cell phone periodically to review the content and tone of those continual texts. You should have the password. “People lived without cell phones for centuries, and your teen might have to now – if rules are broken,” Landers said. “Remind them that sexting is not just offensive – it’s illegal,” Landers said. “Make sure your child knows that sending nude or provocative pictures on a phone may bring a visit from police and – maybe more importantly to them – will allow the photo to be forwarded to the entire school. Friends who open

messages showing a minor in a sexually provocative way may be accused of viewing child pornography.” You can use the Internet and multimedia to help you. One website to consider,, produced by the Ad Council, offers humorous videos that nudge teens toward the right answers about digital media and relationships. Be on the lookout for toxic relationships. Most teen dating relationships go as well as we all expect. There’s first love, first breakups, lots of emotion, but very little lasting damage. Like adult relationships, though, teen ones can involve physical or emotional abuse, harassment and stalking. Some have even committed suicide after a romantic breakup. Parents have to continue to be on watch. Look for changes in eating or sleeping patterns, excessive worry or preoccupation with what a boyfriend or girlfriend thinks, a drop in grades and isolation from old friends. Know the boyfriend or girlfriend and his or her parents. If you notice any of these things in your teen, something is wrong, and you need to talk with your child to find out what is going on, Landers said. The teenage years are an important time for any child. He or she is taking steps toward adulthood and making lifetime memories: first date, first crush, first love. “Hopefully, they’ll have

fond memories of the caring, involved parent who watched over them during this time as well,” Landers said. Youth Villages is one of Tennessee’s largest

providers of children’s mental and behavioral health services. For more information or to become a foster or adoptive parent, visit www.youthvillages. org.

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Scouts race in Pinewood Derby

TAKE US on vacation

A total of 30 local Cub Scouts recently took part in the annual Pinewood Derby. Tiger Den winners were, from left: William Egros, first place; Blain Clayton, second; Tucker Webb, third; Hayden Benfield, fourth; and Nathaniel Anderson, sixth. Not pictured, Andrew Sanders, fifth place.

Wolf Den winners were: Nathan Shirley, first place; Josh Puente, second; Joshua Kuykendall, third place; Tucker Allen, fourth; and Drew Bramblett, fifth.

Bear Den winners were: Austin Vest, first place; Hunter Harwell, second; Luke Noles, third; and Justin Puente, fourth.

Webelos Den winners were: Cameron Bartsch, first place; Eli England, second place; Andrew Rivers, third; Evan Allen, fourth; and Joseph Gladish, fifth.

Submitted photos

Overall Pack winners were: Nathan Shirley, first place; Austin Vest, second; and Hunter Harwell, third.

Chester Countians will soon be planning exciting destinations around the globe. When you take your trip this summer, be sure to Take Us With You. Just take along a copy of the Chester County Independent, and have your photo taken as you read the paper on the beach, in front of a wellknown landmark, or sign (similar to the photo above). Then submit the photo to the newspaper and we’ll publish it in a special edition next fall. You can also win prizes. For more information, call the Independent at 989-4624.

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Chi Beta Chi named Chili Champs

Xi Chi Delta is just one of the many participants at the FHU Chili Bowl Numero Cinco. The annual competition included a brownie bake-off this year as well. The FHU Library won first place, with Sodexo’s mint brownies taking second and UPC’s Triple Decker brownies snagging third.

Chi Beta Chi was named overall Grand Champion for Freed-Hardeman University’s annual Chili Bowl.

Sodexo earned first place for Traditional Chili during FHU’s recent Chili Bowl, while Jackson Generals were named first in the Non-Traditional category.

The People’s Choice award went to Tennessee Children’s Home (not pictured), while Chi Beta Chi, top right, received the honor of Students’ Choice. Other social clubs from campus competed as well as several outside teams who also enjoyed the cook off.

Submitted photos

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Eaglettes complete best since ‘06 The Chester County Eaglettes won their 17th game of the basketball season on Feb. 7 at Eagle Gym, beating South Side 49-41 at Eagle Gym. CCHS’ 17-11 record is their most wins since the 2006 season. Chester County played in the district tournament

first round at Bolivar on Tuesday against FayetteWare. Results were too late for this edition of the Independent. A victory in that game would send the Eaglettes to the district semi-finals Friday at Lexington. In the win over South Side which concluded the

regular season, the visiting SS Lady Hawks came in with sights set on an upset, leading by doubledigits early in the first four minutes of the first period. However, CCHS regrouped to claw within two after the first quarter had been completed, and went ahead 24-18 at inter-

mission. Chester County led by as many as 11 in the second half, before holding on for the win over one of their long-time rivals. Free throw difficulties have plagued the Eaglettes recently, and this game was no excepSee CCHS, Page 3-B

Senior night 2012 at CCHS Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

The 700 Club

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Coach Dale Neal receives congratulations from fans following the FHU Lady Lions’ victory Monday over Martin Methodist, giving Neal his 700th career coaching victory. (See story, Page 3-B.)

FHU plans food drive tonight Freed-Hardeman University Athletics will conduct a food drive in conjunction with the TranSouth Conference to benefit The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center in Henderson. Fans are encouraged to join FHU athletes and coaches as they seek to feed the hungry by bringing canned goods or other nonperishable food items to the game. The FHU Lady Lions and Lions will host Trevecca Nazarene University at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Feb. 16. The drive is in cooperation with other TranSouth Athletic Conference schools, all of whom are conducting food drives in their communities to benefit agencies in their respective areas. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics encourages schools to participate in various service projects as a part of its Champions of Character initiative. “We see this food drive as a way for our athletes and fans to help those in need in their communities. The TranSouth Athletic Conference is proud to support the NAIA's Champions of Character program and its core values,” Charlie Smith, TSAC Commissioner, said. “We encourage all of our fans to join us in this effort.”

District tournament underway The District 14-AA high school basketball tournament got underway Tuesday night with four firstround games at two sites. Chester County’s Eaglettes, the No. 3 seed, played Fayette-Ware at Somerville. Boys’ district first-round games are Thursday. Chester County plays Bolivar Central in Bolivar at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Semi-finals are Friday for girls and Saturday for the boys, with finals set for Monday and Tuesday. The top four teams in each tournament advance to the regional which begins at higher-seeded teams’ home court Feb. 24-25.

QB Club sets next meeting The Chester County High School Quarterback Club has scheduled its next meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the high school cafeteria. Anyone interested in the CCHS football program is urged to attend.

Dixie softball/baseball signups underway Player signups are currently underway for Chester County Dixie Youth Association girls’ softball and boys’ baseball for ages 4-17. Application deadline is Saturday, March 10. Application fee is $45 each for the first two children in the same family, with a maximum of $100 for more than two children.

Senior athletes and their parents were honored Feb. 7 between games of the final home contests for Chester County High School. In photo at top, senior cheerleader Lauren Lay, at left, took one final bow before the home crowd, as did basketball players Dee Dee Jones, Macy Naylor, and Logan McEarl. In bottom photo, senior Eagles honored included, from left, Kirk Atkins, Tony Phelps, Toneal Bumpass, Austin Cavaness, Taylor Hodges and Cameron Phelps.

Five threes by Phelps in CCHS boys’ finale Tony Phelps connected on five three-point shots and totaled 21 points in Chester County High School’s final regular season basketball. The Eagles, however, fell to South Side 77-56, to finish the regular season with a record of 5-23. Senior Toneal Bumpass had 10 points as he, Phelps, Taylor Hodges, Kirk Atkins, and Austin Cavaness all played their final contest on the parquet floor of Eagle Gym. Another senior, Cameron Phelps, was unable to participate in the contest due to an injury. The South Side Hawks, arguably the best third place team in any district in the state, quickly jumped to a big lead over Chester County and led 44-24 at half-time. Chester County, South Side and the other District 14-AA teams will be in action tonight, Thursday, in the first round of the district tournament. Two games each will be

played at league co-regular season champions Bolivar Central and Liberty Tech. Chester County faces Bolivar Central in Bolivar at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the district tournament. Feb. 7 at Eagle Gym South Side 22-22-13-20=77 Chester Co. 6-18-16-16=56

SS –A.J. Merriweather 16, Maliek Hicks 15, Kolan Swift 12, Wray Fuller 11, Barford 9, Beard 9, Givens 2, Vinson 1. CC – Tony Phelps 21, Toneal Bumpass 10, Cobb 8, Atkins 6, Phillips 5, McPherson 3, Holman 2, Hodges 1. Three-point shots: SS – Fuller, Beard. CC – Phelps 5, Phillips, McPherson, Bumpass. Records: SS – n/a. CC – 5-23.

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Chester County’s Toneal Bumpass brings the ball up the court against the pressure defense of South Side in final regular season game for CCHS, Feb. 7 at Eagle Gym.

Junior girls sweep FHU tournament

Dixie Youth meetings set The Chester County Dixie Youth Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, upstairs in the Chester County Courthouse. Anyone interested with interest in youth baseball or softball is urged to attend.

Bowden to speak at 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. Bowden served as the head coach for the Florida State University Seminoles from 1976 to 2009. He guided FSU to 377 victories, two national championships, 12 ACC titles and a top-five finish in the country for 14 straight seasons. The patriarch of college football's most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Tallahassee, Fla. For ticket prices or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the FHU athletic office at 989-6900.

Submitted photo

The Chester County Junior High volleyball team claimed the championship Saturday of the Freed-Hardeman University junior high tournament, winning four games. Team members include, front row from left: Autumn McDaniel and Jantzen Robinson; and back row: Ashton Webb, McKinley Farley, Lauren Rogers, Madison Newman, Mykelle Sweatman and Sarah Sells. The team is coached by Wes Murphy. (See additional junior volleyball photo, Page 3-B.)

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Milewski's three sinks Union Freed-Hardeman junior TranSouth Conference guard Jonathan Milewski, Men’s Basketball who ranked sixth in the Standings nation in three-pointers Through Feb. 13 made heading into the Team TS All weekend, went over 39 1. Martin Meth. 10-2 21-5 9-4 19-7 minutes without making 2. Cumberland one in FHU's game at 2. Trevecca Naz. 9-4 17-9 9-4 16-11 Union University 2. Union 5. Freed-Hardeman 7-5 17-9 Saturday. 6. Mid-Continent 6-6 7-18 However, Milewski's 7. Bethel 5-7 15-11 shot in transition with 18 8. Lyon 1-12 7-18 seconds left gave the 9. Blue Mountain 0-12 7-17 Lions a two-point lead that helped FHU down Union on the road, 73-70. Teichmann led all scorers with 20 points while Anthony Sampson added 16 and Milewski had 11. Monday at the Brewer Sports Center, however, FHU went into the locker room tied at 36 with No. 6 Martin Methodist College, the Lions holding their own against the RedHawks. After halftime, though, the tide changed quickly as the RedHawks made 19-of-30 shots in the second half to post a 92-71 win. It marked the fourth home loss in the last five games for the Lions (17-9, 7-5), who are 6-6 at home this season. The Lions held their last lead at 44-43 after Teichmann's basket in the lane. From there, Martin Methodist (21-5, 11-2) began to pull away. A 19-4 run gave the RedHawks a 62-48 lead at the 10:48 mark as MMC made 8-of-11 shots during the run. The lead grew to 17 points (69-52) less than two minutes later. MMC placed five in double figures led by James Justice's 22 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Teichmann led all scorers with 24 points. Freed-Hardeman returns to action at 8 p.m. Thursday, hosting Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Sports Schedules Chester County High School Basketball Date Opponent Location Feb. 14 Girls’ District In progress Feb. 16 Boys’ District First Bolivar

Time TBA 7:30

Freed-Hardeman Women’s Basketball Date Opponent Feb. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Feb. 18 Mid-Continent Feb. 23 Lyon Feb. 25 Bethel

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

Place Brewer Center Mayfield, Ky. Brewer Center McKenzie

Freed-Hardeman Men’s Basketball Date Opponent Feb. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Feb. 18 Mid-Continent Feb. 23 Lyon Feb. 25 Bethel

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

Place Brewer Center Mayfield, Ky. Brewer Center McKenzie

Chester County Junior High Volleyball Date Opponent Feb. 23 Crockett Co. Feb. 27 Lexington Feb. 28 Middleton

Time 4:30 4:30 4:30

Location Alamo Lexington Middleton

Freed-Hardeman Baseball Date Opponent Feb. 17 Culver-Stockton Feb. 18 Culver-Stockton Feb. 25 Indiana-Tech (2) Feb. 26 Indiana-Tech (2) Feb. 28 LeMoyne-O’n (2)

Location Carnes Field Carnes Field Carnes Field Carnes Field Carnes Field

Time 3:00 1:00 Noon Noon 2:00

2012 Freed-Hardeman Softball

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Kyle Teichmann lays in two points for the Freed-Hardeman Lions in their TranSouth contest with Martin Methodist Monday at the Brewer Sports Center.

Date Opponent Location Time Feb. 11 William Woods (2) Henderson Noon Feb. 17 Lindsey Wilson * Pulaski 1:00 Campbellsville * Pulaski 5:00 Feb. 18 Point * Pulaski 9:00 McKendree * Pulaski 1:00 Feb. 25 Cardinal Stritch (2) Henderson 5:00 Feb. 28 Trevecca Naz. (2) Nashville TBA * Martin Methodist Meltdown

Shumpert scores 41, Neal gets 700th Natalie Shumpert of Freed-Hardeman set a career high in scoring for the third time this season, scoring 41 points to lead the No. 3 Lady Lions to a 75-61 win over Martin Methodist College on Monday night in the Brewer Sports Center. Her 41 points is the second highest single game total in FHU history, trailing only the 46 points by Qiana Elam on Nov. 29, 1999. Twenty-eight of

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Freed-Hardeman’s Karissa Dyer puts up a shot over the Martin Methodist defense Monday at the Brewer Sports Center.

Shumpert’s points came in the first half as FHU (22-4, 10-2) raced out to a 46-25 lead. She made 11of-16 shots in the half, including six 3-pointers. In the process, it helped FHU head coach Dale Neal get his 700th collegiate coaching win. He has won 466 games at FreedHardeman. After MMC scored first on a pair of free throws by Vee Young, the Lady Lions went on an 11-2 run with their first nine points of the game coming on three-pointers - one from Shumpert and two from Hannah Parsley. Over the last nine minutes of the half, FHU outscored the RedHawks 17-6, with nine points coming from Shumpert including four in the last 31 seconds. Freed-Hardeman led by as many as 24 points in the second half before Martin Methodist scored the final eight points of the game to cut the final margin to 14. Shumpert also had nine rebounds and five steals to lead the team in those categories. FHU returns to the

floor at 6 p.m. Thursday, playing host to Trevecca Nazarene University.

Union gets the edge, 48-44 The No. 3 Union University Lady Bulldogs hit several key threepointers down the stretch in earning a 48-44 win over No. 2 FreedHardeman on Saturday in Jackson. LaTesa McLaughlin and Rebecca Sharpe both hit timely threes in the second half, and it was Sharpe's with 2:08 left that put Union ahead for good. After FHU (21-4, 9-2) took only its second lead of the game at 44-43 following an Ashley Tate free throw, Sharpe connected on a three-pointer from right of the key. The Lady Lions would be unable to score the rest of the game. Freed-Hardeman had a chance to send the game to overtime with the ball down by three and the shot clock turned off, but Maria Bagwell's 3-point attempt hit the front of the iron and Shelby Ashcraft grabbed the rebound. She was fouled and made one

TranSouth Conference Women’s Basketball Standings Through Feb. 13 Team TS All 1. Union 12-1 25-2 2. Freed-Hardeman 10-2 22-4 3. Lyon 7-6 18-9 3 Cumberland 7-6 12-13 5. Martin Meth. 6-6 17-9 6. Trevecca Naz. 6-7 10-15 7. Bethel 5-7 13-13 8. Mid-Continent 3-9 8-17 9. Blue Mountain 0-12 3-20

of two free throws for the final points of the game. Union (24-2, 11-1) made eight three-pointers to just one for FHU, which shot just 34 percent from the floor. Union also held Natalie Shumpert, who scored 32 points in Freed-Hardeman's win on Jan. 14, to eight points on four-of-16 shooting. FHU found itself down 10 points late in the first half, but used an 8-0 run to narrow the gap to two points at halftime. From

Perfect pickers Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Charlotte Parker, right, recently won the Chester County Independent’s Big Game Contest by perfectly predicting New York’s 21-17 victory over New England. Parker’s name was chosen at random over another contestant who also hit the score on the nose, as did Neal Smith, left, of Chester County Bank, one of the sponsors of the event. For her prediction, Parker receives a check for $50. there, Union's lead would not go above six points and the game was tied on three occasions. Ashley Tate scored a game-high 13 points while

Bagwell pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Union now enjoys a one-game lead on FHU in the loss column.

Lion baseball opens with two-game sweep The Freed-Hardeman Lions started off the new baseball season on a positive note Feb. 7, sweeping a double-header from Williams Baptist College at Carnes Field. FHU took the first game 10-2 before winning the nightcap, 7-3. However, the Lions then took to the road for three games in Texas, losing all three. Newby (1-0) threw first-pitch strikes to most hitters he faced and allowed four hits - three of which were infield hits and fanned six in 4.2 innings of work. Robert Prieto and Ryan Grigatis both went threefor-four in the opener

while Kyle Dearing and Ben Ihde went two-forthree. In the second game, the Lions had to come back from an early deficit after WBC got runs in the first and second innings. FHU tied it in the third on backto-back RBI doubles by Justin Mackey and Prieto, and then took the lead in the fourth when Joe Mike scored from third on an error by the Eagles' Ethan Clarke. Meanwhile, FHU starter Andy Southard (10) settled down and held WBC scoreless in his last two innings of work. Jesse Hykes gave the Lions a cushion thanks to a pinchhit three-run home run

with two outs in the fifth. Friday in Tyler, Texas, Evan Mansell hit three home runs and collected five hits, but it wasn't enough as the Lions left the tying run on third base in the top of the ninth inning in an 11-10 loss to the University of Texas at Tyler. The Lions hit five home runs as a team, with Mackey and Ihde each hitting one in addition to Mansell, but committed five errors that led to six unearned runs. Saturday night, Texas Lutheran cored five runs in the top of the 11th to beat FHU 10-5. Sunday, FHU lost 4-3 to Hendrix College.

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Dee Dee Jones and Tamacha Couch scored 18 and 17 respectively for CCHS, but the “Hawkettes’” Stephanie Tipler took game-high honors with 19. South Side fell to 9-15 on the year.

South Side 13- 5- 9-14=41 Chester Co. 11-13-12-13=49 SS – Stephanie Tipler 19, Daykota Kinnie 11, James 8, Jones 2, Wilson 1. CC – Dee Dee Jones 18, Tamacha Couch 17, Amos 7, Miskelly 4, Sims 2, Cox 1. Three-point shots: SS – Kinnie 3. CC – Amos, Couch. Records: SS – 9-15 (5-9). CC – 17-11 (8-5).

CCHS tion as they made only five of 10 in the first half. However, they improved at line in the second, hitting 15 of 26 “free pitches” overall.

Feb. 7 at Eagle Gym

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Erin Barnes of Chester County Junior High sets for a spike in a junior varsity game Thursday against Middleton.

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FHU named an Apple Distinguished Program Freed-Hardeman University has announced that its iKnow initiative has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its efforts to incorporate mobile technologies into the teaching and learning process. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. FHU Vice President for Technology and Innovation Mark Scott said, “We are extremely pleased to receive this honor from Apple. Since 2008 Freed-Hardeman has pioneered the use of

mobile technologies to accommodate anywhere, anytime learning. The selection of FHU as an

Apple Distinguished Program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology.” FHU began the iKnow program with the intent of using mobile technologies as enablers to teaching and learning. With

expanded wireless connectivity, the campus can now fully support thousands of mobile devices in classrooms and other student spaces. Beginning this fall, new FHU students will be provided an iPad to coordinate with the interactive digital textbook initiative being undertaken with Inkling. The university has also created a Center for Instructional Technology to support faculty use of technology. Freed-Hardeman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist’s degrees. Consistently list-

Buck, Asst. Director for Family and Community Partnerships or Mayriene Moten, Family Services Specialist at 9895111. You may contact Family Case Manager, Sharla Franklin at the Reagan center at (731) 549-9413 or (731) 5492937. Pre-registration for the Reagan Head Start Center will be from 8:30. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 21 and 23. The Reagan Head Start is located next door to the post office in Reagan. Information needed at this time includes the child’s name, birth date, child’s birth certificate, child’s immunization record (shot record) - to be obtained from the local Health Department or from the child’s physician, a copy of child’s TennCare card, social security numbers for all family members, food stamp case number, and family income verification. Verification of income for 2011 must be provided by individual Income Tax form 1040, W-2 Forms, pay stubs, pay envelopes, and written statements from employers or AFDC/Food stamp Determination verification.

HOSA students place in competition Chester County High School students in Health Occupations Society of America (HOSA) took part in regional competitions held Jan. 27 at Union University. Forty-three students took part, and 35 placed in their competition. All first, second and third place winners will now advance to state competitions which will be held in Nashville, April 1618. Following is a list of all of the regional winners. First Place Winners: Ben Melton - Dental Terminology; Madison Taylor - Clinical Nursing; Brittany Carson - Physical Therapy; Carie Massengill and Miriah Denton CERT Skills; Katelyn Wooley - Researched Persuasive Speaking; and

Collin McPherson, Chase Ross and Brendan Clayton - Health Education. Second Place Winners: Dalton Sheffield - Medical Spelling; Alex Plunk Pathophysiology Test; Kelsey Geary - Concepts of Health Care Test; Tessa Hart - Nutrition Test; Keosha Amos - Home Health Aide; Taylor Henry and Allie Taylor CPR/First Aid; Bre Lockett and Tamacha Couch - EMT; Lauren Mobley - Epidemiology; and Madison Parker, Elizabeth Hibbett, Madison Cherry Reed and Brooklyn Davidson Public Service Announcement. Third Place Winners: Katelyn Faulkner Medical Math; Stephen

Hardee Nursing Assisting; Krista Hatch, Alejandra Perez, Hailey Hopper and Chloe Sweatman - HOSA Bowl; and Hayden Howell Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam. Fourth Place Winners: Alex Hopper - Medical Terminology; Brittany Rouse - Human Growth and Development Test; Alex Potts - Pharmacology Test; Daela Whited Extemporaneous Writing; and Samuel Sides - Kaiser Permanente Health Care Issues Exam. Sponsors Ginger McPherson and Joan Chamberlain expressed their pride in all the HOSA competitors and congratulate those who placed in their events.

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HOSA students at Chester County recently participated in regional competitions. Those taking part included, front row from left: Brittany Carson, Chloe Sweatman, Krista Hatch, Allie Taylor and Brittany Rouse; second row: Lauren Mobley, Katelyn Wooley, Alejandra Perez, Hailey Hopper, Kelsey Geary, Tessa Hart, Alex Potts, Madison Taylor and Carie Massengill; third row: Katelyn Faulkner, Bre Lockett, Tamacha Couch, Dalton Sheffield, Hayden Howell, Ben Melton, Alex Hopper and Elizabeth Hibbett; and fourth row: Samuel Sides, Brendan Clayton, Collin McPherson, Stephen Hardee, Chase Ross, Alex Plunk, Brooklynn Davidson and Madison Parker. Not pictured: Daela Whited, Madison Cherry, Taylor Henry, Keosha Amos and Mariah Denton.

Chester County student in fourth-, fifth-, or sixthgrade. All contestants will get an opportunity to practice with Mrs. Tanya Morris on Friday, Feb. 17, after lunch. The practice is for contestants only, no parents please. This year, contestants have the opportunity to participate in the following categories: Prettiest Smile, Best Model, Best Dressed, and Most Photogenic. Registration forms were due on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and no late registrants will be accepted. Please contact Tanya Morris for additional information: 731-6087927 or email Please mark these important dates on your calendar: Feb. 13-17 – 4-H

Meetings Feb. 16 – Spring and Class Pictures Feb. 16 – Last day to turn in box tops for Education Feb. 18 – CCMS Pageant Feb. 20 – School dismissed in honor of Presidents’ Day Feb. 22 – Lions Club eye screening for fourthgrade Feb. 21-23 – Discovery Education assessments for fourth- and fifth-grades (Math, Reading, Science) March 12-16 – 4-H Meetings April 12 – Makin’ Music at Freed-Hardeman University for fifth-grade April 23-26 – TCAP Week May 4 – Field Day May 11 – Make-up for Field Day (if needed).

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Pre-Registration for Reagan Head Start set for Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 The Southwest Human Resource Agency Head Start Program is now accepting applications for 3- and 4-yearold children to attend Head Start classes beginning in fall 2012. Head Start serves children the year before they are eligible to attend Kindergarten. The Head Start Program is designed for pre-school children of low income families who are on or under the poverty guidelines. Head Start provides medical and dental services, nutritional services, family services, and educational experiences for the entire family. Disabled children are included as an important part of the Head Start Program. Special provisions are made for children who may need special furniture, feeding utensils, equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, etc. There are no fees for any of these Head Start services or participation in the program for the children of families who qualify. Applications may be obtained from the Southwest Human Resource Agency Office located at 1527 White Ave., in Henderson by contacting Carrie Williams

strives to offer an excellent education with a Christian perspective.

Dr. R. Cliff Thompson, Freed-Hardeman’s director of theatre, is the next speaker in a series of brown bag lunches hosted by the FHU Department of Fine Arts. The presentation will be Thursday, Feb. 16, at noon in Old Chapel Hall. Thompson’s presentation is titled, “Good Out of Nazareth: Do the Arts Have Value for the Disciple of Christ.” “God uses art, music, poetry, sculpture, dance and theatre to lavishly convey his will and his love. By understanding the call of the Bible through the arts, the Christian is better prepared for service,” said Thompson.

Freed-Hardeman University has been named an Apple Distinguished Program. Making the announcement were, from left: Brett Pharr, chairman of the board, Freed-Hardeman University; Dr. Joe Wiley, president, Freed-Hardeman University; Dr. James Kelly, education consultant, Apple; and Rusty Boozer, education account manager, Apple. ed as a top tier school by U.S. News and World Report, the university

By Sarah Hibbett SMILES! CAMERAS! PAGEANTS! Williams Auditorium will come alive this Saturday, Feb.18, as Chester County Middle School hosts the Miss Sweetheart Pageant and the Miss CCMS Pageant. The Miss Sweetheart Pageant will begin at 10 a.m. for girls, 0-18 years. Beginning at 7 p.m. will be the Miss CCMS Pageant. To be a contestant in the Miss CCMS Pageant you must be a

FHU’s Brown Bag Lunch series continues

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By Ally Rogers The varsity volleyball team played in a tournament at FHU on Saturday. They went undefeated, playing four games and took first place in the t o u r n a m e n t . Congratulations to Coach Murphy and the players! They will not play again until the Feb. 23 at Crockett County. We hope you’ll make plans to come and watch one of their matches! We want to extend congratulations to our Lion’s Club student of the Month! Aaliyah Simpson was chosen for her hard work and excellent behavior. She likes to read and write and spends much of her extra time with her church. She wants to become a teacher when

By Misty Hall In Grade Level News this week: Kindergarten classes are comparing Arctic and Antarctic animals to animals in other parts of the world. Students have been creating their own stories about these fascinating creatures with the help of thinking maps. Kindergarten teachers would like to welcome all of their practicum students from FreedHardeman who will be helping out two days each week. First-graders have been busy working on author’s purpose, adjectives, and place value. While reading Mister Bones Dinosaur Hunter, they researched different facts about the tyrant lizard king and other dinosaurs. The students created thinking maps to include adjectives that describe the T-Rex and then used those words to create their own paragraph about the T-Rex. First-grade classes concluded their study by excavating fossils from their chocolate chip cookie snack! Second-graders are still working on their geometry unit and have been learning about spheres, hemispheres, cylinders, rectangular solids and cubes. Students have been applying their knowledge of these threedimensional shapes in order to find them in nature and everyday life. Also, because this month is Black History month, students are studying famous AfricanAmericans in history. Ask your favorite seven-yearold about Rosa Parks and her contribution to America. Our third-graders are working toward so many goals! They have been saturated with Academic Vocabulary knowledge which they will be applying to questions on the spring T-CAP test. Knowing these words and being able to apply them will ensure success on the T-CAP. Students have also been preparing by

she graduates from college. She and her family will be treated to a dinner in her honor at Besso’s. All seventh- and eighthgrade boys wishing to play football next fall must turn in their physicals to Coach Ivery in the next couple of weeks. First time players are also required to pay a $50 fee to play. Spring pictures have been rescheduled to March 1. Individual pictures will be taken only of students who wish for their picture to be taken. Sport pictures to be taken on this date include the baseball, volleyball and boys’ soccer teams. The Miss/Mr. CCMS pageant will be held this Saturday, Feb. 18, at Williams Auditorium. To be a contestant in the Miss CCMS Pageant, you must be a Chester County student in the fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-grade. A registration form had to have been completed and returned to school by Feb. 14 with a $20 registration fee. No late entries will be accepted. All contestants will have an opportunity to

practice with Mrs. Tanya on Friday, Feb. 17, after lunch. The practice is for contestants only, no parents please. This year contestants may also participate in the following categories: prettiest smile, best model, best dressed and most photogenic (you must submit a photo with registration for most photogenic). Each extra category is $10, or you can enter beauty and all four categories for $45 (save $15). The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Please contact Tanya Morris for additional information at 731-6087927 or email Our Spring Banquet is on March 22, right around the corner. All students, grades six through eight 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. Remember that school will be dismissed this coming Monday, Feb. 20, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

doing independent reading with longer nonfiction passages in order to find the main ideas, topic sentences and supporting details, all of which are goals that West Chester third-graders must achieve this year. All of the classes are “Racing to the Top” with STAR reading and math. Charts have been posted on each classroom door with smiley faces indicating how much work has to be done to reach the Advanced and Proficient levels. Of course, all of the students want the smiley faces to sail to the top. Way to go, third-graders! Mrs. Melton’s thirdgraders have been learning division this week. They were able to use and munch on fruit loops as they learned how division is sharing in equal groups. Mrs. Whitehead’s and Mrs. Melton’s classes have also been learning about the three states of matter and how this matter can change to other forms. Mrs. Denise’s class enjoyed learning about space this week, and each child reported what they learned about their assigned planet. Students also have been studying various forms of measurement this week. Ask your child about the Capacity Rap! Mrs. McDaniel’s and Mrs. Whitehead’s classes enjoyed experimenting with models of volcanoes. Some kindergarten students also got to enjoy the display as the volcanoes erupted on the playground. Later, the students compared their hypotheses to the data they gathered. West has plenty of scientists at work! Parents please don’t forget to practice those multiplication tables up to 12x12. Jordan Shelton is a practicum student working in Mrs. Whitehead’s classroom this semester. She’s joining the students during math and science, and they are looking forward to working with her. In school news: We would all like to thank Mrs. Starla Bogard on her super job as box tops cocoordinator. We are almost at our goal, so keep bringing in those box tops! Our final count ends Feb. 29. Mrs. Susan Brown was chosen teacher of the year. Parents, please remember to check your child’s folder each night and read with your child every day. Also, if your child will not

be at school, please call the office and let us know why your child will not be present. Mrs. Starla’s STAR (Super Testing Accelerated Reader) Awards for the month of January are: Zane Bolton, Aeriel Butler, Gavin Crawford, Rachel Hardison, Mitchell Henson, Halle Hutson, Brienna Rowland, Aaliyah Terry, Zoey Zdravkov, Nathaniel Anderson, Paige Austin, Jessica Howell, Evan Hutcherson, Seth Lofton and Cassidy Moss. On the 100th day of school, students brought in 100 pennies to celebrate AND to help a great cause. All of this money was pooled together and a grand total of $577 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Way to go West Chester families! Our first ever Family Winterfest was a huge success. Students and their families moved around the school to four different stations: Sight word games, Five-minute fillers, Guiding your child to success, and Physical activity fun. It was informative, fast and fun. Students were able to go home with a free book, and at the end of this meeting families moved to the cafeteria where they were treated with hot chocolate and cookies! Thank you parents for coming out and making our night so much fun! Teachers at West were happy to be a part of a tear-jerking meeting where Belinda Anderson gave a motivational speech on ‘Bucket filling.’ We want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for renewing our spirits and filling our buckets! Teachers are beginning to read the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? to their classrooms. In this book, children (and adults) learn that we have a bucket that needs to be filled with positive words and actions each and every day. Negative words and actions empty our buckets and should be avoided. To help our school promote this idea, a bulletin board has been set up in the front lobby where you can ‘fill a bucket.’ Paper and pencils are provided for teachers, parents, and children to fill each others’ buckets with positive messages. Mama was right when she said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

By Amy Tims February is a very busy month for us at East Chester! Our Computers for Education program began on Monday. We had a goal of having 220 books returned with the program. Our school would receive a $400 bonus for reaching the goal. We were able to reach the goal, and pass it, on Tuesday, with 251 books turned in. Over the week, students returned 325 books for the Computers for Education program. The money raised from this program has purchased Brainpop and the IXL program for our students in the past. IXL is a comprehensive math practice site with an unlimited number of math practice questions in hundreds of skills. Students already have a username and password for this site. We hope to be able to continue providing these computer services in the future and with your help we can. East Chester students participated in an earthquake drill on Feb. 7. The students and teachers did an excellent job with the drill. The students learned about earthquake safety as a part of a nation-wide “Shake Out” program. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. We’re all going to be nice to our friends and teachers especially on that day! Every year

Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester Elementary, Jacks Creek Elementary, and West Chester Elementary Schools Monday, Feb. 20 President’s Day School dismissed Tuesday, Feb. 21 Popcorn chicken, corndog Mashed potatoes Green peas, rolls Fruit choice, milk choice

around Valentine’s Day East Chester students help out a very worthy cause - “Treasure’s Love.” One of our third-grade students, Treasure Thaxton and her family started this program in order to provide stuffed animals to children who are in the hospital. Once again they worked to provide a bit of comfort for these children. Students will be out of school for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20. Our next PTO meeting will be Feb. 21. Our annual baked potato and salad supper will be that night along with our patriotic program. The Lions Club will be doing eye screenings on Feb. 22, and we’re expecting a visit from Ollie the Otter that day too. East Chester’s character word for the month is to be a good citizen. We are very proud to announce that Mrs. Belinda Anderson is East Chester’s 2011-2012 teacher of the year! She is an excellent teacher and we are so very proud of her! East Chester students are working hard each day to be better readers. Kindergarten students are learning about dental health this week. They are reading a book called Tooth Trouble. They are making inferences and learning about the “oo” sound. They are also learning about the doubles relationship to remember addition facts. They are identifying adjectives for sizes. First-graders are reading a biography this week. They are busy writing dinosaur facts. They are building and blending long “o” words and identifying the reason an author writes a story.

Second-graders are identifying fractions in Math. They are learning to identify the main idea in a story and to identify adjectives in sentences. They read a story about firefighters this week, and are learning about fire safety. Mrs. Sells’ students received a visit from Robbie Novak’s dad, Mr. David, who is a volunteer fire fighter, and has been for more than 22 years. He dressed in his fire gear and showed the students everything he has to carry with him when he goes to fight fires. All of his gear weighs more than 100 pounds! He explained how he uses all of his tools during a fire call. He also talked about the differences between career fire fighters and volunteer fire fighters. He explained that fire fighters receive regular training twice a month in order to help them do the best job they can to fight fires and save lives. He let the kids try on his jacket and hat and gave each student a coloring book, sticker, and fire hat of their own to keep. The students loved his visit and all agreed that fire fighters have to work very hard on the job! Third-grades are busy identifying the plot of a story in reading. These students are learning about fractions! Mrs. Becki and Mrs. Jill’s class participated in fraction centers this week. They made fraction robots with shapes that were made from a previous topic. They also made fraction pizzas. They played dominoes, a fraction memory game, and a fraction beach game. Every week, we continue to work hard and soar at East Chester!

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Popcorn chicken or Mini corndog Macaroni/cheese Green beans, rolls Baked breaded okra Fruit choice, milk choice

Thursday, Feb. 23 Lasagna/meat sauce or Turkey/cheese wrap Green beans, salad bar Tiny whole potatoes, rolls

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Sloppy joe/bun or hotdog Tiny tri taters, corn, slaw Pickle spears Snickerdoodle cookie Fruit choice, milk choice Thursday, Feb. 23 Lasagna/meat sauce or Turkey/cheese sandwich Tiny whole potatoes Brown beans, roll Fruit choice, milk choice

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Taco soup or Ham/cheese sandwich Tiny tri taters Carrots/ranch Dip Pickle spears Shredded cheese cup President’s cookies Orange Juice choice, milk choice

Friday, Feb. 24 Pizza or Tuna salad sandwich Batter bites, lima beans Fruit choice, milk choice

Thursday, Feb. 23 Lasagna/meat sauce or Turkey/cheese sandwich Green beans Glazed sweet potatoes Texas toast Fruit choice, milk choice

Monday, Feb. 20 President’s Day School dismissed

Friday, Feb. 24 Pizza or tuna plate Fries, california blend Fruit choice, milk choice

Chester County Middle School Monday, Feb. 20 President’s Day School dismissed

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

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Chicken nuggets or Manager’s choice Mashed potatoes, roll Green beans, salad bar Steamed seasoned squash Wednesday, Feb. 22 Taco soup or corndog Corn, tiny tri taters Baby carrots/pickle spears Salad bar, shredded cheese President cookies

Friday, Feb. 24 Pizza or Sloppy joe/bun Fries, salad bar Steamed california blend

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, Feb. 20 President’s Day School dismissed Tuesday, Feb. 21 Popcorn chicken (2 lines) Pizza/tiny tri taters/salad Mashed potatoes, Corn Green beans, rolls, salad Wednesday, Feb. 22 Manager’s choice Pizza choice/tater wedges Taco Soup/deli bar/toppings Salad Manager’s choice Thursday, Feb. 23 Turkey tetrazzini Pizza/batter bites Open salad bar/crackers Seasoned diced potatoes Purple hull peas, rolls Turnip greens, salad Friday, Feb. 24 Chicken fajita (2 lines) Fajita trimmings Pizza/fries/salad Fiesta rice, pinto beans Sweet potato casserole

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Public Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of: Susan Warren Notice is hereby given that on the 8th day of February, 2012, Letters of Administration in respect of the Estate of Susan Warren who died March 13, 2011, were issued to the undersigned by the Probate Court of Chester County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against the estate are required to file the same with the clerk of the above names court within 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 decedent’s date of death, otherwise their claims will be forever barred. This 8th day of February, 2012. Thomas Bart Warren, Administrator Cornelia Hall, Clerk and Master Estate of Susan Warren

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated November 14, 2008, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded November 17, 2008, at Book 322, Page 425 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Chester County, Tennessee, executed by Ashley D. Hill and Dale Allen Hill, conveying certain property therein described to John Clark, a resident of Weakley County as Trustee for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a separate corporation that is acting solely as a nominee for First State Bank and First State Bank’s successors and assigns.; and the undersigned, Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on March 1, 2012 on or about 12:00 P.M., at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron pin set in the East right of way of Bray Lane, which point is the Northwest corner of Lot 16 and the Southwest corner of the herein described lot; thence, from the point of beginning, and with the East right of way of Bray Lane, North 01 degree 49 minutes 21 seconds West 87.00 feet to an iron pin set at the Southwest corner of Lot 18; thence, with the South line of Lot 18, North 88 degrees 10 minutes 39 seconds East 500.03 feet to an iron pin set in the West line of Sells; thence, with the West line of Sells, South 03 degrees 11 minutes 36 seconds East 87.02 feet to an iron pin found at the Northeast corner of Lot 16; thence, with the North line of Lot 16, South 88 degrees 10 minutes 39 seconds West 502.11 feet to the point of beginning. Being Lot 17 Bray Road Subdivision. ALSO KNOWN AS: 230 Bray Lane, Beech Bluff, Tennessee 38313 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 355-117. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Ashley D. Hill; Dale Allen Hill The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 700213092 DATED January 31, 2012 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C.,

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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 January 3, 2007, executed by TRACY BROWDER AND PATRICIA BROWDER, conveying certain real property therein described to ROBERT M. WILSON, JR. as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, on January 22, 2007, as Instrument No. 28093, in Book 295, at Page 357; 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 BENEFIT OF ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-OA2 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SE RIES 2007-OA2,, 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 March 2, 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: BEGINNING AT AN IRON PIN SET IN THE SOUTH MARGIN OF PLEASANT RIDGE ROAD WHICH POINT IS LOCATED THE FOLLOWING CALLS FROM THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF DONLAD ROUSE AS RECORDED IN DEED BOOK 63, PAGE 692 REGISTERS OFFICE OF CHESTER COUNTY TENNESSEE SOUTH 76 DEG 19’26” EAST 824.05 FEET SOUTH 76 DEG 41 ‘43” EAST 190.00 FEET THENCE FROM THE POINT OF BEGINNING AND WITH THE SOUTH MARGIN OF PLEASANT RIDGE ROAD THE FOLLOWING CALLS SOUTH 76DEG 41 ‘43” EAST 97.25 FEET SOUTH 74 DEG 52’09” EAST 92.79 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE HEREIN DESCRIBED TRACT THENCE SOUTH 03 DEG 40’55” WEST 210.00 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 4 THENCE WITH THE NORTH LINE OF LOT 4 NORTH 76 DEG. 14’ 58” WEST 189.74 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 2 THENCE WITH THE EAST LINE OF LOT 2 NORTH 3 DEG 40’55” EAST 211.50 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING CONTAINING 0.9 ACRES AS SURVEYED BY ADVANCED LAND SURVEYING INC R.L.S. #1999 ON JANUARY 24, 2005 AND BEING KNOWN AS LOT 1 CLAYTON HILLS ESTATES SECTION I. PARCEL NO.: 068 03101 000 PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 85 PLEASANT RIDGE RD, FINGER, TN 38334-1979. 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): TRACY BROWDER AKA TRACEY L BROWDER AKA TRACY LEE BROWDER and PATRICIA L BROWDER 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., Substitute Trustee 2380 Performance Dr, TX2984-0407 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#: 09-0151787 FEI # 1006.73439

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 Substitute Trustee Larry F. McKenzie, Attorney

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