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FEBRUARY 21, 2013


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Henderson likely to add Park Supt. By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Closed again! Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

The Chickasaw Golf Course, which has had a shaky 13-year existence, is once again closed. However, other uses for the facility are being eyed which may or may not include a golf course.

Other uses eyed for golf course The on-going saga of the golf course at Chickasaw State Park continues as the current management company recently padlocked the gate. State and county officials have confirmed that Golf Development Services of Orlando, Fla., have turned in the keys to Chester County which had

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a 10-year lease from the state. The county in turn had sublet the course to GDS, also for 10 years. The course on Hwy 100 west, which began as a Jack Nicklaus “Bear Trace” signature facility, has faced an uncertain future several times in its 13-year life due to huge financial losses, and the state had once proposed letting the property return to its natural state

before the County brokered the deal with GDS. County Mayor Dwain Seaton said the county has turned the equipment back over to the state. Other parties had shown interest in operating the facility but were no longer interested. However, Seaton stated other uses for the property have been proposed which may or may not include a See GOLF, Page 2-A

Additional tickets available for “Duck Dynasty” show Freed-Hardeman University’s Sports Advisory Council has announced a second appearance by Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” at its annual benefit. The speech is set for May 4 at 3 p.m. in Loyd Auditorium. Tickets are available for the speech only; dinner is not included. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students (college and younger). They may be purchased online at Priority seating is also available and can be purchased by calling the athletics office at 989-6900 or 989-6901. Ticket sales had been curtailed for the event because of space limitations; however, Mike McCutchen, FHU athletic director, was able to schedule an additional matinee appearance by Robertson. “We are excited to have Phil Robertson as our

Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session on Thursday, Feb. 14. With no delegations to be heard, Mayor Bobby King announced that John Talbott, the city’s delinquent tax attorney, has decided to step down from the position. King stated that attorney J. Alan Rheney of Jackson

had been recommended to fill the position. The board voted to approve asking Rheney to take over the task. Also on the agenda was discussion of creating a new city position of Park Superintendent to oversee and perform maintenance at the city park, the downtown park, as well as assisting with other landscaping projects in the city. See CITY, Page 2-A

Prevention network plans meeting The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) will stage a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Auditorium at 634 E Main St. in Henderson. TSPN volunteers will provide information on local suicide trends, information on the warning signs of suicide, and details on mental health and crisis intervention services in the Chester County area. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) has provided debriefing and other services to the Chester County school system. TSPN works across the state to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the ultimate intention of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee. The loss of a person to suicide is always a tragedy, and all the more so when it is a child or teenager who had so much potential and so much ahead of them—even if they were not able to see it themselves. Although suicide rates among persons 10-19 in Tennessee have gone down in recent years, Tennessee still loses about 40 young people to suicide each year. More information on suicide prevention is available at website at

SBA grants disaster request

PHIL ROBERTSON speaker for the 2013 Sports Advisory Council Benefit," McCutchen said. "While he has been well-known among duck hunters for a long time, A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ has given us all a glimpse into what Phil, and his family, are all about. Millions of viewers are able to see faith and family values, in action. We are all in for a great evening when Phil Robertson comes to FreedHardeman University.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted his request for a disaster declaration for Henderson County and its contiguous counties, including Chester County, as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on Jan. 29. “I’m glad we have good news on our SBA declaration request, and I hope all those who sustained damage to their homes and businesses from these terrible storms will find a measure of relief as they rebuild,” Haslam said. An SBA disaster declaration makes homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the disaster eligible for lowinterest loans. The SBA will open a temporary office on Wed. Feb.

20, in the Henderson County Courthouse, 17 Monroe Ave. in Lexington, to help homeowners and businesses with the disaster loan process. A powerful storm moved across the U.S. on Jan. 29 bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and tornadoes to Tennessee. The storm caused one fatality and three injuries in the state. For homeowner loans, if an applicant cannot obtain credit elsewhere the interest rate will not exceed 1.688 percent. If an applicant can obtain credit elsewhere, the interest rate will not exceed 3.375 percent. Business applicants with credit elsewhere will have an interest rate of 6 percent and business applicants without credit will have an interest rate of 4 percent. Non-profit organization applicants will have an See SBA, Page 2-A

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City “We are at a time where we need to look seriously at how to maintain parks and the downtown area,” King said. With plans still underway for the D o w n t o w n Enhancement project to proceed and the 2012 construction of the downtown WiFi park on Main St., King added that he feels that Henderson needs to put more emphasis on creating and maintaining a well-landscaped environment and to focus more on the improvements to downtown Henderson and its parks. According to King, the Park Superintendent would also help with events such as the Barbeque Festival and other significant events as well as maintaining landscaping around City Hall and other citymaintained areas. Aldermen agreed that the position would be a great service to the city, but they could not agree whether or not the city could afford the position in the long term. “This year’s budget can handle it,” King assured the board, but with budget negations for 2013-2014 looming, board members could not be convinced to make a commitment without looking further into the upcoming budgets. “It would be irresponsible to hire any-

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Golf golf facility. The location of Chickasaw has long been suggested as the

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SBA interest rate of 2.875 percent, regardless of whether or not they have credit elsewhere. SBA declarations make victims in adjacent counties eligible for aid as well, so the

one before having a budget meeting,” said Alderman Bobby Barnes. According to the job description, a Park Superintendent with landscaping experience would start at $12/hour with the salary increasing yearly according to the city pay scale. Currently, the Public Works Department is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of parks in addition to its employees' regular duties. King stated that residents have asked for a dedicated park supervisor/landscaper for the community. “We’re behind 10 or 20 years based on what other cities are doing,” added Alderman Michael Phelps. “The city continues to grow, but it needs to be beautified.” Most of the starting equipment is already in the city inventory, and the Public Works Department has a used truck set aside that could be dedicated for use by the Park Superintendent. King added that the city has increased its revenue every year since its “tough budget year” about five years ago. The city is in good financial shape, and he believes that the position would be an affordable asset to the community. Alderman Keith Smith suggested that the board compromise and have a budget meeting prior to April 1 to ensure that the upcoming budget reason for its failure. Critics of Chickasaw and the state’s other original Bear Trace courses said the locations were more the result of political favoritism than sound research. declaration includes the counties of Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardin and Madison. Applicants can contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 6592955, email disastercustomerservice@sba. gov or visit SBA’s website at

would be strong enough to accommodate the new position. The board decided to table a decision until the March meeting. “The Mayor and Jim [Garland] can come up with a plan, and we’ll come back next month or have a budget meeting to convince everyone where the money is,” proposed Alderman Johny Farris. The board scheduled a planning session for Tuesday, Feb. 26. Discussion of a cleaning project for the elevated water tank and clearwell had been scheduled for the Thursday meeting, but Utility Director Mark Elkins stated that quotes were too high, and he needed to reassess the situation and get new bids. The discussion was also tabled until March. Police Chief Tommy

Davis welcomed two new officers to Henderson Police Department. Paul Carter and Dion Davis were selected to fill vacancies on the force. “I’m proud to have both of these guys on board,” Davis said. In conclusion, King provided an update on the bypass lighting project. He stated that the cost has been estimated at $280,000 for grants and matching, and the city will extend lighting as far as possible. Lighting the entire bypass will have to be completed in stages, with the areas judged most necessary receiving lights first. The Henderson Beer Board will meet in March to hear cases for Oden’s Amoco and Henderson Food and Fuel, both of which were cited for selling alcohol to a minor on Feb. 1.

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For Becca By Marney E. Gilliam Staff Writer

On an otherwise normal morning in December of 2012, 9year-old Rebecca Dombrowski’s father received a call from the school nurse. When he stepped through the door, nothing could have prepared him for what he saw: his child’s eyes were yellow. Becca was rushed to the doctor where they conducted blood tests only to tell them the results were “off ” and immediately sent them on to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. There they found out that Becca’s liver had completely shut down on one side and was functioning at a mere 25 percent on the other side. How did this happen? Nobody knew, but now this otherwise healthy, vibrant girl was suffering liver failure. Before this could really be processed, Becca was blessed with the answer to every parent of a terminally ill child’s prayers: she was informed that she would receive a liver. This may seem to be the end of a very scary story, but it is only the beginning.

injects. “Yeah, it was 100 percent dead on one side and 50 percent dead on the other.” Chris explained. The only thing that the experts have said as far as a cause is “they feel like it was some kind of viral infection that attacked her liver but all the things they tested for came back negative.” At that point, all they knew was that Becca was in dire need of a new liver. Chris cleared his throat. “It was very emotional. At the point that they told us she would have to have a transplant, it was really emotional because we had no idea we would be fortunate enough to find one as soon as they did. It could have been a situation where they didn’t find one in time so it was very emotional.” They found strength in those uncertain moments in their church, Faith Baptist and their pastor who made frequent visits. “We have a good church, we have a good pastor, good friends and family. It makes a big difference when you have somebody to fall back on like that. Our pastor and our

Becca embraces her step-father Chris Newsom in a heart-felt hug. Chris Newsom was born and raised in Chester County. Mary Newsom and her children, Becca, Michael and David, were originally from Dyersburg and moved here in October of 2011 after Chris and Mary got married. Chris currently works in the pest control industry while Mary gave up her job substitute teaching to take care of Becca fulltime. On Dec. 7, 2012, the lives of Becca, and her whole family, changed forever. They arrived at Le Bonheur to face a flurry of tests. Chris, Mary and Becca all focus on different moments that stick with them. From her spot curled up on her mother’s lap, Becca remembers “the IV” the most. Mary soothes Becca as Chris continued, “I mean they kind of went from starting with blood work and when they saw that was bad, then they moved up to tests like ultrasounds, and then when they really couldn’t determine for sure with that, they did a liver biopsy and that shows the liver was basically –” “Dying” Mary

church have really been good to us through the whole thing. We have a strong faith in God. You just have to, at times, put it in His hands and let Him be in control. I mean, it doesn’t make you not emotional or not care but it kind of gives you a little peace when you feel like He’s in control. But, it was rough. It was emotional. Having our church and our pastor was important to us. He was up there four or five times. He was there when she had the transplant to sit with us.” In a small voice, Becca shared she was “a little scared” when they told her. According to Chris, “After the transplant, she did really, really well the first two days. They said she did as well as they’ve ever seen a child do.” But then Becca’s new kidney settled, kinking an artery. After that was taken care of, Becca was allowed to go home, but on Jan. 10, it was found that Becca’s body was rejecting the new liver. They gave her steroids to help her fight off the rejection.

She was again allowed to go home only to be readmitted the very next day, this time due to an obstruction of the bowel duct. A stint was surgically implanted. Becca currently takes about 25 pills a day. She is quick to show the rainbow of daily medicines she has to ingest just to maintain her health. Because some of the medications affect the kidneys, they have to be monitored closely in order to keep the medicine at a level high enough to work but not so high as to destroy Becca’s kidneys. Doctors will eventually try to wean her off the medications, but she will take at least one anti-rejection medicine for the rest of her life. Becca’s family has health insurance, but they still face co-pays for doctor visits multiple times a week and for medications. Chris and Mary also pay for home school because Becca cannot attend school. Her health is too fragile and her immune system is depressed. When they travel to Le Bonheur, they pay for meals and gas. They also have gas costs when traveling to Jackson for testing. Throughout her ordeal, Becca has lost about 20 pounds so they’ve had to buy her new clothes. They cannot estimate their monthly costs because so much changes from day to day. However, in the long term, Chris says that the doctors are optimistic. “They believe she can live a rather normal life. They pretty much told us when she had the transplant that for six month to a year it would be pretty much touchy. They have to get her medicine regulated. But we expected that. Other than her liver, she was perfectly healthy, so they think she should live a normal life to a certain extent.” The diagnosis has changed “pretty much every facet” of their lives. “You don’t plan anything. You don’t plan any kind of trip because you never know,” Chris says. “You can’t take for granted that you’ll come home after an office visit,” adds Mary. “You see she keeps that little suitcase by the door,” Chris pointed to a small bulging suitcase leaning against the wall by the door. “That’s what she takes now to the doctor visits because three times now we’ve been to the doctor just for blood work and they’ve said ‘we’re readmitting you.’” Becca has to have blood work drawn twice a week. She can’t stay over with other family because they don’t understand her medications and don’t know what to look for to tell if she is getting sick again. For Becca, she misses jumping on the trampoline and playing t-ball the most. She also misses her brothers, going to school, seeing her friends, and

Photos by Marney E. Gilliam, Independent

Becca’s mother, Mary Newsom, works hard to maintain Becca’s health and keep her spirits up. going outside and exploring. She may be able to go back to school in a year if everything works out. Chris and Mary’s biggest fear regarding school and going out in public is the flu. If Becca gets the flu, it would be deadly. There is also the risk of a fall or a bump causing internal bleeding because of Becca being on blood thinners. She is able to video chat with her grandmother, brothers and her dad. Chris and Mary look for ways to allow her to communicate with others outside her home. Chris and Mary would like to thank The Henderson Closet Shoppers, Faith Baptist Church, the owner of Express Pizza for the benefits he has conducted, their landlord, Starla Peddy and all those who have donated, sent notes, called and prayed for them. An upcoming benefit is being planned at the Junior High School to raise money for Becca’s day-to-day expenses. Her medical bills have not come in yet, but Chris and Mary anticipate that these will be so enormous that they and her father will be paying them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, soon her insurance will cut back on the percentage it will pay so it will become harder and harder on the family. Cards and any monetary donations can be sent to Becca c/o Mary Newsom, 570 B Steed Street, Henderson, TN 38340. Make checks payable to “Mary Newsom.” Becca really enjoys reading notes and letters, and any help with paying for her medications and care would be greatly appreciated. Chris and Mary have not been a part of the fundraising. Mary has focused all her energies on Becca, and Chris stated that they both feel uncomfortable asking for help, but appreciate all the generosity they have received. When asked what people could do for them, Mary didn’t hesitate: “Mark that

donor [box] on the back of their driver’s license.” Chris added, “Yes, please be organ donors, give blood when you get a chance if you can.” Nodding, Mary said, “She’s gotten a lot of plasma and hearing that they are low is scary.” “I know that’s not directly helping us, but please be an organ donor,” Chris pleaded. “We did meet a lot of families up there still waiting and have been waiting for organs for months,” Mary maintained sadly. “You can save multiple lives,” Chris cut in. Mary reminded him, “When she got her liver, they had a kid who got the kidneys at the same time.” As I was leaving, Becca slid from her mother’s lap and shyly approached me only to take a couple of bounding steps at the end and hit me with a tight hug. Looking up through her brown bangs, arms securely around my waist, her eyes crinkling at the

corners and with a broad smile she said, “Thank you for coming to see me.” This is a remarkable kid. One that has faced something that no child should have to: a life-threatening illness. Her childhood has been put on hold. There was no Merry Christmas or Happy New Year. There was no returning to school after the break or seeing her friends. She can’t go outside, climb trees or ride a bike for fear of illness or injury that could be the death of her. But through all that, through the endless needles and painful procedures, she has never lost that smile. Never felt bitter or had a “why me?” moment. She is as in love with life as any 9-year-old. What can you do to help? Send up a prayer for this family. Donate if you can. Be a part of a fundraiser. Become an organ donor and give blood whenever you can. Be part of the life-saving team for Becca and kids like her!

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Life & Style

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Morris receives Eagle Scout award Troop 25, West Tennessee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, has announced that Benjamin Holace Morris, 16, of Henderson, has earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award. Morris is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle. He was recognized in ceremonies held on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Henderson Church of Christ. Each Eagle Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, show leadership and successfully complete a community or church related service project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements. Morris started in Scouting as a Tiger with Pack 25 in Henderson, and ultimately earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award for Cub Scouts. Since crossing over to Troop 25, Morris has earned 42 merit badges and has shown leadership by serving as a Patrol Leader, Scribe,

Do you like pizza? Pizza Express is cooking supper for those craving pizza from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4. Part of the proceeds from the $6 buffet will help Scott Clayton until he can return to work, hopefully in three months. Until then, family and friends are simply trying to do a kindness, to help take stress of his shoulders. See you at the buffet – I love pineapple cheese pizza, so beware, I get the first slice! Ha! Additional help is being offered by Regina Stone Brooks and Patricia Barrett. They are selling tickets for a queen size quilt. The tickets are $2 each or three tickets for $5. Call Regina at 989-7719 or Patricia at 989-3402. Murdell Brewer McCall Barker was surprised with a “Quilting” birthday dinner party. Her sister, Clyde Butler was there too. The ladies

Remember the monthly singing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Old Union Baptist Church. Turn left just past Jot ‘Em Down Store. The monthly food handout will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon, at the Faith, Hope and Love build-

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Mayors Bobby King (left) and Dwain Seaton congratulate Ben Morris (center) for his dedication to acheive the rank of Eagle Scout. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and currently Troop Guide. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, BSA’s national honor society. For his Eagle project, Morris chose to assist Mid-South Youth Camp with the Dan Cole Memorial Bunk Bed initiative. He worked with scouts, leaders and volunteers

to prepare plans, determine material requirements and build bunk beds for cabins at the camp. More than 400 hours were dedicated to the project under Morris’ leadership. A junior at Chester County High School, Morris is an honor student and active in the Beta Club, Band, Jazz Band and Mu Alpha Theta math honorary. He has been awarded

the Woodmen of the World American History Award and earned his brown belt with FHU’s Lion Tae Kwon Do group. He is also an active member of the Henderson Church of Christ youth group. Morris is the son of Stephen and Joyce Morris of Henderson. Troop 25 is sponsored by the Henderson Civitan Club.

celebrating with thimbles were Marsheila Lott, Jane Morris, Faye Ross, Jean Tignor, Neva Harvey, Charlotte Joyner, Margie White and Patsy Nobles Jones. The ladies were busy quilting when the honored guest arrived. Of course, Murdell observed busy thimbles, admired their stitches, and she was encouraged to put a thimble to the test – all this and a nice homecooked birthday meal on her special day. It’s so nice to be with those you love and those you can needle you one way or the other. Turning 94 was as easy as threading a needle for Murdell (a stitch in time saves nine is a good motto to live by with these quilting ladies). Guests added small gifts to a “stationery box” gift box prepared by the one in the group who cannot sew a stitch. In reference to this non-sewer, Jane Morris often has stated, “I’d rather teach Pam to sew any day.” Jim Ruth read in last week’s paper about Murdell Barker’s birthday, so he called to wish her a happy greeting. He then called Joel McCall to inquire about Janis’

health. They started talking about the “good ole days.” Jim shared that he and Joel double-dated – the girls names were Janis and JoAnn. Jim was a little bit country and Joel was a little bit rock ‘n roll. Wonder who did the driving? The driver usually controls the radio dial. Birthday candles will also be burning for Elam Kole Murphy on Feb. 19. He is already a 3-year-old? Ask Doyle or Marilyn Kolwyck Murphy if time flies. Then there will be a bigger fire with 95 candles burning for Charles Ada on Feb. 20 – wonder if his wife, Francis, will bake him a birthday cake or pie? Tommy Ada surprised his parents with a visit this past weekend. There will also be flaming candles for Willadean Thrasher (Andy Maness’ sister) on Feb. 23. It snowed on her birthday in 2009. Nina Ross will receive a birthday gift and dessert from her daughter, Cathy on Feb. 23. And finally in Nashville, Max Tucker will turn 86 on Feb. 26. We miss this sweet feller on his hillside near sisters Betty Richardson and Faye Morris. I went to school with Max’s

daughter, Sherry. Happy wedding anniversary wishes go to Gary and Barbara Scott Rhodes on Feb. 19. Is that 46 years? Then David and Lucy Jones Burgess will celebrate 26 years on Feb. 28. That’s another year of moss growing on their silver goblets! Time does fly, doesn’t it? Continued prayer has been requested for Gene Ross, Don Tignor and Brian Williams. Donette Rhodes Ada is having surgery Friday; and Nick Phillips is in great pain. Please keep them in your prayers, We are thankful Loy Jones has returned to the Creek. Spring is near, so start looking for her antique sales. This windy rainy Monday has put those trying to do previous storm damaged home repairs at a standstill again. I hope you have thanked local and state highway road workers for all they did for us during the previous storm. They work hard and as quickly as possible. Take time to say thanks – we all need a pat on the back, don’t we? Hope your week will be blessed. Be sure to share your Valentine candy!!! Call 989-7485 with any news for our area.

ing. Mrs. Dianne, at Sweetlips Store said she sold 32 dozen chocolate, cream cheese dipped strawberries. She said this year the cream almost overtook the chocolate. Approximately 44 descendents of J.W. and Montie Mae (Naylor) McEarl gathered at the Sweetlips Community Center for a potluck meal. The purpose of the event was to spend time with a cousin, Pam Coyne, who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. Pam’s husband was with the Secret Service and is

now a Federal Marshall for the State of Alaska. They have lived in Alaska for nine years and have a son, Carson. We haven’t seen Pam in a number of years, and it was great fun to catch up. She also celebrated her 50th birthday while she was here. She has a twin sister, Kim Moore. They are the daughters of Robert Belch and Dorothy Anderson. Sorry girls, I just told your age. Forgive me! Glad to hear Marcel Northcott is doing better after a recent hospital stay. She recuperat-

ed at the home of Cindy Piechocki, and celebrated her 73rd birthday there. On our prayer list are Olivia Springer, Grace Moody, Loretta Pickett, Norma McPeake, Ernie Merriman, Junior and Brenda Smith, Betty Stout, Sonny Newsom, Brenda Collins, our military, their families, our teachers and children. Happy birthday wishes go to Mamie Morain, Ike Kinchen and Mark Bell on Feb. 24; Mike Bullman and Christy Gilliam on See SWEET, Page 6-A

Hello to my family and friends. It is a new week, a new day and it is always a blessing to be with you! For those who were off work on Presidents’ Day, I hope you had a wonderful day, and pray that this week will be even better for you than last week. Al Price, thank you for that outstanding article on Henrietta Lacks. I really did enjoy reading it and absorbing all of that information about this great AfricanAmerican woman. What was so out of the ordinary to me about this wonderful lady and her story is her name, Henrietta. The reason I say that is because our first and oldest daughter is named Henrietta. However, our last child, LaWanna, that so many of you know, was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2009. And this great woman, Mrs. Lacks, without her knowing, gave up her cells so that my daughter and so many others may live today! If you did not read this article it was in the Feb. 14 edition of the Independent. Well February is almost gone and spring will be here in March. I am ready for spring to arrive. Guess who is receiving their spring shoes daily? Yes, you are “Wright” Wright Shoes is receiving their spring shoes. From Feb. 18 until March 2 they will pay your taxes on your purchase. So make your way to 1212C Hwy 45 N. For more information, call 989-4299. Congratulations to our Chester County High School girl’s basketball team for a job well done in the 2013 District Tourney. You represented your school well. Thanks go to coaches for all their time and hard work. Happy 65th anniversary to Troy and Marylee Frye, they celebrated the happy occasion on Feb. 14th. May the Lord keep you and bless you with many more. Greetings from Southern Oaks! They hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. There were lots of celebrations at Southern Oaks. There were three birthday’s during that Valentine week: Ms. Theresa Langlinais, turned 83 on Feb. 13, Ms. Polly Proffitt turned 85 on Feb. 15, and one of staff, Bonnie Deschler, celebrated her birthday on Feb. 16. Along with their birthday celebrations, they had a “Valentine’s Gala” celebration. Mrs. Lillia Cawthon, the head chef, started off their Gala with a wonderful Italian Feast with lasagna, salad, garlic bread and a variety of cheese cakes for dessert. After their dinner party with family and

friends, they had a “dance” with music, lights, festive decorations and lots of fun, fun, fun. Melody Willis, from Avalon Healthcare, provided prizes, treats, decorations and more. Her husband, Tim Willis, from Backstage Productions, provided the sound system, lighting and entertainment. For your events contact Tim Willis at 388-3007. The residents, employees, family and friends had a blast dancing to the oldies music. Some learned the Electric Slide, Macarena, Chicken Dance, Hokey-Pokey and other favorite dances. A fun time was had by all! The rest of the week was full of entertainment also. Monday is Bible study with Marty Wilkens. Tuesday, Bill Baldy from our local Fire Department, took time out of his busy schedule to come and call Bingo. And yes, Bill is bald, and proud of it. When asked why he is bald he stated, “Because I do not want to be a hypocrite.” Everyone asked that he come back again soon. Wednesday Lisa Peters came and played the piano and sang songs with the residents in the morning, while Mr. Virgil Hooks came in the afternoon to play his guitar and sing. Wednesday afternoon our faithful High School cheerleaders came to do manicures. Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Ms. Wanda Higgins from Savannah came to sing and play the piano. If you recall, Ms. Wanda is also a songwriter. In the afternoon Ms. Tina McKelvey and Brittany Bryan, from Legacy Hospice of the South, came and did Glamour Shots with our female residents. The residents were able to wear boas and hats and pretend to be big movie stars as they posed for the photographer to get their pictures taken in eloquent style and poise. What beautiful ladies they have at Southern Oaks. We also would like to welcome a new resident. Mrs. Betty Vincent of Finger joined the Southern Oaks family. Mrs. Betty’s family consists of husband Lindsey, daughter and son-inlaw Cindy and Chad Moss, and three grandchildren, Cassidy 7, Clare 5 and Caleb 3. Welcome, Ms. Betty! Sunday the residents worship either at Southern Oaks with a visiting church, or by going out to a church here in Henderson. There is so much going on there at Southern Oaks, stop by to visit them anytime. Keep up the great work Donna. If you need more information about Southern Oaks, contact Donna Signaigo, 983-3200. It is great to have loving children that remember important dates in their parent’s life. To John and Lillia Cawthon, Vivian Kelly would like to say, See CITY, Page 5-A

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Art and science come together in the kitchen

It has been another busy week for me. I hope things will slow down some but my daughter Legina had surgery Monday so I’ll be helping her. Our sincere condolences go to James Ballard’s family: Ann, Randy and family. He was a sweet person and I thought a lot of him. He used to come to Bethel, when he was able, and would tease and cut up with us. I think he was like that with everyone. I know you will miss him terribly, as will anyone that knew him. I know I will never forget him. Please remember our sick: Nella Rush, Tommy Landers, Sandra Landers, Winna Knipper, Sandra Dees, Norma Tully, Legina Henson, Edra and Benny Barnett, our shut-ins and ones in the nursing home. They all need our prayers and visits. Happy birthday wishes this week go to Clifton Mainers on Feb. 21; Kimba Harris and Joey Lillard on Feb. 24. Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have them most, live the longest! Our Deanburg reunion will be April 27. We decided last year to have it the last Saturday in April instead of the last Saturday in June

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City “Happy 49th anniversary to you Friday, Feb. 22. May the Lord allow you many more years together. I love you.” The City would like to wish them a blessing also. At the Chester County Senior Center there are some great events coming up. On Feb. 20 – singing; Feb. 21 - Reelfoot Lake trip leaving at 8 a.m.; and at 10:45 a.m. music with Lisa; Feb. 22 – Bingo; Feb. 25 - Full Moon Sing-along; Feb. 26 - at 9:45 a.m.; at 11:30 a.m. visit Henderson Healthcare & Rehab Soup or Chili Day; Feb. 27 - at 10.a.m. Bible study with Terry Bell; and at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 28 they will be headed to Southern Oaks for the big Wii bowling tournament. May the best team win. For more information, call Joanne at 989-7434.

Please pray for Paula Thomas for a speedy recovery after her surgery on Monday, her daughter Bianca and son Steadman, our children, teachers, family, the men and women that are serving our country and the incarcerated. Remember to patronize our local businesses. Let’s support our own as much as we can. If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your

Strange things can happen when you watch food TV too often. I usually like to watch travel shows where the hosts try dishes from other cultures, and sometimes they give me good ideas to try in my own kitchen. Recently, however, I got sucked into a marathon of a show called “Worst Cooks in America.” I felt sorry for the contestants who had seemingly never put together a meal in their lives, but more than that, the show made me want to cook. Growing up, I learned to follow recipes. No one in my family was what you would call a creative cook. We were good cooks, solid cooks, relatively accomplished cooks, but no one really experimented with food or created our own recipes. As I got older and traveled more, I became more adventurous, and after I married a man who

also enjoys cooking, I began to feel more comfortable trying untested recipes and trusting my instincts about food pairings. The “Worst Cooks” were pretty awful (vanilla chicken, anyone?), but their lack of kitchen sense made us eager to test our own skills. Granted we had no one judging our efforts like on the show, but we were extremely happy with the results of our own recipe. When selecting a cooking wine, choose one that you would also drink. Don’t choose one simply because it’s cheap or says “cooking wine” on the lable. Those are probably the ones you should steer away from when selecting your wine to use in a delicate sauce. If you don’t like the flavors, you aren’t going to like the results of your dish. The one I chose for this dish is extremely flavorful,

because of the hot weather then. Put it on your calendars now, and pass the word to family and friends, especially ones who live out of town. FCE (which used to be the Home Demonstration Club) is meeting is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the community center. Everyone is welcome to come. I know most of you who are my age remember our mothers going to the Home Demonstration Club meetings. A church sign in Pinson: “Choice not

chance determines destiny.” Quote of the week: “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.” – Unknown. I want to share a website with you that has beautiful pictures. It is NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive. (http:// rchivepix.html) Check out the Aurora on Feb. 12. Be safe this week! Call me at 879-9777 with your news.

family, birthday, a n n i v e r s a r y, announcements, and things happening in the City, please call

989-1907 or send an email to HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

and I would choose it again for any occasion – including cooking. Cooking isn’t all art or all science. When you go to the kitchen to cook a meal, don’t be afraid to be creative, but remember there are flavors and combinations that go together for a reason. You can’t fix a terrible

sauce by simply adding more salt or masking the flavors with hot chiles. You have to start with a good basic plan. That’s why I keep a lot of

recipes around. I study them and think about the flavor combinations, and then I improvise and begin to make a dish my own. You can do the same!

Chicken in white wine cream sauce with vegetables

Ingredients: 1 cup semi-dry white wine 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon lemon basil, finely chopped 4 chicken breasts, butterflied 1 bunch of fresh asparagus ½ cup grape tomatoes 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wine and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Sauté mushrooms and minced garlic in a sauté pan drizzled with olive oil. Cook until garlic begins to brown slightly. Add to cream sauce and continue to simmer

over low heat. Stir in chopped lemon basil. Cut tough ends off asparagus (about ½ inch). Spread asparagus and grape tomaotes on a large baking sheet with sides. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and season with grated lemon peel, garlic powder and salt and pepper as desired. Roll vegetables to coat with oil and seasonings. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and tomatoes begin to burst. While sauce is simmering, butterfly chicken breasts and season both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Brown in a skillet until chicken is done throughout. To serve, pour sauce over chicken and add vegetables to plate. Extra sauce can be drizzled over vegetables if desired. Crushed lemon basil leaves can be used for garnish.

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J.C. Community Club held meeting Feb. 14

Only Yesterday “Local boy instructs soldier on how to catch a monkey” From the files of the Chester County Independent February 16, 1933

“Freed-Hardeman Girls Win Against Memphis Teachers; Boys Lose” The Freed-Hardeman girls won over the Memphis Teachers in a hard-fought game Friday night, when they ran up a score of 34 to 27 against the West Tennessee Normal sextet. The F.-H. boys were not so lucky. They lost to the Teachers by 36 to 27. This was a bad upset for F.-H., the boys were leading the conference to that time ... The fine record made by FreedHardeman throughout the season has brought this school into prominence in athletic circles and built up a fine school spirit. Both the girls and boys share in the honors which have come, for both have played outstanding games.

“C.H.S. Loses One, Wins One”

The Chester County High Cagers had a divided score in the two games with the Bells players. The Bells boys, who have been consistently winning along throughout the season – 20 games out of 22, led throughout the game, piling up a score of 31 to 15 against the C.H.S. Boys. The Henderson girls played in better form and better luck, winning by 21 to 16.

“Bank Closes Doors; May Reorganize”

The people of Henderson and Chester County were surprised and shocked Tuesday morning when it became known that the [...........] Bank had ceased payment and closed its doors. The closing followed a meeting

school, make “E” on everything. We have a bowling alley here now and I like to watch them play. Thomas, I am going to tell you something, and if it is possible I want you to do it for me. I want you to catch me a monkey. Here is how to do it. I am going to send you a gourd, a knife and some rice. Take the knife and cut a hole in the gourd as big as the monkey’s hand, then fill it full of rice and hang it in a tree. Then the monkey will come along and get the rice. As long as he holds to the rice he will be caught. Then send him home if possible. Here is how to send him. If anyone is wounded there you can send the monkey home by him. I would like to see you.


P.S. Send daddy home a coconut with the monkey.

“Shoes Join Ration Items In War Move”

Dave Mitchell, chairman of the Chester County War Price and Rationing Board, today explained the reasons for America’s shoe rationing program. “War time demands for leather and manpower have slowed down the production of civilian shoes, in addition more of the remaining supply is needed for our armed forces. With supplies scarce our rationing program will divide what we have fairly among consumers and at the same time enable merchants to maintain reasonably adequate and balanced stocks,” Mr. Mitchell explained.

“Welfare Recipients To Have Victory Gardens”

Chester County Independent archives February 12, 1943

of the board of directors, at which it was decided to be in the interest of depositors to close the doors and to seek some adjustments before attempting to re-open the institution. “Frozen assets” and a slow, but continued drain upon the ready cash of the bank is given as the cause of the bank’s difficulties [...]. The bank was organized some 19 years ago and has done a nice business up until the depression began to freeze its assets and deposits decreased as the people began to feel the slack of business and commodity prices [...]. The people of Henderson and the county generally regret the difficulties of the bank and express confidence in the management, feeling that conditions over which they had no control made it hazardous to the interests of the depositors generally for them to continue operations. As it is, it is believed that the depositors are safe. If re-organization can be effected soon, the stockholders may find more or less protection in their holdings.

February 12, 1943

“Tommy Tells How To Catch Monkey”

Young Tommy Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan [...] wants a monkey and so he wrote the following letter to a good friend who is now located where monkeys are to be found.

Somewhere in South Pacific, Dear Thomas Carroll:

How are you? We are all fine here. Thomas, I would like to see you. I think of you often and thought I would write you. Hope you are alright. I want you to write me when you get time. I do well in

All families receiving public assistance in Chester County will be encouraged to cultivate Victory Gardens this year to aid in the Nation’s food production drive, Mrs. Monnie Sims, supervisor of the State welfare office in this county announced yesterday. Mrs. Sims said the State Welfare Department [...] will add one dollar to the monthly check of each recipient who wishes to plant a garden. This extra dollar will help buy garden seeds for planting [...]. In Chester County the public assistance rolls include 232 old age assistance cases; 49 aid to dependent children cases; and four aid to the blind cases, Mrs. Sims said.

February 20, 1953

“Mrs. Julia Bland Dies Here At 100” Chester County lost one of its oldest citizens in the passing of Mrs. Julia Bland on Feb. 13. Mrs. Bland who celebrated her 100th birthday July 17, 1952, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Meadows. Chester County Independent M r s . archives February 20, 1953 Bland was MRS. JULIA the daughter BLAND of the late William and Katherine Crook Perry and was born in what was then Henderson County. Her father was a Presbyterian minister. Mrs. Bland often talked of the Civil War days here in Chester County. One of her recollections was that her family was spared by Union soldiers who saw a dozen children playing in the yard and refused to destroy the home of “such a large family.” Her husband, the late James Bland, was a lieutenant in the Confederate Army and fought at Shiloh and Corinth [...].

“Births” Steadman-Guy Clinic

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Brown Jr., of Luray, are the parents of a son, Carl Thomas, who arrived on Feb. 7. Mr. and Mrs. Travis E. Jones of Finger, announce the birth of a daughter on Feb.7. She has been

The Jacks Creek Community Club met at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Jacks Creek Community Church of Christ, with 46 members and three visitors present. Jo Ann Jones led the group in singing “America” and Dwight Jones blessed the food. After a delicious buffet meal, Ralph May began the business meeting by acknowledging two gifts to the club. An anonymous donor gave $100 to the club and thanked the club for the community work that is being done. This donation was in an envelope that was sent to the

club. Also, Dr. Orman Campbell donated $100 to the club in appreciation of the good work that the club does. Dr. Campbell also donated to the club last year. Club members were very appreciative of the donations. A short discussion took place regarding the new hours at the Jacks Creek Post Office. The office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Ralph Mays presented the program by whistling three songs with intermittent singing. Jack Veazey led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Happy Birthday wishes go to Rhonda Ivey and Nancy Hatch on Feb. 23; Parker Herndon on Feb. 24;

Carolyn Wright and Steve Mooney on Feb. 25; and Annie Massengill on Feb. 27. H a p p y Anniversary to Patrick and Shelby Mooney on Feb. 21; Ethan and Monica Martin on Feb. 22; and Larry and Tammie Martin on Feb. 27. Have a great week, and call 989-0212 if you have anything to share.

Chester County Independent archives February 16, 1933

named Linda Diane. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eugene Smith of Henderson, announce the arrival of a daughter, Janice Carol, on Feb. 7. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cupples of Henderson, announce the birth of a daughter on Feb. 11. She has been named Cordie Levell. Mr. and Mrs. Amos T. Russell of Henderson, are the parents of a daughter, Judith Elaine, who was born Feb. 13.

Dr. O. M. McCallum

Mr. and Mrs. George Sikes of Pinson announce the arrival of a son, George Devone, on Feb. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Busby of Henderson are the parents of a daughter, Pattie Jeanne, who was born Feb. 6.

Colored Births

Born to Henry A. and Mildred Louise Holmes of Bethel Springs, a daughter on Feb. 6. She has been named Chilley Louise Gynell Holmes.

“Elementary News” by Jonez Russell and Josephine Anderson The P. T. A. meeting last Thursday attracted a large crowd. The sixth grade won the room count and a prize of $3 was given to that room. The chapel program was presented by Miss Flora Roberts room last Friday. The Scripture was read by David Tucker, followed by the Lord’s Prayer and flag salute; reading of the Gettysburg Address by Carol McPherson; The Story of Valentine’s Day by Anna Jean Robertson; a piano solo by Olivia Watkins; a song by a group of boys and girls and a playlet entitled “A Fortunate Mistake” by Doris Hill, C. P. Hooper, Wynith Rouse, and Vance Garner. Most everyone enjoyed the magician show given by Bobo, the Magician on Monday [...].

February 15, 1963

“Births” Drs. McCallum and Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wooley of Pinson announce the birth of a son on Feb. 5. Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper of Jackson are the parents of a daughter who was born Feb. 11. Mr. and Mrs. James E. Cupples of Jackson announce the birth of a daughter on Feb. 12.

Henderson Clinic

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Scott of Reagan are the parents of a son, John Eric, who was born Feb. 5. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor of Beech Bluff are the parents of a son, James Harold, who was born Feb. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Red Bingham of Henderson are the parents of a son, Jimmy Darrell, who arrived Feb. 8.

Colored Births

Born to Bobby and Patricia Pack of Pinson, a daughter, Denniser Delissa.

“County TB Care Amounts To $5,979.57” The following information has been released by Dr. R. B. Turnball, director, Tuberculosis Field Service, Memphis. During the calendar year, 1962, Chester County had six patients in the West Tennessee Tuberculosis Hospital. These patients stayed a total of 434 days, and at the present cost, the value of hospitalization received is $5,971.57.

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Sweet Feb. 25; Jane Johnson and Melissa Carter on Feb. 27; Bobby Pickett on Feb. 28; and Bill Kinchen on Feb. 29. Our monthly meal will be March 12. We had a really good time

and great food the last few months. We were happy to see some familiar faces that have been missing for a while. If you have news to share call 9897523. Have a great week! Quote for the week: “Do something for others. It takes your mind off your troubles for awhile!”

State Library and Archives commemorates Black History Month with online exhibit In celebration of Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is introducing a greatly expanded version of one of its most popular online exhibits: “This Honorable Body: African-American Legislators in 19th Century Tennessee.” Available at http://tn. gov/tsla/exhibits/blac khistory/index.htm, the revised exhibit offers many intriguing new features. The original site was created in 2006 at the request of the Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. Dedicated to the 14 AfricanAmericans elected to the Tennessee General Assembly between 1873 and 1887, it provided a considerable body of historical material that had never before been assembled in one place. Since that time, however, information gleaned from descendants, historical newspapers, and other sources has produced even greater insight into the lives and works of those early black legislators. The updated exhibit, which is part of the Secretary of State’s web site, will feature more detailed biographies of each of the legislators, most of whom were born as slaves, and the texts of the bills they sponsored while serving in the General Assembly. The exhibit also

includes transcriptions of other documents relevant to the study of black history, from an early draft of the Declaration of Independence to the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as timelines of significant events in African-American history and civil rights, with special emphasis on Tennessee. A section dedicated to the Jim Crow era examines voting rights, miscegenation laws, “grandfather clauses,” and Tennessee’s first Jim Crow law. Visitors to the site can examine some of the actual registration forms and tests used to discourage AfricanAmerican voters during the period. A new section for educators offers quizzes, scavenger hunts, and PowerPoint programs to introduce students to important but little-known aspects of post-Reconstruction history. The site includes dozens of new photographs as well as an article about the 2010 dedication of a statue honoring Sampson Keeble, Tennessee’s first black state representative, and his fellow legislators. The Keeble bust, which now stands near the House Chamber in the Tennessee Capitol, has been featured in national television programs, web sites, and publications.

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C.C. Library hosting Bookin’ It for the Library race The Chester County Library is hosting its firstever 5K run/walk, Bookin’ It for the Library, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The purpose of the race is to

raise money for the library building fund, so the race will begin and end at the library. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and this is a rain or shine event.

Currently, with sponsorships and race registration, the library has garnered almost $2,000. Sponsors for the race include: (Gold - $200)

Emergency Planning meeting is Thursday The quarterly Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Thursday,

Feb. 28. It will be at the City of Henderson Fire Station No. 1 located at 505 Sanford Street.

Sweetlips Farms and R. Jones Underground; (Silver - $100) C&R Grocery, Mike LeCornu Heating and Air, Dr. Larry Bloomingburg, Jones Contractors, Chickasaw Chalet, Be Blessed Fashions, City Drug Store, and Clayton Bank and Trust; (Bronze - $25) Bill’s Wheels and Deals, Helen’s Extra Attic, Lofton Chevrolet, Simmons Lumber

Words for the Week: “Still …” By Junebug

“Fred —- ward!!!” – Loud, long, and clearly, I called him. Just as soon as I finished saying his name, there he was at my feet – obviously happy to be there. His long blond Cocker Spaniel ears justa-flapping as he was jumping up and down rapidly beside me, clearly begging, “Let’s PLAY!!! – Let’s PLAY!!!” Oh the joys of a “pet family member” to welcome me home! Of all the dogs we have ever had, and we’ve had some special ones, he is my absolute favorite. Now Freddie wasn’t my dog mind you, he was given to my youngest son, about 4 at the time, by a man that didn’t want him anymore because he scratched the door wanting to come inside. My son had never had his OWN dog before – and when he was asked if he’d like to take Freddie home, you should have seen Davy’s big beaming hazel eyes pleadingly looking up at me, hoping for “OK.” After a quick trip to town to get food, a leash and a collar, we took our new “pet family member” home. He immediately felt at home and was quickly given a new name – Fredward – a more dignified name don’t you think? But yes, we all called him Freddie. Still … All four children loved Freddie, and his affection was fully shown to each of them in kind. You’ve heard stories about dogs that chew things – well, I don’t remember Freddie ever chewing anything he wasn’t supposed to chew. You’ve heard stories about dogs being temperamental and snapping at someone – but, although Freddie did snap at one person, I have always felt it WAS warranted. You’ve heard stories of dogs that “mess” in the house – and, although Freddie was NOT a perfect furry family member, he never did that either. Still … Freddie was game for anything! One icy day, my youngest daughter dressed Freddie in a knitted cap, booties, and sweater – and he LET her, even posing for this photo of his outfit. He always wanted to be with us. Up onto the couch he would go when one of the kids was taking a nap, sometimes beside them, sometimes on top of them – snoring away as he slept too. His favorite place to be with me was to sit on my feet – perhaps he figured he had me trapped and I couldn’t leave – but whatever the reason, he loved sitting on my feet. And in the winter, I encouraged it! He truly was a “good ole boy!” After we moved to town from our log house in the country, thankfully he stayed close to our new home. The next door neighbor had children smaller than ours, and he would go play with them sometimes when he was outside, and they loved

Freddie too. I had an American Bobtail Cattery, raising them to sell, and keeping some of them in the house at times. And Freddie would play with them too – I have pictures of them sprawled out on top of the bed napping together. Not an easy feat that, as it took me three months to get the male American Bobtail to let me TOUCH him! He was not easily won over. But Freddie just walked up to him, did a nose to nose introduction, and they were fast friends. Still … The kids have now grown up, and left home. I was working full time, and Freddie was home alone … a lot. So, when my youngest daughter decided to move back home and go to the local community college in town for two years, I was glad on SO many levels, one of those was that Freddie would not be home alone as much. He was getting older, and wanted company more than ever it seemed. The two of them were, after all, dressdesigner and clothes-modeler buddies. All went well – Debi worked at night as a server, while I was home with Freddie. I worked during the day, and except when she had classes, Debi was home with Freddie. It was a win-win scenario for everyone. The neighbor kids that Freddie used to play with are now school age, rode the school bus and weren’t home much. If he happened to be outside, Freddie would wait for the school bus and greet them as they got off the bus, then shortly he would come on back home. He wasn’t much for “”PLAY!!! PLAY!!!” any more. It was more like, “Hi! – Pet me a minute! – OK – Have a great day! – Bye!” Debi was doing well in school, about to finish, and was studying for her finals. It seemed that Freddie knew what time it was, he’d stand at the door to go out at just the right time, and she had let him out. She heard the school bus drive on down the street, and went to the door to let him back in. Since he wasn’t at the door, she walked out the carport to the front of the house and saw the neighbor boy throw a stick across the street for Freddie to go fetch. Freddie went to get it, not really running, but not walking either. He picked up the stick, turned to come back, and when he saw Debi he dropped the stick, and ran for all he was worth toward Debi, his ears flapping in the wind – she was his main family now. About this time, the school bus had finished turning around and was coming back up the street. Freddie started across the street; the school bus sped up – actually sped UP – and ran over Freddie. There is a stop sign in front of our

house, and the bus HAD to stop about 10 yards later. Debi RAN around to the driver side of the bus and loudly said, “Didn’t you SEE him? I know you SAW him! – with tears in her eyes, heartbroken. The bus driver replied, “I have a SCHEDULE to keep – I can’t take time to LET a dog cross the street – get out of my way yourself.” And she drove away, at top speed. Still … Debi was stunned! She walked a few steps to see about Freddie, he was still where the front tire had hit him. He was gone. There had been no suffering. Debi called me at work – she told me about it through frequent sobs, and said, “What should I do?” With no hesitation I replied, “I’ll be right there. It’ll take me 30 minutes to get home, but I’m leaving right now …” She interrupted saying, “No, Mom … I’m here … I’ll take care of everything … I’ll see you when you get home tonight.” That day had held some of the hardest lessons we two ever learned. We had lost our “pet family member,” … needlessly. Debi took care of Fredward’s final arrangements all on her own; I wasn’t there to help her, or to try to comfort her through it. We individually had to be forgiving through our pain of heart. We didn’t hold onto any anger toward the bus driver, or reach out to her superiors to have her punished; we didn’t hold a grudge, for that would only have hurt us. I never even found out the driver’s name. We had to deal with the fact that Freddie was gone now. Still … It was some years later before I got another dog; Debi never did. My new dog, a big Boxer puppy I named Buddy, was a great dog –a quick learner, a loyal protector, I even took him to obedience school – and he passed! But ya know, when I moved from Mississippi to Tennessee, I gave Buddy to a family with a big farm, I knew he’d be much happier there … and he was! It didn’t ‘hurt my heart’ to take him to their place, nor to leave him there. My heart belongs to my favorite “pet family member,” my dear, dear friend, Fredward – Still … Email your ‘words for the week’ suggestion and/or opinion of this

week’s article to “Let’s keep life simple, real and fun.” - Junebug

Company, Brothers Printing, and Four Seasons Pest Control. Door prizes will be drawn and contributors for that are Merle Norman, Southern Chic Spatique, Autry’s Car Care, Henderson-Chester Farmer’s Co-op, Sweetly Ever After, and Meadows Lane Apiary. The library is very appreciative of all the support received in this endeavor.

For furthur information about the race, contact the library at 989-4673.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Capitol Hill Review From Representative Steve McDaniel

Department of Economic & Community Development Gives Positive State Outlook During House budget hearings this week, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty presented lawmakers with a positive overview of the success Tennessee has had over the last several months in creating an environment statewide where businesses have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Since the election of Governor Haslam, Hagerty announced, nearly 80,000 new jobs have been created in Tennessee. In addition, large employers such as Nissan and Volkswagen have already announced future expansions in the state. With the guidance and support of the legislature, the department believes the next several years will show even greater strides towards making Tennessee the most successful jobrecruiting engine in the entire Southeast. “While I wish the weather were better outside,” Hagerty stated, “I think overall things are shining here in Tennessee.”

Why no stories of guns saving lives, preventing crime?

Crime Prevention Bills Score First Legislative Victory

Lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee this week passed a series of bills which continue the push for crime prevention in Tennessee. Building on the success legislators had during the 2011-2012 legislative session to cut down on crime across the state, this new crime prevention package addresses issues related to crimes against children, criminal gang offenses, and human organ trafficking. In total, 15 bills have been filed, including: House Bill 520, which changes the offense of promoting prostitution of a minor from a Class E felony to a Class A felony – a move which will greatly increase the punishment for such crimes; House Bill 131, which increases penalties for gang members who commit trafficking for commercial sex acts; And House Bill 357, which adds a new offense for the trafficking of human organs.

Governor Haslam Requests Disaster Recovery Assistance

On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam formally requested assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help individuals and businesses in Henderson, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardin and Madison Counties recover from wind, tornado and flooding damages that occurred on Jan. 29, 2013. The assistance, if approved by the SBA, will come in the form of low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofit organizations seeking to repair or replace real estate, personal property, equipment, or business assets that were damaged or destroyed during the January storm.

MADD Partners with Lawmakers to Advocate for Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) joined with legislators this week to call for the advancement of House Bill 353, a piece of legislation which would update state law to require the installation of ignition interlock devices for all future convicted drunk drivers in Tennessee. Interlock devices are small pieces of equipment attached to the steering wheel of a car with a tube into which the driver must breathe in order to allow the ignition to start. The newest ignition interlock technology makes it easier for courts to require DUI offenders to utilize the device, including cameras to ensure that the person tested is the correct driver. Currently, 17 states require interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.

Is CCHS built big enough? To the Editor: “This school isn’t made for over 800 kids to walk down the hallways comfortably,” one student said when asked about the overcrowding. The administrators wonder why our Chester County High School is so crowded, well it’s because this school is way too small for the amount of students that attend this high school. Surely Chester County’s administrators wouldn’t want their work place that crowded. So why should these students have to go to school with it being almost impossible to get to their classrooms on time? The hallways are built too small, you can barely find a parking spot to buy that is empty, and some of these classrooms are really full. The problems should’ve been fixed long ago. First, the hallways in CCHS are absolutely See LETTER, Page 9-A

September of 1960: A drunk pulls a new, gleaming white Buick coupe up to the double doors of the hospital emergency room. Nurses and aides find the passenger slumped over and blood pooling in the floorboard from his terrible head wound. He has nearly been scalped. The drunk found him in the car just down from a covered bridge, a popular fishing spot. The unexpected Good Samaritan saved his life by being just sober enough to keep the car between the ditches and get to the hospital. The man, who had been fishing alone that afternoon, was loading up to go home when a robber snuck up and fired at point blank range from behind. The load of .20 gauge bird shot entered the base of his neck – he was bending over to remove a pair of boots – and exited the top of his cranium, many of the pellets penetrating but not going through the skull. The man, who had always been described as “hardheaded,” was my father. He survived but thereafter never traveled anywhere alone without a “carry gun.” I learned from him. Spring of 1983: Evening shadows were deepening under the overhanging trees of the river when I turned the boat upstream toward the launching ramp after a day on the water with my wife. The place was my family’s community in Southern Appalachia, where generations had grown up, hunting and fishing along the same waters. I could have closed my eyes and guided the boat back to the landing, so impending darkness did not bother me. Neither did backing the trailer down the ramp, cranking the boat on and pulling into the unlighted gravel lot to transfer fishing paraphernalia to the truck and tie things down. What made me nerv-

ous was when a car with its headlights off started up and eased toward us. My wife and I were standing at the back of the truck. I had in my right hand a rolled up towel. The car stopped and two figures stepped out. “What do you want?” I hollered. No answer came back, but the strangers sulked toward us: one angling toward my wife, while the other tried to keep my attention. My father-in-law was an FBI agent. One of the best bits of advice he ever gave me was based on his training: “Never pull out your sidearm unless you intend to kill someone,” he lectured. Thirty years ago in summer twilight at an isolated boat ramp, I let the towel fall to the ground and uncovered the .357 magnum revolver it had hidden. I lined up on the man headed at my wife and said, “One step.” I was ready to kill twice, if need be. Both of them stopped. It wasn’t hard to see the stainless steel pistol gleaming in the waning light. To this day, I wonder what they thought at that instant, whether they had any doubt their lives depended on the travel of a finger on a trigger or if there was any way I could miss at such close range. They began to back away, then run. Their car tore out, slinging gravel as it fishtailed. When the taillights disappeared in the distance, I lowered the gun and noticed my hands had begun to shake. Fast forward to 2012: A rash of home invasions were occurring in our rural community. Robbers would brazenly knock on doors and ask to “borrow” gas to get their cars started. After forcing their way inside, they’d beat the residents senseless and ransack the homes for money, jewelry, electronics and prescription drugs. At 2 a.m. on a hot

summer night, the dogs began to bark. The tone and timber of their alert said, “Stranger.” I roused from sleep and saw the motion light in the driveway on but no vehicle there. Reaching over my wife in bed, I palmed her “lady gun,” a .38 Special pistol loaded with hollow-point rounds. The side porch creaked as it did when someone stepped on it. The dogs went crazy. The big shepherd mix, 75 lbs. of protectiveness, bared fangs at the kitchen door as a tentative knock was heard. I flipped on the porch and security yard lights, illuminating the entire side of the farmhouse, barn and outbuildings. Easing the interior door open, I let the dogs see the man standing on the porch, and he saw the gun in my hand. Confronted with being set on by guard dogs and possibly shot, the man held up a hand and shouted, “I ran out of gas and wanted to borrow some!” Backing up and not being familiar with the lay of the land, he fell off the porch. The last I saw of him

was a figure on all fours scrabbling toward the road. A second or two later, a vehicle started and zoomed away — so much for the excuse of being out of gas. What I regret about the incident was that I did not let the dogs out to subdue him and await the arrival of sheriff ’s deputies. The rash of home invasions continued until an elderly man armed with a shotgun put the robber down for good. The mass shootings and resulting deaths of children at Sandy Hook Elementary were a national tragedy, but the hue-and-cry for gun control ignores the hundreds and possibly thousands of deaths avoided annually by law-abiding citizens who have armed themselves and trained in self-protection. There are human monsters in this world. Government, with all its laws and regulations, can’t protect us. I’ve lived more than six decades and haven’t sought trouble, but on occasion it visits all of us. I choose not to be a victim. These are my stories. They happened. What are yours?

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Letter horrible to try to get through. Every time you walk down these halls you can just about guarantee that you’ll be elbow to elbow with about ten people. Hayley said, “Every day in between each class I get shoved at least once.” On your way to class, it’s almost impossible not to get shoved at least once in the hallway. Students should be able to go to a school that they don’t have to worry about getting pushed or shoved when going down the hallways. These crowded spaces may cause violence in the hallways. If one person accidentally shoves another, then that one student may get mad and start a fight. It’s also really hard to get to your classes on time. Then the student will be late for class and may miss a very important part of that day’s lesson. The hallways are terribly crowded. Next, the parking lot is way too small. There aren’t enough parking places for each student who drives. Also, people will take other people’s parking spots because there aren’t any more spots available to buy when they finally get the 20 dollars to be able to buy a space. “Someone takes my parking spot just about every day if I don’t get there before they do,” Caitlyn says.

After school it takes almost 10 minutes for some people to get out from the school parking lot and onto Main Street because the lines are so backed up. Last, some of the classrooms are really full. The first period physical education class alone has about 60 students in it. The attendance in that class is so large that they had to have two P.E. teachers for that period. Claire is in that first period class, and she said, “It’s hard being in first period P.E. with so many other kids. You almost run into each other when you play a game.” In a few of the study hall classes, before they got the college classes together, some of the students had to stand up or sit on the floor because there weren’t enough desks for each student. What

if all of the rosters in each class end up that big in a couple of years? Most people learn better in smaller sized classrooms. These students deserve to have the best learning environment possible. In conclusion, Chester County High School should be built bigger or added onto because the hallways, the parking lots, and the classrooms are all crowded. With the amount of students that attend this school, it is ridiculous how little room there is. The administrators may think this school is plenty big, but it isn’t. They need to build onto this school once again. What are they going to do in a couple of years when CCHS is higher than ever in attendance? Addison Ross English III - 1st period

Chester County – Henderson FFA Day Feb. 21 Come see how Future Farmers of America affects you! FFA Day will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Chester County High School cafeteria Thursday, Feb. 21. This is open to the community.

Ham and bean dinner Feb. 22 The Annual Eastern Star fundraiser will be held Feb. 22. The ham and bean dinner, consisting of ham and beans, slaw, corn bread, dessert and drink, will be available at the Masonic Lodge in Henderson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and from 4 to 6 p.m. for dinner. The cost is $5.

Relay for Life Cookbook input deadline March 1 The “Cooking up a Cure” project is a cookbook fundraiser for Relay for Life. The deadline to submit a recipe is Friday, March 1. To submit a recipe of honor/memory of a family member/friend please include their name and “in honor of ” or “in memory of.” If cancer survivors submit recipes please include the length of time you have been cancer free. The cookbooks will be available for sale in April. If you are a business owner who would like to help sponsor the cookbook, please contact me. For more information, contact Selina Shackelford at 616-5154. All submissions may be emailed to

Benefit for Scott and Tootsie Clayton March 4 Express Pizza is hosting a benefit for Scott and Tootsie Clayton from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4. Scott was hurt in a work accident and they need some help. The buffet, including dessert, costs $6. Tickets, which let us know how many are coming, can be purchased from Regina Brooks (989-7739) or Pat Jones (989-3402). If you can’t come please send Regina a dollar, or what ever you can, to help them. May God bless you!

Suicide prevention network town hall meeting March 5 The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) will stage a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Auditorium, 634 E Main St. in Henderson. It will provide information on local suicide trends, information on the warning signs of suicide, and details on mental health and crisis intervention services available in the Chester County area. TSPN has provided debriefing and other services to the Chester County school system. The loss of a person to suicide is always a tragedy. Although suicide rates have gone down in recent years in Tennessee among persons 10-19, about 40 young people are lost to suicide here each year. More information on suicide prevention is available at

Bike ride, run, walk to benefit MS Warriors March 9 Emilee’s MS Warriors is hosting a bicycle ride and 5K run/walk to benefit Emilee Smith in her fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Smith is the daughter of Tim and Brenda Warren and Jeff Smith. The event will start from No Xcuse on Front St. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the five mile, 15 mile and 30 mile bike rides starting at 8 a.m. and the race/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Registration in advance is $20, or $25 day of race. For more information, call 6106343, 610-2626, 610-1519 or 435-1016.

Veterans’ Cemetery of West Tennessee planned The move to bring a Veterans’ Cemetery to West Tennessee is well underway. A steering committee of community leaders has selected, from 23 properties, three that would best meet the criteria set forth by the Tennessee Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The number one chosen property is located in the eastern part of Madison County near the Western Henderson County line. It is located between Highway 412 and Interstate 40, off Matheny Road.

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We are earnestly requesting your support and generous donation to this project which will provide a dignified final resting place for our nation’s warriors, who have so ably defended our country. For more information, contact West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Initiative, PO Box 1334, Lexington, TN 38351, Dan Wood, Chairman Fund Raising Committee, 731-614-1260.

Chester County – Mifflin Mifflin Family Dance Feb. 21-22 Don’t forget to join us every Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 at the Mifflin family dance. Various bands will be playing, Tim Young with “The Good Time Band,” “Double Take,” Sparky, Dave and Stacy with “The ThreeLegged Horse,” Even if you don’t dance, come out and enjoy the music and visiting with neighbors and friends. Concessions and game room are available. Bring your whole family. For more information, call 9895867 or 989-4460.

Chester County Library – Oral History CDs available The Chester County Library has only a few Oral History CDs left so we are now taking orders for more. If you would like to purchase the three-volume set, please contact the library at 989-4673 to place your order. This important piece of local history is offered at the bargain price of $10 each, and all proceeds go to the library building fund. Call to place your order today.

All Areas Jackson Life Member Pioneers meeting Feb. 21 The Jackson Life Member Telephone Pioneers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Perkins Restaurant in Jackson. Please bring items such as cleaning supplies, dog or cat food, paper towels, or newspapers to be donated to the Humane Society. All retired communications employees and their spouses are invited to attend. For additional information, call 4230944.

Jackson Area Beekeepers Association meeting Feb. 23 Jackson Area Beekeepers Association will be holding their annual short course on beekeeping at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2838 Paul Coffman Dr., in Jackson. This course is open to anyone interested in beekeeping for a nominal fee of $15, which covers the course, lunch, and also pays a 1 year membership to the Association. For more information, contact Kelly Broadway at 267-1470 or

Reelfoot Lake State Park daily Eagle Tours Now – Feb. 24 Reelfoot Lake State Park is offering its daily Eagle Tours now through Feb. 24. The return of the American Bald Eagle to Reelfoot Lake is one of the most exciting winter events in Tennessee. Experienced tour guides rarely have difficulty locating the birds, which can be seen perching, flying or soaring. The guides also provide information about Reelfoot Lake and other waterfowl. There is a $5 charge for the tour and reservations are required. Buses leave the visitor center at 10 a.m. daily and 1:30 p.m. on weekends. For more information about Reelfoot Lake State Park, including lodging and activities, please call the park’s visitor center at (731) 253-9652 or visit www.tnstate

Coupon Seminar Feb. 26 We are going to be having a Coupon Seminar class at Jackson Center for Independent Living (JCIL), 1981 Hollywood Drive, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Carol Dix, the Sun Snipper, will present tips on shopping using money-saving coupons. Learn about manufacturer, store and electronic coupons, coupon databases, Internet sites, organizing, and more. There is no fee to attend and handouts will be provided. Bring a friend. Seating is limited, so call Rhonda at 668-2211 to reserve your FREE spot.

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Obituaries Olie Harmon Phillips Jr. Aug. 8, 1931 – Feb. 19, 2013 Olie Harmon Phillips Jr., 81, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2013 at Jackson General Hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Jesse Robertson, Roy Sharp and Mark Blackwelder officiating, along with sons Doug and Mike Phillips participating. Burial will follow with Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery at Enville. Mr. Phillips was born and reared at McMinnville, the son of the late Olie Harmon Phillips Sr. and Maude Ann Webb Phillips. He graduated from Warren County High School in 1950 and attended George Washington University before entering the U.S. Air Force serving in Korea and the Philippines. After leaving the service, he received an accounting degree from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, and began working for the Internal Revenue Services as an auditor in Dyersburg, Nashville and later in estate and gift auditing in Jacksonville, Fla. He married Mary Anne Cherry in 1965. He continued work with the IRS until 1979, when they moved to Enville. He opened a tax law service in Jackson, with his office at the New Southern Hotel, retired from that office in 2006, and had done some tax work from his home. They moved to Henderson in 2008. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Estes Church of Christ, a former member of the Enville Ruritan Club, and a member of the American Legion. He was an avid University of Tennessee sports fan. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Cherry Phillips of Henderson; a daughter, Lee Anne Reeves (Steven) of Jackson; two sons, John Douglas Phillips (Jennifer) of Columbia and William Michael Phillips (Shenoa) of Lexington; a sister, Patsy Sue Powell of McMinnville; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Travis Phillips; and two sisters, Betty Ruth George and Jean Ellen Davis. The family will receive friends at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 21, 2013

Johnny Linton Aug. 16, 1960 – Feb. 14, 2013 Johnny Hayes Linton, 52, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at his home near Henderson. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Eddie Walker officiating. Burial followed at Middlefork Cemetery. He was born in Henderson, the son of the late Willie and Lola Mae Burross Linton, and grew up in the Talley Store Community of Chester County. He attended Chester County schools. He worked on local farms as a young man, and later as a driver for Jones Lumber Company. He also worked for the County Highway Department, and most recently worked as a logger. He was Church of Christ in belief. He is survived by a great uncle, D. B. Weatherington; two great-aunts, Imogene Hollin and Inez Cash, all of Enville; and several second cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Stanley Linton in 2000. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 21, 2013

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Gladys Whitman Davidson Fry Feb. 28, 1919 – Feb. 18, 2013 Gladys Whitman Davidson Fry, 93, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Ken Kitchen officiating. Burial followed in Cave Springs Cemetery in Chester County. She was born and reared in Chester County in the Masseyville community, the daughter of the late Nathan Edgar and Maude Mosier Whitman. She married Willard Davidson in 1937 and they made their home in Memphis where she worked for Bisquick and Admiral Benbow Inn. After Mr. Davidson’s death, she married John William Fry in 1969. They also lived in Memphis. Mr. Fry died in 1993. She moved to Henderson in 1999. She is survived by two sons, Bobby Davidson of Henderson and Donald Davidson of Memphis; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, S.L. Whitman of Bolivar and Cleatus Whitman of Henderson; and two sisters, Ruby Horn of Henderson and Betty Rickett of Henderson. She was preceded in death by two sons, Gordon Davidson and Billy Davidson; three brothers, Floyd Whitman, J.D. Whitman and Herbert Whitman; and one sister, Myrtle Whitman. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 21, 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Lovett Church-wide yard sale Feb. 23 Unity Baptist Church, Hwy 22A N., Jacks Creek, invites you to their church-wide yard sale on Feb. 23. The sale will be held from 7 a.m. until noon in the gym.For more information, email

Pre-Anniversary Service Feb. 24 Harvest Time COGIC will be hosting a PreAnniversary service to celebrate our Pastor, Elder Cleophas A. Cherry, I. held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Harvest Time COGIC, 414 Beechwood St., in Henderson. For additional information contact Elder Cleophas A. Cherry I, Pastor, at 438-0539; Juanita Szaabo, Public Relations Director, at 394-4789; or email Check us out on facebook!

Singing at Old Path Baptist Church March 3 “The Ross’s” will be the featured singing group at the Old Path Baptist Church Singing at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 3. Come join us and be blessed. The pastor is Larry Holley. For more information or directions, call Paul Peterson at 688-0052 or 608-6942.

First United Methodist Church Ladies Day March 9 Henderson First United Methodist Church will host Ladies Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The speaker is Rev. Mary Beth Bernheisel, youth pastor of Jackson First United Methodist Church. Lunch will be served and door prizes from local businesses will be offered. Complimentary tickets may be gotten from Betty Morris at 989-7454 or the church office.

Annual First Lady Day March 10 Harvest Time COGIC will be hosting their Annual First Lady Day service to celebrate First Lady Marboline Cherry, a magnificent woman of God. It will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Harvest Time COGIC, 414 Beechwood St., Henderson. Missionary Constance Deberry, of Unity Temple COGIC of Jackson, will be the speaker. She is the wife of Elder Julius Deberry. For additional information contact Elder Cleophas A. Cherry I, Pastor at 438-0539; Juanita Szaabo, Public Relations Director at 394-4789; or email; or check us out on Facebook! Come fellowship with Harvest Time COGIC, a small church with a mega attitude!!!

Davis Day celebrated at Bethel

June 10, 1918 – Feb. 18, 2013 Sarah Elizabeth Lovett, 94, of Ashdown, Ark., passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 in a local hospital. Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at East Memorial Chapel Moores Lane with Mike Pitman officiating. Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park, Nacogdoches, Texas, under the direction of East Funeral Home-Moores Lane. Mrs. Lovett was born June 10, 1918 in Henderson. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ, Greenwood, Ark. Survivors include her son and daughter-inlaw, Stanley Jefferson Lovett Jr. and Lisa LovettLanier of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Harold Turner of Saratoga, Ark.; five granddaughters, Lori Mays, Karen Kremers, Kristi Turner, Kelli Corrotto and Shelley Phillips; two grandsons, Jody Phillips and Clay Phillips; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Jefferson Lovett Sr.; and a daughter, Susan Lovett. Online tributes may be made at Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Feb. 21, 2013

Bethel Baptist Church celebrated “June Davis Day” on Feb. 10. Miss June, as she is known, has completed 77 years as a member of Bethel. In 1936 she and her family moved to the Deanburg Community, and she accepted Christ and became a member that same year at age 11. Davis received many gifts, and several outof-town relatives were

present for the occasion. Making the presentation is Pastor Paul E. Roaten.

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CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT February 11, 2013 Tommy Stacy Hollingsworth, 45, was arrested and charged with driving on a canc e l e d / r evo ke d / s u s pended license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $3250 bond. Odens Amoco reported that an underage individual, Tanner Roy Beecham, allegedly attempted to buy alcohol from the business. An arrest warrant will be taken on Tanner Beecham. A victim reported an alleged vandalism of her vehicle when her front and rear driver’s side tires were slashed while she was parked in the Chester County High School lot after hours. The estimated cost of replacing the tires is $351.17. February 12, 2013 Martin William Prince, 32, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $750 bond. February 18, 2013 An alleged break in was reported at Hillview Manor. The back door to the office had been pried open, security lights had been unscrewed loose and there was a hole in the wall made from the mailroom into the office. Approximately $100 in cash was reported missing.

CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT February 14, 2013 12:15 a.m. - 124 E University St., FreedHardeman University, Porter-Terry Hall, burnt food activated alarm. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT No incident reports were made available February 12, 2013 Mark Dewayne Carnell, 38, was arrested and charged with violation of parole. He is held in the Chester County Jail for the Tennessee Department of Corrections. C h r i s t o p h e r Huddleston, 30, was arrested and charged with contributing to delinquency of a minor and theft of property $500 or less. He was released from the Chester County Jail with a return court date. Jerry W. Maness, 55, was arrested and charged with driving out of service vehicle. He was released from the Chester County Jail after paying a $624 cash bond. Aaron Taylor Williams, 18, was arrested and charged with driving on a canc e l e d / r evo ke d / s u s pended license. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $300 bond. February 13, 2013 Gwendolyn Bond Holley, 36, was arrested and charged with theft

under $500. She was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $500 bond. Markeus Keon Herron, 26, was arrested and charged with m a nu f a c t u re / d e l iv ery/sell of controlled substance. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond. February 14, 2013 Arthur Wiles Fulghum, 41, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Timothy Wayne Knapp, 45, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $500 bond. February 15, 2013 Clifton Creal Burks, 32, was arrested and charged with violation of community corrections-misdemeanor. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $500 bond. Ashley Sharee Call, 22, was arrested and charged with violation of community corrections-misdemeanor. She was released on supervised probation. Laura Camille Thompson, 41, was arrested and charged with violation of community correctionsfelony. She is held in the Chester County Jail. No bond had been set at the time of publication. February 16, 2013

Michael Dexter Hallman, 24, was arrested and charged with driving on a canc e l e d / r evo ke d / s u s pended license. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $1,500 bond. Damion Jerril Trice, 25, was arrested and charged with driving on a canceled/revoked/suspended license. He was released from the Chester County Jail after posting a $300 bond. CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No reports. CHESTER COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT No reports. CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT February 12, 2013 Jamison J. Surratt waived his hearing, admitted violations, to wit failing to remain drug free. After the hearing, the defendant was found to be in violation in a substantial way based upon a preponderance of the evidence and his probation was revoked in full with his original sentence imposed. He is to receive credit for time served on 10-CR31 and 11-CR-8 only. Defendant is to remain in jail until a bed is available in a longterm, in-patient A & D treatment.

Jackson businessman/minister sentenced for tax evasion Isaac H. Brooks Jr. 60, of Jackson, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen to 55 months in prison, for failing to pay more than $3.6 million in federal income taxes. On May 23, 2012, Brooks pled guilty to two counts of a 29count indictment for income tax evasion. According to information presented during the plea hearing, Brooks operated a successful employee leasing business entitled Temp Owned Temporary Services (TOTS) from 2002 until 2008. Brooks also acquired a commercial janitorial service in 2003 entitled Full Line Maintenance. Brooks controlled all financial aspects for both of these companies. During this time, Brooks was also the minister at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church earning approximately $1,000 each month. “By stealing more than $3.6 million from the United States Government through a pattern of deliberate tax evasion, Brooks traded the respect of his parishioners and employees, and ultimately his freedom, for the allure of easy

money,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Today’s verdict demonstrates he made the wrong choice, and should serve as an example for those who occupy positions of trust that are tempted to act in the same manner.” Evidence from the investigation showed that no Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return was filed for the second quarter of 2006 for TOTS. During this quarter, approximately 300 employees were paid wages totaling $786,481.08. The taxes due to the United States for this quarter were approximately $178,019.61. In addition, several of the other quarterly employer returns filed by Brooks were false. Brooks withheld federal income taxes and social security and Medicare benefits from employees’ paychecks but failed to pay all of these amounts over to the government, instead keeping the funds for himself. “Most taxpayers file accurate tax returns. In fairness to the majority who are honest, the IRS must and will actively pursue those who intentional-

ly violated the tax laws by attempting to evade their true tax liabilities,” stated Christopher Henry, Special Agent in Charge of the IRSCriminal Investigation Nashville Field Office. Brooks also admitted that he did not file a 2006 Form 1040, Individual Income Tax Return, even though he had income from TOTS, Full Line Maintenance, and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. The tax due was calculated to be $197,987.00. Evidence presented during the plea hearing revealed that during 2006, Brooks incurred gambling losses from 16 different casinos in five different states totaling $644,069.00. Brooks also paid off loans of $814,133.56 and made several large purchases of jewelry, furniture, and apartment

rental. Brooks also leased and/or purchased several luxury vehicles in the name of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, including a Mercedes Benz, a BMW and a Cadillac Escalade. The furniture and vehicle purchases were without church members knowledge or authorization. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Breen ordered Brooks to serve three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $3,660,905 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). There is no parole in the federal prison system. This investigation was conducted by IRS C r i m i n a l Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lawrence J. Laurenzi and Victor Ivy represented the government.

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Historical areas hosting AfricanAmerican history programs Shiloh National Military Park will offer several special interpretive programs in commemoration of Black History Month 2013. These programs will focus on AfricanAmericans and their experiences during the Civil War and their contributions to Shiloh National Military Park in the 1930s. These interpretive programs at Corinth include: Early Education of the AfricanAmericans at Corinth. This program will focus on the missionary organizations and

individuals most influential in the education of ex-slaves in the contraband camp at Corinth. This 25 minute program will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. United States Colored Troops and the Corinth Contraband Camp. In the fall of 1862, Major General U.S. Grant established permanent camps to compensate for the influx of runaway slaves in the Union lines. The camp at Corinth was responsible for the formation of two African-

American Union regiments, as well as the education and assimilation of thousands of ex-slaves into what would soon become a new American society. This 35-minute program will discuss the organization of this camp and the leaders who contributed to its success. It will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Corinth Contraband Camp site. The program being offered at the Tennessee River Museum in Savannah: The Civilian Conservation Corps at Shiloh. A 30-minute

presentation on the African-American CCC camp at Shiloh. This program will provide insight into the work that was accomplished by these men at Shiloh and how these contributions supported our nation during the Great Depression. The program will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Tennessee River Museum. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Shiloh Battlefield at (731) 689-5696, or visit their website at

State still seeking Civil War items The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project in 2013. The events provide a rare opportunity for all Tennesseans with Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs to have their items digitally preserved free of charge. As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a team of

professional archivists, curators and conservators from TSLA will once again be traveling across the state to digitize privatelyowned Civil War records. To date, the Looking Back project has been held in 52 Tennessee counties and has documented more than 4,500 distinct items. The goal of the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project is to digitize

records and artifacts from all 95 counties in Tennessee and promote public interest in Tennessee’s Civil War history. The files are maintained by TSLA and will become part of a virtual archive to be used by the general public as well as K-12 teachers and students. Event dates include: June 6 – 3-7 p.m. – S o m e r v i l l e - F aye t t e County Public Library, 216 W. Market Street,

Somerville. June 7, – 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. - Bolivar City Hall, 211 N. Washington Street, Bolivar. Many of the digital records are featured in an online exhibit titled Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee. Those interested in participating should refer to the schedule and call 615-253-3470 or email civilwar.tsla@tn. gov to schedule a reservation.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 17-23 With 2013 already setting a record for Middle Tennessee’s second-highest month ever for tornado outbreaks, emergency managers, meteorologists and broadcasters are engaging in a coordinated campaign to promote Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 17, to Feb. 23, according to a release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). “We sometimes wait until the storm is upon us to think preparedness,” said Jim Bassham, director of TEMA. “If we consider the lingering impact of Hurricane Sandy and our own experiences with tornadoes already in 2013, it should be pretty clear that waiting to be ready is not a plan that’s going to save your life or the lives of your family.” Throughout the week, TEMA, the National Weather Service (NWS), Tennessee Association of Broadcasters (TAB) and other supporting groups will conduct educational activities and drills to help people prepare for tornadoes, damaging winds, flash floods, lightning

and hail. The NWS and its Skywarn Storm Spotters Network will focus each day of the week on safety steps and warnings for specific weather threats, such as lightning and flash flooding. For Tennessee’s number one threat, tornadoes, NWS conducted this year’s statewide tornado drill around 9 a.m., CST, on Wednesday, Feb. 20. “As we’ve already seen in 2013 severe weather can happen any time in Tennessee, but the greatest threat occurs from March through May,” said Tom Johnstone, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS in Nashville. “Severe Weather Awareness Week in February is a chance for Tennesseans to learn about, and prepare for, all of the hazards the upcoming severe weather season will bring.” TEMA, NWS and TAB also plan to host a press conference on Feb. 20 at the NWS’ Old Hickory office to highlight and ceremonially sign the new state Emergency Alerting System (EAS) plan. TEMA will also use the

press event to conduct a statewide emergency communications radio exercise to illustrate how emergency responders use technology to communicate with each other during disasters and emergencies. The state EAS plan provides guidelines as to how Tennessee’s broadcasters, cable and wireline television operators issue warnings to the public. This is the first major revision to the plan since 1998 and includes more alerting authorities and incorporates many new technologies that did not exist 15 years ago. “This revised state plan is developed in a spirit of cooperation and coordination in order to give the citizens of Tennessee the best public notification system possible in times of critical need,” said Whit Adamson, TAB president. “Our intent is to review and revise this document on a regular, and as needed, basis through our private and public sector partnership.” The Tennessee State Emergency Communications Committee conducted the EAS plan revision process

Memphis Wrestling returns March 8 Doctors Tim Linder and Brian McCarver will join forces in the ring at this year’s Memphis Wrestling event on Friday, March 8, at Chester County High School gymnasium. Headline acts will be named at a later date and tickets will be on sale soon at any Carl Perkins Center. NEO Products is the sponsor of the event. For more information, call the Carl Perkins Center at 989-7222. File photo by James A. Webb, Independent

The Spellbinder takes aim at Jerry “The King” Lawler during the benefit wrestling matches last March at Eagle Gym.

with the input of its many members who include: TEMA; NWS; TAB; Tennessee Cable Telecommun-ications Association; Metro Nashville Mayor’s Office of Emergency Manage-ment; Galain Sol-utions; National Cen-ter for Emergency Preparedness at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Cable, Satellite and Wireline Operators; Public Television; and the Society of Broadcast Engineers. A powerful storm roved across the U.S. on Jan. 29, and into Jan. 30, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms to Tennessee, and producing 22 tornadoes and widespread wind damage. This severe weather incident resulted in one fatality and three injuries in the state. According to NWS records, the total of 22 tornadoes makes the Jan. 30, 2013 event the largest January tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee history, eclipsing the previous record of 12 tornadoes that occurred on Jan. 24, 1997. It also makes Jan. 30, 2013 the second biggest outbreak of tornadoes for any month in Middle Tennessee history. The largest tornado outbreak on record occurred on April 3, 1974 when 24 tornadoes struck the MidState. For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and preparing for severe weather, visit TEMA’s website at

Photo courtesy Shiloh National Military Park


UT Extension: Just horsin’ around… By J. Brian Signaigo UT Extension Agent III

Have you ever seen horses in a pasture and thought, “Those are beautiful animals?” Of course, all horses are unique, just like us. There are horses that look alike, have the same “mom and dad,” have the same markings, etc., but there are certainly some differences that make some horses more desirable that others. The members of a 4H horse judging team learn those differences, in order to identify the more desirable animals. In 4-H horse judging, members learn how to recognize the correct “lead,” different gaits, and the correct angle of the scapula (that’s the shoulder), among other things. Consequently, members need to know how horses are “put together” and how all parts work together. Then they can make an educated decision on which horse can go the distance and make for a comfortable ride. So, do judging team members have to own a horse? No. Do members need to know how to ride a horse? No. Do members have to live on a farm, have a big barn and lots of pasture? No. The bottom line is that ANY 4-H member may participate in horse judging. The 4-H horse judging contest itself is made up of five or six classes, with four horses per class. There will be some halter and some performance classes as

well. It’s up to the member to “rank” the horses, from most desirable to least. It’s pretty easy if they know what to look for. The first 4-H horse judging practice session will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. t will be held at the 4-H office, 126 Crook Ave., right across from the post office. It will be over no later than 8 p.m. No pre-registration is require – just come on! And bring a friend! Switching gears a bit, and boasting a bit as well, Chester County 4-H can brag about a high school 4H member that won the Western Region 4H Public Speaking contest recently. Samuel Sides, 10th grade 4-H member at CCHS, participated with 11 other 10th grade 4-H members from various counties. High school speakers are required to present a prepared speech, with a centralized 4-H theme. T hey are also required to present an extemporaneous speech – one minute to prepare for a two minute presentation on a topic revealed to them when they enter the room. Sound pretty tough? It’s a challenge for sure! You’d have to ask Samuel about his personal experience, but he did a GREAT job! He will compete on the state level at 4-H Congress in March. Good luck, Samuel! Keep practicing! Call the 4-H office at 989-2103 for more information.

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Celebrity Waiter Dinner raises thousands for Relay for Life More than $14,000 was raised Jan. 26 when Relay for Life hosted the fourth annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Top tables/teams included: First

place, Montezuma Community; second place, Chester County Bank; and third place, Clayton Bank. Below are several scenes from the fun and entertaining event.

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Time to pull out the costumes

Halloween in the Spring is theme for annual Dinner March 16 Choosing a costume for this year’s Dinner and Auction will be easy. With the theme “Halloween in the Spring,” attendees can dress in any costume for the annual event, sponsored by the Carl Perkins Center. “This is going to be a blast,” said event organizer Janeane Moore. “Not to mention that the auction is going to be better than ever.” As the Center’s largest fundraiser, Dinner and Auction raises countless dollars for child abuse prevention and education. All money raised stays in Chester County. While donations are still coming in, items already received include tickets to Dollywood and many Gatlinburg attractions, including Smoky Mountain Fun attractions and the Wonderworks and Titanic exhibits. Jewelry, clothes, home décor, paintings, designer sunglasses and more will also be auctioned, as well as hunting items, photography packages, Carhartt coats for men and women, hair care products and furniture. The feature of the live auction will be a six-day, five-night stay in a condo at Panama City Beach, Florida. The condo sleeps 10 adults. “We are very excited to have a Pekingese puppy in this year’s live

auction,” said Clay Jordan, Director of the Center. “Puppies have become a mainstay in our live auction, one that makes for a lot of fun.” The two-month-old puppy was donated by Debbie Shepperd. Sports memorabilia in the auctions will include a laser-autographed football from the Green Bay Packers and a Pat Summittautographed UT basketball. “These are getting harder and harder to come by,” said Moore. “We are very lucky to have this basketball, and I know it will be fought over in the auction!” Tables are nearly sold out at this point, but there still are a few remaining. Corporate tables are $500 and Friends and Family tables are $250. Each seats eight with Corporate tables receiving a fullpage ad in the event program. This year’s entertainment will be Jason Michaels, a Nashville-based magician who has entertained at corporate events for FedEx, Walmart and Bank of America. “Our event gets bigger and bigger each year,” added Jordan. “Once someone attends, they come back year after year, so I know we’re doing something right.” To purchase tables or tickets or for more information, call Moore at 989-7222.

FHU to host education career fair Freed-Hardeman students and alumni interested in the field of education are invited to participate in an education career fair, conducted by Freed-Hardeman University’s School of Education and University Career Center. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Brewer Sports Center. Representatives from school systems across Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky will be available to answer students’ questions. These

representatives will be discussing employment opportunities with their school systems. Jim Brown, Director of the University Career Center, says that the career fair “will give students the opportunity to network with various school administrators, submit resumes to school systems, and inquire about employment opportunities with school systems.” He adds that select school systems will also be holding interviews with students.

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Woodmen present flag to Old Path

Submitted photo

On Feb. 13, Henderson Lodge 40, Woodmen of the World, represented by Field Representative Gayle Parrish, right, presented an American Flag to Larry Holley, pastor of Old Path Baptist Church near Enville. The Flag will be displayed in the church cemetery. Woodmen of the World presents flags to non-profit organizations throughout the nation as the company’s commitment to foster patriotism. For more information, contact Parrish at 9672619.

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Let’s make public notices available to everyone By Ken Yager State Senator

The issue of whether local governments should post public notices on their own Internet website is a question that was discussed more than once in the Senate State and Local G o v e r n m e n t Committee during the 107th General Assembly. The issue is sure to come up in the 108th. Local governments, looking for ways to reduce expenditures, are suggesting that they can save money by posting notices on their respective websites rather than posting the notice in the local newspaper. Before coming to the Senate in 2009, I had the privilege to serve as a county executive for 24 years. My experience in local government gives me a greater appreciation for the importance of this issue. The cost of a running a public notice is an investment, not a mere expenditure. Using an independent agency the local newspaper builds integrity in the process. To give even the appearance of manipulating mandatory public notices tarnishes the already tattered reputation of government because it undermines the concept of independence and transparency. Tennessee law currently requires that many public notices be published in a newspaper of general circulation, a concept as old as the Republic itself.

The precedent was set by the first Congress in 1789 and later in Tennessee’s first Constitution. For example, the legislature requires public notices be given on a variety of critically important subjects: government meetings, bid announcements, notice of parental termination, foreclosure notices, public sale of private property, back tax notices, estate notices, and zoning changes, to name a few. Although diverse, these examples and other notices have a common thread: the public’s right to know on matters that significantly affect them. Printing public notices in a local newspaper of general circulation creates a permanent record and, most importantly, preserves the integrity of the notices by requiring that an entity separate and apart from the government print the notice. However well intentioned, shifting the responsibility for printing public notices to the government’s own website raises the specter of manipulation further eroding public confidence. Local governments struggle financially and understandably are looking for ways to decrease expenditures. But to suggest that shifting to their own website in lieu of the newspaper could have disastrous consequences adversely affecting the public right to know. But communications have changed.

The Internet is becoming the source of information for many people. In a decade most homes will have access. Currently, however, only 40 percent of the populace has access to a computer in the rural areas of Tennessee. In my district, less than a third of households in one county have access to broadband Internet. Moreover, a survey by the Fiscal Review Committee staff showed that over a third of the 455 county and municipal governments in Tennessee do not have websites. Rep. Ryan Haynes (R – Knoxville) and I have filed a bill that will preserve both the independence of the public notice, and will recognize the growing use of computers. Senate Bill 461/House Bill 1001 will require Tennessee newspapers which print public notices to post them on their website as well. The bill also requires that every newspaper will have to post on their website homepage a link to the public notice section and another link to a statewide website. This system will ensure the widest distribution of public notices. But most important, notices will be published by those who are independent of government and who are responsible only to the people who read their news reports. And, this measure comes with no extra cost to the local government. Our bill combines

the best of both worlds. It keeps public notices in places where more people can and will find them. That promotes government transparency and public trust. You cannot put a dollar figure on it, but we cannot afford to lose it. Sen. Ken Yager is a Republican from Harriman in his second term in the State Senate. He is Chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

CCHS holds off SS for third By James A. Webb Editor-in-Chief

Darby Miskelly hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to play Monday night, assuring Chester County’s Eaglettes the third place trophy in the District 14-AA tournament, 47-42 over South Side. The win at Chester County’s Eagle Gym sends the CCHS girls to play Martin Westview in the first round of the regional tournament at 7 p.m. Friday in Martin. The helter-skelter contest found CCHS jumping in front early on a triple by Tamacha Couch and two more threes by Miskelly. After one period the Eaglettes led 19-10 and seemed headed to their third lop-sided victory over the Lady Hawks this season, an idea

was further reinforced when Adrianna Amos and Kelsey Luttrell combined for 10 points in the third period pushing the Eaglettes up by 14 points. However, eight fourth-quarter

Ke’Shunan James of SSHS hit a jumper drawing her team within two points. But those were the “Hawkettes’” final points of the contest. “The season starters over, regardless of the

CC at Westview Friday As the third place team in District 14-AA, Chester County’s Eaglettes will travel to District 13-AA’s runner-up Martin Westview for the first round of the Region 7-AA tournament. The game takes place at 7 p.m. Friday in Martin. CCHS head coach Lee Pipkin described Westview as fast, smart, and with the ability to shoot “lights out” with the three-ball. Pipkin expects more scoring than the CCHS games in the district tournament. Semi-finals and finals of the region will be next week at Dyersburg. turnovers by CCHS allowed South Side to claw back, and with 53 ticks remaining in the contest, all-star

record, it’s just the team that plays well. You just want to survive,” said CCHS head coach Lee Pipkin

about the events of the night. Her team played its second straight game without the services of wing-player Elantra Cox out due to a TSSAA-imposed suspension. “Psychologically is where the biggest difference is (without Cox),” said Pipkin. “We wanted to have her but it gives us the opportunity to play others. It gives them big-time experience and makes us deeper.” Unofficially, CCHS shot 40 percent from the field to only 28 percent for South Side. However, 20 giveaways by the Eaglettes narrowed the field. Neither team performed well at the charity stripe with CCHS hitting only 12 of 21, but SSHS connected on only four of 13. See CCHS, Page 3-B

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Darby Miskelly and Iesha Sims show their excitement prior to a first round tournament victory over Liberty Feb. 12 at Eagle Gym.

Effort continued, but CC season concludes By James A. Webb Editor-in-Chief

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Konner Lindsey of Chester County drives to the basket Feb. 14 at South Side in Jackson.

For 28 games this basketball season, the Chester County Eagles fought for their lives in arguable the toughest basketball district in the entire state. Improvement in several areas was evident each week of the season. Yet the bruises of playing Goliath each night finally took its toll, and CCHS ended its season Feb. 14 with a first round district tournament loss at Jackson South Side, 7950. CCHS ended the campaign at 3-25, while the SS Hawks, ranked in the single digits all season, moved on to semi-finals. The Hawks scored the first six points of

the contest. The Phillips boys, Jon and Zack combined for eight points in the first quarter for Chester County, and when the Eagles scored the first bucket of the second period, the game was interesting at 14-10 SS. However, the hosts produced a 21-2 run, and it became apparent that Chester County’s season was about to end. South Side’s speed and size advantage whittled away at the Eagle’s resolve, eventually building a 54-22 lead late in the third quarter. Unofficially, Chester County shot only 35 percent from the field to the Hawks 51 percent. And the victorious Hawks monopolized the rebound count, 42-24. Senior

Freed sweeps diamond awards Cousar earns softball award The TranSouth Athletic Conference has announced its first weekly awards for the 2013 softball season,



with Freed-Hardeman University's Sarah Elizabeth Cousar being named the conference's pitcher of the week. Cousar, a 5-foot-8 junior from Covington, led the Lady Lions to a perfect 3-0 start to the 2013 season, picking up a pair of wins and a save in her three appearances. Cousar was dominant in both of her starts, allowing just one run over seven innings in each contest. She was especially dominant in FHU’s season-opening 3-1 win over Campbellsville, recording 10 strikeouts. She finished the weekend with 18 punchouts, and did not allow a walk in her final 7.1 innings pitched, including a 6-1 victory over No. 13 Reinhardt University.

Cousar also recorded her third career save in an 8-6 win over C u m b e r l a n d University. The award is the fifth of her career. Though it did not figure into the award, she also had a solid weekend at the plate going 4-for-9 with four runs scored.

Seda, Hatfield win baseball awards The TranSouth Athletic Conference has announced the second weekly awards of the 2013 baseball season, with FreedHardeman University sweeping the two honors. Chris Hatfield has been named the Conference’s Pitcher of the Week, with his teammate Bob Seda earning the nod as the


TranSouth Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10. For Hatfield, it is his second consecutive honor. Hatfield, a 6-foot-1 junior from Knoxville, tossed a complete game shutout of Harris-Stowe State University on Friday afternoon. In the contest, Hatfield scattered seven hits in seven innings and struck out 14 Hornets without walking a batter. On the season, Hatfield has yet to allow an earned run and has yielded only one total run in his two starts. Seda, a 6-foot-5 freshman outfielder from Parma, Ohio, had a huge week for the Lions racking up a weekly batting average of .615 (8-13) in five games this week. During the Lions’ weekend home series against Harris-Stowe State, Seda recorded all eight of his hits, including a four-forfour performance with a double, a homer, and five RBI in the series opener. On the week, he tallied five runs scored, two doubles, three homers, and 11 RBIs, and he slugged 1.462. FHU is ranked No. 22 in the NAIA and is 8-0-1 on the season.

Zach Phillips, playing his final high school game, had eight points, but sophomore Collin McPherson came off the pine to lead CCHS with nine. Mr. Basketball nominee A.J. Merriwether led the Hawks with 17, all in the middle two periods. First-year Chester County head coach Tony Lambert inherited an inexperienced team this season, and they predictably struggled mightily at first. However, persistence and hard work during the year eventually brought CCHS to a point of competitiveness late in the campaign. “The defense picked up for us down the stretch. It kept a lot of games close,” said

Lambert. “It helped too that Zack Phillips came on with some offense that we needed.” Going forward to next year, Lambert said the attitude of the players has now changed, and they see they are capable of winning. In the off season he hopes to improve the players’ strength and athleticism. “We’ve got to get stronger, improve our foot work, and have better conditioning,” he said. Coming to CCHS Lambert knew the caliber of the competition and looked at it as a challenge. He wants the players to continue to play hard, and to bring an expectation of winning to the program.

Quarterback Club meeting scheduled Thursday The Chester County High School Quarterback Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the high school cafeteria. Parents of all boys playing high school football in 2013 are urged to attend. For more information, call Jason Butler 6979342.

Cheerleading classes scheduled

Young Champions Cheerleading has scheduled registration for cheerleading classes on Mondays at West Chester Elementary School, 1243 West Main Street in Henderson. Ages 4-9 meet at 6 p.m. and ages 10 and older meet at 7 p.m. Programs are for both girls and boys through age 15. For more information, call 888245-7469, or go to

Dixie Youth schedules meetings, tryouts

The Chester County Dixie Youth Association has announced several meeting dates as well as the dates for signups, tryouts, and opening day of the season. • Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Coaches’ meeting. All persons wanting to coach in the girls’ softball or boys’ baseball program are urged to be present. • March 4, 6:30 p.m., Meeting for discussion of bids. • March 9, Signup date at the ball park. • March 16, Tryouts at the ball park – 10 a.m. for girls’ softball, 1 p.m. for boys’ baseball. • April 20, Opening day. More information will be announced soon.

Signups for Special Needs

It’s time for Special Needs Athletics Basketball in Selmer. The first game will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. All games will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights at the Selmer Community Center located at 230 N. Fifth St. For more information call Linda Taylor at 610-7557. Everyone is invited to support these incredible athletes!

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TRANSOUTH CONFERENCE BASKETBALL STANDINGS MEN Team 1. Martin Methodist 2. Bethel 3. Life 4. Mid-Continent 5. Freed-Hardeman 6. Blue Mountain

Conf. 7-1 6-2 5-3 4-4 2-6 0-8

All 17-9 24-4 15-11 16-11 11-17 8-18

WOMEN Team 1. Freed-Hardeman 2. Blue Mountain 3. Martin Methodist 4. Bethel 5. Mid-Continent

Conf. 7-0 4-2 3-3 2-4 0-7

All 26-1 17-9 14-14 18-9 7-20

Lady Lions clinch final TS championship The four senior basketball players for the Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions did not do a whole lot statistically on senior day Saturday, but it didn't make much difference. Sophomore Grace Alonso de Armino led the way with 15 points as the

No. 1 Lady Lions rolled to a 93-35 win over MidContinent on Saturday to clinch the regular season TranSouth Conference championship, the fourth in program history and first since 2006. None of the seniors Natalie Shumpert, Maria Bagwell, Ashley

Tate and Summer Waggoner - scored in double figures, and none of them had many chances as the foursome took only 24 of the team's 76 shots. Bagwell had the most of the group with eight points. Bagwell entered the day needing 11

LAST WEEKS’ SPORTS SCORES TranSouth Basketball - Men Bethel 78, Freed-Hardeman 59 Freed-Hardeman 93, Mid-Continent 78 Women Freed-Hardeman 67, Bethel 60 Freed-Hardeman 93, Mid-Continent 55 TranSouth Baseball Freed-Hardeman 8, Cumberland 8 (Tie) Freed-Hardeman 9, Harris-Stowe State 3 Freed-Hardeman 14, Harris-Stowe State 0 Freed-Hardeman 9, Harris-Stowe State 2 Freed-Hardeman 14, Harris-Stowe State 5 Softball Freed-Hardeman 1, Cumberland 0 Freed-Hardeman 8, Cumberland 0 Freed-Hardeman 6, Reinhardt 1 High School Basketball - Boys South Side 79, Chester County 50 Girls Chester County 63, Liberty Tech 47 McNairy Central 51, Chester County 39 Chester County 47, South Side 42

Golf Tournaments Date April 13

Event Time Taco Bell - Relay for Life Noon

Date Feb. 23 March 9

Race Time Bookin’ it for the Library 9 a.m. Emilee’s MS Warriors 8:30 a.m

Date March 9

Race Emilee’s MS Warriors

Location Woodland Hills

Running Location CC Library Front St.

Bike Rides Time 8:00 a.m

Location Front St.

Freed-Hard. Women’s Basketball Date Feb. 22 Feb. 23

Opponent Voorhees Morris

Time 6:00 6:00

Location Denmark, S.C. Sumter, S.C.

Freed-Hardeman Men’s Basketball Date Feb. 21 Feb. 23

Opponent Blue Mountain Life

Time 8:00 2:00

Location Blue Mtn., Miss.

Marietta, Ga.

Chester County High Basketball Date Opponent Time Feb. 22-28 Region 7-AA Tournament

Location Dyersburg

Freed-Hardeman Baseball Date Opponent Time Location Feb. 22 Judson (2) 3:00 Henderson Feb. 23 Judson (2) 2:00 Henderson Jackson, Miss. Feb. 26 Belhaven 4:00 Feb. 27 Tougaloo (2) 2:00 Jackson, Miss. Mar. 1 Lindenwood-Belleville 4:00 Henderson Mar. 2 Lindenwood-Belleville (2) Noon Henderson Mar. 5 Cumberland 4:00 Henderson Mar. 8 Tougaloo 4:00 Henderson Mar. 9 Tougaloo (2) Noon Henderson Mar. 12 Union 4:00 Jackson Mar. 13 Belhaven 2:00 Henderson Mar. 15 Blue Mountain 5:00 Henderson Mar. 16 Blue Mountain (2) Noon Henderson Winter Haven, Fla. Tournament, Dates TBA Florence, Ala. Apr. 2 North Alabama 2:00 Apr. 5 Mid-Continent 5:00 Henderson Apr. 6 Mid-Continent (2) Noon Henderson Apr. 9 Union 5:00 Henderson

Freed-Hardeman Softball Date Opponent Place Feb. 22 Brewton Parker **Decatur, Ala. Mobile ** Decatur, Ala. Feb. 23 Reinhardt ** Decatur, Ala. Belhaven ** Decatur, Ala. Point ** Decatur, Ala. Mar. 5 Mid-Continent (2) Mayfield, Ky. Mar. 8 St. Tho.-H’ton ^ Orange B., Ala. Mobile ^ Orange B., Ala. Mar. 9 Brenau ^ Orange B., Ala. Faulkner ^ Orange B., Ala. Mar. 10 TBA Orange B., Ala. Mar. 12 Missouri Bapt. (2) Henderson Mar. 14 Bethel (2) Henderson Mar. 15 Davenport (2) Henderson Mar. 18 TBA # Pensacola, Fla. Mar. 19 TBA # Pensacola, Fla. Mar. 20 TBA # Pensacola, Fla.

Time 4:00 6:00 10:00 Noon 4:00 4:00 1:00 5:00 9:00 11:00 TBA TBA 5:00 5:00 TBA TBA TBA

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Hope Shull, center, was honored Saturday at the Brewer Sports Center, prior to the Freed-Hardeman University women’s basketball game against Mid-Continent. Shull has been a leader in the HOPE Program that sends food home weekly to elementary and middle school children. Pictured with Shull are FHU seniors Natalie Shumpert, left, and Maria Bagwell.

rebounds to get 1,000 for her career but came up just short, grabbing nine. She also finished with eight steals, the second-most in a single game in program history. Contrary to the way things have been going in games at the Brewer Sports Center, FreedHardeman (26-1, 7-0) got off to a slow start. FHU led 11-7 nearly eight minutes into the game, but a 20-3 run changed things quickly and helped form a 40-16 lead at halftime. The Lady Lions opened the second half on a 17-0 run and continued to dominate the rest of the way, leading by as many as 62 points. FHU forced a total of 34 turnovers and had 27 steals, which tied a program record last set in 2004. Brittany Montgomery scored 11 points while Hayley Newby added 10 off the bench.

Bagwell near 1,000

Bagwell is known more for her rebounding than her scoring. However, Thursday See FHU, Page 3-B

Four-game sweep keeps Diamond Lions unbeaten The Freed-Hardeman University Lions push numerous runners across the plate on their way to a four-game sweep of Harris-Stowe State University by winning the final two games, 19-2 and 14-5, on Saturday afternoon at Carnes Field. The Lions won the first game, 9-3, before a dominant performance on the mound by Chris Hatfield highlighted a 140 win in the nightcap. The Lions (8-0-1) used a ninerun second inning to blow the first game open Saturday, and did it efficiently needing only four hits while drawing four walks and seeing Lincoln Lakoff get hit by a pitch twice in the inning. FHU later tacked on four more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In game two, FreedHardeman did the majority of its offensive damage in the first inning with six runs. The lead expanded to 13-1 until the Hornets scored four in the fifth. The Lions pounded out 27

hits on the day with six home runs - three in each game. Bob Seda finished his big series by going a combined three-forthree with two home runs and six RBIs. Blake Botti also homered twice and went 4-for-4 with seven RBIs. Garrett Ferguson added a home run in the first game while Justin Mackey repeated the act in the second. Ryan Fares (2-0) picked up the win in game one, striking out five in five innings and allowing two runs. Derek Emily (2-0) worked 4-2/3 innings for the win in game two, allowing all five Hornet runs. On Friday, FHU made the most of its hits in both games, scoring a total of 23 runs on 22 hits. The batters' patience and selectiveness at the plate also played a factor as the Lions drew 17 walks in the doubleheader. Seda had a two-run double in the sixth and finished the game four-for-four with five RBIs. Dan Creighton (2-0) picked up the win in 5-1/3 innings of

work, allowing one earned run on four hits. The Lions' bats kept going in game two, but it was the performance of Hatfield that stole the show. The junior struck out 14 batters in a seven-hit shutout while issuing no walks. It marked the second complete game for Hatfield (2-0), who has yet to allow an earned run. FHU scored seven runs in the first three innings, and then added six in the fifth. Connor Kohlscheen went three-for-four with four RBIs while Ryan Huber went two-for-three with three RBIs.

Rare tie-game

The No. 22 Freed-Hardeman Lions saw a big lead disappear as Cumberland University scored eight runs in four innings and overcame an 8-1 deficit before the loss of daylight resulted in an 8-8 tie on Feb. 13 at Lebanon. The Lions had a season-high 11 hits, led by Kohlscheen with three. Dearing and Ryan Grigaitis both had two hits.

One out … one safe! Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

Freed-Hardeman’s Lincoln Lakoff, below, tags out a Harris-Stowe State runner at second Friday at Carnes Field, while at left, Lions’ pitcher Dan Creighton cannot hold on to the throw as another runner is safe at the plate. However, FHU held on enough during the weekend series to defeat the visitors in all four games of the series.

CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lady Lions score early, defeat No. 13 Reinhardt The FreedHardeman Lady Lions knocked off their first ranked opponent of the season, dropping No. 13 Reinhardt on the final day of the Martin Methodist Meltdown, 6-1 Saturday in Pulaski. FHU (3-0) had its final game of the event, scheduled against No. 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), cancelled due to weather. As they did Friday, the Lady Lions jumped ahead early with four runs in the first

inning. Amber Vansandt added a tworun home run in the second to put FHU ahead 6-0. That was more than enough for Sarah Elizabeth Cousar (2-0), who was dominant in the circle tossing a one-hitter while striking out seven. She also went three-for-four at the plate while Vansandt was a perfect four-for-four with four RBIs. In all, the Lady Lions had 11 hits on the day.

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CCHS Couch and Iesha Sims of CCHS were named to the AllDistrict team for regular season play with Pipkin being chosen as Coach of the Year. Amos and Couch earned AllTournament honors.


Much as they did one week earlier in the final regular season match, McNairy raced to an early lead in the semi-finals Friday, only to see Chester County play their way back into the affair in the middle stages. But in each case, McNairy’s size advan-

Brown has career night With seniors - Kyle Teichmann and Jonathan Milewski seated on the bench for Senior Day, the FreedHardeman University lions had their way with things on the final home game of basketball season. Mark Brown scored a career-high 26 points and Reginald Gilmore added 22 as FHU defeated MidContinent University, 93-78. The Lions (11-17, 2-6) trailed for the majority of the first half, but it was Brown's third three-pointer of the half that gave FHU its

first lead at 30-29 with 4:11 to go. It was part of a 21-3 run that FreedHardeman used to close the half, turning a five-point deficit into a 43-31 lead at the break. Brown, who had 17 in the half, made two more three's to finish the run including his fifth that put the Lions up by 12 It was a good sign heading into the postseason for a team that has experienced trouble with holding onto late leads. After MCU (16-11, 44) cut the lead to 10 points with four min-

utes to play, the Lions handled the full-court press with ease and made good on several trips to the free throw line, making eight in a row while the Cougars tried to cut into the lead and 14-of-16 in the last four minutes.’ The Lions put four players in double figures as Isaiah Harrison and Ben Meis each added 12 points. Gilmore (10 rebounds) and Harrison (11 rebounds) also posted double-doubles. FHU finishes off the regular season with a pair of road games, starting with a trip to Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Thursday.

Bethel pulls away late

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

FHU’s Ben Meis drives for the basketball against Mid-Continent Saturday at the Brewer Sports

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FHU against Bethel in McKenzie she scored a season-high 23 points, helping to compensate for an off night from her teammates and leading the No. 1 Lady Lions to a 67-50 win over the Lady Wildcats (18-8, 2-3). The majority of Bagwell's points came in the second half while the Lady Lions were working to hold off an upset-minded Bethel squad that was smarting from a 17point non-conference road loss on Monday. She had 17 of her game-high performance shots after halftime and made 10-of-13 from the field for the

game. Her hot shooting more than covered for a combined 33.3 percent shooting performance by the rest of the team. FHU never trailed, but Bethel stayed close until a 16-6 run that started at the 9:30 mark to play put the Lady Lions up by double digits (55-41) with under five minutes to play. From that point on, it was Shumpert who put the game away scoring seven of her 16 points in the final minutes to keep Bethel from mounting a comeback. Bethel trailed by only two (27-25) at the break after closing the half by outscoring FHU, 14-6, over the last 6:30. Jasmine Taylor missed a three-pointer at the end of the half that would have given

Thursday night in McKenzie, Bethel University pulled away late from FHU to defeat the Lions 78-59. With less than seven minutes to play, FHU went three minutes without scoring and four minutes without a field goal allowing Bethel to turn a close contest into a comfortable lead. It played a large factor in the Wildcats outscoring FHU 24-11 over the last 7:23 of the game. The Lions took a three-point lead into halftime at 32-29 and led by as many as six points in the second half before Bethel (234, 5-2) began to make its move. Gilmore led FreedHardeman with 17 points. Brown added 13 points and eight assists while Harrison had 10 points off the bench. the Lady Wildcats the lead. A traditional threepoint play by Perica Glenn with 9:44 left pulled Bethel within four points, and that's when the Lady Lions started the decisive stretch with a threepointer from Shumper t. Cynthia Woodward's threepointer with 6:23 left gave FHU its first double-digit lead of the night, and that lead never went back into single digits afterward. Shumpert had 16 points and Amber Alexander added 13 for the Lady Lions, who improved to 12-1 on the road this year. It was the 12th win in a row for FreedHardeman and the eighth win in a row by at least 17 points.

tage in the middle was all they needed to dominate the boards and hold off CCHS, 51-39. McNairy led by 10 after one period, and by as many as 18 in the second before the Eaglettes scored the next seven points. A three-pointer by Couch with 2:52 to play got CCHS back with 10, but no better. U n o f f i c i a l l y, McNairy grabbed six more rebounds and out-shot Chester County from the field, 37 to 24 percent. However, it was at the line that the victors had the greatest impact making 22 of 28 while the Eaglettes hit only 16 of 28.

Rough, tumble

Chester County and Liberty Tech fought a rough and tumble elimination game Feb. 12 at Eagle Gym, with the Eaglettes coming out on top 63-47.

However, a scuffle cost CCHS the services of junior wing player Cox. With 1:14 left to play in the contest, and CCHS leading by 16 points, Cox and Liberty’s Rhaven Kemp were each ejected for an altercation. The ejections, allegedly for fighting, carry an automatic twogame suspension, which was of little consequence for Kemp whose season was about to end. For Cox, however, it cost her the chance to play the next two tournament games for Chester County. Prior to her ejection, Cox scored 10 points in the fourth quarter alone. The aggressive Liberty defense put the Eaglettes to the charity stripe 21 times in the final period, missing only thrice. For the game, CCHS hit 24 of 30 attempts at the line.

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“It was a rough game and (the Eaglettes) did everything they had to do, defend, box out, and they played even harder when Couch went out,” concluded Pipkin. First Round Feb. 12 Liberty Tch. 12- 8-12-15=47 Chester Co. 12-12-11-28=63 LT – Chelsea Jones 16, Raven Kemp 13, Linton 7, Fisher 7, Marcell 2, Collins 2. CC – Tamacha Couch 20, Elantra Cox 14, Iesha Sims 14, Amos 9, Miskelly 6. Three-point shots: LT – Kemp, Fisher. CC – Miskelly 2, Couch. Records: LT – 11-18. CC – 19-10.

Semi-finals Feb. 15 McNairy Ct. 14-14- 8-15=51 Chester Co. 4- 8-9-18=39 MC – Brianna Phelps 13, Woods 12, Chappell 8, Burge 7, Rowland 5, Sweat 4, H. Phelps 2. CC – Tamacha Couch 17, Adrianna Amos 10, Sims 6, Luttrell 5, Sneed 1. Three-point shots: MC – Rowland. CC – Couch. Records: MC – 22-6. CC – 19-11.

Consolation Feb. 18 South Side 10-8- 9-15=42 Chester Co. 19-5-13-10=47 SS – Ke’Shunan James 25, Tipler 9, Miller 6, Currie 2. CC –Tamacha Couch 15, Darby Miskelly 11, Adrianna Amos 10, Sims 8, Luttrell 3. Three-point shots: SS – Miller 2, James 2. CC – Miskelly 3, Couch 2. Records: SS – 16-11. CC – 20-11.

Boys First Round Feb. 14 at Jackson

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

South Side’s Jaylen Barford, right, “palms” the basketball as Andrew Hardee of Chester County defends in Jackson Feb. 14.

Chester Co. 8- 7-17-18=50 South Side14-23-22-20=79 CC – McPherson 9, Z. Phillips 8, Humphry 6, Stablein 6, Cobb 4, Holman 4, Clayton 3, J. Phillips 2, Lindsey 2, Scales 2, Holloway 2, Page 2. SS – A.J. Merriwether 17, McNeal 12, Barford 11, Beard 11, Fuller 8, Hicks 7, Martin 4, Murphy 4, Vinson 3, Jones 2. Three-point shots: CC – McPherson 3, Z. Phillips 2, Clayton. SS – Merriwether, McNeal. Records: CC – 3-25. SS – 22-2.

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By Amy Tims We have had a wonderful week at East Chester! Kindergarteners studied all about bees last week. The kids wrote journal stories about whether or not they liked honey. Everyone got to sample some honey. Not everyone liked honey with the honeycomb inside! They also learned that the honeycomb has hexagon shapes in it. The kids also made their own bee. Mrs. Amy Tims’ class completed a picture and bar graph using candy kisses and hugs. The children chose kisses or hugs as their favorite candy. The children also wrote sentences about which they liked better, getting kisses or hugs from their family. Mrs. McKnight’s class had a special Valentine’s Day party. Instead of the usual cupcakes or cookies, they had pancakes. Their party was in honor of Gabbi Cook, a 2-year-old girl with serious health problems. Gabbi’s favorite food is pancakes. Students made signs for Gabbi with special messages. They had their pictures made with their signs as they ate pancakes and sent them to Gabbi who has been hospitalized in Pittsburg. In the library, students have been reading biographies about our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. We are also reading about Mount Rushmore and the national park system. We are still encouraging our students to read independently and take AR test in their appropriate reading levels. The reward for 10 AR tests passed is a Capri Sun. We have given out 62 Capri Suns so far since the first week of January! There is no limit to the number of Capri Suns a student can earn! We will celebrate Read Across America during the week of

Education Feb. 25-March 1. We will have an author visit from Dave Sargent Jr. and his dogs at 10 a.m. on March 1. He will talk to our students about the importance of reading, as well as how he uses his dogs as characters in the books he writes. Students will bring information home about his books that will be for sale on that Friday. On Tuesday, Feb. 19 we held our salad/baked potato meal to benefit the American Cancer Society, and it was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone for again supporting our East Chester Relay for Life Team. In Mrs. Becky Welch’s class last week they were learning about the U n d e r g r o u n d Railroad. They are going to be learning next about how they used quilts as signals for the slaves, and creating some of the quilts using geometric figures. They are going to try to create their own quilt square that would be a signal for a runaway slave. Mrs. Becky’s and Mrs. Murphy’s classes are also walking to Gulf Shores, Ala., for Heart Healthy month. They have walked more than 130 miles so far! Mrs. Stacey’s class and Mrs. Jill’s class are walking to New Orleans. When we each reach our destination, we are going to have a party! Everyone at East got to feel very special by receiving a gift on Valentine’s Day. Everyone got a stuffed snake, a daisy or hearts. The kids were so excited about their Valentine gifts. Important Dates to Remember! ??Feb. 25-March 1: STAR testing ?March 1: Author Visit by Dave Sargent after reading March 4: Nine weeks reading test/Chuck E Cheese night March 5: Nine weeks math test March 7: End of third nine weeks March 8: Up N Jumpin’ night 6-8 p.m. March 14: Spring pictures/Report cards March 22: Kite day March 25-29: Spring break

Properly steering teens can avoid tragedies For adults, high school is as near or far as the next or last reunion. But for thousands of teens, high school is a present hell of isolation, confusion and negativity, says novelist Ryan D. Pearson. For many gifted, talented, sensitive or otherwise misunderstood teens, he offers tips for surviving this last step toward independence: • Embrace what makes you different: Perhaps the most important struggle a teenager faces is selfacceptance. If you care about things no one else seems to care about; if you’re better at chess than football; if you think you don’t fit the mold of “pretty” or “handsome” – you might just be on the

path to happiness. “There is only one you; don’t be afraid of who you are,” Pearson says. • Perhaps the greatest commencement address: While life is just beginning after high school and college, it’s rarely easy – that’s the thrust of George Foster Wallace’s 2005 speech to the graduates of Kenyon College. • You can change!: A depressing mindset for unhappy high school students involves the idea that nothing about one’s experience will change. “Everything changes – this is the one rule of life you can count on,” says Pearson. In reality, one or two key shifts in thinking can change the course in a young person’s life trajectory.

By Ally Rogers “The Strength Team” is coming to Chester County this Thursday and will speak to our junior high students in an assembly. They use feats of strength to demonstrate a positive, motivating message on making the right choices. They have now become the number one school assembly program in the nation; promoting anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-peer pressure, anti-drugs, antialcohol, respecting others and academic excellence. We are very excited about them coming and about the message they will convey. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) will stage a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Auditorium. They will provide information on local suicide trends, information on the warning signs of suicide, details on mental health, and crisis intervention services in the Chester County area. This may be something you are interested in hearing about and we invite you all to come and join us. The volleyball team

played Tuesday against Lexington. They will play against Crockett County in a home match beginning at 4 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 21, and again at home at 3:30 Friday, Feb. 22 against University School of Jackson. On March 7, the high school will host an eighth grade night for students and their parents. This will be held in the high school cafeteria with the time announced soon. Please make sure you attend this very informative meeting. We will go over class selection, four year plans and you will have a chance to ask any questions that you may have. The Student Health Council created and sold valentines this week for students to purchase for their friends. The profits benefited the American Heart Association. We appreciate Mrs. Heather Griffin and Mrs. Amy Eads for working with this club. Dates to put on your calendars include: Feb. 28 – Spring Pictures March 5 – TSPN Town Hall meeting at Williams Auditorium March 7 – Eighth grade night at the High School March 14 – Report Cards March 21 (NOTE DATE CHANGE) – Hillbilly Wedding March 25-29 – Spring Break April 12 – Spring Banquet April 22-26 – TCAP testing.

Report examines changes to civics education in Tennessee Tennessee students will soon have to apply the lessons they learn about civics in the classroom to “real world” situations – a major departure from years past. Last year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring school districts to assess students’ civic knowledge at least once in grades 4 through 8 and at least once in grades 9 through 12. The legislation is significant, a new report from the Comptroller’s office suggests, because it is the first time the state has required any type of assessment for civics education. The new civics assessments, which will begin in the current school year, differ from other state-mandated assessments in two important respects: (1) they will not be standardized tests developed by vendors according to state-determined specifications, but instead are to be developed and implemented by school districts, and (2) they are required to be “project-based,” which is education lingo for a more handson, practical approach to learning. Project-based assessments differ considerably from the multiple choice format that dominates most standardized testing. Projectbased learning involves student-driven projects

that are both central to the curriculum and rooted in the real-life situations, involving complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems. Students work to develop solutions that could actually be used to address the issues they are studying. An example of a project-based approach to learning is Project Citizen, a program some Tennessee schools already use. In Project Citizen, students work together to identify problems in their communities, research those problems, consider possible alternatives, develop solutions in the form of public policies and petition local or state authorities to adopt those policies. The Comptroller’s report cites research suggesting that projectbased approaches in the classroom can result in more in-depth learning and better performance on complex tasks - outcomes that align with Tennessee’s recent education reform efforts to ramp up student expectations. The report also provides an overview of the evolution of civics instruction in U.S. public schools, how civics is taught and tested in Tennessee schools and the implementation of the new project-based assessments for civics in Tennessee.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Astrophysicist to discuss Genesis 1 at Freed-Hardeman Last week, it was reported that astrophysicist Nobie Stone will speak to FreedHardeman University students Wednesday, Feb. 20. The correct time of his session will be at 2:30 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium. Stone will also present a short introduction to the material at FHU’s 10:30 a.m. chapel program in Loyd Auditorium. He will discuss the current status of faith in America, the philosophies that have led to it and some of the effects it has on society. The 2:30 session is entitled “Genesis 1

and Lessons from Space: The Special Nature of the Earth.” Stone retired from NASA where he was a senior scientist at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He flew science experiments on eight space missions and served as mission scientist for the STS-46 and STS-75 space shuttle missions. The final session, to be held at 7 p.m. in the Henderson Church of Christ auditorium, is called “Genesis 1 and Lessons from Space: The Cosmos.” The public is invited to attend any or all of these sessions. Admission is free.

Want to go to China? U of M Confucius Institute offering students opportunity By Curt Guenther UM Director of Communications Services

For the sixth summer in a row, the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) will offer high school students the chance to visit China with the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. The two-week camp, sponsored by Hanban, the world headquarters of the Confucius Institute project, will immerse students in virtually every aspect of China and Chinese life. They will study such subjects as the country’s language and history, music and arts such as calligraphy, brush-painting and paper-cutting. They will enjoy sports and social activities, and they will travel to cultural landmarks and historic sites around the city of Beijing. The two-week trip will take place in midJuly. Applications are available online at um, and are due by March 15. Applications must include a personal

statement from the student, stating why he or she wants to participate; a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or counselor; an official copy of the student’s high school transcript; and a photocopy of the student’s passport. To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled in high school (grades 912) and have a GPA of 3.25 or above. They must be U.S. citizens or possess a green card, and they must be physically and emotionally capable of international travel. Applications should be mailed to Zhang Lin, CIUM, 11th Floor John S. Wilder Tower, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152, or emailed to lzhang6@memphis.ed u or to More information is available online at um or by calling the CIUM office at 901-6782595.

Freed-Hardeman librarian to present at Users conference John Wilson, technology librarian at Freed-Hardeman University’s LodenDaniel Library, will speak at the WMS Southeast Region Users Conference in Davidson, N.C., March 8. His presentation is entitled “Reporting Strategies with WorldShare M a n a g e m e n t Services.” According to their website, “WorldShare Management Services provide a unified Web-based environment that streamlines cataloging, acquisitions, license manage-

ment and circulation and offers a powerful discovery and delivery tool for library users.” Wilson graduated from FHU in 1999 as the school’s first quadruple major. He earned a B.A. in English, a B.B.A. in finance and a B.S. in math and computing sciences. He then completed a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Alabama. As technology librarian at FHU, Wilson administrates the integrated library system.

CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bill would require Neuroscience course for teachers Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) has filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly to authorize and encourage coursework in neurological or brain science as part of teacher training programs at the state’s public colleges and universities. Gresham said leading education experts agree that knowledge about the brain is essential for educators at all grade levels as an important part of understanding how students learn. “Evidence continues to mount that there is great benefit for our teachers to have a rudimentary course on how the human brain works,” said Senator Gresham. “Neuroscience gives us much information to help us adapt learning technology to meet many challenges that face teachers today in trying to raise student achievement. A basic understanding of how the brain works helps teachers not only identify student difficulties, but gives them more information to support families in taking appropriate steps to overcome these challenges.” Gresham said Senate Bill 59 also promotes coordination between educators and neuroscientists in Tennessee. She supports the establishment of a knowledge exchange network, which would provide cutting edge research regarding proven neurology-based approaches for teaching students. Research shows remarkable new information regarding the brain’s function during adolescence that experts maintain have implications for everyone working with teenagers. This research includes new findings regarding the effect of sleep deprivation in adolescence. There are also new breakthroughs in understanding how long-term memories are created, which have implications for student learning. “Teachers face many barriers, from adolescent sleep deprivation to learning difficulties like Dyslexia and Dyscalculia,” said Gresham. “Tennessee has incredible scientific resources within our universities and elsewhere that we can tap into to better understand how we can utilize new discoveries to address such barriers. I am very excited about the opportunities that this legislation offers to increase student achievement.”

Additional tickets available for Robertson speech Additional tickets are now available for a matinee speech for the 2013 Sports Advisory Council Benefit at Freed-Hardeman University. Due to the demand for tickets, a second speech has been added at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in Loyd Auditorium. Tickets are only available for the speech and not the dinner. Speaker for the event is Phil Robertson, star of the highly popular television show “Duck Dynasty” on A&E cable network. General Admission tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students (college and younger). Those may be purchased online at Priority seating is also available and can be purchased by calling the athletics office at 989-6900 or 989-6901.

Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester Elementary, Jacks Creek Elementary, and West Chester Elementary Schools and Chester County Middle School *Milk choice offered daily Monday, February 25 Popcorn chicken or Corndog Mashed potatoes, green peas, salad Roll Mixed fruit or orange wedges Tuesday, February 26 Spaghetti/meat sauce or Turkey & cheese sandwich Green beans, glazed sweet potatoes, salad Breadstick Pineapple or apple wedges Wednesday, February 27 Chicken noodle soup/crackers or Ham & cheese sandwich Corn, baby carrots, pickle spears, salad Grilled cheese sandwich Orange Wedges or juice Thursday, February 28 Baked lemon pepper chicken or Country fried

steak Pinto beans, broccoli/cheese, salad Roll Peaches or banana Friday, February 29 Pizza or Tuna plate Baked potato rounds, california blend, salad Strawberries or juice

Chester County Junior High School *Cereal, fruit, milk choice offered daily Monday, February 25 Chicken nuggets or Ham and cheese Green peas, whipped potatoes, glazed carrot circles, salad Roll Peaches, apple, or orange Tuesday, February 26 Baked pork roast and gravy or Chili cheese maxwrap Pinto beans, turnip greens, tiny whole potatoes, salad Cornbread Strawberries, apple, or orange Wednesday, February 27 Walking taco/ tortilla chips/ cheese or Hotdog Corn, baby carrots, pickle spears, salad Orange wedges, juice, or apples

Thursday, February 28 Spaghetti/meat Sauce/ cheesy garlic Breadstick or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich Green beans, glazed sweet potatoes, baked apples, salad Diced pears, apple, orange, or banana Friday, February 29 Tony’s pepperoni pizza or BBQ on a bun Broccoli/ cheese, baked potato, salad Mixed fruit, apple, orange, or banana

Chester County High School *Cereal, fruit choice, fruit juice, and milk choice offered daily Also, pizza choice each day Monday, February 25 Chicken nuggets or Pizza choice - open salad bar Mashed potatoes, green peas, corn, salad Roll Mandarin oranges, apple or orange Juice Tuesday, February 26 Sweet & sour pork or Pizza choice/fries/salad Breaded chicken patty/bun – open salad bar Egg roll, stir fry vegetables, Lo mein noodles,

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baked apples, salad Pineapple, apple or orange Juice Wednesday, February 27 Roast turkey/ gravy or Pizza choice/salad Baked potato bar/chili, cheese, diced ham, peppers & onions & open salad bar Mashed potatoes, purple hull peas, steamed squash, salad Roll Peaches, apple, orange, or banana Juice Thursday, February 28 Taco bar/choice of shell or bag of tortilla scoops or Corndogs or Pizza choice/tater tots Fiesta rice, brown beans, sweet potato casserole, taco trimmings Applesauce, apple, orange, or banana Juice Friday, February 29 Baked lemon pepper chicken or Pizza choice/fries/salad Vegetable beef soup/crackers/deli bar/pimento and cheese sandwich/ open salad bar Tiny whole potatoes, broccoli & cheese, blackeye peas, salad Roll Mixed fruit, apple, orange, or banana Juice

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CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 21, 2013

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RENT. (TFC) FOR RENT – 2 BR, 1 BA Duplex, Excellent Condition, 1 Year Lease, No Pets. 983-2766. (TFC) HOUSE FOR RENT – 458 Second St. 3 BR, 1 BA, CHA, Fenced Backyard, Covered Concrete Patio. $550 / Month. $550 Deposit. Will be shown Saturday, February 23 at 12 Noon. Call Lanny at 731-2258033. (42P) FOR RENT – 3 BR, 1 BA House with Laminate Flooring, Tile, No Carpet. $485 / Month. $200 Deposit. 447 Mifflin Ave. Call 928-8689. (42P) HOUSE FOR RENT – 3 BR, 2 BA, Fenced Backyard, Double Garage. 537 Deer Dr. Henderson. Call 437-0613. (42P) FOR RENT – 2 BR, 1 BA Apartment in Town. Newly Redecorated: New Kitchen, Bath, and Appliances. $475 / Month with 12-Month Lease. Deposit and References Required. No Smokers, No Pets. Call 695-2039 or 435-0177, leave message. (42P)

MISCELLANEOUS JIM’S TRASH SERVICE ~ $16 / Month. $13 / Month for Senior Citizens. Call 731-989-5732 or 731-879-0662. (47P) $200 REWARD for MISSING BLACK CAT ~ 7 Month Old Black Kitten Missing, Wearing Blue Collar. Could be Anywhere from Finger, TN to Downtown Jackson, TN. Suspected to Have Jumped Out of Bumper of Car in Finger at Water Tower or at Juvenile Court on East College St. in Jackson. $200 Reward, No Questions Asked. Text or Call 731-695-3773 or 501-442-5131. (42P)

HELP WANTED HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED ~ Minimum of 3 Years Recent Experience. Apply in Person at Americana Inn, 550 Sanford St., Henderson, TN from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PLEASE DO NOT CALL. (42C)

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ment in the uterus requiring surgical removal, or had a child born with birth defects you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members 1-800-5355727 (TnScan) HEALTH INSURANCE FOR pre-existing Conditions / Affordable. *No Medical Questions. *All Pre-existing OK. *Hospitalization / Surgery *Doctor visits / Wellness / Dental / Vision / RX. Real Insurance Not a discount plan. Licensed Agent 00763829. Call 1-877-3230332. (TnScan) DRIVING FOR A CAREER – No Experience? No Problem! 2 Weeks Local training in Jackson, TN or Dyersburg, TN. *Great Pay *Benefits *Job Security *Student Tuition Loans Available *Placement Assistance. DriveTrain 119 E. L. Morgan Dr. Jackson, TN 1-800-423-8820 or Drive-Train 2045 St. John Ave. Dyersburg, TN 1-800-423-2730 (TnScan) NOW HIRING: COMPANIES DESPERATELY need employees to assemble products at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. Fee required. Info. 1985-646-1700 Dept. TN-1196 (TnScan) MILAN EXPRESS DRIVING ACADEMY *Student Loans & Placement Assistance Available “Qualified Applicants” Approved for Veterans Training 1-800-6452698 53D E.L. Morgan Dr., Jackson, TN 38305 (TnScan) 25



NEEDED Learn to drive for Werner Enterprises! Earn $750 per week! CDL & Job Ready in 3 weeks 1-888-407-5172 (TnScan) DRIVERSREGIONAL FLATBED HOME Every Weekend 40-45 CPM Full Benefits Must Have Class A CDL Flatbed Training Available 800992-7863 (TnScan) FLATBED DRIVERS NEW

PAY Scale- Start @ .37cpm Up to .04cpm Mileage Bonus, Home Weekends, Insurance & 401K Apply @ 800648-9915 (TnScan) DRIVER - QUALIFY FOR ANY portion of $.03/mile quarterly bonus: $.01 Safety, $.01 Production, $.01 MPG. Two raises in first year. 3 months recent experience. 800-414-9569 (TnScan)

CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, February 21, 2013

Public Notices SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness and obligations secured by a certain Deed of Trust on property currently owned by SANDRA L. RUSSELL, and which Deed of Trust was executed by Sandra L. Russell, to Paul V. Carter, II, Trustee for The Peoples Bank and is recorded in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee in Record Book 250, page 605. WHEREAS, said Trust Deed was later modified by Modification recorded in Record Book 321, Page 507, in said Register’s Office. WHEREAS, the undersigned was appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in Record Book 370, page 344, in said Register’s Office. WHEREAS, the owner of the indebtedness has declared the total amount due and has directed the undersigned to advertise and sell the property described by said Deed of Trust; THEREFORE, this is to give notice that I will on March 14, 2013, commencing at 10:00 a.m., at the Front Door of the Courthouse in Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee cause to be offered for sale and will cause to be sold at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property located in Chester County, Tennessee, and more particularly described as follows, to wit: Said property is known as 524 Hill Avenue, Henderson, Tennessee. For a more complete description of said property see Trust Deed recorded in Trust Deed Book 250, Page 601, in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. Map 33-L, Group –, Parcel 1.00. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. 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 or 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. R. Bradley Sigler Substitute Trustee 218 West Main Street Jackson, TN 38301

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness and obligations secured by a certain Deed of Trust on property currently owned by Annie Roberson and Sylvia Brown, and which Deed of Trust was executed by Annie Roberson, Joe Roberson, and Sylvia Brown, to Chris Connor, Trustee for Planters Bank of Maury City (now known as The Peoples Bank) and is recorded in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee in Record Book 204, page 289. WHEREAS, the undersigned was appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in Record Book 370, page 279, in said Register’s Office. WHEREAS, the owner of the indebtedness has declared the total amount

due and has directed the undersigned to advertise and sell the property described by said Deed of Trust; THEREFORE, this is to give notice that I will on March 14, 2013, commencing at 10:05 a.m., at the Front Door of the Courthouse in Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, cause to be offered for sale and will cause to be sold at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property located in Chester County, Tennessee, and more particularly described as follows, to wit: Said property is known as 719 Fourth Street, Henderson, Tennessee. For a more complete description of said property see Trust Deed recorded in Record Book 204, page 289, in said Register’s Office. Map 34, Group –, Parcel 35.00. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. 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 or 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. R. Bradley Sigler Substitute Trustee 218 West Main Street Jackson, TN 38301

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on March 21, 2013 at 2:00PM local time, at the front door, Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, conducted by Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by Molly Hearn, an unmarried woman, to Carter, Stanfill & Associates, PLLC, Trustee, on July 25, 2008 at Record Book 318, Page 567; all of record in the Chester County Register’s Office. Owner of Debt: LPP Mortgage LTD The following real estate located in Chester County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described in deed of record in Record Book 318, Page 567; in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee Parcel Number: 032034.00 Current Owner(s) of Property: Molly Hearn The street address of the above described property is believed to be 1980 Sanford Road, Henderson, Tennessee 38340, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description referenced herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. If applicable, the notice requirements of T.C.A. 35-5117 have been met. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead 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. 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 or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 555 Perkins Road Extended, Second Floor Memphis, TN 38117 Phone (901)767-5566 Fax (901)761-5690 File No. 12-044860

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 June 30, 2008, executed by BILLY L HOPPER, TINA J HOPPER, MARY JOANN ROSS AKA JOANN ROSS, conveying certain real property therein described to ROBERT M. WILSON, JR., as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee recorded July 11, 2008, in Deed Book 317, Page 603613; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP who is now the owner of said debt; and WHEREAS, Notice of the Right to Foreclose, if required pursuant to T.C.A. § 35-5-117, was given in accordance with Tennessee law; and WHEREAS, the undersigned,Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, having been appointed as Substitute Trustee by instrument to be 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, Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, as Substitute Trustee or his duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on March 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Main Entrance steps of the Chester County Courthouse , located in Henderson, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or certified funds ONLY, the following described property situated in Chester County, Tennessee, to wit: BEGINNING AT AN IRON PIN FOUND IN THE SOUTH MARGIN OF OLD FINGER ROAD, WHICH POINT IS THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF BOBBY WEAVER(RECORD BOOK 132, PAGE 698) AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE HEREIN DESCRIBED TRACT; THENCE, FROM POINT OF BEGINNING, AND WITH THE SOUTH MARGIN OF OLD FINGER ROAD THE FOLLOWING CALLS: SOUTH 68 DEGREES 22 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST 367.97 FEET, SOUTH 69 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 00

SECONDS EAST 372.64 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET IN THE CENTERLINE OF A DITCH, THENCE, WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID DITCH THE FOLLOWING CALLS: SOUTH 65 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST 56.22 FEET, SOUTH 72 DEGREES 09 MINUTES 54 SECONDS WEST 296.23 FEET, SOUTH 74 DEGREES 04 MINUTES 45 SECONDS WEST 164.10 FEET, SOUTH 64 DEGREES 55 MINUTES 33 SECONDS WEST 146.46 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET AT THE INTERSECTION OF TWO DITCHES, THENCE, WITH THE CENTERLINE OF A SMALLER DITCH, NORTH 49 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 45 SECONDS WEST 221.32 FEET TO AN IRON PIN FOUND ON THE NORTH BANK OF SAID DITCH, THENCE, NORTH 59 DEGREES 10 MINUTES 30 SECONDS WEST 41.33 FEET TO AN IRON PIN FOUND IN THE CENTERLINE OF A DITCH, THENCE, WITH THE CENTERLINE OF SAID DITCH, NORTH 50 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 3 1 SECONDS WEST 83.61 FEET TO AN IRON PIN SET AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF WEAVER AND HYSMITH PROPERTIES, THENCE WITH THE EAST LINE OF WEAVER AND HYSMITH PROPERTIES, THEN BOBBY WEAVER, NORTH 36 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 50 SECONDS EAST 335.86 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 4.9 ACRES, 213471.7 SQUARE FEET AS SURVEYED BY ADVANCED LAND SURVEYING, INC. ON MARCH 8,2001. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO BILLY L. HOPPER AND WIFE, TINA J. HOPPER AND JO ANN ROSS, A SINGLE PERSON BY WARRANTY DEED FROM MICHAEL E. STIVALA AND NANCY L. STIVALA DATED MARCH 20, 2001 AND RECORDED MARCH 23, 2001 OF RECORD IN BOOK 195, PAGE 300, REGISTER`S OFFICE FOR CHESTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE. PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 430 OLD FINGER ROAD, HENDERSON, TN 38340. 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): BILLY L HOPPER, TINA J HOPPER, MARY JOANN ROSS AKA JOANN ROSS 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. THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, Substitute Trustee 119 S. Main Street, Suite 500 Memphis, TN 38103 perty-listings.php Tel: (877) 813-0992 Fax: (404) 601-5846

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 May 26, 2004, executed by PATRICIA ANN JOHNSON, conveying certain real property therein described to FIRST NATIONAL FINANCIAL TITLE SERVICES, INC, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee recorded June 15, 2004, in Deed Book 253, Page 397-415; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to T R A N S P O RTAT I O N ALLIANCE BANK, INC who is now the owner of said debt; and WHEREAS, Notice of the Right to Foreclose, if required pursuant to T.C.A. § 35-5-117, was given in accordance with Tennessee law; and WHEREAS, the undersigned,Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, having been appointed as Substitute Trustee by instrument to be 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, Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, as Substitute Trustee or his duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on March 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Main Entrance steps of the Chester County Courthouse , located in Henderson, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or certified funds ONLY, the following described property situated in Chester County, Tennessee, to wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN LOT OR PARCEL OF LAND SITUATED IN THE CITY OF HENDERSON, COUNTY OF CHESTER, STALE OF TENNESSEE, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST COR-

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NER OF A LOT KNOWN AS THE SIP EDWARDS LOT, NOW OWNED BY ELISHA HARBOR, SAME BEING A STAKE ON THE HENDERSON AND MIFFLIN ROAD; RUNS THENCE EAST WITH SAID ROAD 60 FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE NORTH 135 FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE WEST 60 FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE SOUTH 135 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO PATRICIA ANN JOHNSON BY AFFIDAVIT OF INHERITANCE FROM VERA MAY LAWLER, DATED 10/05/01, RECORDED 10/08/01, IN BOOK 204, PAGE 281, IN THE REGISTER`S OFFICE OF CHESTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE. Parcel ID: 34I-B-6.00 PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 425 4TH STREET, HENDERSON, TN 38340. 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): PATRICIA ANN JOHNSON OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: B E L L S O U T H -T E N NESSEE, City of Henderson, TN The sale of the above-described 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. THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, Substitute Trustee 3740 Davinci Court, Suite 150 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 perty-listings.php Tel: (877) 813-0992 Fax: (404) 601-5846

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