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December 10, 2009


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Huckabee plays to packed house, sets record By Julie Pickard Staff Writer

BREAKFAST with Santa, this Saturday Mark your calendars. Santa, along with some of other famous characters, will be visiting Henderson this Saturday, Dec. 12. Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Clayton Bank & Trust, is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the main bank branch at 101 East Main Street in downtown Henderson. Tickets are $6 and that includes a free picture with Santa and visits with Sponge Bob, Cookie Monster, Mrs. Claus, and Snow White. Face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and makeovers for girls will also be available. All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Chester County’s Imagination Library. In November, it was reported the Chester County Imagination Library, Governor’s Books from Birth program was close to extinction due to a lack of funds. The local chapter for the Imagination Library is needing to clear $6,000 to keep the program, which offers free books for kids, afloat.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said his love for his country was one of the reasons he got into politics and referenced the Jewish persecution as one of the reasons is why he continues to be a driving force and possibly a major player in the future of our country. As far as seeking the nomination for presidency in 2012 “It’s too early,” he quickly noted in a press conference moments before he spoke. “We need to get pass the 2010 election cycle and see what that (landscape) looks like.” Politics aside, he accomplished Friday night’s mission of surpassing previous years of million dollar fundraising, once again, breaking the record. Freed-Hardeman raised well over $1.3 million at Friday night’s annual scholarship benefit dinner, remaining the state’s largest single-night fundraiser, benefiting nearly 85 percent of their student body through scholarships. The former Baptist minister did not steer too far from his ultra conservative beliefs during his exchange, motioning for less government in the households, illustrating the importance of the value and sanctity of life, See FHU, Page 3-A

Stiddom pleas: Sentenced 20 years in TDOC The father of recent convicted murderer Dawn Davidson entered a last minute plea agreement with the state last week for his involvement with the March 2008 slaying of Ron Perkins. Jimmie David Stiddom, a former resident in the FingerSweetlips community, pled guilty on felony murder charges late Friday afternoon in Chester County court. The state of Tennessee charged the frail 55-year old with facilitation to first degree murder and tampering with evidence. Due to the lesser charge of first degree murder, Stiddom was ordered to only serve 20 years, 30 percent eligibility on the facilitation charge, and six years, 30 percent eligibility, for tampering with evidence, both sentences to be served concurrently in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Mike Huckabee, keynote speaker for Freed-Hardeman University’s 45th annual Advisory Board Benefit Dinner packed the house Friday night at Loyd Auditorium surpassing previous years’ fundraising numbers reaching over $1.3 million to benefit FHU students through scholarships. The former Arkansas governor spoke briefly about his presidential campaign ride and why the one-time Baptist minister got into politics and why politics plays a crucial role on the sanctity of life.


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Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Members of the community salute National Guardsmen on a cold, misty Saturday morning as they leave for training and eventually a yearlong deployment. The 1-278 ACR, headquartered in Henderson, along with other units from across the state will train at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss before they deploy to the middle east.

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Stiddom (Dawn) Davidson was sentenced in August to 23 years for her role in the death of Perkins after she took the stand and admitted to shooting Perkins twice after he entered her home. The only other witness to the crime that day, Timothy Davidson, Dawn’s husband, stated it was Stiddom who fired the final shot that possibly could have been fatal. Stiddom was arrested in August of 2008 after his son-in-law’s testimony and failing to pass a polygraph test issued by authorities.

On the day of the shooting, phone records proved Dawn called Perkins several times requesting him to stop by her house, in which she was seen at the Finger store making those calls. After Perkins entered her home, Dawn shot him twice with a rifle, citing self defense, and then ran next door to her father’s residence to make a 911 call. In that time, Timothy Davidson testified Stiddom rushed to the scene of the shooting, stood over Perkins with a .22 caliber rifle and fired the final shot in his head. Rape allegations against Perkins were made by Dawn just two months before the shoot-

City to discuss Old Jacks Creek Road sewer project Residents who reside in the area of Old Jacks Creek Road are urged to attend Thursday night’s city board meeting where the agenda centers around the lack of sewer services the city of Henderson promised the community when they were annexed almost seven years ago. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday night (Dec. 10) in the council chamber of the Henderson City Hall to discuss whether a community development grant awarded to the city to partly cover the costs of the $400,000 sewer project is practical given the city would have to fund the remainder, estimating $200,000, for a only a handful of residences. The board is also looking into ways of possibly

slashing the costs by performing some of the work in-house. In previous meetings aldermen have argued both sides, stating the city would never recoup their money for the project in taxes, but deannexing a residential area is never the ideal situation. Aldermen were quick to note when they initially annexed the subdivision they were under the presumption of a fully developed residential area yielding tax-paying dollars. Other matters the board will address is consider the bidding and the purchase or lease of three pickup trucks for the utility department. They will also determine setting a time adn date for the next planning session for the Henderson city board.

STIDDOM ing, however no formal charges were filed due to insufficient evidence in the case since the victim (Dawn) waited too long for forensic evidence to be tested. Timothy Davidson was never charged in the homicide.

Nominations being accepted for guard employer award Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is a the U.S. Government’s highest award recognizing exceptional above and beyond employer support for their National Guard and Reservist employees. All N a t i o n a l Guard/Reservists and their families are eligible to nominate their employer for the Freedom Award. For more information, visit www.FreedomAward. mil.

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FHU and even criticizing his Democratic counterparts. Addressing the media, Huckabee pointed out President Barak Obama’s stance on the economic recovery has been counter-intuitive and counterproductive. “If you’re in trouble

because you spent money you don’t have and borrowed money you can’t afford to pay back, you don’t fix that by spending even more money you don’t have and borrowing more money you can’t pay back, which is exactly what we’ve done,” he explained. He exclaimed during his run for the 2008 presidency they ran a frugal campaign, “We operated a campaign like we wished

Chickasaw Park Lighting Chickasaw State Park will host its 18th annual Lighting of the park from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11-13. There will be electric lights as well as 2,500 candle luminaries. Santa Claus will be present. For more information, call the park office at 989-5141 or 1-800-4581752.

Santa is coming to town Santa will arrive at the traffic light in downtown Henderson at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. He will be arriving in a white Mustang convertible and be available for photos with children from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Photos can also be made with Santa inside Merle Norman by the Christmas tree. Santa Claus will be at the Henderson Fire Department from 10 a.m. until noon (or until the last child visits with Santa) on Saturday, Dec. 19. Bring your camera or a picture can be emailed to you; no charge for photos.

David Johnson Chorus Tickets are now on sale for the David Johnson Chorus performance that is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Loyd Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds from the event go to benefit FreedHardeman athletics. The David Johnson Chorus is based out of Dresden and has performed at venues across the country. The theme for the performance is “A Family Christmas Experience.” Learn more about the DJC by visiting their website at For ticket information, contact Tresa Carter at 9896900 or Dan Hughes at 989-6916.

Retired Teachers meeting The Chester County Retired Teachers will meet at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the conference room of the Gardner Building at Freed-Hardeman University. FHU is the sponsor.

American Legion Meeting The American Legion will have its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Chester County Senior Center. Veterans’ issues will be discussed. Members and veterans are invited to attend. For more information, call Commander Tommy Prince at 989-3384.

Grief Support Group meeting Shackelford’s Sunrise Aftercare program will host the free monthly grief support group at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the rear dining room of Southern Oaks Assisted Living on White Avenue in Henderson.

Caregiver Support Group meeting The Chester County Senior Center’s Caregiver Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, at Southern Oaks, 558 White Ave. in Henderson. Amy Rogers with the Extension Office will speak about “germ city.” Everyone is invited.

UMW Annual Pecan Sale The United Methodist Women are offering pecans for sale at $8 per pound. Specialty pecans such as chocolate covered pecans are available in limited quantities and are also $8 each. The pecans are available at the following businesses: First State Bank Main Branch and East Branch; Dr. Stuart Rogers’s Office; Merle Norman; Henderson Home Furnishings; Simmons Lumber Company; the Chester County Independent or from any United Methodist Woman. Proceeds will go toward new ministries.

‘Fight Like A Girl’ Shirts available “Fight Like A Girl” shirts are available at Clayton Bank and Trust in Henderson. Short sleeve T-shirts $10; long sleeve T-shirts $15; sweatshirts $20; and hooded sweatshirts $25. Any of the above items can be ordered (allow two to three weeks). Shirts are chocolate with “Fight Like A Girl” in pink. Fifty percent of each sale benefits the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Chester County.

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

Recycle cell phones The Chester County Senior Center and

the federal government did the treasury. We didn’t spend money we didn’t have and we didn’t borrow any money we couldn’t pay back,” and at times he admitted his grim finances played against him. “It was tough to get any of the media to pay any attention to me, because all they cared about was money,” he said. “Nobody knew who I was, and even fewer people cared. “You have to believe

the Chester County Solid Waste Department have joined together to recycle cell phones. You may drop them off at Miller’s Big Star, all five convenience centers or the Senior Center. It helps the environment and is a fundraiser for the Senior Center. Used ink cartridges are also recycled.

Family History Books available at library The Chester County Family History Book, Volume I, and the Chester County Pictorial Book, Volume II, can be picked up at the Chester County Library.

Alcoholics Anonymous The Henderson group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. each Tuesday (closed discussion), 8 p.m. on Thursdays (open discussion) and 3 p.m. on Sundays (open discussion and big book). Meetings are now located at First United Methodist Church on North Ave. in Henderson. For more information, call 989-8348.

Hospice volunteers needed Hospice of West Tennessee is looking for volunteers to sit with cancer patients, run errands, read to them and provide companionship. Hospice volunteers are needed in Henderson and surrounding towns. For more information, call 664-4220.

Volunteers needed to deliver meals Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to shut-ins one day per month. Call the Chester County Senior Center at 989-7434 and ask for Judy Stanfill.

Quilt Guild meets monthly The Henderson Quilt Guild (Quilters Without a Clue) meets the third Saturday of every month at the Chester County Library from 9:30 to noon. Beginner quilters, experienced quilters and non-quilters are all welcome. Bring your current project, your questions and ideas along with you. Quilting lessons will begin based on interest. For more information, call Gladys at 989-3875 or Colette at 983-5962.

Loving Paws Fundraiser Loving Paws Rescue is having a special fundraising campaign to raise money to treat nine heartworm positive dogs. All the money received in the collection canisters is now designated for heartworm treatments rather than general funds. If you wish to donate, an account has been set up at Chester County Bank for heartworm treatments. Donations can be mailed to LPR, PO Box 95, Luray, TN 38352. For information, email or call 9890319.

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

Head Start Program The Head Start Program is for 3- and 4year-old children of low-income families. Applications are taken Monday through Friday at the Southwest Human Resource Building located on White Ave. Go by the office to fill out an application for your child to have a head start. For information, call Marilyn Myhan or Gloria Holiday at 9895111.

Weight club The “Watching Our Weight” club meets at 5 p.m. each Monday with weigh-in at Sanford Hill Baptist Church. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 9895455 or 989-2953.

Caregivers’ Support Group meeting A Caregivers’ Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Morningside of Jackson, 1200 North Parkway. The group is open to anyone caring for a loved one at home, in a facility or in a hospital. Call Angela Warren at 423-1004 for further information.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Morningside of Jackson, 1200 North Parkway. On-site care provided for your Alzheimer’s loved one. Refreshments will be served. Call 423-1004 for more information.

what you’re doing is being done for an ultimate purpose,” he added. A major issue Huckabee said facing America is not losing sight of the value of each human life in our country and in our culture. “If we lose on that front, then we start losing on every other (front).” He reflected on a family vacation he took to Israel in 1994 when he visited Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust victims and survivors, an emotional visit that he had experienced before some 13 times, but wanted his daughter to see what history books may not have shown. A true, raw depiction of what happened when the Nazis took power killing 10 million people. “I wanted my children to see what happens when people don’t speak up and stand up, when good people do nothing…” he said. As his then 11-year old daughter witnessed through the memorial the harsh truth of what had occurred including naked human corpses burning in crematories, humiliated and executed, Huckabee wondered, ‘if she got it?’ “I wanted to know if this whole experience had sunk deep into her, I wanted her to say if people don’t speak up and stand up, this is what can happen, I wanted her to get it…” Silenced by what she had just saw, Huckabee stated his daughter went to sign the guest book and simply wrote in the comments what Huckabee said he would never forget, ‘why didn’t somebody do something’. “We ought to want to have a government who is still answerable and accountable to people who are its owners and its stockholders, and that would be us. If your voice doesn’t get heard through your vote, all that our founding fathers believed in and gave to us we could lose it.” “It’s up to all of us, not just the people that run for something.”

The City Ordinance File Title 12, Building Utility, Etc., Codes Chapter 3, Building code Section 12 – 303. Violations. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate or fail to comply with any provisions of the building code as herein adopted by reference and amended. (Ord. #322, Dec. 1998)

THP to conduct checkpoints in Chester County, this Friday The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License and sobriety checkpoints this Friday, Dec. 11 in Chester County. It is the policy of the Tennessee Highway Patrol to utilize driver’s license checkpoints as an enforcement mechanism to establish greater highway safety by detecting and taking corrective actions for law violations that represent hazards or dangers to the citizenry and motorist of the State of Tennessee. Recognizing the danger presented to the public by impaired drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would operate a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant or drugs. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these Checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing Driving while Impaired laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

Band Christmas Concert is Sunday at Williams Aud. The Chester County High School Christmas Band Concert is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Williams Auditorium. The public is invited and urged to attend. Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults. Bands from CCHS, the Junior High and Middle School will all perform.

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Gladys Pearson celebrates 90th birthday Gladys Pearson of Enville celebrated her 90th birthday with family on Sunday. A surprise party was given in her honor at the home of her granddaughter, Brittany

Fletcher. She has two daughters, Ann Pugh and Gail Sims; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

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Makayla Ruth Rawdon, daughter of Michael and Pam Rawdon of Henderson, celebrated her first birthday Oct. 10 with a butterfly party. She has a brother, Caleb. Grandparents are Tony and Patricia Rawdon of Gallatin and Coy and Thelma Hayes of Munford. Her great-grandmother is Ruth Fields of Milan.

Mrs. Peddy celebrates 92nd birthday Mrs. Sarah Jones Peddy celebrated her 92nd birthday on Nov. 22, 2009, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Bonice and Shelby Henson in Bartlett, where she resides now. Those who came to help celebrate included Mark Peddy and Shannon,

Alisa, Troy and Brylee Harber, Carrie Grokilsky and Stacy, Sonia, Donald, Trey, Katie, Jessica and Calli Jenkins. Mrs. Peddy recieved Special phone calls from Hensel Peddy, Sandra Shepherd and her sisters, Doris Brannon and Joyce Pruitt. Jim Cates, Sally Gorman, Diane Wade, Coy and Geraldine Jones, and our military and their families. Birthday wishes go out to Cecily Alexander on Dec. 12; Hannah Mayer on Dec. 13; Michael Moody on Dec. 15; and Max Wade on Dec. 16. Happy anniversary to Greg and Barbara Greenway on Dec. 13 and Lou and Diane Williams on Dec. 14. Hopewell Baptist Church will present their Christmas program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20. A potluck dinner will follow with a visit from Santa Claus. Any children from the community that would like to participate in the program can contact Christy Pierson at 688-0015 or 688-0010. There will be a dress rehearsal at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13. There will be a flyer with more information posted at the Sweetlips Store. If you have news to share, call 989-7523. Thought for the week: In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank Have a great week!

Thanks to the Chester County Junior High and High School choirs, Director Clay Canada, and Janice Haithcoat for an inspiring Christmas program on Sunday afternoon. On our prayer list this week are Faye Carroll, Dennis Hall Latham, John Kent Sells, Jean Latham, Thelma and Lisa Peddy, Phillip Ross, John Clayton, Pam Priddy, Nancy McCaskill, Joanne Sells, Steve Morris, Ollie Dean Kennedy, Bill and Shirley Gaddy, Carolyn Potter, Dianne Wells, Nick Phillips, Judy Cagle, Joanne Altier, Maurine Foster, Joe Freeman, Gathel Latham, Guy Austin, Jean Latham,

Michael Norwalk, Patsy Ross, their caregivers, our military personnel and their families. If you have additions for the prayer list or wish to delete names, please call me. I want to be of service to everyone. Happy anniversary to Bobby and Gail Wells on Dec. 16; Nelson and Shirley Harvey, John and Charlotte Webb, and Billy Frank and Jean Latham on Dec. 17. Birthday greetings to Pat Bright on Dec. 11; Tim Young on Dec. 12; Janice Haskins, Brandon Maness and Chasity Cupples on Dec. 13; Billy Joe Pierce on Dec. 14, Bailey Wright on Dec. 15; Erin Kimmins, Melinda Goodson and Cheryl Jordan on Dec. 16; and Wesley Morris and Lynn Jones on Dec. 17. The Christmas parade was beautiful and the bands did well. Thanks to all for your participation.

We enjoyed the Christmas parade in Henderson last Thursday, hope everyone else did, too. Happy birthday wishes go to Sunny Alestri on Dec. 11; Caleb Martin on Dec. 12; Jessica Culpepper on Dec. 15; and David Harwell on Dec. 16. Happy anniversary to Wayne and Ann Pugh on Dec. 14 and Earl and Jean Hinkle on Dec. 16. If you would like to help put up Christmas decorations at the community center, we will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Children’s Christmas will be at 6:30 p.m. on

Thursday, Dec. 17 at the community center. Bring small wrapped gifts for children 10 and under, along with refreshments. Please have them marked for a boy or girl. We will meet at the community center at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 to prepare food boxes for the needy. If you are interested in donating items for these boxes, it would be much appreciated. The Enville Volunteer Fire Department will have their meetings at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month beginning in January. Remember to pray for the sick, our troops and their families. You cannot put a price tag on the warm feeling you get when doing something good for others. If you have news, an event coming up, or an announcement, call me at 989-0212 or email me at

Congratulations to Pam Durbin who received a Bachelor of Science degree in management of organization development

from Bethel College in McKenzie Sunday afternoon. Her family and friends celebrated with her at a family dinner at Catfish Cabin. Pam is the daughter of Geney and Jo Ann Clayton of Hickory Corner. Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of Larry Lynch and Donald Rowland, and to Nancy

Holmes on the loss of her aunt. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, we will meet at the center to fill fruit baskets and will deliver them afterwards. If you can help, be at the center at 6 p.m. It’s beginning to look like Christmas at Kenneth and Teresa Burkhead’s home in Hickory Corner. They spend hours deco-

rating for the holidays and make most of the displays themselves. I’m not sure when all the lights will go on; it’s always so beautiful at night. Thanks for spreading Christmas cheer. Remember the sick, our soldiers and their families, and the leaders of our country in prayer. God bless America.

Faith Baptist Christmas caroling and delivery of food and fruit baskets will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. All other classes are cancelled. The Christmas service will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 and the Christmas play “Christmas Comes to Lone Star Gulch” will be at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Come join us. Finger foods and appetizers will follow the play. Carols by candlelight at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, in the sanctuary – no classes. There will be no evening service on Dec. 27. Sweetlips Store will be closed on Sundays until March. On our prayer list are Ricky Tedford, Jeanette Jones, Rodney Faulkner, Teresa Colbert, Angie Newsom, Ray Bishop, Sonny and Mickey Russell, Allen Rietz, Maurine Foster, Lysa Wilkes, Summer Dare, Jamie Hardin, Betty Stout,

If you didn’t attend our

Christmas party Saturday night, you missed a great time. The food was plentiful, the music by The Singing Fireman (David Smith) from Brownsville was wonderful and the kids had a good time with Santa and received a bag of candy, fruit and toys. It was a good time for all. On our prayer list this

week are Jean Murley, Winna Knipper, Peggy Weaver, Angela Benfield, Teresa Colbert and Marjorie Hopper. We are praying for you and hope things will be better soon. Birthdays this week are: Brandy (Cain) Holland on Dec. 4; and a belated birthday wishes for Johnnie Mae Bullman on

Dec. 1. Hope you had a great birthday Miss Johnnie Mae. Our sympathy goes out to Gladys Nicholson’s family. She passed away last week after a long illness and stay at Chester County Nursing Home. She was a dear lady and faithful member at Bethel Baptist Church all her life.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Our Thought of the week: Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. – Cindy Lew Quote of the week: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a lis-

tening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia I hope you all have a great week. Get that Christmas shopping done. Call me at 983-0522 with your news, birthdays, anniversaries or events.

with family or friends. Sadly, you see some without a coat and you wonder, “Will they ask Santa for a Christmas coat?” Then the sounds get closer and your eyes become glued to the streets until the very end. It was fun to see participants and know much love, effort, and excitement was produced to make a crowd happy on Dec. 3. The Color Guard led the parade; marching bands played tunes to produce Christmas spirit; pretty holiday floats glided effortlessly by the crowd; tractors chugged; horses pranced; old cherished cars and trucks brightly shined, public safety vehicles held dedicated crews as sirens or horns blasted;

community leaders waved boldly from waxed vehicles, beauties perched on top of pretty convertibles waved shyly, and finally Santa made his Ho-Ho-Ho appearance and all went home. Phone lines got hot telling all about the parade when parade-goers arrived home! It was a joy to see all, but the Jacks Creek float was special for JC residents. Shall we sing, “Joy To The World” or “Joy From the Creek”? Christmas parades are exciting to me. On Dec. 7, 1968, I went home after the Henderson parade in excitement! I told my beloved Mother I had met the boy I was going to marry - a year and a half later he was mine! Then on Dec. 7, 1973, he held my hand as we buried my

mother, and on Dec. 11, 1999, I held his hand as we buried his mother. Closeness means when one cries the other tastes the salt. Let’s think of our Father in Heaven during this season. Our salt is tasted, our hurt is felt, and He is always with us. Pray for those that are in bereavement, battling sickness, and have family members away from home. Our Henderson National Guard Unit left Saturday, so that our country will be kept from harm’s way. God bless all. Jacks Creek residents and Henderson County friends met Saturday to share the gift of giving. The BBQ dinner benefit was held by supporters to help raise money for Dennis Jackson’s medical

expenses. I won four desserts by standing on the numbers 42 (Momma’s age), 58 (my age), 63 (Don’s age), and 70 (year of our marriage), so don’t tell me “age doesn’t matter.” Leaving town before Santa comes are the Kevin Youngblood family members. They are moving this weekend from Jacks Creek. They’re moving out of state to accomplish other goals. The Church of Christ prepared a feast for all to enjoy Sunday. Dusty and I are going down to present new baby clothes to Benjamin. No! Not some of his hand-medowns either - he wears size 12-months and we bought size 9-months for Benjamin. Want to sing along with

Frankie Bell and Jacks Creek Community club members this Thursday? The dinner-meeting will begin at 6 p.m. New officers will be installed on full tummies! Kathy Mays, Joann Jones and Pat Jones are decorating the meeting area for all to enjoy. Our sympathy goes to Sandra Rowland on the death of her daddy, Lindsey Newman (12-209); her husband, Don Rowland (11-29-09); and her mother, Geneva Parsons Newman (9-2709). God bless the family. I will post Sandra’s address on the JC Community Bulletin Board at the post office. I hope your week will be blessed. Help others who need help and you will feel better.

“The parade is coming.” It’s such a short sentence that says so much. Those words produce excitement in the air. People line the street either wearing winter protection or they are wrapped in blankets. Some are sharing quilts giggling as they settle on car hoods, tailgates, or even the ground. Clever and older fans are sealed in warm cars sharing a thermos of cocoa

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Juanita “Pinkie” Morris and Anita “Bluie” Pick of Henderson celebrated their 85th birthday Dec. 4, 2009, with a party in Nashville given by Jim Carell of CareAll Home Care Services. They were treated to a limousine ride to and from Nashville and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel. Carell greeted them with a huge cake and 900 guests. The twins were recently featured in a CareAll commercial.

Chester County Independent archives, December 11, 1959

The Lexington Sub-District Officers of Future Farmers Of America are from left to right: Sentinel, Lee Faulkner of Henderson; Secretary, Bowman of Parsons; President, Larry Bingham of Henderson; Vice-President, McPeake of Lexington; Treasurer, Mack Wicker of Scotts Hill; Adcisor, A. C. Jones of Henderson; and Reporter, Doug Vice of Decaturville.

Only Yesterday “Letters To Santa Claus” From the files of the Chester County Independent December 7, 1939 “Musical Program And Comedy Skit To Feature C. C. H. S. Band Entertainment” “A benefit program, to contribute toward the purchase of uniforms, will be sponsored by the CCHS band. “The first part of the program will consist of a band concert, followed by presentation of a comedy skit ‘An Old-Fashioned Country School.’” “4-H Clubs To Stage Achievement Day” “Chester County’s annual 4-H Club Achievement Day is to be held here Saturday, with a program that includes a picture show at the State Theater in the morning, a discussion of club work and future plans, and the staging of musical games and other entertainment during the afternoon. “The county’s 26 4-H Clubs have a record total enrollment of 748 members and 46 adult leaders.” “Welcome Stranger” “Mr. and Mrs. John Barton of near Henderson are the parents of a son, born December 3. He is their sixth child. “Mr. and Mrs. Frank Latham of near Pinson are the parents of a son, Billie Frank Latham, born December 3. He weighed 8 pounds and is their sixth child. “Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Russell of Finger announce the birth of a son, their third child, December 2. He weighed 9 pounds.” December 9, 1949 “Honor Roll Is Announced For Past Six Weeks” “10th Grade “Combination of A’s and B’s – Crystal Armour, Sylvia Armour, Joyce Bishop, Ed Lynn Casey, Betty Edgin, Joe Donald Etheridge, Gene Horn, Virginia Huckaba, Eugene Moore, Johnnie Morrison, June Mount, Billie Joe Naylor, Sue Dell Orr, Nona Faye Robertson, Reba Jean Rowland, Jerry Siler, Rayburn Stewart, Dossie Talley, Joe Talley, Bobbie Jean Thomas, Geraldine Thompson, Mary Frances Tucker, Jean Carolyn Ward, Judith Ross and Marilyn West.” “Fire Destroys Courthouse At Savannah, Tenn.” “Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the Hardin County Courthouse at Savannah, Tenn., on last Sunday about noon. “The two-story structure

was erected in 1905.” “Births” “Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pusser of Henderson announce the birth of a son on December 2. “Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mount of Enville are the proud parents of a daughter, Linda Sue, who was born December 1. “Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Cooper of Henderson are the parents of a daughter, Barbara Jo, who arrived on December 5. “Mr. and Mrs. Paul Seeley of Henderson announce the arrival of a son on December 6. he has been named James Donald.” “Letters To Santa Claus” “Dear Santa, “I want a basketball goal and a net. I am 7 years old and I am in the second grade. Please don’t forget my little sister, Glenda. She is 5 years old and she wants a doll stroller, an please dear Santa remember Baby Ann. Bring her something nice. She is 3 months old and an awful sweet little girl and we love her very much. “We will be expecting you. There will be plenty of cake here for you. “With love, Ronald Kennedy” “Dear Santa, “I want you to bring me a cap pistel and scabbard. I love you Santa. I am a little boy 9 years old. I wish you would bring them to me. Please. “Larry Beshires, Route 4,” “Dear Santa Claus, “I am in the fifth grade I study hard. I want you to bring me a BB gun for Christmas. I am 11 years old, my birthday comes on November 21. I am not sick I feel pretty good. I am glad I am not sick. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I also want some BB shots. “Your friend, Jerry Beshires, Route 4.” “Dear Santa Claus, “I am writing you this letter to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a pump BB gun and a big wagon. And I want six packs of BB’s. And I want some candy. And I want two guns and two holsters. I believe I had better go. “Your friend, “Billy Clark Webster” “Dear Santa Claus, “I am a little boy eight years old and in the third grade. For Christmas I want some Christmas records and some Bozo the Clown records, and a cowboy suit, with a gun and holster, with boots and spurs. I want a Bible story book. I want some candy, nuts, and fruit. I want some cowboy records. “Love, “Bill Mitchell” “Dear Santa Claus, “ I am a little girl six

years old and in the first grade. I want a doll, a cow girl suit with a gun, a doll high chair, a baton. “Story book and fruits and nuts and candy. “Love, “Betsy Mitchell” “Dear Santa, “I am a little girl five years old. I’ve been good all year and I want you to bring me a doll buggy and twin dolls and some little dresses for my dolls and Santa, I have a brother 3 years old who would like to have a drum. His name is Dennis. “Bye until Christmas Eve. “Alice Lee Patterson” December 11, 1959 “Eaglettes Win In Sudden Death With South Side” “Henderson girls won a thrilling basketball game Tuesday night when they defeated the South Side girls at South Side. Jan Bray collected 26 points for the Henderson girls and Zula Benson added 18.” “Letters To Santa Claus” “Dear Santa, “I am 5 years old and in Miss McAdams first grade room. I would like a new bicycle, a bowling set, a Betsy McCall doll and surprises in my stocking. “I love you. “Cathy Vernon, 414

White Street, Henderson”

“Dear Sweet Santa, “I hope you come and see me. If you do please bring me a 36 in. doll, a Roly Poly Pillow, and 4 Shirley Temple Storybooks, Sleeping Beauty outfit and everything else you want me to have and candy, nuts and a big lollipop. “Good-by” “Janice Tatum “There will be a surprise under the tree.” “Dear Santa, “I am a little girl 7 years old. I go to Glendale School. I have tried to be a good little girl and help Mommy and Daddy. “Santa, please bring me a big doll and doll clothes, T.V. chair, set of dishes, a house coat and house slippers and also a surprise, also fruits, nuts and candy. And Santa, I have a big sister. Don’t forget to bring her something nice. And Santa, don’t forget all the little girls and boys that are sick and in the hospitals. “I love you. “Judy Jones, Route 3, Henderson” December 11, 1969 “Annual FHC Dinner Attracts Large Crowd, $17,000 Is Raised” “The Annual $100 Per Plate Dinner at FHC raised approximately $17,000. Some 300 persons were in attendance.”

Merry Christmas, Chester County, from the library! December is Fine Free Month, so bring in your overdue materials and we will take the fines off no matter how late they are. If you have fines present on your card, come by and we will clear those. Library employee Joyce Morris is busily calling people with overdues to remind as many patrons as possible about this service. We caution you, however, not to keep library materials out until a Fine Free month appears. Patrons who repeatedly keep materials out for long periods will find their library privileges revoked and we do not like to do that during the holidays. Our rules are simple and our answering machine keeps us always on duty for renewals no matter if it is day or night. Our annual Storytime Christmas Party will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. We will read Christmas stories, color pictures, have cookies, and even a special visit from Santa himself! All ages are welcome to attend and parents are encouraged to bring cameras and camcorders. We plan to post our party pictures on our Facebook Fan Page, so parents, if you have not signed permission for your child’s picture to be posted, please do so on the day of the party. Children are identified by first name only. If you are interested in working with the Census program next year, come by the library and sign the sheet on our bulletin board plus you can pick up a study guide for the test for census employment. Testing for census positions will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the library conference room. The Brown Bag Book Club met on Dec. 9, to discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. January’s book will be A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel. Join us! The library will be closed Dec. 24-27. We will reopen on Monday, Dec. 28, and will be closed again from Thursday, Dec. 31 until Monday, Jan. 4. December is traditionally our slowest month and we prefer to have a little extra time at Christmas. We will be open President’s Day in February when all other county offices are closed. With the holidays upon us and school being out for two weeks, we feel we need to point this out once again: PARENTS,

UNLESS YOUR CHILD IS ABLE TO DRIVE HIMSELF/HERSELF TO THE LIBRARY AND LEAVE UNDER THEIR OWN POWER, THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE DROPPED OFF AT THE LIBRARY FOR ANY REASON IF YOU DO NOT ACCOMPANY THEM. Our staff has plenty to do without adding babysitting on top of it. My own childhood was spent riding my bicycle back and forth to the library several times a week, but the world has changed since then. Our library has experienced incidents that required notification of law enforcement officials not to mention the numerous times that the staff has been verbally abused by various people who felt themselves ill-used by a free library system. Please stay with your children on library visits. Our library has been the beneficiary of federal funds recently. We purchased more than $800 worth of new books and DVDs before the cut-off date of Dec. 15. Money will again be available in January so feel free to give us some suggestions for our collection. New arrivals at the library are: DVDs: The American President; The Adventures of Milo and

Otis; Care Bears; Slumdog Millionaire; Gran Torino; Up; Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who; Hotel for Dogs; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; XMen: Origins: Wolverine; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; The Proposal; My Sister’s Keeper; Monsters Vs. Aliens; Love Finds A Home; Angels and Demons; and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town AUDIO BOOKS: Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business; Outliers: The Story of Success; The Last Song; The Underneath; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Diary of A Wimpy Kid; and The Lost Symbol. JUVENILE LITERATURE: Crocodile Tears; Do You Sing Twinkle? A Story About ReMarriage; Animal Stories; Inside, Outside, Upside Down; Who Will I Be, Lord?; Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Papparazzi Princess; counting Kisses; Tempted: A House of Night Novel; Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; Feast for 10; A Fair Bear Share; The Dinosaur Tamer; Sorting; the Cirque du Freak Novels: Sons of Destiny; The Vampire Prince; The Lake of Souls; The Vampire See LIBRARY, Page 7-A


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Commendations for Parade organizers Dear Editor, Commendations go to many who coordinated the 2009 Christmas parade in Henderson on Dec. 3. The floats, bands, tractors, horses, cars (antique and new), but more importantly the great spirit of community we saw in this cooperative venture. Emily Shelton and Patricia Ledford are to be thanked! I especially appreciated the safety measures taken to enhance the joy of everyone who attended. Specifically the distribution of candy to the children at the end of the

parade clearly was a wise decision of mature adults who looked out for the best interest of our children’s safety. Furthermore, commendations are to those who did a great job in decorating the city hall for Christmas. The beautiful decorations showed much talent, volunteerism, and a great spirit. Mayor King and Mrs. King, thanks for making us all proud to be citizens of Henderson and Chester County. Sincerely, Milton and Laurel Sewell

Leaders call for religious respect in health care reform By Deb Courson Tennessee News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. Leaders of faith groups are calling for greater religious respect in the often vociferous health care reform debate. Heads of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and interfaith organizations are standing together to voice support for diversity of religious views, after the U.S. House version of health care reform legislation emerged with language that would expand limits on health care coverage of

abortion, even in the private insurance market. Reverend Carlton Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, does not believe it is right to impose one view on everyone when it concerns an issue with so many different meanings, based in religion and personal values. And, he points to polling that shows Americans want to rise above that debate. “They show significant support across religions for more moderate language to maintain the sta-

tus quo.” Backers of the so-called “Stupak-Pitts” amendment say it simply continues the tradition of not using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. But Linda Bales Todd, a director of The United Methodist Church, says a closer look shows the amendment would reach into the private market, to set exclusions for a legal medical procedure now routinely covered by insurance. “Measures like this effectively limit access and delivery of reproductive health care based on

Tennesseans go wild in wilderness areas Randy O’Brien Tennessee News Service

NASHVILLE - In fall of 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act, preserving just over 32,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest to be kept “as is.” A quarter of a century later, a group of Tennesseans is thinking it’s time to add to the inventory. Will Skelton, a member

Diabetes could double By Randy O’Brien Tennessee News Service

Early detection and treatment will help Tennesseans control the severity of diabetes. That’s good news in light of a new report that says diabetes cases could almost double in the nation over the next 25 years. Dr. Thomas Elasy, director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center diabetes program, says just under 24 million Americans already are being treated for diabetes, and early diagnosis can mean a longer, more productive life. “The portfolio of options that are available to us has expanded dramatically over the last decade, such that they’re not only simple and effective but they’re really without side effects, and they’re quite safe.” The report, from the University of Chicago, predicts more than 44 million cases of diabetes in America by the year 2034. Some of the symptoms like excessive thirst and urination, and low energy levels - are well known, but Elasy says one symptom is surprising.

of Tennessee Wild, says the value of that forest land has become apparent over the years. “If those bills had not been passed, those very areas today, which are very scenic, very good for so many things other than timbering, would have been logged. They would have had roads built in them, maybe even some mining somewhere. They wouldn’t be the pristine, beautiful areas they are today, where people can hunt, fish, hike, birdwatch - all those things people do in wilderness areas.” Tennessee Wild recently requested that another

17,000 acres of wilderness be designated, which would bring just over 10 percent of the Cherokee National Forest under federal protection. Skelton says wilderness has value, with natural areas credited as natural air- and water-cleaning filters, and critical habitat for critters. “There are lots of reasons to support wilderness in our national forest and those include, of course, habitat for all the kinds of wildlife species that need wilderness.” More information is available at

one, narrow religious doctrine.” Nine out of 10 voters in a recent Mellman Group survey said they do not want abortion views to bog down the progress on health care reform. Forty denominations and religious organizations have joined the call for respect of differing views as the debate continues. The Mellman Group survey was conducted in late August, polling 1,000 likely voters. The results are online, at m.

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Freed-Hardeman athletics. The David Johnson Chorus is based out of Dresden and has performed across the country. The theme for the performance is “A Family Christmas Experience.”

DJC’s Christmas shows always feature unexpected turns on familiar songs, like The Platters’ version of “White Christmas” made popular by the movie “Home Alone.” “Nutcracker Jingles” and “Various Themes on Fa-

La-La” will challenge the audience to keep up with the delightful twists and turns through familiar words and tunes. The concert will also feature the beauty of a cappella numbers like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming.” The program will con-

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Cookbook; Family Feasts for $75 and Under A Week; so Long As Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets; Into the Minds of Babes: A Thinking Parent’s Guide to How TV Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five; Cabinetmaking: The Professional Approach; Southern Living: Our Readers’ Top-Rated Recipes; Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin; What to Eat During Cancer Treatment: 100 Great-Tasting, Family Friendly Recipes to Help You Cope; How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts; Guide to Tennessee Vegetable Garden; Walking On: A Daughter’s Journey with the Legendary Sherriff Buford

Pusser by Dwana Pusser; Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession; and Boomer Yoga: Energizing the Years Ahead. ADULT FICTION: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson; Southern Lights by Danielle Steel; A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris; HalfBroke Horses: A Real-Life Novel by Jeanette Walls; Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger; A Cousin’s Prayer and A Cousin’s Promise by Wanda Brunstetter; True Blue by David Baldacci; Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury; Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts; 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber; Ford County by John Grisham; Kindred in Death by J.D.

Celebrate Christmas with DJC at FHU The David Johnson Chorus invites everyone who loves the Christmas season to join them for a night of Christmas memories generated by the familiar songs of the holiday season. Nothing resonates Christmas more than familiar songs like “Have Yourself A Merry Little

Christmas,” and “It’s the Holiday Season.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Loyd Auditorium on the campus of FreedHardeman University. Tickets are now being sold for $10, and may also be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit


DJC, the David Johnson Chorus, will perform at 7:30 Saturday night at Freed-Hardeman University with proceeds benefiting the university’s athletics program. The performance is themed “A Family Christmas Experience.”

Assistant; Tunnels of Blood; Lord of the Shadows; Allies of the Night; Vampire Mountain; A Living Nightmare; and Trials of Death; Peter and the Secret of Rundoon; Peter and the Shadow Thieves; Escape From the Carnivale; Cave of the Dark Winds; Blood Tide; Peter and the Sword of Mercy; I Miss You: A First Look At Death; Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear; Dewey: There’s A Cat in the Library; How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You; and All the World. ADULT NON-FICTION: True Compass by Edward Kennedy; Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove

at a residence on East Fourth St. December 4, 2009 Henderson Family Eyecare, 401 East Main St., was reportedly burglarized. According to the report, it appeared that someone gained entry to the building by prying open a side door. $325 cash was missing. A Henderson woman reportedly found fraudulent charges to her bank account after having her card declined for lack of funds. The fraudulent charges were made online to Wal-Mart, and totaled $423.44. Holly L. Johnson, 23, 60 Mosier Lane, was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license, driving under the influence, second offense. She was released from the Chester County jail by the judge’s orders. December 5, 2009 A burglary was reported on North Church Ave. According to the report, a black male took $10 from a resident. December 6, 2009 A Magellan Roadmate GPS, valued at $100, was allegedly stolen from a vehicle on White Ave. CITY OF HENDERSON FIRE DEPARTMENT December 4, 2009 1:47 p.m. – 144 Hamlet, Freed-Hardeman University, Farrow Hall, steam from shower tripped alarm. CHESTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT December 1, 2009 Trixie Hollingsworth, 31, Regan, was arrested and charged with perjury and violation of an order of protection. December 2, 2009 Deshawn I. Smith, 28, 1930 Sweetlips Road, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Felony. He is being held in the Chester County jail with no bond. December 3, 2009 Ashley R. Moore, 22, Reagan, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property $1,000 - $9,999. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

Joseph Michael Widger, 33, Jackson, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), violation of the implied consent law and violation of the vehicle financial responsibility act. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $1,000 bond. December 4, 2009 Mazella Joyce Barham, 39, 342 N. Franklin St., was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Felony and aggravated assault. She is being held in the Chester County jail, no bond had been set at press time. Kelvin Keith Griggs, 41, Jacks Creek, was arrested and charged with two counts of failure to pay child support. He is being held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $4,000 cash only bond. Walter Frantrell McNeal, 18, 451 Galbraith St., was arrested and charged with failure to appear. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Brent A. Patterson, 38, 2455 Old Montezuma Road, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. He was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $350 bond. Reggie Glenn Turner, 43, 1840 Sweetlips Road, was arrested and charged with violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. He is being held in the Chester County jail in lieu of a $900 cash only bond. December 5, 2009 Lisa Jean Endres, 50, Beech Bluff, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), failure to give immediate notice of an accident, driving on a cancelled/revoked license, and violation of Community Corrections – Misdemeanor. She is being held in the Chester County jail. No bond had been set at press time. Bobby Alan Oneal, 39, Enville, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and assault. He is being held in the Chester County jail. No bond had been set at press time. December 7, 2009

CITY OF HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT December 1, 2009 A Boss CD player and speakers were allegedly stolen from a vehicle at Hillview Manor. The Boss Audio CD player had a 7inch touch screen and was valued at $800. Also taken were two 10-inch pioneer speakers, valued at $120, and one J. L. Audio 10inch speaker, valued at $85. A Galbraith Ave. storage building was allegedly broken into. According to the report, entry was gained by cutting the hasp which held the lock. A 26inch bicycle tube was missing, valued at $1. Damage to the building was estimated at $15, and the lock, which was gone, was valued at $5. A black Dual brand AM/FM CD player with DVD screen, valued at $500, was allegedly stolen from a vehicle on Galbraith Ave. The area around the player was reportedly damaged when the player was removed, resulting in an estimated $200 in damage. December 2, 2009 Five rings were allegedly stolen from a residence on East Main St. Included were one white gold with three large diamonds valued at $2,500; one yellow gold with a one-carat diamond valued at $1,000; one yellow with a cluster of small diamonds, valued at $500; two gold men’s wedding bands, valued at $20 each. According to the report, the rings were possibly stolen in the past two weeks. December 3, 2009 Southwest Human Resources Agency reported 129 bags of walnuts missing from their commodities inventory. The walnuts were packed 24 bags to a box, with a total of five boxes and 9 individual bags missing. The bags were labeled “Diamond Foods” “English Walnut Pieces.” The walnuts were allegedly stolen sometime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 30. The title to a truck was reported missing from the vehicle, which was parked

Jessica Ann Burton, 20, 230 Inca Road, was arrested and charged with failure to appear. She was released from the Chester County jail after posting a $500 bond. CHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT No Reports. CHESTER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD No Reports. CHESTER COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT No Reports. CHESTER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT No Reports.

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clude with two inspiring African pieces, “African Star Carol” and “Chapua Kali Decemba.” Learn more about the DJC by visiting their website at For ticket information, contact Tresa Carter at 989-6900 or Dan Hughes at 989-6916. Robb; Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn; The Lacuna by Barbara Kinsolver; The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell; That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo; Wolf Hall by Hillary Mandel; Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio by FHU graduate Annalissa Daughety; Rainwater by Sandra Brown; Evil At Heart by Chelsea Cain; Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton; Breathless by Dean Koontz; and the Ohio Amish novels by Paul Gaus: Broken English; Blood of the Prodigal; A Prayer for the Night; Cast A Blue Shadow; Separate From the World; and Clouds Without Rain Merry Christmas from Joyce, Judy, Linda, Tracy, Kassi, Melissa and Nancy!


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Obituaries Shane Keith Mayfield Date of Death – Nov. 28, 2009 Shane Keith Mayfield, 32, of Jackson, died Nov. 28, 2009. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Faith Tabernacle Church in Medon with Bro. Victor Hodge officiating. Burial followed at Chester County Memory Gardens with Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He was born in Madison County and educated in the county schools. He worked as a cabinet installer. He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church where he attended regularly. He loved to cook, and play and care for his daughter. Shane was a loving father and son and leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Emily Brooke Mayfield; his mother, Libby Johnson and stepfather, Dewayne Johnson; a sister, Melinda Clifton (Doug); grandparents, Mary Bailey, Sue Mayfield and Murley Stewart; and good friends, Don Adams and Jennifer Walker. He was preceded in death by his father, Mike Mayfield, and grandfathers, Floyd Bailey and Buford Mayfield. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

Don Rowland Date of Death – Nov. 29, 2009 Donald Howard Rowland, 63, of Ridge Manor, Fla., died Nov. 29, 2009, at his home. Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel with Bro. Skippy Rowland officiating. Burial followed at Cave Springs Cemetery with military honors. He was born and reared in the Woodville community of Chester County, the son of Louise Rowland Vandiver and the late Willard Andrew Rowland. He attended Chester County Schools and graduated from Chester County High School in 1964. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and served for four years. He worked several different jobs until he moved to Florida and went to work for the telephone company. After 20 years of work, he retired from Sprint Telephone Company in Florida on Jan. 1, 2009. He was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Newman Rowland; his mother, Louise Rowland Vandiver; two sons, Joey and Trey; two daughters, Cathy and Susan; a brother, Larry Rowland; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Willard Andrew Rowland, in 1987. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

Lindsey Newman Date of Death – Dec. 2, 2009 Clarence Lindsey Newman, 84, of Ridge Manor, Fla., died Dec. 2, 2009, at Heritage Park Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel with Bro. Ben Flatt officiating. Burial followed at Cave Springs Cemetery in Chester County. He was born and reared in Covington, Tipton County, the son of the late Lydell and Willie Beasley Newman. He attended school in Covington. He served in World War II from 1944 until 1947, serving under Patton’s Command in Germany on the frontline. He worked in the United States Motor Pool and drove for the Pentagon staff. He married Geneva Parsons of the Woodville community in 1946, and they made their home in Fort Meade, Md., for a year, moved to Covington until 1957 and then moved to Frayser in Memphis. He worked for Bluff City Imports for eight years and then opened his own business, Lindsey Newman Garage in Covington. He became disabled in 1978 and retired. They moved to Masseyville in 1990, and later to Henderson. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in Covington. He was an avid fisherman and knife collector. He was a member of the Henderson Church of Christ. He is survived by a son, Donald Lindsey Newman of Henderson; a daughter, Sandra Rowland of Ridge Manor, Fla.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, J. C. Newman of Covington, Jerry Newman of Silerton, Roger Newman of Brighton and Gene Newman of Charleston; and four sisters, Lorene Woods of Ideal, Ga., Francis Leaux of Lake Charles, La., Sue Roden of Covington and Janet Winn of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Parsons Newman in 2009. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

Lee Ann Barrett Dagastino Date of Death – Dec. 4, 2009 Lee Ann Barrett Dagastino, 48, of Cordova, died Dec. 4, 2009. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Casey Chapel. Burial followed at Scotts Hill Pentecostal Cemetery. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

Stanley Keith Stewart Dec. 3, 1954 – Dec. 5, 2009 Stanley Keith Stewart, 55, of Adamsville, died Dec. 5, 2009. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville. Burial followed at Mars Hill Cemetery at Adamsville. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

Gladys Irene Hopper Nicholson May 10, 1920 – Dec. 3, 2009 Gladys Irene Hopper Nicholson, 89, of Henderson, died Dec. 3, 2009. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 at Bethel Baptist Church. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Johnson Chapel in charge of arrangements. She was born in Chester County, the daughter of the late Ezra Vincent and Nellie Mae Howell Hopper. She graduated from Chester County High School in 1940. She married John Pipkin in 1941, who preceded her in death. She later married Clarence Nicholson, who preceded her in death. She was employed by Salant and Salant for 28 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Nella Rush (John) of Henderson; a son, John Pipkin (Cherrie) of Henderson; two sisters, Mildred Hazelgrove of Buford, S.C., and Marilyn Baldwin of Sumter, S.C.; three grandchildren, Mark Harbin, Rhonda Woodham and Brandon Pipkin; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Jack Hopper, Clarence Hopper, Carl Hopper and Bill Hopper; and three sisters, Ruby Hopper, Edna Hopper and Clara McCarver. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 10, 2009

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Free Food Pantry A free food pantry is set up for the needy only from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at Montezuma United Methodist Church. Take Hwy. 45 South from Henderson, turn right on Montezuma Road (across from Estes Church of Christ), the church is located three miles on the right. Drive around to the back of the church. Due to overwhelming response, the requirements for baskets are: Must be Chester County resident; picture ID for all adults; SS cards for the household; proof of

address, household income, custody for children; verification of children’s ages; your actual utility or rental bill; proof of household monthly expenses and loss/crisis (layoff notice or doctors’ excuse); DL may be required. For those who don’t have transportation, call 608-1038 or 695-9497.

Detached When dealing with grief there are three characteristics identified with abnormal or dysfunctional grief. One is delayed grief, a second is chronic grief, and a third is conflicted grief. It is considered common for people to begin to mourn (express their grief) almost immediately after the onset of their traumatic loss. Those individuals who do not are displaying delayed grief. Delayed grief is usually associated with people who are self-reliant and counter-dependent in their relationships, and therefore detached. We generally think of this as possessing a lack of warmth or caring. Erich Fromm has well said “To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.” There may be another explanation to consider. Whatever describes us as an individual, whether quiet or outgoing, we should accept our feelings that arise with honesty and directness. In addition, we need to recognize the importance of working through our journey with grief, not trying to deny or delay mourning our loss. Remember, our grief (mental pain produced by loss, misfortune, injury or evil of any kind; sorrow; regret) generally shall be felt to the extent we have invested ourselves in that which we lost. If it is not natural for us to express emotions, this should be

of no concern or worry. We usually mourn consistent with our personality, upbringing and culture. We may find ourselves displaying little or no outward emotional sorrow except when around others who are naturally more expressive. We are unique and mourn individually. Our quietness does not necessarily mean we are attempting to spare our self from grief. Sunrise sponsored by w w w. s h a c k e l f o r d f u

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CCHS students practice driving ‘Between the Barrels’

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Inside CCHS By Stephany Doss School Reporter

Photo by Holly Roeder, Independent

Chester County High School Driver’s Education students practiced on a smaller scale in preparation for large scale construction zones Tuesday morning. Tennessee State Trooper Lt. Bobby Fuller and Tennessee Department of Transportation volunteers visited the school in conjunction with the CCHS School Resource Officer program to explain safe driving practices in and around construction areas. DOT’s Scott Taylor stressed the three R’s of work zone safety, Recognition, Reaction and Responsibility. Pictured, Chloe Sweatman drives her mini-Mini Cooper through a construction zone comprised of classmate operators.

By Sherry Thompson The countdown to Christmas break has begun. The teachers are doing a wonderful job of covering the new stringent standards in our curriculum and still managing to fit in a little Christmas spirit. With so much to cover during this busy time of year, the teachers wish to

express their thanks to your extra efforts to follow the usual bedtime for your students as much as is possible. We realize how hard this is to do with all the fun things that are going on and really appreciate your effort. It is almost impossible to teach exhausted children, especially at this excitable time of the year. West Chester wishes to invite all parents and friends of WCES to attend our Christmas concert. It will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the gym. Thank you, Mr. Kyles, our music teacher, for working with our students so hard on this delightful Christmas tradition.

We wish to thank Mattie Davis, longtime employee, for all the wonderful meals she has helped to cook for our school children. Ms. Mattie will be retiring at the end of December. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication and will miss you. Enjoy your retirement! Please keep watch for notes from your child’s teacher regarding class gift exchanges and party plans. Most teachers have already sent out these notes. If you somehow missed it, contact your child’s teacher for information. Have a great week! WEST – Where Everyone Stands Tall!

Tar Wars poster contest winners announced Drs. McCarver and Linder, from Prime Care, recently presented the Tar Wars program to fifth-graders at Chester County Middle School. The students

then produced posters about preventing tobacco use. Winners of the poster contest were announced this week. They are presented below.

By Melinda Carroll Kindergarteners and third-graders are ready for the PSO Christmas Program on Thursday evening at 6:30. Come and help us get in the Christmas spirit with “The Night Before Christmas.” Christmas parties will be Friday, Dec. 18. Parents, please check folders for important information regarding gifts and food for your child’s class. School will be dismissed for the Christmas break that morning. Breakfast and lunch will not be served by the cafeteria.

Elks Lodge Nursing Scholarship applications are now available in the guidance office. Any student planning on majoring in nursing is encouraged to apply! The ACT will be held on Dec. 12. The next test will be held in February. The deadline for the February test is Jan. 5. Students who wish to sign up for the next test may get an application from the guidance office. Banquet deposits are due Dec. 19. Lists for dues are posted outside the cafeteria and on Mrs. Kerr’s door. If any student has a question, he or she may ask Mrs. Kerr. Seniors can still bring in Box Tops to support the Class of 2010. Box Tops can be found on many boxes found in cabinets at home. Please support the senior class! The CCHS band is performing a Christmas Michelle Reddin’s firstgraders have made their own time lines to show important events that have taken place in their lives. This activity follows their reading story “Ruby in Her Own Time.” The time lines have been very colorful, bright, and creative. The children have really enjoyed seeing each other’s pictures and important milestones. These have been on display for all the school to enjoy. Melinda Carroll’s thirdgraders were treated to a visit by Ashley Carroll last week. Ashley came to talk to the students about her backpacking adventures in Europe, Asia and Australia. She showed slides of her travels and other memorabilia. The students learned a lot

STEPHANY DOSS concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Williams Auditorium. Mid-term examinations and Christmas break are fast approaching! Mid-terms will be held Dec. 16, 17 and 18. Schedules for examinations will be later announced. School will be dismissed at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 for Christmas break. Students will be out of school through Jan. 3 for the holidays. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! about cultures of other countries. They spent a lot of time looking at pictures of the city of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius since this week’s reading story is about volcanoes. Ashley brought the students souvenirs of koalas and other symbols of Australia. She promises to write to the class often as she has returned to Australia to continue her travels. Third-graders at Jacks Creek are working hard on multiplication and division facts. Teachers are proud of the progress their classes are making. Second-graders are using Christmas activities to work on the math skill of lines of symmetry. Students at Jacks Creek Elementary are shining through the holiday season!

Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

Tar Wars poster winners in Christy Foster’s class are, from left: Eden Jones, first place; and Chance Isbell, second.

Tar Wars poster winners in Allie Rogers’ class are, from left: Jordan Jones, first place; and Ashley Rowland, second.

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Tar Wars poster contest, continued

Tar Wars poster winners in Crystal Wilson’s class are, from left: Aimee Jo Webb, first place; and Colton Cronin, second. Cronin also holds the third place poster of Chase Stanford who was not present for photo. Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

Tar Wars poster winners in Misty Thomas’ class are, from left: Kaitlin Parchman, first place; Jake Brown, second; and J.J. Dotson, third.

Tar Wars poster winners in Melissa Alexander’s class are, from left: Nick Newman, first place; Clayton Carnett, second; and Zeke Smith, third.

Tar Wars poster winners in Rebecca Schwartz’s class are, from left: Trey Beecham, first place; and Sarah Parmely, second.

Take control of your family’s TV habits (SPM Wire) Television doesn’t have to be a mindless experience for your family. “We have recommendations we share with parents,” said Susan Scanlan, Co-Chair of the Smart Television Alliance (STA) and President of the Women’s Research and Education Institute. Try these STA recommendations: Watch programs with your children and find out what confuses them and what they have learned. Control your television with technology like TiVo, DVRs or Video on Demand. Another option is to simply go to the local library and borrow DVDs , turning your TV into a library of quality shows. Get recommendations.

Chester County Head Start Center, East Chester, Jacks Creek, West Chester Elementary Schools Monday, Dec. 14 Chicken nuggets or Country Fried Steak Mashed potatoes/gravy Green beans Salad bar, roll Fruit choice Milk choice Tuesday, Dec. 15 Vegetable beef soup Or Chili cheese wrap Tri-taters, salad bar Glazed carrots Pickle spears Baby carrots Grilled cheese sandwich Orange wedges Milk choice Wednesday, Dec. 16 Pizza or Turkey on wheat

Broccoli/cheese, salad Batter bites Pear halves Milk choice Thursday, Dec. 17 Sack lunch Manager’s choice

Chester County Middle School Monday, Dec. 14 Chicken nuggets or Corndog Creamed potatoes, roll Green peas, salad bar Fruit choice, milk choice Tuesday, Dec. 15 Cheeseburger or Chili cheese wrap Fries, baked beans Salad bar, trimmings Chocolate chip cookie Fruit choice, milk choice Wednesday, Dec. 16 Pizza or Deli sandwich California blend Baked potato Salad bar

Fruit choice, milk choice Thursday, Dec. 17 Manager’s Choice Sack lunch

Chester County Junior High School *Cereal offered daily Monday, Dec. 14 Manager’s Choice Tuesday, Dec. 15 Turkey/dressing/gravy Green beans, corn Sweet potato casserole Cranberry sauce Salad bar, rolls Fruit choice, milk choice Wednesday, Dec. 16 Pizza Tri-taters, salad bar Broccoli/cheese Chocolate chip cookie Fruit choice, milk choice Thursday, Dec. 17 Manager’s Choice Sack lunch

Friday, Dec. 18 No meals served. School Dismissed at 10 a.m. for Holidays!

Chester County High School *Cereal offered daily Monday, Dec. 14 Popcorn chicken (2 lines) or Salad/pizza/tri-taters Mashed potatoes Green peas, rolls Broccoli/cheese Fruit choice, milk choice Tuesday, Dec. 15 Hamburgers – hotdogs Pizza/salad bar Baked beans, trimmings Baked apples, corn Fruit choice, milk choice Wednesday, Dec. 16 Turkey/dressing/gravy (2 lines) or Pizza/tri-taters Salad bar/crackers Sweet potatoes, rolls Green beans, coleslaw Cranberry sauce Fruit choice, milk choice Thursday, Dec. 17 Manager’s Choice

Nonprofit children’s media experts like Kids First!, Common Sense Media and the Parents’ Choice Foundation frequently offer their choices at www.smarttelevisional- Ask your friends and neighbors what programs they let their kids watch to be sure your kids are watching wisely at their houses.

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School system receives $20,000 grant from AT&T Will help advance reading skills of students

The Chester County Board of Education has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropy arm of AT&T*, according to a release from the school Monday. The grant is to help improve the reading skills of students with disabilities, and other students who are reading below the basic level in grades seven and eight through implementation of the research based reading program, READ 180. “The objective for the READ 180 initiative is to decrease the achievement gap for students with disabilities and other low performing subgroups in reading related content areas,” said John Pipkin, Superintendent – Chester County Schools. “As a result, we expect targeted students to be reading near or on grade level by the end of the year

enabling them to reach the ultimate goal of successful completion of high school and preparation for college and/or the workforce.” “Educational investments that help improve the high school completion rate and workforce readiness is critical if

America is to remain the leader in a digital, global economy,” said Gregg Morton, President AT&TTennessee. “Inventive instruction methods are needed to reach at-risk students to ensure their educational success. AT&T is pleased to sup-

port this program in the Chester County Schools.” “I appreciate the investment AT&T is making in our Chester County Schools,” said State Representative Steve McDaniel (House District 72). “As a result, we can hope to expand the minds

of our students and show them the infinite opportunities for their futures.” “I would like to convey gratitude to AT&T for their monetary support and to State Representative Steve McDaniel for helping create an environment that

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Trey Rabon, regional external affairs director for AT&T, fourth from left, presents a grant for $20,000 to the Chester County School System for the READ 180 program. From left are Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Steve McDaniel, School Board Chairman Dwain Seaton, Superintendent of Schools John Pipkin, Rabon, Chester County Junior High Principal Britt Eads, Chester County Mayor Troy Kilzer.

Guardsmen leave for training, deployment

Wanted: Your winter recipes Twinkling lights are beginning to outline neighborhoods and children are earnestly searching the skies for a glimpse of Santa out for a test run in the sleigh. It is time for Christmas cookies! We would like to share your favorite Christmas and winter recipes with our readers throughout the season. Submit your holiday party or gift recipes (breads, finger foods, pies, cookies, etc.,) to The Chester County Independent, in care of

Many signs of encouragement lined the streets of Henderson as members of the 1278 ACR National Guard left Saturday morning for training and eventually deployment.

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Sargeant Petty gives final instructions to national guardsmen before leaving for training Saturday morning.

Holly Roeder, at P.O. Box 306, Henderson, TN 38340; or online at

recognizes the importance of investing in the education of Chester County’s youth,” noted Pipkin. “Support for education has always been a major focus of AT&T,” said Trey Rabon, Regional DirectorAT&T Tennessee. “This grant shows our commitment to help students in Chester County succeed in life.”

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Pearl Harbor – history still in the making By James A. Webb General Manager

Visiting historical sites is basically a stop and look experience. A monument here, a museum there, they basically just wait for you to observe or read about significant moments from the past and move on. There is one place in the U.S., however, with a much different experience, subtle but powerful nonetheless. That place is Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. Some 64 years after the ship sank, fuel oil still leaks to the surface giving a feeling that the Arizona is history “still in the making.” It is one of the most sacred sites in all of America, and a visit there is touching beyond description. My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor last summer. It is the most visited site in all of the state of Hawaii, and as we all know marks the birthplace of the United States’ entry into World War II.

Upon arriving, men removed their hats, visitors talked softly with reverence, and the wall of names listing the more than 1,000 sailors that died that day just on the Arizona evokes similar feelings to the emotional Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Leaving, we came away with feelings of anger, pride, and overwhelming sadness for what occurred that day. Those sailors and marines are still entombed in the hull of the Arizona, and numerous survivors have additionally had their remains interred with their shipmates. The Arizona was one of several U.S. war ships anchored at Pearl on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. After months of negotiations over their grievances with America, Japan launched a surprise attack that morning that sent the Arizona and other ships to the bottom of the harbor. While my wife and I had to endure two aborted airline takeoffs at Memphis airport, missed connec-

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Above, the remainder of the battleship Arizona barely shows above the surface, while just a short distance away, the battleship Missouri, below, is now anchored. Together they represent the beginning and end of WWII for the United States.

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Some 60 years after the USS Arizona sank to the bottom of Pearl Harbor, fuel oil still seeps to the surface. tions en route, severe motion sickness, and missing luggage upon arrival in Honolulu, many men made the trip to Hawaii out of necessity, some never returning, helping to preserve my freedom to take such a vacation. I recently spoke to one of those men. “I had no idea where Pearl Harbor was,” said Allen Arnold, Jr. Arnold, 16 at the time of the attack, entered the Navy in 1944, passed

through Hawaii and island-hopped across the Pacific. He was on Okinawa with fellow Chester Countians George Seaton, Lee Canaday, Vernon McCombs, Roy Simmons, Jr., Belver Hutcherson, and Ray Ruth when word came of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. “The celebration was so big, it wasn’t safe to go outside,” Arnold said about receiving word that the war had ended. He later spent time in Tokyo and viewed the devastation caused by the atomic blast. The battleship USS Missouri, on whose deck the final surrender was signed, is now moored at Pearl Harbor only a coconut’s throw from the Arizona. Together the ships are icons signaling the beginning and end of the war for the U.S. Unfortunately, however, war just goes on and on. On Saturday past, I witnessed a group of National Guardsmen leave Henderson for the latest “war to preserve freedom.”

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The American flag flies gloriously above the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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2009 Chester County Holiday Tour of Homes Over a 120 guests visited in and out some of Chester County’s finest homes and landmarks Sunday afternoon at the 2009 Holiday Tour of Homes. The annual tour sponsored by the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse highlighted five local residences, including the Henderson City Hall. All five structures were chosen due to their historic preservation, unique architecture and design or overall presence. All homes and the City Hall were adorned with with the festive spirit in lue an abundance of holiday decor finessed by each homeowner.

Richard, Lee Ann & Anslee West Not Pictured, Brent

The Mr. and Mrs. Richard West home 465 Leath Lane Less than five years old, the West home can be spotted from Highway 45 South by passersby who are drawn to its lighted facade at night. The Country-style house features four bedrooms and four baths and has 3,600 square feet of heated living space. Beautiful columns and decorative headers make the foyer a showplace as does the crown molding in the great room. A large covered porch leads family and visitors to the swimming pool, which was added in 2005. Richard’s painting expertise can be seen throughout the home, but nowhere more spectacularly than in the children’s bedrooms. Brent’s room features a checkerboard wall, and Anslee’s bedroom has an interesting and whimsical gingham ceiling. A Victor Moore original grapevine mural is the highlight of the kitchen. The master bedroom doubles as a safe room.

Joe & Tammy Noles

The Mr. and Mrs. Joe Noles home 1290 Smith Road The only county residence on the Historic Registry, the Noles’ house is full of history. Known as “The Hamlett-Smith House,” this tri-level, Greek-style house was built by Joel F. and Florina Hamlett in 1867 from materials from the farm. The pillars, chimneys and cellar are from handmade bricks, and the original roof was made of heavy galvanized metal with copper. All floors, woodwork, windows, doors and frames are made of heart pine, and the upper level of the house boasts a 9 ½ foot ceiling. Four chimneys remain. The house was once the “big house” for a large cotton plantation. It had only two owners prior to 1995: the Hamletts from 1860-1908 and the Smiths from 1908 to 1990. It was a working museum until 1995. Martha Eliza Smith, the owner from 1908 until her death in 1990, worked for the federal government and was a close friend of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, who were once guests in the house. The government used several acres of her land for a World War II emergency landing field. At the time it was the second largest in the United States.

Anthony & Christy Moody

Trent & Suzanne Scott

The Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Moody home 220 Teague Trace Lane

The Mr. and Mrs. Trent Scott home 115 Old Friendship Road

This Greek Revival style house was constructed in 2007 by the Moodys. Four bedrooms and five baths fill the 5,520-square-foot masterpiece. Both Anthony and Christy share a love and fascination of old Southern plantations. Since they didn’t inherit one, they decided to build their dream home. With three floor plans combined to suit their needs, they constructed a Southern gem that is not only inviting, it’s breathtaking. As a general contractor, Anthony was able to complete much of the work himself. The Moody children also pitched in to create their own slice of Heaven. Family members filled a time capsule and sealed it within the walls of the house, hoping that it would stay in the family forever and be a great surprise for future generations. They call their home a “work in progress,” but it’s pretty perfect just like it is.

One single brick makes this house special to the Scotts, as Trent salvaged one from FreedHardeman’s Milan-Sitka Building upon demolition. After years of pursuing a degree in business and spending many hours in Milan-Sitka, Trent decided that a single brick would be an heirloom he could include in his home’s construction. His father, Norman, was the general contractor of the Low Country beauty that is nestled on 75 acres of the Scott family farm. A backyard pond is the focal point of the property. Including the basement and game room, the house is 3,200 square feet and has three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths. The Scotts selected this particular house plan because of the balcony that overlooks the living room. Always pristine and decorated for the season, Suzanne’s touch is seen throughout the house.

Pictured from left: Darian Leath, Angie HysmithMorris, Shelia Hill, and Lisa Stanley

Pictured from left: Michelle Cavaness, Renee Phelps, Stacey Ingold, Shelia Hill, and Teresa King.

Henderson City Hall 121 Crook Ave. With its post-modern, neo-classic architecture, Henderson City Hall was designed to create a civic presence. The main entrances are marked with four fluted and tapered columns. Doric capitals support the massive Entablature and Pediment. The remainder of the building is comprised of red brick veneer with contrasting concrete, creating a water table, window sills, and parapet cap. The lower level is home to the city Fire Dept., Police Dept. and record storage. The Mayor and other City employees have their office space on the main level of the building, and the upstairs boasts a 180-seat auditorium, kitchen and classrooms. Since its opening, City Hall has hosted band concerts, business meetings and Santa’s Workshop for the Carl Perkins Center and today it is all dressed up for the community to see! The Carl Perkins Center wants to thank everyone who attended the 2009 Tour of Homes. They especially want to thank the Moody, Noles, Scott and West families for their hospitality. They also want to thank Sheila Hill, Teresa King, Darian Leath and others for the hard work involved in including City Hall on the Tour. A special word of thanks also goes to Amy Eaton, Kim Phelps and Emily Shelton for their unending dedication in making the Tour a reality. Photos courtesy of Emily Shelton, Chamber of Commerce

Christmas Parade 2009 With more than 100 total units, the 2009 Henderson Christmas Parade was one of the largest ever. The event came down Main Street Thursday night dazzling little children with magic of the holiday season. Carolers entertained on court square prior to the event adding to the aura of the evening. Chester County Mayor Troy Kilzer and family rode in one of the first units, a horse-drawn carriage. Floats, antique cars, emergency vehicles, bands, clowns, bicycles, horses, and of course Santa Claus himself all merged together to make a heart-warming evening on a cold night that officially launches the Christmas season.

A float sponsored by Discovery Learning Center was judged best overall. In the Civic Division, Chickasaw State Park was first place, followed in second by Xtreme Catz, and the Chester County Junior High Cheerleaders were third. In the religious category, a float by Unity Baptist Church won first place, The Highlands Church was second, and Middlefork Baptist Church third. Chester County High School band took first place, followed by the Junior High band. (Additional photos are available on the Chester County Independent’s new enhanced website,

Photos by James A. Webb, Independent

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Surprise success awarded football team By James A. Webb General Manager

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Chester County High School football players receiving awards at a banquet Monday included, seated from left: Ethan Ross, Brett Thomas, Tyler Dutton, and Barrie Wilson; and standing: Michael Segerson, J.D. Burton, Derrick Platt, Zach Malone, Cameron Phelps, and Matthew Butler.

Silva named second team All-American Freed-Hardeman University’s Diana Silva was among the 42 players named to the NAIA AllAmerican Volleyball team as released by the NAIA on Saturday, Dec. 5. Silva, a freshman outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was named to the second team. The TranSouth Conference Player of the Year was the only player in conference to appear on one of the three teams. She was also the second-highest placing freshman, behind California Baptist’s Ingrid Carmona. Silva totaled 476 kills on the season at an average of 4.0 per set with a .339 hitting percentage. She also led the team in digs with 2.9 per set. Freed-Hardeman advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history this season.


Not much was expected of the 2009 Chester County High School football team. District coaches picked the Eagles to finish last in the eight-team league. However, CCHS players used those predictions as motivation, winning five games and tying for second place, and losing out in the first-round of the playoffs to the eventual state champion. Monday at the school, the team received its just rewards for a spectacular season. CCHS was 5-5 in the regular season, but 5-2 in the district. However, the strength of its non-district schedule is evident in that those three teams’ regular season record of 27-3, each winning at least one playoff game. It was also noted that the Eagle freshman team had a perfect 30 record, and the junior varsity was 4-1. Monday at the banquet, senior Eagles were given a chance to tell their best moments or memories, and give advice to returning players. Each was also given a video of the season which included scenes of a dramatic victory over South Side which several players said was their favorite moment of the 2009 season. Cheerleaders sponsor Diane Stewart recognized

her senior cheerleaders: Audrey Howell, Caycee Jones, Katelyn Woodham, and Hailey Smith. She thanked the team for giving them so many great moments for which to lead cheers. Head football coach Jeff Cupples and assistants then presented the following awards: Freshman MVP: Matthew Butler. Most Improved: Seth Tedford. Eagle Award: Zach Malone. Special Teams MVP: Brett Thomas. Offensive MVP: Ethan Ross Defensive MVP: Michael Segerson (108 tackles, two interceptions). Team MVP: J.D. Burton. Honorable Mention All-District: Tedford, Segerson, Thomas. All-District: Cameron Phelps, Barrie Wilson, Tyler Dutton, Derrick Platt, Ross. District 14-AA CoOffensive Player of the Year: Burton (172 rushes, 1,214 yards, 13 touchdowns). Also recognized were football scholar athletes: Segerson, William Taylor, Caleb Cook, Thomas, Burton, Phelps, Platt, Kyle Newsom, Zach Frye, Cory Malone, Zach Malone, and Cody Cooper.

Double-figure scorers carry Lady Lions Five players scored in double figures as the No. 7 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions cruised past Tennessee Temple University, 101-58, on Monday night in the FHU Sports Center. FHU (9-1) used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to build a 23-point lead, and never allowed the lead to go below 18 points the rest of the way, leading by as many as 46 points late in the second half. Jana Cross scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the first half while putting up her fourth double-double of the season by grabbing 10 rebounds. The senior finished the night with eight-of-12 shooting from the field and 10-of-13

shooting from the line. Tara Deatheridge scored 12 of her 16 points after the break on the strength of four threepointers. Natalie Shumpert came off the bench to add 13 points, while Meribeth Boehler and Hannah Parsley rounded out the doubledigit scorers with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Lady Lions dominated the boards, 51-35, and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds. FHU also forced 32 turnovers, including 17 steals. The win moved FHU head coach Dale Neal one win away from 400 at the helm of the FreedHardeman program. Freed-Hardeman returns to the floor on

Friday where it will face Lane College in the McDonald’s Classic in McKenzie.

Late run powers Ladys over Lambuth In a game of runs, Freed-Hardeman made one when it counted the most. The Lady Lions finished the game on a 23-7 run over the final six-anda-half minutes, pulling away from No. 9 Lambuth University for a 84-66 win on Dec. 1 in the FHU Sports Center. FHU won the first meeting between the two schools, 68-64, on Nov. 12 at Lambuth. This loss was the largest of the season for Lambuth (6-6), which See FHU, Page 3-B

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Freed-Hardeman’s Maria Bagwell eyes the basket defended by Lambuth’s Kristin Brinson during action at the FHU Sports Center Dec. 1.

Tougaloo handcuffs FHU, Lions lose two straight

Shelby Taylor from Livingston, seated at center, recently signed to play basketball next season for the Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions.

Lady Lions open recruiting class, sign Livingston Academy star The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team got an early start on its 2010-11 recruiting class with the recent signing of Shelby Taylor of Cookeville. Taylor, a 5-foot-4 guard, is a senior at Livingston Academy in Livingston. As a junior, she averaged eight points, four assists and three steals per game. She was named to the District 8-AA allfreshman team in 2007 and was an alldistrict and all-region selection in both 2008 and 2009. She has helped lead the Lady Wildcats to state tournament appearances in 2007 (semifinals) and 2009 (runners-up).

Taylor also excels in the classroom, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and ranks in the top 25 of her class. “Shelby is a great ball-handler that comes from a program with great success and tradition,” said FHU head coach Dale Neal. “We know anyone coming from Livingston Academy is going to be fundamentally sound. She is a true point guard and we are excited about her coming to be part of our program.” Taylor is the daughter of Steve and Suzy Taylor.

The No. 21 Tougaloo (Miss.) Bulldogs used a 51-point second half to post a comeback victory over No. 18 FreedHardeman, 82-76, on Friday night in Kroger Gymnasium in Jackson, Miss. The Lions (7-3) took a 38-31 lead into halftime, but Tougaloo shot 57.1 percent in the second half to rally for the win and avenge an 87-74 loss to FHU earlier this season. Freed-Hardeman also committed 25 turnovers in the contest and the host Bulldogs shot 37 free throws to FHU’s 14. Zack Frey posted his second straight doubledouble and third of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jesse Moulton broke out of a shooting slump by going 4-of-8 from 3-point range

to score 18 points. Kyle Teichmann added 10 points off the bench. FHU has now lost two straight games, both to ranked teams, with an exhibition loss to NCAA Division I Austin Peay State University sandwiched in-between. Freed-Hardeman returns to action on Friday, Dec. 11, when it hosts No. 13 Lee University. FHU won the first meeting between the two schools, 90-86 in double overtime, on Nov. 23.

Peay shoots past Lions Five Austin Peay players scored in double figures and the Governors shot a season-high 64.2 percent from the field in a 99-61 win over the FreedHardeman Lions on Nov. 30 in Clarksville.

The game counted as an exhibition for FreedHardeman but not for Austin Peay, which competes in NCAA Division I. Lion coach Jason Shelton used the opportunity to get his reserves a lot of action. Frey, who led FHU with 17 points, was the only Lion starter to play 20 minutes. Twelve players logged at least 11 minutes for FreedHardeman, including redshirts Daniel Gravatt and DeAngelo Williams. Both were able to play as it was not an official game for FHU. Teichmann was the only other Lion to reach double digits, scoring 11 points. Frey and Teichmann combined to go 11-for-11 from the free throw line and were the only FHU players to get to the charity See LIONS, Page 3-B

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You Can Play Better Golf

The Rules of Golf Rules 6, 7, 8 and 9 –Player’s Responsibilities This section addresses some of the things that can and should be done before, during and after your round. While not glamorous, these rules are important to know and understand. Rule 6 “The Player”. This rule outlines your responsibilities for the Rules, Handicaps, Starting time, Caddies, Balls, Scoring, Slow Play and Discontinuance or Resumption of play. Remember that as a player you have ‘Rights’ as it relates to these sections. Your knowledge of these ‘Rights’ can help you out in most instances. Rule 7 ‘Practice’ addresses the use of the course during and

JIM MERRY between rounds in a competition. A common violation is when a player plays on the course before or between a competition round. Rule 8 ‘Advice; Indicating line of Play’ essentially says that you can only give or ask your partner advice during a round. You can ask anyone for information regarding the line that can or should be played. Rule 9 ‘Information as to Strokes Taken’ very simply says that you

must report to your marker or fellow competitor how many strokes you have taken on a hole including penalty strokes. This is very important in match play because a side may make a decision on play based on what his competition is doing. You can read each of these rules in your rules book or online at If you have any specific questions about the Rules of Golf, contact your PGA professional or give me a call at 731-925-0439, I’ll be glad to help you solve your rules questions. Email me at with the subject line ‘Rules Quiz’ your name and answer to the following question. Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for complimentary greens fees for 4 players at Chickasaw Golf Course. Between play of the sixth and seventh holes, where may a player NOT practice putting or chipping?

On or near the fourth putting green On or near the sixth putting green On or near the seventh teeing ground On or near a practice putting green

Rules 10 and 11 Rule 10 gives us the ‘Order of Play’ rules. Starting order on the first hole is generally determined randomly. On subsequent holes, the ‘honor’ to play first is determined by the winner or player with the lowest score on the previous hole. Remember that during play of a hole, the player farthest from the hole should play first. In match play, if you play out of turn, your fellow competitor can require you to replay your stroke in the correct order. If you intend to play a provisional ball, you may do so after everyone in your group has played their first ball. Rule 11 entitled ‘Teeing

Ground’ gives us the guidelines for where we are to begin play at each hole. By definition the teeing ground is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth from the outer front edge of the tee markers. Playing from outside the designated area in stroke play is a penalty of two strokes and the requirement to re-play from within the teeing ground. In medal play, there is no penalty, however your opponent may immediately require you to replay your stroke. A couple of things to note: You may stand outside the ‘teeing ground’ to play your stroke. If after ‘teeing’ your ball up, it falls off the tee while addressing it, there is no penalty and the ball can be replaced. If you take a stroke and the ball falls off, it counts and the ball is in play. You can read each of these rules in your rules book or online at If you have any specific questions about the Rules of Golf, please contact your PGA profes-

sional or give me a call at 731-925-0439, I’ll be glad to help you solve your rules questions. Email me at with the subject line ‘Rules Quiz’ your name and answer to the following question. Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for complimentary greens fees for four players at Chickasaw Golf Course. A and B hit their balls into a lateral water hazard. The balls are approximately 18 inches apart. A’s ball is farther from the hole but B’s ball last crossed the hazard margin farther from the hole than A’s ball. Both players decide to take relief from the hazard. What is the procedure? B should play first since his ball entered the hazard farther from the hole than A’s ball A should play first because his ball lies farther from the hole than B’s ball The ball to be played first should be decided by lot Both players should play at the same time

Photo reprints available Photo reprints of athletic events covered by the Chester County Independent are available by contacting our office. Prints of high school, junior high, and Freed-Hardeman University games are available along with some Dixie baseball and softball, band performances and other events. For more information, call our office at 989-4624.

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Lions Photos courtesy Kirk Dauksch

Kazia Neal, 8, granddaughter of Freed-Hardeman University women’s basketball coach Dale Neal, reacts to a pair of turnovers by the Lady Lions in their contest Monday against Tennessee Temple at the FHU Sports Center.

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FHU had lost five games by seven points or less coming into tonight’s contest. The Lady Eagles opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers and went on a 15-5 run over the game’s first five-plus minutes. But Freed-Hardeman began to find openings in the Lambuth zone, scoring on five straight possessions including three-pointers

on three consecutive trips - to move ahead, 21-19, on the heels of a 16-4 run. After a pair of Kelly Hufstedler free throws tied the game, the Lady Lions went on a 13-2 run to go up by 11 points (3423) and carried the same cushion into halftime with a 40-29 advantage. That lead extended to 18 early in the second half as FHU appeared primed to pull away. But Lambuth made a furious comeback, getting points on 14 of its next 15 possessions while

outscoring FHU 26-10 over an eight-minute span to pull within two points at 61-59 with 6:51 to play. The Lady Lions, however, had an answer in the form of a 14-0 run of their own to go ahead by 16 points (75-59) with 3:28 to play, this time putting the game away for good. Cross led all scorers with 22 points and recorded her third double-double of the year with 12 rebounds. Maria Bagwell also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Lambuth’s Ashley Franklin, left, and Maegan Sanders, right, corral FreedHardeman’s Jana Cross, Dec. 1 at the Sports Center.

Deatheridge (16 points), Shumpert (14 points) and Parsley (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Lady Lions. Dec. 1 at the Sports Center Lambuth 29-37=66 Freed-Hardeman 40-44=84 L – Daumonique Lenhardt 14, La Tonay McKinney 12, Janee Webb 12, Robinson 8, Brison 7, Sanders 6, Hufstedler 5, Snodgrass 2. FH – Jana Cross 22, Tara Deatheridge 16, Natalie Shumpert 14, Hannah Parsley 12, Maria Bagwell 11, Boehler 5, Johnson 4. Three-point shots: L – Webb 2, Brison. FH – Deatheridge 4, Parsley 2, Shumpert 2. Records: L – 6-6. FH – 8-1. Dec. 7 at the Sports Center Tenn. Temple 26-32= 58 Freed-Hardeman 48-53=101 TT – Stephanie Lovett 22, James 8, Charles 8, Gonzalez 6, Wilson 6, Holloway 4, Wells 4. FH – Jana Cross 26, Tara Deatheridge 16, Natalie Shumpert 13, Meribeth Boehler 12, Hannah Parsley 10, Johnson 9, Light 9, Bagwell 4, Waggoner 2. Three-point shots: TT – Lovett 5. FH – Deatheridge 5, Parsley 2, Light, Shumpert. Records: TT – 4-6. FH – 9-1.

stripe. APSU went 21for-30 from the foul line and outrebounded FreedHardeman, 39-20. The contest between the Lions and Governors was their first meeting since 1936. Men’s College Basketball Nov. 30 at Clarksville (Exhibition) Freed-Hardeman 61

Austin Peay State 88 Individual statistics not available. Dec. 4 at Jackson, Miss. Freed-Hardeman 38-38=76 Tougaloo 31-51=82 FH – Zack Frey 19, Jesse Moulton 18, Kyle Teichmann 10, Bingham 9, Greer 7, Barnes 4, Pearson 3, Brown 2, Sampson 2, Haddix 2. T – Mario Luckett 25, Jejuan Jacks 22, Tommie Mabry 12, Sylvester Collins 12, Fisher 4, Gray 4, Griffin 2, Howard 1. Three-point shots: FH – Moulton 4, Bingham, Greer. T – Jacks 4, Mabry 2, Fisher. Records: FH – 7-3. T – 6-1.

Christmas came early Submitted photo

Dalton Mitchell, an eighth-grader at Chester County Junior High, received an early Christmas present when he recently bagged this multi-point buck. Mitchell is the son of Robert and Kim Mitchell of Luray.

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Late Madison run denies CCHS win Madison’s Jamaal Goldsmith and Evan Burton combined for 23 fourth-quarter points as the Mustangs overcame Chester County’s Eagles 68-65 Friday at Eagle Gym. The loss for CCHS was its fifth straight to begin the season, while Madison improved to 3-5. The Eaglettes suffered the same fate, falling to 05 with a 55-50 loss to Madison despite out-scoring the Lady Mustangs 31-27 in the second half. Tamacha Couch had 15 points for CCHS and Ashley Swope 11. The Eaglettes had 56 rebounds to only 30 by Madison, and the teams hit a nearly identical 35 percent from the field. However, Madison had only six turnovers resulting in three CCHS points, while the Eaglettes gave the ball away 16 times for 17 Madison points. Wes Woods, Chris Gilbert, and Cameron Phelps scored 15, 14, and 12 points respectively for the Eagles against Adamsville which beat the Eagles 71-58 Dec. 1 in Adamsville. The host Cardinals are perfect on

the year at 7-0. They outscored the Eagles each quarter by a point or two, then pulled away with a 20-13 fourth period run. Chester County started the Madison game very well, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. However by halftime the lead only one, 30-19. In the third period, CCHS again ran off several quick points, before falling behind early in the fourth. Jake Greenway put the Eagles back on top with 4:43 to play with a driving layup as CCHS erased a six-point deficit. It was, however, the Eagles’ final lead. Madison gave CCHS a chance for victory by making only four of eight free throws in the final 90 seconds, but Will Jones’ three at the buzzer was off the mark. CCHS travels to Jackson-Central Merry for a 6 p.m. game Friday in Jackson, then hosts South Side at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Gym. High School Basketball Girls, Dec. 1 at Adamsville Chester Co. 8- 8-11-10=37 Adamsville 21-16-12- 9=58 CC – Tamacha Couch 13, Dee Dee Jones 10, Prather 5, Sims 4, Rhodes 2, Carnes 2, Swope

Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Chester County’s Cameron Phelps drives between Madison Academic Magnet School defenders in the Eagles’ contest Friday at Eagle Gym. 1. A – Brianne Knight 10, Lori Rinks 10, Pollard 6, McAfee 6, Meggs 6, Beckham 6, Hill 5, Lambert 5, Kiddy 2, Wilson 2. Three-point shots: CC – Couch. A – Pollard 2, Lambert. Records: CC – 0-4. A – 4-3. Boys Chester Co. 20-11-14-13=58 Adamsville 21-14-15-20=71 CC – Wesley Woods 15, Chris Gilbert 14, Cameron Phelps 12, Greenway 6, T. Phelps 4,

Chester County Junior High Basketball Date Opponent Dec. 10 Univ. Sch. Jackson Jan. 4 Selmer Jan. 7 Decatur County Jan. 11 Lexington Jan. 14 Hardin County Jan. 25-28 Best of the West

Location Henderson Selmer Parsons Henderson Savannah Parsons

Time 6:30 6:30 6:00 6:30 6:00 TBA

Chester County High School Basketball Date Opponent Dec. 11 Jackson Cent. Merry Dec. 15 South Side Dec. 18 Bolivar Central Dec. 21 Scotts Hill Dec. 22 Madison Magnet Jan. 5 McNairy Central Jan. 8 Lexington Jan. 12 Fayette-Ware Jan. 15 Liberty Tech Jan. 19 Jackson Cent. Merry Jan. 22 South Side Jan. 26 Bolivar Central Jan. 29 McNairy Central Feb. 2 Lexington Feb. 5 Fayette-Ware Feb. 9 Liberty Tech Feb. 16 Girls District * Feb. 18 Boys District * * at higher seed

Location Jackson Eagle Gym Bolivar Eagle Gym Jackson Eagle Gym Lexington Eagle Gym Eagle Gym Eagle Gym Jackson Eagle Gym Selmer Eagle Gym Somerville Jackson TBA TBA

Time 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:30 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 TBA TBA

Freed-Hardeman University Baskeball Date

Opponent Location Time Bethel Classic, McKenzie, Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Lane (w) McKenzie 2:00 Dec. 11 Lee (m) Sports Center 6:00 Dec. 19 Florida Southern (m) Lakeland, Fla. 7:30 Hoop U Surf Classic, Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 20-21 Dec. 20 Pacific (w) Honolulu, Hawaii 4:00 Dec. 21 William Carey (w) Honolulu, Hawaii 8:00 Jan. 7 Blue Mountain Sports Center 6/8 Jan. 9 Cumberland Lebanon 2/4 Jan. 11 Lambuth (m) Jackson 7:00 Jan. 16 Union Sports Center 2/4 Jan. 18 Trevecca Naz. Nashville 6/8 Jan. 21 Martin Methodist Pulaski 6/8 Jan. 23 Mid-Continent Sports Center 2/4 Jan. 28 Lyon Batesville, Ark. 6/8 Jan. 30 Bethel Sports Center 2/4 Feb. 1 Lambuth (m) Sports Center 7:00 Feb. 4 Blue Mountain Blue Mtn., Miss. 6/8 Feb. 6 Cumberland Sports Center 2/4 Feb. 13 Union Jackson 2/4 Feb. 15 Martin Methodist Sports Center 6/8 Feb. 18 Trevecca Naz. Sports Center 6/8 Feb. 20 Mid-Continent Mayfield, Ky. 2/4 Feb. 25 Lyon (Sr.) Sports Center 6/8 Feb. 27 Bethel McKenzie 2/4 Sr. – Senior Night.

Turner 4, Cavaness 3. A – Damron 17, Martin 12, Churchwell 11, Blankenship 10, Kendall 6, Lacey 6, Hendon 4. Three-point shots: CC – Greenway 2, C. Phelps, Cavaness. A – Martin 2, Churchwell, Damron, Blankenship. Records: CC – 0-4. A – 7-0. Girls, Nov. 27 at Eagle Gym Madison 16-12-16-11=55 Chester Co. 14- 5-18-13=50

MA – Nikki Early 13, Amber Elmore 12, Love 9, Carpenter 9, Isbell 6, Tharpe 6. CC – Tamacha Couch 15, Ashley Swope 11, Jones 8, Miskelly 6, Rhodes 4, Alexander 4, Sims 2. Three-point shots: MA – Love 3, Elmore 3, Isbell, Early. CC – Rhodes, Couch. Records: MA – 6-2. CC – 0-5. Boys Madison 10-19-11-28=68 Chester Co. 18-12-19-16=65

MA – Evan Burton 23, Jamaal Goldsmith 21, Morgan 7, Hall 5, McCoy 3, Hines 3, Whitaker 2, Joyner 2, Pafford 2. CC — Wills Jones 18, Cameron Phelps 18, Wesley Woods 10, Gilbert 9, Greenway 4, Cavaness 4, Atkins 2. Three-point shots: MA – Goldsmith 2, Hall, McCory, Hines. CC – Jones 2. Records: MA – 3-5. CC – 0-5.

Winter Prospect Camp Is Dec. 28-29 at Martin Registration for the Skyhawks Baseball Winter Prospect Camp at the University of Tennessee at Martin is now in progress.

Head baseball coach Bubba Cates and assistant Brad Goss will conduct a two-day pitching and catching camp, and a twoday hitting camp. Both are

for high school prospects. Registration fee is $75 for each camp. For more information, email Goss at, or call 731-881-7337.

Winter softball camp Is Dec. 22-23 at Martin The University of Tennessee at Martin will host its annual winter softball clinic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dec. 22-23 at the Elam Center in Martin. UTM coaches and

present and former players will serve as camp instructors. The main emphasis will be individual hitting and pitching, as well as work ethic, and mental attitude.

Cost is $75 per camper, or $85 after Dec. 13. For more information, call 731-881-7162, or email Applications can also be found on the web at

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Homebuyer credit extended, some current homeowners may qualify A new law that went into effect Nov. 6 extends the first-time homebuyer credit five months and expands the eligibility requirements for purchasers. The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extends the deadline for qualifying home purchases from Nov. 30, to April 30, 2010. Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase. The maximum credit amount remains at $8,000 for a first-time homebuyer –– that is, a buyer who has not owned a primary residence during the three years up to the date of purchase. “The new law also provides a ‘long-time resident’ credit of up to $6,500 to others who do not qualify as ‘first-time homebuyers,’” said IRS spokesman

Dan Boone. To qualify this way, a buyer must have owned and used the same home as a principal or primary residence for at least five consecutive years of the eight-year period ending on the date of purchase of a new home as a primary residence, Boone said. For all qualifying purchases in 2010, taxpayers have the option of claiming the credit on either their 2009 or 2010 tax returns. A new version of Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, will be available in the next few weeks. A taxpayer who purchases a home after Nov. 6 must use this new version of the form to claim the credit. Likewise, taxpayers claiming the credit on their 2009 returns, no matter when the house was purchased, must also use the new version of Form 5405. Taxpayers who claim the credit on their 2009 tax

return will not be able to file electronically but instead will need to file a paper return. A taxpayer who purchased a home on or before Nov. 6 and chooses to claim the credit on an original or amended 2008 return may continue to use the current version of Form 5405. Income Limits Rise The new law raises the income limits for people who purchase homes after Nov. 6. The full credit will be available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000 and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7, 2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place. The full credit is available to tax-

payers with MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and $95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify. New Requirements Several new restrictions on purchases that occur after Nov. 6 go into effect

with the new law: • Dependents are not eligible to claim the credit. • No credit is available if the purchase price of a home is more than $800,000. • A purchaser must be at least 18 years of age on the date of purchase. For the Military Members of the Armed Forces and certain federal employees serving out-

side the U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or enter into a binding contract to buy a home by April 30, 2011, and settle on the purchase by June 30, 2011. For more details on the credit, visit the First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on

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