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Happy New Year! Chester County Sports Year in Review begins 1-C C Thursday

DECEMBER 29, 2011 147th YEAR - NO. 34

NEW YEAR’S HAPPENINGS Independent offices closed Monday The offices of the Chester County Independent will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year’s Day. Noon this Friday, Dec. 30, is the deadline to submit ALL ads and copy.

Chickasaw State Park hosts “First Day Hike” Chickasaw State Park will be hosting the “First Day Hike” of the year at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2012. The guided hike along the Friends Trail will begin and end at the main parking lot near the swimming area. There will be a short program about the history of the park and upcoming 75th anniversary events prior to the hike. The hike concludes with a campfire at shelter number one with coffee, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. The hike will be approximately one and a half miles long and is classified as easy to moderate, as it does have a few hills. For more information, contact the park office at 989-5141. (See additional story on Page 17-A.)

Reward offered in Unity Cemetery theft Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a recent theft at Unity Cemetery. According to a report with the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, sometime between the hours of 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20, and 1 p.m. Dec. 22, several items were taken from a grave at Unity Cemetery behind Unity Baptist Church, located at 2475 State Route 22A North. Items missing included a metal Christmas tree, approximately 18-20 inches tall, a metal works spinning cross and stand, several cardinal figurines and Christmas cardinal decorations. Anyone with information about these or other crimes is asked to call the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at 9892787.

3 Sections Year in Review 1-A Opinion 8-A Most Wanted 9-A Obituaries 10-A What’s Happening 12-A Life & Styles 1-B Sports Year in Review 1-C Classifieds 4-C


Year In Review: 2011 The closure took place, finally, in a gruesome murder trial, a long-time former county official died in a car accident, taxes were raised, and garbage was recycled – those were among the biggest local stories in 2011 in Henderson and Chester County. As we look to 2012, here is a review of those top stories, week by week. January 6

Freeland to take stand in Ward murder trial Testimony began Monday, Jan. 3, in the case against John T. Freeland, Jr., who reportedly gave statements admitting guilt in the March 2009 murder of Carolyn Ward. Freeland is the first of three suspects in the case to stand trial. He is charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty if found guilty. Late last week, Freeland opted for a bench trial rather than trial by jury, and he stood before Judge Roy Morgan in Madison County Circuit Court.

The photos of 2011 - Clockwise from top: Governor Bill Haslam visits Chester County (August); a balloon artist makes hats during the Front Street Arts Festival (June); Scott Whaley retires from the Chester County Independent (June); American Pickers visit Don Ellis’ home (July); John T. Freeland is found guilt of murder (January); and the RAM clinic treats patients (October).

Cash taken in high noon robbery More than a thousand dollars was allegedly taken in an armed robbery Monday in downtown Henderson. According to a report with Henderson Police Department, officers were dispatched to Cash Express, 103 West Main Street, at approximately 12:30 p.m. January 13

Judge finds Freeland guilty of kidnapping, murder See 2011, Page 4-A

Leadership Chester County: (Part 3 of a series) Industry and agriculture, the backbone of commerce By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

In the first session of Leadership Chester County, the seven members of the class of 2012 met for the first time to form a bond as a group that will be working together for the next six months. Then in November, they learned about city and county government. The third class introduced the Leadership members to agriculture and manufacturing in Henderson and Chester County. On Dec. 16, Leadership Chester County had the opportunity to visit the Henderson/Chester County

Farmers’ Co-op, Arvin Sango, Premier Manufacturing, and the University of Tennessee Extension Office. Henderson Stamping was also on the schedule, but the company asked that the class reschedule their tour for a later date due to unexpected events. Like many other Chester County residents, I grew up going to the Co-op. I knew it was a place to buy seed, pesticide and feed, but I didn’t really put much thought into the workings of the business. Matt Hearn led our class’ tour of the facility, and I realized that it is remarkable how much I didn’t know about a major player in


Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

Arvin Sango Plant Manager Bryan Imhoff shows part of the Toyota Corolla exhaust system to Leadership Chester County members Joretta Ellison and Tierra Thaxton. Arvin Sango was the first of two local manufacturers the class visited in December.

our local economy. Agriculture has a strong position in Chester County, and an agriculture-based business like the Co-op functions to serve the farmers in the community. While local farmers own and See LEADER, Page 3-A

Former resident appointed to serve on Court of Criminal Appeals Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Dec. 21 h i s appointment of J u d g e R o g e r Page to the Court o f Criminal Appeals, We s t e r n Section. Page is a JUDGE ROGER PAGE former resident of Chester County, having graduated from Chester County High School in 1973. Page currently serves Chester, Henderson and Madison counties as a circuit court judge for Division III of the 26th Judicial District, a position he has held since his first election in 1998, and he replaces the late Judge J.C. McLin on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section. “Roger has been practicing law in West Tennessee for nearly his entire legal career, and he brings extensive experience and knowledge to the bench,” Haslam said. “I appreciate his willingness to continue serving the people of West Tennessee.” Page, 56, was an assistant attorney general for Tennessee from 1991-1998, when he was elected as the 26th Judicial District circuit court judge. He received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 1984. He is also a former licensed pharmacist, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1978 and practicing full time until he entered law school in 1981. “I’m excited by this new opportunity to serve West Tennesseans, and I appreciate Gov. Haslam for selecting me for this duty,” Page said. “I’m honored to follow Judge McLin, who was a friend and very good judge and who did an excellent job in this position. We all miss him very much.” Page was a member of the Judicial Evaluation Commission from 2004-2008 and currently See PAGE, Page 3-A

State audits find Chester County books in order State auditors found few complaints in the annual financial reports of Chester County. According to the audit highlights for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, auditors noted only a few points concerning “Findings and Best Practices.” The first concerned the office of trustee. The audit stated the trustee’s office “did not implement adequate controls to protect its information resources.” The second finding dealt with the offices of trustee, county clerk, circuit and general sessions courts clerk, clerk and master, and register of deeds, in which “multiple employees operated from the same cash drawers.” In the offices of county, road supervisor, director of schools, circuit and general sessions

courts clerk, clerk and master, and register, the report noted the “duties were not segregated adequately.” Finally, the report encourages the county to adopt a central system of accounting, budgeting, and purchasing, as well as establishing an audit committee. It stated, “The Division of County strongly believes that the items noted below are best practices that should be adopted by the governing body as a means of significantly improving accountability and the quality of services provided to the citizens of Chester County.” Offices of Chester County Library and Emergency Communications District were not part of the audit. County officials were unavailable for comment.

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Leader operate the Co-op and 90 percent of their business comes from local farmers, anyone can make a purchase, even if they have no association with farming. Members of the Coop, however, receive a patronage each year based on how profitable the business was during that year. Hearn added that the face of agriculture changes every year. During the last 10 years, farming has become a much more technologically advanced and scientific endeavor. Farmers no longer scatter handfuls of seed and hope that the crops take; they can now test the soil for a variety of factors and maximize the effectiveness of the crops that they plant. Today’s Co-op has changed greatly from the early days of its beginnings. In Chester County, the Co-op has 10 fulltime employees, three sales representatives that are shared among several counties, two agronomists, and a livestock specialist. Soybeans are the number one crop in Chester County, followed by corn and cotton, and surprisingly, most of the Co-op’s money is made during the planting season of March, April and May. From agriculture to manufacturing, following our visit to the Co-op, our Leadership class moved on to Arvin Sango, Henderson’s newest industry. Opening its doors in the fall of 2011, Arvin Sango supplies exhaust systems to the Toyota plant near Tupelo, Miss. The plant opened with one shift and a workforce of 19 employees, but Plant Manager Bryan Imhoff stated that the company already has plans to expand. Imhoff said that Arvin Sango intends to double the size of the facility and begin adding other areas of assembly. One of the major impacts of the visit to Arvin Sango was the realization of how important the structure of a commu-

Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

Premier Manufacturing Human Resources Director Mark Only led the 2012 Leadership class through the manufacturing area of the factory. Premier manufactures and coats steel grills and guards for use in heating and air conditioning systems. nity can be in bringing large-scale manufacturing 2007, those numbers had additional growth to an and the effect it has on a dwindled to 484 farms and area. The major factors broader market. These 71,686 acres. The farming that Arvin Sango looked at are not the only industries population is aging rapidly, when planning to build a in Chester County, but to and Signaigo stated that it West Tennessee facility manage time effectively, is difficult to pass on the were utility structure, the Henderson/Chester farming lifestyle without Chamber of proper planning. To help water permits, air quality, County median income, quality of Commerce alternates vis- farmers learn how to prelife, crime rate, health its with each new serve their farms for care and the school sys- Leadership class. future generations, After visiting two local Signaigo can help farmers tem. Fortunately, Chester County had favorable industrial leaders, the with their estate planning. options, but it is just class returned to agricul- It is a valuable tool to another reason that a ture for the final session maintain family farms and community must always of the day. At the to encourage younger be moving forward and University of Tennessee people to carry on tradiExtension Office, tions. improving itself. Premier Manufacturing Leadership members met Few local farmers farm agents Brian fulltime. Most have jobs has been in Chester with County for approximately Signaigo and Michele working more than 200 15 years. Unlike Arvin Sides. The two discussed days each year off the Sango, it has already the multifaceted aspect of farm. In Chester County, established itself as a the UT Extension, which Signaigo’s numbers show major player in Chester spills over into more than that farmers tend to focus farming. Sides on cattle, hay, corn, soyCounty’s industrial land- just scape. According to the explained her work with beans, wheat and cotton. manufacturer’s human the Family and Consumer However, goat production resources manager Mark Science Program, which is on the rise. Only, Premier has 132 oversees family economAgriculture and indusemployees and currently ics, human development, try may seem to exist on operates two shifts. He health and safety, and opposite ends of the specstated that they will likely nutrition and food safety. trum, but in a small, rural add a third shift back on in Signaigo works more county like ours, they are closely with farmers and both important opportuniearly 2012. For those who are homeowners to help ties for economic growth unaware as I was when I improve the land, crops and employment. first began learning about and other agriculturally Premier, the company significant ventures. Both manufactures steel guards agents are involved with and grills. These are used the Chester County 4-H to house central air units Clubs. Keeping in line with and are shipped around the country. It’s amazing the agriculture theme for just how easy it is to over- the class, Signaigo precensus data look the nationwide sented impact that a small com- regarding farming in munity like Chester Chester County. In 2002, there were 512 farms, County can have. While it’s larger and covering 78,807 acres in more locally established Chester County, but by than Arvin Sango, the Leadership class was impressed by Premier’s From Page 1-A


Matt Hearn, an employee at the Henderson/Chester County Co-op, lead the Leadership class through the Co-op’s warehouse and storage facilities. Ninety percent of the Co-op’s business comes from local farmers.

serves on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Bench-Bar Committee. He attended the National Judicial College with an emphasis on general jurisdiction and search and seizure issues. The Henderson native is married to Judge Carol McCoy and has two children, Ethan and Justin, who is married to Hannah, and a grandson, Will.

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2011 By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Although John T. Freeland Jr. proclaimed his innocence to the end, Judge Roy Morgan found him guilty of first-degree murder, murder in perpetration of especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with evidence in the March 2009 kidnapping and murder of Carolyn Ward. Following the three-day bench trial in Jackson, Morgan deliberated only two hours before pronouncing his verdict. January 20

FHU reports theft of laptops, iPads, more Laptop computers, iPads, an iPod and a plasma television, all amounting to approximately $21,900, were reportedly stolen from the Admissions room in Freed-Hardeman University’s Gardner Center sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 11 and 8 a.m. Jan. 12. According to the police report, some person or persons allegedly gained access to the Gardner Center with no signs of forced entry. Entry was apparently forcibly attained into the Admissions room, from which the items were taken. January 27

Medaling an art for CC Decathlon team The Chester County High School Academic Decathlon team finished second at the Regional Competition at Haywood High School in Brownsville last weekend. The team also had a second place team finish in the Team Super Quiz.

A Chester County native has received a national award in education. Dr. Randy McPherson was recently named the 2011 recipient of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the Year. McPherson received the award Dec. 8 from ASCA President Brian Law.

ing, learning, studying and reviewing, paid off once again for the Chester County High School Decathlon team, as they returned from State Competition this weekend with a second place finish. The team will now begin preparing for the next level as they advance to the Academic Decathlon National Online Competition to be held in April.

February 24

Suspect being questioned in Tuesday assault According to a source, law enforcement officials are currently questioning the nephew of a Henderson man assaulted Tuesday in Henderson. Joe Henry, 47, is being questioned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Henderson Police Department in connection with the apparent beating of Gurley Harris, 84. Harris was found by Henderson police about 10 a.m. Tuesday at his home at 150 Second St. Henry is Harris’ nephew.

Henry held on $500,000 bond in beating of elderly man Joe Allen Henry, 47, appeared in General Sessions court on Feb. 18. He is charged w i t h especially aggravated robbery in connection to HENRY t h e alleged assault of his uncle, Gurley Harris, 84.

CCHS Decathlon ranks second in state Hour upon hour of read-

March 10

Chamber names Garner Citizen of the Year By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Every year, the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Membership and Awards Banquet surprises or touches its honorees, but this year’s Citizen of the Year Award proved to be especially poignant. On Jan. 20, the awards committee selected Warren Garner as the 2011 Citizen of the Year, and three days later Garner passed away at the age of 90 without learning of his honor. During the annual Chamber Awards Banquet on March 1, Tony Hysmith presented Garner’s son Johnny Warren Garner with the award on his father’s behalf. “The Citizen of the Year Award goes to a man or woman who has served our community with integrity, distinction and uncompromised loyalty,” Hysmith said. He added that Garner’s lifetime went above and beyond the call of duty.

Henry now charged with murder Joe Allen Henry, 47, made another appearance in General Sessions court Friday, where a charge of

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February 10

Vincent High ’64 valedictorian retires “from” Social Security By James A. Webb General Manager

For most people, talking about social security is something they do later in life when retirement is at hand. However, one recent retiree has been talking social security for the past 42 years. Paul Barnes, a 1964 graduate and class valedictorian at Vincent High School, retired Dec. 31, 2010, following a long and distinguished career with the Social Security Administration. February 17

McPherson named ASCA Counselor of the Year

New county fire trucks arrive Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

Deep South Fire Trucks of Seminary, Miss., delivered two new shiny 1,000-gallon Class A pumpers to the Chester County Fire Department Monday, and a third is due within a few weeks. According to Chief Jim Vest, the trucks will replace aging equipment at Station 1, Hilltop and Jacks Creek stations. Cost to the county is only $11,850, with the remaining $300,000 coming from a Community Development Block Grant awarded the county in late 2009. “We really need four more trucks,” stressed Vest. “There are no bells or whistles here, just a plain fire truck.”

first degree murder was added to previous charges of especially aggravated robbery in connection to the alleged assault of his uncle, Gurley Harris, 84. Harris died March 1, apparently of injuries suffered sometime on or before Feb. 15. March 17

Scam calls flood local cell phones The buzz in Henderson and Chester County Tuesday was about the unsolicited ringing of local cell phones. According to the Henderson Police Department and reports on social networking sites and along the age-old grapevine, calls from various numbers began to flood into Chester County Monday, many of the calls late in the evening, with an automated voice stating the call was from Southeast Financial, and that there was a hold or a problem with a debit card. The call prompted the unsuspecting to enter the card number and expiration date to correct the problem. “We’ve taken several reports,” said Henderson Police Department Investigator Gary Davidson. “It is definitely a scam.” March 24

Morris and Moore named Valedictorian and Salutatorian By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Chester County High School recently announced the top 10 percent of the Class of 2011. These 18 students are the best of the best, having maintained a cumulative 97.53 average throughout all four years of high school.

Mary B e t h Morris w a s named Va l e d i c torian, leading MORRIS her class with a 9 9 . 6 5 average, and Josh Moore w a s named MOORE Salutatorian with a 99.08 average. Both top academic achievers had averages more than half a point higher than last year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, and all 18 members of the top 10 percent demonstrated higher scores than similarly ranked students in 2010.

Mobile food pantry offered to first 250 families Faith and Hope Food Bank, in partnership with Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, will have a mobile food pantry on April 9 at the National Guard Armory, on East Main Street. Food will be offered by appointment only to the first 250 families. March 31

CPC Dinner and Auction welcomes record attendance Chester County Carl Perkins Center’s Twelfth Annual Dinner and Auction enjoyed record attendance last Saturday, March 26. With a theme of “Peace, Love, and Happy Children,” the event welcomed approximately 550 people – many of whom embraced the spirit of the theme and dressed as hippies. Event Coordinator Janeane Moore stated that

the Center grossed approximately $40,500 from the single-night event. All the money raised from the dinner and auction remains in Chester County to help the Center with operational expenses necessary to continue providing services for local children and families. April 7, 2011

Freed-Hardeman names Mr. and Miss FHU Freed-Hardeman University recently introduced Mr. and Miss FHU for the 2010-11 school year. Carter England of Columbia, and Abbe McCarrol of Rector, Ark., were chosen by their peers as the ideal FreedHardeman students.

Spring T-storm pounds county Chester County endured a severe beating from the weather early Monday afternoon. After a warm weekend, a highpressure system moving through the region sent temperatures plummeting, and thunderstorms with straightline winds pounded the entire county, felling large trees on Pisgah Rd. and toppling powerlines. April 14

Amy Peterson named Educator of the Week Chester County Middle School teacher Amy Peterson said she was surprised by the WBBJ-TV camera crew as she led her class in a math lesson. She said some of her class were surprised, as well, and some were just excited to be on TV for the first time. April 21 See 2011, Page 5-A

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2011 $50,000 reward for information in Bobo case Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are criminally responsible for the aggravated kidnapping of 20-year old Holly Bobo. TBI, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are actively looking for the Parsons woman believed to be a victim of a kidnapping on April 13. Bobo was last seen by a family member being led against her will behind her home on Swan Johnson Road toward a wooded area by a man wearing camouflage clothing. She is described as 5’3”, weighs 110 pounds and was wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

Active lives and positive attitudes keep Relay honorary chairs going strong By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Cancer touches everyone in s o m e way, and t h e American Cancer Society aims to R. JONES stomp out the disease t h a t knows f e w boundaries. Young or D. JONES old, male o r female, active or sedentary, cancer doesn’t stop at any SHULL designated line people might establish. This year’s Relay For Life Honorary Chairpeople are a cross section of Chester County’s population. They might never cross paths in their day-to-day life, but because all three have fought cancer, they are part of a local network of survivors. Each year, the Relay For Life committee selects three cancer survivors to represent the Relay event to the community. This year, the honorary chairs are Robert Jones, a 97-yearold farmer and avid bowler; Danny Jones, a P.E. coach and local sports official; and Hope Shull, library director at FreedHardeman University and a runner. Each individual has survived a different type of cancer, but all three are fighters and well deserving of the title of 2011 Relay For Life Honorary Chairperson.

call came in, and, consequently, were dressed with gear and ready when they arrived on scene at the home of Shirley Ross, 528 Fourth St., four minutes later. Fourteen fulltime and volunteer firefighters responded in all and the fire was reportedly “knocked down” at 1:22.

Autopsy ordered in suspicious death of infant According to a Chester County Sheriff’s report, investigators received notification by Jackson Madison County General Hospital of the “unusual death of a six month old child” from Chester County. The child’s body was sent to Nashville for autopsy, which is pending until blood testing can be done. A Medical Examiner’s Office on call investigator reportedly stated the male infant had “zero body fat” at the time of death, but that there were no signs of trauma. A representative of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office termed the child’s death “suspicious,” and assured the case is under investigation.

Clayton Bank responds to reports (The following is news release from Clayton Bank) As confirmed by news reports, four Clayton Bank client accounts were compromised between January 2009 and July 2010. The amounts ranged from $5,000 to $20,000 and were accessed by an unauthorized staff member. “In the 122-year history of Clayton Bank and Trust no depositor has ever lost a cent. In this case, thanks to information provided by a long?time friend and depositor, we corrected the account balance – with interest – for each client the day it was reported,” stated Chairman Jack Bulliner. May 5

Barham faces fraud charges in alleged nationwide scheme A Henderson man was arrested Friday as part of a multi-state, multi-country roundup of suspects in a Federal Grand Jury indictment out of the Southern District of Florida in Miami. Timothy Brown Barham Jr., identified in the idictment as a stock promoter in Tennessee, was arrested without incident at his 1175 Holly Springs Road home, charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud,

wire fraud, and mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Agents with the United States Postal Inspectors made the arrest with assistance from the Chester County Sherriff’s Department. Barham was taken to the Chester County jail, and later transported by Postal Inspectors to an unknown Federally approved facility. He was released Monday on $500,000 bond.

Chickasaw Park receives severe damage from storms By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Storms last Tuesday and Wednesday caused substantial damage to Chickasaw State Park at both the main park and the group camp at Lake LaJoie. Many large trees were uprooted, and several toppled on cabins and picnic areas throughout the park. According to Ranger Zach Tinkle, Group Camp 5 and Main Camp 1 received the most damage, and two picnic shelters were hit by trees. The park is still assessing damage and clearing away debris, and Tinkle stated that no monetary figures for the damage have been established. May 12

Commission endorses, barely, Loving Paws rescue facility A relatively routine Chester County Commission meeting Monday went to the dogs when they were asked for a simple nod of recognition. However, at the conclusion of the meeting, the consensus seemed obvious that commissioners would someday have to address the issue of animal control. Laurie Parton, with Loving Paws animal rescue, addressed the board near the conclusion of the meeting asking not for money, but for a vote of support. Parton indicated such an endorsement would aide the facility in its continuing battle to secure grants to house unwanted pets before they could be adopted out. Commissioners grilled Parton about how the facility is funded, and how animals are adopted out, however, they seemed surprised that no animals at the facility are ever euthanized.

Expansion bids under budget, teacher tenure approved

By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Expansion work at Chester County Junior High School to add 15 additional classrooms and incorporate sixth-graders along with the existing seventh and eighth grades, will take approximately 160 days to complete said architect Jimmy Anderson at the May 5 school board meeting. MG Construction, which has constructed the most recent additions at the high school and junior high, placed the low bid in every category, for a total of $1,184,897. Anderson originally estimated that the addition would cost $98.87 per square foot, and the bid from MG Construction came in under budget at $78.72/square foot. May 19

Academic Decathlon team places sixth in nation By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Sixth place in the nation is an honor the Chester County High School Academic Decathlon Team now claims. The team competed in the national online Medium School Division competition last month, and the nine student competitors led the school to CCHS’s highest finish to date. “They did a tremendous job,” said team sponsor David Willis. “It’s a tremendous amount of work, and they had a lot of dedication, discipline, and group effort.” During the National Online Competition in April, the team competed in the following categories: essay, art, social science, economics, math, language and literature, music, and Super Quiz. In 2010, the team placed eighth in the nation. This year’s sixth place finish demonstrates that the team is a formidable opponent and is quickly gaining ground in this prestigious competition. In addition to the team’s overall excellent ranking, Lydia Creech, a junior, won the gold medal in music and silver medals in language and literature, social science, and Super Quiz. Creech was the highest scorer from Chester County.

CCHS Class of 2011 honors 184 new graduates Chester County High School graduated 184 students on Monday, May 16. The graduates, along with their families and friends See 2011, Page 7-A

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April 28

Overnight storm prompts Fourth St. fire By Holly Roeder Staff Writer

Henderson City firefighters responded to a “fully involved” house fire at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the midst of a long night of heavy thunderstorms and tornado warnings crossing the region. According to HFD Chief Glenn Bryan, four firefighters were standing by at the station when the

Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

Big rig crash claims life Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday morning May 2, two tractor-trailer trucks collided near the intersection of St. Rt. 100 and Wayne Harris Rd./Hwy. 225. A westbound 2000 International 18-wheeler driven by Timothy Thomas, of Parsons, approached the intersection where two vehicles were stopped waiting to turn left on Hwy. 225. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Bryant, Thomas slammed on his brakes and jackknifed into the eastbound lane. Abram Thiessen of Ontario, Canada, was headed east on St. Rt. 100, and when he saw the other truck veering into his lane, he was unable to stop his partially loaded 2007 Peterbilt. The two trucks collided, with Thiessen’s truck skidding off the road and striking a utility pole in a nearby field. The cab of Thomas’ truck detached from the trailer and turned on its side in the eastbound lane.

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List of Library Donations and Memorials for 2010-2011

Chester County Independent archives, Dec. 23, 1971

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY WINNERS – The top three winners of the 15th Annual Voice of Democracy contest, sponsored locally by the Chester County VFW and VFW Ladies Auxilliary, are pictured above with Mrs. Raymond Davis, Auxillary representative, receiving cash awards for their winning essays on “My Responsibility to Freedom.” Wiiners are, left to right, Shirley Pierce, first place; Debbie Jones, second place, and Anita Marsh, third place. Winning essays were broadcast over radio station WHHM.

Only Yesterday “School lunch prices to increase in 1972” From the files of the Chester County Independent During the years of 1941, 1951, and 1961, the Chester County Independent did not publish a paper for the last week of the year. The regular installments of “Only Yesterday” will continue next week with 1942, 1952, 1962 and 1972. December 30, 1971 “School Lunches Increase Monday” Lunchroom prices will be increased when school resumes after the Christmas holidays, principals of East Chester, West Chester and Jacks Creek Elementary schools announced in letters to parents this week. A deficit in the operation of the school lunch programs in the schools was given as the reason for the price increases. At the present time, school lunches are 25 cents per day. Beginning Monday, the price will be increased to 30 cents per day or to $1.50 per week. With additional milk during the morning recess period, the weekly price for lunches will be $1.70 per week. Advances both in the price of food and labor have contributed to the price increases, the announcements stated. “The First Hundred Million” This week in Henderson, one of the new telephones to be installed could be the Bell System's 100 millionth. The Bell System isn't trying to find out precisely which of the thousands of new phones connected this week throughout the nation will mark this milestone. “What's important is that connecting the 100 millionth telephone signifies that we have virtually achieved a long-sought goal – universal telephone service in the United States,” J. V. Cheek, South Central Bell Manager said. The goal of universal service was set by the first president of AT&T, Theodore N. Vail, in 1908 when Bell had only four million subscribers. He said that the public could best be served by “one system, one policy and universal service” and set about organizing the fledgling Bell System under that banner. [...] Bell thinks the growth in telephones will continue at much the same pace as it has since World War II. At that time, 71 years after the phone was invented, the Bell System had 25 million phones. Now, only 25 years later, that figure has quadrupled and by the end of the decade, the number of Bell phones will approach 150 million. During the early 1900's, telephone workers sometimes found new customers reluctant to sign up until they had a number of people they could talk to. Today, the new subscriber can reach, simply by lifting the telephone receiver, any of the 125 million other telephones in this country and most of an additional 160 million in some 200

other countries around the globe. A few comparisons show how the phone has become more useful and attractive. The 25 millionth phone customer in 1946 probably used a black phone, made all his long distance calls through the operator, and sometimes had to shout to be heard. Today the customer using the 100 millionth telephone can dial long distance by push button phone with g r e a t l y improved transmission quality and talk to Europe on a cable circuit or satellite circuit. To bring about these efficiencies and economies, the Bell System is spending billions of dollars each year to add to the network and to make service better. Behind each of the 25 million phones in 1946 was a $250 capital investment. Growth and inflation, plus more sophisti-

cated use of the telephones, have increased the capital investment today to about $600 per phone.

Chester County Independent archives, Dec. 21, 1951

The following were received by the Chester County Library: In memory of Mickey Cherry by Ralph and Kathy Mays; West Chester Elementary; Marcia Johnson, Linda McIllwain, Peggy Siler and Jennifer Siler; Evelyn Hysmith and Betty Robbins In memory of Moselle Jones and in honor of Robert Jones by Joel and Melanie Glover; Virginia and Dennis Cole; and Rob, Robin, Nathan, and Laney Cole In memory of J. E. Blankenship by Al and Jo Price In memory of Will Garner by C & R Grocery; and Diane Jones, Pam and Jimmy Cooper In memory of Warren Garner; Janice Cooper; and Opal Canaday by Pam and Jimmy Cooper In memory of Billy Neal Gaddy by C & R Grocery In memory of Veda Hailey by the Jimmy Cooper family In memory of Lynn Pierce by Billy Joe Pierce, Reese and Garrett Robison and Cole and Pierce Jordan In memory of Danny Stanfill and Rebecca Woods by C&R Grocery In memory of James Massey by Florine Cherry, Billy and Barbara Cherry, and Sherri and Shane Cherry In memory of James Massey and in honor of Dorothy Massey by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Callis In memory of Lila Rush, Past Dept. President (198283) by the American Legion Auxiliary In memory of Dr. Tony Phillips by Troy and Cyndi Kilzer In memory of deceased class members of CCHS Class of 1956 In memory of Pete Williams by Sonny and Peggy Record In memory of Dan Cole and Jim Ashworth by Dr. and Mrs. Orman Campbell In memory of Jane Huff; Bobby Sells; and Willa Haskins by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Priddy In memory of Rubye Morton by the Robert Brancy Woods, Jr. Ladies Auxiliary Post #4844 In memory of Sylvia Rouse Johnson by CCHS Class of 1974 In memory of Von Bara Cloud by Mr. and Mrs. Kay D. Wyatt and Carrie Neal Cherry In memory of deceased class members, Nancy Boyd Moore, Annie McAdams Wilkins, and Von Bara Cherry Cloud, of CCHS Class of 1945 In memory of Rubye Morton, Betty Lancaster Johnson, and Don Ellis by Mary Nell Guinn Johnson Dr. J. Walker Whittle donated a copy of his autobiography, From Rochelle to Rebecca Glenn and Charlotte Naylor donated Decision Points in memory of Kenneth Stumph Julie, Jonathan, and Malone Ellis Wilburn made a donation in honor of the birthday of Nancy Canada CCHS Class of 1959 donated Cars of the Fifties and Diane Jordan donated American Pickers both in honor of Don Ellis Dr. Robert Clendenin, Jr. donated a book he authored, Reelfoot Lake Images: A Photographic Tour of Reelfoot Lake in honor of CCHS Class of 1953 Nancy Canada donated the DVDs The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and A Christmas Without Snow in honor of Merrill and Judy Beaver The following are donations to the library building fund: Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Blackwood Mrs. Lesta Shannon The Chester County Historical Society In memory of Warren Garner by C&R Grocery In memory of Billy Neal Gaddy by CCHS Class of 1950 The CCHS Drama Department donated a portion of their profits from the play, Steel Magnolias, to the building fund.

New Years celebrations planned at State Parks

Chester County Independent archives, Dec. 22, 1961

Special New Year’s Eve celebrations are planned at Tennessee State Parks inns and restaurants, including dinner buffets, holiday room discounts, music and dancing! New Year’s Eve dinner will be served Dec. 31 at Cumberland Mountain, Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing state parks. This special dinner will include a variety of entrees, dessert and non-alcoholic sparkling beverages. Seating times and prices will vary by park, and reservations are encouraged. Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing also will be offering a New Year’s Day Brunch as an additional holiday dining option. In addition, the park inns at Fall Creek Falls, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing are offering special room packages for the holiday. Details for individual park festivities across the state include: West Tennessee “Moonlight and Magnolia” is the theme of Pickwick Landing State Park’s New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31. A $250 couples’ package includes inn room accommodations, dinner, dancing and a midnight toast. Live entertainment provided by Magi, party favors and a delicious New Year’s Day Brunch will complete the festivities. Co-sponsored by Team Hardin County, formal attire requested. For more information and to make reservations, call (800) 552-3866 or (731) 925-8181. For additional information, visit the Web site at

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2011 filled Loyd Auditorium onthe campus of FreedHardeman University. Class President Cassie Johnson addressed her classmates with a speech entitled “No Turning Back, Now It’s Time.” Salutatorian Josh Moore expressed “My Humble Gratitude” to fellow students, teachers, friends, and family, and Valedictorian Mary Beth Morris encouraged the graduates on “How to Live Happily Ever After.”

Job seekers line up to apply for Arvin Sango positions By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Arvin Sango manufacturing is now hiring, and on Friday, May 27, the Career Coach rolled into Chester County to take applications for the new positions Arvin Sango needs to fill. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Career Coach, is a mobile career and recruitment center. By 12:30 p.m., more than 60 local job seekers had already signed up with the Career Coach to put in the applications. June 9

Front Street Arts Festival sizzles during heat wave By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

A CCHS senior walks barefoot to her graduation ceremony.

City proposes new recycling program By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Plastic takes up to 700 years to decompose in a landfill, but when it has been recycled, it can be transformed into a variety of new items from toys to clothing. Aluminum cans take up to 80 to 100 years to decompose, and they can also be recycled into many practical items, saving tons of trash from congesting landfills for up to a century. The City of Henderson currently contracts with Chester County to transport to landfills all of its waste that the sanitation department collects. The city and county have used the same contract for almost 20 years, but as the price of gas increases and inflation drives up prices, the county has told the city that it is time to reconsider the arrangement.

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Unseasonable hot June weather may have kept many potential Front Street Arts Festival visitors at home Saturday, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Henderson Arts Commission (HAC). Even as temperatures climbed toward the century mark, vendors and bands made a valiant effort to brave the heat and encourage attendees to support the Chester County Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center. “We are grateful to everyone who made Saturday’s inaugural Front Street Arts Festival happen,” said HAC board member Jason Bramblett. “We’ll all remember this first year as the one we dealt with the stifling heat, but we’re thankful to those who braved it to stop by, the bands who donated their time and the vendors who participated! In addition to celebrating the arts, we were glad to have the opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Chester County Exchange ClubCarl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. We look forward to seeing everyone at this month’s Arts in the Alley on Thursday, June 16.”

Residents asked to voice support for curbside recycling By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

The City of Henderson needs all residents interested in recycling to con-

They “picked” Henderson American Pickers, antiquers from History Channel’s popular show by the same name, picked their way through West Tennessee earlier this week. On Monday, the show’s stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz arrived on White Ave. at the home of Don Ellis, a well-known local collector of antiques. Several Henderson residents, such as Josh Ferguson (above) had an opportunity to meet the stars. The episode featuring Ellis’ collection aired Nov. 28. tact City Hall before the July meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The board decided at its April meeting to look into starting a recycling program to offset the rising cost of solid waste disposal, and now is the time for Henderson residents to have a voice. As of Tuesday morning, 45 households (approximately 9 percent of the needed households) had signed up for recycling, but King said the city needs at least 20 percent of its residents to express an interest in order to make curbside recycling pick up feasible. June 16

Thompson still awaiting trial in 2009 murder case Marcus Thompson, one of the three people implicated in the 2009 kidnapping and murder of Carolyn Ward, appeared in court Monday, June 13, for a status update before Judge Roy Morgan Jr. He is scheduled to be tried in August for an unrelated aggravated robbery charge, and in September, he will stand trial for kidnapping and murder. June 23

Premier expands production, increases workforce By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Premier Manufacturing has amped up production this year, receiving new machines from a closed facility in Ohio and hiring new workers to run them. Last week, Premier rolled

in a new banner machine, used to make round fan guards for heating and air conditioning systems. The machine, which was shipped in from a now closed Cleveland, Ohio, plant, comes in addition to several other newly brought in machines that were shipped at the end of last year. According to plant manager Danny Tacker, Premier now has three banner machines, which each are manned by two workers per shift. Premier has hired five of the six necessary workers for the new machine, and Tacker was expecting to add the last one sometime this week. After cutting back production due to the economy, the plant closure in Cleveland has helped Premier return to operating three complete shifts and increasing its client base.

County has a rich history, locals plan new museum By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Chester County is missing something. Unlike surrounding counties, it has no place to store one of its most valuable resources, and despite many Chester Countians’ best intentions, that resource is rapidly disappearing – being sold, lost, forgotten, thrown away, and stored in the backs of closets and attics. The resource that is vanishing is local history, and the 2011 Leadership Chester County class knows just what to do about it: they plan to create a Chester

County history and heritage museum. Almost every other county in the state of Tennessee has a museum devoted specifically to the county’s own particular history, but Chester County has fallen behind in that area. Despite a rich past, many Chester Countians have forgotten their own past and the contributions that have arisen from this area over the centuries. Chester may be the youngest county in Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean that it does not have a substantial legacy. From the Native Americans, the railroad, Eddy Arnold “The Tennessee Plowboy,” suffragists such as Sue Shelton White, writers, soldiers, a Civil War skirmish, and many other notable people and events, Chester County has a vibrant past. It may not be well known in the scope of national events, but more has happened here than many people would expect. June 30

Junior high baseball receives green light from school board By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Baseball fans at Chester County Junior High School have reason to celebrate next school year. For the first time in school history, CCJHS will offer boys’ baseball for students during the 20112012 school year. Tammy Lott, a parent of three CCJHS boys, approached the board at the March 24 meeting, asking the board to consider including baseball. She viewed the schoolsponsored sport as an alternative to travel teams on which many students play, and since her sons are active in Dixie Youth baseball, she suggested that as a school sport, it would keep junior high boys interested in baseball during the Dixie Youth offseason.

Whaley retirement ends era An era spanning nearly half a century comes to an end this week with the retirement of a longtime Henderson businessman. Scott Whaley, publisher of the Chester County Independent, will step down from his job at the close of business today, June 30. Whaley’s retire-

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ment brings to a close the involvement of the Whaley family in the newspaper business, a tenure for them which began in the early 1960s. “I have been very fortunate to have a job that I have loved all of these years,” stated Whaley. “This has been a rewarding career and I cherish the friendships I have made along the way.”

Tax increase! Commission approves budget by 10-7 vote With a narrow majority, the Chester County Commission has voted to approve the 2011-12 budget which includes a 28cent increase in property taxes over the previous year. The meeting came at a special called meeting Monday that included a lengthy agenda. The 10-7 vote, with one commissioner absent, sets the property tax rate at $2.1702, up from $1.8902 for 2010-11. The general purpose school rate is set at $0.737, down from $0.7544, with highways and general debt service remaining unchanged at $0.02 and $0.0156 respectively. The increase is in the county general fund, up from $1.1002 to $1.3976. July 7

City concludes prolonged discussion of utility department budget By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

The City of Henderson met again last Thursday evening, June 30, to iron out some kinks in the last remaining portion of the 2011-2012 budget. Postponed in May due to safety concerns that arose during discussion of several proposed projects, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen resumed the conversation with Utility Director Mark Elkins to consider several alternate plans. During the May meeting, several members of the utility department informed the board that there were too few workers to safely proceed with laying gas lines in the proposed areas of Mifflin and Deanburg. In the budget, Elkins had asked for permission to purchase a new trencher at $20,000 and/or a directional boring machine at $62,000. See 2011, Page 13-A

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Freeland receives death penalty By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

John T. Freeland Jr. was sentenced to death Monday for kidnapping and murdering 61-yearold Carolyn Ward in March 2009. Madison County Circuit Judge Roy Morgan Jr. sentenced Freeland to death by lethal injection, following the four-hour sentencing hearing Monday morning. In January, Freeland was convicted of first-degree murder, murder in perpetration of especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with evidence.

Relay surpasses goal The Chester County Relay For Life Friday at Chester County High School was one of the best attended and most successful ever. The 14th annual event to raise for funds for the fight against cancer surpassed its goal, and organizers estimated that more than 1,500 persons were on hand helping to raise more than $82,000. June 2

This gal is very friendly and lovable and loves her back scratched.

This fella is very friendly and lovable. He would love a family of his own and yard to romp and play in.

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Next year I’ll hibernate through the holidays If you’re still waiting for a Christmas card from me this year, I apologize, but I didn’t send cards this year. It’s nothing personal, and I really do appreciate all the cards that friends and family sent to me – they are on display on my mantle. I’m usually pretty diligent about sending cards each year, but this year, I can’t get in the holiday spirit. After Thanksgiving, we received a wonderful snow, and I felt very festive. I was ready to deck the halls and spread Christmas cheer. Then it started raining, and it rained, and it rained and it rained. It’s difficult for me to get in the holiday spirit when it’s 50 degrees and raining. That weather makes it feel more like early spring than the Christmas season. I had wanted to put up my Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the electric outlet that serves as our Christmas tree hub didn’t work. There are few holiday decorations more depressing than a Christmas tree that doesn’t have lights, so we waited to put up the tree until my husband could gather up the supplies he needed to fix the outlet. He fixed it on a Wednesday night, and the next night we put up our tree. The night we had planned to put up the tree, my husband and I had to work late. When he got home, he got the tree out of the closet, and while I finished up some last minute work, he picked out the tree’s location in the living room and put the stand together. I usually get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas music, hot chocolate and by fluffing up the branches and arranging the lights, but by the time I was able to help, the tree was already in place. My sister-in-law, who was visiting us to celebrate her birthday that day, vetoed Christmas music, and it was too warm for hot chocolate. I didn’t even get to do my annual furniture rearranging to show off the tree better. I’ve never decorated a tree with three people before. I’m an only child, so growing up, my mom and I always decorated our tree. When I moved out, I decorated my apartment all by myself, and after I got married, it’s just the two of us. I wanted my sister-in-law to feel included since it’s her first Christmas in Tennessee, but it felt strange passing ornaments along to someone else and pointing to bare places on the tree rather than having a more active role. The day after our tree decorating party, we turned off the lights on the tree, instructed the cats that it wasn’t for climbing or for eating and left home for a week while we visited relatives. We had a nice visit, but it never really felt like Christmas. Even leaving the state, all we saw was rain and warmer temperatures. I took my fuzzy, faux fur-lined boots, and I didn’t even get an opportunity to wear them except in the car when my husband got hot and decided to turn on the air conditioner. It’s not Christmas if you need to turn on the A/C! My best friend in graduate school and I used to get together and bake cookies before Christmas, but I didn’t have a baking buddy this year. I didn’t get to go to a Christmas carol service, and I didn’t get to watch snowflakes drift past shimmery decorations. We didn’t even plan a big family meal, which is a first for me, and it makes Christmas seem a little less festive. Everything seems rushed. I kept losing track of how close Christmas actually was, and now that New Year’s Eve is approaching, it’s sneaking up on me in the same fashion. I wanted to have a New Year’s Eve party, but I got so wrapped up in last minute Christmas plans that I forgot all about New Year’s until less than a week before the big day – so much for invitations and making plans. I didn’t mean to be a Grinch this year, but things always seem to happen at once. Our new puppy wants to eat the tree and the presents – shoes, the computer cord, the table, the couch and anything else she can get her teeth on– and the yard is too swampy thanks to the rain to let her run off all of her puppy exuberance. Our cats are stressed and keep shedding – or in Christabelle’s case, exploding fur – all over the house. And everything just seems out of sorts. Every time I start to clean or organize, I turn around to find that something has taken its place. If I sweep and mop, 10 minutes later there are leaves and wet footprints on the floor again. When I wash laundry, the laundry baskets are still full of clothes – clean and dirty. Dust settles right back down where I just dusted. The vacuum seems to only spread the remnants of the cat hair explosion around into different corners and crevices, and the stove is a magnet for crumbs. I know the holidays are stressful, but this is the first year it’s been this crazy. Maybe this year, I just have gone into hibernation at the first snowfall. That seems like a really good idea, actually. I’m sure I could turn a quiet corner upstairs into a cozy cave and hibernate through all the holiday craziness. Then I could wake in the spring refreshed and ready to tackle some spring cleaning. If you call and I’ve changed my voicemail to “See you in the spring,” at least you know how the holidays drove me into hibernation.

Old acquaintance generates newspaper headlines — in all his scales and glory!

Old Harold is alive and well. I needn’t have been worried about the ancient reprobate, after all these years. He has spent a career scaring ladies and children – and more than a few full-grown men – in boats and canoes, fishermen during the warm season, duck hunters in the winter and skeptics at all times of the year in a Tennessee River tributary creek near my family home in Southern Appalachia. I thought he’d given up the ghost and his bones were bleaching on a muddy bank where he liked to sunbathe in the summertime. Harold, you see, is a 14- to 16-ft. alligator that I first glimpsed over 30 years ago from my flat bottom crappiefishing boat when he swam off with a stringer of slabs. “Did you see that?” I asked my fishing buddy. Larry was looking the wrong direction. When he turned, the only sign of the alligator was a swirl of bubbles heading down the creek channel. “What?” he said. I told

him, and he laughed. I told a lot of people. Most of them laughed, too. You see, real live American alligators weren’t supposed to exist so far into Appalachia. The winters were too severe, said the experts. “What had you been drinking?” wondered a game warden. Gradually, I encountered others who’d seen what wasn’t supposed to exist in our community. We were like people captured by aliens and interrogated inside UFOs, sharing a secret that could be wonderful or terrible, depending on how you looked at it. We even named the ‘gator that wasn’t: Old Harold. The alligator favored a particular stretch of mud bank. I began to see him with greater frequency, talked to other fishermen who’d spotted a giant reptile but were too embarrassed to report the sighting and finally took a Southern Baptist preacher with me and intentionally anchored opposite of Old Harold’s feeding grounds.

Luckily, it was dinnertime, and the preacher witnessed the alligator chase a spotted gar, with much thrashing and mudslinging. Old Harold consumed the fish as a cat would eat a mouse. I was vindicated. The preacher’s sermon the next Sunday was on St. George and the dragon. A newspaper photographer friend put the matter to rest, once and for all. He snapped a series of speed-winder 35-mm frames of Old Harold, yawning lazily but toothily from his sunning spot: over a ton of saurian flesh that wasn’t supposed to be where it was. Enter other experts and researchers, biologists and those skeptics turned believers. Some said Old Harold had to go. Others reminded the public that the alligator was protected. Many local residents thought the uproar over a critter they’d already come to acknowledge and appreciate – or, at least, live with – was overblown. Like ice storms and heat waves, the ‘gator was simply a natural phenomenon. He was shy and secretive. You’d never see him near one of the TVA swimming beaches. Nobody thought of making him a tourist attraction or using Old Harold in a chamber of com-

merce campaign. He didn’t eat dogs or cats, only rough fish like carp, buffalo and gar, which could be found aplenty. In short, he was nearly the perfect neighbor. I married, started a family but moved away. To tell the truth, I had mostly forgotten about the alligator that wasn’t supposed to exist and my fishing adventures in his domain until the hometown newspaper’s website recently carried a very special story and photo. Old Harold was not dead! An angler with a video camera had filmed him sunning on his favorite bank. The fisherman’s bass boat was 16 feet long, and Old Harold was longer. I called a friend who fished the creek with me back in the day, and he furnished a post-script. Old Harold’s absence might have been due to biology. He is not the only alligator now known to inhabit the reservoir, and smaller versions are being seen in the area. Old Harold, like myself, apparently had started a family. Both of us are older, crustier and more ugly, but we forge ahead. The ‘gator that wasn’t supposed to exist is an inspiration to me. Who says old age doesn’t have its rewards?

CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, December 29, 2011

Work well together By Lamar Alexander U.S. Senate

There’s a lesson Washington, D.C., can learn from my hometown, Maryville – a lesson most of us learned in kindergarten and I learned in my mother's kindergarten class. It’s three words: "Work well together." The latest example was all over Maryville’s sports pages on Sunday, Dec. 4. One headline read: "Historic Championship: Maryville Wins the 13th State Title – Most Ever." Our football team has learned to work well together. Their record this year was 15-0. It was their ninth state title and ninth perfect season under an extraordinary coach, George Quarles, who has won 179 games and lost only 13 in his career – the most state titles of any school in Tennessee’s history. Maryville has averaged 30 or more points in 12 of its 13 seasons under coach Quarles and the quarterback, Patton Robinette, who has scholarship offers from good schools everywhere, was named the Gatorade Tennessee Football Player of the Year, part of which has to do with his academic credentials: a straight A-plus average. This leads me to the second thing they work well together on in

Maryville, whose district was named the best overall school district in the state by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. The Maryville city schools recently received all As on their state math, reading, social studies, science, and writing assessments. According to the Tennessean, Maryville city schools have the second highest test scores in the state in reading and math. The high school was selected as one of three finalists in the prized category of high schools "based primarily on student achievement gains and progress over time." The football team and the students clearly have learned to work well together, academically and athletically, at Maryville High School. How did this all happen? Well, I know a little bit about this. I am a proud graduate of Maryville High School. It is not the richest town in the state by a long shot. Most families in Maryville would describe themselves as middle income. One reason they succeed and why they achieve so much excellence in so many ways in their schools is that the town devotes about 70 percent of its budget to its schools. It is in a county where about half the citizens have a library card. It is a

place where if you get in trouble at school, you get in trouble at home. There is none of this business about parents blaming the teacher and the principal for what the child does. But the school principal, Greg Roach, who is new to the town, said it best. I watched the game on statewide television and saw when he was asked during a halftime interview, “How did this happen? How did you have this champion football team more than any other school in the state and then you are named the best school district in the state? How can you do that all at once?” He said, “Well, it is a town school, and when something happens, everybody shows up.” They showed up for the football game, but they also show up at the annual academic awards banquets. I have been to those, and over the last several years it’s become more like a sporting contest, with students getting the same honors, awards, scholarships and pats on the back that football players get. I used to talk about the Maryville schools and the community of Maryville when I ran for president, and my friend, former education secretary and talkradio host Bill Bennett, who was chairman of my campaign, would say,

“Lamar, not every community in America is Maryville.” And I know that – but I think a lot more could be. There are a lot of theories about what makes a good school, but Principal Roach may have it right: It is a town school, and when something happens, everybody shows up. When everybody in a community shows up, when people work well together, good things happen. Working well together is not the end goal, just as working well together was not the goal of the football team: they wanted the championship. Working well together was not the goal of the students: they wanted scholarships. But they knew they had to work well together to get a result. Perhaps that is a lesson for Washington, D.C., as we seek to take the responsibilities we have and earn the respect of the men and women of this country who hired us and sent us here to solve problems. We should celebrate the success of the championship football team of Maryville High School and the “championship” school district of Maryville and suggest that their lesson on working well together (in Washington, it’s “bipartisanship”) might be a good lesson for us.

THP remind holiday celebrants: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” The Tennessee Highway Patrol is once again participating in the national holiday enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” State Troopers will join local law enforcement agencies across the state to encourage safe driving habits and remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways this holiday season. The 2011 Christmas holiday period began at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, and ran through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, while the New Year’s holiday period commences at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, and concludes at 11:59 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. “This is the time of year when many people are traveling to share the holiday with family and friends,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Our goal is for motorists to reach their destinations safely. We take this responsibility seriously throughout the year, and especially during holiday seasons.” The holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving. During the 2010 Christmas holiday period, six people were killed in

traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways. That represented one death every 13 hours. Alcohol was involved in 20 percent of those crashes and two of the five (40 percent) vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints. According to department records, the fewest number of people were killed during last year’s New Year’s holiday period with six vehicular fatalities. Nearly 17 percent (16.7 percent) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide impaired driving fatalities have dropped from 10,759 in 2009 to 10,228 in 2010, a 4.9 percent decline. In 2010, 283 people died in Tennessee traffic crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That’s a 5.4 percent decline from the 299 impaired driving deaths in 2009, and a 7.5 percent decline from the 306 impaired driving deaths in 2008. “We are encouraged by the decline in impaired vehicular fatalities in Tennessee and nationwide,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “Our agency

Deadline approaches for Energy Star rebates Tennessee Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebates are still available for qualifying Energy Star® room air conditioners, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps and gas furnaces, but time is quickly running out. All applications must be postmarked by Jan. 14, 2012. Appliances purchased since April 22, 2010 are eligible for a rebate debit

card on a first-come, firstserved basis. For rebates on air source heat pumps, central air conditioners or gas furnaces, mail the proper documents to: CSG Incentive Processing, TN Appliance Rebate Program, P.O. Box 290189, Nashville, TN 372290189. To find out more, go to

has placed a greater emphasis on identifying and removing impaired drivers from state roadways, increasing the number of DUI arrests by 38 percent since last year. This holiday season will be no exception. If we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested.” In 2010, there were 1,031 traffic fatalities in Tennessee, an increase of just over 4.5 percent from 986 fatalities in 2009. As of Dec. 21, preliminary statistics indicate that 908 people have died on Tennessee roadways this year, a decrease of 109 deaths (10.7percent) compared to 1,017 fatalities at this same time a year ago. The Tennessee Highway Patrol recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season: · Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys. · If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. · Wear a seat belt in a vehicle or protective gear on a motorcycle. It’s your best defense in a crash. · If you see a drunk

driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement immediately. · And remember, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. State Troopers will utilize several enforcement tools over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, such as saturation patrols, bar checks and driver license and sobriety checkpoints. Statistics for the 2010 Christmas and the 20102011 New Year’s Holiday period also accompany this press release. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.

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Walter M. Hudspeth

Obituaries Audrey Hazel Newman Stanfill Date of death – Dec. 20, 2011 Audrey Hazel Newman Stanfill, 89, passed away Dec. 20, 2011, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson – Johnson Chapel are in charge of arrangements. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 29, 2011

Leonard Earl Mainers Feb. 22, 1946 – Dec. 21, 2011 Leonard Earl Mainers, 65, of Henderson, passed from this life Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Services were held Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at Pleasant Springs Methodist Church in Henderson. Burial followed in the Pleasant Springs Methodist Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge of the service. He was born in Chester County to the late Albert and Dimple Campbell Mainers. He lived most of his life in Chester County. He married Brienda Israel on May 23, 1966. He worked as the owner of Chickasaw Sod Farm as well as several convenience stores. He was a member of Pleasant Springs Methodist Church in Henderson. He attended the Abundant Life Church in Bolivar. He was a 32nd degree Mason for the #608 Masons of Bolivar where he also served as Chaplain, a member of the Scottish Rite and an active member of "World Ventures.” He was preceded in death by three sisters, Beulah Hannis, Ruby Mayfield, and Annette Fish; and three brothers, Thomas Lee Mainers, Clarence Mainers and John Mainers. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Richard Earl Mainers (Angie) of Savannah and Ben "Rockstar" Mainers of Adamsville; a brother, Art Mainers (Lois) of Horn Lake, Miss.; one grandchild, Agion Lee Mainers; three step-grandchildren, Michael Gean, Anthony Gean and Timothy Hill; one great-grandchild, Elijah James Gean; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to the Bolivar Masonic Lodge #608 in Bolivar or the Scottish Rite of Corinth in Corinth, Miss. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 29, 2011

Irene Hearn Ruth Nov. 1, 1917 – Dec. 25, 2011 Katie Irene Hearn Ruth, 94, died on Dec. 25, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Dr. Joe Thornton officiating. Burial will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home. Irene was the daughter of Stella Hornsby and John Marvin Hearn, born Nov. 1, 1917, in the Hearn’s Chapel Community, Chester County. She married Leland Glen Ruth of Montezuma on Oct. 31, 1936. They lived in Bemis and worked in the Bemis Cotton Mill. Irene retired from the mill in 1969 and Leland retired in 1979. They moved back to Chester County in 1985 and moved their membership to Trinity United Methodist Church where they were very active members. They had a wonderful 68 years of marriage. They enjoyed their new home and enjoyed 19 years of flower and vegetable gardening. Their favorite recreation was fishing and they would spend many days at their cabin at Lost Creek in Decatur County fishing and spending time with their many friends at Lost Creek. After Leland’s death, she made her home with her daughter Junell in Jackson. She was a loving, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and had a youthful spirit that uplifted everyone. She was an excellent seamstress and cook who loved to cook for her family. Everyone always loved to go to Memaw’s and Granddaddy’s house and headed to the kitchen as they entered the door. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in Feb. 2004; two half-sisters, Mary Fields and Juanita Hodges; two brothers, John M. Hearn Jr. and Cecil Wayne Hearn; one sister, Imogene Hearn (infant); one granddaughter, Julie Lynn Williamson; one son-inlaw, John F. Bearden; and one brother-in-law, Clifton Watson. She is survived by a daughter, Junell Bearden of Jackson; a son, Wm. Glen Ruth (Kandi) of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a brother, Donald Hearn (Barbara) of Jackson; a sister, Martha Watson of Memphis; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family would like to send ‘A Special Thanks’ to all her friends and family, and especially Linda Mathews, Lori Tull and Debra Clayton. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 29, 2011

May 30, 1944 – Dec. 24, 2011 Walter Maurice Hudspeth, 67, died Saturday evening, Dec. 24, 2011, at the emergency room of Jackson General Hospital. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel. Burial followed at Cave Springs Cemetery. Mr. Hudspeth was born in Mississippi and lived in Somerville and Memphis where he worked in the service station business. He married Gracie Riggs Hurst and they made their home in the Silerton Community. Mr. Hudspeth had lived at McMillan Towers in Jackson the past couple of years. He is survived by seven step-children, Junior Mosier and Clarence Mosier both of Henderson, Sue Mayfield of Bemis, Betty Hooper of Silerton, Rose King of Savannah, Shirley Callahan of Rogers, Ark, and Peggy Callahan of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002. Chester County Independent (Henderson, Tenn.) Dec. 29, 2011

Goats and Gratitude Ronnie McBrayer Keeping the Faith

A man went to his rabbi and complained, "There are 10 of us living in one room. Life is unbearable! What can I do?" The rabbi answered, "Go home and take your goat into the room with you." The man was incredulous; but the rabbi was insistent. "Do as I say. Come back in a week." A week later the man returned looking even more distraught than before. "Rabbi, please, we cannot stand it. The goat is so filthy!" The rabbi then told him, "Very well, go home and let the goat out. Come back in a week." A radiant man returned to the rabbi a week later. His perspective had been astonishingly altered. "Life is beautiful,” he cried. “We enjoy every minute of living together without the goat – and there’s only the 10 of us!" Jesus once encountered a group of 10, living together, with little for which to be thankful. These 10 had more than a stinking goat in the room. They had leprosy. From a distance they shout to the rabbi Jesus to have mercy on them – life was unbearable. This group was following standard social protocol. Leprosy was highly contagious and had to be controlled. Those who had the disease were quarantined into colonies. Those unfortunate enough to contract the disease were thus cut off from family and friends, typically, for the rest of their lives. It’s hard for us to imagine the stigma attached to this malady when we have never seen anyone with the disease. It is a crippling, disfiguring condition. Today it can be treated and cured with drugs costing a couple hundred dollars, but in Jesus’ day, it was a death sentence. Devastating the skin, eyes, and lungs, it ate away at the nerve endings and flesh until it completely dismantled the sufferer. Jesus did more than change their perspective. Mercifully, he healed them. Maybe fingers began to grow back. Maybe the difficult breathing was replaced by fully inflatable lungs. Maybe their splotchy skin became pink and healthy again. For the first time in years they are physically well, and this group turns together from death’s door. But they do not turn together toward their healer. Only one of the 10 came back to Jesus. This one fell at the feet of Christ and worshiped him. Outside of others in his leper colony, this was the first person he had drawn close to in years. He didn’t run home to a wife he had not held in years. He didn’t scoop up the children he had only seen play at a distance. He didn’t seek out his old friends who had long given him up for dead. No, he went first and foremost to Jesus. He threw himself down on the ground in devotion. This was a thankful man. This was a grateful man. This was a man with perspective. The tragedy is that this was the only one who returned to say, “Thank you.” Even Jesus was surprised by this. “Were not all 10 cleansed?” Jesus asked rhetorically. “Then, where are the other nine?” Why didn’t the others come back? Maybe one waited to see if the cure was for real. Maybe another intended to go back later, as soon as possible. Maybe one ran to the family from which he had long been separated or got so entranced with having his life back, he simply forgot to return to the one who had performed the healing. I don’t know for sure. But I do know that we can become so absorbed in our happiness – in our blessings or good fortune – that we fail to consider the Source of those blessings. We do not maintain perspective, and can sometimes say “Thank you,” because we know that it is the proper thing to do, but saying it and feeling it are two different things. During this holiday week, may the Source of every good and perfect gift give us the greatest gift of all: A grateful heart. In return, may we fall at his feet with thanksgiving. Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author. His books include “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.” Visit his website at

Gateway Holiness Chapel having watch service At 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Gateway Holiness Chapel, 2342 Refuge Road, Bethel Springs, will be having a watch service. Breakfast will be served after the service. Everyone is invited to come. For more information, call 934-9476.

New Years Eve watch night scheduled at FFBC Forty Forks Baptist Church, 672 Ed Barham Rd., Bethel Springs, will be celebrating New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. until midnight, Dec. 31, with snacks, games, fun and sweet fellowship. The night will be filled with many activities and will end with the praying in of the 2012 New Year at the Sanctuary Altar. Bro. Randy Smith, the pastor, invites and encourages all to come and spend some or all of the evening with the folks of Forty Forks Baptist Church. For more information, call: 934-7457, 934-7668 or 610-1716.

New Year’s Eve Gospel Music Spectacular planned Come ring in the New Year Saturday, Dec. 31, with great southern gospel music in Savannah at the Hardin County High School Auditorium. J.A.F. Promotions presents the second annual "New Year’s Eve Gospel Music Spectacular." The lineup includes some of gospel music's finest, featuring Host Group, Josh and Ashley Franks, The Kelly’s from Lawrenceburg, award winning soloist Mark Bishop, and one of the premier quartets in southern gospel music Mark Trammell Quartet. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and at 8 p.m. the program will begin. For more information, call 607-1948 or visit w w w. J o s h a n d A s h l e y

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Questions and answers from UT Extension: Final thoughts for 2011 By J. Brian Signaigo UT Extension Agent III

Southwest HRA announces transportation assistance to voters in 2012 for Photo ID Starting in 2012, registered voters in Tennessee will have to show government issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls. The Rural Public Transportation system is designed to benefit the entire community including the elderly, preschoolers, dialysis patients and disabled. Vital transportation services are provided to the rural areas of Southwest Tennessee, linking these residents to doctors, grocery stores, employment, senior citizen centers and recreation. Southwest HRA Rural Public Transportation will now offer transportation to the Driver Service Centers (or county clerk partner locations that apply) to voters who otherwise would not have transportation. Voters may call our agency at 1-800-372-6013 for more information about scheduling your trip and trip fares that apply. For more information about Rural Public Transportation or Southwest HRA, you may visit our website at

Chester County Historical Society to meet Jan. 2 The Chester County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at the Senior Center. Visitors are welcome. Members are urged to attend. Membership dues for 2012 are to be paid at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, mail your dues payment to P.O. Box 721, Henderson.

CCHS Project Graduation Meeting to be held Jan. 5 At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, a CCHS Project Graduation Meeting will be held in the CCHS cafeteria. All parents are encouraged to attend.

American Heart Association to have CPR class At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, the American Heart Association will have a CPR class at the Chester County Fire Chief’s office, located next to the Criminal Justice Complex. The cost is $5 per person. Anyone interested may call Stephen Moore at 608-1965 for more information.

Pre-Registration fo Chester County Head Start begins on Jan. 10 Pre-registration in Chester County Head Start Center for three and fouryear-old children to attend Head Start classes beginning in the Fall of 2012, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Chester County Head Start Center, 1495 White Ave. in Henderson, next door to the Southwest Human Resource Agency. Required information to bring with you includes the child’s name, the child’s birth certificate, child’s immunization form (shot record) from the local Health Department or the child’s physician, a copy of the child’s TennCare card, social security numbers for all family members, food stamp case numbers and family income verification provided by individual Income Tax form 1040, W-2 forms, pay stubs, pay envelopes, written statements from employers or AFDC/Foodstamp Determination verification. Please make every effort to enroll your child on one of these three dates. The minimum immunization requirements for enrollment in Head Start is: D.T.P. (Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis), four; Polio, three; MMR (MeaslesMumps-Rubella), one; Haemophilus (HIB) three or four; Varicella (Chicken Pox) one; Hep B, three; Hep A, one; and PCV, four.

Senior Centers plan trips Selmer Senior Center is sponsoring a wonderful 11 day, 10-night trip Aug. 25Sept. 5, 2012, to Alaska. Tour highlights include round trip airfare, 7 days aboard the Sapphire Princess with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Anchorage, scenic touring through Glacier National Park and College Fjord. We will then board the Denali Express Train for Denali National Park. Also included are a tour of Fairbanks, a gold mine tour plus much more. Those who book early get the best prices, best cabin locations and their preferred dining time. Payment in full is due by May 11, 2012. For pricing and more information, contact Hollie Knight at 645-7843.

Master Beef Producer Program If you are interested in the Master

Beef Producers Program, administered by the UT Extension, please call 9892103.

Artifacts needed for CC Museum Leadership Chester County Class of 2011 is now accepting artifacts for the Chester County Museum that will be housed in the Tennessee Room of the Chester County Library. Categories for items that will be accepted are Native Americans, Civil War, farming, industry, education, the Henderson Centennial, or other pieces of history that are prior to 1980. Items donated must be particular to Chester County. For information, contact the library at 989-4673 or check out the museum page on Facebook.

CC Senior Center offers daily meals and activities The Chester County Senior Center, among many other activities, has a hot meal served daily at 11:30 a.m. For a reservation, call by 9:30 a.m. the day before. These are for all seniors 60 years of age or older. All the volunteers that deliver homebound meals are appreciated. You are invited to come for fitness at 10:30 a.m. or anytime in the fitness room. The Center has many programs and day trips. Call 989-7434 for information. This is your Senior Center – come and support it.

2011 has been a pretty busy year here at the UT Extension office! We feel extremely fortunate to have a full staff of three – two Extension agents and one secretary – especially since UT Extension statewide underwent another staff reduction in July of this year. Anyway, we’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ with 4-H club meetings, judging teams, camps, conferences, FCE meetings, Co-Parenting classes and beef and forage programs. And 2012 holds some of these same programs and some new ones too. So, for 2012, what can be expected of UT Extension? We’re probably busiest with the 4-H program. This year, we started implementing the 4-H Health Rocks program, with fourth through eighth grade 4-H members. This curriculum is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use/abuse among youth, encourages open communication channels between adults and youth

and engages the entire community. If you have a 4-H member in your household, ask them about the residue in the “smoking bottles” that we shared with them at November 4-H club meetings – YUCK! Also coming up in 4-H in 2012 is the 4-H archery project group. ANY 4-H member is eligible to participate. We have all the equipment that is needed (unless participants want to use their own), cost is minimal and we’ll get started when the weather warms a bit this spring. Participants DO NOT have to be experienced in archery in order to take part. The 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology practice sessions will start at the 4-H office on Jan. 3, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Any 4-H member that wants to learn more about horses

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.

Quilt Group to meet Jan. 21 “Quilters Without a Clue” to meet from 9:30 to noon Jan. 21, and the third Saturday of each month, at the Chester County Library. Quilters/needle workers of all experience levels are welcome. Lessons are given for beginning quilters. For more information, call Carol at 608-2974.

Recycle cell phones The Chester County Senior Center and 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.

Yoga Classes Yoga classes are being offered at First United Methodist Church. The classes are taught by Carleen Miller, certified yoga instructor, and are held every Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church’s Christian Life Center gym. The cost is $5 per session. For information, call the church office at 989-2732.

Family History Books available 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.

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.

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 989-0319.

Tennessee cattle producers to support in-state beef promotion The results are in and Tennessee cattle producers have voted to increase the assessment they pay to support in-state promotions of beef announced state Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “In today’s competitive market, it’s important for farmers to reassess their efforts in the marketplace and how they can best reach today’s consumer,” Johnson said. “I’m pleased to have authorized this referendum and to have provided an opportunity for producers to have a say in determining their business future.” Tennessee cattle producers cast their votes last week in a statewide referendum authorized by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The referendum was requested by the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, the state’s largest cattle

organization. More than 56 percent or 718 of the 1,275 producers who cast ballots at local UT Extension offices supported the measure. The measure increases by 50 cents the assessment farmers pay per head of cattle sold to support instate research, education and promotion of beef. Only a majority of the votes cast were needed to pass. The 50-cent increase will go into effect in the spring. Currently, cattle producers pay $1 per head to help build consumer demand for beef products nationally. The national beef program was authorized by a vote of cattle producers and implemented in 1985. Tennessee ranks as one of the top beef producing states in the nation with nearly two million head of cattle.

may participate. The Regional contest is Jan. 21, so we need all the practice we can get! This is not new for 2012, but the contest at January 4-H club meetings is Public Speaking. Complete rules appear in the 4-H Yearbook that each fourth through eighth grade 4-H member received in October. Practice makes one better – so, what are you waiting for? Family and Community Education (FCE) clubs have been going strong lately. Members search for and implement new ways to improve family life and get communities involved as well. A new FCE club has been formed just recently. For more information about FCE clubs, contact Michele Sides at 9892103. The Master Beef Producer Program will crank up on Jan. 23, and run through Feb. 9, 2012. This series of classes is designed to educate beef producers how to become more profitable. If interested, contact the UT Extension office at 9892103 for details. The registration deadline is Jan. 13, 2012. Lots of Private Pesticide Applicator certifications expired on Oct. 21. If you need to be certified because your card expired, contact the UT Extension office at 9892103 and we’ll get something set up. Finally, our office will be closed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

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2011 Middle School Book Club opens doors through reading By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Middle schoolers often feel left out. They’re too old for most children’s programs, but they aren’t old enough for the extracurricular activities in junior high and high school. For the past seven years, Chester County Library has worked to help the middle schoolers feel special and have their own place at the library. When Amy Wake’s daughter Marley was getting ready to start fourth grade several years ago, Wake approached librarian Nancy Canada about offering a program for kids who were getting too old for the summer reading program. They decided to try a book club that encouraged middle schoolers to read a different book each week and come together to talk about what they had read. The Middle School Book Club has been going strong ever since. July 14

Guard helicopter crash claims former resident Major General Max Haston sadly announced Sunday that 1st L t . Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and C h i e f Wa r r a n t COLE Officer 4 Daniel Cole, both of Knoxville, were killed Saturday when their OH58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in Campbell County. Cole is a former Chester County resident and 1988 graduate of Chester County High School.

Unemployment drops again in Chester County

last year is like a new plant coming in.” July 21

Former county official critical after accident A former Chester County elected official is in critical condition in a Memphis hospital following a one-vehicle accident Sunday. Don Ellis, 69, of White Ave., in Henderson, was air-lifted to The Med following the accident at 5:45 p.m. Sunday just west of Milledgeville on Hwy 69. Ellis’ vehicle was traveling east when it veered off the right side of the highway, struck a mailbox and then a culvert, spinning back on to the highway. Ellis is a former Chester County Register of Deeds.

City votes to begin curbside recycling By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

The City of Henderson’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously on July 14 to begin work to implement their much-talkedabout curbside recycling program. After months of discussion and attempts to stir up the residents’ interest, Mayor Bobby King stated that he felt the 156 residents signed up was adequate to justify a start-up recycling program, and Chester County agreed to reduce the fees associated with hauling waste to the landfill provided the city begins recycling. “After lengthy discussion, and differences of opinion, I think we’ve come to one agreement to bring to the board, and that is that the county will not go up on the transportation fee, which will decrease it to about $35,000 a year if we would start our recycling program,” said King. With the city’s agreement to begin recycling, the county and city will now partner together to apply for a grant to increase and improve the recycling program.

By Mary Mount Dunbar

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Staff Writer

Freeland requests new trial

Unemployment rates went down in Tennessee during May. While still higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.7 percent, Tennessee’s 9.5 percent shows some weak signs of economic improvement. It was down 0.2 percent from April’s rate of 9.7 percent. Chester County reflects the state average and remains lower than most of the surrounding counties in the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) area. Since the economic slump began, Chester has surpassed the 10 percent unemployment marker, but it has yet to slip below 9 percent, even though it seems to be holding stronger than other counties in the region. Based on figures for May, Madison County (10.3 percent) in the Southwest Tennessee Development District ranks closest to Chester than even small counties closer to Chester’s size. Most counties in the local area are seeing 11 percent unemployment or higher. Tipton and Fayette Counties are the only others with rates below 10 percent, with 9.9 and 9.8 percent respectively. Henderson Mayor Bobby King credits Premier Manufacturing with helping Chester County recover over the past few months. “Fifty new jobs to Chester County means a lot. What Premier has done in the

John Freeland Jr., 28, appeared before Judge Roy Morgan Jr. Friday, July 22, to ask for a new trial. He was convicted earlier this year of the kidnapping and murder of Carolyn Ward, 61, in 2009. While agreeing to a bench trial in January, rather than the more conventional trial by jury, Freeland now asked the same judge who sentenced him to death by lethal injection to reconsider not only his punishment but to also give him a new trial. He asked for an acquittal based on insufficient evidence.

Voters now required to show photo I.D. at polls By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

When voters go to the polls next year, they need to be sure to bring photo identification with them. As part of a new wave of rules inacted by state legislators, all voters must present a valid photo I.D. before they will be allowed to vote. “Anything we can do to educate the public is important in this,” said Stephen Morris, chairman of the Chester County Election Commission.

County growth sparks redistricting plans During the quarterly meeting of the Chester County Election Commission on July 14, Administrator of Elections Michele White announced

that due to the growth of the county as reflected in the 2010 Census, Chester County will have to redistrict several of its precincts. According to White, Chester County has grown quickly in the last 10 years, and much of that growth has been localized in districts two and five in the northern regions of the county. While two districts have grown, district six lost residents. The other three remained relatively unchanged.

Tennessee Downtowns program lauches in Henderson Tennessee Main Street Program Director Kimberly Nyberg, National Trust Main Street Center Officer Kathy LaPlante and Bridgett Massengill of Massengill Consulting recently conducted an initial assessment visit in Henderson to launch the Tennessee Downtowns program. Henderson is one of 12 communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. August 4

Governor talks policy; education and healthcare rank foremost in future of Tennessee’s job growth By Mary Mount Dunbar, Staff Writer and James A. Webb, Editor-in-Chief

Governor Bill Haslam met with the Chester County Independent managerial and editorial staff for an exclusive interview on Wednesday, July 27. The Governor was in town to present a $278,847 transportation enhancement grant to Chester County for the Sidewalk Improvement Project, as well as a check for $644,361 to the City of Henderson. The interview started off with a question concerning newspapers’ roles in the dissimination of public and legal notices, a role in which they have played an exclusive part for decades. Newspapers, which have long been considered the watchdogs of government, are facing an outcry from Tennessee legislators regarding taking public notices out of newspapers. Legislators would like to see public notices, which have historically run in newspapers’ legal sections removed or reduced dramatically based on bills proposed earlier this year. Haslam stated that the issue “is driven by a couple of legislators” and that he has not been involved. However, if passed, these measures would relegate public notices to local government websites. Based on studies of two major Tennessee newspapers, two to three times more people read newspapers than look at government websites, and unique visits to newspaper websites substantially increase that number.


Milledgeville laments loss of post office By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Over the decades, many once-vibrant small Chester County towns have fallen by the wayside, victims of industrialization, modernization, economical volatility and change. First, people began moving away from small towns in favor of cities, which offered more jobs. Community schools shut their doors and merged with larger towns. Now, many small post offices are closing down. On the United States Postal Service’s list of 3,700 post offices set to close are Milledgeville, Morris Chapel, Sardis, Shiloh, Five Points and Bemis, all of which will affect local post office patrons. “When the schools leave town, the town shuts down, and the Post Office is the same way,” said Larry Hudson of Reagan. “Milledgeville used to be a pretty booming town, but all of our industry has gone to China, Japan, and Mexico.” August 11

Judge denies motion for new Freeland trial Last week, Judge Roy Morgan Jr. denied several motions filed by attorneys for John T. Freeland Jr., in which Freeland and his attorneys requested that the death penalty be removed from his sentence and motioned for a new trial. August 18

Former Clayton Bank V.P. sentenced for fraud By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

Lisa Meyers, former Vice President of Retail and Operations Manager at Clayton Bank and Trust, was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 10, for b a n k fraud. Meyers p l e d guilty in A p r i l 2011 in Jackson Fe d e r a l MEYERS Court. According to Judge J. Daniel Breen, Meyers embezzled $53,500 in connection with a line of credit extended to Fellowship Baptist Church of Selmer, as well as to Matlock Roofing and J.D. Matlock, a member of the church. Myers was found to have created fraudulent loan tickets and misappropriated funds between January 2009 and July 2010. She was sentenced to one day in prison with credit for time served,

three years supervised release, and she will be barred from employment at any FDIC-controlled institution. Judge Breen stated that Meyers made restitution for the embezzled funds, paying them back in full before law enforcement became involved.

City rejects rezoning request Henderson City Council members have rejected a rezoning request on Crook Ave. despite approval by the Zoning Commission. The action came at the Council’s regular monthly meeting Thursday at City Hall. Freed-Hardeman University had requested the rezoning of a residence at 244 Crook Ave. from R-1 Single Family Residential to I – Institutional. Dwayne Wilson, representing Freed-Hardeman, indicated that University housing was expected to be overflowing with students when classes begin next week, and they hoped to use the Crook Ave. residence to house female students. However, several residents of the area spoke in opposition to the proposal, or at the very least requested a postponement of the vote. September 1

Thompson guilty of robbery, murder trial pending Jurors in Madison County last week found Marcus Thompson, 40, guilty of five counts of aggravated robbery. Thompson was accused of robbing the Upper Level Hair Salon in Jackson in February 2009. He is scheduled to stand trial for separate charges of kidnapping and murder. On robbery charges alone, he could face a sentence of 40 years or longer in prison. The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes before convicting Thompson of five counts of aggravated robber – one count each for the business, two employees and two customers who were robbed. The jury assessed the maximum fine of $25,000 on each count. He is also charged with the March 2009 murder of Carolyn Ward in Chester County. His trial is set for Sept 26-30 in Madison County Circuit Court. Jackson residents Tashundra Mosley and John Freeland Jr. were charged along with Thompson in the hair salon robbery and in the

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FHU welcomes 2011 freshman class Courtesy photo

Freed-Hardeman University is gearing up to begin the 2011-2012 school year this week with Interface activities for the freshman class. Pictured here, in-coming students participate in an outdoor devotional in the university’s Commons. Undergraduate classes are set to begin today, Aug. 25.

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kidnapping and murder of Ward. Judge Roy Morgan found Freeland guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Ward, 61, after a threeday bench trial in January. Freeland has been sentenced to death by lethal injection. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty for Thompson. September 15

County completes redistricting plan No county commissioners or school board members will lose their seats as a result of the redistricting plan approved Monday by the Chester County Commission. The action came at the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting held at the Criminal Justice Center, in which 16 of the 18 members were present. The redistricting committee, led by Commissioner Burl Malone, also left the number of commissioners at three per district. However, district lines had to be adjusted affecting 679 residents, of which only 324 are registered voters. Most of the affected residents live in district two which resulted in 367 residents who will now be members of either district one or five. District two is in the eastern part of the county in the Cabo and Sand Mountain area. District four loses 43 residents to district three around Simmons Road and Croom Lane, with 265 residents changing voting districts from district five to district six along Hill Ave., and Barham within the city of Henderson. September 29

Thompson guilty plea resolves Ward murder Two years after Carolyn Ward was kidnapped from a Henderson parking lot and murdered, the alleged perpetrators have been found guilty. Last week, Marcus Thompson, 40, entered a guilty plea just days before going to trial. Thompson entered a “best interest” plea to avoid going to trial for carjacking and murder. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Jackson beauty salon. Between the two convictions, Thompson will not be eligible for parole until he is 96 years old. In January, John T. Freeland was found guilty of first-degree murder, murder in perpetration of especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, and tampering with evidence. He was also convicted of being the triggerman in the murder, and in May of this year, he was sentenced to death. Thompson faced the same charges. The third defendant, Tashundra Mosley exchanged a guilty plea for an agreement to testify against Thompson and Freeland. Mosley entered a guilty plea to theft over $1,000, facilitating firstdegree murder, facilitating especially aggravated kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. She will be sentenced in October. October 6

34th Annual BBQ Festival goes whole hog Throughout the threeSee 2011, Page 14-A

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2011 day Chester County Barbeque Festival, Craig Casey, chairman of the 34th annual event, stated that he “never heard a cross word” for festival volunteers or anyone visiting the pit to purchase food. Casey has been part of the BBQ Festival since its beginning, and despite years of work, he still enjoys his work with Chester County’s most popular annual event. According to Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Shelton, approximately 10,000 visitors attended the BBQ Festival during its threeday run. Despite cool temperatures and clear skies, Shelton believed that attendance was down slightly from 2010, but all involved with the festival were thrilled with the overall event.


BBQ Festival 2011 result of injuries sustained in the July 17 single vehicle accident just east of Milledgeville. Elected Chester County Register of Deeds in 1966, Ellis held the position for 28 years, retiring ELLIS in 1994, having served seven consecutive terms. Ellis was well known in and around Henderson and Chester County as public official, veteran, auctioneer and antique aficionado. A recent claim to fame was a visit to his White Ave. home by the History Channel’s American Pickers this past year, footage of which should air on the show later this year.

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Don Ellis, former county official, dies at 69 Don Ellis died Sunday, Oct. 9 at Regional Medical Center at Memphis as a

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City approves plans to expand parking in City Park During the Thursday, Oct. 13, meeting of the

Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen the board discussed plans to expand and repave the parking lot at Gene Record Memorial Park. Randy McKinnon of TML Associates addressed the board to announce the result of the bids, which were opened earlier in the day. Martin Paving Company from Medina received the contract, having bid $176,359 to complete the paving project. The remaining phases of the project include added drainage, clearing underbrush, and work to prevent erosion. November 3

Hall steps down from election commission After four decades of involvement in local elections, Conan Hall has stepped down from the Chester County Election Commission. Recently, the election commission has been under the stress of changing from democratic to republican majority control and local redistricting, and the Chester County

Democratic party chose to revamp their representatives as well. Hall has been a respected fixture in Chester County politics since he was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party in 1968. During the 1970s and ‘80s, he appointed democrats for the election commission, and in 1999, he was appointed Chairman of the Chester County Election Commission, a title he held until 2009.

have a place in line, and some drove across the state just to have an opportunity to be seen by the doctors. Volunteers converted Chester County Junior High School into a clinic in a matter of hours Friday evening, and by 6 a.m. Saturday morning, the school was buzzing with dentists, optometrists,

nurses and doctors ready to see patients. Even volunteers who had no medical experience were given jobs directing patients to the clinic they needed, running errands, or preparing meals. “It’s a misnomer that if you’re not in medicine there is no place for you,” See 2011, Page 15-A

RAM Clinic treats hundreds By Mary Mount Dunbar Staff Writer

“The statistics will blow you away at the end of the day,” said Keith Loveless from Memphis, a volunteer at last weekend’s Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic in Henderson. More than 520 people were seen on Saturday, and another 250 came through the clinic on Sunday. They needed fillings, glasses, and medical exams. Some arrived Friday morning to be assured that they would

Volunteers treated hundreds during the two-day RAM Clinic.

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2011 Loveless said. “That’s absolutely wrong. There’s a place for everyone.” He and his wife drove from Memphis to help with their third RAM clinic. “We’re teaching our children that to help people doesn’t have to be in a foreign country; it can be in your own backyard. When I saw what Mr. Brock was doing in Tennessee, it blew my mind.” Having worked at clinics in Smithville and Nashville, Loveless added, “It’s amazing how far people will travel to get this medical service.” November 10

A RAM volunteer teaches children dental hygiene.

Former resident to get honor on Freedom Ride anniversary The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once suggested that one of the sad-

dest aspects of the civil rights movement in the 1960s was that many who knew to do good did nothing. However, one former Chester County resident will be honored this week-

end for placing himself in the line of fire. Jim Ruth, a former bus driver for Trailways bus lines, will be recognized by the National Association for the

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Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, at the Freedom Fund Gala Saturday night at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. The “Affirming America’s Promise: Black and White Together” gala takes place 50 years since the first “Freedom Rides” from Nashville and other places, which sought to integrate public facilities such as buses and bus stations. In 1961, Ruth had a normal route for Trailways from Clarksville to Nashville, but often took extra routes. On April 11, 1961, Trailways was to carry the Freedom Riders from Fisk University in Nashville on a journey to Mississippi. Several other drivers turned down the route before Ruth accepted. November 24

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Two die in McNairy fire Photo courtesy McNairy County News

Two persons died in this house fire just before 4 a.m. Saturday morning on the Masseyville-McNairy Road in northwest McNairy County. According to reports, Michael Steven Kennedy, 31, died in a heroic but unsuccessful effort to save family friend Cheyenne Henderson, 11, who also died in the blaze. Three other family members escaped the flames.

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feature local collectors, Monday American Pickers, a cable television phenomena, will feature two local antique collectors in their season debut at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, on the History Channel. Bobby Howell and the late Don Ellis are scheduled to be on the show, according to information received by Howell last week. Scenes from the show were filmed last June at the homes of Howell and Ellis, as well as other area collectors.

Commission terminates lease with Chester County Healthcare The Chester County Commission has fired another volley in its ongoing dispute with Chester County Healthcare, Inc See 2011, Page 16-A

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2011 (CCH). At a special called meeting on Monday, the commission voted to terminate its lease with CCH to operate the Chester County Nursing Home. County Mayor Dwain Seaton stated to the commission that CCH had not made its rental payments for the months of July, August, and September. Seaton sent a letter to CCH on Nov. 4 demanding payment of $180,675 by Nov. 11. Seaton told the commission that on Monday he received three checks from CCH for $10,000 each, with correspondence stating they would apply the other $150,000 against what the county owed them. After some discussion, Commissioner Larry Blackstock made the motion to terminate the lease with CCH and give Seaton the authority to negotiate a new lease. Commissioner Buddy Richardson questioned whether they had the authority to take such action due to the current litigation. “We have grounds to terminate the lease if we’d like to,” said Seaton. The motion to termi-

nate the lease eventually passed 16 for and one against, with only Richardson voting no. Ironically, Nursing Home Committee chair Sandra Highers was not present at the meeting.

Arvin Sango cuts ribbon, ramps up production Arvin Sango began production in Henderson in August, but for a powerful automotive figure, some believed that it was operating very quietly. With a crew of fewer than 20, the Toyota manufacturer has taken its time gaining momentum, but with the completion of the new Toyota factory in Blue Springs, Miss., Arvin Sango is now ready to ramp up production. “Sometimes it’s worth the wait,” said Gordon Pebbles, president of Arvin Sango. Henderson Mayor Bobby King echoed his sentiments. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re glad it’s finally here.” Pebbles came from corporate headquarters in Madison, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 18, to attend the ribbon cutting that proclaimed Arvin Sango an official member of the Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce. It has been a

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long-awaited and much needed boost to the local economy, and while many companies are still experiencing cutbacks, Arvin Sango is gearing up for more work. December 1

Robber hits Family Dollar An armed robber allegedly made off with $228 from Family Dollar Store on Whitley Ave., Nov. 23. According to reports with the Henderson Police Department, at approximately noon, a white man came into the store and, after walking around the store for a few seconds, came to the register and laid an item on the counter to purchase. However, the man then pulled out a handgun and aimed it at the clerk and stated, “Give me the money.” December 8

FHU tops $1 Mil, 11 years running

Freed-Hardeman University’s benefit dinner topped one million in donations for the 11th year, and scored their second best total in the history of the event, with $1,349,172.24 announced Friday evening. The annual event is touted as Tennessee’s November 24

she did have a flirtatious relationship with the male student, and that he did come to her home. However, she reportedly told investigators that the relationship was limited to kissing and touching. At one point early in the investigation Howell is alleged to have stated to investigators “I have nothing to hide.”

SACS reaffirms Freed-Hardeman accreditation

BOB NEWHART largest single-evening fundraiser, and this year boasted renowned comedian Bob Newhart. Newhart easily turned the expectant crowd of polished and primped donors into a giggling canvas of comedy material, many continuously wiping tears from their eyes due to his steady stream of welldelivered anecdotes. Opening for Newhart was the award winning bluegrass great, Dailey & Vincent, who shared a few funny lines themselves. December 15

High school teacher charged with rape

Arvin Sango holds a ribbon cutting to announce that it has reached full production on Nov. 18.

A member of the faculty at Chester County High School has been charged with rape of a student. According to the arrest warrants, Amy L. Howell, age 37, of Hill Ave., in Henderson, is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure (T.C.A § 39-13527), and HOWELL t w o counts of rape by an authority figure (T.C.A § 39-13-532). Howell is alleged to have engaged in the acts with a 17-year-old male, who is a student at Chester County High School. Howell has been released on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until 10 a.m. Jan. 31. The male student told investigators from the Chester County Sheriff’s Department that he and Howell became flirtatious with each other during the time that each was recently involved in a play at the school, and that Howell eventually invited him to her home. Howell’s home is where most of the sexual acts are alleged to have occurred. Howell, reportedly, stated to investigators that

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced reaffirmation of accreditation for Freed-Hardeman University today at its annual conference in Orlando, according to Dr. Joe Wiley, FHU president. FHU was “reaffirmed for 10 years with no negative action,” SACS officials said. The university is accredited to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist’s degrees. The decision came after a two-year process involving self-examination of the entire university, an onsite visit by a committee representing SACS, and submission and review of three reports.

Henry receives life sentence in death of uncle Joe Allen Henry, 48, 150 Second St., has received a guilty verdict and life sentence in the beating death of his uncle, Gurley Harris, earlier this year. Harris was found at his home in Henderson, 150 Second. St., on Feb. 15, 2011, during a welfare check. He had allegedly been beaten severely and was taken to JacksonMadison County General Hospital, where he later died due to his injuries. Henry was found guilty last week of first degree murder, and was sentenced to serve a life sentence in a TDOC facility. His sentence was imposed Dec. 5, and he was to receive credit for time served pretrial.

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Holiday festivities marred by wreck Photo by Mary Mount Dunbar, Independent

A two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of South Church Ave. and Hwy. 45 was just one of several accidents that occurred in Chester County over the holiday weekend. The wreck above occurred around 9:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, during a light drizzle. According to a traffic report by Henderson Patrolman Michael Rhodes, a gray 1991 Chevrolet pickup driven by a 16 year-old from Bethel Springs, was traveling south on Church Ave. when the driver hit the brakes in a curve, causing it to strike a 2004 Oldsmobile driven by Beverly Capooth of Finger. Neither driver received serious injury as a result of the collision, but a 17 year-old passenger in the pickup was transported to Jackson Madison County General Hospital. A third passenger in the truck, 19 year-old Steven Joseph Garza, was uninjured.

State Parks kick off 75th anniversary with First Hikes of the New Year The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary and to kick off this year-long commemoration, each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year. “We are very excited to announce Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary and felt this series of First Hikes would be a fitting way to commence the various celebrations slated throughout the year and across the state,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Following the old Gaelic tradition of ‘first footing,’ the First Hikes are meant to encourage all Tennesseans to hit the trail and get 2012 started on the right foot.” From Meeman-Shelby to Fall Creek Falls to Roan Mountain and every state park in between, the 2012 First Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look into planned First Hikes in your area, please visit s/. In addition to the First Hikes slated for early January, Tennessee State Parks will host a variety of special events through-

out 2012 and has unveiled a speciallydesigned 75th Anniversary logo – reminiscent of the ranger uniform patches of yesteryear. The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937, and those laws – with modifications and additions over the years – remain the framework for park operations today. As in most states, Tennessee began in cooperation with federal programs that instigated individual parks. Later, Depression era recovery programs gave a boost to the idea and the possibility of creating parks. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration worked on land conservation, but also delved further into the actual planning and construction of what would become the first of 53 Tennessee State Parks. Today, there is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. Tennessee's 53 state parks and 82 state natural areas offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free at 1-888-867-2757.

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Shackelford – Duncan engagement Michael "Adam" Shackelford and Emily Fallon Duncan announce their engagement. Emily is the daughter of Todd and Sheena Duncan of McNairy County, and Adam is the son of Mike and Selina Shackelford of Chester County. Emily is attending West Tennessee Business College as a full-time student in the Medical Assisting program. Adam is attending Tennessee Technology Center of Jackson as a full-time student in Auto Body "collision repair". An August, 2013 wedding is planned.

This should have been in last week’s paper. Another computer glitch I guess. Sorry it is late. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope all of you enjoy time with family and friends and that Santa brings you all you’ve wished for. It is great to get gifts but it is a much better blessing to give. “Behold, I bring good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10 KJV Billy Graham and his family celebrate Christmas a little different from most of us. See what he says: “For our family the Christmas story is different from the traditional manger scene that is representative of Christmas for many people. “Of course, the manger scene is an important part of Christmas in our home—the joyous and beloved climax to the story. However, it is only a part of the story. For Christmas does not begin in the stable of Bethlehem. It does not begin in the Gospel

of Luke, but in the book of Genesis. “Visitors to our home at Christmastime are sometimes startled when I read the tragic story from the Old Testament. ‘Aren't these grim thoughts for this happy time of year?’ they ask. ‘The season of Jesus' birth is no time to talk of death. What do Adam and Eve have to do with Christmas?’ “To which we answer, ‘Everything.’ Without the story of sin in the Old Testament, what can the Good News of the New Testament say? Without sin, we have no need of a Savior. We cannot separate our joy at Christ's birth from our desperate need for Him. “Unless we have witnessed the tragedy of man's separation from God through the millennia before Bethlehem, then the birth of a baby in a stable is just that for us, no more. “Nor can we separate Jesus' birth from the work he came to earth to do. Without his death, his birth has no meaning. The birth without the cross is a gift half-given. Many people would rather not think of the cross at Christmastime. They take the angels'

Santa has returned to the North Pole! He flew fast and so does time. Hence the question often asked, “Where did the time go?” Best thing to do is enjoy each day, and that is just what Charlene Dietrich did. Her brother spent Christmas with her in her home; she had not seen him in years! As I relish this Christmas holiday with abundance of delicacies, cards to reread, holiday emails to answer, a late night movie with popcorn in bed, and gifts tucked near, I couldn’t help but wonder if little children in our own communities would be blessed with their little wishes coming true, and hoped there was enough good food in their house during the holiday. Christmas is a happy time for little kids; they are so excited and so innocent. I do hope wishes came true proclamation but reject all that it implies. In doing this, they rob themselves of the full joy of Christmas. “Children are more realistic than adults. They have no trouble in grasping the real meaning of good and evil in a story. In this respect, we need to be more like children. When we see Christmas not as a sentimental, isolated event, but as the focal point in human history, it becomes a day of rejoicing indeed. “I believe that it has never been more important than it is today for us to read and to love the Bible. We can take courage from men like Noah and Moses who closed their ears to the many in order to listen to the One. And when we listen to the One, we will see in the entire Bible the glorious meaning of Christ's coming. “For it is in God's Word that Christ says, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ (1) He is ‘the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ (2) He is the promised Messiah of ancient Israel. He is the hope of the hopeless. “Jesus is not only

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Three related women didn’t get to pose for a group picture, because two were in heaven. It’s still special, if only in one’s heart, to celebrate these special ages, “60-80100.” Birth years were 1951 (Patsy Jean Nobles Jones); 1931 (Bobbie Faye Fletcher Nobles); and 1911 (Ethel Ann Maness Dunn). “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” and tummies were full. I hope the elderly were visited or invited to a home for a nice meal with friends or family. I also sadly thought about who was not with us this year and wondered who would not be with us next year due to failing health as of the present time. So often we put off visiting those dear loved ones until it is too late. A challenge – before the year ends - plan a trip to visit someone you love, and I will, too. Call to share tidbits about your visit. Don and I shared Christmas with residents the Christ, he is also God, our Savior and Lord. This is a staggering, almost incomprehensible truth: God Himself has come in the Person of His only Son. The incarnation and the full deity of Jesus are the cornerstones of the Christian faith. Jesus Christ was not just a great teacher or a holy religious leader. He is God Himself in human flesh—fully God and fully man. “In spite of our human limitations and even our failures, the Lord God is sovereignly directing His own work of redemption through evangelism. And we are linked to the vast resources of His power so that we don't merely ‘get by’ in our lives and ministries, but ‘in all these things we are more than conquerors through him.’ (3) Because Jesus is one with God and was sent by the Father into human history, (4) the cross is an objective demonstration of divine love. (5) Our faith is built on the fact of Christ's resurrection. “That is why we rejoice! That is the foundation of the truth we declare and the Kingdom we extend to people. For this is the See DEAN, Page 2-B

at the nursing home. Mixed emotions came as some asked where Dusty was, thus the reason for my long absence, but the spirit of Christmas pulled us there. God bless our precious elderly friends. Each era of time is different. Mama Beck (1911) said she was so proud of

oranges – a very rare delicacy. The eight Maness children’s stockings were filled with socks, hanky, and store bought hard candy. The orange that was tucked in the toe was exciting to find. One Christmas all three girls (Ethel, Ruby, and Mattie) See CREEK, Page 2-B

Happy birthday wishes go to Emma Haley, Danny Swafford and Rae Harwell on Dec. 30; Megan Weeks, Frankie Finley and Will Garton on Dec 31; Tatum Keen and Mary Jo Hughes on Jan. 1; Amanda Gregory and Brittany Fletcher on Jan. 2; Jackie Martin and Sadi Tomlin on

Jan. 3; and Daron Michael and Dorothy Allen on Jan. 4. Happy anniversary to Teddy and Marie Reddin on Dec. 27; Larry and Priscilla Gilbert on Dec. 31; and Tom and Jennifer Hollingsworth on Jan. 1. I hope Santa was good to you, and I hope the New Year brings you much happiness. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughan. If you have news, call me at 989-0212. Have a great week.

We hope that everyone had a good and thankful Christmas. We enjoyed being with our family and eating good food; our two little great grandsons were the show. On our prayer list this week are Jimmy Wells, Pam Priddy, David Thomas, Carroll Williams, Doris Sells, Mary Faye Brewer, LaVerne Lott, Joanne Sells, Frenzola Morris, Shirley Gaddy, Faye Tucker, Gathel Latham, Ollie Dean Kennedy, John Kent Sells, Carolyn Potter, Jean Latham, Dianne Wells, Bobbie Nell Wells, Lisa Peddy, Charles and Wilma Cupples, Shirley Rietl, Joanne Altier, Rachel and Gayle Ellington, Ernie Reeves, Randy Miller, Dobber Dyer, their care-

givers, and our military personnel and their families. Sharon Dailey has been on the prayer list for a while. The doctor told her that a doctor in Argentina was the only doctor that could do her surgery. A few weeks ago, a doctor’s attendant called her and said a doctor that she had worked for in Memphis could do the surgery. She had the surgery, is back at home and is doing a lot better. Lisa, her daughter, and Lisa’s husband, John Gregory, are staying with her. Lisa asked me to relay her thanks to everyone for their prayers. I am glad to spread the news. Anytime you want to include your news, prayer requests, birthdays or anniversaries please call me. I am glad to be a community writer. Birthday greetings go out to Chastity Cupples on Jan. 2; Cindy Jones on Jan. 3; Bro. Bill Evens and Doris Sells on Jan. 4; and Stacy Lee Holder on Jan. 5. Happy new year to everyone!

Lights, sound, and action!

Looking for good Christmas lights – with music? If you are looking for more than just Christmas lights, check out the Doddington residence on Walnut Cove. By tuning your FM radio dial to 87.9, you can enjoy the scenery while listening to up to 20 different holiday songs. To find the Doddington home, take Kimberly drive off Highway 45, go left on Pin Oak, and left on to Walnut Cove. They should be up through New Year’s Day.

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Dean call that Christ has placed upon all of us— because of who he is and what he did, we are commissioned to tell all of the wonderful and glorious salvation in Christ.” Still on our prayers list are Nella Rush, Joyce Stockton, Tommy Landers, Winna Knipper, Benny Barnett and Clift

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Creek received winter coats. (Aunt Ruby Tignor’s eyes still brightened telling that story in detail up to the last year of her life.) A good hot meal was served from cellar and smoke house supplies, the radio played music, logs on the fire kept the front room warm, popcorn was popped over logs, and orange peelings on the logs made the room smell wonderful. It was a happy time while kids played with jumping jacks and checkers. Hot apple cider was served later in the evening, and kids were tucked into bed with warming bricks at the foot. There was no heat in bedrooms, but feather mattresses and lots of quilts made one feel warm – snug as a bug is the description that comes to mind. Most everyone was in the same shape, still trying to improve, but would share with strangers. Nothing was wasted – the dog got the few leftovers with some added cornbread and cream. What would children of today do if their gift was only a filled stocking hung over a mantle? Probably an orange would be thrown at the parent! My mother’s era (1931) improved slightly, but the Great Depression made some hardships. Living on a farm raising meat and having orchards and vegetable gardens was an advantage. Clothes were made from flour sacks. Gifts were a small doll or whittled pistols or slingshots and a stocking filled with store-bought candy. A new pair of shoes and socks was a big gift and appreciated. No more walking to school with cardboard covering the bottom holes of your shoes. No one thought anything about it because most everyone was in the same financial shape. My era (1951) was blessed. Daddy bought peppermint sticks in a round tin can; Momma made candy balls dipped in chocolate. Fruits were bought by the case and divided with daddy’s siblings. We had enough clothes, and of course flannel pajamas. Our stockings contained small gifts, but our wish list appeared as packages under the tree. It was a wonderful time for children. We had the Leave it to Beaver television series and of course Father Knows Best. We played with our gifts, but there would be no more until a

Mainers. Happy belated birthday to Travis Roberts on Dec. 23; Buddy Collins and Jerry Howell on Dec. 25; Tiffany Mays on Dec. 26; Laura Quarles Cook on Dec. 27; and Edra Barnett on Dec. 28th. I hope you all had a wonderful birthday. Happy belated anniversary to Chris and Christie Julian on Dec. 25. (Christie don’t let Chris get by with just one gift since it is Christmas and your anniversary.) Happy belated anniversary also

to Joe and Mary Dell Gilchrist on Dec. 26. Our sincere condolences go to Phyllis Skinner and her family in the death of her Dad, Walter Dee Edgin, who passed away Dec. 19. Also our sincere condolences go to the Kathryn Young Carroll family. Her sister, Claudette Taylor, is a friend of mine. We worked together at “THE telephone Company”. Our condolences to the family of our neighbor Leonard Earl Mainers, who passed away Dec. 21.

birthday was celebrated. Happy Days wasn’t just for “The Fonz!” This roving reporter followed sirens up Highway 22 North Saturday afternoon. It was another two-car accident at the entrance of Unity Church. A bad hill unless one goes to the very top; cars come zoom-zoom. How many accidents have occurred there? Would warning lights help save a life? We hope the occupants and dog are okay even though the cars are not. An irresponsible person dropped off three holiday dogs on 22A North near the Hwy 100 and Hwy 22 intersection. One is a black and white bull dog mix with an injured leg; another is a white boxer wearing a collar; and a brown and white boxer mix, also wearing a collar. The vehicle zoomed away fast as the three dogs were left deserted to find a new home and food, but not necessarily in that order. If you see these dogs call me at 989-7485. God was watching, so there were two witnesses!!! Loving Paws Rescue’s owner not only has a very sick grandchild and mother in Memphis, but she had to carry a sick dog to the vet. The dog crawled to her carport for help - its ending was sad. Guess who had to bury it? Please keep Carol’s family in your prayers. Carol also rescued dumped puppies on Highway 22 South last week on top of all her own family health issues. Did you know Loving Paws is the only rescue organization in Chester County? There is a limit to her time, space, finances, and energy! The only way we can stop this over-population is to spay and neuter. If one had to buy a pet perhaps it would help pet owners become more responsible. Animals are paying with their lives; it is not fair or right. God created animals for His pleasure. Is it right to take that lightly? An event in Jacks Creek is being planned to help – more on that later. Please keep dear friends in your prayers and take time to find addresses and mail a card. No person is worse than me about sending cards, but cards do lift a person’s spirit – many of you did that for me when I lost Dusty and again at Christmas. Here’s a challenge: send a card before this year is gone. Remember Phyllis Blankenship Holmes; Don Holmes (Phyllis’s brotherin-law from Jackson); Jimmy Wells; Aline Holley

Johnson; Alma Jones; Inell Johnson; and continue to remember our dear Lois Wilkinson (Middlefork reporter); Danny Rogers; Vickie Ellis; Jean Hudson’s sister; and Kathy Mays – Cathy Ross drove her mother, Nina Ross, to Kathy’s home to deliver a Christmas flower. Our community expresses sympathy to families of Charles Donald Cochran (2-23-39 to 1220-11); Audrey Newman Stanfill (11-17-22 to 1220-11); Leonard Mainers (2-22-46 to 12-21-11); Walter Hudspeth (5-30-44 to 12-24-11); and Irene Hearn Ruth (11-1-17 to 12-25-11). There were many phone calls asking for information about arrangements for Donald Cochran. His funeral was Saturday with ashes remaining with Shirley. Donald lived in Jacks Creek until leaving home for adventures in Chicago then settling in Alabama. His baby brother, Larry, followed him. Donald married Shirley Sporleader – their children are Donna Jane (1961) and Charles Timothy (1963). Donald’s parents were Charlie (1904-1987) and Exie Finley Cochran (19051963). His seven siblings are Mary Jo Belcher (1927-2006) of Nashville, Dorothy Vestal (19292010) of Huntingdon, Max (1932-1999) of Huntingdon, Betty Maness (1933) of Michigan, Larry (1942) of Alabama, Gayle Shields (1945) of Lexington and Phyllis Knolton (1949) of Henderson. Donald looked forward to his last August Cochran reunion where his last Kodak moment was made, and Phyllis carried the pictures to him a few weeks ago. As the year 2011 began and ended it had personal mixed emotions – the death of Bobbie Colville (a friend and Dusty’s groomer), the death of a parent, Raford Nobles (March) and the death of our beloved Dusty Rose (May); plus three special birthdays – the last ending in December. Three related women didn’t get to pose for a group picture, because two are in heaven. It’s still special, if only in ones heart, to celebrate these special ages “60 - 80 100”. Birth years were 1951 (Patsy Jean Nobles Jones); 1931 (Bobbie Faye Fletcher Nobles); and 1911 (Ethel Ann Maness Dunn). “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” William Shakespeare.

Lifestyle Pricing The Chester County Independent charges $33 for engagement announcements with photo, wedding announcements with photo, anniversary announcements with photo, and miscellaneous lifestyle photos. There is no charge for birth announcements without photo, but $28 with photo, and $40 for color photo. For more information, call 731-989-4624.

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‘Tis the season for holiday pies – Two traditional favorites for family gatherings Pies are a Christmas tradition in my family. While I love almost any kind of pie, the two that are yearly features on the holiday table are pecan and pumpkin. I know pumpkin is most often associated with Thanksgiving, but we love pumpkin pie. And this year, thanks to my deci-

sion to make pumpkin puree in September, it is extremely plentiful. Two years ago, my husband decided we should make pumpkin pie from scratch. Unfortunately, there was a great pumpkin shortage that year, and pumpkins of any size were impossible to find. This

Pecan Pie

Ingredients: 3 large eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ¼ cups pecans 1 (9-inch) unbaked deep-dish piecrust Directions: Preheat oven to 350

degrees. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla, stirring until well blended. Stir in pecans and pour into piecrust. Bake at least 50 to 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted halfway between the center of the pie and the edge comes out clean. Cool thoroughly before serving.

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: 15 ounces of canned pumpkin or fresh puree 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand is my preference) 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 1 (9-inch) unbaked piecrust Directions: Preheat oven to 425

degrees. Whisk together pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted one inch from crust comes out clean. Cool completely. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

year, we decided to try again, and we had plenty of pumpkin for Thanksgiving and Christmas both. Our first pumpkin pies were a great success. For Christmas, we were also craving pecan pie. I’ve never had much success with my previous attempts, but since we have a newer oven than those I have previously used and also a husband who agreed to do the work, I gave in. The pecan pies I have made are usually disasters. I have a tendency to set off smoke alarms and end up with a pie that either has the consistency of concrete or needs to be eaten with a spoon. Although after baking for

the recommended amount of time, the pie was still a bit "jiggly," my husband had a much better result. When baking your own pecan pie, remember oven temperatures vary. While the recipe recommends 50 to 55 minutes, we baked our pie for closer to 90 minutes before the knife came out clean. This is a process, and you will need to check your pie often to ensure that it is baked thoroughly without over baking. We made our piecrust from scratch, using the recipe on the shortening package. This is an easy and tasty recipe, and if you fear making your own crust, it truly is much easier than I had ever thought possible. Of course, you

can always use your favorite store bought crust for an even easier option. If you like whipped cream on your pie, place 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of

sugar (or to taste) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a large bowl. Blend with a mixer on medium-high until soft peaks form. You can also double this recipe to make more whipped cream, if desired.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Greatest Year! Teichmann gets fourth TS Player of the Week

If you are a sports fan, you might judge 2011 as the greatest year in Henderson/Chester County history. From national tournament appearances by Freed-Hardeman University teams, to arguably one of the most exciting football seasons in the history of Chester County High School, when has there ever been a time when the local community had so many teams, and so many accomplishments to cheer for. As we close 2011, here is a brief list of those accomplishments, as reported each week in the pages of the Chester County Independent. Jan. 20, 2011

Malone named MVP of 2010 Eagle football With district co-lineman of the year honors on his resume, Chester County High School Junior Zach Malone has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Eagle football team. Malone’s designation came near the conclusion of the Eagle Football Banquet at CCHS Thursday. Malone had 17 tackles for loss while playing both ways for CCHS. Others See SPORTS, Page 3-C

Kyle Teichmann of Freed-Hardeman University is the TranSouth Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 18. It is the fourth time this season Teichmann has been named the conference player of the week. Teichmann, a six-foot-six junior forward from Brentwood, led the No. 17 Lions to a 101-97 overtime win at NCAA Division II Chaminade University. Teichmann recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds while shooting seven-18 from the field and all 10 free throw attempts. Teichmann now has four double-doubles in his last five games and is averaging 22.7 points per game. Women’s Player of the Week for the same period is Vee Young of Martin Methodist.


CCHS Football Banquet scheduled for Jan. 21 Tickets go on sale Jan. 5 for the Chester County High School Football Banquet which will take place at Henderson Church of Christ. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 21, and will celebrate the Eagles’ 10-3 season of 2011. Tickets, which are $10 each, can be purchased from any football player or Quarterback Club officer, as well as at the high school office, or at the football field house.

Chickasaw 10-miler scheduled for Jan. 7, Eagles 5K scheduled Jan. 21 in Henderson Two races are scheduled in Chester County during the month of January. The Chickasaw Chase 10-miler is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Chickasaw State Park. It annually attracts some of the best runners in the state. This is the 16th year of the Chase which began in 1996, and is part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Series. Contact Todd Cotton for race information at 989-4718, or email to At 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, Chester County High School project graduation will host the Eagles 5K. The race begins at No Xcuse Fitness on Front St. in Henderson. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For

more information, contact Allison Taylor at 731-435-0329.

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Sports honored included Ryan Turner, district special teams player of the year; as well as all-district performers Adam Shackelford, Austin Cavaness, Brandon Rodriguez, Derek Platt, Matthew Butler, and Seth Tedford. District honorable mention awards went to Cameron Phelps and Tyler Walker. Tyler Seagraves was named Freshman of the Year; Jonathan Murley, most improved; Butler received the Eagle Award; with Turner and Rodriguez sharing Eagle special teams honors. Platt earned designation as the M.V.P. on defense, and Cavaness M.V.P. on offense. Feb. 10, 2011

Platt signs with Tn. St. Derek Platt, a senior defensive end and fullback for Chester County High School, signed scholarship papers Wednesday, Feb. 2, and quickly donned a blue hat as a member of the Tigers of Tennessee State University.

done it twice. Meribeth Boehler's layup with 1.2 seconds left in the game Saturday at the Sports center gave the No. 7 Lady Lions a 58-56 win over No. 1 Union University, marking the second time in the last two seasons that FHU has knocked off the Lady Bulldogs while they held the top spot in the coaches’ poll. Feb. 24, 2011

South Side sends Eagles packing Chester County ended its season with consecutive setbacks to FayetteWare and South Side, the later by a 67-47 score in Jackson in the District 14AA quarterfinals.

Eaglettes eliminated Lexington scored the final eight points before half, then took their first lead of the game late in the third quarter, holding off vain Eaglette attempts at a comeback to win 5546. Chester County girls’ basketball ended its season with a record of 9-16.

Eaglette signs with FH Kamara Trice, a star member of the Chester County High School softball team, has signed to play next season for Freed-Hardeman University. Trice signed with FHU head coach Todd Humphry Feb. 15 at CCHS. March 17, 2011

Buzzer-beater wins TranSouth DEREK PLATT Feb. 17, 2011

Lady Lions stop Union Until last March, the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions had never beaten an opponent ranked No. 1 in the nation. Now they've

James Justice scored a game-high 19 points for the No. 6 Martin Methodist RedHawks, but none more important than his buzzer-beating threepointer that gave the RedHawks a 69-66 win over the Freed-Hardeman Lions in the conference championship game on March 8 in Pulaski.

Sports Schedules Chester County Junior High Basketball Date Opponent Time Place Jan. 5 Decatur County (b) 6:00 Parsons Jan. 9 Univ. School Jackson (*) 6:00 Jackson Jan. 19 Lexington (b) 6:00 Henderson Jan. 23 Selmer (g) 6:00 Selmer Jan. 24-27 Best of the West TBA TBA g – girls b-game; b – boys b-game; * b-game both

Chester County High School Basketball Date Opponent Location Time Dec. 27-29 Dyersburg Christmas Tournament (Girls only) Jan. 3 McNairy Central Selmer 6:00 Jan. 6 Liberty Tech Eagle Gym 6:00 Jan. 7 Madison Academic Eagle Gym 6:00 Jan. 10 Bolivar Central Bolivar 6:00 Jan. 13 South Side Jackson 6:00 Jan. 17 Jackson-CM Eagle Gym 6:00 Jan. 20 Fayette-Ware Somerville 6:00 Jan. 23 Hardin County Savannah 6:00 Jan. 24 Lexington Eagle Gym 6:00 Jan. 27 McNairy Central Eagle Gym 6:00 Jan. 31 Liberty Tech Jackson 6:00

Chester County High School Freshman Date Jan. 9 Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 30

Opponent Crockett County Adamsville Bolivar Central Crockett County

Location Eagle Gym Adamsville Bolivar Alamo

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

Chester County High School Junior Varsity Date Jan. 3 Jan. 10 Jan. 17 Jan. 23 Jan. 24 Jan. 27

Opponent McNairy Cent. (b) Bolivar Central (b) Jackson C-M (b) Hardin County (g) Lexington (g) McNairy Cent. (g)

Location Selmer Bolivar Eagle Gym Savannah Eagle Gym Eagle Gym

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

Freed-Hardeman Women’s Basketball Date Opponent Dec. 29Menlo College Dec. 30Holy Names Jan. 5 Blue Mountain Jan. 7 Cumberland Jan. 14 Union Jan. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Jan. 19 Martin Methodist Jan. 21 Mid-Continent Jan. 26 Lyon Jan. 28 Bethel

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

Chester County won the Dixie Youth State Tournament last July, and advanced to the World Series.

Lions “earn” bid The Freed-Hardeman Lions have a tall task ahead of them in their third trip to the NAIA National Tournament, facing off against eighthseeded Azusa Pacific University of California at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. March 24, 2011

Boehler named Player of Year Freed-Hardeman University senior Meribeth Boehler received the honor of NAIA Player of the Year, joining Jana Cross (2009) in the program's record books as the only Lady Lions to win the award.

Tired Lady Lions fall in final four An ice-cold shooting second half brought an end to Freed-Hardeman University's season in the Fab Four of the NAIA Division I Women's National Basketball Tournament as Azusa Pacific University upended the Lady Lions, 58-46, Monday night in Jackson, in a game that was closer than the final margin would indicate.

Lions fall in opener No. 8 Azusa Pacific University advanced to the second round of the 2011 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National T o u r n a m e n t Championship with a 9279 win against unseeded Freed-Hardeman University, March 16, in Kansas City. March 31, 2011

Hodum returning to head CC football Almost two decades after his first coaching job at Chester County High School, Michael Hodum is returning to CCHS as the Eagles’ head football coach. CCHS Principal Troy Kilzer made the announcement Monday, naming Hodum to replace Jeff Cupples who elected to step down after nine years at the helm in order to move into full-time administration.

Place TBA TBA Brewer Center Lebanon Brewer Center Nashville Pulaski Brewer Center Batesville, Ark. Brewer Center

Time 3:00 8:00 4:00 4:00 8:00 8:00 4:00 8:00 4:00

Place Rome, Ga. Brewer Center Lebanon Brewer Center Nashville Pulaski Brewer Center Batesville, Ark. Brewer Center

June 30, 2011

Trice adds CCI to award list

May 26, 2011

Revenge wins send Eaglettes to state Two road victories over

Oct. 6, 2011

earned during the last year by Kamara Trice. Add one more – top senior athlete at her alma mater, Chester County High School. Coaches of all sports at CCHS voted Trice that honor, which is known as the Chester County Independent Award, given annually to the top senior athlete at CCHS who has contributed the most to the athletic program during the athlete’s four years.

The Chester County Eagles overcame early poor field position and sluggish play to post a 3313 victory over McNairy Central in high school football at Henderson’s Eagle Stadium, Friday. The victory gave CCHS its first 6-0 start since 1984, and left the Bobcats bewildered by a winless season.

Aug. 4, 2011

Chester County played Christ Academy of Knoxville Wednesday in the first round of the TSSAA State Volleyball Tournament. The Eaglettes were playing in the state for the first time in school history after defeating Carver in the sectional contest last Thursday in Memphis.

Chester team wins Dixie “O”Zone state The journey took 37 years, but Chester County finally has its first-ever Dixie Youth Baseball state championship. July 27 in Sweetwater, Chester County blasted defending state champion Savannah 11-0 in the championship game of the Dixie Youth “O”Zone division. “O”Zone is for lads ages 11-12, and features regular baseball rules with runners able to lead off the bases. Aug. 11, 2011

McCutchen named top A.D. Mike McCutchen, the Director of Athletics at Freed-Hardeman University, has been named the 2011 Athletic Director of the Year by the TranSouth Athletic Conference. The award is selected and voted on by the conference athletic directors. This is the first time an AD from FreedHardeman has been honored. The award was first given in 2000. McCutchen has been the athletic director at Freed-Hardeman since 2007, after serving as the men's basketball coach from 1988 through 2005. Aug. 25, 2011


defense refused to surrender points leading to victory. This second time, coming Friday in Savannah, Chester County stopped Hardin County four times inside in the 10-yard line, then exploded for two late scores to defeat the Tigers 28-6. The non-district win over Hardin County was Chester County’s first win over the Tigers in 26 years, and improved their balance sheet to 2-0 on the season, and left Hardin County at 0-1.

CCHS beats rival MVP, All-District, hitter of the year – all awards Bobcats 33-13

Another goal line stand helps CCHS to 2-0

Freed-Hardeman Men’s Basketball Date Opponent Dec. 30Shorter Jan. 5 Blue Mountain Jan. 7 Cumberland Jan. 14 Union Jan. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Jan. 19 Martin Methodist Jan. 21 Mid-Continent Jan. 26 Lyon Jan. 28 Bethel

a pair of long-time nemeses, plus an easy fourinning victory, have sent the Chester County Eaglettes to the state softball tournament. CCHS, the second place team in District 14-AA, won on the road at District 13-AA champ Martin Westview and 14-AA champ Lexington, then thumped Frayser 22-0 Friday in Henderson for their second trip to the big show in the last four years.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Chester County Eagles had their backs to the wall in the second half, with victory or defeat hanging in the balance. And for the second time, the Eagle

Oct. 27, 2011

CC volleyball wins sect., goes to state

CC waltzes through Wildcats Chester County took nearly half the first period to put points on the board against Fayette-Ware. However, from that point the Eagles scored almost at will in destroying the winless Wildcats 52-6 Friday in its regular season football finale at Eagle Stadium.

CC paired with Kingsbury in first round contest In one of the more bizarre matchups in the all the state, Chester County with eight victories on the season, must travel to Memphis for a first round state playoff game. And to boot, their opponent, Kingsbury, has only three wins. Nov. 10, 2011

CCHS dethrones Kingsbury Chester County scored on its first four possessions of the first half, added an interception return for another score, and cruised to a 49-15 victory over Kingsbury, 3-8, in the first round of the TSSAA state playoffs. The game was played at Melrose Stadium which has artificial turf, and is

believed to be the first time ever that the Eagles had played on such a surface. Nov. 17, 2011

Defense shines late in Eagle victory Needing a key stop on defense late in the game, Chester County’s Eagles got even more. Capitalizing on two Mitchell miscues, CCHS scored twice in the final three minutes to win its second playoff game of the year, 28-14, Friday in Memphis. Zach Malone scooped up a blocked punt and dragged Mitchell players into the end zone 10 yards away to break a 14-all tie. Then Chester County’s Ryan Turner sealed the deal with an interception return of more than 90 yards. The victory puts Chester County in the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history, and gives them 10 victories to equal to the school record established by the 1952 CCHS Volunteer Conference champions. Nov. 24, 2011

Quarterfinal loss stops CCHS at 10-3 For three quarters it looked as if Chester County football’s dream season would continue for another week. However, leading 13-12 Friday at Covington, the Eagles surrendered three scores to the host team in the fourth quarter, and fell 33-19 in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA state playoffs. CCHS ended its season at 10-3, only the second 10-win season in school history, but oh so close to making it 11 victories and a trip to the semi-finals.

Dec. 1, 2011

Phelps selected for East/West game Cameron Phelps of Chester County High School has been selected to participate in the 5th Annual Toyota East/West All-Star Game at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at CarsonNewman College in Jefferson City.

Dec. 8, 2011

Historic Lady Lion volleyball season ends The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions' historic season came to an end on Thursday with a 3-1 loss to No. 16 Spring Hill College in pool play at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships in Sioux City, Iowa. The No. 25 Lady Lions (28-11) went 0-3 in pool play while facing three teams ranked above them in the national ratings in their first trip to the final site of the national tournament.

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CHESTER COUNTY INDEPENDENT • Thursday, December 29, 2011

Public Notices NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated August 20, 2002, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded August 27, 2002, at Book 220, Page 110 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Chester County, Tennessee, executed by Jason Lee Morris and Deana Morris, conveying certain property therein described to Arnold M. Weiss, Esq., 208 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 as Trustee for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc.; and the undersigned, Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on January 19, 2012 on or about 12:00 P.M., at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: First tract: beginning on a stake in the south right of way margin of Plainview black topped road 25 feet from the center, being the northeast corner of lot conveyed to James R. Mount and wife, Julie Mae Mount; runs thence with the south right of way margin of said toad south 87 degrees and 10 minutes east 326.50 feet to a stake at the intersection of a black topped road leading south 25 feet from the center of either road; thence running with west right of way margin of black topped road south 0 degrees and 50 minutes east 132 feet to a stake in west right of way margin of black topped road 25 feet from center; thence running with a new line north 87 degrees and 6 minutes west 341.60 feet to a stake, the southeast corner of the James R. and Julie Mae Mount lot; thence running north 3 degrees and 36 minutes east 131 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1 acre, more or less. Second Tract: Beginning on an iron stake, this point being the southeast corner of Mount lot; runs thence south 87 degrees 10 minutes east 341.60 feet to a stake on the west right of way margin of Sweet Lips-Plainview Road; runs thence with the west right of way margin of road south 0 degrees 50 minutes east 131 feet to a stake; runs thence leaving road north 87 degrees 10 minutes west 351 feet to an iron stake; runs thence north 3 degrees 36 minutes east 131 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.0437 acres, more or less. However, there is included within the two lots above described, and expressly excluded from this conveyance a 20 inches x 262 inches strip of land conveyed to James R. Mount and wife, Julia M. Mount by Aron Paul Hodges and wife, Barbara Hodges by Warranty Dead dated February 10, 1988, of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 83, page 656. However, there is included within the two lots above described, and expressly excluded from this conveyance a 20’ x 262’ strip of land conveyed to James R. Mount and wife, Julia M. Mount by Aron Paul Hodges and wife, Barbara Hodges by Warranty Deed dated February 10, 2988, of record in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee, in Deed book 83, page 656. ALSO KNOWN AS: 1140 Plainview Road, Henderson, Tennessee 38340-7729 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 35-5117. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Jason Lee Morris; Deana Morris The sale held pursuant to this

Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 1286218610 DATED December 13, 2011 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee DSaleNoticeTNShellie_bsims_111213_1322 FOR SALE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MYFIR.COM and WWW.REALTYTRAC.COM

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated August 14, 2002, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded August 20, 2002, at Book 219, Page 659 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Chester County, Tennessee, executed by Jacqueline D. Taylor and Tracy W. Taylor, conveying certain property therein described to Hunter Simmons, Trustee as Trustee for First South Bank; and the undersigned, Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on January 5, 2012 on or about 12:00 P.M., at the Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Chester County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron pipe found in the eastern right of way of Pisgah Road, the southwest comer of the Carolyn Hurst lot, see Deed Book 65, page 342; thence north 87 degrees 33 minutes 46 seconds east for a distance of 209.82 feet with the southern boundary of Hurst to an iron pin; thence South 16 degrees 26 minutes 40 seconds east for a distance of 213.11 feet with a new line to an iron pin; thence south 88 degrees 24 minutes 03 seconds west for a distance of 210.00 feet with a new line to an iron pin; thence north 16 degrees 36 minutes 23 seconds west for a distance of 210.09 feet with the eastern right of way of Pisgah Road to the point of beginning., Together with and subject to covenants, easements and restriction of record. Said property contains 1.000 acres more or less as surveyed by James A. Martin, R.L.S. Number 14G9 on December 9, 1998. ALSO KNOWN AS: 2480 North Pisgah Road, Henderson, Tennessee 383405319 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 35-5117. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Jacqueline D. Taylor; Tracy W. Taylor The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 1286218418 DATED December 7, 2011 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee DSaleNoticeTNShellie_bsims_111207_1250 FOR SALE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MYFIR.COM and WWW.REALTYTRAC.COM


the performing terms of a promissory note described and secured by a Deed of Trust of record in Record Book 337, Page 538, Register’s Office for Chester County, Tennessee; and executed on February 18, 2010 by Cornelius Charles and wife, Joyce Charles conveying the property therein described to Anthony R. Steele, Trustee, to secure said indebtedness therein described to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance , Inc. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. executed and Appointment of Substitute Trustee, naming R.N. “BO” TAYLOR as Substitute Trustee, which is of record in Record Book 355, Page 677 Register’s Office for Chester County, Tennessee. And DEFAULT having been made in the promising terms of said Deed of Trust, which contains the power to sell upon default, the owner and holder, in accordance with the terms of said Deed of Trust, hereby declares the entire debt due and payable and demands that the said R.N. “BO” TAYLOR, Substitute Trustee, sell the property in accordance with said Deed of Trust. THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that I, R.N. “BO” TAYLOR, SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by said Deed of Trust, will on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the front door of the Courthouse in Henderson, Chester County, Tennessee, sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, and free from the equity of redemption, homestead, dower and all other exemptions of every kind, all of which are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, the following land in Chester County, Tennessee, described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin set in the south margin of Northchester Lane, which point is the northeast comer of Lot 15 and the northwest corner of the herein described tract; thence, from the point of beginning and with the margin of Northchester Lane, North 64 degrees 58 minutes 31 seconds East for 250.00 feet to the northwest comer of Lot 17; thence with the west line of Lot 17, South 26 degrees 12 minutes 29 seconds East for 811.40 feet to the north line of Lot 18; thence with the north line of Lot 18, South 66 degrees 11 minutes 18 seconds West for 290.93 feet to the southeast comer of Lot 15; thence with the east line of Lot 15, North 23 degrees 18 minutes 34 seconds West for 805.43 feet to the point of beginning, containing 5.0 acres, being Lot 16 of the Northchester Subdivision. Said legal description is the same description as contained in the previous deed of record. This being the same property conveyed to Cornelius Charles and wife, Joyce Charles, by deed of record dated August 4, 2009, filed August 12, 2009, and recorded in Record Book 331, Page 247, Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee. Map 10, Parcel 38.25 This property includes a 2010

Clayton mobile home, Vin Number CS2011309TNAB which was purchased under an installment contract-security agreement which evidences the deed of trust and which will stay with the land. The sale of this property is pursuant to Section 9-604 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Tennessee Annotated 47-9-604. The sale of the abovedescribed property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. Said sale will be in bar of the right and equity of redemption, homestead and dower, but subject to all tax and prior liens of record in the Register’s Office for Chester County, Tennessee, which are applicable to this property and unpaid real estate taxes, if any. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. The 60 day notice of the right to foreclosure, in accordance with T.C.A. 35-5-101, was sent by United States Mail, postage prepaid to, Cornelius and Joyce Charles on July 15, 2011. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated, this 9th, day of December 2011 R.N. “Bo” Taylor, Substitute Trustee Attorney at Law 305 Fourteenth Avenue, North Nashville, Tennessee 37203 (615) 859-0060 SUBORDINATE LIENHOLDERS: OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the terms, conditions, and payments provided in a certain Deed of Trust dated OCTOBER 30, 2008, executed by JOHNATHAN KESLER, A SINGLE MAN to LARRY MCKENZIE, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Trustee, of record in RECORD BOOK 322, PAGE 74, for the benefit of MORT-


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of: Tressie Lee Cooper Notice is hereby given that on the 14th day of December, 2011, Letters Testamentary in respect of the Estate of Tressie Lee Cooper who died November 11, 2011, were issued to the undersigned by the Probate Court of Chester County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against the estate are required to file the same with the clerk of the above names court within four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or of the posting, as the case may be) of this notice or twelve months from the decedent’s date of death, otherwise their claims will be forever barred. This 14th day of December, 2011. Robert Walter Cooper, Co-Executor Jimmy Howard Cooper, Co-Executor Estate of Tressie Lee Cooper

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