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THE LEADER THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 ▪ VO L . 1 2 9 , N O. 8 ▪ T H E VO I C E O F TIPTON COUNTY S I N C E 1 8 8 6 ▪




Covington to pay $5.4M in damages By ECHO DAY

Brighton Middle School students pose with three-year-old Maliya Irby after granting her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation last week. Courtesy photo

BMS grants Disney wish By ECHO DAY Friday was a day filled with surprises for threeyear-old Maliya Irby. Dressed in eye-catching sparkly boots and a tutu-like skirt, Maliya was all smiles as she learned her wish to visit Disney World was granted by Brighton Middle School. "It was very exciting," said Lee Ann Grantham, one of the school's National Junior Honor Society sponsors. Make-A-Wish is the NJHS

service project. In just one week, the middle school raised more than $7,500 for the fundraiser, more than $2,500 over the goal. "The honor society students actually voted to raise another $2,500 so we can be a two-wish school this year," Grantham said. Granting Maliya's wish was emotional for the students and Grantham said many cried during the reveal. You could hear a pin drop in the gym as students

dressed like popular Disney characters – such as Cinderella, Pochantas and Minnie Mouse – delivered the great news. Maliya's classmates from the Tipton County Preschool at Austin Peay Elementary made a special trip to the school to be there as the wish was granted. The preschool students donated a large portrait of Maliya, taken by Phil Ramsey and framed, to her family. When she was two months old, Maliya was diagnosed

with Stage 1 Wilms Tumors, which are cancerous tumors of the kidney. She also suffers from several other health conditions, but despite her struggles, grandmother Marilyn Muex said she's very loving. She and her family left to go to Disney World the following morning. "This was really great for our students," Grantham said. "They had a sense of accomplishment because they raised money and got to see where it goes. It shows them they can help."


Fayne reflects on integration, career By JEFF IRELAND Rickey Fayne, a former star athlete in Tipton County and an authority figure in the Tipton County school system for 35 years, stands 6-2 and weighs well north of 200 pounds. He looks pretty imposing. So when he cries, it gets one's attention. When Fayne, now 57, was in the sixth grade, he was one of the first black students to attend Brighton School, leaving behind all-black Bloomington School in 1966. One day a white student asked him to take a ride on his scooter. “I'd been trained,” says Fayne, tearing up and pausing between his words, “to stay with your brothers. You don't go anywhere with white folks.” Fayne followed his instincts, though, and rode around Brighton with the boy.

some Kool-Aid and a sandwich. The kid's mom showed up soon after that.

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Atoka project delayed indefinitely By ECHO DAY



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In Atoka, plans for an amphitheater in Pioneer Park have been shelved for the time-being, officials announced last week. The proposed low-impact project has been delayed indefinitely as the Town of Atoka received approval to use the $500,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant to assist in the purchase and installation of a splash pad in Walker Park. Atoka Parks and Recreation Director Brian Peel said in addition to the grant funds, money allocated to the amphitheater project would be reallocated for new picnic tables, trash cans and grills that are part of the Walker Park project. Pavilions and a splash pad are expected to be constructed this spring and open in July. The amphitheater was one of

Rickey Fayne was a well-known high school athlete in the 1970s. In this photo, he is shown outmanuevering Covington's Landon Smith for a rebound in the final of a Millington Invitational Tournament. He went on to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Courtesy photo

Eventually the pair got hungry and ended up at the kid's house. Fayne was invited inside and had

The City of Covington owes $5.4 million in damages to developers of the Sunrise and Cottonwood Place apartment complexes, a circuit court judge ruled on Feb. 15. The judgment was a dozen years in the making, said attorney J. Houston Gordon, and comes after a 2009 ruling that the city violated the federal Fair Housing Act in November 2000. The FHA makes it unlawful to "make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, religion, sex, familial status or national origin," but the court ruled the city was, in fact, guilty of this and more. In 2000, both Flat Iron Apartments, which would later be named Sunrise Apartments, and Cottonwood Place were approved for federal low income housing tax credits administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Both developments were located in zones designated for the construction of high density, multi-family residential properties and both seemed as if they'd be approved for construction by


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Dunavant among top animal defenders By ECHO DAY District Attorney General Mike Dunavant has been named one of America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the organization announced last week. Dunavant was among others from all over the country to receive the honor as part of National Justice for Animals Week 2013. He was commended for successfully prosecuting animal cruelty cases, namely one from Fayette

County where 140 dogs were recovered from a UHaul traveling along I-40 in 2011. In that case, defendant Bonnie Sheehan pleaded guilty to 14

counts of animal cruelty on July 19, 2012 and received two years of probation, a $500 fine and is prohibited from owning animals for two years. In another Fayette County case in September 2012, officers found 168 live animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs housed in cages covered in feces and urine. More than 20 dead animals were also found in the home. The defendants have been charged with 168 counts of animal cruelty and two counts of child abuse.

TCSO denies solicitor permits By ECHO DAY The next time a solicitor knocks on your door, ask to see a permit. Not only could they be soliciting illegally, they may also be wanted, the Tipton County Sheriff's Office said. The agency recently denied solicitation permits for two groups selling books and magazines door-to-door in Tipton County. "We want people in Tipton County to be aware of these groups who are not allowed to solicit here," said Sheriff Pancho Chumley Tuesday. "During both of the investigations, several of the individuals were not from the area, had limited, if any, identification and were not forthright with their personal information due to having outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions." During a routine check that is part of the application process, officials

discovered Brian Neal, 50, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a representative of the Michigan-based Inner City Sales company, has a non-extraditable warrant from Georgia. Other members of the organization also had warrants, including one from Shelby County. The group was operating out of a white van and lived in a motel in Shelby County. Two days later, a group representing Missouri-based Midwest Communications was stopped on Deen Road in Brighton. That stop, perpetuated by a call to dispatchers about suspicious activity, resulted in several arrests: ▪ Christopher Michael Kennedy, 20, of Clarksville, simple possession of marijuana ▪ Dakota Eugene Cavins, 21, of Lexington, Ky., criminal impersonation, felony fugitive warrant

“I am humbled and honored to receive this special recognition for the collective prosecutorial efforts of my office in animal cruelty cases,” Dunavant said. “I have a talented and dedicated staff who take these cases seriously, as we recognize the victimization of the most vulnerable members of our society, whether they are children or animals, deserve justice.” Dunavant and his wife, Marianne, live in Atoka with their 10-year-old son, Hutch.

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Continued from A1 “I was scared to death,” Fayne says. “Going into white people's houses was a no-no.” But the mom didn't bat an eye at the breach in social customs. She fed the boys whatever they wanted and Fayne had a new friend. The boy's name was Marvin Trotter and his mom was June Trotter, who taught in Tipton County for years. He still keeps up with the family. “He became my friend,” Fayne says, gathering himself. Fayne was part of a small group of black students who left Bloomington for Brighton in the mid-60s as schools in Tipton County and across the country crept toward full integration. Desegregation didn't go as smoothly as Fayne's scooter ride, but Fayne has mostly fond memories of his school days. He remembers J.H. Bennett, the principal at Brighton, as a man who would not tolerate the mistreatment of any students. “He just didn't allow it from parents,” Fayne says, “or anybody.” Fayne also credits the Huffman family, of which current Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman is a descendant, as one of the driving forces behind racial harmony in Brighton. “The Huffmans ran Brighton back then,” says Fayne, joking that Jeff Huffman still sometimes refers to him as his brother. Fayne was a very popular student at Brighton. The starting center on the basketball team and the squad's most valuable player, he was voted as most athletic and Mr. Brighton by fellow students his senior year. He also made excellent grades and finished in the top 10 of his class. But his passion clearly was, and still is, basketball. He can remember details of basketball games from 40 years ago, including the time he made a shot from half court against Covington that left his fingers an

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instant after the buzzer sounded. Fayne was recruited by several colleges, but ended up walking on at Memphis State (now University of Memphis) as a freshman. Back then, freshmen didn't play on the varsity team, but he was on the bench when the Tigers played UCLA in the 1973 NCAA title game. He stopped playing basketball at Memphis State when a new coach came in after his sophomore season, but he graduated in 1976 and began a teaching and coaching career in Tipton County, making stops at Brighton Middle, Munford Elementary and Munford High. From 1989 to 1992, he was the principal at Drummonds Elementary. In 1993, superintendent Tim Fite appointed him to the school board. Four years later he became the first black director of operations in the county and eventually deputy superintendent, a post he held until his retirement in 2011. Some heart problems led to his retirement, but that hasn't kept him away from the basketball court – now as a fan. He's been to every boys state high school basketball tournament since 1978. His wife of 31 years, Kenetha, knows as much about basketball as he does and the couple can be spotted regularly at high school games in Tipton County. When Fayne was in high school, he had dreams of playing college basketball. But he says his coach

at the time, J.T. Flynn, wanted to make sure he got an education and was wary of out-of-town recruiters exploiting him for his basketball talent. Several years ago he asked his old coach about what teams wanted him to play basketball. “He told me, 'They just wanted to make you a piece of meat. I wanted you to get an education.'” Sometimes Fayne wonders what could have been, but he's satisfied with where he is now. “I'm 57 and retired,” Fayne says. “It worked out really well for me.”

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◄ Ordinance 1479, a moratorium on building multifamily developments, was passed with three successive meetings in November 2000. Because of the violations of Tennnessee open meetings statutes, as well as a failure to submit the ordinance to the planning commission, it was ruled invalid.


Continued from A1 of four projects announced when LPRF funds were granted to Atoka, Munford and Covington in October 2012. Officials said the venue was to be constructed in the hillside of Pioneer Park, which is located near Walker Parkway and Williamsburg Drive, directly behind the homes on Hummingbird Loop. The venue was planned to host community-related events, such as family movie nights, said Town Administrator Brian Koral. At the town's last meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Feb. 5, residents expressed their concerns about parking, noise and property values. With only 10-12 spaces, parking was the biggest concern and may be the reason the project was delayed.


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Continued from A1 the planning commission on Nov. 14, 2000. Representatives from the city informed them that all remaining issues, requirements and objections to the plans had been met and the plans would be approved The State of Tennessee planner recommended the plans' approval. And the plans were approved on Dec. 5, 2000, but not before the city passed a moratorium prohibiting construction of multi-family developments on Nov. 30, 2000. Documents obtained by The Leader suggest in November 2000, thenmayor Russell B. Bailey learned of a similar moratorium passedin the City of Memphis and instructed the city attorney, who was then Mike Whitaker, to draft a resolution stating no building permits would be issued by the city. He also requested Whitaker draft the moratorium ordinance. The mayor and aldermen held a private meeting on Nov. 27 to discuss multiple family housing and the moratorium in an effort to prepare the board to pass the moratorium at the next day's scheduled meeting and in three succeeding meetings before the next regular meeting of the planning commission on Dec. 5. The regularly scheduled board meeting took place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, and the ordinance was passed on its first reading. Special called meetings were set for the next day at noon and the day after at 7 p.m. Several residents attended the Nov. 30 meeting and public hearing to speak out against the moratorium, which prohibited the issuance of building permits until after July 1, 2001. Alderman Bill Scruggs, who is still serving the city, spoke out against the ordinace. "This is a railroad job if I ever seen it," he told the board. "Why can't we wait five days and put it into effect?" Five days after the moratorium was passed,

the planning commission met and approved the Flat Iron development's preliminary site plan. Developers were not issued a building permit until April 22, 2002, when zoning regulations had been changed. Reasons Documentation provides city officials suggested the reason for the moratorium was because they were not in favor of providing more low income housing because the city's crime was being comitted by residents of similar developments already in existence. City officials did not want more Section 8 housing in District 1, where Flat Iron was to be located, but some, such as Scruggs, were in favor of moderate income housing. "District one needs it desperately," Scruggs said during the public hearing on Nov. 30. Transcripts show Scruggs argued the development was not a Section 8 housing project and that neither the moratorium nor an impact fee ever came before the public works committee, of which he was chairman. Bailey told Scruggs, "A train goes both ways. If this is a railroad job, Mr. Scruggs, it looks like it's in a hurry to get this thing done. But also in a hurry, maybe, because we might find out something. Let's wait six months. Let's wait seven months." Bailey said the emergency stop gap allowed the city to study the city's zoning ordinances and its changing needs due to an "exceptionally large number of families" already living in rent-subsidized and housing. The ordinance that enacted the moratorium stated the unusual growth of the percentage of the population below the poverty line adversely affected the city's safety and welfare. Violations Tennessee law states all meetings of any

governing body are to be declared public meetings, and open to the public at all times. No informal meetings may be conducted and "chance meetings" shall not be used to decide or deliberate public business. In meeting privately on Nov. 27, a judge ruled city officials violated the open meeting statute, or Sunshine Law. Additionally, the city was in violation of meeting notice requirements. State law prescribes notices are published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city for 15 days prior to the meeting. No such notice was given, and the meetings took place in less than 15 days. On Aug. 14, 2001, Judge Joseph Walker declared the city's failure to comply with the notice requirements made the moratorium ordinance invalid. Additionally, the stop gap ordinance was not submitted to nor certified by the planning commission, a mandatory provision. In 2009, it was determined the city was liable for damages to the two developers. A two-week jury trial in circuit court resulted in a $5.4 million judgment for the plaintiffs. "Unfortunately, this

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litigation has now taken more than 12 years," said the plaintiffs' attorney, J. Houston Gordon. "The actions of the former mayor and a majority of the then Board of Mayor and Aldermen have been found by the court to have been unlawful. A Tipton County jury has determined the damages caused by their unlawful acts." It was a short-lived victory, however. Prior to Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting, city officials met with their attorney, T.D. Forrester, to discuss the case. At the board meeting, aldermen voted to give the city permission to seek an appeal in the case. Forrester had no comment.

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Fire dept. deserves fair share of credit By BRIAN BLACKLEY

The Covington Fire Department was in the news -- in this newspaper, in fact -- again recently, and not for the right reasons. In an interview with a Leader writer, a local civil rights advocate and Covington alderman, the subject of the interview, made some comments about the lack of diversity in the fire department’s staff. Because the story and the comments related to civil rights issues so they made it into print. It wasn’t a conscious decision as much as it was reporting what was said in the interview. It’s not the kind of thing that gets a lot of deep analysis. Our reporters talk to people and report back what they say. No foul, harm or intent weighs into it. It’s just reporting. Still, the subject of whether or not those comments should have been published has and will continue to be debated, but the story wasn’t an intentional attack on the part of the newspaper. Still, those comments rankled folks, as did our reporting them. We at The Leader, justifiably, caught it from both sides. To one side, the story should have been about a group’s hard work to start a museum, not about a mission to put more African Americans on the staff of the CFD. To the other side, those comments were part of an ongoing attack, they feel, that has been unjustly waged against them. Both sides have a point. And for our part, we apologize to both sides. Though it was unintentional, a lot of people felt slighted; we’re sorry for that. Certainly, given the context, the CFD didn’t deserve this. We think the facts should speak for themselves when it comes to the CFD and those facts are more about safety than about diversity, which is fitting since safety is the one and only job of the CFD or any other fire department. The truth is that safety -- not diversity -- is how this fire department and others are measured. And based on that measurement, the Covington Fire Department is doing its job, and it is doing it quite well. Long recognized as one of the best departments in West Tennessee, the CFD, led by Fire Chief Jerry Craig, has a phenomenal record to point toward. What they’re doing at the CFD to protect people and property is working and they’ve long been recognized many times for their record of safety and hard work. These successes go beyond racial boundaries as all of the city’s residents -- regardless of race -- are the beneficiaries of the work they do. We plan to publish stories about those successes and discuss things like ISO ratings of the CFD which are used to determine how much the city’s residents must pay to insurance to insure their property against fire damage. Covington is quite good and it has been so for a long time. We should be proud of the work they do and we’re dedicated to reporting that story. Look for that information in future editions. We apologize to the CFD and its hardworking fire fighters, administrators and staff for rubbing salt in an old wound and we thank them for their dedicated service. They have a great record of safety to point toward, so they’re doing an awful lot right. We also apologize to the supporters of the Association for the Preservation of African American History and Culture in Tipton County. The story should have focused more on their work and less on the feelings of the group’s leader about the CFD.

This photo depicts Glenn Springs Lake in 1919. The hotel can be seen in the top left of the photo and skating rink and movie theatre in the top right. Photo courtesy “Tales of Tipton”

My heroes have been Looking back over the last few at the time. We had the philosoyears, I guess there have been a lot phers that sat on the front porch of of men and women that have been Mr. Ben’s store in downtown Rosemade to look bigger than life by mark and analyzed the daily situathe news media. Politicians, mili- tion. Yep, they made fun of us and tary, movies stars, sciour ‘ig’nurnt’ ways, as entists, sports figures, kids growing up. We medicine, religion, did get lucky once in a education, musicians, while. business people and The philosophers and doctors, just to name intellectual sages usuala few. Many times ly consisted of Mr. Leon when the media get McCullough, Mr. Bright through praising these McFerrin, Mr. Harber, folks, we are led to Mr. T. D. Wylie, Mr. believe they possibly Miller and a few more will walk on water. ambled by according to As a tree swinger the weather, crops, feedgrowing up, there ing and gatherin’. No SOUTHERN RAISIN' usually comes to one wanted any work to O TIS G RIFFIN mind a few leaders that interfere with the outlay somehow influenced and incubation of knowleach of us either directly, or indi- edge. rectly. Maybe, at this particular The philosophers would show time they didn’t know or even re- us anything, and start coaching us alize possibly what an impact each a little, if we had a problem. They could have on our life. Sometimes demonstrated how to sew a basethough, the bad outweighed the ball ‘til it was like brand new. Begood. Possibly, there was a teacher, fore, we had wrapped it with black coach, banker, businessman, farm- tape and it would get mushy. One er, or a preacher that influenced to brought a long bone needle and some degree, a country redneck, demonstrated the art of restringand most cases neither appreciat- ing a leather baseball glove. We ed the event at this particular time. learned to use tacks and wrap You certainly don’t understand it black friction tape on a broken or at least I didn’t. baseball bat to salvage it. We were Many times our parents or older taught to sharpen a knife with a friends would say to us, “I hope razor edge ’cause we had to play you turn out as well as he or she mumble peg! did, you ought to pattern yo’self We would use Monkey brand after him or her.” As my Southern cold patches for bicycle tubes and Country Brothers know, we are then souge (dip), checking them called ‘easy goin’ but we just don’t in the mule watering troughs for like to have anything crammed leaks. The genius of tightening down our craw. You might have bicycle spokes without warping better luck teaching a mule to yo- the rim brought a smile to our del! faces. They’d put the magic touch Occasionally, things just rub off on a slingshot and fine tune the on a person without them ever red rubber tension so to shoot acrealizing it. A few of us had that curately. All the time these sages good fortune, but we didn’t see it had our undivided attention, they

would give a few lessons to follow in life. Not once do I remember any one of us gully jumpers ever interrupting or addressing them other than with a Mister! Even the most cantankerous philosophers were shown respect, but it was for our own good. Vivid memories return as we were constantly reminded to obey our parents. Stay out of mischief, as it was the devils’ workshop. Often we were quizzed with, “have you little boys said your prayers before bedtime? Had we studied our Sunday school lesson? When you work for someone and they pay you, always do a good job. Most of the time, youngsters our age didn’t want to hear this preaching, but coming from these older sages, we were very attentive. Maybe we didn’t want to let them down. They really helped us, so out of respect, we always agreed But, the memories, help, character, respect, hardworking, teachings, caring and the foundation the senior citizens left on some country boys will never be forgotten. They are etched in our minds to this day, just how blessed we were to have known such great individuals. Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, forms and in the strangest of places. My only regret today is I never had the opportunity to shake all their hands and tell them how much I appreciate their kind, yet strict words helping to mold and shape not only my life but my dear loved ones as well. Traditions in the wonderful South are a great memory….Glory! Otis Griffin is the author of the book “Southern Raisin.” He was born in Charleston, Tenn., and attended Rosemark Grammar School and Bolton High School.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Defending CHS hoops The 2013 Covington High School boys basketball program has quite a remarkable story to tell. Under the leadership of Coach Dion Real, this program has thrived, marveled expectations and yielded something remarkable. Over the past two years this program has graduated 24 seniors, 18 of whom are actively enrolled in college on academic as well as athletic scholarships. This year’s team of young men has been challenged physically, mentally and morally and the result was not only an UNDEFEATED season, but the embossment of character traits that they THE LEADER

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tency and determination. This idealogy not only manifested itself on the basketball court but quicly became evident in the classroom environment as each of these brave, determine young men have maintained a full academic schedule … not failing one class, school attendance and exceptional classroom conduct, while participating in a rigorous practice/game schedule. As in life, nothing can be looked at in full view without a marred first glance. This program has recently been hit with allegations of impropriety, so the true story is lost as the focus on the allegations clouds the view

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Obituaries Beatrice Summer Date of Death – February 15, 2013

Beatrice Sumner 88, daughter of the late Willie and Madie Blocker Sumner, expired on February 15, 2013 at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, TN. Visitation was held Friday February 22, from 1-6 p.m. at Palmer Funeral Home. Services were Saturday at noon at Hatchie Church of Christ with burial in Townsend Cemetery, both in Covington. Survivors include two siblings, Terean Keaton of Memphis and Sam Sumner of Mississippi; a niece she raised as her own since the age of three months, Diane (Charles) Harvey of Brighton; a dear friend, Shirley (Arundel) Gillespie of Ripley; five grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Holly Ann Socorso McDow October 28, 1953 – February 17, 2013 Holly Ann Socorso McDow, wife of B. David McDow, died Sunday afternoon, February 17, 2013 at her home in Gilt Edge, Tipton County, TN. Visitation was held Friday, February 22 from 5-8 p.m. and a service was held Saturday, February 23, at 11 a.m. at the Munford Chapel. Holly, the daughter of Louis Anthony Socorso and Joanne Marie Fox Socorso, both deceased, was born October 28, 1953 in Portsmouth, Virginia. A self-described “Navy Brat”, Holly attended school in Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee before obtaining her B.S. Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979. Holly began work as Chief Chemist for an oil re-refining company but quickly moved up in the growing field of environmental clean-up, such as Love Canal, first as a technical rep. for RECRA E nvironmental Health Services followed by a position as Marketing Manager, Gulf Coast Operations, for Canonie Environmental Services. In 1982, Holly suffered a broken back which forced a temporary pause in her career, but in her typical “Damn the Torpedos” style, she soon formed her own company, H. A. Associates, in Houston, Texas as a consultant to companies such as Atlantic Richfield, Shell, Exxon, etc. and soldiered on. In 1984, she accepted a position with Hewlett Packards Analytical Instruments Division as a field engineer marketing their Analytical instruments for chemical testing to a broad array of companies in the oil and gas, medical, pharmaceutical, forensics, and other markets. She made Hewlett Packard her career home for nearly 24 years. While still at HP, in 1996, Holly and her husband Dave became independent franchise owners for Unicity International, marketing their line of Nutritional supplements and Weight-Loss products. After retiring from HP, Holly and Dave moved back to the old McDow home-place at Gilt Edge, where Holly soon expanded the franchise to her next career by becoming a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant as well as a Certified Weight Management Consultant. Holly was also involved in various community activities. She served as The Tennessee Federation of Republican Women Recording Secretary; Past President of the Tipton County Republican Women; Chairman Women’s Health Issues, TFRW; a member of the Women Health Issues for the National Federation of Republican Women; Leader Tops TN 494, Covington Weight Loss Support Group; Captain, KOPS West Tennessee Weight Loss Honor Society; and was recently elected to the Gilt Edge TN City Council. She is survived by her husband B. David McDow, three step-daughters, Delta McDow of Mississippi, Marcella McDow Holsenback of Alabama, and Kristen McDow Rawlston of Alabama; one brother, Steve Socorso, currently living in the far east; two sisters, MaryAnne Harden (Lynn) of Florida, Lisane Socorso of Florida; two nephews, Sean Socorso of Washington, Mical Cichra of Florida; two nieces, Ashley Lane of South Carolina and Tammy Hevener of Mississippi; two brother’s-in-law, Jerry McDow of South Dakota and Reginald K. McDow of Tennessee; two nephews by marriage, Michael McDow of South Dakota and Samuel McDow of Arizona; and one niece also by marriage, Reverend Mandy Sloan Flemming officiated during the services. Holly lived life well and full, till the day she died. She was happy, and made all around her happy. She leaves an unfillable void. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Antonio Maurice Adams Date of Death – February 20, 2013 Antonio Maurice Adams, 27, died February 20, 2013. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Greater St. John Baptist Church, 411 Shelton Street, in Covington, with burial in Townsend Cemetery. Visitation will be held for an hour prior to the service. He is survived by fiancée Kenetria Young; sons Kentavion Young, Antonio Adams Jr. and Kendarius Nelson; mother Djana Mardra Bailey; father James Arthur Adams; a sister, four brothers, a grandmother and grandfather. Millington Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Mary Ann McCall Fyfe January 9, 1943 – February 20, 2013 Mary Ann McCall Fyfe, 70, of Aberdeen, Miss., died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 9, 1943 to James Robinson McCall and Mary Alice Johnson McCall in Memphis and was a graduate of Byars Hall High School in Covington. She lived in Aberdeen since 1968 and attended Faith Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Fyfe retired after 30 years as a secretary with the Aberdeen Public School System. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Faith Presbyterian Church with Bro. David Harrell officiating. Survivors include a daughter, Shannon Jewett of Tampa, Fla.; son Sledge Fyfe of Panama City, Fla.; brother Jimmy R. McCall of Covington; and grandchildren Hunt Jewett and McCall Jewett. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ruffin Sledge Fyfe Jr. and a grandson, Kurt Fyfe. Memorials may be sent to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research and Children’s Hospitals. Online condolences may be left at The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

William Alonzo “Bill” Klutts June 26, 1928 – February 20, 2013 William Alonzo ‘Bill’ Klutts, 84, of Ripley, editor/ publisher of the Lauderdale County Enterprise in Ripley, died Wednesday, February 20, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley. Services took place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley’s First Baptist Church, with burial in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. He was born June 26, 1928 to the late Alonzo and Helen Klutts in Ripley. He served in the Army during the Korean War, thereafter for 25 years, first in the Army Reserve and later in the Naval Reserve until retirement as lieutenant commander. He was a member of the Ripley Rotary Club with perfect attendance for more than 50 years. He leaves his partner for 46 years, Terry R. Ford; Edmund Givens, of Murfreesboro; and staff at the Enterprise to mourn his loss including, Sylvia Rose, Beverly Hutcherson, Angela Hunter, Shelia Hartsfield, Tara Williams, Oliver Nelson, Alice Bricco, Chris Bricco, Jimmy Haynes, Rhonda Troutman and Linda Bryant. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Paul Byrd January 14, 1932 – February 21, 2013 Paul Byrd, 81, of Millington, passed away on Thursday, February 21. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 25 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with interment in Northridge/Woodhaven Cemetery in Millington. He is survived by his wife, Madeline Byrd; three daughters, Paula Korber of Collinsville, IL and Sandra Harding and Kathryn King, both of Millington; one son, Steve Byrd of Millington; three sisters, Lillian Able of Jackson, TN,


Gertrude Hamilton of Mulberry, FL and Mary Barnes of Covington; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Friends may sign an online guestbook at The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

He is survived by his wife, Libby Click; three daughters, Laura Quinn of Atoka, Sherri Kidd of Brighton and Terri Barber of Centerville, TN; one son, Mike Scott of Brighton; one brother, Robert Click of Florida and 15 grandchildren. Friends may sign an online guestbook at The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Sarah Frances Campbell July 24, 1929 – February 21, 2013 Sarah Frances Campbell was born July 24, 1929 and died February 21, 2013. She is survived by her son, Steve Campbell, daughterin-law, Ashleigh Campbell, granddaughter Mallory Campbell, two sisters Peggy Max and Mae Spurgeon and one brother Palmer Downing. Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. and funeral servicesfollowed at the Munford Funeral - Munford Chapel with interment in Helen Crigger Cemetery. The family requests donations to the arthritis foundation for those considering an alternative to flowers. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

A. Mildred Armstrong Rooker November 7, 1926 – February 21, 2013 A. Mildred Armstrong Rooker, 86, of Covington, died on February 21, 2013. A graveside service took place at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Kenneth Wayne Clark Date of Death – February 22, 2013 Kenneth Wayne Clark, 52, of Burlison, a carpenter, died on February 22, 2013 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House. Funeral services took place on Monday, Feb. 25 at Munford Funeral Home. He was buried in Helen Crigger Cemetery. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Clark, and sisters Dianne Tickle, Debbie Ballard and Donna Murchison. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Trinity Hospice House, 1520 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN 38017. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Vera Maxine Roberts Fletcher January 5, 1940 – February 22, 2013 Vera Maxine Roberts Fletcher, 73, died on February 22, 2013. She was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. A graveside service took place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Bro. Craig Batson officiated. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Smith (Mark) of Covington; Patsy Carson of Germantown; and two grandchildren. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Mary Martindale November 30, 1925 – February 24, 2013 Mary Louise Grantham Martindale, 87, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Covington Manor in Covington, TN. She was born November 30, 1925 to the late James Henry Clay and Rosie Lee Lowrance Grantham. She was a member of Gilt Edge Church of Christ. Mrs. Martindale worked for Kraus Model Cleaners as a seamstress. Services took place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Donnie DeBord officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Walnut. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Martindale Cooley (Bob) of Atoka, TN; one son, Billy Farris Martindale (Cheryl) of Ripley, TN; ten grandchildren, Rachell Austill of Byhalia, MS, Terry Martindale of Ripley, TN, Danny Martindale of Tiptonville, TN, Debbie Martindale of Memphis, Donnie Perkins of Ripley, TN, David Perkins of Memphis, Mary (Bob) Tolbert and Rob Cooley, both of Atoka, TN, Jessica Hirsch (Ryan) of Ft. Gordon, GA, and Jennifer Cooley of Atoka, TN; and ten great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Donnie Ray Perkins, Vernon Hill, Bob Tolbert, Terry Martindale, Rob Cooley and Chris Tolbert. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer Farris Martindale; one daughter, Bonnie Perkins; two sons, David and Danny Martindale; one sister, Graple Heathcock; and two brothers, Andy Grantham and Lee Grantham. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

James Thomas “Jimmy” Gamblin July 6, 1953 – February 25, 2013 James Thomas “Jimmy” Gamblin, 59, of Covington, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 25. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with interment services to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Bruce Cemetery in Bruce, MS. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Born in Bruce, MS to the late J. T. and Elise (Hicks) Gamblin, he leaves one brother, Larry (Linda) Gamblin of Covington; one sister, Mimi Lou Gamblin of Memphis; uncle of Johanna Harrell of Arlington, Lisa M. Greear of Covington, Christina (Mark) Cotten of Bartlett and Kenneth (Mary) Gamblin of Newburgh, IN and eight grandnieces and grand nephews. Friends may sign an online guestbook at The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Willie Marlon “Bud” Conlee March 31, 1932 – February 23, 2013 Willie Marlon “Bud” Conlee, 80, of Atoka, died February 23, 2013. He was born to the late Will and Mary Lovie Herring Conlee, March 31, 1932, in New Albany, Mississippi. Bud married the late Una Rogers Conlee on February 7. 1953, and they were married 45 years. Bud married Shirley Combs on May 15, 2000. Willie was a machinist for Mitchell and Son Machine Shop until he retired in 1994. Willie was an active member of River of Life Assembly, Munford where he and his wife Shirley served in the Deacon and Deaconess Follow-Up and Care Ministry. Willie had many years of service as a Deacon, Board Member, and Sunday School Superintendent of (then) First Assembly of God Church, Millington and South Tipton Assembly of God Church, Munford. Bud is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Lanis Conlee Bowers and Jerry Bowers of Olive Branch, MS; Marlaine Conlee Finzo and Stephen Finzo of Willard, MO; and Jill Conlee Gribble and Kenneth Gribble of Memphis, TN. He also is survived by eleven grandchildren: Jason Bowers, Katie Bowers Dunlap, Vincent Finzo, Anthony Finzo, Alaina Finzo, Hollie Gribble, Hunter Gribble, Hudson Gribble, Hope Gribble, Hayden Combs, and Tiffany Carmack; and two great-grandsons: Dawson and Dierks Dunlap. Willie also is survived by one brother, Danny Harold Conlee and special family friends from out of town: April Jacka and Jim and Glenda Everett. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013. River of Life Assembly, Munford. Interment to follow at Rogers Cemetery, in Atoka. The family is requesting that memorial donations be made for the Belize Ministry of River of Life Assembly, Munford. For information regarding this ministry, please call (901) 837-8781. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Charlie Click November 15, 1943 – February 24, 2013 Charlie Click, 69, of Brighton, passed away on Sunday, February 24. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 27 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with interment in the Salem A.R.P. Church Cemetery. A loving and kind husband, father and grandfather, he was a 40 plus year electrician with DuPont and a long- time member of the Sharon A. R. P. church where he served as an elder.

Marilyn Herring Janiary 24, 1945 – February 25, 2013 Marilyn Herring, 68, of Millington, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013. She is survived by daughters Susan (Bryant) and Lisa, close family friend Charles Finney, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Forest Hill Funeral Home had charge over arrangements. The Leader (Covington, Tenn.) February 28, 2013

Sam B. Morrison September 16, 1935 – February 25, 2013 Sam B. Morrison, 77, of Covington, passed away on Monday, February 25. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 28 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with interment to follow in Clopton Cemetery in Brighton. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. He was a member of the Rosemark Baptist Church and Coast Guard Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Morrison; two sons, Sam Morrison of Clark, NJ and Bret Morrison of Bartlett; one sister, Nancy Campbell of Munford; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Coy Morrison and one brother, Rick Morrison. Friends may sign an online guestbook at

The family of Donald Morton wishes to thank you for your cards of sympathy, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Marlene and Donnie Morton


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Charles Wolfe, 48, said he has a new lease on life after having weight loss surgery in September 2010. Wolfe has lost 370 pounds, half of his body weight. Inset photo courtesy Charles Wolfe. Photo by Echo Day

Half the man he used to be Covington man loses 370 pounds (and counting!) by ECHO DAY "Life is good now. I have a life now." There was a time when Charles Wolfe couldn't walk his beloved wire haired Jack Russell terrier, Isaiah, or take his trash can to the curb. There was a time when he weighed so much he didn't think he'd make it much longer. But those days, thankfully, have passed. "I feel better, I'm healthier, and I'm getting even better. It's a blessing I'm still here." Wolfe, 48, once weighed 740 pounds. Today he weighs half that. "I didn't have a life," he said. "Basically, I went outside, sat in my chair and went back inside. At my heaviest I dreaded getting out of my chair to go to the bathroom or something like that." Like many people struggling with obesity, Wolfe said his feelings were hurt when people would stare at or talk about him. He didn't want to go out in public or have photos taken of himself. The day he had to be weighed on Baptist East's loading dock was particularly degrading. "Do you know how crazy and embarrassing that was? That was one time I went to the (bariatric) doctor and didn't weigh 700 pounds, I was only 500-something then." On September 14, 2010, Wolfe traveled to Birmingham by ambulance – a courtesy transport by Rural Metro in Alabama's capitol city – to undergo gastric bypass surgery. It was the day his life changed for the better. "Aw man, it's like night and day."

I blame me, myself and I. I did this to myself. Why was I killing myself? CHARLES WOLFE

Wolfe is no longer a Type II diabetic, a disease often associated with obesity. He said he's lucky that he doesn't have heart or lung problems. His left knee bothers him every so often, but he's planning to get it checked out soon. Otherwise, he is working toward getting healthier and is enjoying his new-found freedom. "There are so many things I can do for myself now, like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. I can put my socks on myself. All of these things poeple take for granted until they're gone." Wolfe blames himself for his weight getting out of control. He said he started getting "husky" in junior high school, but kept active through high school,

playing sports and riding his bike. Being bigger than seniors as a freshman was an advantage, he said, but once he became a truck driver the tables turned. Wolfe volunteered that most of his meals consisted of an overabundance of fast foods – two Big Mac meals, supersized, with pies or a large pizza and breadsticks – and instead of exercising he'd watch a movie or lie down to sleep before hitting the road again. "I blame me, myself and I," he said. "I could have went outside and walked around, but I didn't do it. I did this to myself. I sit back and think, 'Why did I do this to myself? Why was I killing myself?'" Not only does Wolfe realize he was eating the wrong foods, he knows he was eating them at the wrong times and in excess. Since his surgery he has changed his eating habits and is enjoying a new lease on life. He still has 120 pounds to lose until he reaches his goal weight. The next step, he said, is to have surgery to remove excess skin, become healthy enough to reenter the workforce and buy new clothes. Physically, he's half the man he once was. Mentally, he's twice the Charles Wolfe he's ever been. "Everyone's been talking about how my appearance has changed, but I've been focusing on how I feel. I feel good." Though Wolfe's plight – his struggles with weight, getting the surgery and losing 370 pounds in two years – can be seen as motivation to others in a similar situation, he thinks he's just an ordinary man. "I'm just Charles Wolfe who wanted his life back."


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UPCOMING FUNDRAISER Saturday, March 16th is our Sham-Rock-A-Thon which is being held the day before St. Patrick’s Day. We would like to extend an invitation to you to come and “rock” for our Senior Center. This fundraiser was held for the first time last year and was a great success. There will be food, fun, and fellowship for all who participate in this event. If you would like to sign up or donate, please call 476-3333. UPCOMING EVENTS Fun stuff for the week of March 4th – March 8th. March 4th - 10:00 the Craft Club will be making a “Shamrock Surprise”. These crafty creations will definitely be worn on St Patrick’s Day. At 11:00 we will play a quick game of “Common Pieces”. March 5th – At 10:00 A group of seniors will be traveling to Covington Care to visit patients in the nursing home. March 6th – A relaxing and fun day of sing along and dancing starting at 10:00. March 7th – Our weekly Bible Study at 10:00. March 8th - Creative Aging Concert, The Masqueraders, will be performing . We are excited to see this vocal trio perform top-notch R & B music and “Old School” blues. Bible Study- Bible Study will be held at the CSC on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. This nondenominational class is open to all. For the entire month of March, our Bible studies held every Thursday will be held by John Currie. As always, the public is invited to join us at 10:00 a.m. for this inspirational study of the Word. Get Fit, Stay Fit- Join other seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m. at the CSC for 30 minutes of great stretching and strengthening exercises. This is just right for everyone 55 and older. Bingo – Come play bingo with us on March 1st and March 15th. This is always a wonderful time with plenty of laughter. Bending Needles Quilting Club- Experienced hand stitch quilters are welcome to join the club. The quilters meet each Thursday and Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the craft room. Tap Dance Class- Kay Catterton, our volunteer instructor always welcomes new students. The tap class meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the TCCA dance room. The cost is $3 a class. Line Dance Class- Classes meet every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the TCCA dance room and at the Munford Senior Center every Monday at 9 a.m. Contributions are welcomed at both sites. Mrs. Juanita Joyner is the instructor. Caregiver Programs “Helen’s House” Adult Day/ Respite ServiceHelen’s House currently has openings offering a great opportunity for those with some degree of memory loss or dementia to have a safe and therapeutic experience while their family caregivers enjoy a time for personal business or other activities. Helen’s House is licensed by the State of Tennessee. Helen’s House is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call Anita for more information or to receive a registration packet. Caregiver Wellness/Support Groups meet across Tipton County… All shared information is confidential--- “what is said here, stays here”- Meal contributions are requested and transportation is available on a limited basis. • South Tipton Caregiver Wellness Group- This group meets the second Tuesday of the month in Munford at the Restoration Church from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. • “…For Men Only” Caregiver Wellness GroupThis group meet the second Monday of the month at TCCA meeting room from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The facilitator is Mr. Russell Lindsay. • Lunch Bunch Caregiver Wellness Group- This group meet the third Tuesday of the month at TCCA meeting room from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The facilitator is Mrs. Darlene Hopper Spaulding. • TCCA Breast Health Wellness Group- Please join facilitator, Sue Wheeler on the second Monday of the month at Covington Senior Center dining room from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tipton County Commission on Aging 401 S. College, Covington, TN 38019 Phone: 901-476-3333 Kerry W. Overton, Executive Director Helen’s House- Anita Feuring-476-1068 Website-

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The Civil War and Tipton County: Feb. 1863 Compiled by Russell B. Bailey, Tipton County Historian Federal troops from Memphis and Fort Pillow conducted raids through Lauderdale and Tipton Counties 150 years ago. At dawn of Jan. 8th, the Federals attacked a camp of Capt. Edmund Daley’s Co. A, 1st Tennessee Partisans Rangers at Durhamville: “We charged into their camp like a freight train going through a village.   The enemy was completely surprised.   I never saw so much confusion.” A second charge drove the Confederates from the town. The Federals claimed they killed 16 and captured 44 Rebels.   An Iowa soldier

wrote: “I then gazed for the first time upon the bodies of men killed in battle, and badly as I hate the rebels, I turned in sorrow from the view.” Fearing a counterattack, the Federals marched back to Fort Pillow in rain for twelve hours without a stop. South of the Hatchie River, Colonel Robert V. Richardson’s Confederate 1st Tennessee Partisan Rangers was organized with 407 men in camp at Williamson’s or Bethlehem Church in Fayette County, Feb. 14, 1863.  Additional soldiers were on patrol or picket.   The soldiers elected Robert V. Richardson, Colonel; John Uriah Green of Tipton County, Lieutenant Colonel and

Benjamin Berry Bensen of Fayette County, Major. Colonel Richardson appointed the following staff: Pinkney M. Pate, Quartermaster; Alexander W. Loving, Adjutant; Geo. W. Bennett, Commissary; Christopher Dickson, M. D., Surgeon, John B. Scarborough, Assistant Surgeon; Rev. Marion Zelner, Chaplain; Thomas J. Farrar, Veterinary Surgeon.” Company C’s 70 men of the Regiment, were commanded by Captain John E. Sullivan, formerly of the 51st Tennessee Infantry.   James Calvin Nelson of Portersville was elected 1st Lieutenant and William Bell 2d Lieutenant.   The company had about 70 men. Company G of the Partisans contained 67 men

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Greetings. Congratulations to Pastor Kevin Reese King Jr., formerly of Jamestown, now of Covington, upon his recent promotion. On Sunday, May 17 services at New Hope MB Church Rev. King will be installed as pastor. Former pastor, the late Richard Coe, passed away in January. Rev. King is the oldest son of LaRue King Albritton of Jamestown and the late Kevin Reese king Sr. Family and friends are invited. Also on the 17th of February at Bright Hill MB in Jamestown Rev. King's mother, LaRue Albritton, was feted with an honor along with several other members for years of dedicated service to Bright Hill. Our hearts were saddened this past weekend by several local funerals. The families of Weavers, Sherrill and Johnsons has our heartfelt prayers. I was unable to attend these services. Mother Jones lived 98 beautiful years, and from all who attended on Saturday to say final good byes, it was shown. Mother Jones was the oldest member of the St. Paul Chapel MB Church, also in Drummonds. Her oldest son, Bro. Henry Jones Jr. sang

several songs dedicated to the memory of their mother. Mother Jones was the mother of 16 children, none of them surviving today. Her two lovely daughters, Mary and Thelma, were beside their mother, as everyone of them were, in every way. She was a devoted mother and all of that love showed through in each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as great-greats. For 73 years Mother Jones was married to the late Henry Jones Sr., who truly adored her. This lovely service was entrusted to Jefferson Mortuary. The family wishes to thank all of them, as well as all of Mother Jones' health care team, along with St. Paul's kitchen staff. A special thanks to staff at DES. I am thankful for the lovely moments Mother Viola Jones brought into my life, a treasure already missed. Happy birthday to Cherry Burton Summers – 24th. On our prayers list are Isiah Burton Sr. and family, Jennie Stewart, Willie Shade Alston, Pink Sherrill Jr., Willie Reed Jr., Ruth Alston, Eugene and Gigi Baker, Mary Bal-

lard, David and Charlene Sneed, Connie and Christine Brown, Menola Hollands and family, Ruby Coe, Wayne Jerry, George Hooper, Norma Watkins and family, Katarene Harber, Flossie Woods, Viola Jones, Jessie Lawson, Beaulah Wakefield, Carlotta Jones, Doris Woods and family, Percy White and family, Robert Smith and family, Andrew Jackson and family, Thelma Nichols and family, Claudia Cross and family, Gladys Miller and family, Joseph Heaston Sr., Ruth Griffin and Rhonda Heaston-McLin and family. These are just a few of my faithful readers asking daily for our prayers. Congrats to Mattie Terry and the entire committee sponsors of Knock 'em Dead, which was was held Feb. 23. Turnout was lower this year due to funerals. However, all of the ladies looked stunning in their outfits. LaRue Albritton, Florence Trent, Dallie Boykins and Barbara Miller were stunning as always. Gotta run. Remember: March comes in like a lamb and it goes out like a lion. How will you behave the entire month. Be good to yourself as always. Until next time ...

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Hello everybody! Well I don’t usually do this but I must start out on a sad note this week! We are so very saddened by the passing of our friend, neighbor and former board member Charlie Click!!! It still seems like it’s just not true. Charlie knew everybody and everybody knew Charlie and knew he was the same anywhere you run into him! He was everyone’s friend! What a legacy he has left behind! Please pray for Libby and the rest of the family as they go through the next few days, weeks and months ahead. He will be fondly missed! He was a true man of God and he is indeed, in God’s presence as we speak! Libby’s son Mike helped me today as he told me the family took comfort in knowing Charlie did not have to go through a long, drawn out time of suffering like some cancer patients do, thank you Lord!!!! We also had another hard death here at Dunlap this past week as we said goodbye to one of our favorite residents, Mr. Freddie Huggins. He lost his battle with his heart and lungs last week. Now he has a whole new heart and lungs!! No more struggling for Mr. Freddie!! He too was a wonderful man, never met a stranger! Rest in peace both Mr. Freddie and Charlie!!!! As a matter of fact, they are probably talking up in heaven right now! It just dawned on me that Charlie used to stop and talk to Mr. Freddie when he would

sit out in front of the big oak tree in the front yard. Mr. Freddie would sit out there all day long and watch the traffic go by until his macular degeneration got worse and Charlie would stop and chat with him. Wow, we serve a great God! To God be the glory! We would like to thank the Ladies of Brighton Baptist Church for coming over this past Sunday and starting the “monthly birthday party”. Thanks Mary Sam and all of you sweet ladies! The folks really enjoyed it!!! Also thanks go out to Judy & Carrie Whetsel for all their hard work & effort in getting different ones to help in making Valentine’s Day a very special day for the residents!! They loved all the things that were handmade & the candy!!!! Judy says they are already planning for Easter!!!! Thank you to everyone that had a part in it. I’ve had several people call because they saw that we had only one room available! No one has committed yet so if you know of someone, give me a call and I’ll put you on the list! Until next week, everyone be kinder than necessary to the people you come in contact with, for you never know what burdens they are carrying and guess what? It may be heavier than yours! May God take care of all of you and please remember the Click family in your prayers!!

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of Tipton County, commanded by Captain Robert A. Field and Lieutenants’ Robert M Hewlett and Frederick T. Eckford. Men from Tipton served in other companies of the regiment.  All of the companies continued to receive recruits.   On Feb. 25, Union General S. A. Hurlbut at Memphis reported “Richardson’s guerillas were still in motion, near Covington, but do us no harm.”   Two days later on Feb. 27th, Union soldiers from Fort Pillow were ordered to converge on Bloomington (Brighton) and Clopton in hopes of capturing Richardson’s Partisans.   About 200 mounted infantrymen of the 32d Iowa and 52nd Indiana Regiments took

the steamer Davenport down to Randolph. Capt. Frank Moore’s Company of the 2d Illinois Cavalry accompanied the expedition. (Moore’s cavalry had stolen enough horses in Tipton County to mount two full companies of infantry at Fort Pillow.)   The Federals made the 20-mile march during the night and surrounded the Clopton Methodist Church and Campground before sunrise. Enfield musketry fire from the 52nd Indiana Infantry “riddled the Church, sheds and out buildings” during the early dawn of February 28th. Following the volley, the Illinois and Iowa soldiers dashed into the Church grounds.   They

found only eight of Richardson’s Confederates and their horses that had arrived the previous evening from patrol. Sleeping on the floor of the church had saved them from being hit by gunfire. An Iowa soldier recalled that they set fire to all the buildings and then returned to Fort Pillow. Among the ranks of Co. G, 52nd Indiana, were three recruits from Tipton who had enlisted since the Indianans were stationed at Fort Pillow:   William McFadden, Joseph Adkison and Thomas J. Gray.  


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Rep. Fincher joins committee Last week U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump), announced that he has been placed back on the House Committee on Agriculture. Fincher served on the committee in the previous Congress, and returns to the committee next week. “I am pleased to welcome back Stephen to the House Agriculture Committee. He hails from a strong, agricultural district in Tennessee and is a farmer by trade. I’m sure he’ll put that experience to good use as we work

on issues that are important to production agriculture and rural communities,” said Chairman Frank Lucas. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues that are vital to Tennessee’s economy and the Congressman is looking forward to continue advocating strongly for the Eighth District’s many agriculture interests. “I am excited to hit the ground running and continue to work on these important issues that

matter most to our famers,” said Fincher. “One out of nine jobs in the Eighth District is directly or indirectly derived from Agriculture. During these challenging economic times we must do all we can to create jobs in Tennessee. Our primary goal in the Committee must be to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill to give our farmers long-term certainty that they deserve.” Fincher recently hosted an Agriculture Listening Session in Hungtingdon, to hear the con-

cerns and priorities of local farmers and producers on what needs to be included in upcoming Farm Bill. Congressman Fincher serves on the Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on Financial Services and three if its subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprise, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy Trade.

Sen. Mark Norris sponsors educational bill

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'I’ve met with a number of industries in high-tech manufacturing ready to expand in Tennessee but for a lack of qualified employees, and I know of many Tennesseans who can’t afford to attend school while sacrificing a paying job' - Sen. Norris Senate Bill 1330, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), creates the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) allowing students at Tennessee’s technology centers and community colleges to combine occupational training in a high-skill or high-technology industry with academic credit and to apply that experience toward a degree. The legislation directs several state entities to work together in both establishing and carrying out the initiative. “I’ve met with a number of industries in high-tech manufacturing ready to expand in Tennessee but for a lack of qualified employees, and I know of many Tennesseans who can’t afford to attend school while sacrificing a paying job,” Norris said. “This promotes the best of both worlds for employers, employees and the economy of Tennessee.” The legislation is drafted so that wages or other compensation received by students will not impact eligibility for state need-based financial assistance or grants. Norris and his staff consulted with major employers in Tennessee and other southern states, as well as overseas, to study what are referred to as “cooperative education” programs. Students are paid to learn while applying what they learn at work for credit toward a degree. “This is not unlike the old apprentice programs of generations past, where students get a practical utilization of what they’re learning from the books,” Norris said. “But we’re adding a modern higher edu-

cation component to address what Tennessee employers keep asking for: job candidates with the requisite skills needed in today’s technologically-advanced workplace.” Jason Bates, Administration Manager of Toyota’s Bodine facility in Jackson, stated that industry continually faces the need for qualified workers. “Despite today’s challenging economic environment, manufacturing facilities all across our state struggle to fill positions with individuals educated in advanced manufacturing,” Bates said. “Support for education in manufacturing technology is critical for Tennessee’s growth.” “Oftentimes, there is a communications gap between educators and economic developers. LEAP will help coordinate job training between the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Economic and Community Development with higher education,” Norris said. “This will allow us to educate and employ the skilled workers that prospective employers actually need right now.” Dr. Richard Rhoda, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, agreed. “This program recognizes that an important outcome of a student’s education is job opportunity,” Rhoda said. “Having employers work closely with state agencies creates increased collaboration and focus across the board, giving students the opportunity to attain credentials.”

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Hello Dear Friends. We have lots of stuff going on at Elm Grove United Methodist Church. We have Sunday night services at 5:30. We have Bible study on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Ezekiel Chapters 22 - 26. We will have Pot-Luck, Sunday March 3, after morning worship. Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for these fund raisers for our Mission Trip to Guatemala. March 3, Thirty-one purse sale during potluck lunch. All profits will go to support the Mission Trip. April 13, Wild Game Dinner, please speak with Chuck Yarbro if you can help provide game for the dinner. May 4, church wide garage sale. It was so good to see Mrs. Bertha Wright back in her usual pew, this past Sunday. Hope you continue to improve. Me and Mr. have been going up the Monford Senior Citizens place. They serve up some good meals. We are so thankful, it gives us something fun to do. Thanks to everyone for being so nice and friendly.

(I think I have used the following before....I like it so much------) Excerpts from the book: "The Purpose Driven Life". What on earth am I here for? It"s not about you. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose. You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purpose. Life is about becoming what God create you to be. It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (p.20) You discover your identity and purpose through a RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. (to be continued next week} Love & Prayers


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On the prayer list are Henry and Laverne Fowler, Andrea Stafford, Willie Mae Lawson, Lois Smith, Otis Poole, Carolyn Hanks, Carla Carlson, Trixie Dawson, Janet Dempsey, Caroline Darden, DeVaughn Jackson, Jim Edmonds and those who are in the nursing home or recovering from illness. Also remember Dennis Gholson, Jody Coker, Ian Boswell, Michael Barton, Ryan Hirsch, E.J. Perkins, Seth Kellow, Chance Hall and those who are in the military. A special happy birthday to Ms. Billie Boswell. Until next time ...

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Join us at First Friday Coffee in April for “News from Nashville” with Senator Mark Norris. Senator Norris will present an update of issues in state government and will answer questions from the audience. Plan to be there. The event is sponsored by Commissioner Bob Wilson.

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Brighton Middle School has selected the following students as February Students of the Month. A Student of the Month from each grade is selected monthly from a pool of nominations given by BMS teachers. They are (l to r): Jonathan Gonzalez (6th), Chevela Lightfoot (8th) and Tanner White (7th).

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DSCC graduates receive awards The dedication required to become a registered nurse, including at least two years of demanding coursework, was acknowledged in the nursing pinning ceremony held in the auditorium located in the Academic Building of the Dyersburg State Community College Jimmy Naifeh Center (DSCC JNC) at Tipton County on Friday, December 14. In keeping with the pinning ceremony tradition, DSCC President Karen Bowyer, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Evelynn Miller and other members of the DSCC nursing faculty made special presentations. Trever Etheridge of Drummonds and Melinda Ingram of Munford earned the Scholastic Award. Etheridge was also selected to receive the Peggy Pendergrast Faculty award. The Clinical Practice Award was given to Abby Walker of Dyersburg. Laurence “Lee” Ervin of Brighton received the Friendship Award. The Friend

of Nursing Award was presented to Eileen Anderson, Administrative Clerk II for the DSCC JNC. Dean Miller then placed the pin on each of the graduate’s uniforms. The nursing pin represents completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree requirements for nursing. Each graduate also received a small ceramic replica of the lamp carried by Florence Nightingale. The symbolic lamps were used in the lighting ceremony. This is the 43rd nursing pinning ceremony held by the college. The average age of those completing their degree and receiving their pins is 30. Since the program began in 1982, 1,175 students have completed their nursing degrees at DSCC. The 29 members of the Fall 2012 graduating class have traveled from locations throughout West Tennessee and participated in the program. They are:

Atoka- Toni Autry and Ryan Cummings Brighton- Amber Blank, Laurence "Lee" Ervin, Jack Jenkins, Tiffany Lockard, and Undria Moore Burlison Daniel Moody Covington- Elizabeth Hammersley, Bobbi Kennedy, and Audrey Mills Drummonds- Trever Ethridge Dyersburg- Santresa Cole, Carrie Goforth, and Abby Walker Huntingdon- Jessica Mooneyham Mason- Sara Portwood, Erika Posey Milan- Tiffany Kent Millington- Kimberly Max Munford- Michaela T. Cox, Melinda Ingram, Micki Pfrenger, and Abbye Scruggs Ripley- Kim Brown, Amanda Conrad, Kameron Flowers, and Rachel Keene Union City- Kristi Greer

Brighton FFA gets donation

Tim Williams, Rick Nelson, Jon Webb, Jody Wade, and Patrick Mitchell of Farm Credit Mid-America presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Brighton High School FFA.

UT-Chattanooga announces fall dean's list for 2012 The following is a list of students from the area who made the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2012 at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Students who make a 3.2 or higher semester grade point average are awarded the honor. Alison Akins TN-Tipton Rosemary Burnett TN-Tipton Megan Ferguson TN-Tipton Savannah Gable TN-Tipton Claire Peeler TN-Tipton Jordan Perry TN-Tipton Elizabeth Ragsdale TN-Tipton Paige Ridings TN-Tipton Megan Stanfill TN-Tipton Caleb Wooten TN-Tipton

Stanton's Davis named to Alabama dean's list Aaron Davis of Stanton has made the University of Alabama Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. To earn a place on the Dean’s List, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on at least 12 credit hours of work. Aaron is the son of H. T. and Carol Davis and the grandson of Larry and Linda Durham and Haskin and Peggy Davis.

book is on sale for $75 through the end of March. Seniors who purchase a Senior AD will be able to purchase an annual for $55 a $20 discount on the regular price. Parents should contact Mrs. Paige Warmath at CHS with questions. FOR SENIORS Senior supplies will be delivered on April 8. Any balance due must be paid upon delivery.

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March 5. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 3:156:15 with the exception of Spring Break week. The fee is $250 payable at sign-up with checks made to the Tipton County Board of Education BASKETBALL ALLSTAR The Chargers' Demetrius Dowell has been invited to participate in the Tennessee Basketball Coaches Association's All-Star game on March 16 in Murfreesboro. - Steve Holt

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CIAA students celebrate 'Read Across America'

Read Across America Week is in full bloom at The Covington Integrated Arts Academy. Taryn Anderson's Kindergarten Class celebrated Read Across America Week by reading the story "Horton Hears a Who" by Dr. Seuss. The class dressed up as "Horton" and chose their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to their friends. CIAA Kindergarteners are taking Accelerated Reader tests while working toward the Principal's Challenge of reading 100 books this year.

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BHS sophomore Justin Jones wins oratorical contest Justin Jones, a sophomore at Brighton High School, is the 2013 winner of the 10th District American Legion Oratorical Contest. Justin will go on to compete in the West Tennessee Oratorical Contest and, hopefully, the Tennessee Oratorical Contest in Nashville and the national competition April 19-21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. American Legion Post 250 of Germantown hosted the 10th District National High School Oratorical Contest on February 16, 2013. The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak

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Sen. Norris appointed to state advisory commission Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has been reappointed to serve on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. Senator Norris, who currently serves as Chairman, will begin serving his second four-year term as one of the four members appointed from the Senate. Norris was elected in 2009 by the members of TACIR to serve as Chairman and has been reelected every two years to the top leadership post. “Leader Norris has been an outstanding public servant dedicated to efficiency and customer service in government for many years,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “The breadth of knowledge he

brings to his work serving the people of Tennessee is truly unparalleled. It is an honor to appoint him to serve on this important Commission.” "I appreciate Lt. Governor Ramsey's confidence and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving. TACIR has a number of initiatives underway which are important to preserving and improving the rights of Tennesseans. I look forward to seeing them through," said Norris who also serves as Senate Majority Leader. TACIR was created in 1978 as a response to legislative findings in the late 1970s indicating the need for a permanent intergovernmental body to study and take action on questions of organizational patterns, powers, functions, and rela-

tionships among federal, state, and local governments. TACIR’s membership is made up of representatives from the Legislature, the Executive Branch, county governments, municipalities and citizens. Recently TACIR’s work has included studies on a wide array of topics including recent trends in local tax bases, blight legislation, local fire service and rural interstate highway congestion. TACIR is assisted by a staff of research professionals in economics, law, public planning, public administration and policy. Senator Norris represents Senate District 32, which includes Tipton and Shelby counties.

Local angus breeder Claybrooks recognized nationally for cows Covington-based Claybrook Angus has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having four registered Angus cows included in the Association's 2013 Pathfinder Report. Only 1,992 of the more than 25,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. The Pathfinder program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, Bowman says. Over 2 million eligible dams with more than 6.8

million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status. All registered Angus cows that meet the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the Pathfinder Report that is published annually by the Association. The 2013 Pathfinder Report lists 8,680 individual cows and 234 Pathfinder sires. It is published online at, and printed copies are available from the Association. The largest number of Pathfinder cows from a single herd this year is 96. Started in 1978, the Pathfinder Program continues to recognize outstanding breeders participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) Program.

Alexander legislation will prevent restricted fishing in Tennessee At a press conference last week at Old Hickory Dam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told a gathering of anglers and other community members that he will introduce legislation next week to delay the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “unreasonable plan to restrict fishing below Cumberland River dams that will destroy remarkably good recreational opportunities and many jobs.” “Water spills through the Cumberland River dams less than 20 percent of the time on average,” the senator said. “To close off the tailwaters to fishing 100 percent of the time would be like keeping the gate down at the railroad crossing 100 percent of the time: The track isn't dangerous when the train isn’t coming, and the tailwaters aren’t dangerous when the water isn’t spilling through the dam.” Alexander said his legislation would require the Corps to conduct an environmental impact review before it could restrict public access to

the fishing waters below ten dams on the Cumberland River. The senator said this process would likely take more than a year and would include multiple comment periods, as well as give Congress time to determine if the funding required for the safety barriers on the Cumberland River is in the best interest of public safety and the American taxpayer. The senator, who is the senior Republican on the Senate committee overseeing Corps funding, also said that he “wanted to know exactly where the $2.6 million that the Corps plans to use to erect physical barriers is coming from during these tight budget times.” Alexander was joined at today’s event by Ed Carter, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and Mike Butler, Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Carter told the gathering, “These are extremely important waters for economic and recreational reasons, and there are

alternative ways to address the safety issues for boating anglers.” Mike Butler said, “These are public waters, owned by the citizens and held in trust by the state, and they offer some of the best fishing to be found anywhere. The notion of completely banning boats from our world-class tailwater fisheries without any public input is alarming, and the statistics show that fishing below the dams is exceedingly safe.” Two weeks ago, Alexander and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) met at the U.S. Capitol with Maj. General Michael Walsh of the Corps to press their concerns about the Corps plan. Earlier Alexander had met with Lt. Col. James DeLapp, Commander of the Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The senator said he has requested a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of the Army to press his case that “there are more reasonable ways to

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Munford senior Robneisha Lee makes her way toward the basket during the Lady Cougars' win over Hardin County on Monday. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Munford Lady Cougar head coach Steve Poindexter was coming down with a rather unpleasant case of of deja vu during the first half of Monday's Region 7-AAA Tournament semifinal game at Brighton High School. With 5:31 left in the second quarter, Munford found itself trailing Hardin County in the do-or-die game 13-11. “I thought I was reliving last year,” said Poindexter, referencing last year's season-ending loss to Bartlett in the region semis. It turned out Poindexter had nothing to worry about. Munford went on an 18-1 run that spanned the second and third quarters, regret turned into redemption and the Lady Cougars earned the program's first-ever sectional berth with a 44-26 win. The Lady Cougars (26-5) moved on to

play Jackson North Side (The game was played past deadline.) in the region title game Wednesday night. Win or lose there, Munford will play for a berth in the Class AAA State Tournament on Saturday against Overton or Central. A win Wednesday means they will host that game. With a loss they will travel to Memphis. After Hardin County's Meagan Willoughby hit a 3-pointer to put her team ahead by two at the 5:31 mark of the second quarter, it was all Munford. Robneisha Lee hit five free throws and a layup, Lauren Zvolanek hit a 3-pointer and Alex Turner added another trey at the halftime buzzer to put Munford up by 10. Shaliyah Wiggins opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and Zvolanek hit two free throws to push the lead to 15. Hardin County answered with two straight 3-pointers, but Turner respondSEE MHS, PAGE B2

Covington rallies to beat Dyersburg for fourth time By STEVE HOLT It is tough enough to win over any team once in a season. Twice makes you feel good. Three times and you feel the odds catching up to you. Four times and you’ve got something going. So it was for the Covington Lady Chargers on Monday night as they took down the Dyersburg Lady Trojans for the fourth time this season, 62-55 in the Region 7-AA semifinal. The win puts CHS in the Region 7-AA title game on Wednesday (The game was played past deadline) against Westview, which ended Obion County's season Monday night with a 57-54 triple overtime win. Win or lose, the Lady Chargers play in the sectional round on Saturday night against Manassas or Trezeveant with the program's first state tourna-

ment bid since 2002 up for grabs. With a win, CHS will be at home. A loss sends them on the road for a chance at Murfreesboro. Monday’s semi-final was a nail biter for Covington fans. CHS (33-2) came out of a back-andforth first period with a 17-12 lead. The lead expanded to eight in the second period before Dyersburg (21-11) closed the quarter on a mini-run to hit the locker room down 39-31. Covington’s defense took off most of the third period, allowing the Lady Trojans a 13-6 run that propelled them to the fourth leading 49-43. Two quick baskets to open the final frame pushed DHS out to a 10 point lead. The Lady Chargers looked to be confused and a little shell shocked when head coach Dion Real called for time with 7:07 remaining and CHS down 5345. SEE CHS, PAGE B2

Craigmont stops Munford in region semifinals By JEFF IRELAND Munford made what many people would probably consider an unlikely run this season, winning the District 13AAA Tournament title and making it one win away from playing for a state tournament berth. That run came to an end Tuesday at Brighton when Craigmont defeated Munford 60-51 in the Region 7-AAA semifinals. Munford (19-10) didn't go quietly, however. The Chiefs (17-11) led by seven points early in the fourth quarter before Munford rallied. Munford senior Jonathan Stark, a UT-Chattanooga signee, scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. With 4:43 left, Stark, who made five of six 3-pointers, hit a trey to pull Munford within two at 42-40. But the Chiefs answered behind the play of Richard Mazique (18 points) and held on by making 8 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter. Craigmont moved on to play Dyer County, which beat Cordova in the other semfinal in Brighton, in the region title game and Munford's season under first-year head coach Butch Hopkins came to an end.

The Cougars, a year after not making it out of the district tournament, would have advanced to the sectionals with a win. In the quarterfinals against Arlington at home on Saturday, Munford pulled out a 47-44 win.

Arlington (14-15) led by five after one quarter before Munford took a one-point halftime lead and held on down the stretch. Kameron Foster led the Cougars with 14 points. Stark scored 11 and Kylon Hall added 10.

Covington senior Robneisha Lee breaks though some Jackson South Side pressure during action Monday in Covington. Photo by Jeff Ireland

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'The King' coming to town By JEFF IRELAND jireland@covingtonleader. com Fans of professional wrestling will have a chance to see one of its stars on March 9 in Covington. In an event dubbed “A Tribute To Fit a King,” Memphis native and star of the television show “WWE Raw” Jerry Lawler will appear at a wrestling event at the Crestview Middle School gym. The action starts at 7:30 p.m. Six bouts are on the card featuring Dangerous Doug Gilbert, Grandmaster Sexay Brian Christopher, Big Daddy V, Wolfie D

and Koko B. Ware. “I'm going to get up and address the crowd, that kind of thing,” Lawler said last Friday during a phone interview promoting the event. “I'm excited about getting involved in this again. It's a pretty unique event for the area.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased in advance at the school or at the door. Proceeds from the event will support Crestview athletics. Lawler, who is best known for his wrestling in Memphis in the 1970s and 80s and as the announcer on “WWE

Raw,” suffered a heart attack last September. He hasn't been back in the round since, but still works on his television show and makes appearances around the country. “I'm going to have a chance to help raise some money for a good cause and be around some of my good friends and fans in Covington,” Lawler said. “We've always done real well when we've had wrestling in Covington.”

Boxers win five of six fights By JEFF IRELAND jireland@covingtonleader. com

The Covington Boxing Club won five of seven matches Saturday night in Oseola, Ark. Winners for Covington included Shawn Etridge, Latonio Grandberry, Tyronzo Boyd, Octavious Suggs and Deshun Harvey.

“It was a good effort by our kids,” said Covington coach Jimmy Glover. “The two losses were close, good matches.” Covington's Logan Culver lost close decision in his first match and his brother, Cory Culver, also lost a tight bout. Etridge won by knockout in the second round

and Harvey defeated a boxer from Arkansas who beat him in the regionals and went on to win the National Silver Gloves title. The team returns to action this Saturday in Jackson, Tenn., as the team gets prepared for the Golden Gloves Tournament later in March.

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Continued from B1 ed with another 3-pointer with 1:51 left in the third and the Lady Tigers never got back in the game, managing just four points in the fourth quarter. “We came out a little bit tight in the first quarter,” Poindexter said. “I think we were nervous. But we got some stops


on defense and the girls made some shots. When Alex answered with that 3-pointer, I think that was the game.” Turner and Lee led Munford with 10 points each. Zvolanek added nine and Kierra Webb added eight, six of which came in the fourth quarter.

Continued from B1 Whatever was said in that huddle lit a fire. Covington ran away from Dyersburg with a 17-2 burst from that point and sailed into the region final and sectional round. CHS’ Ashia Jones led all scorers with 20 points. Teammates Precious Harvey’s 18

Making up for last year's loss to Bartlett has been the team's primary goal this season. Munford had some chances to win that one before falling in overtime. “We had been talking about this game all year,” said Zvolanek, one of four se-

and Precious Dyson’s 15 included five of CHS’ six makes from beyond the arc. Myah Taylor notched 18 for the Lady Trojans. In the quarterfinals last Friday, behind 25 points from Harvey and 21 from Jones, Covington beat Jackson South Side at home 77-49. CHS never trailed in the contest that saw

niors on the team. “I think we were a little nervous … It's exciting. We're all excited.” “The girls had been waiting on this game for a year now,” Poindexter said. “Everything we've been doing has been building up to this game right here.”

Harvey post 20 points in the first half. Jones scored 18 in the second half. The Lady Chargers held an 18-point advantage at the break at 43-25 and would see their largest margin at 29 mid-way in the fourth period. South Side was undone by the 31 turnovers forced by Covington, a season high for the Lady Chargers.

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Who really killed Jesus? You be the judge. By RICK HUFFMAN Gilt Edge Church of Christ At first glance, this appears to be an open and shut case. The Roman government with Pontus Pilate as the point man is guilty. The historical record would give credence to this supposition. It would show that Pilate “signed” the order for Jesus to be crucified and no doubt was a party to the deed. However, digging deeper into the case would show that Pilate was a reluctant participant in these affairs. It would show that he wanted to know the truth. He interrogated Jesus at least twice, sent him to Herod to be interrogated and asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) He was convinced of His innocence and said to his accusers, “Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.” (John 19:4) He even devised a plan he thought would secure His freedom by offering to set one of the Jews’ own free. The choice he gave them between Barabbas, a robber, murderer and insurrectionist, and Christ, the one who had taught the people, fed the people, healed the people and raised their dead. The choice to him and to any right thinking man was obvious, yet they picked Barabbas. Mt 27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. Pilate continued to maintain the innocence of Jesus. Mr 15:14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. Pilate then washed his hands of the matter or did he? Mat. 27: 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Pilate caved. He knew what was right but refused to stand by his convictions when it was the unpopular thing to do. He went along with the crowd and allowed Jesus to be crucified. Are we any different from Plate? Do we turn a blind eye or deaf ear to evil by allowing it to go on? We may not dare be an active participant but do we do anything to stop it? Ro 14:22b Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Who really killed Jesus? Surely, it must have been the religious leaders of the day- the chief priests and Pharisees among others. Mt 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. Mt 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. Mr 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. Mr 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. Mr 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. They were sneaky and conniving. The only thing that held them back as long as it did was public sentiment for Jesus. Lu 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. They made all sorts of false accusations against Jesus before Pilate. Luke 23: 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. However their

The scene in the Ecce Homo by Italian master Caravaggio. His version of the scene combined Pilate's display with the earlier moment of Christ, already crowned with thorns, mockingly robed like a king by his tormentors. Massimi already possessed a Crowning with Thorns, (The Crowning with Thorns I") ( by Caravaggio, and Ecce Homo may have been intended as a companion piece. Stylistically, the painting displays characteristics of Caravaggio's mature Roman-period style.The forms are visible close-up and modelled by dramatic light, the absence of depth or background, and the psychological realism of, the torturer, who seems to mix sadism with pity. Pilate, in keeping with tradition, is shown as a rather neutral and perhaps almost sympathetic figure.

power was limited. John 18:31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: Who really killed Jesus? Jesus’s own people, the Jews, most certainly, must have had a part in it. Jesus during his ministry was saddened by their unresponsiveness to him at times. Mt 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! However just a few short days before his crucifixion, they gave him a reception fit for the king He was and is. Mat. 21: 6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. How quickly public opinion can change. Many of these that had worshipped and praised Jesus were part of the clamoring mob demanding His crucifixion having been duped by their leaders. Mat, 27: 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. But who really killed Jesus? The answer may not be as obvious as the physical evidence indicates. One may need to dig deeper to get the true answer. One has to look at the mission of Jesus, why He came to Earth in the first place and what His objective was. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. All of us are lost. We are lost because of sin, ours, not Adam’s. All have sinned and the “reward” of sin is death. Rom. 3: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom. 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is

eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We cannot save ourselves. We are like a fly that flies into the spider’s web, try as hard as he may he cannot extricate himself. The harder he tries, the more entangled he becomes. We, like the fly, fly into the web of sin. At first, we may not even be concerned. When we realize our predicament and try to free ourselves, we only become more caught by its grip, hopeless and helpless to free ourselves. Mic 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? Christ is the only solution for sin. Put another way, if there had only been one sin, Christ would have had to die or the sin could not be forgiven. Since we all have sinned (1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.), we, you and I, are responsible for his death. No, we may not have driven the nails like the Roman soldiers who hung him on the cross. No, we may not have signed the decree like Pilate ordering his death. No, we may not have stirred up the people, made false accusations and coveted with one of His own to betray him like the Jewish leaders to accomplish the deed. No, we may not have been part of the gullible crowd so easily swayed to demand, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” But we are guilty none the less because our sins, mine and yours, made it necessary for Him to have to come to Earth in the first place which set in motion the chain of events that led to His death. As sad as that might be, over and over again, we make it necessary that Christ should have been killed if we go back into sin. Heb. 6: 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Who then is really responsible for the death of the only begotten Son of God? You be the judge.

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The flu virus and sin there is no filter that can stop it. Its mode of operation is to enter the body and search for a “host,” USA Today had an article dated which means it is looking for a February 8, 2013, titled weak cell it can attach “Flu Season is Winding itself to. When it lands Down.” I wish I had on a potential “host” known that because cell, it sends a chemical a few days ago I sucsignal saying, “Let me cumbed to the Influcome in.” If the cell is enza A H3N2 virus. In strong it will reply, “No, other words I started go away.” When it does feeling like I was belocate the weakened ing beaten with a basecell it enters through ball bat. The fever, the the compromised memchills, the muscle aches brane. The virus sets PASTOR CHUCK and grumpy disposiup housekeeping in the WILLIAMS tion made life miser“host” cell and tells it, able. “I am in control now and As I sat in my sick bed of soli- you will surrender to me. I will tude, I thought about this wretch- feed off you, multiply myself, and ed little bug and the pain it inflects. consume you until you are dead. Some research revealed interesting Then I and my new creations will parallels between the virus and an- leave and find more like you. I other disease causing agent which cannot be stopped.” we know as sin. The virus is ruthless and wretchScientists have determined that ed. Scientists even debate whether the average virus is approximately it could be classified as life. There 20-50 nanometers which means are several similarities between it By CHUCK WILLIAMS First Baptist Church Covington

and sin. 1. If left unchecked sin will feed on our thoughts, actions and emotions. The more we cater to it the more it demands. One man I was counseling said, “I felt like I had to feed the monster and the monster was never satisfied.” 2. Sin is contagious. Like a virus spreading through personal contact, sin is transmitted person to person. Romans 5:12 – Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men. 3. Sin seeks out the weak. Like a virus searching for its “host,” sin seeks to find entrance where we have compromised our soul and spirit. This is why it is imperative that we stay strong in the Lord. The major distinction between the virus and sin is that while there is no medicine which can kill a virus, sin has been dealt a blow at Calvary where Jesus died. “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”(1 John 1:7)

LENTEN REFLECTIONS FEB 28 – Listen to the Word Scripture is a path to heaven, leading from the prophets to eternal life. Luke 16:19-31 MARCH 1 – Family Brothers and sisters in Christ are priceless, so do not sell them out. Gen. 37:3-4, 12-28 MARCH 2 – Justice The Lord is merciful, rewarding repentant sinners and giving generously to all. Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 MARCH 3 – Lean on grace Even the baptized can fall, so we must be diligent in our discipleship. 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 MARCH 4 – Hard acts The most diffiuclt sacrifices you make this Lent may be the most ordinary ones. 2 Kings 5:1-15 MARCH 5 – Have mercy When you are mistreated, remember when you committed that same sin. Matthew 18:21-35 MARCH 6 – Lesson Leading others away from the commandments ruins you more than anyone else. Matthew 5:17-19

Church Bulletins Church bulletins, the section where we will share news briefs and churchrelated events, will run when space is available. To submit your church event, call Echo Day at 901-476-7116 or send an email to March 2 Cornerstone Assembly of God, located at 8041 Mt. Carmel Rd., is having a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. March 3 Great Expectations Ministries with the Church of God in Christ invites the community to join them for their Pack a Pew service. The morning service is at 10:05 a.m. and the evening service is at 3 p.m. For more information, call Amelia Cunningham at 475-0584 or Juanita Burnett at 3417072. Tabernacle United Methodist Church is having a three-night revival on March 3, 4 and 5 featuring the Circuit Riders.

Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night. The church is located on Highway 179. March 10 There will be a gospel singing at Westside Assembly, located at 33 Paulette Circle, at 6 p.m. The event will feature Ray and Laura Lewis. Call 476-0851 for more information. ON-GOING Garland United Methodist Church will begin a Bible study at noon on Monday mornings on "The Fruits of the Spirit.” This study is open to all community members. The church is located at 1613 Garland Drive in Garland. A women's Chronological Bible Study will take place at Covington Assembly gym on Tuesday nights January 8 – March 26 at 6:30. Free childcare is available. A community bible study on Beth Moore’s

“Jesus The One and Only” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 31-April 11 at Quito United Methodist Church, 4580 QuitoDrummonds Road. You must purchase your own workbook before coming to class. Great Expectations Ministries, located at 2053 Hwy. 51 S in Covington, is hosting a clothing giveaway on the third Saturday of each month from 12-2 p.m. They are giving away clothing for men, women and children. First Baptist Church Covington will host Awana every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. This group is open to children from PreK3 to sixth grade. A community bible study will be held Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Gateway Baptist Church in Atoka. This year's study includes Hebrews, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians

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HELP WANTED The Leader, a 125-year-old weekly newspaper, is accepting applications for a full-time staff writer. Pay is $22,000 annually to a person who’s not afraid of hard work, deadline pressure, and who wants to write and photograph the stories Tipton County residents want to read. We’re a small newspaper, so being able to handle multiple jobs is critical. In addition to writing eight stories per week, the right candidate will photograph sports, news, politics and features and be willing to typeset as needed and assist with laying out the newspaper. Computer proficiency is a must and skill with Indesign and Photoshop and some page design skill are beneficial. We’re not a bureaucratic operation with hours to sit and ponder the proper choice of verbs or debate the finer points of whether a bar graph or a pie chart would be most beneficial; we need it done quickly and we need it done right. This is no job for a “specialist.” With three newsroom employees, our folks have to do it all and be good stewards of the newspaper’s reputation. Being friendly in the community is critical. Preference is given to local residents. Night and weekend work come with the territory, though the hours are mostly M-F, 8-5. Sorry, no telecommuters or special accommodations for unique schedules. We need you around when we’re doing business. Good benefits: seven paid holidays, 15 days of paid time off (sick or vacation), plus a nice Blue Cross/Blue Shield package and a 401(k) are available to the right person. If you’re trying to cut your teeth in journalism, or if you’re a talented writer who’s looking for a job in the area (due to relocation, career change, a layoff, etc.) and you’re willing to work hard, you will be considered. PLEASE: Absolutely no calls, visits or personal emails. Submit your resume via email with a brief cover letter (MS Word, text, PDF or cut and paste directly into the email) to helpwanted@covi n g t o n l e a d e r . c o m .

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Member Services Representative Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is currently accepting applications for a full time Member Services Representative. This is a full time floating position that will provide support to our offices in Jackson, Henderson and Brownsville as needed. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some college or business education is desirable. Applicant must have a basic knowledge of bookkeeping and/or accounting procedures and standard office machines. Experience handling and balancing cash is required. Basic computer literacy and experience with basic office related software is required. Experience dealing with the public is highly desirable. Applicant must be able to handle detail work accurately. Must be able to type and use calculators. Must be able to write legibly. An application may be submitted to any Southwest office by Friday March 8th. Equal Opportunity Employer male, female, disabled.


ORDER OF PUBLICATION In the Chancery Court of Tipton County, Tennessee No. PR-3023

above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 21st day of February, 2013

In the Estate of Eunice Louise White

James Allen McMahan Executor

It appearing from the sworn Petition for Determination of Heirs of Eunice Louise White that additional heirs whose names and addresses cannot be ascertained by diligent search and inquiry, may heretofore exist, and therefore, the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon said heirs, it is ordered that the intestate heirs-in-law whom to date have not received notice from the petitioner, Joyce Wilbanks, enter their appearance herein on the 18th day of April, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m, at the Chancery Court of Tipton County, Tennessee, 1801 S. College Street, Covington, TN 38019.

Virginia Gray, Clerk and Master 1801 S. College St., Suite 110 Covington, TN 38019


IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF TIPTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE Christine Elizabeth Sears Beatty, a resident citizen of Tipton County, Tennessee, Plaintiff, vs. No. 30302 Charles Alan Beatty, IV, presently residing in the State of California, Defendant. Order of Publication It appearing from the complaint, which is sworn to, that Charles Alan Beatty, IV, the defendant, is a nonresident of Tennessee and that personal service of process cannot be had upon him; service of process by publication having been ordered, he is hereby required to appear and answer or otherwise defend the complaint of Christine Elizabeth Sears Beatty, plaintiff, whose attorney is J. Thomas Caldwell, 114 Jefferson Street, Ripley, Tennessee, 38063, within 30 days after the date of the last publication for this notice; otherwise, default judgement may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. It is further ordered that this notice shall be published in The Covington Leader, a weekly publication of general circulation, once weekly for four consecutive weeks beginning February 14, 2013. Virginia Gray, Clerk and Master 14feb4wp

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Case Number 84CH1-2013PR-3097 Estate of Carol Y McMahan, deceased Notice is hereby given that on February 7 of 2013 letter testamentary (or of administration as the case may be) in respect of the estate of Carol Y McMahan, who died January 15, 2013, were issued to the undersigned by the Tipton County Chancery Court of Tipton 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-named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or (2) otherwise their claims will be barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least (60) days before date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors, if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the dependent’s date of death. All persons indebted to the


SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured by a Deed of Trust executed on August 14, 2009, by Eric Cox and Kendra R Cox to John C. Clark, Trustee, for the benefit of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as sole nominee for First State Bank and appearing of record in Register’s Office of Tipton County, Tennessee, in Book 1450, Page 813; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Franklin American Mortgage Company and WHEREAS, Franklin American Mortgage Company, as the holder of the Note for which debt is owed, (“Note Holder”), appointed the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed or to be filed for record in the Register’s Office of Tipton County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-117, not less than sixty (60) days prior to the first publication required by § 35-5-101, the notice of the right to foreclose was properly sent, if so required; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Note Holder, and that the undersigned, Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc., Substitute Trustee, or its duly appointed attorneys or agents, by virtue of the power and authority vested in it, will on Thursday, March 21, 2013, commencing at 10:00 am at the North Door of the Tipton County Courthouse, Covington, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Tipton County, Tennessee, to wit: Lots 39, 40 and 41, Black Springs Bluff Subdivision, Section D, as shown on plat of record in Plat Cabinet B, Slides 159 and 160, in the Register’s Office of Tipton County, Tennessee, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description of said property. Being the same property conveyed to Borrowers herein by Warranty Deed of even date recorded simultaneously herewith in said Register’s Office. Tax Parcel ID Nos. 05-124CC017.00; 05-124CC-018.00; and 05-124CC-019.00 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 185 Brooks Meadow, Millington, TN 38053 CURRENT OWNER(S): Eric Cox and Kendra R Cox The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter

that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. Substitute Trustee will only convey any interest he/she may have in the property at the time of sale. Property is sold “as is, where is.” For every lien or claim of lien of the state identified above, please be advised notice required by § 67-1-1433 (b)(1) was timely given and that any sale of the property herein referenced will be subject to the right of the state to redeem the land as provided for in § 67-11433(c)(1). All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. NATIONWIDE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. 400 Northridge Road Suite 700- MC- 7 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 404-417-4040 File No.: 1895812 Web Site: www.JFLegal. com Insertion Dates: 02/28/2013, 03/07/2013, 03/14/2013

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by a certain Deed of Trust executed October 5, 2006 by Jason Ferrell, an unmarried man to John O. Rhea, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the office of the Register of Tipton County, Tennessee, in Record Book 1305, Page 540, and the undersigned having been appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in the said Register’s Office, and the owner of the debt secured, Green Tree Servicing, LLC, having requested the undersigned to advertise and sell the property described in and conveyed by said Deed of Trust, all of said indebtedness having matured by default in the payment of a part thereof, at the option of the owner, this is to give notice that the undersigned will, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 commencing at 10:00 AM, at the Front (North) Door of the Courthouse, Covington, Tipton County, Tennessee proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property, to wit: Situated in County of Tipton, State of Tennessee. Lot 24, 1st Addition, Tanner Subdivision, Plat Book 2, Page 87-88, in the Register’s Office for Tipton County, Tennessee which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description of said property. Notice of the Right to Foreclose has been given in compliance with T.C.A. § 355-117. Tax Parcel ID: 08 141EA 024.00 Property Address: 230 Walnut View Drive, Brighton, TN.

the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. ARNOLD M. WEISS, Substitute Trustee Weiss Spicer Cash PLLC 208 Adams Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38l03 90l 526 8296 File # 7134-099257-FC Published: February 28 March 7 March 14 Green Tree Servicing LLC/ Jason Ferrell

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Case Number 84CH1-2013PR-3098 Estate of Virginia Ann Harvell, deceased Notice is hereby given that on February 14 of 2013 letter testamentary (or of administration as the case may be) in respect of the estate of Virginia Ann Harvell, who died January 10, 2013, were issued to the undersigned by the Tipton County Chancery Court of Tipton 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-named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or (2) otherwise their claims will be barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least (60) days before date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors, if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the dependent’s date of death. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.

Sheila R. Fleming Stanley T. Harvell Co-Executors Virginia Gray, Clerk and Master 1801 S. College St., Suite 110 Covington, TN 38019 28feb2wp

IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF TIPTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE Dawn Wilson Prestage, a resident citizen of Tipton County, Tennessee, Plaintiff, vs. No. 30344 Leslie Gene Prestage, Jr., presently residing in the State of Arkansas, Defendant.

All right and equity of redemption, homestead and dower waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but

Order of Publication

GSA1 Class 40

Customer Charge All kWh

30.00 0.09490

GSA2 Class 50

Customer Charge 1st 15,000 kWh Additional kWh kW, 51-1,000

100.00 0.09490 0.05622 11.61

GSA3 Customer Charge Class 54, 55, 59 All kWh kW, 0-1,000 kW, 1,001-2,500 kW, 2,501-5,000

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Virginia Gray, Clerk and Master 28feb4wp

It appearing from the complaint, which is sworn to, that Leslie Gene Prestage,

CERTIFIED TRANSMISSIONS 1022 HWY 51 N, COVINGTON, TN 38019 2002 Mazda MPV VIN JM3LW28JX20318643 will be sold at auction at 10:00am on March 8, 2013. 28feb1w

REQUEST FOR TITLE Request for title is being made on a 1988, Gray S-10 Chevy Blazer VIN # 1GNCS18Z3J0138446 Anyone holding an interest in this vehicle please notify Justin Bryant, 367 Park St., Munford, TN 38058. By certified mail within 10 days of this publication.


THE CITY OF COVINGTON, TENNESSEE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 The annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2012 is available for inspection at City Hall, 200 West Washington, during normal business hours. A summary of the annual financial report, as prepared by the independent auditors, is as follows: Total Assets Total Liabilities

$83,832,871 (21,081102)

Total Net Assets


Total Revenues


Total Expenses

( 35,037,955)

Change in Net Assets

$ 1.433,686


You are advised that 2012 TAXES WILL BECOME DELINQUENT MARCH 1, 2013

This 28st day of February, 2013

Other Interested Parties: Debra Manuel; Dennis McConnell; Pioneer Credit Company

COVINGTON ELECTRIC SYSTEM RETAIL RATES EFFECTIVE MARCH 2013 Residential Customer (Net) 10.11 Class 22 All kWh 0.08369

Jr., the defendant, is a nonresident of Tennessee and that personal service of process cannot be had upon him; service of process by publication having been ordered, he is hereby required to appear and answer or otherwise defend the complaint of Dawn Wilson Prestage, plaintiff, whose attorney is J. Thomas Caldwell, 114 Jefferson Street, Ripley, Tennessee, 38063, within 30 days after the date of the last publication for this notice; otherwise, default judgement may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. It is further ordered that this notice shall be published in The Covington Leader, a weekly publication of general circulation, once weekly for four consecutive weeks beginning February 28, 2013.

On March 1, 2013 (TCA 67-5-1512) Penalties and Interest of 1 ½ % per month will accrue and become due until they are filed in Chancery Court in March 2014. Penalty and Interest will be applied on all unpaid 2012 taxes in our Tax Office. We are located at the Town Hall of Atoka, 334 Atoka Munford Ave Ste B, Atoka TN. NOTICE 2011 DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS Thursday March 28, 2013 Is the last day you can pay your 2011 delinquent property tax in our office. You are advised that after Thursday, March 28, 2013 additional penalties, interest, and court costs will be imposed in consequence of suits to be filed for enforcement of the lien for taxes against property; until the filing of such suits, taxes may be paid in my office through 5:00 pm on Thursday March 28, 2013. A list of said delinquent taxpayers will not be published. Your 2011 delinquent tax payment must be received in my office by Thursday, March 28, 2013. Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM 901-837-5300 Debbie Pickard, Recorder - Town of Atoka 21feb2w

COVINGTON ELECTRIC SYSTEM OUTDOOR LIGHTING RATES EFFECTIVE MARCH 2013 CSA Code kWh/Mo kWh Cost Fac. Chg. Total/Mo. 01 POLE $3.00 AA 175 MV 70 $4.22 $4.80 $9.02 AC 400 MV 155 $9.35 $8.51 $17.86 BK 100 HPS 42 $2.53 $5.94 $8.47 BL 150 HPS 63 $3.80 $6.04 $9.84 BN 250 HPS 105 $6.33 $8.38 $14.71 BO 400 HPS 165 $9.95 $8.92 $18.87 E2 100 MH 36 $2.17 $10.05 $12.22 CC 400 MH/HOP 161 $9.71 $10.40 $20.11 CD 400 MH/ARM 161 $9.71 $11.40 $21.11 EB 1000 MH/ARM 402 $24.25 $13.40 $37.65 Energy Charge = Pole Rental =


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Jeff Ward, center, and David Calbert accepted the Silver Club Level award for the Tipton County Friends of NRA last week at the Friends of NRA State Fund Conference. At left is Sandy Elkin, Director of Grant Administration for NRA. The conference held in Nashville had a record breaking attendance, with distribution of over $200,000 in NRA grants.

Tony Joe Connell, third from left, was recently named February’s Covington High School Student of the Month by the Covington Exchange Club. Joining him at the event were, from left, Teresa Connell, mother; Randy Connell, father; Melba Howard, program chairman; Tab McDivitt, CHS teacher; Jennifer Downing, CHS teacher; and Peggy Murdock, CHS principal. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Kristin Davison, right, a fundraising associate with the local United Way branch, was a recent guest speaker at the Covington Exchange Club. Nicole Caldwell as the program chairman. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Miss Tipton County Kati Donaldson was a recent guest speaker at the Covington Exchange Club. Al Chaney was the program chairman. Photo by Jeff Ireland

Terry Jones, mayor of Millington was the guest speaker at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 1382 meeting in February. Mayor Jones discussed future changes and challenges for Millington and its residents.

District Attorney Mike Dunavant, center, spoke to the Covington Exhcange Club recently about synthetic and prescription drugs. Nicole Caldwell was program chairman and Jeff Ireland is club president.


Advertisement for Bids The Covington Housing Authority will be accepting bids until 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 11, 2013 for mowing of common areas and vacant units. A complete bid package with all pertinent information can be obtained at the Covington Housing Authority office, 1701 Shoaf Street, Covington, Tennessee. The Covington Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color creed, sex or national origin. 21feb2w

City of Covington

Planning Commission Meeting Notice March 5, 2013 5:00 p.m. Lower Level Conference Room 200 West Washington Ave All interested parties should attend the meeting. For additional information call Covington Public Works, Planning and Building Division at 901-476-7191.


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HTL Advantage The Board of Directors of HTL Advantage will meet on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:00am at the Covington Tipton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, TN 38019. 1. Call to Order – Jeff Huffman, Chairman 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Approve Minutes from January 8th, 2013 HTL Advantage Board Meeting – Jeff Huffman 4. Discuss and Consider HTL Advantage Financials – Duane Lavery 5. Discuss and Consider Select TN Site Certification Program Update and Grant Application 6. Discuss and Consider HTL Advantage Revised Budget – Duane Lavery 7. Other Business 8. Adjourn 28feb1w

INVITATION TO BIDDERS The Tipton County Public Works Department requests separate sealed bids for the following item: HEAVY EQUIPMENT RENTAL Bids shall be received by the Tipton County Public Works Department at the Administration Office in Brighton, Tennessee until 5:00 p.m. local time on Monday, March 4, 2013. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Public Works meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the same day at the administration building in Brighton, Tennessee. Bids sent by mail should be addressed to the Tipton county Public Works Department, 8279 Highway 51, Brighton, TN 38011. Bid sheets shall be enclosed in a separate sealed envelope marked “BID ENCLOSED”, thus preventing the bid from being opened in error. Bids will not be received or accepted after the time specified above for the opening of the bids. Bids submitted after the designated hour will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the bidder. A bidder may not withdraw his bid for (60) sixty days after the opening bid date. The bidder shall comply with all state, federal and local laws and/or regulations. Special laws, regulations and executive orders that are applicable to the bid shall include but not be limited to: failure to list a specific law, etc., however, shall not act as a waiver of its enforcement. Bid specifications are available at the Public Works Office. Tipton County Public Works reserves the right to accept and/or reject any or all bids. Shannon Reed, PE Director 21feb2w

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Military Matters Army Sgt. Carl J. Brown has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Brown is a joint network node supervisor assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for five years. He is the son of Tonyia Stenson and stepson of Jason Stenson, both of Joe Joyner Road, Munford. His wife, Octavia, is the daughter of Patricia of Munford. The sergeant is a 2007 graduate of Covington High School.

Ms. Nancy Crawford, Director of Marketing & Communications with the Better Business Bureau recently visited with the “Young at Heart” senior group at Clopton United Methodist Church in Brighton. The subject of her presentation was “Scams Against Seniors.”.

Susan Cheairs, Director of the Tipton County Public Library in Covington was recently the guest speaker at the Covington Rotary Club. Mrs. Cheairs present an informative program on “The Past, Present and Future of the Tipton County Library”. Her program began with the founding of the Library and concluded with the plans to move the library into the new building on the campus of Dyersburg State Community College next year.  Pictured with Mrs. Cheairs (center)are Jeff Hunter Covington Rotary Club President and Rotarian Cristi Hill.

Marine Corps Pfc. James W. Sonderman, son of Vanessa K. Sonderman of Memphis, Tenn. and Kenneth D. Sonderman, of Brighton, Tenn., recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C. During the five-week course, Sonderman received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Sonderman also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Sonderman is a 2012 graduate of Douglass High School of Memphis, Tenn. Navy Airman Apprentice Cory A. Martin, son of Rhonda Knight of Millington, Tenn. and Marc R. Martin, of Atoka, Tenn., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Martin completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Sta-

tions" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Martin is a 2011 graduate of Munford High School of Munford, Tenn. Navy Seaman Recruit Cody D. Hall, a 2010 graduate of Munford High School, Munford, Tenn., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Hall completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Army Sgt. Carl J. Brown has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Brown is a joint network node supervisor assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for five years. He is the son of Tonyia Stenson and stepson of Jason Stenson, both of Joe Joyner Road, Munford. His wife, Octavia, is the daughter of Patricia of Munford. The sergeant is a 2007 graduate of Covington High School.

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Munford FFA places second The Munford FFA Chapter recently competed in the West Tennessee Speaking Competition. Munford placed second in Quiz Bowl, a competition based on general knowledge of agriculture and FFA. The team members were Lauren Agcanas, Shelby Simmons, Tara Swirka, Noah Crosley, and alternate Joey Simmons. In addition, Munford competed in Extemporaneous Public Speaking and was represente by Elena Smith who placed fourth. Kelsey Lumpkin competed in the Job Interview contest and ranked third. Prepared Public Speaking competitor, McKenzie Manning placed fourth as well. Munford advanced in the Creed Speaking CDE, a freshman-only contest, as Sierra Schulz placed second and will advance to the state level. Pictured from left are Kelsey Lumpkin, Elena Smith, McKenzie Manning and Sierra Schulz.

Community Events The Community Calendar is a free service offered by The Leader. We make every effort to include all submissions for this section, however these items are printed as space becomes available. To guarantee your event to be in the paper would require paid advertising. A complete list appears in the Community Events section on our web site, March 1 The Men's Annual Sportsman's Feast will be held at Crosspointe Baptist Church in Millington at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 children under 12. The guest speaker is Randy Sharp of Higher Aim Ministries. For more information, call 872-4413.

April 9 A Munford and Drummonds area Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at the Quito/ Drummonds Volunteer Fire Department from 7-8 p.m. For more information call Barbara Borum at 837-3244.

more information. The Tipton County Animal Shelter began its pilot program on Jan. 14. The program’s main objective is to help control the pet population by offering low-cost spay and neuter options for dogs and cats to all Tipton County citizens. The shelter feels that it is the responsibility of pet owners to help keep animals from running at large and carrying unplanned litters. To this end, the program consists of selling spay/neuter vouchers at a reduced cost to citizens of Tipton County. The charge for the voucher is $25.00 and will fully cover the spay/ neuter operation.

May 14 A Munford and Drummonds area Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at the Quito/ Drummonds Volunteer Fire Department from 7-8 p.m. For more information call Barbara Borum at 837-3244.

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March 12 A Munford and Drummonds area Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at the Quito/ Drummonds Volunteer Fire Department from 7-8 p.m. For more information call Barbara Borum at 837-3244.

March 21 There will be an Extraordinary Women Conference at the Bald Butcher restaurant, located at 100 Billings Star Center in Covington, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The conference is free to the community and is for all women who need enrichment, empowerment, improvement and motivation. It will include refreshments, training, motivational speakers, health awareness information, vendors from the community, giveaways, door prizes and self-help and motivational resources. For more details, contact 290-3975. Visit www. to register.

April 1 Great Expectations Ministries Children and Youth Department invites the community to join in their mobile (cellular) scavenger hunt fundraiser during the month of April. For more information regarding registration and cash award prize, contact yoclewis@ Be sure to place GEM Scavenger Hunt in the subject line.


The Tipton County Soil and Water Conservation District has scheduled an Arbor Day tree giveaway beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pin oak, willow oak and pecan trees will be distributed to the general public while supplies last. Free will donations will be accepted. The trees may be picked up at the USDA building, located at 2043 Hwy. 51 S. across from Tipton County Farmers Co-Op Car Care Center at the northwest entrance. For more information, call 475-3350, extension 3.

March 20 The mobile VITA will be in at the Tipton County Public Library, located at 300 W. Church St. in Covington, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free tax filing.


abigail rand olph, the fictional great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, carries on his legacy working for women’s suffrage. But when she learns that many Mormon women have been forced to choose to work in the brothels of Salt Lake City, she secretly joins a group dedicated to rescuing these women from the scourge of prostitution. Abby’s insistence on helping these women places her own life in danger and jeopardizes her fragile relationship with her father, the commanding officer at Fort Douglas. And the romance that develops between Abby and a young captain is nearly destroyed by the secrets she keeps. Eventually she finds herself forced to choose between the two men she has come to love. Only events completely outside her control will resolve her dilemma.

nancy foshee is a member of River City NSDAR in Millington, TN, and teaches part-time at Dyersburg State Community College in Covington, TN. She lives with her husband in Drummonds.

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