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Deputy honored for heroic rescue Flood rescue earns deputy recognition from state
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ast Friday a Tipton County deputy was honored for an act of heroism after saving a Gilt Edge woman from floodwaters last May. “If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be here today,” Jackeline Frasure said Tuesday. During the historic flooding event in early May, the vehicle Frasure was driving was overtaken by swift-moving waters
during a thunderstorm. Unable to swim, Frasure moved to the top of her vehicle and waited for help to arrive. Deputy John Lemley answered the call on Gilt Edge Gin Road, in the western part of Tipton County. Deputy Chief Donna Turner, spokesperson for the Tipton County’s Sheriff’s Office, said Lemley quickly assessed the
deteriorating condition; the water, she said, was rising above the vehicle’s headlights. Frasure said she didn’t remember much about the incident, other than praying while waiting on deputies to arrive. “I think I panicked; I remember getting on top of the truck and getting up there and that’s about it,” she said. “When you say you talk to the Lord, let me
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tell you, you scream at him, you make deals with him.” With backup still several minutes away, Lemley disregarded his own safety, retrieved a life jacket from his patrol car and waded into the chest high flood waters. Dashcam video of the rescue shows Lemley leading Frasure to safety to await her husband’s arrival. SEE RESCUE, PAGE A3
Benefit will honor two girls By ECHO DAY email@example.com
nspired by the community’s show of support for Lucy Krull, the five-year-old Covington girl currently battling brain cancer, one church will be holding a benefit for two children this weekend. “It’s very well-needed and they deserve it,” said Odessa Bernard, a member of St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church in Covington who has organized the event. “I’ve seen the conditions of the children, both of whom have been in the hospital with extensive surgeries, and I wanted to reach out and do something for the families.” Raising children with serious medical conditions is expensive and the families could use help paying the medical bills, she said. Ashley’s story Fourteen-year-old Ashley Ballard has been battling brain cancer for most of her life. She was initially diagnosed with cancer at 18 months old and her mother said the past few years have been a roller coaster ride and, though she had already gone through remission, her cancer returned in April. On April 1 she had a spine fusion surgery and on April 24, she went into cardiac arrest. “We don’t know the cause, just that when
SEE BENEFIT, PAGE A3
Lawler to wrestle in Covington By JEFF IRELAND firstname.lastname@example.org
Tipton County marked the decade anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with several services. Top, students at Austin Peay Elementary sing during an event Monday to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks as well as local heroes. MIddle right, the Munford/ Atoka Fire Department’s large ceremonial flag flies over Crosstown Sunday (photo courtesy firefighter Jeremy Reeves). Middle left, Cody Strickland, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, reads the poem “The Eleventh of September” during the observance at First Baptist Church in Atoka Sunday (photo courtesy Sara Honeycutt). Bottom, the SWAT Team honors the fallen with a 21-gun salute as part of a program at First Baptist Church in Atoka (photo courtesy Tipton County Sheriff’s Office)
Local fans of professional wrestling will get a chance to see one of the sport’s biggest stars perform Saturday night in Covington. Jerry “The King” Lawler of Monday Night RAW fame and several other well-known wrestlers will take part in a show at the Crestview Middle School Gym that starts at 7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Crestview athletic program. Lawler, a Memphis native who has been involved in wrestling for decades, will take on Michael Cole’s Bounty Hunter in the main event. Lawler recently wrestled in front of 71,000 people at the Georgia Dome. “I enjoy wrestling in places like Covington, maybe even more than in bigger venues,” SEE LAWLER, PAGE A3
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Team Depot volunteers help fire station By ECHO DAY email@example.com You can do it, they can help. Or, they can pitch in and do it for you. Last week, several Home Depot associates spent time at the Covington Fire Department’s Station 2 to complete a service project as part of a company-wide effort to assist non-profit
organizations. “We chose the fire department because we wanted to honor them for the things they do in our communities,” said Dennis Patrick, manager of Home Depot #779 in Covington. Team Depot, the associate-led volunteer program, provides opportunities for associates and suppliers to contribute home improve-
ment know-how to create meaningful impact in communities. The company reports associates across the country work on community projects every day. In 2010, Team Depot completed 1,600 projects across the country. Last Thursday, the Covington team, led by Floyd Sellers, tore down a fence around the patio
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and generator, rebuilt the fences and donated a Stok grill to each Covington station. “With it being so close to 9/11, we called (fire chief) Jerry Craig to see what the department needed,” Sellers said. “We supplied all of the products and volunteered our time to come out and help.” SEE TURN, PAGE A3
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CELEBRATE! Festival season has begun in Tipton County! Don’t miss our Celebrate Munford 2011 special section in this issue or the festival on Saturday. HOW TO REACH US Call 901.476.7116 Fax 901.476.0373 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at 2001 Hwy. 51 South, Covington, TN 38019 or online at covingtonleader.com
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Self-taught canners preserve as in days of old
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A French candy maker and brewer named Nicolas Appert developed the process of food preservation, more commonly known as canning, in 1810 for French troops fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. Today, canning is enjoyed by many as a way to reduce food costs for their families and also, simply, as a hobby. Brighton resident Rick Stein has been canning for the past five years and has quickly become addicted to the process. “I put in a garden and I just had a lot of vegetables to harvest,” said Stein. “I decided I needed to do something with them, so I started canning. When I started tasting what I had canned, it was delicious. Much better than anything store bought.” Stein, who grew up surrounded by his mother’s gardens in Michigan, has been growing his own garden for a number of years. “We had really big gardens up there,” he said reminiscing. “I can remember growing up with probably an acre of garden. We planted corn, potatoes… a little bit of everything.” Stein admits he never paid much attention to his mother’s canning operation but he enjoyed the spoils of her work. “My mom did a lot of canning,” he said. “Of course I never paid much attention to that when I was younger, but I did enjoy eating it!” he added, laughing. A self-taught canner, Stein says he has learned his hobby by trial and error through the years. His garden this year has a palette of vegetables and fruits, which will help feed his family through the winter. “I’ve got tomatoes, some peppers, pickles, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, spa-
start-up cost to start a garden, you can buy seeds for a dollar and it does take a bit of work to keep the weeds away but it’s worth it.” Both Stein and Meyers rave about the difference in taste between their vegetables and fruits and what they buy at the grocery store. “The taste and the quality is much better to me,” said Stein. “You can make it however you like – season it the way you want and feel confident that you know exactly what’s in your food.” “I was so surprised at how great the beets taste when they’re fresh,” added Meyers. “I also find that I enjoy them more when I know I’ve grown it – when I’ve gotten out there myself and gotten dirty.” Stein said anyone can get started canning with only a small initial setup cost and said the hardest part is getting the garden ready for planting and the preparation of the vegetables. “There’s not really any overhead. You can buy a canner but it’s not necessary. The initial cost is your jars, but after the first season, you really only have to buy the lids and seals because you reuse the jars,” he said. “The hardest part of the whole thing is the preparation, the cutting up of the vegetables, getting it all ready to get it to can, using a hot water bath to get the skins off. It is painstaking to get it all ready but I enjoy it. ” “I’ve noticed more people are planting gardens this year. You can save money by canning your own food,” said Meyers. “But for me, I enjoy the satisfaction of being in the garden. I’ve shared things with my daughter and it’s been a joy to watch my greatgrandson play in the garden. It’s also a chance for me to talk to my father when I’m out there working the garden. I’m always asking him, ‘Daddy, am I doing this right?’ ‘Daddy is it time to pick the corn?’ I feel closer to him when I’m in my garden.”
Beverly Meyers and Rick Stein love the hobby of canning. Photo by Sherri Onorati
ghetti squash, a little bit of everything,” he said. “I can do a lot of different things with tomatoes – bloody mary mix, salsa, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, tomato soup – but my salsa is probably my best!” Stein’s interest in canning has not gone unnoticed and he recently convinced friend and fellow Brighton resident Beverly Meyers to join the canning bandwagon. “I wanted a garden this year and when everything started coming in I didn’t really have a plan,” Meyers said. “Freezing was okay but it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience. I remember my mom and grandmother canning and I started thinking back and remembered their enjoyment form it. And it is fun, getting the kitchen and making your own food. Another benefit to canning said Meyers is the saving she sees on her family’s grocery bill. “Oh, yeah, we save money,” she said. “My husband and I are both on a fixed income. There was a low
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The late Lue Dellar Taylor, formerly of Mason, celebrated her 99th birthday with family and friends on Aug. 4. She was a mother of 14, with 12 living children; she also raised four of her grandchildren. Mrs. Taylor is pictured with lifelong friends, left to right, Lena Banks, Taylor, Dorothy Grandberry and Elsie Parker, all of Mason. Until her death on Thursday, Sept. 1, Mrs. Taylor lived in her home under the care of her granddaughter, Veronica Cooper and husband Hernando, along with their daughter, Tonisha. Mrs. Taylor contributed her longevity to having a close relationship with the Lord and surround herself with family and friends. Photo submitted by Veronica Cooper.
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Continued from A1 Lawler said. “It’s a lot more intimate. You get a chance to interact with the fans, shake hands and take pictures. That’s the way it was when I first started out.” Crestview football coach Jeff Morris will manage Covington’s Brian Collins in one bout. Matt Boyce will take
on “The Headliner” Chris Michaels and Steve O. will go against Shane Williams. Brian Christopher, Lawler’s son, will wrestle “Nature Boy” Kevin White. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at McDivitt Motors and will also be available at the door.
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HONORED On Friday, Sept. 9, Deputy John Lemley, center, was honored by the state for a heroic rescue performed during the
May 2011 flooding when a vehicle was overtaken by flood waters on Gilt Edge Gin Road. He is pictured with Deputy Chief Donna Turner, District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, Lt. Shannon Beasley and Deputy Randy Lee. Photo courtesy Tipton County Sheriff â€™s Office.
Continued from A1 Deputy Lemley received a State of Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland
Security First Responder Award from Gov. Bill Haslam and was recognized in a formal ceremony honor two dozen other first responders across the state.
â€œWhen you go on a call, you never know what to expect,â€? Lemley said. â€œAny deputy here wouldâ€™ve done the same thing.â€? Lemley has been a
Sellers said giving back to the community demonstrates Home Depotâ€™s core values. â€œThis makes me feel great,â€? he continued. â€œWe all need to give back because of what theyâ€™ve done in the past and what theyâ€™ll do in the future.â€?
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As always, there is NEVER an admission fee at Faith. All groups come on the promise of a love offering.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, volunteers with Team Depot rebuilt fences for the Covington Fire Department and donated two new grills to firefighters. Pictured are, from left, Ron Kirkpatrick, Floyd Sellers and Mark Allard. Photo by Echo Day
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Maliyaâ€™s story Two-year-old Maliya Irby canâ€™t walk or talk, but sheâ€™s otherwise as normal as any toddler, said her grandmother, Marilyn Muex. â€œSheâ€™s loving and she likes to hug and kiss, she loves her brother and sister, she loves to eat, especially chicken nuggets.â€? When she was two months old, Maliya was diagnosed with Stage 1 Wilms Tumors, which are cancerous tumors of the kidney. She initially underwent a 10-week course of chemotherapy, Marilyn said, and following that she had surgery to remove the tumors. Though surgeons believed theyâ€™d removed them, her follow-up appointment showed more tumors. In the two years since, Maliya has undergone six surgeries and more are in the future for the toddler. She was also board with a severe case of jaundice, Erbâ€™s Palsy (paralysis of the arm), scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome (an over-
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she was moving, she flatlined three or four times,â€? her mother Annie Demby said. â€œI donâ€™t know if she developed a blood clot from the surgery or from something else â€“ itâ€™s remained unexplained â€“ but she lost a lot of oxygen to her brain.â€? And then Ashley went into a coma; she wasnâ€™t expected to come out of it, but she did. Annie describes her daughter, who should be in the ninth grade, as a happy child. â€œShe loves people,â€? she said. â€œThereâ€™s nothing I can say that she doesnâ€™t like, thereâ€™s nothing that gets her down, even through chemo and radiation.â€? Annie said the medical bills are overwhelming. â€œWe do what we have to do,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s a wonderful thing that people in the community care enough to reach out.â€?
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growth disorder present at birth characterized by an increase risk of childhood cancer, such as an enlarged tongue, head and kidneys) and a broken collar bone. In a poem she wrote for her granddaughter, Marilyn called her a soldier and said she fights different battles evening, day and dawn. â€œHer enemy is inside her body that no one else can see,â€? she wrote. â€œShe has to fight it daily in order to be free.â€? With more surgeries on the horizon, Marilyn calls the benefit a blessing.
will feature evangelist Jekalyn Carr, a 14-yearold evangelist who has traveled to more than 15 states in the last six months. Jekalyn has been featured with artists such as Smokie Norful, Ernest Pugh, Vickie Winans and Judy McAlister. She will also be featured as a recording artist at the Holy Convocation 2011. In addition to Jekalyn, the Fayette-Ware Gospel Choir and the Fellowship Church of God Praise Team from Brownsville will be performing at the event. The Praising for a Cause benefit will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at St. Lukeâ€™s M.B. Church, 632 St. Luke Rd. off of Hwy. 14, in Covington. For more information, con-
Entertainment Bernard, who is by day a supervisor at Tipton County Central Dispatch, has been planning the event for months. It
tact Odessa Bernard at 901-326-7970. Bernard invites all youth, ages 13 and up, to a benefit community choir rehearsal at St. Lukeâ€™s on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Persons wishing to make donations are asked to mail checks to P.O. Box 831, Covington, TN 38019. Checks may be made payable to St. Lukeâ€™s Missionary Baptist Church, c/o BallardIrby/Muex Benefit.
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