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Volume 123 • No. 99
Pam Deen announces retirement By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org After spending four decades working for the county, Tipton County Clerk Pam Deen has announced she will not be seeking re-election this year. Retiring from the posi-
tion she's held since 1994 is bittersweet, she said. "It's happy and it's sad at the same time, but I'm leaving in good health and with the office in good shape." Deen began her career with the county clerk's office in 1968 under the direction of Clara
McMillin. Back then, everything was done by hand. "We hand wrote each and every auto renewal, title application, business tax, marriage license," she said. "I have a permanent ridge on my finger from writing those renewals back in
those days!" Deen said when she joined the department, employees were supposed to be at least 21 years old, but McMillin went to court to have her In the years since, auto renewals have changed to a staggered system –
they used to be done in March and April only – and the office has become fully automated. Automation is one of things for which Deen is most proud. She is also proud of branching out to include a satellite office in Munford, SEE DEEN, PAGE A3
Residents up in arms over proposed gun range By SHERRI ONORATI email@example.com
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Ella Stacy, 4, daughter of Phillip and Rebecca Stacy of Brighton, puts the finishing touches on a valentine card. Stacy and approximately 15 other children attended Bookworm Buddies, sponsored by the Tipton County Junior Auxiliary, at the Munford library Saturday morning.
Storm brings salt shortage, street repairs By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org A surprise snow fell in the Mid-South early Monday morning, catching residents and forecasters both offguard. This snowstorm - the third in a month - also caught the public works department by surprise, especially since it had recently run out of salt for the roadways. "Last year we used two loads all year," said Tipton Photo by Echo Day County Public Works Director Shannon Reed. "We use two Wednesday, local TDOT road crews worked to fill in pot holes or three loads for each snow left by recent snowstorms. Forecasters predict more snow event." could hit the area this weekend. Tipton County isn't the only one out, though. Due to the snowstorms that have hit the region this year, Bumps in the road there is a shortage all over the region. Along with salt shortages, the serial snowReed said the department normally stock- storms have also caused damaged to roadpiles two or three loads, but this winter has ways. Each time the county thaws out, more been "a rough one." and more potholes appear. Wednesday, most of the primary and second"These old roads are brittle," Reed said. ary roadways in the county had cleared after The precipitation allows moisture to seep being plowed by road crews and melted by into cracks in the subgrade, he said, then it the sun. freezes, expands and thaws. This cycle causes "The sun comes out and it gets a little above damage to the roads. freezing, that helps more than anything," he "This is one of the most frustrating things said. about working on streets," said Covington More salt should arrive on Saturday, just in Public Works Director Robert M. Simpson. time for what could be another chance of snow on Sunday. SEE REPAIRS, PAGE A2
There’s been a battle heating up in Tipton County over a proposed outdoor gun range located in the Mt. Lebanon community. Long-time hand gun instructor Chester Evitt and local Covington business owner Jay Ridings have been working together to have an outdoor range built on Ridings’ property. The two recently appeared before the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals to request a use permit with special exception for a recreational facility to operate an indoor classroom and 100 yard outdoor shooting range. “In the past five years I have been trying to get a gun range built somewhere in Tipton County,” explained Evitt to the board and more than 75 residents in attendance against the proposed gun range. “I have pleaded with [County Executive] Mr. Huffman to use county land and I have been turned away from private owners.” The proposed range would be located on Ridings 14 acres on Mt. Lebanon Road. The closest home is located approximately 375 feet east of the proposed site. Evitt explained to the board he and Ridings intended to follow the requirements set by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We want to follow the proper procedures,” Evitt told the board. “Which is why it is in front of you tonight. I am currently involved in building three ranges in Montgomery, Ala. and no range I have ever been involved in has ever had an accident. For the record, no range built in the state of Tennessee and built to standards, has ever had an accident that was not cause by an individual there.” Evitt told the board the reasons he has been told against the gun range include concerns over the noise level and ricochetting ammunition. “Noise abatement is a big problem, guns do make a lot of noise but in our community so do a lot of other things,” said Evitt. “A gun reaches a 160 decibel (db) level when it’s fired. It’s down to 92db at 100 feet and at 200 feet it’s at 60db or less. A typical John Deere tractor, crop duster, cotton gin or the car next to you at a stop sign with its music blaring are all things we hear every day. All of these things make louder noise than SEE GUN RANGE, PAGE A5
CPD nets six drug arrests in four days By ECHO DAY email@example.com COVINGTON – In four days, police officers in Covington have netted six drug arrests and several drug seizures. On Friday, Feb. 5, Officer Andrew Hefner conducted a traffic stop near Logan Drive after observing a Honda CRV speeding on Hwy. 51 North. The driver, identified as Daniel Alexander Cox, 26, of 2039 Woodlawn Ave. in Brighton, was arrested for driving on a revoked license and gave Hefner consent to search his vehicle. During the search, Hefner found a brown coat contain-
ing a spoon and syringe, each with a white residue. According to the police report, Cox told Hefner the substance on the syringe and spoon was Oxycontin and admitted to self-medicating. He was charged with possession of a schedule II substance, driving on a revoked license and speeding. The following evening, a traffic violation led to the arrest of another pair of men. Two passengers in a white Ford Crown Victoria were observed traveling eastbound on Ripley Ave. and neither was wearing a seatbelt. SEE ARRESTS, PAGE A5
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With feelings of butterflies in their stomachs or at least in the stomachs of their parents, the firstever “Little Miss” Tipton County Pageant was recently held at the Ruffin Theatre on Jan. 9. Emceeing the premier pageant was Jennifer McCullough of Brighton, the former 2007 Miss Tipton County and the current 2010 Miss Nashville, assisted by the reigning Miss Tipton County Leah Rogers and former teen titleholders, Brandi Jackson, Haley Best, and Kimberly Townsend. The pageant was broken down into five divisions. The winners and runner-ups were:
MUNFORD – The invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall has been declined by the Munford High School choir because it did not meet its fundraising goal. Last month, the school announced its choir had been invited to perform in the National Youth Concert in New York City’s world famous Carnegie Hall. “This is the most prestigious opportunity a musician can have, to perform in the same place where Tchaikowsky and Bernstein conducted, where Frank Sinatra and the Beatles sang," said director Peter Colin. "It is the highest performance honor I know.” Munford was one of five choirs selected from an applicant pool from school choirs across the country. However, in order to go, the choir had to raise $70,000, but fell approxi-
Baby Miss – ages 0-3 Winner – Caleigh Booth, daughter of Patricia Boothe of Covington. First runner up – Rebekah Scherffius, daughter of Adam and Erin Scherffius of Burlison. Tiny Miss – ages 2-4 Winner – Olivia Prescott, daughter of Jason and Regina Prescott of Atoka. First runner up – AddiGrace Wright, daughter of Ashley and Lisa Wright of Covington. Petite Miss – ages 4-5 Winner – Greta Browning, daughter of Bailey Browning of Covington. First runner up – Kersten Bell Hendrix, daughter of Danny & Pennie Hendrix of Burlison. Little Miss – ages 6-9 Winner – MaKenzie Gentry Craig, daughter of Joey and Kasey Craig of Atoka. First runner up – Amilya LaVonne Byars, daughter of Lacidro Byars of Covington.
fin of Brighton, who also won the People’s Choice award. The first runner -up was Taylor Martchek, daughter of Todd and Tanya Martchek of Munford. Second runner-up was Courtney Emmert, daughter of Curtis and Samantha Emmert of Atoka. Third runnerup was Veronica Butler, daughter of Calvin and Racheal Butler of Brighton. The 2010 Miss Teen Tipton County title went to Lacy Barnett, daughter of Darrell and Lisa Barnett of Drummonds. The runner-ups were Kimi Jennings, daughter of Jay and Pauline Jennings of Munford; second runner-up was Laura Hicks, daughter of Keith and Elaine Twisdale of Mason and the third runner-up honor went to Rebecca Burns, daughter of Bert and Antgie Burns of Atoka. The People’s Choice award went to Jessica McCullough, daughter of Larry and Barbara McCullough of Brighton.
lace, daughter of Joshua and Kim Strickland of Covington. First runner up – Brooke McLillie, daughter of Rebecca Beckett and Rodney McLillie of Brighton. Contestants also competed for additional categories of Best Attire, Most Photogenic, Best Personality, Best Smile. Winners were Adalyn Baskin, Isabell Dever, Jacqueline Friedrich, Lillie Grace Hopkins, Tiffany Gatlin and Samantha Sanders. Later that evening, the 2010 Miss Teen and Miss Junior Teen Pageants were also held at the historic theater. This year’s winners were crowned by the current Miss Tipton County, Leah Rogers, the 2009 Miss Junior Teen Tipton County, Haley Best and the 2009 Miss Teen Tipton County, Kimberly Townsend. Winning the title of the 2010 Miss Junior Teen Tipton County was McCallie Ruffin, daughter of John Tom and Katie Ruf-
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Large grow operation uncovered in Brighton By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org BRIGHTON – You never know who's watching - and for one Brighton man, the observance of suspicious activity led to his arrest last month. On Jan. 22, deputies with the Tipton County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Brighton police officers, responded to 142 Scott Street after receiving a complaint of possible drug activity at the residence. When they arrived, deputies smelled a strong odor associated with marijuana. They recovered approximately 35 marijuana plants and a grow operation, including grow lamps, a watering system and reflective devices from the walls, assorted drug
REPAIRS Continued from Page A1 On Wednesday, TDOT crews were repairing potholes along Hwy. 51 in Covington and Brighton. TDOT is responsible for maintenance along state routes – such as highways 51, 54 and 384 – while the county and each municipality
DEEN Continued from Page A1 making renewals more convenient for those who live in the south end of the county. "The people down there are so appreciative of that," she said. Additionally, the county clerk's office in Covington has moved from the courthouse to the former justice complex, where it is currently located. The move took the office from approximately 600 to 5,000 square feet and added the convenience of drive-thru windows. "We didn't even know we were cramped in the old place until we moved here," she said, laughing. With her retirement date – Aug. 31 – quickly approaching, Deen has been recalling some of her fondest and funniest memories from the past 40 years. The people of Tipton County play a part in every single one. "It's been great being able to work with the people in this county because they're like my family," Deen said. "With the county officials, we're just like a brother-sister set." Deen said she will miss the office and the peo-
paraphernalia, electronic games and two rifles. “This case all got started with a citizen that took the time to call in suspicious activity in their neighborhood," said Tipton County Sheriff J.T. "Pancho" Chumley. "I encourage people to call and we will conduct the follow-up investigation." The homeowner, 32-year-old Daniel John Hayes, was arrested at the scene and charged with manufacturing, selling and delivery of a schedule VI drug. He is currently free on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to make an appearance in Tipton County General Sessions Court on Feb. 16. "The officers took the initiative in the case and it resulted in a large seizure of plants and
property. I commend their hard work," Chumley said. This is the first large marijuana grow found this year. Last month deputies busted four methamphetamine labs. Anyone having information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at the Tipton County Sheriff's Office at (901) 475-3300. Tips can be phoned in at (901) 475-3307 or emailed to sheriff@ tiptonco.com. Crime Stoppers of Tipton County Inc. at (901) 4764411 will pay cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of persons who commit criminal acts in Tipton County. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to appear in court.
TDOT would like to remind motorists to use caution and reduce speed when traveling. is responsible for road repairs within its limits. Simpson said potholes
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ple she sees on a regular basis, such as her staff, but believes it is the right time to step down and give someone else the opportunity to serve. "There are other things I want to do while I have good health," she said. On Friday morning, Deen will marry David White and the couple plans to farm, garden and travel while they can. She is also looking forward to sleeping late and spending quality time with her grandchildren, 7-year-old Aubree and 1-year-old Carter. "They grow up so fast that one day they won't need Nanny around as much!" From now until her
retirement, Deen said the office will be business as usual. Her successor, she said, should be someone who comes from within. "Since I came from within, I'll say it makes sense from someone from the office to continue operate the office as it's always been run." So far, two of her staff members have announced their candidacy and hope to fill Deen's seat as clerk. Her advice to the candidates is to work hard. "If you think it'll be handed to you, that's a mistake. You have to work for it. People want to see you, they want to
weather is more warm and dry. "It's just a lost cause when it's wet," he said. At press time, forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of snow showers on Friday and a 60 percent chance on Sunday.
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Readers' Views Congrads to the Lady Cougars Congratulations to the 2009-10 Munford Lady Cougars soccer team for a receiving the TSSAA Academic Achievement Award for Outstanding team GPA. The team was able to hold a 3.49 GPA during the 2009 fall soccer season. The following students also were awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for individual GPA: Lauren Agcanas 4.0, Abby Drexler 4.0, Alex Selby 4.0, Mai Nowlin 4.0, Danielle Stagner 4.0, Leslie Serrano 4.0, Shelby Bampfield 3.88, Ruth Hull 3.88, Brooke Joyce 3.75, and Maggie Johnson 3.75. Also Pictured are Maggie Billings, Meghan Brehm, Sierra Campbell, Jordan Hopkins, Summer Jensen-Pratt, Taylor Martchek, Hannah Montgomery, and Kelly Morgan. All of the student athletes have worked very hard on the field and in the class room to reach their goals and Munford High School is very proud of what they have accomplished. Thank You for your hard work. Coach Kyle Selby Munford High School Soccer Coach
Using social networking in increase interaction I am a firm believer in the power of social networking and the benefits of new media. This should come as no surprise, though. I'm very active on Twitter and Facebook and last year started a Twitter feed and Facebook fan page for The Leader as well. Let's face it: the Internet isn't going anywhere. I believed we needed to get our foot in the door with social networking/ media, a very important medium right now. Since I joined the staff I have made it a point to be as personal as possible, commenting on stories and interacting with you, our readers, and now, responding to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Next week will mark four years since I came to Tipton County and the first lesson I learned was friendly, personal customer service goes a long way. This, I believe, also goes a long way in the newspaper business. It’s important to me to respond because I want you to know that we care about you and we are truly working for you. There was a time when we had a publisher who told staff writer Sherri Onorati and I we weren’t allowed to comment on the website (before the Facebook & Twitter pages), but we did it anyway. It’s that important to us. With our website, our Facebook page, our Twitter page, I try to inter-
Thank you for the kindness of strangers Dear Editor, I don’t know what made me try to go to work on Monday morning after watching the weatherman advise people to only get out if absolutely necessary, but after making it as far as Millington, I realized that the conditions indeed were too unsafe and I probably needed to go back home. After sliding back through Millington, I found myself stuck in a long line of traffic apparently caused by some type of accident on Highway 51. I decided to take a detour onto Tracy Road and that is where my problems began. As I turned off of Tracy Road onto Tipton Road my car slid into a ditch. With no phone and several inches of snow on the ground, I felt stranded. But here is where my problems were solved by the kindness of strangers. Someone who lives in the subdivision off of Tipton Road (across from Tipton Post Office) saw me, hollered over, and told me they would call 911 so that I could get some help. Shortly after, a man in a red F150 stopped to see if he could help but unfortunately he didn’t have a chain to pull me out with. Around that time an Atoka police officer came and then a man that I assume is a firefighter (based on the tags on his car) came and offered help. The firefighter said he would go home and get his tractor to pull me out and the police officer told me that he would wait with me so that no other cars would come along and hit me. To all those people I want to say a hearty THANK YOU. I really thought the police would be too busy to come and see about me, what with all the other cars that I had seen on the side of the road. But not only did they come and check on me, but he actually waited with me. And the tractor guy didn’t charge me a dime and even told me that if I got stuck again on my way home (which thankfully I didn’t) he would gladly come and pull me out again. Tipton County really has some good samaritans and I was fortunate to cross paths with four of them on a snowy Monday morning. Tanya Jones Atoka
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Anybody that grew up in the country centuries ago can remember that my ‘pore’ ole hard working farmers spent more time at the barn than anywhere else. City slickers wouldn’t understand especially the ones that have been under a root cellar quarantined against physical endeavors, known as work. Then again I have known some trash that wasn’t afraid of work as they could just lay down right beside it and go sound asleep. Didn’t bother them a tall. Going back several decades when someone came to see Daddy, Momma’s answer was always, “well he’s down at the barn.” Which was common sense back ’en. No sittin’ down ’til after supper. Now a days. “oh he’s in the big room, great room, office, TV, study or relaxing room. Ain’t nobody down at the barn anymore that’s for sho’. Friends, why was the barn so all fired important? For folks caught in a rabbit trap chasing that flopping carrot dangling on a sea grass string the answer is pretty simple. That old gray leaning wooden structure to over educated Harvard liberals was our life blood and sanctuary
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to ‘pore’ rednecks. We couldn’t have survived. This same framework was a castle to all us country folks. I know when Daddy bought the home place in Rosemark the most important building was the barn, not the dwelling. I reckon Daddy’s thinking was, “we can eat and sleep anywhere, but the livestock needs to be took care of.” That’s where the grub and money is.” Alright by me. As you lean back in yo’ easy chair can you dreamily recollect the many bushels of corn you th’owed in the crib with the heavy iron fingered scoop on a wintry morn while you breathed frost? How about chunking hun’ert pound bales of lespedeza and alfalfa trying to make it up to the floor of the loft in the hun’ert degree, can’t catch yo’ breath miserable heat? All the while maintaining yo’ balance on shiftin’ bales under yo’ heavy blue goose brogans. Think about when the three foot long leather shoe strings came untied, causin’ you to trip and flail. But you ain’t got time to loop the lace in the brass eye as some more cow fodder is flying towards yo’ back . There was a time in
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Southern history that started even before the era of the greatest President of the world was leading the Confederate country against the upwind bluecoat aggression. Yesss Suhhh! When neighbors helped their fellow man during crop time. Whether choppin’, pickin’, farrowin’, hay haulin’, rooster fryin’ or hog killin’. Daddy welcomed my young friends as he knew he wouldn’t have to pay them but maybe a moon pie and R. C or a Baby Ruth at Mr. Ben’s mercantile. But that was cheaper than two George’s and four bits a day for each hand and dinner grub. Reliving the past when
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my dear friends Tommy, Paul, Lynn, Emerson, Phil and Arvis came over to throw bales brought back some terrifying moments. Once Daddy wasn’t around and Paul accidentally let a bale slip back down from the loft and it landed on Phil’s head knocking him off the hay wagon. He bounced like a rubber ball and claimed he almost broke his leg? Oooops! Neighbor, remember the bales were tightly wrapped with sea grass or balin’ wire. Back ’en we had to use our knees to sling each bale up’ards. Emerson’s huge glove got caught under the wire and flew up in the loft. Little boys didn’t have little boy gloves as we had to use floppy, too big, grownup protection. Lynn wouldn’t return the glove so some skin was raw come quittin’ time. Parnell claimed years later he even offered Lynn half his Moon pie, but Lynn still denies it was on purpose. There was a lot of work in the old country barns, but some good times too. But the best part is my Southern country memories of old barns ’cause that there sho’ ain’t no new ones today…. GLORY!
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Encore book signing to be held Saturday By SHERRI ONORATI firstname.lastname@example.org The book signing held last Saturday at the Tipton County Library for Bill Jim Davis’ autobiographical account of Pearl Harbor and World War II – ABANDON SHIP! A SURVIVOR’s STORY: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Sinking of the USS Helena, Seven Additional Naval Battles and My Life During World War II – was such a success, Davis ran out of books in the first 45 min-
ARREST Continued from Page A1 Officer Michael Short conducted a traffic stop and noticed what was described as a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle. The report indicates Short found three small bags of marijuana when he patted the passenger, Corey Corvette Taylor, 21, down. Taylor, of 809 Barlow Street, was cited into Tipton County General Sessions Court and charged with simple possession and a violation of the seatbelt law. The driver, Brandon Whitley, dropped a bag of marijuana from his pant leg when he stepped out of the vehicle. While being patted down, Short
GUN RANGE Continued from Page A1 Noise is a concern but every range built in the state of Tennessee, built to standards required by the Tennessee Resource Wildlife Agency, has never been shut down because of noise.” Evitt assure the board the range would have the proper safety features in place. “We are following the guidelines set in place by the State of Tennessee and the Army Corps of Engineers which address sound abatement and safety concerns. There are shots being fired around Tipton County every day not on a range,” he said. “Who lives beyond that? I know who lives beyond this range. There are three shooting teams in Tipton County who don’t have a place to shoot. This is about having a safe place to shoot.” Mt. Lebanon resident Ben Barker spoke for the opposition asking the board to vote against the proposal. “Three reasons why Mt. Lebanon community is against the shooting range,” said Barker. “There are our personal safety, the safety of our families and the safety of our neighbors. There are seven families who have homes located 1100 feet to 2300 feet downrange. And they are potential locations for ricochets.” Barker also told the board noise levels were required to be at 75db at the property lines. “No one should have to
utes of the event. Davis took orders from those in line and will have the books available this Saturday, Feb. 13 at an additional book signing. “He sold out on Saturday and took orders for about 150 more books,” said Library director Susan Cheairs. “We’ve also ordered extra copies.” The encore book signing will be held at the Tipton County Library
found a dozen more bags, packaged for sale, weighing approximately 27 grams. He was charged with possession of a schedule VI substance with intent and a violation of the seatbelt law. The Crown Victoria was also seized as was $460, which was believed to be the profit from drug sales. Later that night, officers conducted a "knock and talk" at Whitley's home, finding a bag containing 8.9 ounces of marijuana, two boxes of sandwich bags, a set of digital scales, a Vice Lord gang bible, several other items believed to be gang-related and a bag containing 50 and a half white pills. All items found in the home were seized and the pills were sent to the put up with the constant noise this range would generate especially those of us who work nights and long hours,” he said. “There are people who work the fields all year long, many times out of sight of those down range. I have a gun permit and I am an advocate of shooting and protecting our second amendment rights but we know there will be shooters there of all experience levels. Who is to say one of those won’t shoot prematurely, or not shoot directly at the target of intent. My gun instructor told me quite often, ‘where that bullet goes so does your liability. No one in the room can tell me where a ricochet bullet will go but everyone in this room can tell me who is responsible for that bullet.” Board member Arzell Teamer asked Evitt is there wasn’t another location he could chose. “I have tried,” responded Evitt. “There is county property we have begged and pleaded for. We asked to reutilize the county dump, which could be built up around it and it would be a safe place with no houses around it, but we’ve been turned away. We’ve talked to five individuals who have offered their land, but as nice as that was, I have to turn it down because what if someone decided to build a home there. That’s why we chose [Ridings property] because it’s in a flood zone; no houses can be built there.” Evitt told the board the
TBI crime lab for identification. Tuesday night, officers received an anonymous complaint of drug activity at 137 Smithville. The resident, Jimmy Dewayne Johnson, 27, admitted to officers he had marijuana and a glass pipe in a safe in his bedroom and gave officers consent to search the residence. A bag containing the pipe as well as 24.5 grams of marijuana was found. He was cited into general sessions court and charged with possession of a schedule VI substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hours later, a search warrant was conducted at 324 N. High Street at the home of Jeffrey Rogers, 23. The report states offi-
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facility is not set in stone and he is open to suggestions. “I’d love for someone to say, ‘hey we’ve got land here to build a facility that everyone in Tipton County can use.’” The board asked about the closeness of the homes and didn’t he think the noise would bother them. “The noise will bother someone, but the plans we will follow will have ways to cut down on the noise with baffles and trees. If we use those lines, what noise abatements do we have from crop dusters that bother people? It’s the same thing. It doesn’t matter what makes the noise, but what do we do to prevent it? One of the things I can do when building a range is build baffles to help control any stray bullet that may leave the range and to help control
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the noise.” After both sides were heard, board member James Adkins made the motion to disapprove the request to build the outdoor gun range based on the fact that it wouldn’t meet the 75 decibel limitations required at the property line. The motion was seconded and passed. Property owner Jay Ridings was disappointed and addressed the board after the room had cleared, stating his intentions to go ahead with the range. “I’ve shot for many years on my property and no one has ever complained,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of research before we came up here. If I have to take it private I will. I can go private. I’d rather go the other way, but if we have go, that’s the way we’ll go.”
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