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Bell arraigned, brothers also arrested By ECHO DAY email@example.com
COVINGTON – Following his arrest last week, Rickey A. Bell Jr. was arraigned on felony murder and aggravated kidnapping charges in the death of Drummonds mother Starr Harris. Appearing in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, Bell
was read the charges by Tipton County General Sessions Court Judge William Peeler. “Because these charges are so serious, I’m going to read the allegations so you know what you’re charged with,” Peeler said. According to the affidavit of complaint, the body of Starr Harris was discovered in a wooded area behind
her Richardson Landing Lane home in Drummonds. Investigators said her body had severe trauma to the head and face as well as bruising on the torso, arms and legs which appear to be consistent with a physical altercation. Inside the home, the affidavit said, signs of a struggle were observed. The computer desk was leaning on its side
IN BRIEF ▪ Rickey A. Bell Jr., 30, was charged with felony murder and aggravated kidnapping in the June 1 beating death of Starr Harris ▪ Michael Bell, Kevin Bell and Pierre Richardson were arrested for the coercion of a witness
against the wall with the contents of the desk strewn about the floor, and the back door to
the residence was open. Investigators found paths through the tall grass and an area of disturbed leaves was found located in the woods several yards from Harris’s body. Investigators believe something was dragged over the leaves, leading them from that area to the area in which Harris’s body was found. PLEASE SEE BELL, PAGE A3
Gordon named Mayor of the Year By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org Covington Mayor David Gordon was named 2010 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League Tuesday, the organization reports. Gordon, a first-term mayor who has been in office for five years, was not expecting the honor. “They made the announcement and I was completely surprised,” he said. Each year since 1954, the league has honored a city mayor it believes typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, DAVID GORDON dedication and sacrifice. In a press release, the organization said Gordon was recognized for the city’s many significant accomplishments under his leadership in the areas of economic and community development, infrastructure improvements, efficient government operations and the enhanced quality of life of Covington residents. “I think when a mayor earns this award, it’s not about the individual, it’s about the community,” Gordon said, noting all of the municipal departments and their importance to the recognition of the city.
PLEASE SEE MAYOR, PAGE A2
Relay kicks off annual event on Friday By ECHO DAY email@example.com The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life typically raises thousands of dollars for cancer research and Friday night the journey begins again. Since 1996, Relay for Life has raised more than $1 million in Tipton County and though participation has been decreasing in recent years, organizers are working to make changes. “We’re planning more entertainment and we’ll have more bands coming out,” said Cynthia Roberts. An average of one in three Americans is diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and, unfortunately, there is still no known cure. ACS is trying to change that. Through various programs, such as its annual Relay for Life, the American Cancer society wants to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease. The event begins at dusk, symbolizing the beginning of a journey from cancer diagnosis and into remission, a journey through the darkness and into the light. In years past, dozens of teams have signed up to walk the track overnight during the event and six-digit goals have been set for fundraising. This year, 12 teams have signed up and the local organization has set a goal of $50,000. The teams will have children’s games, face painting, animal balloons, silent auctions, moonbounces and slides, a beauty baby contest, dunk tank and much
PLEASE SEE RELAY, PAGE A3
Project Play 2010ʼs Childrenʼs Committee at Crestview Elementary designed posters at a recent meeting. Children ranged in ages 4-12 years and worked for several hours designing approximately 50 posters to be displayed through out Tipton County. Photos courtesy Jennifer Potter
Project Play work dates approaching By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org Construction on Covington’s Project Play will begin next week and organizers are still looking for volunteers to bring the beloved playground back to life. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to work four different shifts each day from June 22-27. “We desperately need more volunteers to help rebuild the playground,” said organizer Michelle Johnston. At least 130 people will be needed for each of the four-hour shifts. There are spots for anyone whether they have specific skills or not, said Johnston, and there will also be a need for tools and carpentry. “The first time, we didn’t have near that (number of volunteers), but we’re hoping the original volunteers return as well as the parents of children who’ve played on the playground,” said Jennifer Potter. “They have a vested interest in it.” The brainchild of The Rev. John H. Fullerton, Jr., the $300,000 park was built in the summer of 2003 through community donations and volunteer support, which saved the
Project Play workdates will be June 22-27 Shifts will be 8 a.m. – noon, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 5 8:30 p.m. Children under 10 will not be allowed on-site but childcare will be available for volunteers. Children ages 10-14 are allowed on-site, but must work one-on-one with a parent or guardian. Those ages 1417 will be able to participate in construction. Call 901-476-1107 or visit the group’s Facebook page for more information
community approximately $100,000 in building costs. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, a fire completely destroyed the playground at CobbParr Park. A 911 call at 6:28 p.m. alerted officials of the fire but by the time they arrived minutes later, the playground was already engulfed in flames. The outrage that followed the playground’s destruction brought the community together to raise funds to replace the destroyed haven for children. U. S. Country 51 93.5 FM, The Leader and the Covington Parks and Recreation Department hosted a radiothon to raise the money needed to cover the playground’s insurance deductible. The fundraiser resulted in more than $20,000
Alex Mason, the son of Jere W. Mason and Sarah Hall of Covington, records a public relations spot for Project Play at U.S. 51 County.
in donations. And as the workdates approach, many children in the community have become involved in the rebuilding effort. The original Project Play effort in 2003 had a children’s committee, which has been resurrected for the 2010 effort. “We want to get their input, their desires,” said Potter, the committee’s chairperson. Though they wanted to help out with the rebuild, younger children are not allowed at the construction site for safety reasons, so Potter has used their assistance in public relations instead. Two weeks ago the committee of more than two dozen children met at Crestview Elementary
and colored approximately 50 posters to be displayed in Tipton County businesses. Additionally, the youngsters created a commercial in support of the rebuild for U.S. 51 Country. “Some of these children grew up on this playground,” Potter said. “They felt like they had ownership.” Potter encouraged the children to help with the efforts because she believes it will instill in them a sense of community. “If they have a vested interest in something, they’ll like to see it flourish,” she said. “It’s important for children to be involved for that reason. PLEASE SEE PARK, PAGE A2
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Project Play, originally built by volunteers in 2003, was destroyed by fire in February. It will be rebuilt June 22-27. Photo by Sherri Onorati
This is a lesson in giving back.” Potter, who’s also a teacher, said most children are having a hard time understanding why the playground was burned down, but despite that they would like to see it rebuilt. “They want to be able to play
and this is a way for them to give back to their community, have pride in themselves and have a sense of accomplishment.” Through the group’s Facebook page, Project Play 2010 has drummed up many volunteers, but more are still needed.
“We need everybody available,” Potter said. Shifts will be 8 a.m. – noon, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 5 - 8:30 p.m. Children under 10 will not be allowed on-site but childcare will be available for volunteers. Children ages 10-14 are allowed on-site, but must work one-on-one with a parent or guardian. Those ages 14-17 will be able to participate in construction. Potter said volunteers are not only needed for the construction aspect, but also for other areas, such as childcare, preparing and serving food and more. “You come and we’ll find something for you to do,” Potter said. “We need volunteers with any skill level, no matter their physical limitations.” To find out how you can help, call 901-476-1107 or visit the group’s page on Faceook (search for Project Play 2010).
Music on the Square moves to park
The last of the Music on the Square summer concerts will be held on Saturday, June 26 at CobbParr Park. Local favorite Ronnie Twisdale, who was originally scheduled to perform on May 1, will entertains the crowd with hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Continued from Page A1 “Mayor Gordon recognizes that building a community is much more than just running an efficient government operation,” said Tommy Pedigo, TML president and Sparta mayor. “He understands city government should improve the quality of life of the citizens by providing not only efficient government but by working to improve opportunities. He’s very deserving of the honor.” Since March 2005, Gordon has successfully worked to transition the office of the mayor from a part-time position to a full-time job, improving the efficiency of the city’s government while creating opportunities for its citizens. Developing a dynamic strategy for economic and community development, he has been an active participant in establishing the HTL Advantage, a three county, three city, four electric utility joint venture to promote the three county region of Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale for industrial development and job creation. Sales tax revenue increased by 31.1 percent over 2004-2005 under Gordon and has remained within three percent since the national economic downturn. Several
major airport improvement projects and corporate expansions have taken place around the city. Additionally, the Delfield Corporation expansion and $100 million Unilever expansion will bring a total of 395 new jobs to Covington. NLC Caremark Prescription Drug Discount Cards have been made available to all residents and the city has received $238,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant funds for demolition and/or purchase of blighted properties along with an $823,226 transportation enhancement grant for Phase 3 of the Court Square Revitalization Project. The city’s new state-of-the-art sludge dewatering facility creates a safe, reliable way to dispose of sludge and reduced costs of overall operation, while a sewer extension has brought convenience to all residents of Covington who did not formerly have service, many for as long as 15 years. Leadership training projects and a reorganization of city hall has increased safety and efficiency for the city’s staff and residents, and with the Heritage Day Festival revived and “Music on the Square,” and eight-week series of free concerts on Saturday
nights, the entire community has enjoyed new fellowship and recreational opportunities. Other accomplishments include: • Retail recruitment study completed; • Provided help to more than 900 people following Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf coast; • Established street paving priority program based on street condition grading system and traffic volume; •New Hwy. 59 lift station installed, solved a long-standing overflow and maintenance problem; • Started a recycling program; • New method of pavement repair using infrared heat resulting in smoother repairs that are less costly; • Park master plan; • Received $300,000 LPRF grant to help purchased 84-acre addition to park system; • MTAS management overview of all departments; • Leadership training of employees through TOTAL and WestStar Gordon and wife Ruth live in Covington and are the parents of three children.
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Continued from Page A1 more. â€œThere are a lot of things for children and a lot of food,â€? Roberts said. â€œItâ€™s good family fun. We want the community to come out and have a good time.â€? This yearâ€™s event, which will take place at Brighton High School, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 18 and end at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 19.
Rickey Bell Jr. was arraigned in Tipton County General Sessions Court on felony murder and aggravated kidnapping charges in the June 1 beating death of Starr Harris. He will be held without bond and is due back in court on Tuesday, June 22. Photo by Echo Day.
Continued from Page A1 A small novelty pistol lighter was located in this area and was believed to be a â€œgenuine handgunâ€? until closer inspection, the complaint stated. The lighter is believed to be owned by Rickey Bell Jr. His mother and both of his brothers described it in great detail to investigators, allegedly telling them the lighter had been seen in the residence. As Peeler read the allegations, Bell quietly listened, fidgeting with his fingers and rapidly blinking his eyelids. The judge continued reading the complaint, detailing the timeline of known events on June 1, the day Harris was beaten to death. At approximately 1:10 p.m., Harrisâ€™s husband Rick received a telephone call on his cell phone from the residence; Harris spoke with her husband, then Bell and Rick Harris, his employer, had a conversation. A FedEx package was delivered to the residence at approximately 2:16 p.m. and left on the front porch because there was no answer at the door. Bell, 30, was instructed by Peeler to retain an attorney. Peeler said the case may be a capital case, meaning the state may seek the death penalty upon conviction. After committing
crimes in Tipton County as a juvenile, in the mid1990s Bell was sent to a treatment facility in Pennsylvania. In 1997, he was convicted of carjacking, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in Pennsylvania and was sentenced to 4-7 years. He ended up serving 13 years. Noting Bellâ€™s criminal history, Peeler denied bond. â€œYou have been charged in the past with escape and assault on another prisoner and that causes concern for the court if you were to be released on bond,â€? he said. Bell is due back in court on June 22. Bell brothers arrested on coercion charges Last week, the brothers of murder suspect Rickey A. Bell Jr. were arrested for the coercion of a witness in the case. According to the affidavit of complaint, Jerry Wherry Jr. told deputies he was driving on Richardson Landing Road on June 8 when a purple car allegedly occupied by Kevin Bell pulled over in his lane and caused him to slam on his brakes. Wherry told deputies Kevin Bell exited the vehicle and approached his car, then reportedly asked Wherry why he
was â€œtalking to policeâ€? and â€œsnitching on his brother for killing that woman.â€? The affidavit states Wherry told deputies Kevin Bell then struck him in the face with his hand while two other men, later identified as Michael Bell and Pierre Richardson, came charging toward him. Wherry reportedly never left his vehicle and fled the scene to avoid additional confrontation. He told deputies when he arrived home, all three men arrived at his residence and caused a verbal disturbance with him and his stepmother, Deborah Wherry. The complaint states all three men fled the scene when advised law enforcement officers were on the way to the residence. All three were charged with coercion of a witness, a class D felony.
Activities planned include: 5-6 p.m. Kathleen Glass, singing 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony National Anthem by Alissa Inman Emcee Lee Johnston Opening prayer, Mayor David Gordon Speaker, Mayor Dwayne Cole Jeff Yarbrough Band Awards, survivor lap Caregiver lap Team lap Routine by Covington Fury Routine by Cathy Sims Dance Team Song by Jeff Yarbrough (Stand) Covington Fury will do a routine Awards will be given out to survivors Survival lap 7 p.m. Jeff Yarbrough Band 9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony, speakers Mary Gaither and Darlene
Wheeler, Angela Dews 9:30 p.m. Womanless Beauty Review, Angela Dews will sing during this time 10 p.m. Music by The River Dust Band 12:30-1:30 a.m. Laser tag challenge 1:30-2:30 a.m. Minute to Win It tournament 2:30-3 a.m. Line dancing 3-3:30 a.m. Musical chairs 3:30-5 a.m. Clean up camps 5 a.m. Closing ceremony Roberts said itâ€™s not too late to participate in the 26th annual event. â€œWeâ€™re still selling luminary bags and those can even be purchased at the event,â€? she said. Bags, which will be lit at sundown, are available for $10 and will light the walking track. Interested participants may also still form teams. Teams often come from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, faith-based groups, schools and service organizations. More information about Relay for Life of Tipton County can be found at their website, www.relayforlife.org/tipton, or on their Facebook fan page.
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All you need is love – and music
As I woke up on my birthday this past Monday, my thoughts oddly enough landed on my father, Rickey Lindsey. Early in the morning on every birthday when I was growing up, he would don an extraordinary outfit consisting of a lampshade hat, swimming goggles, a tunic of sorts made from brown paper sacks from Piggly Wiggly (or McCool’s), a nosemustache-and-glasses disguise, a shower cap, swimming flippers and usually some sort of prop like a tennis racket used for a guitar. Each get-up seemed more outstanding than the one from the year before. He would come strutting out into the living room and dance with us. I mean he would really get down. His dancing style fell somewhere in between the Ghost Dance of the Lakota Sioux people and James Brown. It was such fun, and my sister and I eagerly IN HIS OWN WRITE brother, looked forward to this perforT YLER LINDSEY mance each year. But the costume was really only half of it. As we waited for him to make his appearance, our mother would slip over to our family turntable that already had side one of the second disc of “the White Album” by The Beatles faced upward ready to go. After she dropped the needle onto the record, we could hear that slight popping sound through the speakers and would know that the first song, “Birthday,” would soon follow. That distinct drum fill kicked off the song and Dad and I would dance to the fun, fast-paced music. The Birthday Dance is not only possibly my favorite childhood memory, but also my earliest memory of my favorite musical group, The Beatles. My interest and fascination with The Beatles came from my dad who grew up with them. I loved, and still do love, to hear him tell stories of his experiences in the sixties pertaining to The Fab Four. To hear him describe where he was when they appeared on Ed Sullivan in 1964 holds almost as much weight as the JFK assassination. Later that night, it is said that Dad transformed into John Lennon himself when he turned the posts on his mother’s four-poster bed into microphones and played “All My Loving” on his broomstick guitar. And you would think that he had found the meaning of life when he tells you how he and his best friend, Joe Blackmon, stayed up all night listening to their newly bought copy of the aptlynamed “White” album over and over again. In the same way that I can listen to those stories time and time again, I love to engage in thoughtful PLEASE SEE WRITE, PAGE A5
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Go back many decades and jog your memory log for some exciting times as a youngster at the barn. Many of my dear friends had concentrated on us having a giant rat killin’ but the rats didn’t cooperate. Ever since Daddy had busted this one gray, filthy creature stories came out of the walls from each family very similar. The grownups made the battle sound real simple but the details for some reason were not relayed to us. Tommy and Phil said all we go to do is jump up in the corn crib; holler and the varmints would run out so we’ll wham them with a hoe handle. Paul and Emerson invited us to use our trusty slingshots with a radar scope. Lynn and Don cocked their high powered bb guns in anticipation of momentarily ridding the universe of these ghastly creatures. As we prepared our moment of fierce battle similar to General Stonewall there was no way the enemy could survive. In our hastily called meeting we decided the rats should parade right out in front of us and wait until we were ready to do some vicious fighting. The enemy didn’t see it our way. Each of us had pots and pans to bang on trying to SOUTHERN RAISIN' O TIS GRIFFIN flush them out. The rats didn’t play fair. Paul and Emerson loudly invited them out in the open to stand up and fight like a true rat. However the slick slinks darted through little holes in the floor, tiny spaces between slats in the walls while one scooted up the beam into the hay loft. If anyone can recall there is no way anything can happen without the attention of chickens, cows, hogs, cats, dogs, guineas, the FBI, and the local Coast Guard. This reminds me of Eldon Roark reliving his old Strolling columns in the Press-Scimitar of yore years. All of the animals got right in the middle of this stupendous stable warfare and blocking our way. The more we kicked and hollered the more this turned into an unorganized green persimmon fight. This turmoil resembled a political rally with each party trying to out shout the other and neither accomplishing anything except sore throats.
Readers' Views In the best interest of taxpayers Dear editor, I find it fitting that you allowed Rep Jimmy Naifeh to splash his campaign rhetoric on the “opinion” page of The Leader, however it is a little insulting that it is under the guise of “Legislative Update”. The former speaker insinuates that Republicans want to balance the states budget at the expense of dying children and that is just not true. The budget committee simply asked for, time and time again, data to show that the infant mortality program is working, and time and time again, they were ignored. Even Rep. Naifeh himself acknowledges that Tennessee ranks 47th in infant mortality. I want legislators who WILL ask questions and legislators that DO want accountability for our tax dollars. It appears Rep. Naifeh wants us to believe that his party provided the leadership on this fiscally conservative budget. The fact is that Republicans gained control of the state legislature one and a half years ago for the first time since Reconstruction and now it seems he wants to hitch his wagon to their successes and call it his own. Well, in this day and age there is a much more informed electorate. Pandering, spin and propaganda won’t work any longer. The voters
of this state have worked hard to elect legislators that will put aside politics as usual and do what is in the best interest of the taxpayer. That hard work is now paying off. It’s time for the 81st district to follow their lead. Brett A. Giannini Atoka
Need help with Project Play
Dear editor, We need my playground back. It got fired down. It made my heart sad. I cried. I miss my swings. They are my favorite. We need mommies and daddies and sisters and brothers to help build it back. I helped make posters. I colored alot. I got to be on the radio. Did you hear me? I am going to help more. I miss the slides too. Can you help find mommies and daddies and brothers and sisters to help me? I really want my swings back. Knox Potter, age 4 Covington Dear editor, I think everyone should help rebuild the park to give the kids a fun place place to play again. I have went to the park since I was big enough to walk. Now, Someone silly took our park and now we have nowhere to play anymore. My baby sister, Hallie, only got to play there one time! I
waited all winter long for it to be warm enough to play at the park, but before it was time, someone messed it all up. Please help build me and all of my friends a new place to play and have fun! P.S. When we rebuild can we have more slides and more swings and monkeys bars too? Also another tire swing too? Jason Bryant, age 5 ½ Covington
Employee showed honesty
Dear editor, We are seniors who were headed home after a 4,800-mile trip and stopped at this Wendy’s in Covington to eat. A young employee, Albert, came over and asked if I was Betty. When I said yes, he handed me my wallet, which he said he found in the parking lot. Everything, including the money, was still in it. I was so overwhelmed the rest of the trip thinking of this young man’s honesty that I had to write you. It was such an act of kindness in a world where the bad gets the attention. I am still very impressed and felt the good deeds of young people need to be acknowledged. Thank you. Betty and Eugene DeWalle Green Bay, Wisc.
Republicans fight to protect Tennesseans from federal overreach of healthcare The State House passed House Bill 2622 Tuesday night with a vote of 53-32, after months of wrangling in committee. The bill prohibits the legislature from requiring any person to participate in any health care system or plan. Democrats attempted to attach poison pill amendments and use complicated parliamentary procedures in an effort to kill the bill. Because the House and Senate versions differed, the legislation went to a conference committee. Although every House Republican present voted for the conference committee report, it failed to obtain the fifty constitutional votes for passage and died along party lines with a 44-39 vote. House Republicans have fought all year to enact legislation to counter the federal health care takeover, believing that expanding government programs is rarely an effective solution to complex issues. Further, Republicans have argued the federal government’s takeover of healthcare
will only prove to balloon the cost of healthcare services to the states.
age for workers in construction companies without harming small business owners. Legislature reaches agreement on The new law requires everyone workers’ compensation law in the construction industry to be The legislature voted this week covered by workers’ compensaon complex legislation that ensures tion insurance or be specifically fairness in construction exempted. Sole propriindustry bidding, proetors and partners in tects general contractors the construction indusfrom workers’ compensatry will have to carry tion claims filed by subinsurance on themcontractors and addresses selves, but they can obemployee misclassificatain an exemption from tion. the requirement. Earlier in the year, the The exemption is General Assembly aplimited to certain memproved legislation calling LEGISLATIVE UPDATE bers of the construction for the immediate susindustry including, but R EP. BARRETT RICH pension of a law passed not limited to, officers in 2008 due to unintendof a corporation, a sole ed effects of the act to require sole proprietor, members of a limited proprietors and partners engaged liability company, or a partner in in the construction industry to car- a limited partnership. In addition, ry workers’ compensation cover- those who request an exemption age on themselves. must be current in paying all taxes. Since January, the legislature No more than three people on any has been discussing alternative one commercial job are eligible to ways to address gaps in cover- claim an exemption. PLEASE SEE UPDATE, PAGE A5
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TCSO makes 17 arrests in 100 Days of Heat operation The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office conducted saturations and safety checkpoints over the Memorial Day Weekend in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office Click It or Ticket/Occupant Protection and 100 Days of Summer Heat campaigns. Deputies conducted saturations and checkpoints Friday through Sunday across many areas of Tipton County. The sheriff’s office partnered with the Atoka, Brighton and Mason police departments over the weekend in order to put more visible officer presence in these areas to help ensure safer roadways. Also included in the saturations, were random bar checks throughout the county and DUI enforcement patrols. During the operations, officers from these departments issued 96 tickets and warnings. Tickets were issued for viola-
tions including: Speeding, Reckless Driving, Child Restraint, Seatbelt, Registration, Light Law, Unlawful Sound Amplification, Driving on Revoked/Suspended License, Disregarding Stop Sign, Public Intoxication and Drug violations. 17 arrests were made throughout the operation on various charges. Arrested during the operation were: 1. Lisa M. Bogenschneider, 26, 212 Watson Rd., Munford, TN; Possession of Schedule IV narcotic. 2. Nico Jones, 34, 4112 Madewell Rd., Memphis, TN; Felon in Possession of Handgun 3. Clifford Davis, 45, 101 L&N Street Mason, TN; Driving on Rev/Susp DL, Unlawful Sound Amplification. 4. Fredrick D. Turner, 47, 507 Union St., Covington, TN; Public Intoxication 5. William Travis McCulley, 44, 3648 Beaver Rd, Munford; Public
Intoxication 6. William Jones, 47, 1859 Chapman Rd. Ripley, TN; DUI – 5th offense, No Seat Belt, Violation Implied Consent, Driving on Rev/Susp DL 7. Zachary A. Grassie, 19, 200 Michelle St., Burlison, TN; Simple Possession Marijuana 8. Michael L. Gray, 42, 325 Burnett Ln., Covington; DUI – 1st Offense, Reckless Driving, Violation Implied Consent. 9. David M. Bryant, 38, 416 W. Liberty Ave., Covington, TN.; Light Law, Driving on Rev/ Sus DL. 10. Erica R. Clemmons, 26; Driving on Rev/Susp DL, Speeding 11. Robert T. Vestal, 23; Warrant arrest for Crockett County 12. Marvin W. Jarrett, 29; 136 Watkins St. Ripley, TN.; Warrant arrest for Tipton County 13. Shaun Talifero, 28, 119 Campground Rd., Ripley, TN; Warrant arrest for Tipton County 14. Lafredric Jones,
28, 141 Spivey; Ripley, TN.; Warrant arrest for Lauderdale Co. 15. Timothy Smith, 27, 182 Barbee Covington, TN.; Warrant arrest for Lauderdale Co. Others arrested individuals have pending investigations and are PLEASE SEE ARRESTS, PAGE A9
Continued from Page A4 The measure also substantially increases penalties for employers who fail to comply with the law. The bill set different effective dates for various provisions, phasing in the new law slowly. The final product came after months of discussions between lawmakers, the Department of Commerce and Insurance and various representatives of the construction industry. The bill passed 87-7.
Continued from Page A4 Honestly we never did kill any rats or even come close to beating them to death. Maybe, just maybe we caused a few to have strokes or heart attacks with the racket but we still can’t prove it. We finally called ‘calf rope’ (Southernese for waving a white flag) and gave up the ghost while admitting these varmints must be smarter than a chicken coop plumb full of registered red foxes as truthfully our well ran dry! (Even years later). After we had cleared out the stable of animals we sat on buckets, barrels, crates and logs slowly kicking the dried, hard dirt floor to discuss a better way of fighting in the future. Truthfully we couldn’t outsmart the filthy scoundrels. Finally it dawned on us that we better get some decent training from the grownups as we got us a lot more to learn. Can anyone remember how little we thought our parents knew when we were kids? However I will be the first to admit how much smarter my Momma and Daddy got as I got a little older. Just see how quickly time slips away? As you lucky country folks drift back in time and dream about the gone by years little did you realize just how fortunate you were to digest the time of barns, farm animals and the hot breathtaking field working days. Thank the Good Lord for the experiences you, your friends and loved ones will always treasure now only in your memory bank that can’t be taken away. Us Country Southerners have got it all….GLORY!
Continued from Page A4 dialogue as we analyze every song, from wellknown standards like “Hey Jude” to the more obscure ditties like “She Said She Said” or “And Your Bird Can Sing.” Nothing in the background noise escapes our ears; we hear every cough, buzz, beep and whistle. Usually the conversation gets deeper as we immerse our attention into the philosophies and meanings of the lyrics which are usually themed on peace, love and understanding. In my life, this moment is where music and The Beatles in particular have become a segue by which the relationship between my father and me has been solidified and
strengthened. I think music by itself has been the driving force in my learning from my father.
Whether it was discussing emotional evocation in Beatles’ songs or playing our guitars together,
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our common interest in music has been the glue in our relationship. I feel comfortable saying that this is true for much of the younger generation as well. Seldom before has music posed as such an important, connective bridge between the younger generation of today and our elders, the Baby Boomer generation. It’s a conundrum of sorts because for that very same reason we’re so connected, it was cause for estrangement to the elders of the Baby Boomers. I thank God the former describes us more closely, and that music has done that for my father and me. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
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