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Playground rebuild effort ends incomplete By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org A lack of manpower has left the Project Play rebuild effort unfinished after a week of work dates. Hundreds of volunteers were needed to rebuild the playground, which was destroyed by arsonists in February, but a lack of help means the effort will have to continue in another phase. “We didn’t have the volunteers (we needed) at all,” said coordinator
Michelle Johnston. “We had 100 volunteers at three different times, not three days, three times.” At least 130 people were needed for each of the four-hour shifts each day, she said. With 400 volunteers, the project was expected to be completed in five days. While organizers said contractors were “pleased” with the progress, the playground is still incomplete. “I don’t know what to say,” Johnston said. “I’m hurt, I’m sad we didn’t get it
finished.” The brainchild of The Rev. John H. Fullerton, Jr., the $300,000 park was originally built in the summer of 2003 through community donations and volunteer support, which saved the community approximately $100,000 in building costs. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, a fire completely destroyed the playground at Cobb-Parr 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 93.6, 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 $21,000 in donations. SEE PARK, PAGE A2
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JUST KEEP SWIMMING! On June 29, the Covington Manta Rays hosted a swim meet in which six teams from the surrounding areas participated. During the meet, the teamʼs youngest swimmer, 4-year-old Jonah Hensley, reportedly jumped in for the first time and was cheered on by his family and the rest of the team as they walked the length of the pool while he completed his 25-meter freestyle. Swimmers placing first in at least one of their events were Arianna Stearns, 50-meter fly; Cullen Schwarz, 100-meter freestyle; Ben Roberts, 25-meter backstroke; Elijah Stearns, 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter freestyle. Pictured above, Annalea Posey takes the lead in the 50-9meter backstroke. The teamʼs next meet will be on Tuesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. at the Covington City pool.
Brighton’s ‘rose man’ offers reward for arrest
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By ECHO DAY firstname.lastname@example.org BRIGHTON – After vandals struck his greenhouse, a Brighton man known for his roses is offering a reward for an arrest. Whit Wells, who in his greenhouse has created hundreds of different rose hybrids, is offering $500 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to his greenhouse and damage to hundreds of roses. “We’ve already had to throw 500 away,” Wells said Tuesday afternoon. “There will be more, too.” As a boy he grew up helping his grandmother in her rose garden and now, more than 70 years later, still grows them at his home on Lucy Kelly Road. Three weeks ago while he was in the hospital, vandals struck his greenhouse, cutting holes in the plastic and making it difficult to keep the inside cool. “It opens everything up,” he said. “It lets all the outside air in. I lost all of my insulation because its two pieces of plastic, and we got a little fan that blows them apart.” Wells said the weapon used may be the best clue for finding the vandals. A distinctive knife was found on the ground near one of the holes.
It’s become an annual tradition to celebrate the country’s independence in lawn chairs or blankets in the middle of Munford’s City Park. First the band plays, entertaining event-goers with its delightful sounds, and children play as the sun slowly creeps beyond the horizon. Celebrate Independence will take place on FriOnce darkday, July 2 at Munfordʼs ness falls, the City Park. celebration begins. Festivities begin at 7:30 Though firep.m. with a perforworks usually mance by the Navy light the sky on Band “Freedom”. July 4, this year The event is free and July 2 is the the MHS band will be day Munford selling food and beverwill celebrate ages. our nation’s 234th birthday. Mayor Dwayne Cole said the reason for the early celebration is savings. “The contractor offered us more bang for our buck, so we moved it to accommodate our contractor and get a few more firecrackers,” he said. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the Navy Band Mid-South’s contemporary entertainment ensemble “Freedom” will perform a 45-minute concert. The Munford High School Band will offer food and beverages for sale. A spectacular fireworks display will be
Whit Wells, known all over the country for his rose hybrids, has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for vandalizing his greenhouse three weeks ago. He believes the knife, above, is a valuable clue. Photo courtesy Tipton County Sheriffʼs Office
Investigators hope someone recognizes it and will admit to the crime. “The people that went in, whether it’s a greenhouse a vehicle in a driveway, whether it’s a TV inside a house, they don’t have any business touching what’s not theirs,” Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley said. In all, there are about 5,000 roses in the greenhouse. Wells says it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the damage.
“I don’t know what they were hunting, but evidently they didn’t find it,” Wells said. “I don’t know if they were doing it for meanness or thought I was growing marijuana in there.” Deputies hope the distinctive knife will be the key to solving this unusual crime. If you have any information about this case, call the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department tip line at 901475-3307.
MUNFORD – The City of Munford Police Department has cleared the first hurdle in the accreditation process offered through the Tennessee Law Enforcement Program. In a letter dated June 8, Police Chief Jim Harger received formal word that his force was selected from amongst the police departments throughout the state of Tennessee to begin the accreditation process. Eleven police forces were chosen to participate in this inaugural program fostered by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, Tennessee Municipal League (TML) and Municipal Technical Advisory Services (MTAS.) Many benchmarks must be met and documented to receive the accreditation: proper use of force/deadly force, search and seizure, legal requirements for arrest – with or without a warrant, offduty authority, mutual aid and emergency assistance, pursuit driving and response to routine and emergency situations. All directives must be achieved, documented and submitted to a professional Standards Committee. Police Chief Harger noted the tax savings to the citizens of Munford by achieving this accreditation, “After accreditaSEE MPD, PAGE A3
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Volunteers worked through the humidity and extreme heat last week in order to rebuild Project Play, but due to lack of sufficient manpower, the playground remains unfinished. Photo by Echo Day
Continued from A1 Now, nearly five months later, organizers are hoping the community rallies around the next phase of the rebuilding effort. Johnston said she appreciates the volunteers who continually worked last week but hopes for more when the next set of work dates begins. The next set of dates, however, is still undetermined. “Hopefully it will be sometime in July,” said city employee Lessie
Fisher. “The sooner, the better.” Fisher said the dates will be determined by the contractors and which dates they have open to travel from their offices in New York. She’s hoping a strong turnout will get the job done the next time around. “If we got a Friday, Saturday and Sunday and had a good, strong push, we should be good,” said Fisher. Work dates will be announced by the city.
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Until then, Fisher, Johnston and a host of other organizers and volunteers are hoping for more manpower in order to finish the playground for the children. Volunteers are not only needed for the construction aspect, but also for other areas, such as childcare, preparing and serving food and more. To find out how you can help, call 901-4761107 or visit the group’s page on Faceook (search for Project Play 2010).
Concerned Citizens Network met The Concerned Citizens Network (CCN) met at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church on June 19, 2010. The presenters were Winston and Teresa Howard. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (303 West Ripley Avenue, Covington, TN). Candidates interested in presenting their platforms for election may contact Minnie Bommer (476.8112) to be included on the program.
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Project to relieve sewer congestion By ECHO DAY email@example.com If you’ve noticed construction in some of Covington’s residential neighborhoods, you’re not alone. Many people have noticed and many people are curious. Soon, many residents will enjoy the benefits of the construction, said public works director Robert Martin Simpson. “We’re working on a sewer rehabilitation project,” he said. “Through a USDA rural development grant, we have a contract for South Maple, North Maple, Park Street and Kimbrough Drive.” The project will bring uniformity in the sizes of sewer pipes, which will result in more efficient and reliable service. Simpson said the areas targeted typically have repetitious calls for service. “The sewer pipes here are really old and after time they fall in and stop up, this should give folks relief on that.” Simpson said when service calls were made in these areas, often pipes were replaced with pipes of different sizes. Making the pipes consistent will make the sewer system more effective and result in fewer calls and less taxpayer dollars being spent on repairs. The project began in March and is expected to be completed early this fall.
Continued from A1 tion, the TML Risk Management Pool, which provides the City’s insurance plan, will offer the MPD a discount of $100 per officer and a 25 percent rebate on our annual application fee.” Another bonus of the accreditation process is the solidity of cases in a court of law. “The MPD has always followed the procedures and processes required by law. Once accredited, our force will be documented as maintaining consistent standards of operation.” added Harger. Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole said, “The Munford Police Department has always been committed to the highest standards in law enforcement. This selection process for accreditation points out that our force is amongst the best in the State. We are very pleased to have been selected and thank Chief Harger and his force for their efforts.” The Munford Police Department has been recognized before for its working standards,
having received national accolades. In 2009, BusinessWeek recognized the City of Munford as the fourth most affordable suburb in America. To meet that designa-
tion, safety factors weighed heavily. Also in 2009, Tipton County was recognized by Progressive Farmer as the third safest rural county in America.
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Continued from A1 Band), Section 8 and Sixwire, the event will include a children’s play area and fireworks. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. Gate fee is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 901-874-5555. ▪ Fellowship, Fireworks and Music will be the main attraction for First Baptist Church of Covington on Saturday, July 3. The event begins at 8 p.m. The church is located at 2105 Hwy. 59 South in Covington, at the corner of Hwy. 59 South and Hastings Way. ▪ Fun, Food and Fireworks are promised at Victory Baptist Church on July 4. Laugh all night with comedian Justin Fennell; there will also be children’s games, youth games, BBQ plates, desserts and more. The event begins at noon and is free. The church is located at 275 Faye Barfield Road in Henning; for more information, call 731-738-0301.
the grand finale. Rest room facilities will be open in the Munford Parks & Recreation building. Limited handicap parking will be available at the City Hall parking lot at the corner of Munford Avenue and College Street. The public is encouraged to bring its own seating for this free event. Other celebrations ▪ One-Day Sale Visit Munford early and shop its merchants. On Friday, July 2, the shops belonging to the Downtown Munford Business Association will be featuring a wide range of sales. Naifeh’s will be hosting a parking lot cook-out on Friday and Saturday with hot dogs, burgers and barbecue. ▪ Flag City Freedom Celebration On July 3, three bands will be performing on two stages at Navy Lake. In addition to bands Independence (Navy
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OPINION Family finds more gains than losses after flood
All too often we let our experiences define us instead of direct us, get us down instead of lift us up. It’s easy to be angry and upset after losing your home and belongings during a natural disaster, but families like the Crosses have found more gains than losses in the wake of the May Day flood. Two months ago, Christa Cross and her family woke up to find eight inches of water in their Bride Road home. Her son’s toddler bed and toys were floating; her SUV had a difficult time starting. She and her husband John eventually made their way to safety through the devastating OFF THE RECORD floodwaters and torrential rains, but it wasn’t without worry ECHO D AY and panic. “That was the scariest part of the (morning) …” said Christa. “What were the kids thinking, how were they feeling, were they physically safe? I didn’t have a plan. Next time I will.” The Cross family was one of hundreds to wake up to epic flooding due to unprecedented rainfall in Tipton County on May 1. Approximately 12-20 inches of rain fell over the county in an eight-hour time frame, an event the Army Corps of Engineers has determined to be a 1,000-year flood. It was the worst flooding in Tipton County’s history and resulted in more than $20.44 million in damage to public infrastructure. The chances of such an event occurring are 1/10 of one percent. In the two months since, Tipton County became one of 46 counties in Tennessee to be declared federal disaster areas. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Association set up a disaster recovery center in Covington and brought assistance in the form of low-interest loans for homeowner with losses. To date, more than $244 million has been approved for federal assistance since the May 4 disaster declaration. With nearly $90,000 in damages to their one-storyhome, the Cross family lost furniture, clothes, toys, electronics, books and precious family mementos, but they didn’t lose their spirit. Christa made sure of it. PLEASE SEE RECORD, PAGE A5
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hen Daddy bought our house in Rosemark little did I know what we were getting into. It seems we had been renting at several locations which often initiated moving to better facilities, if located, but finally good fortune raised its opportunistic head. The present generation would not understand but the condition of the barn and garden was the primary selling or buying points. Youngsters may ask what was so important about the barn and garden? Our brilliant senior citizens remember. The size and was it falling down? The type of lumber, a tight tin roof and solid footing? Enough area was required for a hay loft and area for stalls and stables. Plenty of space to exercise milking, birthing, vaccinating, doctoring, vetting and working on cattle and hogs with SOUTHERN RAISIN' ample feed storing room. O TIS GRIFFIN During our many front porch swing visits Momma and Daddy took me back in time with just how hard it was to accumulate anything with practically no finances. Daddy would say, “there was no money in circulation.” (Southernese for ever’body was broke and ‘pore’) Continuing with, “Bo, when yo’ Mammy and me made a decision it had to be right or we all suffered real, real bad.” My fellow country Southerners can drift back only a few decades and recollect the sensitivity of feeding a house full of window shade snatchers, putting a roof over their heads and some rags on their backs. Many a time I listened to the misunderstood changes taking place in our modern world. What is referred to presently as subdivisions was challenged as, “them folks ain’t looking ahead.” Fired up now, “they ain’t got enough room to turn around in the front yard and there ain’t no shade trees to set under.” Further, “I’ll bet you could come back from the mail box and walk right into the wrong house as they look so much alike.” (Never happened) As the naval base expanded houses were located real close to one ’nuther to accommodate the many arrivals. Neighbor, needless to say in Daddy’s eyes, no arrangements were made for a garden, milk cow, chickens or hogs. I reckon that was why Daddy and Momma were so proud to establish their own way of sustaining life without depending on someone else. Once satisfied the barn was fit, the question was
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Readers' Views Wall Street reform missing the mark Dear editor, The federal legislation regarding Wall Street reform now in the final stages of Congressional approval is missing the mark. What was supposed to reorganize the way Wall Street conducts business and protects taxpayers from future crises is, in fact, imposing new burdens and restrictions on our traditional banks like those founded here in Covington, which had nothing to do with causing the crisis in the first place. The banks here in Covington are vital in the support of economic growth and job creation. However, legislation undermines the efforts of these community banks. The bill recently passed by the senate contains 30 new or expanded regulations that apply to community banks, and many of these regulations are not even remotely connected to the financial crisis. For example, the senate bill contains an amendment that man-
dates government controls on the price retailers pay for accepting debit cards from their customers. This has absolutely no connection to the financial crisis. Another example is the proposed new consumer financial regulator. The authority granted to this new federal bureau is so broad and ill-defined that it essentially puts government in the business of deciding what services are right for bank customers. A bank like mine could reasonably conclude that it is not worth offering some banking services that are specifically designed for our customers because the services don’t have the bureau’s stamp of approval. This kind of invasive oversight undermines the essence and strength of community banks – namely, the relationships we have with our customers. How can we serve our communities if we can’t tailor products to meet the specific needs of our customers? Then there is the fact that even though the new consumer rules would apply both to banks and
non-bank lenders, enforcement against non-banks like the one state and federal regulators use to examine banks like ours. How will this legislation protect consumers from entities outside the traditional banking industry? Even more astonishing is the fact that this new consumer bureau is given no authority over securities transactions. Bankers support financial reform, including some of the key provisions in this legislation. But, this bill goes way beyond these needed reforms and heaps even more red tape and restrictions on banks like ours that have always put our customers first. Congress has missed the target of reforming Wall Street firms and brokers that caused the recent financial crisis and have instead hit the traditional banks. As a result, our customers and communities will suffer. Is this the kind of reform consumers hand in mind? Ralph Cousar, president BancorpSouth
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UT-Martin tuition increases 9 percent MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a 9 percent instate tuition increase for students attending the University of Tennessee at Martin effective for the 2010 fall semester. Approval came Thursday during the board’s annual meeting in Knoxville. Instate tuition and fees, including the new tuition rate, will now cost undergraduate students an additional $210.50 or $3,095 per semester to attend UT Martin. Full-time undergraduate enrollment is a minimum of 12 hours. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition will also increase 9 percent for an additional $722.50 or a total cost of $9,300 per semester. “This increase will enable UT Martin to sustain a high level of academic excellence and personalized student services while still holding tuition levels well below other states,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. Tuition and fees will increase $253 for instate graduate students at UT Martin for a total cost of $3,582 per semester starting this fall. Total cost for out-of-state graduate students will increase $765 to $9,787 per semester. Full-time graduate enrollment is nine hours per semester.
This increase will enable UT Martin to sustain a high level of academic excellence and personalized student services while still holding tuition levels well below other states – Dr. Tom Rakes Other actions involving UT Martin that were approved included: •A two-year pilot regional tuition rate for undergraduate students who meet current admissions standards but reside in three Mississippi counties contiguous to the state. This regional rate would include all instate charges plus an additional 25 percent out-of-state differential for eligible students from Alcorn, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. The regional tuition rate will begin fall 2010. Since 1998, UT Martin has administered the UT Martin McNairy County Center/Selmer, which serves McNairy County and the Southwest Tennessee area bordering Mississippi. •The naming of the alumni center as the Nick and Cathy Dunagan Alumni Center in honor of the Dunagans, both UT Martin alumni. He is
chancellor emeritus and she is the university’s former first lady. •The naming of the Kelly Murray Investment Management Room in the Business Administration
Building; the Steven E. Rogers Media Center in the Paul Meek Library; the Kathleen Elam Multipurpose Room in the Bob Carroll Football Building; the Houston Gordon Museum in the Paul Meek Library; and the Dorotha Norton Classroom in Gooch Hall. •A $3.3 million campus lighting upgrade. •A $20 special course fee/academic enrichment fee for Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources classes that is estimated to generate $34,860 annually to be used for experiential learning.
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Contined from page A4 quickly answered as the garden was stepped off with a slight slope which included a close proximity to the big house. (the little house was leaning all alone in the soon to be hog lot). As country folks remember the size of the garden was determined by the number of squalling mouths similar to little stretched out neck jaybirds waiting on their loving Momma to swoop in and parachute some grub. Friends, after hours reliving the past of studying on the subject of designing a huge rich garden, a slight smile only pursed his now wrinkled brow with how proudly he lamented of the hard work but the accomplishments of growing ‘my own grub’. When Daddy finally trimmed his last finger nail and slowly folded his ever present century old Case knife, he looked out across Alice Winburn’s cotton field and readily replied, “I can remember clearly the day we decided where the garden was gonna’ be laid out.” I agreed. But I actually wanted to say, “I wish I had run clear out of the country to get out of the upcoming work waiting on me”….GLORY!
Bonner, Brandon M. Born: 02/23/1989 1150 Simonton St. Covington, TN 38019 Charge: Aggravated Burglary
Hatchel, Ricky L. Born: 07/24/1987 7966 Martha St. Millington, TN 38053 Charge: Aggravated Assault w/ Injury
Mason, Robert E.D. Born: 03/14/1988 134 East Harmony Mason, TN 38049 Charge: Aggravated Burglary
Miller, Lanesha M. Born: 09/15/1989 6050 Beauvoir Drive Millington, TN 38053 Charge: Aggravated Burglary
Randle, Cetrice R. Born: 08/02/1984 443 Habitat Cove Covington, TN 38019 Charge: Possession of Schedule VI
Shelley, Johnathan J. Born: 05/27/1990 3736 Marshall Road Munford, TN 38058 Charge: Aggravated Burglary
Wallace, Steven D. Born: 02/11/1984 2336 Woodlawn Road Brighton, TN 38011 Charge: Forgery
Woodard, Dylan D. Born: 03/31/1975 419 Simonton Street Covington, TN 38019 Charge: Violation of Sex Offender Act
Woods, Cedric E. Born: 9/17/1986419 96 Cannon Grove Rd.Mason, TN 38049 Charge: Possession of Marijuana with intent
Jones, Octavius S. Born: 9/9/1979 290 English Street Jackson, TN 38305 Charge: 1st degree murder
Contined from page A4 “We talked a lot the first few days about how lucky we were, how blessed we are to be safe and unhurt,” she said. “That helped Emily not focus on all of the loss. We kept it positive, as much as we could. All of our stuff could be replaced at some point later.” After a difficult semester at Dyersburg State Community College, Christa had eagerly looked forward to the first week of May when she would complete her associate’s degree and become a college graduate. But instead of focusing her efforts on studying for finals, Christa and her family dug their belongings out of mud and corn stalks, the unfortunate remnants of the flood. Her textbooks were among the items lost. “Emotionally trying to concentrate on school was hard. The stress of finals, which normally consumed me, kind of lost its importance. I did pass all of my finals, but it was (with) the worst scores of my entire college career.” Ever the optimist, Christa was determined to make the best of a bad situation. Ever the student, Christa was determined to turn the tragedy into a life lesson. The real lesson wasn’t something that can be learned by reading a book, though. The real lesson was one of faith, in God, in family, in friends and strangers. “I learned a lot that day about having my prayers answered." Though they were already close, Christa says since the tragedy the family has strengthened its bonds and become even closer. It’s taught their children – 11-year-old Emily and 2-year-old Zac – to value one another, not a dwelling and not possessions, things we often take for granted. “There are more gains than losses,” she said. “We are closer, more connected since the flood. We realize we are capable of facing tough things and laughing
and hugging our way through them.” The flood, she said, has brought life back into perspective. Life is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it, so says
Lou Holtz. If this is true, the Cross family has shown that come hell or high water, they can get through anything and make it look like a piece of cake. Life for the Cross family is not about mate-
rial possessions, homes, gaming systems. It’s not about what they’ve lost, but about what they’ve gained from the flood. It’s about perspective and John, Christa, Emily and Zac should be a model for the rest of us.
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