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JACKSON CHAMBER ANNOUNCES STAFF PROMOTIONS Jackson, TN - Jackson Chamber announces the recent promotion of three staff members, Kristy Dew, Jill Erling and Cameron Hansbrough. Kristy Dew takes over as member engagement specialist. She will organize and manage the daily operations of the membership department and supervise the chamber’s Emissaries, a group of volunteers that connect with existing chamber members. Dew joined the chamber in 2012. She attended Union University and is a 2013 Dale Carnegie graduate. Jill Erling has been promoted to manager of events. She will manage the daily affairs of Jackson Chamber events including ribbon cuttings and will oversee the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are the goodwill sector of the chamber that supports members by attending ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings. Erling has been with the chamber since 2016 and is a graduate of Western Illinois University. Cameron Hansbrough moves into the position of director of member relations. She will oversee the chamber’s membership development including new growth and retention of membership. Hansbrough joined the team in 2017 and has a degree in journalism and broadcasting. “We have an extremely talented and dedicated staff here at the Jackson Chamber,” states Ryan Porter, chief operating officer/general counsel, Jackson Chamber. “We are fortunate to have Kristy, Jill, and Cameron on our team and value them and the work that they do for our community.” Contact information includes Dew at, Erling at and Hansbrough at You may also connect by calling 731-423-2200 or through the chamber’s website at

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FOUNDERS DAY The Gamma Psi Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. in partnership with Jackson Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted their annual Founder’s Day on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Macedonia Baptist Church 106 Glass Street Jackson, Tennessee. This year a number of students from Gibson County Schools and Madison County Schools were celebrated. Ms. Cierra S. Williams (Humboldt H. S.) was named Gamma Psi Chapter Female Student of the Year. Mr. Tiwong L. Nance, Jr. (Madison Academic H. S.) was names Gamma Psi Chapter Male Student of the Year. The National Scholarship Winner was Mr. Torrance L. Buntyn, Jr. (North Side H. S.). Gamma Psi Chapter also presented the Youth Scholarship Award and Youth of the Year Award. A special recognition of Educator of Year was presented to Dr. Janice Epperson, Principal of Liberty Technology High School in Jackson Tennessee. The purpose of the Founder’s Day celebration is to give attention to those teachers, administrators, and students within the surrounding communities for their excellent achievement in education and within their community. For information, contact Pat Taylor at 616-2578 Special Awards were presented to Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Members. (Left - not all pictured) The Phi Delta Kappa Member received certicicates for 25 years of Service. Louvella McClellan, Lizzie Fuller, Jessie Braxter, Rose Anderson, and Tommie Kirkendoll (Right) Soro of the Year (Below) Erin Brooks received the award for Xinos Youth of the Year

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RHS Sports Awards On May 11, 2017 Rose Hill School in Jackson, TN host their 2018 Sports Awards. This ceromony highlighted all of the 6th-8th Grade Athletes. Rose Hill students participated in the following sports activites: Football, Basketball, Softball, Track, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Cheerleading, and Volleyball. Each student athlete received medal for their participation in the sports activites. Students who excelled in their chosen sport received a trophy. Athletes received trophies for MVP, Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Leadership Award. During the presentation the volleyball coach, Coach Taylor showed a video that he made of his team season. Each volleyball player received a copy of the video. See video and photos of the 2017-18 RHS Raider Games (Football, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, and Track) on Facebook @TheCrimeSEEN Examiner News and @LovinnewsWeekly.

Girls Track MVPs Elizabeth Vales, Micah Football MVPs (Clayton Atkins - Overall MVP, Lovings, and Camden Caleb Briley - Offensive MVP, Deshawn Evans Robertson Defensive MVP)

Tyler Smith Boys Basketball MVP

Tayai Cawthon and Elizabeth Vales Girls Basketball MVPs

Softball MVPs - Callie Kristak, Elizabeth Vales and Camden Tennis MVPs - Khyla Ramsey, Laelyn Dixson, Robertson Arriana Willams, and Callie Kristak Photos by IN GOD WE TRUST LNW - S. Douglas Phone (731)642-7566 Yander’s Pallets, Inc. Fax (731)642-7566 95 Jones Bend Rd. - Paris, TN 38242 Cell 731-676-9962 Volleyball MVPs “Buy, Sell & Trade Email: Lilana Ramerez, NEW & RECONDITIONED PALLETS yanders123@yahoo.c om Elizabeth Vales, Adrian “Specializing in Custom Comer, and Camden Made Pallets” Robertson

NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL IS BACK WITH THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL URBAN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE — OPENING GAME IS ON MAY 25TH Nationwide ( — Thanks to the National Urban Professional Baseball League, the rebirth of Negro League Baseball will take place with opening day on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Mississippi at 7pm as the Vickie Pasley All-Stars (the first African American woman to have a professional baseball team named after her) will take on the Josh Gibson All-Stars. On May 31, 2018 the Rube Foster All-Stars will take on the Lester Barclay All-Stars at USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee for its opening day. We are encouraging all that can and will to set their schedule and plan to attend this great event a blast from the past. As each game day will have a special theme, open mic night, Jazz/Blues night, Senior Citizen Day, Gospel Night, Family & Friends Old School Night and Game Day @ The Park, not to mention the Fish Fry and Fried Chicken Dinners. Mike Mayden, league director, comments, “We want this league to provide affordable family entertainment, promote diversity in the game of baseball, rekindle past memories of African American baseball players and to link this new generation of youth baseball players to the past history of the game.” The season will run from May 25th though the second week in August. The home fields will be Wooten Legion Field in Laurel, Mississippi and USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee. Full schedules are posted on the website at “Opening day will be Gospel Night for both openers as we dedicate this league to God,” Mayden says. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To inquire, please contact the league at Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National or (773) 741-3530. Admission is just $8 per person, and parking is free. Urban Professional Baseball League

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Arizona Diamondbacks name Jackson’s Galli Cribbs as Minor League Player of the Month Utility man led Southern League with 6 triples; pitcher Gabe Speier also honored Jackson, Tenn. – Based on his outstanding performance to open the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks named Jackson Generals player GALLI CRIBBS as their Organizational Player of the Month for April 2018. Cribbs, a fifth-year pro, is the first General to win the award in 2018.

From the Arizona Diamondbacks’ press release: “Cribbs, 25, hit .362 (25-for-69)/.488 OBP/.609 SLG with 3 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 11 walks in 22 games in April for the Generals. He ranked among the Southern League leaders last month in triples (1st), on-base percentage (2nd), OPS (2nd, 1.097), average (4th), slugging pct. (5th) and total bases (T-8th, 42). Cribbs’ month was highlighted by his first career cycle, including an inside-the-park home run, on April 18 vs. Birmingham Barons, the first in the SL since 2016 and the first by Jackson player since 2013. A native of Katy, Texas, he was signed by the D-backs as an undrafted free agent on June 9, 2014 out of Bellevue University.” Along with Cribbs, Visalia Rawhide pitcher Bo Takahashi was named Arizona’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. Additionally, the Diamondbacks recognized Generals left-hander GABE SPEIER as their Double-A Pitcher of the Month for April. Speier, a sixth-year pro, appeared eight times in April, pitching to a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings of work. He struck out 15 batters, recording a WHIP of 0.69 while holding opposing hitters to a .140 batting average. Seven of Speier’s eight April outings were scoreless. Speier, 23, is a native of Santa Barbara, California. He was acquired by Arizona in a December 2015 trade with the Atlanta Braves. Every month during the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of recognition, based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. NEXT GENERALS HOMESTAND: May 12-16 vs. Mississippi Braves Featuring: Game Of Thrones Night (Saturday, May 12) Dial 731-988-5299 for tickets to see Jackson Generals Baseball!

JSCC PTK CHAPTER RECEIVES STATE AND NATIONAL HONORS Jackson, Tenn. – The Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omicron chapter of Jackson State Community College has received many awards and accolades this academic year. These awards are the result of the members’ and advisors’ hard work and commitment to academic excellence.In March, six JSCC Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omicron chapter members attended the Tennessee Regional Convention in Cleveland, Tennessee. There they met many chapter members and leaders from across the state, learned a great deal about running a running a chapter and conducting Honors in Action and College Projects, and competed in a friendly competition for the honor of hosting the TN Region mascot, Chandler Bear. PTK members came away from the convention excited and enthusiastic about the coming year. Even more, the new members came away from the convention with a very big challenge: to surpass the very high bar that this year’s officers and members have set. JSCC’s Chi Omicron chapter received a number of regional awards for their work on projects as a chapter team. Over the course of the weekend, they received:

• First Place for Distinguished Honors in Action Project • Second Place for Distinguished Chapter Award • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award for Theme 3: Rights and Responsibilities • And Chi Omicron won the Chandler Cheer competition thanks to their creative skit highlighting the four Hallmarks of PTK: Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship, and Service. In April, JSCC chapter members also attended the PTK International Catalyst Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The chapter was honored with the following distinctions:

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Distinguished Honors in Action Project Top 100 Chapters in Phi Theta Kappa out of more than 1,250 chapters around the world.

At the International Convention, the Tennessee Region received the award for Excellence in Scholarship, one of only three out of 29 regions to win this award.For the second straight year, the Chi Omicron chapter has achieved Five-Star Chapter status, the highest status a chapter can receive. Five-Star Chapters are those that have completed every level of regional and national engagement, including the College Project and the Honors in Action project, long term projects that address campus- and community-wide needs. Additionally, the Tennessee Region has been declared a Five-Star Region, which means that most of the chapters in the region have achieved Five-Star Status.In the chapter’s Spring Induction ceremony in April, the chapter installed new officers for the 2018-2019 academic year. These officers are already planning summer meetings and fundraisers and beginning this years’ projects. They are committed to maintaining the levels of excellence attained by their predecessors and taking the chapter into new and exciting directions.




What Does Heaven Look Like? (Part 3 of 3) “Heaven is probably so stunning that it makes your eyes all watery. I also think heaven has everything you can dream of,” says Alison, 9. Have you ever known tears of joy from hearing an operatic tenor like Luciano Pavarotti, seeing a masterpiece like Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” or visiting a paradise like the Fiji Islands? Could it be that tears-of-joy experiences are tiny samples of heaven’s bliss? The Bible says our imaginations are too puny to comprehend what God has prepared for his people. However, that didn’t stop Ben, 9, from trying: “I think heaven looks like a giant forest with a golden path. There will be lots of animals like dogs, wolves, foxes and monkeys. Diamonds will grow on trees! Trees will have faces, and so do mountains. There are flying ships and floating islands.” Perhaps diamonds and gold are also glimpses of the glory from above. What would you think of a person who devoted his life to collecting chunks of asphalt? The Bible tells us that gold will serve as heaven’s asphalt (Revelation 21:21). Many people spend their entire lives pursuing that which is only pavement in heaven. Ted, 8, has an idea about real riches in heaven: “I think heaven will have doors that have your name on it. When you open the door that has your name on it, there is a lot of fun stuff.” The main thing to remember about doors and heaven is that there is only one door that opens to eternal bliss. Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep.” He also said, “If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:7,9). Missionary Remember the imagery from Psalm 23: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” Good shepherds go ahead of their flocks to search out and prepare Baptist pasture for them. Church The Lord Jesus is heaven’s shepherd. Before he went to the cross to die for our sins, he told his disciples not to be troubled. He spoke of many dwelling 191Bond Cemetery Rd places in his Father’s house. He promised to go ahead of them to prepare a Denmark, TN place (John 14:1-3). 731.423.3223 I once toured Chicago houses designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Before the tour, I knew that each house would be special because Mr. Wright had been acclaimed as one of America’s most innovative architects. Can you imagine the creator of this universe designing and building a place for you? There won’t be any shacks in heaven because the architect and builder’s reputation is at stake. Every part of his place for you will have the designer touch. “Heaven has people who will be overjoyed to see everyone who comes through the gates,” says Stephen, 10. “Angels will be everywhere singing beautiful songs. The Lord will be there to see everyone. Everyone will be celebrating all the time. No one will be left out.” Think about this: The most superlative experience you’ve ever had is only Rev. Arthur J. a glimpse into the kind of aliveness you’ll know in a resurrection body in the Hannah and presence of God’s unveiled glory. wife Bridget Memorize this truth: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (I We Welcome You Corinthians 13:12). To Our: Ask this question: Is your little pea-pickin’ brain large enough to imagine for one minute the kind of glory that awaits those who have trusted the Lord BIBLE STUDY Jesus as their savior? TUES.: “Kids Talk About God” is written and distributed by Carey Kinsolving. To 6:30PM-7:45PM access free, online “Kids Color Me Bible” books, “Mission Explorers” WED.:12NOON & videos, a new children’s musical, and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, 6:00PM visit










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Cerro Gordo Missionary Baptist Church 1214 Cerro Gordo Road, Jackson, TN, (731) 4224871

Wome of Worth 2018 Women’s Conference Saturday – May 12, 2018 9:00 a.m. – Noon Our guest speakers will be… Minister Rosa Knox, Minister Wendy Lewis and Minister Debra Keys Koinonia Christian Center – Cordova, TN

Mother’s Day Morning Worship Sunday – May 13, 2018 First Lady Brenda Mercer will bring the morning message

All are cordially invited to come worship with us. Rev. Larry Mercer, Host Pastor

Bemis Heritage Days May 18-19, 2018 The Bemis Historical Society will host its annual Bemis Heritage Days event on Friday and Saturday, May 18th – 19th. The event will be held in the Bemis Mill Village Museum building at 2 N. Missouri St. in Jackson. There is no admission charge for this two day event, but donations are accepted. For information, contact Joel Jackson at 731-424-0739. Send Us Your Church Announcements Email #Like #Share #Invite #Follow @LovinnewsWeekly on Facebook

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Yager to increase Medicaid funding for ambulance services is signed into law (NASHVILLE) – Legislation sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) that continues the Ambulance Service Provider Assessment Act has been signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. This law allows the state to receive additional Medicaid funds to be distributed to local private and public ambulance services for transporting patients covered by the program. “I am pleased to see this law continued,” said Senator Yager. “This is especially beneficial to ambulance service providers and patients in rural communities which have a high number of TennCare patients. Rural ambulance services struggle financially, and these additional funds will help keep the doors open.” This legislation is expected to bring in approximately $19.7 million in federal funds for ambulance services through the state’s TennCare Program. It is modeled after the successful Hospital Assessment Act which has prevented catastrophic TennCare cuts over the last seven years. “This legislation has proven beneficial over the last year, and I look forward to seeing the increase quality of care continue as a result of our action on this bill,” added Yager.



WESTSTAR HOSTS GUBERNATORIAL FORUM MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2018 hosted a gubernatorial forum May 10 on the university’s main campus. Six candidates for the Tennessee governor’s office participated in the interview-style event, and Meg Kinnard Hardee, a political and legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press who bylines as Meg Kinnard, served as forum moderator. “West Tennessee will play a pivotal role in the gubernatorial race; it is highly probable that the election will be won or lost based on West Tennessee voters,” said WestStar class member Yvette Blue, associate superintendent and chief academic officer of Haywood County schools. “It is very important to learn the unique perspective of each candidate. Being able to make an informed decision is critical to the growth and prosperity of West Tennessee in the next decade.” “The (WestStar) class felt lucky that we were going through WestStar during an election year, and we jumped on the chance to hold a forum,” added class member B.W. Beasley, mayor of the city of Milan. “As leaders of West Tennessee, it is imperative that we make the issues of West Tennessee known. We have a unique voice, since we come from communities all across West Tennessee.” Approximately 350 people attended the event and heard the candidates’ views on issues such as agriculture, the opioid epidemic, school safety, economic development, and the quality and accessibility of healthcare, technology and education in rural areas. A wider audience watched the forum live via online webcast or listened via local and regional radio. “The WestStar motto is ‘shaping the future of West Tennessee.’ Since we cover the entire region, we felt it was important to have the candidates come to West Tennessee to a rural location and discuss how they plan to positively change our landscape as it pertains to economic development, education, etc.” said Charley Deal, WestStar executive director. “The candidates enjoyed the format, and two candidates told campus police that this was the best event they had attended and that the crowd was the most respectful of those at other locations.” In attendance were Diane Black, a U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 6th District; Randy Boyd, former commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development; Karl Dean, former mayor of Nashville; Craig Fitzhugh, minority leader of the Tennessee State House of Representatives; Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee State House of Representatives; and Bill Lee, president and CEO of Lee Company in Nashville. Black, Boyd, Harwell and Lee represent the Republican Party, while Dean and Fitzhugh are running on the democratic ticket. The entire forum broadcast is archived and available online at For more information, contact the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-7298.

First Tennessee Commits $1M to Fogelman Downtown YMCA $4M Capital Campaign MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thanks to a new partnership between First Tennessee Bank and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, the Fogelman Downtown YMCA will receive a $500,000 donation and a Matching Challenge Gift of $500,000 from First Tennessee to remodel significant portions of the building that opened in 1987. “First Tennessee’s truly transformational donation and additional challenge gift brings our total raised to $2,460,000, or 60 percent of our $4 million goal. We are confident that our membership will be inspired by the challenge as we launch the community portion of the campaign and continue to approach other businesses, philanthropists and foundations,” said Angelic Graves, Executive Director of the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. “This campaign will allow the YMCA to continue its longstanding tradition of providing health and wellness solutions to our downtown community with a focus on strengthening spirit, mind, and body. Additionally, renovations of our downtown location will allow us to increase recruitment among downtown businesses, including First Tennessee. We also look forward to engaging First Tennessee volunteers in our financial literacy program for youths.” For more than 150 years, First Tennessee has strengthened communities by collaborating with nonprofit, community development and civic partners to meet community needs, encourage growth and support sustainability. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and working to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. “First Tennessee and the Fogelman Downtown YMCA share a vision that by increasing financial and physical wellness we can create a stronger Memphis,” said Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee. “We are proud to support the Fogelman Downtown Y and invite other companies and organizations to join us in promoting a healthier, stronger community by contributing to this capital campaign.” Added Jerry Martin, CEO of YMCA of Memphis and Mid-South, “We are extremely grateful for the First Tennessee commitment to the Fogelman Y. This YMCA has been a pillar of our downtown Memphis community since 1909, and the commitment of First Tennessee and others will ensure this legacy continues for many years to come.”

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