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P.O. Box 425 Alamo, TN 38001 731-414-4924

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Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certificates Awarded Debra Butler for City of Friendship, Rita Reasons for City of Alamo, and Stacey Williams for Town of Maury City were among the 175 municipal finance officers who were awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFO) certificate Feb. 22 in Nashville. The program requirements were completed by 216 finance officers, city recorders, city managers and mayors. This class brings the overall total of certified municipal finance officers to 313. These individuals completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses covering eight different topics, and they passed an exam for each course. Speakers at the ceremony included Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury; Director of Local Government Audit Jim Arnette; UT Institute for Public Service Assistant Vice President Chuck Shoop- Debra Butler for City of Friendship, Rita Reasons for City of Alamo man and UT Municipal Technical Advi- and Stacey Williams for Town of Maury City were recently completsory Service (MTAS) Executive Director ed coursework for the Certified Municipal Finance Officers program. Jim Thomas. The CMFO certificates were awarded to each individual by Arnette and Shoopman with Thomas announcing each of the 216 names. The CMFO program was developed after the state legislature passed a law that required certain municipal finance officers to be certified. MTAS worked with assistance from and review by the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office to develop the program objectives and content. This certification program is at the forefront of programs nationwide that focuses on the role of the municipal finance officer. “MTAS would like to express our sincere congratulations to this class of Certified Municipal Finance Officers (CMFOs),” said MTAS Executive Director Jim Thomas. “We applaud each individual’s commitment to the program and are very proud of their achievements. The purpose of this program is to advance the knowledge and skills required of municipal finance officers in today’s complex financial environment.”

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CROCKETT COUNTY RESIDENT IN 2013 WESTSTAR CLASS

MARTIN, Tenn. – Cherry Rains, of Crockett County, is participating in the WestStar Leadership Program sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin. UT Martin’s WestStar program, created in 1989, provides leadership development and training for selected participants from the 21 counties of West Tennessee. In its 24th year, the program now has approximately 650 graduates. The program identifies and educates those in positions to assume leadership responsibilities in the economic and social development of West Tennessee. Class members participate in a series of seminars designed to provide information about the major issues facing West Tennessee. Presenters focus on subjects that go hand-in-hand with leadership and community progress issues, such as education, health care, leadership skills, and community and resource development. WestStar graduates already hold key leadership positions in all West Tennessee counties. Rains is the owner of Returns Distribution Specialists and president of Recycle Aerosol, LLC. She is on the board of directors for both the Salvation Army and the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce. She is a volunteer for Carl Perkins of Crockett County, N.O.A.H. of Crockett County, Woman of Hope Rehab Center and Crockett County Relay for Life. She is also a member of the Bells Garden Club and Bells City School Partners in Education. She was awarded the Rosie Award by Waste and Recycling News for environmental management in 2012, the Rising Star Award by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in 2011 and the Crockett County Business of the Year award in 2005.

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Memories of a Crockett County sheriff – Tom Strong

Crockett County Sheriff Tom Strong

By Nancy Harper Candidacy for sheriff ad and the beginning of a remembrance as written below: “Thomas Strong of Alamo authorizes The Crockett Times to announce that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff of Crockett County subject to the action of the Democratic Primary Election called for June 7, 1952. Mr. Strong has served as Constable and City Marshall of Alamo. He will appreciate your vote and influence and will attempt to see as many of the voters as possible during the campaign.” The following is an article written in The Crockett Times in 1952 to the voters of Crockett County: “I have tried to see as many of the voters as I could and personally solicit your vote in the Primary Election for sheriff of Crockett County which will be held Saturday, June 7. I simply want to state that if you are tired of the conditions, as they exist in Crockett County in regard to law enforcement, I solicit your vote and solemnly pledge myself to enforce the laws of our county and state without fear or favor, with the assistance of the good people who will help to elect me. I urge you to go to the polls on Saturday and make a big X by the name of Thomas Strong for Sheriff. Don’t let rain, high water, sweet talk, or any amount of persuasion keep you away. Yours for Good Government and a decent place in which to live. –Thomas Strong, Candidate for Sheriff.” It was believed that Thomas Strong didn’t have any chance of becoming sheriff, as it’s always hard to beat an incumbent, plus Sheriff Conley had a good following. Voting took place, and Thomas Strong won the Democratic nomination for sheriff, defeating Sheriff Walter Conley, candidate for re-election, second term. Total returns gave Strong 1330 to Conley’s 1055, a 275 vote margin. On September 1, 1952, Sheriff Thomas Strong, Trustee Wendell Avery, Tax Assessor Jim Harris and Road Commissioner John Moss Cherry were sworn in before Judge D.T. Williams. Tom was a young man, full of energy, and you could tell by his writing that he had a burning need to see justice done in the county. He was 6’2”, weighed 225 pounds, and was all muscle—sounds like the makings of a good sheriff to me. His daughter, Ann, says, “Dad had a big heart and strong convictions for right and wrong. He grew up poor but honest. He worked hard for everything. He was a fair person, and skin color or income did not make a difference.” Once there was an arrest of a certain party for DUI and it wasn’t the first time either. When Sheriff Strong got rumor that she was getting off, he went to court that day and would not testify on any of the cases. Since the DUI party was set free, he thought all the others should be treated the same. His daughter Ann Strong said, “He was Crockett County’s Buford Pusser.” Remember what he first wrote in his candidacy for sheriff—that he would enforce the laws without fear or favor. If ever the sheriff arrested more people than the car would hold, he would advise them to either wait till he got back or start walking to Alamo. On one occasion, an arrest had been made of some hands in Maury City who had to either wait or walk. Someone stopped and asked if they could take them home, and they said, “No, they couldn’t because Mr. Armstrong would come and get them.” During Sheriff Strong’s service, the jail was located where the fire department is now by the Alamo School gym. There was a barn behind the jail where goats, hogs and cows were raised for the meat. The meat was slaughtered and butchered on site, and any leftover meat would be given away, which was like the shanks and such. Ann’s mother and a Cherokee Indian did all the cooking and made home-made biscuits every morning. The jail back then was a two-story building. Ann says that she, her mother and dad lived upstairs in the jail. Ann said, “It was a place that not many would want to live, and one main reason was that there were rats in the cellar.”

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One night two men robbed Mr. Lents at his store that was located in the valley by Elizabeth Edwards’s house. (As a young person growing up, I always wondered what kept drivers from running into that store.) So the sheriff found and arrested the robbers, and Sheriff Strong took them to prison. When they arrived, the sheriff asked the warden if he would give a good job to the robber, William Hopkinson, which did happen. Mr. Hopkinson served his time and came out of jail as a minister, and his daughter worked for John Tanner and retired from that job. “Dad believed in giving the inmates a second chance,” says Ann. Some of Mr. Hopkinson’s family sang in a group from Jackson, and they would come to the jail on Saturday nights and sing. I asked Ann if she was daddy’s girl, and she immediately replied, “I was and spoiled rotten.” She said it was Christmas Eve when she was probably five years old and surprised Santa leaving presents and ended up with an extra gift—a gun and holster from Billy Camp’s Western Auto.” That happened because she wanted to know now that Santa had left her gifts, what were her parents giving her. Ann talked about the good times and some bad times living in the jail, and said that one time she was almost trampled by a woman prisoner who got out of her cuffs. That called for a trip; Ann went and stayed a week with her aunt. Ann Strong, daddy’s little girl Into Sheriff Strong’s third time, everyone was in shock as the news began to get around that such a young man had passed so suddenly, leaving a wife and little child. Rumors about eating fish and drinking milk and being poisoned were all over the county. Autopsy results showed that the sheriff’s death was due to a coronary thrombosis. The following is the obituary as written in The Crockett Times: “Sheriff Tom Strong died March 19, 1957 around 10:30 p.m. in an ambulance enroute to the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was stricken about 9:15 p.m. at the jail and apparently had been in good health up to that time. Sheriff strong was a native of Trenton but spent the greater part of his life in Crockett County. He was serving his third term as Sheriff and had also served as City Marshal of Alamo. He had spent much time in work with the county Highway Department before becoming a peace officer. He was a member of the Baptist church. He was 36. His father, the late W.B. Strong, was an official of Gibson County and was well known throughout that county. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jo Webb Strong, a ten-year-old daughter, Ann, and his mother, Mrs. W.B. Strong of Alamo. This ends our walk down memory lane which stirred our memories and made us appreciate law enforcement officers, as well as our family members.


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Teacher of the month – Erin Schweitzer

by: Nancy Harper It was a pleasure and honor to meet with Erin Schweitzer, third grade teacher at Gadsden Elementary. Erin attended Bells Elementary, a CCHS graduate and a University of Tennessee at Martin graduate. It is so great for our county to have students return here from college to work. Erin’s student teaching was at Gadsden and Maury City, and she said, “I loved both experiences. I worked with first and fifth graders and was able to experience both young and older students at the elementary level.” This is Erin’s second year in teaching. Her first year was at Friendship Elementary teaching fourth and fifth grade, and she said she loved it there too. When asked what made her decide to be a teacher, Erin said, “I played school as a child and would ask for birthday gifts from the Learning House.” She also said that she had wonderful teachers all during the learning process from kindergarten through college. Third grade is a very important year for students as they grow from second to third Erin with husband Kelsey graders—a big shift—they are expected to be more mature. Erin says that multiplication and division are the biggest skills they are taught in third grade. I asked if cursive handwriting was taught in third grade now, and Erin said that it is not a standard skill. She said that when her students read “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and there’s cursive writing, they will ask what some of the words are. She does plan to teach some cursive writing along the end of year. I questioned Erin about her third grade students, and she said, “They are so observant. If anything changes in the classroom, they know it. They will ask if I changed the bulletin board or if my hair is different. Their favorite school activity is projects; even those that require completing at home. They recently built biomes (habitats) projects out of a shoebox. The students made some outstanding projects and did great jobs in presenting to the class. They felt good about getting up in front of the class and presenting their information—it was rewarding for them and me.” Gadsden’s third grade class is self-contained except for 40 minutes during the day when they go to Special Pops (music, art, health and P.E.), and that’s when Erin has a planning period. Currently, Erin is working on her master’s degree through Bethel on a 14-month program; all online. Erin says that it keeps her up to date with current educational issues, and she is able to collaborate with a variety of educators. About Gadsden Elementary, Erin says, “Our students are known by all teachers and we have one-on-one relationships with them. We sing happy birthday to students each day—close knit and more like a family. All teachers at Gadsden have Smart Boards and Erin’s class will be getting Chromebooks on a cart to be used by students. Students will be able to research topics and practice skills on them. The benefit will be that they will be able to have their own computers in the classroom settings. Now they have two computers in the class, and they are used for AR tests and small group stations. Erin said that next year the third graders will have some writing assessment on computer. This is where they will be able to write stories or exercises. I asked Erin about changes in the third grade now and she said, “Reading text and focusing–text dependent questioning. We are starting to incorporate non-fiction reading and writing in all subject areas. For example, everything they read in science and social studies

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is non-fiction.” Then we talked about math which was my least favorite subject. Erin explained the students’ reading problems are really long and more than one step. She said, “Students no longer just give an answer, they must provide an explanation and an illustration.” When talking about her students, Erin said, “The children have grown this year—a tremendous amount of growth. We benchmark test and mark their growth throughout the year. The students know where they are. At the beginning of the year, we set goals, and they know where they want to be and where they need to be. When the students first entered third grade, they were at a level, and now they are third grade level and beyond. They support each other, because as a class they want to see themselves improve.” I asked what their favorite subject was and was absolutely surprised when Erin said, “Science is their favorite. In our class we do experiments, and they love the hands-on. I make it fun for them.” Erin praised her principal by saying, “Marsha Foust does a great job keeping us informed and positive. Every Monday morning, she sends us a memo about the week, and she supports our decisions and assists us at any time.” What do you love about your class? Erin said, “I love their innocence and the fact they all play together. This class is so supportive of one another and encouraging. When one does well, they cheer them on, and when one is upset, they perk them up.” And Erin has 23 students—quite remarkable. “They are loving and needy to learn which is great for any teacher,” said Erin. Erin and her 23 third graders are very organized and like things in place. The students like to have their desks and cubbies clean too. Erin utilizes some of her students who ride the bus to help her tidy up the room at the end of the day. Her classroom sees seasonal changes and observes holidays. They say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, and then they perform bell work. Erin places work on their desk that the student needs a little extra help on, based on a particular skill. Students eat their breakfast at their desk and perform their bell work which never takes more than 10-15 minutes. When they are finished, Erin does a review with them. The students are given a little homework—math most every night because they need extra help there. At times during the day, Erin will pull small groups together to help those who need assistance. I asked Erin what would she tell a young person who was thinking about a career. “Teaching is a wonderful career that will give you something new every day—surprises and challenges. You will never ever get bored.” School days have certainly changed, and we Crockett County residents applaud teachers for their dedication and their never-ending need to keep learning. Thank you, Erin.


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Star-studded dance card is huge success for Carl Perkins Center A few hundred people rallied to support child abuse prevention in Crockett County by attending the 10th annual Love Me Tender Dinner and Auction to benefit the Carl Perkins Center. One of the highlights of the night was the second annual Dancing with the Crockett Stars, which featured 10 local contestants: Emily Bushart and Josh Shaw, Haley and Justin Jones, Misty Tucker and Will Perry, Bub Weatherholt and daughter Candie, and Stacey and Chris Williams. Dancing as Superman and Lois Lane, Justin and Haley Jones earned the coveted Mirror Ball trophies during an unprecedented dance off. The audience selected Misty Pigue and Will Perry for the People’s Choice Award for the exhausting dance “workout” routine. The Carl Perkins Center opened in Crockett County in July 1996. It is currently located on the second floor of the Alamo City Hall/U.S. Post Office on Park Street. Services provided by the Crockett County Center include: • Parent training classes • Food and clothing assistance • Relative caregiver program • Forever parents • Child advocacy • 24-hour hotline

Haley and Justin, Misty and Will, and Emily Bushart and Josh Shaw tied for the Mirror Ball and had a dance off Haley and Justin Jones won the Mirror Ball Trophy

Emily Bushart & Josh Shaw

Misty Tucker and Will Perry won the People’s Choice Award.

Stacey and Chris Williams competed.


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Local Author Releases Book On The Struggles of Living with an Eating Disorder Goal is to Help Others Living with Diabetes is tough. Living with diabetes and a life threatening eating disorder is even tougher. Local author, Amy Marcle, has written and published a new book titled “Slow Suicide…Living With Diabetes and an Eating Disorder.” In this book, Amy gives insight on the daily struggles of living with both of these illnesses. Living with both of these for a large portion of her life, she writes about her experiences attempting to manage both of these. Her method of weight loss, known as “diabulimia”, is practiced by insulin dependent women in an attempt to shed extra weight. Women who use this method, stop taking their insulin injections, which are necessary to keep blood sugars under control. As dangerous as it sounds, it develops into an eating disorder that not only affects the body, but the mind of the person who is suffering. Amy states: “I have battled this for so long, and though I am currently in recovery, it is still a battle I must face daily. I decided to write this book to warn and to teach others of the dangerous side effects of having both insulin dependent diabetes and an eating disorder. If I can just reach and help one person, then the efforts will be worth it.” Amy Marcle is the Human Resource manager for Dyer Foods, Inc which operates the local Food Rite Stores. She has been diabetic since she was thirteen years old and has battled an eating disorder for over ten years. She resides in Milan, Tennessee with her husband, Jason Marcle, and their daughter, Haley. “Slow Suicide” can now be purchased on amazon.com or at createspace.com by simply searching by title or author’s name. Ms. Marcle will also have copies available locally beginning April 1, 2013. You may reach her by phone at 731-613-1586, by email at amymarcle@ bellsouth.net, or you can message her on Facebook

Arts Advocacy Day

Mark and Gina Hartley attend Arts Advocacy Day in Nashville representing Nite Lite Theater.  Also pictured is Dr. Kathy Riffe, Kathi Burris, and Susan Fitzgerald in the office of Rep. Curtis Halford.  Arts Advocacy Day is a yearly day sponsored by Tennesseans for the Arts to promote funding for arts program throughout our state.

19 Things to Remember 1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon - and some days you’re the statue! 2. Always keep your words soft and sweet - just in case you have to eat them. 3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. 4. Drive carefully - it’s not just cars that can be recalled by their Maker. 5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. 6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. 8. Never buy a car you can’t push. 9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on. 10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. 11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. 12. The second mouse gets the cheese. 13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane. 14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. 15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. 16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once. 17. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors - but they all have to live in the same box. 18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


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REASON, SEASON, AND LIFETIME LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.    The Bible clearly speaks of love and all of its attributes.  In my spiritual growth it is evident that this love is unconditional, in my quest to find love so many years ago I did not believe but only imagined of the pureness of this type.  I remember it clearly I was at a Women’s retreat and our ice breaker was to grab another woman and pray for them.  I had always prayed, but had no idea how God was going to use me prophetically to speak words into someone else’s life.  I opened my mouth and words began to come forth, I cast my eyes up and tears were rolling down the ladies face and then it happened the Minister came to me and said, “He will be a provider and he is going to love you unconditionally!”  I was moved by her words because my desires were to be in love and have a man of God.  I left the retreat with clear instructions to pray for you, someone I did not know, but was being groomed for me by God.  I prayed out of obedience not for your delivery, but just for your well being.  It was simple all I had to do was seek God and allow him to answer, to move in my life supernaturally, and on  January 15, 2006 you came into my life and from that day forward I have been swept off my feet.   The courtship between us was not perfect because I was far from the woman of God I thought I was and because of your spiritual connection and relationship with Christ you helped me to spiritually prosper.  The proposal to me in the Jackson Sun let the world know that you wanted me to be your wife for a “Reason, Season, and Lifetime of Love!”  I want the world to know that God can do anything but fail if you trust him.  After three years of friendship, spiritual growth, and courtship on March 29, 2009 we were married after church with most of our family and friends to celebrate “finally” our union.    Three years later March 31, 2012 we were able to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and renew our vows and again “The reason, the season, and lifetime of love had been affirmed! The special reason you came into my life was to not just love me, but to pull out more of the God in me, the seasons together have been the greatest times of my life and I look forward to what God has in store for our lifetime together.   We are a testimony in ministry of what God will do if you start with Faith, obedience, trust, and believe it can happen.  I  Love you unconditionally just as Christ loves us.   HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!


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Crockett County Elementary Schools Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Menu April 2013 Monday

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1 Sausage & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

2 Breakfast Pizza ½ C Apple Sauce

3 Mini French Toast ½ C Fruit Side Kick

4 Bacon & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice Cup

5 Fruit Pop Tart 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

Popcorn Chicken Or Turkey Cheese 6” WW Wrp Mashed Potatoes Green Peas Rolls Fruit Cocktail

Ravioli Or Bologna Sandwich Pinto Beans Fruit & Veg Blend Cup Bread Sticks Mandarin Oranges

Breakfast for Lunch Scrambled Eggs & Bacon Or Sliced Ham Hash Brown Casserole Sliced Tomatoes Biscuit Apple Sauce

Mini Corn Dogs Or Turkey Sandwich Green Beans Sweet Potato Fries Roll Fruit Side Kick

Cheese Pizza Or Ham & Cheese Sandwich Potato Wedges Broccoli w/Ranch Dip Apple Wedges

1 oz. Animal Crackers 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

Sun Morning Mix Up 5 oz. 1% White Milk 8 oz.

Cheerios 2 oz. (Dry) 1% White Milk 8 oz.

1 Large Banana 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

Keebler Elf Graham Crkrs 1 oz. 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

8 Strawberry Mini Pancakes 4oz. 100% Fruit Juice

9 Sausage & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

10 Sausge, Egg, Chse FlatBrd ½ C Fruit Side Kick

11 Breakfast Pizza 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice Cup

12 Sausage Pancke on Stick 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

Boneless Chicken Wings Or Ham Sandwich Macaroni & Cheese Steamed Carrots Orange Slices Roll

Spaghetti w/Crackers Or Turkey Sandwich Green Beans Slaw Baked Apples

Hamburger on Bun Or Corn Dog Lettuce & Tomato French Fries Banana

Roasted Chicken Or Bologna Sandwich Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Roll Mandarin Oranges

Pepperoni Pizza Or Hm, Pkle, Chs WW Wrp 6” Pinto Beans Spring Mix Salad w/Tomatoes Fruit Side Kick

.875 oz. Baked Chips 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz. 15 Cinnamon Bread ½ C Apple Sauce

Bberry Mufn Top Bowl Crl Dry 1 oz. 8353767 1% White Milk 8 oz. 16 Bacon & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice Cup

.75 oz. Carnival Crunch 1% White Milk 8 oz 17 Pizza Sticks ½ C. Apple Sauce

1 oz. Animal Crackers 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz. 18 Sausage & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

Sun Morning Mix Up 5 oz. 1% White Milk 8 oz. 19 Fruit Pop Tart ½ C. Fruit Side Kick

Chicken Fries Or Turkey Sandwich Fruit & Veg Blend Cup Scalloped Potatoes Roll Pineapple

Mini Burgers Or Bologna Sandwich Macaroni & Cheese Steamed Broccoli Roll Fruit Cocktail

Beef & Cheese Nachos w/Chips Or Corn Dog Brown Beans Tossed Salad Fruit Side Kick

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Or Ham Sandwich Lettuce & Tomato Black Eyed Peas Strawberry Cup

Cheese Pizza Or Turkey Cheese 6” WW Wrp Carrots w/Ranch Dip Fried Okra 100% Fruit Juice Cup

Cheerios 2 oz. (Dry) 1% White Milk 8 oz.

Keebler Elf Graham Crkrs 1 oz. 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

.875 oz. Baked Chips 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

1 Large Banana 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz

22 Sausage & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

23 Bacon & Biscuit 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice Cup

24 Sausge, Egg, Chse FlatBrd 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

25 Breakfast Pizza 4 oz. Fruit Side Kick

Bberry Mufn Top Bowl Crl Dry 1 oz. 8353767 1% White Milk 8 oz. 26 Sausage & Biscuit ½ C Apple Sauce

Chicken Nuggets Or Bologna & Cheese Wrap Mashed Potatoes Green Peas Roll Peaches

Mini Corn Dogs Or Ham Sandwich Turnip Greens Steamed Carrots Mandarin Oranges

Ravioli Or Cheese Toast Fruit & Veg Blend Cup Black Eyed Peas Bread Sticks Fruit Cocktail

Country Fried Steak Or Hm, Pkle, Chs WW Wrp 6” Celery Sticks w/Ranch Dip Whole Kernal Corn Roll Banana

Pepperoni Pizza Or Turkey Sandwich Spring Salad Mix Sweet Potato Fries Fruit Side Kick

.75 Carnival Crunch 1% White Milk 8 oz. 29 Strawberry Mini Pancakes 4 oz. 100% Fruit Juice

1 oz. Animal Crackers 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz. 30 Fruit Pop Tart ½ C Apple Sauce

Sun Morning Mix Up 5 oz. 1% White Milk 8 oz.

.875 Baked Chips 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz.

Keebler Elf Graham Crkrs 1 oz. 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz

Popcorn Chicken Or Turkey Cheese 6” WW Wrp Mashed Potatoes Green Peas Rolls Peaches

Lasagna Or Ham Sandwich Pinto Beans Fried Okra Bread Stick Mandarin Oranges

Bberry Mufn Top Bowl Crl Dry 1 oz. 8353767 1% White Milk 8 oz.

Keebler Elf Graham Crkrs 1 oz. 1% Chocolate Milk 8 oz

Crockett County School Nutrition Program is a “Team Nutrition” Member. Milk & Juice offered daily at breakfast. Choice of 1% Flavored or White Milk, or Fat Free White Milk offered daily. All Breads are Whole Grain. For more information, Kay Woods, SNP Director 731-696-2116 woodsk@ccschools.net

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Breakfast is served FREE to all students. Lunch Prices Reduced Price Daily: $0.40 Weekly Reduced: $2.00 Monthly: $8.00 Elementary Daily: $2.25 Weekly: $11.25 Monthly: $45.00 CCMS/CCHS Daily: $2.50 Weekly: $12.50 Monthly: $50.00 Employees: $3.00 Visitors: $3.50

The Cancer Kickin Sisters are getting ready for their next fundraiser.  It will happen, Thursday night, April 11 at the Front Porch Resturant.  The team members will waitress for tips to go to Relay for Life.   The menu will be a little different this year so that we can better serve our customers.  Come on out and have some good food for supper and be waited on by the Cancer Kickin Sisters team.


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Morris Jewelers Grand Re-Opening Morris Jewelers has been providing Morris jewelry repair services and sales to BrownsJewelers ville and surrounding counties since 1997. They are proud to announce the recent com- Grand Re-opening pletion of their showroom renovation that April 16 & 18 features a sophisticated, yet comfortable 4pm - 7pm each evening shopping environment for their customers. Customers have described the new look of the Choose a date to Celebrate store as “breathtaking,��� and “simply beauti- Our Grand Re-Opening & Support Your Favorite ful.” Morris Jewelers invites you to visit their Charity. location at 35 N. Lafayette Ave. (just off the   square) in  Brownsville, TN. Jewelers   has  been  providing   jewelry  rhave epair  services   SinceMorris   the renovation, they ex-   See Morris Jewelers Ad in and  sales  to  Brownsville  and  surrounding  counties  since  1997.   this Issue of the Crockett panded their Line tothe   accommodate They  Bridal are  proud  to   announce   recent  completion  of     all Rocket for more budgets. Intheir   addition, they are custom-yet   showroom  renovation  that    fadding eatures  a  sophisticated,   information. comfortable   shopping  environment   for  for their  cmen ustomers.    Customers  have  described  the  new   izable bands in alternative metals and look  of  the  store  as  “breathtaking,”  and  “simply  beautiful.”  Morris  Jewelers  invites  you  to  visit   women, which canabe asAve.   wedding their  location   t  35  Nworn .  Lafayette   (just  off  the  sbands quare)  in  Brownsville,  TN.     or simply right hand rings. Since  the   renovation,   they  have  expanded   their  bands, Bridal  Line  & to  accommodate   all  bMossy udgets.    In   Oak The Fable Collection will include deer antler inlays, hardwood inlays, fingerprints, Ducks Unlimited logo of course addition,  they  are  adding  customizable  bands  in  alternative  metals  for  men  and  women,  which   & Real Tree patterns. This collection comes with a Lifetime Warranty. can  be  worn  as  wedding  bands  or  simply  right  hand  rings.       The  Fable  CBeads, ollection  will  Seiko include  deer   ntler  inlays,  Watches, hardwood  inlays,  and fingerprints,   Ducks   You will also find Unique Antique/Vintage Jewelry, a large selection of Reflection &aPulsar much more! Unlimited   l ogo   b ands,   &   o f   c ourse   M ossy   O ak   &   R eal   T ree   p atterns.     T his   c ollection   c omes   with     Beginning April 1st, purchase any Bridal Set from Morris Jewelers, and receive: a  Lifetime  Warranty.   • A Free gift for the Bride and   Groom You  wRings ill  also  find  Unique  Antique/Vintage  Jewelry,  a  large  selection  of  Reflection  Beads,  Seiko   • Free jewelry cleaning of Bridal &  Pulsar  Watches,  and  much  more!   • Free Appraisal of Bridal Set (For   Insurance) • Full Value Upgrade on Solitaire Diamond Rings Purchased Morris Jewelers Beginning  April  1st,  at purchase   any  Bridal   Set  from     Morris  Jewelers,  and  receive:     • A  Free  gift  for  the  Bride  and  Groom   • Free  jewelry  cleaning  of  Bridal  Rings   • Free  Appraisal  of  Bridal  Set  (For  Insurance)   • Full  Value  Upgrade  on  Solitaire  Diamond  Rings  Purchased  at  Morris  Jewelers  


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Daffynitions ADULT - A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. BEAUTY PARLOR - A place where women curl up and dye. CHICKENS - The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. COMMITTEE - A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST - Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST - Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. HANDKERCHIEF - Cold Storage. INFLATION - Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. MOSQUITO - An insect that makes you like flies better. RAISIN - A grape that got too much sun.

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Your Duck is Dead...

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.” The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.. “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.” The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.” The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!” The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.

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Reporter welcomes crowd to ribbon cutting

The staff of The Crockett Reporter proudly welcomed the Ambassadors from the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce and numerous members of the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 13. Approximately 30 members of the community took the opportunity to tour the office of the county’s newest weekly newspaper, The Crockett Reporter. The office is conveniently located at 80 S. Bells St., between Ronk Funeral Home and Crockett Medical Clinic. The Crockett Reporter is locally owned and operated by Michael and Amy Harrison. They also publish The Crockett Rocket and Good Ol’ Boys Magazine. The newspaper wants to be a service to Crockett County, its people and its businesses. Therefore, the paper proudly prints free articles about engagements, weddings, births, anniversaries and other events. There is also no charge for cards of thanks. The deadline to submit information for publication is 10 a.m. on Mondays. The staff wants to make submitting articles and information for publication as simple as possible. Readers are invited to bring information to the office, mail it to P.O. Box 425, Alamo, TN 38001, e-mail it to CrockettReporter@Crockettnet.com, or fax it to 731-696-2301. If you have a story idea or suggestions, please call The Crockett Reporter at 731-696-2300.

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Side Track the Turtle

By Dorothy Pendergrass Dorothy Pendergrass now resides at the Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. When we think of Side Track, let’s don’t think of him as bad, just as adventuresome. As he turned the last bend in the muddy dry creek bed which was home, if it were possible, Side Track smiled. He was so happy to be home. Now if only Aunt Isabel were not angry with him. He knew that he was supposed to be home helping her. When he left home this morning everybody was getting ready for the 4th of July day. It was just three days away. Papa had found a nice big log much better than the one last year. Papa and Uncle Joe were at Reelfoot keeping watch that no one else would claim it. They think if they keep the sides slick with wet mud, any other turtle trying to get on will slip off. On the 4th of July, all turtles try to have a full log of sleeping turtles. So many times people stop to make pictures of them atop the logs. Now in the meantime the lady turtles are getting food together, like baking cookies and snacks. The young were supposed to be helping find cotton blooms and stems or running errands as needed. In the confusion, Side Track took advantage to slip away. Side Track got his name from the many excursions the family had gone on when he would slip away, get side tracked and considered lost. Then the whole convoy would stop and go find him. It was easy for him to slip away. So many times he and the family had traveled these same small caverns and underbrush, and he never felt lost. All of it was really home. He didn’t just go along to get somewhere. He liked the scenery, if you could call these clumps of mud scenery. One day last year the family decided to visit the Old Turtles Rest Home. It had moved to a horse and cow lot over near Newbern. This Side Track remembered because he saw a large clump of old broken flower pots, dead flower chunks, and broken toys streaming down the ditch wall. It had the look of an easy climb. The family went on and up he went climbing over the chards of pottery, toys and other discarded rubbish. Then he got into honeysuckle vines—they were really thick. He could have found a way around the maize of roots, leaves and blooms, but he chose the honeysuckle way. He relived again his name of Side Track. This might be slower, but that was the challenge. He was breaking one bunch of trapped leaves at a time. A massive blunder below got his attention. Papa and Uncle Joe were headed his way. When they reached him, untangled him and tossed him back down the hill, as if he were an acorn. When he got back to the family, Uncle Joe stayed back to watch the rear. Papa took Side Track to march up front. In front with Papa should be thought of as a place of honor, but the way Papa looked down at him, even Side Track felt no honor. That was then and this is now. Papa and Uncle Joe were down at Reelfoot watching a muddy log, and the mothers were gathering goodies for the celebration. He was alone in the ditch by the small garbage dump. Again up he went over the chards of rubbish and broken toys. This time he decided to bypass the honeysuckle and found a beautiful rose bush at the top. This is Millsfield. It is a really pretty village. Papa has never brought the family through Millsfield. Some day when I have my own family, Side Track thought, I’ll bring them here to see how pretty it is. “Don’t drop him.” Side Track heard a lady’s voice call out as he felt himself being lifted high in the air. “Look, Nanny. I’ve got my very own pet turtle,” Sean said. “If you are going to keep him, then you must take good care of him,” Nanny said. “I will. I will,” Sean promised. Just then a little fluffy white dog with black spots appeared. She had a red ladies’ hair curler in her mouth. Sean took the toy and tossed it down the side yard. A little brown dog joined in the chase. This time the brown dog got it first. Sean set Side Track on the grass so that he could throw the red curler farther. This time they were joined by two larger dogs. One of the big dogs returned the toy, but the big dogs were more interested in the new turtle than in the red toy. Nanny called out, “I’m going to town for a minute. Do you want to go?” “Yes, let me find a safe place for my turtle,” Sean answered. Sean found a bucket and put his new toy turtle in it. He put the bucket on top of the PT Cruiser that set in the side yard. Sean said to his

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continued from page 26 new pet, “Now be quiet and stay here. Those big dogs might make turtle sausage out of you, but you will be safe here.” Sean ran to the car for a ride to town. Meantime, Side Track had only one thought, it was how to get out of here and go home. He walked around inside of the bucket. There was no peep hole to see out. It was too tall to look over the top. He decided to climb up anyway. To his surprise his weight pushed the bucket over and Side Track, bucket and all, fell off the car and onto the ground. Side Track walked out FREE. But not home yet. The Big Dogs!!! He could hear all of the dogs barking. He hid behind a tire on the PT Cruiser. As he peeped out he could see the big dogs chasing a cow back through the fence into the pasture. The little dogs were on a mound of dirt barking their encouragement. Side Track looked around the yard for the rose bush that he had seen on the way in. He raced toward it as fast as a turtle can race. When he got past the rose bush, down the bank he went—down over the broken pottery and broken toys. He was going at full speed on the way home. After two curves in the ditch he had to rest for a moment. Only a breath, then he hurried on. When he was on the last curve in the dry waterway, he thought that he might take care not to be discovered. So he went the back way and into the little cove where he had made himself a cave in a chunk of mud. He settled in. Sometime later Aunt Isabel came into the sleeping area and called out, “Side Track?” “Yes. I’m here,” he answered. “Your Papa sent word that you should go to the Old Turtles Home tomorrow, get Curley and Moses and bring them back. He wants them to be with us at Reelfoot on the 4th,” she said. “Do you mean Papa trusts me that much?” “You are the only one who has no job and knows the way.” Then she added, “And you are not to get side tracked.” “Do I need to go now?” he asked. “No. He said tomorrow morning. If you left now, you might end up in Nashville. I’ve got to go.” She left. Any other time Side Track would have been really happy, but remembering the dogs and what Sean said about turtle sausage. I hope he was just joking, but remembering it was Sean who wanted to make him his pet turtle—maybe he could live in that bucket. Side Track didn’t sleep much that night. When morning came Aunt Isabel called out, “Side Track, get up and be on your way. We will be expecting you back here long before sundown. Remember, don’t be looking around at the scenery,” She left. Side Track understood the warning. If Papa had to come back from his muddy log, oh he didn’t want to think about that. Aunt Isabel didn’t tell him he could go by the kitchen for breakfast. But he went; mostly he wanted to check out the snacks for tomorrow. He got a mouthful of his favorite onion roots; then a bit size chunk of milkweed. He skipped Papa’s favorite, bitter weed. More bags were stacked in the corner. “I’ll bet the cotton blooms are hidden in the corner.” On his way, the first few paces weren’t so bad, but the closer he came to the path up by the way of the chards and broken toys…ummuh. And to the top where the dogs were, and the bucket on top the PT Cruiser. Was he afraid? He hoped no one ever asked him that question, because he wasn’t very good at lying. But as soon as he had passed by the path, he picked up speed until he was almost running…almost. When he got to the Old Turtles Rest Home, he took a deep breath and kissed all the old turtles. Then he was glad to be on his way back home with Curly and Moses. What he hadn’t expected was Curly and Moses wanted to go up every side path and trail they came upon. Side Track almost panicked when they wanted to go up the path that had almost gotten him kept as a pet. But he told them he had heard of a bear up there that could turn turtles into turtle sausage. Finally they were on their way home, but Curly and Moses still wanted to get side tracked at every chance. Suddenly Side Track realized what Papa had gone through all these years. With a little thought, maybe he could change, well maybe unless watching Curley and Moses he didn’t have time to think about that now. They finally reached home, food and sleep. Next morning on their way to Reelfoot, Side Track found himself again in charge of Curly and Moses. Keeping them on the straight road seemed impossible. He must not let them pilfer into the bags of goodies tied to their feet. Can’t believe, one of the bags was full of cotton blooms. When they arrived at Reelfoot, Papa was in charge of getting the turtles on the logs in order. Papa, of course, kept the largest log for his own family. Everything didn’t go according to Papa’s plan. Everyone was to pretend to be asleep. There was Curly and Moses trying to push the other off the log. Next log over, the turtles were playing sword games. Out on a tree trunk ladies were gossiping. Farther down, a group was trying to dance the two-step; even Papa had to grin at that. Out in the middle of it all, two turtles were playing kissy face. Papa sent word down the line, “If everybody doesn’t get in proper order in three minutes, everybody is going home. There will be no supper and no snacks.” In two minutes all you could hear over Reelfoot was the sound of snoring turtles. Under his breath he wondered, “Now where is Side Track?” He felt something against his left toe. When he looked, there was Side Track with one eye closed. When Side Track’s other eye closed, only Papa felt the snuggling of Side Track even closer to his foot. Illustrated by: Brianna Wood, 9-year-old ACS student


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Why Do You Pray

We all want to think that God answers all our prayers, but He doesn’t (at least not by saying yes). Can you relate? It happens for lots of reasons, and the New Testament writer, James, gives us just one of them here: You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions (James 4:3). I look back over my life and think of specific times when it seemed (to me) like God was ignoring me…but now I know why He refused to grant my request . . . my motives just were not right. I knew it and God knew it. I wanted what I wanted because I was being very selfish. I was not thinking of others…I did not think about their feelings…or how my request would affect their lives. Unfortunately, James does not tell us what was going on with the church, but apparently they were asking the Creator for things that they might use in ulterior ways. Some of them may have been very rich people who were using what they had to make it harder on the poor. Regardless of what the specific situation was, the principle is clear…we need to think about what we’re asking! We need to think about why we ask what we ask! Are we asking Him to help us monetarily? Sometimes God doesn’t answer with a “yes” because we have not been faithful with the money He has already given us. Why would God give me more of what I have misused? On the other hand, he who is faithful with a little of something…God may be able to trust with more! But it extends beyond money and material things, of course, and I think James is warning us to look carefully at all of our motives when we pray. Why do we ask for our health to be better and ask for a longer life? Why are we asking for a better job? Why do we ask God to remove all of our stress? There is certainly nothing wrong with asking for any of those things, but we need to think about why we want it. Every word or request we take to God’s throne should have some connection to our paramount desire to bring Him glory through everything we do. Got it? We may want better health so that He can work through our lives to honor Him. We would like a better job that would give us greater opportunities to reflect His glory. We ask for less stress so that our eyes can be focused on Him instead of being blurred by all the things going on around us. And we would like more money so that we can give more…use His money in ways that further the Gospel message and honor His name. It would be a good thing for us to keep a “prayer journal” and write down everything we ask God. And then—for each thing—we could reflect on our why. Some quiet time where there are only two people: You and God. God, just as a normal father, loves to give us what we request…only when we use the gifts to further develop our relationship with Him and encourage others to follow Christ. His Servant, Stephen Sutton stephensutton@me.com

Talking Frog A 72 year-old guy loves to fish. He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up.” He looked around and couldn’t see anyone. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, “Pick me up.” He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog. The man said, “Are you talking to me?” The frog said, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up, then kiss me, and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because I will be your bride!” The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully, and placed it in his front pocket. The frog said, “What, are you nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride.” He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, “Nah, at my age I’d rather have a talking frog.” With age comes wisdom.


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Horse Laughs A blonde decides to try horseback riding, even though she has had no lessons or prior experience. She mounts the horse unassisted and the horse immediately springs into motion. It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the blonde begins to slip from the saddle. In terror, she grabs for the horse’s mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. She tries to throw her arms around the horse’s neck, but she slides down the side of the horse anyway. The horse gallops along, seemingly impervious to its slipping rider. Finally, giving up her frail grip, she leaps away from the horse to try and throw herself to safety. Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup, she is now at the mercy of the horse’s pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground over and over. As her head is battered against the ground, she is mere moments away from unconsciousness when to her great fortune... the Walmart manager sees her and shuts the horse off. A city dweller came to a farm and saw a beautiful horse. He decided he had to have the animal. He bargained with the farmer and the farmer finally sold him the horse. The city man jumped on the horse and said, “Giddyup!” The horse didn’t budge. The farmer explained, “This is a special kind of horse. He’ll only move if you say, ‘Praise the Lord.’ To stop him, you have to say, ‘Amen.’” Keeping this in mind, the new owner yelled, “Praise the Lord!” whereupon the horse took off with great speed. Soon horse and rider were headed for a cliff. Just in time the rider remembered to say “Amen!” The horse came to a screeching halt right at the edge of the cliff. Relieved, the rider raised his eyes to heaven and exclaimed, “Praise the Lord!” One day a man passed by a farm and saw a beautiful horse. Hoping to buy the animal, he said to the farmer: “I think your horse looks pretty good, so I’ll give you $500 for him.” “He doesn’t look so good, and he’s not for sale,” the farmer said. The man insisted, “I think he looks just fine and I’ll up the price to $1,000.” “He doesn’t look so good,” the farmer said, “but if you want him that much, he’s yours.” The next day the man came back raging mad. He went up to the farmer and screamed, “You sold me a blind horse. You cheated me!” The farmer calmly replied, “I told you he didn’t look so good, didn’t I?”

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Maury City Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll Gold Honor Roll Gabby Claybrooks Tyler Doughten Brian Ferguson Joseph Gould Hannah Johnson Malea Kail Kira Martin Phillip Minyard Drake Spencer Trace Madere

Vera Bailey Mary Carter Ethan Cole MaLeigha Howell Wess Lewis Megan Smith Leandrea Thomas Grace Weiss Megan Turnage Lauren Cotton AJ Hilliard

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“Go The Extra Mile, It’s Never Crowded” is April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month Focus By Carl Perkins Center The Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Centers for the Prevention of Child Abuse will be teaching children and families about child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The theme this year was chosen as a way to recognize all of the people who “Go The Extra Mile” to make sure children are safe from the various types of abuse. The focus of the campaign will be to bring awareness to the signs and effects of abuse, to teach families how to provide a safe environment On behalf of the Exchange and a better quality of life for their children, and to bring the community together throughout the month for the common Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child goal of doing all that can be done to fight the cycles of abuse. Abuse, thank you for all of To further promote the child abuse prevention campaign, the Centers are also selling tee-shirts with the “Go The Extra your hard work and support in joining the Campaign against Mile, It’s Never Crowded” design on the back. The shirts are black with white lettering. The short-sleeve tees are $15 Child Abuse and Neglect each, more for larger sizes, and can be ordered at any Carl Perkins Center. Banks, schools, and other larger companies sometimes allow their employees to wear the tee-shirts and jeans on specific days in April. Why the Blue Ribbon? In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Some of the Carl Perkins Center activities for the month of April will include a CAP Day children’s parade, child Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia abuse proclamation signings by the city and county mayors, CAP displays in the community that will include information grandmother’s tribute to her about abuse and how to report abuse, as well as the grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue displaying of blue ribbons. The Carl Perkins Cenribbon to the antenna of her ter will be asking local businesses and individucar as a way to remember him and to alert her community to als to display a blue ribbon to bring awareness to the tragedy of child abuse. child abuse. The center will provide blue ribbons The Blue Ribbon Campaign to anyone who would like to participate in the blue has since expanded across the country; many people wear ribbon campaign. If you have not been contacted blue ribbons each April in but would like to display a ribbon, please contact memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse the center at 731-696-2452. and in support of efforts to “We promote CAP Month every year to reprevent abuse. mind the public about the importance of protectThe blue ribbon is only a ing children,” said Renee Long, Carl Perkins Censymbol. It is up to all of us to keep the Campaign against ter County Director. “Through campaigns such as Child Abuse and Neglect this we are able to gain public attention and reach going throughout the year. parents who may need our help.” The Center will also distribute child abuse prevention pencils to third-graders prior to TCAP testing, give child abuse prevention flyers out, recognize the Child Carl Perkins Center 77 E. Park St, Alamo Protective Investigative Teams and others who 731-696-2452 work daily to keep children safe. “I encourage everyone to purchase a tee-shirt and get involved with their local Centers. It’s through community involvement that we are able to spread our mission of hope.” To participate in CAP month in Crockett County or for more information, contact the Center at (731) 696-2452. Go The Extra Mile… It’s Never Crowded


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ACS art students win at JSO contest

  Six Alamo City School student finalists won additional honors at the16th annual “The Color of Music” art contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.  Macy Evans, kindergartener, won the Jordan Tang Prelude Award this year.  This is the top award for K-2nd graders among all finalists from West Tennessee.  Her artwork was professionally framed and she won a cash award.  She received her award from JSO conductor, Jordan Tang himself, at the Awards Ceremony and Reception held on Saturday, March 9 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.    Blue Ribbon winners included fifth grader, Madison Williams, fourth grader, Kelsi Laster, second graders, Breanna Wood, MaKenzie Edwards, and Breanna Smith, from Alamo City Clark Henderson.  An Honorable Mention Ribbon was awarded to fifth grader, Macy Evans, Kindergartener School enjoys the day. She won Madelyn Woods as well.  There were around 300 finalists from schools all over from Alamo City School  won 3 of the 45 Blue Ribbons West Tennessee.  They gave 45 Blue Ribbons and 19 Honorable Mentions.  the Jordan Tang “Prelude” awarded by the Jackson   ACS participates in the contest annually as Artist-in-Residence, Paige Award.  Her artwork was profes- Joyner leads the project.  She comes to the school thanks to a grant from the Symphony League judges. sionally framed and she won a Tennessee Arts Commission, the ACS PTO, and matching funds.  She and cash award. music/art teacher, Deborah McLean guide the students to listen to the contest’s selected music and interpret the sounds into a two-dimensional painting.   Alamo students enjoy trip to the symphony   Eighty three K-6 grade students from Alamo City School attended the Discovery Student Concert by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 8 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.  This field trip was a reward trip for the finalists and semi-finalists in this year’s “The Color of Music” art contest and for the sixth grade chorus members.  The concert featured the two musical selections chosen for this year’s contest, Smetana’s “The Moldeau,” and Tchaikofsky’s “Waltz” from “Sleeping Beauty.”  Students listened to the music and interpreted it into paintings which were judged with students’ Madelyn Woods, fifth grader, and Madison Williams, fifth grader, work from all over West Tennessee. Jordan Tang, conductor of the symphony, led the packed house on a and her Blue Ribbon-winning   her Honorable Mention Ribbonjourney wearing their “imagination caps,” as he and the orchestra told stories artwork. winning artwork. with song.  Selections included music from “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Pied Piper” and more.  All finalists’ artwork was on display in the lobby area, so students were able to enjoy a gallery/museum experience as well as a symphonic concert.   Artist-in-Residence, Paige Joyner, teaches art at Alamo City School and leads the project thanks to a grant from the Tennessee ArtsCommission, the ACS PTO, and matching funds.  The students’ tickets and travel expenses were covered by STS (StuKelsi Laster receives her Blue Ribbon dent Ticket Subsidy) funds granted by the TAC as Award at the Awards Ceremony.  Ribbon well. 

Finalists from Alamo City School pose in front of their artwork after the Discovery Concert on Friday, March 8.

Macy Evans received her “Prelude” Award from JSO conductor, Jordan Tang, himself at the Awards Ceremony.

Winners also received a t-shirt, ribbon, and program.

CCHS graduate Christina Gooch Duffy represented Aenaes, who co-sponsored the event.  Mrs. Duffy is a graphic designer there and had the honor of presenting the “Bravo” award.

Artist-in-Residence, Paige Joyner, poses with some of her Ribbon Winning students at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 9.  Ms. Joyner visits Alamo City School throughout the school year thanks in part to a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


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GIBSON EMC ANNUAL MEETING

At registration members received an annual report, a door prize ticket and an insulated bag. Exhibits featured Gibson EMC’s new USave program, its popular PAYGo program, its heat pump financing and water heater Entertainer Rick Williams put on financing programs, and energy efficiency programs. a fantastic show for annual meeting attendees.

Gibson EMC Board Chairman Mack Goode, seated, and Secretary-Treasurer Don Leathers, fourth from right, visited with co-op members at the annual meeting. Also pictured are Goode’s and Leather’s wives; Mary June Goode is at far right and Michelle Leathers is second from right.

TRENTON, Tenn.— Gibson Electric Membership Corporation hosted a crowd of members and friends at its 77th Annual Members’ Meeting on March 21 at Lara Kendall School in Ridgely. Rick Williams entertained the crowd with music from artists such as Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Kenny Rogers, Eric Clapton and James Brown. Members ate free barbecue and hot dog dinners during the performance and then participated in the co-op’s business meeting. Gibson EMC Board Chairman Mack Goode opened the business meeting by thanking members for their participation and support. “Gibson EMC is a special business in that we are not-for-profit, locally owned and democratically controlled,” he said. “As a member, you are a part-owner and you have a voice in your co-op’s operation through the trustees you elect.” In his report, Gibson EMC President and CEO Dan Rodamaker talked about the co-op’s efforts to keep electricity affordable and reliable, to help members use In his report to members, Gibson EMC President and energy efficiently and to make members’ business experiences with Gibson EMC CEO Dan Rodamaker talked about the co-op’s efforts easier and more convenient. He explained that Gibson EMC’s broader mission is to to keep electricity affordable and reliable, and to help power or support its communities and empower members to improve the quality of members use energy efficiently. He reported that the their lives. Rodamaker told the crowd that Gibson EMC is in good financial shape, cooperative is in good financial shape and said that no noting that this is a key factor in keeping service reliable and rates affordable. He rate increase is planned for 2013. reported that for the last 12 months Gibson EMC’s service reliability was .9997%. He attributed the co-op’s strong service reliability to the board’s commitment to plant investment and the excellent job Gibson EMC’s employees do in maintaining the electric system. Rodamaker also told members that Gibson EMC does not plan to increase rates in 2013. He said, “Gibson EMC has initiated just one rate increase during the past 10 years. This was a three percent increase following the 2009 ice storm which left the most widespread and significant damage the co-op has suffered in its 77-year history.” Rodamaker acknowledged that rates have increased more than three percent, but explained that the additional increases were from Gibson EMC’s wholesale supplier, TVA. He said, “While I applaud TVA for the good job it does in providing us with power, I also want you to understand that the additional increases have come from TVA, not from your cooperative.” Rodamaker closed saying, “Looking forward, we do not yet know whether TVA will impose another rate increase in October, but if it does we will communicate this and other important information to you through The Tennessee Magazine, our website at gibsonemc.com, our Facebook page and our Twitter account.”


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Gadsden Elementary

Seventy three students from Gadsden Elementary School in grades PreK - 5th grade participated in the St. Jude Mathathon on March 20 raising $3,413 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Ashley Dodd’s class celebrated reaching their AR goals by having a marshmallow challenge. Pictured are Faith Armentrout, Ben Waldon, Crystal Ward, Kalyn Frost, Noah Borders, Elizabeth Turner, Darby Davis, Emma Perry, Logan Hamman, Shelby Holland, Hayden Butler, Lance Clark, Nathaniel Hodge, Megan Torres, Trevor Holland, Evan Visnick, Artravius Turner, Jayla Cole, Cade Morphis, Raegan Holyfield, Kerissa Macon, Lane Parker, Nate Griggs, and Darian Green.

Mrs. Kelly Griggs from Griggs Farms visited Mrs. Suzanne Chapman’s preschool class at Gadsden Elementary School to talk about farming.  As a special treat she came on her tractor and allowed the students to sit inside.  Pictured with Mrs. Griggs are her son Carter and preschool friend Carter Robinson.


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To celebrate “National Cheerleading Week”, Crockett County High School Cheerleaders performed at Bells Nursing & Rehab on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.   Over twenty cheerleaders, Freshman thru Seniors, cheered and danced to a packed Dining Room full of residents and staff.   After the performance, one resident stated she had been a cheerleader at Bells from 1938 – 1942, and she remembered a cheer.   The resident proceeded to shout: B-E-L-L-S, that’s how you spell it: BELLS, BELLS, BELLS, that’s how you yell it!    The cheerleaders enjoyed this so, they gave the resident a standing ovation.    Several residents asked to have pictures made with the girls to show to their families and remember the occasion.  Of course, the girls were happy to do this and loaned the residents their pompoms to use for props.   The group then cheered up and down in the hallways for any residents that missed the performance.  It was really hard to tell who was the most excited and had the most fun.    BNRC Activity Department appreciates CCHS & the Cheerleaders for making this such a great afternoon for our residents.    


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USELESS FACTS 1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel. 2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself. 3. The Declaration of Independence (the very official copy in the Rotunda of the National Archives) is written on parchment, not paper. 4. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle. 5. A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top. 6. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate. 7. A 2x4 is actually 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” . 8. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 9. Every person has a unique tongue print. (Say “aaah”) 10. The ‘spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino. 11. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled. 12. During the chariot scene in ‘Ben Hur’ a small red car can be seen in the distance. 13. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily. 14. John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son. Irony. 15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. 16. Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog. 17. Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps. 18. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If they were captured, the cards could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape. 19. Most lipstick contains fish scales.  20. Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice. 21. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. 22. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. 23. During the California Gold Rush of 1849 miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the high costs in California during these years it was deemed more feasible to send the shirts to Hawaii for servicing.


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