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I would just like to say thank you to everyone who got out and voted. You made it truly interesting! Thank you to God for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to family and friends for making every vote count. A huge thank you to Melonely, Dewayne, Johnna, and Michael for their support and friendship throughout the race.

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Alamo City School students win awards at “The Color of Music” Alamo City School was once again represented well by their finalists in the 2012 “The Color of Music” art contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony League. ACS art teacher, Paige Joyner was presented with the Symphony League Award for having the most ribbon winners in the Primary (K-2) age group, and received a plaque and cash award for their art department. This is the third year in a row they have won one of the League awards. Allie Williams, Kindergartener, won one of the top awards, the Jordan Tang Prelude Award for the top work K-2 in all of West TN. Her painting, “Playful Otter” was framed and displayed on an easel at the Carl Perkins Civic Center and the Old Hickory Mall. She also received a plaque, t-shirt and cash award at the March 10 awards ceremony and reception. Her piece was inspired by the musical selection, Pizzicato from the ballet, Sylvia. Other students won Blue Ribbons, which means their work was selected as one of the top 5 from their grade among all students across West TN. Sixth graders Robyn Evans and Kayleigh Moyers won this award, for their paintings, “The Juggler” and “The Midnight Carnival.” Other Blue Ribbons winners were Katelyn Peal, 4th grader, for “Celebration!” First grader, Raychel Fowler, for her, “The Royal Party,” and Kindergartener, Jessie Phillips, for his, “Painting to the Music.” Fifth grader Jacob Hamil was awarded an Honorable Mention which were given at the judges discretion. Each received free invitations for the symphony orchestra’s concert that night, as well as a t-shirt and ribbon for their efforts. Robyn Evans also won the door prize for her age group of a new box of art supplies. Other finalists included Andrea Velazquez (K), Colyer Blackwell and A’Niyah Tyus (1st), Bella Archie, Abby Erlandson and Marcos Besinger (2nd), Ana Pitts and Zachary Mosier (3rd), Liv Morford, Caden Lopez, and Kintarious Siddell (4th), Benjamin Joyner and Lizbeth Mena (5th) and JC Pope (6th). They were invited to a lovely ceremony and reception at the Carl Perkins Civic Center on Saturday, March 10, at 1:00. Their work was displayed in the lobby with the over 350 other entries from participating schools in the area. This is the 15th year for this project and nearly 6,000 students from public, private and homeschools listened to and visually interpreted musical selections by Delibes, Dvorak and Stravinsky. Judges this year were Bill Hickerson, Curator of the West TN Regional Art Center in Humboldt, Joy Krimm, orchestra member and Suzuki Violin program instructor/adjunct music teacher at Bethel University/Group Strings leader at Union University, and Lendon Noe, Jackson native and artist represented by Gallery One in Nashville/ former Professor of Art at Lambuth University/partner and instructor with Silver Creek Workshops. “Research shows that involvement in the arts is associated with success in other academic areas.” --Winky Dowdle, 2010 Judge. “Art and music are so important as a tool for expression, but they are also a great tool for problem solving. Children whose creativity is fostered learn ways to problem-solve that you can’t always teach in the classroom.” --Karlie Head, 2011 Judge. “Art and music are HUGE for development, self-esteem, pride in one’s ‘work,’ interpretation, visual and audible stimulation. The Color of Music is a fabulous was for art and music to be brought together.” --Rachel Dickerson, 2006 Judge.

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Ron Ramsey, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Tennessee talks to the 2012 Crockett Youth Leadership Class about State Government.

The Crockett County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is proud to announce the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony that was held on February 28, 2012. Alamo Donut owner, Sokeo San, celebrated by having free donuts for attendees. Alamo Donuts is open Monday through Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alamo Donuts is located at 16 N Court St, Alamo, TN.

On March 9, 2012, the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors shared in the 3rd Anniversary celebration at Merle Norman & Just For You located at 154 S Bells St, Alamo, TN. We want to congratulate Haley Jones and her staff for the 3rd year of business that she has continued in Alamo, TN.

On March 6, 2012, Crockett Youth Leadership was led by Ann Strong, of Crockett County, to Nashville to learn about state government. The day consist of a tour of the Legislative Plaza, lunch and tour of the Hermitage Hotel, and a tour of the Senate Chamber and House of Representatives.

The 2012 Crockett Youth Leadership Class enjoys lunch with County and State Officials. Some include: Senator Delores Gresham, Representative Craig Fitzhugh, Representative Johnny Shaw.


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In Loving Memory: Billy Cobb Billy and Pauline.

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William “Billy” Cobb was born on June 13, 1930 in Haywood County. His parents were Bill and Helen Cobb, and he was the oldest brother of Danny, Roger, and Joan (Climer). When he was three, he caused a minor calamity one day while he was playing underneath his porch. His mother had begun calling for him, but Billy didn’t answer. In a panic, Helen called all of the neighbors to see if any of them had seen him. Soon the neighbors joined her in looking for him. Meanwhile, Billy got too scared to answer her. Eventually someone looked down through a crack in the porch and saw him. “He didn’t do that again,” says his wife Pauline, with a laugh. Around the time Billy was fourteen, he and his family moved to Crockett County. He attended Bells High School, and graduated in 1948. He attended Memphis State University for a couple of years, and then decided to join the Air Force. Billy when During his four years serving in the Air Force, Sergeant Billy Cobb was stationed in Texas, Alashe was in the ka, and Washington D.C. On one fine day in our nation’s capital, Billy was set up on a blind date with Pauline, who at the time was working for the federal government. Nine months later, the two were Cadets. wed on September 18, 1954. After they were married, the newlyweds moved to Crockett County. Billy joined the family hardware store, Bells Hardware Company, partnering up with his father and brother-in-law. He ran the business for twenty-nine years. After selling the hardware store to current owner Bob Pigue, Billy decided to pursue a career in real estate. He earned his broker’s license and worked as an independent real estate agent for three years. He was one of the men who helped start the Bells Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “He was a good business partner, and a good friend,” says Nursing Home Administrator Craig Laman. Billy also managed the nursing home’s pharmacy, The Drug Store. In February of 2011, Billy Cobb was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He passed away on September 29 of that same year. Billy Cobb was a man who was generous with his time and his love. Fueled by a need to help people, Billy went on several mission trips over a course of fifteen to twenty years. After the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred in 1989, Billy travelled up to Alaska to witness to those affected by the disaster. He and his fellow missionaries enjoyed the leftovers of the cleanup crews’ meals. In other states he was part of a bricking team, mixing the mortar that would help set the foundation for needed buildings. He also went to Africa, where he dug wells; the Philippines; and various locations in South America. The reason why he went on these trips was “so people would know the Lord, and know that people cared, too,” says Pauline. “He always said, ‘If everybody went on some of these mission trips, they’d really appreciate the United States and wouldn’t complain so much,’” she recalls. Billy and Pauline have three living children: Mike, Owen, and Robin (Gipson). When the children were younger, the family went on camping trips and on vacations to Ohio (where Pauline’s family resides) and Florida. For their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Billy and Pauline went on a Caribbean cruise with their children and their nine grandchildren. The couple also started a family tradition: when a child (or grandchild) turned fourteen, the child would get to choose a destination within the continental United States to travel to, and Billy and Pauline would take that child on vacation. When one of their grandsons, Garrett, turned fourteen, he decided he wanted to go to Boston to see the Red Sox. Unfortunately, due to back trouble, Billy wasn’t able to accompany Garrett on the trip. The family had a cardboard replica of Billy made, and took it along with them on their vacation, making sure to take plenty of pictures of “Billy” seeing the sights of Boston. “He was the nicest Christian man,” Craig states. ““He always wanted to help folks.” Billy attended Bells First Baptist Church, where he had been a member for sixty years. He served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher, and was on several committees. In his downtime, Billy enjoyed watching televised sports and playing golf. “He was very competitive in games,” says Pauline with a smile. Whether it was a golf game or a card game, “he was going to want to win.” Billy spent a lot of time with his children and grandchildren. “He was a very family-oriented type person,” says Craig. Robin remembers her dad, known for being very organized, always telling the kids to make sure to “get all your ducks in row.” This constant reminder was just another one of his ways of looking out for those he loved. Billy possessed a strong desire to share love and goodwill towards others. His philanthropy, which was founded in his faith, touched the lives of those near and far. Billy Cobb’s life represented the joy and honor of serving people. By: Kimberly Stolarick

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We were asked by Mark Greene, Forester from Gibson Electric Membership Corporation if he could plant trees on the Crockett County Higher Education Campus. I thought that was a great idea so we could have a collaboration with the entities in the building. We had the Business Systems Technology class, the Adult Education class, in the picture. Also, the Gibson Electric members were present. Milligan’s Nursery out of Trenton donated the trees. And taking the picture was Jenni Lynn Rachels from the Gibson Electric Membership Corporate office. We are very pleased with the trees they planted, it will be a great addition to our beautiful building! P.S. Present in the picture are: TTC-Ripley-Bells: Tammy Bauman, Sandra Cole, Brittany Bunn, Jennifer Latham, Robbi Shawver, Miriam Aguirre, Regina Adams, Donna Kilburn, BST Instructor, Wendi Petges, Account Clerk I. TTC-Ripley Campus: Timothy Littles. Adult Education- Rebekah White-Williams, AE Director, Miranda Goldsby AE Instructor, Hunter Taylor, Joseph Terry, Christie Lonon, Danny Harber, Kelsey Samples, Holly Simmons, Joquita Morgan, Brittany Tucker, Rachel Burse. Mark Greene, Forrester, and a Gibson Electric Employee.

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Kylie Hand Signs with Jackson State

It seems like only yesterday you were playing tee ball and in only a few weeks you will be graduating high school. Since you were a little girl any game with a ball was always better than playing with a doll. Your love for the game shows up every time you step onto the field. Softball has given you many rewarding opportunities. Your first travel team “Team Elite” places 7th out of 76 teams in the 2007 USSAA World Series in Kansas City, MO. While playing with “Impact Fastpitch” your team won the 2010 16U ASA Northern Nationals in Bowling Green, KY. Cavalier softball has also been very rewarding, from receiving Rookie of the Year to being named 1st Team All-West Tennessee. You have been blessed with having great high school coaches Coach Rawson, Coach Kail & Coach McKenzie. The greatest choice that you have made in life is accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. You let your light shine for him daily and this makes us very proud. We love you! Daddy & Momma

A special thank you to all my supporters in the Primary Assessor of Property. Your votes of confidence was very much appreciated. The experience was great. I had the good fortune of meeting other fellow Crockett Countians and establishing new friendships. Best wishes to Walter Yearwood and Johnna Slayton for the general election. I am proud of Crockett County and glad to call it home. May the county continue to be blessed as it moves forward in the future.

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Tractor Talk

For our first Tractor Talk, we speak to Jerry Dunevant of Crockett Mills. In 2001, Dunevant purchased a Fairbanks-Morse Model Z engine in Atwood, Tennessee. “It’s very unique,” he says of the farm engine, which, even though it is rated at only three horsepower, possesses a lot of torque. “It wasn’t made to go on a piece of mobile equipment; it was so heavy.” Indeed, this stationary engine weighs in at 480 pounds. The engine was designed to run on “just about anything,” including gasoline, kerosene, or fuel oil. Dunevant began restoring the engine in 2002. Initially he was going to place the engine on a truck, but decided that if he was going to place it on something with wheels, that it might as well drive itself. With that in mind, he began building a garden tractor, modeling it after the old Rumely Oil Pulls, and steam tractors. Although the engine is now part of a functional piece of equipment, “it’s mostly just a toy,” says Dunevant. The tractor received a first place prize in the Friendship Christmas parade in 2003, which is the only time it has been exhibited. By: Kimberly Stolarick

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How to prevent lawn damage

Many homeowners aspire toward a pristine and lush lawn. For some a nice lawn gives them feelings of pride. Others believe a perfect lawn enables them to have the best-looking house in the neighborhood. Many homeowners spend hours outdoors perfecting their lawns or spend a good deal of money hiring professionals to make their lawn more appealing. But just because a lawn looks good now doesn’t mean it will look good later. That’s because delicate grass can be damaged by a number of different factors. Grubs Grubs are not very lawn-friendly. Grubs are actually the larval stage of different types of large beetles. These worm-like creatures feed on the roots of grass and are able to kill large sections of the lawn in a relatively short amount of time. It can sometimes be difficult to discern whether grubs, drought or another other pest has damaged a lawn. One way to check is to grab a portion of the damaged lawn and attempt to peel it back. If it comes back easily like a piece of carpet, it’s likely grubs. Spotting grubs underneath is a sure sign these larvae are killing the lawn. Using an insecticide for grub control in July can help kill off grubs that start hatching in August through September. Grub eggs do well in sunny patches of lawn that are well watered. More shade may deter them. There’s also the option of letting the lawn go dormant and not watering it, but you will be left with a brown, unappealing lawn. Pet Urine Pets can also damage a lawn. Pet urine can create burnt patches and significant discoloration on the lawn, particularly if the dog or cat uses one area consistently as their potty zone. The best way to prevent urine damage is to walk your dog so that he or she will not have free reign of the yard. However, sometimes dogs get out or stray cats and dogs visit your yard and relieve themselves without your knowledge. So this method is not foolproof. Therefore, you should take added action to maintain a lush lawn. First, make sure that soil and lawn is in good health by fertilizing and taking care of it properly. Second, water can dilute urine and neutralize its corrosive properties. Some have found that diluted urine can often act as a fertilizer to grass. You may have noticed that the outside ring of a urine-burned spot is often greener than the healthy lawn. Try to dilute the urine prior to 8 hours having elapsed for the best effect. Burrowing animals Moles and voles are among the more common lawn damage culprits. Voles are small rodents that resemble mice but have stouter bodies, shorter tails and rounder heads. They feast on everything from bulbs, succulent roots, ground cover, and even dead animals in their paths. Their burrows enable them to move around relatively undetected, typically until the damage has already been done. Moles, although they have a similar-sounding name, are not related to voles and look very different. They have a cylindrical body shape with velvety fur, very small or invisible ears and large paws for digging. Moles often feed on earthworms and other small invertebrates found in the soil. The burrows they create are essentially traps for the worms, who fall into the burrows, where moles easily access them. Moles often stockpile worms for later consumption in underground larders. Voles can be kept away with natural vole predators, such as cats, hawks, owls and snakes. Mouse traps can also capture voles when baited. You may also dig sharp materials or chicken wire into your soil around planting beds to make it uncomfortable for voles and moles to tunnel through. Moles can also be controlled with traps. Finding active mole tunnels will help you place the traps effectively to either kill or simply contain the mole. The live animal can be relocated to a site where they won’t cause trouble. Lawn damage can occur through a number of different factors. Finding out the cause can help you find an effective treatment.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COMMITMENT? We do not see much commitment to spiritual things from those in the world. Things holy and spiritual do not seemingly motivate them nor are they placed in a position of priority. It’s band or sports. It’s fishing or hunting. It’s concerts or 4-wheeling. It’s baseball or voice lessons. It’s work or family. We expect this from those who live in the world, because they are worldly. However, these worldly priorities surprise us when it comes to God’s people. We must remember that whatever we allow to interfere with our commitment to God becomes our priority. Therefore, we ask the question, “Whatever happened to commitment?” When one reflects upon the word “commit”, he usually thinks of a pledge or a promise that one has made. If one “commits” to a thing he is wholly given to it. Peter wrote to warn the early Christian brethren that those who are faithful would experience sufferings. “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf”. (I Pet. 4:16 – All quotations from the King James Version of the Holy Bible unless otherwise noted) Then, a couple verses later, Peter says that those who “suffer according to the will of God” should “commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator”. (I Pet. 4:19 – emphasis mine). Someone said church members should be more involved, and a Bible man stood up and said “no, Christians should be more COMMITTED”! In this writing, let us notice three areas that are seriously lacking commitment: The Christian home, our country, and the church. On July 10, 2010, I stood before God and an audience of people in Memphis, TN and committed myself to being Whitney’s husband. (Eph. 5:25) Furthermore, I committed myself to helping her on the journey to Heaven. This includes being the kind of husband that God has commanded me be. It also includes being the kind of father that God has commanded me be. (Eph. 6:4) We need men in our country who are willing to stand up, point, and lead their families to Calvary. We need ladies who are willing to serve in their special, very important, and God-given roles (Titus 2:3-5). We need a renewed commitment to the Christian home in 2012. Take a look at the latest statistics of moral decline. We can blame it on whomever we will, but I promise you a President and a Congress cannot fix it. It begins with individual Christians teaching the Bible and strengthening one another in their homes…then they go out into the world and teach others. (I Timothy 2:2) Nothing says, “you’re not important to me” like a father walking into the home in the afternoon with a cell phone still attached to his ear. Hang the phone up! Nothing says, “you’re not important to me” like a mother who is not concerned about her child’s well being. Nothing says to parents, “I don’t really care” like a teenager who is too busy texting to talk. Turn it off, put it down, and put our families back together! Mothers and Fathers – what are you teaching your children? God has placed them in your home for approximately 18 years to prepare them for eternity. God will hold each father responsible for the spiritual well being of his family. (I Tim. 2:9-15) Commit yourselves to God, then to each other, and finally to your children. What about commitment in our country? This author very well remembers being sworn in as an elected official in 2010. As I stood before the judge in the courtroom, I raised my right hand to repeat after him. That day, I committed myself to upholding the principles of the United States Constitution and the Tennessee State Constitution as I carried out the official duties of the office in which I serve. As a sworn, elected official this writer committed himself to preforming the obligations put before him so long as he remained in this role. We are blessed, very blessed to live in a country where such a gift as freedom abounds. However, commitment to God and the Bible among this country’s elected are scarce. Recently, David Fowler (who is the voice of morality at the Capitol in Nashville, TN) contacted me about certain issues that would be coming before our legislators in the coming year. The majority of our legislators have lost their touch with their commitment to the Bible and to the people who they represent. They have gotten in touch with the corporate liaisons that provide the monies for re-election and forgotten about their commitment to God. 2012 must be the year that our elected officials become committed to the teaching of morality within the pages of God’s Holy Word. The enemy says, “you can not legislate morality” but they’re “legislating immorality” every year they are in session! May God’s people rise up and demand that the Bible be this nation’s guide! God is calling us through His word to whole-hearted, 100%, full-time Christianity. (Rom. 12:1-2) We have enough half-hearted, part-time, 50% committed folks. What kind of member are you? Are you concerned? Are you convinced? Or are your committed? As we commit ourselves to God may He ever bless us and save us with Him for eternity


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Eli Towater and Robert Rowe are pictured with Congressman Stephen Fincher at the annual “Gathering of the Eagles� on February 11. Both boys were recognized with their families for receiving their Eagle Scout awards.

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Youth from Alamo First Christian Church hosted a delicious dinner for their church and friends for The Sweetheart Dance Banquet. Over 70 were in attendance, and helped raise money for the summer youth trips.

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Caption 1: Cub Scouts in Alamo, Bells, and Gadsden have been busy! In February, they participated in the Pinewood Derby and Boy Scout Sunday. March brought camp outs, bake sales, and space derby. On April 24, all dens and their families will host the Blue Gold Banquet at 6 p.m. at Alamo First Methodist Church. Caption 2: Pinewood Derby Winners, Best in Speed: Cash Piatt (2nd); Everett Tritt (3rd); and Jace Brown (1st). Caption 3: Pinewood Derby Winners, Best in Show: Elijah Torress (3rd); Alex Howard (2nd); and Chase Blankenship (1st).

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Freshman Chi Omegas from UTM (Sidney Sherrod) and UTK (Ashley Cochran) traveled to MTSU to see their friend Becca Richards help capture the first place trophy for the Theta Beta chapter during the Steppin’ Competition.

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Some of the Alamo City School art students with their teacher, Paige Joyner at the Awards Ceremony and Reception in Jackson, March 10.

Alamo City School students’ work on display at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, March 10, 2012. Twenty one finalists won 5 Blue Ribbons, 1 Honorable Mention, and 1 Top Overall Award this year.

Jacob Hamil, 5th grade, with his Honorable Mention, “The Firey Visit”

Allie’s artwork was on special display as one of the “big” winners. ALL students’ artwork from ACS can be viewed anytime by visiting the online art gallery at www.artsonia. com. Mrs. Joyner keeps a portfolio for each child throughout their ACS art career. Several gift/keepsake items are available featuring students’ artwork. The ACS art program receives 15% of any sales.

Allie Williams, (Kindergarten), won the Jordan Tang Prelude Award. Mr. Tang is the Conductor for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The award is for the top artwork from the Primary grades (K-2) from West TN participating schools. Allie received a trophy, t-shirt and cash award for her painting, “The Playful Otter” inspired by the musical selection, “Pizzicato.”


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Teacher of the Month We are honored to present April’s Teacher of the Month, Miss Ginna Cherry, who teaches art and music at Bells City Elementary School. Music is a passion of Cherry’s, and she’s always excited to share her passion with her students. “It’s easy for me to tie it in to everyday life, because music is so common in everybody’s life.” In June she’ll be getting married to Daniel Houston. We enjoyed learning more about her personal and professional life and we invite you to do the same! CR: Where did you go to college, and what degree did you earn? GC: I went to UT Martin, and I got a [bachelor’s] degree in music education with a voice emphasis. CR: What inspired you to become a music teacher? GC: I’ve always loved music. I started piano at the age of five, and I had a really great music teacher at my primary school, who is fabulous. So I’ve always had a music background. I went to Children’s Church Choir, and I took piano until the age of fifteen, and I started taking voice lessons around thirteen. In middle school I was in the band. [The school] didn’t have choir, and I [had] to have music in my life at some point during the day, so I just opted to do band. I did trumpet. I was in the high school band [too] in my freshman and sophomore year. When I got to high school, my choir director, who happened to be the choir director at my church, was awesome. He was just the best director, the best mentor, he always had the right things to say, and when it came down to how to decide for a major, I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll do music education,” but I talked to my choir director, and he thought it would be a really good fit, and it was. I thought all along that I wanted to be a high school or middle school choir director, and then I realized [during student teaching] that I really liked [the elementary school] age group. I just felt a lot more successful, and I was always happy at the end of the day. CR: Where did you do your student teaching? GC: I did my student teaching at the middle school and upper school at USJ, and then I did my elementary placement at Martin Primary School. Both of my cooperating teachers were awesome people. Dian Eddleman at USJ was a big help. Pam Sliger was at the primary school, and she was just wonderful, too. CR: What brought you to Bells City Elementary School? GC: It was through a mutual friend. Miss Elaine, who was the principal before Mr. Davy, contacted a friend, and he had one more year

of school left before he would be able to teach, so he recommended me, and I came for the interview, and that was that. CR: What are some of the challenges of teaching? GC: Being a first year teacher, it’s a year of learning. It’s hard for me to estimate how time consuming something would be for a grade level. CR: What are some of the rewards of teaching? GC: When I say “Our time is up,” and I hear that “Awww”: that little sigh of “I don’t want to leave,” and the hugs and the notes and the pictures and the “I love yous” and the high-fives. Children are so sweet. It’s rewarding for me when I’ve addressed a skill and for them to take it to the next level without me saying to at all. It’s neat to see them make the connection before I have to. CR: What are some of your hobbies/activities? GC: I also work at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, as the children’s choir director. I go to church there every Sunday, and I sing in the sanctuary choir as the soprano section leader. I enjoy going to the theater and going to see musicals. I enjoy travelling a lot. I don’t get to do it, but I love it. I like to make crafts, like on Pinterest. Right now, wedding planning, obviously. I still like to sing, and always keep up my repertoire of singing. I like to professionally develop myself. I try to go to the Tennessee Music Educators Conference; it’s in April every year. Last summer, I went to a singing workshop at Indiana University, which has the largest school-based opera program in the country. It was awesome. By: Kimberly Stolarick

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Lipstick in School According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses). To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror. There are teachers .. and then there are educators...(Siegel, M).

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New twist on spring and Easter decorating Eggs are symbolic of Easter. They’re colored, decorated, hidden, and used in decorative items for the home. The one caveat to eggs is that they are quite fragile, and even hard-boiled eggs can be rendered useless with one accidental drop or blow. Instead of relying on breakable eggs for Easter fun, consider making stronger ones instead. Symbolic of rebirth and renewal, eggs are an integral part of setting the scene come early spring. Selecting a less fragile material to create the looks of real eggs can increase the potential for using them in many different applications. One of the easiest ways to create harder-tobreak eggs is to make them out of clay. Modeling clay is a versatile medium that can be used to make everything from clay eggs to bunny figurines to religious items synonymous with Easter. A visit to the local craft store or even a chain retailer will likely turn up different clay products, which come in a variety of colors. You can create pastel-colored clay by mixing primary colors with white clay if you cannot find pastel colors in the store. There are two main ways to create egg shapes out of a ball of clay. One way is to roll a ball out of the clay and then roll it vertically between your hands to make the smaller end of the egg. Another is to use a plastic egg as a mold and stuff the clay inside. Pop open the top of the plastic egg and then gently tap the clay out. You don’t even have to color your clay if you don’t feel up to it. You may also use white clay, allow to dry, and then paint them using acrylic paints. Mix two clay colors together before forming into an egg to achieve a marbled effect. Also think about adding embellishments like stickers, ribbon,

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USELESS FACTS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The only planet without a ring is earth. Wayne’s World was filmed in two weeks. If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode. The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots. Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.” A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of geese is called a gaggle. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament. The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister. Starfish don’t have brains. Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads. Did you know that the actor Jane Seymour’s birth name is: Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg. Roy Rogers name was Leonard Slye Dale Evans was Frances Octavia Smith. • The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin “tri-” + “via”, which means three streets. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streets in Rome, they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of”trivia.” • Henry VIII only had two of his wives executed; Anne Boleyn (#2) and Catherine Howard (#5). Catherine of Aragon (#1) died after he had divorced her, Jane Seymour (#3) died after childbirth (of Edward), Anne of Cleves (#4) died after he divorced her I would like to take this opportunity Katherine Parr (#6) actually outlived Henry.

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FUN FACTS FOR EACH STATE ALABAMA ................... Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

NEBRASKA ............... More triplets are born here than in any other state.

ALASKA .................... One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ...... Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

ARIZONA ................... Is the only state in the Continental U.S. that doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time.

NEW JERSEY ............ Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world. NEW MEXICO ............. Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

ARKANSAS ................ Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S. CALIFORNIA .............. Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

NEW YORK ................ Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk. NORTH CAROLINA ..... Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

COLORADO ............... In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics. CONNECTICUT ........... The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University.

NORTH DAKOTA ....... Rigby, North Dakota , is the exact geographic center of North America.

DELAWARE ............... Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

OHIO .......................... The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

FLORIDA ................... At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the U.S. ‘s largest city.

OKLAHOMA ............... The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

GEORGIA ................... It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola. HAWAII ..................... Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents in any other state.

OREGON .................... Has the most ghost towns in the country. PENNSYLVANIA ......... The smiley, : ) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

IDAHO ........................ TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922. ILLINOIS...................Has a Governor in jail. one pending jail & the most corrupt state in the union!

RHODE ISLAND ......... The nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673. SOUTH CAROLINA ..... Sumter County is home to the world’s largest gingko farm.

INDIANA ................Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters to Santa every year. IOWA.............Winnebago get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels. KANSAS ..................... Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The Wizard of Oz.

SOUTH DAKOTA ....... Is the only state that’s never had an earthquake. TENNESSEE ................ Nashville ‘s Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

KENTUCKY ................ Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

TEXAS ......................... Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco backin 1885. The Hamburger was invented in Arlington, Texas in 1906.

LOUISIANA ............... Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

UTAH ........................ The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

MAINE ...................... It’s so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined .

VERMONT .................. Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s.

MARYLAND .............. The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

VIRGINIA ................. Home of the world’s largest office building... The Pentagon. WASHINGTON ........... Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

MASSACHUSETTS ...... The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts. WASHINGTON D.C. .... Was the first planned capital in the world. MICHIGAN ................ Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world. MINNESOTA .............Bloomingtons Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you’d be there nearly four days. MISSISSIPPI ............. President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here... that’s how the teddy bear got it’s name.. MISSOURI ............... Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone. MONTANA .................. A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England.

WEST VIRGINIA ......... Had the world’s first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870. WISCONSIN ............... The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays. WYOMING ..................Was the first state to allow women to vote.

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Join the fun at the kick off to support the county wide clean up. Garbage bags will be distributed to anyone who needs them. Trashasaurus Rex and other volunteers will be in attendance to clean-up Crockett County. K-5 poster contest winners will be acknowledged and giveaways will be available. Civic groups, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to attend the kick-off to help make Crockett County a more beautiful place to live and work. To Volunteer for street/road clean-up, call the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce at 696-5120 for more information.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE CROCKETT ROCKET? Dickie and Lyn Ward recently traveled to San Diego, CA. to visit Lynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Nick McGullion who is a United State Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. We enjoyed this day at the San Diego Zoo along with Nick and his friend Cora.

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One Year Post “No Mo Chemo” Celebration Hannah Sports A Ponytail By: Bessie Cherry Heath and Pam Ellis, of Gates, are celebrating the goodness of God once again, as this month marks one year that their daughter, Hannah, 5, underwent her last chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Hannah was diagnosed August 14, 2008, at age 15 months, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Within two weeks of her diagnosis, Hannah made a miraculous recovery and was deemed “cancer free” after only limited rounds of Vincristine, Daunorubicin and PEG Asparaginase chemotherapies. However, in order to prevent relapse, it was recommended by specialists that Hannah undergo “chemo” once a week or once every two weeks for approximately three years. According to Pam, the chemo made Hannah sick, and she also lost her hair. One year to the month (this month) that the chemo was discontinued, the cancer, thankfully, still has not come back, but Hannah’s hair has! Just this month, Hannah’s hair has grown long enough to sport her very first ponytail! Seems like such a small miracle, but to the Ellis family, it’s monumental. The past several years have been trying for the Ellis family, as they have had to endure the emotional hardships of watching their daughter undergo treatments and surgeries, such as bone marrow aspirations, suffering the harmful side effects of “chemo” even while in remission, praying the cancer would not come back. “The past several years have been difficult, but we are thankful and blessed,” says Pam. “Our family is stronger and closer now than ever.” Haley, Hannah’s big sister, as well as the rest of the family, wore “No Mo Chemo” T-shirts last spring in celebration of Hannah’s last round of chemotherapies. Heath and Pam say they are looking forward to living a normal life, with their two happy, healthy, beautiful daughters. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital accredits Hannah’s pediatrician for carefully observing her symptoms and referring her to a hospital where she could be properly diagnosed. Pam said when Hannah first became ill with ALL, she really didn’t know what was wrong with her daughter. “Hannah had been irritable, crying more than usual for about two weeks; then she began running a fever,” said Pam. “She also had not started walking, which is very unusual for a child over a year old.” Pam then took Hannah to her pediatrician; after a series of blood tests, she was referred to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, where it was confirmed that she did indeed have ALL. She was then referred to St. Jude by LeBonheur. According to Pam, the doctors say that the reason Hannah’s body warded off the disease fairly easily is because it was caught and treated during its early stages. Pam says her advice to other parents would be not to wait to take a child to the doctor if he or she gets ill or begins acting differently, especially if the child is running fever. This August will mark Hannah’s fourth year in remission. The family is grateful that Hannah is cancer free. The Ellis family would like to thank the community for prayers and otherwise during the time of Hannah’s illness.


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Maury City Elementary School kindergarten teacher Abbey Floyd had a surprise visit from WBBJ TV of Jackson last week. She was awarded the Educator of the Week honor. This is Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second year to teach kindergarten. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her students are always actively involved in their learning through singing, dancing, and technology. This educator truly loves her job and it shows. She says that she feels very fortunate to be working at her dream job. The students here at MCE are very fortunate to have such a caring, enthusiastic, hard working, and wonderful kindergarten teacher. We love you, Ms. Abbey!

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Crockett County Celebrates Girl Scouts This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of Girl Scouts, which has spurred thousands of celebrations across the country. Crockett County held two celebrations to commemorate past and present Girl Scouts. On March 10, Girl Scout alumnae, along with friends and family, gathered at the Friendship Community Center to relish fun memories with a ceremony that included a reenactment of a troop meeting, and the opening of their time capsule. The event was led by former troop leaders Lisa Brasfield and Tiffany Burge. “These are leaders in the making,” Burge stated proudly of the young women in attendance. “My fondest memories are of the girls, and the things we experienced.” On March 12, a second ceremony was held at the Alamo Courthouse. A proclamation, signed by Crockett County Mayor Gary Reasons, was read at the event, declaring March 2012 Girl Scout Month. Both the Friendship and Alamo events had candlelight ceremonies, where Girl Scout promises were recited by alumnae members and leaders. A time capsule was present at this event as well. The time capsule, which was built by former Westinghouse Manger Gene Gillespie, was buried in 1987. Former Troop Leader Renee Martin, who has the honor of being at the burial and opening of the time capsule, recalled the day the capsule was buried twenty-five years ago. “Girl Scouting has been a way of life for me,” says Martin, who considers Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low as a “heroine.” The crowd gathered around the time capsule as it was opened, passing around treasured items from years past. Everyone was encouraged to bring in items to be buried in a new capsule, which was buried that month. This capsule will be opened in 2037. 4 By: Kimberly Stolarick

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Caption 1: A former Girl Scout takes part in the candlelight ceremony at the Friendship event. Caption 2: At the Friendship celebration, alumnae look at pieces of troop history from their time capsule. Caption 3: The Alamo celebration was coordinated by: 1987 Town Chairman Deborah McLean, 1987 Troop Leader Ronde Howell, 1987 Westinghouse Manager Gene Gillespie, 1987 Troop Leader Renee Martin, and 2012 County Chair Catherine Legions. Caption 4: Daisy Leader Kelly Evans and her daughters Robin, Kate, and Joy. The Evans girls were honored to be a part of the color guard at the Alamo event.

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Senator Finney and Representative Fitzhugh meet with District Adult Education Directors On Friday, March 16, 2012, Senator Lowe Finney met with the Adult Education Directors from each county within his district. Crockett County Adult Education hosted the meeting at the new Crockett County Higher Education Center. Those in attendance were: Senator Lowe Finney; Representative Craig Fitzhugh; Yvette Dixon, AE Director from Lauderdale County; Amanda Bevis, AE Director from Madison County; Beth Feith, AE Director from Dyer County and Rebekah White-Williams, AE Director from Crockett County. Many topics and concerns were addressed and discussed with both Senator Finney and Representative Fitzhugh, who showed interest and concerns. Main concerns discussed were upcoming budget cuts and the changes on the new 2014 GED, both in structure and cost. Both Senator Finney and Representative Fitzhugh listened intently over those concerns. Both the senator and representative showed their appreciation for each programs time and efforts in working with the individuals we work with. Following the meeting Senator Finney and some of the AE Directors were taken on a tour of the new facility.

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Dancing with the Crockett Stars On March 24, 2012 the Carl Perkins Center of Crockett County held Dancing with the Crockett Stars at Bells Elementary School. There were seven couples featured at the event. With a little over 400 in attendance $29,000 was raised with all of the proceeds staying in Crockett County. The Center would like to thank everyone that had a part in making this event a success and say that they are blessed to have such outstanding support. Remember, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Carl Perkins Center will be promoting child abuse awareness throughout the county. For more information on the Center’s awareness-building for this month, call 731- 696-2452 or 731-696-3064.

The Flamingoites: Lauren Castellaw with Carmen and Beau Spraggins. The Dance Champions were Patrick Conley and Sarah Conley, and the People’s Choice Award went to “Chaz Bono Bailey” (Anna Bailey) and Dottie Rinks.

The Judges: Troy Klyce, Melissa Cox-Rayner, Gwelda Allen, and Brooks Rawson.


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NOAH: A Source of Help and Hope

In times of tragedy and grief, it helps to know that you’re not alone. In Crockett County, compassionate individuals have made it their mission to help others who are facing personal crises, banding together to offer hope and aid. One of the county’s most reliable sources of help is NOAH. The organization that would become known as NOAH (Neighbors Offering Hope and Assistance) first met on November 21, 2004, at the Crockett Mills Community Center. “The meeting was held to see if there was enough interest in Crockett County to form an organization to help people in our own county with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses and events such as accidents and house fires,” states NOAH member Carolyn Prescott. “We would also assist in finding help through other agencies if we couldn’t help.” Looking to similar groups in other counties as a model, the plan to begin this organization in the county was set in motion. In early 2005, the organization was officially deemed “NOAH.” It The Finchers was decided that each town would have a director on the board with one at-large director. For the last two years, NOAH has met quarterly at the Alamo Courthouse on the second Sunday of the month, at 2 p.m. One of the main ways to fund NOAH is by making a memorial donation in memory or in honor of someone, which is then listed in our local paper; cards are sent to the family about the donation being given. It really helps if NOAH is mentioned in the obituary, too. Envelopes are also placed around in different areas for people to pick up. NOAH provides much to those in the community, including baskets filled with needed items that are sent to hospitals for patients who have spent at least three days there. “They’ve been called a ‘bottomless pit’ because of Ruan Jones knowing from experience what is needed,” says Prescott. “She depends on others to let her know and have someone lined up to deliver the baskets, so please do that if you know someone who has been in the hospital for that long or longer and she would be happy to send one.” All are invited to attend NOAH’s annual fundraising event, which will be held on April 14, 2012. This event is always held on the Saturday night after Easter at the Crockett Mills Community Center 213 E. Lafayette - Jackson, TN 38301 (which is always available to NOAH, free of charge). A few changes have been made due to the success of past years. The price has been raised to $6 for an all-you-can eat spaghetti supper, because they (PDLOWKXJKHV#KPGGSDFRP have desserts made and donated now made by various good cooks throughout the county. The spaghetti supper begins at 5 p.m., with take-outs beginning at 4 p.m. The cake walk starts at 5: 30 p.m. The Finchers will be singing at 7 p.m. “This is a great group who always donate their time and talents to God and NOAH,” says Prescott. The ‡&ULPLQDO'HIHQVH admission to the fundraising event is free, but a good will offering ‡3UREDWHDQG(VWDWHV is taken, with every penny going to help others in need. An auction with lots of good donated items starts around 8 p.m. Donated baked ‡5HDO(VWDWH goods are at the silent auction, which goes on during the live auction. ‡3HUVRQDO,QMXU\ “Generous businesses and people give all these items to lend a help‡:RUNHUV ing hand during hard times. No one is paid a salary and everything &RPSHQVDWLRQ done is donated, even most of the expenses,” states Prescott. ‡6RFLDO6HFXULW\ NOAH hopes you’ll come out and enjoy a night of fun, food, 'LVDELOLW\ great singing, and fellowship, because, says Prescott, “without God and your support, NOAH can’t function!” For more information on ‡'LYRUFH NOAH, please contact Mary Marvin at 677-2187 or Carolyn Prescott ‡%DQNUXSWF\ at 656-2979. By: Kimberly Stolarick

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Bells Nursing & Rehab Center Celebrates On March 23, 2012, Bells Nursing & Rehab Center celebrated 23 years of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living, Laughing & Lovingâ&#x20AC;? with long-term residents and their families. Administrator, Craig Laman and Director of Nursing, Debbie Hughes thanked employees for all their hard work and dedication to the residents and the facility. As employees had snacks and drinks,, special staff members were presented with appreciation awards, certificates and pins for their various years of service.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2012 The “Luck of the Irish” was the theme for the St. Paddy’s Day party at Bells Nursing & Rehab Center on March 16, 2012. The Partygoers wore all shades of green and were given “GREEN” hair, hats and leis as they arrived. Lime sherbet, green “poke” cake with green icing & sparkles and green strawberry-kiwi punch were served after residents had their “LUCKY” pictures made.


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