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Retirement Reception Held For Clerk & Master Nancy Evans On December 28 a retirement reception was held for Clerk & Master Nancy Evans at the Crockett County Courthouse in Alamo. Many friends, family members, and fellow colleagues stopped by to wish her well.



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THE CROCKETT ROCKET TEAM P.O. Box 425 Alamo, TN 38001 731-414-4924

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Each day we convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, start a family, etc. We often tell ourselves that our life will be complete when we when we get a better job, nicer car, go on a nice vacation, or when we retire. The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy. We often dwell on the negative and do not see the beauty of life that God has given each one of us. Happiness is the way, so treasure every moment that you have and remember that time waits for no one.

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Bessie Cherry Reporter

Bells Elementary Student Council wanted to help spread the joy in giving by sponsoring a food drive. All donations went to our local food bank and will surely help those in need during this holiday season. Students were encouraged to make healthy considerations when bringing in nonperishable items that could be stored and distributed to local families during the holiday season. Items were collected for two weeks and a total of 1,033 items were donated to the local Food Bank! Mrs. Kim Averitt’s Kindergarten class won a pizza party for having the highest total items donated in their class!!!

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The Crockett County Republican Party will elect new officers for 2013-2014 at its Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, meeting. The party will meet in convention at 7 p.m. at the Crockett County Courthouse in Alamo. This meeting will be to nominate and elect party officers for 2013-2014. All Crockett County Republicans are urged to attend and participate in the process. For more information, please contact John N. Yearwood at (731) 696-5180.



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Congratulations to Mrs. Jan Thompson: 2013’s First Crockett Co. Teacher of the Month By: Bessie Cherry Mrs. Jan Thompson, a third grade teacher at Alamo Elementary School is awarded by The Crockett Rocket as this year’s First “Teacher of the Month.” Mrs. Jan has been teaching for 32 years, and says she has no intentions of stopping now, though she was eligible for retirement two years ago. Teaching is primarily Mrs. Jan’s life, as she says she feels it was embedded into her soul even before birth. “My entire life, I wanted to be a teacher; there was just no question about it,” says Mrs. Jan. Of course, she admits that she “played school” often, as a child, and was always the teacher. “As long as I feel I am an effective teacher, and God gives me the ability, strength and energy to do so, then I will continue to teach,” says Mrs. Jan, who began her career in Elementary Education upon graduating with an undergraduate, Bachelor’s of Science Degree, in Elementary Education from Union University, located in Jackson, Tenn. “I taught in Trenton from 1981 until 1987 and loved it; but, I had married my husband, Gaylon Thompson, who is from Alamo, and I wanted our daughter to go to school where she lived, not where I was teaching. So, I called former Superintendent Virginia Mohundro, who was “then” Mrs. Jan Thompson, a third grade Math teacher at Alamo Elementary School is Superintendent of Alamo Schools, told her my situation, and everything awarded by The Crockett Rocket as this just fell into place and worked out perfectly. “I was hired at Alamo Elementary in 1987 and have had no inclina- year’s First “Teacher of the Month.” Mrs. tion whatsoever to move elsewhere; this is home,” says Mrs. Jan, who Jan has been teaching for 32 years, and says that she feels so fortunate that both her daughter, Natalie, now a says she has no intentions of stopping now, Registered Nurse at Jackson General Hospital, and her son, J.D., cur- though she was eligible for retirement two rently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Jour- years ago. “As long as I feel I am an effecnalism and Political Science (and who will also soon be interning at tive teacher, and God gives me the ability, the Capitol in Nashville, Tenn.) had the privilege of attending Alamo strength and energy to do so, then I will continue to teach,” says Mrs. Jan, who Public Schools. “This school system is the best,” says Mrs. Jan Thompson. “Alamo began her career in Elementary Education Schools truly care about the kids; administration always backs up its upon graduating with an undergraduate, teachers, faculty and staff. It’s just a good place to be,” adds Mrs. Jan. Bachelor’s of Science Degree, in Elementary Education from Union University, Before becoming a third grade teacher at Alamo Elementary, Mrs. Jan located in Jackson, Tenn. was a kindergarten teacher there. According to Mrs. Jan, it was a fearful step to take from being a kindergarten teacher to a third grade teacher. “When I taught kindergarten, I didn’t think I’d ever want to teach any other grade level. It’s so special being a kindergarten teacher because you are a child’s first teacher, and they love you and learn first from you. They also need you to wipe their little noses from time to time and tie their little shoes, which I did often with pure love from my heart,” says Mrs. Jan. “When I moved to teaching third grade Mathematics, I realized, the kids were a little more mature but needed just as much love as well, just a different kind of love, more of an attentive love,” says Mrs. Jan, who says she plans on teaching third grade Math at Alamo Elementary until she does indeed retire. Third grade at Alamo Elementary is (continued on page 7)

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(continued from page 6) “Departmentalized,” meaning, of four teachers, Mrs. Jan teaches Math, another third grade teacher teaches Reading, another teaches English and another teaches Science and Social Studies. According to Mrs. Jan, all four third grade teachers work perfectly well together with their students. “We all just belong together,” says Mrs. Jan, who says, “Even our custodian, Mr. Tony, loves the kids, and they love him just as much if not more.” Mrs. Jan says after thirty-two years of teaching, she’s taught so many students and come into contact with so many parents, that the most rewarding part of being a teacher has been when some of her former students come back to see her and are now nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors of sorts, lawyers, preachers, etc., and they look at her and say, “Mrs. Jan, do you remember that time we…” “And they’ll start talking about something we had done during class that I’d totally forgotten about as the years passed by, until they stop by and bring it back to mind; it’s an amazing feeling to know that they remember their class doing whatever particular activity we had done back then! I, personally, can’t believe I’ve touched lives like that,” says Mrs. Jan. “I’m not just proud of my students who went on to further their education. I’m just as proud of the students I taught who became physical laborers, factory workers, housewives, and great mothers and fathers,” says Mrs. Jan. “I’ve had a lot of special kids and parents who have come through here; I’ve learned a lot about being a parent myself from some of the great parents who’ve come through my classes on behalf of their children at Alamo Elementary.” On a personal note, Mrs. Jan Thompson says she and her husband Gaylon, who is U.S. Mail carrier and Martial Arts instructor in Alamo, Mr. Gaylon holding a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, both have a “love for learning,” as does their son and daughter. “When we go on vacations, we are interested in learning everything there is to know about the places we visit,” says Mrs. Jan. “We ask a lot of questions; but as I tell my students, you will never know the answer to any question unless you ask.” Reporter’s note: Mrs. Jan Thompson, The Crockett Rocket most certainly believes you’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty as an elementary educator, and we are honored to give you the title of 2013’s First “Teacher of the Month!” You have done and continue to do such an honorable job at what you do best: TEACH! You mentioned that your son, J.D., is a sophomore at MTSU, majoring in Journalism and Political Science and will soon be interning at the Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. We wish him much success Attorney at Law with his forthcoming career. And as a mother, you said, “I know he’s my son, but I feel J.D. could be President of the United States one day.” I, Bessie Cherry, reporter for The Crockett Rocket say, “Go ahead and speak those dreams for your son into manifestation! Anything is absolutely possible with Jesus Christ!”

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Leadership Crockett County Class of 2013

Leadership Crockett County consists of eight sessions that span from October 2012 to April 2013. LCC has completed six sessions thus far. Leadership Crockett County met on November 28 to explore aspects of small business and economic development in Crockett County. This session was lead by Charlie Moore, Woodmen of the World, and Roberta Lumpkin, Extension Office. The group visited many businesses within the county which included: McDonald’s, Henderson Photography, TEC, and The Front Porch Restaurant. The group visited various industries located throughout the county: Moore Pumps, Inc., Advantage Manufacturing, RDS LLC, and ABB. Leadership Crockett County explored the neighboring community of Lauderdale County on December 12. This session was lead by Virginia Smith, Ambassador of the Crockett County Chamber of Commerce. The group toured downtown Ripley and the Alex Haley Museum located in Henning. LCC enjoyed lunch at Charlene’s Colony of Shops located in Halls. The final tour of the day was at the Halls Air Base Museum. Transportation was provided by NWTHRA (Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency). The last two sessions will be the State Government session on February 12 and Quality of Life session on March 25 and 26. Crockett Youth Leadership orientation will begin xÓÓÊ>ˆ˜Ê-ÌÀiiÌÊUÊÀˆi˜`ň« January 24. Deadline for applications will be January 16. For more information about Leadership Crockett County or Crockett Youth Leadership, please contact the Chamber of Hours: Monday Friday Hours: Mon, Tues,- Wed, Fri8:00 - 8:00a.m. a.m.- -5:00 4:30 p.m. p.m. Commerce at 731-696-5120 or contact@crockettchamber. JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING com.

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New Business Provides In-Home Care for Seniors in West Tennessee As the senior population is beginning to create a tremendous social and economic impact throughout Tennessee, new business owners Steve and Donna Smith are excited about their senior care business, which opened for business in January of 2012. In Tennessee alone, the senior population is projected to double in the next 20 years and Touching Hearts will help satisfy the area’s need for in-home services. Touching Hearts at Home is a local non-medical home care agency that provides the type of service that helps seniors who desire to stay home, but need some assistance to do so. Smiths use the philosophy that they wouldn’t place a caregiver in someone’s home that they wouldn’t place in their own parent’s home and offer a very affordable service. In many cases, home care is all that’s needed to keep a senior happy and at home. For as little as a few hours per week to as many as 24-hours a day, including weekends and holidays, Touching Hearts offers a variety of personalized and flexible home care services. Services offered include companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation, laundry, and assistance with bathing, grooming and mobility. Touching Hearts at Home is licensed by the State, and all Caregivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. In addition, Touching Hearts at Home provides special rates to Veterans, as well as assistance with funding access. Renae Olafson, Founder of Touching Hearts at Home’s franchise system, was raised in West Central MN with eight (8) siblings and founded the company based on the ideals and caring nature of her parents, Walter and Melvina Peterson. She states, “Steve and Donna have set the foundation for their business’s success by completing our Touching Hearts Training Academy. They are committed to providing the finest non-medical homecare in West Tennessee using our proven and successful operating system, their business acumen and a passion for helping others.� Touching Hearts at Home is centrally located in the service area that covers much of West Tennessee and is located at 1110 South Main Street in Milan, Tn. For information with regard to Touching Hearts at Home services or employment opportunities, call 731-613-2526, or email our office at, or visit our website at Touching Hearts, Inc. is a national faith based and fortune 500 corporation with franchise offices throughout the United States. Corporate headquarters are located in St. Paul, MN.

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FABULOUS FRIDAYS at Bells Elementary

Fridays are FABULOUS at Bells Elementary! One Friday each nine weeks students can stay afterschool to learn a variety of new things. The first Friday 114 students stayed afterschool and made bracelets, designed comic strips on the computer, decorated candles with screenprints, decorated pumpkins and learned Spanish. More activities are planned to take place throughout the remainder of the school year for more learning and fun together!

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This “Thank You� is filled with a special love for my wonderful family, neighbors, doctors, friends, church family and the many churches who have me on their prayer list. My cancer diagnosis has been a battle I could not fight alone but I feel your love and emotional strength thru the many visits, calls, cards, and prayers I receive daily. I love the people for being there for me in this difficult time. Long talks with old and new friends keep me strong. The battle continues but I am surrounded by a group of doctors who care. Dr. Kelley, Dr. McGowan, and Dr. Mullins and the staff at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. God bless them for helping me in my time of need. Their strength has given me hope.

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Throughout the country, schools and communities are reminded of the dangers of drugs and the importance of education during this special time of the year. Bells Elementary celebrated the importance of leading a drug-free life by observing the following ‘spirit’ days during the week of October 22-26, 2012Parents were encouraged to participate by displaying red ribbons and talking to their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. They received information about the week as well as resources that could help them support the efforts beyond school and into their homes and our community. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.

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Bells Elementary Observes National Bullying Awareness Week Though some may dismiss bullying as “just a part of growing up,� the truth is that bullying is an abusive behavior that has serious consequences for all involved. Bullying can be disastrous for victims. Students who are targeted by bullies report low self-esteem, depression, living in fear and torment, poor academic achievement and emotional turmoil. The consequences of bullying extend to bystanders as well. Witnesses to bullying often suffer from feelings of helplessness and poor coping and problem-solving skills. Studies show that children who witness bullying incidents experience significant fear and anxiety. The bully himself faces consequences such as poor social and emotional adjustment, isolation, poor performance in school and an increased likelihood to commit crimes later in life. Use Bullying Awareness Week to provide the tools that a school needs to stamp out bullying. As students learn to recognize bullying behaviors, understand what motivates bullies, devise new strategies for standing up to bullies and realize the need to seek adult help, the school climate will continue to be the healthy, safe place for growth that each student deserves. Students listened to special morning announcements about bullying reminding them of the strategies they can use and people to talk to about bullying. They also participated in classroom lessons that shared more of the important information they need to maintain that awareness because that awareness is the key to keeping Bells Elementary such a safe and great place to learn everyday. Students always need to know there are safe home, school and community helpers that are willing to help! Talk to your kids about what they know about bullying! Check out more bullying information at on the Guidance page by clicking on Links!

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Ms. Krista Kail’s 4th grade class at Maury City Elementary was adopted by the University of Florida as part of their college bound program. Students were excited to receive t- shirts from the UF athletic department. These little gators will graduate from college in 2025!

As a member of the No Excuses Program at Maury City, each class is adopted by a college. Recently a few of Mrs. Abbey Floyd’s Kindergarten students went to the University of Southern Mississippi football game in Memphis to support the Golden Eagles. Jiorgia Elmore and Rachel Jordan were able to meet the football players and the cheerleaders!

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Field Trip To Bethel University The fourth grade students from Maury City Elementary School were privileged to take a field trip to Bethel University on November 30, 2012. We began our day with Mike Parker, the COO of Bethel University. He believes that college is an option for every child. The various athletic teams welcomed our students into their designated areas of the campus. Many coaches even took time out of their day to share words of encouragement for kids on the playing field as well as in the classroom. The red carpet was rolled out as we toured the campus. Members of the Renaissance Performing Choir spent time with the students teaching them dances and songs. Bethel provided a Chick Fil A lunch and this time was spent with the Bethel wildcat and the Chick Fil A cow. After lunch the students were shown Wildcat Stadium, student dorms, and academic buildings. We left Bethel with a new sense of hope and anticipation for our future in college. It was evident that this was a day that will forever be engrained in the minds of our students. For the first time in many of these students lives, college was more than a fleeting thought and became an achievable goal for everyone.

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In Loving Memory of Mr. J.D. Lilly: A Crockett County Man of Faith, Love and Longevity

By: Bessie Cherry “When you get to be three score and ten, you’ve had it!” Mr. Hal Redmond would say, jokingly, to one of his best friends, Mr. J.D. Lilly, before church or during a church service break at the Maury City Church of Christ, in Crockett County, while sliding his forehand, minus his thumb, across, his own throat as a gesture of body language as if to say, “The show should be over for you by now,” laughingly says, the wife of the late, Mr. J.D. Lilly, Mrs. Mabel Austin Lilly, who will turn 90 years old this summer; the Lillys celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary November 29, 2011. As a score is twenty years, Mr. Lilly proved to have longevity in his bones; his daughter, Pat Lilly Hargett, quickly pointing out the fact that her beloved father lived even a score and almost two years longer than his playful, lifelong friend joked about life being over for a man who had lived “three score [sixty] and ten [years]” which would be 70 years old. Mr. Lilly passed away October 14, 2012, at the age of 91, approximately two weeks shy of his 92nd birthday, which would have been held on October 27, 2012. With the exception of working as a laborer in Memphis, Tennessee at Fisher Air Craft in the early 40s, and also being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, Mr. Lilly, was soon released from the U.S. Army, with a fully honorable discharge due to being a chronic asthmatic. He returned home to his bride, his high school sweetheart, who was expecting their first child, Kenneth Austin Lilly. Mrs. Lilly says before she and Mr. J.D. were married, her father and mother owned and operated a “general store,” which they ran from the front yard of their home. According to Mrs. Mabel, Mr. J.D. would secretly “court,” her while visiting her, on and around the front porch of her parents’ home as they ran the general store. Mrs. Mabel also had a business of her own to tend to back in those days: a pecan orchard, located just northwest of her home, Mrs. Mabel was responsible for taking care of the pecan orchard, picking the pecans, sometimes shelling them and also selling them for her own extra money. “J.D. said the first time he ever saw me I was climbing a pecan tree,” said Mrs. Mabel, reminiscing on days long gone. Mr. J.D. was the only man Mrs. Mabel ever had the chance to date because, “he was so jealous he wouldn’t let anyone else around me,” says Mrs. Mabel, again reminiscing on days of old. The couple was married on November 29, 1941; and, Mr. J.D. Lilly immediately began helping her father, the late John Austin, at their family cotton gin in Maury City. According to both Mrs. Lilly, as well as Mrs. Pat L. Hargett, the Lilly’s daughter, Mr. Lilly had a natural knack for the ginning business. “He had a natural inclination for electrical work and fixing machinery; he did indeed prove to be an irreplaceable addition to the family business,” says both Mrs. Lilly and daughter, Pat. During the next few years, the Lillys begat two more children besides Kenneth, as stated above: an only daughter, Pat Lilly Hargett, and another son, Dana A. Lilly. Sadly, Kenneth passed away before his own father on December 16, 2011, of an apparent heart attack, according to his sister Pat. The family was absolutely shocked at the passing of Kenneth, the Lilly’s oldest son and oldest sibling of Pat and Dana, as the Lillys neither expected to lose a child during their lifetime, nor did Kenneth’s siblings expect to lose a brother before they would have expected to lose a parent. After approximately forty years in the cotton ginning business in the Maury City area, Mr. J.D. Lilly decided to expound upon the cotton ginning business within Crockett County. In 1980, Mr. J.D. Lilly bought the old Co-Op Farmers’ Gin in Alamo, just east of Maury City on U.S. Highway 54. Due to a signed contract by the late John Austin, concerning cotton ginning competition within the county, Mrs. Lilly’s late father could not expand competition and buy the gin in Alamo himself. Therefore, he was not able to buy into the new cotton gin that his son-in-law, Mr. JD. purchased in Alamo until 5 years later. Business was good and the father and son-in-law team worked well together, eventually changing the name of the Alamo cotton gin to Austin-Lilly Gin. After 36 years in the cotton ginning business, Mr. Lilly sold the Alamo gin to his daughter Pat and her husband Jimmy Hargett, still helping when needed, until they sold the Alamo cotton gin in1992. The Lilly’s had worked, and they had worked hard. It was time to enjoy some of the prosperity they’d saved during their years of labor. During the 90s, the Lillys enjoyed traveling in the “Avion Club;” traveling nationwide, sometimes spending the winters in a Park Model, one of their favorite places being Tavares, Florida, about 30 miles from Orlando, Florida.

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“Those were some of the best memories of my life with my husband,” says Mrs. Lilly, “We had a lot of good times traveling the nation and meeting so many people, making friends everywhere and keeping in touch with them. Some of them I still hear from, from time to time,” says Mrs. Lilly. Mr. Lilly also became an avid golfer upon his retirement. However, in 1999, unexpected health problems struck Mr. Lilly. According to Mr. Lilly’s daughter, in 1999, Mr. Lilly went to the hospital thinking he was having heart problems. However, the doctor diagnosed him as having gall stones and scheduled an almost immediate gall bladder surgery. The surgery did not go as the doctors expected, says, Mr. Lilly’s daughter. “The doctor said that one of the clips came off during his operation and the operation was immediately stopped.” According to Mrs. Pat, Mr. Lilly’s daughter, he was in the Intensive Care Unit for 58 days. “Though doctors and nurses both had practically ‘given Mr. Lilly up for dead,’ against all odds, he recovered after 9 months. However, just before Mr. Lilly’s release, Mrs. Lilly, tripped over a nurse’s cord in July of 2000 and broke her hip. “It was awful, Daddy was on one floor of the hospital, and Mother was on another floor of the same hospital,” said Mrs. Pat. Once the Lillys both somewhat recovered, Dana, the youngest son of the Lilly’s, set up a hospital bed for his father, determined to keep both of his parents at home, without the help of nursing care, home health or placement in a skilled facility. The couple did well until around 2010 or 2011, when Mrs. Lilly tripped over a cord connected to the in-home hospital bed, fell and broke her other hip. Mrs. Lilly, then, was forced to go to rehab at Alamo Nursing and Rehab. Once she was better, she was indeed discharged, and came back home. The family said they struggled with trying to keep Mr. Lilly at home, with their mother being so fragile and approaching 90 years old while his health continued deteriorating to the point of him falling so much that they sat down with Mr. J.D. and had a talk about him going into Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation because of his frequently falling, and hurting himself at home. Mr. Lilly agreed to go to the facility, where he spent the last 13 months of his life. Though his last months were very tough on him physically; he aspirated when he drank liquids, couldn’t swallow well, etc., his daughter Mrs. Pat says, “Even while in the nursing facility, he still did his best to attend church. My brother, Dana, would go get him because Dana was big enough to help do the lifting needed that we girls [she and her mother] were not able to do. According to Mrs. Pat, her father was known as a very good singer at Maury City Church of Christ and often led singing when he was younger and able. Many at Maury City Church of Christ say they truly miss Mr. J.D. singing at church and his presence is missed as well. Daughter of Mr. Lilly, Mrs. Pat says, “My father was a good provider and hard worker. I enjoyed keeping his books. As a child, my fondest memories were of him taking us [children] water skiing at the Tennessee River. Most of all, he was a faithful Christian man who loved his family dearly,” says Mrs. Pat. According to Mrs. Pat, it was a blessing that her father had a living will that stated that he did not want any type of life support, as that would have been a difficult decision for the family to make for him many times. “We were glad he made that decision for himself; that way we knew what his wishes were when the time came for our Lord Jesus Christ to take him home,” says Mrs. Pat. Mr. J.D. Lilly passed away just after midnight on October 14, 2012. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Lilly. Mr. Lilly left behind a wife of almost 71 years, Mrs. Mabel Lilly, a daughter, Mrs. Pat L. Hargett and a son Dana A. Lilly, 7 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Both his visitation and funeral services were held at Maury City Church of Christ. Burial services for Mr. Lilly were held at Maury City Cemetery. Memorial flowers were sent by family and friends; however, at the request of the family, instead of flowers, family and friends of Mr. J.D. Lilly were asked to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of spending money on flowers, as Mr. Lilly’s granddaughter, Lilly Martin, had brain surgery in order to remove a benign brain tumor in March of 2001. Lilly always speaks at the annual St. Jude Trail Ride; the cause is very important to the Lilly and Hargett families. Being that Mr. Lilly’s passing came in mid October, it seemed so appropriate that cotton season would be in full bloom, as cotton had been a part of his life for most all of his life. A family “Paul spray” was created of fresh cotton, fall leaves and grasses. “It was just so appropriate and beautiful,” says Mr. Lilly’s only daughter. “He would’ve been so proud of the funeral service and everything else about his homecoming celebration into the hands of his Lord Jesus Christ,” added Mr. J.D. Lilly’s only daughter, Mrs. Pat. Reporter’s note: The Crockett Rocket would like for the family of Mr. J.D. Lilly to know that we understand how hard it is to lose a loved one no matter what their age. I, Bessie Cherry, reporter for The Crockett Rocket, hope on behalf of this newspaper, as well as myself, that each and every family member of Mr. J.D. Lilly had the Merriest of Christmases under the circumstances. You have our most sincere wishes for the Happiest of New Years to come. May God bless and keep each and every one of you.


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Moments with a Minister RESOLUTIONS THAT STICK

Are you a resolution-making kind of person? Some put their foot down and say, “I don’t make resolutions because I disappoint myself”. However, it’s actually quite compatible with matters of faith. It took a growling stomach and a gross pigpen, but the runaway son finally recognized the decision he needed to make: “I will arise and go to my father . . .” (Luke 15:18). “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”—Joshua’s famous resolution—has stirred many of us to make decisions with its power and simplicity. So if you’re planning to make a commitment or two at the beginning of 2013, particularly faith-based commitments/resolutions, you’re on pretty solid biblical ground. But you may be like many of us. In past years you’ve made them with gusto and broken them by March. Ever bought a One-Year Daily Bible and gotten bogged down by Deuteronomy in mid-February? Welcome to the crowd! But it can be better this year . . . here are three things that will help: 1. Trust in the power of God. You don’t have enough self-discipline, and neither do I. We just don’t, and we never will. But thankfully, it’s not up to us. “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Talk to God and admit that you simply don’t have the ability to make lasting change in yourself without His help. Ask Him to empower you through the Word to do what He wills. That’s where the real power lies. Pray that prayer today. . . and every day. 2. Commit small changes to God. If He chose to, God could make you into a spiritual giant by this time tomorrow, but that’s not the way He works. Abraham’s relationship with God was decades old by the time He displayed amazing faith in offering Isaac. God had been working on Moses for about 80 years before He finally sent him to Egypt to become Israel’s leader. So recognize that you’re not going to be a Bible Scholar or a willing Christian martyr in a few months. Begin with small changes, like committing to spend 15 minutes every morning with the Lord, or read two Bible chapters a day, or encourage three people every week with a note or call. Commit to small changes, and write them down (where you can find/see them)! 3. Be specific. “I’m going to pray more” and “I’m going to be more faithful” sound excellent, but they’re not helpful. The commitments you make need to be measurable in some way; you should be able to know whether or not you fulfilled them. “I will serve at a homeless shelter once every three months” is workable, but “I’m going to help the poor more this year” isn’t. It’s exciting, isn’t it? Another year lies ahead, and it’s neat to think about what God might do in us and in the world in the next 12 months. Let’s get off to a good start. Let’s commit ourselves to submitting to God so that He will do with us what He wants to do. If that happens, it’ll certainly be a good year! All the best to each of you!

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Local Residents Receive Degrees From Ut Martin MARTIN, Tenn. – Several Crockett County residents were among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during the recent fall commencement held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus. The students receiving undergraduate degrees were: • Alamo – Trent Kyle Davis, Hannah W. Powell, Krystal Dawn Watkins; • Gadsden – Kenneth Aaron Eudy, Brittany Nicole Gilliland, Luela Dianne Ingram, Betsy Renee Kail. The students receiving graduate degrees were: • Alamo – Chelsea Loren Peterson; • Bells –Kimberly Alisha Blackwell.

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Alamo Elementary School Honors Chorus performed their Christmas program at BNRC December 17. Residents and staff enjoyed a variety of holiday melodies. The students then greeted residents and sang Carols up and down the hallways.

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Gadsden Elementary School Chorus at BNRC

Gadsden Elementary School Chorus performed their 2012 Christmas Program at BNRC on Wednesday December 5, 2012. Residents and Staff enjoyed a medley of various Christmas songs. After the program, the students visited with residents and went caroling up and down the hallways. Ms. Louise Forsythe, resident at BNRC, especially enjoyed a hug from her Great Granddaughter, Megan.


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