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• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
Selmer man dies in crash Driver was fleeing from MHP BY STEVE BEAVERS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nathan Holt gets ready to cast his vote in the presidential mock election.
Students learn importance of voting BY STEVE BEAVERS email@example.com
Voting got under way a week early at Kossuth Elementary. Around 90 intellectually gifted students cast their vote in the 2012 Presidential Election. The mock election was part of the Promote to Vote education project sponsored by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. Participating schools have until 3 p.m today for students to cast their ballot for either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney. “The kids have really been ex-
cited,” said gifted teacher Sandy Blackard as students went into a booth to vote via the internet. Kossuth Elementary is among several local schools taking part in Promote the Vote. Alcorn Central Middle School, Biggersville Elementary, Biggersville High School, Corinth Elementary and Corinth Middle School also participated in the mock election. “I thought it was fun to learn how to vote,” said KES fourth grade student Jamie Hajek. Hajek’s classmate, Jes Patrick, said he made up his mind early on who he was going to vote for in the election.
“I decided to vote for the person I liked the best,” he said. Promote the Vote — done for every major election — is designed to teach the fundamentals of democracy to K-12 students and encourages civic responsibility. The program helps students improve their political decisionmaking abilities and increase their interests in current issues. “I gave them the speech on how important it is to vote and that they should take it serious,” said Blackard, as students Please see VOTING | 2
FALKNER — A Selmer, Tenn., man has died from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle wreck over the weekend. Jerry Matthew “Matt” Ward, 31, died Saturday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Ward had been transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries received from the crash. According to a report by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troopers attempted to stop the suspect for traveling at a high rate of speed when he tried to flee. Ward eluded officers for approximately 15 miles before he lost control of his 2000 Nissan pickup and crashed. The
accident happened around 10 a.m. Friday on Mississippi 370 near Falkner. “It is unclear why he refused to stop,” said Ray Hall with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “He had a lengthy criminal history, including a previous felony fleeing charge.” The funeral for the certified welder is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer. Ward, a McNairy Central graduate, is survived by his parents, Jerry and Ann Ward; and a sister, Molly Latham. The crash is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Highway Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team.
Police urge safety this Halloween BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Little ghosts and goblins will be hitting the streets this week in search of candy and fun as the area celebrates Halloween and law enforcement officials are urging everyone to work together to ensure a safe and
happy holiday. Corinth Deputy Police Chief Scotty Harville said motorists need to be especially aware of children making their rounds on Wednesday — Halloween night. He said the national Please see SAFETY | 2
Corinth Symphony Orchestra seeks concert sponsors BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
The Corinth Symphony Orchestra needs the community’s help to continue its mission of enriching the area’s culture with one-of-a-kind musical experiences. One major change in the
2012-2013 season is that the Corinth Symphony Orchestra will not sell season tickets. The concerts will be funded by sponsorships only. The orchestra is currently raising funds for the upcoming Christmas concert — “Home for the Holidays” — scheduled for
Sunday, Dec. 2, at the downtown Corinth Coliseum Civic Center. “We want this concert to be more than just a concert,” said CSO Board President Lee Ann Story. “We want the Corinth Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert this year to be a
wonderful experience that will make people want to make this concert a part of their family Christmas tradition for years to come.” The 2012 Christmas concert will feature local singers, guest musicians, dancers, singers from the county middle schools
— and lots of surprises. But to bring the concert to the stage, Corinth’s orchestra needs the community’s assistance. “We have an amazing concert experience planned, but we Please see SYMPHONY | 2
Jobless rate Elliott begins job as municipal court clerk stands at 9.4 percent BY STEVE BEAVERS
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Alcorn County followed a statewide trend of rising unemployment rates for the month of September, posting a one percent rise compared to the previous month. The unemployment rate in Alcorn County stood at 9.4 percent for September according to the latest figures released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The rate is a one percent increase over August’s figure of 8.4 percent. The rate remains significantly lower than a year ago when unemployment in the county was 12.3 percent in September 2011. Statewide the rate also rose with Mississippi’s overall unemployment rate rising to 9.0 percent for September, up from 8.5 percent in August. The overall number of people employed in Alcorn County also fell slightly from August to September with 13,770 people emPlease see JOBLESS | 3
Zane Elliott hit the ground running on his first day as Corinth’s new municipal court clerk. The newly appointed clerk was expected to conduct over 50 initial court appearances on Monday during hsi first day on the job. “I am honored to be selected for this position and will do my best for the City of Corinth,” he said after being sworn in with wife, Robin, at his side. “This is an important job that is required to bring about justice.” Corinth aldermen appointed Elliott to replace Dianne Johnson, who recently retired after holding the position since 1980. “I have some big shoes to fill,” said the new clerk. “It will be an easy transition though, because Dianne had things set up well.” Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin performed the swearing in at the Alcorn County Justice Center. Elliott, 50, is also manager of a real estate management company and sells used vehicles. The lifelong resident of Alcorn County is a Corinth High
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Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin performs the swearing in ceremony Monday morning for new city court clerk Zane Elliott. School graduate and studied business administration at Mississippi State University. “I am ready to get my feet wet and move forward with city business,” said Elliott, the former management employee for Van-Atkins Department
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Stores. A past worker in inventory control at ITT, Elliott ran for the office of tax collector in the 2011 election. The duties of the court clerk are: ■ Conducts initial appear-
ances on misdemeanor violations. ■ Sets dockets, tracks tickets, enters all proceedings in the computer system. ■ Prepares warrants and works closely with the jail, among other duties.
On this day in history 150 years ago Gen. Buell is officially relieved by Gen. Rosecrans and sent to his home in Cincinnati to await further orders. They never come. After a year, he will resign his commission and enter civilian life after 23 years of military service.
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Spectrum Lubricants expands, will add 26 jobs BY JEFF YORK For the Daily Corinthian
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Spectrum Lubricants have announced plans for the company to expand its Selmer, Tenn., facility. The expansion represents a $1.8 million investment and will create 26 new full-time jobs in McNairy County. “We’re grateful for Spectrum Lubricants’ continued confidence and investment in our state,” said Allen Borden, ECD assistant commissioner, statewide opera-
tions. “Gov. Bill Haslam’s leadership has continued to further Tennessee’s reputation as a businessfriendly location for companies to build and grow in, and this decision by Spectrum Lubricants underscores that reputation.” Spectrum Lubricants is an independent blender, compounder, packager and marketer of specialty lubricants including twocycle engine oil, bar and chain oil, small engine oil and hydraulic oil. The company serves the outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden and ag-
ricultural markets, and the marine and automotive aftermarkets. “We are thankful for the support and partnership given to us by the McNairy County Economic Development Commission and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development,” Kent Farmer, president and CEO, Spectrum Lubricants, said. “We are fortunate to have such strong partnerships within our state. I’d like also to thank Dominus Capital Partners who provided support for the expansion. Everyone here
at Spectrum Lubricants is excited to be able to provide additional employment opportunities for the residents of McNairy County as well as to broaden our service capabilities for our existing customers.” “We are excited about the expansion plans of Spectrum,” Ted Moore, executive director, McNairy County Economic Development Commission, Inc., said. “Locally, they received the McNairy County Industry of the Year Award and continue to be an outstanding employer. Their contin-
ued growth during difficult economic conditions is a reflection of excellent management along with skilled and dedicated employees. We appreciate the positive influence they have on our local economy and offer our continued support for a successful and profitable relationship.” “We are very pleased that Spectrum Lubricants has committed to expand their business interests in Selmer and McNairy County,” said Robert Shackelford, chairman of the Selmer/McNairy County Industrial De-
velopment Board. “Our board has worked very closely with Spectrum’s leadership team on this project, and we are excited to see it become a reality. When industry prospers, our local economies are strengthened. The benefits that Spectrum brings to our community are many, and we anticipate a long, mutually beneficial relationship.” The company’s Selmer facility is located at 500 Industrial Park Drive. The announced 26 jobs will be added to the company’s existing Selmer workforce of approximately 200.
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need to raise $6,000 to do it,” said Story. The main way the community can help is by buying sponsorships. “Now, there are perks to being a sponsor — first, there’s the fact that you will be helping to support the arts in our local community,” said the board president. “We need your help.” The orchestra will accept sponsorships for individuals and corporations/businesses. On the entry level, for every $50 donated, a sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. As the orchestra will present two concerts this season, a sponsor may decide to divide their complimentary tickets between the seasons. For example, a $200 sponsor would receive four complimentary tickets that they could choose to use two at the Christmas concert and save the other two for the Spring concert. Each sponsorship has the option to be made “in honor of” and “in memory of” a person of
the buyer’s choosing. This will be noted in the concert program. Higher levels of sponsorship entail more perks: ■ Silver sponsors ($50-$499) receive: one complimentary ticket per every $50 donated; acknowledgement in the concert program as a “silver sponsor;” and donations are dedicated “in memory of” or “in honor of” a person of their choice. ■ Gold sponsors ($500-$999) receive: one complimentary ticket per every $50 donated; acknowledgement in the concert program as a “silver sponsor;” and donations are dedicated “in memory of” or “in honor of” a person of their choice. ■ Platinum sponsors ($999 and up) receive: one complimentary ticket per every $50 donated; acknowledgement in the concert program as a “silver sponsor;” donations are dedicated “in memory of” or “in honor of” a person of their choice; and acknowledgement in all print and radio advertising for the season’s paid con-
certs — both Christmas and Spring concerts. Story said she and the Corinth Symphony Orchestra board feel that this is the most prudent plan to ensure the future of the orchestra and that CSO concerts continue with the level of quality the community has come to expect. “We have a wonderful community here, and we hope that they will continue to support us through these tough economic times for everyone,” said Story. Donations can be made to the Corinth Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 417, Corinth, MS 38835. Donors are asked to indicate how they want to be recognized in the concert program, if they want to donate “in memory of” or “in honor of” someone and if they want their complimentary tickets split between Christmas and Spring concerts or to be used in the same concert. Platinum sponsors are asked to submit their sponsorship at least two weeks before the concert in order to be included in the advertising.
and crosswalks. Harville said it’s a good idea all the time, but especially at Halloween, to avoid the use of cell phones or other devices that could cause a distraction while driving. Parents are encouraged to keep a close eye on their children and make sure costumes are safe. Children should always trick or treat in groups and every child should have a flashlight, glow stick, or other type of light. Children should be told to never go to a
strangers’ home and never, ever enter a home without their parents permission. Kids should also be taught to use caution when crossing streets. Teenagers or older kids who may be going out without parents should make sure their parents know exactly where they’re going, what they’re doing and when they’ll be home. Harville also reminds everyone that vandalism is never a good idea and encourages those celebrating to treat everyone with respect.
Staff photos by Steve Beavers
John Michael Boler was one of near 90 to vote in the Promote the Vote mock election at Kossuth Elementary.
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Centers for Disease Control reports accidents involving a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle are four times more likely on Halloween night than any other night of the year. “We urge drivers to be extra cautious because there are going to be a lot of little people out and about,” he said. He asks drivers to be extra alert, make an effort to drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas and watch closely at corners
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from Amy Duncan’s class waited to vote. Ballots were provided
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page, www.sos.ms.gov/ptv. Election results will be announced 11 a.m. Thursday at the Old Capital Museum in Jackson.
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WWII book dedication
Veterans and history enthusiasts are are invited to a dedication for â€œAlcorn Countyâ€™s Greatest Generation: Honoring Those Who Served in World War IIâ€? at 11 a.m. at the Crossroads Museum today. The Alcorn Genealogical Society will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with displays, music from the era and an opportunity to share memories and stories of the era. Book orders can also be placed.
Pumpkins on Main The front lawn at First Baptist Church in Corinth has been turned into a pumpkin patch through Oct. 31. Hundreds of pumpkins are unloaded and placed on the lawn for members of the community to purchase. All proceeds from the event go to the Oasis Medical Center (formerly the Resource Center for Women). The pumpkin patch also provides a perfect place for families to take fall pictures. Colorful photo opportunities are available. The First Baptist pumpkin patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, call the church office at 286-2208. First Baptist Church is located at 501 Main Street, across from the public library. Staff photo by Steve Beavers
Hot Dog Day Lilâ€™s Chicago Italian Beef restaurant in Corinth recently took to the streets to strum up some business. Owner Kristie Hudson Kyle had employee Debra Hudson (right) dress up as a hot dog â€” complete with the bun and mustard â€” and walk around the streets of town while handing out coupons to promote the business.
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ployed out of a total work force of 15,030 in August and 13,650 people employed in September out of a total work force of 15,070. Alcorn County had the 29th lowest unemployment rate among Mississippiâ€™s 82 counties and the second lowest among immediately surrounding counties. Prentiss County had the lowest rate among N
those counties immediately surrounding Alcorn at 9.1 percent, followed by Alcorn at 9.4 percent. Tishomingo County posted a rate of 10.4 percent and Tippah County had the highest unemployment rate in the area at 10.6 percent. Rankin County continued to post the stateâ€™s lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent while Clay County had the highest rate in the state at 17.1 percent.
The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry is also hosting a Wii sports class for senior adults on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. There is no cost to participate. Call the church office at 286-6638 to register or Kimberly Grantham at 284-7498.
Exhibits on display â– The Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, 507 Cruise St., Corinth, has paintings by James Tidwell and metal art by Ralph Barns on exhibition. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â– Photographer Lowry Wilson is exhibiting his work in the Anderson Hall Art Gallery at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Terry Anderson for more information at email@example.com or 662-720-7336. â– The Crossroads Museum at the Historic Depot at 221 North Fillmore Street (across from Joeâ€™s Shoes) in downtown Corinth has a special Civil War Archives exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corinth, Battle of Shiloh and the Civil War. The exhibit features authentic and some never-before-seen rare Civil War relics and information from the vast Crossroads Museum archives. For more information, contact the museum at 662287-3120 or visit www.crossroadsmuseum.com.
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COUNCE, Tenn. â€” Funeral services for Jack Clyde Kennedy, Sr., 83, are set for 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Jumpertown Church of Christ Cemetery. Mr. Kennedy died Friday, October 26, 2012, at Hardin County Medical Center Health and Rehabilitation Center in Savannah, Tenn. He was born April 15, 1929, to Wesley and Bertha Brumley Kennedy. He was retired from American Motors after 30 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Quay Hillis; and Kennedy two brothers, Charles Kennedy and Harold Kennedy. Survivors include a son, Jack Jr. Kennedy of Kenosha, Wi; three sisters, Angelene Cornelius, Magdalene Roseberry and Carolyn Hall, all of Corinth; two brothers, Stanley Kennedy of Berwyn, Il. and Billy Kennedy of Corinth; and one granddaughter, Amber Kennedy. Minister Tony Brown will officiate. Visitation is until service time today at the funeral home.
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Funeral services for Dorothy Frances Harrison Griffin, 78, are set for 11 a.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with burial in Henry Cemetery. Mrs. Griffin died Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Dogwood Plantation. Born July 12, 1934, she worked for ITT for several years, before she got her nursing license and worked at the Bishop Center as a LPN for 10 years before retiring. She was a member of Short Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Billy R. Griffin, Griffin Sr.; two sons, Billy R. Griffin, Jr. and Ronnie Griffin; her parents, Tress and Maggie Bowers Harrison; a brother, John Oren Harrison; and four sisters, Aline Scrupski, Katherine Dudley, Nan Manning and Lois Roberts. Survivors include three sons, Joel Griffin and wife Sandra of Farmington, Keith Griffin and wife Cathy of Michie, Tenn., and Oren Griffin and wife Janey of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Michelle Carter and husband Daryl, Cindy Johnston and husband Jason, Amy Griffin, Chris Griffin, Brittany Griffin, Ashley Lambert and husband Jason, and Lindsay Griffin; and a sister, Jane Childers and husband Billy Joe of Nashville, Tenn. Bro. Charles Martin and Charlie Browning will officiate. Visitation is 10-11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
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