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Collierville Weekly SCHOOL BOARD

C’ville airms student deal Students can finish at G’town schools By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

The Collierville school board voted 4-0 last Friday night to give Collierville students the chance to inish their education at Houston High or Houston Middle in Germantown. Germantown’s school board approved a three-year agreement last Thursday night under which Collierville would pay Germantown a $100 a year for each student who chooses to stay. If Collierville parents take advantage of the agreement, it will open much-needed space at Collierville High and Schilling Middle. The agreement affects about 600 Collierville underclassmen at Houston High and 110 sixth- and seventhgraders at Houston Middle. Those students will be asked to ill out a form no later than April 11 if they are planning to return. “It gives students and parents peace of mind,” said school board member Wright Cox who made the motion to accept the agreement. It also will help Collierville school oicials. School board chairman Mark Hansen said some parents were hedging their bets and planning to register at both school systems: “That would have skewed our numbers.” The agreement is similar to one that Lakeland has with Bartlett and Arlington. Lakeland will pay $137 to $150 per student for Bartlett and Arlington to bus students who live in Lakeland to their


Janie Riess performs her solo bell-ringing act last Thursday for clients of Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center in Collierville. Riess was accompanied by pianist Jill Peak. “I love seeing their reaction,” said Riess


Appealing sounds Handbell soloist rings in smiles, songs at Page Robbins center

By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

In two neat rows, 29 shiny bronze handbells with nary a smudge on them lined the covered and cushioned tables at Page Robbins Adult Day Center in Collierville. Soon, handbell ringer Janie Riess and pianist Jill Peak had the center’s clients clapping, nodding, keeping time with the beat and even mouthing or singing the words last Thursday. The duo played such favorite gospel numbers as “Amazing Grace,” “(Give Me That) Old Time Religion” and “How Great Thou Art” before ending with “America the Beautiful.” “Play some more,” one woman demanded to no avail at the end of the 25-minute performance. Each day at the Collierville center and other day care centers for adults, music is an integral part of the activities.

“We have had harpists, violinists, bluegrass, rock and roll — all genres,” said the center’s executive director, Herbert Ann “Herbie” Krisle. “Music is a connector to deep parts in our brain. They are housed in diferent sections than those that remember our address, phone number and names. People who can’t remember who brought them here or what they had for breakfast, can and do remember and sing those lyrics.” Riess, 60, of Collierville was out of breath reaching for one bell before quickly grabbing another in her black gloves. At times, she held two handbells in each hand as she captured the distinct sounds with bells that have hinged clappers that move in one direction. “I love seeing their reaction,” said Riess, who is a part of the handbell choir at Collierville United Methodist Church and memorized all the music she played. Peak, 62, a piano teacher and church musician, See BELLS, 2



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Quinn Pertuit, 19, to be the youngest graduate in history of UT Chattanooga


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At age 19, Quinn Pertuit of Germantown will graduate Magna Cum Laude on May 3 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, making him the youngest graduate in the history of the school. Pertuit will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in management and will begin his master’s program in the fall. At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the four-year graduation rate is only 13 percent, and, surprisingly, only 38 percent graduate within six years. It is virtually unheard of for a student to graduate within three

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years and at age 19. In fact, the average age of UTC seniors is 26, but Pertuit says, “The quality of my work and the way I present myself suppresses the

age diference.” “Pertuit is a very diligent student,” according to one of his professors at the university. Quinn also said that he was dedicated to his education, and now, all his eforts and hard work have paid of. Since he was admitted to college, Pertuit has been on the dean’s list every semester and was awarded the 2013-2014 Outstanding Senior Award this year. His internship also helped him gain more knowledge in the ield. According to Pertuit, “They have been great to me, and I’ve gained experience that is essential and complementary to my studies.” Apart from that,

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Pertuit is taking a case team to Orlando with the university’s Society for the Advancement of Management. “Quinn deinitely carries a level of maturity and professionalism that is far beyond his age,” UTC student Tim Baker said. Quinn serves as an inspiration to many students of the University and college students throughout the world. While in college, Pertuit also joined several student organizations that helped him obtain more experience and become a competent student leader. Pertuit is the son of Joyle and Rene Pertuit of Germantown.

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Garbage collection rates to increase in July Residents will pay $3 a month more By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

Starting in July the cost of residential and commercial garbage pickup in Collierville is going up and recycling is coming back inhouse. After talking about the possibility in a budget meeting last

month, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a rate change March 24 at Town Hall. As of July 1, residents will pay $3 a month more and businesses with one cart will pay $4 a month more. The new residential rate jumps from $19 to $22 a month. The commercial rate increases from $39 to $43 a month for the irst cart and $10 for each additional cart. After hearing complaints from residents, oicials decided against rebidding recycling. In-


BELLS from 1 agreed. “It’s neat to be able to share with other people. It’s a ministry, too.” Over the years, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has found that music can shift moods, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements. The foundation has found that, “A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process because, again, these activities do not mandate cognitive functioning for success. This happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. ” While most of the center’s clients are women, Thursday’s music brought back memories for one man who said he played in a local handbell choir before the memory-robbing disease took that ability away.

County. Bartlett, Germantown, Lakeland and Memphis rates range from $24 to $25.05. The last residential sanitation fee increase was in 2010, when it went from $15 to $19. Before that, the town’s $15 monthly fee lasted nine years. Collierville’s sanitation rate includes loose leaf collection, curb side garbage and recycling pickup for the town’s roughly 15,800 households. Calling the town’s sanitation service “extraordinary,” Alderman Tom Allen was the one who

suggested the town go with an increase of $3 a month rather than $2 or $2.50 during a budget session last month. Saying that fuel prices have gone up 41 percent, Allen said Monday night, “I don’t know of any other town that picks up what we pick up (for the price).” Alderman Billy Patton voted yes with reservations, saying he doesn’t want to see another increase for at least ive years. He had objected to a rate hike last month.

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from 1 current middle and high schools. Collierville oicials said they were opposed to paying a tuition fee to Germantown, but Hansen believes this is diferent: “It is not really tuition as we deine it. It’s cost sharing. We’re willing to help them out on transportation.” According to Hansen, many of the Collierville students who may choose to continue to attend Houston High or Middle schools live within a few miles of the Germantown city limits. The agreement will not apply to any Collierville students who choose to go to Germantown schools through the open enrollment or transfer process. “This will guarantee existing students a place or a seat in the Germantown schools through their exit grade,” Hansen said. “Particularly with the juniors and seniors (at Houston High), I think they are going to want to stay where they are. With the ninthand 10th-graders, we’ll get some crossover” to Collierville High.

stead, they bought two new recycling trucks, new 90-plus gallon recycling carts and will be hiring two new drivers. “We have had (recycling) complaints that they missed whole subdivisions — not just one house — whole subdivisions,” said Mayor Stan Joyner after the meeting. “That was the major motivating factor. Residents told us: Do better.” Oicials say even with the rate increase, Collierville’s residential rate is the lowest in Shelby

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Members of the Zumbi Communidade Capoeira Angola Memphis perform during the 23rd annual Foreign Language Fair at the University of Memphis campus. More than 1,200 students attended the gathering where the theme was “polyglots have more fun.”

Culture club U of M event puts focus on language studies

By Timberly Moore 901-529-2445

Only alternate school activities, serious illness or death excused Cheryl Westbrook’s Germantown High School students from the 23rd annual Language Fair last Saturday. The fair, hosted by the University of Memphis for more than 1,200 area high school students, promoted multilingual studies through its theme, “polyglots (people who speak more than one language) have more fun.” “The irst day of school, they sign my rules sheet that says they’re required to come here and I send it home to their parents and they sign it,” said Westbrook, an honors French teacher who placed second in the teachers’ Culture Bowl. “If they don’t come, they get a zero. “We’re very competitive. Germantown students have won two out of three places in every category in French arts, crafts, posters, greeting cards and research projects.” Errol O’Neill, language fair coordinator, said the competition is a healthy part of the fair. “A lot of times competition can motivate students to their best,” said the O’Neill, an assistant French professor at University of Memphis. “They prepare for this for months often, so it gets

them thinking about foreign languages every day at school. It’s not only useful for professional reasons, it’s useful for getting exposed to other cultures.” Many of the world’s cultures were on display as students gathered in the University Center to compete in categories such as dance, vocabulary, poetry, art and sculpture. Houston High School senior Mary Phan and her two Culture Bowl teammates beat Cordova and Germantown high schools in the inal round of the bracket-style tournament, which started with nine schools. “I’m a humanities, arts and culture type of person so this is right up my alley,” said the 18-year-old, who is on her school’s Knowledge Bowl team. “In the Knowledge Bowl, they ask more quick math questions and science stuf, and that’s harder for me.” Phan called her third and inal consecutive victory for the school “bittersweet.” “It was a lot of fun,” said Phan, who is luent in six languages, including Vietnamese, German and Turkish, and working on three more. “It’s good to come to a place like this and see that the languages that aren’t more popular, like Spanish, are not dying out. Not to say Spanish isn’t good, but just to say people shouldn’t limit themselves to Spanish because it’s the popular foreign language in this area.”

The woman suspected in a rash of wallet thefts from a Panera Bread has been arrested, Germantown Police oicials announced Monday. Theresa Booker, 53, was arrested last Saturday in Jackson, Tenn., after authorities received a Crime Stoppers tip. Germantown Police Department Captain Mike Gray said she may have been staying with a relative there. Booker is being charged with identity theft and two counts of theft. She is being held on two separate bonds: one for $15,000 and the other for $25,000. She is scheduled to appear in Germantown City Court on April 23. The thefts occurred at the Panera Bread in Germantown over the last year. Gray said Booker had no prior criminal record in Germantown, but has a long criminal history in Memphis.

Police buy new equipment

Germantown police purchased new vehicles and other equipment over the last two months using a combination of tax dollars and funds from asset forfeitures. The largest purchase was eight new Ford Utility Police Interceptor patrol vehicles for $211,748.56. Two more vehicles, Chevrolet Tahoes, were purchased for $60,288 for use by the chief and the SWAT commander. The eight patrol vehicles, along with ive in-car video systems for $22,975 plus another expenditure for the lights and sirens, will be paid for with budgeted tax dollars. The vehicles for the chief and SWAT commander will be paid for by money the department gets for participating in operations with the Shelby County Drug Task Force or the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The department also purchased a new interview room camera system for $17,554 using the forfeiture money.


WEEKLY Germantown Police reports MARCH 17


■ Two subjects attempted to break the glass doors of the business to gain entry but were unsuccessful in the 7600 block of W. Farmington Boulevard at 2:45 a.m. ■ Victim reported that she was assaulted by her husband on the previous day in the 3000 block of Circle Gate Drive at 3:40 p.m. ■ Victim advised someone took a ring from his deceased mother’s residence in the 1400 block of Wolf park road at 6:38 p.m. ■ Someone took prescription medication from the residence in the 7200 block of Donnington at 7:19 p.m.

■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested an adult female found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at arden landing Drive at arden landing Cove at 1:37 a.m. ■ Someone forced entry into the victim’s residence through a rear door and took computers and jewelry in the 8000 block of Dogwood road at 1:43 p.m. ■ Victim reported that after a verbal altercation he was assaulted by an unknown male subject in the parking lot of the shopping center in the 3100 block of Village Shops Drive at 4:30 p.m. ■ Someone forced entry into the victim’s residence through a rear window and took computers and jewelry in the 8500 block of Deerield lane at 5:15 p.m.


■ male subject entered the business and took merchandise without paying in the 7600 block of poplar at 2:08 a.m. ■ Victim received a phone call from someone posing as a relative asking for money in the 7700 block of hunters run Drive at 10:35 a.m. ■ Two subjects entered the business and took merchandise without paying in the 7700 block of poplar at 3:27 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at poplar pike and Fox Creek Drive at 11:30 p.m.


■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested an adult male found in possession of marijuana and prescription medications at Neshoba and Cordova road at 1:20 a.m. ■ Someone iled a fraudulent tax return using the victim’s personal information in the 7100 block of rico Cove at 11:55 a.m. ■ male subject took

merchandise from the business without paying in the 9200 block of poplar at 12:25 p.m. ■ Complaint of a barking dog in the 7100 block Woodridge lane at 12:26 p.m. ■ oicers arrested an adult male after he passed a counterfeit check at the business in the 1800 block of Kirby parkway at 1:42 p.m. ■ Someone called in a bomb threat in the 9700 block of Wolf river Boulevard at 4:06 p.m. ■ Neighbor caught his yard on ire while burning weeds with a torch in the 8000 block of Sunny Creek Drive at 6:12 p.m. ■ Victim’s adult son gained entry into the residence and took his guitar in the 1900 block of edwards mill at 6:49 p.m. ■ Someone took victim’s wallet containing U.S. Currency and prescription medications from her purse in the 9100 block of poplar at 7:08 p.m. MARCH 21

■ Someone entered victim’s unlocked vehicle and took three pair of sunglasses in the 1700 block of old mill road at 9:45 a.m. ■ Victim received an inappropriate text message in the 8900 block of on the hill at 10:15 a.m. ■ oicers arrested and adult

female after she took the victim’s wallet in the 7900 block of Wolf river Boulevard at 10:37 a.m. ■ Victim received harassing phone calls and text messages in the 8900 block of Claiborne Farms Drive at 5:41 p.m. ■ oicers arrested an adult male for taking merchandise from the business in the 9100 block of poplar at 5:55 p.m. ■ Victim reported that male subject whom she has an active order of protection against showed up at her place of work 3100 block of Village Shops Drive at 6:32 p.m. ■ Someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and took a laptop computer in the 8100 block of Kimridge Drive at 9:13 p.m. ■ oicers arrested an adult male found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession in the 8000 block of Dogwood road at 9:43 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at hollyhock Drive and Scruggs Drive at 12:10 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing injuries at poplar and Kimbrough road at 7:58 p.m. MARCH 22

■ male subject took a cab and did not pay the driver in the 2800 block of ole pike at 4:05

a.m. ■ Someone took a handgun from the victim’s vehicle while it was being cleaned in the 7600 block of poplar at 5:27 p.m. ■ oicers found drugs and drug paraphernalia while searching for stolen property in the 7600 block of poplar at 7:54 p.m. MARCH 23

■ Victim advised she was assaulted by a co-worker during an argument in the 3100 block of professional plaza at 6:33 a.m. ■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested an adult male found in possession of marijuana and prescription medications in the 7600 block of poplar at 3:38 a.m. ■ Someone entered victim’s unlocked vehicle and took two pair sunglasses and two lashlights in the 7200 block of Bellville at 11:52 a.m. ■ Someone found a wallet in the park in the 7700 block of Farmington at 6:07 p.m. ■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested two adult males found in possession of marijuana and prescription medications at West Street and North Street at 11:14 p.m.

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FEAST DAY OLPH celebrates day of food, faith, St. Joseph By Elise Rodriguez Special to The Weekly

Viva San Giuseppe! Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church celebrated the Feast Day of St. Joseph on March 19. OLPH eighth grade teacher Deidre Mangin designed a beautiful St. Joseph’s altar in the Sicilian tradition to honor St. Joseph, the patron saint of families. Fifty parishioners gathered for dinner and authentic Italian desserts. Principal Patricia Wyckof welcomed families as guests stepped back in time to Sicily when people prayed to St. Joseph to end the drought. In thanksgiving for rain, fertile soil and abundant crops, Sicilians gathered to honor St. Joseph with a feast. At OLPH, parish children presented a Tupa-Tupa (knocking) procession where Joseph, Mary and Jesus went door-to-door seeking shelter and food. After being refused twice, the Holy Family knocked at the door of a family who welcomed them. OLPH Monsignor J. Edwin Creary led the children in Holy Family costumes to a bountiful altar illed with sculpted breads from New Orleans, Italian desserts and fava beans — the “lucky” bean as it was the only planting to survive the Sicilian drought. Mangin’s science students experimented in chemistry class with recipes for pinoli cookies, sesame candy and zeppole. School grandparents delivered exquisite breads crafted in the shapes of St. Joseph’s sandal, a cross and a staf. Parish religious education families contributed cannoli, biscotti, lowers and more. The evening included gifts to the food pantry and the ofering of personal intentions to St. Joseph. I was blessed to witness our Catholic faith in the preparation, presentation and participation in my irst St. Joseph’s altar. Elise Rodriguez is an alumni parent with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.

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Vet school a goal for Briarcrest’s Allyson Vogel ALLYSON VOGEL Briarcrest Christian Middle School, seventh grade

Family: My parents Jason and Jan Vogel and our dogs Favorite subject: World history Most challenging subject: Honors math

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To celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and School hosted a traditional St. Joseph’s Altar event. The Holy Family was represented by Nicholas Harviel (Joseph), Stephen Mangin (Baby Jesus), and Regan Raeth (Mary) during the Tupa Tupa ceremony for blessing the altar.



Bailey Station wins $500 grant from fred’s Super Dollar Special to The Weekly

Bailey Station Elementary School received a $500 grant from fred’s Super Dollar for being one of the top 10 vote getters in its Black History Month Grant Giveaway contest. As part of its celebration of Black History Month in February, fred’s Super Dollar held an online voting competition to award 10 $500 grants to schools in its communities, for a total of $5,000. Bailey Station Elementary received enough votes from the community to be one of the top 10 schools nominated by customers. Principal Cynthia Tesreau said she is honored to have received this recognition from fred’s. “We are so excited to be the recipient of fred’s Black History grant,” Tesreau said. “Every morning on the announcements during the month of February, we highlighted an African-American who has made an impact in our lives. At Bailey Station, we feel it is important to recognize all those who came

before us because our past impacts our future. Everyday at BSE, our students know they are loved and that in order for them to do well in this world and in the classroom they have to choose to do well and to work hard. The money that is being donated to our school from fred’s will be used to purchase Social Studies materials that will enhance the learning of history in our classrooms.” The check presentation was held at fred’s Super Dollar Wednesday. The grant giveaway promotion began on Jan. 21 and ran through Feb. 17. Voters were encouraged to nominate their schools once a day for a chance to receive the grant. The 10 schools that received the highest number of customer nominations online were selected to receive $500. The promotion encouraged teachers, students and community members to go online to nominate their school by describing why it deserved a grant from fred’s Super Dollar.

degree black belt and getting to take the ACT in seventh grade. Hobbies: Reading, drawing, karate and soccer Goals for the future: I am going to earn my second degree black belt, and I hope to go to veterinary school after college. Person you most admire: I admire Mrs. Jamie Flowers the most. I have known her since I was in second grade at Cordova Elementary because of SECME (science club), and I was lucky enough to have her as a math, science, and social studies teacher in fifth grade. She is so creative and dynamic, and I am lucky to have her as a mentor and friend..

Favorite movies, TV shows, books: “Pitch Perfect” and the

Harry Potter movies. I love to read — my favorite series are Hunger Games, Divergent and Mageborn.

People would be surprised to know: I love to ish when I visit my

grandparents in Montana. What would you do if you were principal for a day? No uniforms,

no homework, free ice cream and outdoor time. What famous person would you like to meet? Rick Riordan, the au-

thor of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. What would you do with a million dollars? I would create a no-kill

shelter and help people who can’t pay for vet care for their pets. Germantown High PTSA parent-volunteers kicked of spring break by serving up delicious barbecue nachos to their student members. The second annual PTSA Student Appreciation luncheon was held March 7 and recognized more than 240 students. The GHS PTSA would like to thank One & Only BBQ for catering this event and supporting Germantown High. GHS parent-volunteers helping with Michael Corder, general manager of One & Only BBQ are Laura Hettinger (left), Deepa Shah, Mitzi Ware, Carrie Ligon, Diane Feruglio and Becca Boone. Russell Dyer, new Collierville Schools human resource director, Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner and John Aitken, new Collierville Schools superintendent were greeted by Collierville Elementary principal Louise Claney during the school’s celebration of Community Reader Day.

If you could change one thing in the world: I would make people

more compassionate toward animals, other people, and the environment.

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School ‘feels like a second home’ says LeAnn Farris LEANN FARRIS Briarcrest Christian School, pre-K teacher

Family: Husband, Will, children Tate and Georgia What you like most about your school: I love all the wonderful

people that I work with. I that it feels like a second home here. Favorite subject as a kid: Art Most challenging subject:

Math What is the greatest challenge you face as an educator: Taking

time to plan. I love to be spontaneous! Some of my best lessons have come from just winging it. What do you hope to accom-

plish as an educator: I never want to stop learning and growing as a teacher. I strive to accomplish what God’s will is for my teaching, not my own. What is the most rewarding moment you’ve had as a teacher:

A once “challenging” student came to visit me before he moved to a new city. It made my year. Who is your teaching inspiration and why: My mom is my

teaching inspiration because she is a wonderful teacher and she give 110 percent everyday. When did you know you wanted to be an educator: When I

became a mom.

People would be surprised to know: I would love to adopt. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be: I would be a full-

time artist. I love to paint. Hobbies: Painting, going for a run with my dog, bike rides with my family. What would you do with $1 million: I would take my family and

extended family on a trip to Europe and make fun memories. If I could change one thing in the world: I would add one more

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Two more Houston Middle enrollment events set By Jennifer Pignolet 901-529-2372

Germantown Municipal Schools will host two more enrollment events at Houston Middle School to enroll Germantown residents and Collierville residents afected by the interlocal agreement both districts passed last week. From 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday and April 2, students who currently attend Houston Middle School and live in Collierville can register to return to the school next year. Germantown residents who missed the first enrollment night for the middle school can also come to the school during those times to register. Houston High School will not have another en-

rollment night for the Collierville families. Superintendent Jason Manuel said students have already started bringing their paperwork directly to their homerooms, and that process will continue. There are about 120 Collierville residents now in the sixth and seventh grades at Houston Middle. Through the interlocal agreement, Collierville


will pay Germantown $100 for each of those students who choose to stay at Houston Middle and High, and Germantown will provide them transportation and have use of Collierville’s bus lot. Manuel said about 100 of those 120 had already turned in applications to come to the school as transfers. Those applications will now be void,

and students wishing to return next year should attend one of the enrollment events. About 600 Collierville residents are now at Houston High in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades. The district in total has received about 1,400 transfer applications, although it remains unclear how many of them are from Collierville residents who will no

longer have to go through the transfer process. Manuel said the two enrollment nights for all ive schools went smoothly last week, but it is still unclear how many Germantown residents will be at each school, and how much room there will be for transfers. “We are contacting those who didn’t show up for the registration nights,” he said.


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Taylor Voye, 7, shows of his kite-lying expertise. Besides enjoying the spring weather and winds, participants were awarded prizes for best unique, most colorful and best homemade kites as well as youngest and oldest participants.

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In June, the Collierville Public Services Department/Solid Waste Division employees will deliver a new 95-gallon “Collierville Recycles” carts, provided at no cost, to all residents that currently recycle. If you have not been recycling and want to start, just call 901-457-2800, ext. 0 and request delivery. The recycle carts will be used in addition to the green 95-gallon garbage carts. “One of the reasons the Town will now coordinate recycling pick-up and delivery is we realize reliability, predictability and quality service is very important to Collierville residents,” said Town Administrator James Lewellen. The larger, more easily used cart will hold bigger pieces of cardboard, more paper, plastic and aluminum, plus the cart lid will keep rain and weather from letting items blow away. Changes in the process of recycling, and the Town’s determination to have a successful recycling program, has led to the purchase of 10,800 new carts. “We know we are accountable to our residents and we have a proven record of good service and dependable collection. town employees understand this is a very personal and beneicial service. If not done the right way, it may disrupt resident’s lifestyle. Our sanitation workers take pride in not missing a collection and do their absolute best to always stay on schedule,” Lewellen said. Recyclables will be collected weekly on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day. Sorting recyclables is no longer necessary. The new carts should not be used until June 30. Recycle carts should be placed within 3 feet from the curb, out of the gutter and no later than 7 a.m. on collection day. Residents can keep the small bin along with the new one, however the small bin can no longer be emptied. The trucks used to collect the new recycle bins is also changing. If the smaller bin, is no longer needed, it may be left for pick up and proper disposal by the Town.


With a toss into the air, Takiyah Cooper, 7, helps out a friend get a kite up during Collierville’s seventh annual Kite Day at W.C. Johnson Park in Collierville.

Shelby East Garden Club met at Brenda West’s home on to discuss the group’s upcoming lower show at the Morton Museum in Collierville on June 11. On the same day the Germantown Garden Club had their lower show at the Germantown Community Theatre. The Shelby East Garden Club members went to see their beautiful arrangements and designs to help the nine new members in the club get an idea of how a show is done.


Carrick MacDonald helps put out mattresses last Saturday at Collierville United Methodist Church’s annual rummage sale. The sale draws in thousands of people looking for deals on items including clothes, furniture, bikes and tools.

The annual Kiwanis Club of Germantown Car Show will celebrate it’s ifth year of raising funds for the children’s programs and organizations April 5. The show will be held at the Shops of Forest Hills, 3150 Village Shops Dr. in Germantown. The event is free to attend. Registration is 8-11:30 a.m. with judging at noon and trophy presentations at 2:30 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per car. For more information, contact Bill Griin at 901-484-2706 or e-mail Trezevant residents gathered to welcome artist and Memphis/Germantown Art League past president Mary Lawrence Allen and to kick of “Art with a Heart,” which is an exhibition of Allen’s works. The exhibit is on display through April 30 in the senior community’s Trezevant Terrace Walk Way. The event also introduced residents to Memphis Athletic Ministries, a local nonproit dedicated to developing inner-city youth into spiritually strong, productive adults and positively impacting their families and neighborhoods. Proceeds from the sales of Allen’s works beneit MAM.

At the end of Anne Enochs’ drawing classes, students must create a self portrait. Shridar Athi of Collierville holds up the picture he drew of himself.










Germantown Women’s Club president Teresa Jordan presents a $500 check to Germantown Community Theatre artistic director Leigh Eck. The Germantown Women’s Club founded the theatre in the early 1970s and has been supporting GCT’s programming ever since. This year, the GWC hosted a themed dinner for GCT’s wildly successful “BOEING BOEING,” which included a private performance and silent auction. All proceeds from this event were donated directly back to the theatre. The GWC also sells baked goods at the Germantown Festival to raise money in support of GCT.






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Tragedy inspires family to be donors

Orthopaedic outreach party, auction By Jeremy C. Park Special to The Weekly

By SJ Smith Special to The Weekly

It’s not often that families spend time volunteering together, but the Hess family has made it a priority. Valeria and Neville Hess and their oldest son, Nathan, were already regular blood donors with Lifeblood when younger brother Chris was inspired to donate once he turned 16 and was old enough to give blood. On the irst day of spring break, Chris and his mother visited Lifeblood’s Germantown donor center for his irst donation. The pair had planned on donating whole blood but instead gave platelets once they were told of the need and understood how platelets can help in the treatment of cancer patients and burn victims. Valeria remembered, “I

Valeria, Chris, Nathan and Neville Hess are regular donors to Lifeblood. Chris began donating when he turned 16 years old. Unfortunately for the Hess family, Chris was killed in an auto accident March 2013.

was a little apprehensive, but Chris looked at me without hesitation and said ‘Let’s do it.’ Our planned 20 minute visit turned into two hours and Chris was happy. So because of him I am now a platelet donor.” Chris Hess was 16 yearsold when he was killed in a car accident on his way home from Germantown High School in March 2013, just weeks after his irst blood donation. He was a passionate teen who loved his family and friends and believed in helping others. Donating blood was an obvious and easy way for him to do so and he was excited to join his family in their selless eforts. “It might be hard for someone to think they can make a

signiicant contribution at a young age,” Valeria said. “But just imagine being able to help save multiple lives by lying back in a chair three or four times a year donating blood or platelets. It is honestly one of the easiest ways to become somebody’s hero.” Chris’ example has inspired his family to “up their game,” said Valeria. The Hess family continues to regularly donate at the Lifeblood Germantown donor center located at 2095 Exeter Road, No. 75. The Hess’ dedication has inspired their friends to become regular blood donors as well. SJ Smith is the marketing coordinator with Lifeblood.


Bumpus hosts fundraiser for veterans By Daniel Hight Special to The Weekly

Bumpus Harley-Davidson raised thousands of dollars for Forever Young as the Collierville motorcycle shop hosted its irstever sanctioned mix martial arts ight night. The money was raised to help return Normandy D-Day veterans back to France for the 70th anniversary. Bumpus, 98.1 The Max and The Trophy Room sponsored the sold-out “Havoc For Heroes” event, which raised $11,000 for

the aging heroes. “We were thrilled this highly professional event brought in enough money to sponsor two D-Day veterans,” said founder and president of Forever Young, Diane Hight. “We couldn’t honor our World War II vets without businesses like Bumpus HarleyDavidson who care enough to give back to our senior veterans.” Before the ights started, Gideon Sullivan of Havoc MMA said to the World War II veterans in attendance, “You fought for us

and now it’s our time to ight for you.” The crowd gave a standing ovation to the veterans as they stood on a second level balcony. Forever Young is extremely grateful that there are people like Joe Kilpatrick, Jerry Bumpus and Jim Church who truly understand the sacriice of our World War II veterans and are willing to work hard to make a diference in their lives. Our Normandy veterans will never forget it.

Mobility is something many of us take for granted. We rarely think twice about walking around the house or typing on a laptop. Every day, though, people of all ages sufer from diseases and injuries that limit their quality of life. These individuals cannot run, jump, work or play because of their condition. Since 1946, the Campbell Foundation has been dedicated to helping these individuals and enhancing the quality of life for all through the science of orthopaedic medicine. The Campbell Foundation is a scientiic and char-

itable trust a ff iliated with Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics based in Memphis. Their Jeremy C. efforts are Park t h reefold : surgeon education, orthopaedic research and community health care. The Foundation’s residency and fellowship programs, which have already trained more than 450 physicians, are highly coveted opportunities for surgeons to develop their skills and techniques, receive mentorship, and engage in wider discussions around

musculoskeletal medicine. They also publish Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics, known as the “bible” of orthopaedic surgery for surgeons around the world. In 2013, the Foundation started a Community Healthcare Outreach by sponsoring their irst medical mission to Managua, Nicaragua to provide orthopaedic care and share orthopaedic techniques and knowledge. You can play a part in expanding their Outreach by joining the Foundation for their “Footprints in Motion” party and auction event on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Racquet Club. For more information

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“Me and a friend left a trail of unwrapped Tootsie Rolls on the floor. When her mom came home she thought their new puppy had a big accident.” EMILY KLUSMEYER, Spring Camp counselor at Singleton Community Center

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Home & Garden Light bulbs are showing up in diferent styles and colors as tungsten incandescent bulbs (left) get phased out and high-eiciency LED bulbs (right) become more readily available.

Market demand lipping switch for long-lived LED bulbs


Electrician Terry Corpier with Ben Dunford Electric wires a light box in a three-story Cooper-Young project being remodeled by eco-friendly contractor Josh Somes. Corpier has started using LED light bulbs for his jobs; they have decreased in price by half just in the past year.

BRIGHT IDEAS By Stacey Wiedower Special to The Commercial Appeal

In a recent renovation of his parents’ house, electrician Terry Corpier used LED light bulbs in every ixture. It’s a luxury he didn’t have in the past, and one he’s happy to embrace. “The LEDs are more expensive, but they’ve probably reduced by half in cost just from last year to this year,” said Corpier, vice president of Ben Dunford Electric Co. LED, which stands for “light-emitting diode,” represents one of today’s most rapidly developing energy-eicient technologies, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Experts say LED bulbs, which have come a long way from the blue-tinged versions of the past, are poised to take over the residential lighting market, replacing the much-debated compact luorescent, or CFL. “LED is the latest and greatest — what I call a freight train out of control,” said David Lee, co-owner of Memphis-based The Lighting Source. “Everybody and his brother wants it until they ind out how much it costs. But ultimately LED is going to take over the market. I strongly believe that CFLs will go away and LEDs will come in and be down at the price level of CFLs.” Starting in January 2012, federal law mandated a phaseout of energy-ineicient light bulbs. This January, manufacturers stopped producing traditional 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, which give of 90 percent of their energy as heat. With the new standard now in place, consumers have three options for replacing the bulbs they’ve used in their home ixtures for decades. All three options ofer a variety of shapes and colors with a range of light output, as well as bases that screw in to standard ixtures. Option 1 is the energy-eicient incandescent bulb, which actually uses halogen technology. These bulbs save an average of

LIGHT BULB ENERGY COST COMPARISON Approximate operating cost per year*: Traditional incandescent: $4.80 Halogen incandescent: $3.50 Energy Star CFL: $1.20 Energy Star LED: $1 *For 60W replacement bulbs, based on two hours/day of usage. Source: U.S. Department of Energy

25 percent in energy costs over traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to three times longer. They’re available in wide range of shapes, including the “A-shape” light bulb consumers are used to. Also like traditional incandescents, these bulbs work well on a dimmer. Option 2 is the compact luorescent, which saves an average of 75 percent in energy costs over incandescents and can last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb with the same light output. Cost has decreased and color options have increased since CFLs irst became prevalent on the market. However, all luorescent bulbs contain minuscule amounts of mercury that prove problematic when bulbs break, and CFLs must be recycled at the end of their use rather than tossed in the trash. Option 3 is the LED, which provides 75 percent to 80 percent energy savings over incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 25 times longer. It’s this longevity — coupled with the energy savings and lack of environmentally harmful mercury — that make LED the favored option among industry experts. Recent prices listed at a big-box home improvement store for a single 60-watt equivalent, 2,700-2,900 Kelvin bulb by a major brand was $3.98 for energy-eicient incandescent ($7.97 two-pack), $7.97 for CFL

and $9.97 for LED. “The LEDs are quite a bit more expensive, but they don’t have any toxins that I know of that would harm the environment,” said Josh Somes, owner of Sustain Studio, a designbuild irm that specializes in eco-friendly construction. “The light is more true to what people are used to, and the lifetime is just of the charts. If you’re going with a goodbetter-best comparison, that’s certainly the best.” And prices are dropping rapidly with increased consumer demand. “Even between last year and this year, the price on LEDs has dropped in half,” Somes said. “The market demand has brought that down.” “If you remember,” added Lee, “when VCRs and plasma TVs irst came out, the price was extremely high. And then once demand set in for them, the prices came down.” While prices for LED bulbs were still “of the charts,” Somes said, he wavered on whether to continue buying CFLs or to make the switch to LEDs. Then he heard that a single LED bulb can last more than 18 years — meaning over time, the long-term savings of LEDs is obvious. “I heard a quote that was something like, ‘You can have a child and send them to college before this bulb burns out,’” he said. “If in fact that LED does perform to its expectations, that’s a pretty big deal.” A concern many homeowners and designers have with both CFLs and LEDs is the color quality of light these bulbs emit. Valerie Sachs, an interior designer and coowner of Germantown’s Fresh Perspective Design & Décor, bought CFLs for her home and shop until she learned about the hazards involved with breaking a bulb. As far as color quality is concerned, Sachs advises homeowners to take advantage of lighting stations available in big-box home improvement stores, which display the color and brightness of various bulb options.


Frost threat lingers; fight encroaching weeds

Some of your plants may already be budding out. However, it’s still not too late for the threat of a frost. Here are some ways to protect your plants from frost damage: Covering plants: The best way to protect your plants from frost is with some type of covering, such as blankets or sheets. Very light covering can be placed directly over the plants, but heavy covering needs to be staked to keep the plants from being damaged because of the weight and the early morning heat. It is very important that the covering be removed in the morning. Watering plants: Watering your plants a day or two before a frost is expected will help protect them from frost damage. Wet soil holds more heat than soil that is dry. Do not overwater. Mulching plants: Mulching helps hold moisture in the soil; during cold weather, it helps hold heat. When applying mulch, don’t use more than 2 to 3 inches around your plants. The last killing frost for West Tennessee is typically around April 15.

FIGHTING WEEDS If you are planning on having a vegetable garden this spring, start thinking about how you will face a likely problem — weeds. Weeds rob vegetable plants of resources needed to grow, such as water, fertilizer, and sunlight. While there is no cure to totally eliminate weeds from your garden, there are several things you can do to help hinder their growth:

Remove weeds by hand:

Hand-pulling is the safest and most efective method of removing weeds. The best time to remove weeds is after a rain because the soil is moist, the weeds are easier to pull up, and you will have a better chance of getting the roots. Mulching: Mulching helps suppress weeds by limiting the amount of sunlight, which is necessary for the weeds to become established. Cultivating: This is the most popular method for reducing weeds in vegetable gardens because it is less time consuming and less labor intensive than removing weeds by hand pulling. Make sure you don’t damage your vegetables. Reducing plant spacing:

Sometimes reducing the space between your vegetable plants can decrease weeds. The less space between plants, then the less space weeds will have to grow. Make sure you don’t plant your vegetables so close they don’t have room to grow.

New pest threatens iconic crape myrtles To say deinitively just which single one of a number of locally common landscape plants should best qualify as the iconic botanical representative of Memphis is difficult and certainly debatable. However, as a practicing arborist for the past four decades, I would easily place three at the very top of the contenders. Azaleas, especially those of the Mobile and similar Southern varieties, has to be one. Another is the red oak, which may have given rise to the often-repeated refrain that, from the air, Memphis appears as a city built in a forest. And there is the crape myrtle, that ubiquitous Memphis plant that seems to thrive on this city’s infamous summer-


time humidity and will reliably spring back with new canes even after being radically cut back to little more than a stump. The third of this august trio, however, the crape myrtle is now threatened with crape myrtle bark scale, a new insect pest that is particularly serious because of the rapid spread of the problem and the popularity of Lagerstroemia as a landscaping choice in Memphis and the Mid-South.

I irst became aware of this insidious sucking pest last year when to my shock and amazement I noticed an entire row of crapes on a residential site in Germantown that looked almost as though they had been spray-painted black. Upon closer inspection, this black appearance was easily identiied as common sooty mold, the fungal residue that grows on the sugary bodily efluence of insects such as aphids and scale. In this case, however, the sooty mold was so pervasive on all surfaces of these trees that the entire row appeared to be in jeopardy. Crape myrtle bark scale is also easy to identify because it is the only bark scale to occur on this plant. The female nymphs

secrete white threads that become matted (or felted) over the entire body, giving the identiier to the class as a felt scale, which is distinct from both armored and soft scales. Viewed up close, it is white to gray in color and about 2 millimeters in length. But the real giveaway is the appearance of the sooty mold itself. Tests have shown that the best control for this pest is an application of winter dormant oil, then followed up as necessary with a soil drench application of Imidacloprid (Merit) or Safari. It is necessary to allow several weeks for this latter treatment to distribute throughout the plant. If your crape is small enough, it can also be ef-

This crape myrtle has a heavy infestation of bark scale. FRED MORGAN

fective to wash the surfaces with a soft brush and a mild solution of dishwashing soap. This treatment will remove both the egg masses and the unsightly sooty mold. When on the leaves, sooty mold also blocks sunlight to the plant, eroding plant vitality.

Just a little awareness and a timely response can save the appearance and health of a Memphis tradition. Fred Morgan is an ISA Certified Arborist who operates Morgan Tree Service. E-mail him at fmorgan@ or call 901-830-9928.

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Grizz, the Memphis Grizzlies mascot made a special appearance to greet fans. Nick Tham had a chance to ride on Grizz’s shoulder and even got his autograph.

Conley Elvert, named after Memphis Grizzles’ point guard Mike Conley, and Carol Szpara met mascot Grizz who was on hand to help The Weekly crew celebrate the publication’s irst birthday.

Part of the Weekly’s birthday party included four drawings for Memphis Grizzlies tickets. Julie de Armas, Conley Elvert and Carol Szpara came out to The Weekly’s birthday celebration at Sonic.

As part of The Weekly’s birthday celebration, guests had a chance to win free Memphis Grizzlies’ tickets. Dave, Rebekah and Jill Morgan were lucky winners. Stephanie Boggins with The Commercial Appeal had a chance to meet Grizz at The Weekly’s irst birthday party at Sonic in Collierville.

The Weekly staf teamed up with the Memphis Grizzlies and Sonic to celebrate the paper’s irst birthday.

Sonic employees Falon White and Kaitlyn Quick took a short break to meet Grizz at The Weekly birthday bash at the Collierville Sonic.

Christy Faciane uses her phone to snap a picture of Savannah Reed, Lili Beth Faciane, Will Faciane and Grizz. The Memphis Grizzles helped The Weekly staf celebrate the paper’s irst birthday and showed up at the Collierville Sonic.




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The author poses with her guide, Donaldo, at the Tahuayo Lodge in Peru’s Tamishiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Guests enjoy a personalized jungle experience with their knowledgeable English-speaking guides.

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Trip to Peru in pursuit of river exploration provides encounter with natural wonders By Christine Jones Special to The Commercial Appeal


guess I’m a “river rat.” I have lived within a few miles of the Mississippi River for most of my life, spent many weekends sailing on Pickwick Lake (aka the Tennessee River) and I cruised down China’s Yangtze River in 2002, just before the Three Gorges Dam looded the scenic gorges. So when I retired after a long career at FedEx, I set my sights on the Amazon, which begins high in the Andes Mountains, lows over 4,000 miles through South America and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon basin is home to some of the most exotic creatures on Earth, including the giant anaconda, the jaguar and the lesh-eating piranha. I wanted to see them all, and I wanted to begin at the headwaters, where you can see both sides of the river at the same time. I shared this desire with a new friend, who told me about Amazonia Expeditions (, an ecotour operator with a wilderness lodge and research center in Peru’s Tamishiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. I contacted Amazonia Expeditions and put together a three-week trip to Peru, which included eight days on the Amazon and the Tahuayo rivers. Iquitos, Peru, is the primary starting point for travelers visiting the northern Peruvian Amazon basin. Iquitos is the largest city in the world that is accessible only by boat or air. Amazonia Expeditions’ Tahuayo Lodge is a quick three-hour speedboat ride upriver from Iquitos. The wilderness lodge comprises thatched-roof cabins and buildings perched on stilts to accommodate the annual looding. All of the cabins have private, en-suite bathrooms, electricity, fully screened windows and roofs, as well as mosquito netting draped over the beds. Wi-Fi is available in the main dining hall and lab area. The Amazon Research Center is a few miles from the lodge, in a diferent ecosystem. The ARC’s cabins and buildings are like those at the lodge, with the exception of shared dormitory-style bathroom facilities. All meals are typical local food served bufet style and are included at both facilities. Depending upon the length of their stay, guests stay at the lodge a few days and then move to the ARC for the balance of the visit. This allows guests to experience the diversity of the Amazon basin. January is the beginning of the wet and rainy season in the Peruvian Amazon. The rivers are on the rise, and the water covers much of the lowlying ground. Hiking trails are now

Amazonia Expeditions’ Amazon Research Center is located on the Tahuayo River in Peru. The research center is accessible only by boat. The screened cabins at Amazonia Expeditions’ Tahuayo Lodge feature en-suite bathrooms and mosquito netting over the beds. Wi-Fi is available in the main dining hall and lab area.

IF YOU GO ■ Yellow fever and hepatitis inoculations are currently recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check their website,, for the latest information several weeks before your trip. ■ Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray with DEET. ■ Wear a hat to shade the sun, as well as to keep the mosquitoes and other insects away. ■ Carry a bandanna with you. They are handy and have many uses. ■ Wear smart wicking fabrics. Many shirts now have built-in sun and insect protection. They also dry quickly. ■ Bring binoculars and a camera with video capabilities. ■ A rain poncho works better than a rain jacket. It easily covers your camera, binoculars and backpack.

canoe trails and allow easier access to remote locations to view wildlife. The rising waters also lush the wildlife to higher ground, increasing the likelihood of spotting monkeys, small mammals and amphibians. The additional rainfall did not prevent us from doing anything during our stay — we either

A woolly monkey, rescued from the black market and released into the wild, waits in the treetops for a banana snack from visitors to the Tahuayo Lodge.

waited until it stopped, or we moved a few miles until we were back in the sunshine. Each visitor or group is assigned an experienced local guide who personalizes the Amazon experience based on interests. Bird-watchers observed two pairs of chestnut-eared aracari feed ci-

cadas to their chicks, nesting hoatzins, a stoic great potoo bird, and numerous types of hawks, macaws and parrots. I wanted to see everything: monkeys, anacondas, jaguars, birds, poison dart frogs, pink dolphins, plants, local people. I didn’t see an anaconda or jaguar, but I did see everything else on my list. My guide, Donaldo, and I met nightly to sketch out our plan for the next day. We frequently started our day at dawn, when most animals and birds are waking and feeding. We either hiked or canoed through the jungle depending upon what we were trying to ind. A typical day included wildlife excursions in the early morning, late afternoon and after dinner. During my stay we saw or heard several species of monkeys, including monk saki, squirrel, saddle-backed tamarin and pygmy marmoset. We watched troops of monk saki and squirrel monkeys swing from tree to tree in search of fruit for breakfast. One day we boated from the lodge to the forest for an extended hike into Frog Valley. The forest here typically does not lood and has a diferent ecosystem from the areas we had been in around Tahuayo Lodge. Frog Valley is home to poison dart frogs, as well as other types of frogs. Donaldo showed me a type of fungus he called the “paper of the forest.” The mushroom cap is irm enough that one can write on it with the end of a stick. We left messages for our fellow hikers, who found them later that day. On the motorboat ride back to the lodge, we stopped to watch three woolly monkeys who quickly joined us in the boat. These monkeys had been pets who outgrew their welcomes and were rescued by Amazonia Expeditions and released into the wild. We fed them bananas and other fruit and scrambled to keep their inquisitive hands out of our backpacks and pockets. El Chino is the closest village to the Tahuayo Lodge and boasts a population of 237 people. They have a school, two churches and a shop. The medical clinic was moved to the next village, which is on higher ground. All of the buildings are on stilts as the village is looded annually. Most of the people farm and ish for a living; the women are skilled artisans who weave baskets and make jewelry for sale. One group decided to try their hands at piranha ishing and returned with over 20 ish. The kitchen staf was thrilled to serve the catch of the day for dinner that night. The pan-fried red-bellied piranha was pretty tasty. Contrary to what you see in the movies, piranhas are not aggressive maneaters; however, I did keep my hands inside the canoe. Just in case. As the guests boarded the motorboat to return to Iquitos, one of the guides commented that our adventure was over. I countered that the adventure is not over until I get home. Two hours later on the Amazon, we were caught in a cloudburst of blinding rain and wind. Our boat bounced through the whitecaps as rain blew in through the vinyl roof and laps and soaked the passengers seated near the sides of the boat. Five minutes later, we were back in the sunshine.

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Looking for a pet? Mega Adoptathon is the ideal time By Katie Pemberton Special to The Weekly

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host its third annual 36-Hour Mega Adoptathon, presented by Hollywood Feed, starting at 9 a.m. on April 4 and ending at 9 p.m. on April 5. HSMSC will remain open to the public for 36 straight hours offering greatly reduced adoption fees during that time. Adopters who arrive between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday will pay just $12 for an adoption; those who adopt between midnight Friday and sunrise Saturday will pay no adoption fee as part of the “Howl at the Moon” adoption special. At any other time, the adoption fee for HSMSC animals will be just $36. Anyone who adopts an HSMSC animal will receive a $25 gift card from presenting sponsor Hollywood Feed and a free bag of dog food. Adopters can also enter to win one free year of dog food from Hollywood Feed, as well as a GPS collar courtesy of TAGG Pet Tracker.

“Adopting is so important, and we at Hollywood Feed urge everyone to consider adoption when looking for a new pet,” said Shawn McGhee, Hollywood Feed president. “But if you can’t adopt, you can still help by donating $36 — a dollar for every hour HSMSC will be open during the adoptathon. We will match every $36 donation between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday” On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mega Adoptathon “shoppers” can choose from many diferent local rescue groups and shelters, such as Bartlett Animal Shelter, Blue Sky Dog Rescue, Blues City Animal Rescue, Collierville Animal Shelter, Dogs 2nd Chance, Memphis Pets Alive, Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option, Mid-South Pug Rescue, North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue, Paw Prints Rescue Center, Real Good Dog Rescue, Senatobia Tate County Animal Rescue, Simon’s Organization for Animal Rights (SOAR), St. Francis Animal Rescue & Refuge, Teddy’s Rescued Paws, Tipton County Animal Shelter, Tunica

Humane Society and West Memphis Animal Shelter, that will be on-site. Each adoption group and shelter has its own unique adoption fees and application processes. “Last year, we sent home more than 150 animals through our Mega Adoptathon, so we are so excited going into our second year of this event,” said Alexis Amorose, executive director of HSMSC. “The message that we and our sponsor Hollywood Feed and media partners KIX 106, 98.1 The Max, News Talk FM 98.9, and Clear Channel Outdoor, are trying to get out is simply to adopt, whether that’s from us or from any other shelter or rescue group.” The Positive Trainers of the Mid-South will host a Q&A session about dog training open to the public during the adoptathon at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the upstairs lobby of the HSMSC facility. Regular adoption fees at HSMSC range from $75 to $150. Every animal adopted out by HSMSC is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

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Wisher looks to lead Collierville back to state Other area teams also return key players in efort to make playofs By Pete Wickham Special to The Weekly

Bayleigh Wisher and her Collierville buddies were very good — good enough to reach last year’s state Class AAA tournament without a boatload of experience. This year they’re even better. How much better? “Really, the sky’s the limit,” Dragons’ coach Mike Bradley said after his team roared to a 9-2 start out of the gate, including a runner-up inish to Baylor in a season-opening tournament. “Last year they were learning my system but we still had a great year,” said Bradley. “This year we can hit up and down the lineup, we play good defense. We have two good pitchers, one good catcher. We’ve just gotta keep grinding. When we think we’ve arrived then we have more work to do.” The assessment might go double for junior Bayleigh Wisher. A BOP Player of the Year nominee as a sophomore (23-4, 1.14 ERA, .510 batting aver-

age), she exploded out of the gate, getting of to a 5-1 start on the mound. With a bat in her hand she’s been even more dangerous, with six home runs, including a walk-of grand slam. “She’s a very good pitcher, and a great hitter,” Bradley said of Wisher, who has committed to the University of Memphis. She is one of eight returning starters from a team that went 30-12 and dominated District 15 and Region 8. The only senior on the team is shortstop Elena Maxwell (. 305 last year), who is headed to Southwest. Junior catcher Jacqueline Conlon (. 407), sophomore pitcher-1B Kelsey Gross (10-7, .426 BA) and junior third baseman Kari Kennel (. 413) were All-Metro picks last year. Gross, of to a 4-1 start on the mound, missed the second half of last season with an injury. Houston inished 21-10 a year ago, and lost out to Munford in the substate round. Matt Parker’s Mustangs, of to a 2-5 start in early tournament play, are

led by two All-Metro picks in junior pitcher Jenna Cotter (a verbal commit to CBU who fanned 227 a year ago) and junior shortstop Kathryn Peterson (. 471, 22 steals), who could show up at the next level on the diamond or the track. Two other junior starters return, outielder Madison Studstill (. 351) and irst baseman Amber McCollum. Also available are senior OF Alyssa Ptacek (. 355) and junior IF Lauren Lindley (. 306). Transfer Mary Collins (Harding) has stepped into the catcher’s role while freshman Michele Meyers has made in impression at second base and freshman Cassidy West looks like a ind as a utility player. Sophomore Kylie Robertson, a .420 hitter as an outielder last year, will also ill the bill at several positions this time around. “It should be us and Collierville duking it out again,” Parker said. “We’re OK … thin at some positions, but we’ll have players who can ill multiple roles.” Germantown looks to be the third team in the district, with a more veteran lineup and some big bats for coach Katie Martin to rely on. The Red Devils

Bayleigh Wisher receives a ist bump from Collierville coach Mike Bradley after hitting a home run last season against Houston in the District 15-AAA championship game.

return six starters, and key hitters look to be senior outielder Mei Ray, junior C-3B Nava Fisher and junior utility player Anna Russnogle. Other starters back include junior OF Kristen Johnson, junior 2B Parker Shackelford and sophomore util-

ity Abbey Johnson. Sophomore Anna Maxwell is the chief option on the mound, and the Devils have a large freshman class jockeying for playing time. “This is a very young team with lots of potential,” Martin said. “We have little pitching expe-

rience, but our freshman class comes in with a lot of overall experience.” Briarcrest lost eight seniors from a year ago, and coach Chelsea Malone will be rebuilding behind two seniors, 3B-1B Lindsey Taylor and 1B Laura Lane Baker. The Saints took an early injury hit on the mound, as junior Kaitlyn Jones will miss the next 3-4 weeks, putting eighthgrader Grayson House in the pitcher’s role. At the plate she’s a switchhitter that’s shown potential with the bat. Taylor’s sophomore sister Lauren and sophomore Maddie Kruse will play middle inield and the outield. St. George’s didn’t play a varsity schedule last year, but coach Ben Todd has rebuilt the roster and is back at it on the varsity level. Todd starts with two returning seniors, outielders Casey Schneider and Meredith Gatlin. Three other seniors are back after being away from the game for 1-3 years, pitcher Catherine Cantu, catcher Virginia Whitsitt and inielder Shelby Sims. Todd, whose team has started 0-2, likes what he sees from junior Kelsey Pepper and sophomore Samantha Majuri, both inielders.



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Southwind’s Oscar Becerra (5) and Donovan Coates (11) try to prevent Houston’s Luke Lyons (18) from scoring during the Mustangs 6-0 victory.



Collierville keeper Brady Thornbury prevents Arlington from scoring during last Saturday’s match. The Dragons won 1-0 on a goal by Marlow Payant. Collierville catcher Jesse Kelley ields a bunt during the Dragons game with TiptonRosemark last Thursday. The Dragons, the defending Class AAA state baseball champions, won 13-6. ERIC GLEMSER SPECIAL TO THE WEEKLY


Collierville senior Brandon Montgomery makes contact with the ball during last Thursday’s baseball game with Tipton-Rosemark. The Dragons rallied from three runs down to win 13-6 during last week’s Best of the West tournament. Hunter Hollis picked up the victory and Tyler Myers earned the save.


Collierville’s Jeremy Atkinson and CBHS keeper Nicholas Mathews battle for the ball during last Thursday’s season opener for the Dragons. CBHS edged the Dragons 2-1.


Jared Burns of Collierville and Arlington’s Grayson Sterling try to gain possession of the ball during last Saturday’s match at Collierville. The Dragons edged the Tigers 1-0.

The ECS varsity softball team is of to strong start this spring. Some of the senior leaders on the team are Jaci Simpson (left) of Collierville, Mary Faith Younts of Germantown, Addi Maxwell of Collierville, and Treyvia Matthews.

Evangelical Christian School held a ceremony March 20 to dedicate its new tennis courts located across the street from the ECS campus on Macon Road, next to First Chinese Baptist Church. Bryan Miller, head of school (from left to right), Kenny Yau, pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church and ECS tennis coaches Janie Peeler and Paul Vander Zwaag spoke at the dedication ceremony. After the dedication, in their irst oicial home matches, both boys and girls tennis teams emerged victorious over FACS.




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Houston charges to win Mustangs stay unbeaten with win over Tigers By John Varlas 901-529-2350

The simplest way to keep the other team from scoring in soccer? Don’t let them possess the ball. The Houston Mustangs followed that formula to success Tuesday night, improving their record to 3-0 on the year with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Arlington. Houston has now scored 10 goals this year, without conceding one. “That’s half the deal with (good) defense, keeping the ball,” said Mustangs coach David Wolf. “We had about 65-35 (advantage) in possession. They want to get forward so fast but we have to learn patience.” The young Mustangs, who started freshmen Paidric Gilley in goal and Logan Eskind in defense and several sophomores in other positions, got the game-winner early in the second half from sophomore Peyton McKnatt. It was a bit of a fortunate goal; Arlington keeper Emmanuel Garcia had it well-covered, but the ball trickled out of his grasp and was ruled by the linesman to have crossed the goal line, much to the dismay of several Tiger players. “He’s so creative,” said Wolf of McKnatt. “One of most creative players I’ve coached.” Said McKnatt, “I meant to hit it near post but I hit it right at the goalkeeper. I got a little lucky.” The goal was a itting reward for Houston, which had Arlington on the back foot for much of the game and might have gotten a couple of more goals if not for some ine saves by Garcia. “Any time you can hold Houston to one goal, that’s a victory,” said Tigers coach Zeke Vezina, who gave a smiling “no comment” when asked about the goal. “Their midield is such a strong point and we tried to stretch them.” The Tigers got a strong game from sophomore Christian Castellanos, who never slowed in his eforts to keep up with the talented Mustang attackers. “We wanted to show a lot of hustle and show that this was our ield,” he said.


Houston’s Corey Brown (left) battles Arlington’s Jacob Pina for control of the ball during Tuesday’s match at Arlington. The Mustangs controlled the ball for much of the game to pull out a 1-0 victory and improve to 3-0.

Houston’s Austin Gray (front) struggles to gain control of the ball against Arlington’s Chris McDaniel. Peyton McKnatt scored the game’s lone goal.

Arlington High School’s goalie Emmanuel Garcia makes a leaping save after a corner kick by Houston High.

IN OTHER SOCCER GAMES Christian Brothers improved to 3-0 on the year with a 3-0 victory over St. Benedict. Evan Kurdelmeyer, Barrett Mills and Cole Cannon scored to lead the Brothers. ... James Bedwell scored three goals and Batey Daniel had two goals and an assist as Memphis University School blanked Briarcrest, 5-0. ... Will Carmon, Jared Burns and Jackson Bentey had the goals as Collierville improved to 2-1 with a 3-1 victory over White Station. IN SOFTBALL Collierville upped its record to 9-2 with an 18-0 victory over district rival Southwind. Bradley Crain earned the victory and Tyler Myers homered.

Houston’s Austin Gray sprints ahead with the ball during a soccer match against Arlington High. Houston’s Jason Mars (left) and Arlington’s Jacob Rowland battle for control of the ball.


Collierville High trap team earns 15 medals at clay target tournament Special to The Weekly

The Collierville High School Trap Team started its 2014 regular season by taking 15 medals in the Shelby County Scholastic Clay Target Association tournament held at the Memphis Sport Shooting Association. Using 12-gauge shotguns, the 27 athletes representing CHS competed with 300 athletes from Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties. The Junior Varsity 1 squad was crowned JV champion after breaking 192 out of a possible 250 clays, three more than their closest competitor, the Bolton High School JV squad. The ive squad members who contributed to Collierville’s efort were seniors Matthew Truitt and Sam Farris, and freshmen Austin Baronowski, Wyatt Burkey and Cole-

man Bomar. Truitt also took home the second place individual medal for JV male. Freshman Daniel Sartor competed in the Junior Varsity alternate division and inished in a tie for third place. Collierville entered three squads in the varsity division. The Varsity 1 squad were runners-up by shooting an impressive 468 out of 500, but were four breaks shy of beating the champion Arlington Varsity 1 squad. Representing CHS on that squad were seniors Mitchell Moore and Chris Locke, and juniors Savannah Melton, Winston Beesinger and Christian Sidebottom. Melton had an amazing start with her individual score of 97 out of 100, making her the top lady shooter and second highest scorer of all athletes

for the tournament. In addition to hauling in two medals, she hit the irst “Straight 50” of her career. Beesinger shot well enough to be in a shoot-of round for third place individual high score where he beat out his competitor by breaking 24 of 25 clays. Junior David Powers won the second place medal for the Varsity alternate division with an 83 out of 100. Head coach Barry Moore praised his team’s efort. Moore said, “I give credit to the athletes who have a true passion for the sport of shooting and who have been practicing twice a week since October. Plus, none of this would have been possible if it were not for our dedicated coaching staf, who have worked tirelessly with each of our 30 athletes. It was a good start to what will be a challenging season ahead.”

Varsity 1 members Christian Sidebottom (left), Mitchell Moore, Chris Locke, Savannah Melton and Winston Beesinger were the runners-up after breaking 468 out of 500 targets.

Savannah Melton was the top lady shooter.

Collierville junior varsity trap team members Sam Farris, Austin Baronowski and senior Matthew Truitt won first-place medals.

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Kyle Rogers First Assembly Christian School Music

About Academic All-Stars

Kyle, a senior, is consumed by his love for music. According to his nominator, he eats, sleeps and breathes music. He holds a 4.296 weighted grade point average and scored 26 on the ACT. He is a frequent concert soloist on trumpet, sings in the school choir and church choir and is a leader of the school’s chapel worship team. He is active in the school band as the brass section leader. He constantly arranges musical pieces for himself and various ensembles. In his “spare time,” Kyle develops arrangements with his brother, and they perform them in “You Tube” videos. A versatile and reliable student, Kyle has become an indispensable part of the school’s theatre program. He has been cast as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Annie,” and the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” He is a key player in the marching and concert bands. He received a superior rating for brass ensemble last year for a piece he had arranged. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Thespian Troupe #6396. Kyle serves at the Memphis Union Mission soup kitchen and passes out water bottles on hot summer days as part of an urban outreach group.

Johnathan Parr Olive Branch High School

Music Johnathan, a senior, is a multi-talented student who performs in the band, choir and on the stage. He holds a 4.43 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. He currently ranks sixth in a class of 262 seniors. He was the alto saxophone section leader in the marching band. He is the first chair bassoonist for the Symphonic Winds and a four-time bassoon section leader. In addition, he has been the pianist for the Jazz Band for three years. He sings baritone in the Men’s Choir and the Advanced Mixed Choir. He has appeared in Honor Bands and traveled to Hawaii, Germany and Austria as part of the elite All-State Lion’s Band. An AP Scholar, Johnathan has taken multiple AP and Honors classes throughout high school. He is a member of the National Honor Society, where is serves as reporter. He is a member of the 30+ Club and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He has tutored students in math for four years. Johnathan is an active member of his church. He is a member of the Youth Leadership Team, where he participates in mission trips, spiritual retreats and frequent community projects.

Zara Ali St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Music Zara, a senior, is passionate about music. She is an accomplished pianist and composer. She holds a 5.61 weighted grade point average and scored 2120 on the SAT. She is driven to find her own voice in music. She attended the Boston Conservatory last year, where she wrote a string quartet that won a national composition competition in Chicago. She has the innate ability to translate her feelings and abstract concepts into musical contexts. A composition teacher, who taught Zara at the Cleveland Institute of Music, said, “…her music always sounds flowing and real, as opposed to forced or academic.” An AP Scholar with Distinction, Zara has taken eight AP courses and 14 Honors classes. Her music awards include: first place at the Generation Next Young Composers Competition; Tennessee Music Teachers Association senior division winner; and ASCAP Morton Guild Young Composer Finalist. She has written pieces for flute, violin, bass clarinet, piano, string quartets and woodwind and brass quintets. She is Director of Belles Melodies and vice-president of the National Latin Honor Society. She is a member of the Cum Laude Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. In the community, Zara has offered piano lessons to inner-city students and is pianist for the GPAC Youth Symphony.

Robert Schutt St. George’s Independent School Music Robert, a senior, is a gifted musician and top student. He holds a 4.19 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT. A member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Robert assumed the role of choral director this year when the current director was ailing. He warms up the class and directs them during performances and chapels. He was named “outstanding bass” in the upper school chorus. He also was named Prefect of the Arts and is a member of the Peer Leadership Council. Currently, Robert is the Choir President. He is a natural leader and a positive role model for his classmates. He is universally liked by all students and faculty. They look to him for leadership. He received the Kenyon College Book Award last year and will graduate with eight AP classes on his resume. He has been named an AP Scholar for earning top scores of ‘5’ on AP exams in World History, Calculus and English. Robert has a servant’s heart. He is actively involved with the Make-a-Wish Club, serving as president last year. He is the founder and president of Common Commotion, a series of benefit concerts. He also is a band/ worship leader for Young Life.

Charles Spencer Central High School Music Charles, a senior, is a bright and talented student. He holds a 4.3 weighted grade point average and scored 27 on the ACT. He is a four-year member of the school’s award-winning choral program, a member of the Concert Singers, Chamber Singers and the Men’s Choir. All have received superior ratings at regional and national choral festivals. He is a three-time member of the All-Southwest Tennessee Honor Choir and was selected for the AllState Men’s Choir this year. A well-respected student and classmate, Charles was selected for the National Honor Society. He is a member of the college preparatory Optional Schools Program, where he takes challenging classes. He has taken four Advanced Placement courses. Because of his good writing skills, he received the Sewanee Book Award during his junior year. He also is involved with the four-star Student Council and serves many hours as a peer tutor. Known for his work ethic and wit, Charles easily balances a rigorous course load with many community service activities. He is looking toward studying psychology in college.

Maddye Regis Tipton-Rosemark Academy Music Maddye, a senior, is an accomplished singer and leader in her school. She holds a 3.7907 grade point average and was selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts last summer. She has earned the Headmaster’s List and Academic Excellence Award every year of high school and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Beta Club. She is a six-year All-West Honor Choir Award winner and qualified for the All-State Honor Choir. Recently, she was selected as a 2014 American Idol contestant. A two-time Academic All-Star, Maddye received a solo and ensemble superior rating from 2008-2013. She was the Voice of Tipton 2013 winner and a Mid-South Fair Semifinalist in 2011. She is an active member of the school Concert Choir, Girls Jazz Ensemble and Competition Show Choir. She has served as a choir officer for four years and has been instrumental in mentoring younger choir students. She has been Lead Actress in several musical theatre productions. Her most recent role of Nellie in “South Pacific” earned a nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress for the Orpheum Theatre’s High School Musical Theatre Awards. Maddye volunteers with Millington’s “Goat Days” and the Maternal League of Memphis.

Now in its 8th year, the Academic All-Stars program identiies and recognizes high school students in the Memphis metro area for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Each week during the school year, six to seven Academic All-Stars are proiled in The Commercial Appeal. Winners are selected by geographic areas that include Bartlett, Cordova, Fayette County, Germantown, Collierville, DeSoto County, Millington, Tipton County, Whitehaven, South Memphis, East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown Memphis. There are 10 categories of achievement: Art, Drama & Speech, English & Literature, Foreign Language, General Scholarship, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Sciences & History, and Career-Technical. The Commercial Appeal compiles the nominations submitted by schools. Representatives from area universities judge the student resumes and select the award recipients. For more information, call or email Mary Lou Brown, Community Relations Manager for The Commercial Appeal at 901-529-2508 or




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Outdoors Calendar




National Wild Turkey Federation Northeast Miss., Long Beards Chapter Banquet: Saturday at the American Legion in Corinth, Miss. Contact: Billy Miller at 662-286-9174. EDUCATIONAL

Live Fish Feedings: Every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Memphis. Learn about fish kept in the aquarium at Bass Pro. Contact: 901-213-5800. MEETINGS

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission: Thursday at 9 a.m. at the TWRA Ray Bell Region 2 Building in Nashville. Visit FISHING TOURNAMENTS


Darlene Chamberlain holds two nice black crappie caught from Reelfoot Lake. So far this year, the black crappie have been a safer play for Reelfoot anglers than white crappie. Unlike white crappie, black crappie are drawn more to isolated structure along the shoreline.

Casting for black crappie a rewarding switch for springtime anglers By Bryan Brasher 901-529-2343

HORN BEAK, Tenn. — Last week, with high winds making the open water at Reelfoot Lake more than a little choppy, Billy Blakely opted to skip his usual spider-rigging trip for white crappie in favor of casting along the banks for black crappie. Everyone’s backup plan should work so well. Blakely’s irst black crappie trip of the year produced 34 good, solid keepers from less than three feet of water. It was so much fun that he went back the next day and caught 60. Though the lake’s abundant population of white crappie hasn’t come out of its winter hibernation, the black crappie seem to be on ire — and Blakely expects them to stay that way for at least another three weeks. “We’ve been wearing them out just casting a little, old jig about a foot deep,” said Blakely, a veteran guide from Blue Bank Resort. “We’re ishing in about 24-30 inches of water, but there’s moss coming up of the bottom. We’re keeping that jig up on the edge of that moss and catching a lot of crappie.” The two subspecies of crappie that are native to Mid-South waters look very similar, but they have several diferences — in appearance and behavior. White crappie — the subspecies that is more commonly caught in this area — feature black specks arranged on their sides in ive to 10 distinct vertical rows, while black crappie have specks in a more scattered, sporadic pattern. White crappie tend to prefer open-water areas like the stump lats and ditches on the main body of Reelfoot, while black crappie are drawn more to isolated structure along the shoreline. Most Mid-South anglers con-

Black crappie like these landed by guide Billy Blakely of Blue Bank Resort last week are easily identiiable by the sporadic, scattered specks on their sides. Black crappie tend to hang out in diferent areas than white crappie, meaning diferent ishing techniques are necessary to catch them.

centrate more on white crappie because they can use multi-rod methods like trolling, pulling and spider-rigging to catch more ish in a shorter amount of time. But single-rod casting for black crappie can provide a nice change of pace, especially for anglers who know how to handle a rod-and-reel and how to detect light strikes from the ish in shallow water. “Casting for these black crappie is more like ishing to me instead of just catching,” Blakely said. “There’s more action in it to keep you interested instead of just sitting there watching corks loating like you do when you’re

trolling or spider-rigging. Don’t get me wrong now, I enjoy all that stuf. But this is a nice way to change things up.” Last year was one of the best Reelfoot has ever had for white crappie ishing. But with that bite still slow for now, the black crappie are providing a good safety net. “Right now, we’re catching more black crappie than we are white crappie because the white crappie just haven’t turned on yet,” Blakely said. “That’s kind of unusual for Reelfoot. We’re catching a lot of black crappie and some good ones, too. We had three ish the other day that

weighed over 2 pounds.” Since white crappie are more at home in stained water than black crappie, the white subspecies is caught most often on lakes like Arkabutla and Sardis where muddy water is nothing unusual. But there are black crappie present in all Mid-South lakes, and they are sometimes caught in good numbers at places besides Reelfoot. On Pickwick Lake, the practice of “dock shooting” or “slingshotting” to catch hard-to-reach crappie under piers and boat docks is growing more popular — and most anglers report catching more black crappie with that technique than white ones. This could be because black crappie feed more on insects and invertebrates, while white crappie feed more on baitish like threadin shad. “Nothing says you won’t catch a white crappie out from under a pier, but most of what you get from those areas is gonna be black crappie,” said Matt Harvard, a longtime Mid-South crappie angler from Savannah, Tenn., who has ished Pickwick Lake, Kentucky Lake, Reelfoot Lake and Grenada Lake — just to name a few. “The white crappie just don’t seem to bunch up under the docks like the black ones do. But when you ind a dock that’s holding black crappie, you might catch 20 or 25 without having to move.” One area where black and white crappie are exactly alike is taste. Both are prized for their culinary value, and if the water temperature continues to climb, they both should be easy pickings in all Mid-South isheries soon. “I expect the ishing for black crappie to be good for at least another three weeks,” Blakely said. “And once the white crappie get started, ishermen will have their choice of what they want to do. It’ll be the best of both worlds.”

FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn Reservoir: Thursday through Sunday in Lufkin, Texas. Daily weigh-ins on Crappie USA Super Event on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes: Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McFarland Park in Florence, Ala. Entry fee is $125 in the amateur division, $250 in the semipro division. Fishers of Men TennesseeWest Legacy Division Team Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake: Saturday from Pickwick Landing State Park in Counce, Tenn. Entry fee is $75 per boat. Additional membership fees may apply. Contact: Billy Cooper at 731926-6919. EverStart Series Central Division Bass Tournament on Grand Lake: April 3-5 in Grove, Okla. Daily weigh-ins on Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament on the Tennessee River: April 5 in Iuka, Miss. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is age 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit bigcatquest. com. FLW Tour on Beaver Lake: April 10-13 in Rogers, Ark. Daily weigh-ins on Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament on the Mississippi River: April 19 in Memphis. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament: April 26 in Clarksville, Tenn. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit bigcatquest. com. Kids First Adult/Child Team Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake: April 26 at Pickwick Landing State Park. Entry fee is $25. Visit Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament: May 3-4 in Yantis-Lake Fork, Tex. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit EverStart Series Central Division Bass Tournament on Kentucky Lake: May 29-31 in Gilbertsville, Ky. Daily weighins on Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament: May 31 in Palestine, Tex. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit bigcatquest. com. Kids First Adult/Child Team Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake: May 31 at Pickwick Landing State Park. Entry fee is $25. Visit E-mail information on upcoming outdoors events to add to our calendar to Bryan Brasher at


Spring turkey hunting seasons cranking up around Mid-South By Bryan Brasher 901-529-2343

Tennessee’s Young Sportsman Spring Turkey Hunt was held last weekend, and the statewide season for hunters of all ages will open at sunrise Saturday. The season will run through May 11 with a bag limit of one bearded turkey per day and no more than four per season. The regulations are basically the same as they’ve been for past seasons. As usual, legal hunting equipment will include shotguns using ammunition loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller with no restriction on the number of rounds

in the magazine. Longbows, recurve bows and compound bows are also legal. The hunting hours are 30 minutes before legal sunrise to legal sunset. Sighting devices using an artiicial light capable of locating wildlife are illegal, along with night-vision scopes. Shooting or hunting turkeys from a boat in Shelby, Dyer, Tipton, Lauderdale, Haywood and Obion counties is prohibited. The spring turkey season in Mississippi opened March 15 and will remain open until May 1 with a bag limit of one adult gobbler or one gobbler with a beard that measures 6 inches or more per day. The limit for the season is three.

To ind complete regulations for Mississippi, visit Arkansas has a much shorter statewide season with opening day set for April 19 in all zones. The season will remain open through May 4 in some zones, while others have only a nineday season that closes April 27. For complete Arkansas regulations, visit

TFWC’S MEETING SET Instead of its usual two-day format, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will shorten its March meeting to one day. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

The meeting, the irst under the direction of new oicers elected last month, will touch on a number of topics from the introduction of the state’s new waterfowl program coordinator Joe Benedict to the governor’s annual One-Shot Turkey Hunt scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The meetings are free and open to the public. A full agenda can be found online at tnwildlife. org.

ARK. DEER FREE OF CWD Recent tests by a laboratory in Wisconsin showed the Arkansas deer herd is still free of Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD is a fatal neurological

disease that has had nasty effects on deer and elk in other states, mostly in the Midwest. But several samples sent to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory by oicials from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission were negative for the disease. The samples were taken from deer that seemed suspicious — those that were killed inside captive enclosures, some that were sick or emaciated and some that died in deer-vehicle collisions. Samples were taken from all regions of the state. Scientists at the Wisconsin lab tested the brain stem and lymph nodes from the samples, but found no trace of the disease.

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Forest Hill Golf Course marks 20th anniversary in April By Larry Rea Special to The Weekly

April will be a special month at Forest Hill Golf Course. It will be the course’s 20th anniversary, and course owner Kazuo Kubo is planning to make it a special month for customers to the popular course located near Drummonds. But irst before we tell you about all the special events that will be going on at Forest Hill, let’s set the record straight, according to Kubo. “Operating Forest Hill Golf Course is not all about money,” Kubo said. You heard him right. It’s all about family and the beauty of the course’s landscape. “As far as I know we have the best gardening among the (area’s) public golf courses,” Kubo said,

APRIL GOLF SPECIALS Saturdays: The first 80 golfers will receive a golf towel, divot repair tool and mug. Tuesdays: The fee will be $20 per player, including cart. April 19: Two-person scramble with a portion of proceeds going to St. Jude.

admitting that he is a weebit prejudice. And to think it all started when Kubo’s father, Hiroshi, moved to the U.S. in September 1980 to make golf club heads out of persimmon trees at a sawmill near Forrest City, Ark. When the saw mill closed in March 1993, the elder Kubo acquired 262 acres to build Forest Hill Golf Course. In April 1994 the golf

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course opened with a $1.5 million investment. Four years later the new club house was built and in August 2007 the course greens were converted to Champion Bermuda from bent grass. The course has been constantly renovated every year. It is what you might call a work in progress. Or, better, an art in process, according to Kubo. “I enjoying being outside and feeling a sense of the change in the season in the spring,” said Kubo, who studied bio chemistry for agriculture at the University of Japan. “It is the biggest reason why I’ve been the superintendent (as well as the course owner).” Kubo loves to talk about the course’s beauty, and especially its 260 Yoshino cherry trees, which is Japan’s national lower and


serves to welcome April guests when the trees are usually in full bloom. Another thing Kubo likes is southern hospitality. “Some golfers like to tell us how much they enjoy the course and talk about all the course’s beauty,” Kobo said with a laugh. “It really motivates us to work hard and helps keep our self-conidence in showing how hard we work.” Kubo credits longtime friend, Kenny Herzog, a former superintendent at the old Big Creek Golf Course, with playing a big part in the course’s beauty.

“He (Herzog) always gives us tips on maintenance techniques to tweak my knowledge of itting the course to the Mid-South region through working it into a competitive course.” Herzog, Kubo said, also helped him when he was down. “He came (to the course) every day when I broke my shin bone last summer,” Kubo said. “He refused my ofer to pay. He said he was here because of our friendship. I was greatly touched by his kindness.” The course, Kubo said, was built strictly for golf. “Once you go out to

the tee (box) there are no houses to dodge,” he said. “You play along with wildlife and nature, and you might see a deer or a turkey, too.” Then, there’s Donna Wilson, the course’s clubhouse manager and usually the irst person a golfer meets when he or she checks in. Wilson’s makeit-happen with a smiling attitude, Kubo said, plays an important part in the course’s success. “We have stayed in business for 20 years because we are supported by the local community,” Kubo said.

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Youngest students present two stage plays this school year By Sarah Cowan Special to The Weekly

Lower school students at St. George’s Independent School have had the opportunity to participate in two exciting theatrical performances this year under the wings of a new director Gia Broadway, who also teaches early childhood ine arts at the school’s Germantown campus. The irst performance, held in November, was “Annie Jr.” and featured a record number of student participants — close to 50 in all. The second performance, “Disney’s Aristocats Kids,” was held Feb. 28 through March 1. The school’s lower school theater program, an after-school ofering,

has grown consistently over the past several years and helps prepare students for more diicult and mature theatrical performances when they transition to St. George’s middle and upper school campus in Collierville. “We are delighted to ofer enhanced theatrical opportunities to our lower school students,” said school president Bill Taylor. “Comfort and conidence in public speaking and performance has been a St. George’s hallmark for many years and we are pleased to ofer yet another venue for this type of expression.”

Students at St. George’s lower school in Germantown put on two plays this year. “Annie” was the school’s first play and the second was “Disney’s Aristocats Kids.”

Sarah Cowan is the director of communications with St. George’s Independent School.


‘South Pacific’ closes curtain on senior’s run By Jose Alpizar Special to The Weekly

JOIN A QUEST WITH ‘SPAMALOT’ AT MUS Tony award winning “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” runs Saturday through Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hyde Chapel on the campus of Memphis University School. This zany version of King Arthur’s legendary quest for the Holy Grail showcases the Monty Python gang’s signature attitude and hilarious characters, from killer rabbits and beautiful showgirls, to the cranky French Taunters and one irrepressible Dark Knight. Tickets are $15 each and will be available at the door.

Every year, a group of seniors take their inal bows on the Draco Playhouse stage and say goodbye to their highschool theater careers in an instant. It’s a heartbreaking ritual that must be performed, but for one particular senior thespian, saying goodbye will be a bit tougher. Kateyann Winstead has been with the Collierville High Theatre Department before she was even considered a high school student. She and her mother, Kathy Quinn, have been costuming the productions at the Draco Playhouse since Kateyann was in the eighth grade and have costumed each show since then. Beginning the craft at a young age has allowed


Winstead to learn more and more each year and growing as an artist, cumulating in taking on the task of costuming whole show by herself. However, Kateyann’s proudest accomplishment is being nominated for Best Costumes every year at the Orpheum Theatre’s High School Musical Awards. All of the experiences Winstead has gained through the theater department has led her to further her love for costuming to college. She plans on getting design and technical degree with a specialization in costuming. Now, what kind of mark will she leave on the department? A colorful one. “Since South Paciic takes place on two lush, tropical islands, I plan on making this show my most vividly colored yet,” she stated. “South Paciic” centers on a group of American

Kateyann Winstead has been helping design costumes for Collierville High School plays since she was an eighth-grader. Winstead’s last play of her high school career is “South Pacific,” which runs April 3-6.

sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Paciic during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner, and Lt. Joe Cable inds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love afairs with

their long-held prejudices and insecurities. The cast includes Luke Howard as Lieutenant Cable, Mark Elich as Luther Billis, Kristen Aune as Liat, Kye Ruddy as Captain Brackett, and Orryn Echols as Commander Harbison. The production opens in the CHS auditorium on April 3 and runs through April 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee, which is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and can be bought at the door.

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From Copenhagen to Collierville, French preaches the gospel

Name: Rev. Birgitte Thaarup French Church: CrossRoads United Methodist Church Title: Pastor Age: 54 Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark Family: Married to husband Niels French for 27 years; 24-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter.

grew up, there were about 28 pastors in the Danish United Methodist Church and eight of them were in my family. So when I was 18 I made myself three promises — 1) Never to marry a minister 2) never to become a pastor and 3) never have anything to do with the Methodist church for the rest of my life. I was 20 years old when I realized my life was empty and meaningless without God and the church, so I gave my life to Jesus and promised I’d go wherever God wanted me to go. My family was very instrumental in helping me turn my life around. They al-

What church did you grow up in: I’m a pastor’s kid so I

grew up in many churches but spent the last 10 years in Copenhagen. My home church, a United Methodist Church, is named “Jerusalem Kirken� When did you decide to go into the ministry: When I

ways told me that I could never do anything that would make God or them stop loving me. It was Birgitte T. b e c a u s e French they were able to show me unconditional love that I decided to turn my life around. What was your first job in a church: I had always vol-

unteered in diferent places in the church but my irst paid job in the church was as a Medical Missionary in Congo, Africa. I left Copenhagen, Denmark

Sharing stories via photography talk


Shred old papers, documents for free

Photographer Allison Rodgers will share her insights about how stories are best told through the power of images at the Morton Museum of Collierville History Thursday. Light refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. and Rodgers will begin her presentation at 5:30 p.m. Reserve a seat by calling 901-4572650 or e-mailing

First Citizen’s National Bank and the Collierville Police Department will host a free document shredding event for the general public. Participants may simply drive up to the bank and drop of documents to be shredded by a truck on site. The event will be Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Citizen’s National Bank is located at 3668 South Houston Levee Road.


Blessing of Hands at St. George’s

Sewing guild meets at Hobby Lobby

St. George’s Episcopal Church’s Healing Service with Blessing of Hands event will be Sunday at 5:30 p.m. This service will provide a time for the laying on of hands for healing the sick.

The Collierville Sewing Guild will have its next meeting April 3 at Hobby Lobby at 10 a.m. The program will feature a local quilter and crafter who will show of handmade dolls. Guests are asked to bring a glue stick to make their own dolls.

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Easter celebrations Hunt for Easter egg in the dark during the city’s annual After Dark Easter Egg Hunt April 11 at Cameron Brown Park. The last day to sign up is April 9. Participants are asked to bring a lashlight and bag. The hunt is for children 9 to 12 years old. On April 12, there will be an egg hunt at Cameron Brown. The Easter Eggstravaganza will also feature a free petting zoo, moon bounces, door prizes and a Monster Mural. The event opens at 10 a.m. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. for 2 year olds, 11 a.m. for kids 3 to 4 years old, 11:30 a.m. for children 5 to 6 years old and noon for children 7 to 8 years old.

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What makes each Sunday special: I love Sun-

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meal to share with friends. Favorite Bible verse:

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Young shutterbugs capture outdoor images during photography workshop By Jennifer Casey Special to The Weekly

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with four suitcases and a one-way ticket to Kolwezi, Zaire (now Congo) at just 23 years old. I worked alongside a senior missionary couple, whom later became my in-laws. They left Congo in 1984, and in October 1985, their son came out to inish some of their work. Niels and I got married in Copenhagen by my dad in my home church in Copenhagen Denmark in July 1987. Together we continued to serve in Congo, Algeria, Atlanta and in Nairobi, Kenya.






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Collierville Chamber of Commerce Upon accepting the reins of the Collierville Chamber, Chairman Matt Vancleve remarked: “It will be an exciting year to work with the outstanding leaders on our board that represent our chamber members.Together,the Chamber will continue to provide quality services and programs to our membership and to provide business leadership for the entire community in the vital areas of economic prosperity,education and quality of life.Together,the Chamber will be the leading advocate for growth and proitability of the business community and to promote corporate citizenship. Our leadership ‘trinity’(Past – Present – Future Chairmen) and entire board held its strategic planning meeting on January 29. Our focus is to continue to add value – growth and retention. Focus on membership, business community and workforce development. Continue the work begun in economic development with strategic planning and collaboration with John Duncan, Terry Cochran and Mike Sayres. We have a membership of over 720 and counting – we have a wonderful partnership with the MBA and Town administration – we are truly blessed. It is going to be a GREAT YEAR – the bar is raised each year and now I am challenging all of you to help the Chamber raise the bar even higher in 2014. We have increased our board members to have a better representation of our increased chamber membership. I would like to introduce our 2014 Oicers and Board of Directors”:

At the beginning of each year, we are proud to announce our outstanding Chamber Ambassadors. hey are our lifeline—we can do what we do because of our Ambassadors! Our Ambassadors promote goodwill and communicate the mission of the Chamber to new and existing Seated from left: Bonnie Allman, Membership Chairman; Becky Hammond, Chamber members; encourage all members Membership Director; Matt VanCleve, Chairman of the Board to get involved with the Chamber; Standing next to bench: Fran Persechini, President & CEO, Collierville Chamber of Commerce Others standing from left: Sue Silva, Vivian Jeans, Penny Moore, Cindy and support Chamber membership Kinard, Jennifer Zufall, Jessica Billings, Martha Flanagin, Kim Colletta, Teresa and staf. Our Ambassadors are Kaczmarek, Amy Wood, Martie Watson, Gina Wigington, Mel Samisch, Polly Shipley, often the irst link new members Terry Dean, Debra Wheeler, Pansy Hall, Lyndsey Drotar, Karen Clark, Liese Leonard, Becky McAlexander, Kendra East, Ann Chester, Michael Ward, Josh Robinson, have with the Chamber. heir goal Jerry Thomas, Matt Payne. is to help members feel welcome Not pictured: Amanda Bishop, Amber Lombardo, Cyndi Strong, Eileen Consolo, and comfortable with the Chamber. Vicki Parker, Gayle Kirk, Tammy Piker, Layla Morgan, Nita Carney, Patti Carr. hey do this by attending ribbon cutting ceremonies to welcome new businesses and by contacting new members to answer any questions they may have. hey are also the oicial hosts of all Chamber events, where they pay special attention to irst-time attendees, meeting them and introducing them to other members. Ambassadors have the responsibility to be Chamber advocates for all members. To be involved as an Ambassador, contact Becky Hammond, 853-1949 or Toastmasters Speech Contest winners’ photo: The Collierville Chamber Speakers Club recently held a Speech Contest. The contest will help our community club earn its Distinguished Club Award. Pictured are the winners of the contest: from left: Jaime Wright, Becky McAlexander, Matt VanCleve, Liese Leonard. Also pictured is Dave Nelson, Contest Master.

Front row from left: John Barrios, Chairman-Elect; Matt White, Immediate Past Chairman; Matt VanCleve, Chairman; Mayor Stan Joyner 1st row from left: Fran Persechini, Glen Herald, Susan Eads, Dan Lattimore, Amy Speropoulous, Bonnie Allman, Kelle Lovelace, Tamara Swain, Cathy Messerly, Kevin Baltier, Bill Samisch, Josh Robinson, Mike Sayres Back row from left: Jason Crews, Kevin Vaughan, Michael Meindl, Jerry Thomas, Greg Cotton, Shelley Smith, Dave Nelson, Terry Cochran, Tom Mascari Not Pictured: Al Lyons, J.F. Brossoit and James Lewellen


Photo of Mayor Stan Joyner and Town Administrator James Lewellen accepting pictures from Chairman Matt White

2014 Chamber Person of the Year photo: E. Dale Jamieson and family

2014 Business Champion Award: MCR Safety - Pictured are Passing of the Gavel: Matt White, 2013 Chairman to 2014 Jason Crews, Glen Herald and MCR Safety team members Chairman of the Board, Matt VanCleve

In July we launched and chartered our Chamber community Toastmasters International Club. We are growing strong and want to build upon this foundation – please pass the word about this unique opportunity to gain courage, conidence and have fun along the way. We meet at the Chamber, 485 Halle Park Drive, every hursday at noon. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 901-853-1949


2014 C. H Harrell Award photo: Cathy Messerly and family

Presenting Chairman’s Plaque: 2014 Chairman Matt VanCleve to 2013 Chairman Matt White

A Spectacular Event – Highlighted by Hundreds of Chamber Members—Business & Community Leaders “Our Unity Creates Community” Approximately 245 chamber directors and members, elected oicials, business and community leaders and their guests, attended the Collierville Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Luncheon held at Ridgeway Country Club on Wednesday, February 12. here were many reasons for the anticipation of the event—an opportunity to hear irst-hand the surprise announcements of the 2013 Collierville Chamber Person of the Year, the C.H. Harrell Award and the Business Champion Award; a quick review from outgoing Chairman Matt White, BancorpSouth, of the many achievements in 2013 and a look ahead to 2014 from Chairman Matt VanCleve, he Pickler Law Firm. Ridgeway Country Club was turned into a gathering place where everyone enjoyed networking, camaraderie and friendship—event sponsor was First Tennessee. he program began with President Fran Persechini’s welcome remarks. hen, special friend and mentor to Matt VanCleve, Tracy S. Speake, presented thanks and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Matt White opened his portion of the meeting by asking Mayor Stan Joyner and Town Administrator James Lewellen to join him at the podium. Matt then presented them with beautifully framed letter “C” (Collierville High School) pictures with the inscription: “he Board of Directors of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce makes formal acknowledgement of its appreciation of his steadfast dedication to our children and families in support of the creation of the Collierville Municipal School District in Tennessee.” Matt White, 2013 Chairman of the Board, recognized outgoing oicers and directors–Clara Carmack (Harvest Health Solutions); Nick Cassella (IPS Corporation); Mike Ferraris (NSA); Sandra Moak (Helena Chemical); Damon Waxler (Dixie Pickers); Kevin Vaughan (Township Development); Brian Hull (Floratine); and, Cathy Messerly (Cannon & Company) - who guided our Chamber in many leadership roles through a span totaling 20 combined years of dedicated service. he oicial “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony took place with Matt White oiciating at the ceremony. Matt VanCleve then took the podium and looked ahead to 2014 with enthusiasm, recognized special guests and presented the oicers and board of directors for the upcoming year. Matt VanCleve thanked our meeting sponsor Bruce Hopkins, President, West Tennessee Region, First Tennessee Bank. First Tennessee has been a long-time Chamber member and community champion. About First Tennessee: When we opened our doors in 1864 on North Court Street in Memphis, we had a simple mission: to provide the best service to our customers, one opportunity at a time. In the 150 years that followed, our communities transformed and expanded.Together, we faced our share of challenges, including a civil war, a yellow fever epidemic and economic crisis. But these challenges only made us stronger and more united. Together with our customers, our employees and our communities, we’re able to measure 150 years in memorable moments. We’ve marveled at the growth of our cities and taken pride in our traditional roots. For every irst car, irst home and irst business, we’ve celebrated. And through it all, we’ve remained committed to helping our community. We are proud to sponsor today’s meeting. he Collierville Education Foundation founder John Green presented the C. H. Harrell Education Award to Cathy Messerly for her numerous contributions and passion to education and the foundation. Matt VanCleve then relected upon Collierville’s outstanding business community. “In these tough economic times, some of our Chamber members have faced and will face many challenges and obstacles. As a community we are truly blessed by the diversity we have in Collierville. here is a common thread among our business community—they believe in Collierville and care about its citizens and community. One such company came to mind immediately—MCR Safety MCR Safety has more than forty years of experience as a leader in the ield of personal protective equipment (PPE). MCR Safety’s combined standard-setting products and industry-deining levels of service are backed by an unwavering commitment to excellence. MCR Safety brought their 45,000 square foot headquarters to Schilling Farms nurturing a workforce of approximately 103 full time employees. Simultaneously, MCR Safety opened its state-of-the-art distribution center on 50 acres in Piperton with an initial 500,000 square feet and expansion capabilities to one million square feet. We are proud to have this world-class company in our community. Now it was time for Chairman Matt White to bestow the highest award given by the Collierville Chamber – the 2013 Collierville Person of the Year. Matt gave heartfelt tribute to 2013 Collierville Person of the Year, including the requirements and attributes one needs to be nominated for the top Chamber award. hen, at last, the surprise announcement – E. Dale Jamieson – was the recipient! Matt White presented Jamieson with a beautiful mirrored plaque. he 2013 Chamber Person of the Year is rooted and fully immersed in all aspects of Collierville…this is a multi-faceted person who has been a friend and partner to the civic and business community for many years. A proven leader and dedicated volunteer, this individual is a respected and a widely acclaimed leader and a Christian servant to the Collierville community and greater Memphis area. his nominee balances a 33-year professional commitment to clients with active leadership roles in community life driving many philanthropic eforts in Collierville, playing a critical role in enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy. his nominee has unselishly served the Collierville community for many years— an active leader in his home church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church-Collierville; 1999 recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award; the 2000 Community Chairman for the March of Dimes Mothers Walk; member of the Friends of the Collierville Animal Shelter; Founding and current Board Member for the Collierville Education Foundation providing pro bono legal counsel; Chairman of the Citizen Advisory Board of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville; Current Member of the BancorpSouth Shelby County Advisory Board of Directors representing Collierville; Chairman of the Board in1999 and 2000 of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce— Chamber Board Member for eleven years: serving on the Economic Development Committee, Government Relations Committee, Festival of Homes Committee, and, Chairman of New Chamber Building Committee: charged with the planning and construction of a new facility for the Chamber of Commerce. he culmination of the nominee’s eforts came when the Chamber celebrated the most deining moment in its history with the grand opening ceremony of its Chamber Headquarters on November 16, 2006. In addition to the nominee’s extensive volunteerism to the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, this nominee also serves the Town of Collierville as Chairman and Board Member of the Collierville Tennessee Planning Commission. Professionally, this nominee has been honored with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest possible rating both as to professional ability and adherence to highest standards of personal and professional integrity; is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 certiied mediator; is designated underwriting counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Title Insurance Company. he nominee periodically serves as special judge in the Shelby County Court system. Personally, there is no prouder family member than this nominee…family pride lows from the nominee’s heart. his is a man who is irmly rooted in support of our total community. His enthusiasm and devotion to the success of our ‘for-proit’ and ‘non-proit’ organizations are the key ingredients that promote the best in all aspects of the businesses and citizens of Collierville… he honoree is a man who leads by example; he walks the walk and talks the talk – honoring our past… building our bright future of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Collierville... his visionary leadership contributed to our dreams become a reality. Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner honored Jamieson and presented him with proclamation. Jamieson’s family and friends were there to celebrate with him.

Ruby’s Spa & Salon - he Collierville Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Ruby’s Salon & Spa. Pictured with owner, Ruby Rupani, are staf members along with Fran Persechini, President & CEO Collierville Chamber; and chamber Ambassadors. Ruby’s Spa & Salon is located at 3601 S. Houston Levee Rd. Suite 102 in Collierville. Silpada Designs - he Collierville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting celebration for Brenda Pearson – Silpada Designs, Independent Representative. Pictured with Brenda is Fran Persechini, President & CEO, Collierville Chamber of Commerce; Bonnie Allman, American Marsh Pumps and chamber board member along with Chamber Ambassadors. Eye Level Learning Center of Collierville– he Collierville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting celebration for our new member, Eye Level Learning Center of Collierville. Owner, Nadia Gilani is pictured cutting the ribbon along with fellow staf members, family, chamber board members and chamber ambassadors. Eye Level Learning Center is located at 910 W. Poplar Ave Suite 2. My Town Tees – he Collierville Chamber of Commerce welcomed our newest member, My Town Tees, with a ribbon cutting celebration. Pictured cutting the ribbon are owners, Jessie and Rhea, along with other staf members, family, chamber board members and chamber ambassadors. My Town Tees is located near the Historic Town Square @ 172 Washington St. in Collierville. Our Little Secret Med Spa – located on the Historic Town Square, 147 North Main Street in Collierville. he Chamber helped welcome Our Little Secret Med Spa with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured cutting the ribbon are owners, Bob and Tracy Hendry, along with their team, family, Fran Persechini, President & CEO Collierville Chamber, Chamber Board Members and Chamber Ambassadors.

SHEPHERD’S CREEK he Collierville Chamber of Commerce recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Jason Crews of Crews Realty and Shepherd’s Creek Subdivision in Collierville, TN. Pictured with Jason Crews is Fran Persechini, President & CEO of the Collierville Chamber; Bonnie Allman with American Marsh Pumps and chamber board member; Alderman Maureen Fraser; Alderman John Worley; Matt White of BancorpSouth; Karen and Reggie Garner of Magnolia Homes; Glen Herald, MCR Safety and chamber board member; Terry Dean with Leadership Collierville; Martie Watson with Travel Leaders; representatives from the Town of Collierville, and several chamber ambassadors. Shepherd’s Creek ofers custom French Country homes starting in the upper $600’s. Visit for more information.

SAVE THE DATE! he Collierville Chamber Golf Classic will be held Monday, May 19 at Memphis National Golf Club. Sponsorships available! For more information contact the Chamber @ 901-853-1949 Collierville Chamber of Commerce

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Oh…the word is out… The best-kept golf secret… The Collierville Chamber FedEx/First Tennessee/UTC Carrier Golf Classic Memphis National Golf Club Monday, May 19, 2014 2 lights ~ 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available… Think about the possibilities of… Spending the day…



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At a premier golf course Networking with other business professionals Support Collierville Great lunch and beverages “Sponsor for Progress” Contests on several holes Please Contact the Collierville Door prizes - Fun Chamber of Commerce for Sponsorship Availability Does this sound like a day you’d want to participate in? 901.853.1949 901-853-1949

Have you heard… the Town-Wide Sidewalk Sale is almost here… April 11 – April 13… Check with individual merchants for hours and days of participation… Merchants, please notify the chamber if you are planning to participate f p e r s e c h i n i @ c o l l i e r v i l l e c h a m b e r. c o m or 901-853-1949. Mission Statement: he mission of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce is to provide quality services and programs to its membership and to provide business leadership for the entire community in the vital areas of economic prosperity, education, and quality of life. Vision Statement: he vision of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce is to be the leading advocate for growth and proitability of the business community and to promote corporate citizenship. Guiding Principle: “Our Unity Creates Community” |

March 27 Collierville Weekly  

March 27 Collierville Weekly

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