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Vikings are district champions C.C. Moody scores on this drive to the bucket for two of his 14 points against Lake County. The Vikes were crowned District 14A champs with the victory over the Falcons. Page 1B


FIRE FIGHTERS PARTNER WITH CITY FOR RENOVATIONS - Long needed upgrades and renovations at both Humboldt Fire Stations have been underway for the past couple of months. Among the firefighters who supplied the manpower are (from left, standing) Lt. Jack Lunsford, Charley Carter, Terry Baker (from left, kneeling) Kevin Lewis, Tony Bailey and Owen James. James painted the HFD emblem in the entryway of Fire Station #1 downtown.

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Willing firefighters renovate stations here BY APRIL G. JACKSON Firehouse interiors are one of the last places on the list for upgrades in a city budget. So after years of inattention, firefighters in Humboldt teamed up with the city to remodel theirs. Walls have been painted and ceilings and floors redone, with all the labor provided by Humboldt firefighters. New furniture, washers and dryers, and ranges completed the renovation. “I believe it’s the first time each station has been upgraded since I began here in 1973,� said Lt. Jack Lunsford. He said firefighters at both stations had been working on the project the past couple of months. “It helped the city spread out resources further and it was very cost effective,� said Mayor Allen Barker about the project. “We’re very appreciative of the firemen. They were capable and willing to do the labor.�

Jowers announces candidacy

Kenton resident and Obion County Commissioner Danny Jowers has thrown his hat in the ring for the state senate seat being vacated by Roy Herron of Dresden. Page 2A

Auditors looking for Gibson park funds Some in town of Gibson contend funds are being improperly held. Page 3A

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The joint effort is a win-win situation for the city and the fire department, the mayor noted. And it helps to generate positive morale among the firefighters, he added. At Humboldt Fire Station #1 on Main Street, the firefighters laid new tile, painted walls and replaced ceiling tiles. The floor of the main entry from the street was also tiled and painted. Firefighter Owen James created a Humboldt Fire Department logo on the wall. At Fire Station #2 at the corner of the Hwy. 45 Bypass and Avondale, the original floor was stripped of several layers of discolored wax and restored. The ceiling grid was painted and new ceiling tiles put up. Humboldt’s two fire stations serve as homes away from home for the firefighters who work two 24-hour shifts plus one 8-hour shift per week, a minimum of 56 hours.

Halford’s area expands with recent redistricting BY DANNY WADE With the recent redistricting of Tennessee’s Senate and House districts, Representative Curtis Halford said his district would increase in size. House District 79 is currently made up of Gibson County and a small portion of Carroll County. Halford and his wife, Charlotte, were guests of the Humboldt Rotary Club last Friday. Rep. Halford gave an update on the legislature in Nashville. “The new district will still keep all of Gibson County but move more into Carroll County,� Halford said last Friday. “I’ll pick up Huntingdon, McLemoresville and Atwood. I’ll put a few more miles on my old pickup truck,� he laughed. Halford said changes to the House districts are not as severe as the Senate districts. Currently, Gibson County is in the 24th Senate


District represented by State Senator Lowe Finney. But with the new redistricting, Gibson and Carroll counties will move from 24th District into the 27th District,

now represented by State Senator Roy Herron. The new 27th District will be made up of Gibson, Carroll, Benton, Henry and Weakley counties.



Police looking into 2 robberies Two robberies that occurred last week are being investigated by the Humboldt Police Department: •On Friday night, February 24, at 11:10 p.m., Humboldt police responded to a robbery complaint at the Westside Grocery located at 1007 Gibson Wells Road. Two black males armed with handguns entered the store, yelling for the clerk to give them the money. The robbers fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries during the robbery were reported. The robbers were described as two black males, one 6’0� to 6’2� tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored coat (brown or gray), baggy blue jeans, a black baseball cap and a darkcolored bandanna over his mouth. The second suspect is 5’4� to 5’5� tall, medium build, wearing blue or dark colored jacket, baggy blue jeans, a black cap and a blue or dark colored bandanna over his mouth. •On Sunday morning, February 26, at 6:43 a.m., Humboldt police see POLICE page 2A

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HALFORD VISITS ROTARY – State Representative Curtis Halford and his wife, Charlotte, (center) were guests of the Humboldt Rotary Club last Friday where the representative gave an update on the state capitol. Halford said this is the fifth week of the current session and there have already been 3,200 bills submitted. He noted that not all will make it out of committee and onto the House floor. Joining the Halfords are club president, Brad Webster (right) and program chair, Charlie Guy.


G. JACKSON The cities of Humboldt, Trenton and Milan stand to lose serious funds if the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) referendum is approved by voters March 6. Mayors of all three cities have estimated huge losses to their general funds and some are saying city property tax rates may have to be increased to offset the loss. Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss said if the sales tax referendum passes, the city of Trenton stands to lose $120,000 in tax revenues. Milan Mayor Chris Crider says his city’s coffers will be hit with a $300,000 loss. Humboldt Mayor Allen Barker estimates the city of Humboldt will lose $250,000. “My understanding is that the Trenton Special School District will gain

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Jowers seeks state senate seat Obion Co. Commissioner Danny Jowers has thrown his hat in the ring for the state Senate seat being vacated by Roy Herron of Dresden. The Kenton resident will be running on the Republican ticket for the office. Jowers has turned in his petition and is eager to get his campaign into high gear with a very simple message. “I think we’ve lost our insight into what we need to be doing up there,” he said recently. He said he believes job creation and job retention are the main issues for this region and, if elected to represent the six counties in the 24th senatorial district, Jowers said those will be his highest priorities. The Highway 104 project in Dyer and Gibson counties and the mega site in Brownsville also top his priorities, he said. “I’m thinking about what’s best for this county and all the counties that make up the 24th senatorial district and that’s why I’m running,” he said. Jowers’ background includes serving as a Kenton alderman from 1995 until 2000 and he is currently serving his third term on the Obion County Commission. He has served as chairman of the commission’s powerful Budget Committee for eight years. He holds a BS in agriculture fromUTM. In addition to his experience in local government and agriculture, Jowers also

has been involved in law enforcement in Florida and has some background in business. He currently serves as director of Obion County Emergency Management, a position he has held since 2009. If elected, he will be required to take a leave of absence from his job and he said that is a personal sacrifice he is willing to make. As for his approach to serving the people in the state Senate, he said he would continue to listen to the needs of those he serves. It’s a philosophy that has served him well on the county commission. Jowers believes strongly that small businesses are the key to this region’s economic future and he said the focus should be on “working with small businesses to help them stay and thrive here.” “We also need to look hard at working with industries and get the government off the backs off small businesses,” he said. He said he is realistic about what goals he can achieve in the state Senate. He said such issues as national health care and

national energy policy are not issues that the state Senate should be working on, but instead the upper body of the state Legislature should be focused on issues relative to what’s going on in Tennessee. Jowers said he is fully committed to running for the state Senate. He said he will dedicate his time to getting his message out to the residents of the 24th district. He did say the issue of campaign financing has gotten way out of control and the misconception that it takes thousands of dollars to succeed in a political race is something he finds “appalling.” “It costs way too much to run for political office,” Jowers said. “It shouldn’t require hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Jowers said he plans to run a “bare bones” campaign that is clean and focused on the issues. “Some of the people I’ve talked to feel like they’ve lost their representation in Nashville,” he said. He said he will strive to get out and get acquainted with as many of the people in the district as possible. Among the top projects in the district that will be key issues during the campaign include I-69 and other major road projects in the region, the Cates Landing project, projects at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport and economic development.. -Courtesy of Kevin Bowden, the UC Dailey Messenger

him to the ground and hit the victim in the head with his gun and searched the victim. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and property and then sprayed him with pepper spray before leaving. The victim received treatment for his injuries from medics on the scene, but did not require any treatment from the

hospital. The suspect was described as a black male, 6’ tall, weighing about 200 lbs., wearing dark colored jeans, balack jacket and a black ski-mask. If anyone has information concerning either of theses two robberies, they should contact the HPD at 7841322 or Gibson Co. Crime Stoppers at 995-0003.

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Police from page 1A responded to an armed robbery complaint on the 1200 block of Elliott Street. The 42-year old victim told police that as he walked outside to go to his vehicle, a lone gunman approached him from the rear and demanded money. When the victim resisted the robbery, the suspect forced

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FIRST PANCAKE – Mike Barker (right) pours batter onto the hot griddle making the first pancake of the morning during the Humboldt Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast. The pancake breakfast was held last Saturday morning at East Elementary School and is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Other club members supervising include (from left) T.O. Lashlee, Gary Caraway, Floyd Flippin, Winfred Allen and Brad Webster.

MORNING RUSH – There was a large turnout of supporters during the Humboldt Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast held Saturday in the East Elementary School cafeteria. Dozens of hungry dinners enjoyed breakfast as club members cooked, prepared plates, served customers and bussed tables.

Halford from page 1A also announced that he will seek a third term as state representative. So far this year, there have been 3,200 bills filed but not all will make it to the house floor, according to Halford. One bill Halford is sponsoring is the Yellow Dot Bill. If passed, Tennessee Department of Transportation will initiate the program. “This is already used in other states,” Halford explained. “A yellow dot (decal) will be placed on the driver’s side windshield. This will alert medical

people (in the case of an emergency or accident) that there is a folder in the glove box with the driver’s medical history such as surgeries, allergies. This (Yellow Dot program) will be strictly voluntary but will help EMS and first responders.” He added that spouse’s information should be included in the packet. There should also be a recent photo for identification purposes. Halford said he sponsored the bill after his wife, Charlotte, read about a similar program and its positive aspects. Another bill that Halford

is working on this week is creating legislation to address illegal bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Stiffer penalties on meth are also being discussed. “I’m on the Health Committee and subcommittee,” Halford said. “We will hear hours of testimonies on meth and bath salts. Right now there are 30 to 40 bills (in subcommittees). We will try to mold them into one bill.” Now in the second year of his second two-year term, Halford said it is still a thrill and a privilege to serve the 79th District and a privilege to live in Tennessee.

taxes. In order to fund this referendum action, my city board will likely raise property taxes 20-percent. We won’t lay off people or cut services just because (GCSSD director of finance) Terry Cunningham wants more spending money,” Crider said. “I hope the people are smart enough not to vote for this sales tax increase referendum. If Gibson County Special School District voters think that their property taxes won’t go up as well, they are flat wrong,” Crider warned. It is very possible that Trenton would raise property taxes or have to use a combination of property tax increase, some loss of jobs and further budget cuts. $120,000 in revenue is equivalent to a 30-cent tax increase, said Burriss. “Obviously we would not raise property tax that much so we will have to

be inventive about how we make up the loss. We have already cut the budget by $500,000 over the past years years, so it makes it difficult to cut the budget to help with the loss but we will be looking to cut a lean budget even more,” Burriss said. The referendum is asking for an increase of 1/2-cent percent on local option sales tax. Currently Humboldt, Trenton, Milan and Medina already have the 1/2-cent added to their sales tax which is 9.75-percent. Outside these towns, but still in Gibson County, shoppers pay 9.25-percent sales tax on each dollar spent. When, or if, the local option is adopted county wide, then all the local option funds go to the county to be redistributed to the school systems and the cities lose the portion they are currently refunded.

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about $140,000 in additional tax revenues,” said Mayor Burriss. “My personal opinion is that if lawmakers in 1963 would have known that there were going to be special school districts that had the power to raise their own revenues and set their own tax rates, they never would have included them in the LOST legislation,” Burriss said. Milan Mayor Crider said the Gibson County Special School District’s push for this referendum to raise sales taxes will, in effect, take $300,000 from the City of Milan and give most of it to Milan’s school system. “I can’t get comfortable with this because Milan schools as well as the other school districts have their own property taxing powers. If they want more money, then they should raise their own property

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SPEAKING CONTEST WINNERS - The 24th Annual Louise Croom Scholarship speaking contest was held on Saturday evening in the Mathis Educational Center of Morning Star Church. Winners (from left) are Chessa Owens, a junior at HHS (honorable mention); Jordan Hardimon, a senior at HHS (3rd); Cody Sain, a sophomore at HHS (2nd) and Jasmine Johnson, a senior at HHS (1st). They are accompanied by Lillian Shelton, evaluator with the Humboldt City School System and member of the LCSA Scholarship Committee.

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The Miss HHS Pageant will be Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Middle School auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Humboldt High School Cheerleaders.

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Auditors look for Gibson park funds Parks, recreation board set up in 2001 CRYSTAL BURNS An audit completed by Cowart Reese Sargent for the town of Gibson revealed a Parks & Recreation fund that hasn’t been turned over to the town. The audit of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 states that a fund collected by the Town of Gibson for Parks & Recreation to build a pavilion in fundraising events during the year 2001 are not collected by the town yet. The matter has been reported to the Comptroller of the State of Tennessee, Division of Municipal Audit, and current city management has turned the matter over to the district attorney. The auditor brought the final reports to Gibson City Hall last week. Garry Brown, district attorney for Gibson County, spoke to The MirrorExchange last Thursday and said he was waiting for the final report of the audit. He was in Nashville for the remainder of the week. “I know there have been some complaints about the money in Gibson,� Brown said. Brown said his office will determine if the issue is a civil or criminal problem. If it’s a criminal issue, the DA will ask another investigator BY

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to look into the matter. He said the town is contending that the money is being improperly held. In an email to Shawnda West, Gibson city recorder, Linda Coffman, who conducted Gibson’s audit, provided a letter Fancher Sargent, vice president of Cowart Reese Sargent, sent to Dennis Dycus, director, Division of Municipal Audit Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, outlining information revealed through Coffman’s field interview and audit. “The city clerk [West] told the auditor she has been receiving a lot of complaints and phone calls from citizens concerning money donated by citizens to town of Gibson for Parks and Recreation to build a pavilion,� Sargent wrote. “The exact amount of money raised in year 2001 is not known nor given to the town of Gibson. Three individual residents of Gibson County apparently formed a ‘park committee’ in order to raise funds for the city park and took possession of the money collected during the fundraising events.� According to Sargent, there was approximately $7,500 in the bank account at the Gibson branch of Medina Banking Company

on Nov. 2, 2011, which the auditors believe is the park fund, but the bank account in question is not in the name of the town. Sargent also states that Jerry Morris, who currently serves the town of Gibson as an alderman, was also an alderman at the time the three individuals took possession of the money. “The city attorney contacted the individuals involved and informed them to surrender the funds to the Town of Gibson,� Fancher stated in his email. “It appears they have refused to do so.� Kyle Atkins serves as the city attorney. Although the town’s current administration found the issue, neither West nor Mayor Tony Black were in office during the time the fund was established. Black, however, was appointed to the town’s Parks & Recreation Board in 2001. Park history Records show that on March 22, 2001, the town of Gibson Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved the second reading of an ordinance (2001-4) creating the Town of Gibson Parks & Recreation Board and appointed five members: Jerry Morris, Louise Prince, Tony Black, Sara Meals, Sidney Hill and Betty Pafford.

Bylaws governing the board were also created, although it’s unclear if those bylaws were ever adopted or adhered to. Bylaws found show that regular meetings were to be held the first Tuesday of each month during the year unless otherwise agreed upon by the board. An annual report was to be submitted to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen no later than April 1 of each year. The bylaws also provided for offices of chairman, vice chairman, and secretary as well as duties for those officers. W.F. Jones Jr. (Ted Jones) provided the town with 10 acres of land on Gibson Cemetery Road to be used for the park. Delinquent payroll taxes The audit also found delinquent payroll taxes that drew the attention of the IRS and were paid with obligations satisfied during fiscal year 2010-2011.

The Humboldt High School Spring Concert will be Saturday, March 10 in the auditorium at Humboldt Middle School. The choir will sing at 5 p.m. and the band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Admission is the donation of one nonperishable or toiletry item per person to be donated to local charities.

Flea Market benefit

A Flea Market/Craft Fair will be held Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Community Resource Center (formerly Trenton-Rosenwald Middle School) off Eaton Street in Trenton. Booths include jewelry, purses, Avon, 31 Gifts, pottery, collectibles, candles, gourmet food, etc. Money raised will benefit Gibson County Literacy Council for GED test fees and Gibson County Imagination Library books for pre-school children. Call 855-0665 for more information.

Native American program

Sandra MacDiarmid will be at Humboldt Public Library, Wednesday, February 29 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. MacDiarmid will present a Native American

and Indian Lifestyle program. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend and will be able to view a collection of Native American artifacts and crafts to learn about their lifestyles and history in early America. Questions, please call Renee’ at library, 784-2383.

4-H hosts beauty pageant

The First Annual Miss Cloverleaf Beauty Pageant sponsored by the Gibson County 4-H Club will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Ed Jones Agri-Plex located at 1252 Manufactures Row in Trenton. The pageant begins at 10 a.m. and the doors open at 9 a.m. For additional information please contact Deborah Seward, Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development at (731) 855-7656.




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These boots are made for walking So, I’m standing in a mall in Nashville a BY CLAYBURN PEEPLES their boots. couple of weekends ago, and I see, in the Before long, a person’s boots began distance, a tall, elegant young woman, perfectly coiffed, to reflect his or her social and professional standing wearing a camel topcoat over a stylish cashmere sweater in society, a trend that accelerated as machinery was and designer slacks tucked into an awesome pair of boots invented that could add all sorts of alteration possibilities with uppers that went all the way up to her knees. to the manufacture of boots and shoes. I couldn’t stop looking at her. She was one fine-looking This, of course, created all sorts of opportunities for lady. footwear designers, but by then the Victorian Era was in Wait a minute! That was no lady; that was my wife! I full bloom, and Victorian women could not show their figured it out the minute I saw the three little girls run up feet, or Heaven forbid, their ankles, in public, so nearly to her and start pulling on her coat. all women continued to wear plain leather lace-up ankle At which time those long, elegant boots turned in my boots. direction and marched their owner up to where I was With the coming of the 20th Century, however, standing. “Here,” she said. “Hold onto the girls while I the footwear industry, which previously had focused check Nordstrom’s and see what they have.” exclusively on practicality, noticed that outrageous new Whereupon she hied out in search of yet another pair of fashion designs were capturing the fancy of women long boots, a brown, high heeled pair, with appropriate everywhere, and they rushed in to meet what they saw as a buckles and straps for ornamentation. new demand. We had just left the shoe department at Dillard’s, where And boy, were they right. After World War I, all they were having a sale on boots, and where the scene fashion rules were thrown out the window. In England could accurately be described as just a few degrees short and America, a new dance, the Charleston, demanded of a madhouse. Boots are hot this season, and some a different kind of shoe, a sturdier one, for women to women are resorting to desperate measures to find just the dance in, and the industry supplied several models for right style and color. them to safely execute the rigorous steps of the dance. I haven’t read about any actual shoe or boot riots, such And women, to show off their fancy footwork, began as those among teenagers at recent Nike product launches, demanding, and getting, brightly colored silk and satin but hey, “why is it we lambaste teenagers over their coverings for their shoes. Then, in 1922, Tutankhamun’s outrageous sneaker mania when they go crazy over trendy Tomb was discovered, and Egyptomania swept the footwear? They learned it, after all, from their mothers.” Western World, including shoe fashions. Egyptian motifs Tell me again. You have how many pairs of shoes in your morphed into the Art Deco phenomenon, and before closet? long designers were offering women every style of shoe And the answer is, for most women, a lot. Even more imaginable. But the only choice for boots, no longer worn now that three or four pairs of designer boots have joined by fashionable women at all, remained ankle high, with the collection. buckles, clasps or laces. No other option existed. But leather boots are nothing new, even for women. Then, in the 1960s, boots came back, first as a Hippie They’ve been around for about 5,000 years, going all movement, counter culture statement, but no mainstream the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. Of course, none women wore them until Nancy Sinatra recorded the hit of those original boots were designed by Ralph Lauren song, “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’.” Before then, or Jimmy Choo. They were just simple, calf high, goat no women’s boots were made for walking, but suddenly leather foot coverings, worn exclusively to protect the there was a huge demand for boots that were. wearer from the elements. Go-Go boots became all the rage, and magazine and And for the next three and a half millennia, they were TV ads were full of women wearing boots for all sorts of worn only as a practical item of clothing. There were no occasions. Women’s boots were, at long last, here to stay. specific sizes or widths. As a matter of fact, there was only And this year, they are really here. With attitude. one size, for men and women alike, with no difference You can see them on smartly dressed women between left and right foot boots. everywhere, as women, who once were forced to hide And that was it, except for ladies of nobility, who wore their boots beneath their petticoats, are now flaunting slippers, but toward the end of the 15th Century a new them by tucking them inside their designer jeans so they trend in footwear took hold of Europe as cobblers began will be seen. rounding the toes of ladies’ boots. And if you don’t like it, as Miss Sinatra once sang, About the same time, men began sporting low heels on “Start walkin’!”




Pets: They wiggly, push, squirm right into our hearts I’ll be that at some time in our lives, each of us has had a pet. I have had lots of pets over the years and have loved and enjoyed each one. When I was growing up, as a little country girl, I came in contact with all sorts of animals. Around me were dogs, cats, chickens, bantum, guineas, pigs, calves, mules, cows, birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and even skunks. When I was very young, I made a pet out of a baby pig. Daddy got a young pig each year to raise for us to later kill for meat for our upcoming year. I really came to love this little baby pig. The little pig was all white, with small curls and pink skin. I named him “curly.” As you have guessed, when time came for Daddy to kill the hog, which my little curly had become, I cried and rolled my big tear filled eyes pleading for Curly’s reprieve. I was old enough to know that Daddy hated to kill my pet, but then he needed to kill this hog for meat for our upcoming year. The meat from Curly lasted much longer that year than the meat of any other of our hogs had. No one seemed to enjoy their meat that year. When Dan and I were in Knoxville, while Dan completed his last quarter of college, our first pet found us. Dan and I had gone to a movie and were returning to the house that we were sharing. As we

walked up the sidewalk, we noticed a dark object lying against the front door. The porch light was not on. We stopped and look closely to see if we could figure out what it was. It wasn’t making any noise and all we could see was the whites of two eyes in the shadow of the front porch. We approached carefully and were surprised to see that it was a black cocker spaniel puppy. As we looked closer, we saw that he had apparently been hit by a car, for one of his back legs was bleeding. All the fur was off part of this leg and he was shaking and in great pain. Dan took the puppy to a vet and had his wounds cared for. We ran an ad in the Knoxville newspaper describing the puppy and gave a location where he could be recovered. We did not receive any responses. We named the puppy “Spook” because of the way he came to be in our lives. We brought Spook back to West Tenn. after Dan’s graduation. After Dan and I got our apartment in Kansas City, he got me a parakeet for company. We named the parakeet “Davy.” We, at first, wanted to call him “Tennessee,” but decided that it might be hard to teach him to say such a long word. At the time, a television program starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett was popular. Since the program was about a famous Tennessean, we decided to give our

SALES TAX OPTION This week’s question: If you live outside the cities of Milan, Trenton, Humboldt or Medina, will you vote for the 1/2 cent increase of the local option sales tax on the March 6 ballot? Vote online at Or respond by email to or by phone to 784-2531. Results next week! Last week’s question: Voting early? Will you vote early in the March 6 elections? 57% Yes, 43% No

parakeet the name Davy. I enjoyed my Davy as I felt worlds away from my family and friends and with Dan at work, needed company. Little Davy played cards with me. I would open his cage and I would sit on the floor and play solitaire. Davy would fly down to the floor, take one of the cards, run away with it, or turn it over. Davy learned several words and he lived for six years. Dan’s hobby at the time was to assemble old classic, miniature model cars. He had several on a window sill of our seventh floor apartment. Davy would spend hours pushing the little cars around and sometimes, biting off parts of them, to Dan’s dismay. We loved our pets and enjoyed their company, no matter what body form they lived in. We all make pets of all sorts of animals. My kids had pets also as they were growing up. Now, all three are married, two with kids, and pets of their own. This is where we chose to give a “Pet Alert.” Our grandson Christopher is a young man, and works at a plant in Jackson. One night, as he was sitting outside the plant building, on his rest break, he said he felt something rubbing on his pants leg. When he looked down, he saw a small skunk looking back up at him. Christopher said he was startled, but out of respect for a skunk’s reputation, he did not move. The skunk, just for an instant looked at him

and the waddled off. Plant workers had been putting out food scraps for the skunk and other animals that visited their break area. A few nights later, Christopher sent his Mom a picture using his cell phone. In the picture, Christopher was petting the skunk. As we looked at the picture, we laughed and hoped he did not make any quick moves, or he might get anointed. Christopher now has a wife and Andy, their dog, while his sisters have puppies (Yorkies). Pets are such good company and we all come to love and enjoy them as they wiggle, push or squirm their way deeply into our hearts and our lives.

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BY BRADLEY FURNISH Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn’t blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major-metropolitan newspapers may be a slowly dying breed, but community newspapers prove that American journalism is alive, well and living in the rural areas, small towns and suburbs of our land. The word “newspaper” may conjure mental images of a big pressroom, delivery trucks and eight-column banner headlines, but 97-percent of U.S. papers have a paid circulation of less than 50,000. Their combined circulations, though, exceed 109 million - more than three times the aggregate total of the big daily newspapers. These are the community newspapers. They are staffed by professional journalists, but their news coverage is locally-oriented. High-school sports and academics, zoning issues, petty crime, neighborhood events, clubs, services, organizations, festivities and milestones - this is the stuff that the local news beat is made of. It is the sort of focus that big-city papers have increasingly lacked both the time and the inclination to provide. This single-minded dedication to meeting the needs of their audience has set the community papers apart from their big-city brethren. Major-metropolitan newspaper circulations began declining when they lost touch with readers and advertisers, long before the advent of the Internet. Today, the concentration on consumer demand distinguishes the community newspaper product from that of advocacy journalists and hyper-localists. The faddists are motivated by ideological or topical considerations extrinsic to their relationship with their customers. The bond between the community papers and their readers is organic. University of North Carolina journalism instructor and textbook author Jock Lauterer summed up this relationship neatly: “Community journalism... is the heartbeat of American journalism, journalism in its natural state.” That heart beats today as robustly as it did in 1953 when the little Tabor City (N.C.) Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for its expose of local Ku Klux Klan activities. It was the first Pulitzer award ever made to a weekly newspaper. The category “community newspapers” includes small daily newspapers, whose skeletal structure mimics that of the major-metro papers but which cover little or no metropolitan, state, national or world news. The term is also broad enough to encompass weekly papers that specialize even more narrowly and are often distributed free in street racks, stores, malls or shopping centers. Among the popular weekly forms are shoppers - which publish copious retail advertising by groceries and auto dealerships - and alternatives, which feature antiestablishment editorial and lifestyle content. A good example of this mix is Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI), which used private capital to grow via acquisitions beginning in 1997. Today, it boasts some 90 small daily newspapers and over 200 smaller weeklies in 22 states. Corporate ownership has arisen to challenge sole proprietorships and partnerships for dominance in the industry. When successful, this has allowed each paper to retain its individuality while enabling the parent enterprise to enjoy economies of scale and scope. Still, neither corporate ownership nor large size inoculates community newspapers against adversity. American Community Newspapers, Inc. reached well over one million households in Texas, Minnesota and Virginia when it was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. It emerged from reorganization in the hands of its creditors. From Mankato, MN to Plano, TX; from Vienna, VA to Harrisonville, MO to Walnut Creek, CA, community newspapers stand as testament to the continuing vitality of print journalism. Reports of the death of newspapers may be premature; they are surely exaggerated. Bradley Furnish works for Access Advertising LLC is the author of this piece. He is based in Kansas City, Mo.


National debt a moral issue Dear Editor, America’s national debt is truly a moral issue. The Bible says the borrower is slave to the lender. It also says that as much as possible, we should try to avoid debt, except the debt to love one another. Furthermore, it notes that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children. But today in America, we’re leaving a pile of debt for our children. How is that good? This reminds me of the joke going around about a year ago: “Have you heard about the new Obama McDonald’s special? You order everything you want and then the guy behind you pays the bill.” What kind of country runs up a big bill, spends the money now, and then leaves it up to our children and grandchildren to have to pay it all back? There is nothing ethical about this. Gordon Swanger


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Questioning photo placement Dear Editor, Whose idea was it to put the pictures of the doctors who are no longer on staff, on the wall where all the deceased doctors’ pictures hang and have hung there for years? These doctors are not dead. Out of sight, out of mind. Is this the way you show your thanks and respect? As a former employee, I know Dr. Routon and Dr. Webb served our hospital and the people of this area with dignity and respect and deserve a place of their own and continue with future pictures of doctors not on staff. A former employee of 30 plus years, Laura Holder

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EXCHANGE STUDENT OF THE MONTH - The Humboldt Exchange Club Student of the month for February is Zana Morris (center) who is joned by club members (left) Rob Harris and (right) Sam Blackwell.

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MEDINA LIONS GUESTS - Dr. Heather Martin was the guest speaker for the Medina Lions on February 23. Dr. Martin is the owner of a new chiropractic clinic in Medina. Joing Dr. Martin is her mom and office manager (right) Sheila Dillion.

Concord-Moore’s Chapel FCE meets at center PEGGY DAVIS Concord-Moore’s Chapel FCE Club met Monday, February 20, 2012, at Moore’s Chapel Community Center. President Debbie White called the meeting to order. Peggy Bell gave the devotional based on the book of Ecclesiastes about “A Time for Everything.� Teresa McConnell led the group in prayer., and Janice Gibson led the group singing “LOVE.� Members answered the roll call by telling their favorite thing they liked to do. Those present were Peggy Bell, Debbie Brown, BY

Joyce Brown, Jan Burks, Peggy Davis, Pat Eddlemon, Ruth Ethridge, Dorothy Farner, Janice Gibson, Teresa McConnell, Patsy Scott, Pat Ward, Debbie White, and new member Kathleen Brown. Guests were Royce Harris with the Gibson County Visual Arts Association and Tommie Sue Howington. Debbie White read the poem “Roses Are Red,� and the household hint of using coffee filters for small disposable containers for popcorn. The main demonstration was given by Joetta White,

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GREGORY WINS ARTIST OF THE YEAR - Joan Gregory, gospel solo artist from Alamo, is the recipient of the coveted “Gold Cross Female Artist of the Year� award at the 55th annual International Country Gospel Music Association Award Show held in West Plains, Missouri. She is now a top five nominee for “Favorite Soloist� and “Favorite Female Vocalist� of the Country Gospel Music Fan Fest to be held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. in April. In addition, her current single radio release, “This Little Light of Mine,� is on two national Southern Gospel and Country Gospel charts and is also a top 5 nominee for “Favorite Song of the Year� at the Country Gospel Music Fan Fest in Pigeon Forge. Joan is currently represented and promoted by Double E Promotions, Inc., a national promotions company. For more information regarding Joan’s music and background, visit her website at or contact her at 731-696-4957.

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substituting for Barbara Berry. Joetta works with the AgrABILITY Project, which assists disabled farmers. She also distributed handouts on exercises to strengthen the heart and a listing of heart healthy foods. She prepared a strawberry tofu smoothie and had samples for each member. Royce Harris displayed the quilt sign for the Moore’s Chapel Community Center. She demonstrated how the board would be painted in a purple and white geometric design called “Patchwork.� Gibson County will have a page in the Appalachian Quilt Trail brochure listing 24 quilts in our communities. The cost of the 4 x 4 sign is $150. Anyone desiring a sign should contact her at 731-784-4120. Tommie Sue Howington brought information about the type of crafts to be made and sold at the November, 2012, state conference. She also distributed a handout of due dates for the paperwork for different projects. She also reported that the deadline to submit recipes for the county cookbook is February 29. The committee will meet on March 5. The joint meeting of the Gibson County FCE clubs is March 13 at 1:30 at the Skullbone Community Center. Our club is responsible for drinks, ice, and cups. Participants will wear green in celebration of

St. Patrick’s Day. The fair date is August 27 – September 2 with the fair brunch being August 24. No theme has been decided at this time. Tommie Sue also gave handouts listing items needed for Care Boxes for soldiers. Snacks were one of the items being most desired. Patsy Scott is the new County Council Inspirational Leader. Pat Eddlemon gave the Global presentation on the need of Vitamin D. This sunshine vitamin helps with the absorption of calcium necessary for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. Ten to 15 minutes of sunlight is needed each day, or a supplement may be substituted for this. New Business consisted of the club voting to bring items for a specific soldier which we will do at the April meeting. The cost to mail one box is $13.45. Peggy Davis announced a flea market and craft fair being held on March 31 by the Gibson County Literacy Council to raise money for GED test fees and Imagination Library books. She passed out vendor applications and urged members to participate or to pass the information to other prospective vendors. The next meeting will be the joint meeting on March 13. If anyone is interested in joining the club, please call Peggy Davis at 855-

Spring Blossom Pageant slated Sunday, March 11 The 5th Annual Humboldt Spring Blossom Pageant will be held Sunday, March 11, at Humboldt Middle School auditorium.. Registration starts at 12 p.m. at the door and pageant starts at 1 p.m. This is a preliminary to the Strawberry Festival Territorial Revue. All royalty will ride a float in the Humboldt Strawberry Festival and Trenton Teapot Festival. “Find a Cure� crown drawing proceeds will donated to American Cancer Association. For more information contact Joshua Mayberry 731-618-6177 or email

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Postons mark 55th This week will mark the Postons’ 55th year wedding anniversary. They met at Lane College in Jackson. Willie was from Madison County and Shirley was from Milan, Tenn. Willie and Shirley Poston came to Humboldt in 1960. Willie was the new basketball, football and track coach at Stigall High School. During his time in Humboldt City Schools, Mr. Poston served as principal, assistant principal, basketball coach of boys and girls. He retired in 1987 from the Trenton Special School District. Shirley Poston also worked in the Humboldt City School System for 31 years and retired in 1998. They both enjoy retirement, a good basketball game and ice cream. They are active at church and in the community. They are the proud parents of six children, Pamela, Valerie, Vickey, Kathy, Sonny and Stella. They have 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. They will spend this year’s anniversary quietly with family.


WOMAN OF THE MONTH - Humboldt Business Women’s Club honors Susan Dougan as their Business Woman of the Month in February. Dougan (left) is presented the award by club member Carolyn Adams. The honoree is a kindergarten teacher at Stigall Primary School with 19 years in this school system and 39 years in teaching total. The club honors working women who inspire other working women by example, word and deed.







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Obituaries Buford C. Guinn

Buford C. Guinn, of Enid, Okla., passed away February 8, 2012. A graveside funeral service with military honors was performed February 13, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Grand View Cemetery with Pastor Clayton Shepherd of Prevailing Faith Church officiating in Pasadena, Tex. Mr. Guinn was born on June 14, 1929 to Charlie and Rowena Guinn of Humboldt, Tenn. He married Jean Patrick in 1951 and again in 2001. Mr. Guinn served his country for 38 years with various duties in the Army, Air Force, National Guard and Civil Service. He is survived by his wife, Jean Guinn; daughter, Virginia (Gigi) Guinn Black; grandchildren, Brandie, Jared, Ryan Black and Michelle Guinn Wescott; great-grandchildren, Sean and Shelby Wescott and Mayson Black; his devoted cat, Angel; brother, William Guinn of Westport, Tenn.; aunt, Dorothy Ellison of Trenton, Tenn.; cousins, Roy (Butch) Berry, Sharron Hamilton of Humboldt, Tenn., Laverne Cartwright of Dyer, Tenn., Lena Piercey of Medina, Tenn., Gerald Potts of Bruceton, Tenn. and Howard Ellison of Louisville, Ky. Mr. Guinn was preceded in death by his mother; father; sister; brother; a son, Mike Guinn; and his grandparents. Mr. Guinn had been in ill health for some time and died at his home with his wife, friends and hospice at his bedside.


Opal Hayes Luster

On February 25, 2012, Opal Hayes Luster passed away peacefully at Humboldt General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Luster was born in Bingham, Ill. on April 11, 1925. After graduating from high school she completed the training to become a licensed cosmetologist, a career that she pursued through most of her adult life. Throughout this career Mrs. Luster had her own business, was an instructor at a private beauty school and became the first instructor of cosmetology at Humboldt High School in the early 1970s. She developed a successful program providing many young people the opportunity to enter the work force after graduating from high school. Mrs. Luster retired in 1993. Mrs. Luster was a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Luster; and her parents Frank and Ada Hayes of Ramsey, Ill.; five brothers and sisters. Mrs. Luster is survived by her children, Linda (Mike) Hawks and Gary Luster, all of Humboldt; and grandchildren Abbey Hawks of Charleston, S.C., and Alexus, Luke, and Nick Luster of Barlett, Tenn. Her surviving brother Darel (Mary) Hayes resides in Vandalia, Ill. Visitation will be February 29, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Shelton Hunt Funeral Home in Humboldt, Tenn. Memorial contributions can be made to Humboldt First Baptist Church.


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Madeline P. (Moody) Miles, 87, a resident of Checotah, Okla. was born on March 3, 1924, in Ronceverte, W.V. She had three brothers and five sisters. Mrs. Miles worked for Green Giant for many years where she met Edgar Miles and on July 15, 1977, they were married. For nine years she was always by her husband’s side as he drove for CFI. Mrs. Miles crisscrossed the country and traveled into Canada. She and Mr. Miles lived in Humboldt, Tenn. for 26 years. Mrs. Miles loved to read her Bible, reading it from cover to cover 15 times. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church for many years before she and Mr. Miles moved to Checotah in the fall of 2011. Mrs. Miles was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Moody and Willie (Quick) Moody; son, Henry Kerns; grandsons, Chad Kerns and Dallas Kerns; brothers, Woodrow Moody, Charlie Moody and James Moody; sisters, Ella Mae Moody Ridgeway, Hazel Moody Sheppard, Mary Moody Reynolds and Polly Moody. She is survived by her husband, Edgar Miles; sister, Rose Ann Moody Defibaugh of Lewisburg, W.V.; daughter, Nancy Autrey of Humboldt, Tenn.; sons, Tommy and his wife, Sharon Kerns of Sinking Spring, Penn., Jerry Kerns of Lewisburg, W. V., John and his wife, Kay Kerns of Checotah; daughter-in-law, Lanita Kerns-Firestone; 23 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren; two stepsons, Edgar Allen and David Scott Miles of Pennsylvania. Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Checotah with Rev. Wendell Cox officiating. Pallbearers were Brian Kerns, Tommy Kerns, John Kerns, Thomas Firestone and Byron Brushwood. Funeral service arrangements were under the direction of Checotah Funeral and Cremation Service.

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Nite Lite presents ‘Forever Doo-Wop’ Experience Blend, this weekend only!

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TO SPEAK - Author Diane Carbonell (above and below, after losing weight) will share her story of weight loss, ‘150 Pounds Gone Forever’ with the Humboldt Library’s Authors Book Club March 8.

Guest author lost 150 lbs. Diane Carbonell, an author who has written about her amazing weight loss, will speak to the Humboldt Public Library’s Authors Book Club on March 8 at 3:30 p.m. Carbonell lost 158 pounds and has kept the weight off for 14 years. Her upcoming book, “150 Pounds Gone Forever” details her journey out of morbid obesity. Carbonele has been featured on the Dr. Oz show, in both “Shape” and “Woman’s World” magazines, several newspapers, and numerous radio shows. As a wife and mother to seven children, Carnell stays busy teaching, blogging, writing, speaking, and doing load after load of laundry. A GC shelter pet at home in Indiana as compared to her pound puppy days (lower photo).

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Too Swift gets Indiana home BY KATHY HOOPER This is the story of a dog named Too Swift who loved to chase horses. As far as I know, she never caught one but her owner felt she could no longer take care of her because she had this bad habit. She came into the Gibson County Animal Shelter and was one of nine dogs featured in the Humboldt Chronicle and Tri City Reporter in January. She was also featured on Facebook in a shelter album on Friends of Gibson County Animals page. Her Facebook fans named her Miss Eyeliner because she looked like she was wearing eyeliner. A loving family from Indiana saw her on Facebook and fell in love with her and began the process with

the help of FOGCA and Mike White, animal control officer at the shelter, she was pulled and fostered until she was completely vetted. Once she was cleared for transport, she made her way to her new furever home with Bernadette and her family . She arrived on February 11. Her new family had toys already waiting for her. They named her Shelby and her new family includes three new best friends. children! This is quite the journey from the Gibson County shelter to a couch in Indiana!

Blend is the acappella doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 50s and 60s with a twist of fun! They make very clear in their frivolous act that they love what they do. That’s right; fans of all ages can enjoy this one of a kind style of entertainment. What Blend is able to do in a 1.5 to 2-hour show will leave you with awe and amazement, wondering how they accomplish this with only their voices? They incorporate and utilize tight harmonies, drum sounds, along with precise’s all there! Forever Doo Wop even features appearances by some of musical greats like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and the Duke of Earl! This is one group you will not want to miss, said a Nite Lite spokesperson. Show dates are Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at Peabody High School Theatre in Trenton, Tenn. To reserve your tickets call Nite Lite Theatre at 731-8552129

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NOTICE OF ELECTION AND SAMPLE BALLOT PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY SALES TAX REFERENDUM TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sec. 2-12-11(c), the Gibson County Election Commission hereby gives notice of the Presidential Preference Primary, County Democratic Primary and Sales Tax Referendum Election to be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. in all the voting precincts in Gibson County. Notice is also given, pursuant to TCA, Sec. 2-6-302(a)(5) that the absentee counting board will meet Tuesday, March 6, at 5:00 P.M. at the Election Commission Office, located on the first floor of the Courthouse. GIBSON COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION

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MUSIC CLUB PRESENTATION - The Humboldt Music Club enjoyed the music of Celine Dion at their recent meeting. Featured performers include (from left) Geneva Dozier, Eric Bundy, Jocelyn Bundy, Randy Mosier, Katie Kulow, Willa Nelson, Alecia Craig, Martha Bland, Dan Bland, Peggy Tacker and Jennifer Wilson.

Club meeting features music of Celine Dion On Thursday, February 16, 2012, at First Baptist Church, the Humboldt Music Club members and guests were wowed by a presentation of the beautiful music of Celine Dion. The stage was set with hundreds of bright white mini-lights and in the center was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celineâ&#x20AC;? written out in the same bright lights. Background information about the famous singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and music was given by chairperson and narrator Jocelyn Bundy. Each song was performed following interesting facts about the song.

An added treat was a video presentation of Dion, in concerts and scenes from movies featuring her songs, during the program. Other members participating were Jennifer Wilson, Geneva Dozier, Katie Kulow, Willa Nelson, Dan and Martha Bland, Eric Bundy, Peggy Tacker and Alecia Craig. Guest performer was Randy Mosier. Dan and Martha Bland began with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;?, from the movie of the same name. They were the perfect couple for this duet. Willa Nelson followed with the timeless classic,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ave Mariaâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because You Loved Meâ&#x20AC;? was presented by Jennifer, Wilson with backup group consisting of Peggy Tacker, Alecia Craig, Martha Bland and Willa Nelson. The backup singers also accompanied Geneva Dozier as she gave us â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Heart Will Go Onâ&#x20AC;? from the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titanic.â&#x20AC;?. Jennifer Wilson and Randy Mosier were joined by the choir for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Your Angelâ&#x20AC;?. The choir members were Tacker, the Blands, Craig, Nelson, Jocelyn Bundy and Kulow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prayerâ&#x20AC;? was a beautiful duet featuring

Geneva Dozier andMosier. The backup singers joined Kulow for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Way It Isâ&#x20AC;? and the Bundys closed the program with the Frank Sinatra classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the Wayâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tribute to Celine Dionâ&#x20AC;? was beautifully presented and was enjoyed by all. Club president, Fran Newell, thanked everyone for their attendance and invited everyone to the next program which will be in May. Members and guests then enjoyed a time of refreshments and fellowship.

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BOOK SIGNING - Three local authors were featured at Stigall Museum recently for a book signing. Dr. Charles Clark (from left) wrote â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Reflections on Teachingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Lillian Marie Webb wrote â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Light Is...â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Brooksie Burnett has penned â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chimes of My Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. A good turnout came by the museum during th day to visit the authors and learn more about their writings.

Fincher: Bill to extend payroll tax cut okayed CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN FINCHER Last week, I voted in favor of the conference report to H.R. 3630, which extends the payroll tax cut. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased there was agreement to keep taxes from increasing. During 8.3-percent unemployment, which would be 11.4-percent if you included people who have stopped looking for work, raising taxes is not an option. President Obama signed this legislation into law on February 22, 2012. H.R. 3630 prevented a 2-percent tax increase to all Americans beginning March 1, cut funding to Obamacare, closed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strip-Clubâ&#x20AC;? loophole in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) BY

program, and forced changes to unemployment payments. Specifically, H.R. 3630 does the following: â&#x20AC;˘Prevents a 2 percent tax increase on March 1st: H.R. 3630 extends the 2 percentage point payroll tax rebate for the remainder of 2012. If this was not enacted, every United States citizen who receives a pay check would have to pay an additional 2 percent of their wages to the Federal government beginning March 1st. â&#x20AC;˘Reduces Obamacare funding: H.R. 3630 cuts $5 billion from an Obamacare slush fund, which was to be used for â&#x20AC;&#x153;public health.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘Closes the current â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strip Club Loopholeâ&#x20AC;? for welfare

benefits: H.R. 3630 ensures that welfare funds cannot be accessed at ATMs in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos. â&#x20AC;˘Requires federal employees to pay more for retirement benefits: H.R. 3630 requires ALL federal employees to pay more for their retirement benefits in their defined benefit pension plan, instead of taxpayers. â&#x20AC;˘Forced changes to federal unemployment programs: H.R. 3630 reduces by 30 weeks the maximum

number of weeks of all unemployment benefits payable. Our country faces so many challenges. We must take action to put our country on a path toward economic growth that produces jobs and enables all folks an opportunity to succeed and excel. As we move forward, I will continue to support policies that keep taxes low, reduce the size of our government, and prevent the government takeover of health care.

Tree give-away day March 9

Gibson County Soil Conservation District will sponsor a Tree Day Friday, March 9, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ed Jones Agri-Plex in Trenton. Tree varieties will include Willow Oak, Cherrybark Oak, and Shortleaf Pine. Trees will be given away on a first come-first serve basis. For more information call 855-0023, extension 3.

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MUSEUM DONATION - An African artifact was donated to the Stigall Museum recently by Shane and Libby Lynch of Humboldt. The artifact is carved from only one piece of wood and museum officials are researching to find out more about itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and origin.



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Vikings peaking at right time About a month ago, the Humboldt Vikings were not playing well. The team was floundering with a 10-10 record. During one four-game stretch, the Vikes beat No.8 ranked Lake County but lost to Bradford, Greenfield and Halls. The Bradford and Greenfield games were onepoint losses but heads were shaking after the game with comments of “how did we lose this game?” The Halls game was a 12-point loss and comments of “what’s wrong with the Vikings?” echoed throughout the stands. After the Halls loss, the Vikings showed signs of life. Coach Boykin made a big move by allowing J.K. Kimble to come to the team after not being on the squad for over half the season. The insertion of Kimble to the lineup could have upset the chemistry of the team and it meant someone would go to the bench. After a couple of games, Kimble was in the starting lineup and made a big difference in rebounding and began scoring in double digits. With Kimble in, senior Tevin Bryson went to the bench and became Coach B’s sixth man. Things began to gel for the Vikes as they started clicking off the wins. Antonio Brooks continues to shoot well from beyond the arc and went over the 1,000-point mark last week. Super-sophomore, DeSonta Bradford will be a main-player in the Vikes’ postseason run. Seniors C.C. Moody and Chris McLilly have upped


DISTRICT CHAMPS - The Humboldt Vikings were the thrid seed going into the tournament but emerged with the first place plaque last week as they defeated Lake County in the District 14A Championship game, 76-67.

Vikings beat Falcons in 14A championship BY BARRY DELOACH Humboldt and Lake County did battle for a third time last week and the Vikings came away with the District 14A crown. The Falcons won the regular season

title, had the MVP, and Coach of the Year but the Vikings won when it counted. They used a big shooting night from senior Antonio Brooks with 28 points and a smothering defense that led

see SCOOP page 6B

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HOLE IN ONE - Paul Harrison made a hole in one Wednesday, February 23. Harrison carded the ace on No. 15 at Humboldt Golf and Country Club using an 8-iron. Witnesses were Charles Harrison, Tom Humphreys, Roger Harbin and Jim Watson.

SPORTS NOTE Baseball sign ups

Humboldt Youth Baseball sign ups will be Saturday, March 3 at the Humboldt Middle School gym 10 a.m. until noon. Players may also sign up at The Boys & Girls Club, Monday-Friday.


VIKING BASKETBALL Region 7A Championship at Peabody Vikes vs Lake Co March 1 at 7 pm Sub-State March 5

FRONT OF THE RIM - C.C. Moody scores on this drive to the bucket for two of his 14 points against Lake County. The Vikes were crowned District 14A champs with the victory over the Falcons.

to a 76-67 victory. Lake County got off to a good start in the first quarter jumping out to a 10-4 lead over the Vikings. Humboldt trailed by as many as nine points in the first period before making a run at the Falcons. Brooks hit back-to-back three pointers and cut the lead down to 16-10 and Lake County called a timeout. After a timeout, Brooks faked a three and drove the lane for a 16-12 score. Desonta Bradford hit a floater in the lane and it was just a 2-point deficit with a minute left in the quarter. Lake County led 18-14 after one quarter. C.C. Moody opened the second quarter with a jumper and Brooks’ third bomb of the half made it 20-19. Humboldt took their first lead of the contest with a couple of free throws at the 6:07 mark of the second quarter. Lake County didn’t go away as they can shoot the “3” just as well and went back up 27-23 with 2:24 on the clock. Senior Tyler Pipkin pulled Humboldt to within two points and then Bradford got tackled on a breakaway dump attempt. The ball went in, he was awarded two shots and the Vikes got the ball. When the dust cleared on the play, the Vikes were up 29-27 as Moody scored in the post with 1:43 on the clock. With 1:18 left in the half, Bradford went coast to coast off a rebound and scored on a lay-up. Seconds later, a steal and a slam from Bradford made it a 10-0 run for the Vikes and a 6-point lead with 58 ticks on the clock. Humboldt led 33-30 at the halftime horn. Both teams shot the ball well in the third period. Brooks

continued to amaze the crowd with this quick release of the ball as he canned two long-range shots and then drove to the basket on three different occasions for layups. This made him ever more dangerous with his head fake and then boom, he was by his defender and making an easy bucket. With 5:02 left in the third, the Vikings were up 45-38 but an 8-2 Falcon run led to a Coach Boykin timeout and a 47-46 lead for the Vikings. Chris McLilly scored at the 3:18 mark followed by another drive by Brooks on two straight possessions and the lead was back to seven. Lake County made it 5349 headed to the fourth period. The Falcons simply would not go away and quickly tied the game with 6:50 left in the contest. Brooks hit a big trey on the next Humboldt possession. After a rebound by Bradford, he went the length of the court and the middle opened like the Red Sea and he slammed dunked the ball. After a Lake County miss, J.K. Kimble scored in the paint for the Vikings to complete a 7-0 run. Lake County scored to stop the run but consecutive buckets from Bradford and Kimble pushed the Viking lead to nine, their largest of the game and the momentum was all on the side of the Vikings. With 2:11 left in the game, Brooks fed McLilly with a pass for two points a 68-58 advantage and the game was all but over for Lake County. Moody’s drive straight down the lane and then a short jumper with 1:29 on the clock made it a 12-point lead for the Vikings. Humboldt shot free throws down the stretch see CHAMPS page 6B

Humboldt totally dominates Bruceton, advances to region semifinals BY BARRY DELOACH The Humboldt Vikings moved to 20-10 with a total domination of the Bruceton Central Tigers on Friday night at home in the opening round of the Region 7A Tournament. It was not quite the tune-up the Vikings were wishing for as they advance to the region semifinals against Greenfield. Humboldt beat Bruceton 8329 and had the clock not run continuously in the fourth they easily would have scored 100 even with the second and third team players in the game. The Vikings were a little sloppy in the game to begin with but even the Tiger coach knew it would take a miracle to beat Humboldt. Antonio Brooks opened with a trey to start the game and Bruceton countered with a 3-ball as well to tie it. That was as close as the Tigers would be the rest of the game. Humboldt then went on a 10-0 run before Bruceton scored again. C.C. Moody, Desonta Bradford and J.K. Kimble all scored in the run. Bruceton stopped the run with another 3pointer. Brooks then got in on the act and scored six of the Vikes’

last eight points in the quarter and led 22-9. Brooks had nine in the quarter and seven from Moody to lead the Vikings. Bruceton cut it 11 points to begin

the second period. The Vikes got back-to-back treys from Moody and Stephon Turner to make it 2811. Turnovers plagued the Vikings midway through the second period


SNATCHES REBOUND - Junior J.K. Kimble jerks this rebound away during first quarter action against Bruceton. The Vikes beat the Tigers rather handily 83-29 on Friday at home.

but despite a 16-point lead Coach Boykin called a timeout to settle the troops down. With a minute to play in the half, Nick McLilly scored to make it 38-19. Pipkin scored with 28 seconds left and Bradford hit a long “3” with five seconds left to make it 43-22 at the break. Moody and McLilly got the scoring going to start the second half and 6:06 left in the third, the Tigers were down 47-26. Over the next four minutes, the Vikings turned it up a notch or two, both offensively and defensively. Brooks and Bradford combined to score 17 unanswered points. Brooks had four buckets, three of which were long bombs and Bradford had three field goals as the lead went from 21 points to 38 points. C. McLilly scored with 2:03 left to make it 66-26 and Coach Boykin took all the starters out. Jaylen Montague and Treyvon Brown scored to make it a 21-0 run and the Vikes led 70-26. The Tigers’ coach never called a single timeout and Humboldt only called one during the game. In the fourth, Humboldt out scored see ADVANCE page 6B

EDUCATION Page 2B Humboldt Chronicle, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

East Elementary School Red Team/ Gold Team Pep Rally

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FCCLA BAKE SALE - Recently Humboldt High School FCCLA students held their annual Valentine’s Cookies and Ice Cream Sale, one of their fundraisers. Some of the students participating are (from left) Jasmine Parchman, Keosha Allen, Marydyth Porter, Jasmine Robinson and Teona Doaks. They are serving assistant principals Thomas Boykin and Carla Brown. photo by DANNY WADE

SUPER T ENCOURAGES STUDENTS - Local superhero, Super T, visited East Elementary School last week during the school’s Red Team/Gold Team achievement pep rally. The pep rally encourages students to do well on TCAP tests and includes a friendly competition between the two teams. Before Super T made his way into the gym for the pep rally, a video with teachers and students was shown talking about Super T and his ability to do good. In the video, Super T had to fight off Dr. Wrong, a villainous character who makes kids do bad deeds.

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HMS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - February’s students of the month at Humboldt Middle School are (front row from left) Alexisica Hall, Brittney Stitts, Jocelyn Lenon, Carrie Wilson, Michel Johnston and Bernett Scott; (back row) Joseph Walford, Molly Stallings, Courtney Hutchison, Christy Coffman, Christopher Bryson, Tavious Bell, Carlton Childs and Travis Janes.

JSCC, JMCGH to hold Discover Nursing Jackson State Community College and JacksonMadison County General Hospital, a West Tennessee Healthcare affiliate, will hold an informational event entitled Discover Nursing on March 1 at JacksonMadison County General Hospital from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is designed to

give attendees better insight into the career of nursing, including the educational requirements and potential career opportunities within the field. This event is free and all interested parties are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants. Registration is required

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and can be completed by visiting http://www.wth. org/discovernursing. The registration deadline is February 24. For additional information, contact Jan Williams at 731-265-1116 or via email at

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HHS STUDENTS ATTEND PEP RALLY - These HHS student athletes (from left) Bailey Alexander, Ashley Brown, Bailey Patterson, Ryeon Wedley and Tyler Pipkin, spoke to kids at East Elementary School during the achievement pep rally last Thursday. They talked about the importance of making good grades in school and encouraged them to study hard.

City League Basketball action continues in February City League Basketball season continues to create excitement on Saturdays. Scores from recent games are: First State vs. Entertainment Complex First State was led by De’Airrious Young 7 , Odarious Brooks 7, Rodarius Wedley 5, Johnny Brown 2 and Derrick Seymour 2. E.C. was led by Chrisitan Pipkin 14, Monterio Kimble 10, Dontaveon Beard 8, Corey Saine 2, Trisitan Mallard 2. E.C. won 36-29 Morning Star vs. Pleasant Plains

VOTE “FOR” THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX REFERENDUM Why vote “FOR” the referendum to increase the Local Option Sales Tax Rate in Gibson County from 2.25% to 2.75%? • Redistributes the Local Sales Option Sales Tax dollars collected in Humboldt, Milan & Trenton back to all school districts (Bradford, Humboldt, Gibson County, Milan & Trenton). Citizens in the affected areas spend the majority of their disposable income in Humboldt, Milan, & Trenton since the majority of the retail businesses (Wal-Mart, Lowes), restaurants, & service establishments are located there. These cities already have the 2.75% local option sales tax rate, however, only 2.25% of the local option sales tax rate is being distributed. • Provides funds for our students’ education. • MINIMIZES the need for Property Tax Increases. • Increases City Revenue for Bradford, Dyer, Gibson, Rutherford & Yorkville. • Increases County Revenue. • By voting “FOR” the referendum to increase the Gibson County Local Option Sales Tax Rate from 2.25% to 2.75% and it passes, the whole amount of 2.75% will then be distributed per T.C.A. Code 67-6-712, 50% (1/2) to school districts & 50% (1/2) to point of sale (city or county). For additional information, visit the Gibson County Special School District website at & click on “Local Option Sales Tax” located under “News” to listen to a “Narrated Presentation” or contact Terry Cunningham at (731) 692-3803.



Morning Star was led by Teiona Wedley 8, Gable Bracamonte 6, Jonathan Pankey 3, and Yasmine Pankey 2. Pleasant Plain was led by Kaevon Hannah 8, Kody Honeywood 8, and Marcus Williams 6. Pleasant Plains won 22-19. Baskerville vs. Lashlee-Rich Baskerville was led by Reggie Manley 15, David Hicks 4, Jalen Hicks 4, and Jada Hicks 2. LashleeRich was led by Bakaira Lenon 23, Trent Green 11, Fred Payne 2, and Denzel Epperson 2. Lashlee-Rich won 38-25. Tatum Tax vs Spinners Calvinski King led Tatum

Tax with 22, Titus Arnold 9, Caveon Godwin 3, Darrius Wade 3, and CHris Holloway 2. Spinners were led by Chris Beard with 27, Keyon James 15, Chris Williams 10, and Leon Newhouse 8. Spinners won 62-39. St. James vs. Humboldt Screenprinting Malik Armstong led St. James with 14, Kenyatt Robinson 8, Donnell Robinson 2, and Jaquari McCurry 1. HSP was led by Kaeyshawn Stewart 13 and Tyson Pirtle 3. St. James won 25-16. Humboldt Chronicle vs. Cash Master The Chronicle was led

PUBLIC NOTICE The Superintendent Evaluation Committee will meet on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Humboldt High School. The purpose of the meeting is to draft a potential superintendent evaluation form.

by Marcus Smith and Chris Glenn both with 8, Anaya Patterson 6, and Isaac Cunningham 2. Cash Master was led by LaVoskia Pirtle16, Marrel Pettigrew 11, Marquez Pirtle 10, and Terrance Pirtle 6. Cash Masters won 41-24. McDonald’s vs. Humboldt Police Dept McDonald’s was led by Dennis Brown and Tyler Brown with 16, Joseph Rice 15, Daniel Laughlin 8, and Tez Mase 2. HPD was led by Wesley Smith 12, Desmond Wilson 6, Jonathan Wilson 5, Tyler Johnson 4, Andre Wade 2, and Tyler Epperson 1. McDonald’s won 57-30. Tatum Tax vs Spinners Calvinski King led Tatum Tax with 17, Quan Spinks 8, Titus Arnold 6, Darrius Wade 6, Caveon Godwin 5,and Trey Gaines 4. Keyon James led Spinners with 16, Chris Beard 11, Cortez Moore 7, Marquarius Brown 5, and Chris Williams 2. Tatum Tax took the win 4441.


Gibson by Mary Ruth Atkins & Barbara Morris

Humboldt Chronicle, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Page 3B

Precinct One

History: A Time to Learn and Rememberâ&#x20AC;?. The Humboldt-Gibson County NAACP has rescheduled their monthly meetings beginning with March. The meetings will now be held on the first Thursday of each month, rather than the fourth Thursday. The March meeting will be on Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Stigall Museum. Dawson Lewis is president. The NAACP Youth Council will meet Saturday, March 3, at 12 noon, at St. James Baptist Church. All Youth Council members are urged to attend and any youth who would like to become a member, you are welcome to attend. Derrick T. Seymour is president. Porsha Fly is secretary. Mrs. Jovada Lewis is youth advisor. Happy birthday wishes go to Mrs. Terri Campbell (March 6).

by Donna Seymour

â&#x20AC;&#x153;See What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Sayingâ&#x20AC;? was Pastor Quillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subject for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message. Text was Genesis: 13: 1417. Pastor Brabham had the congregation to know that you need to have some vision in order to lead a fulfilling life. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any vision, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going anywhere. He further stated that you should separate yourself from people who are going nowhere and that where you are does not determine where you can go. The LCSA Scholarship Committee held their annual speaking contest on Saturday evening in the Mathis Center. Congratulations to the winners in the order of their winning: Jasmine Johnson, Cody Sain, Jordan Hardimon and Chessea Owens. The committee is very grateful to everyone who supported this endeavor in any way. Donna Seymour is president and Myrtle Fitzgerald is secretary. Congratulations to Ms. Julia Porter and Mr. Ozier for the great Black History program that they coordinated at HHS and presented it this past Friday. I had the opportunity to be there on that day and to enjoy the students at their best. The theme was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black

Williams Chapel by Brooksie Burnett

Sunday I worshipped with my church family. A young woman friend, Myree Donald, gave me a ride. We got there early. The mixed choir sang. The morning scripture was by Min. Abe Jones. Pastor Johnson chose to read Mark 15:16 and John

Faith Botbyl was hostess for Becky Rosenthauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewelry show. Becky designs and makes jewelry-bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. I hope she made several sales. The Rosentahuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left Saturday morning, a twoday drive to Minnesota. I received a telephone call that said I am bringing your dinner, chicken and dressing, be there about 12 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock. Now that is hard to turn down. Everyone is so good to me. Joe Cooper has moved to an assisted living apartment in Nashville. Joe will only be about two miles from his son. Joe has lived in this area for about 88 years, was an avid gardener, deacon at Gibson Baptist Church and supported our local businesses. Joe will be missed and we wish him only the best in his new home. Martha Stills had a stroke but her health is improving. Martha is in the nursing home in Humboldt. Clint Macon, her grandson, checks on her and keeps her spirits up. Some dear friends in and around Gibson have some health problems. Rosie Hamilton is in the Humboldt Nursing Home, Louise Hopper has had a stroke and Jim Reynolds will be treated by hospice. Our thoughts and prayers are with these special people. Barbara Morris had company from Florida, Todd

3:16. The text was a follow up lesson. He was making it plain that there must be a new birth. The water has nothing to do with the new birth of Jesus. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an outside show, to the world, a sign. I liked the way he said it. He brought up the rich man. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the new birth, so he sneaked to Jesus one night and asked the question of how can a many be born and he is old and Jesus made it clear there is a fire baptism. Number one and number two is the water baptism. It was a very fine and hearty lesson. Also, black history was observed. Sister Bertha Perry sang the Negro national anthem and welcomed Min. Anthony Johnson. The purpose of black history was given by Bertha Perry. There was a presentation by Williams Chapel youth music Springhill choir. The introduction of speaker Rev. David Jerome Willis was by Bro. Frank Thomas. Rev. Willis chose for his text â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Black Generation,â&#x20AC;? a very fine message. Closing remarks and song was by Dr. Frank Thomas. He stressed to us to learn to pray and work at a worthy cause. Put all you can into what you got. He praised and thanked all for coming. Sister Thomas made remarks and gave thanks. Remarks and benediction were given by Pastor Johnson. It was a big day all right.

lunch at the cafe as this is where we had our first meeting. It seems like home to us and there is no place like home!

Breitmann, retired military man, his wife Stacey and girls, Heidi and Hailey. They are traveling around the USA and Canada for a year in their mobile home. Stacey and Heidi went to Faith Botbylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewelry party and were amazed at the talent in that family. Becky, Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister, makes jewelry, Eric, Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, makes pottery, Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother was a watercolor painter and Faith is a weaver and flower arranger. Eleven Fabulous Females had lunch at the Gibson cafe with Becky Rosenkrans and Faith Botbyl as special guests. The food was delicious and the conversation was delightful. We were all glad to have

Gadsden by Barbara Froio

Rick Smith remains hospitalized. He wants to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls and visits. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all wishing him a rapid recovery. Congratulations to Kenzy Henderson, daughter of Gail Gregory, winning first place at the 2012 Gatlinburg, Tennessee Gymnastic Classic.

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WILD TURKEY BANQUET THIS SATURDAY - Chairman Ken White (right) and past chairman Tim Agee display a framed picture to be auctioned during the Gibson County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation annual banquet. The banquet will be Saturday, March 3 at the National Guard Armory in Milan. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be a barbecue meal served, a silent and live auction, and a large raffle with lots of guns and sporting goods to be given away. Tickets can be purchased at the banquet or in advance by contacting Ken White 414-9584 or Greer Lashlee at 784-2461.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES Roy Jerome Young of Kenton and Latonya Renee Fisk of Kenton Vincent Christian Finch of Bradford and Jillian Amber Hayes of Bradford Anthony Wayne Hill of Milan and Beth Ann Brese of Milan Jerry Lane Stewart of Trenton and Linda Gayle Strain Myers of Plant City, Florida Edward Wayne Henson of Atwood and Marilyn Jane Mills Whitney of Atwood

DIVORCES Kimberly Jane Hill vs Tommy Eugene Hill Jr. Charles Vinson vs Gloria Vinson Victoria M. Turner Agnew vs Edward E. Agnew Brian Keith Thomas vs Tosha Myles Thomas



SATURDAY - March 3 - 10:00 AM

Help Wanted Experienced mechanic wanted. Apply in person at Milan Tire and Brake, 1012 Ellington Dr., Milan.

: 3008 Terry St Milan TN 38358 : From downtown Milan proceed toward Trenton and turn near Food Warehouse grocery store Selling Arlene Peevyhouse Living Estate


American Greeting Corp. is currently hiring Part Time Merchandisers to service greeting card departments in key retail stores in Humboldt and surrounding areas in West Tenn. Position will Average 10-15 hours/ week, daytime hours only, no evenings. Persons who apply must have: Home land line, Internet computer, and reliable vehicle. Good supplemental income. Previous retail or merchandising experience a plus. Pay based upon previous experience. EOE Apply online at: for merchandiser position or email resume to memphisgreetings@gmail. com

See entire list at : 3 or 4 BR, 2 BA vinyl siding home, 1150+/- sq ft with new windows, some hardwood floors, large living room. Home features a very CLEAN condition, OLD Mantle, closets in all bedrooms, and covered carport or patio, gas heat and window air conditioners. adjoins tract 1 and fronts LePayne St. and is level and vacant and would make excellent building lot. Offering tracts separately and as a whole. To view REAL ESTATE prior to sale call Darrell Ridgely 694-6213.



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Tennessee CAREs Early Head Start Program Accepting applications on-line for

Child Care Specialist (Head Start Teacher I) Salary Range: $21,540 - $25,848 - Based on Education/ Experience; Benefits for full time employees include eligibility to participate in a major medical/health plan, dental plan and disability plan; and accrue sick and/or vacation leave. Hours: 40 hrs x week; Monday-Friday Qualifications: Minimum of an Associate Degree in Child Development, Human Development, Early Childhood, Child and Family Studies, or related field. Unrelated degrees will be required to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and 6 additional ECE courses. Knowledge of the psychological and biological needs of infants and toddlers. Ability to prepare & present educational materials. Professional knowledge of instructional methods, materials, and program development. Ability to establish/maintain effective teaching/working relationship with public, children, parents, & coworkers. Organizational skills & knowledge. Willingness to travel as required, and to work in a multi-county program in the areas of Weakley, Gibson and Henry counties. Personal transportation required. Duties Include: Direct activities of children and families in the Early Head Start program and provide developmentally appropriate quality care for children ages 0-3 in a child care center. Develop individualized lesson plans for children in caseload. Participate in meetings involving children and families to help assess, plan, and coordinate core service delivery. Direct all activities of assigned children and families in the Early Head Start program, preparing and presenting educational materials; coordinating center based and home based activities. Maintain communication with supervisor and parents pertaining to the development of the children; conduct parent conferences, monthly parent meetings, and home visits as required. Responsible for planning and executing appropriate activities and learning environments in accordance with ITERS-R, ECERS-R and NAEYC Accreditation. Maintains confidentiality of program records. Performs other work as assigned. Please visit our website for full description and application. Department: Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences

Job # 074900 For Assistance Contact: Valerie Williams, Associate Director Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences 615-277-1677 Deadline for Applications: March 4, 2012 TSU is an EO/AA/M/F employer.

Humboldt Chronicle, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Page 5B

COURT REPORT Information listed for the Humboldt General Sessions court docket is obtained from court records and printed as is. The Humboldt Chronicle cannot assume responsibility for correcting inaccuracies when information accurately reflects the records. Readers are cautioned that some names published may be similar to or the same as those of other members of the community.

General Sessions Jennifer Gunnells – theft under $500 Abigail Hernandez – driving while license suspended (2nd offense) Nathaniel Graffenreid – theft of merchandise Caleb J. Carroll – vandalism over $500 – bound over to Grand Jury Aaron Gilbertson – speeding Joey Gene Martin – sexual

TRUSTEE SALE battery – bound over to Grand Jury Geramy Pitts – contempt of court (8 counts) Barbie Winberry – VBCL (2 counts) Darius Campbell – driving without DL Ronda L. Johnson – simple possession of Schedule VI, DUI Kayland A. Parchman – implied consent, reckless endangerment-vehicle

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Clark Family Holdings, LLC to Travis Lee Carter, III, Travis Lee Carter, Jr. and Margaret M. Carter – Medina Donald Ayers and wife, Meleia Ayers to Juston W. Lewis and wife, Larissa R. Lewis – 2nd CD Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage to Leigh House England – Humboldt Delia Dycus to Julie Joyner and Ben Hager – Trenton

Robert Dodd Kilzer and wife, Tammy J. Kilzer to Bobby Joe White and wife, June White – 11th CD Dexter Crayton to Shirley Lynn Crayton – 13th CD William J. Kendall to Medina Banking Company – Medina Wilvin Albea and wife, Peggy Albea to David Garmany – Milan Raymond Lyon Park, II and Roberta Ann Park, by and through her Attorneyin-Fact, Sherry Deischer-

YARD SALES Multi-Family Yard Sale The Humboldt Housing Authority is hosting a Multi-Family Yard Sale Thursday, March 1st from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Friday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 1279 North 13th Avenue (old Health Dept. building/Family Resourse Center).

INVITATIONS TO BID INVITATION TO BID PROJECT: Track repairs, inludes replacement of rail, ties, ballast, surfacing and a grade crossing at or between Milepost - 471.0 to 473.0 & M.P. 4.0 to 6.0 for the West Tennessee Railroad Authority of the West Tennessee Railroad in Madison County, Jackson, Tennessee. DESIGNER: CSR Engineering, Inc. 248 Centre Str. Suite 200 Pleasant View, TN 37146 Phone (615) 212-2389 Fax (615) 246-3815 Printed copies will be $50 per set, non-refundable. A pre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. C.S.T. at the West Tennessee Yard Office (Iselin Yard), 1061 James Buchanan Drive, Jackson, TN 38301. Phone (731-423-4304). Sealed bids will be accepted at the West Tennessee Railroad Authority, c/o Mr. Jim Horne, 109 West Court Street, Trenton, TN 38382 until 1:00 P.M. C.S.T. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Bidding documents may be examined at the designer’s office and the Iselin Yard Office.

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Moore to James Michael Stephenson a/k/a Jamie Stephenson and wife, Jenny N. Stephenson – 21st CD Sallie Lou Coffman to Timothy H. Wood – 7th CD Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Joe Dickson and Jennifer Dickson – Bradford David Boone and Amy Boone to Davy Andrew Boone – 22nd CD Gerald Brewer and wife, Martha Jo Brewer to Larry E. Roney and Robert W. Roney – 21st CD

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTETRUSTEE`S SALEWHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated August 15, 2008, executed by CHARLES CHAMBLISS AND LISA CHAMBLISS, conveying certain real property therein described to Matt B. Murfree, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee recorded August 20, 2008, in Deed Book 929, Page 234-242; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP who is now the owner of said debt; and WHEREAS, Notice of the Right to Foreclose, if required pursuant to T.C.A. § 35-5-117, was given in accordance with Tennessee law; and WHEREAS, the undersigned, Rubin Lublin Suarez Serrano TN LLC, having been appointed as Substitute Trustee by instrument to be filed for record in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that the undersigned, Rubin Lublin Suarez Serrano TN LLC, as Substitute Trustee or his duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on March 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Main Entrance of the Gibson County Courthouse , located in Trenton, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or certified funds ONLY, the following described property situated in Gibson County, Tennessee, to wit: BEING LOT NO.1 AND 12 FEET OFF THE WEST SIDE OF LOT NO.2 IN BLOCK N OF THE MCDEARMON-MULLINS SUBDIVISION, THIRD ADDITION, THE PLAT OF WHICH IS RECORDED IN THE REGISTER`S OFFICE OF GIBSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, IN DEED BOOK 120, PAGE 1; AND BEGINNING AT A STAKE IN THE NORTH MARGIN OF MAPE STREET AND AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 1 IN BLOCK N OF SAID


SUBDIVISION; RUNS THENCE NORTH 150 FEET TO A STAKE; RUNS THENCE EAST 72 TO A STAKE; RUNS THENCE SOUTH 150 FEET TO A STAKE IN THE NORTH MARGIN OF MAPE STREET; RUNS THENCE WEST WITH THE NORTH MARGIN OF MAPE STREET 72 FEET TO THE BEGINNING. THIS BEING THE SAME PROPERTY CONVEYED TO CHARLES CHAMBLISS AND WIFE, LISA CHAMBLISS BY WARRANTY DEED DATED AUG. 15, 2008 AND OF RECORD IN DEED BOOK 929, PAGE 232, IN THE REGISTER`S OFFICE OF GIBSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE. Parcel ID: 169K A 027.00 PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 2409 MAPE STREET, HUMBOLDT, TN 38343. In the event of any discrepancy between this street address and the legal description of the property, the legal description shall control. CURRENT OWNER(S): CHARLES CHAMBLISS AND LISA CHAMBLISS OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or setback lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by


LEGAL NOTICE It is the duty of your Grand Jurors to investigate any public offense which they know or have reason to believe has been committed and which is triable or indictable in this County. Any person having knowledge or proof that such an offense has been committed may apply to testify before the Grand Jury subject to the provision of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 40-12-104. The foreman in this County is presently:

NOTICE Appointment for Vacated Constable Position District 1 thru 6 Gibson County Commission Regular Session March 12, 2012 9:00 A.M. Ed Jones Agricomplex Building 1252 Manufacturers Row Trenton, TN

a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. This property is being sold with the express reservation that it is subject to confirmation by the lender or Substitute Trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The Property is sold as is, where is, without representations or warranties of any kind, including fitness for a particular use or purpose. THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Rubin Lublin Suarez Serrano TN LLC, Substitute Trustee 119 S. Main Street, Suite 500 Memphis, TN 38103 www. Tel: (877) 813-0992 Fax: (404) 601-5846 Ad #20655: 2012-02-15 2012-02-22, 2012-02-29

GARY CARAWAY 165 FORREST LAKE DRIVE HUMBOLDT, TENNESSEE 38343 The Grand Jury will next meet on MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012, at Humboldt, Tennessee. You may be prosecuted for perjury for any oral or written statement which you make under oath to the Grand Jury, when you know the statement to be false, and when the statement touches on a matter material to the point in question. Amanda Brown Clerk of Humboldt Law (Circuit) Court

For Further Information Contact Office of County Mayor, 855-7612

NOTICE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY AND CONFISCATED VEHICLES SALE The City of Humboldt will hold a public auction on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to sell the following surplus property and confiscated vehicles. The auction will be held at the old Armory located at 2411 Elliott Street, in Humboldt. The vehicles and equipment can be viewed at the location indicated below on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the day of the sale beginning at 8:00 a.m. All vehicles and equipment are sold “AS IS” with no warranty expressed or implied. Successful bidders will be expected to pay for purchases on site on the day of the sale and remove items from the premises within five (5) days. Vehicle paperwork will be completed by Monday, March 26, 2012. A complete listing can be obtained at the Mayor’s Office located at 1421 Osborne Street in Humboldt or call (731) 784-2511. The City of Humboldt reserves the right to reject any and all bids. UTILITY DEPARTMENT

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from page 1B for a 76-67 District 14A Tournament title. Had they given a tournament MVP, no doubt it would have gone to Brooks, who had 28 points. Moody and Bradford

complimented him with 14 points each. McLilly had eight points followed by Kimble with six, Pipkin with four and Bryson two. The only drawback in the win was a 6-of-12 showing from the charity stripe.


from page 1B their play during this winstreak. Moody knocked some big threes down in the UC game and really is at his best when he goes to the hoop. McLilly can jump out of the gym and has perfected his fade away jumper. Senior Tyler Pipkin and sophomores Nick McLilly and Stephon Turner have all provided some punch off the bench for the Vikings. Fast forward from the January 20 loss at home against Halls to today and the Vikings are rolling. Humboldt has not lost since then and their win streak climbed to nine with their 7667 win over Lake County in

District 14A championship game and then their 10th consecutive win came on Friday as they smashed Bruceton by 54 points. The Vikings are just two wins away from hosting a sub-state game on March 5. On the opposite side of the bracket is Booker T. Washington, Memphis Westwood, TCA or Middleton. Booker T. has been ranked No. 1 most of the season and their only loss was to Westwood last week in the district championship. So if you get a chance, come on out support the Vikes as they try to make yet another run to state.

FINGER ROLL - Senior Antonio Brooks flips the ball in the hoop during the first period as Humboldt dismantled Bruceton, 83-29, to advance to the Region 7A semifinals against Greenfield.

Advance photo by BARRY DELOACH

TIP OFF - The Vikings lost the opening tip on Monday to Lake County but that was all they lost on the night as the Vikings put together four quarters of good basketball to beat the Falcons 76-67 and claim the District 14A crown.

from page 1B Bruceton 13-3 as the clock ran non-stop. Brown had a big quarter as he tallied eight of the Vikings’ 13 points as they rolled to an 83-29 win. Brooks led the way with 20 points followed by Moody with 12, and 10

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each for Bradford, Turner and Brown. Kimble had five points, N. McLilly had four, C. McLilly had four, Bryson had three, Montague had three and Pipkin had two. The Vikings now take on Greenfield and will need a big team effort to beat the Yellow Jackets. The Vikes and Jackets split during the regular season. A win in the semifinals guarantees a substate berth next Monday.


POST SEASON HONORS - Three Humboldt Vikings were honored after the District 14A championship game. Senior Tyler Pipkin (from left) made the All-Academic Team, and DeSonta Bradford and Antonio Brooks made the All-District 14A Team for the regular season.

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HAMMING IT UP - The HHS cheerleaders are quite excited after the game as they celebrate the Vikes’ victory over Lake County 76-67 to take home the title.

Humboldt Chronicle February 29 2012