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AHS heads to State Championship

USDA’s county executive director to take up farming PAGE 3A

JR. HIGH HOOPS Adamsville takes on Hardin County at home PAGE 5B Staff Photo by Brian Azevedo

The Adamsville Cardinal players and fans celebrate the 49-39 victory over district rival TCA. With the win, the Cardinals punch their ticket to the BlueCross Bowl where they will take on Trousdale County for the state championship. For complete coverage of the Adamsville Cardinal’s state run - SEE PAGE 1B.

Hold your horses: dispute over facts in cruelty case By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

IT’S A WONDERFUL PLAY AiM brings Christmas classic to life this weekend. PAGE 2A




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In the past several weeks we have followed the story of Anthony Westbrooks, a Selmer resident who was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly starving horses under his care. Westbrooks was arrested Nov. 1 after McNairy County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Pinson responded to a complaint that two horses belonging to Westbrooks were malnourished. According to the incident report from the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department, one of the horses was deceased and appeared to Pinson to have been starved to death. The other had a large amount of ribs showing, as though it had received little or no food. In last week’s issue, we ran an interview with Westbrook’s daughter, Mariah Westbrooks, who claimed that her father was innocent. In this story, we included a photograph from a man requesting anonymity who claimed to have purchased three healthy horses from Westbrooks. Since the publication of this most recent article, the Independent Appeal has been in contact with several of the principle animal welfare activists in the community who worked with law enforcement on this investigation. These activists included Cheryl Dawson, owner of 4 My Pets Boarding & Grooming, and Karen Rudolph who runs Schnauzer Savers Rescue of West Tennnessee. Both women contradicted Mariah Westbrook’s claim that the horses were in good care, and both women shared photos of the horses which they have gathered over a period of more than 18 months. The photos above, taken nearly a year and a half apart, depict the same pinto horse owned by Westbrooks. The first photo was taken by Rudolph in May 2012, and the second photo was taken by Dawson on the day of Westbrook’s arrest. Both women have said that the photos speak for themselves. Westbrooks is scheduled to appear in court on these charges this Friday, and the Independent Appeal will report the outcome of this case once the court has made its ruling. Editor’s note: Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. As is always the intent with our publication, we are attempting to objectively present all sides of this story. It is not our intention to lend weight or credence to the credibility of any of the statements made by any of the parties involved in this case.

MAY 2012 Photos Courtesy of Karen Rudolph and Cheryl Dawson

In these photos recently obtained by the Independent Appeal, a pinto horse named Rose owned by Anthony Westbrooks is shown in May 2012 and again on Nov. 1 of this year. Westbrooks was charged earlier this month with animal cruelty for allegedly starving two horses under his care. Westbrooks’ family members say the allegations are a misunderstanding, while animal activists say the photos speak for themselves.

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Wonderful Life is a wonderful play By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” This line delivered by young Zuzu Bailey to her father George Bailey in Frank Capra’s Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become one of the most memorable lines in film history. This weekend, local residents will have a chance to get into the Christmas spirit with the Arts in McNariy stage adaptation of this well known Christmas film. The cast of more than 55 local actors will put on three shows this weekend. Shows will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Latta Visitor’s and Cultural Center in Selmer. For those of you unfamiliar with this film, the story is set in a small town during the Great Depression and focuses on George Bailey. Bailey is a bank manager who finds himself in a pickle after the bank he manages teeters on the brink of insolvency after a customers make a pre-Christmas run on the bank, withdrawing all of its funds. Bailey is left reeling after the bank mess and contemplates suicide on a bridge when he questions if the world would be better off without him. Enter Clarence Odbody a wingless angel, who shows George what life would be like without him. Bryan Essary, Director of “It’s a Wonderful Life” said it is a challenge to put on a show that everyone knows already. However, the veteran AiM director said that the stage version is different in many ways from the movie. “It is not the movie! It is based on the movie; and a lot of the lines are in the movie,” Essary said. “It is just a good holiday movie that is good for the family, good for the community and just all around a good (show).” Essary said that his cast and crew have been working very hard and they are ready to put on a great show. The lead role of George Bailey will be played by local attorney Ryan Feeney who is joined by four of his

family members in the show, including his wife Dr. Nichole Feeney who plays Mary Bailey. Essary praised Ryan Feeney’s preparation for the role of George Bailey due to the character’s large number of lines. “It’s a phenomenal cast and they have worked very hard, and I think the audience is going to be very impressed,” Essary said. Advance tickets for this show are available online and at the Independent Appeal office. Tickets will also be available at the door for each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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George Bailey (played by Ryan Feeney) meets his guardian angel Clarence Odbody (played by Dustin Binger in the opening scene of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Arts in McNairy will hold three shows of the beloved Christmas classic this weekend at the Latta Visitor’s and Cultural Center in Selmer. ALL NEW 2014 FORD FOCUS SE




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Platt says goodbye to USDA after 31 years By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

Rhodes Platt, County Executive Director with the McNairy/Chester County Farm Service Agency will be retiring after more than 31 years of service to USDA. Platt is a Millington, Tenn. native, but said that over the course of 21 years McNairy County has become home to himself and his family. In 1983, he began working as a soil conservationist with USDA’s Soil Conservation Service after graduating from the University of Tennessee Martin with a degree in agriculture science. During this time, Platt served in four locations including a three year term here in McNairy County. After working for the soil conservation service for more than 13 years, Platt returned, joining the Farm Service Agency serving McNairy and Chester County at their CED. Platt said that when he began working for the USDA it was just a job, but when he made the transition to McNairy County he began seeing it as a career. “I decided this is it, and I am going to stay with this until I retire,” Platt said. If you think that Platt looks a little young to be considering retirement...he is. Platt said that due to cutbacks at the agency he was given an opportunity to retire early, and he is taking it to pursue some of the goals in his life. He said that after working so long with farmers he would like to get into farming himself. “Now that I am able, I am going to pursue

some other things,” Platt said. “I hope that now that I am retired to spend a little more time farming.” Platt said that during a three year stint in McNairy County, while working in soil conservation, he fell in love with the area. When he got a chance to return, he took it. “The reasons I came back were fourfold,” Platt said. “I love this county and the people here. I thought they had a good school system. I thought it was a great place to raise a family, and I wanted to get back to my church.” So, when Platt returned, he did so for good. During the last 18 years, Platt has watched all three of his children attend local schools, with all three graduating from McNairy Central High School. Platt’s oldest, Rob, is now a teacher with the University School in Jackson, Tenn. His daughter Rachel is currently with Dell in Nashville, and his youngest daughter, Becca, is studying as a junior at Middle Tennessee State University. Platt attends the First United Methodist Church in Selmer with his wife Jenny who works as a registered nurse at McNairy Regional Hospital. “I don’t think a lot of the people who live in this area realize how good a place this is to live,” Platt said. The USDA staff has slowly shrunk during his term, but Platt said that he has a great staff in his local office. The staff all seem to think the same of their outgoing boss. “Rhodes has been a wonderful boss,”said

County unemployment approaches 12% By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Unemployment in the county rose to 11.9 percent in October, up from 11.4 percent the previous month, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Unemployment has risen 2.6 percentage points over the last year, placing McNairy County in a tie for the seventh highest unemployment rate in the state. There were 9,170 people working, which was 150 fewer than the previous month and 1,240 or 40 more people unemployed. There were 10,410 people in the labor market, a decrease of 110 from September. At 7.4 percent, Alcorn County, Miss. had the lowest unemployment rate of surrounding counties, and Hardeman County’s rate of 11.9 percent was the highest. The unemployment rate for Hardin County was 10.4 percent. Figures for Alcorn County come from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The unemployment rate increased in 64 counties in the state, fell in 18 and stayed the same in 13. The state unemployment rate in October was unchanged from September at 8.4 percent. The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point from September. Counting people who left the labor market due to discouragement and those who are working part-time but want to work full-time, the national unemployment rate was 13.8, up 0.2 of a percentage point

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el Springs and Stantonville each and two in Finger. The median sales price for the county was $52,000 in October, down from $60,000 the previous month. The median sales price was $68,000 in Adamsville, $65,000 in Selmer, nearly $60,000 in Finger, $57,000 in Bethel Springs, $50,100 in Guys, $49,500 in Stantonville, $49,200 in Ramer and nearly $40,000 in Michie. There were five foreclosures in the county in October, up from two in September. There were two foreclosures in Adamsville in October, two in Selmer and one in Guys. The foreclosure rate in the county was 0.04 percent, the same as the state, but less than the 0.10 percent national foreclosure rate. The foreclosure rate was 0.05 percent in Selmer, 0.07 percent in Adamsville and 0.40 percent in Guys.

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Laughing on the River: 2014 MRA Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

The McNairy Regional Alliance has announced plans to hold the largest banquet in the organization’s history in 2014. The event, which is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. has grown in recent years, drawing in hundreds with its top notch entertainment. This year, the MRA has added a new talent lineup that is sure to keep the audience in stitches. Headlining the night’s performance will be Blue Collar Comedian Larry Weaver, who will share his brand of southern fried comedy. “Larry has toured the nation and is cut from the same cloth as Jeff Foxworthy & Bill Engvall,” said Russell Ingle, director of chamber programs for the MRA. “He is a regular on Blue Collar Radio and will leave the audience in tears as he shares his brand of Southern humor that many of us have come to love.” In addition to Weaver, four local professionals will try their hand at stand-up comedy in the first ever, King or Queen of McNairy County Comedy Competition. Derek Bodiford, Gregg Worthey, Luke DeLaVergne and Misti Gray have all signed up for what promises to be a memorable performance of the inaugural local comedy competition.

Each local comedian will work to secure sponsors. Each dollar they raise is a vote for them. In addition to sponsoring the local comedians, those that attend will be able to vote the night of the banquet for their favorite comedian. Those wishing to support a particular local Comedian can also purchase tickets or tables as a way to support the comedian of their choice. “These are folks that you do business with, you are friends with or that you will see out in the community,” Ingle said. This year’s event will be moving back to Pickwick Landing State Park, which will accommodate the crowd of nearly 400 expected for the festivities. Ingle said that moving the event out of the county was necessary due to renovations at last year’s event location, Crazy K Ranch. “The bylaws of the chamber state that the banquet must be held in January and Crazy K was not available at that time due to their expansion,” Ingle said. The banquet has a rich tradition in McNairy County, stretching back several decades. It was originally started to recognize local businesses and individuals for their contributions to the community, Ingle said. Over time, attendance began to dwindle, Ingle said. Go-

ing back just four or five years, the event turned into loosely organized barbecue dinner accommodating no more than 30 people. However, Ingle said that the MRA focused on bringing in high caliber entertainment for the event and have grown the event into one of the premier events of the year. “We were listening to our members,” Ingle said. “People want to be entertained. We learned that, and the (attendance) has slowly creeped upwards.” In addition to the entertainment factor, Ingle pushed the networking aspect of the event, saying it was an ideal opportunity for local business leaders to meet and mingle with their peers and community leaders. “We have advised some of our newer members who want to get out and meet folks to attend the banquet,” Ingle said. “This is where you are going to be dealing with people who could potentially use your service. This is the one chamber event where you have everybody in one spot.” The MRA Annual Banquet is not only a occasion to be entertained, Ingle said. It is a night of celebration that honors local business/industry and professional accomplishment. In addition to the great entertainment and dinner, awards will be

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Stanley was first person of European descent to visit McNairy County By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

The first white man to come through McNairy County did so as he was chasing a man who cheated him, attempting to get his property back, according to Laquita Thomson. Thomson, an assistant professor of art history at Freed-Hardeman University told this story to the Chester County Historical Society at its Oct. 7 meeting. Thomson also has a master’s degree in history in general. She spoke to the Independent Appeal Oct. 16 about her research. “I do a lot of research in it,” Thomson said about history. Though there are no specific plans for Thomson to make this presentation to the McNairy County Historical Society at present, Thomson said it has been discussed and is open to the idea. “I think they already have their schedule done for the year...If they ask me on next

year’s schedule, I probably will because it will be of interest to people down there as well,” said Thomson, a Henderson resident, who is also a member of the McNairy County Historical Society. “He was just passing through. He wrote a diary, so I can trace him...He was chasing a guy who had swindled him,” Thomson said about her subject, William Stanley. Stanley had been swindled in June 1798 on the Ohio River. He had boats full of produce headed down the Ohio and then the Mississippi River to New Orleans. At Smithland, Ky, Stanley encountered Zachariah Cox. “This guy, who was a landgrabber, who had done a bunch of stuff already and didn’t have a very good reputation, but he was a smooth talker,” Thomson said about Cox. The silver-tongued devil bought the boats and produce but gave Stanley fraudulent promissory notes. Cox had been part of the Tennessee Land

Company and had settled in Muscle Shoals, Ala. before the Native Americans gave it up. “He was into it with everybody, the Indians and the U. S. government, the Spanish government. He was a go-getter,” Thomson said. Cox had a settlement in Smithland but did not have enough supplies, so he gave some of the produce to his settlement and took the rest to go down the river and sell for himself. Stanley was going back to Cincinnati, but before he arrived, he was told that he had been swindled. He went on to New York and tried to cash one of the notes, but could not. “Then he realized he had been had, so in November he took a boat down to chase the guy into Natchez where he heard he had gone,” Thomson said. Then he heard Cox had gone to New Orleans. After that he heard that Cox had come back up through the “Indian country” to go back to Tennessee. Stanley got on the Natchez Trace. When he got to the Chickasaw settlements near Tupelo, Miss., he took the left fork in the road, called the Notchey Trace, a Native American trail that went through

the high ground of McNairy County. The Notchey went through McNairy, Chester, Henderson counties, crossing the Tennessee River at Reynoldsburg. “He went through Acton, basically followed Highway 22,” Thomson said. Cox never came through the county, though. He crossed the river at Buzzard Roost, Ala. There was a $300 price on Cox’s head, due to his misdeeds. “He had to go by Chickasaw Village, that was near Tupelo, at night and slip around because those Indians would have got him and carried him back and got the money for him. He slipped by their village and probably bribed somebody,” Thomson said. Cox made it to Nashville, Tenn. in Jan. 1799 and so did Stanley. “They had about a month or two of wrangling and Cox trying to get out of paying him,” Thomson explained. Finally, Cox gave Stanley a bill of sale for his two schooners and other property. “It took him about a year and a half to collect on all of that,” Thomson said. Read next week’s Independent Appeal to hear the rest of Stanley’s story.


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Fullwoods serve community one smile at a time By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Fullwood Dentistry was awarded the Community Betterment Award by Sam Vise at the 15th annual Citizen of the Year Banquet, presented by the Selmer Rotary Club and Selmer Lions’ Club last October in Selmer. Dr. Ronnie Fullwood has a long record of community service. He has been involved in many civic organizations throughout the community and county. Fullwood has been a member of the Selmer Rotary Club for 27 years and has served as past president. He also has served on the Pickwick Electric Cooperative Board of Directors for the past 14 years and is the current PEC Chairman of the Board. An avid Civil War enthusiast, Dr. Ronnie has also been a long time member and president of the Friends of Shiloh National Park. He currently serves as church superintendent and chairman of the trustees at Shiloh Methodist Church on Shiloh Park.

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A 1998 Dodge Ram work truck and tools were stolen from a Bethel Springs residence on the night of Nov. 26 or the morning of Nov. 27, according to an incident report provided by the McNairy County Sheriff’s office. The truck’s owner told Deputy Amy Ballard that he got up on the morning of Nov. 27 and the truck was gone. His daughter said that the truck was there at 9 p.m. on Nov. 26 when she came home from church. She said her father had been spending time with a woman, who might have something to do with the theft. There were tracks on the grass where the truck was apparently backed out into the road, but not on the paved driveway. The truck and three saws were recovered last Monday, but a Sears .410 shotgun and a .22 pistol nine-shot revolver, brand unknown, were not. The serial numbers on the weapons were unknown.

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PUBLIC MEETING RAMER, TENNESSEE The City of Ramer is considering the submittal of an application to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. A public hearing will be held December 12, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the City Hall, 38 Key Lane. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the CDBG Program Guidelines, the available funds, eligible projects, and the community’s responsibility in the application process. The City’s governing body is seeking comments from the public in order to determine priorities for the use of the funds to be requested. All residents are encouraged to attend. The Ramer City Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with special needs who wish to attend should contact Tabitha Dickey, City Recorder, at 731-645-7564 to make special arrangements. The City of Ramer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability status; and encourages minority persons to participate in government issues.



All public and private transit and paratransit operators within McNairy County are hereby advised that the Wesley at Adamsville, Inc. intends to apply to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, for a capital grant under Section 5310 of Chapter 53 of Title 49 of the United States Code, for the purchase of 12 passenger/2 wheelchair bus to be used for the transportation of elderly and disabled persons. Service would consist of trips for group outings that are not currently available through public transportation provided by the Southwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency (including medical and personal trips).

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NOTICE OF INVITATION TO BID The McNairy County Board of Education, School Nutrition Department, is requesting bids for a Walk-In Freezer and Shelving. A copy of the bid documents will be available at the School Nutrition Office, 615 West Cherry Avenue, Selmer, Tennessee. The bid must be returned to the McNairy County Board of Education, School Nutrition Department, 170 West Court Avenue, Selmer, Tennessee, by Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. Bids will be opened at 10:00 A.M., December 10, 2013. If you should have questions, please contact Gayle Brooks, School Nutrition Supervisor, at (731) 645-7731. The McNairy County Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Volume 111, Number 29, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

McNAIRY VOICES What do you think about the Adamsville high school football team going to the state championship game?

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The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22 got me to thinking about one of the most famous passages of his inaugural address in 1961. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” Kennedy said. The answer to the question of whether, when, where or how often we should follow this advice is obvious where it involves an attack on our homeland. In cases where it does not, whether, how much or what kind of aid we should offer to countries suffering under the yoke of tyranny has been perhaps the most hotly debated issue in U. S. foreign policy since the end of World War II. The most recent instance of this debate involved whether and how to support the Syrian Free Army, which is fighting to overthrow the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. Before that, this dilemma was posed by the Freedom Agenda, under which the U. S. would, among other things, be willing to overthrow dictatorial regimes, and the war in Iraq during the presidency of George W. Bush. My view is that we should support, in some form, people who are willing to fight for their own freedom and mind our own business when they are not. Unfortunately, most of the time, we have done the opposite, damaging our national power and prestige. It all began with Korea in the 1950s. The communist North Koreans, who on the advice of the Soviets, waited until U. S. troops, which were stationed there after liberating the peninsula from the Japanese at the end of World War II, withdrew, and then attacked. The North Koreans outnumbered the South Korean army, which was not in a high state of readiness, by about a two-to-one margin. The war was a rout, with the South Koreans falling back to a narrow strip of land called the Pusan Permeter, until U. S. troops arrived and began to push the North Koreans back up the peninsula. Allied forces, made up of about 90 percent American troops, then pushed the North Koreans nearly to the Chinese border, leading the communist Chinese army to intervene, pushing the allies back to the original North-South Korean border. After a period of stalemate, an armistice was signed. This U. S. intervention led to the democratic, capitalist South Korea of today. Things did not work out so well in Vietnam. South Vietnamese forces usually did not fare well against the communist North Vietnamese or the Viet Cong (the communist South Vietnamese rebels.) This was especially true of the final rout of the South Vietnamese by the communist forces, resulting in the fall of Saigon. The Afghans were willing to fight the Soviets and the government they supported and they did so successfully. The problem was that some of them were Islamic extremists. This group, later to be called the Taliban, came to control most of the country after the Soviets withdrew and the communist government fell. They also offered sanctuary to al Qaeda, from which it attacked the U. S. Some people read the lesson of the first Afghan war as not to support any rebels if any of them are Islamic extremists, but I draw a more subtle lesson. We should support people who are fighting for freedom and democracy, but not those who are fighting against it. In Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance continued to fight for freedom and democracy, without much Western help, from the fall of the communist government, until the U.S. air campaign began the second Afghan war after the attack on Sept. 11. The southern Afghans (the Pashtuns) only abandoned the Taliban temporarily in 2001, when they were in retreat. I worry that the Pashtuns are like the South Vietnamese, they won’t fight their fellow Pashtuns, the Taliban, and that when the U. S. leaves, south Afghanistan will fall back into the hands of the Taliban. One thing that is clear is that the northern Afghans will fight the Taliban and the Taliban cannot whip them. It is in Iraq where it is most clear that we got it backwards. We failed to support the Iraqis when they rose

Junior Weatherly (Bethel Springs): “I hope they win. I think they will.”

Brittany Tharp (Crump):

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Wanda Kirkman (Crump):

Reba Surratt (Selmer):

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up against Saddam Hussein in 1991 at the conclusion of the first Gulf War. I understand the arguments for not going to Baghdad made by officials of the George H. W. Bush administration and they are not without merit. If coalition forces had gone to Baghdad, the Arabs and Europeans would have left the coalition. Maybe we would have faced a guerilla war waged by Sunni Muslims, as we did in the second Iraq war. There are things we could have done short of occupying all of Iraq that would have helped the rebels escape annihilation. We could have declared a no-fly and perhaps a no-drive zone from the beginning, instead of waiting until Saddam Hussein had finished slaughtering the rebels. It is ironic that 12 years after the Iraqis had stopped fighting Saddam that we toppled him. In addition to the surge, it was after the Sunnis decided that they were tired of Islamic extremists controlling their country, during the Sons of Iraq/Sunni Awakening movement, that we

snatched victory from the jaws of defeat there. We were told if we helped the Syrian rebels, we would be strengthening al Qaeda, but ironically, the extremists were strengthened because we did not help the democratic resistance from the beginning. Al Qaeda was not even involved when the rebellion began. The Syrian civil war began when Assad’s troops fired on peaceful democratic demonstrators. I, of course, oppose any action that would lead to an extremist Islamic government in Syria, but I fail to see how getting weapons and training to Syrians fighting for freedom and democracy would do that. In general, I think the level of support depends on the threat to our national security. There is clearly no need for American troops on the ground in Syria or even doing an air campaign that would put our pilots at risk. It’s like one of my college professors said about the Afghan rebellion, “We ought to fight them (the Soviets) to the last Afghan.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to members of our community who are serving in the armed forces: • Specialist Allen Alexander • SGT Joseph W. Baggett • SGT Andrew W. Bayless USMC • Seaman Katie Lynn Bizzell, US Navy • A1C Dustin Blakney, 19EMS • Sgt. Kyle A. Brown, USMC • GySgt. Christopher T. Byrd, USMC • PVT Matlock Caffrey, USMC • Staff Sgt. Susan Cawley • Staff Sgt. Alicia L. Coil, USAF • CPL Mandy L. Cooper, USMC • SPC Mark A. Cooper, US Army • SGT James P. Crain • PFC Anthony “Tony” Crouse • SGT Major Joel Crouse • SP4 Richard Crouse • Aaron J. Cull Senior Airman U.S. Airforce • SGT Bobby J. Dickey US Army • C.W.3 James R. Dickey, Retired • SGT Todd Joseph Drobina, US Army • Captain Bonnie Lynn Dunlop • Corporal Bradley Eisenhut, USMC • Airman Christopher D. Ellis, Air Force • Master Sgt. Lonnie J. Ellis, Air Force

• Kip Ellison • LCPL Dwight A. Emily Jr. • PV2 Jana Estes • Specialist Bryan Ray Ferguson • PV2 Ashley Freeman, US Army • PV2 Skyler Gammill, US Army • Lydia Gillis, US Navy E3 • Malcolm Gillis E6, US Army National Guard • Daniel Gray, USMC Lance Corporal • SGT Rob Gray, US Army • A1C Stephanie Lynn Griffin, USAF • SSGT Dustin Hamm, USMC • PFC Isaac Harville • Senior Airman James Taylor Haubrich, US Air Force • Lieutenant Colonel (Chaplain) Billy Hawkins • SPC Matthew Hemby, Army • SGT Brian W. Hendrix • SGT Timothy Hixon • Staff Sergeant Brian Lee Hood • Private Alex Johnson, US Army • SGT Ricky L. Jordan, USMC • Army Officer Major James Lax • Sergeant Joseph Lilly • Captain Troy E. Mathis

• Captain Jessica Mayfield, US Army • SPC Ritchie A. McCrary • SPC Dustin McDonald • A1C Amanda K. McMillen, USAF • Joshua Lane Meek, Army • CPL Jeffery Mitchell, USMC • SSGT Patrick Michael Moore, Nat. Guard • A1C Kassidy N. Mosier, USAF • PVT Dallas Nelms, USMC • SGT Major Paula Norris • Pvt. Justin Overton, USMC • SPC Joseph Payne, US Army Nat. Guard • CPO Denise Picard Culverhouse • SPC William Andrew “Andy” Pickett, Nat. Guard • SPC Robert H. Pittman, II • SPC David Poole, National Guard • CPL James Scott Powell • CPL John M. Powell • Ernest Purez, Air Force • E4 Sophia Reinke • SGT. Charlie Rickman, US Army • John Robinson US Navy • S/ST Ryan Robinson Air Force • Angel Rodriguez, Petty Officer US Navy

• SPC Blake Rudd • Specialist Robert Rzasa • Veronica Sebree Petty Officer 3rd Class • Alan Seigers, Army • SFC Patrick Michael Shaughnessy • SPC Hector Soto, Jr., Army • CPL Sam Speck, USMC • SGT Shaun Spicher, USMC • SPC Daniel Sullivan, Army • SPC Dakota Taylor, National Guard • Jeremy Thompson • ET3 Jeremy Wilbanks, US Coast Guard • PVT Demaro Wiley, SC, Army National Guard • Joseph Lloyd Williams MM3 US Navy • Master Sergeant Stanley Wilson, USAF - Retired • SPC Jeffrey Witoszczak U.S. Army • Petty Officer James Matthew Wolford • A1C Logan D. Mosier, USAF EDITOR’S NOTE: If your loved one has had a change in active duty status, please contact us at (731) 645-5346.



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Linda Tuberville Davis of Crump, Tenn., was born in Burnsville, Mississippi on July 11, 1952, the daughter of the late Garvin Woodrow and Mildred Marie Smith Tuberville. On March 29, 1972 she was united in marriage to Jackie Lee Davis, who survives. Linda was a homemaker. She departed this life on November 25, 2013 in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 61 years, 4 months and 14 days. In addition to her husband Jackie of Crump, Tennessee, she is survived by her children, Jeffery Davis of Crump, Tennessee, Jamie Davis and his wife Dina of Savannah, Tennessee and Jennifer Hicks and her husband Ed of Crump, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Jaclyn Davis, Jasmine Davis, Jeffery Heath Davis, Jenny Hicks, Jamie Lee Hicks and Levi Hicks. In addition to her parents, Linda was also preceded in death by five brothers, Johnny, Jerry, Joe, Jimmy and James Tuberville. Services was held on November 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, Tennessee, with W.D McCollum officiating. Burial followed in the Crump Cemetery at Crump, Tennessee.

Harry L. Peeler, Sr. M.D. of Selmer, Tenn., was born July 15, 1925 in Centerville, Tenn., the son of the late James Otis and Martha Jane Breece Peeler. Dr. Peeler was inducted into the Army Air Force in 1943. He served as an Air Crew Member Gunner and Radio Operator on a B-17 combat plane. His aircraft was shot down in Leigh, Belgium where one crew member was killed. While in the service, he flew over 30 missions and received six medals. He was united in marriage to Dolores Hamby on August 25, 1946. Dr. Peeler practiced medicine in Selmer for 54 years. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University in 1949 and received his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1958. He was the initiator in the building of McNairy County General Hospital in 1962 and remained on the McNairy Regional Hospital staff. He was not only instrumental in attaining a charter for the hospital; he also admitted the first patient and delivered the first baby. He was Chief of Staff for numerous terms and McNairy County Medical Examiner for over 20 years. He was an Instructor for Family Practice Residents at the Jackson Clinic for five years and was the founding father of Tri-County Convalescent Home in Adamsvile, TN in 1968. Dr. Peeler received AAFP Board Certification in 1972. In 1962, Dr. Peeler was one of a group of 14 businessmen that became the founding fathers of First National Bank of Selmer which now is BancorpSouth. He was Chairman of the Board for the first 19 years of the bank’s existence and remained an active member on the Board of Directors. For Dr. Peeler, Selmer First Baptist Church was most dear to his heart. He was a strong supporter of the church and was a long time Sunday School teacher, He was a 32nd Degree Mason and an active member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. As a hobby, Dr. Peeler was a numismatic and enjoyed the collecting of unique coins. He departed this life on December 1, 2013 in Corinth, Mississippi at the age of 88 years, 4 months, 16 days. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Dolores Peeler of Selmer, Tenn.; two daughters, Carolynn Cummings and husband Bob of Franklin, KY, Brenda Armstrong of Selmer, Tenn.; a son, Lee Peeler of Selmer, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Armstrong Blankenship, Madison Peeler, Cody Peeler, Wyatt Peeler. A host of extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, Dr.. Peeler was preceded in death by a sister, Jimmie Grayson Petrey; a brother, Charles B. Peeler and a twin sister who died at birth. Services will be held on December 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Dr. Bob Elliott, Rev. Max Walker officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, Tennessee. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or a university of individual choice.

Douglas Wayne Sims Douglas Wayne Sims was born March 2, 1961 in Memphis , Tenn., the son of Charles (Bill) Wayne and Mary Sue Duffy Sims. Doug was a simple man who appreciated God’s creation, the great outdoors. He would spend many cold mornings and afternoons in the woods either deer, turkey or duck hunting, and often times he would spend hours at his favorite fishing holes. If he wasn’t outside then you could find him inside with either a guitar, a paintbrush or a good book in his hands. He loved playing the guitar, a love that he passed onto his niece, Olivia. His paintings reflected his creative side and his love for reading came from the desire to know more about his Indian heritage. He was a long haul truck driver for 25 years and had spent many years living in the Michie community. Doug departed this life on November 30, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 52 years, 8 months, 28 days. He is survived by his parents, Charles Wayne (Bill) and Mary Sue Sims of Collierville, Tenn.; a sister, Debbie Jones and husband Richard of Collierville, Tenn.; a brother, James Michael Sims of Collierville, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Olivia, Jack, Ethan, and Charlie Jones, Noah, Gage and Madalyn Sims; a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Nolen and Lucy Mae Sims and Rev. Jim and Elva Duffy. A special thank you to Crossroads Hospice, the Bub Sims family and the Huggins family. Services were held on December 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Dan Dawson officiating. Burial followed in the New Hope Cemetery at Michie, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Anne Bigger Garrett November 28, 2013, age 91, of Goodlettsville. Preceded in death by her husband, John Claude Garrett, Jr.; son Johnny Claude Garrett III. Survived by her children, Timothy Matthew Garrett (Theresa), Nola Virginia “Jenny” Garrett Nichols (Sonny), Wilson Cole Garrett; daughterin-law, Mrs. Johnny Claude Garrett III (Susan), all of Goodlettsville; sister, Mrs. Bessie Kate Hodge, Selmer, Tenn.; grandchildren, Amy Lynn Buttrey (Randy), Noah Michael Nichols, Leslie Anne Garrett-Stephens (David), Rachel Lenore Garrett McCloud (Andy), Johnny C. Garrett IV (Kara), Matthew Anderson Garrett (Susan), Macy Elizabeth Garrett Abernathy (Anthony), Rachel Stutts; great-grandchildren, Cole Alexander Buttrey, Hailee Noelle Nichols, Wyatt Carroll Nichols, Garrett Wilson Stephens, Olivia Grace McCloud, Andrew Prescott McCloud II, John Ashton McCloud, Jackson Cole Garrett, Ardella Catherine Garrett, Addelyn Anne Garrett, Matthew Anderson Garrett, Jr., Colton Strange Garrett, Seth Mason Garrett, Taylor Maddox Abernathy, Finley Jacob Abernathy. Mrs. Garrett was born in Selmer, Tenn. to Matthew and Nola Wilson Bigger. She attended the University of Miami, and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Chi Omega Sorority. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Goodlettsville where she taught Sunday School for over forty years. Visitation was at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville Sunday from 3-8 p.m. Funeral service was held Monday December 2 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Goodlettsville with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time. Rev. Lyle Larson officiated. Interment Spring Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers: Tim Garrett, Will Garrett, Sonny Nichols, Jim Bigger Hodge, Johnny Garrett, Matt Garrett, David Stephens, Andy McCloud, Anthony Abernathy, Garrett Stephens, Andrew McCloud, Seth Garrett, Jackson Garrett, Noah Nichols, Randy Buttrey, Tommy Thomas, Buddy Thomas. Honorary pallbearers: Keenagers Sunday School Class, Norm Travis, Bert Watkins, Phillip Uldrich, Jim Root, Charlie Ignatz, Jimmy Collins, Sadie McCarty, Angie Johnson, Lisa Dorris, Edith Kate Hodge. For those desiring, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, or First Baptist Church of Goodlettsville Building Fund. The family would like to thank all the wonderful care givers with Alive Hospice and SunCrest Health Care. Cole & Garrett F.H., Goodlettsville 615-859-5231.



Thank You We would like to express our thanks and deepest appreciation for the outpouring of prayers during Ed’s recent surgery and extended hospital stay. To those who made trips to Memphis to be with us, those who called, sent cards, food and had words of encouragement, we thank you. To our friends and neighbors for all you did - mowing our yard, keeping pets fed, watering flowers and other acts of kindness - we appreciate you. We are very thankful for our family who has always been there for us. A special thanks to Dr. Jack Hopkins, Dr. Blatchford, Dr. Henderson and staff of Methodist University Hospital for their concern and care we were given. May God bless each of you, Ed and Deb Flatt

COMMUNITY EVENTS December 5 • Adamsville Christmas Parade The City of Adamsville is gearing up for its annual Christmas parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Hometown Christmas”. The Annual celebration with lights, decorations and sounds means Christmas day can’t be far away. This year’s parade is scheduled to take place downtown on Thursday December 5, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. that evening. Parade entries are now being accepted. Parade entrants must complete a registration and waiver form that is available at Adamsville City Hall. For more information please call City Hall at 731 632-1401 weekdays 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. December 6-7 • Hope Holiday Mart Hope Holiday Mart will be held Friday, December 6th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7th, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Bolivar Municipal Center, 211 North Washington St in Bolivar Tenn. Free admission. Proceeds will benefit ACS Relay for Life and The Hope House Abused and Homeless Women’s Shelter. 65+ Vendors, food available, drawings for door prizes. December 7 • Main Street Christmas Festival Second Annual Main Street CHRISTmas Festival will be December 7, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The town will come alive with Christmas Carolers on the street corner, chili, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, cookies, etc. The sidewalks will be filled with Christmas trees which will be sponsored by area residents and businesses. The trees will be lit at 6 p.m. There will be donation boxes out for people to vote on the most beautiful tree. All donations will go to Jesus Cares. For more information please call Theresa Robinson (610-6746) Shannon Speth (610-6328) or Russell Ingle (645-6360). • Purdy Dance There will be a dance at the Old Purdy Community Center on Saturday night, December 7, 2013. Free dance lessons will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. with Ronnie Whitten and Company. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, snacks, drinks. So come out to a nice clean place and enjoy the music, dancing, food, fun and fellowship. Everyone invited.


• Ramer Baptist Church Clothes Give-Away Ramer Baptist Church will be having a clothes give away on December 7th from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Clothes, Toys, Books and miscellaneous odds and ends.

December 7 • Clothes Give-Away Ramer Baptist Church will be having a clothes give away on December 7th from 8am-11am. Clothes, Toys, Books and misc odds and ends.

December 10 • Parents of Angels Support Group The December meeting of the Parents of Angels support group will be moved to the second Tuesday of the month due to a scheduling conflict. The December meet-

December 8 • Christmas at Adamsville First Baptist Church All programs begin at 6:15 p.m. December 8th: “The Christmas Carol Special Report”, presented by Adamsville First Baptist Church Children’s Choir. December 15: “Joyfully Ring”, presented by Adamsville First Baptist Bell Choir. December 22: “Christmas is Coming - Shout for Joy”, presented by Adamsville First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir. December 14 • Christmas Tour of Homes The Dependable Women of Court Ave. Cumberland Presbyterian Church will be sponsoring a Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 14. Tickets will be $10 each for 5 homes and 1 historic church. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Dependable Women, or between 11:30 and 12:30 on the day of the tour at the church on Court Ave. Homes on tour will be Barbara Robinson, Ralph and Gaylia Robinson, Peggy Griffin, Judy McLean, Darrel and Jimmie Beeson, and Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church. For more infomation, call Gaylia Robinson at 645-6861 or Gwelda Treece at 645-5519.


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The Adamsville Future Farmers of America recently attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. with more than 60,000 in attendance. The Adamsville members that attended were Stone Lipford, Canon Smith, Macey Johnson, Megan Thomas, Drew Pearson, Cody Loupe, and Brad Wilkins. Members attended the general session with Coach Rick Pitino as the keynote speaker and also explored the Career Show, Agriscience Fair, and FFA Mall. Adamsville members were able to meet members from all across America during the conference. Other activities that the Adamsville FFA participated in included tours of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory and Churchill Downs. The tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum allowed members to see how bats are made from a raw agricultural product in wood. The museum featured interactive activities and the history of the game of baseball. During the tour of Churchill Downs , members went on a walking tour of the track and grandstand of the oldest running racetrack in America. The museum was an interactive museum featuring the history of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The FFA Advisors for the Adamsville FFA are Jeff Lipford and Jason Carman.

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Adamsville FFA places in West Tennessee Livestock Judging The Adamsville Future Farmers of America Livestock Judging Team recently placed sixth in the West Tennessee Livestock Judging Career Development Event. There were more than 30 teams competing in the event. The members of the team were Stone Lipford, Macey Johnson, Drew Pearson and Megan Thomas. The highest scoring member of the team was Macey Johnson who placed eleventh out of approximately one hundred and twenty contestants. Each contestant had to judge classes of beef, swine, sheep and goats and were required to give reasons on some classes. The Livestock Judging Career Development teaches skills that are necessary in everyday life and in the work place. The coach of the Adamsville FFA Livestock Judging Team was Jason Carman. The advisors of the Adamsville FFA are Jeff Lipford and Jason Carman.

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Adamsville Agriculture Program awards students The Adamsville High School Agriculture and FFA Awards Banquet was recently held to recognize outstanding students for the 2012-13 school year. The banquet was held at Crazy K Ranch in Michie with a great meal and many invited guests. Program advisors Jeff Lipford and Jason Carman presented the awards after everyone ate a delicious meal. The 2013 FFA Officers were Evan Harris, Stone Lipford, Sarah Whitley, Daniel Anglin, Dylan

Gattis, and Jonathon McDonald. The following students won awards for their hard work in career development events and chapter leadership; Agriscience Fair Silver Award -Stone Lipford, Sarah Whitley, and Evan Harris; District V Job Interview 1st Place Award-Luke Robbins; Senior Leadership Award- Evan Harris – Chapter President, Sarah Whitley – Secretary, Daniel Anglin – Reporter, Dylan Gattis – Treasurer, Jonathon

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Thankful for many things By Dorothy Goodrum Contributor

Well, it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and my turn to work. I normally do not mind working on Saturday as I seem to get a lot done these days. I came into work and my desk made me want to turn around and go back home to my favorite television channel, Hallmark. I am sure glad I didn’t because I had my own Hallmark moment. Margaret Skelton, who is a patient in our home, has not had a real good year. You see, she has four daughters and one son, who they tell me, is her favorite child. I laugh when I hear this because I am the youngest of twelve and was not the favorite child in my house, either. Oh well, back to my Hallmark moment. This past summer, Mrs. Margaret’s family called me one day and asked if I could go check on her. Her son, Butch was in the hospital and not doing well. He had a blood clot in his leg and lung and was in intensive care and the outlook was not good. I only have one child and could not even image how awful this was for Mrs. Margaret. Now I have known her for several years along with her children, so when I walked in her room, she said, with tears in her eyes ,“It is not good Mrs. Dorothy.” I sat with her and held her hand and asked if she would like for me to pray for her and Butch. Her answer

was a sad please. We both took her needs to the greatest Doctor I know, at the throne room of grace. For several weeks, it did not appear to turn out to be a positive outcome, but when all hope is lost, look up. I have been told this week that the famous and much loved Butch was coming for a surprise visit. I had actually forgotten about this, but was told they wanted to surprise Mrs. Margaret. Shirley and Betty, two of the daughters, came in to remind me and asked me to come watch this great surprise for their mother. I saw Butch and his wife, Janie, as they drove up and knew the visit was close. I thought how I can keep her busy so she will not notice. Mrs. Shirley was playing the piano so I asked Mrs. Margaret what her favorite song was. Her answer was, “How Great Thou Art.” Now that song is a little high for my alto voice, but I sat down by her and sang to keep her occupied. When Butch walked in, there was not a dry eye in the house. Hallmark has great movies especially this time of the year, but I can assure you that there is not a movie that was any more touching than watching this reunion between mother and son. I am so happy for the whole family, and especially for Mrs. Margaret. Now that is one lady who has a lot to be thankful for this year. Mrs. Margaret, I agree, He is great just like the song. Until next time. of oomph to make it through the game. So how’d you like to feed a football team and its coaches? And you thought Thanksgiving dinner for the family was a challenge! Well, Reba Christopher has been doing it all this football season and that list of names that Rickey Winningham reads off each game represents this community coming together for the sake of a team of guys that are giving their best efforts to represent us in regular season and in the playoffs. Reba provided a reasonable meal cost and the different groups in town each took responsibility to cover that cost for at least one meal before home games. Reba has been a citizen of Adamsville for almost forty years, and


When you attend Adamsville High School football games, you’re going to be both proud and revved. The players give their all on the field. The band couldn’t be beat – in fact, they weren’t beat at state competition once again this year! The cheerleaders will yell more than once, “When I say, ‘Go,’ you say, ‘Fight.”’ And we all do just that to help our team keep their spirits up. In the midst of all that, there’s an energetic voice coming over the P.A. system keeping us up with who did what and who did what to

whom. Jersey numbers are called out and often mothers in the stand proudly yell out, “That’s my boy!” Well, every now and then, Rickey Winningham makes standard announcements for the sponsors of the night noting everything from the donors who have provided many a sign around the field to the before-game-dinner-sponsors. The what? The before-game-dinner-sponsors. That means about 90 men and teenage boys load up at school to head down the highway about 3:00p.m. on a game day to get hamburger steak, baked potato, green beans, and cookies at The SawMeal – so they can go out on that field with a reservoir



ing will be held at 6:00 on December 10th at Shelter Insurance. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will go back to our normal first Tuesday schedule in January. Parents of Angels offers support and friendship to parents (and other family members) experiencing the loss of a child from miscarriage to the age of 5 years. December 12 • Open House Please join AiM and the MRA as they celebrate their open house on Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latta Visitor’s and Cultural Center at 205 West Court Ave. in Selmer. Food, fellowship and friends will be available to visitors for this special event. December 13 • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer showing at MRA The MRA will be hosting a showing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for some local Pre K students & their parents on Friday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the McNairy County Visitors Center Theater. We have such a wonderful facility and look forward to sharing in the Christmas Season with some of McNairy County’s youngest residents. We are inviting an MRA member that wishes to be a part of the festivities to consider sponsoring the showing of this holiday classic. There are no dollar amounts or sponsorship levels, anything to help offset the expense of putting on the event would be appreciated. A video clip will be promoting all sponsors will be played before and after the movie. Also, we invite you to come and enjoy the movie. What better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than to spend 1 hour watching and singing along with this all time classic? To sponsor the movie please mail checks to: McNairy Regional Alliance, PO Box 7, Selmer, TN 38375 Also, please be sure that we have your company logo so that we can promote & thank you publically in front of the audience.

her biggest goal is for people who come for a meal at her place to feel comfortable enough to just sit and visit with one another. That’s exactly what the football group does, as a group of volunteer parents take the plates from the service window to the fellas, and then help to clean up after the boys and men have reloaded to return to school. If someone were to visit the SawMeal for the first time while the team was eating, they would not only still get quick service, they would be greatly impressed with the manners and respect so many young men are exhibiting. Our team’s attitude of good sportsmanship is just a part of their total package as fine young men with our coaches leading by example. So, if you are ever wonder-

Celebration. The Park will kick off the celebration Dec. 13-14, 2013 as the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Holiday Mart inside the conference center at Pickwick Inn. Santa Claus from the North Pole will be there thoughout the weekend, along with the elves. Both nights from 6-9 p.m., sight-seers may drive-thru or take a horse drawn wagon or carriage ride thru the park viewing the many dazzling holiday light displays. The weekend will include family-friendly activities and treats that celebrate the warmth of the holiday season through a celebration that is sure to warm the hearts of all. Christmas in the Park has been one of the most anticipated and well- received events of the year” shared Chamber Director Beth Pippin. “Geared towards families, this event will definitely be a perfect way to ring in the holidays with the beauty of the lake and the awe of the season”. Other activities include kiddie train ride to see Santa, bedtime story reading with the elves, Breakfast with Santa, children’s crafts, face painting, the Jingle Bell Trail, outdoor Christmas karaoke, local dining and shopping, great festival foods and so much more. For more information about the celebration, call the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce at 731-925-2363, or for Inn accommodations or to sponsor a display call 731-6893135. Visit us at or on Facebook.

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ing how to feed a whole bunch of teenage boys, promising that if they go away hungry it’s their own fault, just check with Reba Christopher. She’ll tell you it takes an awesome crew from the kitchen to the serving floor and that’s just what she’s got. It might also take a lot of experience in the food business, a genuine desire to take care of those who enter the door, and an eye towards a menu with fresh-daily items. Reba is thinking about expanding her offerings by responding to the need for a family to pick up a complete meal from entrée to dessert to take home for a family style dinner. Sounds like a small challenge after serving a football team, doesn’t it?

December 16 • Give the Gift of Life this Christmas - Give Blood...the Life You Save Could Be Your Own There will be a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Monday, December 16 from 12:30 until 5:30 p.m. at The Marty (Adamsville Community Center) on Park Avenue in Adamsville, Tenn. For information call Pam Carroll at 731-610-0509.

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Independent Appeal



Making seasons bright for more than 100 years

Ali Stephenson

Volume 110, Number 31, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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2012 Christmas Essay Contest winners Editor’s Note: As Christmas approaches and we prepare to bid farewell to another year, we at the Independent Appeal would like to wish everyone in the community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank our readers and advertisers for their trust in allowing us to be the most read newspaper in McNairy County. In the coming year, we pledge to show you the same level of integrity and devotion in bringing you the most timely, comprehensive and informative news and sports coverage available. We would like to extend a special thanks to our local educators and their students for providing the essays, letters and artwork for this issue. Your hard work has helped us continue this long standing McNairy County tradition. In addition to the cash prizes awarded for the essay contest, we have also pledged $150 to the school with the greatest number of submissions. This year, Bethel Springs Elementary took the submissions prize with nearly 1,000 total submissions. The following are the winners of the Independent Appeal’s Christmas essay contest for 2012. We would like to thank all the students for sending in their fine essays. There were so many good ones that it was really hard to pick the winners. Cash prizes of $35, $25 and $20 will be awarded respectively to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each grade. This year, we have also decided to include a number of honorable mention essays to our list. While no official awards will be given for these works we included these to recognize the hard work, talent and creativity demonstrated by these students. This year’s essay’s covered various topics and styles, so we tried to select a variety of work, including fictional stories about Christmas, essays about the meaning of Christmas, and true accounts of their favorite Christmas. The primary considerations in judging were creativity, originality, relevance and emotional impact. Spelling and grammar were secondary considerations, and some editing for grammar and spelling was applied. We would also like to thank all the students for sending in drawings and poems. We used as many of them as we could, and there were a lot of great ones. Lastly, Santa Claus sent us a list of all the letters he got from our area, and we are including them inside this special section exactly as they were written. We hope everyone enjoys this special body of work put together by the children of McNairy County, and we wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

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Fourth Grade 1st Place Essay By Emma-Grace Dix Ramer Elementary My favorite Christmas is when my mamaw was still with me and she made all the great Christmas breakfasts, lunches and dinners and all my cousins, my aunt and my uncle would come down from Nashville. My cousin’s names are Chase and Blake. We always play and play, it is great and I am ready for them to come this Christmas so we can play and play. We do miss my mamaw, but we know she is in heaven with the man the season is really about. So that’s how I had my best Christmas.



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2nd Place By Alyssa Nash Ramer Elementary


Volume 110, Number 31, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Katlynn Christensen I got but they were good. I loved them.

2nd Place Essay By Joshua E. Mayfield Ramer Elementary Me and Ropy Once upon a time there was a little boy named Ropy. And he hated Christmas even though he got every thing he wanted. Every kid hated him. I thought it was because of the way he got Gavin Plunk, 3rd Grade treated. So I walked up to him and asked him to be my friend. He showed me around. So, I just went and told my mom. I found out that his mom didn’t want him to play with any of his neighbors or even speak to them. If he did he got grounded for five months. I told my dad about it and the same thing happened again. So I tried to talk to the little boy again. I told the little boy that all his mom needed was a hug. So Ropy went and gave his mom and dad a hug. I will never forget that day how Christmas changed. His dad and mom started letting him come outside to play with a neighbors and talk to them. We played and played forever. Jurnee Prather,

3rd Place 4th Grade By Einyia Bell Bethel Springs Elementary This Christmas Do you know why I love Christmas? One reason I love Christmas is because I get to bake cookies for Santa and leave warm milk. The second reason is because I get presents. The third reason is because we get to put up a beautiful Christmas tree. The last reason is because you get to spend time with the people you love. I hope you can see why I love Christmas.

Honorable Mention By Nora Hughes Ramer Elementary

Honorable Mention By Katie Jarnagin Ramer Elementary The Christmas at my Grandma’s One day at my Grandma’s on Christmas eve, I went inside and I smelt the coffee, cookies, and the pie on the oven. Then we sat around the Christmas tree and we sang Jingle Bells and after that we put on our coats, scarfs, and bogens to go outside and we put up rain deer decorations outside. Then we went back inside and got the camera and took some pictures of us beside the Christmas tree, then we put the camera up and we went back outside and built a snow fort and threw snow balls at each other. Then we built a snow man. We went back inside and got some cookies, pie, and coffee and that was the Christmas at my Grandma’s. The end.

Honorable Mention By Matthew Cooper Bethel Springs Elementary Diary of Santa You know how you are supposed to get people presents for Christmas? Well, I was going to Walmart, and I am pretty sure I saw Santa on the roof. When he left I started to follow him and ended up at his workshop. The next morning, I snuck into his workshop and found out that neither Santa nor his elves make the toys. He buys them! Now I am wondering what other things I don’t know about. The next day, I ended up in the sleigh with Santa and he told me that I am going to be Santa from now on. So, this year, can you please make extra cookies for Santa this Christmas?

Fifth Grade

My best Christmas was whenWeatherly, my Mimmi Hannah came from Norway and6th we got to spend time Grade with them. First we were outside playing for a little bit. Then it was a cold starry night and me and my Mimmi we always bake cookies together. On Christmas night, we were down at my nanna’s house. We opened presents there and then we hung out for a little bit. Then we went back to my house and we opened presents. I got a sweater from my Mimmi. And I got some toys that I wanted from my mom and dad. I can’t remember all of the presents

1st Place By Sailor Kinkennon Ramer Elementary

The Best Christmas Ever The Christmas of 2009 was the best Christmas ever. I’m going to start this story from Christmas Eve. Now, every Christmas Eve we go to my granny’s and open presents from her and my aunt, also we eat supper there, too. That year we had done these things as we always do and then we drove home. My brothers and I were all very anxious for Christmas morning to open our wonderful present, have family over, and eat a delicious breakfast. At my house, my brother and I have a contest to see who wakes up first to see the presents. Before this Christmas my brother Justin Alexander 6th GradeRonnie had held the record. That night my brothers and I argued angrily at each other about who was going to win the contest. I had a bad feeling about it, little did I know I was right about it. We went to bed anxious. A little while later everybody was asleep. Turns out that I won the contest and saw the presents first! I had broken my brothers record with the time of 12:25, and I still hold the record! I woke up my brothers like we promise every year to do. He looked at our toys dreamingly. Ronnie had asked for a phone, but Santa didn’t leave him one, or so we thought. We played with the toys we had gotten, then my dad went to build a fire in our cold and lonely fire place. Then my dad laughed, we didn’t know why, but we soon found out. Santa had left little Ronnie’s phone in the fire place. I had scared him off, so he had left it there. That’s why it was the best Christmas ever. I won our conLila Vasquez test, and had a good laugh.

My Special Christmas Wish Every year I have a special Christmas wish. Every wish I wrote to Santa probably came true. If you are wondering what my special Christmas wish is...I’ll tell you. My special Christmas wish is for the homeless and needy kids to have the presents that they deserve. Presents like food, a home, water, and much more. Some people don’t think about the homeless or needy kids seasons morebecause than 100 years in life, Making but I do. I thinkbright aboutfor them I care about them. People can give them presents like donating to a foster home or an adoption center, but most importantly, you can give a child in need or on the streets a present from your heart. You tell that Kay Lynn, 3rdcan Grade child that you care about them. One thing I thought about before that is that I don’t need as many presents as I usually get. I thought about Haiti, India, and Africa, and many more places that need our help to help children to survive. That is my special Christmas will for 2012. The End Merry Christmas Everyone!

3rd Place By By Anna Inman Ramer Elementary What I think Christmas is really about Dec. 25, is a special day. It’s Christmas! Christmas is when your parents and Santa put presents under your Christmas tree. Some kids put out cookies and milk for Santa. Most people think Christmas is really about getting presents and what you want, but I don’t think it is. I think Christmas is about Jesus. Jesus is great, he died on the cross for us. Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birthday! I really think everybody should celebrate it. Some people don’t though? I really don’t know why, but they should. Yes you may get presents, a lot of presents but Christmas is really about Jesus. A lot of people don’t believe in Jesus, or God, but I do and I know a few people that don’t though. I will always believe in them. Did you know that Jesus wasn’t really born on Dec. 25? Well he wasn’t. But that’s the day they picked to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and nobody really knows when he was really born, but that’s the closet they could get to Noah Vise, 6th Grade his birthday. I think Christmas is really fun but I’ll always know that its not about presents and getting what you want, its about Jesus! That’s what I think. Christmas is really about Jesus. Well, I wish you all a very blessed Christmas. Don’t forget, Christmas is really about Jesus’ birthday!

Honorable Mention By Houston Pounds Ramer Elementary I Shot a Reindeer!!! One Christmas morning, my dad was going hunting. We were just going still hunting so we were just sitting there in the truck but nothing was there. It was 7 a.m. We stayed till 10 a.m. it was a long time so we then went down in the other field. There we saw one, but we couldn’t shoot it because it was a baby. We then saw a doe, so I shot it. When we went to get it we saw it actually was a five point. I was so glad. We staid there for a while. I seen some of the biggest deer ever so I shot it too. We went to get it and I saw that it was Rudolf, Donner and others. I was just like, “Oh my gosh, is it really Rudolph.” I was going to stay there then came someone in a big red suit with a slay. It was Santa. (So back to the part where I shot the deer, well I didn’t shoot it.) Well, I said to Santa are you really here or am I dreaming. He said yes, I am real Houston. How do you know my Karli Inman, 2nd Grade Phonix Talley, name? I said. “Well, Houston, I know every- 6th Grade body on this world.” There were presents on the slay. Why are there still presents? I said. “Well, Houston, I couldn’t make it to every house because of Baylee Chandler, Vixen’s leg was hurt. if I had one more 6th But Grade person to help me deliver them they would be finished. Then I screamed for my dad and he started running saying what’s wrong. I said hurry. When he got there. I asked him if I could go with Santa? He said sure, but said to get home early. I got on the sleigh and we went to a lot of houses, then I got home early. He gave me a gift so I opened it. It was a snow globe from the North Pole. I told him thank you Santa and I always will believe in you so I went in and went to my room laid down the globe. Then went to bed. I woke up at midnight to get water, and there was a note from Santa saying, “Dear Houston, please don’t shoot the very very big deer. It could be one of mine. Merry Christmas. P.S. I had a very good time with you and have a Happy New Years. The end. Love, Houston

Kaylee Wiggins, 4th Grade

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Sports Independent Appeal

Making McNairy County Sports headlines for more than 111 years

Volume 111, Number 29, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cardinals square off against Hardin Co., 5B

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Cardinals soar over Lions

Zak Neary rushes for 357 yards to help the Cards get back to the BlueCross Bowl

Staff Photo by Brian Azevedo

Zak Neary runs behind the blocks of Chris Bernier and Dylan Sweat. Neary rushed for more than 350 yards and five touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win over the Lions. By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

The Adamsville Cardinals played host to the Trinity Christian Lions once again, and this time in the Semifinal round of the State Playoffs. It was a high scoring contest, but this time the Cardinals came out on top to punch their ticket to the BlueCross Bowl and a chance at the state title.

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The Cardinals got the match-up they wanted in the Semi Final round of the TSSAA State Playoffs, when TCA traveled back to Adamsville for a rematch from week two in the regular season. The Lions won the first contest 2821. It was the Cardinals’ only district loss of the season. The game got started with the Cardinals winning the coin toss and deferring their decision until the second half, allowing TCA to take the game’s opening kickoff. As the Cardinals made the stop on the opening kickoff, Jacob Dengler and the Cardinal defense came on the field and looked to make their attempt at stopping Lion quarterback Kyle Akin and the strong TCA offense. The defense came out and tried to make the Lions one dimensional and take away the running game all together. The Lions were not able to move the ball on the ground very well in their first offensive possession against the Cardinals, but were able to move the ball down the field through the air and continued to make first downs. With less than eight minutes left in the first quarter, the Lions finally broke through and made their way into the end zone, scoring the first touchdown of the game and taking the lead 7-0 over the Cardinals. After receiving the kickoff, the Cardinals’ offense took the field, as Zak Neary and Seth Paul looked to get the points back. The Cardinals had a few miscues in their first drive and were not able to get any momentum going early in the game. On an attempt to convert on a third and 11, quarterback Seth Paul threw his first and only interception of the game, giving the ball and momentum back to the Lions. The defense came back on the field and made another attempt to stop the Lions and their strong passing attack. The defense stepped up, as Dengler and the defense stopped the run and forced the Lions to try and get the yards they needed through the air. The Cardinal secondary was able to hang on, and they forced the Lions to punt the ball away. On the Cardinals’ next possession, the Lions got a steady diet of Zak Neary, but this time they were ready. Neary was only able to gain eight yards on his three carries, and the Cardinals were forced to punt the ball back to the Lions. As the Cardinal defense took the field once again, they

were determined to keep the Lions off the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately TCA used their short passing game to make their way down the field, and with one minute left in the first quarter they found the end zone once again extending their lead to 14-0. With little more than a minute to go in the first quarter, the Cardinals received the kickoff and started their drive from their own 35 yard line. On Adamsville’s first play of the drive, Neary broke away from the defense for a 40 yard run and fired up the Cardinal offense. Neary would carry the ball two more times for seven yards, and the Cardinals let the time run out of the first quarter and took the ball to the opposite end of the field. As the second quarter got underway, Neary carried once again but was stopped just short of the first down. On fourth and one it was Seth Paul on the quarterback keeper, who plowed ahead behind his offensive line to pick up the first down. On the next play, Paul set to make his second pass attempt of the game and hit Jacob Wallis in the back corner of the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown, cutting into the TCA lead. With only a minute played in the second quarter, Ross Burcham was set to kickoff and the Lions returned the ball to their own 35 yard line, where the Cardinal defense took over and looked to stop the Lions from putting any points on the board. The Cardinals’ defense held strong and did what they could to slow down Akin and the Lion offense, but TCA slowly made their way down the field. After moving the chains on two huge fourth down plays, the Lions found themselves inside the Cardinal 10 yard line and Akin would find his receiver in the end zone for the Lion score. TCA was now up 21-7 and looked to have the Cardinals figured out on both offense and defense. After Jacob Wallis returned the following kickoff to the 37 yard line, the Cardinal offense took the field. On the first play of the drive, Seth Paul made the hand off to Brady Herrin, who turned the corner and raced down the sideline for the long Cardinal score, bringing the game to 21-14. On the Lions next offensive possession, they continued to try and move the ball through the air and were fairly successful until the Cardinals’ defensive line began to get pressure on the Lion quarterback. With a little less than six minutes left in the second quarter, it was Luke Kiser who was able to apply the pressure from his defensive end position, causing Akin to fumble the football which was recovered by fellow defensive lineman Onri Damron. After the Cardinals took over on offense, Neary was able to pick up 15 yards and the first down before Jacob Wallis had a carry for 26. The Cardinals were moving the ball on the ground,

and on the fourth play of the drive, Neary made his way 16 yards into the end zone tying the game at 21. With less than three minutes left in the half, the Lions were on a mission to get down the field and put points on the board. After fighting the Cardinal defense they were able to get into field goal range. Eli Parker was able to put the ball through the uprights and retake the lead for the Lions 24-21 before halftime. After the half, the Cardinals would receive the opening kickoff, and they were determined to turn the game around. During Adamsville’s next drive, it was once again Neary who shouldered the load and carried the ball every play before he made his way into the end zone from six yards out, putting the Cardinals up 28-24, and giving them their first lead of the game. Riding the momentum from the offense, the defense came out and looked to limit Akin and not allow the Lions’ offense to move the ball. The Lions’ quarterback was able to complete two


Staff Photo by Brian Azevedo

The Adamsville Football team raises their helmets in victory after defeating the TCA Lions in the state semi finals.




Cardinals face off against the Tigers in Hardin County By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

The Adamsville Cardinals made the trip across the river to take on the Hardin County Tigers, but could not come home with a win.

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The Adamsville Lady Cardinals came out in the first quarter, and looked to slow down the strong Hardin County offense. The Lady Cardinals did well on the offensive side and did their best to stay with the Tigers, but they found themselves down 15-10 after the first quarter. Moving into the second quarter, the Lady Cardinals began to have troubles on offense and troubles slowing down the Lady Tigers. Even though the Lady Cards got solid play from Robin Moore and Shakeema Dilworth, who both scored 12 points in the game, they were only able to put eight points up in the second quarter, and they fell behind 30-18 at the half. In the third quarter, it was much of the same for the Lady Cardinals who could not find any rhythm on offense.

The Lady Tigers stayed consistent, and were able to add to their lead and pull to 44-25 at the end of the third. Moving into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cardinals turned it on offensively and were able to once again put up double digits against the Lady Tigers. Unfortunately the Lady Tigers were able to continue to score consistently, and they maintained their lead holding on to win 62-41 over the Lady Cards.


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The Cardinals looked to come on to the court and have better luck than the Lady Cards, but after the first quarter they also found themselves down 15-10. Coming into the second quarter, Lane Burcham, Tucker Campbell and the Cardinals found their rhythm and were able to cut into the Hardin County lead. After out scoring the Tigers 12-9 in the second, the Cardinals were only down 24-22 at the half. Coming out of halftime, the Cardinals were able to continue to put pressure on the Tigers and slowly began to build a lead of their own. Out scoring the Tigers once again, the Cardinals were able to build their lead to 38-34 moving into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Tigers were able to shutdown their ofTo celebrate the Adamsville High School fense in the fourth quarter and retake Football team going to the State Championship the lead on their home court. for the second straight year, the Independent Adamsville could not battle back, Appeal will publish a special two-page spread only scoring eight points in the fourth quarter, and the Tigers held on for the featuring the team in next week’s issue. home win.

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(AHS) Lane Burcham: 15 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Ast; Jack Majors: 1 Pts, 6 Reb; Tucker Campbell: 14 Pts, 20 Reb, 3 Ast; Tyler Hammock: 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast; Dekorea Dilworth: 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

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Two Cardinals named to Toyota East/West All-Star game By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor Senior Cardinal football stand outs Zak Neary and Jacob Wallis will add another achievement to their already terrific careers by being selected to play in the Toyota East/West All-Star game. Both Neary and Wallis were selected to play on the defensive side for the West team, and will join players from all over the region to play under coach Jeff Porter of White House High School. Both Neary and Wallis are among 88 players from across the state that will be participating in the contest which will take place on December 13, in Cookeville Tenn.

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SPORTS BRIEFS Jr Pro Basketball Adamsville Parks and Recreation is now taking sign-ups for Jr. Pro basketball. Sign-ups will continue until December 10. Times are listed on the sign-up forms, which are available at Adamsville City Hall or Parks and Recreation office. All games this season will be played on Saturdays and the season will begin on January 4 and run through February 22. All games will be played at the Adamsville Elementary School. The Fee this year is $35. All forms are to be turned in to Adamsville City Hall. For more information or questions contact Bubba Martin at 731-610-2093 or Ted Hughes at 731-926-5675. Monday Night Football This week’s action on Monday Night Football was an exciting match-up between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints made the trip to Seattle for the contest, and had a tough time facing the Seahawks. Seattle got the game going early when they were able to put up 17 points in the first quarter while holding Frew Breese and the Saints offense out of the end zone. New Orleans was able to battle back in the second and score a touchdown of their own, but allowed the Seahawks to put up 10 points and extend their lead. Seattle, who is notoriously hard to beat at home came out in the third quarter and kept their momentum alive. They were able to put up another touchdown against the Saints and keep their opponents out of the end zone for the rest of the game. With the win, Seattle is the first team to clinch their berth into the 2013 Playoffs. Lady Vols Bus Trip West Tennessee Sports Bus Charters will be making a trip to Nashville to see the Lady Vols take on Vanderbilt. The game will be on Sunday, January 12. The costs will be $53 each or $106 for a couple. This will include tickets, bus fare and a tip for the driver. The bus will be leaving Kmart in Jackson

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Titans Football The Tennessee Titans faced off against the division leading Colts, and could not get revenge for the previous loss suffered earlier in the season. The Colts started the game off strong on the defensive side of the ball and they were able to keep the Titans off of the scoreboard in the first quarter. With the Colts only able to score six of their own, the game was still in reach for the Titans. In the second quarter the Titans were finally able to make their way into the end zone, but they allowed the Colts to again put up six points of their own and the Titans went to halftime down 12-7. In the third quarter the Titans were able to get on the board again and hold the Colts to only 3 points. The Titans found themselves down 15-14 going into the fourth quarter and could see victory in sight. However, the Colts were able to shutout the Titans offense in the fourth quarter while putting up seven points of their own, extending their lead and holding on for the 22-14 win. The Titans will have another tough test next week as they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, while the Colts will try to extend their division lead when facing the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Winter Baseball Clinic There will be a winter baseball clinic held at the Corinth SportsPlex on Saturday, December 14 for players ages 8-14. There are limited spots available, and the cost will be $30 per player. The clinic will be presented by the Cardinals Baseball 13U team, and will be featuring guest instructor Stanley Stubbs who is the assistant baseball coach at Savannah State University. For more information contact Paige Teague at 731610-1910 or Shane Teague at 731-610-6524.

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Blue Devils and Eagles face off in Michie Selmer battles Decatur County at home By Sarah Rowland Sports Writer The Lady Blue Devils held one over for the win against Savannah Christian Academy in a home game this Monday. Lady Blue Devils 35 Lady Eagles 18 Though the Lady Blue Devils played “a little sluggish” for their first game since returning from the Thanksgiving break, according to Coach Bridget Merry, they were able to take an early lead and maintain it throughout the game. The game started with a six point lead for the Lady Blue Devils in the first quarter. They then went on in the second quarter to score 12 more points for a score and lead of 19-3 at halftime. Scoring 13 more points in the third quarter and further widening their lead, some of the younger Lady Blue Devils were able to enter the game and gain some experience said Merry. Though their opponents out scored them in the fourth quarter by six points, it was not enough for the Lady

Blue Devils to lose their lead, and the game ended 35-18 for the Blue Devils. Overall, the Lady Blue Devils came away with 19 steals and 17 rebounds along with some assists from various players. The Blue Devil boys didn’t seem to fare as well as their lady counter parts that same night. (Michie) Mackenzie Parson: 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Stl; Jourdan Dengler: 6 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Stl; Jacy Fisher: 5 Pts, 1 Ast, 1 Stl; Bethany Bennett: 4 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Stl; Anna Kate Crenshaw: 2 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl; Alexis Moore: 2 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl; Emilee Foster: 1 Pts, 1 Ast, 1 Stl Eagles 48 Blue Devils 24 With their head coach out sick during their first game since the Thanksgiving break, Michie boys may have been at a disadvantage against what looked like quality opponents. Despite good hustle, the Blue Devil’s offense couldn’t compete against their opponent’s strong defense, and they failed to keep control of the ball as much as possible missing opportunities for scoring.

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Sports Writer

The Selmer Lions played host to Decatur County last Monday night but could not come away with a win.

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The Lady Lions came on to the court with a determination to stop Decatur County from scoring, and they did a good job of doing just that in the first quarter. The game was neck and neck, as each team traded baskets all through out the first half. The game was tight, but the Lady Lions found themselves down 14-12 going into halftime. In the third quarter, it was all Decatur on offense. The Lady Lions were not able to find their rhythm on offense, and they found themselves in a 26-15 hole going into the fourth. In the fourth quarter ,the Lady Lions were able to outscore the Lady Panthers, but they were not able to battle all the way back. “We could not stop one player,” said head coach Robin York. “As a team, we had 25; she alone scored 21. Of course, 23 turnovers did not help.”

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(SMS) Sophie Whitaker: 6 Pts, 4 Reb; Caitlyn Bodiford: 5 Pts, 4 Reb; Alliyah Davis: 4 Pts, 2 Reb; Abby Gray: 3 Pts, 2 Reb; Lexi Trice: 3 Pts, 2 Reb; Emma Gray: 2 Pts; Hannah Hughes: 2 Pts, 2 Reb

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The Lions came out and they looked to turn the momentum around from the girls’ loss earlier that night. The boys played hard and they were in the game the entire time, but they were not able to hold back the tough Panther offense. The guys fought hard, but ultimately they were unable to come away with the home win. “We played hard tonight for four quarters,” said head coach Stacy Riley. “It was a good effort by my team and I am very proud of them. We have improved since the beginning of the year and have to continue to get better every game. We shot 15% from the free throw line, which is not very good, and we need to improve on that moving forward.” (SMS) Antonio Amos: 11 Pts; Omari Robinson: 4 Pts; Norvante Holt: 4 Pts; Keyshawn Trice: 3 Pts; Rhomerious Knight, Carson Kennedy: 2 Pts; Lucas Hively: 1 Pt

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Lady Eagles took the win against Pickwick South Side in an away game this Monday.

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Coach Meribeth Beohler attributed the win to hustle and a great defense, but said that offensively the team missed too many shots and committed too many turnovers. “Overall, the girls did great,” said Beohler, “I am very proud of the Lady Eagles.” The Lady Eagles had an early lead in the game, ending the first quarter 9-0 for the Eagles. In the second quarter, both the Lady Eagle’s and their opponents scored two points, though the Eagle’s maintained the lead with a score of 11-2 at halftime. Overall, the team earned as many steals as points, ending the game with 19 steals and almost as many rebounds with 17 total rebounds. After halftime, the Lady Eagle’s surged ahead to score seven points in the third quarter to their opponent’s two points. Finally, in the fourth quarter, the game ended with the Lady Eagle’s securing their lead and the win. As usual, the Eagle boys took another win following the girl’s victory earlier that night.

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With two wins for the Lady Eagle’s and Eagle boys, Ramer came out strong in their first game following the Thanksgiving break. Both teams will play Bethel in an away game in their next game. (Ramer Girls) Mary Grace Hunter: 4 Pts, 2 Stl; Grace McMahan: 1 Reb, 2 Stl; Kayla Windom: 1 Pts, 2 Reb; Kaytlin Weathers: 3 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Stl; Endya Moffat: 6 Pts, 1 Reb, 4 Stl; Kori Moore: 4 Pts, 2 Stl; Mallory Rogers: 1 Pts; Alison Jones: 1 Reb, 1 Stl; Callie Hodge: 1 Stl; Totiana Campbell: 5 Reb; Abby Yopp: 2 Reb

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Adamsville Junior High cannot avoid the sweep as they host the Tigers By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

The Adamsville Junior Cardinals played host to the Hardin County Middle School Tigers last Monday night, but could not come away with a victory.

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The Lady Cardinals took the court against the Lady Tigers, and they were looking to get revenge from the previous loss they suffered early in the season. The Lady Cards got off to a pretty good start, but they had trouble stopping the Hardin County offense. In the first quarter, the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead but the Lady Cardinals’ determination enabled them to make a comeback and cut into the Tiger lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Cards found themselves down 10-7, and knew they would have to fight to take the lead. In the second quarter, the Lady Cards were able to slow the Lady Tigers down and only allowed them to put six points on the board. Unfortunately for the Lady Cards, they were not able to get their own offense going. They were only able to put up three points of their own. The Lady Cards went into the locker room at half time down 16-10. Coming out of the half and into the sec-

ond quarter, the Lady Cardinals still had their offensive troubles, but were still able to slow down the Lady Tigers. Even though Adamsville held Hardin County to only nine points in the quarter, they once again were only able to score three of their own, and they saw the Lady Tiger lead grow to 25-13 going into the final quarter of play. The Lady Cardinals fought and struggled to hold the Lady Tigers offense and were able to hold them to single digit scoring once again. Unfortunately, the Lady Cards were not able to fix their own offensive troubles, and they fell to the Lady Tigers.


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As the boys’ teams took the court and got underway, it was Adamsville who would jump ahead and take an early lead. Behind the play of eighth graders, Woody Hancock and Tre’ Blakenship, the Cardinals were able to get on the board and take a lead over the visiting Tigers. Blakenship, who normally plays a strong role in the middle, was feeling his shot from beyond the ark and set the tone for the rest of the game in the first quarter. The Cardinals were able to play well and slow the Tigers down on offense enough to take the 17-12

CARDINALS FROM PAGE 1B short passes, but on third down it was Onri Damron who was once again in the backfield, and this time he was the one recording the sack. After the third down loss, the Lions were forced to punt the ball back to the Cardinals and Neary and the offense were back on the field. On the Cards next possession, Jacob Wallis took the hand off from Paul and made his way for the first down, before Neary broke away from the defense and ran for 69 yards for the Cardinal touchdown putting the Redbirds up 35-24. With the crowd alive, and the Cardinals on the move, the defense came onto the field and continued to make life hard for the Lions. Trinity, on their next possession, were forced to go three and out and punt the ball back to the Cards. Dengler and the defense had done their job, and for the moment effectively shut down the Lions’ offense. The Cardinals, on their next possession, kept the ball on the ground and forced the Lions to try and stop their strong running game. The drive was capped off by Neary, once again plowing his way into the end zone and giving the Cardinals their largest lead, 42-24. After the Cardinals kicked the ball back to the Lions, Kyle Akin and the offense looked to make their way back into the game. The Lions were able to throw the ball and make their way back down the field, finding the end zone once again and brought the score to 42-31. After the Lion touchdown, the Cardinals took the ball and held on until the start of the fourth quarter. As the fourth quarter began the Cardinals were trying to work their way down the field, not only to put points on the board themselves, but to keep the clock moving and the Lions offense off the field. They were able to make a few first downs, but ultimately were forced to punt the ball back to the Lions. On the Lions’ next possession, they went back to the air, needing points fast in order to complete the comeback. After a few completions, the Lions were able to hit for the big play and found the end zone on a 40 yard bomb from Akin. The Lions went for the two point con-


lead going into the second quarter. After the short break, the Cardinals were able to continue their good play and cause problems for the Tigers on their offensive end. The Cardinals kept up their fast paced attack and were able to pull away from the Tigers before halftime, and they took a 31-22 lead into the break. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the momentum took a big swing to the Tigers in the second half. While the Cardinals’ defense was still playing well, the offense fell cold. The pressure from the Tigers forced the Cardinals to make poor shots, and even the good ones would not fall for Adamsville. The Tigers were able to put 11 points on the board, while the Cardinals were only able to score four of their own, but they were able to hang on to the lead going into the fourth quarter up 35-33. Going into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals’ offensive troubles continued as the Tigers’ defense kept the pressure up. The Tigers were able to overtake the Cardinals in the fourth quarter and slowly began to build their own lead. Even with Adamsville surging late and keeping the effort up, they were just not able to hold off the Tigers. The Cardinals were only able to put up five points in the final quarter, and they fell to the Tigers 45-40 at home. “We came out and played the best first half we have played all year,” said head coach

Chad Austin. “In the third and fourth periods, we stopped being aggressive on the offensive side of the ball, and we were not able to hang on for the win.”


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(AJHS) Tre’ Blakenship: 17 Pts, 4 Reb; Tucker Case: 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; Tyler Gibbs: 7 Pts, 4 Reb; Woody Hancock: 4 Pts, 2 Ast, 2 Stl; Mason McCann: 4 Pts, 5 Reb

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Mason McCann attempts the close range shot against the Tigers last Monday.

version, and were successful, bringing the game to within three points at 42-39. After the Cardinals allowed the score, the offense came on the field and once again looked to keep the clock moving and the Lions’ offense off the field. The Cardinals ran the ball with Zak Neary but found themselves in a fourth and six situation with the game potentially on the line. The Cardinals elected to go for it, and gave the ball to Jacob Wallis. Wallis made his way around the right side and dove forward stretching the ball across the first down marker and keeping the Cardinal offense on the field. After the huge first down, it was Neary who again pounded the Lions offense before breaking through and finding the end zone for the fifth time in the contest, putting the Cardinals up 49-39 with less than two minutes left in the game. In the Lions’ next possession, they knew they had to score fast, so they took to the air once again. This time, the Adamsville defense was more than ready, and Jacob Wallis made the huge interception effectively, ending the game and punching their ticket to the BlueCross Bowl and a chance to play for the state championship. The Cardinals will be facing off against assistant coach Rennard Woodmore’s former team in Trousdale County. The two teams will meet in Cookville on Saturday Dec. 7 to decide who will be the 2013 2A state champion.


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McNairy couNty church Directory

Life Tabernacle 1353 Hwy. 142, Selmer Thomas Davis, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Baptist: Freewill: Meeks Grove Freewill Baptist 1030 Tommy Sanders Rd., Stantonville Interim Pastor: Bro. Daniel Holt Adamsville Freewill Baptist Church Old Shiloh Road Adamsville, TN 38310 Marcus Morrow, Pastor Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11:15 a.m. Sunday night 5:00 p.m. (with exception of 1st & 3rd Sunday) TV-18 Program 1st & 3rd Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Selmer Primitive Baptist Church 331 Falcon Rd., Selmer Elder Clinton Barnett, Pastor 3rd Sunday Each Month: 10:30 a.m. Southern: Central Baptist Church 675 Dowty Road, Selmer Bro. Stephen Davison, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday: 10:45 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Baptist 6371 Vernie Kirk Rd., Pocahontas Bro. Frank Bell, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. • Wed.: 7:00 p.m. Chewalla Baptist Church 190 Chewalla St., Ramer Richard Doyle, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday: 10:45 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Solitude Freewill Baptist Church 414 Meeks Rd., Adamsville Shane Thompson, Pastor Sunday: 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Clear Creek Baptist Church 1728 Lawton Rd., Selmer Chuck Castles, Pastor Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Independent: Calvary Baptist Church Hwy. 22 North, Adamsville Pastor: Jimmy Cates Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: Sun. 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Covenant Baptist Church 6515 Hwy 57 East, Michie, TN 38357 Pastor: K. Brian Rainey Music & Youth Director: Cameron Miller Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Night: 7:00 p.m.

Faith Baptist Church 1301 Peach St., Selmer Dr. S. Freed Ware, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Cypress Creek First Baptist Church 14 Falcon St., Selmer Pastor: Clifford E. Wynn, Jr. (731) 645-8094 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Worship: Sun. 10:15 a.m. Corporate Prayer Service: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study Wednesdays 12 Noon Bible Study: 7 p.m.

Fellowship Baptist Church 1308 High School Rd., Selmer Pastor: J.D. Matlock Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. First Baptist Church Finger Finger-Leapwood Rd., Finger Rev. Bobby Bray Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: Sun. 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Locke Rd. Baptist Locke Road, Selmer Jim Outland, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. / Wed. 7 p.m. Lighthouse Baptist Church 1780 Mulberry Ave. Selmer Jorgen Runquest, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Primitive Baptist: Better Hope Primitive Baptist 4235 Leapwood-Enville Rd., Adamsville Elder Gene Gist, Pastor First Sunday of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m. with song service, preaching at 11 a.m.

Eastview Baptist Church Hwy. 45 S., Eastview, TN Rob Burnes, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Bible Study: 7 p.m.

Falcon Baptist Church 777 Falcon Rd., Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Adamsville 222 West Main Street, Adamsville Phil Mitchell, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Wednesday: 6:45 p.m. First Baptist Church of Bethel Springs 142 Jackson St., Bethel Springs Ben Martin, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m.

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First Baptist Church of Michie 5658 Hwy 22 S., Michie James Hardin, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.

Selmer Second Baptist 1004 Peach St., Selmer Tony Polk, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., 11 a.m & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Selmer 310 W. Court Avenue, Selmer Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church 7193 Michie-Pebble Hill Rd Hwy 224 South Michie, TN 38357 Pastor - George Kyle Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study: 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Finger Finger-Leapwood Road, Finger Bobby Bray, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. Forty Forks Baptist Church 672 Ed Barham Rd., Bethel Springs Randy Smith, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Friendship Baptist Church 2370 Friendship Rd., Ramer Bro. Jonathan Wilbanks Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Church Service: 11 a.m. Good Hope Baptist 678 Good Hope Church Rd., Adamsville Tim Elrod, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday: 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Grace Baptist Church 1255 Connie Smith Rd., Selmer Pastor: Bro. Don Singleton Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Gravel Hill Baptist Church 86 Tom Baker Rd., Ramer Pastor: Bro. Eric Jones Church Phone: 645-6776 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Lakeview Baptist Church 877 W. Cherry, Selmer Bro. Harold King Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship Service 10:15 Lorraine Baptist Church Melvin Qualls Rd., Michie, TN Trent Nethery, Jr., Pastor Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m./6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 6185 Rowsey School Rd., Bethel Spr. Rev. Mike Hollaway, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Discipleship Training: 5 p.m Wednesday: 7 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy, TN Bro. Danny Rowland, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Unity Baptist Church Unity Church Road, Ramer Dr. Ronald Meeks, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. West Shiloh Baptist Church 282 W. Shiloh Church Rd., Stantonville James Stophel, Pastor Church of Christ: Acton Church of Christ 9389 Hwy. 22 S., Michie Shawn Weaver, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:50 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Adamsville Church of Christ 243 E. Main St., Adamsville Van Vansandt, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Cypress Tank Church of Christ 2645 Cypress Tank Rd., Pocahontas Dr. Brian Jackson, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Eastside Church of Christ 1366 E. Poplar, Selmer Luke DeLavergne, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Forrest Hill Church of Christ Forrest Hill Subdivision Hwy. 45 S., Selmer Shobeck Dethrow, Minister Fourth Street Church of Christ 142 N. Fourth St., Selmer Jeremy Weekley, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Liberty Church of Christ 1005 North Liberty Road Michie, TN 38357 731-239-4500 Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.

Stantonville Church of Christ 8228 Hwy. 142, Stantonville Randy Cook, Minister Matt Cook, Minister Olive Hill Baptist Church 46 Olive Hill Church Lp., Guys, TN Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Cody Hill, Pastor Wednesday: 7 p.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Church of God: Wednesday: 7 p.m. Pleasant Site Baptist Church 1868 Pleasant Site Rd., Selmer Bradley Woolworth, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Ramer Baptist Church 3899 Hwy. 57 West, Ramer James Young, Pastor Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

Center Ridge Pentecostal Church of God 910 Center Ridge Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Terry Resley, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 Sunday Morning Service: 10:45 Sunday Night Service: 5:30 Wednesday: 7:00 Piney Grove Church of God 888 Rose Creek Rd., Selmer Aaron Moss, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Church of God of Prophecy:

Church of God of Prophecy Hwy. 22 N., Adamsville Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy 1642 Curtis Hill Church Rd., Bethel Springs Richard Horner, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy 3886 Main St., Bethel Springs Dan Morrow, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Michie Church of God of Prophecy 6681 Hwy. 57 East, Michie Roy Bennett, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Cumberland Presbyterian: Court Ave. Cumberland Presbyterian Church Rev. Richard Reid 234 W. Court Ave., Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Mt. Vernon CP Church 3101 Mt. Vernon Rd, Ramer Jeff DeWees, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. New Salem Cumberland Presbyerian Church 453 New Salem Rd., Bethel Springs Earl Phelps, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church New Bethel Road Rev. Jeff Powell Worship Service: 9:45 a.m.

New Hope United Methodist Church Sticine Road • Michie, TN Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. David Harstin, Pastor

Lebanon United Methodist Church 250 Chambers Store Rd., Michie Stephen Webb, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church USA 800 Poplar Ave., Selmer Dr. James Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m.

Pebble Hill Methodist Ch. 2768 Chambers Store Rd., Michie Rev. Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Purdy Presbyterian Church Purdy, TN Selmer, 610-1859 Chris Dancer, Pastor Service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Stantonville United Methodist Church 8351 Hwy 142, Stantonville, TN David Harstin, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sulphur Springs United Methodist Located on Sulphur Springs Rd., Selmer Jim Barber, Pastor Children’s Church: 11 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Mount Sharon Presbyterian Church 108 Mt. Sharon Rd., Adamsville Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Roman Catholic:

Seventh-Day Adventist:

Mt. Vinson United Methodist 2100 Tommy Sanders Rd, Stantonville Dick Humphrey, Pastor Worship: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:15


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 4203 Shiloh Road Corinth, MS Mike Dickson, Vicar Sunday School Adult: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship Service: 10 a.m. Sunday School Children Adult: 10 a.m. Pentecostal:

Sunday: 2 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. Presbyterian:

Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church 59 4th Ave., Bethel Springs Rev. Gary Anderson Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Safe Harbor Church 1514 Peach Street, Selmer Bro. Paul Henley, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. World of Truth Church Hwy. 57 West, Ramer Larry Cooksey, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. God’s Way Church 1121 Peach Street, Selmer Bro. Billy Sanders, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

A New Beginning Sol Coulston Rd., Bethel Springs Kenneth Kitchen, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Believers’ Church 1431 Peach St., Selmer Bill Linam, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. First Christian Church 133 N. Third St., Selmer Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. City of Refuge Church 300 Emmons Rd., Selmer C.A. “Skeet” Jackson, Pastor Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. FaithPointe Church 440 Hwy. 64 East, Adamsville

Fellowship Church 142 South Y Shopping Center Selmer, Tennessee Wednesday - 7 p.m. Sunday - 10 a.m. For info call 731-434-0097

Life Wind Covenant Church 63 Linsey Lane, Selmer Barry Bishop, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

St. Jude the Apostle 1318 Poplar, Hwy. 64, Selmer Rev. W.H. Arnold, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. 1st. Saturday: 9 a.m.

Bethel Springs Seventh Day Adventist 4352 Main St., Bethel Springs John Johnston, Pastor Saturday Worship: 9 a.m. Sabbath School: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Lutheran Missouri Synod:

Mike Sweeney, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Nights: 7:00 p.m. Phone 731-727-1177

Greater Evangelical Ministry 1854 Airport Rd., Selmer Frank M. Holiday, Pastor Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 12 p.m. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.

Union Grove United Methodist Pleasant Site Rd., Selmer Stephen Webb, Pastor Sunday School: 10:20 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:20 a.m. Thurs. Bible Study: 6 p.m.

Beauty Hill Pentecostal Church 46 Beauty Hill Road Bethel Springs, TN Ramer Cumberland Presbyterian Church Pastor: Jonathan Tubbs Highway 57 West Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ramer, TN Sunday Worship Service: 10:55 a.m. Pastor: Albert Brown Sunday Evening (2nd & 4th) 5 p.m. Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Evening: 7:15 p.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Bethel Springs United Pentecostal Methodist: 3591 Main St., Bethel Springs Jeff Young, Pastor Adamsville First Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m. United Methodist Wednesday: 7 p.m. 225 E Main St., Adamsville Rev. Dr. Toni Watson First United Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pentecostal Eastview Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. 7810 Hwy 45 S., Ramer Rev. Wayne Isbell, Pastor Buena Vista Methodist Church Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Tull Road, Bethel Springs Monday: 7 p.m. Jim Barber, Pastor Wednesday: 7:15 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. The Sanctuary of MPC First United Methodist Church 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville 1122 West Cherry Ave., Selmer Rev. Jimmy Kelly, Pastor Sunday: New Generation Sun. School: 10:30 a.m., Youth 5:30 Praise Service 8:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Gateway Holiness Chapel Wednesday Nights: Supper 6 p.m. 2342 Refuge Rd, Bethel Springs Bible Study & Breakouts: 7-7:45 p.m. Michael Price, Pastor Hickory Flatt United Methodist Church Puron Rd., Hickory Flatt Dick Humphrey, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m.

Bethesda Presbyterian Church 50 Bethesda Loop, Selmer Bro. Chris Dancer, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Moores School House Full Gospel Fellowship Church 115 Tull Road, Selmer 731-646-1837 David Paseur, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Nights: 7 p.m. Harvest Bible College Harvest Evangelistic Intl. Ministries Inc. 349 Old Hwy 45 S, Guys Roger Reece, Pastor Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Nights: 7 p.m. Petra Family Worship Center 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville, TN Phone 731-434-1002 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Sunday Night 6:00 p.m. Thursday night 7:00 p.m. Pastors, Paul and Bonnie Young

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School menus

McNairy County Elementary Breakfast Dec - 9 Assorted Pop-Tarts Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 10 Breakfast Burrito Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 11 Sausage Bagel Pizza or Yogurt Parfait Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 12 Chicken Nuggets with Biscuit Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 13 French Toast Sticks Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk McNairy County Elementary Lunch Dec - 9 Chicken Nuggets/ Roll or Turkey/ Cheese Deli Sandwich or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Black Eye Peas Garden Salad Pineapple Tidbits Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Dec - 10 Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza or Chicken Noodle Soup/Cheese Toast or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Potato Rounds California Vegetable Blend Garden Salad Orange Wedges Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 11 Cheeseburger or Rotel Chicken/Rice or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Corn-On-The-Cob Garden Salad Applesauce Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 12 Breaded Chicken Sandwich or Spaghetti/Breadstick or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Glazed Carrots Garden Salad Baked Apples Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 13 Turkey and Dressing/Roll or Hot Dog or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Green Beans Creamy Cole Slaw

Cranberry Sauce Garden Salad Strawberries & Bananas Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Adamsville High & McNairy Central Lunch Menus Dec - 9 Cheese Sticks/Sauce or Chicken Rings/ Roll or Soft Shell Taco or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Fluffy Whipped Potatoes California Vegetable Blend Garden Salad Diced Strawberry Cups Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 10 Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza or Buffalo Style Hot Wings or Ravioli Casserole/ Roll or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Cheesy Potatoes Green Peas Garden Salad Diced Pears Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 11 Sausage Stuffed Crust Pizza or Cheeseburger or Chili/Corn Chips or


RES Citizens of the Month

Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Baked Potato Broccoli/Cheese Sauce Garden Salad Pineapple Chunks Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 12 Pepperoni Wedge Pizza or Golden Chicken Tenders/ Roll or BBQ Sandwich or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Baked Beans Creamy Cole Slaw Garden Salad Chilled Peaches Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Dec - 13 Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza or Turkey & Dressing/Roll or Hot Dog/Cool Ranch Chips or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad French Fries Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Green Beans Creamy Cole Slaw Garden Salad Cranberry Sauce Strawberries & Bananas Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

RES Students create pumpkin characters

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September Citizens of the Month: Tyler Barclay, Maggie Holmes, Maya Johnston.

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October Citizens of the Month: Lena Taylor, Breanna Alexander, Katie Murray.

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Mrs. Kim Worthey’s First graders created pumpkin characters. They chose a book character to create on a pumpkin, wrote a report, and then presented their pumpkins and reports to the class.

Volume 09 Issue 27 December 4, 2013 Member of the Tennessee High School Press Association The PawPrint is a publication of the McNairy Central High School Journalism Department. The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the administration, faculty or staff.

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November Citizens of the Month: Carley Wardlow, Kayela Hudson, Hailey Jackson.

Senior Carpentry Students

EDITOR Libby Holland STAFF: Matalyn Nasalroad ADVISER Lisa Forsythe


December 5 •CIA Meeting during HR •BB TCA A 6:00 December 6 •Mistletoe Ball 7-11 pm December 7 •BB Middleton H 6:00 December 10 •End-of-Course Exams: Algebra I & II •BB Clifton A 6:00 December 11 •End-of-Course Exams: English I, II & III December 12 •End-of-Course Exams: Biology & Chemistry December 13 •End-of-Course Exams: American History •BB Fayette Ware H 6:00 December 16 •Art Club Christmas Party 3:00 •Choir Christmas Concert 7:00 December 17 •NHS Meeting during HR •Band Christmas Concert 7:00 •BB Adamsville A 6:00

Cameron Upright

Juan Miranda

Tate Butler

•1 year Carpentry Student •Plans after high school are to attend college •He became interested in Carpentry because he actually wanted to work at school •Fondest memory of being in Carpentry is Clint Kiser going to kick his (Cameron’s) leg and both of Clint’s legs coming out from underneath him

•2 year Carpentry Student •Says he became interested in carpentry because: “I’m Mexican, it runs in my blood.” •Plans for this year are to get into college •Favorite inspirational quote is Jeremiah 29:11 •Plans after high school are to attend college in hope of furthering his education •Person that inspires him is his roommate Manny •Fondest memories of being in carpentry are just hanging out and having fun with his friends

•2 year Carpentry Student •Fondest memories of being in carpentry is being able to have the chance to make good friends •Person that inspires him is his dad, Doug Butler, because he always helps him accomplish things •Plans after high school are to get a job •He became interested in carpentry because he has always helped his Dad fix things around their house and farm •Plans for this year are to obtain his driver’s license, finish the school year, and graduate

Carpentry is taught by Clay Redmon, 1991 graduate.

Jason Ontiveros •1 year Carpentry Student •Fondest memory of being in carpentry is when they built the tables for Selmer Middle School •Plans for this year are to build a house and learn more about carpentry in hopes of becoming an architect •Plans for after high school are to attend the University of Memphis and major in Architecture •Favorite inspirational quote is

Galatians 5:13 “For Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” •He became interested in carpentry because he likes to build things and be outdoors •People that inspire him are his carpentry teacher, Clay Redmon, because he has taught him a lot about carpentry that he never knew, and Jesus because he is the one and only perfect one that has ever lived on the planet





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3267062: 41 Grandview Loop, Selmer, TN - One ofSelmer’s nicest and newest sub-divisions. Brick home located on a wooded lot that drains from all directions. Work shop, paved drive, patio, double garage. Inside is open living area, formal dining, split bedroom plan, 1 bedroom up, 3 down.


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#3276448: 3477 Hillcrest Street, Selmer - Lots of house for the money. Vinyl siding 2-story home with full finished basement, deck, storage building, work shop. House has been remodeled with hardwood in living, dining, master, 2 bedrooms upstairs, den, office, sunroom, laundry in basement.


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#3276451: 573 Clay Hill Drive, Selmer - Home on large lot with pond and storage buildings just outside Selmer city limits. The home has both living and large den with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, double garage, concrete drive and concrete circle drive.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS As Required by TCA §30-2-306 Estate of ELIZABETH SUE ESSARY, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on November 19 of 2013 letters testamentary (or of administration as the case may be) in respect of the estate of ELIZABETH SUE ESSARY, who died 10/29/2013, were issued to the undersigned by the McNairy County Chancery Court of McNairy County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against the estate are required to file the same with the Clerk of the above-named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or (2) otherwise their claims will be forever barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least sixty (60) days before date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors, if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.

tration C.T.A. in respect to the Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk & Master of the above named Court on or before the earlier of the dates preceibed in (1) or (2); otherwise, their claims will be forever barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least sixty (60) days before the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 21st day of November, 2013.

of the owner and holder thereof, become due and payable forthwith; and, WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness, now due, and the owner and holder of said note has declared the entire unpaid balance now due and payable, and has called upon Larry F. McKenzie, the nominated Trustee, to foreclose said deed of trust according to the terms and provisions thereof; NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as such Trustee under said deed of trust, I will, on Friday, January 3, 2014, offer for sale and sell, at the front door of the Courthouse in Selmer, McNairy County, Tennessee, at 1:30 P.M., to the last, highest and best bidder, for cash in hand and in bar of the equity of redemption, the following described real estate located in MCNAIRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, more particularly bounded and described as follows, towit: BEGINNING at an iron rod found in the South margin of Bob Williams Road, which point is the northeast corner of Renee Black and the northwest corner of the herein described tract; thence, from the point of beginning, and with the South right of way of Bob Williams Road North 68 degrees 11 minutes 51 seconds East 168.00 feet to the centerline of a drive; thence, with the West line of David Black and Green Tree, South 20 degrees 53 minutes 20 seconds East 434.21 feet to an iron pin set in the North line of Joe Edward; thence, with the North line of Edward, South 77 degrees 30 minutes 18 seconds West 74.19 feet to a metal post in the East line of Renee Black; thence, with the East line of Black, North 33 degrees 33 minutes 35 seconds West 431.20 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.2 acres. Surveyed by Advanced Land Surveying, Inc., R.L.S. No. 1999. Said legal description is the same descrip-

tion as contained in the previous deed of record. This is the identical real estate conveyed to Brian Allen Strickland and Jessica Marie Alarcon from Harold Spain by Warranty Deed dated April 5, 2012, of record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, in Deed Book 222, page 507. Street Address: 265 Bob Williams Road, Adamsville, Tennessee 38310 Liens in favor of the United States or the State of Tennessee: None Map 22, Parcel 1.00, McNairy County Tax Assessors Office Other parties interested in this property: None Said sale shall be made subject to any outstanding indebtedness, taxes, or other encumbrances which may constitute a valid prior lien against said property, if any. Said property shall be sold and conveyed by the undersigned as Trustee only, and not further or otherwise, and the buyer shall rely upon his own good judgment and investigation as to the status of title. 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. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within twenty-four (24) hours of the sale, the next highest bidder, at their highest bid, will be deemed the successful bidder. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender of trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated at Henderson, Tennessee, this November 31, 2013.

Linda Sue Essary Hutcherson, Brenda Joy Essary Burns, Co-Executors Larry McKenzie Attorney Kim Harrison Clerk & Master Deputy Clerk 15241 28, 29 NOTICE TO CREDITORS As required by Chapter No. 175, Public Arts of Tennessee 1939 as amended by Chapter 229, Public Act of 1971 Estate of STEPHEN EARL BROWN, Late of McNairy County, Tennessee Notice is hereby given that on November 21, 2013, Letters of Adminis-

Jessica Brown Huff Administrix C.T.A. Estate of Stephen Earl Brown Kim Harrison, Clerk & Master 15177 28, 29 TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: THAT, WHEREAS, by deed of trust dated April 5, 2012, recorded in the Register’s Office of Chester County, Tennessee in Trust Deed Book 405, page 2125, et seq., Brian Allen Strickland and Jessica Marie Alarcon did convey in trust to Larry F. McKenzie, Trustee, the real estate hereinafter described to secure the payment of the principal sum of $18,000.00, payable to the order of the Harold Spain, Enville, Tennessee, evidenced by a certain promissory note described in said deed of trust and being incorporated by reference; and, WHEREAS, said deed of trust provided that in the event of a default in the payment of the indebtedness required to be paid under said note, when the same are due and payable, the entire indebtedness shall, at the option

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NOTICE TO PLAN TO PROVIDE TRANSIT SERVICE FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PERSONS All public and private transit and paratransit operators within McNairy County are hereby advised that the McNairy County Developmental Services intends to apply to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, for a capital grant under Section 5310 of Chapter 53 of Title 49 of the United States Code, for the purchase of one rear lift conversion van and two center aisle raised roof passenger vans to be used for the transportation of elderly and disabled persons. Service would consist of transporting service recipients to and from jobs, medical appointments, personal business, to and from the day service workshop for work and training, community participation and special functions. The purpose of this notice is to ensure that such service would not duplicate current or proposed services provided by existing transit or paratransit operators. Comments either for or against the proposed service by public and private transit and paratransit operators must be received within thirty (30) days from the date hereof. Written comments should be addressed to Office Manager at the McNairy County Developmental Service, 565 Industrial Park Road, Selmer, Tennessee 38375 and a copy furnished to the Division of MultiModal Transportation Resources, Suite 1800, James K. Polk Building, Nashville, Tennessee 37243.


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Tips and deadlines to make the holiday season merrier The U.S. Postal Service has been delivering the holidays for 238 years — but this year, you can count on us to deliver like never before. The USPS is projecting 14.7 billion cards will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, with 6 million customers expected to visit Post Offices nationwide on December 16th – the busiest mailing day. And because the growing popularity of online shopping, the Postal Service expects its competitive package volume to increase by 12 percent to about 420 million packages during the 2013 holiday season.

Shipping Deadlines: The Postal Service is suggesting these mail-by dates and tips to help customers mail and ship conveniently for the holidays: Key Shipping Dates for Dec. 25th Arrival Dec. 2 International First-Class Mail® Dec. 2 Priority Mail International® Dec. 10Priority Mail Express International™ Dec. 14 Standard Post Dec. 16 Global Express Guaranteed® Dec. 20 First-Class Mail® Dec. 21 Priority Mail® Dec. 23 Priority Mail Express™  Delivering Holiday Cheer to Service Members Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces receive their presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority for their friends and family — and for the U.S. Postal Service®. The shipping deadlines for most APO/FPO addresses can be found below. For exceptions and full shipping deadlines, please visit: Military Mailing Deadlines APO/FPO First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards Dec. 10 APO/FPO Priority Mail® Dec. 10 APO/FPO Priority Mail Express™ Military Service Dec. 17
Military Care Kit Since Priority Mail® service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, USPS® has created a “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested. To order, call 1-800-610-8734. The kit contains: Two APO/FPO Large Priority Box (12 x 12 x 5-1/2) Two Medium Priority Mail Boxes 1 (11 x 8-1/2 x 5-1/2) Two Medium Priority Mail Boxes 2 (13-5/8 x 11-7/8 x 3-3/8) Priority Mail tape Priority Mail address labels Appropriate customs forms

Stamps There are a number of Forever holiday stamps for customers to choose from, including Gingerbread Houses, Hanukkah, Global Evergreen Wreath, Kwanzaa, Holy Family, Poinsettia, Eid, and Virgin and Child. Holiday stamps can be delivered to any address when ordered through, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or by completing a Stamps-By-Mail form available from mail carriers. Holiday stamps can be purchased at the local Post

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1991 Jaguar Vanden Plas, white, runs, needs fender, bumper, mirror repair. 1992 Mercedes S600, 4 door sedan, runs. 1991 BMW 318is, white, runs but needs engine repair. 1981 Mercedes Convertible, 2 door Roadster 380SL, needs engine repair. 1988 Mercedes 560 SEL, 4 door sedan, needs engine work, both heads already rebuilt.

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JOB OPENING LABORER Pickwick Electric Cooperative has an opening for a Laborer. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Tennessee driver’s license. Job duties include but are not limited to: dragging/grinding brush, operating chainsaw, trimming/cutting trees and brush, and operating heavy machinery. Must reside or be willing to relocate within the Cooperative’s service territory. Applications will be taken from December 9, 2013 through December 13, 2013. All qualified candidates must apply in person Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at: The Department of Labor & Workforce Development Office 1080 Wayne Road Savannah, Tennessee NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE PEC OFFICE.

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Haywood County may hold glimpse into McNairy County’s future By Mike and Mary Reed Jackson Regional Partnership

Strata Solar, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., plans to build two 20-megawatt solar facilities near Selmer in the spring of 2014. The project has been accepted into TVA’s program to purchase renewable and clean energy, and it is going through environmental review and interconnection studies that must be complete before construction can begin. When they’re operational, the massive solar farms with more than 160,000 solar panels will spread across more than 300 acres. It could produce enough electricity in one year to power 4,000 homes. They would then become the largest solar installations in the Tennessee Valley. It is hard to imagine the economic impact such a project will have on McNairy County. However, looking at a similar project to the north, about an eighth the size of the planned Selmer project, may give readers insight into what is coming for this community. Motorists on Interstate 40 were treated to an incredible sight recently as they passed through Haywood County: the West Tennessee Solar Farm and its 21,000 gleaming photovoltaic solar panels. Opened in 2012, the University of Tennessee’s solar farm is a 5-megawatt facility operating at full capacity that produces enough electricity to power 500 homes and offset 250 tons of coal each month. The 25-acre site is an educational tool for proponents of green power across the state and a selling point for local economic development officials. “It’s an opportunity to show the sustainability efforts of Haywood County and the rest of the State of Tennessee,” said Duane Lavery, President and CEO of HTL Advantage, a three-county economic development coalition that includes Haywood County. “This is a great example we can share when we have prospects come to town.” The solar farm feeds into the Tennessee Valley Authority’s electric grid at Chickasaw Electric Cooperative’s Dancyville substation nine miles away. It was commissioned by the state in 2012 and is the largest solar facility in the TVA system. “It was one of the largest in the entire Southeast when

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we constructed it,” said Elliott Barnett, project director for the West Tennessee Solar Farm. The project positioned Tennessee as a leader in solar power and put Haywood County on the map of a growing industry and emerging renewable energy resource. Barnett said government agencies from other states have toured the facility as they work to create similar installations of their own. The solar farm is a source of pride for Haywood County, a largely agricultural community making big strides in industrial development. The county is home to the Memphis Regional Megasite, a 3,840-acre property under development that could one day house an international auto maker and change the economic landscape of West Tennessee. Barnett said the solar farm demonstrates the forwardthinking attitude of Haywood County officials. “It’s a statement about their willingness to embrace technology. You couldn’t ask for a better partner.” In addition to producing green power, the solar farm serves to educate the general public about solar energy, Barnett said. Tours of the facility are available, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation is building a welcome center in the middle of the array with displays and high-tech interactive exhibits. “It’s an educational tool,” Barnett said. “We want to stimulate the industry statewide.” Through education, the solar farm encourages renewable energy interest and investments across Tennessee and throughout the region, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy generation, and creating jobs. It is a cornerstone of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, which launched in 2009 with $62.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that were allocated by the state. The initiative is a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program focused on job creation, education, renewable power production and technology commercialization. The initiative also established the Tennessee Solar Institute, which has funded a variety of other installations. Barnett said the popularity of solar energy is high and


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