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Volume 111, Number 39, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For the Love of Literacy

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olds acknowledged that this assault was unreasonable and did not serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. McKinney Christopher Eugene Reynolds, 39, a for- was injured as a result of the assault. “Law enforcement officers must abide mer Selmer police officer, was sentenced Wednesday to serve a year and a day in by and adhere to the same laws they take prison by Chief U. S. District Judge Daniel an oath to enforce. Instead of serving and protecting the public, this ofJ. Breen, according to a press ficer used physical force to release from U. S. Attorney violate the civil rights of an Edward L. Stanton III. Reynindividual and will now serve olds pleaded guilty on Nov. prison time, vividly illustrat6, 2013 to violating the civil ing that no one is above the rights of James D. McKinney. law,” Stanton said. During his guilty plea This case was investibefore Breen, Reynolds adgated by FBI Special Agent mitted that, while using his Christopher Miller, with the authority as a SPD officer, he assistance of the Tennessee slammed a McKinney, who Bureau of Investigation. The was handcuffed, to the floor case was prosecuted by Civil of the McNairy Regional HosRights Division Trial Attorney pital and struck him in the Ryan J. Murguía and Special face. According to informaREYNOLDS Litigation Counsel Gerard tion presented in court, ReynHead News Writer

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V. Hogan, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor L. Ivy of the Western District of Tennessee. Reynolds was fired from SPD in 2012 after McKinney filed a lawsuit against him. “As soon as we found out about this, we conducted an investigation. We determined what had happened and we terminated Mr. Reynolds because we don’t want any adverse outlook on our department. We did what was right,” said Selmer Chief of Police Neal Burks. Burks said Reynolds was quickly terminated after the incident came to light, and there was no question what would be done once SPD found out what had happened. “I have been made aware that Mr. Chris Reynolds has entered a plea of guilty in regards to the criminal charges he was facing in the Federal District Court of West Tennessee in the incident involving my cli-

INSIDE THIS WEEK Andy Avery headlines Valentine’s event See REYNOLDS, 3A

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Visitors at the “For the Love of Literacy” dessert tasting fundraiser last year sample a roomful of delicious treats available at the event. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday at the Selmer Community Center and will raise money for literacy programs in McNairy County.

Thursday’s dessert tasting fundraiser to support literacy programs By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

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Begin your Valentine’s celebration a day early this year, and join us for the Third Annual “For the Love of Literacy” dessert tasting this Thursday night at the Selmer Community Center. Featuring live music, dancing, door prizes and all of the candy, chocolates and baked sweets you can eat. It’s a wonderful evening for a price that is easy on your wallet. As a special treat, the entertainment for this year’s event will be internationally known musician Andy Avery, who played with and opened for such acts as Bon Jovi, KISS, Areosmith, White Snake, Joan Jett, Journey and Ted Nugent. Avery also sung for a band called Smokehouse, which was managed by Gene Simmons of KISS.

“I’m going to be doing a little bit of everything,” Avery said. “I’m going to do some impressions of singers...some country, classic rock and some contemporary Christian music.” Avery said he gave up the rock and roll lifestyle after finding Christ, and then began ministering through his music. Avery said that he moved to Lexington, Tenn. about six years ago to work at a local church there, and then was called to go out and play on the road again using music instead of sermons to spread the word of God. Local residents will know Avery for his work with Gregg Worthey at the 1st Christian Church in Selmer, as well as several other area churches where he performs. “I got to know (Avery)...when he was doing some sound work at the church,” Worthey said. “He performs several times a year


No more horsing around Guilty plea for Anthony Westbrooks, dismissal for daughter in separate cases By Christen Coulan and Jeff Whitten Independent Appeal Staff

SPENDING TIME WITH DADDY Annual Father Daughter Dance draws in Selmer PAGE 2A

Anthony C. Westbrooks, Sr., of 2441 Purdy Road in Selmer, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, in McNairy County General Sessions Court last Thursday, according to documents provided by the Court Clerk’s office. Under the plea agreement, Westbrooks was placed on diversion (probation) for 11 months and 29 days and shall not own a horse during this period. The horse that was the subject of this case will remain in a shelter and Westbrooks will pay court costs of about $280. In a related matter, charges of witness

coercion were dismissed against Mariah Westbrooks, Anthony’s daughter. Anthony was cited for animal cruelty on Nov. 1, 2013 for starving two horses in his yard. Deputy Danny Pinson of the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint that two horses, belonging to Anthony, were malnourished. When Pinson arrived, he observed that one of the the horses was deceased and appeared to have been starved to death. The other had a large amount of ribs showing, as though it had little or no food. Westbrooks then pulled into the driveway and showed Pinson and Deputy Jason Gray a bale of hay he purchased for the surviving horse and said he planned to bury the deceased one.

Mariah was charged with witness coercion after Cheryl Dawson, the volunteer charged with caring for the horse that was seized from Anthony, said Mariah made threats against her on Facebook. According to the incident report from Pinson, a message purporting to be from Mariah, made charges of racism against Dawson and said she should worry about her house burning up with her animals in it. The report also said that Mariah used threatening language in the end of the message, stating that Dawson had something coming and that she could act on it. Mariah maintained that her father was


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More than 500 McNairy County residents helped raise a record amount of more than $55,000 at the Jesus Cares Heart and Soul Banquet last Saturday night at the McNairy Central High School commons. The event featured live music, a catered meal and hundreds of quality items to bid on to help support the work of Jesus Cares. Bill Abernathy, one of the event’s coordinators, praised the work of fellow event coordinators Gary Kirby and Martha Glover. Together the three worked with donors to provide items for this year’s auction. “I think they have just done a wonderful job with this,” Abernathy said. Celebrity auctioneer Jim Eikner, marketing manager and the on-air pledge host for WKNO Memphis, joined in on the event helping Jesus Cares. Eikner was joined by McNairy County’s own Mark Kennedy at the auction table. Of the hundreds of items up for sale, one of the most coveted pieces was a football signed by Eli, Peyton and Archie Manning, which went home with Wayne Clayton who offered a generous bid of $5,000 for the ball. Two $2,500 matching donations were given by the Monsanto Corporation’s American Farmers Grow Communities award winner Kyle Clayton of Finger and the Selmer office of Modern Woodmen of America.

Arts in McNairy presents an exhibit featuring Shelia Treece and her art students, “A Bug’s World”, in the Latta Gallery. One of Treece’s lighthearted “loosening up” assignments for the exhibit which opened last Saturday features dragonflies. Students showing work are Norita Sipes, Peggy Mulder, Gathlene McGee, Margie Franks, Debbie Plunk, Peggy Crum, Irene Chandler, Maggie Dilworth, Kathy, and Lauren Ingle, who is using the class as her senior project. “A Bug’s World” will be on display in the Latta through Feb. 28. Treece and her students will also hold a public showing at Treece’s Studio “85 Fine Art Studio & Gallery” in Adamsville on April 25 from 2-5 p.m. For more information contact Treece at (731) 632-0100. Photo Submitted by Lanessa Miller

Man pleads guilty in double chicken shooting By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

A Leapwood man plead guilty to charges of intent to kill an animal valued at $500 or less last Thursday in McNairy County General Sessions Court. Scott Stewart was charged following a Dec. 1, 2013 incident in which he is alleged to have shot two of his neighbor’s chickens because they were eating his chicken’s feed. Following the shooting, McNairy County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home on Leapwood Enville road to speak with Joe Erdman, who advised them that Stewart shot two of his chickens while he and his wife were at church that morning. According to the report, a relative who was staying in the home witnessed the incident. Deputies spoke with the witness who said that she saw Stewart lure one of the families’ white chickens into his shed. Moments later she said she heard a gun shot and then saw Scott leaving the shed with-

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McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks presented letters from Gov. Bill Haslam at last Monday’s meeting of the County Commission in Selmer to each individual player of the 11-12 year old and the 14 year old and under Selmer Dixie Youth All-Stars and the McNairy County 19 year old and under Dixie Major League All-Stars, congratulating them on their state championship and trip to the Dixie World Series last year. In the letters, Haslam said that he was proud of the teams and their accomplishments. Selmer Parks and Recreation Director Sybil Dancer noted that the county has sent one or more Dixie teams to the World Series for four of the past five years. A courtesy vote to approve the probation contract with current provider Westate failed by one vote. Approval required 11 votes or a majority of the commission. Seven commissioners voted against the contract. At last month’s meeting, Circuit/General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge Van McMahan said he had the authority to choose the probation services company, and Brooks confirmed this after the meeting to the Independent Appeal. The commission voted to extend Westate’s contract for 90 days, so there would be no interruption of service. Selmer Alderman Paul Simpson, who has served 47 years in local public office, thanked everyone who has served in local public office and said local government works as the Founding Fathers intended. Simpson pledged that Selmer would work with the county for economic growth. Selmer Mayor John Smith echoed these sentiments, saying he was thankful to have a good working relationship with Brooks. Smith also stressed the need for Selmer and the county to work together and said his door would always be open. The commission voted to replace an existing road with a shorter one. Chewalla Street in Ramer floods and deposits mud in the parking lot of Chewalla Baptist Church. The new road to be built by the County Highway Department will solve this problem. The new road will be 200 feet shorter than the current 400-foot road. Director of Schools John Prince told the commission that he was looking forward to a productive, transparent relationship with the county. He said he was committed to collaboration and will use a logical progression on a school building program. Brooks said that the county is looking at industrial property for the Tennessee Valley Authority to evaluate. “We’re working at it. It’s just hard progress,” Brooks said. Reba Campbell, Jimmy McLain and Carol Ann Woods were appointed notaries.



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out the chicken. Stewart admitted to deputies that he had shot the chickens, “because they were eating up his chicken’s feed.” He said that when he walked into his shed he saw the Erdman’s white and black chicken in his shed, where he feeds his chickens. He said that after he shot the chickens he was exiting the shed and he saw the Erdmans returning from church. The report states that Stewart voluntarily told the deputies that he shot the chickens while the Erdmans were away in hopes of disposing of the bodies before they returned. He stated that he was going to throw the bodies across the road. Deputies then notified the Erdmans and advised them that two of their chickens had been killed, then accompanied an Erdman family member to the Stewart residence to retrieve the chickens. Following the conviction, Stewart was fined $100 and ordered to pay restitution to the Erdman family to the tune of $40.

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Selmer auctioneer youngest man ever selected to Hall of Fame By Carl Carter PR Newswire

Only a few Tennessee auctioneers find their way into the Tennessee Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, and none has ever done so at age 35. So when Tranzon and Kennedy’s Auction Service’s Tim Mast of Selmer was inducted recently at that age, he naturally faced the question, “Now what?” “While I’m excited about the recognition I’ve received, it’s important to keep perspective and keep doing the things that have made it possible: Work hard to get the best possible results for my sellers, and keep helping my fellow auctioneers do the same,” said Mast, who has already served as president and a board member of the state association. He has also been involved in the sale of almost $100 million worth of real estate in 30 states and is in demand as a speaker on real estate auctions. “While we sell nationwide, the top priority is to focus on our core market here in Tennessee and the Southeast. The real estate market has made a good comeback, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet, and only time will tell how sustainable the recovery is. The thing I know for certain is that a well promoted auction will consistently get a property sold at a fair market value,” he said. Commercial properties have been a major feature in

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Tim Mast, auctioneer for Kennedy’s Auction Service was recently named as the youngest man ever elected to the Tennessee Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Mast’s auctions during the past couple of years, he said. “Our staff has been very busy with a number of office buildings, warehouses, industrial buildings and land, restaurants, hotels and apartment complexes. I expect to see more of that in the months ahead, perhaps along with an increase in the number of residential properties,” Mast said. Tranzon Asset Advisors is a full-service auction company providing real estate auction and accelerated

marketing services, as well as liquidations of business and other financial assets for corporations, financial institutions, trustees, individuals, and estates. The firm is part of the Tranzon, LLC network of experienced and highly respected auction companies located throughout the United States. Mr. Mast is also principal broker for Kennedy’s Auction Service in Selmer. Individuals seeking additional information may contact Mast at (731) 610-5436.


innocent. She said that her father received five horses from someone who would not take care of them and he was nursing them back to health. She said he watered and fed them every day and sold three of the horses. The new owner corroborated Mariah’s account and provided photos of them on condition of anonymity. The photos, published in the Independent Appeal, showed somewhat thin, but otherwise healthy horses. Dawson, who owns 4 My Pets, and Karen Rudolph, of Schnauzer Savers of West Tennessee, contradicted Mariah’s claim that the horses were in good care and shared photos of the horses gathered over an 18-month period with the Independent Appeal. Dawson took the first photo in May 2012 and the second on the day of Anthony’s arrest. These photos were published in this newspaper.



ent Mr. James McKinney. This case is not just about James McKinney, it is about our Constitution. We believe the conviction will send a message that violations of citizens constitutional rights will not be tolerated by our justice system, even if the violations occur at the hands of police officers,” said D. J. Norton, McKinney’s attorney. Reynolds allegedly came to McKinney’s home on April 28, 2011 and accused him of fleeing from him in a vehicle earlier in the night and driving on a suspended or revoked license. McKinney denied fleeing and said that Reynolds must be a poor driver if he could not catch McKinney, given that Reynolds was driving a patrol muscle car and McKinney was driving a Saturn in poor condition, according to the complaint. The incident report filed by Reynolds said that a strong odor of intoxicant was on McKinney’s person and inside the patrol car. McKinney’s car was seized, in accordance with state law, and he was issued a citation for running the stop sign at the intersection of State and Hillcrest Streets. Reynolds then allegedly struck McKinney in the face with his closed fist, knocking him unconscious. Reynolds then proceeded to kick, beat and drag the semiconscious McKinney to his patrol car. He then handcuffed, shackled and “hog tied” McKinney and put him in the patrol car. Reynolds also allegedly used a pepper or mace type chemical spray on McKinney’s face, eyes, ears and other parts of his body, causing him excruciating pain, temporary blindness and an inability to breathe properly, the complaint said. The incident report filed by Reynolds stated that McKinney became combative and cursed the officers, kicking the window of the patrol car several times and Reynolds’ leg, according to the report. At one point during the altercation, a neighbor informed Reynolds that McKinney suffered from breathing difficulties, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease and bronchitis. Despite this, Reynolds turned the heat on high in the car, although the temperature was warm outside, the complaint charged. This aggravated McKinney’s breathing problems and put him in a state of sheer panic. When he tried to alert Reynolds,

he pulled McKinney out of the car, beat him and used the chemical spray on him again. Reynolds then left McKinney’s residence in his patrol car alone but instead of heading toward the jail by the most direct route, he went the opposite direction, the complaint alleged. Reynolds then went to a secluded area in the county beside a pond, dragged McKinney out of the car and repeatedly struck McKinney while he lay there handcuffed, the complaint alleged. Reynolds then put McKinney back in the patrol car and transported him to McNairy Regional Hospital. Upon arrival, Reynolds pulled McKinney out of the patrol car and hurled him into the sliding glass door of the emergency room with such force that it caused the industrial sliding glass doors to come off the track. Reynolds then forced his knee into McKinney’s back, the complaint stated. The report said McKinney tried to jerk away from Patrolman Tony Westbrooks and Reynolds, grabbed Reynolds privates and was taken to the ground with Reynolds placing his knee on McKinney’s back. McKinney was taken to the treatment room, and upon being released stated that he was not going back to jail and had to be forcefully placed in the patrol car, the report stated. After McKinney was released from the hospital, Reynolds transported McKinney back to the McNairy County Jail. Reynolds removed McKinney from the back of his patrol car and put him in a chokehold and pulled him, while leaving the chokehold intact, into the “sally port” of the jail. Reynolds then used a hip toss and slammed McKinney onto the concrete floor of the sally port, the complaint alleged. Reynolds left the sally port but returned, took the handcuffs off McKinney, pushed him and verbally assaulted him in an effort to provoke a fight with him. When McKinney refused to engage Reynolds, he repeatedly slammed McKinney’s head into the cinderblock wall and counter inside the sally port, the complaint stated. McKinney’s injuries caused him to be transported to the MED in Memphis, where the remained under close observation for eight days and where he was diagnosed with several severe and longterm permanent injuries, according to the complaint.


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at my church. It is what we call an A and W service, Avery and Worthey. It’s a combination of sermon and song. We do an Easter, Christmas and usually a couple of others during the year, and he does a block party for us on the street.” Come out and join Avery at this year’s event to help raise money for the McNairy County Literacy Council this Thursday from 5-8 p.m. The event, hosted by the Independent Appeal, will also feature dozens of dessert tasting booths, refreshments, and celebrity judges. This event is the perfect way to start any Valentine’s Day weekend, and best of all, every penny earned goes to the McNairy County Literacy Council. Admission is only $5 (with children under five free), proceeds go to the council’s work to fund programs at the Charlotte Boley Education Center. All of the vendors will be competing for one of three awards including Best Dessert, People’s Choice Award and the Best Valentine’s Themed Presentation. The people’s choice award will be chosen by attendees, and the remaining awards will be chosen by a panel of local celebrity judges. McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks, Guys Mayor Keith Rineheart, Adamsville Mayor David Leckner, Selmer Mayor John Smith, Bethel Springs Alderman Sherry Smith, School Board Chairman Frank Lacey, McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck, School Board Member Gerald Stanfield, Director of Schools John Prince and Michie Alderman Jay Poindexter have all signed on as judges for the event. In addition, State Senator Delores Gresham, and several other special guests are scheduled to attend this year’s event. All of the money will go to fund building expenses, testing fees and instruction for the adult education program as well as other literacy council programs such as the Family Resource Center, the McNairy County Individualized Graduation Program and Pilot Pre-K classes. While the funding goes to the literacy council, the effects of these donations will be felt throughout the community. “We hope everyone will come enjoy a great evening and leave with a better understanding of the thousands of children and families who lack the resources to read, succeed in school, operate a computer or find a better job,” said Janet Rail, Publisher of the Independent Appeal. To contribute to the McNairy County Literacy Council or for more information call (731) 645-5346.


Hee Haw cast prepares for upcoming season

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The cast of Hee Haw poses for a picture last Thursday in Selmer. There will be several new cast members, according to Jill Steele, who will play Nurse Goodbody. In the more than 25 years of the show, it has raised over $1 million for the American Cancer Society. Shows are scheduled for March 20, March 21 and March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the McNairy Central High School Little Theater.

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Local auto dealer Teague Noles 45 Auto Mart recently won the ASC Quality Dealer Award for the 7th straight year. This award is given to the top dealers who participate in Auto Service Company’s service contract program. Dealers who sell large numbers of high quality cars with very few warranty claims are chosen for this award. Bobby Cash, Jeff Teague, Joe Noles, Adam Morris, and Rita Weaver proudly display their award.

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Last week, Community Health Systems, the parent company of McNairy Regional Hospital completed its acquisition of Health Management Associates. This announcement signifies that the number of partner health clinics and hospitals for McNairy Regional has grown again. “Today’s announcement that Community Health Systems has completed its acquisition of Health Management Associates is exciting news for our entire organization,” said Tomi Galin, a spokesperson for CHS. “Our hospital has benefitted from the expertise and best practices shared among CHS affiliated hospitals.” This acquisition expands the CHS family of hospitals with the addition of more than 70 hospitals. Galin said that the partnership would benefit all of the hospitals within their system through shared information and could lead to advancement of patient services. “We will have even greater opportunity to learn from one another and to work together to advance quality health services,” Galin said. “While there aren’t any changes to our local operations, we look forward to utilizing these new relationships and resources to further enhance the quality care we provide to patients in our community.” Community Health Systems is one of the nation’s leading operators of general acute care hospitals. The organization’s affiliates currently own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states with approximately 31,000 licensed beds. According to a statement on the company’s website, affiliated hospitals such as McNairy Regional Hospital are dedicated to providing quality healthcare for local residents and contribute to the economic development of their communities. Based on the unique needs of each community served, these hospitals offer a wide range of diagnostic, medical and surgical services in inpatient and outpatient settings.

a location for services in all three counties. With the consolidation, Franks is now entirely responsible for providing Adult Education services in an area (1897 sq. mi.) about twice the size of the European nation of Luxembourg (998 sq. mi.). “We are operating three counties for not much more money than one county was receiving just a few years ago,” Franks said. Franks said that even with less money and more area, his new program has come close to keeping pace with the number of graduates coming out of McNairy County. This fall, Franks said that he was able to graduate 24 students out of McNairy County, even though the program was more than a month late getting started because of restructuring. Franks credited his success this fall to the fact that there was already a well established program in place and said that the support of the McNairy County Literacy Council has been invaluable to that continued success. “Fortunately with a great bit of help from the McNairy County Literacy Council, we were able to continue holding classes in the Charlotte Boley Education Center,” Franks said. “They really jumped right in and got the ball rolling. We were able to make contact with Carolyn Bowers and the (lit council). We were able to hire Micki Greer, and that was a big win for us.” Franks praised Greer’s hard work to this point and said the program was fortunate to have such a dedicated educator. Greer said that she had taught Adult Education classes in the past for about 10 years and left the program during a previous round of budget cuts. “I’ve been looking for an opening (to teach adult education) ever since,” Greer said. “I am extremely

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If there is anything more valuable than having a second chance, it is using that chance. The McNairy County Adult Education Program is all about second chances. While the students who attend Adult Education have all traveled different roads to get there, all of them share a common goal of attaining a high school equivalency. In the last 10 years, more than 2,300 individuals have attended the program in McNairy County. Of this number, more than 644 of those individuals have earned a GED. In addition, more than 194 have made a qualifying score for a lottery scholarship, and 236 participants have entered post-secondary education or training. Since graduation, more than 453 McNairy County participants have obtained or retained employment. This year, however, the program has had to overcome some major obstacles in order to continue providing service. The state of Tennessee scrapped much of the old program last year and consolidated most of the offices while slashing the overall budget by about half. This move combined the McNairy County program with Hardin and Wayne Counties, and severely reduced the number of instructional hours. Along with the consolidation came a new Director for the three county program Ryan Franks, who has previously run the Wayne County program. Franks said that when the state mandated that all of the local Adult Education programs be consolidated last year to save money, he submitted a bid to provide the service for Wayne, Hardin and McNairy counties. After it was announced that Franks’ bid was accepted, he began the task of securing instructors and

happy with the number of students we have served and the people that have passed. I am very happy about it.” Greer also said that the help from the Literacy Council has been wonderful and said that she was grateful for the work the council has done to help Adult Education and the other programs at the Education Center including the McNairy County Individualized Graduation Program, Pilot Pre-K and the Family Resource Center. On the surface, these groups would all seem to have a vastly different focus, however all of the programs share a common goal of having an educated and literate adult population in the county. These programs also all benefit from the participation of the McNairy County Literacy Council, which directs its efforts toward meeting the needs of the programs within the education center. If you are interested in helping support the McNairy County Literacy Council or any of the programs offered at the Charlotte Boley Education Center, the Independent Appeal and the Literacy Council need your help at the Third Annual “For the Love of Literacy dessert tasting fundraiser just before Valentine’s Day, this Thursday (Feb. 13) from 5-9 p.m. All citizens are invited to attend and sample all the desserts for just $5 at the door including a chance at great door prizes and entertainment by Andy Avery. A better tomorrow for McNairy County cannot be successful without the continued help of our community. We are again asking area businesses and churches to book a space as a vendor for this year’s event to support literacy for all. Call (731) 645-5346 for details to sponsor a dessert table, volunteer or make a donation to this worthy cause. Together we can build a brighter future.



The mayor and board are busy planning their first annual Heritage Day scheduled for April 26 in city park. The day will be filled with a little of everything for the community to enjoy. Children of all ages can enjoy jumpers, a rock climbing wall, a mini tractor pull, hit and miss engine pedal cars, rides on a team of oxen, antique tractor show including a car and motorcycle show. While enjoying all of this, the family can enjoy a great lunch while greeting old and new friends and most of all celebrating their heritage. Mayor Dannie Kennedy told the group that Bobby Hopkins said, “This is the best place in the county for an antique tractor show.” The board is busy putting fliers up all over the community and welcome participation. Pickwick Electric moved a utility pole for the new building addition that stems from a grant to add an additional bay and safe room to the fire station. PEC will also remove a phone line from the pole. Keith Whaley, Architect at Barge Waggoner sent a letter stating that the drawings are with the state, and upon their approval will go out for bids, said Kennedy. The new fire truck, included in the grant, is in the process of having a chassis put on, so the city is anxiously awaiting delivery date. Larry Van Bailey was interested in purchasing panels from the riding ring. However, in discussion, the board wants to keep them. “You will need the panels for almost any event we have,” said Steve Hutton. “I would not sell them, you will need the panels for safety,” said Alderman Brenda Essary. The board passed a motion to have S&J Lawn Care at $200 per job and Doris Holllin at $75 per job to continue to mow and trim the city property. The board also discussed the need to have someone bush-hog on an as needed basis but took no action. The board approved the January meeting minutes and financial report in previous business. If you have any historical photos of Milledgeville that you would like to share with the public contact (731) 645-5346.

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County Mayor responds to audit

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Volume 111, Number 39, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

McNAIRY VOICES Is the landline telephone becoming obsolete? Why or why not?

By Jeff Whitten Staff Writer

McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks talked to the Independent Appeal about the county’s audit in an interview last Monday. Brooks said he wished to clarify some of the findings and recommendations of the audit. Brooks said that since the county does not have centralized accounting, any fund that exceeds appropriations is attributed to the mayor’s office in the audit. The county has five major governmental funds: the general, highway public works, solid waste, general education and school cafeteria. In addition to the office of the Mayor, other offices in the county are the County Clerk, the Court Clerk, the Register of Deeds, Solid Waste, Director of Schools, Trustee and Sheriff. “It makes it look like we are spending all the money, but, in actuality, that’s not what it was,” Brooks said. The instance of exceeding appropriations that is cited in the report involved the county having to pay out grant money, as it always does, before the state pays the county. “We wound up with a finding because we didn’t get the money back from the state in time to put it back in the account. This is where audits get confusing,” Brooks explained. Brooks explained that the $16,000 overage came from the fund balance, which is the sum of all past budget surpluses, until the county was reimbursed by the state. This particular excess of expenditures over appropriations came about as a result of the county allowing the City of Adamsville to use the county’s eligibility for a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements. Adamsville did not have eligibility because it had some other grants, whereas the county did. By the time the money came in, the audit had already been completed. There are actually two audits conducted by the state and compiled in one report on the state’s web site: a procedural audit and a fiscal audit, Brooks said. Brooks said he did not understand the procedural finding that employees in several offices, such as Solid Waste, Trustee and County Clerk, shared passwords and usernames. He said that this probably occurred in transition between one employee who left and another who was hired to replace him or her. “They don’t go into great detail on the site, and that can make it kind of confusing,” Brooks said. Brooks said that the Comptroller is pushing every county for centralized accounting. “It’s an expense for the county to get into,” Brooks said. Brooks said this would require someone who has an accounting background to be appointed chief fiscal officer. At some point, the state will probably require that this person be certified. This would require the school, highway and general funds to be consolidated. Several surrounding counties have already adopted this recommendation in some form. Brooks said the county complies with present state requirements by having a certified accounting office. Williams and Jerrolds come in once a month and reconcile all accounts. The county does this rather than training a certified financial officer, which the county will probably be required to do by the state at some point. “It will be more of an expense,” Brooks said. A county purchasing office would be required. This office would be manned by about two employees at a substantial salary, Brooks said. Three people keep the books for the three funds now. “We do have a built in department,” Brooks said, if the county ever institutes centralized accounting. One of these employees would have to be certified as a fiscal officer.

Shirley Sweat (Selmer):

Keely Murrell (Michie):

Heather Azevedo Joseph Walker (Selmer): (Eastview):

“Definitely. People have cell phones. They don’t need home-based phones.”

“They are. I use my cell phone. I don’t use house phones anymore.”

“Yes, because we all have cell phones these days, so we don’t need them.”

“I still have a landline phone because of my business, but it looks like, yes, they eventually will become obsolete.”

Erin Butler (Michie): “Yes.”

Liz Hopkins (Selmer): “Mine is not and I’ll tell you why. There have been times when my cell phone wouldn’t work, and if I had an emergency, I would have been in trouble.”

McNairy Voices is a new feature in the Independent Appeal highlighting the opinions of average citizens about the issues that affect the citizens of McNairy County, the state of Tennessee, and the United States as a whole. The participants are randomly selected on the streets of the county. Their viewpoints are not necessarily that of the Independent Appeal.

ON THE WEB: Go to and express your opinion on our related online poll.


State Fire Marshal: Are you using portable heaters safely? United States Fire Administration Submitted Article

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss. “We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when using portable space heating devices in your home,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Keeping fire safety in mind can help save lives and property.” Tennessee is not immune to the devastation caused by portable heater fires. Media coverage of fires here includes frequent reports of incidents involving portable heaters during the winter months. Just two weeks ago, an elderly couple in Hardeman County was killed in an early morning fire linked to a space heater. According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting

System (TFIRS), 3,440 heating fires occurred in Tennessee from 2008-2012. These fires claimed the lives of 41 people, injured 54 and damaged $37.1 million in property. Space heaters were involved in 78% of all state heating fire deaths. 48% of all space heater fires happened in just three months of the year –December, January, and February. You can help prevent a portable heater fire in your home this winter by following a few fire safety steps: Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave a room. Keep anything that can burn, including bedding, clothing, curtains, pets and people at least three feet away from portable heaters. Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory and with an automatic shut-off so that if they tip over, they shut off. Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. Check the cord for fraying, cracking and look for bro-

ken wires or signs of overheating in the device itself. Never run the heater cord (or any cord) under rugs or carpeting. According to the National Fire Protection Association, having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom, and interconnect them if possible.  Test smoke alarms monthly and entirely replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with every member of your household. Have two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place to gather in the event of an emergency. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 

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.



Edward Frederick ‘Ed’ Metzer Edward Frederick “Ed” Metzer was born on December 14, 1931 In Kurten, Brazos County, Texas and spent his childhood in Bryan, Texas. He was a son of the late William and Gussie Lena Wiese Metzer. From the day he was born until Monday, February 3, 2014 when he passed away, Ed lived an abundant life straight from his heart. Lovingly called Mr. Ed by many, Bob by some, Dad by a couple, and Popa by two, Ed journeyed through life with great passion and vibrance. Whether he was cooking for the men’s prayer breakfast, listening to gospel music, or spending time with his beloved family and friends, he experienced life to the fullest and impacted every person he met. Ed was a member of Selmer First Christian Church and served our country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a salesman and business owner. Although Ed is no longer with us, pieces of his heart are still there because he so freely shared his own heart. He is proudly survived by his wife Bettye; a son, Barry Metzer; a daughter, Tami Kennedy and husband Ralph; two grandchildren, William Neal Kennedy and Molly Katherine Kennedy, all of Selmer; a brother Harold James Metzer and wife Phyllis of Deer Park, Washington; a sister Frances Marie Kramer of Sugarland, Texas and many other dear family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Metzer was preceded in death by two brothers, Erwin Ben Metzer, Ernest Will Metzer; a sister, Doris Ann Utecht.

James Hayward Jones James Hayward Jones was born March 15, 1940 in Michie, Tenn., the son of the late James Wesley and Ollie Mae Morgan Jones. Mr. Jones had lived in Gulfport, MS for most of his life and had worked as a brick layer until he retired. After he spent time in Gulfport, he moved back and resided in Corinth, MS. Mr. Jones departed this life on February 7, 2014 in Corinth, Mississippi at the age of 73 years, 10 months, 23 days. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Nellie Mae Jones of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; his nieces, Pam Battles Morgan of Corinth, MS, Becky Farrell, Blenda Rowe and Diane Pettigrew all of Memphis, Tenn.; his nephew, Shannon Battles of Golden, MS; a special cousin, Shirley Fortenberry and her husband Dale; and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by two sisters, Burnie Sue Jones Austin, Margie Lou Jones Battles Porterfield; a brother, Charles Edford Jones; two nephews, Johnny Wayne Austin and Rocky Darrell Battles; and his compaion, Catherine Hook of Gulfport, MS. Visitation was held on February 10, 2014 from 1 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m., all held at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Acton, Tennessee, Bro. Shannon Battles officiated. Burial followed in the Liberty Cemetery at Michie, Tennessee.

Ruth Scott Henderson, TN: Mary Ruth Roberts Scott, age 79, passed away February 3, 2014 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was born and reared in Selmer, the daughter of the late Hollin and Beatrice Jackson Roberts. She attended McNairy County Schools and in 1954 married Harry A. Scott, Jr. She worked in customer service with Sears in Nashville and Jackson and later was manager of Movie World in Henderson until she retired. They made their home in the Old Jackson Road Community since 1981. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Henderson Elks Lodge and she loved to sew and read. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jackson. She is survived by her husband, Harry A. Scott, Jr.; a son, Christopher K. Scott and wife Angela, all of Henderson; a daughter, Michelle Scott Ramirez of Tampa, FL; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne Roberts of Selmer and Bobby Roberts of Bolivar and a sister, Rachel Mahoney of Greeley, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Jeffrey A. Scott in 1996 and Harry A. ‘Butch’ Scott, III in 2004 and a brother, Larry Roberts. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Msgr. Thomas Kirk officiating and burial will follow in Henderson City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Casey Chapel 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel, Henderson, TN, 731-989-2421.


John Henry Van Dusen

Rheba Maxine Horner Harvell

John Henry Van Dusen was born June 17, 1941 in East Penfield, NY, the son of the late Myron Chester and Katherine Schaffenburger Van Dusen. He was united in marriage to Barbara L. Bentkowski on August 3, 1961. Mr. Van Dusen was a retired truck driver. Mr. Van Dusen departed this life on February 3, 2014 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 72 years, 7 months, 17 days. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara L. Van Dusen of Adamsville, Tenn.; a brother, Frederick H. Van Dusen of San Francisco, CA; two daughters, Renee Van Dusen of East Palatka, FL and Rindy (Van Dusen) Newcomb and husband David of Hornsby, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jonathan Van Dusen of Billerica, MA and David Allen Van Dusen of Darden, Tenn.; and many extended family and friends.

Rheba Maxine Horner Harvell passed into eternity February 5, 2014. She was born June 16, 1928, the loving mother of Patsy, Eddie, Teresa, Larry, Randy, Stan, Joe, Lisa, Sherry, Robin, and Phil. She was preceded in death by Brose, beloved husband, and Adam (Poss), beloved grandson. She leaves behind 19 wonderful grandchildren as well as many great grandchildren. Services were held at Michie Church of God of Prophecy, officiated by Rev. Richie Horner on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in Rheba’ s memory to The Church of God of Prophecy of Michie, Tennessee.

Timothy Wayne West Bro. Timothy Wayne West was born November 1, 1957 in Jackson, Tenn., the son of Bobby N. and Naomi Ruth Eddleman West. He departed this life on February 4, 2014 at his home at the age of 56 years, 3 months, 3 days. Bro. West was an ordained Baptist Minister and a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. He was united in marriage to Doris Ann Watkins on June 4, 1977. Bro. West pastored Hornsby Baptist Church for 17 years and was a former Pastor at Hebron Baptist Church and Silerton Baptist Church. He was a former Moderator for the Hardeman Baptist Association. He is survived by his wife Doris Ann West of Henderson, Tenn.; three daughters, Christy Koon and husband John of Finger, Tenn., Lindsey Hammons and husband Scott of Henderson, TN, Trisha Goodman of Henderson, Tenn.; his parents Bobby and Naomi West of Arlington, Tenn.; eleven grandchildren, Kase Hensley, Lainey Hensley, Kirsten Hensley, Ethan Koon, Hayleigh Hammons, Cody Hammons, Kyle Hammons and wife Danielle, Payton Hammons, Alyssa Goodman, Robby Goodman, and Riley Goodman, all of Henderson, Tenn.; a greatgrandchild, Allyson Hammons; a sister, Michelle Andrews and husband Butch of Arlington, Tenn.; three brothers, Steve West of Arlington, Tenn., Mike West and wife Sheila of Horn Lake, MS, David West and wife Sharon of Munford, Tenn. and a host of extended family and friends. Services were held on February 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Bro. Larry West, Bro. Mike Hollaway, Bro. Stan Griffin officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery at Bethel Springs, Tennessee.

Violet Summers Hill Violet Summers Hill was born on October 23, 1939 in Ramer, Tenn., the daughter of the late Orlean and Virginia Hamm Summers. Mrs. Hill departed this life on February 6, 2014 in Corinth, Mississippi at the age of 74 years, 3 months, 14 days. She was united in marriage to Charles (Buddy) Hill on December 26, 1957. Mrs. Hill was a member of Mt. Vernon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She had worked as a Cashier at Big Star Grocery Stores both in Selmer, Tenn. and Corinth, MS. She had also worked as a waitress at Risner’s Steakhouse in Eastview, Tenn. and Russell’s Steakhouse in Corinth. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Charles “Buddy” Hill of Ramer; a daughter, Tena Coln and husband Jeff of Selmer, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Will Coln and wife Jill of Adamsville, Tenn., Andy Coln and wife Shelby of Memphis, Tenn., Anna Coln of Selmer, Keri Hale of Ramer, three great grandchildren, Ryder Coln, Sophie Coln, Layla Hale; her best friend and sister-in-law, Betty Straign of Ramer, a nephew, Sam Summers and a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Renea Hill and a brother, Willard Summers. Services were held on February 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Bro. Jeff DeWees officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Ramer, Tennessee.

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James Arthur Horton James Arthur (Jim) Horton was born July 29, 1941 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late J. R. and Trudie Blankenship Horton. He was united in marriage to Ellen Sims on June 3, 1966. Mr. Horton graduated from Ramer High School. Following graduation, he attended Memphis State and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He received a Masters in Education Administration from Trevecca University. Mr. Horton coached basketball with Bear McClain and taught at Treadwell High School in Memphis. He also coached, taught, and served as an administrator at Corinth High School, McNairy Central High School, and Corinth Junior High School. During his tenure, Mr. Horton served as a Coach, Teacher, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal, but coaching basketball was his first love. He was dedicated to education, believing it to be of utmost importance. He taught his players how to play, but most importantly, he taught them how they should live. Mr. Horton enjoyed raising vegetables and flowers in his garden, working on old clocks, and relic hunting with his son. He was an Elder for the Antioch Church of Christ in Ramer. Mr. Horton departed this life on February 7, 2014 in Corinth, Mississippi at the age of 72 years, 6 months, 9 days. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ellen (Sims) Horton of Guys, Tenn.; a son, Stacy Horton and wife Laura of Florence, AL; four grandchildren: Easton Horton, Allison Young, Chalie Horton, and Lyndsey Young; a sister, Barbara Tutor and husband Steve of Ramer, Tenn.; nine brothers: Gerald Horton of Ramer, Tenn., Tommy Horton and wife Ruth of Ramer, Tenn., Benny Horton and wife Kay of Ramer, Tenn., Billy Horton and wife Ekaterina of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Douglas Horton and wife Peggy of Bartlett, Tenn., Eddie Horton and wife Ann of Selmer, Tenn., Larry Horton and wife Brenda of Ramer, Tenn., Stanley Horton of Ramer, Tenn., and Joe Horton and wife Pam of Ramer, TN; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Horton was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Kay Bolino. Services were held on February 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Church Of Christ in Ramer, Tennessee, with Darrin Stapleton, Tom Rogers, and Miguel Ratliff officiating. Burial followed in the Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery at Ramer, Tennessee. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Horton may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Antioch Church of Christ.


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Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Prospect Methodist Church in Selmer for Arenesta Jackson. Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at Prospect Methodist Church, Selmer.

Donna Marie Williams Barto was born March 10, 1966 in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of the late Bryant Jacob and Thelma Joan Barto Williams. Mrs. Barto departed this life on February 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas at the age of 47 years, 10 months, 23 days. She was united in marriage to Clarence A. Barto on September 22, 2002. Donna had been an independent Mary Kay Cosmetics Beauty Consultant since 2006. She is survived by her husband Clarence (Sonny) Barto of League City, TX; a sister, Glenda Hehemann and husband Bruce of La Porte, TX; three brothers, Bryant Williams III and wife Virginia of Redding, CA, David Williams of Westwood, OH, Dennis Williams of Redding, CA; 8 step grandchildren. Mrs. Barto is also survived by a niece, a nephew, and a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs Barto was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Williams. Services were held on February 10, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Rev. Dr. Hershel Don Yancey officiating. Burial followed in the Falcon Cemetery at Selmer. Pallbearers were Bryant Williams III, David Williams, Dennis Williams, Stanley Williams, Bruce Hehemann, and Herbert Kiser.

Willard Walker Willard Walker was born June 1, 1923 in Selmer, Tenn., the son of the late Everett and Mary Ward Walker. He was united in marriage to his wife of 68 years Pauline Murray on December 1, 1945. Mr. Walker was a retired automobile mechanic for Car City in Selmer TN. and had previously worked for Hively Motor Company also located in Selmer . He was a member of the Better Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Adamsville, Tenn. Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, and hunting ginseng. Mr. Walker departed this life on February 4, 2014 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 90 years, 8 months, 3 days. He is survived by his wife Pauline (Murray) Walker of Selmer, Tenn.; a daughter, Becky Kiestler and husband Harold of Selmer, Tenn.; two sons, Joe Walker and wife Cathy, of Selmer, Tenn.; Kevin Walker of Selmer, TN; a sister, Dortha Jean Naylor and husband Buford of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Ginger Lauderdale, Nicholas Walker, Chrissy Tyer, Ashley Hale and husband Luke, Steven Thacker; seven great grandchildren, Chase Jones, Neleh Jones, Addisyn Lauderdale, Carmen Lee and husband Greg, Robbin Tyer, Alyssa Hale, Kaine Hale; and a grt-grt-grandchild, Brently Lee. Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents.

Mary Nell Hubanks Mary Nell Hubanks was born December 8, 1923 in Chester County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Hollie and Zula Naylor Plunk. She was united in marriage to William B. Hubanks on December 21, 1940. Mr. Hubanks preceded her in death on October 20, 1991. Mrs. Hubanks was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who always had a beautiful smile to share with others. She enjoyed spending time with her family, listening to gospel music, gardening, quilting, watching birds in her yard and feeding the squirrels. She was a member of The Springs United Pentecostal Church in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. Mrs. Hubanks departed this life on February 7, 2014 in Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 90 years, 1 month, 30 days. She is survived by three daughters, Donna Hubanks of Tuscumbia, AL, Patricia Matlock and husband Jerry of Selmer, Tenn., Shelia Collins and husband Michael of Selmer, Tenn.; two daughter-in-laws, Judy Hubanks of Jackson, Tenn., Alice Hubanks of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; two sisters, Eva Plunk of Adamsville, Tenn., Hermie McCollum and husband W.D. of Adamsville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Tommie Dodd of Jackson, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Tonya Cosby, Brad Ayers, Pattie Hubanks, Sonya Stewart, Michelle McIntyre, Jenny Finlayson, Jeremy Matlock, Grant Isbell, and Lori Plunk; 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; and a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Hubanks was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and Bobby Hubanks; two sisters, Bertha Davis, Hettie Plunk; four brothers, David, Claudie, Curtis, and Jessie Plunk. Services were held on February 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Bro. W.D. McCollum officiating. Burial followed in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, Tennessee.


Ernest Family The family of Jerry Neal Ernest would like to thank everyone for all the cards, food and sympathy. A special thank you to Shackelford Funeral Home and Bro. Chuck Castles for their kindness during our time of loss.


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Matthew Erik (Matt) Hader was born June 19, 1974 in Jefferson City, MO, the son of the late Charles Wayne and Delilah Kay Sport Hader. He was united in marriage to Charlotte McBride on April 19, 2002. Following high school, Matt attended Crump Vocational Technical School. He had many talents and skills, including carpentry, vinyl siding, welding, electrical maintenance, and production work. Matt also attended Culinary School in Missouri and worked for a time as a chef. He worked the longest for Leon Murray, installing vinyl siding for approximately 8 to 10 years. Matt enjoyed playing computer games, fishing, and spending time with his children and grandchild. He was a Baptist in faith. Matt departed this life on February 3, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39 years, 7 months, 15 days. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Charlotte Hader of Selmer, Tenn.; two daughters, Felecia Hader of Kossuth, MS and Emilee Hader of Selmer, Tenn.; two sons, Austin Carlin of Selmer, Tenn. and Brandon Hader of Selmer, Tenn.; a grandchild, Paislee Oliver; five sisters: Lisa VanNorman and husband Carl of Garnett, KS, Tina Capps and husband Eddie of Russellville, MO, Maya Phillips and husband Joe of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Stefanie Hader of Eldon, MO, and Cheyenne Hader of Eldon, MO; a brother, John Hader of Eldon, MO; his step-mother, Ellen Hader of Eldon, MO; and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, Matt was preceded in death by three brothers: Charles (Chuck) Hader, Mark Sport, and Michael Sport.

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James E. Wilson was born September 18, 1938 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late William and Roxie James Wilson. He was united in marriage to Carol Ann Gray on September 30, 1960. Mr. Wilson worked for many years as a tool maker for General Electric in Selmer. His three greatest loves in life were his family, his church, and working outdoors in his flower garden. Mr. Wilson departed this life on February 6, 2014 in Savannah, Tennessee at the age of 75 years, 4 months, 19 days. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Ann Wilson of Savannah, Tenn.; a daughter, Teresa Hodge and husband Nathan of Dyer, Tenn.; two sons, Anthony Wilson and wife Marcie of Wichita, KS and Ray Wilson and wife Sherrie of Parsons, Tenn.; eight grandchildren: Brittany Hodge, Andrew Hodge, Brock Wilson, Ashton Callison, Matthew Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Maddie Wilson, and Hollie Wilson; a great-grandchild, Megan Callison; and a host of extended family and friends. Services were held on February 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Ray Wilson officiating. Burial followed in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, Tennessee.

Charles Wayne Chambers

Matthew Erik Hader

Bonnie, Mary, and Larry Ernest

James E. Wilson

Charles Wayne Chambers, resident of the Hickory Withe Community, retired real estate agent and husband of Linda Johnson Chambers, departed this life Wednesday morning, February 5, 2014 at his residence. He was 70 years of age and died following an illness of one year. Services of Remembrance for Mr. Chambers were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 8th at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with Bro. Ronnie Hayse of Memphis officiating. Special music was provided by Debbie Busby. Interment followed in the Milledgeville Cemetery in McNairy County. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center — West Chapel at Oakland. Mr. Chambers was born December 4, 1943 in Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Chambers and Ruth Lee Davis Chambers. He received his education in the Crittenden County, Arkansas Public School System and was married April 12, 1963 to the former Linda Johnson, a native of Milledgeville, who survives. Mr. Chambers had resided for most of his life in Memphis, Shelby County and Milledgeville areas. In earlier years, he had owned and operated the Bluff City Heating & Air Conditioning Company in Memphis and in later years, was a self-employed real estate agent in West Tennessee before his retirement five years ago. He was also associated with his daughter, Loretta Martin, in the Martin Real Estate Agency in Fayette County. Mr. Chambers was a devoted member of the Hope Apostolic Church in the Raleigh Community of Shelby County. He was an avid hunter in earlier years and will be remembered as a person devoted to his family and his faith. In addition to his wife of almost 50 years, Mr. Chambers is survived by his daughter, Loretta Martin (Jim) of Hickory Withe; two sons, Frank Chambers (Sabrina) of Oakland, Brandon Chambers (Amber) of Hickory Withe; five grandchildren, Cassie Smith (Scotty), Taylor Martin (Chelse Spicer), Jade Alberson, Dalton Chambers (Kelley), Madison Chambers; and three great grandchildren, Charles Wyatt Smith, Savannah Smith and Kennedy Smith (Peanut). Those honored to serve as casketbearers were Frank Chambers, Brandon Chambers, Dalton Chambers, Jim Martin, Taylor Martin and Scotty Smith. The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook at

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Thank You Mrs. Etta Kennedy and her family would like to thank everyone who helped make her 90th birthday such as special day. Thank you for all the gifts, cards, phone calls and for attending her birthday reception. You made her feel loved and appreciated. May God bless you all.

COMMUNITY EVENTS • McNairy County Adult Education Need Volunteers McNairy County Adult Education is in need of volunteers to help tutor in English. Prior educational background is preferred but not required to volunteer. If you are interested contact Micki Greer at (731) 645-5386, ext. 3. • Scholarship Applications Available at Hospital McNairy Regional Auxiliary Scholarship applications are now available at the hospital gift shop. Applicants must be entering the medical field and return the application by March 1st.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Simmons

Bauman - Simmons Jimmy and Teresa Null of Selmer, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Bauman to Kevin Simmons. Kevin is the son of Carl and Diane Doss of Finger. The two were united in marriage on October 25 at their home in front of close family and friends. They celebrated with a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Kevin and Ashley will reside in Finger, Tenn. with their five children.


Courtney Briana Lobb & Kyle Zachary Barnes

Lobb - Barnes Michael & Denise Lobb of Leapwood, Tenn. would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney Briana Lobb to Kyle Zachary Barnes, son of Keith & Karen Barnes of Michie, Tenn. Courtney & Kyle graduated together at Adamsville High School and are both currently furthering their education. Courtney is attending University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in Education and Kyle is attending Northeast Mississippi Community College pursuing a degree in tool and die. After obtaining degrees in their preferred fields, the couple plans to announce their nuptials.

Tired of cold winter weather? Join McNairy County Seniors as they travel to Miami and Key West, Florida May 3-11 by motorcoach for an 8-night, 9 day journey including 4 consecutive nights in the Miami area. Included in the price will be lodging, transportation, 13 meals, celebrity spotting cruise on Biscayne Bay, visit to the beautiful oceanfront Hollywood Beach “Broadwalk”, free time in famous

McKenna Leigh Carlin

Welcome McKenna Garron and Kim Carlin are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenna Leigh. McKenna was born December 19, 2013 at Jackson - Madison County General Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. and was 18½ inches long. Proud grandparents are George and Dianne Kyle, Chris and Sondra Murrah. Great grandparents are Joyce and (the late) Johnny Carlin, the late Cecil and Evelyn Hickman, the late Joe Lee and Vance Steen and the late Jesse and Stella Kyle. McKenna has a very special guardian angel, her big brother Jaxon Brent.

“South Beach”, a visit to exciting Key West, guided tour of Miami, fabulous shopping at Bayside Marketplace, and much more. For more information on this fun-filled and relaxing get-a-way, contact Cindy Thrasher at 731632-0302. Priced at $699 per person based on double occupancy, this trip is open to all.

• Hopes Closet Now Open Hopes Closet now open in the Lobby of Petras Harvest Center. This is a temporary location. We are located at 7730 Hwy 22 N in Morris Chapel, Tenn. Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. For more information, call 4395771. February 13 • Commodities at National Guard Armory Southwest Human Resource Agency will distribute commodities at the National Guard Armory, in Selmer, Feb. 13, 2014. Distribution will be from 8 a.m. - noon. No commodity papers will be accepted after noon. New commodity papers are issued at the Southwest Human Resource Agency Community Service Center, located at 142 South Y Square, Selmer. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (If you have applied since July, 2013, you do not need to apply.) No commodity papers will be issued on the day of distribution. You must be certified before the distribution date. • Adamsville Band to hold Fundraiser The Adamsville Cardinal Junior/Senior High School Band will hold a fundraiser, trivia night, on Feb. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Adamsville located at 254 North Maple St. The money raised will help send 50 students to Washington. For more information, to book a table or to make donations contact the band room at AJHS at (731) 632-0866. • American Red Cross Blood Drive There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive/Donor Appreciation Day on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 from 1 until 6 p.m. at The Marty (Adamsville Community Center) in Adamsville. February 14 • Library to have Valentine Party Jack McConnico will be having a story time Valentine Party on Friday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. There will be treats, crafts and lots of fun. Also check out the new Facebook page: storytime/jackmcconnicolibrary for the latest updates and activities.


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Bethel Springs Rosenwald 4th Annual African-American History Banquet The Bethel Springs Rosenwald Community Center Organization of Bethel Springs, Tennessee will sponsor the 4th McNairy County African-American History Banquet on March 1, 2014 at Selmer Civic Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Bethel Springs Rosenwald Community

Organization is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission statement is Enriching the Lives of Families (”ELF”). The keynote speaker for this grand occasion is Ms. Virginia Stackens Crump of Jackson, Tenn. She is the former principal of Jackson Central Merry in Jackson,

Tennessee. She is presently the Director of Adult Education at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. It is important for us, as Citizens of McNairy County, to help make McNairy County and surrounding areas be all that it can possibly be. You are invited to support this event by

purchasing a $20 ticket or an advertisement in their program. Deadline for ads is February 22, 2014. For more information contact W.J. Surratt at (731) 6103552 or Sherry Smith at (731) 610-6011. You can also purchase tickets at B&R Beauty World, 144 Court Ave., Selmer.



CHURCH EVENTS • Falcon Baptist Church Invitation Everyone is invited to come and worship at Falcon Baptist Church.Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m., Sunday Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Bro. Jay Houstan, pastor. February 15 • Singing Echoes at Selmer Second Baptist Church The Singing Echoes will be in concert at Selmer Second Baptist Church on Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. Located at 1006 Peach St., Selmer. Everyone welcome.


• Adamsville Senior Center to Celebrate Valentine’s Day McNairy County Senior Center, 408 Park Avenue, Adamsville will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Allen Guyer, music minister, Riverside Baptist Church, Savannah will be presenting our program followed by a luncheon of soup, sandwiches and desserts by Sawmeal Restaurant and the Senior Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fun and fellowship on this special day. Call Cindy or Sue at 632-0302 for meal reservation. February 15 • We Love Ms. Lanell Coln Day You are invited to attend “We Love Ms. Lanell Coln Day” on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Acton Church of Christ, located 9389 Hwy 22 South, Michie, TN 38357. Ms. Lanell is one of the Dear Sisters at Acton and with great sadness, she recently has been diagnosed with cancer. It has been a very painful and expensive ordeal. All proceeds on this day will go to help Ms. Lanell be able to concentrate on getting better. This will be held at the Ministry Building. There will be fish, chicken, hot dog plates, music and entertainment, bake sale, auction and much more. Come and stay with us all day. • Jeff Hanna’s Parking Lot Party There will be a Parking Lot Party at the Selmer Moose Lodge to benefit Jeff Hanna on Saturday, Feb. 15 beginning at 2 p.m. The Southern Bootleggers and Hollywood Swine will be cooking and selling BBQ to raise money for Jeff and Michelle Hanna. Prices for sandwiches is $3, Barbecue plates $6 and BBQ by the pound is $8. Also accepting pre-orders/pre-payment for Boston Butts for $30 and barbecue bologna for $15. Auction will begin at 5 p.m. in the conference room at the Selmer Moose Lodge. To arrange donation pickup or drop off, please call Randi Jo Pressly at 731-438-5705. All events will take place at the Selmer Moose Lodge. • Finger Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry & BBQ Chicken There will be a fish fry and barbecue chicken dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 3 until 7 p.m. All you can eat catfish or chicken with all the trimmings and homemade desserts. Adults $10 and children $5. All proceeds will go towards the operating expenses of the Finger Fire Dept. • 3rd Annual Valentines Dance The McNairy County Democratic Party is sponsoring the 3rd annual Valentines Dance at the headquarter on February 15 from 5 p.m. til 7p .m. The local county officials will be serving choice of grilled hamburger steak,

BBQ, or Italian Chicken breast, baked potatoes, rolls, salad, homemade desserts, and drinks. Tickets are available through your district chair or call Jeff Lipford 646-1158, LeAnne Jones 439-0893 or Pat Lewis 610-3311. Tickets at the door are $15 or 2 for $25. Come join friends for a night of food, fun and fellowship. February 17 • McNairy Animal Shelter Friends monthly meeting McNairy Animal Shelter Friends meet monthly, every third Monday and will meet next on February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Selmer Civic Center for more information email February 20 • McNairy County Republican Women Meeting The McNairy County Republican Women will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Rockabilly Cafe. Sheriff Guy Buck will be the speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. • Benefit for Pace The MCHS Basketball and Baseball teams will be waiting tables for tips at Top O’ The River on Thursday, Feb. 20. All tips go to Robin Pace, mother of sophomore player Austin Pace, who is battling cancer. • McNairy County Retired Teachers Meeting The McNairy County Retired Teachers will meet February 20, 2014 at 2:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Selmer. The president of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Linda McCreary, will be our Distinguished guest speaker. Others attending will be her presidentelect, Florenstein Evans and State Membership Chair, Daisy Cleaves. This will be an open meeting for all retired teachers in the county. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MCRT TO ATTEND. We are also inviting retired teachers from neighboring counties. So, Members, bring your best finger food and lots of it, because we are expecting a large crowd for this important legislative meeting. February 22 • Beekeeping One Day Course Interested in Beekeeping? Savannah area beekeepers (SABA) presents a one day course. Local and guest speakers, door prizes and silent auction. A starter kit will be awarded to 3 new beekeepers who meet eligibility requirements. Join us February 22 at the Hardin County Middle School in Savannah, Tenn. Registration 8 a.m., Program 8:30-4:30. Cost $15 per individual + $5 each additional family member who attends which includes

SABA membership, lunch, catalogs, magazines and plenty of information. For further information call Shirley at 731-926-2132. February 23 • Miss Sunshine Pageant The Third Annual Miss Sunshine Pageant benefiting The Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. The pageant will be held at the Selmer Community Center. Fee $25.00 prior to February 17th or $30.00 at the door. This pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 0-21 years. Admission – Adults $5, Children 5-12 years $3, under 5 years free. One (1) adult admitted free with each contestant. *6 years and up Queens qualify for the 2014 Strawberry Festival. All festival rules apply** For additional information, please contact Stephanie Ray at 731-453-5481. March 8 • Kids Fest The McNairy Regional alliance presents the 2nd annual Kids Fest at the Selmer City Park from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on March 8. Admission to the event is free, however rides and concessions will be available for a small fee. For more information contact (731) 6456360. March 18 • Arthritis Foundation Low Impact Exercise Program Coming soon ... The McNairy County Senior Center in partnership with UT Extensions will be presenting an Arthritis Foundation Low Impact Exercise Program for People with Arthritis beginning March 18, 2014 at the McNairy County Senior Center, 408 Park Avenue, Adamsville. Class is ongoing and will be offered every Tuesday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. This program is free and open to anyone. Classes will include mini health lesson and seated or standing low impact exercises. Extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants. Call Cindy Thrasher, Center Director 731-632-0302 or Schancey Chapman, Extension Agent 645-3598 for further information. March 20 • Hee-Haw Show It’s Show Time!! The McNairy County Hee-Haw show will be Thursday thru Saturday, March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the MCHS Little Theater. All shows start at 6:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $5.00, ages 7-12 $3.00 and 6 and under is free. All proceeds go to The American Cancer Society.

For the Love of Literacy building hope dessert tasting fundraiser Thursday, February 13th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Selmer Community Center Featured Entertainment:

Andy Avery (Avery is known for his work touring with Bon Jovi, KISS and Guns N Roses)

$5.00 admission Door Prizes

Seeking Dessert Vendors & Volunteers! Call 645-5346

COME BE OUR VALENTINE! Proceeds to benefit McNairy County Literacy Council Sponsored by the Independent Appeal



Sports Independent Appeal

Making McNairy County Sports headlines for more than 111 years

Ramer competes for state title, see full coverage week 40

Volume 111, Number 39, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

B Section

Cardinals ‘Jack’-Knife the Tigers Senior Jack Majors’ last second shot wins the regular season District 15A title By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

The Adamsville Cardinals played host to the Middleton Tigers in their last District 15A match-up of the season. The Lady Cardinals fell short to the Lady Tigers, while the Cardinals claimed the District 15A regular season title with a wild finish.

Middleton 65 Adamsville 43

The Lady Cardinals played their last regular season game against the Lady Tigers, and they could not find their offense in the first quarter. Adamsville was only able to put six points on the board in the first quarter, while the Lady Tigers were able to score 18 and take an early first quarter lead. Once the second quarter got underway, both teams were able to increase their offense, and the Lady Cardinals found themselves falling further behind. Adamsville was able to put 13 points on the board, but the Lady Tigers were able to score 23 of their own and they went into halftime with a commanding lead. After the teams came out of the locker rooms, Adamsville was able to even out the game and made their attempt at a comeback. The Lady Cardinals were able to put 12 points on the board in the third quarter, but they allowed the Lady Tigers to score 13 and extend their lead. Once the fourth quarter was underway, the Lady Cardinals continued to fight and they were able to outscore the Lady Tigers. Adamsville put 12 points on the board while holding the Lady Tigers to 11. However, the Lady Tigers were able to hang on for the big win on the road.


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(AHS) Gabby Morris: 16 Pts, 7 Reb; Robin Moore: 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast; Shakeema Dilworth: 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast; Madelynn Lynch: 3 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast; Bug Johnson: 2 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast; Whitney Blakney: 2 Pts; Aysia Campbell: 1 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast

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Tyler Hammock goes up strong against the Middleton defense. Hammock helped his team by adding 10 points and three assists in the District 15A clinching win.

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Lady Bobcats earn the District 14AA crown By Morgan Ouellette Sports Writer

The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats defeated the Chester County Eagles in an outstanding game Friday night. McNairy’s boys fell in a bitter loss on the Jerry Lott court.

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In the first quarter of the game, the Lady Bobcats came out ready to win, as their offense took charge of the scoreboard incredibly quick. McNairy Central’s girls gained a five point lead on the Chester County Eagles and ended the first quarter 10-5. In the second quarter, Chester County’s offense began to catch up a bit. However, the Lady Bobcats’ defense did an outstanding job of holding the Eagles off and maintaining their lead. The second quarter ended 17-13. After half-time, McNairy Central increased their lead and continued scoring against Chester County. They managed to turn their four point lead into a 10 point lead. The third quarter ended with a score of 27-17. In the final quarter of the game, McNairy scored 11 more points on the Lady Eagles and ended the game with a victory of 38-23. “We had a great defensive effort, holding them to 23,” said Coach Jerry Lott, “This was a big win because it secures a first place seed at the district tournament.”


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(MCHS): Margie Coleman: 10 Pts, 3 Reb; Mallorie Sweat: 7 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast; Rebekah Lowrie: 2 Pts; Haven Phelps: 3 Reb, 5 Ast; Porsha Chappell: 6 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast; Kaitlyn West: 6 Pts, 2 Reb; Selika McCord: 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast.

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In the first quarter of the game, the McNairy Central Bobcats started off strong. Their defense played great, but Chester County was able to gain a small lead of three points. The first quarter ended with a score of 13-10. During the second quarter, both teams showed a strong offense. McNairy's X'Adrian Borner led the Bobcats in points with a toal of 12 in the game. Chester County was able to maintain their small lead, though, and the first half ended 25-21. After half-time, McNairy continued proving how strong an offense they had and continued scoring against Chester County. Their offense played wonderfully, but at the end of the third quarter Chester County was still ahead five points. In the final quarter, things got intense rather quickly. McNairy held the Eagles off as much as possible and scored 12 points against them. The game ended with a bitter loss of 50-48. “We had a great effort in the game and fought back all night,” said Coach Steve Forsythe, “We took the lead with a few minutes to spare but could not hold on. This was a tough loss, but we have to recover and get ready for the tournament.”


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(MCHS): X'Adrian Borner: 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast; Kirby Tacker: 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast; Jonathan Nixon: 7 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast; Clay Dancer: 4 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast; Terrell Harris: 4 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast; Austin Pace: 4 Pts, Staff Photo by Morgan Ouellette 1 Reb; Grant Goodman: 3 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast; Nick Crabb: 2 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast. Mallorie Sweat makes a move on the Chester County defender on her way to the bas-

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Cardinals soar over Eagles in Jackson By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

The Adamsville Cardinals made the trip to Jackson, Tenn. for a District 15A match-up with the Jackson Christian School Eagles. The Cardinals came away with a win, pushing their way towards the regular season district title while the Lady Cards were not as fortunate.

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The Lady Cardinals got off to a rough start against the Lady Eagles and could not get their offense going in the first quarter. Adamsville was only able to put four points on the board in the first quarter, and they were having defensive trouble as well. The Lady Eagles were able to score 23 in the opening quarter and take a huge lead. Once the second quarter got underway, the Lady Cardinals were able to get their offense into a rhythm and they were able to step up their defense. Adamsville was able to put 11 points on the board, but they allowed the Lady Eagles to score 14 and extend their lead going into halftime. After the teams came out of the locker rooms, the Lady Cardinals still had a hard time with the Lady Eagles. JCS was able to put 16 points on the board in the third quarter, while Adamsville was only able to score nine, falling further behind. Once the fourth quarter got started, the Lady Eagles had a comfortable lead and they looked to hold on for the win. Adamsville was able to get some younger players some time on the court, but they could not find their offense as they were only able to put up two points in the final quarter, falling to the Lady Eagles.


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(AHS) Shakeema Dilworth: 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast; Robin Moore: 6 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast; Alli Pettit: 6 Pts, 4 Reb; Madelynn Lynch: 3 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast; Lauren Rhodes: 2 Pts, 1 Ast; Cydney Sherron: 2 Pts, 1 Reb

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Following their heartbreaking loss to the Riverside Panthers, the Cardinals needed a big win against the Eagles to keep control of their own destiny in District 15A. The Cardinals got off to a good start, putting 13 points on the board in the first quarter while holding the Eagles to only nine. Once the second quarter got started, both teams began to settle in on defense and the scoring was significantly slowed for both teams. The Cardinals were only able to put up seven points on the board, while the Eagles were able to put up eight and cut into the Cardinals’ lead before halftime. As the third quarter got underway, both teams came out and went up and down the court shot for shot. Adamsville was trying to hang on to their lead, while the Eagles were trying to make the comeback on their home floor. Both the Cardinals and the Eagles were able to put 13 points on the board in the third quarter, and Adamsville was able to hang on to their lead going into the fourth quarter. As the fourth quarter got started, Tucker Campbell and the Cardinal offense got into their rhythm and put up their highest point total of the night. The Cardinals were able to put up 23 points in the fourth quarter, while the Eagles were only able to put up 12. Adamsville was able to hang on for the huge district win, and they will be competing against the Middleton Tigers for the District 15A regular season title.


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(AHS) Lane Burcham: 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast; Jack Majors: 4 Pts, 6 Reb; Tucker Campbell: 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast; Ross Burcham: 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast; Tyler Hammock: 5 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast; Dakorea Dilworth: 1 Reb, 3 Ast

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SPORTSBRIEFS West Tennessee Big Orange Club Bus Trip WTBOC will have a bus going to Knoxville for a men’s and women’s double header March 1 and 2. The cost will be $120 per person or $240 for a couple and this will include bus fare, tickets to both games, tip for driver and a hotel room (two per room). The bus will leave from Kmart in Jackson Tenn. at 4:40 a.m. on Saturday March 1 and will return Sunday at around 10 p.m. The Tennessee men will be taking on Vandy on Saturday and the Lady Vols will be taking on South Carolina Sunday. Deadline is Feb. 15, contact Greg for more information or to book seats. There will also be a bus going to the 2014 Spring Football game in Knoxville. The game is at 2 p.m. on April 12, and will cost $100 per person. This fee will include bus fare, tip for driver and half of a hotel room (two per room). The bus will leave Kmart at 6-6:30 a.m. on Saturday April 12 and will return around 2:30 p.m. the following Sunday. There are 54 seats available, and the deadline will be March 21. The WTBOC is not done yet. There will also be a bus going to the Grizzlies and Heat game on April 9. Costs for this trip will be $65 per person and will include game tickets, bus fare and tip for the driver. The bus will leave Kmart at 5 p.m. and return after the game (about 10 p.m.). There are 54 seats still available, and the deadline for this trip is March 10. For more information on any of the trips, contact Greg at 731-424-8238.

softball, soccer and baseball. Girls softball will be ages 4-14, and will be a cost of $40. Deadline sign ups will be March 29. Soccer will be ages 3-14, will have a cost of $40 and deadline for sign ups will be February 15. Baseball will be for ages 1215, will cost $40 and deadline for sign ups will be March 29. Come by anytime at the Selmer Community Center to sign up, or call 731-645-3866 for more information.

Adamsville Spring Soccer Adamsville Parks and Recreation is now taking signups for the Spring soccer season. Sign-ups begin Feb. 5 and run through Feb. 21. The season starts March 10 and runs through April 4. The fee is $30 and everyone is invited to signup no matter where you live. For more information and with questions contact Bubba Martin at 731-610-2093. The cut off date is Feb. 21.

Selmer Dixie Youth Selmer Dixie Youth will be holding baseball Sign-ups from ages 4-12 on Feb. 8, 15, and 22 at the Selmer Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for more information contact Josh Gray at 731-645-1332.

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Adamsville High School), will be conducting training camps before the season. The camps begin on Feb. 1 and will run through March 8. The cost will be $50 for the six weeks, and the instruction will take place in the warehouse behind the BP in Adamsville. Contact Steven Lambert at 731-926-5167 for more information or to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Bethel Softball There will be a fundraiser to start a Softball League in Bethel Springs. The event will be on Saturday, March 1 at the Bethel Springs Community Center from 2-4 p.m. There will be a cake walk, BBQ, a bike ride (weather permitting), singing and softball sign-ups for ages 5-14. There will be a cost of $35 for the sign-ups. All proceeds go to funding the start up of a softball league in Bethel Springs. for more information contact Danny or Sarah Strickland at 731-610-9034, or 731610-9033.

City of Finger Baseball It is time for the City of Finger’s baseball sign-up. Sign-ups will be for ages 5-18, or still in high school. Sign-ups will be held Feb. 1, 1 p.m. through 3 p.m., and Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. To sponsor a team, volunteer or for more information call Paula Clark at 731-610-7829, or Robert Heathcock at 731610-2626. The season will run from March 31, through May 19. Senior Shuffle The first annual Senior Shuffle 5K Walk/Run will be held on Feb. 15, with the race starting at 9 a.m. Registration will be $20 through Feb. 7, and $25 after Feb. 7. Registration forms can be picked up from any AHS Senior, and all procedes will go towards the Class of 2014’s project graduation. For additional information contact Angie Baker at 731-646-0709 or

Cardinal Strut Adamsville Elementary School will be holding their second annual Cardinal Strut 5K run or walk and a one mile run or walk on March, 15 starting at 9 a.m. Pre-Registration will go until Feb. 21, and race bags and shirts will be given out to those that pre-register. Cost will be $15 for the one mile and $20 for the 5K for those who pre-register, and $20 for the one mile and $25 for the 5K on the day of the race. For more information or details contact Kelly Smith at 731-234-7648, and pick up registration forms from Adamsville Elementary School located at 220 South Elm Street, Adamsville TN, 38310. Sweet Heat The Sweet Heat 8U travel team will be hosting tryouts at Corinth City Park, Field 1, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. For more information please contact Cory Holley at 662-4152149 or Teddy Mask at 662-284-5600.

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Bobcats fall to Lexington in district play By Morgan Ouellette Sports Writer

The McNairy Central Bobcats and Lady Bobcats suffered a bitter loss to Lexington Thursday night. The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats fought hard for a win, but fell to Lexington with a final score of 57-49. McNairy’s boys gave it their all, but in the end it was not enough for a victory, as they also fell to Lexington 68-33.

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During the first quarter of the game, McNairy Central’s girls started off strong. Lexington had a three point lead on the Lady Bobcats, but they held their ground very well offensively. The first quarter ended 18-15. In the second quarter, McNairy’s defense tried to keep the Tigers at bay. Lexington’s offense manged to score 15 points, while McNairy Central scored 5. After half-time, McNairy came out ready to level the playing field. Their offense was outstanding and scored a whopping 17 points in the third quarter. Kaitlyn West led the Lady Bobcats in points, scoring a total of 18 points throughout the game. The third quarter ended with a score of 45-37. In the final quarter of the game, both teams put up a fight, and McNairy’s offense continued to fight for a victory. In the end, however, it was not enough to take home a win and the Lady Bobcats fell to the Lexington Lady Tigers 57-49. The Lady Bobcats have earned the one seed for their District 14AA tournament, and will be looking to advance through the post season.


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(MCHS): Kaitlyn West: 18 Pts, 4 Reb; Haven Phelps: 6 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast; Rebekah Lowrie: 6 Pts, 1 Reb; Malloriw Sweat: 2 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast; Porsha Chappell: 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast; Selika McCord: 3 Pts; Margie Coleman: 2 Reb, 3 Ast

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In the first quarter of the boys’ game, both team's defense held their ground. Throughout the entire first quarter, McNairy Central and Lexington were only able to score 4 points each. In the second quarter, however, Lexington gained a huge lead on McNaiy Central. The offense fought hard to gain their points back, but Lexington managed to score a total of 26 points, while McNairy scored four. During the second half, McNairy's offense came back in a great attempt to even the score. They scored 11 points in the third quarter, but Lexington maintained their lead. In the final quarter of the game, the Bobcats scored 14 more points, but still fell to Lexington with a final score of 68-33. “We could not buy a basket,” said Coach Steve Forsythe, “We were 2 of 23 from the field and 3 of 8 from the free throw line in the first half. The guys played hard, but sometimes shots will not go in.” The Bobcats will look to get some momentum before the start of the District 14AA tournament, and will hopefully be able to stay alive in the post season.


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(MCHS): X'Adrian Borner: 8 Pts, 5 Reb; Dylan Crabb: 6 Pts, 1 Reb; Eli Bond: 6 Pts, 3 Reb; Jonathan Nixon: 5 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast; Grant Goodman: 3 Pts, 1 Reb; Kirby Tacker: 2 Pts, 1 Ast; Travon McClendon: 2 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast; Brandon Walker: 1 Pt; Austin Pace: 1 Reb; Nick Crabb: 1 Reb, 1 Ast; Caleb Kennedy: 1 Reb, 1 Ast; Terrell Harris: 7 Reb, 2 Ast; Jeremiah Sanders: 1 Reb.







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second meeting of the season, and the winner would take the District 15A regular season title. The Cardinals got off to a pretty good start on the offensive side, putting up 10 early points. However, the strong Tiger offense was able to get into a rhythm and outscore the Cardinals, putting up 16 points of their own. Starting the second quarter down by six, the Cardinals’ offense came alive. Adamsville was able to put up 18 points on the Tigers, while holding them to only 13. The Cardinals went into halftime only down one point, and the deciding game for the District 15A regular season title was a good one. As the second half got underway, both offenses were able to get to the basket, and the two teams went shot for shot throughout the quarter. Middleton was able to hang on to their lead, scoring 21 points and holding the Cardinals to only 19, but Adamsville would not stop fighting for the win. Down by three going into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals had to fight to get back in the game, and fight they did. Adamsville was able to stay with the Tigers throughout the fourth quarter, and the game would come down to the closing seconds. After missing a few key free throws, the Tigers still held a small lead over the Cardinals, but it was Adamsville who had the momentum. Down by three, with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, the Tigers had possession and were prepared to inbound the ball. Adamsville needed a steal and a three point basket to tie the game at 63. As the Tigers attempted to inbound the ball, it was Ross Burcham who came up with the huge steal and drove to the basket for the layup and the foul. With only a few second left on the clock, Burcham stood at the free throw line needing to complete the three point play for the tie. Burcham took the shot and missed the free throw, but it was senior Jack Majors who came away with the clutch rebound and the put back to put the Cardinals up one with two seconds left in the game. After the inbound and a desperation shot from the Tigers, the final buzzer sounded and the Cardinals defeated the Middleton Tigers for the second time this season, winning the District 15A regular season title. The Cardinals will hold the number one seed going into the upcoming district tournament, and will have a good chance to advance deep into the post season.


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Cards fall to Panthers By Brian Azevedo


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The Adamsville Cardinals made the trip to Parsons, Tenn. where they took on the Riverside Panthers. It was a fight until the end, but the Panthers were able to hold on for a pair of wins at home.

The Lady Cardinals faced off against the Lady Panthers, and they needed to have a strong game in order to take the win on the road. Adamsville got off to a good start on offense, and was able to put 12 points on the board in the first quarter. Although the offense was in a bit of a rhythm, the defense was having trouble slowing the Lady Panthers down. Riverside was able to put 20 points on the board in the first quarter, and they took an eight point lead going into the second quarter. As the second quarter got started, the Cardinals were trying to increase their offense and slow down the Lady Panthers. Unfortunately for the Lady Cards, they were not able to slow down the Lady Panthers and Riverside was able to put up another 20 points. Only being able to put up 10 points on the board, the Lady Cardinals fell even further behind going into the half. After the half, the Lady Cardinals came out with a fire underneath them and fought their way back into the game. Led by Robin Moore, the Lady Cardinals were able to get their offense going and put up 16 points, while holding the Lady Panthers to 10 and cutting into their lead. Unfortunately for the Lady Cardinals, they were not able to hold their momentum in the fourth quarter. The Lady Panthers were able to get their offense back on track and put up 18 points on the board, outscoring the Lady Cardinals and holding on for the home win.


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The Cardinals needed a win to stay on top of District 15A, and they were hoping to get that win against the Panthers. Adamsville started the game well on offense, and they tried to hold that momentum the entire game. The Cardinals were able to put 16 points on the board in the first quarter, while holding the Panthers to only 10 and taking a early lead. Once the second quarter was underway, both offenses were slowed but the Cardinals were able to stay on top. The Cardinals’ defense was able to keep the Panthers to only single digits in the second quarter, and extended their lead before the half. After the half, the Cardinals changed their game plan and tried to force the Panthers to play defense and get out of their zone set. Although the Cardinals slowed the pace of the game down, the Panthers were able to outscore the Cardinals by one point and slightly cut into the Adamsville lead. The Cardinals held a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were ready to fight for the win. Adamsville was only able to put four points on the board in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers were able to make the come back for the huge home win.


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School Menus School Menus (February 17-21, 2014) McNairy County Elementary Breakfast Feb - 17 No School Today Feb - 18 Assorted Pop-Tarts Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 19 Sausage Bagel Pizza or Yogurt Parfait Variety Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 20 Breakfast Burrito Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 21 Chicken Nuggets with Biscuit Choice of Cereal Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

McNairy County Elementary Lunch Feb - 17 No School Today Feb - 18 Chicken Nuggets/ Roll or Chili Cheese Burrito or Uncrustables Pack Cheesy Potatoes California Vegetable Blend Diced Peaches Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Volume 09 Issue 41 February 12, 2014 Member of the Tennessee High School Press Association

Feb - 19 Cheeseburger or Rotel Chicken/ Savory Rice or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe French Fries Whole Kernel Corn Garden Salad Applesauce Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Feb - 20 Breaded Chicken Sandwich or Spaghetti/ Breadstick or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Glazed Carrots Garden Salad Baked Apples Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 21 Pepperoni Wedge Pizza or Traveling Taco or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe Potato Rounds Pinto Beans Garden Salad Diced Pears Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Adamsville High & McNairy Central Lunch Menus Feb - 17 No School Today Feb - 18 Pepperoni Wedge Pizza or Popcorn Chicken/Roll or Corn Dog or Uncrustables Pack Potato Rounds Cheesy Potatoes California Vegetable Blend

Chilled Peaches Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk

Feb - 19 Sausage Stuffed Crust Pizza or Cheeseburger or Tangerine Chicken/Rice & Egg Roll Or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe Spicy Fries Asian Green Beans Stir Fry Supreme Garden Salad Mandarin Oranges Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 20 Gilardi Cheese Pizza or Buffalo Style Hot Wings/Roll or Steak and Gravy/Roll or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe Spicy Fries Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Green Beans Garden Salad Applesauce Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk Feb - 21 Cheese Sticks/ Sauce or Spicy Chicken Sandwich or Soft Shell Taco or Uncrustables Pack or Chef Salad Deluxe French Fries Whole Kernel Corn Pinto Beans Garden Salad Blushing Pears Fresh Fruit Choice Choice of Juice Choice of Milk


Having fun with Can-DNA: SMS students make models

Submitted Photo

Mrs. Summer Willis’ science classes have been studying the cell structure of DNA and have demonstrated them by using Twizzlers, miniature marshmallows, and tooth picks. Showing off their completed DNA cell project are Sheldon Williams, Logan McDaniel, Hannah White, and Hannah Draganowski.

Kindergartners celebrate one hundred days at Bethel Elementary School

Submitted Photos

The Kindergarten students at Bethel Springs Elementary have been working very hard these first 100 days of Kindergarten. Pictured are some of the fun ways they have learned. Left: Learning can be fun at the Pumpkin Patch. Right: Watermelon is best shared with our new friends.

Fighting For a Cure!

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.

EDITORS Libby Holland Kaitlyn Boggs STAFF: Matalyn Nasalroad ADVISER Lisa Forsythe


Feb. 13 •SPIRIT DAY: Blue & Gold •BB Boys vs Fayette Ware 7:30 @ Chester Co Feb. 14 •School dismissed for students •Faculty Inservice •BB Girls vs Bolivar/ Southside 6:00 @ Chester Co Feb. 17 •BB Girls Championship Night @ Chester Co Feb. 18 •NHS meeting HR •BB Boys Championship Night @ Chester Co Feb. 19 •FR Writing Assessment •Progress Reports •NTHS Induction 2:00 Ag Building •Pageant Entertainment Auditions 3:15 Feb. 20 •CRA - Algebra I, II & Geometry Feb. 26 •SO Writing Assessment

Members of TeamPace show their support for sophomore Austin Pace, whose mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Students and players wore pink to the game on Feb. 7, while these students went one step further. Shown are Molly Grace King, Chase Smith, Garrett Penna, Lucy Berryman,

Kelly Beth Ernest, Alexxus Roberts, Brianna Bodiford and Abbie Sweat. Top of the River is hosting a fundraiser night for Mrs. Pace on Thursday, Feb. 20, with baseball and basketball players waiting tables for tips. All proceeds will go to the Pace family.

Mallorie Sweat pulls up for the jumper against Mr. Redmon, while Coaches Cook and Forsythe look on. The faculty defeated the student team 7-6 on Pink Day.

Mr. Walters prepares to shoot a free throw in his own style.




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PAGE 8B v INDEPENDENT APPEAL 503 - PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated June 11, 2007, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded June 21, 2007, at Book 387, Page 2819 in Office of the Register of Deeds for McNairy County, Tennessee, executed by Robert Shumpert, conveying certain property therein described to Arnold M. Weiss Attorney as Trustee for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., its successors and assigns; and the undersigned, Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on February 24, 2014 on or about 1:00 P.M., at the McNairy County Courthouse, Selmer, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR certified funds paid at the conclusion of the sale, or credit bid from a bank or other lending entity pre-approved by the successor trustee. The sale is free from all exemptions, which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in McNairy County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron pin in the Western right of way of Bethesda Road, Northeast corner of Delano Redmon and Southeast Corner of the Charlie Warren Estate; thence North 86 degrees 12 minutes West, to and with a fence line and the North line of Redmon, 365.08 feet to a corner; thence North 01 degrees 40 minutes 17 seconds East, with a fence and the East line of Redmon, 380.00 feet to an iron pin; thence South 84 degrees 10 minutes 41 seconds East, with a severance line, 470.77 feet to an iron pin in the Western right of way of Bethesda Road; thence with the said road right of way as follows: South 20 degrees 07 minutes 23 seconds West, 246.54 feet; South 13 degrees 39 minutes 35 seconds West, 128.42 feet to the point of beginning, containing 3.53 acres, more or less, per a Plat of Survey of Floyd J. Wright, Registered Land Surveyor, Tennessee Certificate Number 606 372, dated July 13, 1982.

503 - PUBLIC NOTICES out further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 931‑242182 DATED January 22, 2014 INSERTION DATES: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee January 29, 2014 February 5, 2014 February 12, 2014 DSaleNoticeTN-Shellie_ qstephens_140122_1635 FOR SALE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.MYFIR.COM and WWW.REALTYTRAC. COM 16036 37, 38, 39 SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured to be paid by a certain Deed of Trust executed January 24, 2008 by Charles W. McCoy II and wife Alisha McCoy to Jerry Spore, Attorney at Law, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the office of the Register of McNairy County, Tennessee, in Deed of Trust 390, Page 2894, and the undersigned having been appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in the said Register’s Office, and the owner of the debt secured, BancorpSouth, having requested the undersigned to advertise and sell the property described in and conveyed by said Deed of Trust, all of said indebtedness having matured by default in the payment of a part thereof, at the option of the owner, this is to give notice that the undersigned will, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 commencing at 01:00 PM, at the Front Door of the Courthouse, Selmer, McNairy County, Tennessee proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property, towit: Situated in County of McNairy, State of Tennessee. Being Lot #15 of Serenity Estates, a plat of which is in Plat Cabinet “B” at Slide 32, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, and the distances, directions, measurements, and calls contained therein are incorporated herein by reference as fully and completely as if copied in full herein. This conveyance is made and accepted subject to the Restric-

The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain with-

tive Covenants set forth in said Plat Cabinet “B” at Slide 32 and the same are incorporated herein as if copied in full herein. This conveyance is made and accepted subject to the use restrictions as pertaining to the entire subdivision and these restrictive covenants herein set forth shall be covenants running with the land and shall bind the Grantees and all persons or parties claiming under the Grantees herein, as proceedings at law or in equity against any person or persons violating or attempting to violate the same, either by suit to restrain the violation or by suit to recover damages for such violation, and said covenants and restrictions herein set forth shall be binding upon the heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, trustees in bankruptcy, of the Grantees named herein, and which covenants are as follows: 1.NUISANCE: No noxious or offensive activities shall be carried on any lot, nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood. 2. TEMPORARY STRUCTURES: No structures of a temporary character, trailer, mobile home and/or school bus, whether temporarily attached to the lot or not, basement, tent, outside toilet, shack, garage, barn or other building shall be allowed on any lot at any time as a residence either temporarily or permanently, No inoperable auto or vehicle shall be temporarily or permanently situated on the property. Tax Parcel ID: 133-008.28 Property Address: 187 Hayden Drive, Michie, TN. All right and equity of redemption, homestead and dower waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee.

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February 04, 2014 Residential alarm - Buena Vista Rd Speak with an officer - Pleasant Site Rd Speak with an officer - Henry Ln Roadway disturbance Public assist Prowler - Mt Vinson Rd February 05, 2014 Info- Industrial Park Domestic verbal - Hwy 142 Animal control - Bud Long Rd. Trespassing - Bill Hendrix Theft report - Debbie Circle Harassment Speak with and officer Attempt to serve - Ramer Selmer Rd Traffic stop - Baker Rd Speak with an officer- Sewell Bottom Attempt to serve - State Line Rd Attempt to serve - Hwy 22 S Traffic stop Roadway disturbance - Hwy 45 S Public assist Missing person - Hardin Graveyard Suspicious person Domestic verbal - Hwy 45 S Trespassing - Sweet Lips Rd Traffic stop - Gravel Hill Speak with an officer February 06, 2014 Welfare check - Landreth Ln Suspicious vehicle - Cypress Rd Escort assist - Jail Escort assist - Shackelford Public service Escort assist - Jail Public service - Tull Rd Animal control - Ed Barham Rd Escort assist- Jail Public service - Terry Hair Rd Public service - Curtis Hill Ch Business area check - Michie School Animal control - Pleasant Site Rd Traffic stop - Michie Pebble Hill Attempt to serve - Purdy Rd Attempt to serve - State Line Rd Traffic stop - Melvin Qualls Rd Traffic stop - Stateline Rd Traffic stop - Farmville Guys Chewella Rd

February 07, 2014 Business alarm - Hwy 64 E Business alarm - Buena Vista Rd Escort assist - Hwy 22 S Attempt to serve - E Court Ave Attempt to serve - CB&S Traffic stop Threats- Dickey Rd Public service - Millard Ln Public service Theft report - Finger Leapwood Theft report - Sewell Bottom Reckless driver Domestic physical - Phillips Dr Property Dispute - Curtis Hill Church Traffic stop - Hwy 22N February 08, 2014 Suspicious vehicle Wreck no injuries - Hwy 64W Public service Public service Traffic stop - Hwy 64 E Escort assist - Shackleford Suspicious vehicle Domestic physical - Hwy 142 Attempt to serve - Hwy 45 S Attempt to serve - Sewell Bottom Rd February 09, 2014 Suspicious person Traffic stop - Hwy 57 E Business alarm - Michie Elementary Speak with an officer - Terry Hair Rd Public service - Weeks Rd Gunshots - Hwy 45 S Speak with an officer Traffic stop - Michie Pebble Hill

SHANA N. OSBORN: Possession ephdrine and ephdrine derivatives- Fines $1500 defendant given credit for 15 days time served. Defendant to attend in patient rehab. FARRAH ARNOLD: Domestic Assault- Fined $150 + cost, supervised probation. JOSEPH HORNE: Vandalism and assault- Dismissed on condition that defendant pay cost, defendant to attend and complete anger management at Quinco. EDDIE W. WAGONER: Simple possession/casual exchange- Fined $750 + cost, supervised probation. ANTHONY C. WEST BROOKS SR: Cruelty to animals - defendant shall pay court cost and supervised probation. CHRISTOPHER DIETRICH: Driving on suspended license- Fined $50 DENNIS D. WHITE: Driving on suspended licenseFined $50 + cost, supervised probation. JEFFERY J. COLLINS: Driving while license revokedFined $50 + cost, supervised probation, defendant to not drive in TN for 6 months. BARNEY WISE: Simple possession/casual exchange - Fined $2500 Defendant given credit for time served, defendant is on active probation until all fines are paid.


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ALSO KNOWN AS: 988 Bethesda Purdy Road, Selmer, Tennessee 38375 This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Robert Shumpert; Selmer Bank and Trust Company; The Estate of Matilda W. Shumpert; The Unknown Heirs of The Estate of Matilda W. Shumpert




FEBRUARY 22nd at 9:30 AM McNairy County Criminal Justice Center

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Falcon Ridge Farm Launches CSA Program COURT FROM PAGE 8B Shares now available for purchase at the Falcon Ridge Farm in Toone, Tenn. Falcon Ridge will again offer their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for the 2014 growing season. Through the program, residents of West Tennessee will receive an array of fresh, seasonal, hand-picked produce each week straight from the farm. “Your average produce from the grocery store has traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles from what we call ‘farm-to-plate’ – from the time the farmer picked it to the time you use it in a dish at home,” said Bart Gilmer, Falcon Ridge Farmer and Owner. “The longer the food travels, the more its flavor diminishes and the more nutrients it loses.” Gilmer adds, “We had a successful season last year and look forward to another year serving the area.” Through Falcon Ridge Farm’s CSA, community members have the opportunity to buy fresh, local,

nutritious seasonal food directly from their farmer by purchasing a “share” in the farm. As shareholders, CSA members receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s delicious, locally-grown, nutritious harvest, recipes, opportunities to meet with the farmer, and more. Gilmer says the program “sold out” its shares in 2013 and expects to do the same this year. What can Falcon Ridge Farm CSA Members Expect? For 20 weeks beginning April 15, members will enjoy a box full of seasonal vegetables and fruit harvested just hours before they are put in the members hands. The seasonal crops they will receive each week will include: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, lettuce, bell peppers, kale, greens, carrots, tomatoes, onions, muscadines, sweet corn, pumpkins, purple hull peas and so much more. Members also will receive recipes from the farm’s founder and

chef, so they can use new and creative ways to best prepare these fruit and vegetables. For more information about Falcon Ridge Farm or to enroll in its CSA program, visit, or contact them at mail@ or (731) 658-5200. ABOUT FALCON RIDGE FARM: Founded in 2001 by Ray and Mary Ellen Gilmer, Falcon Ridge Farm is set on 240 acres of rolling hills and farmland outside of Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee. A family operation, Falcon Ridge Farm’s mission is to enable families to connect with the people who grew their food and enjoy oldfashioned farm activities in a beautiful setting. Falcon Ridge Farm’s facilities and Southern hospitality provide the perfect landscape for your family outing, party or corporate retreat. For more information, visit

supervised probation. SCOTT STEWART: Intent to kill an animal $500 or lessFined $100. Restitution for $40. JOHNATHAN DYSON: Domestic Assault- Dismissed on payment of cost, defendant to attend counseling at Quinco for anger. BYRON ROBERTSON: Prohibited weapons- Fined

JESSICA M. ALARCON: Scheduled VI drugs and drug paraphernalia - Fined $1000 and $500, defendant on supervised probation. Defendant to attend A&D evaluation and counseling. THOMAS J. LOTT: Domestic assault- Fined $250 + cost,

$150 + cost, supervised probation. WILFRED BUEZO PEREZ: Assault- supervised probation. TYLER LEE DIETRICH: Possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia- Fined $150 + cost, defendant to serve 48 hours, defendant to attend A&D evaluation with preference for in house rehab.


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Life Tabernacle 1353 Hwy. 142, Selmer Thomas Davis, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. New Jerusalem Faith Apostolic Church 27 Linley Circle, Selmer Bishop Ferdinand Gant Sr. Pastor Wanda Gant Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Bible Class: Wed. night 7 p.m. Prayer: Wed. night 6 p.m.

BAPTIST 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 p.m. (with exception of 1st & 3rd Sunday) TV-18 Program 1st & 3rd Sunday at 3 p.m., Wednesday night Bible Study 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.

INDEPENDENT Calvary Baptist Church Hwy 22 North, Adamsville Pastor: Jimmy Cates Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: Sun. 11 a.m. & 5 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. 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. Locke Road Baptist Locke Road, Selmer Jim Outland, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 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. 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. Wednesday: 7 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.

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. Covenant Baptist Church 6515 Hwy 57 East, Michie, TN Pastor: K. Brian Rainey Music & Youth Director: Cameron Miller Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Night: 7 p.m. Cypress Creek First Baptist Church 14 Falcon Road, Selmer Pastor: Clifford E. Wynn, Jr. (731) 645-8094 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Worship: Sunday 10:15 a.m. Corporate Prayer Service: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesdays 12 Noon Bible Study: 7 p.m. Eastview Baptist Church Hwy 45 S., Eastview, Tenn. 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 St., 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 143 Jackson St., Bethel Springs Alan McCall, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. 5 p.m & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. 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 p.m. First Baptist Church of Selmer 310 W. Court Ave., Selmer Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Finger Finger-Leapwood Rd., Finger Bobby Bray, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. & p.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.

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. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy TN Bro. Danny Rowland, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Olive Hill Baptist Church 46 Olive Hill Church Lp., Guys, TN Cody Hill, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. 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 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 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. 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.

ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH 1318 Poplar (Hwy. 64) • Selmer, TN 38375 Telephone: 731-645-4188 Rev. W.H. Arnold, Pastor

Liberty Church of Christ 1005 North Liberty Road Michie, TN 38357 (731) 239-4500 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Stantonville Church of Christ 8228 Hwy 142, Stantonville Randy Cook, Minister Matt Cook, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m, 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

West Shiloh Baptist Church 282 W. Shiloh Church St., 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.

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.

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.

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

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

OTHER/NON-DENOMINATIONAL Abundant Life Christian Fellowship 4145 Hines Gin Road, Selmer Pastor D.R. Moore Services: Saturday 3 p.m.

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Sulphur Springs Rd., Selmer Jim Barber, Pastor Children’s Church: 11 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

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.

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 Beauty Hill Pentecostal Church 46 Beauty Hill Road, Bethel Springs, TN Pastor: Jonathan Tubbs Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:55 a.m. Sunday Evening: (2nd & 4th) 5 p.m. Wednesday Evening: 7:15 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 p.m.


Bethel Springs United Pentecostal 3591 Main St., Bethel Springs Jeff Young, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

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.

First United Pentecostal-Eastview 7810 Hwy 45 S, Ramer Rev. Wayne Isbell, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m.

Ramer Cumberland Presbyterian Church Highway 57 West, Ramer Pastor: Albert Brown Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.



Bethesda Presbyterian Church 50 Bethesda Loop, Selmer Bro. Chris Dancer, Pastor 610-1859 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

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

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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.

Buena Vista Methodist Church Tull Road, Bethel Springs Jim Barber, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.

Petra Family Worship Center 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville, TN Phone: 731-434-1002 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Night: 6 p.m. Thursday Night: 7 p.m. Pastors: Paul and Bonnie Young

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

Adamsville First United Methodist 225 E. Main St., Adamsville Rev. Dr. Toni Watson Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Harvest Bible College Harvest Evangelistic Int. Ministries Inc. 349 Old Hwy S. Guys Roger Reece, Pastor Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Nights: 7 p.m.

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Gateway Holiness Chapel 2342 Refuge Rd., Bethel Springs Michael Price, Pastor Sunday: 2 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m.

New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church New Bethel Road Rev. Jeff Powell Worship Service: 9:45 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: 7 p.m.

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The Sanctuary of MPC 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville Rev. Jimmy Kelly, Pastor Sun. School: 10:30 a.m., Youth 5:30 Wednesday: 7 p.m.

New Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church 453 New Salem Rd., Bethel Springs Earl Phelps, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.

God’s Way Church 1121 Peach St., Selmer Bro. Billy Sanders, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

FaithPointe Church 440 Hwy 64 East, Adamsville Mike Sweeney, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wedesday nights: 7 p.m. Phone: 731-727-1177


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.

Believer’s 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.

World of Truth Church Hwy 57 West, Ramer Larry Cooksey, Pastor Sunday: 10 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 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

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

A New Beginning Sol Coulston Rd., Bethel Springs Kenneth Kitchen, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 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.

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


Safe Harbor Church 1514 Peach St., Selmer Bro. Paul Henley, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m.


Stantonville United Methodist Church 8351 Hwy 142, Stantonville, TN David Harstin, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

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.

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


Pebble Hill Methodist Church 2768 Chamber Store Rd., Michie Rev. Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.

Center Ridge Pentecostal Church of God 910 Center Ridge Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Terry Resley, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Service: 10:45 Sunday Night Service: 5:30 Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon CP Church 3101 Mt. Vernon Rd., Ramer Jeff DeWees, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.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.

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

Hickory Flatt United Methodist Church Puron Rd., Hickory Flatt Dick Humphrey, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:15 a.m.


Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 6185 Rowsey School Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Mike Hollaway, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Discipleship Training: 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

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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.

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.


First United Methodist Church 1122 West Cherry Ave., Selmer Sunday: New Generation Praise Service: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Nights: Supper 6 p.m. Bible Study & Breakouts: 7-7:45 p.m.

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