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Rockabilly Highway Revival rocks Selmer Last Saturday the 6th Annual Rockabilly Highway Revival took over the streets of Downtown Selmer. Residents enjoyed meeting up with their local political candidates, as well as shopping at all of the booths which offered food, crafts and more. Several bands including the two Headliners Harry Fontana, and The Eskimo Brothers took the stage throughout the day. During the event, the crowd welcomed the winners of the 2014 Rockabilly Beauty Pageant as well as the winners of the Rockabilly Car Show. -SEE PAGE 2A. For more information on the Rockabilly Highway Revival including photos and a list of winners of the Color Run and the Costume Contest -SEE PAGE 2B.

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Hall of Fame inducts four new members By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

Last Friday The McNairy County Music Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees at its recognition ceremony at the Latta Visitor’s and Cultural Center in Selmer. This was the second induction class for the event which is a joint project of the McNariy Regional Alliance, Arts in McNairy, and the Rockabilly Highway Revival Committee. This year’s hall of fame class included two notable McNairy County fiddlers Arnold Varnell English and Elvis Black. The McNairy County Stephen Foster Music Club, founded in the 1930s and the believed to be the second oldest group of its kind in the state was also honored in the ceremony. The final inductees in this year’s class were the Congiardo Family whose multigenerational work as music educators have made them legends throughout West Tennessee and beyond. The induction of the SCMC and the Congiardo Family marked the first time that a group and a family were honored with inclusion into the hall. This year’s class joins last year’s four inductees Brian Tull, Stanton Littlejohn, Sandy Carroll, and Dewey Phillips as the newest members of this elite

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club. During the event, David Killingsworth played music to honor the fiddlers, with Llyod Watkins and the Hall of Fame Band backing him and the rest of the night’s acts in several jam sessions which took place between the awards.

Carroll, an inaugural inductee to the hall of fame, and former Stephen Foster Music Club scholarship recipient presented the award to the Stephen Foster Music Club. Following Carroll’s announcement, Melissa Moore played a selection of classical piano pieces in honor of the Ste-

phen Foster Music Club. “Cultural organizations are measured by community impact, and that is sometimes hard to quantify,” Carroll said about the music club. “Not so, for the Stephen Foster Music Club. For


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Rockabilly Pageant and Car Show winners announced

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The winners of the 2014 Miss Rockabilly Pageant were announced at last Saturday’s event. The winners were (from right) 0-12 Months Baby Miss Queen Rockabilly Delaynee Reece Thrasher daughter of Wesley and Katie Thrasher of Rienzi, Miss., 13-23 Months Toddler Miss Queen and Most Photogenic Mali Hayes Kelley daughter of Mike and Lauren Kelley of Corinth, Miss., 24-35 Months Little Petite Miss Queen Harleigh Carper daughter of Mandi Carper of Corinth, Miss., 3-4 Years Petite Miss Queen Avery Stockton daughter of Jeff and Allison Stockton of Martin, Tenn., 5-6 Years Tiny Miss Queen Alexis Basinger daughter of Casey Basinger and Alicia Whitaker of Adamsville, 7-9 Years Little Miss Queen Chloe Grace Mitchell daughter of John and Janet Mitchell of Guys, 10-12 Years Junior Miss Queen Kaylee Jones daughter of Bobby and Amy Jones of Martin, Tenn., 13-15 Years Teen Miss Queen McKinley Aydlotte daughter of Justin and Crystal Aydlotte of Trenton, Tenn., and finally 1620 Years Miss Rockabilly Queen Laura Ann Higgs daughter of Bob and Lisa Higgs of Toone, Tenn.

The Rockabilly Highway Revival winners car show grew to 176 entries this year. Thirteen business and individuals sponsored a trophy and came to pick out a vehicle to receive it. Adrean Shelton from Killen, Ala. made and donated a “Best Rat Rod” trophy made out of car parts. Winners pictured in the front row (from left) “Best Rat Rod” Jeff Barber, Stantonville, 1933 Dodge Brothers ratrod truck; “DJ Norton for District Attorney Pick” Robert Pickens, Selmer 1952 Hudson Hornet; “Lambert’s Used Cars and Parts Pick” Jerry Inman, Selmer 2010 Ford Mustang; “Price Sawmill, Inc. Pick” Ronnie Gist, Florence, Ala. 1930 Ford Sedan; “Kennedy’s Hot Rod Shop Pick” Bruce Gustafson, Arlington, Tenn. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Pictured in the back row (from left)”Moody’s Auto Sales Pick” David Bivins, Bath Springs, Tenn. 1967 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup; “Jerry Inman’s Auto Mart Pick” Mike Lambert, Selmer 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne; “Gary;s Gold, Guns and Pawn Pick” Gary Gattis, Morris Chapel, Tenn. 1966 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup; “Tennessee River Old Iron Tractor Club Pick” Jo Shelton, Killen, Ala. 1949 Chevrolet Pickup; “Coat’s Electrical Pick” Angie Nunn, Atoka, Tenn. 1963 Chevrolet Suburban; “Lipford Plastering Pick” Bobby Vanwart, Bartlett, Tenn. 1955 Chevrolet Belair; “Steve Sweat Body Shop Pick” Dennis Henderson, Corinth, Miss. 1934 Ford Coupe; and the “General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Van McMahan’s Pick” James Brumley, Bethel Springs 1955 Chevrolet Belair.

Relay for Life kicks off in the Selmer Park this Friday By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

The 18th annual Relay for Life is this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Selmer City Park according to Ray Prather, one of the event’s co-chairs. Last year, the event was attended by more than 2,500 people and raised over $30,000 for cancer research. This year, the goal is at least $50,000. Prather said that interest among residents seems to have picked up and the economy itself is picking up and he said that he would love to see the event break the six figure range as far as fundraising, but said that would be up to the community. Once the event begins at 6 p.m. there will be a short program honoring cancer survivors followed by a survivor lap around the track.

For the rest of the night, teams will be set up all around the park selling food and offering games, party jumpers, door prizes, raffles, and other activities. In addition to the regular events, HeeHaw is sponsoring a lunch prior to the Relay to help raise money this year. Lunches will be delivered at noon on Friday June 20 and include chicken salad on a croissant, chips, a drink, and dessert, all for $6. The goal is to sell 100 plates. To order a lunch, call Prather at (731) 610-5534. There will also be plenty of music, with local individual entertainment beginning right after the opening ceremonies. Prather said that this year event organizers were contacted by Mercy Girl a singer out of Atlanta who has been playing several Relay for Life events across the region who agreed to play at this year’s event. In addition Andy Avery, former lead

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singer for the band Journey has also signed on to perform at the event and will take the stage about 9:30 p.m. Prather also said that the Joe Rickman Band, and Michael Wiggins from Hee Haw with Anna Kate Smith will also be on stage. During the event there will be moments to honor the survivors of cancer and also honor those who have passed away from cancer. Shortly after dark, luminaries that line the track at the park will be lit. The luminaries, are purchased in honor or in memory of those who have battled cancer, will be $5 and can be bought from any Relay team on the night of the event. Prather said that this is a fun and family friendly event and encouraged everyone in McNairy County to come out and have a good time and help a worthy cause at the same time. He said that one of the favorite booths

from last year, the dunk tank, will return Prather said that he did not have a line-up of participants for the booth, but after last year’s showing from Sheriff Guy Buck and Judge Van McMahan he said that he was sure there will be plenty of other politicians available to dunk during the night’s ceremonies. Prather said that the forecast for the event looks dry, and weather permitting the event will last until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. “If the weather holds we will be there all night,” said Prather. The event as always will be free for all to enter. For more information about joining a team or purchasing a luminary, visit or call event co-chair Ray Prather at (731) 610-5534. You can also like the event’s Facebook page Relay for Life McNairy County, TN.


McNairy County Mayor

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I would like to share with you what I have accomplished working along with the citizens of our county in my short 16 month term as your mayor.

• Our unemployment rate has dropped from 10.2% August 2012 when elected to 9.1% our current rate. (Source US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics). • Expansion of United Stainless. Approximately 15 new jobs created. • Recent expansion of Spectrum Oil Company with the purchase of the Selmer Apparel Building creating over 40 new jobs. • Monogram/GE expansion leading to the purchase of Mid-West Wood Working building in Selmer. Officials estimate 125 new jobs by 2015. • Largest solar farm in the southeast United States. Bringing national attention to Tennessee and McNairy County. Creating approximately 225 local jobs for construction. • Sparks Industry, a new manufacturer in Adamsville, creating approximately 75 new jobs with more anticipated.

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All of these above expansions and new industries have created approximately 355 new jobs in McNairy County in just 16 short months.

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• Site selection in process for additional industrial property for our City/County. • Seeking aid through Tennessee Housing Development Agency for six homes in Bethel Springs that were damaged in the January, 2013 storm. • Entering into the contract with the County Commission and emergency helicopter service, Hospital Wing, to provide air transport to all citizens free of charge. • Helping to secure Jones Motor of Savannah adding much needed sales tax.

In this case, the best man for the job is a woman

I will share with future ads, more goals and objectives for McNairy County. I pledge to KEEP WORKING WITH YOU AND FOR YOU for a better McNairy County.

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Fire trucks to reach Guys this week Grand Jury lists 21 indictments against 24 people By Christen Coulon

By Janet Rail Publisher

The city of Guys two new fire trucks will arrive this Thursday as a result of a CDBG Disaster Grant. The city was awarded a grant to purchase a new pumper and tanker truck. The mayor and board discussed arrival of the trucks, the training to be provided on the new trucks and plan a small celebration with previous fire department members, aldermen and current fire department members Thursday afternoon. The city will have their ISO rating reviewed on July 22 which will require a water department member to assist with water flow tests for the community. The current ISO rating, according to Fire Chief Perry Strickland is 7 inside city and 8 outside city limits. “We hope the new fire trucks will help to lower our ratings,” said Strickland. The city will investigate the sell of the existing trucks in the fire department. The city approved the 2014-2015 budget totaling $121,500 on second reading. The board will advertise the budget as required. “We received an email from the state department of auditors. It reads, the city has been penalized for not budgeting the 2013 revenue. It states that serious efforts should be made to strengthen and im-

prove compliance with internal controls in all areas where weaknesses are recognized,” said City Recorder Megan Rinehart. Rinehart is working with the accounting firm and continuing to take Certified Municipal Financial Officer training with the state to strengthen financial compliance for the city. In addition, she is awaiting response to Title VI training required for a sign grant. Alderman Pete Rinehart discussed the potential desire of the Guys Ruritan Club to dedicate some of their proceeds to the city. The city discussed sponsoring a Haunted Hollow reunion for all the folks that worked the Haunted Hollow in the fall. Culverts are delivered and ready to be repaired by Dudley Ingram for the intersection at Guys Chewalla and S. Farmville Road and Sticine Road. The city plans to contact the department of transportation to secure some help repairing approximately 2 miles on Old Hwy 45 and also contact the state contractor to look into the purchase of a new tractor for maintaince. The city purchased a dehumidifier for the town center for $240. Four families requested renting the center in June and July. In earlier business, the city approved the May 19 minutes and financial report with an ending balance of $202,466.99.

Finger balances budget after cuts By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

The Town of Finger’s Board of Aldermen met last Monday night to discuss the town’s budget. During the town’s last meeting in April there were fears the budget would have to be slashed because of a budget shortfall from tax revenue. However the town was able to preserve most of their services through strategic cuts to the town’s insurance policies as well as cuts to the expenses on the town dance. Heathcock also announced that the

state has given them final approval on their Roadscapes Grant Project which has been in the works for the last nine years. During the budget process Heathcock announced that the budget dropped from just over $55,000 to $35,293. He said that he was able to reduce the budget through a reexamination of the insurance allowing them to drop the budget to the point where minor cuts to the dance expenses allowed the town to balance the budget. “It wasn’t that bad after the insurance was under control,” Heathcock said.

plete list of grand jury indictments. George Atkins Jr., charged with Following a TBI investiga- aggravated robbery (2 counts). Tommy E. Baird, charged with tion which began DUI and DUI Per Se. last fall, an indictEarl Bernard Blasment was brought ingame Jr., charged against a Michie with setting fire to man last week, who personal property, is accused of trytheft of personal ing to solicit who property, and resisthe thought to be a ing arrest. teenage girl online. Gala Lynn Brown, The Tennessee charged with aggraBureau of Invesvated burglary, theft tigation obtained of property $1,000indictments for Joe HORNER $10,000, vandalism Kevin Horner after receiving information from a (up to $500), burglary: motor police detective in Fairfax, Vir- vehicle, theft of property ($500 ginia, who posed as a 14-year- or less). Cody C. Glover, charged with old girl on Oct. 10, 2013. The indictment alleges that aggravated burglary, theft of the detective engaged in an on- property $1,000-$10,000, vangoing sexual chat with the Mc- dalism (up to $500), burglary: motor vehicle, theft of property Nairy County man. During the course of the ($500 or less). TBI investigation, Agents seized Keshia Cannon, charged with Horner’s iPhone and discovered theft of property ($500 or less), several messages sent between unlawful poss of weapon by Horner and the detective pos- felon. ing as the girl, along with an Willian Lee Cooksey, charged explicit picture believed to be of with DUI, DUI Per Se, prior DUI, driving while license Horner. After reviewing the case, the canc/susp/revoked, and prior McNairy County Grand Jury DORL. returned indictments for the Loyd Doles Jr., charged with 50-year-old Horner, charging aggravated assault with a deadhim with two counts of Solicita- ly weapon. tion of a Minor and one count Danny E. Doles, charged with of Solicitation of Sexual Exploi- aggravated burglary, assault, vandalism (up to $500), dotation of a Minor. On June 9, following the in- mestic assault, arson, and two dictment, Horner turned him- counts of intentional killing of self into the McNairy County animal. Lee Emmons, Jail. According to the McNairy Brandon County Sheriff’s Department, charged with burglary-other Horner was released the next than habitation, theft of property $1,000-$10,000, aggravatday on a $20,000 bond. In addition to Horner, the ed burglary, theft of property Grand Jury brought in 20 other $1,000-$10,000, and vandalism indictments against 23 other (up to $500). people. The following is a com- Justin Lee Hillis, charged with Managing Editor

burglary-other than habitation, and theft of property $1,000$10,000. Randal L. Holley, charged with arson, and theft of property. Joe Kevin Horner, charged with two counts of sol of minor, and sol of sexual exploitation of minor. Garl Garner Hurst, charged with DUI and DUI per se. Robert E. Jackson, charged with theft of property $1,000$10,000. Adam S. Young, charged with theft of property $1,000$10,000. Clinton Johnson, charged with worthless check $1,000-$10,000 and 2 counts worthless check less than $500. Jamie D. King, charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000-$10,000, aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000-$10,000, aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000-$10,000, aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000-$10,000, vandalism (up to $500), aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000$10,000, and vandalism $500$1,000. Richard L. Learn, charged with theft of property $10,000$60,000. Dennis Alan Martin, charged with vandalism $10,000$60,000 and theft of property $10,000-$60,000. Kristie Dawn Morris, charged with DUI and violation of implied consent. Guy Henry Potter Jr., charged with aggravated arson and attempted first degree murder. Charles Anthony Sanders, charged with rape and incest. Timothy Shane Sweat, charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500 or less), and vandalism (less than $500).

Progressive Leadership. Positive Change.

Employment vs. Taxes: The Future of McNairy County The most pressing issue McNairy County faces is our unemployment rate and our lack of desirable job opportunities. Employment, not new taxes, is the basis for our local economy and the basis for our county revenue.

With a population in our county of approximately 26,000 residents, 10,170 of us are employable. Currently, 9,020 of us are employed, leaving 1,150 unemployed. Of 95 counties, we have the 4th highest unemployment rate in our state at 11.4%. This high unemployment rate reflects only those who are currently drawing an unemployment check and doesn’t include those whose time has run out or who simply have given up their job searches. If we were to reduce our unemployment from 11.4% to 7.4%, calculated using an average salary, we would generate $2,658,524 in local, state, and federal taxes. McNairy County needs a plan for job creation. We need to expand our tax base through investing in our county. For every $1 invested in industry, we generate $8.

If elected Mayor, my plan involves:

1. Investing in job training and education. We need to work to provide postsecondary training and education that is needed by our businesses and industries. Times have changed, needs have changed, and we must remain open to educational change that positions our citizens and our county for a successful future.


It’s one thing to say you have the experience, training and education to manage the Sheriff’s Office. I have spent my entire professional career managing personnel, budgets and investigations. I have a Bachelors Degree In Criminal Justice, I am one of only 9 Sheriff’s in Tennessee to graduate from the National Sheriff’s Institute, I have managed over 850 employees and been tasked with the safety and security of 12 US State Department facilities in a war torn country. I have proven that I can be trusted with the taxpayer’s monies.


2. Supporting job development with existing industry. 80% of jobs created in a rural area like ours comes from existing businesses. As county mayor, I will sit down with current companies and businesses in the county to plan what we can do together to bring more jobs and to move forward together. 3. Enhancing our business-friendly environment for new job developers. We can do this through tax breaks and through having shovel ready property available. The term “shovel ready property” refers to a project that, if given money, will have immediate impact on employment and our economy. “Shovel ready” implies that the project can be started by laborers and is past the planning stage. Currently, we have no shovel ready property.

In a 4-year period we have increased revenues, decreased the tax burden and placed it on those that utilize the system. In 2009 the county was receiving about $230,000.00 in inmate fees from the state, this year we will receive over $480,000.00. Under my guidance we provide approximately $325,000.00 in free inmate labor, these inmates work for the county and towns in McNairy County at no cost. Medical and Food cost for inmates are at an all time low; this has been accomplished even with an increase in the number of inmates.

4. Creating a 5-year plan for improving our overall economy. Rather than reactive, we must become proactive. Leadership, business, and education must work together to make McNairy County a better place.

My job is to provide the best law enforcement available to the citizens of McNairy County. I answer to all the citizens of McNairy County, not a political party or group of citizens. We have been fair and consistent in our enforcement efforts and have broken the “Good ole Boy” mentality that had existed for so long. Not one decision has been made for political or personal gain.

I am running for McNairy County Mayor for the sole reason that I want to help create a better McNairy County - more jobs, more opportunities for education and an improved tax base. People in McNairy County deserve a better place to live, a better place to raise children, and a better future for our children right here.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I would appreciate your support and vote. Early Voting July 18-Aug 2 • General Election Aug 7, 2014

We can’t afford the status quo. It’s time for a change. I appreciate your vote for Larry Smith on August 7. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” - Proverbs 29:18


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Town of Adamsville starts over on annual budget By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Almost always, when a town passes a budget on first reading, it is automatic that it will pass on second reading, becoming law, but passage was far from automatic at the Adamsville City Commission meeting last Monday. Instead, the commission voted to amend this year's budget, to continue temporarily under last year's budget and ask the state's permission to pass this year's budget after the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Under the state Open Meetings (Sunshine) Law, the commission will have to give 15 days notice in a newspaper of general circulation of a special called meeting to pass the budget on second reading. The dispute revolved around taking one employee from the Parks and Recreation Department and moving him to the Utility Department, resulting in a cut in salaries for Parks and Rec from $58,000 this year to $22,000 next year. This and other reductions in spending for the department reduced its budget from nearly $170,000 this year to around $105,000 next year. The general fund as a whole ran a $90,000 surplus, which Mayor David Leckner said could be used for upgrades to the park or to pay a second park employee. Leckner argued that these upgrades could not be budgeted for the park, because the work had not been bid and the costs were unknown. Once costs for the park improvements were known, the budget could be amended. Part of the money could also be used to bring the other employee, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Teddy Hughes, back into the park department. The other members of the commission criticized the budget as not being transparent and vulnerable to a perception by constituents that the park budget had been cut.


more than 50 years the club offered the only consistent cultural programing in McNairy County...The club offered music of every conceivable variety to Music County.” County Mayor Ronnie Brooks (himself a former SFMC scholarship winner) made a heartfelt induction of the Congiardo Family and also worked to assemble a jazz ensemble to play a few songs in honor of the Congiardo family following their induction. The ensemble included friends and former students of the family.

The commission voted to restore the money and employee to the park department and if either park employee works for the utility department, to pay them out of the utility budget. The vote for this budget plan was 4-1, with Leckner voting no and Vice-Mayor Matt Wood, Commissioner Frank Lacey, Commissioner Mark Massey and Commissioner Tommy Morris voting yes. Leckner defended the way the budget was done saying the state auditor approved it and that budgets were passed and later amended all the time. “The comptroller hasn't had a problem with the budget for the last five years (during Leckner's time as Mayor),” Leckner said. “There is confusion in our community. You need to be transparent,” Massey said. “You shouldn't approve a budget knowing you're going to have to amend it. The budget we pass should be, to the best of our knowledge, the right one for our town,” Lacey said. Leckner explained that one employee had been released from utilities. City Recorder Glenda Anderson said that the Municipal Technical Advisory Service told her employees did not have to listed in the budget. The Mayor and most of the commissioners agreed that the town has a revenue problem. “We're doing everything we can on a shoestring budget,” Leckner said. “Don't we have a spending problem?” Morris asked. “No, sir,” replied City Administrator Steve Simon. Lacey argued that expenditures for tennis court repair and playground equipment should be in capital expenditures, not in the general fund. “As long as it's transparent, I can vote for it. I'm not so sure it's transparent,” Massey said. “It's going to be tough to make it work,”

“In West Tennessee the name Congiardo is synonymous with quality band programs,” Brooks said. There is another page to this story, Congiardos spanning at least four generations have been a part of the local music scene for as long as anyone can remember.” The event also honored two local fiddlers whose contribution in their own right has helped shape the face of music in McNairy County. “Elvis Black who is the older of the two and in the early part of the 20th century, he was the guy who influenced the next generation of musicians in McNairy County,” Shawn Pitts, the

event’s other co-organizer said. Pitts said that Black was blind and that he had his own style of playing that still amazes industry professionals who hear his music today. “Arnold English is the second fiddler,” Pitts said. “We was working on building a fantastic career when he died in a plane crash at the age of 34. He was probably one of the best known fiddler from the post-war era and was a very versatile musician.” Please read upcoming issues of the Independent Appeal for info-graphic features on each of this year’s inductees.

Parks and Recreation Director Greg Martin said about running the department alone. “The longer you kick the revenue problem down the road, the worse they will get,” Lacey said. “This year I wanted to fix the park. We do an amendment every year. It's nothing strange. It's nothing new. It's nothing crazy,” Leckner said. “I know it sounds good. It's just not right,” Morris said. “I cannot support this new budget until there is clarity. The perception out there is the people believe we are cutting the park,” Massey said. “I don't know how much clearer I could be,” Leckner said. On the issue of revenues, the commission discussed raising the sales tax by 0.5 percent. The maximum sales tax that can be collected in Tennessee is 9.75 percent. The current sales tax rate in Adamsville is 9.25, according to Simon. The commission would have to approve a referendum and the voters would have to pass the tax. The earliest that could be done would be in November. Such a tax would raise around $100,000 a year. If this were done, the county would have 40 days to determine if they wanted to put the issue on the ballot. Were the county to pass the sales tax, it would get half and the city would get half of the increase.

If the sales tax increase was defeated, the city would then hold its referendum, Simon said. In Hardin County, including the part of Adamsville in that county, the sales tax rate is 9.5 percent. About two years ago, the commission voted to devote its share of any sales tax increase to the Board of Education if a new school was built in Adamsville. The commission took no action on this matter, preferring to wait until there was a clear plan on how to spend any money that would come from this tax. In response to a question from Lacey, Anderson said that the hotel tax was 5 percent. This tax raises about $3,000 per year and goes to the Buford Pusser Home and Museum. In other news from the meeting, the commission accepted Rye Engineering's $21,600 bid for a leak detection survey. Leakage Consultants had bid $33,525. On the issue of people speeding through the park that was discussed last month, Martin said that speed tables had been installed on Walnut Street and barrier gates at the south end of the playground. In old business, the sign ordinance, the new zoning map and amendments to this year's budget were all passed on second reading. Morris opposed the zoning map and budget amendments. All other members of the commission voted aye.

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Prior to being the Road Commissioner, I owned and operated my own excavation contracting business in McNairy County for over 20 years. Ten of those years was in state highway construction. The last 8 years, I have served as your Road Commissioner.

• I am responsible for overseeing a several million dollar budget. I have managed it responsibly and spent wisely. Since I have been in office, I am proud to say through sound fiscal management, I have been able to balance our budget and maintain surpluses. • I have a good working relationship with all the county commission. • I have devoted a lot of time to the cleanup of ditches and right of ways in all parts of the county. I will continue making road safety and repair a priority. • Although, I would like to repave every road in the county, I have done all I can do with the funds that I have available. • I’m qualified, dedicated and committed to serving the people of McNairy County and would appreciate your vote and support on August 7, 2014.

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my priorities will include: • ending the epidemic of repeat criminal offenders • reforming our child support office to make it efficient, effective, and fair for everyone • protecting our most valuable asset to our community, our children from sexual predators and abusers. • prosecuting thieves to the fullest extent of the law. • using common sense, hard work, and fairness to make decisions as your district attorney general. together we can build a stable and safe community with a district attorney who is humble, listens to the people, and never forgets where he came from. i ask for your vote, support, and prayers! early voting - july 18 - aug 2 • election day - august 7, 2014 *paid for by the committee to elect dj norton, district attorney general, regina lambert treasurer.*



Mike Dunavant: Incumbent District Attorney General

Candidate Name: Mike Measures Reports indicated Dunavant Running for: Reon more than one occasion Election for District Attorney that the 25th Judicial District General, 25th Judicial District ranked 1st in the entire State (Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette, among all judicial districts Hardeman, & McNairy) in the collection of past due Mike Dunavant, 43 years child support arrearages; old, and has 19 years experihas ranked in the top oneence practicing law, includthird of all judicial districts ing the last 8 years as your in the collection of current District Attorney. He serves child support obligations; DUNAVANT on the Executive, Legislative, and has shown marked imJustice & Professionalism, provement and increase in and Attorney General Liaison commit- percentage of cases with child support tees, Tennessee District Attorneys Gen- orders and paternity establishment pereral Conference. Dunavant is a Mem- centages. Also in 2008, I created a DUI ber of the Advisory Board of Directors, Prosecution Unit that currently serves Lauderdale County Carl Perkins Child Fayette and Hardeman counties, and Advocacy Center. He is a member of as a result, there has been a dramatic the Tennessee Joint Task Force on Chil- increase in DUI conviction rates, as well dren’s Justice & Child Sexual Abuse. as a reduction in the percentage of alMember of the Anti-Drug Coalition of cohol related traffic fatalities. In 2009, Tipton County. Dunavant is a member I created a Domestic Violence Prosecu& former Chairman, Tennessee Public tion Unit that has served Tipton CounSafety Coalition. He is a Member of the ty. Since 2006, my office has increased Sovereign Citizen Working Group, Ten- the number of child abuse convictions nessee Department of Homeland Secu- as compared with prior years, and has rity. Member of the Tennessee Medi- had more cases accepted for proscal Examiner Advisory Council. He is a ecution and secured more overall child Member of the Covington First Baptist abuse convictions during that period Church. of time than any other judicial district Dunavant lives in Tipton County in West Tennessee. I have provided with wife, Marianne, and 11 year-old public education programs to advise of son, Hutch the dangers of methamphetamine use I am uniquely qualified because I and manufacture, through the “Meth am proud of my good record of service is Death” campaign; the “What’s the for the past 8 years. Since 2006, I have Rush?” program, which advises young worked to develop various programs people about the legal and financial which serve the interests of public safety. consequences of becoming a teen parIn 2007, I reorganized and established ent; and the “Deceptive Danger” inithe 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force, tiative, which warns of the dangers of which includes a Highway Interdic- prescription and synthetic drug abuse. tion Unit in Fayette County, and a DTF In 2012, I dedicated an ADA position Agent assigned to the DEA Task Force in from my staff to serve as a Special AsWest Tennessee. In 2008, I assumed the sistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) responsibility for child support enforce- for the Western District of Tennessee, to ment in this district, and established a specifically prosecute repeat offenders new Child Support division, with offices from the 25th District for federal criminal located in Covington and Bolivar. Since offenses involving narcotics trafficking that time, DHS Monthly Performance and firearm violations.

I would like to continue to accomplish justice throughout the district, in order to achieve the following goals of criminal prosecution which promote public safety: Incapacitation of violent, sexual, and repeat offenders, including any opportunities to address the root causes of criminal activity, such as substance abuse/addiction, mental illness, and anger or medication management. Deterrence of future criminal activity, including proactive education of the public about the dangers of substance abuse, and the consequences of criminal conduct and teen pregnancy/paternity. Personal justice for victims of crime, including the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and the right to be notified of and heard at all criminal proceedings. The most pressing issue affecting our citizens is the recent dramatic increase in prescription narcotic drug abuse, which is causing a spike in accidental drug overdose deaths and hospitalizations; creating opiate addictions which lead to use of more dangerous street drugs such as heroin; and motivating many other crimes such as doctor shopping, prescription forgery, diversion, and identity theft, TennCare fraud, pharmacy burglaries and robberies, and drug impaired driving. To address this growing problem, I will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who illegally obtain, sell and distribute these controlled substances, especially to our youth or within drug free school zones. I will also work with those in the Court system and other professionals to establish Drug Court programs throughout the district to identify, treat, supervise, and rehabilitate non-violent drug offenders who suffer from drug dependency, in order to promote cost-effective addiction recovery and success. Dunavant can be contacted via email at

Independent Appeal’s Tricky Trivia Teaser Q: Question

In 1890, when the town now known as Selmer originally applied to be recognized as the county seat, what was its name? A: Answer New South. U.S. Postal officials in Washington would not recognize New South as a name. It was changed to Selma. When the papers arrived, it was spelled Selmer.


Meet your candidate

BO BURK Saturday, June 21, 2014 8 until 10 a.m.

Selmer Civic Center Enjoy a free Breakfast with Bo Burk Paid for by Friends to Elect Bo Burk

Treasurer Kirk Richardson

DJ Norton: Candidate for District Attorney General DJ Norton: Candidate for need a District Attorney GenDistrict Attorney General, 25th eral’s Office that listens intently Judicial District (Lauderdale, to the concerns of our citizens Tipton, Fayette, Hardeman, & and dedicates as much time McNairy) as possible to protecting the The son of Wanda Richard, things McNairy County citizens DJ Norton is an attorney with have worked so hard to obtain. offices in Selmer and Ripley. A I will prosecute defendants who top-level graduate of the Law commit property crimes to the School at the University of fullest extent of the law and Memphis, he’s become known want to establish a drug court NORTON as one of West Tennessee’s most in the county to combat the diligent legal minds. He currising drug problem that we’re rently resides in McNairy County. confronting. I also want to completely reGrowing up in Chewalla, Tennessee, I vamp and reinvigorate our child support was taught some of my most valuable life office to ensure it’s effective, efficient and lessons from my grandmother. She only fair. Children are the most important elehad an eighth grade education, but the ment to our county’s future, and as such, principles she instilled in me – working we should treat their safety with the uthard, using common sense and treating most attention and care. I will wake up everyone fairly – shaped me into the in- every morning with these goals in mind dividual I am today more than anything and carry out actions that will ensure our else. Those principles followed me dur- community is a just and moral place to ing my high school career, when I went to raise a family, make a living and expand public school in McNairy County. I played small business. football and had a job at Aqua Glass, but Repeat criminal offenders are by far my studies always came first. Thanks the largest most pressing concern of our to that diligence, I earned an academic district. People that continue to violate scholarship to University of Tennessee at the law should face the consequences. Martin and graduated first in my class. I The peacefulness of our community is went on to Law School at the University threatened when these individuals are not of Memphis, where I graduated in the top prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. five percent of my class. I do believe in rehabilitation, and we must Those powerful instructions for liv- try to rehabilitate as many people as we ing my grandmother passed down always can so that they can become productive stuck with me, and when it came time members of our society. However, if a perto decide where to work, I decided to son chooses to continually break the law come back to McNairy County. I’ve over and over, they must be incarcerated. opened law offices in Selmer and Ripley The backbone of our criminal justice sysand have successfully practiced law since tem starts with our District Attorney Genthen in State and Federal Court. I will eral. If our District Attorney General does bring these same principles to my work not choose to prosecute repeat criminal as District Attorney General: I will use my offenders to the fullest extent of the law, common sense, work hard and always our Judges cannot sentence them. Elect treat people fairly. me as your District Attorney General, and There are two primary goals I will I will stand up for the hard working citistrive for when I become District Attorney zens of McNairy County and the TwentyGeneral: pursue the guilty and protect the Fifth Judicial District. innocent. Quite frankly, I’m tired of seeing Norton can be contacted via email at repeat criminals walking our streets. We

dj norton for 25th district attorney We would like to welcome everyone to come out and meet DJ Norton, who is a Candidate running for 25th District Attorney. There will be live entertainment, great food, and fellowship. live band! hamburgers and hot dogs!

••• selmer city park ••• saturday, june 21st from 11 am until 2 pm.

Come meet DJ Norton, who is running to be your next District Attorney! paid for by the committee to elect dj norton • regina lambert, treasurer

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A Slide Children Need to Avoid This Summer

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Volume 112, Number 05, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

McNAIRY VOICES Should drones be allowed to fly over U.S. airspace? Why or why not?

by Tre Hargett Tennessee Secretary of State.

Summer vacation for Tennessee’s students is upon us! It’s a time when children can enjoy being outdoors, playing video games or doing any of the other fun things they like to do. It’s also a time when they often forget a significant portion of what they learned in school the year before. That’s right. Research has shown that, on average, students lose the equivalent of one month of instruction time from the academic year preceding summer break. For some students, the loss may be even greater – in some cases, up to three months. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to by educators as “the summer slide” or “summer set back.” And its effects are cumulative and long lasting. Each year, students fall further and further behind on the knowledge base they should be developing as they progress through school. Speaking as a parent, this “two steps forward, one step back” approach to education isn’t what I want for my children – and I think most other parents would agree. Fortunately, there is a way to combat summer slide. Studies have shown that children who keep their minds engaged by reading during the summer months are better prepared when school resumes in the fall. And summer reading programs are available at about 280 public libraries across Tennessee. These programs vary from library to library. Most offer children opportunities to receive prizes in exchange for reading certain numbers of books. Some also feature story hours, creative arts, performances, science experiments, cooking classes and other special events. Some libraries have summer reading programs geared towards teenagers and adults as well as younger children. These summer reading programs offer participants free entertainment in safe and climate-controlled (read: air conditioned) environments. They provide access to new books and e-books that participants might not be able to find or afford from other sources. They provide opportunities for shared community experiences. Summer reading programs are promoted across the United States by the National Collaborative Summer Learning Program, which prepares children for success through the development of language skills and integrates different literacy activities to motivate young adults to read and discuss books. Each year, there is a different theme for summer reading – and this year’s general theme is science. I am proud that, through the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Regional Library System, my office is able to promote summer reading in three different ways: We provide financial support by purchasing program manuals and summer reading materials for libraries throughout the state. We provide education in the form of online resource pages, webinars, training sessions and a statewide summer reading conference to give librarians opportunities to share programming ideas, theme resources, information about national trends, and also collect data about summer reading programs across the state to assist libraries in sharing resources and identifying trends that can be helpful to them in the future. The bottom line is that summer reading programs are fun, free and they have educational benefits. That’s a winning combination. So I encourage you to contact your local library and find out about its summer reading program. It’s time well spent.

Manuel Gaetan (Bethel Springs):

Calvin Rather (Selmer):

“Drones should be allowed to fly over U. S. airspace, but not over private property unless they’ve got insurance to pay for damages caused.”

“No, because it could crash.”

Brenda Mae Cynthia Brooks (Selmer): Blankenship (Selmer): “I don’t see “Yes, because anything wrong everybody else with it as long does it.” as it keeps the United States airspace safe from terrorists.”

Barbara Hickman (Selmer): “No, because that’s just not right. God didn’t mean for us to do that kind of stuff.”

Janie Cohea (Henderson): “No sir, because of privacy.”

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.


Proposed Amendments for Tennessee State Constitution

Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Shall Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the first and second sentences and by substituting instead the following: Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at the discretion of the governor; shall be confirmed by the Legislature; and thereafter, shall be elected in a retention election by the qualified voters of the state. Con-

firmation by default occurs if the Legislature fails to reject an appointee within sixty calendar days of either the date of appointment, if made during the annual legislative session, or the convening date of the next annual legislative session, if made out of session. The Legislature is authorized to prescribe such provisions as may be necessary to carry out Sections two and three of this article. Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 Shall Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following sentence at the end of the final substantive paragraph within the section: Notwithstanding the authority to tax privileges or any other authority set forth in this Constitution, the Legislature shall not levy, authorize or otherwise permit any state or local tax upon payroll or earned personal income or any state or local tax measured by payroll or earned personal income; however, nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting any tax in effect on January 1, 2011, or adjustment of the rate of such tax.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4 Shall Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the following language: All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) organization located in this state, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code or as may be amended from time to time.

and by substituting instead the following language: All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(19) organization, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code, located in this state.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to members of our community who are serving in the armed forces: • PFC Casey William Akin • Specialist Allen Alexander • SGT Joseph W. Baggett • 2nd Lt. William B. Barkley, USMC • SGT Andrew W. Bayless USMC • Seaman Katie Lynn Bizzell, US Navy • A1C Dustin Blakney, 19EMS • 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 • A1C Adam Court, USAF • 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 • PFC 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 • Airman Nathaniel A. Stout • SPC Daniel Sullivan, Army • 2nd Lt. Chad Sweaton, 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.




Ezra Noah Briggs

Roy Marland Harben

Ezra Noah Briggs was born August 26, 1989 in Winter Park, FL, the son of Stephen and Stacy Miller Briggs, Ezra worked as a carpenter and loved playing guitar for the Irish band, Troen. But most of all, Ezra was an amazing father to Noah, 3, and Ezra Ray, 2 months. Ezra departed this life on June 11, 2014, in Harmar, Pennsylvania at the age of 24 years. He is survived by his wife Chelsie Erron Brown of Tarentum, PA and his two sons, Noah Erron and Ezra Ray Briggs; three brothers, Jason Howard Miller of Selmer, Tenn., Joshua Briggs of Houston, TX, Yiri Briggs of Selmer, Tenn.; four sisters, Cassie Morris of Houston, TX, Maranatha Fagan, Hannah Mardis and Katie Briggs all of Selmer, Tenn.; grandparents, Ray and Anavah Mathews, and Eileen Briggs also of Selmer, Tenn.; and a host of extended family and friends who will all miss him dearly. There is a benevolent fund set up to help take care of Chelsie and the boys at memorial-fundraiser/chelsie-noah-and-ezra-benevolent-fund/191030. Or you may send a check to 403 Meadow Lane, Selmer TN 38375 c/o Stacy Briggs Graveside service were held on June 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Rose Creek Village Cemetery in Selmer, Tennessee.

Funeral services for Roy Marland Harben, age 81, were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14th at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Richard Doyle and Bro. Trent Nethery officiating. Burial was in Indian Creek Cemetery. Mr. Harben died June 11, 2014 at his residence in Corinth. He was born November 25th, 1932 to the late Roy Everett Harben and Amy Verna Martin Harben. He graduated from Ramer High School and was a member of Chewalla Baptist Church. He was the owner of Harben Grocery in Guys and also worked in sales. He loved to play checkers with his Saturday morning group and enjoyed fishing as much as he could. He loved his little buddy Spikey who was always there by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Martin Lee Harben and Robert Wylie Harben. Mr. Harben is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Harben; two sons, Joeseph Everett Harben and wife Nancy of Jackson, MS and David Marland Harben and wife Cindy of Little Rock, AK; a daughter Charlotte and husband Brad VanTreese of Dallas, TX. Six grandchildren, J. Michael Harben, Christopher E. Harben, D. Dustin Harben, Adam B. Harben, Marley J. (Aston) Hannah and Steven L. Davis. He also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Jada Harben, Braylin Hannah, and Regan Hannah; two sisters, Mary Ann Blakenship and (Bobby) and Barbara Gray both of Guys, Tenn. Condolences can be left at


Carolyn Petty Carolyn Petty was born February 5, 1948 in Ramer, Tenn., the daughter of the late Leonard George and Ruby Lee Sanders Pickens. Ms. Petty was a LPN for Hardin County Nursing Home in Savannah, Tennessee for many years. She served her country honorably in the United States Air Force. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and loved them dearly. Ms. Petty departed this life on June 13, 2014 in Savannah, Tennessee at the age of 66 years, 4 months, 8 days. She is survived by a daughter, Angela Maness of Savannah, Tenn.; two grandsons, Sean Caldwell and Nicholas Maness both of Savannah, Tenn.; four sisters, Linda Dettrie of Adamsville, Tenn., Clara Bearden of Adamsville, Tenn., Wanda Naylor, JoAnn Osborne of Louisville, KY; two brothers, Raymond Pickens of Stantonville, Tenn., Ray Pickens of Adamsville, Tenn.; amd a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Ms. Petty was preceded in death by a son, Charles Markham; four sisters, Thelma Kirk, Juanita Moffet, Yovonne Carroll, Sarah Baker. Visitation was held on Monday, June 16, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer. Private interment services.

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SUNRISE By David Coy

Resolve Peter Ainslie once wrote that “sorrow is the greatest schoolroom on earth.” I have often said myself that grief is a painful tutor. Yet if we are willing to pay attention to what our life’s experience is teaching us, then we have the opportunity to learn a great deal. We have the ability to be strengthened from our journey with grief if we will but determine. It will take resolve on our part. The word comes from the Latin resolvere which means ‘to loosen, undo, settle,’ from re-, intensive prefix or back to original place + solver “loosen”. ( It has come to mean, ‘determination, firmness or fixedness of purpose’. ( Tennyson said a tree is ‘storm-strengthened on a windy site.’ I read somewhere someone once said that it does not matter what happens to us as much as what happens in us; that with every storm of life our character is tested. We either grow stronger or weaker depending on how we choose to respond to life’s challenges. You see we can choose not to be overcome by our travail in life, but stand fast in our calamity with “firmness of resolve, mental equilibrium”. This will require the resoluteness to remain in a ‘state of being difficult to overthrow, power of remaining upright’ (stability, ibid.) In our journey with grief we may find ourselves in a weakened state of mind. During this time we may experience brain fog, doubt, or indecision that may cloud our thinking. We may struggle to focus on one task, when formerly we were able to multi-task with ease. As we are bombarded with a number of different emotions at the same time, we may become overwhelmed with the idea that we cannot continue this way. It is then that we must not give in to these feelings of doubt, despair or hopelessness. You can overcome with resolve. Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@

Sanders Family The family of Willie Avis Sanders would like to thank everyone for the gifts, flowers, food, phone calls, visits and being there for us during our loss. We would like to thank the staff at Legacy Hospice and Colleen and Dorita, his caregivers and nurse for all the comfort and support they gave us. Randall & Marva Sanders Brenda Todd Doris & William Ingle and all grandkids

IN MEMORY In Loving Memory of Molly

12 years ago you went away. That day is still so vivid in my mind. My heart was ripped out and I thought I would never be able to be happy again. Those days after you went to heaven were so hard to get through, but here I am 12 years later still here. Only through God’s grace and my family have I gotten through this. When you lose someone you love so much there is an empty place in your heart that is never filled and for me time does not heal all pain, it’s just your learn to adapt. I am so grateful I have the boys and you Daddy who have helped me through the years and with them I find happiness that on that terrible day I never thought I would find again. On days like today I still reflect back to losing you, it’s something I can’t help, but I know you and Mamo are playing together in Heaven. You are in a place where no more tears will flow, no more pain. I wanted that here on Earth for you, but living in this world it would have been impossible as everyday you seem to hear so much heartache going on. Molly you taught me so much that brings me comfort today. You were brave, you were compassionate and you was a dream. I dreamed to have a little girl who loved and lived every moment she had to the fullest. I hold on to all of those sweet memories. Thank God I make those memories with your brothers and Daddy. You would be so proud of them. I will also have a blessed memory this year on me and your Daddy’s anniversary. The family first grandchild, Samantha is getting married. At that exact time your Dad and me got married. A wonderful happy memory and bless her because she will remember you with a lit candle. If you was here you would have been in her wedding. I am so grateful even though she didn’t have to, she will remember you. That means so much to me because I feel your spirit will be there. Molly, your love will always be here and we will never forget. I will see you soon and I love you. Mom

CHURCH EVENTS June 19 • Solitude Free Will Baptist Church VBS Solitude Free Will Baptist Church invites the surrounding to community to their Weird Animals VBS, where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-aKind! At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations! They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with The Tail End—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:00PM. Weird Animals VBS is for kids from 4 to12 years of age.

Times are as follows June 19th and June 20th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. June 21from 9 until 2 p.m. (w/ lunch served) June 22 5-6 p.m. (closing ceremony w/refreshments) For more information or a ride please call Amber Vires 610-3842.

Butler’s Chapel Baptist Church will have their homecoming service Sunday, June 22, 2014. The Beck Family from Cots, AR will be singing and preaching. Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch. Bro. Wayne McKee and congregation invite you to attend.

June 20-22 • Beauty Hill United Pentecostal Church Beauty Hill United Pentecostal Church, 46 Beauty Hill Road, Bethel Springs, TN 38315, will have Children’s Revival June 20-22. Pastor Jonathan Tubbs. Children’s Revival with Rev. Bryan Saddler. Friday night, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22 at 10 a.m. *Saturday will also be an outdoor fun day after the service.* Children’s service, games, lunch, bounce house, slide.

• New Salem Church Homecoming New Salem Church will have Homecoming and Decoration on Sunday June 22nd at 10:30am. The Barnett family will be singing. Everyone is invited! Look forward to seeing you there!

June 22 • Butler’s Chapel Church Homecoming

• Vacation Bible School at West Shiloh Baptist Vacation Bible School will

• Union Grove Singing Union Grove United Methodist Church will have our fourth Sunday singing on June 22nd. Guest singers will be the Barnett family from Stanton, Tenn. Pot luck supper at 6:00 and singing starting at 7:00. Come out and enjoy the fellowship and great singing. Everyone is welcome. Church is located just off Highway 142 on Pleasant Site Rd.

be held at West Shiloh Baptist Church in Stantonville on June 20, 21, and 22, 2014. The VBS theme is BLAST OFF!!!Launching Kids on a Mission of God’s Love. Friday, June 20th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 22nd from 5 – 6:30 p.m. We invite all preschool thru 6th graders and their parents to attend. For more information or for a ride call 731-632-4305. • Trinity Baptist Church VBS Vacation Bible School - Trinity Baptist Church 7193 Michie-Pebble Hill Rd, Michie, TN Saturday June 21st from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be Bible stories, games, crafts, food and a lot of fun. • Lebanon United Methodist Church Lebanon United Methodist Church, 250 Chambers Store Road, invites you to homecoing services Sunday June 22, 2014. Worship service will began at 10:00 a.m. with pastor Steve Webb delivering the message, a time of fellowship


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645-6222 610-5035

This is your Invitation to Attend

Fourth Street Church of Christ Every Visitor is an Honored Guest SCHEDULE OF SERVICES 19:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 142 N. 4th St. 16:00 p.m.

Selmer, TN

(off Court Square)

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Phillip and Karla Burns of Michie are pleased to announce the wedding of their daughter, Samantha to Ethan Ellis of Gibson, Tenn. The wedding ceremony will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Chewalla Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception.


will follow the message, and a potluck lunch at noon. Brent Malone’s group Second ChancZ will be singing in the afternoon. Come out and enjoy Christian fellowship. For more information call 645-6919. • Saulter’s Chapter CME Church Appreciation Day Saulter’s Chapel C.M.E. Church, Michie, TN 38357, will be having their Pastor and wife appreciation on June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor James Agnew. Rev. Robert Fields, City Road Temple Church Family of Corinth, MS will be the special guest. We hope to see you there.

Mallory Lauren Cox & Charles Curtis Graham

Cox - Graham Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Droop) Cox are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mallory Lauren Cox, to Charles Curtis Graham, son of Anthony and Tammy Gullett and Mike and Lisa Graham both of Selmer, TN. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Charles and Wilma Jo Cox and the late Preston and Maxine Johnson both of Selmer, TN. She is a 2008 graduate of McNairy Central High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Studies K-6 in December 2012 from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is currently employed as a First Grade Teacher at Bolivar Elementary School and as the Football Cheer Coach at McNairy Central High School. The prospective groom is the grandson of Carroll and Cindy Graham of Selmer, TN, Charlotte Harris of Selmer, TN, Robert and Joan Bedwell of Ramer, TN, Bill and Brenda Harris of Michie, TN, and the late Norman Baker of Selmer, TN. He is a 2009 graduate of McNairy Central High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in December 2013 from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is currently employed as a Process Technician at Kimberly Clark in Corinth, MS. The couple will exchange vows on Saturday June 21st at 6:30 in the evening at Hope Vineyards in Ramer, TN with a reception to follow. All friends and family are invited to attend. The couple will reside in Selmer, TN after a honeymoon in Jamaica.

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• St. Rest M.B. Church Pastor Installation Installation services for the new pastor, Rev. Avence Pittman Jr. will be Sunday, June 22nd at 3:30 p.m. Special guest Rev. Dr. Benjamin Pittman and the Mt. Moriah M.B. Church family. Come and worship with us. June 23 • Mt. Zion Baptist Church VBS Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School June 23-27 from 6pm- 8:30pm. Everyone is invited! For more information call 934-9717. June 24 • McGee Returns to Believers’ Church Believers’ Church, Selmer, is hosting our 11th annual Faith For Families conference with author and speaker Joe McGee Tuesday, June 24th through Thursday, June 26th, 7 p.m. nightly. Joe’s insights into home life will open up scriptural secrets and common-

sense applications that will powerfully change your family and your life. The church is located at 1431 Peach St, Selmer, TN. For more information call Pastor Bill Linam 645-8741. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for some valuable home improvement! June 28 • Chewalla Baptis Church Color Run The Chewalla Baptist Color Run will be Saturday, June 28 at the Eastview City Park. The registration is at 9 a.m. and the run will begin at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person or $40 for a family (limit 2 T-shirts for family fee). Proceeds will go to McNairy County’s Relay for Life. If you register by June 14, you will receive a T-shirt. This will be a fun event for all ages. For information, e-mail: or You can search Chewalla Baptist Church on Facebook. June 29 • Meeks Grove Sunday Night Singing There will be a 5th Sunday night singing at Meeks Grove Freewill Baptist Church on June 29, 2014. Church is located on Tommy Sanders Road, near Stantonville, Tenn. Time 6 p.m. featuring the Holt Family from Savannah, Tenn. The Christian servants from Athens, AL, the Tennessee River Boys from Stantonville, Tenn. Pastor: Bro. Daniel Holt invite everyone to come. For more information call 632-4732, Jerry Whitten. Other special singers.

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those attending to bring side dishes and desserts. For more information call Rickey Scott at 731-687-7237. • Michie Summer Bash Michie Summer Bash will be June 21st at Michie City Park. Doors open at 3pm with food, music, games, crafts, vendors, booths and the Lego Movie at dusk. For further information contact the City of Michie at 731-239-3680. • Breakfast with Bo Burk Come meet your candidate, Bo Burk on Saturday from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Selmer Civic Center. Enjoy a free breakfast with Bo. • 5th District Breakfast The McNairy County 5th district is having a

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Arts in McNairy holds annual photography contest By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

All you amateur photographers out there could win cash prizes and valuable exposure in the 2014 Arts in McNairy Photo Contest. Last year 13 people submitted 66 entries according to Lanessa Miller of AiM. It is a show of talent, everyone who enters is displayed and all are welcome to the closing reception to socialize with other creatives and families,” Miller said. More than $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded, including $100 for Best in Show. Three prizes will be given in the portrait, environment, artistry and moment category. First prize in any of these categories is $70, second prize is $35 and third prize and honorable mention will get your entry fees waived for the 2015 contest. “One of the new unique features of AiM’s Photo Contest is the way winners are categorized. Entrants no longer have to stress over a label, our judges can be flexible when dividing winners into one of four areas of strength,” Miller said. The four areas are portrait, which should reveal the character of a subject, such as a person, animal, plant or object. Pictures in this category will often be close-ups. The second category is environment, which should capture the essence of a place, rural or urban, interior or exterior. Photos in this category will often be long shots. Photos of McNairy County and surrounding counties will be given preference in this category. Artistry is another category. In this category, you want to show your creativity in concept, editing or staging. The final category is moment. These photos will capture a fleeting moment due to action, coincidence or lighting.

The Best in Show will be strongest in the above areas. The deadline for mailing entries was June 14, but you can still hand-deliver your photos to Ross Mitchell by Saturday at the Simpson & Simpson Law office in Selmer at 108 N. 3rd St. The office is across the street from Pat’s Cafe and the phone number is (731) 645-3366. The contest is open to all ages and all photos will be displayed in the gallery. Photographers earning a significant portion of their income through photography are not eligible. Photos taken more than three years ago or past AiM contest entries are also not eligible. Digitally enhanced and High Dynamic Range photos are welcomed but not required. This year photos must be submitted as 8 x 10 prints (no 5 x 7s) and as .jpg digital files. For display consistency, prints must be matted or mounted. Entry forms must be affixed to the back of the photos. Email .jpegs as attachments to Lanessa Miller at Include your name and the title of the photo in each file name. Files over 20 mb can be sent via Dropbox or WeTransfer. “Yes, the digital file is required. It is a shame to have so many beautiful prints only available to see only in person and for a limited time. We plan to create a slideshow of the entries for presentation during other AiM events and perhaps a gallery of the show online. We will definitely be posting the winning photos on our Facebook page. If anyone needs assistance completing this requirement, please call ... (931) 206-4860 for help,” Miller said. Entry fees are $10 per photo for up to three photos and $5 for each additional entry. You can pay entry fees online at Entry grants AiM the right to reproduce or post photos as needed. Winners will be notified at the conclusion of judging before hanging in July. Entries will be on display at the AiM Gallery in the Latta Visitor’s and Cultural Center in

Selmer across from the Courthouse. Prizes will be awarded at the closing reception on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Be sure and collect you entries at the conclusion of the reception.

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Job bus comes to Selmer again on July 7

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Job seekers avail themselves of the services provided by the West Tennessee Career Coach in Selmer on June 10. Services provided include training workshops, helping people with interviewing skills and job search skills, according to Fedtricia Barnes, Career Specialist with Workforce Investment Act office, Area 11, which includes McNairy County. Prospective employees will also be able to search for jobs on the computer terminals on the coach. Barnes originally had it set up that the bus would come to Selmer once every three months, but due to the high unemployment in the county that schedule has been increased to once a month. The bus is scheduled to return to the county July 7. Contrary to rumors that are circulating, the Career Service Center in Savannah, Tenn. has not been closed and, to Barnes’ knowledge will not be closed any time in the near future. “It’s still open for business,” Barnes said. Barnes did say that some other offices have been closed. “I know they closed a bunch of them, but Savannah was not one of the unemployment offices that got closed,” Barnes said. “We are trying to get these people to work in McNairy County,” Barnes said.



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Thousands attend Rockabilly Revival Last Saturday the 6th Annual Rockabilly Highway Revival took over the streets of Downtown Selmer. Residents enjoyed meeting up with their local political candidates, as well as shopping at all of the booths which offered food, crafts and more. Several bands including the two Headliners Harry Fontana, and The Eskimo Brothers took the stage throughout the day. All photos by Independent Appeal staff.

June 23 • Ruritan Club Meeting Eastview Ruritan Club will meet June 23rd at 6:30 at Eastview Civic Center. June 24 • Historical Society McNairy County Historical Society will meet Tuesday June 24th at the McConnico Library at 7pm. Guest speaker will be Park Ranger Heather Henson. She will do a presentation on the PCC (Pavilion Conservation Camp- Camps created during the depression to give civilians jobs) If you or a family member was involved in these camps please come share your story. Everyone is invited to attend.

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June 28 • Isbell Family Reunion The annual Isbell Family Reunion will be held June 28, 2014 at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Fellowship Hall starting at 10 a.m. All relatives of Thomas Dillar Isbell Jr. and his two wives, Frances Holyfield Isbell and Sarah Harley Isbell are invited. Friends and neighbors are welcome. Bring a dish to share at lunch which will be served at noon. We have the Hall all day, so bring pictures, stories, grandchildren and anything else that you want to share. For information contact Patsye at 610-0792. July 12 • Car Show 2014 There will be a Summer Extravangza Car Show 2014 at the Selmer City Park on Saturday, July 12. Entry fee will be $25. Top 50. For more information call 731610-1881 or 731-645-0670. October 12-18 • Niagara Falls & Toronto Canada Deposit Due June 26 Selmer Senior Center is co-sponsoring a wonderful 7 day, 6 night trip October 12-18, 2014 to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Tour highlights include transportation, lodging, 10 meals, guided tour of the Niagara Falls area, the Niagara Cruise, historical Niagara on on the Lake, guided tour of Toronto with a visit to the magnificent Casa Loma Castle, a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History plus much more. Cost of the trip is $609 per double occupancy. A $75 deposit is due by June 26th with final payment by August 29th. For more information, contact Hollie Knight at 731-645-7843.

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BETHEL SPRINGS NEWS Hello Everyone, Well, say hello to old man Summer it looks like it’s here to stay. So prepare yourself to enjoy. The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church was held June 1-4 in Paducah Ky. Rev Shirley Williams Pastor of New Bethel United Methodist Church and Sister Marilyn Wade, Delegate, attended. The theme was: Expecting Greater Things, DISCOVEREQUIP-CONNECT-SEND. It was a great teaching experience for all. Pauline Smith of Detroit came home last week to spent time with her cousin Linda Kirk before she transcended to another life. The entire Smith family was present for Linda’s home going services. On June 22, the men of New Bethel will be celebrating Men’s Day at 3 p.m. Elder Frank Holiday Pastor of The Greater Evangelical Ministry Church of Purdy will be the speaker for the event, please come and worship with us you are always welcome. Leroy Lawles of the Tillman Chapel community in Henderson passed away, services are incomplete at this time, keep the family in your prayers. Chasity Sain had eye sur-

gery last week in Memphis, she is at home doing much better. Pray for her quick recovery. In loving memory of Linda Frances Harvell Kirk whose sunrise was on Aug. 24 1949, and sunset on June 10 of this year. Services were held last Saturday at the Forret Hill Church of Christ. Stephenson-Shaw Funeral Home of Jackson was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at Bethel Springs Cemetery keep the family in your prayers. Homegoing services for Mary L. Johnson will be held June 17, at 2:00 p.m. at Prospect Methodist Church in Selmer. She was called home to her final resting place on June 11, after a long extended illness. She will be missed by all who knew her by the work that she has done in the McNairy County School System, her church, and the community. Her legacy will live on thru the Mary L. Johnson Foundation. We extend to the family our deepest sympathy Selmer Mortuary in charge of arrangements. A Happy Father’s Day was enjoyed by all the Dads at New Bethel on Sunday. So until next time be good to yourself and others.


Carl Perkins center offers training to help protect children By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

The local office of the Exchange Club, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in McNairy County is offering training to area adults to help protect children from abuse. Luke DeLaVergne, the local center’s director, is a trained facilitator for the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children program an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. The course offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach. The program details the real-world dangers of child sexual abuse. DeLaVergne relayed some of the sobering facts which demonstrate the importance of the training stating that 1 in 10 children will face child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. The program also deals with the growing problem children face from online predators. The program lists that 1 in 5 children have been sexually solicited while on the Internet. According to the 2010 Norton Family Report the problem is even more invasive with more than 62 percent of children reporting a bad experience online meaning that they had either been the victim of cyber bullying, been exposed to inappropriate content, or propositioned to meet up with someone after an online discussion. DeLaVergne said that the Stewards of Children twohour class comes with video segments that cover adult survivors of child sexual abuse and includes information to help churches and schools protect children. The course offers some simple solutions that these organizations can use to help prevent abuse, DeLaVergne said. One of the most simple solutions it suggested was to always to have more than one adult present during activities, classes or events with children. Another simple solution DeLaVergne mentioned was

CIRCUIT COURT Steven Hicks, 11575 Hwy 69 Savannah, TN –Violation of Probation, Probation is Revoked and Reinstated and transferred to Community Correction’s . Christopher Whitfield, 502 W. Cherry Ave. Selmer, TN – Violation of Probation- Probation revoked and reinstated, extended sentence for one year, 21 days of shock incarceration. Michael O. O’neal, Selmer, TN – Violation of Probation, Probation is Revoked and Reinstated, and transferred to Community Corrections. 32 days of shock incarceration. Michael Taylor, 960 Purdy Rd. Selmer, TN - Violation of Probation, Probation is Revoked and Reinstated. Anthony P. Fuqua, Cypress St. Apt. 7 Selmer, TN- Ct. 1 Aggravated Burglary, Ct. 2 Theft of Property over 1,000, Ct. 3 is Vandalism under $500, sentenced on CT. 1 to 10 yrs @ 45% , Ct. 2 8 yrs @ 45%, CT 3 is 11/29 @ 75% all to TN Dept of Correction’s, Suspended to Community Correction’s after serving 211 days in jail. Must pay cost, all counts are concurrent but consecutive to Tishomingo, MS CR00-055BT. Vickie L. Knight, 208 Wisdom St. Bethel Springs, TN – Docket 2949B- Ct. 1 Delivery of Sch. IV, sentenced to 6 yrs


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at 35% to TN Dept of Corrections, suspended to Community Correction’s following 21 days in jail. 3K fine and cost, concurrent with McNairy County 3049 and 2881B consecutive to 1458B and 1463. Docket 2881B Ct. 1 Delivery of Sch. IV, sentenced to 4 yrs @ 35%, Ct. 2 Delivery of Sch. II substance cocaine, sentenced to 6 yrs @ 35% to TN Department of Corrections, suspended to Community Correction’s following 21 days in jail, 3K fine and cost on each count, concurrent with McNairy County 2949B and 3049, consecutive to 1458B and 1463 Docket # 3049 Ct. 1 TN Care Fraud sentences to 2 yrs at 30%, TN Dept of Correction, suspended to Community Corrections’ , 21 days in jail, must pay cost and restitution to the State of TN, Concurrent with McNairy County 2949B and 2881B, Consecutive to 1458B and 1463. Melissa Ann Barnes, 17 Falcon Rd. Selmer, TN - Docket 3180 – Ct. 1 Delivery of Sch. VI (marijuana) sentenced to 2 yrs @ 30%, suspended to State Probation, 2K fine and cost, Docket 3181B –Ct 1 Facilita-

tion to Deliver Sch. VI (marijuana) sentenced to 11/29 @ 75%, suspended to State Probation, must pay cost, both dockets are concurrent. Damien Travis Black, 503 Circle Hill Dr. Selmer, TN – Ct. 1 Casual Exchange of a controlled substance- sentenced to 11/29 @ 75% county jail, 500.00 fine and cost, suspended to county probation. Christopher Burton, 660 Purdy Rd. Selmer, TN- Ct 1, 2, and 3 Casual Exchange of a controlled substance, sentenced on all counts to 11/29 @ 75% county jail, 250.00 fine on each count plus court cost, all counts are concurrent, suspended to county probation. Tristan Croom, 1743 Buena Vista Rd. Bethel Springs, TN – Facilitation to Deliver Sch. II substance, sentenced to 2 yrs @ 30% TN Dept of Corrections, 22 days in jail, 500.00 fine and cost, sentence is suspended to State Probation. Jennifer White, 124 N. Magnolia St. Adamsville, TN – Ct. 1 Simple Poss. of Sch. II (Morphine) Ct. 2 Introduction of Contraband to a Penal Facility, sentenced on Ct. 1 to 11/29 at 75%, Ct 2 3 years at 30%,

57 days in jail, 750.00 fine and cost, suspended to State probation. Consecutive to McNairy County #2847. Must complete drug rehabilitation. Allen Lamar Wyke, Selmer, TN Violation of Probation- Violation is dismissed, sentence is expired. Timothy Kitchen, 1929 Lawton Rd. Selmer, TN – Violation of Probation, Violation is revoked, defendant to pay 200.00 a month until cost and fines are paid. Willie Earl Spencer, 1900 Village St. Savannah, TN- Violation of Probation, probation is revoked, defendant to complete long term rehabilitation, upon completion probation may be reinstated. Zachary Amos, 975 Old Purdy Rd. Selmer, TN Ct. 1 Facilitation to Deliver Sch. II substance, Ct 2 Delivery of Sch. II substance, Sentenced to Ct. 1 2 yrs @ 35%, Ct 2 8 years @ 35% TN Dept of Correction, 121 days in jail, 500.00 fine on Ct. 1 and 3K fine on Ct. 2 plus cost, suspended to community corrections, defendant must complete long term rehabilitation.

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The Greatest Generation

slipped across the border, we were down to even less than that, so we were always understaffed,” Schumacher said. The Germans began at first to crumble after they got past Saint-Lô, France and in the middle of Belgium, Schumacher said. The Germans reinvigorated when they pulled back into their own country, when they got to the Hürtgen Forest. This a densely wooded area that is more hilly than around here. “Every time you moved, a guy on the hill with a machine gun, which you couldn’t see, was shooting at you. If they saw a little movement over here, they would send down a burst of ammunition,” Schumacher said. Schumacher said that visibility in the Hürtgen Forest was only 300 or 400 feet. “Somebody who is dug in— You’re almost on top of them before you know it,” Schumacher said. It took Allied troops from midSeptember almost to Thanksgiving to fight their way through the Hürtgen Forest, Schumacher said. Sometimes the Allies would only advance a few hundred feet a day. Schumacher carried the M1 Garand rifle. This is a semi-automatic weapon. The clip on this gun held seven rounds. “I was issued a new one when I got to France. I had it with me all the time. I never lost it. You never let your gun out of your hand,” Schumacher said. In the second part of our interview with Paul Schumacher, he talks about the Battle of the Bulge.

Paul Schumacher Part 1, The Battle of the Hürtgen Forest By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer We continue with our Greatest Generation series in which we tell the stories of our local heroes of World War II. Paul Schumacher, of Gravel Hill, landed on Utah Beach, but it was not on D-Day. Schumacher was still in training on June 6, 1944. It was in September 1944, that he came ashore. He fought in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, crossed the Rhine River at the bridge at Remagen, entering Germany and advanced to the Elbe River, where U. S. forces met the Russians. He and his unit liberated the Nordhausen concentration camp. One of the first battles Schumacher took part in after joining his unit, the 9th Infantry Division, was Paustenbach Hill. This was part of the Siegfried Line defenses between Germany and Belgium. Schumacher said that World War II foxholes are still present in the Hürtgen Forest. “In the Hürtgen Forest, where the Battle of the Bulge took place and also the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, you can still see foxholes and trenches that the soldiers had made. You can’t safely walk through the woods anymore. You can stay on the paths, but not all that land is cleared. They caution you, ‘Stay on the path. Don’t go cross-country because there are live munitions there,’” Schumacher said. Schumacher took his grandkids back to the Hürtgen Forest a few years ago. “There was a huge battle there,” Schumacher said about

Paustenbach Hill. “Last spring I tried on my uniform. I could wear it, but I couldn’t button it,” Schumacher said as he laughed. Schumacher donated some of his uniforms to the Hürtgen Forest museum. Allied forces liberated Belgium on September12 and Schumacher got to the front line a few days after that. Schumacher faced his first battle after he reached German soil. The 9th Infantry Division crossed the Rhine River on September 14 but Schumacher’s 39th Infantry Division crossed into Germany later. The captain of Schumacher’s company was badly injured at Lammersdorf, Germany in September and was not replaced until mid-October. There was a period of time when there were no officers in Schumacher’s company, the highest-ranking soldiers were sergeants. Normally, a platoon is around 40 soldiers, but when Schumacher got to his platoon, only six were left. “A couple of days after I’d been in combat, after I had

Selmer Mayor proposes property swap, cooperation on wheel tax to school board By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Selmer Mayor John Smith in an address to the school board’s working meeting last Thursday proposed that in exchange for the county letting Selmer buy the old Pickwick Electric Cooperative building, Selmer would sell the Selmer Utility Division building to the county or school board and he would work with the board to get a wheel tax dedicated to the schools passed. Smith said he had a couple of sug-

gestions for the board. “This is something dear to my heart,” Smith said about Selmer purchasing the old Pickwick building. The county has signed an agreement to purchase the building for $1.5 million, paid over the next 15 years. This purchase price is being paid in tax abatement on the new Pickwick building. However, the county has a right to assign (transfer) the contract. If the county did this, it would free up $100,000 a year, Smith observed. Smith said he would like to work out

a deal to sell the SUD building to the school board or the county and for Selmer to purchase the old Pickwick building. This and other property could be available to the county for one-third of the purchase price of the Pickwick building, Smith said. Smith said he believed that McNairy Countians would be for a wheel tax if they knew what it would be spent for. Smith said the Selmer budget had to be cut, but that the town was able to get 18 employees up to $10 an hour in pay.

The wheel tax could be marketed as going to the schools, Smith said. “There possibly is a way to at least free up $100,000 and for us to work together on a wheel tax that makes sense and is used strictly for the schools. I would rather see the $1.5 million from the county go to a school instead of a building,” Smith said. Prince said that Smith had given him a tour of the SUD building. Smith said the SUD building has 20 offices and includes an upstairs and a warehouse.

Selmer to apply for disaster grant for generator cell tower to be upgraded By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

The Selmer Civic Center, which is the storm shelter for the town, may be getting a new generator and it may not cost taxpayers a cent. The Selmer Board of Alderman approved applying for a $250,000 disaster grant to be used for this purpose at its June 10 meeting. “This just came in last week and we’ve had to move on it pretty quickly,” said Mayor John Smith. The Mayor said that Fire Chief Anthony Carr, Southwest Tennessee Development District and Bruce Spaulding had worked on the grant. The grant requires no matching funds by the town, Carr said. “The community center is our shelter and we have just not been able to afford to put a generator in it,” Carr said. Jim Replogle, in his Building Inspector’s report, told the Selmer Mayor and Board of Aldermen’s meeting June 10 that the Planning Commission had approved six new telecommunication antennas at the end of Sixth Street. Three will be taken down. In addition, Replogle said that the commission approved the site plan for the a possible new O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. The site plan was for a 7,000 square foot store located on Highway 45 on a 1.5 acre lot, according to the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting. Public Works Director Richard Ashe spoke about the water valve repairs in response to a question from Simpson. “This has been an issue that has been going on for about a year. We just already hopefully addressed all of it at one time. We don’t like digging up roads...but we just make a big mess one time (instead) of a little mess over and

over, so we try to do it all at one time,” Ashe said. In old business, the board passed the 2013-2014 amended budget ordinance as may be necessary to cover capital outlay expenditures and the 2014-2015 budget ordinance, both on second reading. Both become law on the Mayor’s signature. The new budget includes the same property tax rate as last year, $0.806 per $100 value. In new business, the board passed a resolution to provide in the town’s personnel policy for physical examinations for current and future city employees “It would be to get a good bill of health from licensed professional medical doctor,” explained Mayor John Smith. In response to a question from Tull, Mayor Smith said that the city would like to have police officers Peace Officers Standards and Training certified at the time of employment, but this is not required. “We can hire a man, send him to school and get him POST certfied,” explained Chief of Police Neal Burks. Burks said this costs the city money that will be saved if they hire officers who are already certified. Burks said there were physical requirements in order to be POST certified. Mayor Smith said that this is not a physical agility test, but a physical exam. The board approved allowing Mayor Smith to explore Selmer purchasing the Pickwick Electric Cooperative building. Abernathy explained that McNairy County had entered into a real estate purchase agreement for the current PEC building for $1.5 million. “There has been some interest ex-


pressed as to whether or not the county would have an interest in assigning (transferring) that contract to the city and whether or not the city would have an interest in accepting that assignment,” Abernathy said. The board would have to approve any deal made later, Abernathy said. According to the contract, it can be assigned with the consent of PEC and withholding of consent must be reasonable. Abernathy represented PEC in all negotiations with the county for the sale. The closing on the contract will occur no later than Dec. 31 or 30 days after PEC vacates the premises, whichever is later, Abernathy said. “If there is any interest, Mayor, go kick the tires and see,” Abernathy said. The board also passed a resolution removing employee appeals to the board. The employee will be able to appeal to the mayor if he or she is suspended for more than 10 days or fired. If an employee is unhappy with a working situation or a dispute arises between the employee and a supervisor and department head, the employee must first discuss the matter with the department head. If no solution can be reached by them, the two must go together with the problem to the mayor. The resolution passed by a 4-1 vote, with Tull voting no and Vice-Mayor John Finlayson, and Aldermen, Simpson, Smith and Johnny Norris voting yes. Tull criticized the word unhappy being in the resolution. “That opens up a pretty broad avenue of grievances,” Tull said. Tull suggested that if an employee feels he or she has been treated unfairly would be a better standard. “It wasn’t my first choice of words,

but that was the word that was already in the existing ordinance,” Abernathy explained. Mayor Smith explained that the wording came from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. “I guess I’d have confidence in the department head and the mayor to deal with someone who is unhappy,” Abernathy said. “I think it would be interesting to attend one of those meetings to see what would make an employee happy. I don’t know if they need to get a card every month, box of Kleenex,” Abernathy joked. The board created a business mixed use zone and zoned an area southeast of Walmart into that zone. Tull voted against both of these ordinances with all other aldermen voting aye. “We’re allowing somebody to live in this building, the Bargain Barn and run a business in it the same time. I’m not sure, in my opinion, that this is the right time to do that without looking into it in a little more detail. I’m not wanting to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Tull said. Mayor Smith said the he and the board had been talking about this for a year. The city renewed its annual right of way maintenance contract with the Tennesse Department of Transportation. The work is subcontracted to Randy Elliot and Brad Johnson, who actually do the work. Under the five-year deal the city gets six mowings a year on the Bypass rather than the three it would by the state, said Abernathy. “It’s always worked very well—a real plus for the town,” Abernathy said. “They’re doing a heck of a good job,” Mayor Smith said.


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THE STORY OF ROBERT MOORE By Christen Coulon Managing Editor

When we left off last week with the Incredible story of Bethel Springs native Robert Moore, he had left McNairy County after making money on a power steering invention and headed off to Nashville. Moore said that Nashville was a much different place in the 1950s. He said that Broadway was not the clean, tourist friendly area visitors will find today, but it was a line of bars and clubs that was known as somewhat of a rough and tumble area. When Moore went to Nashville he found himself right in the middle of all of the action on Broadway at a flophouse then called the the Merchant Hotel. Moore said that it was not uncommon at that time to see a fight on the street. One night outside of the Merchant he came upon a violent person. “It was my first time on Broadway and I went to the hotel down there,” Moore said. “(Merchants’ owner at that time) Buck Bowers was having trouble with a guy down there and when he started off with a knife, I hit him. When I hit him, that is when the police showed up.” Moore said that he was arrested and spent a rough night in jail, but when he showed up at the courthouse the next morning his new friends at Merchants were there to support him and all charges were dismissed. Moore then returned to the Merchant where the owner was having difficulty making ends meet to keep the doors open. Moore said that at one point the owner was down to a handful of beers before opening and had already extended all of his credit with his suppliers. Moore said that he got on the line with the suppliers and paid off the owner’s beer debt so the Hotel could remain open and soon the Bethel Springs man found himself part owner of Merchants Hotel. This string of chance occurrences was a pivotal moment in Moore’s life and it began his involvement in the Broadway district of Nashville. However if you ask those who run the bars and restaurants on the street now, they will tell you it was a pivotal moment for Broadway itself. In his book “Three Chords and the Truth: Hope, Heartbreak and the Changing Fortunes of Nashville,” Best Selling author Laurance Leamer details Moore’s impact on Broadway in a chapter devoted to Moore titled “Chains of this town.” Leamer relayed how as owner of the Merchant, Moore transformed the hotel’s bar from a downtown dive into a place where you would want to bring your lady friend. As was touched on in last week’s story, Moore was a wrestler and boxer and while in Nashville Moore sparred with boxing legends such as Muhammad Ali. Moore’s talents for boxing would come in handy as he tried to clean-up Broadway and Moore quickly gained a reputation as a no-nonsense guy who could handle himself when he needed to remove a rowdy customer. As Moore’s new bar and hotel began to take off so did Broadway itself. Moore said that he began to hang out with budding Nashville legends on a nightly basis. Moore recounted that he knew of a new song writer in town, Willie Nelson’s during the 1960s and was at the neighboring bar,

Tootsie’s, when Nelson was writing the popular song, “Hello Walls.” Moore said he watched as Nelson wrote the song at the Tootsies Bar and ran the song upstairs to Faron Young who would sing it. Moore claims that after a few trips upstairs that Young asked Nelson to look around at the walls in the room and said something along the lines of, “Don’t these walls mean anything to you?” Moore then said that he saw the two musicians a few months later when Young came back to Tootsies after recording Nelson’s song, and that Nelson gave Young a kiss and said, “Thank you for making me rich.” One can watch a video of Nelson and Young describing the origins of the song which confirms much of what Moore is said to have witnessed at watch?v=IBN9uk1N2oA. A short time later, Moore met another young singer/songwriter by the name of Dolly Parton on Broadway and he said that he liked her music so he offered her a job singing at Merchants. Parton was far from unknown at the time, having previously recorded music as child, however when the two met up she was still far from the star people know her as today. After playing at Merchants, Moore said that he and Parton became friends and that even years later she often would come in to his clubs to say hello. Parton even took time out of her current Blue Smoke World Tour which is currently playing in Europe to respond to an Independent Appeal request for an interview about Moore.

“I always like to thank people like Robert who gave me an encouraging word and helping hand early in my career,” Dolly Parton said of Robert Moore.

A short time after Parton played at Merchants, Moore would meet another young musician who helped him change Nashville forever. Toby Carr, a well-know musician who has played with various artists including David Allen Coe said that he met Moore when Carr was booked to play at his Birthday Party at the newly opened Rhinestone Cowboy (another of Moore’s clubs). As is the story with many of the current and former club owners and musicians on Broadway he said that Moore liked him and gave him a chance. Carr played at Moore’s clubs the two quickly became friends. Carr said that this was in the early 1970s a short time after Tootsie’s original owner died and the landlord was having a hard time finding tenants who could pay the rent. Carr said that he was friends with landlord who owned the then vacant building where Tootsies is located and after speaking with her she leased the building to Moore and Carr managed the bar. Carr said he knew Tootsie’s would be a success under their management. “Where (Moore) is, that is where everybody goes,” Carr said. “He is why Broadway is there. He had a big part in its development, and without him it wouldn’t even be there. He single handedly created the Broadway people know today.” Carr said that at the time the city’s leaders did not like the Broadway image and they had a much different vision as to what needed to be there.


He said they tried to shut down the honky-tonks and put in office buildings in the area, but Moore continued on and people started to notice. Carr said that before long people would start coming from Europe or South America to visit Nashville and much to the chagrin of the city’s fathers at the time, they were avoiding places like the Grand Ole’ Opera and coming to Moore’s Broadway for the real Nashville experience. “No matter what people did they could not shut that place down,” Carr said. “It was Robert who put tootsie’s on the map.” Even after the two turned Tootsies around, Carr said that Moore was not finished with Broadway and even as Nashville’s leaders tried to fit Country Music into a neat little package and move it away from downtown, Moore kept doing his own thing. According to the Robert’s Western World History page, by the early 1980s, the Lower Broadway district was falling on hard times. The Grand Ole Opry had moved from the Ryman Auditorium to the Gaylord Complex at Opryland U.S.A., dealing a devastating blow to the downtown merchants who relied heavily on the traffic of fans, tourists, and music business folks who attended the Opry. As a result, Broadway saw it’s darkest days since the Great Depression. What was once a haven for country music stars and fans was now a flourishing district of adult bookstores, peep shows, and rundown honkytonks. Then, in the early 1990s, Robert Wayne Moore opened Rhinestone Western Wear, a western boot and apparel store. Having been in the honky tonk business for many years, Robert soon decided that selling western apparel alone just wasn’t enough; soon, a jukebox, beer, and cigarettes were incorporated into the store. Carr said that he remembers when Moore opened the location selling just western wear. After a few modifications Carr said that Moore found a winning formula. “All of the sudden it just started happening,” Carr said about Robert’s becoming the main attraction on Broadway. Ironically, it was an immigrant from Brazil who came to Nashville for the music who met Moore and helped him launch Robert’s into the history books. Robert’s Western World’s current own-

er, Jesse Lee Jones echoed Carr’s sentiment about the rundown nature of downtown during that time with Jones comparing it to the wild west town of Tombstone. Jones said he grew up listening to a variety of music, but said that he fell in love with Country Music watching the musicians on Broadway. Both Carr and Jones credit Moore’s touch with the little things for making Robert’s a hit. Carr said that Moore took the cost cutting steps of putting shower curtains in the bathroom stalls, but he said that the college kids looked at as something campy and before long Robert’s was filled with the students from Vanderbilt and Belmont. Jones said that Robert’s was the first real place in that era on Broadway that started attracting those large multi-cultural crowds, and it was Robert Moore who named Jones and his band BR-549 as the house band at Robert’s. Jones said that on any given night there would be professionals such as doctors and lawyers, country music stars, and locals all drinking side by side. Jones said that Robert’s has grown to become the premier club in Nashville and was even named the number one place to visit in a recent Wall Street Journal article about the 13 reasons someone should go to Nashville. Jones went on to become the owner of Robert’s as well as a well-know musician purchasing the club from its namesake in 1999. A short time later Moore was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor and following surgery he faced a long road to recovery and returned home to McNairy County. Currently, Moore owns the McNairy Grocery in McNairy as well as Moore’s Pizza in Bethel Springs. Looking back on his amazing life Moore said, “I’ve been successful at everything I have done. Sometimes I will get in over my head, but I always get out of it.” When asked if his life would make a good subject for a movie Moore said, “I think it would make a good one.”



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Johnson and Morris are selected for the Tennessee High School Softball All-State Team By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

Congratulations to Olivia Johnson and Gabby Morris for being named to the Tennessee High School Softball All-State team. Both Johnson and Morris had tremendous seasons for the Cardinals both on defense and at the plate. This is the first time that a member of the Adamsville softball team was named to the All-State team since 2006 when center fielder Brooke Hively was given the honor. “Olivia was a really hard worker and a great leader on our softball team,” said head coach Todd McGee. “She will be hard to replace in the lineup and will be greatly missed by everyone. Gabby is a very talented player, and she has developed into one of the best hitters and pitchers in West Tennessee.” Johnson will be headed to Southwest Community College with her sister Anna to continue their softball careers, while Morris will be in the circle for Adamsville for the next two seasons. Both players played extremely well this past season, and both look to have an excellent future ahead of them playing the game.



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There are changes being made in the McNairy County school system in order to be prepared for the 2014-2015 school year, and none may be bigger than the appointment of the new Athletic Director at Adamsville High School. After spending 14 years with the Adamsville girl’s basketball program Jan Waller will be moving into the position, and will be hoping to continue the success recently seen at Adamsville High School. “We talked about this back when Mr. Kimmons was looking for a new position,” said Waller. “ I fell like that this is a role that I can succeed in and I am looking forward to working with the coaches and other administrators.” Being in her coaching position for many years and growing up playing basketball and softball herself, Waller has a good grasp on some of the things that are needed to be done, but those are not the only sports that she will be in charge of. “There will be somewhat of a learning curve with golf and tennis,” said Waller. “ I have been a avid football fan for many years due to my father growing up, and my time on the basketball court through out the years will help me out greatly.” There are many aspects of the school athletics that Waller will now be responsible for, but the school will not be seeing any changes in policy in the near future. “I do not have any plans right now to make any changes,” said Waller. “ Right now I feel that I need to learn, listen and see how things are working now. I have always had the view point that if something is working there is no need in changing it. In the future if I see something that I feel needs to be changed I will, but for now I think everything is running the way it needs to be and there is a lot I need to learn before I try and make any changes.” Waller has had a long relationship with the coaches and their staffs at AHS and looks to work with them closely in the future. “If I can help the coaches in any way, I will,” said Waller. “ However, I am not going to come into the job and feel like I know everything because I do not. I feel like right now it would be best for me to stand back a little and let the coaches run there programs the way they need to be ran and I will be there for any help they may need.” However, learning the new sports and working with the coaches is not going to be the biggest challenge. “I told Principal Martin in my interview that the biggest challenge would be moving into such

a male dominated world,” said Waller. “I hope that the other coaches and athletic directors in the area can hear my ideas and listen to what I have to say. I am going to spend the bulk of my time in the beginning trying to learn the position and I hope that I can continue to move Adamsville athletics in the right direction.” Waller will have the support of the rest of her faculty, along with the support of her current and former students as she takes this administrative role and pushes for the success of all sports at Adamsville High School.

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First annual Rockabilly Color Run

Staff Photos by Janet Rail and Christen Coulon

Rockabilly Highway Revival held its first ever Color Fun Walk and Run last Saturday Morning at the Latta Building in Downtown Selmer. Dozens of runners and walkers came out and each received a bag of colorfully dyed corn starch to throw into the air at the race’s start. Race participants were also eligible for the day’s costume contest which was held before the start of the race. The winners of the Color Run were 1st place Morgan Toomer, 2nd place Bobby Gallagher and 3rd place Benjamin Wilson. The winners of the Color Walk were 1st Sharon Cossar, 2nd Billy Cossar, and 3rd Beth Hillard. Sybil Dancer announces Amelia Young (shown here in the black dress) as the Rockabilly Costume Contest winner.


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West Tennessee Sports Bus Charters The West Tennessee sports bus will be making a special trip to the Titans preseason match-up with the Green Bay Packers. The game will take place on Saturday, August 9 and the game will begin at 7 p.m. The cost will be $73 per person, and this will include game tickets, bus fare and tip for the driver. The seats will be in the upper deck, but they will be located between the 40 and 50 yard lines. The bus will leave Kmart in Jackson, Tenn. at 3:45 p.m. and will return at about midnight on Saturday night. You can bring snacks onto the bus, and you can contact Greg at 731-424-8238 for reservations or more information. Deadline will be July 10. Henderson/Walton Golf Tournament Design Team Sign Company, LLC of Savannah is sponsoring the Henderson/Walton Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. amd Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 8 a.m. at Shiloh Golf Course, Adamsville, Tenn. Friday shootout $500$800 depends on number of players. This is for Relay for Life, American Cancer Society. For more information or to register by phone, call Va Rand at 731-925-4448. Color Run The Chewalla Baptist Color Run will be Saturday, June 28 at the Eastview City Park. The registration is at 9 a.m. and the run will begin at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per person or $40 for a family (limit 2 T-shirts for family fee). Proceeds will go to McNairy County’s Relay for Life. If you register by June 14, you will receive a T-shirt. This will be a fun event for all ages. For information, e-mail: or You can search Chewalla Baptist Church on Facebook. Lady Bobcat Basketball Camp McNairy Central Lady Bobcats Girls Basketball Camp will be June 18th from 8:30-11:30am and June 19th from 1:00-4:00pm. Each camper will receive a camp t shirt. The fundamentals of basketball will be taught to each camper. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in contests each day to display their proficiency of those skills. Contest winners will receive prizes. Campers will also have an opportunity to utilize those skills learned in game situations each day. The aspects of teamwork, selfdiscipline, and sportsmanship will be stressed also. Registration is $30. Call Coach Jerry Lott at 731-6457673. USA Soccer With an amazing opening match against Ghana the United States national soccer team recorded their first tournament win in the 2014 world cup. It did not take long for the Americans to score as Clint Dempsey was able to put the ball in the net just 34 seconds into the match. Although the “Yanks” were able to take a early lead, Ghana was not going to give them the game. With a few injuries on the American side and the strong play from Ghana kept the game at 1-0 until late in the second half. In the eightyfirst minute, Ghana was able to get the ball in goal and score the equalizer. Needing a win to get out of the “Group of Death,” the pressure was now on the American team again. That is until the eighty-sixth minute when John Brooks, who many said should not have made the team, put the ball in the net putting the Americans up 2-1 and securing win.

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Special Needs Athletics keep rolling on through the summer headed towards their final game and awards ceremony which will take place on June 30. Special Needs Athletics works with groups around the area and keeps programs going throughout the year playing baseball, basketball, soccer and more.

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County Schools begin to wrap up summer baseball By Brian Azevedo Sports Editor

Staff Photo by Brian Azevedo

Michael Harpole sends a pitch to the plate against the Bobcats in Chester County.

The McNairy Central and Adamsille High School baseball teams met again in Chester County. In one of the final tournaments of the summer the Cardinals and the Bobcats squared off again, and this time is was some of the upperclassmen on the mound for both teams. Chase Smith, who is a crafty lefty for the Bobcats, took the mound and went to work. Smith was able to pitch well and kept the Cardinal hitters off balance for the majority of the game. On the Adamsville side, it was upcoming senior Michael Harpole who took the mound for the Cardinals. Harpole, like Smith, was able to pitch well as these two pitchers battled against each other. In the middle innings it was the Bobcats who were finally able to break the game open and take a lead over the Cardinals. Both teams fought and battled, but it was the Bobcats who were able to come out on top as Smith was able to stay on the mound and keep the Cardinals off the board. “We played well,” said Cardinal head coach Rennard Woodmore. “We got to see our young guys play well and we got to see some of our upperclassmen come into form. We have a lot to work on before next season, and we will never stop trying to get better.” The Cardinals will have a young team on the field next season, but it will be up to Seniors like Harpole to lead the way and work towards a winning season in 2015. The Bobcats, like the Cardinals, will have a young team on the field next season, but will also have their share of leadership from the older players. “We have a great group of guys,” said Bobcat head coach Brian Franks. “We have some young guys that have a lot of talent and we have a lot of experience in our upperclassmen. I expect them to lead and I expect them to set an example for the younger players so that we can be successful and continue to win on and off the field.”

Staff Photo by Brian Azevedo

Chase Smith throws a pitch against the Cardinals during one of the final summer tournaments in Chester County.

Common sense sports edition, Reforming college football Part 2: playoffs By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Starting this college football season, all arguments and controversy about who is the best major college football team or who belongs in the championship game will end. Just kidding. The new two-game playoff system that will begin this fall will not end arguments over these matters, but the arguments will take a different form than they have in the past. The College Football Playoff is designed to eliminate the controversy over who plays in the national championship game that occurred periodically during the Bowl Championship Series system. This will now be settled on the field and not by polls and computer algorithms. However, this will create controversy as to who should go to the two playoff games and there is sure to be controversy over how they will be chosen. The four teams will be chosen by a 13-member committee that include past and present coaches, players, athletic directors, administrators and media. Some non-controversial committee members are Archie Manning, Tom Osborn and Pat Haden. Others, such as Condoleeza Rice leave some fans scratching their heads, wondering why she was included. Committee members presently affiliated with a university will not be allowed to vote for their own team, but no such ban is in place for members formerly affiliated with a university. This arrangement will be in place for the next 10 years. During this period, it is virtually certain that some will argue

that the playoffs should be expanded to eight teams. It is likely that this will happen at some point. If the playoff is expanded, that will still not end the arguments, but will only expand the arguments to who the eight teams are. The way that will likely be addressed is to expand the playoffs to sixteen teams, and so on, and so forth. At some point, college football could become like the NFL in which it is possible for .500 teams and below to get into the playoffs and wild-card teams being much more likely to win the championship game than the number one seed. (I’ll have more to say about NFL playoff expansion in a later column). The committee is supposed to pick the four teams based upon strength of schedule, record, head-to-head results, conference championships, weather, injuries and other factors. These are all valid factors, especially strength of schedule, which I believe has been underweighted over the past 10 years or so, allowing teams which have played soft schedules and blown those opponents out, to get to the BCS Championship Game, only to be embarrassed. It is not obvious why a 13-member committee will make a better decision than the combination of computer power rankings plus polls of former players, coaches and sports media. Although a computer algorithm is only as smart as the person writing it, it will not be biased as a small committee could be. The smaller the committee, the greater impact of bias among a small number of members. There is broad agreement on how to measure team strength quantitatively, with the caveat that there is substantial variability in the performances of

teams on any given day and unpredictability about how the strategies the two teams adopt will interact. Typically, the winning percentage, weighted by strength of schedule is used, though the point differential does a better job of predicting outcomes. The quants are not very transparent about precisely how they weight these factors, but looking at the results, I think they underweight strength of schedule for the reason I said before. The BCS averages six of these algorithms. The polls are based on the wisdomof-crowds theory. If two heads are better than one, then 2.000 are even better. This is the theory behind the pre-BCS system. The major polls in determining the champions in this era were the AP, UPI and CNN/USA Today. This system produced such champi-

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AHS FFA Celebrates Success Dr. Jackson, the Magician, visits Bethel Springs fourth graders Amy Reid

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Dr. Brian Jackson prepares to insert a sword into Jabari McClendon’s neck. Christie Roach BSES Campus News Reporter

As a reward for completing TCAP, the fourth graders at Bethel Springs Elementary were entertained by Dr. Brian Jackson, McNairy County Assistant Director of Schools. He performed his magic tricks and illusions to a very excited crowd. As a grand finale to the show, Dr. Jackson inserted a sword into Jabari McClendon’s neck. Each student performed their own magic trick in class this week. We would like to send a sincere thanks to Dr. Jackson for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit with our students. The students were awed by his amazing talent.

After completing 75 years of existence this year, the Adamsville FFA and Agriculture Program celebrated with an awards banquet at the Crazy K Ranch in Michie. Students, parents, and guests were treated to a great meal and Tennessee’s Deputy Commissioner Jai Templeton provided a message of encouragement to everyone on the importance of agriculture in Tennessee. The McNairy County Chapter of Young Farmer’s and Ranchers Association was represented by Brad Hunt and Wes Ashe. Advisors Jeff Lipford and Jason Carman presented the awards for the evening. Some of the awards included: State FFA Degree Award- Stone Lipford and Canon Smith District Livestock Judging Award- Megan Thomas, Macey Johnson, Drew Pearson, and Stone Lipford SAEP Awards- Stone Lipford, Cody Loupe, Drew Pearson, Canon Smith Star Greenhand Award- Macey Johnson Star Chapter Member Award- Megan Thomas Agriculture Merit Awards– (Forestry)- Jacob Dengler, Britney Crain, Dakota Hamm, Bradley Parmley, Zach Martin, Megan Thomas. (Wildlife)- Riley Jenkins, Chase Duke, Raghen Morton, Cassey Swain, Dustin Taylor, Dillon Whirley, Britney Crain, Fisher Hancock, Hannah Gagyi, Dillon Plunk, Kaden Shelby. (Livestock)- Chase Duke, Riley Howell, Zach Martin, Raghen Morton, Canon Smith. (Animal Biotech)- Brittney Crain, Riley Howell, Raghen Morton, Dakota Hamm, James Phillips. (Agriscience)Macey Johnson. (Landscaping)- Aaron Weeks. (Plant Biotech)- Stone Lipford, Cody Loupe, Dylan Yager At the conclusion of the banquet, Advisor Jeff Lipford complimented students on participating in several community service projects during the year. Among the local projects that students participated in were the renovation of the school greenhouse at Michie School, planting a garden at the local convalescent home, and landscaping the McConnico Library, The Marty Community Center, and the Buford Pusser Museum. The school based greenhouse also experienced the highest sales in plants than any previous year.

AHS eighth graders look to the future

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Adamsville High School’s eighth grade students spent the last weeks of school thinking about their futures. The students toured Union University and the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) plant. Students also studied and complete projects about possible future careers. Tyler Hollins, Colton Russell, and Hannah Russell display their project about a career in photography.

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Dr. Perrico Robinson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Andersonville Theological Seminary on May 23rd, 2014 with a Doctor of Pastoral Counseling. Perrico is a native of Selmer, Tennessee and graduate of McNairy Central High School, Freed-Hardeman University, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Counseling. He is the Pastor for the Fifth and Beechwood Church of Christ in Pittsburg, PA. Dr. Perrico recently opened a private counseling practive (Robinson Pastoral Counseling Service) and his counseling includes, but is not limited to individual/ couples and marriage counseling, depression, anxiety, addictions, greif and trama. In a recent interview with a local radio station in Pittsburg, Dr. Perrico was asked about how proud his parents are and where he finds his motivaton. He responded, “I grew up in a singleparent household and my mother taught me to believe in myself, despite how hard things get and I know she is very proud. My motivation comes from the greatest role model that I have ever come in contact with, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him, none of this would be possible. He has given me a vision, and I am far from being done.” Dr. Perrico is married to his lovely wife, Ania Robinson, a teacher, and they have three boys, Perrico Jr. (6), Xavier (3) and Camden (8 months). Congratulations Dr. Perrico Robinson.  

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Fifteen MCFAE classroom grants awarded

Stacy Jones McNairy Central “From Core to Curriculum” Sponsored by: Wal-Mart

Cherie Bishop Adamsville Elementary “A Rainbow of Reading Skills” Sponsored by: Adamsville Elementary Patsy Cain Memorial

Wendy Bowers Adamsville Elementary “Math Matters” Sponsored by: TVA

Bonnie Hickman McNairy Central “My Science, My Nutrition, My Independence” Sponsored by: Selmer Rotary Club

Kim Worthey Ramer Elementary “Take a Closer Look” Sponsored by: Pickwick Electric Cooperative

Jamie Lancaster McNairy Central “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time” Sponsored by: Home Banking

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Sherrie Wilson Adamsville Elementary “Books, Books, & More Books” Sponsored by: Bancorp South

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Shannon Rodgers Ramer Elementary “Ramer’s 100 Mile Club” Sponsored by: Selmer Lions Club; Ted and JoRica Moore

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Gloria Brush Selmer Elementary “Manipulating Common Core” Sponsored by: Selmer Elementary Memorial

Danielle Wiggins Bethel Springs Elementary “Learning is IXL-cellent” Sponsored by: Bethel Springs Elementary Memorial by Delise Teague Community Relations Coordinator, McNairy County Schools

Each spring, the McNairy County Foundation for Academic Excellence (MCFAE) awards classroom grants to designated teachers to aid in funding creative instructional projects. This year at the McNairy County Schools Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, fifteen teachers walked away with $500 each after the competitive grant process

Itaska Grosinske McNairy Central “Kindle My Reading” Sponsored by: Paul Fisher Oil Company

Teresa Chandler Selmer Middle School “LOL - Leaders of Literacy” Sponsored by: Home Banking

for the upcoming 2014-2015 school semesters were complete. On behalf of MCFAE, Gene He’bert presented grant awards to Cherie Bishop, Wendy Bowers, Gloria Brush, Teresa Chandler, Lisa Engle, Itaska Grosinske, Karen Hamlington, Bonnie Hickman, Stacy Jones, Jamie Lancaster, Shannon Rodgers, Lisa Roten, Danielle Wiggins, Sherrie Wilson, and Kim Worthey. Each of the winning teachers will use the funds to buy supplies needed for the creative

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NASA names Winners in 2013-14 Student Launch Challenge The University of Vanderbilt repeats; takes Top Prize again Angela Storey Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

For the second year in a row, the Aerospace Club from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, earned first prize in NASA’s Student Launch challenge. The educational project tasks student teams to design, build and test-fly sophisticated, reusable rockets capable of carrying working science payloads to a predicted altitude and returning them safely to Earth. This year’s event -- designed to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers -- culminated with a “launchfest� May 17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, organized the event with assistance from the event’s corporate sponsor ATK Aerospace Group of Promontory, Utah. Each team was given the opportunity to launch its rocket with a custom-built recovery system and three payloads on the salt flats. To determine a winner, NASA judges evaluated the rocket designs of each team based on a series of technical design reviews, the results from the rocket’s flight including altitude, educational engagement activities in their home community, a teambuilt website and a final written report from the students. Vanderbilt beat out 20 other colleges and universities to win the $5,000 top prize, provided by ATK. Mississippi State University and the University of Louisville, won second and third place, respectively. The University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez won this year’s Rookie Award, and The University of North Carolina-Charlotte team took home Best Vehicle Design for the most creative and innovative rocket design. Besides designing and building the rocket, NASA Student Launch teams also must design and operate the

science payloads, maintain websites to document the experience and devise local educational engagement campaigns to share their enthusiasm for rocketry. The challenge seeks to inspire younger students to pursue technical learning fields, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “This challenge helps students stretch their intellectual skills,� said Tammy Rowan, manager of Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office, which manages the rocketry challenge for NASA. “The project is a valuable tool for students and faculty. The students use knowledge gained in a classroom setting to create a complex launch vehicle, honing skills that could lead them to a future in the aerospace industry. Plus, their enthusiasm when their rockets fly is inspirational to those who already work in the many different aspects of space exploration.� NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, sponsors the Student Launch challenge. ATK provides corporate support and the National Association of Rocketry assists NASA engineers in providing technical review and launch services. A series of preliminary awards were given at the annual banquet following the launch event. Besides finishing in first place, Vanderbilt University also won four other awards: the Altitude Award, coming closest to their target altitude of 5,000 feet; missing the mark by only 150 feet; the Project Review Award for their technical reviews and formal presentations; the Education Engagement Award for educational outreach and engagement efforts; and Best Web Design for the best rocketry website: http:// The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, won the Best Payload Design award for the most cre-

Bethel Springs Elementary 4th Quarter 2014 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Honor Roll 8th Grade Clint Isbell Evan Lambreth Brittney Nixon Emily Phillips-Harmon Catherin Reed Mayson Roach Emma Spencer 7th Grade Faith Bizzell Shaun Maxedon Ian Mehr Taylor Carroll Claire Ingle Ashlyn Smith 6th Grade Austin Bizzell Adam Davis Ruthie Harstin Lainey Hensley 5th Grade Kendall Barnes Kaylee Benton

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McNairy County School board faces hard budget choices By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

Director of Schools John Prince told a working meeting of the McNairy County Board of Education last Thursday that revenues are $638,000 short of what he needs to run the school system for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Prince talked about some of the factors causing this shortfall, over which the school board has no control. McNairy County’s property tax rate is less than surrounding counties and the schools receive less than 50 percent of property taxes, lower than some other counties, which receive 60 or 70 percent. This county has no wheel tax or motel and hotel tax. “I am a math teacher and football coach—I am not a genius. What I am saying is we have a revenue problem in this county,” Prince said. Prince acknowledged that he had made cuts on custodians and could cut teachers, but this would lead to larger class sizes. He said four full-time and one part-time custodian at McNairy Central High School would under the budget as it stands be reduced to three full-time and one part-time. Four full-time custodians would be reduced to three at Michie Elementary School. “That is with the cooperation and collaboration of the people that manage those buildings,” Prince said. “We have to have the personnel in this budget. That’s what it takes to run it. I’m not going to cut the numbers to make it zero out.” Prince said he is prepared to go to the County Commission and justify everything that is in the budget if that is what the board wants. “If we are to run this school district the way we are right now with the present personnel and programs, we need $638,000 more,” Prince said. Prince said that this year’s budget was about $542,000 short. Of this about $460,000 was eliminated only on paper, not in actual cuts. In addition, last year things came up unexpectedly, causing an additiona $82,000 shortfall. Prince said one way to close the gap would be for the county commission to give the schools about $250,000 and for the education department to use about $250,000 from its fund balance. The fund balance is currently around $1 million. The state suggests that a school district maintains a fund balance of at least three percent of the budget. Prince aims for a 10 percent fund balance. “Quite frankly, we going to have to dip below three percent in our fund balance,” Prince said. Prince said he had cut travel expenses. As an example, the two tech coordinators have, in the past, been reimbursed for mileage. In next year’s budget, they will be given $2,000 for travel and will claim any excess on their tax returns. Rather than paying mileage for picking up checks, Prince said the school system will direct deposit. “There are some tough cuts to be made, but here’s the thing: When I say there are tough cuts to be made, I made them,” Prince said. Prince said the choice facing the board was either to run the school system as best they can and ask for help from the county commission, or to not do so, and make cuts just to make the budget even. Balancing this budget means cuts in employment, Prince said. “We cannot cut our maintenance budget any more. In fact, I added to the maintenance budget,” Prince said. “The only thing we can cut is personnel, period.” School board chairman Lacey said the schools are getting $5.8 million of an almost $30 million budget from

the county. The rest of the budget comes from state and federal funds. Prince said a 5 percent county hotel/motel tax could fund one or two positions. Estimates for local option sales tax revenues have declined from $2.05 million this year to $1.91 million next year. “It’s not within our power to raise revenue.” Prince said that the county commission is fully aware of the schools budgetary problems. In order to balance the budget without more revenue, Prince said that between 13 and 16 certified teachers, depending on their salaries, would have to lose their jobs. The budget includes the purchase of three new school buses. Prince said this was based on two buses that will need to be declared surplus and one that will cost more to fix than it will be worth. Prince said the original budget was $921,000 short, but he and Bea Kizer, head of the financial and payroll department, worked together to reduce it. “There are a whole host of options. They all deal with making hard choices.” One such option is reducing a principal in each school to part-time. “To cut $630,000 will affect the educational program,” Prince said. Revenue projections from Trustee Stanley Mitchell assume no growth next year, Prince said. “The problem isn’t that we have too many people working. The problem is we have a revenue problem in this county,” Prince said. Board member Ricky Whitaker said that if the board

was going to ask the county commission for the $638,000, it should also ask for more for maintenance, so they would not have to do it next year. Prince said that the budget was as bare as possible, that he could justify everything in it, and that as some other districts had, McNairy County had used grants and Race to the Top funds to hire and pay teachers. “Now that grants and Race to the Top money are no longer there, we have McNairy Countians who are wonderful employees who have families,” Prince said. Lacey said, “It would make no sense to cut 16 teachers only to hire them back next year under state mandate,” referring to the Response to Intervention program, which will require extra teachers to help the students who are performing the farthest below grade level. Prince said that one way to cut is to shift teachers around, but it is better for everyone to stay in the same classes and develop expertise, but this costs money. “We can cut and get a balanced budget but at the end of the day: Where does that leave McNairy County? Are we getting better at education?” asked board member Ricky Whitaker. Prince said there are some schools that pay a supplement to existing teachers to teach an extra block. This is less expensive than hiring extra teachers. Prince said if the schools were getting 60 percent of property taxes, it would be getting an extra $840,000.

School board eyes energy savings By Jeff Whitten Head News Writer

The McNairy County Board of Education heard a presentation by Jeff Cottam of Siemens on energy savings at their working meeting last Thursday. Director of Schools John Prince introduced Cottam by saying one of the things the school system needs to evaluate is whether it is using the money it has as effectively and efficiently as possible. “Siemens can come in and do a complete evaluation of all of our energy usage—electric, gas, everything...He can save us some money and we can use that money to build a better infrastructure,” Prince said. Cottam said that energy use could be reduced from anywhere between 10 and 30 percent. “It boils down to y’all having to do more with less,” Cottam said about working with school systems across the state. Cottam said a notable problem is how school districts pay for state mandates. He said Siemens would seek to make school buildings safer, cleaner and nicer as well as more energy-efficient. “If we say we’re going to save you 25 percent and we only save you 20 percent, we’re going to write you a check for the rest,” Cottam said. Cottam said that savings that Siemens could identify would more than pay for its fee. “It’s guaranteed to be budget neutral.” One of Cottam’s charts showed that McNairy County spends approximately $1.42 per square foot on energy and is somewhere in the middle when compared to nearby counties. Siemens engineers could also help with teaching

students practical applications of math and science through projects, Cottam explained. School board chairman Frank Lacey said that the schools needed to do better in teaching science. Prince said that it would be good if Siemens could help math and science teachers hone their skills. He noted that a 20 percent saving on electricity alone would be $140,000. “For every $60,000, that’s a teacher,” Prince said. Cottam said he believes the county is spending $1 million a year on energy, and if that number is accurate, Siemens could help the schools save around $230,000 a year in energy costs. That would amount to $2 or $3 million dollars over 15 years. “We turn over every rock we can. We evaluate everything that is using a BTU. We figure out if there’s a better way to do it. If there’s a better way to spend that cash, we’ll propose it,” Cottam explained. In response to a question by Lacey, Cottam said Siemens could also work with the schools on technology. Maintenance is also an area they could be involved in. In response to a question from Prince, Cottam said that the school district was not obligated to spend a penny of the money saved by Siemens with Siemens. Cottam said some projects could be financed from 10 to 20 years. It costs the school district nothing for Siemens to tell it how much Siemens can save it. Siemens measures and verify how much money it saves school systems and will do more work if savings targets are not hit. Since this was a working meeting, in which a public body cannot take action on any matter discussed there, the school board took no action on this matter.


APOSTOLIC Life Tabernacle 1353 Hwy. 142, Selmer Thomas Davis, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 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.

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.

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: Seth Bragg 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. Corp. Prayer Service: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study: Weds 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 Jay Houston, Pastor 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 Jetta Forsythe, Interim 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. & 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.

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

Sunday: 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Grace Baptist Church 1255 Connie Smith Rd., Selmer Pastor: Bro. Don Singleton Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Gravel Hill Baptist Church 86 Tom Baker Rd., Ramer Pastor: Bro. Eric Jones Church Phone: 645-6776 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Lakeview Baptist Church 877 W. Cherry, Selmer Bro. Harold King Sunday School: 9 a.m. Worship Service: 10:15 Lorraine Baptist Church Melvin Qualls Rd., Michie,TN Trent Nethery, Jr., Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 6185 Rowsey School Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Mike Hollaway, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Discipleship Training: 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy TN Bro. Danny Rowland, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. 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. Wed. Night Bible Study:6:30


Unity Baptist Church Unity Church Road, Ramer Dr. Ronald Meeks, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. West Shiloh Baptist Church 282 W. Shiloh Church 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. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Forrest Hill Church of Christ Forrest Hill Subdivision Hwy 45 S., Selmer Shobeck Dethrow, Minister Fourth Street Church of Christ 142 N. Fourth St., Selmer Jeremy Weekley, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Liberty Church of Christ 1005 North Liberty Road Michie, TN 38357 (731) 239-4500 Sunday School: 9 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. CHURCH OF GOD 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. Piney Grove Church of God 888 Rose Creek Rd., Selmer Aaron Moss, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m.,

6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPECY Church of God of Prophecy Hwy 22 N. Adamsville Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy 1642 Curtis Hill Church Rd., Bethel Springs Richard Horner, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy 3886 Main St., Bethel Springs Dan Morrow, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Michie Church of God of Prophecy 6681 Hwy 57 East, Michie Roy Bennett, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN Court Ave. Cumberland Presbyterian Church Rev. Richard Reid 234 W. Court Ave., Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Mt. Vernon CP Church 3101 Mt. Vernon Rd., Ramer Jeff DeWees, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. New Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church 453 New Salem Rd., Bethel Springs Earl Phelps, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church New Bethel Road Rev. Jeff Powell Worship Service: 9:45 a.m. Ramer Cumberland Presbyterian Church Highway 57 West, Ramer Pastor: Albert Brown Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. METHODIST Adamsville First United Methodist 225 E. Main St., Adamsville Rev. Dr. Toni Watson Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Buena Vista Methodist Church Tull Road, Bethel Springs Jim Barber, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.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:

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Hickory Flatt United Methodist Church Puron Rd., Hickory Flatt Dick Humphrey, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:15 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. 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 Pebble Hill Methodist Church 2768 Chamber Store Rd., Michie Rev. Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Stantonville United Methodist Church 8351 Hwy 142, Stantonville, TN David Harstin, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.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. 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. Mt. Vinson United Methodist 2100 Tommy Sanders Rd., Stantonville Dick Humphrey, Pastor Worship: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:15 a.m. LUTHERAN MISSOURI SYNOD 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. 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.

Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m.

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. Gateway Holiness Chapel 2342 Refuge Rd., Bethel Springs Michael Price, Pastor Sunday: 2 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. PRESBYTERIAN Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church 59 4th Ave., Bethel Springs Rev. Gary Anderson Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Bethesda Presbyterian Church 50 Bethesda Loop, Selmer Bro. Chris Dancer, Pastor 610-1859 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. First Presbyterian Church USA 800 Poplar Ave., Selmer Dr. James Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Mount Sharon Presbyterian Church 108 Mt. Sharon Rd., Adamsville Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. ROMAN CATHOLIC 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. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 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. OTHER/NON-DENOMINATIONAL

Abundant Life Christian Fellowship 4145 Hines Gin Road, Selmer Pastor D.R. Moore Services: Saturday 10:30 a.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. 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. First Christian Church 133 N. Third St. Selmer Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. City of Refuge Church 300 Emmons Rd., Selmer C.A. “Skeet” Jackson, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 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 Fellowship Church 142 South Y Shopping Ctr., Selmer Wednesday: 7 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. For info. call 731-434-0097

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

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Eighth grade students display tri-fold boards illustrating their projects. (L to R): Gaven Cooper, Clint Isbell, Evan Lamberth, Mollie Cotner, Kendall Crowe, and Katie Turner Christie Roach BSES Campus Reporter

The eighth grade students at Bethel Springs Junior High School have just completed their 8th grade projects. Each student had to select a project that would allow them to learn a new skill or that would help the community. There were many great projects pre-

sented that ranged from tutoring to remodeling the bleachers on the football field. The top three projects were selected. First place was Evan Lamberth with taxidermy. Second place was Mollie Cotner and Kendall Crowe with cake baking and decorating. Third place was Clint Isbell who learned to play the mandolin. Honorable mention was Katie Turner with Ronald McDonald House Charities. Another honorable mention was Gaven Cooper and Jacob Shiver that built a motor.

AHS teacher selected for prestigious institute Amy Reid AHS Reporter

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Dr. Amanda Vanhoose, AHS science teacher, will attend the prestigious Siemens STEM Institute in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Adamsville High School biology and principles of technology teacher Amanda Vanhoose was recently selected for the Siemens STEM Institute. She will attend a week-long professional development experience in Washington, D.C. The program promotes hands-on, real-world integration of science, technology, engineering, and math in the classroom. As a participant in the program, Vanhoose will listen to guest speakers, take field trips to leading institutions where she can watch real-world applications of her subject matter, and meet exemplary teachers from across the nation. Only 50 teachers from across the United States were selected to attend the STEM Institute. Vanhoose is gratified to have been selected and is looking forward to the experience. “I am thrilled for this opportunity and anticipate an exciting week at the Siemens STEM Academy, filled with experiences that I’ll bring back into my classroom,” she said. Vanhoose earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt, and she is passionate about sharing her love for science and research with her students. Even before attending the institute, she be-

lieves firmly in exposing her students to real-world uses of science. She recently had two of her former colleagues from Vanderbilt speak to her classes about their work. Both speakers motivated students to make the most of their educations and to seek out a variety of opportunities. One of the speakers, Lisette Morrison, also holds a Ph.D., and she currently works as a research scientist. She told students about her studies about zebra fish and showed them

how the fish will glow when injected with DNA from a certain species of jelly fish. Savannah Williams, the second speaker, is currently working on her Masters at Vanderbilt, and she explained to the classes about how she had worked for education opportunities. She studied marine biology in a special program on the coast and then did environmental studies in Mexico.

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Savannah Williams and Lisette Morrison, both research scientists at Vanderbilt, recently spoke to Vanhoose’s students to expose them to some of the opportunities available in scientific fields of study.




Independent Appeal


402 - WANTED

101 - FOR SALE


SALE - SALE - SALE Model Displays Must Go. Save Thousands. New Spacious 4 bedroom 2 bath Starting at $43,500. Clayton Homes, Hwy 72 West, Corinth, MS - 1/4 mile past Magnolia Hospital. (TF)

DRIVERS! No experience? No problem! 14-day, local training in Jackson, TN to earn great pay, benefits, job security. Placement assistance & student tuition loans available. CALL 1-800423-8820 or go to for training opportunity with DRIVE-TRAIN, 119 E.L. Morgan Drive in Jackson. (TF)

Need Cash? Call today - buying junk cars, trucks, vans/ suvs, vehicles that run, scrap metal, and more. FAST CASH, Free pickup. No title needed. (731) 610-8666. (TF)


We Buy and Trade for used homes. 662-287-0354. (TF) For Sale or lease- 3BD 1 1/2BA super insulated home on East Poplar. $600 a month plus deposit. 645-3220 or 439-6781. (TF) New 3BD 2BA 2x6 Sidewalls, 2x8 Floorjoist, Finished Sheetrock 1800 Sq Ft. Doublewide Del Set A/C Wow $71995! Lenders available. Easy Living Homes, LLC <3 Way> Humboldt, TN 731-7845033. (04, 05, 06) Before you buy a new or used home check out the deals at Easy Living Homes LLC <3 Way> Humboldt, TN 731-784-5033. (04, 05, 06)

102 - FOR RENT KENNETH SWEAT Rentals: Committed to providing safe & affordable family friendly homes 1,2, & 3 bedroom apartments, townhouses, trailers, & houses. NO pets!! NO Crack/Party Houses!! Ref & deposit required. (731) 610-0807, (731) 645-3130. (TF) Oakwood Apartments in Selmer: 1 bedroom. $325.00 mo. 2 bedroom. $350 mo. Both require deposits. No pets. 731-610-2877 or 731645-5288. (TF) For Rent: 3BD 1BA central heat/air, carport, hardwood floors, stove, refrigerator. No Pets! In Selmer. $450 month plus deposit. Call 645-5288. (TF) House for Rent near McNairy Central. 3 BD 2 BA Hardwood floors, newly renovated, storage building. Free yard mowing. $550 plus deposit. No pets! Call 6102877. (TF) For Rent: 2 BD 1 BA Duplex on Coleman Lane $350 plus deposit. No pets. Call 6106614. (05, 06) For Rent 3BD 2BA or 2BD 1BA mobile homes for rent on Ramer Selmer Rd. No pets! Call 610-6614. (05, 06) For Rent: 2BD 1BA mobile home. Stove, Refrigerator and Utilities included. Call 731607-3212. (05) For Rent: Doublewide trailer- 2 BA on Hwy 45 close to UHAUL. $450 month plus deposit. Also, 2BD Apartment on Ballpark Rd in Ramer. $350 plus deposit. Call 439-6314. (05) For Rent: 2BD 1BA House with gas heat. Located on Sulphur Springs Rd. No Pets! $375 plus deposit. Call 6455566. (05,06) One Bedroom Apartment for rent in Selmer. Call 6108406. (05) For Rent: 3BD 2BA House at 2204 Hubert Manuel Rd in Michie, 5 acres with a shop. No inside pets. $850 month plus deposit. Cal 662-8084307 or 662-293-0068. (05)



MISCELLANEOUS 401 - FOR SALE Bar Business for Sale: The Brick House - 671 Moose Lodge Rd. in Selmer- Coolers, pool tables and juke box included. Call 731-610-1784. (04, 05) For Sale: Minn-kota trolling motor, foot control, 70 lb thrust with 46 inch shaft like new. $400. Call 610-5836. (05) Day Lilies - Lots of different colors. $2.00 each call 731-4534962. (05, 06) For Sale: 2 Snapper riding mowers 1- 6 hours $200.00 112 hours $700.00. Call 731-6077102. (05) 80 Acre Wooded Farm For Sale in Corinth, 200 yards from city limits. For more information call 610-383-3511 or 615-9736169. (04, 05, 06, 07)


SUBSCRIPTION RATES $20 for year in county $28 in Tennessee $32 out of state $1 off for senior citizens

403 - LOST/FOUND Reward- Lost Black and white cat wearing a red collar from 812 West Cherry. Please call 645-6642. (05)


Living Estate – Agricultural or Recreational Farm Real Estate Auction


SERVICES 501 - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Wilson Service Company: We move and install mobile homes! Licensed, bonded/ insured. Also, house leveling, rotten joist/sill replacement, support piers installed, floors and metal roofs. Call (731)6098794 or (731) 610-4813. (TF) AGREED DIVORCES $299.00 plus court costs. 645-8557. (TF) DOUG BUTLER: House leveling, rotting sills, replace floors, cracking brick - 30 years experience. (731) 239-8945, cell (662) 284-6146. Free estimates. (TF) KENNEDY'S LAWN SERVICE. Will mow yards, do weedeating and other yard work. Reasonable rates. Dependable. Free estimates. Call Corbin at 731-610-7812. (TF)



PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1760 & 1775 Pisgah Lane Morris Chapel, Tennessee 38361 PUBLIC PREVIEW: June 14th at 11:00 AM CT

• 395.132± Acres Offered in Six Tracts • Tracts Ranging in Size Between 10 and 132± Acres • Two Existing Homes – One Used as Rental Property • Primary Residence Contains 5,573± Square Feet – Excellent Home or Hunting Lodge • Large Barn and Corral Area • Approximately 250 Acres Tillable, Currently in Pasture

• Some Harvestable Timber • Total of Eleven Ponds and Lakes – One Covers 20± Acres • Adjacent 7,000 Acre White Oak Wildlife Management Area • Exceptional Hunting Opportunity • Loaded with Deer, Ducks, Geese and Turkey • Highly Motivated – Sellers are Moving out of State.

ONLINE ONLY REAL ESTATE AUCTION THE DURM FAMILY TRUST Wednesday June 25 @ 1:00 PM ********************* 72.2 +/- Acres 181 County Road Corinth, MS

This property is located in Alcorn County, MS, east of Corinth on the West / Northwest of Section 18, Township 2 South, Range 9 East, with a small portion in the East / Northeast of Section 13, Township 2 South, Range 8 East. The current timber type on the property is pine plantation established in 2007-2008. Terms: 10% Buyers Premium

Equipment, Guns, Antiques, etc. Starts at 10:am | Tranzon Asset Advisors, Edward D. Durnil, TN Auctioneer/Broker #4425 | In cooperation with Kennedy’s Auction Service 10% Buyer’s Premium | 2% Broker Participation Invited | Other Terms Apply


ABSOLUTE AUCTION Saturday June 21st 9:00AM McNairy County Sheriff’s Office 300 Industrial DR Selmer, TN 38375 Seized / Confiscated Property Firearms Flat screen TVs Computers Game Consoles Power Tools Generators Appliances House hold items Exercise Equipment Air Conditioners Collection of 30 plus Whiskey decanters Swimming pools and accessories

OVER 400 LOTS Most new in the box

10% Buyers Premium / Cash or pre approved Check For more information Call 731-610-8913 or 731-610-5473

888-791-7307 x84








Are you in need of a handyman? Jack of all trades? Call Mike at 610-8620 for any mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and yard work needs! (04, 05)

being the interior corner of said Cody tract; and the Southwest corner of the herein described tract;

Franklin, TN 37067 PH: 615-550-7697 FX: 615-550-8484 File No.: 14-09736 15711 3, 4, 5

and dower, and the rights of James E. King a married man Ellen K. King, husband and wife, and those claiming through them, and subject to the right of redemption by the DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, STATE OF TENNESSEE by reason of tax lien of record in Lien Book 8 Page 822 at the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, subject to any accrued taxes and restrictions. All right of equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, and homestead are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. If you purchase a property at the foreclosure sale, the entire purchase price is due and payable at the conclusion of the auction in the form of a certified/ bank check made payable to or endorsed to Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP. No personal checks will be accepted. To this end, you must bring sufficient funds to outbid the lender and any other bidders. Insufficient funds will not be accepted. Amounts received in excess of the winning bid will be refunded to the successful purchaser at the time the foreclosure deed is delivered. This property is being sold with the express reservation that the sale is subject to confirmation by the lender or trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time.

503 - PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF TENNESSEE, MCNAIRY COUNTY WHEREAS, Clarence E. Webb and Barbara Webb executed a Deed of Trust to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Lender and Kathy Winstead, Trustee(s), which was dated December 18, 2008 and recorded on December 29, 2008, Book 394, Page 2382, McNairy County, Tennessee Register of Deeds. WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debt(s) and obligation(s) thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the current holder of said Deed of Trust, Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, (the “Holder”), appointed the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, as Substitute Trustee, by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of McNairy County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed of Trust; and NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed of Trust by the Holder, and that as agent for the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, Substitute Trustee, by virtue of the power and authority vested in it, will on July 1, 2014, at 2:30PM at the usual and customary location at the McNairy County Courthouse, Selmer, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in McNairy County, Tennessee, to wit: Beginning on an iron rod set, in the South rightof way of State Highway 142, being the Northeast corner of a tract conveyed to Junior Cody and wife, Aurellia Cody by deed recorded in Deed Book 120, Page 416 (R.O.M.C) , and the Northwest corner of the herein described tract; Runs thence N 78 degrees 16 minutes 10 seconds East, a distance of 210.00 feet, along and with the South right-ofway of State Highway 142, being the North boundary of the herein described tract, to an iron rod set, being the Northwest corner of a tract conveyed to Linda L. Kiddy by deed recorded in Deed Book 117, Page 810 (R.O.M.C.), and the Northeast corner of the herein described tract; Runs thence S 05 degrees 32 minutes 43 seconds West, a distance of 630.00 feet, along and generally with a fence, a portion of the way being, the West boundary of said Kiddy tract and the East boundary of there herein described tract, to a steel fence post found, being a Northeast corner of the aforementioned Cody tract, and the Southeast corner of the herein described tract; Runs thence S 78 degrees 16 minutes 10 seconds West, a distance of 210.00 feet, along and with the North boundary of said Cody tract, being the South boundary of the herein described tract, to a steel fence post found,

DUMP TRUCK DRIVER Must be at least 21 years old, have CDL’s with a clean driving record, and at least one year experience. Call Pam at 731-610-0509.

Runs thence N 05 degrees 32 minutes 43 seconds East, a distance of 630.00 feet, along and generally with a fence, a portion of the way being, the East boundary of said Cody tract and the West boundary of the herein described tract, to the point of beginning, containing 2.900 acres of land, more or less. Being the same property conveyed to Clarence Webb and wife, Barbara Webb by Warranty Deed dated December 18, 2008 and of record in Deed Book 210, Page 609 in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. Parcel ID Number: 096 015.01 Address/Description: 7903 Highway 142, Stantonville, TN 38379. Current Owner(s): Clarence Webb and Barbara Webb. Other Interested Party(ies): N/A The sale of the property described above shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any and all liens against said property for unpaid property taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; a deed of trust; and any matter than an accurate survey of the premises might disclose; and All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. This office is attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Brock & Scott, PLLC, Substitute Trustee c/o Tennessee Foreclosure Department 277 Mallory Station Road Suite 115

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE Sale at public auction will be on July 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM local time, at the center of the courthouse, McNairy County Courthouse, 170 Court Avenue, Selmer, Tennessee, pursuant to Deed of Trust executed by James E. King a married man Ellen K. King, husband and wife, to Andrew C. Rambo, Trustee, on April 20, 2009 at Deed of Trust 396, Page 249, Instrument No. 68153; and corrected by Scrivener’s Affidavit recorded as Instrument Number 87621 in Miscellaneous Book 14, Page 1673; all of record in the McNairy County Register’s Office. Party entitled to enforce security interest: Nationstar Mortgage LLC, its successors and assigns The following real estate located in McNairy County, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder subject to all unpaid taxes, prior liens and encumbrances of record: Described property located in McNairy County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described in deed of record in Deed of Trust 396, Page 249, Instrument No. 68153; and corrected by Scrivener’s Affidavit recorded as Instrument Number 87621 in Miscellaneous Book 14, Page 1673; in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee Parcel Number: 067-39.00 Current Owner(s) of Property: Ernie King aka James E. King and wife, Ellen King aka Ellen K. King Other interested parties: Commissioner of Revenue The street address of the above described property is believed to be 4875 Highway 64 West, Selmer, Tennessee 38375, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description referenced herein shall control. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION. Notice of this Substitute Trustee’s Sale has been timely given to the State of Tennessee as required by T.C.A. § 67-1-1433(b) (1). Terms of Sale will be public auction, for cash, free and clear of rights of homestead, redemption

Local Finance Company seeking honest, trustworthy, highly motivated Assistant Manager for part-time position. If interested, fax resume to 931-422-5228 or mail to P.O.Box 220 Selmer, TN 38375

Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP Substitute Trustee Law Office of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP 555 Perkins Road Extended, Second Floor Memphis, TN 38117 Phone (901)767-5566 Fax (901)761-5690 File No. 13-051758 15710 3, 4, 5

McNairy Central High School Mechatronics Instructor Requirements: expertise in manufacturing/ technology; minimum five years full-time experience in related field; college training beneficial, not necessary. Contact Ronnie Teague, CTE Director (731-645-8937).

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Industrial Electricity Instructor

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump (formally the Tennessee Technology Center at Crump) is accepting applications and resumés for the position of an Industrial Electricity Instructor. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • High School Diploma, GED or HiSET required. Technical Dipploma in electricity or closely related field. • Limited electrician license preferred. Knowledge of National Electrical Code. • Minimum of 3 years experience working in the field of Industrial Electricity. • Teaching experience preferred. • Basic computer skills, required. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES INCLUDE: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices in the industrial electricity occupation; of the use of materials, tools, and equipment used in the industrial electricity; considerable knowledge of the principles and methods of good teaching and supervision; as evidenced by a rating of education and experience. Physically able to lift, stoop, stand and walk to demonstrate and perform all work based projects required. Ability to administer written and performance tests to measure progress, and maintain student records and rolls. Ability to deal tactfully with students, the public, and co-workers; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly, and, to plan and direct the work of others. SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience and in accordance with the guidelines established by the Tennessee Board of Regents. APPLICATION REVIEW: Review of applications will begin June 20, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The employment application may be downloaded from our website at EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS: Current federal law requires identification and eligibility verification prior to employment. Only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States may be employed. Mail resumé and completed application that details your qualifications along with a cover letter to: Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump ATTN: Fran Pusser PO Box 89 Crump, TN 38327


AA/EEO/ADA Employer A Tennessee Board of Regents Institution

The Praxis Companies, LLC Has an opening in HR/Payroll Qualifications Include:

3+ yrs. in a Human Resource Environment (Interviewing, New Hire Orientation, Employee Retention, Workers Comp, Insurance Enrollments, Time & Attendance etc.) • Accounting background a plus • Excellent people skills • Proficient computer skills • Multi tasked with exceptional communication & organizational skills • Dedication and determination to be self driven and lead the job to completion in a timely manner

GENERAL MANAGERS Hardees, a national fast food restaurant chain, is seeking experienced fast food restaurant General Managers for the Savannah and Selmer, TN area. The successful candidates will have strong leadership and coaching abilities, and be committed to teamwork. Must have a professional, enthusiastic and customer focused attitude and possess good organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience will get you the best salary! Apply online, please visit: EOE or email:

Join our team for a rewarding and life long career Excellent compensation & benefit package includes Personal days, 401K, Health, Dental, Vision, Company paid life, Vacation and Holiday. Email Resumes to: Praxis Companies, LLC • 435 Industrial Road Savananh, TN 38372



NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE (249 Beauty Hill Road) WHEREAS, on December 20, 2007, Marcus A. Foster executed a Real Estate Deed of Trust (A Trust Deed@) in favor of Jerry P. Spore, Trustee, to secure a promissory note described therein, the same being payable to BancorpSouth Bank with said Trust Deed being of record at Trust Deed Book 390, Page 1640 in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, to which reference is hereby made; and WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of the Note; and WHEREAS, the owner and holder of the Note has demanded that the hereinafter described real property be advertised and sold in satisfaction of indebtedness and costs of foreclosure in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Note and Deed of Trust. NOW THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that I, Jerry P. Spore, Trustee, pursuant to the power, duty and authority vested in and conferred upon me, by the Deed of Trust, will on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon), at the front door of the McNairy County Courthouse in Selmer, Tennessee, offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, and free from all legal, equitable and statutory rights of redemption, exemptions of homestead, rights by virtue of marriage, and all other exemptions of every kind, all of which have been waived in the Deed of Trust, certain real property located in McNairy County, Tennessee, described as follows: Tax Map: 50 Group: Parcel: 19.00 BEGINNING at a stake in the South waterline of the Beauty Hill-Leapwood Road, the northwest corner of said tract and the northeast corner of a tract, the property previously owned by L.C. Lipford and wife, Clara Mae Lipford (now Tract No. 1 of Deed Book 151, Page 292); runs thence South 35 degrees East, with the old L.C. Lipford East boundary line 31 rods to a stake; thence East 4.2 rods to a stake on the west boundary line of the C.L. Andrews land; thence North with the C.L. Andrews’ west boundary line, 41.3 poles to the south waterline of said Beauty HillLeapwood Road; thence southwest, with said road 27.1 poles to the point of beginning, this being all the land lying south of the Leapwood Road and between the old L.C. and Clara Lipford tract, now Tract No. 1 described in Deed Book 151, Page 292 and the C.L. Andrews tract. Being the same property conveyed to Marcus A. Foster by deed of record in Deed 206 Page 769 in the Register’s Office for McNairy County, Tennessee. All right and equity of redemption, statutory and otherwise, homestead and dower, are expressly waived in the said Deed of Trust, and title is believed to be good, but the Trustee will sell and convey only as Trustee. The property shall be sold AS IS, WHERE IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS and without any representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever, whether express or implied. The sale of the property shall be made subject to any and all prior liens, encumbrances, deeds of trust, easements, restrictions, building lines, unpaid taxes and assessments (plus penalty and interest, if any), plus any and all other matters and encumbrances superior in right to the lien of the






Deed of Trust. Further, such sale is also subject to any matter that on site inspection or accurate survey of the property might disclose.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS As required by Chapter No. 175, Public Arts of Tennessee 1939 as amended by Chapter 229, Public Act of 1971 Estate of Wilma Jo Cox, Late of McNairy County, Tennessee Notice is hereby given that on June 12, 2014, Letters Testamentary in respect to the Estate of WILMA JO COX, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the Chancery Court Clerk & Master of McNairy County, TN. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against her Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk & Master of the above named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or

(2); otherwise, their claims will be forever barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least sixty (60) days before the date that is four (4) months from the date of the fist publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months form the date of first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months form the decedent’s date

of death. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 12th day of June, 2014. Charles Wayne Cox, Executor

The right is reserved to adjourn the day of sale to another day certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time set forth above. Jerry P. Spore TrusteE Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, PLC 312 E Lafayette Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 424-0461 Publication dates: June 11, 2014 June 18, 2014 June 25, 2014 15745 4, 5, 6


Independent Appeal

BIG YARD YARD SALE BIG SALE Thursday & Friday 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. 8355 Coffee Landing Road 1st Big Yard Sale this Year! 2 homes, a lot of stuff!

111 N. 2nd St., Selmer

YARD SALE Thurs., Friday & Saturday beginning at 6 a.m.

750 Twelve Oak Dr. Adamsville

Household items, computer with printer, couch & chair, a lot of mens stuff and tools, women’s stuff, kids toys - new in boxes, baby stuff, new clothes for all ages. Come on out and see us. Coming from Selmer, take 69 North. You will see signs.

Baby clothes, kids and teens clothes, men and womens clothes, home decor, furniture and more!



At Lawton Community Center in Crabtree Subdivision Thursday - Noon to 7 p.m. Friday - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Men’s clothing, women’s clothing size 10-20, children’s clothing, Clothing boys: size 8 to 12; Girls: size 8-14. Lots of toys, Xbox, DS’s, Pottery Barn air hockey table and basketball hoop. Indoor arcade double basketball hoop, full size air hockey table. Home decor decorations and dishes. Any questions call Tonya or Toni Kiddy 610-3575 or 439-5989 or Suzanne Mullins 645-0845.

Saturday, June 21st at 326 Hillcrest St. Selmer, Tenn. Lots and lots of good stuff! Come by and check everything out.




Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21

Thurs., Fri., Sat.

June 20th & 21st 7 a.m. until ? 9335 Highway 22 Crump, Tenn.

2534 Murray School Rd. Bethel Springs Lots of dishes, pictures, knick-knacks, electronics, shoes & clothes, all sizes. Several families.

June 19th, 20th & 21st

6639 Selmer Ramer Rd. 8 until 5 Lots of goodies!

Lots of boys clothing & shoes sizes 24 months - 12 years (namebrand clothing), Baby items - high chair, Pack & Play, etc



PROPOSED 2014-2015

Estimated Revenues Local Taxes State of Tennessee Federal Government Other Sources

$39,648 $198,106 $0 $8,868

$33,450 $351,855 $0 $8,234

$33,500 $408,021 $0 $4,550

Total Estimated Revenues




Estimated Expenditures Salaries Other Costs

$4,510 $237,396

$4,990 $372,075

$8,000 $458,951

Total Estimated Revenues




$136,174 $143,410 1 part time

$143,410 $159,884 1 part time

$159,884 $139,004 1 part time

Estimated Beginning Fund Balance Estimated Ending Fund Balance Employee Positions

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING There will be a special called meeting in Selmer City Hall June 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to approve the parade permit for July 4th, 2014.

Terry Abernathy, Attorney 17026 5, 6


93 Red Oak Cove, Selmer (Central Hills Subdivision): 3/2 plus office and 2 car garage. Neutral colors, trey ceilings, great floor plan, wonderful kitchen with lots of cabinets and counter space, large master suite with two walk-in closets and double vanities, potential upstairs expansion, covered porches, and a large private shaded backyard. Just minutes from town. $134,900. Call 601-818-5126 or 601-818-5127.


CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE AND OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF SELMER, TENNESSEE Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Selmer Board of Mayor and Aldermen on proposed ordinances to amend the Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map of Selmer. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF THE SELMER MUNICIPAL ZONING ORDINANCE BY ESTABLISHING BMU (BUSINESS MIXED USE) DISTRICTS AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF SELMER, TENNESSEE TO REZONE THE HEREIN DESCRIBED PROPERTIES ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF US HIGHWAY 45 FROM B-1 (GENERAL BUSINESS) DISTRICT TO BMU (BUSINESS MIXEDUSE) DISTRICTS (The properties include the following Parcel 3 and Parcel 4, Group A, on McNairy County Tax Map 99P). AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF THE SELMER MUNICIPAL ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGING REQUIREMENTS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ON EXISTING STRUCTURES The hearing will be held pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-7-203, Tennessee Code Annotated. Said hearing will be held at the meeting of the Selmer Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday July 8th, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Selmer City Hall. Any interested party is invited to appear before the Board and be heard. The proposed ordinances will be available for public examination at Selmer City Hall. John Smith Mayor

215A Court Ave. Selmer, TN

Carla Hall Broker/Owner

(731) 645-4255

5213 - Finger Leapwwod Rd., Finger - $125,000 * Brick Ranch *4 Brs * 2 Ba * Open Family room w/ Fireplace * Carport * Workshop * Great Location 1/4 to Hwy 45

* Ranch Home * 3 BRs * 1.5 BAs * Den * Dbl. Garage * Patio * Pond

NEW LISTING 2514 - Kilburn Ln., Finger $39,000 * Rural Area * Country Home * 2 BRs * 2 BAs * Den * Utility Room * 1 AC +/-

NORTHWOOD APARTMENTS 260 Arendall Street • Adamsville, TN 38310

(731) 632-0603

Accepting applications for:

2 bedroom apartments. ALL UTILITIES included in rent and rent is based on income. Office hours: TUES. & THURS. 9 - 2 Dianne Copeland, Site Manager Financed through Rural Development. Subsidized through Dept. of HUD.

Hillcrest Meadows Apartments 21 Alta Vista Drive Selmer, TN 38375

STREET FUND Estimated Revenues State of Tennessee Other Sources

$8,041 $109

$6,847 $82

$6,900 $75

Total Estimated Revenues




Estimated Expenditures Salaries Other Costs

$0 $3,352

$0 $976

$0 $36,000

$25,374 $30,172 0

$30,172 $36,125 0

$36,125 $7,100 0

Total Estimated Expenditures Estimated Beginning Fund Balance Estimated Ending Fund Balance Employee Positions

Town of Selmer

Kim Harrison, Clerk & Master

NEW LISTING 2414 - Clayhill Lp., Selmer $70,000

The Town of Milledgeville, Tennessee, will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on the 26th day of June, 2014 on the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget in accordance with section 6-56-206 of the Tennessee Code Annotated. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed budget. ACTUAL ESTIMATED 2012-2013 2013-2014

Estate of Wilma Jo Cox


(731) 645-5290 1 Bedroom apartments for the Elderly age 62 or older or Disabled of any age. Rent is based on household income. Applications available at the office: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Accepting Applications (800) 545-1833 ext. 339 TDD




Town of Guys, Tennessee General Fund Budget July 2014 - June 2015 Second Reading

Budgeted Amount


31600 33535 33000 Intergovernmental Revenues 33320 33400 30005 33410 33415 33510 33515 33520 33530 33560 35000 35500 37199 Other Revenues 36210 36100 33540 37950 EXPENSES General Government 41171 41172 41234 41235 41237 41252 41257 41260 41280 41310 41510 41600 41610 41700 41800 41900 Public Safety

Building & Grounds

Health & Welfare

Local Sales Tax Wholesale Beer Tax Cable TV Tax

$5,700.00 $21,000.00 $1,500.00

TVA Payments in Lieu of Taxes State - Reimbursed Check State Gas Tax Grant - State of TN TML State Sales Tax State Telecome Tax State Income Tax State Beer Tax State City Streets/Transportation TEMA Revenue Election State Sales - Tax

$5,300.00 $$13,000.00 $500,000.00 $500.00 $35,000.00 $50.00 $700.00 $300.00 $1,000.00 $$500.00 $1,500.00

Rent Interest Earnings Beer Permits Fire Donation- McNairy County Miscellaneous

Fees of Officials Payroll Tax Expenses Donations Memberships and Dues Public Notices Legal Services Election Expenses Repair/Maintenance Postage Office Supplies/Maintenance Insurance CMFO Program Salary Travel Flower Fund Miscellaneous

42260 42310 42330 42331 42333

Fire- Repair/Maintenance Fire- Office Expense Fire- Training Fire- Gas/Diesel Fire- Utilities

43120 43160 43165 43200 43300 43400

Street Repairs Street Lighting Street Labor Sanitation Maintenance/Supplies Street Gas/Diesel

44100 44200 44300

Community Center cleaning Utilities Repair/Maintenance

Total Income Total Expenditures Fund Balance - Beginning


$800.00 $80.00 $300.00 $6,000.00 $500.00


$3,000.00 $400.00 $500.00 $500.00 $500.00 $6,000.00 $500.00 $2,000.00 $100.00 $500.00 $10,500.00 $550.00 $350.00 $500.00 $500.00 $500.00 $26,900.00


$5,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,600.00 $1,500.00 $10,100.00


$53,000.00 $3,000.00 $8,000.00 $300.00 $1,200.00 $2,000.00 $67,500.00


$1,500.00 $8,500.00 $7,000.00 $17,000.00 $593,730.00 $121,500.00 $203,519.99

June 09, 2014 Animal control - Sandy Flat Rd 911 Hang up - 1892 Davis Yancy Rd Reckless driver Animal control - Sandy Flat Rd Theft report - Masseyville McNairy Rd Wreck no injuries - Steve Sweats Body Shop Speak of an officer Animal control Fraud - Complex Fraud - Complex Trespassing - 31 Odom Ave Burglary - 69 Lacefield Park Speak with an officer - Unity Church Rd Public Service Threats - 5945 Hwy 142 June 10, 2014 Roadway disturbance 1266 Locke Rd Public Service Theft report - Hurley Kirby Road Wreck no injuries - 1282 Highway 57 E Speak with an officer Smith Rd Escort assistance Escort assistance - Oakview Drive Theft report - 1145 Cypress Road Speak with an officer - 9167 Highway 64 E Speak with an officer Speak with an officer Roadway disturbance 3870 Ramer Selmer Rd Animal control - 91 Deer Trail Cove Retrieve Property - Duke Lane Speak with an officer Speak with an officer Business alarm - 3171 Highway 64 W

Retrieve property - 2165 Wenasoga Rd Disturbance - Highway 64 Pursuit - S. Magnolia Rd Public service - 370 Fred Johnson Road Animal control - Lawton Fire Dept area Suspicious vehicle - Highway 22/Tulu Rd Disturbance - Higginbottom Rd June 13, 2014 Theft report Animal control Unwanted person - 1721 Elmer Cox Rd Public service Harassment - 680 Jackson St Business alarm - 5823 Highway 22 S Reckless driver - Falcon Rd Public service - 803 Dunaway Rd Public service - 594 Bramblewood Dr Extra patrol Public service Theft report - 1869 Gravel Hill Rd Public service - 8531 Highway 22 S June 14, 2014 Prowler Disturbance Wreck no injuries - Capooth Rd Speak with an officer - 300 Industrial Park Dr Escort assistance Business alarm - 7357 Highway 64 E

Public service - 209 Hines Gin Rd Wreck no injuries - Graveyard Rd Roadway disturbance Bethel Purdy Rd Threats - 654 Tommy Sanders Rd Fighting - 1400 Airport Rd Welfare check - 5850 Highway 57 E Unruly subject - Complex Burglary - 323 Gann Rd Speak with an officer - 1528 Capooth Rd Residential alarm - 175 Ancore Club Rd Public service - Walmart 911 Open line Public service - 370 Fred Johnson Rd June 15, 2014 Stranded motorist - Complex Wreck no injuries - West Cherry Ave Burglary - 508 New Hope Rd Reckless driver - Highway 45 S Speak with an officer Complex Animal control - 838 Rushing Rd Public service Roadway disturbance - 759 Gay Thompson Rd Animal control - 1351 Smith Rd Public service - 170 Ramer Selmer Rd Harassment - 893 Dickey Rd.

MAXEDON Plumbing & Electrical Still in Business

Call Allen “Bubba” Murrell 645-8951, 439-2923, or 610-4462

June 11, 2014 Animal control - 16 Cooksey Dr Speak with an officer - 320 Mays Lane Speak with an officer - 54 Henry Ln Pursuit - Falcon Rd Suspicious vehicle - Hillhurst Public service Threats - 53 Deer Trail Cove Speak with an officer - 654 Tommy Anderson Rd Business alarm - 6950 Highway 45S

Weekends & Holidays - Same Fair Rate

June 12, 2014 Fighting - Highway 22 S Theft report - 288 Ashleigh Rd Residential alarm - 290 Nabors Ln Reckless driver Public service Speak with an officer Public service

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Advertise here for as low as $8 per week. Call (731) 645-5346.






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5 Yr. Warranty on All Workmanship Owners

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Jeremiah Coyle 731-610-7072 and Mack Coyle 731-610-3906



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• • • •

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5404 HWY 45 SOUTH SELMER, TN 38375



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• Licensed and Insured •

We Use Only Environmentally Safe Products

For Free Estimates Call or Email: Jerry Scott (731) 610-4203

“You Say It - We Spray It” We accept VISA, MASTERCARD

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