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New director of schools gets three-year contract By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

Staff Photo by Steve Beavers

New McNairy County Director of Schools Greg Martin (right) signs his contract along with school board chairman Jarrell Stanfield. Martin takes over as director on May 21.

Adamsville Jr./Sr. High School Principal Greg Martin has made it official. Martin signed a three-year contract to become the McNairy County Director of Schools during the May school board meeting. The AHS graduate takes over as director on May 21.

“It’s hard to evaluate things school wise in 18 months,” said Martin in seeking a three-year deal. “One of the biggest reasons which caused me to become director is to create some stability for everyone ... this gives an opportunity to do some big things.” Board members voted to extend the final day of the contract to June 1, 2021 following the motion of District 2 member Mark Massey. The contract has a base salary of

$90,000. Another $4,800 is included for travel with a health insurance reimbursement of $525, according to board attorney Ross Mitchell. “It will be a new adventure and I am looking forward to working with everyone,” said Martin. Martin succeeds current director Wayne Henry whose contract ends May 20. Martin was selected director during a special called meeting in March.

Vandy helps find escaped inmate By Steve Beavers Associated Press

K9 Vandy found his man. The McNairy County Sheriff’s Department tracking dog helped find an escaped inmate in Alcorn County, Miss. over the weekend. Vandy tracked Jonathan Blankenship and the escapee was taken into custody before noon Saturday. “It was a real fast track,” said McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck. “Vandy is a great tracker.” Blankenship fled from officers while being transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center around 10 p.m. Friday, ac-

cording to Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell. Blankenship was spotted around 7 a.m. by a homeowner near County Road 783 just off of Highway 72 West. “We received a call on Friday asking if we could send our tracking dog,” said Buck. “They thought they had a good area to search.” K9 officer Tommy Howell and deputy Kevin Carter joined the search with Vandy. Buck said his department was glad to help. “I have a great relationship with Sheriff Caldwell and we are always willing to help them when needed.”

Switch to LED lighting saves district money By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The light of savings has come on for the McNairy County School Board. Board members were informed of a $2,681 monthly savings from the installation of LED lighting at Bethel Springs Elementary School. The average savings over 12-months is expected to be around $32,172. “We are happy with the average savings and hope to see the same result on other schools as we go forward,” said McNairy County Director of Schools Wayne Henry during its May meeting Thursday. In other board business: • Approved the rehiring of Brian Jackson, Assistant Director of Schools; Lynda Walters, Federal Projects Coordinator; Jennifer Hunt, Special Education Supervisor; Matt Wood, Technology Director; Ronnie Teague, Career-Technical Education Director (120 days); Eric Holcombe,

Attendance Supervisor; Suzanne Henson, Human Resources (120 days); William Austin, Transportation Supervisor; Gayle Brooks, School Nutrition Supervisor; and Larry Smith, Maintenance Supervisor. • Approved medical leave request for Gail Day, Selmer Middle School. • Hired Andy Greening, Selmer Middle School Physical Education and McNairy Central High School football; and David Wilkerson, Alternative School and McNairy Central football assistant. • Accepted the resignation of Jacqueline Thweatt-Burton, Special Education Behavior Specialist; Gina Plunk, Adamsville Elementary School Cafeteria Manager; Angela Byrd, Selmer Elementary assistant teacher; and Ross Mitchell, Board Attorney. Mitchell will continue as board attorney through the end of the current board term.

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Phil Brown and Kim Morris were crowned grand champion for raising almost $17,000 for the Carl Perkins Center during the 2018 Dancing with the Stars. See Page 8A for more photos from the event.

Teams raise over $50,000 at annual dance contest By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

CORINTH, Miss. – Kim Morris and Phil Brown turned up the gas on the competition. The dancing duo’s dental visit theme transported the crowd back to the 1980s as they strolled away with the grand championship of the 2018 McNairy County Dancing with the Stars. “We had a blast,” said Morris as the team went with an array of

iconic 1980 dance music. Morris and Brown raised almost $17,000 for the Carl Perkins Center. The seven dancing teams combined to raise over $50,000 for the center. “This was so far out of my comfort zone, but we received support from everyone,” said Brown. The two held 10 events to raise the most money. “We were glad to help the kids as we did,” said Morris.

“It’s a good feeling, but we are both glad it is over,” added Brown. Seven dance teams hit the stage to see which was the best at raising the most money for the center and on the dance floor. The team of Michelle O’Neal and Jacob Prather earned the Judge’s Choice Award for their tribute to Emily Crabb – a former McNairy County teacher and


Annual McNairy County Relay for Life set for Friday By Joel Counce For the Independent Appeal

McNairy County Relay for Life is ready to remember cancer victims and celebrate survivors. The annual relay event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Selmer City Park. Survivor signup and refreshments begins at 5:30 p.m., fol-

lowed by the National Anthem at 6. The survivor walk begins at 6:15 p.m. “We will be honoring caregivers as well,” said McNairy County Relay for Life Chairwoman Cheryl Prather. “The survivor walk is for those who are in remission, are still in the fight and those who have won the fight.”


Ten teams are signed up for this year’s event that has a goal of raising $50,000 for both cancer research and support for those struggling and their families. Last year, the event raised $23,000. “Without funding research, we wouldn’t have the treatments or medications we

have now,” said Prather. Dawg Creek Band will play from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.. The Luminary Ceremony to honor cancer victims will begin at 8:15. Luminaria bags can be purchased at BancorpSouth in Selmer. The Band of Jones will play at

McNairy County Music Hall of Fame Selmer Police Department promotes inductee reared by musical family. veteran investigator to captain.

8:30 p.m., followed by the closing ceremony at 9:45. Prather has served as chairwoman for four years and has been involved with Relay for Life since it began 22 years ago. “I got my family involved in this,” she said. “We wanted to because we’ve seen first hand how


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What do statewide candidates say about rural Tennessee? By Frank Daniels

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Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed? Each of the major candidates for governor and U.S. Senate were asked to tell our readers about their views on infrastructure investment.

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I spend a lot of time in rural Tennessee. Over half of the counties I represent are rural and I can assure you, Tennessee’s history, values and traditions are inextricably tied to our state’s rural roots. The people I know in our rural communities love their way of life - and the next Governor must help them keep it. If we don’t do something to provide more infrastructure, our young people will move away, and our small towns will even-

tually close down. Investing in infrastructure means so much more to our rural communities than just smooth roads – it means a better economy, flourishing careers and more job opportunities for the next generation. In every rural community I visit, I hear the same thing: we need broadband. I will remove the obstacles and make rural broadband a reality. Rural communities need broadband now – so I support whatever method brings broadband to rural communities the quickest. We will have fast, reliable broadband and address other infrastructure needs,

whether it be a road or a storm water system. That will encourage businesses to


Planetarium opens doors for preview

Town goes to work filling in potholes By Joel Counce For the Independent Appeal

Selmer is addressing the problem of potholes in the town. The street department is filling the potholes with cold mix – a type of asphalt that does not require heat. “It’s pliable until it’s put into a pothole,” said Selmer Street and Sanitation Supervisor Raymond Ouellette. “We put it in the back of a truck and send two guys out to use it to patch the potholes.” City workers shovel the mix off the truck, level it into the hole before going to the next one. “Potholes occur more frequently in some places than others,” said Ouellette. “They are naturally occurring.” Three things cause potholes – the freezing and thawing pattern in winter,

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Selmer Street Department employee Jacob Ray burns cold mix into the asphalt on East Court Street in Selmer. City workers patch the potholes in the city streets during the spring and summer. water under the streets or a poor base for the structure of the road. “The freezing and thawing go hand-in-hand,” said Ouellette. “It freezes at night and thaws out during the day, then freezes again. The water will rise and that

plays a part in it as well.” Ouellette said cold weather plays a big part in potholes forming. “It’s constant,” he said. “It starts as soon as the weather gets cold and continues until about midspring.”

Streets used to be paved with a gravel foundation. A newer mix of finer gravel called 33C – which consists of about 50 percent clay, 25 percent sand and 25 small gravel – lasts a lot longer.


CORRECTION The date for the Ramer Days Fall Festival was incorrectly listed in the May 9 edition of the Independent Appeal. The festival will be Saturday, Oct. 20.


All of the hard work has paid off. The McNairy Central High School planetarium – dormant for at least the past 20 years – has finally opened its doors again. The efforts of former MCHS student Allie Ray and McNairy Central teacher Sarah Allison helped make a preview possible. The preview of the planetarium was held Saturday on the last day of McNairy County’s National Travel and Tourism Week. The public attended a special viewing of the planetarium on Tuesday. The renovation project was started three years ago as the Senior Project of Ray. McNairy Central senior Layla Brothers and 2017 graduate Trase Jester also used their Senior Projects to renovate the planetarium. “I saw the potential our school had as we have one of 14 planetariums in the state of Tennessee thought it would be really cool to bring it back to life,” said Ray, who now attends UT-Martin. “It is a blessing to have worked so hard to see it finally finished.” Allison, Ray’s advisor on the project, is glad the planetarium is complete.


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Selmer makes change to storm water runoff By Joel Counce

“The old law was more restrictive.” - Jim Replogle

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Selmer’s storm water runoff will soon comply with state regulations. The Selmer Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a measure that updates the city’s storm water runoff to comply with current state law. “The old law was more restrictive,” said Selmer Building Inspector Jim Replogle. “It

was based on a 100-year flood plan. The new law is based on a 10-year flood plan.” The updates deal with drainage, catch basins, the city’s drainage network ranging from inlets, manholes, street gutters, roadside ditches and storm water detention and

retention as well as storm water runoff and facility design. Detention facilities must be designed to safely pass the runoff produced by the 10-year-24-hour duration storm, according to the ordinance. The conditions are based

on the Soil Conservation Service hydrologic method. The term 10-year refers to a storm that is likely to happen once a decade, as opposed to the previous law that prepared for a storm that would occur once a century. “It’s about preparation and developing a plan,” said Replogle. “Nashville had two 1,000 year floods in 2010.” Those floods affected 52 Tennessee counties in Middle and West Tennessee.

Inductee reared by music family By Joel Counce For the Independent Appeal

David Killingsworth’s first memory of music is playing with toy instruments. “I don’t know who bought them,” he said. “I would use those toys until I broke them.” Killingsworth – one of four set for induction to the McNairy County Music Hall of Fame on June 8 – grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio and watching Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on television. His mother, Louise Fisher Killingsworth, was a piano player. His uncles were fiddle players and so was his maternal grandfather. His mother’s sister, Shelby Fisher, played music with him and helped shape him as a musician. “I did most of my jamming and woodshedding with her,” he said. He got his first real instrument – a guitar – at the age of 13, but that was not what he had in mind initially. “I wanted bagpipes,” he


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Roger Rickman decided on a busy Saturday night in 1982 he wanted to be a police officer. “W.T. Yarbrough had been talking to me about it and I kept saying I wasn’t interested,” he said. “That’s when I decided I wanted to do it.” Rickman was recently promoted to captain with the Selmer Police Department. “He’s been a loyal employee of the Selmer Police Department,” said Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks. “He has always done an outstanding job and I just felt like he deserved a promotion.” Burks discussed the

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Roger Rickman has been promoted to captain with the Selmer Police Department. promotion with Selmer Mayor John Smith. “His dedication and years of service to Selmer have not gone unnoticed,” said Smith. “I’m glad we were able to promote him.” Rickman is the oldest

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of three born to Willard and Donna Rickman. His sister, Cathy Moore, lives in Moore, Okla. His sister Amy Drinkard lives in Selmer. He is a lifelong resident of Selmer and graduated

Gymnasium floors at seven McNairy County schools are scheduled for repair during the 20182019 school year. The McNairy County School Board approved CQ Flooring to sand and repaint the floors. CQ agreed to do all the repairs for $29,300. Funds from the 2018-2019 budget will be used to pay for the repairs. “We feel like Michie is the worst floor in the county,” said maintenance director Larry Smith. “It gets worse every year and needs to be sanded down completely.” Cost to repair the Michie floor is around $19,900. Costs for the remaining schools are Adamsville El-


County leadership classes graduate By Joel Counce For the Independent Appeal

The McNairy County Chamber of Commerce graduated eight in the adult class and 22 in its annual leadership classes. Amber Tull, Emily Harris, Joe McCombs, Kara Hill, Kim Mask, Maria Howard, Savannah Tice and Steve Simon made up the adult class. “I discovered what makes our county tick,” said Howard. “It’s love. I have lived in many places all over the country and I

have been nowhere that has love like this.” Howard said that love was not limited to just McNairy County. “It is for all of mankind,” she said. “It’s my hope to become as loving as the people in this community.” The class chose McCombs as their Rising Star. The adult leadership class sponsored the 2nd Annual Big Hill Pond State Park Trail Run with proceeds from the run going to Big Hill Pond State Park


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It is well known hot weather can be dangerous, especially to those individuals not used to the heat and humidity that we all experience here in the south. When temperatures start to climb and humidity is high, this combination can be a health hazard which can turn deadly. BEENE Approximately 200 people die each year from heat-related complications. As we age, we gradually lose the ability to perspire and regulate our body temperature. This is why older people tend to overdress and they don’t feel heat the same way anymore. Simple precautions can help avoid se-

vere health issues. Adjusting activities to avoid the hottest hours of the day usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is an initial action that can prove beneficial. If one has outdoor activities, drinking plenty of cool water or clear juices while avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and dressing appropriately in loose, light colored clothing which includes wearing a hat or cap can help. Health conditions such as poor circulation, heart, lung and kidney diseases and high blood pressure increase the risk for heat-related illness. There are many medications that increase sensitivity to heat and cause sun sensitivity. Certain widely used medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, vitamins and herbs can contribute to sun sensitivity. As always wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. If one has been outside in the heat and has profuse sweating, becomes dizzy or weak, has muscle cramps and or becomes

nauseated, this could be the initial signs of heat exhaustion and the person should move to a cool shady area and drink plenty of cool fluids. Heat stroke can happen quickly after heat exhaustion occurs and the person may become confused, combative, behave bizarrely, feel faint and stagger. The victims pulse is usually rapid, skin is dry, flushed and may feel hot along with lack of sweating. Breathing may be fast and shallow. Pupils may widen or dilate. Delirium, seizures or convulsions, coma and death are possible. Heat stroke is an emergency situation and remember if you suspect heat stroke, call 911 or summon medical personnel immediately. Seeking an air conditioned environment would be a desirable choice because of the serious health effects of heat stress and heat stroke. Significant sun exposure can amplify the effect of trans-dermal patches that deliver medication directly through the skin.

When you get a sunburn, the blood vessels in the surface of your skin dilate, and that can lead to increased absorption of the medication. So if you’re wearing a patch, it’s a good idea to consider long sleeves. Some cities provide shelters from the heat in the hottest parts of the summer. If one needs assistance with air conditioning or utility bills the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program helps people with limited income cover the cost of air conditioners and utility bills. The phone number for the program is 1-866-674-6327. Simple precautions can prevent serious consequences when dealing with weather extremes. Learning the signs of heat stress and a common sense approach to dealing with heat related symptoms can go a long way toward avoiding a dangerous situation. (Ken Beene is Family Nurse Practitioner. The 1984 McNairy Central graduate opened the Eastview Medical Clinic in 2017.)

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Architect: Vaughan Associates Architects, Inc. 403 North Parkway, Suite 101 Jackson, TN 38305 Your firm is invited to submit a Bid under seal to the Owner for the construction of a preengineered metal building shell of approximately 6,250 s.f., to include concrete footings and foundation, concrete floor slab, metal building shell, personnel and overhead doors in the shell, plumbing rough-in, and electrical service rough-in to set service panels. The building pad has been prepared by others. The Owner will receive Bids for a public opening until 2:00 PM local time on Thursday the Thirty-first (31) day of May 2018, at the office of the Board of Education, 530 Mulberry Avenue, Suite 2, Selmer, TN 38375. Bidding Documents for a Stipulated Price contract may be obtained from the office of the Architect for a deposit of $100 per set, refundable upon receipt of a qualified bid on bid day. Partial sets will not be issued. Others may view the Bid Documents at the office of the Architect, and the West Tennessee Plan Room. Bidders will be required to provide Bid security in the form of a Bid Bond of a sum no less than 5 percent of the Bid Sum. Submit your Bid on the Bid Form provided. Bidders are required to complete Bid Form. Bidders may supplement this form as appropriate. All Bidders must comply with the applicable provisions of Public Chapter 822, House Bill 2180, Senate Bill 1824 commonly known as the Contractors Licensing Act of 1976. At least the following information as required by Section 20 of this Act must appear on the outside of the envelope containing a bid in excess of $25,000: 1. Name of Bidder 2. Address and phone number of the Bidder 3. Bidders License Number 4. Expiration date of Tennessee License 5. The portion of classification of Bidders License that applies to this project 6. Name of the project for which bid is submitted Your Bid will be required to be submitted under a condition of irrevocability for a period of 90 days after submission. The Owner reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Bids. END OF SECTION 00105

post-secondary education tuition and fees, but also for related expenses including room and board, textbooks and supplies. In 2015, the fund was recognized as the top direct-sold plan in the nation by, which analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 savings plan portfolios across the nation. The fund is managed by the Tennessee Department of Treasury. “This investment plan is part of our goal to graduate more students from college by helping them and their parents prepare financially for expenses not covered by scholarships,” said Gresham. “Dollars in-

vested in this program are yielding strong returns, and even small amounts of money invested early will better prepare Tennessee children for education after high school.” Research shows children with a college savings account are six to seven times more likely to attend a four-year college. To register for the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan and qualify to win four tickers to Dollywood, Adventure Science Center, Tennessee Aquarium, Memphis Zoo and more, visit by May 28. (Molly Crawford Gormley is Deputy Press Secretary for the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus.)

“I think it opened their eyes to the dangers of pain medications.” - Rebecca Walker “Anyone can be a scientist.” Winder spoke to the classes of AHS science teachers Dalana Hessing and Rebecca Walker. The event was organized by Amanda Vanhoose, who teaches at both AHS and the University of Tennessee at Martin. The teachers hope

hearing the science behind addiction will encourage their students to avoid drug abuse. Hessing said Winder mentioned several interesting points that intrigued the students. “He explained to the students that the earlier people start abusing drugs,


played on the Grand Ole Opry from WSM in Nashville. While studying criminal justice at Middle Tennessee State University, Killingsworth played on the famed WSM’s Midnight Jamboree with a professor from the university, Darrell Hayden. But a lot of Killingsworth’s contribution to McNairy County’s music culture was in preservation. In addition to recording Humphrey, he recorded Con Crotts, Pap Whitten and Dixie Don in Henderson among others, music and songs that would have been lost to history otherwise. “I wanted to record that for future generations,” he said. “A lot of those older musicians I had known most of my life and any time one of them knew a song, I wanted to record


fame inductee Wayne Jerrolds in 1966 when he came to Killingsworth’s house to tune the piano. “We’ve been friends ever since,” he said. Killingsworth made most of his money playing the banjo. His dad, Thomas, would drive him to square dances to play with Pap Whitten. “I really appreciated him carrying me there to make a little money,” he said. “He was a big help.” As he got older, he began to play the fiddle more. “I eased into fiddle playing as the older fiddle players died out,” he said. “Wayne Jerrolds and I were the only ones left. That’s about the way it is now.” Killingsworth was inspired by musicians like Tommy Jackson, the Crook Brothers and others who

the more likely they are to become addicted,” said Hessing. “He also told them the longer addicts go without drugs, the more their cravings increase.” Walker believes the presentation will help students make better choices concerning opiates. “He showed the kids how easy it is to become an addict and stressed that it affects people from all walks of life,” said Walker. “I think it opened their eyes to the dangers of pain medications.” (Amy Reid is the Campus Reporter at Adamsville High School.) it.”

Arts in McNairy Director Shawn Pitts said Killingsworth was a personal inspiration. “He is rightfully known as a fine musician,” Pitts said. “He has been an indispensable resource for much of Arts in McNairy’s cultural heritage preservation work.” After college, Killingsworth, a Michie native, worked seven years for the Selmer Police Department and 33 years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “Graduating meant the end of most of my music career,” he said. He played with Kenny Baker and Josh Reeves at Opryland and helped found the Adamsville Bluegrass Jamboree that lasted 20 years. “I’m grateful for being inducted,” he said. “I feel humbled and I appreciate it.”




“It’s applied with a steamroller or some kind of equipment,” said Ouellette. “It prevents water from coming to the surface. It’s as hard as a roadway and can be six inches thick or more.”


“It has been such a difficult journey to get to where we are at, “said Allison. “We have shed a lot of tears over it, but we still have a lot of work to do before we officially open it.” The planetarium now boasts a brand new digital 360 degree projector that is 4K and 8K capable, making it the only one in the state of Tennessee. It has a 5.1 Dolby surround sound system and the room includes a chalkboard that has a black light installed to not interrupt the show on the screen above. Another neat feature of the projector is that it is compatible with a Xbox controller that will certainly pique the interests of

Ouellette said the work to repair the potholes will continue through the spring and summer. “We are fixing them as soon as we are made aware,” he said. “Certain spots, like bridges, will always need attention. In springtime especially, it’s a constant thing.” the students and will allow them to go whenever they can think of. The planetarium still needs a little work in the room as there is no air conditioner or internet. Both are expected to be completed by the time of the official opening. The official opening is slated for sometime in July. “We wanted to get people excited for the grand opening in July,” said McNairy County Tourism Director Jessica Huff. “I remember paying a quarter and getting on the bus and going to the planetarium.” There is still a lot to do. “We need to do more training with the equipment and have more promotion,” said Huff. “I’d love for the community to come out and pack out the planetarium.”


expand or relocate to our rural areas and provide jobs that turn into careers. President Trump has announced a nationwide $50 billion plan for Rural Infrastructure, and I will work with President Trump, as I have before, to ensure rural Tennessee benefits from federal investment in infrastructure. Every Tennessee community is unique. There is no one-sizeBLACK fits-all solution. Some places need infrastructure, some places need broadband, some places need workforce training. As Governor, I want to be partners with our small towns and make sure they all have what they need.

Randy Boyd – Republican

While Tennessee has enjoyed unprecedented economic success, too many places in our state are still being left behind. As Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, I traveled to all 95 counties, most many times, and realized we are too often a state of “haves” and “have nots.” In fact, when I arrived at ECD, there were 21 distressed counties in our state - designated because they are in the bottom 10% in the entire U.S. in terms of poverty, inBOYD come, and unemployment. I believe we are only as rich as our poorest neighbor, so through the Governor’s Rural Task Force, with co-chairs including the Commissioners of Tourism and Agriculture, and 120 leaders from across the state, representing organizations like the Farm Bureau, we quickly got to work developing real solutions for Rural Tennessee. Everything begins with education and building a trained workforce, so we will bring satellite campuses of our technical colleges to distressed counties. Second, we must help them develop sites for businesses to thrive, like we did in Hancock County, that led to a new call center and 200 greatly needed jobs. Third, expanding broadband is essential to rural success, which is why we led the charge to work with electric co-ops to offer broadband to 2.5 million more rural Tennesseans. Fourth, we will do more to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in our rural communities. Fifth, we must encourage tourism with targeted grants to develop and leverage underutilized assets. Finally, we will strongly support agriculture through measures like the Ag Innovation Fund. We have gone from 21 distressed counties in 2015, to 15 today. But our goal is to have ZERO distressed counties by 2025. As Governor, I will double down on these initiatives. We are only the State of Opportunity when there is Opportunity for ALL.

Beth Harwell – Republican

In order to ensure prosperity in rural Tennessee, we must attract businesses and employers that provide high-paying jobs, continue our push for a better workforce, support our farmers, and expand broadband. As I travel the state, one of the things I consistently hear is the need for a better prepared workforce. We need to evaluate HARWELL our higher education initiatives not on intentions, but results. We need to focus on apprenticeships and skills, so that the employers we attract can find highly skilled employees.




it affects patients and their families.” Funds from McNairy County Relay for life helped 44 patients with 326 services and 13 patients stayed 138 nights at the Hope Lodge, a place where patients and caregivers can stay free during treatment.

with the McNairy County Drug Task Force and his niece, Darby Drinkard, works with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “Part of me would like to see them do something else,” he said. “But I am




Three board positions are up for election Aug. 2. • Approved the retirement of Dennis Austin, Selmer Middle School science teacher. • Accepted several bids dealing with custodial supplies for the 2018-2019 school year. Winning bids were floor chemicals – BR Supply of Adamsville, $255.27; floor pads for machines – Better Source of Adamsville, $80.40; general cleaning supplies – Better Source, $105.82; gloves – Better Source, $26.83; brooms/ mops – Better Source, $158.49; restroom products – Better Source, $157.05; waste disposal collection for all schools – Waste Connections, $3,211; mops/ uniforms/mats – Cintas, $389.75. • Voted to exclude TCAP

Tennessee has been very supportive of farmers, and I’ve had the opportunity to vote for updates to our Right to Farm Act as a state representative. Most recently in 2014, we added protections for agri-tourism businesses, so farmers can diversify operations. As Governor, I will continue to make sure our Right to Farm Act is up to date and protects farmers. Broadband infrastructure has become a vital part of our modern economy and ensuring that our rural communities have access to it needs to be a top priority. Broadband accessibility is something companies evaluate when they are looking to relocate. We’ve made some progress under the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, and the first round of rural broadband grants were just announced a few months ago—but we certainly need to do more. We need to make sure that the tax dollars we are investing in broadband infrastructure are well targeted and that they help drive both increased connectivity and economic development in our rural communities.

Bill Lee – Republican

Growing up and still living on our family farm, I know many of the issues that face farmers and rural communities. Many of Tennessee’s rural communities are hurting and we need a concerted, consistent effort that builds for the future and reflects the fundamental values of Tennessee. That is why I was the first candidate in this race to announce a detailed Roadmap LEE for Rural Tennessee. It includes four key areas I’ll focus on as governor to increase opportunities in rural Tennessee and address some of the most pressing issues facing the region. First, we need to promote the dignity of work and economic independence and invest early in vocational, technical, and agriculture education, knocking down barriers to work. Second, we will support innovation and technology to improve economic growth, health care access, and educational opportunities and reduce the tax burden for small businesses and bring more health care options to our rural communities. Third, we need to attack the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction and increase penalties for drug traffickers and put nonviolent addicts on a path to wellness. Finally, we need to renew our state’s commitment to faith, community, and family by strengthening civic and character education in our schools and support strong families in our communities. We are just a generation away from losing a way of life in small town Tennessee. If we don’t act decisively, we will lose it, and that’s something we can’t allow to happen.

Karl Dean – Democrat

I spent the first few months of my campaign spending time in each of our state’s economically distressed counties to hear directly from residents about their needs and concerns. As governor, I will continue to listen to residents, especially those who feel left behind and forgotten, as DEAN many in our rural communities do. Tennesseans in all communities deserve access to the same opportunities. We need to remain focused on improving the basics. We need to: • Grow the number of good-paying jobs throughout the state • Put more funding into public education, including career technical education and vocational training • Increase access to affordable, quality healthcare -- too many rural hospitals are


scores from final grade for the 2017-2018 school year. • Awarded the LP/propane gas service to Pittman Propane – $1.58 a gallon – for he 2018-2019 school year. • Awarded the diesel service to Paul Fisher Oil Company for $2.27. “That’s a 70 cent increase from where we started last year,” added Henry. • Approved the summer work schedule for maintenance director Larry Smith. • Approved dental insurance plan. “We have a local and state plan,” said Henry. “Everyone who has the local plan is being grandfathered in with those eligible after July 1 going on the state plan.” • Approved the change ordinance of a sewer line extension at Adamsville Elementary School. The line will be rerouted at a cost of $27,490.



mother of Prather. The theme of the annual event was “The Roaring 20s – A Black-tie Affair.” The remaining teams competing in the event

very proud of them and proud of the work they do.” Rickman said technology has changed the way law enforcement works. “Everyone has a cell phone, they didn’t have those when I started,” he said. “The technology allows you to find out virtually anything.” at the Crossroads Arena were Sara Conrad and Justin Jones; Jennifer Hamm Burks and Chris Chris Hansen; Allison Glidewell and Micah Gray; Roxanne and Justin Dunaway; and Clara McCullar and Billy Patterson.


and the McNairy County Developmental Services. The youth class consisted of Alicia Burns, Anabelle Whitaker, Anna Kate Crenshaw, AnnMarie Bowers, Callie Hodge, Camron Henley, Emilee Foster, Gracee Martindale, Haydn Nash, Jack Simpson, Jarrett Horner, Jessica Jones, Joley Bivens, Lani Plunk, Macy Franks, Madison Stackens, Meg Suggs, Rachel Pickens, Sarah Davis, Sheldon Williams, Stone Teague and Taylor Howard. All were juniors from Adamsville High School and McNairy Central High School who began in August. Burns and Simpson were selected as their Rising Stars. The youth leadership class chose Kids Fest, dressing as characters and raising funds to provide free rides for kids at the event.

closing in Tennessee because our legislature refused to pass Gov. Haslam’s Medicaid expansion plan Additionally, we need to invest in rural infrastructure needs including county roads, highways and broadband in rural areas. Communities that feel like they’ve been left behind need to know their issues are going to be addressed as quickly as those in urban and suburban areas. Just as I did as mayor of Nashville, I want to invest in the innate strengths of all 95 counties, both rural and urban areas. For many communities agriculture tops that list. Our agricultural producers need better access to the capital required to establish themselves and grow their operations. In many rural communities, when agriculture is doing well, the entire community thrives as a result. Our farms support a tremendous amount of local jobs and annual farm income supports local businesses, which means investing in agriculture will help our rural communities overall.

Craig Fitzhugh – Democrat

For Tennessee to be a success, all 95 of our counties must be successful. Our cities are doing well, but our rural counties have not been as lucky. One way to make sure our rural counties have a fighting chance is to have 4-lane highways connecting every county seat to the interstate system. For nearly 3 decades we have had this as a goal in Tennessee, and with the IMPROVE FITZHUGH Act that we passed in the legislature last year, this will go a long way towards fulfilling this goal. While our urban areas need mass transit options because of their density, rural areas must have good roads and bridges to succeed. Our rural areas have been disproportionally affected by hospital closures, a statistic that Tennessee leads the nation in per capita. If we had expanded Medicaid, we would have had $4 billion in funds to keep those hospitals open. Hospitals are not just healthcare centers in rural communities: they are the economic lifeblood of small towns and the region surrounding them. They provide some of the highest paying jobs in these counties and act as command centers in our war on opioids and methamphetamines, scourges that have decimated our small towns. Rural broadband is a game changer. High-speed broadband is not a luxury: it is a utility, as important as lights and water. Broadband would improve educational and business opportunities in our rural areas, allowing small businesses and entrepreneurs to deliver their products around the world. Former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter had an equation: roads plus education equals jobs. I put a 21st century spin on my fellow West Tennessee Democrat’s equation by adding broadband. While we have put some resources towards this on the state level, we must do more.

U.S. Senate Marsha Blackburn, Republican

Your zip code should not determine your opportunity to create your version of the American Dream. The three areas that will have the effect of opening greater opportunity to rural Tennessee are: increasing access to high speed internet, improving access to quality education and encouraging job creation. Closing the digiBLACKBURN tal divide by expanding broadband access in rural areas will lay the foundation for positive change. Without access to reliable internet, children are unable to complete their homework assignments and small

businesses are unable to compete on a larger scale. As the Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, I am working with the White House and members of both parties to lead the effort to expand rural broadband and highspeed internet. You simply cannot have either a first world economy or opportunity for tomorrow with a third world internet. Next, every student in Tennessee should have the opportunity to reach their full academic potential and attend schools that educate them for 21st century challenges and opportunities. When they graduate, they should be prepared with skills for life and ready for whatever path they choose. Our children receive the best education when we empower those who best know what they need—parents, teachers, and local communities. Therefore, we must support state and local initiatives. Effective teachers should be rewarded, and school systems should be held accountable for poor performance. Governor Haslam has been a strong leader in this regard, and we must continue to build on the foundation he has laid. A proven formula for economic growth is: less regulation + less litigation + less taxation = more innovation and job creation. We must continue to cut taxes, as we did with last year’s historic Tax Cut and Jobs Act, so businesses can expand and create the jobs we so desperately need in our local communities. Continuing our fight to improve broadband access, strengthening our education system, and creating jobs will help to ensure all Tennesseans, especially those in rural areas, have every opportunity to succeed.

Philip Bredesen – Democrat

We Tennesseans have a lot of great choices in where we live and work. Some prefer cities or suburbs, but for many, our rural communities are the perfect place to live and raise their families. I grew up in rural America and have a personal interest in seeing that good jobs are available everywhere. We have long recognized here in Tennessee that infrastructure is key to the success BREDESEN of rural areas. In the 1930s, TVA began building electrical infrastructure throughout rural Tennessee. In the 1980s, Governor McWherter greatly expanded the road system in rural parts of our state. In the 2000s, when I was Governor, we acquired the land and started the planning and funding of utilities for a 3,800 acre industrial megasite in rural West Tennessee. Today, there is another kind of infrastructure which is just as important-broadband internet access. I know from experience that when companies are looking at making investments, one of the first items on their checklist is the availability of robust internet service. In today’s world, that is fast becoming just as important as roads or telephones. I am seeking to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate this fall. This will give me a strong platform from which to obtain federal help in extending broadband internet services to underserved rural areas in Tennessee. Governor Haslam began important steps to improve access in 2017, but there is much more to be done. It is in our national interest to provide essential services wherever our citizens live. The post office delivers mail even to the smallest, most remote areas. Over the past century, the federal government has ensured that telephone and electric power are available everywhere, and not just in the densest, most profitable areas. It’s time to add fast, robust broadband service to that list of fundamental utilities that power communities across our state. This is something I will work on as Senator—I’m applying for the job.




Dancing with the Stars

Staff Photos by Steve Beavers

Billy Patterson and Clara McCullar (left photo) perform during Dancing with Stars. Allison Glidewell (above) teamed with dance partner Micah Gray during the annual event.

Justin Jones

Micah Gray

Michelle O’Neal and Jacob Prather (left photo) were awarded the Judge’s Choice Award. Justin Dunaway and Roxanne Dunaway (above) opened the 2018 McNairy County Dancing with the Stars contest at the Crossroads Arena. The seven teams combined to raise over $50,000 for the Carl Perkins Center.

Sara Conrad

Jennifer Hamm Burks and Chris Hansen (above) were part of seven teams competing in the 2018 McNairy County Dancing with the Stars. The grand champion team of Kim Morris and Phil Brown raised almost $17,000 to win the dance competition. The teams combined to raise over $50,000 during the annual event.



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Mama taught us important things

Volume 117, Number 1, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

McNAIRY VOICES How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

By Nancy Kennedy Tidd Bitts

One word is said the same way in almost every language. Billions of women have used the word for thousands of years. Mama is the most beautiful word said to me. I was blessed with a wonderful mother a little over half a century and she is still with me every day. I was a mischievous child because little switches were a big part of my life. Today I have a great hearing loss, but it must have started back in the 1940s. I can’t remember hearing her yell, KENNEDY “Nancy get out of that” or “this is the third and last time to tell you.” I remember her walking towards me pulling the leaves off and I wished I had listened. We had a big wood stove in the living room and I remember her sleeping in the chair and me on the couch as she kept warm Vicks Salve plaster on my chest all night. I had the whooping cough when I was about five so she was my nurse for about a month. No one could make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches like mama. Mix two parts peanut butter, one part grape jelly and a drop of vanilla flavoring then mix well and spread on the bread. We ate them faster than she could make them. My brother, Gary, said she got this recipe from a Ramer School cook. We loved it when she made a yellow cake and warm chocolate syrup. A a piece of cake with a big spoonful of syrup on it was good to the last lick. That syrup was great on ice cream, to make chocolate milk or eat a spoonful – if you didn’t get caught. I still use her fantastic recipe of two cups of sugar, three tablespoon chocolate and one big can of evaporated milk. Bring to a boil and boil five minutes, stirring constantly. Add one stick chopped butter and one tablespoon of vanilla. Stir until butter melts. Great over cake while hot. Before we got electricity I have wondered how many times she bent over the washtub outside, hot day or cold day, to be sure we had clean clothes. She did go to bed with me so many times to make a warm spot in the feather-bed on a cold winter night. My mama taught me God’s purpose in my life. She taught me right from wrong. Actions speak louder than words and I always knew she loved me. She taught me determination and courage. Stand up and be counted. I still appreciate her love and sacrifice. I am proud and was blessed to be the child of Loraine Bolding Wardlow.

Richard Potter (Stantonville)

Manuel Gatan (Selmer)

Jonathon McDaniel (Selmer)

We had the whole gang over. We cooked for my daughter and her kids ... we had a barbecue.

I took care of the kids.

Went to church with the family, spent some quality time with them.

Jeremy Melson (Savannah) I went to the church where my mother played piano for the first time since I carried her out in a casket 20 years ago.

Preacher Byrd (Bethel Springs)

Jonathan Ervin (Selmer)

We didn’t do much. We stayed at the farm.

Took my wife out to dinner and a movie. Took my mother a present and my mother-inlaw a present.

McNairy Voices is a 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.

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Rural Tennessee fighting for its prosperity By Frank Daniels III For the Independent Appeal

For many Tennesseans the pain and financial loss of the 2008 recession has faded. The state’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the Southeast United States, 3.4 percent in March. Household income and the state’s Gross Domestic Product are at their highest points and Tennessee continues to attract “high quality” jobs – those that pay higher than the county median wage. But economic prosDANIELS perity has been concentrated around Tennessee’s metropolitan areas and nearly half of the state’s 95 counties are classified as “Distressed” (15 counties) or “At-Risk” (29), based on economic performance indicators tracked by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC uses the three-year average un-

employment rate, per capita market income, and the poverty rate to determine the economic status of the nation’s counties. ARC categorizes U.S. counties in the bottom 10 percent as distressed. Tennessee’s economic boom illustrates that a rising tide does not necessarily lift all boats, and the state’s political leaders have an opportunity to address. The 124-member newspapers of the Tennessee Press Association are working together to present a forum for the major candidates in the gubernatorial and senate races. Each month we are asking candidates to briefly outline their position on a significant challenge facing Tennessee. The issue this month is rural Tennessee.

Distressed counties

After the 2008 recession the number of distressed counties in Tennessee began rising and reached a high of 26 in 2013, up from 13 in 2010, according the state’s Transparent Tennessee website. In response to the rapid rise in distressed counties, Gov. Bill Haslam formed the Governor’s Rural Task Force in 2015. The 78-page task force report made a

number of recommendations on economic development, education and improved services in rural communities. The report cited two essential areas of need: rural communities needed to build the ability to take advantage of the available resources to achieve established goals; and rural communities needed to plan and design places that promote the area’s overall wellbeing.

Metro growth brings challenges

Americans have been steadily migrating to metropolitan areas since the end of World War II for jobs and increased opportunities that concentrated populations offer. The metropolitan migration has accelerated in Tennessee since the 2008 recession with about half of the jobs created in the state occurring in just one metro area – Nashville. As people have flocked to Nashville and the state’s other metro areas, they have brought both economic opportunity and challenges. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools are struggling with the cost and complexity of increased student populations and

the increasing diversity of that population. Nashville’s traffic woes will not get relief from a proposed $5.4 billion transit plan that voters rejected by a nearly twoto-one margin on May 1. The bloom may not be off the metropolitan area bloom, but Nashville’s struggles with growth show that investing in rural and small-town Tennessee could help both those communities and our urban areas.

Small town renaissance

The Governor’s Rural Task Force report shows how complex the task of growing rural prosperity will be, and how government is just a small part of any solution. There are renaissance stories of how small towns are making progress, and at the center of those stories if often a contrarian entrepreneur who has an emotional attachment to the town. The people we elect in 2018 will have a chance to foster those kinds of stories in Tennessee. (Frank Daniels is a writer living in Clarksville. A former editor, columnist and business executive, he is a member of the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to members of our community who are serving in the armed forces: • PFC Casey William Akin • Spc. Allen Alexander • AA Nicole B. Ayres, US Navy • Sgt. Joseph W. Baggett • E3 Matthew L. Barkley, US Navy • 2nd Lt. William B. Barkley, USMC • Sgt. Andrew W. Bayless USMC • Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Lynn Bizzell, US Navy • Senior Airman Dustin Blakney, 19EMS • GySgt. Christopher T. Byrd, USMC • Staff Sgt. Susan Cawley • Staff Sgt. Alicia L. Coil, USAF • Cpl. Mandy L. Cooper, USMC • Spc. Mark A. Cooper, US Army • Staff Sgt. Adam Court, USAF • Sgt. James P. Crain • Officer Milelys Crouse, U.S. Army RN • Senior Airman Aaron J. Cull U.S. Airforce • Sgt. Bobby J. Dickey US Army • C.W.3 James R. Dickey, Retired • 1st Lt. Todd Joseph Drobina, US Army • Capt. Bonnie Lynn Dunlop • Cpl. Bradley Eisenhut, USMC • Master Sgt. Carrie L. Ellis, Air Force • Airman Christopher D. Ellis, Air Force • Master Sgt. Lonnie J. Ellis, Air Force • Kip Ellison

• Sgt. Cory Brandon Emily USMC • PV2 Jana Estes • Specialist Bryan Ray Ferguson • PV2 Ashley Freeman, US Army • A1C Ian James Furman, Mountain View, Idaho • PV2 Skyler Gammill, US Army • Pvt. Adam Gray, US Army • Daniel Gray, USMC Lance Corporal • Sgt. Rob Gray, US Army • A1C Stephanie Lynn Griffin, USAF • WO2 Dustin Hamm, USMC • PFC Isaac Harville • Staff Sgt. James Taylor Haubrich, US Air Force • Col. (Chaplain) Billy Hawkins • Spc. Matthew Hemby, Army • Sgt. Brian W. Hendrix • Sgt. Timothy Hixon • Staff Sergeant Brian Lee Hood • Pvt. Alex Johnson, US Army • Sgt. Ricky L. Jordan, USMC • Petty Officer 1st Class Arnold Jermaine Knight • Army Officer Major James Lax • Sgt. Joseph Lilly • Sgt. Michael C. Lipford -Army Service Member • Captain Troy E. Mathis • Spc. Ritchie A. McCrary • Spc. Dustin McDonald

• A1C Amanda K. McMillen, USAF • Joshua Lane Meek, Army • AO3 Kevin Dewayne Mettlin, Navy • Cpl. Jeffery Mitchell, USMC • SSgt. Patrick Michael Moore, Nat. Guard • A1C Kassidy N. Mosier Deneen, USAF • A1C Logan D. Mosier, USAF • Cpl. 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 • Airman Cameron B. Prater, Air Force • Ernest Purez, Air Force • Pvt. Samuel Bradford Ray, Army • E4 Sophia Reinke • Sgt. Charlie Rickman, US Army • John Robinson US Navy • Staff Sgt. Ryan Robinson Air Force • Angel Rodriguez, Petty Officer US Navy • Spc. Blake Rudd • Specialist Robert Rzasa

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Lena Lorine Tedford

Marie Tacker Henry

Lena Lorine Tedford was born July 19, 1928 in Stantonville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Henry and Jessie Rikard Killingsworth. She was united in marriage to James Leonard Tedford on March 12, 1949. Mr. Tedford preceded her in death on July 19, 2002. Lorine was a member of the Mount Vinson Methodist Church in Stantonville, Tenn. She was a homemaker and had worked in Garment factories for 30 plus years. Mrs. Tedford departed this life on May 9, 2018 in Savannah, Tenn. at the age of 89 years, 9 months, 20 days. She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Meek and husband Tommy of Adamsville, Tenn.; a son, Terry Tedford of Savannah, Tenn.; a sister, Evelyn Enlow of Adamsville, Tenn.; a brother, Thomas Killingsworth and wife Louise of Michie, Tenn.; four grandchildren: Terrell Tedford and wife Beverly, Brian Tedford, Melissa Smith and husband Deric, Lauren Jones and husband Jonathan. three step grandchildren: Emma and Zoe Tedford and Sadie Smith. Services were held on May 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., Howard Russom officiated. Burial followed in the Stantonville Cemetery at Stantonville, Tenn.

Marie Tacker Henry was born December 5, 1928 in Adamsville, Tenn., the daughter of the late William Troy and Altie Bell Fletcher Tacker. She was united in marriage to Joe Robert Henry on March 19, 1949. Mr. Henry preceded her in death on November 22, 2016. She retired from McNairy County General Hospital as a Ward Clerk after 27 years with them. Marie was member of the Good Hope Baptist Church in Adamsville, Tenn. since she was 14 years old. She enjoyed traveling, going to Branson and the Purdy Community Center and loved her family. Mrs. Henry departed this life on May 2, 2018 in Bethel Springs, Tenn. at the age of 89 years, 4 months, 27 days. She is survived by a daughter, Robbie Henry Archer and husband Ralph of Iuka, Miss.; a son, Kenneth Dale Henry and wife Shannon of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; three grandchildren: Melissa Brewer, Adam Archer and wife Darbi, Stephanie Archer Bullard and husband Austin; five great grandchildren: Morgan Brewer, Chloe Archer, Kate Bulard, Selah Archer and Henry Bullard, and special care giver Scott Thompson. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Henry was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Tacker Plunk; two brothers, David Wayne Tacker and Wallace Tacker. Services were held on May 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., Randy Latch and Scott Thompson officiated. Burial followed in the Good Hope Cemetery at Adamsville, Tenn.

Jimmy R. Harris, Sr. James R. (Jimmy) Harris, Sr. was born September 12, 1933 in Pocahontas, Tenn., the son of the late Clarence and Ethel Harris. He was united in marriage to Nell Horton on December 18, 2013. Mr. Harris was a truck driver for 30 years at Roadway. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Selmer, Tenn. He enjoyed fishing and working in his garden. Mr. Harris departed this life on May 11, 2018 in Corinth, Miss. at the age of 84 years, 7 months, 29 days. He is survived by his wife, Nell Harris of Selmer, Tenn.; three daughters: Linda Sue Petty of Memphis, Tenn., Tammye Harris of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Carol Wright of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons: James R. (Jim) Harris Jr. and wife Ruth of Oakland, Tenn., Eugene Harris of Hickory Valley, Tenn., Terry Harris and wife Gina of Dresden, Tenn.; two brothers: Billy Harris of Middleton, Tenn., Leroy Harris and wife Louise of Springfield, Tenn.; and two sisters: Sue Johnson of Rockford, Ill., and Carolyn Kirk of Pocahontas, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert (Bobby) Harris and Bud Harris. A graveside service was held on May 14, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Saulsbury, Tenn. with James R. Harris Jr. officiating.

Emma Wilbanks Emma Jean Hurst Wilbanks, age 66, of Henderson, Tenn., passed away May 12, 2018 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was born February 13, 1952 in Henderson, the daughter of the late James Wesley and Norene Kingsley Hurst. She attended schools in Chester County and then McNairy Central. She married Carlos Edward Wilbanks in 1967. They made their home in the Pebble Hill Community in McNairy County. She was a homemaker and in later years she worked as a caregiver at McNairy County Developmental Services. Mr. Wilbanks passed away March 12, 2006 and she moved to Henderson to live with her daughter Crystal and her family. She was a member of the Christ Community Church of Henderson. Her whole life was consumed with church: she loved God and her church family and always sacrificed to give to the church. She loved her family and her biggest joy was spending time with her grandkids. She and Carlos were pillars among her extended family. Their doors were always open as a safe haven and place of acceptance. She was a great example of tender heartedness and hard work. Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by a daughter, Crystal Gail Holder (Danny) of Henderson and a son, Jeremy Edward Wilbanks of Woodbridge, VA; two brothers, Vernon Leon Hurst (Lois) of Bethel Springs and William ‘Bill’ Columbus Hurst of Mifflin and seven grandchildren, Alexis Holder, Grace Holder, Keeli Wilbanks, Karli Wilbanks, Kenzi Wilbanks, Sean Tyler Manz and Megan G. Manz and also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carlos Edward Wilbanks, a sister, Nola Jean Brock and three brothers, Raymond James Hurst, Henry Junior Hurst and Robert Lee Hurst. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Main Street Chapel with Michael Rickenbaker and Josh Hodum officiating. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery at Michie, Tenn. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson in charge of arrangements.

Charlene Pierce Charlene Pierce was born June 12, 1929 in Florence, Ala., the daughter of the late Jim and Mamie Mitchell Phillips. Ms. Pierce was a retired bookkeeper for Angel Contractors in Memphis, Tenn. She also was employed with Carrier Concrete and Shapiro Uniforms. She was a member of the Christ Church in Bartlett, Tenn. and loved to dance, travel, and shop. Ms. Pierce departed this life on May 13, 2018 in Selmer, Tenn. at the age of 88 years, 11 months, and 1 day. She is survived by a daughter, Dianne Chapell and husband Russ; two grandchildren: Teresa Pilley and Tracy Chapell; three great grandchildren: Chris Brown, Justin Chapell, and Austin Robbins; seven great-great grandchildren; and a host of several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Ms. Pierce was preceded in death by a grandson, Glen Arnold; two brothers: Bill Phillips and Reeder Phillips; and three sisters: Lavera Campbell, Birtie Fields, and Lela Harvey. Funeral services were held on May 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with J. D. Matlock officiating. Burial followed in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery at Selmer.

Doris Ann Smith Doris Ann Smith was born January 4, 1941 in Kansas, the daughter of the late George Michael and Ruth Bernice Campbell Herman. She was united in marriage to James Marlin Smith on May 25, 1957. Mr. Smith preceded her in death on July 25, 2003. She was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. Mrs. Smith departed this life on May 11, 2018 in Hornsby, Tenn. at the age of 77 years, 4 months, 7 days. She is survived by her children: James Allen Smith of Hornsby, Tenn., David Lynn Smith of Middleton, Tenn., Cathy Denise Shields and husband William of Hornsby, Tenn., Angela Kay Ingle and husband Greg of Hornsby, Tenn., Danny Ray Smith and wife Rena of Selmer, Tenn., Tammy Elaine Swain of Stantonville, Tenn., Brad Dewayne Smith and companion Tonya Neal of Middleton, Tenn., Kelly Lannette Smith of Hornsby, Tenn.; four brothers: Tommy Herman and wife Barbara of Whiteville, Tenn., Mike Herman and wife Peggy of Dumas, Miss., Bill Herman of Saulsbury, Tenn., Jimmy Herman and wife Cindy of Selmer, Tenn.; ten grandchildren: Amy Agee and husband Mitch, Patrick Ingle, Kristen Shea, Amber Smith, Daniel Smith, Jacob Smith, Cassy Swain, J.C. Swain, Jessie Swain and Anna Smith; five great grandchildren: Landon and Journie Agee, Weston Shea, Andrew and Lily Putt; and a host of nieces and nephews she helped raise, Doris Velasquez, Becky Webster, Anthony Pannell, Donald Pannell, Gene Pannell, Jerry Wayne Smith and Sheila Stewart. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jeannie Marie Smith; two sisters, Debra Nelms and Mary Pannell; a brother, George Herman; a grandchild, Michael Andrew Ingle. Services were held on May 13, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Buddy Sides officiating. Burial followed in the Powell’s Chapel Cemetery at Hornsby, Tenn.


Card of Thanks

Ray Family The family of Basil E. Ray would like to thank everyone for all the acts of kindness after the loss of our loved one. For the prayers, visits, calls and the food. Thanks to Brother Greg Worthy for his comforting words. The the American Legion Post 162 for the military service and to Shackelford Funeral Directors’ wonderful staff.

Card of Thanks

Dillon Family The family of Johnny Dillon wish to sincerely thank everyone for the many acts of kindness, love, and support shown to us following the sad loss of our beloved Johnny. Johnny has taken his place in Heaven with God. He left us with wonderful memories, and he will live on forever in our hearts.

Bobby Dee Surratt Bobby Dee Surratt was born September 4, 1935 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late Hayes and Lina Nowlin Surratt. He was united in marriage to Mary Edna Qualls on January 5, 1957. Mrs. Surratt preceded him in death on April 18, 2006. Mr. Surratt proudly served his country in the United State Air Force. He was a member of the West Shiloh Baptist Church and was a former owner of NAPA Auto Parts Store in Selmer. He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Diane Barnes and husband Alan Bryant of Stantonville, Tenn., Pamela Denise Davis and husband Kevin Mark of Lewisburg, Tenn.; six grandchildren: Hannah Goff (Joel), Sarah Denton (Brad Edwards), Matthew Lott, Nicolas Lott (Stefanie), Flint Davis and Logan Davis; three great grandchildren: Emma Lott, Mattilyn Lott and Layla Denton; and a host of other special relatives and friends. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Surratt was preceded in death by two brothers, E. J. Surratt and Harley Surratt. Services were held on May 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Lynn Eagan officiating. Burial followed at West Shiloh Cemetery in Stantonville, Tenn.

Franklin Armstrong Franklin Armstrong was born September 27, 1932 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late Caleb and Fannie Bass Armstrong. He served our country in the U.S. Army. He worked many years at ITT in Selmer and then retired as Foreman. Mr. Armstrong departed this life on May 9, 2018 in Jackson, Tenn. at the age of 85 years, 7 months, 12 days. He is survived by his children: Jackie Armstrong, Patty Atkins (Maurice), Janet Armstrong (Mike), Sherry Armstrong, Timmy “BoBo” Armstrong all of Selmer, Tenn.: nine grandchildren: George Atkins Jr. (Latoyia), Jennifer Jenkins (Bryant), Jessica Walker, Aleese Atkins, Timmy “TJ” Armstrong Jr., Tesha Fowler, Antania Bell (Kevin), Asia Armstrong and Tea Armstrong; best friend, Garlon Johnson; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Armstrong was preceded in death by his wife, the late Mrs. Cora Lee McDougall Armstrong for 53 years. Mrs. Armstrong preceded him in death on June 15, 2007. He was also preceded in death by a son, Frankie Armstrong; and his brothers and sisters. Services will be held on May 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Cypress Creek First Baptist Church in Selmer, Tenn., with Clifford Wynn officiating. Burial will follow at Prospect Annex Cemetery in Selmer, Tenn.

Church Events • Need Someone to Pray for You “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am with them.” Do you need to be reminded that you are not alone in the challenges you’re facing? Need someone to pray with you and for you? Join us in the Prayer Room at Selmer First United Methodist Church, 1122 West Cherry Ave. on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 for a time of praise and prayer. For more information, call 731-645-5267. • Clear Creek Cemetery - Stantonville Anyone who has decedents who are buried at old Clear Creek Cemetery in Stantonville are encouraged to make donations for maintenance of the cemetery. This is an historic old cemetery and it needs the community’s support. Donations for upkeep of the cemetery can be sent to: Lisa Goodman, P.O. Box 368, Selmer, TN 38375.






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• Weight Watchers Has Moved to New Location! Weight Watchers has moved to their new location at First United Methodist Church, Hwy 64, Selmer. For more information call Merry Johnston (662) 415-1757. • Pleasant Site Cemetery Clean Up Please remove old flowers for spring cleaning and mowing at Pleasant Site Cemetery. Donations are needed for mowing and maintenance. Send donations to Pleasant Site Cemetery Fund, c/o. Kathleen Littlejohn, 3771 Gravel Hill Road, Selmer, TN 38375.

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Community Events • Interested in Your Family History? Come to Jack McConnico Memorial Library or Irving Meek Jr. Memorial Library and research your family history with Ancestry Library Edition. This is offered completely free. You can use one of the library’s computers, bring your own laptop, or table to access Ancestry Library Edition. • Southwest Human Resource Summer Food Program Southwest announces its sponsorship of the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is administered at the state level by the Department of Human Services. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For more information please contact Southwest HRA 1-800-497-1286. May 18 • Relay for Life Relay for Life will be held Friday, May 18 at the Selmer City Park beginning at 5 p.m.

• Faith Baptist Church Food Bank Faith Baptist Church Food Bank, 1301 Peach St., Selmer, TN has an open checking account at Home Banking in Selmer. Donations can be made to this account just tell them it is for the Faith Baptist Church Food Bank. The food bank is open every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 12:30 - 2 p.m. (new hours). May 19 • God’s Way Clothes Giveaway God’s Way Church Charity Hall, 1111 Peach St., Selmer, Tenn. will have a clothes giveaway for the needy on May 19 beginning at 8 a.m. There will be clothes for the entire family and dishes. May 20 • Pastor’s Anniversary St. Rest M.B. Church will be celebrating their Pastor, Dr. Avence Pittman, Jr.’s 4th Anniversary May 20, at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Thurman Norman from Nashville, Tenn. will bring the 11 a.m. message. Rev. Nathaniel Houston, Sr. Pastor of Millers Chapel M.B. Church, Macon, Miss. and President of the State Convention will bring the 3:30 message. He will be accompanied by his choir and church family. Everyone is cordially invited. • Prospect Cemetery Cleanup All family members are urged to remove old flowers from graves at Prospect Cemetery on Pleasant Site Road in Selmer, Tenn. on or before the first week of May when mowing will start. Decoration Day is set for May 20. Donations for upkeep of the cemetery can be sent to: Hal and Jane Ashe, 3453 Race Path Road, Stantonville, TN 38379 (731) 610-2698 or Terry and Lisa Moore, 151 Bassham Lane, Selmer, TN 38375 (731) 6457142. May 20-22 • Revival Forty Forks Baptist Church FFBC will be holding a three night revival, beginning Sunday evening, May 20 at 6 p.m., May 21-22 at 7 p.m. each night. Evangelist is Bro. Allen Guyer, pastor of Riverview Baptist Church, Savannah, Tenn., along with Music Minister, Brent Colley and RBC Choir. Everyone Welcomed! Come and receive an uplifting of Holy Spirit! Bro. Randy Smith, pastor. Church is located at 672 Ed Barham Road, Bethel Springs, TN. For more info call: 731-439-0552, 731-610-9652. May 21 • Beauty Hill Cemetery Meeting Beauty Hill Cemetery meeting will be held Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. If you have loved ones buried in this cemetery you are encouraged to attend this meeting. May 27 • Stantonville Methodist Church Homecoming The Stantonville United Methodist Church 125th Homecoming is set for Sunday, May 27. Sunday School will be at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Bro. Zolon Clayton will deliver the message. A meal will be served following the service and the day’s offering will go to the Stantonville Cemetery fund.

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Thank You Pee Wee Sowell and Katie would like to say Thank You to all the people who came out to his benefit on April 20th at the Community Center in Bethel Springs. We just want to say thank you to all of you. Although, we only know the ones that gave to Pee Wee in person. We have no records of names. He appreciates all of you for just being there for him to get to say hello. That was the most important part for him just getting to see all of his friends. Anything you may have done, it was appreciated. Thanks so much,

Pee Wee Sowell


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Kathy Hash McGee Kathy Hash McGee was born in Jackson, Tenn. on September 27, 1953, the daughter of Nancy Ellen Grisham Hash and the late Leslie Lloyd Hash. On February 14, 1995, she was united in marriage to James Harris McGee, who survives. Mrs. McGee departed this life on May 8, 2018, at the age of 64 years, 7 months, and 11 days. Mrs. McGee attended Central Baptist Church in Selmer, Tenn. Before living in McNairy County, Tenn., Mrs. McGee lived in Wayne County, Tenn. for 19 years. She was a good Christian woman; she read her Bible every day. Mrs. McGee enjoyed being outdoors, where she loved fishing and bird-watching. Her favorite bird was a hummingbird. She loved her God first and then her children and grandchildren, for whom she would do anything for. In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. McGee is survived by her daughter, Angela Pruett and husband Jason of Finger, Tenn.; sister, Ellen Baldridge of Jackson, Tenn.; grandchildren, Wayne Lambert and Rebekah Sawyer; and great grandchildren, Seth Pruett and Andra Pruett. A graveside service was held on May 10, 2018 at the Centenary Cemetery in Savannah, Tenn. Stephen Davison officiated.

• Stantonville Cemetery Decoration Day Stantonville Cemetery Decoration Day will be held May 27th. Anyone wanting to send donations to the cemetery funds, send to Stantonville Cemetery, C/O Donald Hill, 308 Bud Cleary Road, Stantonville, TN 38379. June 4-June 8 • Falcon Baptist Church VBS Falcon Baptist Church is transforming into a Mad Science Lab for VBS on Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 777 Falcon Road, Selmer, TN. Transportation and snacks will be provided. We will be enrolling our future scientists, ages 3-13, May 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. For more information or to register online please visit our Facebook Page or call Dr. Amelia Sanders (731) 610-3058.

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Wednesday, May 16 Independent Appeal Vol. 117, Iss. 1


Staff Photo by Drew Wheeler

Lady Bobcat Katie Turner deals against Crockett County during McNairy’s 6-1 victory in round one of the Region 7-AA Tournament.

Rolling through Region

Staff Photo by Drew Wheeler

Senior Landon Fowler pauses between games. Fowler is the first Bobcat to qualify for state competition in 20 years.

Lady Bobcats defeat Crockett 6-1 on pair of home runs By Drew Wheeler Sports Editor

Temperatures pushed 92 degrees, but McNairy pushed back. The Lady Bobcats smacked Crockett County 6-1 to advance to the Region 7-AA Championship. McNairy got all the runs they would need in a power-surged fifth inning. Megan Hodum sparked the Lady Bobcats with a single and stolen base. Anabelle Whitaker walked before Katie Turner cleared the wall in left-center by over 20 feet with a massive threerun bomb. Rachel Pickens did not give the home crowd time to settle, charging a fastball over the fence for a solo shot. McNairy’s four-run fifth would answer Crockett’s run in

MCHS’ Landon Fowler reaches 2018 TSSAA Spring Fling

the top half of the inning and shut down the Lady Cavaliers for good. Turner’s three-run blast was reminiscent of last season’s Region Final against Crockett when Alyssa Nash sank her own triple from downtown to seal the deal. From the circle, Turner performed as-advertised, spreading six hits over a complete game effort. The senior punched out 11 Lady Cavaliers and did not allow an earned run, striking out the side in the sixth and seventh. Crockett scored first when a single, an error and a clutch twoout blooper gave them the shortlived 1-0 lead. McNairy got two more when Carly Maness slashed a double to left to lead off the sixth. Hodum put one into left-


By Drew Wheeler Sports Editor

Staff Photo by Drew Wheeler

MCHS’ Megan Hodum sneaks off of second base in a steal attempt.

Cardiac Kids walk off Jones drives in two to take R1 win By Drew Wheeler Sports Editor

The Cardiac Kids did it again. McNairy Central walked off a winner in the bottom seventh, beating Westview 4-3 in the first round of the Region 7-AA Tournament. Nicholson Sparks kicked off the game-winning rally with a single before Tanner Parmely got on with a bunt single. Braden Rickman walked to load the bags with Bobcats and bring senior Connor Jones to the plate. Down 3-2, Jones was the hero of the day, topping a grounder to the shortstop, who overthrew the first baseman and allowed Sparks and Parmely to score and wrap up the contest. Westview scored two runs in the first to take the lead early. A single, misplayed infield hit and bunt loaded the bases with none away. A sacrifice fly made it 1-0 and the second run scored on an error to put the

See CARDIAC CATS, 2B Staff Photo by Drew Wheeler

A hyped Tanner Parmely (left) is mobbed at the plate by Nicholson Sparks and Dru Yopp after being driven home to win the game against Westview.

Also inside

Championship catfight

Bobcats and Tigers brawl in district final, but could McNairy escape with a title?


A final look

MARTIN - Landon Fowler achieved his dream. The Bobcat senior defeated Munford’s Ethan Earnest in three sets to claim the 2018 Region 7-AA Boys Singles Championship. Along with the championship comes the realization of a dream for Fowler: qualifying for the TSSAA State Championship. “I feel like everything I’ve worked for has finally paid off,” said Fowler. “I plan on going as far as I can at state.” Fowler, the first Bobcat to reach the state’s singles tournament in MCHS Head Tennis Coach Steve Hickman’s 20-year tenure at the helm of the program, will play in his first match one day before his graduation. “I’m willing to miss graduation to play at state,” said Fowler. “I have a passion for tennis.” The graduating senior will face the Region 4 Champion at noon on May 24 in Murfreesboro. Hickman said he spoke with Fowler during the break between the second and third sets against Earnest and told his player he was better than he was playing. “I was very proud of Landon with the way he played, especially in the third set,” said Hickman. “It was just a matter of who wanted to win more and Landon took over.” “I’ve never seen Ethan before, but he beat Jamir Kyle, who beat me in the district final,” said Fowler. “So I was a little worried before the match.” Fowler said he did not get nervous during the match until Earnest went up a few points, but “was not going to let him win.” “I wanted it more,” said Fowler. The Bobcat won the title by scores of 6-4, 2-6 and 6-1. Hickman said a stroke of luck benefitted the Bobcat finalist and kept him fresh for the finals. “The stars fell on us today,” said Hickman. “Landon’s opponent from Brighton did not show up and forfeited the semi-final match.” Only North Side’s Kyle has beaten Fowler in singles action this season. The senior said he would be training with Hickman every day until May 24 and would resume his search for a college after the state tournament had concluded. “I’m prepared to achieve more dreams,” said Fowler.

How did McNairy Central’s pair of champs make it to the region tournament?





Chargers up 2-0. Lucas Hively was a spark plug for McNairy in victory. The junior first baseman got the offense started in the second, rapping a single. Hively stole second and third bases to get closer before Sparks grounded out and pushed him across for McNairy’s first run. The Childers brothers toed the mound for McNairy in their last-second win. Peyton started the game and pitched five innings before brother Parker finished off the contest. The brothers combined to allow two earned runs and struck out four.

McNairy retired 10 straight hitters before their miracle comeback at the last moment. The Bobcats’ newest nickname is a blast from baseball’s past. With their penchant for lastsecond victories and pulling hope from the jaws of defeat, the Bobcats are reminiscent of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies, who were also called the “Cardiac Kids” by their fans. For what it’s worth, the ‘80 Phillies won the World Series – perhaps the Bobcats’ heartstopping performances are setting their faithful up for a magical spring? McNairy will host Riverside tonight in the Region 7-AA Final. The Panthers are coming


for revenge in the biggest game of the season after the Bobcats have cut them down in each of their four meetings this season. The Bobcats, now 25-11 on the season, have already earned a shot at a state tournament berth in Friday’s sectional games by virtue of the victory over Westview. McNairy 4, Westview 3 Game 1: Region 7-AA Tournament @ Selmer W - 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 8 2 M - 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 - 4 7 3 WP: Parker Childers. LP: Drew Bell. Multiple hits: (M) Connor Jones 2, Lucas Hively 2. 2B: (M) Peyton Brown.

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Peyton Brown lays down a perfect bunt for the Bobcats in their victory over Westview.



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First baseman Rachel Pickens and second baseman Caitlyn Bodiford prepare for the Lady Cavaliers’ next hit.


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Right fielder Carly Maness rushes to her left in an attempt to snag a foul ball out of the air for McNairy.

center and soared around for an easy triple to score Maness before Whitaker grounded out and brought the third baseman home. The Lady Bobcats left the bases loaded in the fourth frame, missing an opportunity to blow the game further out of proportion earlier on. McNairy are now one win shy of last year’s 30-win mark at 2911. The Lady Bobcats will travel to Dyersburg for the Region 7-AA Finals on Wednesday. Both teams have qualified to

play in Friday’s sectionals as well and a win on Friday will get the Lady Bobcats a return berth in the state tournament. McNairy 6, Crockett County 1 Game 1: Region 7-AA Tournament @ Selmer C - 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 M - 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 - 6 WP: Katie Turner. Multiple hits: (M) Megan Hodum 3, Rachel Pickens 2, Tori York 2. 2B: (M) Carly Maness. 3B: (M) Hodum. HR: (M) Katie Turner (8th), Rachel Pickens (2nd).


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Lexington holds off Bobcats 4-3 McNairy to face Dyersburg in Region Round 1 Tuesday By Jeff York For the Independent Appeal

HENDERSON – McNairy’s comeback was one goal short. The Bobcats could not totally overcome Lexington’s early lead and fell 4-3 in the District 14-AA Championship game. An early Lexington penalty kick goal seemed to stun the Bobcats and the Tigers used the early momentum to go on the attack

and build their first half lead to 3-0. “It was disappointing to see Lexington take the lead on us early in the match,” said McNairy Central Head Coach Nick Cook. “I was proud of our team for fighting back and not giving up.” It was not a case of McNairy Central going without scoring opportunities in the first half. Nate Moore booted a high kick that appeared to be headed to the upper-half of the net when Lexington’s keeper made a spectacular play to swat the shot away. “We had some really good chances to score in the first half and just failed to finish,” said Cook. “It makes it tough to win when your opponent gets a 4-0 lead.” Grant McMahan appeared to have McNairy’s goal when he had a shot from inside the box, but the attempt was wrapped away by the Lexington keeper at the last instant. Nathan Moore also saw a shot attempt stopped. Lexington scored their fourth goal 19 seconds into the second half. A lesser team could have folded the remainder of the match, but the Bobcats were not about to go quietly. McMahan took a great feed from Sailor Kinkennon on Mc-

Nairy’s give-and-go play to score to break the shutout. McNairy scored next on a goal by John Droke off a perfect pass from Arturo Bonilla. Cook said he knew the Bobcats had to do something differently to score. “I started taking out defenders and putting in attackers to try to catch up,” remarked Cook. “We were either going to get blown out or catch up.” Droke scored his second goal with another nice assist from Bonilla to get the Bobcats to 4-3, down one with around seven minutes left in the match. The Bobcats had some good chances to score in the final few minutes, but failed to get that elusive tying goal. After the game Cook said “the effort was always there even we were behind 4-0. The breaks just never fell our way and Lexington is a really good team.” Cook praised Ronnie Kinkennon for his defensive effort on Lexington star Tristan Lowery. Kinkennon shadowed Lowery when Lexington was on offense. Matt Young had the most stops on the defensive end. Keeper Jacob Cotner five saves in the game. Five Bobcats were awarded after the championship final. Staff Photo by Drew Wheeler

John Droke (left) scored two of McNairy’s three goals in the District 14-AA Championship game against Lexington.

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District 14-AA Keeper of the Year Jacob Cotner makes an agile move in the goal to stop a Lexington shot. Jacob Cotner was awarded with the title of 14-AA Keeper of the Year. McMahan was selected for both the All-District 14-AA and All 14-AA Tournament Teams. Ronnie Kinkennon and Young were named to the all-district team for their outstanding play during the season. Moore and Bonilla joined McMahan on the all-tournament team. The Bobcats will be making the trip to Dyersburg on Tuesday after deadline to play the Trojans in a region tournament game.

McNairy Central must beat the Trojans to stay alive in the knockout round. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

Lexington 4, McNairy 3 District 14-AA Championship @ Henderson L - 3 1 - 4 M - 0 3 - 3 Goals: (M) John Droke (2), Grant McMahan. Assists (M) Arturo Bonilla (2), Sailor Kinkennon. Saves: (M) Jacob Cotner 5/9.

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Comeback ‘Cats winHarris14-AA title answers bell for MCHS McNairy downs Riverside twice

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HENDERSON – The five seed made a lasting mark in the loaded District 14-AA Tournament. McNairy Central stormed back to win their fifth straight elimination game and snare the district title from Riverside in a 9-8 classic. Facing an 8-8 tie, Lucas Hively singled to start the ninth inning. Ben Worthey drew a walk to advance Hively to second. Hively soared to third on an error by the Riverside catcher, then Nicholson Sparks walked to load the bases with none away. The Bobcat crowd was electric to see the winning run a mere 90 feet from home plate and everyone in attendance could see the squeeze bunt coming miles away. Tanner Parmely attempted a bunt, but the Riverside pitcher snagged it from the air to register the first out of the inning. Senior Peyton Childers came to bat and bunted to the Riverside pitcher, who misplayed the hit as Hively slid home and the Bobcat faithful erupted in joy. An incredible stretch of five games dating back to the Bobcats’ second round loss to Chester County had culminated in the first District 14-AA Championship since 2012. While the McNairy pitching corps were exhausted from a full week of games, a hero stepped up from the bullpen to lead the team from the bump. Senior pitcher Hayden “Opie” Harris delivered perhaps the clutch performance of the season from the mound for the Bobcats, taking the pitching victory. Closer Michael Wilder drew the start for the Bobcats before “Opie” would take the ball for 7.2 innings of pristine pitching. The senior gave up two earned runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two. Prior to earning the victory in the district title game, Harris had only made three appearances in relief, pitching five innings. As MCHS Sports Historian Jeff York said, “the senior hurler will never forget the night he led his team to the district championship.” Riverside undoubtedly won the first round of the match, pouncing to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. The Bobcats worked the Panthers’ lead to only two in their half of the inning before narrowing the gap to a single run in the bottom fourth. McNairy had their work cut out from them as the red-hot Panthers upped the lead to 7-4 in the top fifth, and again to 8-6 in the visitors’ half of the sixth. Trailing by two with an out to go, Connor Jones and Dru Yopp delivered back-to-back singles to get the tying runs aboard. Worthey singled next to score Jones before Sparks ripped a single to right to score Yopp, tying the game and forcing extra frames. Harris and the defense would stifle Riverside before the Bobcats’ ensuing ninth-inning heroics. McNairy had won nine of its’ last 10 games with the five straight tournament victories. McNairy 5, Riverside 3 District 14-AA Game 12 “Never give up, never surrender” may as well be the official motto for McNairy Central. The Bobcats punched their ticket to the championship game by serving Riverside their first tournament loss on Wednesday. Despite a one-run defecit early on, McNairy tacked on

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Bobcat Lucas Hively gets excited after being driven home.

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Senior Nicholson Sparks delivers from the mound for McNairy.

Hayden Harris knew he had the heart to get the job done. But he never expected the disHARRIS trict championship to come down to him. After a senior season in which he amassed only three relief appearances and a combined five innings, a tournament-thinned pitching corps paved the way for Harris’ evening. “I had no clue which of us would be going in,” said Harris, who was warming up with Mason Latham. “Coach gave a ‘14’ with his hand and I knew it was go time.” Harris, nicknamed “Opie” for his red hair, is typically a groundball pitcher with his fastball reaching around 70 MPH. “I knew if I kept the ball low they were only able to hit weak ground balls,” said Harris. “I know I don’t throw hard at all, but I know if I have enough heart I can get any batter I want.” The senior punched out six over his 7.2 innings of work as McNairy defeated Riverside 9-8. “My changeup was really

working for me, it was my go-to strikeout pitch,” said Harris. “Dru [Yopp] and I talked and agreed my change was working.” Harris mixed the changeup and his curveball with good results. “The curve wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t get it for a strike,” said Harris. “I would throw it 0-2 to see if I could get batters to chase.” The senior said his mind was “everywhere” after the winning run scored to seal his second career win. “When Lucas [Hively] slid home in the ninth, I was just relieved and excited,” said Harris. “I was so proud of Peyton [Childers] for getting the bunt down.” The senior continued to focus primarily on the team effort. “I have the best team out there and when I came through, they came through more behind me,” said Harris. “It was a great performance from everyone on the field.” Harris has considered trying out for the baseball team, but plans to focus on golf in college and is living what may be the final baseball experiences of his career as the Bobcats continue to push toward a potential state playoff appearance. “It was just so real this happened to me,” said Harris. “It was one of the greatest nights of my life.”

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Second baseman Tanner Parmely throws out a runner at first.

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Bobcat closer Michael Wilder (left) sets before punching out the final Riverside batter in Game 12. McNairy Head Coach Brian Franks (right) gets in a word with Nicholson Sparks and Ben Worthey while Scotts Hill changes pitchers. three runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Braden Rickman got the offense going with a single and Jones followed suit. Yopp kicked in his own single to allow Rickman to cross home and even the score. Hively reached via an error and Jones scored. Pinch-hitter Will Deaton singled to score courtesy-runner Jake Morris and lift the score to 3-1 Bobcats. Riverside shot themselves in the foot to help McNairy in the fifth. Sparks reached with a fielders’ choice and Parmely

singled to left. Peyton Childers reached on a two-out error to load the bags. Peyton Brown’s grounder was thrown errantly into right firld to help Sparks and Parmely to score. Riverside would score again, but Wilder came in and shut down the Panthers to preserve the victory. Sparks was the winning pitcher for McNairy. The senior notched 5.1 innings of work, spreading out four hits. Wilder earned his third save of the season.

Championship: McNairy 9, Riverside 8 District 14-AA Game 13 @ Henderson R - 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 8 13 6 M - 2 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 - 9 14 3 WP: Hayden Harris. Multiple hits: (M) Connor Jones 3, Dru Yopp 3, Ben Worthey 3, Peyton Childers 2, Lucas Hively 2. 2B: (M) Jones, Yopp, Childers, Worthey. Record: McNairy 6-1, Riverside 3-2.

McNairy 5, Riverside 3 District 14-AA Game 12 @ Henderson R - 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 3 5 4 M - 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 - 5 11 1

WP: Nicholson Sparks. LP: Owen Bartholomew. SV: Michael Wilder. Multiple hits: (M) Tanner Parmely 2, Dru Yopp 2, Ben Worthey 2. 2B: (M) Parmely. Record: McNairy 5-1, Riverside 3-1.



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Lady Bobcats repeat as 14-AA Champs Two-seed McNairy fends off South Side to clinch title By Drew Wheeler Sports Editor

JACKSON – McNairy made it two in a row. The Lady Bobcats held on to an early lead to defeat South Side 2-0 and claim their second straight District 14-AA Championship. Despite the scoreboard’s indications, South Side were the clear crowd favorite on its home park. MCHS Head Coach Mell Surratt responded with fundamentallycharged play and took the victory home to Selmer. A run in the sixth inning doubled McNairy’s early-earned lead. Katie Turner led off the inning with a single before being tagged out for courtesy-runner

Mallory Rodgers. A wild pitch to Rachel Pickens allowed Rodgers to advance to second base before Tori York singled to bring Rodgers home and lift the score to 2-0 McNairy. From the circle, Turner hurled her 11th shutout and 27th complete game effort of the season in victory. Turner walked two, allowed a pair of hits and sent 10 Lady Hawks packing with punchouts. McNairy plated their first run in the second inning. York, who broke out with two hits in the contest, led off the inning with a single. Alyssa Nash sacrificed York to second, then the runner found third with a steal before an errant throw allowed her to

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Anabelle Whitaker clobbers a grounder down the third base line.

dart home for a run. The Lady Bobcats bubbled up again in the fifth after Analyn Maxedon and Megan Hodum singled consecutively. Anabelle Whitaker’s grounder down the third base line was dazzlingly converted into a triple play to end the offensive surge. After the game had concluded, four Lady Bobcats were named to the all-district team: Turner, Pickens, Hodum and Whitaker. The Lady Bobcats are 28-8 after their undefeated run of four district tournament victories. McNairy’s all-time record for softball wins in a season stands at 30, the mark the Lady Bobcats reached last season. Turner’s hunt for her own single-season strikeout record rolls on as the senior has amassed 378 this season. Her record, set last year, stands at 404. McNairy 3, South Side 2 District 14-AA Game 12 McNairy took the ‘easy route’ to the district championship in winning the winners’ bracket. However ‘easy’ the road, the Lady Bobcats still took their semifinal matchup in style. The terms of style in the victory include a held off comeback, a pitching duel and a pair of home runs. South Side rallied to score in the fifth inning. A leadoff walk in the bottom seventh, followed by two stolen bases and a throwing error allowed the Lady Hawks another run to narrow the gap to 3-2 MCHS. Even with a voracious crowd behind South Side, Turner blitzed the final three hitters with strikeouts to end the game and quell the late fire. In a true pitching duel, Turner impressed despite strong competition from South Side’s Kayla Beaver. 2017’s Class AA Miss Softball earned the narrow win, twirling the complete game of seven innings and spreading out two hits. The Lady Hawks capitalized when they could and earned two runs on three walks. Turner blazed by

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Rachel Pickens waits on first for the next at-bat. Pickens homered in the semifinal game against South Side. 11 South Side batters in another dominant performance. For the Lady Hawks, Beaver was similarly efficient. The hothitting Lady Bobcats only mustered six hits off the South Side hurler. The final dash of style can be pinned to the big bats in the Lady Bobcat dugout. Whitaker was plunked by a Beaver pitch in the third inning before Turner lashed a fastball over the left field wall to raise the lead to 2-0 with a two-run blast. Pickens made her own memory and plastered an offering to the cheap seats and lifted McNairy to 3-0 in the following inning.

Championship: McNairy 2, South Side 0 District 14-AA Game 14 @ Jackson S - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 M - 0 1 0 0 0 1 X - 2 WP: Katie Turner. Multiple hits: (M) Megan Hodum 2, Tori York 2. McNairy 3, South Side 2 District 14-AA Game 12 @ Jackson M - 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 3 S - 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 2

WP: Katie Turner. Multiple hits: (M) M. Hodum 2. HR: (M) Katie Turner (7th), Rachel Pickens.

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MARTIN, Tenn – Five students from Selmer were recognized during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s annual Honors Day ceremony on April 8 and during the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences ceremony on April 24. Darby Boyd received the Outstanding Nursing Student Award while Mary Emmons received the Nancy Mathesen Percussion Award. Olivia Harris of Ramer was named an outstanding freshman in family and consumer sciences. McKenzie Mathenia, of Finger, was named an outstanding freshman in family and consumer sciences. Emily Stutts Whittemore, of Selmer, received the Fashion Merchandising Association Outstanding Member Award.

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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

Student Ministry For more info. call 731-645-9777 Email: 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. Mark LaRue, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: AWANA 6:30 p.m. Youth & Adults 6:45 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy TN Bro. Zac Bennett, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 854 Chandler Lane Pocahontas, TN Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Olive Hill Baptist Church 46 Olive Hill Church Lp., Guys, TN Robert Hudson, 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 Joe Loncar, 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 p.m. Unity Baptist Church Unity Church Road, Ramer 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 Rev. James Stophel, Pastor Sunday 10 a.m. Life Groups All ages Sunday 11 a.m. Worship Children’s Church Sunday 6:30 p.m. Worship Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Prayer/ Fellowship 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 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 Brian Stephens, 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 Minister: Jeff Harville (205) 712-3502 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Stantonville Church of Christ 8228 Hwy 142, Stantonville Randy Cook, Minister Matt Cook, Minister Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Discussion Class: 11:15 a.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., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 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 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 David Sprenkle, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. New Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church 453 New Salem Rd., Bethel Springs Matthew Ingram, 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 206 East Main St., Adamsville, TN Rev. David R. Sauer Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Buena Vista Methodist Church Tull Road, Bethel Springs Roger South, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:00 a.m. First United Methodist Church 1122 West Cherry Ave., Selmer Joy Shelby Weathersbee, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Nights: Supper 5:30 p.m. Bible Study & Breakouts: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hickory Flatt United Methodist Church Puron Rd., Hickory Flatt Howard Russom, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:15 a.m. Lebanon United Methodist Church 250 Chambers Store Rd. Michie Casey Cupples, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Maggie Jones United Methodist Church 8170 Finger-Leapwood Rd. Bethel Springs, TN 38315 Pastor Mathew Emison Contact info: 731-632-0240 Sunday School 10 a.m. - 11 Services (adult & children) 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 5 - 6 p.m. Located: 6 miles east of Finger, Tenn. on Hwy 199 New Bethel United Methodist Church 74 Wright St., Bethel Springs Shirley Williams, Pastor Sunday School 10 Sunday Service 11 a.m. Bible Study: Wed. at 7 p.m. New Hope United Methodist Church Sticine Rd. - Michie Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Wed. Bible Study: 6:30 p.m. Bro. Casey Cupples, 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 Casey Cupples, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Sulphur Springs Rd., Selmer Roger South, Pastor Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Union Grove United Methodist Pleasant Site Road, Selmer Roger South, 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 Dr. David Sauer, 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, Pastor 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: 11 a.m. Wednesday Evening: “Refreshing” 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 & Wednesday: 7 p.m. First United Pentecostal-Eastview 7810 Hwy 45 S, Ramer Rev. Wayne Isbell, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m. 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/NONDENOMINATIONAL Abundant Life Christian Fellowship 15770 Hwy 64 East Bolivar, Tn. Pastor D.R. Moore Services: Saturday 10:00 a.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. A New Beginning Sol Coulston Rd., Bethel Springs Kenneth Kitchen, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. 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 Preacher, Gregg Worthey 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.

Kingdom Church, More Sure Word 1814 Buena Vista Road Bethel Springs, Tenn. 38315 (731) 577-0100 Sundays at 4 p.m. 2nd & 4th Tuesday L.I.F.E. class at 7 p.m. Thirsty Thursday (Bible Class) 7 p.m. Love & Truth, Adamsville Campus 440 Hwy 64 East, Adamsville Lead Pastor - Eddie Cupples Campus Director - Scott Melson Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday nights: 7 p.m. Phone: 731-632-4999 Greater Evangelical Ministry 1854 Airport Rd., Selmer Frank M. Holiday, Pastor Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 12 p.m. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Life Wind Covenant Church 63 Linsey Lane, Selmer Barry Bishop, Pastor 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. Full Gospel Fellowship Church 6595 Hwy 64 West Bethel Springs, Tenn. 731-646-1837 David Paseur, Pastor Sunday: 9:30 a.m.., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Petra Family Worship Center 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville, TN 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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Police visit SES


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Pre-school students at Selmer Elementary School are learning about the letter ‘P’. The Selmer Police Department was kind enough to allow Officer Nick Inman to participate in sharing some of the duties of a police officer and let students see the inside of his police car. The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the experience of the lights and siren.

Essay Winners at AHS

Roach donates inches of hair

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Adamsville Junior Senior High School seventh graders recently participated in an essay contest about agriculture sponsored by Farm Bureau. Eli Lambert (left) finished third place, Landon Elliot (center) won first place for the school and Samuel Reid (right) was the second place finisher. Their essays were submitted to the state contest.

Miller Grace Roach, first grade student at BSES, has not cut her hair in years. She had stylist Keshia Smith cut 9 inches from her hair recently. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for kids who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

Issue 54 May 16, 2018

Member of the Tennessee High School Press Association The PawPrint is a publication of the McNairy Central High School Journalism Department. The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the administration, faculty or staff. EDITOR Lisa Forsythe

ACT Benchmarks Attained


Wednesday, May 16 •9:00 Awards Day •TBA Baseball and Softball Regional Tourney Champion ships Thursday, May 17 •All senior debts cleared by 3:00 Monday, May 21 •8:00 1st Block Final •9:45 3rd Block Final Tuesday, May 22 •8:00 4th Block Final •9:45 5th Block Final •11:15 Graduation Practice Friday, May 25 •7:00 Graduation

The March ACT saw 14 juniors achieve all four benchmarks on the national exam. Those who reached this goal were Front: Trevor Mangrum, Alicia Burns, Claire Kelley, Natalie Adams, AnnMarie Bowers, Sarah Davis, Jarrett Horner Back: Michael Wilder, River Hurst, Braden Rickman, Jakob Harris, Ian Mehr, Sammy Bakeer Inset: Matthew Washington. There were 10 juniors who had previously reached the benchmark (Jayden Austin, Gabby Green, Camron Henley, Kori Moore, Logan Moore, Haydn Nash, Janavee Patel, Jack Simpson, Meg Suggs and David Wu), bringing the total to 24 juniors who will have their names inscribed on the “ACT Bench” in the library.



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DOUG BUTLER: House leveling, rotting sills, replace floors, cracking brick - 30 years’ experience. (731) 239-8945, cell (662) 2846146. Free estimates. (TF)

OAKWOOD APARTMENT RENTALS: Selmer: 1 bedroom: $335.00/ mo. 2 bedrooms: $365/ mo. Both require deposits. No pets. (731) 610-2877. (TF) HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bdrm., 2 bath, CH/A, hardwood floors, in Selmer. No Pets. $550 + deposit. Call (731) 610-2877. (TF) FOR RENT: 1 bedroom, 1 bath house, gas and electric heat. No pets. $375 month, $375 deposit. Call (731) 6455566. (52, 1)

Real Estate For Sale FOR SALE: Brick home on .9 acres, 3 bedroom, 2 bath with all appliances - $57,500. Located at 814 Willow St. Selmer. Phone (731) 610-6697. (1, 2, 3, 4)

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Miscellaneous Miscellaneous For Sale FOR SALE: Reconditioned Appliances in good condition. Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, freezers. Now accepting credit cards. Call Robert (731) 695-9050. (47-2) CARGO CONTAINERS: 20 & 40-foot metal cargo containers for sale. Great for storage. Call for pricing and delivery (731) 689-5616. (46-TF) FOR SALE: 3 Year Old Quarter Horse, Filly, green broke. Call for information (731) 434-9415. (1)

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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, Anthony C. Weirich and Vicki Weirich by Deed of Trust (the “Deed of Trust”), dated June 18, 2014 and of record in Deed Book 413, Page 1401, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, conveyed to Deusner & Kennedy Professional Association, Trustee, the hereinafter described real property to secure the payment of a certain Promissory Note (the “Note”) described in the Deed of Trust, which Note was payable to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Royal United Mortgage LLC, as last transferred to Stonegate Mortgage Corporation by Assignment recorded in Deed Book 421, Pge 1224, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, and WHEREAS, the said Deusner & Kennedy Professional Association, Trustee, is unable to act as Trustee under the Deed of Trust, and Mantenn, LLC has been duly appointed Substitute Trustee by the owner and holder of the Note 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 the indebtedness and costs of foreclosure in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Note and Deed of Trust. The notice requirements of T.C.A. §35-5-117 have been satisfied. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that an agent of Mantenn, LLC, Substitute Trustee, pursuant to the power, duty, and authority vested in and conferred by the Deed of Trust, will on Thursday, June 07, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at the Front door of the McNairy County Courthouse in Selmer, Tennessee, will be sold to the highest call bidder for cash 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:

The real property is subject to a 15-foor unrecorded sewer easement which transverses the southern portion of the aforedescribed real property, and a 10-foot unrecorded natural gas and water easement which transverses the northern portion of the aforedescribed real property. The real property is subject to a permanent drainage easement as found of record in Deed Book 90, Page 610, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. The street address of the above described property is believed to be 1421 East Poplar Ave, Selmer, TN 38375, but if such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall control.


Lying and being in the Town of Selmer, Sixth Civil District of McNairy County, Tennessee: BEGINNING at an iron pin found in the Southern right of way of Tennessee State Route 15, Poplar Avenue, the NWC of the 0.884 acre lot conveyed to Anthony and Paige Berryman in February 1992; thence south 23 degrees 50 minutes 00 seconds East for a distance of 252.29 feet with the Western boundary of Berryman passing an iron pin at 248.00 feet to a point in a ditch; thence South 63 degrees 09 minutes 14 seconds West for a distance of 101.19 feet with said ditch; thence South 88 degrees 33 minutes 54 seconds West for a distance of 188.16 feet with said ditch; thence North 09 degrees 59 minutes 05 seconds West for a distance of 117.63 feet with said ditch; thence North 17 degrees 45 minutes 19 seconds West for a distance of 76.79 feet with said ditch to an iron pin found in the Southern right of way of S.R. 15, over a culvert, a common corner with Armour, see Deed Book 117, Page 591; thence North 67 degrees 17 minutes 00 seconds East a distance of 238.78 feet with the Southern right of way of Poplar Avenue to the point of beginning. Said property contains 1.400 acres, more or less. Together with and subject to covenants, easements and restrictions of record. Being the property conveyed to Anthony C. Weirich by Warranty Deed of Dennis Makary Budzitowski dated June18, 2014, of record in Deed Book 230, Page 718, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee.


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Owner of Property: Anthony C. Weirich and Vicki Weirich This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. 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. 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.

Publication Dates: May 9, 2018, May 16, 2018 and May 23, 2018 Mantenn, LLC,

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THIS LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. FC16-315 4183 52, 1, 2 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated October 19, 2010, executed by EFFIE RAMSEY, conveying certain real property therein described to C BENARD, as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee recorded October 22, 2010, in Deed Book 401, Page 469; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC a Delaware Limited Liability Company who is now the owner of said debt; andWHEREAS, the undersigned,Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, having been appointed as Substitute Trustee by instrument to be filed for record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that the undersigned, Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, as Substitute Trustee or his duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on June 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Side Entrance of the McNairy County Courthouse, Selmer, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or certified funds ONLY, the following described property situated in McNairy County, Tennessee, to wit:THE FOLLOWING


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believed to be 137 HWY 142, SELMER, TN 38375. In the event of any discrepancy between this street address and the legal description of the property, the legal description shall control. CURRENT OWNER(S): EFFIE RAMSEYOTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. This property is being sold with the express reservation that it is subject to confirmation by the lender or Substitute Trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The Property is sold as is, where is, without representations or warranties of any kind, including fitness for a particular use or purpose.THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2, 2002, by Erica D. Poe, to Mary Ruth Tackett, Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee in Book 997, Page 766-772, (“Deed of Trust”); and      WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed(s) of Trust is the United States of America, acting by and through the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”); and WHEREAS, USDA, the current owner and holder of said Deed(s) of Trust appointed Arlisa Armstrong as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, with all the rights, powers and privileges of the original Trustee named in said Deed(s) of Trust; and NOW THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable as provided in said Deed(s) of Trust by USDA, and Arlisa Armstrong as Substitute Trustee, or duly appointed agent, pursuant to the power, duty, and authorization in and conferred by said Deed(s) of Trust, will on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018, commencing at 10:00 am at the southwest door of the McNairy County Courthouse Selmer, Tennessee, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest bidder either for cash (must be in the form of a cashier’s check) or 10 per cent of the high bid price as a non-refundable deposit with balance due within ten (10) days of sale, (and if such balance goes unpaid, USDA will retain the deposit and re-foreclose) the following described property lying and being in McNairy County, Tennessee to wit:

shown on any recorded plan; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or setback lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed(s) 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.

ceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash or certified funds ONLY, the following described property situated in McNairy County, Tennessee, to wit:LOT NO. 24, PLEASANT RIDGE ACRES SUBDIVISION, A PLAT OF WHICH IS RECORDED IN THE REGISTERS OFFICE OF MCNAIRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 68, AND REFERENCE IS HERE MADE TO SAID PLAT OF SAID PLEASANT RIDGE ACRES SUBDIVISION FOR THE DESCRIPTION THERE GIVEN AND SAID PLAT IS MADE A PART HEREOF BY REFERENCE THERETO AS FULLY AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS IF COPIED IN FULL HEREIN. BEING THE PROPERTY CONVEYED TO JOHN W. WRIGHT, JR. AND WIFE, BECKY A WRIGHT BY DEED OF LAND IS FOREVER TRUST, DATED NOVEMBER 14, 2014 OF RECORD IN DEED BOOK 232, PAGE 268 IN THE REGISTER`S OFFICE OF MCNAIRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE.Parcel ID: 056B C 009.00 000PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 192 PLEASANT RIDGE LOOP, ADAMSVILLE, TN 38310. In the event of any discrepancy between this street address and the legal description of the property, the legal description shall control. CURRENT OWNER(S): BECKY A WRIGHT AND JOHN WRIGHTOTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. This property is being sold with the express reservation that it is subject to confirmation by the lender or Substitute Trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The Property is

sold as is, where is, without representations or warranties of any kind, including fitness for a particular use or purpose. THIS LAW FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, Substitute Trustee119 S. Main Street, Suite 500Memphis, TN 38103 Tel: (877) 8130992Fax: (404) 601-5846 Ad #136674 05/09/2018, 05/16/2018, 05/23/2018 4187 52, 1, 2

Multiple Family

Yard Sale

Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, Substitute Trustee 119 S. Main Street, Suite 500 Memphis, TN 38103 property-listings.php Tel: (877) 813-0992 Fax: (404) 601-5846 Ad #137142 05/09/2018, 05/16/2018, 05/23/2018 4185 52, 1, 2 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default having been made in the payment of the debts and obligations secured by that certain Real Estate Deed of Trust for Tennessee executed on October

YARD SALE Saturday, May 19

Saturday, May 19

8 a.m. Larger than before.

Hwy 57 Ramer 7 a.m. until ?

Old 45 N. turn right at Monogram.

Toys, clothes, furniture, home decor, odds & ends.

274 Hillcrest

Ramer Baptist Church Gym

“A metes and bounds description of the property is included in the deed referenced below.” Map 90GB Parcel 9.00 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 575 Bramblewood Selmer, TN 38375 This being the same property conveyed to Erica D. Poe, from Ed Halton by deed dated October 1, 2002 of record in Deed Book 181, Page 612, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. CURRENT OWNERS: Erica Sanders The sale of the abovedescribed property shall be subject to all matters

Approximately 750 cases - 8-1/2” x 11” 20 lb. White duplicator paper. Please furnish a sample of copy paper. Bids must be good for 45 days or more. Need quote on a delivery to all 8 schools. Delivery must be made between July 30 and August 1, 2018. Please mail bids to: McNairy County Board of Education Attn.: Glenda Shelton 530 Mulberry Ave. Suite 2 Selmer, TN 38375 The McNairy County Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to award the contract as deemed in the best interest of the county.

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated November 14, 2014, executed by BECKY A. WRIGHT AND JOHN WRIGHT, conveying certain real property therein described to JOSEPH B PITT. JR., as Trustee, as same appears of record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee recorded November 17, 2014, in Deed Book 414, Page 24042419; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to Quicken Loans Inc. who is now the owner of said debt; andWHEREAS, the undersigned,Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, having been appointed as Substitute Trustee by instrument to be filed for record in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that the undersigned, Rubin Lublin TN, PLLC, as Substitute Trustee or his duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on June 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Side Entrance of the McNairy County Courthouse, Selmer, Tennessee, pro-

YARD SALES YARD SALE May 17, 18 & 19 Thursday, Friday and Saturday

810 Pickett Road Stantonville, TN 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The McNairy County Board of Education will be accepting bids May 14-May 18, 2018 on the following items:

Publication Dates: 5-9/ 5-16/ 5-23-18 Arlisa Armstrong 3007 Greystone Jackson, TN 38305 http//www.resales.usda. gov 3968 52, 1, 2

YARD SALE Saturday, May 19

6:30 a.m. until? 297 Lindsey Lane

NOTICE TO CREDITORS As Required by TCA §30-2-306 Estate of Deda Faye Essary Bishop, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on May 8, 2018 Letters Testamentary (or of Administration as the case may be) in respect of the estate of Deda Faye Essary Bishop, who died 8/15/2017, were issued to the undersigned by the McNairy County Chancery Court of McNairy County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmarried, against the estate are required to file the same with the Clerk of the above-named Court on or before the earlier of the date 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) on this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least sixty (60) days before date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditors received and actual copy of the notice to creditors, if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death. Matthew R. West Executor, Administrator, Personal Representative Cameron Himes Attorney Kim Boals Clerk & Master/ Deputy Clerk

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YARD SALE YARD SALE Friday & Saturday

May 18th & 19th

828 W. Cherry Ave. Selmer

at the home of Betty Howell

Saturday, May 19 at Selmer First United Methodist Church, 1122 West Cherry Ave. beginning at 7 a.m. Rain or Shine The sale will be inside the Fellowship Hall.

Selmer, TN

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NOTICE OF COMPLETION This is to notify the public that the Town of Bethel Springs’s 2016 CDBG Sewer System Improvements project is complete. The contractor for the project was Argo Construction Company of Cordova, TN. The original contract amount was $443,039.60. Anyone having a claim against the project has ten (10) days from the date of this notice to notify the Town of Bethel Springs, P.O. Box 214, Bethel Springs, TN 38315. Please contact Randy Nelson, Project Administrator, at (731) 424-7664 if additional information is needed.

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