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Independent Appeal

Volume 118, Issue 14 | 50 cents

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pursuit ends in Mississippi wreck initially passed out in his vehicle at a business in Bethel Springs A Corinth, Miss. man is ex- around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. A fepected to face multiple charges male believed to be his girlfriend after kidnapping a woman and – Jennifer Moffett of Adamsville leading law enforcement – attempted to escape on a chase across the from the vehicle. An emstate line. ployee at the business Forty-four-year-old witnessed him force Bernard “Bo” Shipp is Moffett back into the velikely to be charged with hicle and drive away and aggravated kidnapping, contacted authorities. felony evading and vanShipp’s vehicle was dalism, according to Mcfirst contacted by the Nairy County Sheriff Guy Selmer Police DepartBuck. ment. Shipp is being held “The sheriff’s office Shipp without bond by the was involved until he Alcorn County Sheriff’s Depart- crossed the state line,” said Buck. ment after a pursuit ended in a Buck said the pursuit went two-vehicle crash on U.S. High- straight down Highway 45. way 72 in Corinth. Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Buck said the suspect had Caldwell said his department was For the Independent Appeal

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A kidnapping suspect led law enforcement on a pursuit from Mcnairy County to Corinth, Miss. before crashing. notified by McNairy County they were in pursuit of the kidnapping suspect and the chase was coming into the county. Multiple attempts were made to stop the vehicle on side roads

using spike strips before the vehicle made its way to Highway 72. Caldwell said he also went across Hillandale Golf Course at one point and officers attempted to stop him there as well.

At some point during the pursuit the apparent kidnapping victim was able to jump from the vehicle. Caldwell said she was uninjured. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle struck another vehicle on Highway 72 near Kentucky Fried Chicken around 7:40 a.m. The suspect was apprehended and transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center to be checked out before being transferred to the Alcorn County Jail. A McNairy County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was damaged. Caldwell said several patrol vehicles were damaged in the pursuit as well as personal property, but he is extremely grateful no one was seriously injured. (Brant Sappington contributed to this article.)

Sheriff talks funding concerns with group By Steve Beavers

ahead of all these other counties who are having lawsuits filed against them,” said Smith. Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen and Madison County Sheriff John Mehr have already filed suits against their counties over funding disputes. McNairy County’s situation is in worse shape than the two sheriffs filing lawsuits, according to

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Two area sheriffs are taking their counties to court. McNairy County is choosing the proactive approach to make sure it doesn’t happen locally. County Mayor Larry Smith and Sheriff Guy Buck recently met with members of the Law Enforcement Committee to discuss funding concerns. “It was a chance to get


Director: ‘School will start as scheduled’ By Steve Beavers

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Adamsville Elementary School teachers Monnie Whitmore and Pam White unload supplies from Adamsville High School on the sidewalk at the new Adamsville Junior High School in preparation for classes next week.

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McNairy County schools will start as scheduled. Director of Schools Greg Martin told members of the school board that Aug. 20 is a go for the start of the 201920 year. Martin’s announcement put an end to rumors that school would not begin until after Labor Day. “I was really worried about whether we were going to make until I saw the progress made during the first week of August,” said Martin. “I am confident we are going to start as scheduled.” Ongoing construction at Adamsville Elementary School forced school officials to delay the school start from Aug. 2 to Aug. 20. The first day of school for all students is Aug. 21. Getting the cafeteria ready at AES was a big concern for Martin. “We are able to start school with the temporary occupancy and Miss Gayle (Brooks) has assured me we have


Teachers move into new facility By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Teachers, coaches and administrators are putting the finishing touches on the work at the new Adamsville Junior High School building. “This is my first time ever teaching in a new building,” said eighth grade teacher Monnie Whitmore. “Even for a veteran teacher, this is a wonderful fresh start.” The new junior high facility will house classes of four teachers each for grades fourth through eighth.

Adamsville Elementary Assistant Principal Steven Lambert said the teachers began moving in the new building on Aug. 5. “A lot of people have had a part in this,” he said. “It’s truly been a family affair ... everyone seems to be pretty excited.” Lambert said the biggest obstacle has been the time it took to get started moving into the school. “It’s like being in a race, lining up and nobody fired the gun,” he said. “But since we’ve started, we’ve just been plowing along.”

Whitmore said teachers were excited about working to begin the new school year. “They’ve been playing upbeat music,” she said. “It’s been fun. Everyone has a smile and I haven’t heard one complaint about anything.” An open house for Adamsville Junior High School will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. “It’s mostly for students,” said Lambert. “But it is open to the public.” The first day for all McNairy County students is Aug. 21.

Commission approves hiring Work starts on Highway 45 of Kiser as veterans officer By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Zach Kiser will be the new Veterans Service Officer in McNairy County. The McNairy County Commission approved the hiring of Kiser for the position on Monday night. Kiser’s wife – Jennifer Kiser – was hired as Solid Waste Director in July. Zach Kiser served in the Navy with the task of working as a career counselor. The experience suits him well for his new position, according to current McNairy County Veterans Service Officer Judy Bivens.

“Those kinds of skills will help him in this job,” said Bivens, who is retiring from the position. “It helps with interviewing the veterans.” Bivens will work with Kiser for six months as part of his training for the office. Kiser will earn half of his salary for the first six months, then the full salary for the remainder. The position pays $18,500. The measure passed 16-3 with Michelle Kientz, Pamela Carroll and Jackie Pickle voting against.


The drive along Highway 45 south to the Mississippi state line can leave motorists all shook up. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is taking steps to make the route a more smoother ride. TDOT Director of Operations Michael Welch has committed to repairing section of Highway 45 from Selmer’s Walmart to the state line, according

to McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith. “I commend TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright for recognizing infrastructure is an important piece for improving the county,” said Smith. The stretch is expected to be milled and paved over the next few weeks, according to Smith. Work on the southbound lane started

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Monday near Walmart. Welch also told Smith a 2020 Safety Project is set for the Buena Vista/Highway 45 crossing in Bethel Springs. Welch said the crossing will be changed considerably and reduce crashes. Smith commended the commissioners named by Gov. Bill Lee. “We have people who understand what we face and how to resolve things,” said Smith. “Each commissioner put in place has that mindset.”

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Team Read needs new coaches By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

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Coaches play an important role in the lives of children. Team Read recognizes the significance. The educational pillar of the ARISE2Read reading program hopes to bring more volunteer coaches onboard for the 2019-20 school year. “We need several new coaches due to a larger class at Selmer Elementary School this year,” said SES Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Hudson. SES and Michie Elementary School are entering their fourth year of the reading program. Bethel Springs Elementary is implementing Team Read for a third

year. Ramer Elementary School will begin its second year. Bethel Springs and Ramer are also in need of coaches, according to Hudson. Training for new coaches is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church-Selmer. “I encourage new people to get involved,” said Hudson. “We need all

the coaches we can get.” Hudson will be in charge of training new coaches on Aug. 25. Coaches use Team Read to teach the foundational words of reading to second graders. The method uses Fry’s Sight Word List to increase word recognition. The goal of the program is all children are reading on grade-level by the time they reach the third-grade. Coaches will spend a hour each week – 30 minutes with two students – working with second graders on the sight word list. “The relationship formed with children is just as important as the skills they learn,” said Hudson. “Students become attached to the coaches and miss them when they aren’t there.”

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McNairy County Emergency Management Director Allen Strickland wants to give the public an informative and fun event. “We are working hard behind the scenes to make sure we have a successful event,” said Strickland of the Community Emergency Awareness Festival. The first-year festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14 at Eastview City Park. The fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We already have many of our emergency response

and support agencies committed to being there and providing information for the public,” said Strickland. Public safety demonstrations, including an extrication demo will be held during the day. “A large amount of public safety equipment will be available for public viewing,” said Strickland. Children will get the chance to interact with law enforcement and fire

personnel. A firefighter’s smoke house, child identification kits for kids and helicopters will be at the event. BuckShot Daisy is scheduled to perform. Food will be available and a silent auction will be held. The finale of the day will pit law enforcement versus firefighters in a softball game at 5 p.m. Agencies who have committed to the event

include: Adamsville Fire Department; Adamsville Police Department; Air Evac; American Red Cross; Eastview Fire Department; Finger Fire Department; Hospital Wing; McNairy County EMA: McNairy County Fire Department; McNairy County Sheriff’s Office; McNairy County E911; Michie Fire Department; Med Center EMS; Pickwick Electric; Selmer Fire Department; Selmer Police Department DARE; Tennessee Emergency Management Agency; Tennessee Department of


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Change made to contract By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

Wording has been changed in the latest contract between teachers and the McNairy Board of Education. Board members approved the change during its Thursday meeting. The contract was entered July 1. “The change clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the position,” said board attorney Craig Kennedy. The wording change was added to the first point in the contract. Lines added were “it is expressly understood and agreed by teacher that this contract includes the following assignments: teaching; coaching; bus duty; lunchroom; and any other assignments as is deemed necessary and assigned by the principal.” “What the teacher is teaching will be defined in the contract,” said Director of Schools Greg Martin. “The change gives principals more of a tool to work with.” Teachers are obligated to carry out

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Richard Coleman has retired after 46 years at SUD.

Coleman retires from SUD By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Richard Coleman didn’t apply for the three positions he held. He began working in 1972 for the Town of Selmer. “I was part of a summer program that lasted 18 months,” he said. “Then I went to the courthouse and worked 18 months.”

their assignments for 180 teaching days; five in-service days; five administrative days with 10 vacation days. In other board business: • Hired Crystal Gammon – Ramer Elementary PreK 4; Kristen Hill – McNairy Central Special Education; Jill Goodrum – Selmer Elementary PreK 4; Terry Baker – Michie Elementary custodian; Teri McGough – Selmer Elementary custodian and Joshua Cunningham – Adamsville High School aid. • Accepted the resignations of Golden Meek – Special Education Speech Pathologist and Brenda Brown – Bethel Springs Elementary secretary. • Granted leave for Michael Hauser – Ramer Elementary custodian. • Approved Melissa Englehardt, Violet Joyner, Wendy McLain, Michael Ray, Vickie Smith, Gale Treece, Zachary Yarbrough, Lisa Garrett and Sally Bodiford as substitute teachers. • Approved Donna Jean King as a substitute cafeteria worker.

MCHS grad gives back

Former Selmer Mayor J.T. Hawkins hired him in 1974 after the completion of a new building for the Selmer Utilities Department. “He and my dad were deacons at Lakeview Baptist Church,” he said. “He asked me if I wanted to come back and work as a clerk ... I have been here ever since.”

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mer. “They were gracious enough to host this event for us,” said Selmer Elementary School teacher LaShell Moore. Jerrith Barnette – a McNairy Central alum – sponsored the event, working with barbers and stylists from Jackson. “This was an idea he had,” said Moore. “He

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A local church and McNairy Central High School graduate are providing haircuts for boys and braids for girls before they go back to school. Fades and Braids will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cypress Creek First Baptist Church in Sel-

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wanted to give back to his community.” Moore asked girls to call in advance. “Braiding takes a little more time,” she said. “It is not a requirement, but we definitely prefer they call in.” Any student needing a ride or calling to request a braid should call Cypress Creek at 731-645-8094.

Shop owner hosting market By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Shopping local for back to school will be easier this weekend. Mammy’s Soap Company will host a Back to School pop up market at its 159 West Court Avenue location in Selmer from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Mammy’s Soap owner Michelle Richards said the markets connect residents to local artisans. “It’s a way for the local vendors to make local handmade goods to showcase their items,” she said. “That’s kind of the purpose of the pop-up market.” Some vendors will have great teachers’ gifts and happies and some are getting Christmas presents, according to Richards.

Food, jewelry, candles, soaps, lotions and canned goods will also be available at the market from Kountry Kreations, Scrap Metal Creations, Chalk Couture, Thomas Farm Candles, Jewel Woodworks and Barefoot Denim. Tickets for Heather Land at the Her Market can be purchased at the market. Land is known for her “I Ain’t Doin’ It” videos. Michaela Leeper owns Barefoot Denim and makes cocoa blends, salt blends and tea blends as well as preserves, jams and jellies. “I will probably have about 20 jams and jellies,” she said. “ I do have a couple of new flavors that I have never offered at an event before.” Leeper tries to gather ingredients locally or grow them.


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Everyone matters to Jesus SBA helps churches reach the lost By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

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Shiloh Baptist Association Mission Strategist Russ Wilkins has a passion to help churches reach the lost.

ADAMSVILLE – Everyone matters to Jesus. It’s why the Shiloh Baptist Association exists. Associational Mission Strategist Russ Wilkins shares the love of Jesus with 46 Southern Baptist churches in McNairy and Hardin counties on a constant basis. “My passion is to do everything we can as an association to help our churches reach the lost,” said Wilkins. The task is daunting. It is estimated around 20 percent of the two counties combined 52,000 population attends church on an average Sunday. The Baptist denomination is the largest in both

counties. Wilkins pointed out one reason for the decline is church members are attending church less. “It’s about 50 percent of the time,” he said. Wilkins – a Union University graduate – is a big encourager of Sunday School/Small Groups. “Sunday School is a big area for growth,” said the 52-year-old father of Sarah and Tripp and grandfather to Brynleigh. SBA uses its core values of Unity, Missions, Leadership Development and Discipleship to help churches reach the lost. “We are trying to hit every area,” said Wilkins. “One church can’t reach 52,000 people, but 46 can make an impact.” Wilkins, who is married to Deb-

bie, has been the association mission’s director just over a year. “I knew a ministry change was coming and I was praying for direction,” said the former First Baptist Huntingdon Associate Pastor/Youth Minister. Being a mission strategist was not on the radar, according to Wilkins. “The Lord got my attention with it,” he said. “It has been very fulfilling.” Shiloh Baptist Association exists to serve both churches and their leaderships. “I have a heart for churches and to see them grow,” said Wilkins. “I also have a heart for pastors because I know the burden they carry ... we are all on the same team and better together.”

Education is cornerstone for future leaders By Ron Gant

er salaries, $39.4 million for the Basic Education Formula to cover growth and inflation within the program and $25 million to expand vocational and technical training opportunities for our children through the GIVE Act. The Ad Hoc Task Force on Education has been created to focus on untying the hands of Gant our educators, students and schools in efforts to solidify our future. This innovative task force is designed to study and eliminate unnecessary, burden-

District 94 State Representative

The future leaders of our community and our state are busy preparing for another successful year as a new school year begins. The possibilities are endless and the outlook in District 94 and in cities and towns across Tennessee is bright, thanks to our General Assembly’s work during the 2019 legislative session. Historic $11.3 billion investments in education have been made. Of this total, $6.6 billion in funding will support K-12 public education in Tennessee. This includes $186 million in new funds, $71 million in teach-

some mandates placed on these important groups. The task force will evaluate the overall effectiveness and necessity of testing practices, curriculum, and other mandated academic policies and procedures that are currently imposed upon our school boards, school directors, principals, teachers, students, and their parents. This will improve overall education outcomes and enhance our economic standing. To stand in strong support of our teachers, House Bill 946 was passed this year. It requires all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to report to the Department of Education how additional funds were used for each year a district receives a funding in-

crease for teacher salaries and wages. Our teachers are critical to solidifying the academic foundations of our children. We remain committed to ensuring they receive the pay raises they have earned. We also know we must have safe environments so our students and teachers can focus all of their efforts and energy on what matters most – learning. That is why we made a $40 million investment to secure our Tennessee schools through House Bill 947. This includes $30 million in new monies for the school safety grant fund and additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of


State awarded grant to expand apprenticeships For the Independent Appeal

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Tennessee a grant to create and expand apprenticeship programs across the state. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) will receive $1.4 million in funding over the next three years through the USDOL Apprenticeship State Expansion grant.

“I am committed to expanding work-based learning across the state, and I’m pleased that USDOL is partnering with us in these efforts,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. Employers continue to face obstacles in attracting and retaining workers with in-demand skills. Tennessee’s challenge is to identify effective workforce solutions and collaborative approaches that benefit both job

seekers and employers. “We want to embrace the diversity of skills apprentices bring to Tennessee’s workforce,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “We will partner with Tennessee Board of Regents, along with several other state agencies and educational institutions, to make apprenticeship opportunities available to as many Tennesseans as possible.” Register Apprenticeship pro-

grams are a proven strategy for developing a talent pipeline of qualified workers for employers and industries and providing opportunity and nationally recognized credentials for participants. They are created and sustained through strong partnerships. “The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is committed to utilizing all available resources to promote and develop apprenticeship op-


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portunities,” McCord said. “Business and industry will be a necessary part of the initiative ... we look forward to forming the partnerships it will require to move Tennessee forward.” A key part of the strategy will be to engage TBR institutions in forming group apprenticeship models. This approach will encourage small and medium-sized

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GIFTED CHILD FIND Intellectual giftedness is found throughout diverse populations and crosses all economic and cultural boundaries. Early identification and intervention are often required to meet unique needs of these children. Do you know a student who: • Is unusually eager to learn • Is a creative thinker • Can easily transfer knowledge to new situations • Shows unusual empathy for people and concern for social issues Research shows that 3-5% of our population possesses many of these exceptional traits. These children should be nurtured and their education enhanced for their benefit and for the advancement of mankind. If you know of a child who may fit the above criteria, please notify the McNairy County Board of Education Special Education Department by telephone at 645-6010, or in writing at 491 High School Road, Selmer, TN 38375.

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Board earmarks $3 million to help rural communities For the Independent Appeal

The Tennessee Workforce Development Board has approved a $3 million investment to support Governor Bill Lee’s rural initiatives to help strengthen and expand workforce development programs in rural counties, The Rural Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement (RIFOA) will make monies available to local workforce development boards over the next three years. “Our hope is this investment will help to ensure workers in our rural counties have the opportunity and resources to enhance their economic circumstances through education and skill development,” said Deniece Thomas, Deputy Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Tennessee’s distressed, at-risk, and rural counties face workforce challenges that do not exist in the state’s urban and metropolitan areas. Local leaders in rural counties are often forced to navigate workforce obstacles such as geography, demography and high demand for employees with a low supply of a qualified workforce.



companies to partner in apprenticeship programs. By joining forces, companies would have a lower

The goal of the RIFOA is to increase workforce funding in local workforce development areas that contain distressed and at-risk counties. New programs will create greater opportunity for residents in these counties to take part in skills training in high-demand growth sectors. The new programs will also include work-based models such as on-the-job training. “Members of the State Workforce Development Board come from every corner of Tennessee,” said board chairman Tim Berry. “They know firsthand the workforce development needs in the rural areas many of them call home. This additional funding will have a high impact on the communities that receive it.” Expanded workforce development opportunities will originate from American Job Centers in selected counties to allow for easier access to programs and services. Money for the RIFOA will come from the Governor’s reserve of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) funds. TDLWD will provide additional program guidance to the local workforce development boards deemed eligible to receive this funding.

investment and still realize increased workforce outcomes. TDLWD leadership and state partners will develop a strategy in the coming weeks that will set forth

a new era for apprenticeships and workforce development in Tennessee. USDOL awarded $183.8 million in apprenticeship grants to states and other service entities nation-

Adamsville Elementary School Traffic Route

The administration at Adamsville Elementary School has released the traffic route for car riders. Those dropping off students should follow the route above. Orientation for 6th-8th grade is Aug. 19. The first day for those not attending Aug. 19 is Aug. 20. All students will attend on Aug. 21. wide. These grants will support training for more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded programs and increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.

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BID REQUEST Complete replacement of the electronic controls for the existing multi-zone HVAC unit at the McNairy County Justice Center. Will need to provide all materials and labor to remove all actuators and controllers and install new head end and other hardware, wiring and software for new complete and operable control system as defined by the mechanical drawings prepared by DW Collier Engineering, Inc. All bidders must visit the facility prior to bidding to verify existing conditions. All will need to contact DW Collier Engineering, Inc. in South Fulton Tennessee at 731-479-2115 or to receive drawings and placed on the bidders list.

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Adamsville teacher Benjamin Carothers dusts off a sign before hanging it in his classroom at the new Adamsville Junior High School. Classes in the new building begin Aug. 21 for all students. There will be an open house at the school Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bids will be received at: McNairy County Mayor’s Office 170 W. Court Ave Rm 201 Selmer, TN 38375 No later than Friday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m. McNairy County reserves the right to reject any or all bids as deemed in the best interest of the County.


APOSTOLIC Life Tabernacle 1353 Hwy. 142, Selmer Thomas Davis, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

Michie Primitive Baptist Church Hwy 22 Michie Elder Rickey Taylor, Pastor 10:30 a.m. Song Service 11:00 a.m. Preaching Service

New Jerusalem Faith Apostolic Church 27 Linley Circle, Selmer Bishop Ferdinand Gant Sr. Pastor Wanda Gant Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Bible Class: Wed. night 7 p.m. Prayer: Wed. night 6 p.m. BAPTIST Meeks Grove Freewill Baptist 1030 Tommy Sanders Rd., Stantonville Adamsville Freewill Baptist Church Old Shiloh Road Adamsville, TN 38310 Marcus Morrow, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: 11:15 a.m. Sunday night: 5 p.m. Bible Study 7 p.m. Solitude Freewill Baptist Church 414 Meeks Rd., Adamsville Sunday: 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. INDEPENDENT Calvary Baptist Church Hwy 22 North, Adamsville Sunday School: 10 a.m. Worship: Sun. 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Faith Baptist Church 1301 Peach St., Selmer Mark Shumaker, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Fellowship Baptist Church 1308 High School Rd., Selmer Pastor: J.D. Matlock Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Locke Road Baptist Locke Road, Selmer Mickey Cossar, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. / Wed. 6:30 p.m. Lighthouse Baptist Church 1780 Mulberry Ave., Selmer Jorgen Runquest, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. PRIMITIVE BAPTIST Better Hope Primitive Baptist 4235 Leapwood-Enville Rd., Adamsville Elder Gene Gist, Pastor First Sunday of month beginning at 10:30 a.m., preaching 11 a.m.

Selmer Primitive Baptist Church 331 Falcon Rd., Selmer Elder Clinton Barnett, Pastor 3rd Sunday Each Month: 10:30 a.m. SOUTHERN Central Baptist Church 675 Dowty Road, Selmer Bro. Stephen Davison, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday: 10:45 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Baptist 6371 Vernie Kirk Rd., Pocahontas Bro. Frank Bell, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Chewalla Baptist Church 190 Chewalla St., Ramer Richard Doyle, Pastor Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Clear Creek Baptist Church 1728 Lawton Rd., Selmer Chuck Castles, Pastor Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday: 7 p.m. Covenant Baptist Church 6515 Hwy 57 East, Michie, TN Pastor: K. Brian Rainey Music & Youth Director: Seth Bragg Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Night: 7 p.m. Cypress Creek First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1104 14 Falcon St. • Selmer Pastor: Clifford E. Wynn, Jr. (731) 645-8094 Sunday School: 9 a.m. Wednesday Prayer - 6:30 p.m. Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. Jam Zone: 7:00 p.m. Eastview Baptist Church Hwy 45 S., Eastview, Tenn. Rob Burnes, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Bible Study: 7 p.m. Falcon Baptist Church 777 Falcon Rd., Selmer Jay Houston, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Adamsville 222 West Main St., Adamsville Senior Pastor: Dr. Chad Ball

Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:15 a.m. Discipleship Training: 5 p.m. Evening Worship: 6:15 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Prayer/Bible Study: 6:15 p.m. Children & Youth: 6:15 P.M. during the summer

First Baptist Church of Bethel Springs 143 Jackson St., Bethel Springs David Singleton, Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. 5 p.m & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Michie 5658 Hwy 22 S., Michie Bro. Ben Martin, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Selmer Joey Johnson, Pastor 310 W. Court Ave., Selmer Sunday School: 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m., Wednesday: 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Finger Finger-Leapwood Rd., Finger David Sims, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m. Forty Forks Baptist Church 672 Ed Barham Rd., Bethel Springs Randy Smith, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Good Hope Baptist 678 Good Hope Church Rd., Adamsville Bro. Randy Latch Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday: 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Grace Baptist Church 1255 Connie Smith Rd., Selmer Pastor: Bro. Don Singleton Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Gravel Hill Baptist Church 86 Tom Baker Rd., Ramer Pastor: Bro. Eric Jones Church Phone: 645-6776 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ; Wednesday: 7 p.m. Lakeview Baptist Church Pastor: Clint Overton 877 W. Cherry, Selmer Sundays: 11 a.m. Wednesdays: The Upper Room Student Ministry 5:30 For more info. call 731-645-9771

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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

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.

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Adamsville Church of Christ 243 E. Main St., Adamsville Van Vansandt, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.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.

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.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy TN Bro. Zac Bennett, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 6 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.

New Hope Baptist Church 854 Chandler Lane Pocahontas, TN Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Forrest Hill Church of Christ Forrest Hill Subdivision Hwy 45 S., Selmer Shobeck Dethrow, Minister

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. John Little, Pastor Sunday 10 a.m. Life Groups Sunday 11 a.m. Worship Children’s Church Sunday 6:30 p.m. Worship Wednesday 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST Antioch Church of Christ 7200 Hwy 57W Ramer, TN 38367 Darrin Stapleton, Minister (732) 645-5639 Bible Study 9:30 AM Worship 10:15 PM Worship 6:00 Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Acton Church of Christ 9389 Hwy 22 S. Michie Shawn Weaver, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:50 a.m. &

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: 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF GOD Center Ridge Pentecostal Church of God 910 Center Ridge Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Carl Wilcher Pastor Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Service: 10:45 Sunday Night Service: 5:30 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 David Sprenkle, 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. Amanda Westmoreland 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: 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.

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.

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.

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy Hwy 22 N. Adamsville Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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. Sunday: 5:30 p.m. JIGO 8th-12th grades Wednesday: 6:30 all youth

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 Amanda Hartmann Westmoreland, 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.

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. Mt. Sharon Presbyterian Church 108 Mt. Sharon Rd., Adamsville Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Jude the Apostle 1318 Poplar, Hwy. 64, Selmer Rev. W.H. Arnold, Pastor Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. 1st Saturday: 9 a.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Bethel Springs Seventh Day Adventist 4352 Main St., Bethel Springs John Johnston, Pastor Saturday Worship: 9 a.m. Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. OTHER/NON-DENOM Abundant Life Christian Fellowship 15770 Hwy 64 East Bolivar, Tn. Pastor D.R. Moore Services: Saturday 10:00 a.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m.

Bethel Springs United Pentecostal 3591 Main St., Bethel Springs Jeff Young, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. / Mon. & Wed.: 7 p.m.

A New Beginning Sol Coulston Rd., Bethel Springs Kenneth Kitchen, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

First 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.

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.

The Sanctuary of MPC 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville, TN 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.

First Christian Church 133 N. Third St. Selmer Preacher, Gregg Worthey Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. First ChristianChurch 254 N. Maple St. Adamsville, TN 38310 Clint Hopper, Minister (731) 632-3012 Sunday Bible Class 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. FCC Wednesdays Meal 5:30 Worship/Studies 615 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. Wed.: 7 p.m. Safe Harbor Church 1514 Peach St., Selmer Sunday: 10 a.m. & 5 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: 11 a.m. Sunday Night: 6 p.m. Thursday Night: 7 p.m. Pastors: Paul and Bonnie Young

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Lady Bobcats out to bounce back By Joel Counce Staff Writer

The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats hope to bounce back when the soccer season gets started Monday. “We just kind of struggled scoring last year,” said McNairy Central Head Coach Jerry Lott. “We have some people back who played on offense and some people back who can help us this time.” McNairy finished 5-9 overall and 3-5 in league play a year ago. The Lady Bobcats return leading scorer Trinati Atkins and second leading scorer Maddy Newcomb. Sophomore midfielder Rane Moffett is back and so is goalkeeper Alexis Moore. “Rane has improved at passing and ball handling,” Lott said. “Alexis is tall and athletic and covers a lot of space down there.” Senior Ashley Crowe is back at midfield after having to sit out last year with an injury. Midfielder Alicia Klinck started as a freshman last season. Abby Yopp, Nakaya Lusk and Shelby Foster return on defense. Lott said the team has worked hard.

McNairy Central Sports Hall of Fame This is the last week to buy advance tickets for the McNairy Central Sports Hall of Fame banquet. The banquet will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. in the MCHS commons. A group of five will be inducted in the Class of 2019 to the hall of fame. The inductees are Caroline George Fletcher, Delise Teague, Lucy O’Neal, Brian Brown and Stacey Null. There will be tickets sold at the door for $5 that does not include a meal. Meet the Cardinals Adamsville High School will have Meet the Cardinals on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 and includes hot dog, chips, drink and cookie. Fans will be able to meet football team, cheerleaders and band. Fan gear will also be available.

Local Schedule Thursday, August 15

Junior High Football Middleton at Ramer, 6 Selmer at Adamsville, 6 Michie at Bethel, 6

Saturday, August 17

Volleyball Alcorn Central Invitational McNairy-Biggersville, 9 a.m. McNairy-Corinth, 11 a.m. McNairy-Kossuth, 2

Monday, August 19

High School Golf McNairy at Bolivar, 4 Volleyball Madison at McNairy, 5 Junior High Softball Adamsville at Ramer, 5:30 Michie at Selmer, 5:30 Soccer McNairy at Scotts Hill, 5:30

Tuesday, August 20

High School Golf McNairy at Adamsville, 4 Volleyball Scotts Hill at McNairy, 5 Junior High Softball Bethel at Ramer, 5:30 Adamsville at Selmer, 5:30 Soccer Wayne Co. at McNairy, 6

Thursday, August 22

High School Golf McNairy at Hardin Co., 4 Volleyball Hardin Co. at McNairy, 5 Junior High Football Ramer at Michie, 6 Decatur Co. at Selmer, 6 AES at Henderson South, 6 Soccer McNairy at Sacred Heart, 6

McNairy Central will kick off the 2019 soccer campaign on Monday at Scotts Hill.


AHS hopes to keep streak alive By Joel Counce Staff Writer

The Adamsville Lady Cardinals have not lost a district game in two seasons. Adamsville finished 14-4 overall, 5-0 in district and 2-0 in the district tournament last year. Grace Christian ended the Lady Cardinals season with a 1-0 win in the sub state a year ago. “It was the best year we’ve ever had,” said Adamsville Head Coach Steven Price. “Things changed two years ago with the district and classifications.” The Lady Cardinals finished 13-5, 7-0 in 2017. Adamsville lost All-West Tennessee selections center back Lauren Phillips and center mid Madison Hollin to graduation. The Lady Cardinals also lost AllRegion goalkeeper Alexis Wynn. Defenders Autumn Wilson and Gracie Martindale are key players not back this year. Price said replacing the starters will be a challenge. “There’s a lot of inexperience,” he said. Adamsville looks to be led by senior center back Greenlea Lipford and utility player Mollie Cima. Defensive midfielder Molly Finley and outside back Alyssa Bowles round out the senior class. “We have some good experi-

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Jada Wynn will be the Lady Cardinals keeper this year. ence coming back,” Price said. “We hope we can pick up where we left off last year. We just have to have some younger girls step up in spots we lost to graduation last year.” Jada Wynn will start at goal-

keeper. Price said he expects the Lady Cardinals to compete this season. “We need to play hard and compete as individuals and as a group every game,” he said. “If we can do that, I think we can repeat

as district champs.” Adamsville kicks off the season at Jackson South Side 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Their first home game is against Hardin County at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

McNairy defeats rival Tigers

Rankin, Smith card rounds of 41 to lead Bobcats For the Independent Appeal

COUNCE – McNairy Central made it look easy in its first home golf match. Both the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats defeated rival Hardin County at Fox Chase Golf Course on Thursday. The Bobcats bested the Tigers by 23 strokes. Caleb Rankin and Cason Smith led the way with rounds of 41. Hardin County’s Andrew Westmoreland carded a 42. The Lady Bobcats rode the 50 scores of Willow Merry and Haley Moore to turn back the Lady Tigers.

Friday, August 23

High School Football Adamsville at Biggersville, 7 Hardin Co. at McNairy, 7

Monday, August 26

High School Golf McNairy at Hardin Co., 8 a.m. Volleyball McNairy at Chester Co., 5 Junior High Softball Ramer at Middleton, 5 SCA at Adamsville, 5

Boys MCNAIRY CENTRAL (178): Caleb Rankin 41, Cason Smith 41, Will Huddleston 48, Leonard Phegley 48, Will Chandler 49. HARDIN COUNTY (201): Andrew Westmoreland 42, Micah McLin 51, Condrey Hunt 52, Trey Tomlinson 56, Tate Tomlinson 59. Medalist: Rankin, Smith – McNairy Central.

Tuesday, August 27

Junior High Softball Ramer at Adamsville, 5 Selmer at Michie, 5:30 Soccer South Side at McNairy, 6 Volleyball McNairy at Lexington, 5

Girls MCNAIRY CENTRAL (100): Willow Merry 50, Haley Moore 50, Emma Dickey 60. HARDIN COUNTY (119): Halle Grace Patton 56, Baylee Davis 59, Natalie Jerrolds 60. Medalist: Merry, Moore – McNairy Central.

Thursday, August 29

High School Football McNairy at Tishomingo Co., 7 Junior High Football Ramer at Burnsville, 6 Bethel at Selmer, 6 Michie at Adamsville, 6 High School Golf Bolivar at McNairy, 4

JV Boys MCNAIRY CENTRAL: Eli Holcombe 51, Trey Durbin 60, Gavin Plunk 61, Samuel Whitaker 65, Jack Moore 69. HARDIN COUNTY: Trey Clayton 51, Wheeler Wilkes 58, Zach Wright 61.

Friday, August 30

High School Football Adamsville at Hardin Co., 7

Staff Photo by Joel Counce

Staff Photo by Steve Beavers

Cason Smith carded a 41 for McNairy Central versus Hardin County.

JV Girls MCNAIRY CENTRAL: Hannah Matlock 54, Phoebe Whitaker 56, Laurel Merry 57, Emma Crump 59, Makayla Brown 63, Marion Harrison 66, Caroline Anderson 67.




Maxey drives in 3 For the Independent Appeal

BETHEL SPRINGS – CeCe Maxey drilled a three-run homer to get Adamsville off to a flying start. Maxey’s blast highlighted a six-run fourth inning in the Lady Cardinals 6-1 victory over Bethel Springs. Winning pitcher McKenzie Luna went 3-for-4 to help Adamsville (1-2, 1-0 in league play) to its first win in the Aug. 7 contest. Luna held the Lady Rebels (0-1, 0-1) to three hits and fanned 10. Mollie Isbell, who had two of the Lady Rebels three hits, homered in the bottom of the sixth for Bethel’s run. Adamsville Bethel

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Shelton pitches Ramer to victory over Michie By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Thursday, August 22 Sausage & Biscuit Chicken & Biscuit Assorted Pop-Tarts Uncrustables Chocolate Mini Donuts Cocoa Bread Bananas Juice Milk

Ramer pitcher Bailee Shelton allowed only two hits as the Lady Eagles opened the softball season with a home victory. Shelton went all six innings and fanned 15 in the team’s 11-1 decision over Michie on Aug. 6. The Ramer hurler aided her own cause by scoring four runs in the win. Ramer plated four runs in the first and sixth innings. Morgan Palmer ripped a two-run home run in the sixth. Palmer, Makayla Cleveland, Trinity Vandiver and Cailin Gray had multiple hits for Ramer. Lexus Stewart threw six innings for the Blue Devils and struck out six.

Friday, August 23 Sausage & Biscuit Chicken & Biscuit Assorted Pop-Tarts Uncrustables Powdered Mini Donuts Sausage Breakfast Pizza Fresh Fruit Choice Juice Milk High School Lunch Monday, August 19 Cheese Sticks/Sauce Chicken Rings/Roll Beef & Cheese Nachos Uncrustables Pack/Yogurt Chef Salad Deli Sandwich Pack Crinkle Cut Fries Fluffy Whipped Potatoes Pinto Beans Chilled Peaches Fresh Fruit Choice Juice Milk

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McNairy Middle wins By Joel Counce Staff Writer

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McNairy Middle Soccer blanks Lexington

The McNairy Middle School soccer team downed Lexington 4-0 on Aug. 6. Kendall Adams scored three goals in the win for the team. Holland Johnson had the other goal in the shutout.

Eighth grader Kendall Adams had no problems finding the back of the net. Adams scored on all three of her shot attempts in leading the McNairy County Middle School soccer team to a 4-0 blanking of visiting Lexington. Sixth grader Holland Johnson scored the other goal for McNairy. Jossalyn Forsythe, an eighth grader, had the game’s only assist. Ellie Hall finished with seven saves and two stops. Jamison Graham, also an eighth grader, led McNairy with 10 stops. Chasidy Elvington, Noelle Johnson, Carissa Moore, Angela Puentas and Emma Sanderson had one steal each.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Aunt Myrlene was my true inspiration By Nancy Kennedy Tidd Bitts

Myrlene was my mother’s youngest sister and a very important person in my life. My heart was filled with sorrow when I walked into her hospital room one Christmas day and her body was lying alone in the bed but she was rejoicing with the Lord. She was a small woman with a big heart full of love and Kennedy joy. Her motto was “they will know we are Christians by our love” and lived it every day. When I was young and thought I knew everything I didn’t listen to her advice, but as years went by her words sunk in and took hold. She mailed me cards with notes, devotionals cut out of a magazine and her Sunday School books with notes all over the page. She was a great inspiration and recently going through a box of memories I found a list of advice she had given me down through the years:

– Tell God hello first thing every day. – Mother is a big word. – Reach for the stars. – Where we came from is not as important as where we are going. – Talk to God before your decision. – I knew better and did it anyway. – Have a private place to spend time with the Lord. – Live all the days of your life. – It never rained before Noah built the ark. – A friend is one who always is. – Knowledge helps you make a living. Wisdom helps you make a life. – Life is not yesterday or tomorrow, but today. – Don’t let your cell phone and television rule your life. – Indifference is worse than hate. – Live life one lump at the time. – When God calls be sure you listen. – Learn from your mistakes. – Get behind me Satan. – Be the best of whatever you are. – God didn’t give 10 suggestions. – You can’t get something for nothing. – Don’t let your Bible get dusty. It is our guidance. – Life is better when you help others. – Give with joy and you will be blessed.

Letter to the Editor Let’s strive to be more positive when it comes to our public schools Dear Editor, This is in response to a recent column in your paper that questions “Why students are leaving public schools?” As a product of the McNairy County Public Schools, a life- long resident of McNairy County, former McNairy County Commissioner, and having a 34-year career of investing in the youth of McNairy County by being an educator, I have a few musings and observations of my own. I feel like public schools have been demonized through the media, both conservative and liberal alike, about the shortcomings of our educational system. The demonizing has led to many people believing our educational system promotes immoral lifestyles, are ungodly and are even unpatriotic. This is simply not true. In McNairy County we start each morning with a moment of silence allowing for any and all students to pay tribute to whatever belief, religion or God they choose. We also say the pledge of allegiance, yet we still are framed as unpatriotic. Sometimes there are some students who choose not to participate. I believe we must remember this is America and you have that right to participate or not participate. In today’s media, citizens have nonstop access to all information whether it is true or false. There are concerns about violence in schools, overcrowded classrooms, teacher qualifications and teacher pay. The concerted effort to destroy public education in communities across Tennessee and America receives very little emphasis in today’s media. There is an organized effort to privatize education and place the public education funding in the hands of corporate America. Imagine what will happen to public schools if they are controlled by the one to two perecent of America that controls the wealth. In McNairy County there have been three major shifts in education in my life-

time. The first happened in the late 60s when integration happened. This led to consolidation of community schools and the creation of the current configuration of schools with the building of McNairy Central. The 70s brought about the struggle to keep the aging buildings in our county safe for students to attend. In 1979, our conservative rural county passed a 1.25 cent sales tax by a vote of 3,418 to 317 to make it possible to build Adamsville Jr./Sr. High School and Selmer Middle School. The school board did not take on that expense alone. This brings us to today. The last effort to bring additional revenue to the McNairy County School System was the proposal to establish a wheel tax. The proposal was passed by the County Commission and citizens petitioned for a referendum. The wheel tax was soundly defeated by the 27 percent of eligible people who voted in the referendum by an approximately 75 percent margin. It is interesting to me how the value of education has changed in a generation. I distinctly remember a few citizens who made the statement that they didn’t understand why they had to pay for public schools when they had no children in the system at a county commission meeting when I served the 2nd District. Today’s school building program is being funded solely by our school system with a sales tax that was passed overwhelmingly 40 years ago. Our county government refused to help share this tremendous investment and it relied on the vision of a few. When the director of schools and the school board began to discuss the downsizing of the present building program in an effort to save money, they were only met with a resolution from the county commission that all proposed money be spent as allocated. I opposed that very resolution because our school system needs are constantly changing. The actions of our current McNairy County School Board have demonstrated a desire to put students first and that’s the way it should be. The current school board seems to understand that every penny has to be accounted for and from time to time

tough decisions have to be made. The board is also thinking out of the box with the implementation of virtual school and hoping to tap into the trend that so many parents think is right for their children. But I also think they know that the best citizens that we can provide for our country and county will be through public education. The current commission should take into account that the people who are teaching their children to read, preparing them for college, and turning them into productive citizens are also the people who have not had a local raise added to their salary in over 25 years. McNairy County only funds approximately 22 percent of the education of our students from local tax funds. The rest of the funding comes from state and federal sources. This is the reason McNairy County continues to rank in the bottom percentile of systems in funding per student and also in teacher salaries. During the 2018-19 school year, the McNairy County Full Schedule Minimum Salaries were ranked 137th out of 147 school systems. With the commitment and dedication of administrators, educators, and support staff, McNairy County does very well in turning out students who have met the Tennessee standards. I’m proud to be a part of this system. We succeed even if it requires us to contribute our own money, sell fruit or chocolate or light bulbs or a wide variety of other items just to have specific programs. Please don’t believe the folks who haven’t even been in a local public school in years. Odds are they don’t know what they are talking about. I believe in public schools and you should too. Thanks to our local county commissioners and school boards members for serving. Thanks to the many teachers, staff, parents, businesses and local supporters of education. Let’s strive to be proactive and positive when it comes to our public schools. Respectfully, Jeff Lipford Concerned Citizen and Educator

Animal Shelter needs funding support now to be successful

Dear Editor, The McNairy County Commission gave us two acres of land on Airport Road to build an animal shelter two years ago at the request of the Animal Shelter Friends Humane Society. It has been a long, slow process due to limited funds. However, we will be ready to open the shelter in just a few weeks. Everything has been paid for up to this date. McNairy Countians have wholeheartedly supported having this shelter. Citizens, as well as businesses, have contributed financially. Two churches have also contributed. Several citizens have volunteered their labor and others have donated goods and supplies. The towns of Bethel Springs, Selmer and Adamsville have given monetary donations for the past two years. We will be applying for grant, but the shelter must be up and running before we can qualify for grant money. We need support at this time if we want the shelter to open and to thrive. Our funds are very low. We need your donations. People can send donations to Animal Shelter Friends, P.O. Box 1084, Selmer, TN 38375 or make a direct deposit to Animal Shelter Account at BancorpSouth Bank in Selmer. We hope to be included in the next year’s county budget for financial support. This shelter will be a plus for McNairy County. We will support spaying and neutering for all dogs brought to our shelter as well as addressing their health needs. After this is done these animals will be available for adoption. Do not wait for others to come forward to contribute just to decide what you can contribute and then do so. No amount is insignificant. Many Thanks, Mary Grammer

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 • Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew L. Barkley, US Navy • Capt. William B. Barkley, USMC • Sgt. Andrew W. Bayless USMC • Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Lynn Bizzell, US Navy • Staff Sgt. Dustin Blakney, USAF • 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 • Tony Crouse, U.S. Army • 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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MCHS announces traffic pattern For the Independent Appeal

Staff Photos by Steve Beavers

McNairy Central freshman Leonard Phegley attempts to sink a putt in the Bobcats match with Hardin County.

McNairy Central High School has announced the campus traffic pattern for the school year. Vehicles will follow the one-way traffic pattern to ensure safe arrivals and departures by students and staff members. Automobiles which enter the campus to drop off or pick up a student will enter from the entrance structure. Student drivers will use the same entrance, but will proceed to the left of the entrance structure to the student parking lot. Automobiles in line to drop off or pick up students will form double lines and proceed to building entrance #4 which is clearly marked. Students must enter the building immediately upon arrival. Students may not be dropped off or picked up at any other building entrance. Automobiles exit the

campus by proceeding left around the building, then right near the flagpole and down the the hill.



The clerk warehouses parts the city uses for repairs, new fixtures and keeps inventory for the city’s public works department. Coleman retired Thursday after more than 46 years in the department. “There have been a lot of changes,” he said. The job has grown, according to Coleman. “When I started, there were 3,000 people in the city limits and there are 10,000 now,” said Coleman. “It also now extends to six counties.” Coleman said he will miss co-

Haley Moore tees off for the Lady Bobcats.


the ability to serve kids at Adamsville Elementary,” said Martin. Brooks is the Nutrition Supervisor for the system. Students will see the time school begins and ends modified for the 2019-20 year. Sixteen minutes have been added to the school day. School will



Buck. “Standards aren’t being met anywhere but the only county worse is ours,” said Buck. Sheriffs have until the end of the month to file suits over funding. Buck doesn’t plan on adding his office to the list. “My stance is that we are doing a great job providing services for the pay,” said Buck. “The meeting was just to educate the committee on what is going on, but I think everyone realizes we are going to have to increase the pay of our employees.” Hardeman County has 26 deputies. McNairy County only has 16 certified officers policing 27,000 people. “I have never went to the county commission and asked for more people or money,” said Buck. “We have been lucky not to have any of that drama at

begin at 7:50 a.m. each day and end at 3:06 p.m. McNairy County students will also see their Fall Break cut two days. Fall Break is now scheduled for Oct. 9-11. Thanksgiving Break is another modification to the schedule. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 27 and be off Nov. 28-29 off before returning to school on Dec. 2.


“They have been all preseason,” said Lott. “Team chemistry is good and they do a good job of seeing open people and getting the ball to them.” McNairy Central must also contend with Chester County and Lexington in league play. “Our district has been pretty good for a while,” said Lott. “They’ve both been to the state tournament the last few years.” South Side and North Side will also be a force in the district, according to

workers the most. “None of us are blood relatives, but we are a family here,” he said. Selmer Utilities Department Director Richard Ashe said Coleman made public works department’s job possible. “We couldn’t repair anything, replace anything or do anything without him,” he said. “He has done a good job for many years.” Coleman graduated from McNairy Central High School in 1969. “I basically learned how to do what I’m doing now under the teaching of Leland Plunk at Selmer High School,” he said. Coleman, the son of the late James

and Edna Coleman, studied mechanical drafting at Crump. Coleman kept inventory using a file system. “The technology has changed,” he said. “I keep track using the old card filing system.” He said it’s a three phase system. “I’m the first line of defense, someone else checks that and then someone else checks that,” he said. Coleman plans to travel in his retirement. “There are a few places I want to see,” he said. “I want to go to the Ark Museum in Kentucky, the aquarium in Chattanooga and the Vanderbilt mansion.”

portunities so our students are better prepared for successful careers in the agriculture industry. Finally, we enhanced Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities for our students so they are better prepared to meet the demands of a 21st Century Workforce through House Bill 952. Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the entire nation across math, reading, and science. Because of these and other solutions in education, we are building upon our recent academic gains. However, we have more work ahead to ensure all children are prepared to achieve successful futures.

While our students focus on learning and strive to achieve their academic goals and dreams, the Tennessee House of Representatives will never stop fighting for and supporting them and their teachers along the way. Education is the cornerstone in the foundation of our future leaders. We all benefit when they have access to the resources they need to succeed. (Ron Gant represents House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and part of Hardeman County. He can be reached by email at: rep.ron. or by calling 615741-6890.)

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Rarc Brakhage enjoys the process involved in woodworking.

Health; Tennessee Highway Patrol; Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee Forestry Service. (For more information about the festival, contact Strickland at 731-645-3195 or



these grants to help secure school resource officers and other safety measures. Every child in Tennessee must have the opportunity to attend a safe school and we will not rest until this is a reality in every single community. In 2019, we also increased access to quality civics education in partnership with the Secretary of State through the Governor’s Civics Seal. Additionally, we established the Agriculture Education & Youth Participation Task Force to encourage and promote agricultural education op-

If students are not outside waiting, parents/ guardians will be asked to go to the back of the line.

the sheriff’s office.” Smith realizes a plan needs to be put in place. “My intent is to meet with all 21 commission committees and have them come up with a plan to get their departments where they need to be,” said Smith. “We have to step up and fund the county to the level it needs to be.” Buck agreed. “We need a plan going into the next budget on how we are going to fund things,” he said. Funding has reached the point of affecting services provided, according to Smith. “At the end of the day we need to put together a plan for five years down the road,” said Smith. “We all want to leave things in better shape for the next generation.” Smith believes the meeting was beneficial. “Having proactive meetings is what we need to do to stay ahead of the game,” he said.




In the afternoon, students are expected to be outside entrance #4 to wait to be picked up.

Lott. Chester County finished 11-6 overall and 7-0 in district play. Lexington finished at 4-8, 3-3. Lott said the Lady Bobcats will have to play hard to compete in the division. “I think we’re going to be competitive this year,” he said. “But it’s going to be a strong district this year. We will have to bring our A-game every night.” The Lady Bobcats kickoff the season at Scotts Hill on Monday. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. McNairy Central will host Wayne County at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.


Brakhage went to work for five years before he decided to go into business for himself. “I would learn what I could,” he said. “Sometimes, it would be a few days, other times a few months. But I would quit. I just wanted to learn the tricks.” Brakhage, the son of renowned author Jane Wodening and film-making pioneer Stan Brakhage, makes custom millwork – tables, doors, columns and decorative pieces for homes, individuals and businesses. He has worked on display cases for the Ayers Foundation in Parsons, specialized reception desks and col-


“I voted no because it would mean he’s getting full-time pay and his wife works as solid waste direc-

umns – as well as specialized woodwork – for hotels across the country. Brakhage first worked with Selmer-based American Renovations in 1996. “I hooked up with them in Colorado,” he said. “They were working on an old ski lodge in Breckenridge. At the time, my business was going poorly and my house was being foreclosed on.” Brakhage loaded up his family in a converted bus and moved to work sites across the country. Brakhage moved to Bethel Springs in 1997. “I love it here,” he said. “We have a decent house and a shop on nine acres with a good view. This would be more than $1 million in Colorado.”

tor,” said Carroll. In other board business, a tax anticipation note will be needed to help McNairy County meet certain appropriations. The McNairy County

Brakhage also worked on the Driving Innovation three mobile labs focused on STEAM education, entrepreneurship and small business support and community placemaking. The mobile program supports economic and workforce development in Tennessee’s rural communities. “Mark Taylor introduced me to them,” he said. “I started up the concept in their building. I love what they’re doing.” Brakhage’s own house is decorated with woodwork – columns, kitchen paneling, cabinets, a staircase, shelves and tables – are some of the creations in his house. “Some of it’s not quite done yet,” he said. “The cobbler’s wife has no shoes, but I just enjoy the process.”

Commission approved the $500,000 amount to be taken from the Debit Service Fund to the General Fund. “This has been approved every year since 2006,” said budget com-

mittee chairman Jay Weatherford. “It’s basically where we borrow money every year to operate until the taxes come in.” Funds from taxes are collected in February.




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Peggy Green, of Columbia Tenn., departed this life July 29 2019. She was born September 4, 1940 to the late Robert and Mammy Lou Murry. She was a Maury County General Sessions Judge’s secretary for 38 years. A member of West Point Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband James Paul Green of Columbia Tenn. Sons Kent (Donna) Younger of Spring Hill, Tenn. and Kurt (Beverly) Younger of Duck River, Tenn.; Daughter-in-law Kristie Younger of Selmer, Tenn. Grandchildren Nichole (Greg) Sullivan, Josh (Tracie) Younger, Laura (Benson) Cothran. Six great grandchildren Amara Younger, Tyler Sullivan, Clara Younger, Ella Younger, Reece Sullivan, Mason Cothran. Sisters Judy Lewis and Diane Clay. In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her son Keith Younger, her first husband Norman Younger. Brothers Robert Murry and Ronnie Murry, sister Betty Buchanan. A graveside service was conducted Thursday August 1, 2019 at Bethesda Cemetery.

Alice Faye Cox McClain was born July 1, 1950 in Selmer, Tenn., the daughter of the late Monroe and Alice Marie Cox. She attended schools in McNairy County and never missed a day. Miss McClain was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. She loved to sing and play the piano in church. She was blessed with three daughters whom she loved very much. Her life revolved around her daughters and spending time with them and their families. She worked at General Electric, drove a school bus and cooked at several local restuarants. Miss McClain departed this life on August 11, 2019 in Selmer, Tenn. at the age of 69 years, 1 month, 10 days. She is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Williams and husband Daniel of Selmer, Tenn., Denise Lambert and husband Adam of Selmer, Tenn., and Shelia White of Guys, Tenn.; a brother, Johnny Cox and wife Linda of Hornsby, Tenn.; ten grandchildren, Anthony Knight, Chris Williams, Nick Williams, John McClain, Lucas McClain, Kara Lambert, Cherish Leigh-AynTutor, Shelia Franks, Katie Welch, Summer Williams and Johnny Lambert; three great grandchildren, Noah Williams, Ashton Williams, and Jaycob Wayne Stewart; best of friends, Mack Robinson and Tammy Frye. In addition to her parents, Miss McClain was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heaven Leigh Stewart. Services were held on August 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Mike Hollaway officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery at Bethel Springs, Tenn.

Imogene Hunter was born June 20, 1929 in Pinson, Tenn., the daughter of the late Homer and Oma Landreth Griffin. Mrs. Hunter was an avid gardener with an exceptional green thumb. Her yard was full of blooms and fragrant from her beautiful rose gardens. A compassionate heart for the elderly lead her to a career as a caregiver spanning over 20 years. After retiring, she made weekly trips to the nursing homes in Adamsville and Selmer visiting the residents often bringing flowers from one of her many gardens. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Corinth, Miss. Mrs. Hunter departed this life on August 7, 2019 in Jackson, Tenn. at the age of 90 years, 1 month, 18 days. She is survived by her husband Clay Hunter of Shiloh, Tenn.; son, Harold English and wife Judy of Bartlett, Tenn.; two stepsons, Jerry and Bobby Hunter; stepdaughter, Renee Lambert and husband Ronnie; two half brothers, Larry and Roger Griffin; three grandchildren, Jeremy English and wife Krystal, Jason English and wife Charlotte, Dr. Jonathan English and wife April; great grandchildren, Althea, Eliza, David, Lydia, Sadia, Winston, and Garrison; niece, Tammy Ware; and a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold English; brother, Jake Griffin. Services were held on August 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Bishop Andrew McGaughy officiating. Burial followed in the Mars Hill Cemetery at Adamsville, Tenn.

Anita Laverne Shannon Anita Laverne Shannon of Stantonville, Tenn. departed this life on July 30, 2019 in Savannah, Tenn. at the age of 89 years, 10 months, 2 days. She was born on September 28, 1929 in Hardin County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Harlon Howard Reddin and Mary Viola Jones Reddin. She was united in marriage to Luther Shannon on December 20, 1947. Mr. Shannon preceded her in death on January 19, 2001. Mrs. Shannon was a member of Mt. Vinson United Methodist Church. She was a retired garment factory worker. She enjoyed crocheting, her flower beds, her grandchildren, cooking, and genealogy. She is survived by two daughters, Beverly J. Wall and husband Johnny of Southside, Tenn., Barbara Jones and husband Charles of Stantonville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Rebecca Johns and husband Steve of Clarksville, Tenn., Tim Jones and wife Amanda of Rye, Ark., Terry Jones and wife Holly of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; eight great grandchildren, Austin Johns, Jordan Johns, Addyson Johns, Scarlett Johns, Brayden Jones, Baylee Jones, Brynlee Jones, Blakely Jones; a sister, Emma Laws of Northport, Ala.; a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Shannon was preceded in death by a son, Joe Neal Shannon; a sister, Oleta Ellen Reddin Pruett. Services was held on August 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Adamsville, Tenn., Pastor Tony Newman officiated. Burial followed in the Mt. Vinson Cemetery at Stantonville, Tenn.

Rose Baskins Rose Baskins of Selmer was born November 16, 1955 in Memphis, Tenn. She departed this life on August 10, 2019 after a long bout with cancer. She was married on January 29, 1977 to Ricky Wayne Baskins, the love of her life. Rose, being the careful person that she was, enjoyed donations for children who would not have Christmas otherwise. Besides being the gorgeous wife that she was, Rose fulfilled her life with her boys, their wives, grandchildren, and great grandchildren whom all made her world complete. She loved photography and making her family happy was her ultimate goal. She is survived by her husband, Ricky Baskins; children, Michael Rickman and wife Amanda, Brandon Baskins and wife Jennifer, Chris Baskins and wife Destiny; mother, Willie Jo Comer Rickman of Selmer; a sister, Pat Rickman of Jackson, Tenn.; brother-inlaw, George Haner of Ark.; nine grandchildren: Hannah Millmeyer, Jesse Joshlin, Mason Rickman, Wesley Rickman, Layla Landreth, Braydon Baskins, Alexa Baskins, Anslee Baskins, Easton Baskins; three great grandchildren: Braden, Kinslee and Bryson Flatt; nieces, Dot Sue Lankford of Memphis, Tenn.; and a nephew, Greg Haner of Arkansas. Mrs. Baskins was preceded in death by her father, Edwin G. Rickman; a sister, Pam Rickman; a brother, Monty Earl Rickman; a half sister, Betty Sue Haner; and a half brother, Ervin G. Rickman. Services were held on August 12, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., Joe Loncar and Jetta Forsythe officiated. Burial followed in the Stantonville Cemetery at Stantonville, Tenn.

Church Events August 11-14 • Singing/Revival at 2nd Baptist Church There will be a singing and revival at Selmer 2nd Baptist Church on Sunday, August 11 with Crusaders at 5:30 p.m. On August 12-14 Bro. Keith Smith at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. August 17 • Chapel Hill Baptist Church Gospel Singing Everyone’s invited to come join us for the Chapel Hill Baptist Church gospel singing, 6371 Vernie Kirk Road, Pocahontas, Tenn. beginning at 6 p.m. Food and fellowship at 5 p.m. Marvin and Vernell Morrow will be singing. For more information call (731) 610-9161. August 25 • Forty Forks Baptist Church Family and Friends Sunday FFBC is hosting a Family and Friends Day, on Sunday,

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Shirley L. Lowrance Shirley L. Lowrance of Hornsby, Tenn. departed this life on August 4, 2019 at the age of 77 years, 5 months, 2 days. She was born on March 2, 1942 in Hardeman County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Herman and Evie Gatewood Cossar. She was united in marriage to Joe Lowrance on August 30, 1985. Mrs. Lowrance previously worked at Armira Tannery and Harman Automotive, both in Bolivar, Tenn. She was retired from Phillips 66 Spectrum Corporation. She enjoyed doing crafts and being outdoors, whether it be fishing or riding her Ranger on the farm. Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them. She is survived by her husband Joe Lowrance of Hornsby, Tenn.; three daughters, Katie Hill of Whiteville, Tenn., Rebecca Lowrance of Ocean Springs, Miss., Renee Lowrance of Hornsby, Tenn.; a son, Chris Golden of Hornsby, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Mayfield and Inez Baker, both of Bolivar, Tenn., Mary King of Atlanta, Ga.; a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lowrance was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Myers; a sister, Virginia Doyle; two brothers, W. C. Cossar and Billy Cossar, along with a grandson. Funeral services were held on August 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Aaron Moss and Richie Horner officiating. Burial followed in the McCalips Chapel Cemetery near Selmer.

Jimmy Michael Johnson Jimmy Michael Johnson, age 38, resident of Somerville, Tenn., departed this life Thursday, July 18, 2019. Funeral services for Michael were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with Bro. John Ed Watkins and Bro. Kevin Treadway officiating. Interment followed in the Eads Cemetery in Eads, Tenn. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center - West Chapel at Oakland. Michael was born November 2, 1980 in Selmer, Tenn., the son of Billy Michael Taylor and Brenda Johnson Franks. He received his education at Fayette-Ware High School in Somerville and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed swimming, dancing, fishing and drag racing. Michael is survived by his daughter, Taylor Johnson of Dyersburg, Tenn.; two sons, James Austin Johnson of Dyersburg, Tenn., Billy Michael Johnson of Somerville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Madison Robertson of Dyersburg, Tenn., Summer Crews of Alabama; his father, Billy Taylor of Selmer, Tenn.; his mother, Brenda Franks of Somerville, Tenn.; two sisters, Minnie Carlina DeVore of Jacksonville, Fla., Brittiney Dixon (David) of Selmer, Tenn. ; his brother, Barry Keith Johnson of Somerville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Ann Marie Johnson and Katrina Johnson. Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Barry Keith Johnson, Billy Johnson, Barry Wayne Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Ronnie Johnson and Earl Humphrey. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook at

Rhebon McGee Rhebon McGee was born November 12, 1930 in Kendrick, Miss., the son of the late Tommie Welcom and Lillie Mae Littlejohn McGee. He was a member of the Acton Church of Christ in Michie, Tenn. where he served as an Elder. He was united in marriage to Pattie Ruth McCain on May 28, 1954. Mrs. McGee preceded him in death on October 7, 2015. He served our country in the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War. Mr. McGee worked at ITT, Cortelco and at Walmart for 25 years all in Corinth. He was a part time preacher, a master plumber, clectrician and a farmer. He especially enjoyed growing watermelons, cantaloupe and strawberries. He also enjoyed wood working, researching geneaolgy, a civil war buff and spending time with his family. Mr. McGee departed this life on August 8, 2019 in Adamsville, Tenn. at the age of 88 years, 8 months, 27 days. He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Young of Ark., Debra Steen of Michie; a son, Dennis McGee and wife Missy of Ark.; two sisters, Sue Benjamin and husband Wallace, Reta Adae and husband Kenneth; a brother, Gene McGee and wife Nancy; seven grandchildren: Tobby Hagler and wife Laura, Jennifer McLaughlin and husband Will, Cristy Walker and husband Michael, Amy Taylor and husband Jason, Brandon Steen and wife Holly, Josh McGee and wife Cassie, Selena McGee; seven great grandchildren: Alex Wells, Reese Walker, Cody Wells, Alex Taylor, Rylee Walker, Jude Steen, Ava Steen; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. McGee was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Massengill; three brothers: Buford, Raybon and Reubon McGee. Services were held on August 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Acton Church of Christ in Michie, Tenn., with Shawn Weaver and Terry Smith officiating. Burial followed at Liberty Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.

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ADAMSVILLE – Lifespan Health offered an educational event to inform the public what resources are available. The non-profit community health center hosted a health expo at The Marty on Saturday. Over 29 vendors participated offering an array of free educational offerings and free screenings to over a 100 local residents. Offerings included healthy activities and treatment ranging from events at Shiloh National Military Park, UT Extension Services to drug recovery programs, home health, massages to Hardin Medical Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital of Jackson and Hospital Wing. “We value being rooted in the community and wanted Lifespan to be an example of what it is to be a partner and share the resources in our community,” said Stephanie Erwin, a coordinator of Lifespan Health’s Expo.

Vendors share resources available to expo participants last Saturday. It was a great time with a line dancing demonstration by Ervin Meek, Jr. Memorial Library of Adamsville, a kids hula hoops contest and gymnastics and dance team demonstrations by The Academy School of Dance and Gymnastic of Adamsville. Lifespan Health has clinics in Savannah, Clifton

Card of Thanks Wilbanks Family The family of Joanna Wilbanks would like to thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement, prayers and thoughts during our sad time. For all the food, flowers, and deeds of kindness. Also to Shackelford for their wonderful service they did. Thank you to Bro. Day for the wonderful message and comforting words. God bless everyone of you. Also everyone that attended her funeral. The Family of Joanna Wilbanks

Card of Thanks Whitman Family I would like to thank Homer’s many friends for their calls, cards, and prayers to help us get through this difficult time. A special thanks to his Hospice Nurse, Melissa, who came as a nurse and left as a lifelong friend. One of Homer’s favorite sayings was “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything with a thoughtful heart.” May God Bless each of you, Arbie Whitman and Family

Events (cont. from page 10) Aug. 25. The day will begin with Sunday School at 9 a.m., Worship at 10 a.m. Pack a Pew Day! After morning services friends and family will enjoy a cookout followed with something for all ages. Games-Inflatable Slide/Playground! FFBC has a newly paved Parking lot! Everyone is welcome and invited to come and spend the day out in The Forks! No evening services! Bro. Randy Smith, Pastor. 731-430-0552 / 731-6109652. August 25 -28 • Piney Grove Church of God Revival The Piney Grove Church of God will be having Revival Services, Sunday, August 25th through Wednesday, August 28th. Sunday services will be at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday services will begin at 7 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Rev. Walter Manley from Gadsden, Tenn. There will be special music each service. Pastors Aaron and Danita Moss and the Piney Grove Congregation extend a cordial invitation for everyone to come and be blessed by this anointed ministry.

and Adamsville. A Selmer office will soon be opened. “We have offered expos in the Savannah area, but have just started offering one in McNairy County,” said Erwin. Lifespan provides healthcare depending on a patients income. Many qualify for discounts on health care services.

Approximately 12,822 patients, 1,470 Veterans served and 308 babies delivered with over $1 million of uncompensated care provided. “This is an opportunity to interact with the community and answer questions with other providers who provide care,” said Erwin.

Community Events August 17 • God’s Way Ministries of Charity Giveaway God’s Way Ministries of Charity, 1111 Peach St., Selmer, will have their giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 8 a.m. There will be household items, toys, clothes, knick knacks and misc of all kinds. August 19 • McNairy County Animal Shelter Meeting The McNairy County Animal Shelter will meet Monday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Selmer Community Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. August 20 • Purdy Historical Society Meeting Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the Purdy Historical Society meeting on August 20 at 6 p.m., the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Purdy Presbyterian Church, located on Gann Road, Selmer, TN (Purdy Community). Ret. Lt. Colonel Stephen R. Browder is this month’s guest speaker. Browder will talk of his life as a lifelong McNairy Countian, as young man, Vietnam Veteran, Tennessee Highway Patrolman, Homeland Security and law enforcement in and around McNairy County. He will bring memorabilia to share with attendees. Colonel Browder is a well respected man, friend and is loved by the folks of McNairy County and beyond. Mark You Calendar Now! For more info call: 731-6101716/731-434-7400.


Hershel Lee Tilley Sr. Hershel Lee (Red) Tilley, Sr. departed this life on August 7, 2019 at the age of 73 years, 8 months, and 13 days. Hershel was born on November 25, 1945 in Hardin County, Tenn., the son of the late James L. and Stella May Tilley. He was a very talented carpenter and ran his own business. He attended New Beginnings Church in Finger, Tennessee, and also enjoyed watching Steve Gaines on television when he was unable to attend services. Hershel loved his dogs, and also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He leaves behind: two daughters; Susan Kay Jones and her husband Bobby of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; Clara Mae Mast and her husband Norman of Finger, Tenn.; one son, Hershel Lee Tilley, Jr. of Ranger, Ga.; three sisters; Wanda Faye Steely and Glona Jo Hollander both of Savannah, Tenn., and Mary Frances Tilley of Ranger, Ga.; one brother, J.B. Tilley of Savannah, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; A.J., B.J., Abby, Justen, LeAnna, Jake, Kaitlyn, Makayla, Amber, Katie, Mikey, Dellah, and Lily; and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by: one son, Terry Dewayne Tilley; two sisters, Shirley Ann Powell and Fannie May Tilley; and two brothers, Herby Gene Tilley, and Johnny Richard Tilley. Services were held on August 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah in Savannah, Tenn., with burial in Hollands Creek Cemetery at Savannah, Tenn.

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Calvin Neil “Dusty” Dixon was born August 27, 1953 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of Virginia A. Gann Dixon and the late Ernest Calvin Dixon. Calvin was a truck driver for 40 years and attended Calvary Baptist Church when he was able. He was avid collector of Case XX knives, enjoyed riding fourwheelers and cooking. Calvin felt very proud of his family and loved spending time with his grandsons. Mr. Dixon departed this life on August 6, 2019 in Jackson, Tenn. at the age of 65 years, 11 months, 10 days. He is survived by his children, Cecil Sanders of Selmer, Tenn., Barbara Jane Weeks and husband Jason of Pocahontas, Tenn.; two grandsons, Mason and Matthew Weeks; mother, Virginia Dixon of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; his silbings: Carol Lococo of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Barbara Park and husband Jerry of Jackson, Tenn., Wayne Dixon of Saltillo, Miss., David Dixon and wife Tracy of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; mother of his children, Loretta Dixon of Selmer, Tenn.; special friend, Carol Roberts of Corinth, Miss.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Dixon was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Calvin Dixon, a sister, Tina Dixon. A graveside service was held on August 9, 2019 at the Prospect Cemetery in Selmer, Tenn.

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ADMINISTRATION CITATION File #2018- 782 SURROGATE’S COURTSARATOGA COUNTY SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Samantha Denny and David Denny, daughter and son of Robert John Denny, who died on March 7, 2018, a resident of the Town of New Hope, Izard County, Arkansas; the residences and or post office addresses of said Samantha Denny and David Denny, are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained; and if any of the said above be dead, then to all of the distributees, heirs-at-law and next-of-kin of such deceased distributees Kristen L. Ashdown, Esq., Guardian ad Litem for Samantha Denny and David Denny Andrew B. Jarosh, Saratoga County Treasurer A petition having been duly filed by Wells Fargo Bank, who is located at 3476 Stateview Boulevard, Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29715 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Saratoga County, 30 McMaster Street, Building 3, Ballston Spa, NY, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Robert John Denny, lately domiciled at 1325 Wideman Road, Oxford, Arkansas, 72565, granting Letters of Limited Administration upon the estate of

the decedent to Andrew B. Jarosh, Saratoga County Treasurer, or to such other person as may be entitled thereto. Further relief requested : Limited to representing the estate of the Decedent in a foreclosure action on a first mortgage dated March 16, 2011 and recorded at Instrument number 2011009745 in the Office of the Saratoga County Clerk on March 17, 2011, in the original principal balance of$112,918.00, on the Decedent’s real property located at 10 Mountain Road, Hadley, NY 12835. Hon. Richard A. Kupferman Surrogate Catharine A. Ruggles, Chief Clerk Dated, Attested and Sealed, July 8, 2019. Attorney for Petition: Gross Polowy, LLC Telephone # (716)2041700 Address of Attorney: 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 201, Westbury, NY 11590 [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed, you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.) 64570 6773 11, 12, 13, 14

James Hagy Smith, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the Chancery Court Clerk & Master of McNairy County, TN. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against his Estate are required to file the same in triplicate with the Clerk & Master of the above named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or (2); otherwise, their claims will be forever barred: (1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) of this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this noticed to creditors at least sixty (60) days before the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting); or (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditors if the creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or (2) Twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. This 1st day of August, 2019. Terry Abernathy, Executor Kim Boals, Clerk & Master Terry Abernathy, Attorney 6785 13, 14

KENNEDY and wife, CINDY KENNEDY, bearing date of September 19, 2016, secured by a Deed of Trust of record in Trust Deed Book 421, Page 388, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, and a Promissory Note heretofore executed by DENNIS WADE KENNEDY and wife, CINDY KENNEDY, bearing date of September 9, 2016, secured by a Deed of Trust of record in Trust Deed Book 420, Page 2924, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee and which Deeds of Trust conveyed certain property as therein described to the Trustee therein named to secure Home Banking Company; and Whereas the undersigned was appointed and substituted as Trustee pursuant to an Appointment of Substitute Trustee, dated August 6, 2019, of 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 W. Justin Reynolds, as Substitute Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Trustee, will on Tuesday, the 1st day of October, 2019 at 10:00 o’clock a.m. at the East door of the McNairy County Courthouse in Selmer, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described, to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deeds of Trust, said property being real estate situated in McNairy County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows:

ship-New Bethel Road, and more particularly described as follows:

NOTICE TO CREDITOR As required by Chapter No. 175, Public Acts of Tennessee 1939 as amended by Chapter 229, Public Act of 1971 Estate of JAMES HAGY SMITH, Late of McNairy County, Tennessee Notice is hereby given that on August 1, 2019, Letters Testamentary in respect to the Estate of



McNairy County Schools is seeking applicants for a certified Art Teacher. Applications should be submitted or mailed to MCBOE, 530 Mulberry Ave., Suite 2, Selmer, TN 38375. Contact Suzanne Henson at (731) 645-3267. Applications will be accepted through 9/28/19. McNairy County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, or handicapping conditions and is an equal opportunity employer.

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­THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY: Reynolds & Reynolds, P.C. 55 Court Street, Suite A Savannah, Tennessee 38372 STATE OF TENNESSEE) NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE COUNTY OF HARDIN) WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Promissory Note heretofore executed by DENNIS WADE



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Job Openings McNairy County Recycling Center Position 1 - Environmental Recycling Specialist - Labor - Sorting recyclable materials and hazardous items - Be able to work and operate a fork lift with current certification (preferred) Position 2 - Litter Driver - Supervising inmates or employees for litter clean up on County roadsides. - Picking up of trash materials and possible hazardous items Positions Require: - High School Diploma or Equivalent - Primarily involves standing, walking, driving and lifting mainly outdoors - State issued driver’s license required with clean record - Background checks where applicable Resumes maybe accepted at: Recycling Center Position 1 and/or Position 2 170 W. Court Ave Rm 102 Selmer, TN 38375 Or may email: Equal Opportunity Employer and Title IV Compliant

TRACT NO. 1: BEGINNING at Gerald and Shelby Jean Kennedy’s northeast corner (Deed Book 66, Page 582), runs thence South along the west right of way line of New Bethel Road (now Friendship Road) 240 feet to a steel post; thence West 200 feet to a steel post; thence North 240 feet to a round creosote post; thence East 46 feet to a hickory tree where Gerald and Shelby Jean Kennedy (Deed Book 66, Page 582) and Robbie Forsythe (Deed Book 112, Page 166) corner; thence continuing East 154 feet along an old fence line to the point of beginning, containing one acre, more or less. This being the same property as conveyed to Dennis Wade Kennedy in deed recorded in Deed Book 194, Page 87 and by Deed of Correction in Deed Book 213, Page 593 and by deed recorded in Deed Book 213, Page 596, in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. ALSO KNOWN AS: Map-128, Parcel-12.02 1346 Friendship Rd., Ramer, TN TRACT NO. 2: LYING AND BEING in the 5th Civil District of McNairy County, Tennessee, North of the Town of Ramer and West of Friend-

BEGINNING at a bumper jack at a 36-inch beech tree, being the SWC of Lacefield (D. B. #78, P. 174), and lying in the eastern boundary of Hamm (D.B. #83, P.797) and D. B. #88, P. 137), and being the NWC of subject tract, runs South 77 degrees 54 minutes 21 seconds East along the southern boundary of Lacefield, passing through an axle corner at 261.68 feet, in all, 289.50 feet to a point in the center of Friendship-New Bethel Road, a county blacktop road; thence South 30 degrees 08 minutes 53 seconds West along the center of said road; thence leaving said road, North 77 degrees 38 minutes 04 seconds West, ,passing through an iron pin at 25.00 feet, this being the NEC of Kennedy (D.B. #66, P. 582), continuing along the northern boundary of Kennedy, in all 179.31 feet to a 10-inch hickory tree at a fence corner, being in said northern boundary of Kennedy and being a SEC of Hamm; thence North 04 degrees 31 minutes 43 seconds East along an eastern boundary of Hamm, 241.69 feet to the point of beginning, containing 1.292 acres, more or less. INCLUDED in this description BUT EXCLUDED from this conveyance is the western ROW of Friendship-New Bethel Road. All bearing referred to herein are based on magnetic North as observed in April, 1985. This being the same property as conveyed to Dennis Wade Kennedy in deed recorded in Deed Book 211, Page 520, in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. ALSO KNOWN AS: Map-128, Parcel-8.00 1378 Friendship Rd., Ramer, TN 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. And subject to, but not limited to, the following parties who may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: None. This, the 7th day of August, 2019. W. JUSTIN REYNOLDS, SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE REYNOLDS & REYNOLDS, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW 55 COURT STREET, SUITE A SAVANNAH, TENNESSEE 38372 6893 14, 15, 16, 17 IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF McNAIRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE First Baptist Church of Selmer, Inc. Plaintiff, VS

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Richard Armstrong, Charles Armstrong, Skip Armstrong, and Barry Armstrong, Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION It appearing from the Complaint in this cause, that the Defendants, RICHARD ARMSTRONG, CHARLES ARMSTRONG, SKIP ARMSTRONG and BARRY ARMSTRONG cannot be personally served with process in McNairy County, Tennessee, and their present whereabouts are unknown. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that publication be made for four (4) consecutive weeks in The Independent Appeal, a newspaper published at Selmer, in McNairy County, Tennessee, requiring the said Defendants to defend a civil action, which seeks a Complaint for Partition of Real Property, by filing an answer with the Clerk of the Court, and serving a copy of the answer to the Complaint on: Terry Abernathy, Attorney at Law, whose address is: P.O. Box 441, 115 South Second Street R., Selmer, TN, 38375, within THIRTY (30) DAYS after the date of the last publication of this Notice, not including day of last publication. If you fail to do so, a judgment by default may be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint and will be taken for confessed and this cause proceeded ex parte. This the 6th day of August, 2019.

Bethesda Rd. Bridge over Turkey Creek will be closed for bridge repair beginning Monday, August 19, 2019 through Thursday, August 22, 2019. Alternate routes will be Armour Dr. on the south side and Murray School Rd. on the North side. Thank you, McNairy County Highway Dept Harvey N Smith Road Superintendent

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PART TIME EVENING COORDINATOR TYPICAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES • Recruit, advise, evaluate, and enroll prospective students as directed. • Assist with orienting incoming students. • Inform prospective students of financial aid programs. • Provide individual or group advising and guidance regarding attendance, conduct, and academics when needed. • Conduct tours of the College.

PART TIME COMMUNITY OUTREACH CLERK TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Travel in a six-county area assisting admissions with informing the public of the availability of TCAT Crump’s programs. • Interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. • Distribute promotional materials, set up and manage display booths at special events like fairs, sporting events, and festivals. • Answer general questions and provide basic information concerning the college and its programs. • Assist with college events as needed. • Assist with general office duties for campus events. • Perform additional duties as assigned. APPLICATION & RESUME SUBMISSION: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and application. Applications and complete position descriptions are available at https:// or call 731-632-3393 for more information. Submit applications to: Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump, PO Box 89, Crump, TN 38327, or email Applications with cover letters and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump is a TBR institution and is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Henrietta Lusk, Assistant Director, PO Box 89, Crump, TN 38327, henrietta.lusk@tcatcrump edu. See the full non-discrimination statement at


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MARKET REPORT - AUGUST 7, 2019 Total HD 908 Last Week 1018 Last Yr 1204 Cattle 861 Goats 41 Hogs 6 #1 STEERS & BULLS #1 HEIFERS LOAD LOTS 200-300 WT 142.00-153.00 200-300 WT 136.00-143.00 30 strs avg. 451 lbs. 142.50 300-400 WT 136.00-142.00 300-400 WT 128.00-136.00 19 strs avg. 518 lbs. 140.00 400-500 WT 131.00-136.00 400-500 WT 124.00-128.00 15 hfrs avg. 496 lbs. 127.00 500-600 WT 127.00-131.00 500-600 WT 116.00-124.00 15 hfrs avg. 434 lbs. 133.50 600-700 WT 124.00-127.00 600-700 WT 111.00-116.00 18 hfrs avg. 596 lbs. 126.00 700-800 WT 118.00-124.00 700-800 WT 105.00-111.00 15 hfrs avg. 506 lbs. 131.00 800-900 WT 108.00-118.00 800-900 WT 98.00-105.00 HIGH DRESSING UTILITY COWS 57.00-63.00 HIGH DRESSING SLAUGHTER BULLS 84.00-90.00

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Adkins paces Lady Cardinals on course By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Karson Adkins shot a 36 and Gracee Brown finished with a 41 at the Tennessee River Golf Club in Decatur against teams

from Scotts Hill and Riverside. “I expect Karson and Gracee to have a good season and do well in district and regionals,” said Adamsville Head Girls Golf Coach Christy Adkins. Adkins and Brown won the girls’ team

event and Adkins won medalist honors. The boys were led by Tyler Barclay’s round of 51. Eli Lambert shot a 52, Vance Malone shot a 53. Samuel Morgan shot a 59 and Hayden Hunt finished with a 64. Brown finished in the Top 25 in the

state championships last season. “It was a tough season, but Gracee ended it great,” Adkins said. Adamsville faced McNairy Central High School on Tuesday at Selmer Golf and Country Club.

Junior High Jamboree

Staff Photos by Steve Beavers

Football season officially got under way with the annual McNairy County Junior High Jamboree on Monday night at Don Whitaker Memorial Stadium. Michie’s Asa Baker (above) tries to pick up a first down. Selmer’s Brodie Buck (at right) turns the corner in an 8-6 win over Ramer. Jackson Overton threw an 80-yard TD pass to Jabari Melton for Selmer’s lone touchdown. The Lions defeated Michie 8-0 behind a Tanner Kirk TD reception.

Ramer’s C.J. Essary (at left) fights for some extra yardage in action versus Selmer. Essary had the Eagles only touchdown in the contest with Selmer. Bethel Springs quarterback Case Stone (above) looks for running room in the Rebels contest with Adamsville on Monday night.

Adamsville Head Coach Michael Harvill (above at left) talks things over with QB Maddox Smith in the Cardinals 12-0 win over Bethel Springs. Malachi Moore (above at right) and Ashton Duke both scored touchdowns in the victory.

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