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Annual parade has over 1,500 attend Sunday By Joel Counce Staff Writer
More than 1,500 people attended and took part in the annual Selmer Christmas Parade. There were 60 entries in the parade, including 18 floats. “We didn’t give any awards,” said Selmer Parks and Recreation Director Sybil Dancer. “They were all winners to us. We’re just grateful to everyone who participated.” Most of the floats were made by local churches, according to Dancer. “That really makes the
message of ‘the reason for the season’ more complete,” she said. The McNairy County Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting was at 5 p.m. The city sold 50 Christmas trees. Half of the proceeds went to Heart of a Champion and half went to Hometown Christmas and will pay for next year’s Christmas lights and decorations. Dancer said the city has started planning for next year’s parade. The 2020 parade will be held Dec. 6. “We welcome all help and suggestions,” she said.
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Four-year-old twins Drake and Sawyer Ruth wait on the Selmer Christmas Parade to pass through downtown on Sunday night. Over 1,500 attended the annual event.
Chairman updates board on school progress By Joel Counce Staff Writer
McNairy County Board of Education Chairman Ricky Whitaker presented the board with the progress on construction at Selmer Elementary School. The most recent work completed will be to Wing A, the central portion of the new school building. Fire proofing of the wing is set to be completed Dec. 3, along with insulation and wrap for the horizontal metal siding. The blockfill and first coat was set to begin at the end of November.
Wing C runs between Wing B and Wing C – lacks “above ceiling” work but windows, some painting and the ceiling are mostly complete. It is slated for completion by Sunday. Wing B runs parallel to the parking lot will have plumbing, HVAC and electrical completed by Dec. 22. Windows, walls and the ceiling grid are mostly complete. Wing D, a smaller wing from the center of the new construction, sets along new pavement and is largely
complete. Wing E is complete except for concrete ceiling forms that are slated to be poured soon. Wing F – the new construction that connects the new wing to the old school building – is the final wing to be completed by May. Selmer Elementary construction was estimated to take up to three years and expected to cost around $13.7 million and will add 36 classrooms, administration offices, cafeteria and kitchen
and equipment. The board also: • Accepted the leave request of Denise Bennett of Michie Elementary. • Approved the resignation of Kelly Deaton of Michie Elementary and Cherish McGee of Selmer Elementary. • Hired Erin Johnson to fill a leave at Bethel Springs Elementary and Madilyn Rose Hammock at Selmer Elementary. • Voted to employ Jillian Dillion as a substitute teacher; April Justice as a PRN – substitute nurse and Esmerelda Jiminez DeHelton and Amanda Batista as substitutes in the cafeteria.
Guys installs highway warning sign Animal shelter off By Janet Rail Publisher
The Guys Mayor and Board of Aldermen have posted a “dip in the road” warning sign on Old Highway 45. A road project that was started in February of 2017 remains a concern for the mayor and board. “The dip is worse than before and the city had to put up some type of warning sign,” said Guys Alderman Wayne Henry. Since acceptance of a CDBG road improvement grant for $142,000 to
repair a portion of the Old Highway 45, the project is cause for concern for the city. The bid was awarded to Tinin Contracting Company in August, 2017 as the lowest bidder at $86,125. Other funds went to the engineering firm Barge, Waggoner and Cannon, Inc. The firm reported a lot of repairs and drainage work needed to be completed on the project, according to meeting minutes from the August, 2017 meeting. Since 2017, repairs were done on sections of the highway. The board
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noted a portion of the project appearing to be uneven and met with engineers on Dec. 19, 2018 to view the project. According to Mayor Keith Rinehart, the city did receive a letter from the engineers that construction was complete after questions from city officials regarding the project. The city is withholding a final payment of approximately $3,600 to Tinin on the grant pending resolutions to the completion of the work. Redmon Asphalt sent a letter to
By Joel Counce Staff Writer
The McNairy County Animal Shelter has begun adopting out dogs. “We’ve got two little puppies going to Connecticut Rescue today,” said Shelter President Linda Banks. “We also have the four big dogs and someone dropped off an Australian
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Shepherd.” Two German Shepherd dogs – a boy and a girl – have been adopted. The shelter is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The animal shelter’s first dog was a Siberian Husky that had been shot
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Whatever it takes Jones Exhaust puts motto into action By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor
Staff Photo by Steve Beavers
Jones Exhaust employee Jesse Waters hangs up stainless tips at the Adamsville manufacturer of chrome mufflers and glasspacks.
ADAMSVILLE – Whatever it takes. It’s how Jones Exhaust Systems, Inc. has been doing business with customers since 1991. “Making the customer happy is what we are going to do,” said owner David Landreth. “When we bend over backwards for them, it makes us more connected than before.” The Adamsville exhaust manufacturer is one of the largest speciality automotive operations in the United States. Jones Exhaust can also say it’s the biggest manufacturer of chrome exhaust tips and glasspacks mufflers in the nation. Landreth purchased the company after
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former Adamsville Mayor Harry Boosey introduced him to Roger Jones. “I wanted to have my own business and my background was in manufacturing,” said Landreth, who had been in charge of operations at Henco and Spectrum. Jones had started the company – Roger Jones Auto Parts – in 1968. Jones Exhaust has become a family business with Landreth’s sons – Bailey and Wes – now onboard with the daily operations. “I’m in Adamsville a few days every couple of months,” said Landreth, who now lives in Panama City Beach, Fla. with wife P.D. “I still work out of the office every day and it’s so much fun to talk business with my sons.”
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Farm Service Agency begins accepting ECP applications For the Independent Appeal
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Lisa Weatherford announced that a portion of McNairy County is approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program. ECP signup will continue through January 20, 2020. Approved ECP practices under this authorization include removing debris from farmland and restoring fences after a Oct.
26 wind storm. ECP is administered by FSA to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Producers who sustained damage from this disaster event are encouraged to contact the FSA office in Selmer. McNairy County producers located in the path of the wind storm on Oct. 26 may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP. This program can reimburse producers
for up to 75 percent of the cost to remove debris from crop land and/or fence restoration or repair. This includes their own labor and equipment usage. Pictures and receipts will be required for eligibility. FSA county committees will complete an evaluation of submitted requests and obligate available funds based on an onsite inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the eligible damage. Completion of the on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share fund-
ing will be allocated. The use of obligated funds is limited to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of completing the approved restoration activity. (For more information on ECP, please contact the McNairy County FSA office at 731-645-5466 Extension 2.)
McNairy Central BotCats Robotics team set for regional competition By Joel Counce Staff Writer
The BotCats are headed to the Plains. McNairy Central’s robotics team will take part in the SOUTH’s BEST Regional Robotics Competition competition this weekend at Auburn University for a fourth consecutive year. McNairy earned the berth following a second overall finish at 2019 MS BEST Robotics Competition at Mississippi State University on Oct. 26. The team – 31 students involved in the construction of a robot designed to aid utility workers and residents in the event of severe weather – will compete Saturday. Students must build a robot for the competition with materials loaned from MSU to compete. This year’s theme was “Off the Grid.” “A storm has hit the town in this
game,” said Robotics Mentor Robin York. “Our robot is supposed to help restore power and assist linemen with the utility company.” Students built the robot and a model town complete with houses and rope to represent power lines. Students were asked to remove debris, move transformers and assist trapped utility workers using their
robot. York said the timing of the Starkville competition resonated with the robotics team. “It was the same day the storm hit McNairy County,” she said. “That made it very personal for us.” Students also had to build a presentation booth. “It is something like you would see at a trade show,” added York. The 8x8x8 bamboo structure took first place at the competition. “There is more to this than just building robots,” said York. “There is a marketing competition, the booth and an engineering competition ... these kids have really put in a lot of work.” Senior robotics team lead builder John Cox said the hard work has been worth it. “It is a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot and I have found my major and my career path.”
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McNairy County History Thompson releases latest book about local life For the Independent Appeal
Ricky Thompson was born and reared in McNairy County. The McNairy Central graduate married his high school sweetheart and together they parented three children. Thompson always had a desire to write, but caring for three children and work took most of his time. It was not until his retirement in 2005 that he took up recreational writing “I am not an accomplished writer, but I write in the words that I know and not the ones people have to look up,” said Thompson, the grandfather to Kaley, Bennett and Liam. “I try to give the readers the vision of my works in simple language.” “McNairy County History in Pictures” is his 10th book. “It’s the largest,” said Thompson
of the book. “Although it took four years in the making, it has the least amount of words of any book I have written.” Thompson’s latest book is about
the history of the county and areas of interest. It is mainly pictures showing the old way of living such as homes, schools, churches, businesses and other historical places of interest. “It is important to preserve the history for the teachings of the past will help us to better the future,” said Thompson. “It also helps to appreciate what we had and to better understand what it took to get where we are today.” His works include two books about duck hunting adventures. Four are about he and his brother traveling all over the world turkey hunting. A pair of books depict life growing up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. “I hope readers enjoy the research about our homes and ways of life,” he said. All of the books are available at amazon.com.
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The McNairy County Carl Perkins Center highlighted five homes during its first Christmas Home Tours. Guests were greeted at each stop by members of the center’s board on Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. Homes on the tour included Heart Pine Hall in Guys – the beautiful southern Circa 1907 home of Brock and Jessica Dean and their children. The Chateau at Shiloh was also part of the tour. The stunning home and venue owned by Sammy and Sherry Kiser. The Chateau was decorated for the tour by the Kiser’s along with Becky Adkins and Anthony Knight. The farmhouse style home of Jason and Bethany Anderson – decorated in vintage Christmas decor – was among the tour stops. A pair of homes in Selmer were among those toured. The home of Michelle Kientz and her son Rhett off of Mulberry Avenue was one of the two. The Kientz home holds many memories of Christmas past for the family as this was Michelle’s grandparents home.
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Five local homes were part of the first Christmas Home Tours of the McNairy County Carl Perkins Center on Sunday. Heart Pine Hall in Guys (top photo) and the Chateau at Shiloh (above) were among the stops. The final stop on the tour was the newly acquired home of Caroline Rowsey on East Poplar. Rowsey – with the help
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Around seventy tickets were sold for the event with all proceeds going to the McNairy County Carl Perkins Center.
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Harris graduates library program For the Independent Appeal
McNairy County Library Director Robbie Harris has graduated from the Tennessee Public Library Management Program. The Tennessee State Library and Archives and Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented Harris with her Public Library Management Certification. “The Tennessee Public Library Management Program equips local librarians with management, leadership and partnership building skills, so they can better serve their communities,” said Hargett. “This certification is a significant milestone for Ms. Harris and the McNairy County Library.”
Twenty-two librarians across the state graduated from the program as Certified Public Library Managers this year. To earn the distinction librarians completed three years of course work through the Tennessee Public Library Management Institute, more than 90 hours of continuing education, and completed a final project. “These graduates are an impressive group,” said State Librarian Chuck Sherrell. “They sacrificed to complete this rigorous three-year program while still doing their full-time jobs. Their level of participation shows how dedicated they are to
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NOTICE TO SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT CUSTOMERS The McNairy County Commission has recently taken action to allow the Solid Waste Department to be much more aggressive in coll ecting delinquent solid waste accounts. Effective January 1, 2020, and at the direction of the McNairy County Commission, the Solid Waste Department will begin taking additional actions to collect delinquent accounts. (1) Any accounts which have judgments against them will be subject to having their wages garnished or their personal and real property sold to satisfy the judgments. (2) Any delinquent accounts of tenants will result in a notice of lien being filed against the landlord’s property tenant is renting. That lien will have to be resolved if landlord ever attempts to transfer the property. Lawsuits will continue to be filed against any account holder who is delinquent as determined by the County Commission. Any person who has a delinquent account may contact the McNairy County Solid Waste Department to set up a payment plan and is encouraged to do so before December 31, 2019. Doing so will avoid any of the actions described above provided you make your payments as scheduled, and also keep your account current.
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Flick (Jackson Cook) is dared to stick his tongue to a frozen pole while Ralphie Parker (Walker Kennedy) looks on.
Staff Photo by Joel Counce
Miss Shields (Christy Sills) helps Flick remove his tongue from a frozen lamppost in the classic story A Christmas Story. The play and the movie of the same title are based on the 1966 semi-autobiographical book by Jean Shepherd “In God We Trust, All Others Must Pay Cash.”
AiM to stage Christmas play By Joel Counce Staff Writer
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Santa Claus is coming to town! Come visit with him and enjoy snacks.
Arts in McNairy will go back in time with a familiar story for Christmas. A Christmas Story will take over the Latta Stage at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Sunday matinee is slated for 2 p.m. The play also will be staged at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9-10. The story, based on the semi-fictional Jean Shepard book “In God We Trust, All Others Must Pay Cash,” follows Ralphie Parker (Walker Kennedy) as he tries to negotiate his way to a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, only to be turned back – repeatedly – by the response “you’ll shoot
your eye out.” While Ralphie is trying to figure out how to drop just the right hint, he deals with school bullies, the oddball antics of his father – played by Kevin Binger, a Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring, the neighbor’s dogs and his family’s temperamental furnace. The play also borrows some elements from “Wanda Hickey’s Book of Golden Memories and Other Disasters”. The movie adaptation is shown for 24 hours consecutively every Christmas Eve and has been ranked by AOL as “the number one Christmas movie of all time,” despite being considered a box office failure when it was released in 1983.
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Codependency estimated above 100 million By David Coy Sunrise Aftercare Coordinator
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Members of the McNairy County Youth Leadership class recently completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
Youth leadership class finishes CERT program By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor
The McNairy County Youth Leadership class knows what to do in the event of an emergency. The class completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training recently. “Everyone did an awesome job and learned valuable skills,” said EMA Director Allen Strickland. “We were proud to offer the training to a great class.” Michie Fire Chief Tyler Wilson and Barry Nelson helped with the exercise portion of the training.
CERT Training is a two-day program which educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact an area. The program trains people in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. “The program is an important part of preparing the community for disasters,” said Strickland. CERT Training includes classroom and practical exercises. “The approach gives participants the information and allows them to apply the information they have learned using scenario-based training,” said Strickland.
It was universally understood among my siblings that our birth mother was for many years in her later adult life an alcoholic. Thinking back there has been a great deal of grief that her children have experienced especially my sisters. To some degree there has even been codependency between mother and father in their behaviors. Codependency is an addiction to people, behaviors or things. For example, a person who is dependent upon recreational drugs; their family may enable that behavior, that addiction, to keep that habit. The family frequently becomes just as dependent upon the addiction, adjusting their lives, but also their way of perceiving what is normal. The addict is dependent upon the drug of choice and the family on the person addicted and the drug(s) as they
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ignore, denied, or circumvented, hence the term codependent was born (Love Is A Choice, Hemfelt, Minirth, Meier). The tragedy develops if this cycle is not corrected early that children my compensate from the unhealthy modeling of improper parenting by repeating the same habit or become workaholics. Then the grandchildren may perpetuate the disfunction and or dependency and become a shopaholic, spending to bankruptcy. It is estimated in 2017 that more than 20 million Americans were addicted and required treatment for drug use, age 12 and older. Today, codependency is estimated above 100 million. Therefore there is a serious rise in the development of health issues mentally and physically over the last several decades and grief in families with these struggles. There is hope if we will love one another as we do ourselves and seek help where we can even for our own obsessive compulsions if needed
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amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax will increase to $137,700 from $132,900. The earnings limit for workers who are younger than “full” retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) will increase to $18,240. The administration deducts $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $18,240. The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2020 will increase to $48,600. Social Security will deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $48,600 until the month the worker turns age 66. In December, Social Security will post COLA notices online for retirement, survivors and disability beneficiaries who have a my Social Security account. People will be able to view and save future COLA notices
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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.
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 6185 Rowsey School Rd., Bethel Springs Rev. Mark LaRue, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesday: AWANA 6:30 p.m. Youth & Adults 6:45 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Litt Wilson Rd., McNairy TN Bro. Zac Bennett, Pastor Sunday: 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. New Hope Baptist Church 854 Chandler Lane Pocahontas, TN Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Olive Hill Baptist Church 46 Olive Hill Church Lp., Guys, TN Robert Hudson, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Pleasant Site Baptist Church 1868 Pleasant Site Rd., Selmer Bradley Woolworth, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Ramer Baptist Church 3899 Hwy 57 West, Ramer Joe Loncar, Pastor Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Selmer Second Baptist 1004 Peach St., Selmer Tony Polk, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Trinity Baptist Church 7193 Michie-Pebble Hill Rd. Hwy 224 South Michie, TN 38357 Pastor: George Kyle Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship:6:30 p.m. Wed. Night Bible Study:6:30 p.m. Unity Baptist Church Unity Church Road, Ramer Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. West Shiloh Baptist Church 282 W. Shiloh Church St., Stantonville Rev. 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 Jon Paul Gulledge, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:50 a.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.
CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN Court Ave. Cumberland Presbyterian Church 234 W. Court Ave., Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 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
PRESBYTERIAN Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church 59 4th Ave., Bethel Springs Rev. Gary Anderson Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.
Cypress Tank Church of Christ 2645 Cypress Tank Rd., Pocahontas Dr. Brian Jackson, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Eastside Church of Christ 1366 E. Poplar, Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Forrest Hill Church of Christ Forrest Hill Subdivision Hwy 45 S., Selmer Shobeck Dethrow, Minister Fourth Street Church of Christ 142 N. Fourth St., Selmer Brian Stephens, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Liberty Church of Christ 1005 North Liberty Road Michie, TN 38357 Minister: Jeff Harville (205) 712-3502 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Stantonville Church of Christ 8228 Hwy 142, Stantonville Randy Cook, Minister Matt Cook, Minister Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Discussion Class: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday: 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. Piney Grove Church of God 888 Rose Creek Rd., Selmer Aaron Moss, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy Hwy 22 N. Adamsville Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Church of God of Prophecy 1642 Curtis Hill Church Rd., Bethel Springs Richard Horner, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m. , Wednesday: 7 p.m. Bethel Springs Community Church 3886 Main St., Bethel Springs Larry Lancaster, Pastor (662) 415-8012 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.
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. Lebanon United Methodist Church 250 Chambers Store Rd. Michie Casey Cupples, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Maggie Jones United Methodist Church 8170 Finger-Leapwood Rd. Bethel Springs, TN 38315 Pastor Mathew Emison Contact info: 731-632-0240 Sunday School 10 a.m. - 11 Services (adult & children) 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 5 - 6 p.m. 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
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. 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. First United Pentecostal-Eastview 7810 Hwy 45 S, Ramer Rev. Wayne Isbell, Pastor Sunday: 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m. The Sanctuary of MPC 54 Pentecostal Ave., Milledgeville, 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
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. www.abundantlifecf.com A New Beginning Sol Coulston Rd., Bethel Springs Kenneth Kitchen, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Believer’s Church 1431 Peach St., Selmer Bill Linam, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m., Wednesday: 7 p.m. First Christian Church 133 N. Third St. Selmer Preacher, Gregg Worthey Sunday: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. 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 www.loveandtruthchurch.com 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. www.lifewindchurch.com 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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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Child rekindles Christmas spirit By Nancy Kennedy Tidd Bitts
Most everyone loves the last days of the year with fellowship with family and friends from Thanksgiving to the new year. But not everyone. Some are depressed or sick. Many are alone with no family to celebrate tidings of great joy. Some – although thankful for our celebration – think they cannot make it through the first holidays because of the loss of a spouse, parents or any loved one. Grief is overpowering at any time, but worse during holidays. I know because I have been there. For many years Christmas was alKennedy ways a wonderful, long day for my family. My parents with their children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren, mountains of food and lots of laughter. It all changed 24 years ago. We lost daddy after 10 days of sickness and wondered how we would make it through Christmas without him. The day before Thanksgiving we stood before mama in the cemetery and sang Amazing Grace. The thought of Christmas without both of them was more than I could imagine. I was blessed with four grandchildren and our tradition was a weekend of fun getting ready for Christmas. We would decorate the tree and make cookies. Then laid around eating the cookies and popcorn while watching “Frosty the Snowman” and other movies until everyone was asleep on the floor and I was snoring on the couch. I was so lost in my grief and I didn’t plan a kids Christmas night but they did. They continued to beg so I agreed but I was not in the mood. I decided not to put up the big Christmas tree and went to the Dollar Store and bought a four-foot tree to put on a table. Just enough, I thought to pacify the children. Just a little tree to decorate was all I wanted to do, but the kids ran to the closet and out came all decorations. Of course, Santa had to stand on the floor and sing. The little nativity scene – or what was left of it, that Patsy and Todd made when they were kids – was placed on the coffee table. Christmas was not right without it they said. Mama’s new Christmas village was soon out of the box. The children carefully and lovingly placed every little house and tree on a field of cotton. They said mamo would have enjoyed it. Out came the angel that played Silent Night. Two years before while playing her song we all loved, she waltzed right off the table. Now she had no wings but she had to be there. It didn’t take long to decorate the tree but what would go on top. The angel was to heavy for the little tree. While looking in the box they found a big, red, round ornament that fit just right. It looked like something from outer space to me but the kids said this was really the big star that guided the wise men many years ago. They carefully placed the white figurines under the tree. Baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph in the middle and the shepherds all around in adoration. With Mealea, my youngest granddaughter nestled in my lap we read the Christmas story from Luke. To a fouryear-old it was a wonderful, exciting story and she had questions. A special baby born in a barn with all the animals brought the first question. We went over her idea about cows, horses and lots of chickens at the barn and surely the little pigs were there. She understood the angels singing in the sky but what was a multitude. During discussion we all decided every way you looked in the sky all you could see was thousands of beautiful angels with flashlights. Nothing was said about the shepherds leaving their sheep and hurrying into town to see the baby but when we got to the part about the angels returning to heaven Mealea stopped me again. She pointed that little finger upwards and said “Mamo and Papo are in heaven singing with the angels now.” Wisdom from the mouth of babes. I was reminded by a four-year-old that mama and daddy were singing with the angels in heaven. I felt my Christmas spirit surge. Christmas was different in some ways without them but suddenly Christmas was more wonderful. Even after 24 years I miss them everyday but I have precious memories. Because of our reason for Christmas celebration they are singing with the angels and will welcome me and mine.
Keep all of the ornaments plastic By Mark Bedwell The Hungry Keyboard
Right about now, here in the south most of us are beginning to dance around our newly decorated Christmas trees. Dressed in our red checkered pajama pants and tshirts that fit a little bit more snug than they did only a week ago, we’re all having visions of sugar plums dancing in our turkey-stuffed heads. While decorating our tree with the kids last week, I was reminded of the year that the wife and I decided that we’d have us a Walton’s mountain Christmas tree. Yep, we’d make most everything by hand. Very few fancy-schmancy storebought ornaments would dangle from our tree. Today’s millennials would be so pinterested in what we created that year in our living room. Since we hadn’t started our family just yet, we had more time on our hands. In that extra time, we sat about making our garland. While we sat by our fireplace and listened to Bing Crosby sing “Frosty The Snowman” we threaded real cranberries
and freshly popped popcorn onto long pieces of thread to make our garland. Lights were generously laced into the tree. The ornaments were homemade gingerbread men and women. My wife had made some ornaments from the previous year’s Christmas cards. We did have a few small bought ornaments that we attached. I specifically recall these clothespins that had a cute smiling mouse sitting on them that we clipped onto the limbs. Red and white striped candy canes and many small red bows finished out the accessorizing of the tree that year. Finally, it was finished. We drank hot chocolate and sat by the fire in pajamas and proudly beamed over what we were sure would go down in our history as the most amazing Christmas decoration we would ever make. It’s homemade and basic beauty glowed from the corner of our 1980’s country blue living room. Very soon, it went from the most amazing tree to the most memorable tree event. A few nights after getting the tree up, I noticed a head-
less gingerbread man lying helplessly in the floor. We decided it was some fluke in our production efforts. Or he had flung himself from the tree into the living room floor because he was that rebel gingerbread man that a gingerbread girl’s mama would warn her about. Then a night or so later, we found another. Then another showed up. So, we became suspicious of something nefarious going on in our perfect tree. I recall turning the living room lights off and going to closely inspect the situation. Walking towards the tree, I was surprised to see what I thought was movement inside of the tree. And then in amongst the wrapped boxes below the tree, I could see pieces of popcorn and cranberries from the garland scattered about. Aha, more evidence of something bad amok in our creation. As my face got closer to the tree and the cute little mice sitting on clothespins, I found the culprits. I literally felt my eyes get big when a real mouse was sitting deep inside of the tree on a limb and staring back
at me with a “you got home early” look on it’s face. For a second it was funny because he was sitting behind the cute fake mice like he was pretending to be one of the ornaments. I yelled for my wife to come and see and that loud noise scared him. But not only was it him. It was an entire mouse colony had taken up residence in our Christmas tree. Unknowingly we had offered up a free rodent hotel with a free 24-7 buffet. With no hesitation, I unplugged our infested tree and while the wife held the front door open, I drug that tree and it’s nasty little inhabitants out into the yard. And yet on another year and on another tree, the mice came in and ate the crawdad off of the New Orleans’ Christmas ornament. Turns out when you live in the country, it’s best to drive into town and just buy you some fancy-schmancy ornaments. Just keep it all plastic. And if the mice start eating through your plastic ornaments, you need to move. That’s the best that I can tell about it.
Is it right to pay for garbage collection? By George Wrazen Musings of a Septuagenarian
Do people remember the story about the golden calf? Or the one about the giants in the land? I guess we can even include Jonah and the whale. The majority of McNairy Countians consider themselves to be of one Christian denomination or another. I would think as residents of this Wrazen county, they would willingly comply with the governing body such as local governmental officials and their governing decisions should reflect their beliefs. For more than five months there has been a debate concerning how to access and charge a resident for their solid waste pick up service, otherwise known as weekly garbage collection. By now we all know there is a $2.6 million delinquency which will continue to grow. Some residents have decided when the previous administration implemented a garbage pick up in 1997, they didn’t like the idea and were not going to
go along with it. So they just do not pay the county for collecting their garbage. It isn’t that they don’t know about the garbage collection. They know because they put their garbage out every week. They just refuse to pay for the service. But since implementing the service, the county has improved its image and fewer and fewer people use the roadside as their garbage dump of choice. The majority of McNairy Countians are aware of the residential garbage collection and use it on a regular basis. Some might even think it is easier to put their bags in a can in front of the house rather than to find a place to throw it out on the road. After attending several monthly commissioners meetings, I have heard one excuse or another coming from the mouths of our governing administrators defending the people who do not want to pay for the collection service. They still have gotten their garbage picked up weekly for over 20 years. One commissioner might say, “my constituent has never gotten a bill in over 20 years” but they still put out their garbage. Or another might say “I have a lot of poor people living on a fixed income and they cannot afford to pay for the collection service.” There are other excuses but the point is it isn’t the commissioners’ re-
sponsibility to protect those who are breaking the law and the decision in 1997 by that governing body has become local law. We have given Christian responsibilities over to the government a little at a time over the years so that now, we totally rely on “what can the government do for me?” The Bible says we will always have the poor among us and the way to help them out is through churches. Churches are the place to go to for help. It isn’t the poor person who is the delinquent problem, it is home owners who simply refuse to pay for the garbage collection. Making this fee a tax line item on you yearly tax bill will not affect anyone except those who refuse to comply with the law. I doubt anyone would be willing to loose their home for delinquent taxes. The “Act” the current administration is trying to pass is intended to address the notion that only a few people are being protected by the commissioners who cannot seem to make a decision. As elected officials, our commissioners should not be defending those who violate the law. Don’t spend 40 years wandering in the desert until all of those who refused to face the giants perish.
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 • Capt. 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 • CWO3 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 • Major 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
• Sabion Sanders, USAF A1C • Veronica Sebree Petty Officer 3rd Class • Alan Seigers, Army • SFC Patrick Michael Shaughnessy • Spc. Hector Soto, Jr., Army • LT Kevin Shelton, Navy • Cpl. Jeremy Tyler Sisk • ITS Rusty Smith, US Navy • Preston Cross Smith, U.S. Air Force • Cpl. Sam Speck, USMC • Sgt. Shaun Spicher, USMC • Sgt. Richard A. Ssesanga, US ARMY • Airman Nathaniel A. Stout • Spc. Daniel Sullivan, Army • 2nd Lt. Chad Sweaton, Army • Spc. Dakota Taylor, National Guard • Jeremy Thompson • Cpl.. Logan Gage Ward, U.S.M.C. • ET3 Jeremy Wilbanks, US Coast Guard • Pvt. Demaro Wiley, SC, Army National Guard • A1C Logan James Williams, USAF • Joseph Lloyd Williams MM3 US Navy • Master Sgt. Stanley Wilson, USAF - Retired • Spc. Jeffrey Witoszczak U.S. Army • Petty Officer 1st Class (CTNI) James M. Wolford EDITOR’S NOTE: If a loved one has had a change in status, contact us at (731) 645-5346.
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John Scott is part of the Jones Exhaust team that has taken the company from more than just a muffler manufacturer.
Nichole Wolfe gets chrome tips ready to be shipped out by Jones Exhaust Systems, Inc. in Adamsville.
much covered,” said David. “The secret is adding more product lines.” When David bought the business there were muffler shops around the country. Today those have been incorporated into automotive shops. “Our customers are the 4x4 truck and hot rod guys,” said Bailey. “We realize we can’t just maintain, but we have to continue to change.” That’s a big reason for starting a lubricant line last year. “We are always looking for new products like lubricants,” said Wes. “That’s how we will be able to continue the tradition started by dad.”
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Bailey Landreth came back in 2011 and is now company president. Wes returned in 2014 as Warehouse Manager and is now Purchasing and Traffic Manager. “The time was right for me to come back,” said Bailey. “Both of us have learned different parts of the business until we assumed our current positions.” Bailey and Wes have taken Jones Exhaust to more than just a muffler manufacturer. “The automotive world is changing so
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the city stating it was still owed $12,580 on the project. During a Nov. 18 meeting, the board discussed the area of the highway dip
much,” said Bailey, a 2001 McNairy Central High School graduate. “We still have to be creative and figure out what else we can provide to our customers.” Meeting new people has opened ideas for more products, according to Wes. “We are trying to be the one-stop shop for our customers,” said the 2005 MCHS graduate. Jones Exhaust is the leader when it comes to producing chrome tips, glasspacks and large truck mufflers. The company has also added a line of lubricants recently. “There aren’t too many new customers .... we have the United States pretty
getting worse and the need for some immediate attention. On Nov. 19, the warning sign was posted on Old Highway 45 approximately one quarter mile south of the Dodge City Saloon. Rinehart said he he spoke to Shannon Cotter
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twice, according to Banks. The husky showed signs of improvement, but eventually had to be put down because of his wounds. “We have a Blue Healer,” said Banks. “We have a boxer we call Scooby Doo – she’s potty trained, crate trained, she can shake
– SIC Project Management who is the consultant on the grant – to get some advice on the project. The city is awaiting Redmon Asphalt to pave that area of the highway. In other business: • Guys completed Title
hands and play ball. She’s a really good dog.” Banks said the shelter is working on shots for all the dogs. “We want to get rabies and six-in-one,” she said. Anyone wising to volunteer or donate can come by the shelter during operating hours or call Banks at 731-610-9924 or Mary Grammer at 731-610-0678.
CAM2 is one of the lubricant lines Jones Exhaust has become involved in. Jones Exhaust products are available locally at Maxedon’s Automotive. The backbone of the business has been built on customer service. “We pride ourselves on that,” said Wes. David was glad to hear his sons continuing that service tradition. “I wanted Jones Exhaust to be a viable business that my sons could sink their teeth into,” said David. “When I bought the company it was doing right at a $1 million annually and we have increased that quite a few times by making the customer happy.”
VI training and approved expenditures of $225 for CMFO classes for City Recorder Megan Rinehart. • Discussed property damage to the Town Hall and pavilion in the city park due to the recent storm damage.
Henry met with the insurance adjuster and said the city has a $1,000 deductible. • Alderman Bradley Gray reported four calls by the fire department out of the city limits, two regarding trees in the road, a ve-
hicle fire and public assist. • Approved a donation of $500 for the Office of Veterans Affairs for the Dec. 7 Vietnam Veterans Honor Quilt presentation and $750 for the JC Shopping Spree for local needy children.
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Local Schedule Thursday, December 5
High School Basketball McNairy at Bolivar, 5 Jr. High Basketball Michie at Adamsville, 6 Ramer at Selmer, 6
Friday, December 6
High School Basketball Adamsville at Alcorn Central, 6
Saturday, December 7
High School Basketball Adamsville at Hardin Co., 6 Jr. High Basketball Ramer at Walnut Classic Michie at Walnut Classic
Monday, December 9
Jr. High Basketball Adamsville at SCA, 6 Ramer at Bethel, 6 Freshman Basketball McNairy at Tish County, 6
Tuesday, December 10
High School Basketball Adamsville at Scotts Hill, 6 North Side at McNairy, 6
Thursday, December 12
Jr. High Basketball Adamsville at Selmer, 6 JCS at Ramer, 6 Michie at Bethel, 6 Freshman Basketball Hardin Co. at McNairy, 6
Friday, December 13
High School Basketball Lexington at Adamsville, 6 McNairy at Scotts Hill, 6
Saturday, December 14
High School Basketball Westview at Adamsville, 6 (B) McNairy at Biggersville
Monday, December 16
Jr. High Basketball Adamsville at Hardin Co., 6 Michie at Pickwick 6 Selmer at Chester Co., 6
Tuesday, December 17
High School Basketball Adamsville at McNairy, 6
Thursday, December 19
High School Basketball McNairy at Hardin Co., 6
Westview holds off McNairy By Jeff York For the Independent Appeal
MARTIN – Westview did not extend a holiday welcome to McNairy Central when the teams met Saturday night. The Lady Chargers built a large lead early in the contest and were never threatened in their 63-52 win over the Lady Bobcats. Westview seized command from the opening tip and never looked back. The Lady Chargers opened a 17-6 lead in the first quarter. Lainey Hensley got McNairy’s lone field goal in the opening period. MCHS added four free throws to finish off their worst scoring output of the season. Westview’s zone press caused McNairy to commit numerous turnovers. The mistakes kept the Lady Bobcats from ever getting on track offensively. Leading scorer Khyla Wade-warren was held without a field goal and just two free throws in the first half. Westview carried a 37-15 lead into halftime. McNairy’s meager 15-point was their lowest of the young season. Alexis Moore scored seven of McNairy’s 15 first half points. The Lady Bobcats did better on offense in the third quarter, but could not erase the 22-point deficit. Wade-Warren got untracked in the third quarter and scored seven points. She finished with 14 points in the second half. McNairy outscored Westview in the third and fourth quarters. Jilli Johnson and KWW combined to score 13 of McNairy’s 20 points in the fourth quarter. Wade-Warren topped McNairy in scoring with 17 points while Moore added 15 while Hensley and Johnson scored six points each.
Wednesday, december 4, 2019
Lions squeak out win over MC By Steve Beavers
Staff Photo by Steve Beavers
McNairy Central guard Simon Whitaker came off the bench to score eight points for the Bobcats on Saturday in the 7th Annual Lighthouse Classic. Whitaker takes the basketball to the basket against Biggersville’s Hunter Stacy. Biggersville got a game-high 35 from Stacy to clip the Bobcats 72-70. McNairy rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter after Marqkis White hit a three-pointer. Omari Robinson led the Bobcats with 20 points in the contest.
CORINTH, Miss. – McNairy Central didn’t get a chance for overtime. Senior point guard Omari Robinson was whistled for a charge after releasing a shot under the basket as the buzzer sounded. The call allowed Biggersville to escape with a 72-70 win in the 7th Annual Lighthouse Classic on Saturday morning at Corinth High School. MCHS (1-2) had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 24 seconds after a Hunter Stacy putback gave the Lions a 72-70 lead. Robinson was tied up by a pair of Lions forcing a jump ball that gave possession to the Lions with eight seconds remaining. The Bobcats got one last chance when Brooks Brand missed a one-andopportunity with six seconds on the clock. Robinson drove the length of the floor and got up a shot before being whistled for the charge. McNairy stormed back from a double-digit disadvantage in the final eight minutes. The Bobcats outscored the Lions 13-2 over a five minute span to take a 64-63 lead. Marqkis White’s second triple during the spurt gave MC the advantage with 4:16 left in the game. The Bobcats tied the contest on three straight trips after Biggersville went up 66-64. Broderick Alexander’s steal led to a Robinson layup at the 2:22 mark. Robinson penetrated inside to knot things at 68 and Simon Whitaker tied things at 70-70 with a layup with only 49 seconds left. Biggersville (2-0) rode the 22 first-half points by Stacy to carry a 45-33 lead to intermission. Stacy led all scorers with 35 points. Adamsville transfer Devin Leatherwood had 15 for the Lions.
(B) Biggersville 72, McNairy 70
McNairy 12 Biggersville 22
– 70 – 72
MCNAIRY CENTRAL (70): Omari Robinson 20, Jasper Sanders 17, Kameron Starks 12, Simon Whitaker 8, Marqkis White 6, Mason Latham 5, Nate Moore 2. BIGGERSVILLE (72): Hunter Stacy 35, Devin Leatherwood 15, Brooks Brand 12, Telick Barnett 10. 3-pointers: (MC) White, Sanders, (B) Leatherwood 3, Brand 2, Stacy 2. Records: McNairy 1-2; Biggersville 2-0.
McNairy guard Jasper Sanders beats the pressure of Biggersville’s Jay Taylor.
Staff Photo by Steve Beavers
Bobcats blitz Tigers with scoring flurry By Jeff York For the Independent Appeal
McNairy Central hit Hardin County with an early scoring flurry. Marqkis White sparked the Bobcats in the opening minute and they rolled to a 68-57 win over the Tigers at the Roundhouse. Omari Robinson racked up 23 points to pace the Bobcats to the victory. McNairy’s up-tempo game was clicking in the first quarter as it steadily opened a commanding advantage. Robinson and White combined for 17 first quarter points to help
MC balloon out to a 27-6 lead. Hardin County made a late surge in the second quarter and still went into halftime trailing 4425. Robinson was the top scorer in the first half with 18 points.
The Bobcats eased up on the throttle in the third quarter and got outscored 15-8. Kameron Starks, Jasper Sanders, Robinson and White all scored one field goal in the third quarter. McNairy still owned a comfortable 59-33 lead going into the fourth quarter. MCHS maintained their safe lead by going six-for-six at the free throw line in the final quarter. Robinson’s 23 points were aided by White with 15, Sanders with 11, Starks with six. Freshman Nate Moore also tossed in six and Mason Latham added five points. McKinley Thomas led Hardin
Co. with 17 points. (B) McNairy 68, Hardin Co. 57 Hardin Co. 6 19 15 17 – 57 McNairy 27 17 8 16 – 68
HARDIN COUNTY (57): McKinley Thomas 17, Steven Cagle 14, Marlon Yarbro 12, Eli Cooksey 5, Deontae Gardner 5, Jake Gallik 4. MCNAIRY CENTRAL (68): Omari Robinson 23, Marqkis White 15, Jasper Sanders 11, Kameron Starks 6, Nate Moore 6, Mason Latham 5, Coke Kirk 2. 3-pointers: (M) White 3, Robinson. Record: McNairy 1-1.
Lady Bobcats take out Hardin Co. for first win By Jeff York
For the Independent Appeal
Staff Photo by Steve Beavers
Temperance Walker and the Lady Bobcats collected their first win of the year with a victory over rival Hardin County.
Khyla Wade-Warren dropped in 28 points and her big night boosted the Lady Bobcats to a 54-49 win over Hardin County on Nov. 26. Hardin Co. made a late run in the final two minutes and had a chance to tie the game. The Lady Bobcats (1-1) went cold in the game’s final four minutes and failed to score a field goal. Hardin Co. whittled a nine-point deficit to three, but failed to get any closer. McNairy broke out to a good start to the game when Wade-Warren hit two three-pointers as the Lady Bobcats opened an 8-2 lead. Wade-Warren scored 14 points in the first quarter and Darby Dickey added six points to push MC to a 22-14 lead. MCHS had problems with the Lady Tigers’ press in the second quarter and scored only eight points in the period. Dickey scored four of McNairy’s eight points in the second eight minutes. The Lady Bobcats carried a 30-21 lead into halftime. MC built a 30-18 lead before Hardin Co. got the advantage into single digits. Wade-Warren tallied six points and Alexis Moore added five points to ac-
count for McNairy’s 11 points in the third quarter. McNairy led 41-28 after three quarters of play.
(G) McNairy 54, Hardin Co. 49
@ Selmer Hardin Co. McNairy
18 – 13 –
HARDIN COUNTY (49): Skyler Gill 19, Sarah Stricklin 10, Reese Harville 9, Kimmee Callahan 8, Loxi Duke 2, Haley Hallett 1. MCNAIRY CENTRAL (54): Khyla Wade-Warren 28, Darby Dickey 12, Alexis Moore 11, Audrey Pierce 2, Lainey Hensley 1. 3-pointers: (HC) Callahan 2, Strricklin 2, Harville, (MC) Wade-Warren 4. Record: McNairy 1-1.
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Most Valuable Players
McNairy Central Golf Coach Jim Merry presents the team most valuable player awards to Caleb Rankin and Willow Merry.
McNairy Central golfers Will Huddlston (left) and Willow Merry receive the most improved award from MCHS Head Coach Jim Merry.
Lady Cards collect win at Middleton By Joel Counce Staff Writer
McNairy Central’s Haley Moore is presented the postseason most valuable player and state tournament awards by MCHS Head Coach Jim Merry.
McNairy Central freshman Marion Harrison is presented the rookie of the year award by MCHS Head Coach Jim Merry. Boys winner Leonard Phegley is not pictured.
Rookie of the Year
Prep Box Monday, Dec. 2
(G) Adamsville 24, Pickwick 13
@ Southside Adamsville Pickwick
ADAMSVILLE (24): Kami Adkins 7, Miley Samples 6, Jessica Harpole 4, Katelyn Dornan 4, Makenzie Luna 2, Jamison Graham 1. PICKWICK SOUTHSIDE (13): Whitten 6, Wilbanks 6, McAfee 1. Record: Adamsville 3-3.
MIDDLETON – The Adamsville Lady Cardinals earned their first win of the season with a 69-52 victory over the Middleton Lady Tigers. Sallie Mercer led the Lady Cardinals with 23 points on 8-for-17 shooting, including 5-for-14 from 3-point range on Nov. 26. Mercer poured in 13 points in a 29-point second quarter. Jaden Driskell added 13 for Adamsville, seven in the first period. Driskell shot 4-for-10 from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Alyssa Bowles finished with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Adamsville led 46-20 at half and held the Lady Tigers to 18-for-40 shooting on the night and 4-of-15 from 3-point range.
(B) Middleton 47, Adamsville 42 A slow fourth quarter doomed the Adamsville Cardinals. The Tigers’ Rodreus Robinson opened up the first quarter perfect with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting, including a pair of 3-point baskets en route to a 15-point finish. Connor Godwin and Ty Case combined for 11 of the Cardinals’ 16 points in the first period. Godwin finished with a game-high 17 points, including 11-for-15 from the free throw line. Middleton took a 27-23 lead at the half. Case and Blake Luckett finished with eight points each for the Cardinals.
Issue 17 December 4, 2019 Member of the Tennessee High School Press Association The PawPrint is a publication of McNairy Central High School. The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the administration, faculty or staff. EDITOR Lisa Forsythe
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UPCOMING EVENTS THU. Dec. 5 •SPIRIT DAY: Blue & Gold •6:00 BB Bolivar A SAT. Dec. 7 •7:00 Mistletoe Ball TUE. Dec. 10 •SPIRIT DAY: Jersey Day •6:00 Northside H THU. Dec. 12 •3:05 Faculty Meeting FRI. Dec. 13 •SPIRIT DAY: Ugly Christmas Sweater •6:00 BB Scotts Hill A SAT. Dec. 14 •6:00 BB Biggersville A TUE. Dec. 17 •SPIRIT DAY: Blue Out •9:30 Pep Rally •6:00 BB Adamsville H WED. Dec. 18 •8:00 1st Block Final Exam •9:45 3rd Block Final Exam THU. Dec. 19 •8:00 4th Block Final Exam •9:45 5th Block Final Exam •6:00 BB Hardin Co A FRI. Dec. 20 •9:30 School dismissed for holidays
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Selmer Christmas Parade
Wednesday, december 4, 2019
Sixty entries comprised the number of floats in the annual Selmer Christmas Parade on Sunday. Events got off to an early start in downtown on Sunday with the first Home for Christmas by organizers of Heart of a Champion. Carriage rides began in downtown around 2 p.m. More then 1,500 people attended the parade, according to event organizer Sybil Dancer. A majority of the floats were made up of churches with the bright colors of red and green on display during the cool night.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
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Home for Christmas
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Milfred King was born June 30, 1929 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late Payton McKinley and Zettie Mae Goodrum King. He was united in marriage to Maxine Goodrum on June 9, 1950. Mrs. King preceded him in death on January 18, 2004. At the age of 15, Mr. King started working in the log woods for the Locke Brothers. For many years he drove and worked in the logging business. He later worked and retired from General Electric. He served his country honorably and faithfully in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. One of the grandsons said this about Mr. King, “He was the father of two but a granddaddy to all.” Everyone who met or knew Mr. King called him “Granddaddy.” He was the granddaddy who taught you how to drive, shoot a gun, ride the 4-wheeler (which better be clean when you returned from riding), and how to enjoy a piece of chocolate cake (a healthy slice with vanilla ice cream on side.) He enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler with his faithful companion, Percy whom had his very own specialty built seat. When Mr. King wasn’t outside with the grandchildren he could be found watching westerns or reading. He attended both Full Gospel Fellowship church and Curtis Hill church of God of Prophecy. Granddaddy loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mr. King departed this life on November 30, 2019 in Selmer, Tenn. at the age of 90 years, 5 months. He is survived by a son, Greg King and wife Ellen of Selmer, Tenn.; a daughter, Sherri King and companion Blake North of Rogersville, Ala.; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. King was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Alfred, and Kenneth King; three sisters, Ernestine Moore, Morine Haddock, Nadyne Swaffer. Services were held on December 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with David Paseur, Richie Horner officiating. Burial followed in the Curtis Hill Cemetery at Bethel Springs, Tenn.
Glenda Armstrong was born August 30, 1939 in Selmer, Tenn., the daughter of the late Grant Alex and Hazel Avaline McCullar Taylor. She was united in marriage to George Armstrong on August 11, 1962. Mrs. Armstrong loved spending time with her grandchildren and her great granddaughter, Blair Anne. She was all about taking care of her family and her beloved Dachshunds. She had worked for several years at Levi Strauss in Ramer and then at U.S. Postal Service as a clerk. She attended Chewalla Baptist Church and loved going when she was able. Mrs. Armstrong departed this life on November 29, 2019 in Ramer, Tenn. at the age of 80 years, 2 months, 30 days. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, George Armstrong of Ramer, Tenn.; a daughter, Amy Hollingsworth and husband Philip of Ramer, Tenn.; three sisters, Bess Cook of Savannah, Tenn., Janice Browder of Lawton, Tenn., Rhonda Mooney and husband Steve of Jackson, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Kinchen and wife Deborah of Smyrna, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Daniel Adam Armstrong, Aaron Hollingsworth and wife Jill, Gregory Drew Kiddy, Ashley Shumate and husband Tyler; a great-granddaughter, Blair Anne Hollingsworth; and a host of extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonja Marie Armstrong. Services were held on December 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Richard Doyle officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Cemetery at Ramer, Tenn.
Annette Jean Edwards Turner Annette Jean Edwards Turner of Michie, Tenn. was born June 26, 1969 in Amherst, OH, the daughter of Betty Ann Horvath Duke and the late Richard Charles Edwards. She departed this life on November 25, 2019 in her home at the age of 50 years, 4 months, 30 days. Annette was a waitress. She loved spending time with her great niece Meme. She enjoyed watching Nascar, being outside, gardening, fishing, and was an avid reader. She is survived by a son, Garrett Turner of Michie; her mother, Betty Ann Duke of Michie; a sister, Dawn Ann Edwards and husband Darryl Collum of Michie; her companion, Reggie Moffett of Michie; a stepsister, Melissa Duke of Memphis, Tenn.; nieces, Chelsea Byrd and Abby Gill; nephew, Richard Plunkett; great nieces, Olivia Ann Byrd and Lillie Skye Charbono; five special girls and their families, Little Little, Kristin Moffett, Destiny Atkins, Hailey Barnhill, Keely Moffett along with a host of extended family and friends. Annette was preceded in death by her stepfather, James L. Duke. Services were on November 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Bro. George Kyle officiating. Burial followed in the Hope McNairy County Memorial Cemetery at Selmer, Tenn. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Vickie Hunt Vickie Hunt, age 62, of Shiloh, Tenn. departed this life on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Michie, Tenn. Ms. Hunt was born July 22, 1957 and was a CNA at Tri-County Nursing Home. She was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of Childers Hill Pentecostal Church. She is suvived by two sons: Danny Hunt of Elk Grove Village, Ill. and Jeff Henson of Shiloh, Tenn.; daughters: Renee Pulley (Chris) of Shiloh, Tenn., Tracie Johnson (Kevin) Shiloh, Tenn., Terri Eishenhut (Brandon) of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Miranda Shadburn (Randall) of Michie,Tenn. and Kayla Leatherwood of Michie, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brothers: Richard Terry (Sue) Enville, Tenn., Hulon Terry (Cindy) of Shiloh, Tenn. and Rev. Pat Terry (Sandy) of Adamsville,Tenn.; sister: Regina Henson (Daniel) of Shiloh, Tenn. and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Preceded in death by husband of 20 years: Larry F. Hunt; father: Ocie Terry; mother: Virginia Parson Terry; sister: Mary Mason. Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 from 11 a.m. until service time at Childers Hill Pentecostal Church. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Pat Terry and Miranda Shadburn delivering the eulogy. Interment was at Cromwell Cemetery, Shiloh, Tenn. Pallbearers were Jeff Henson, Danny Hunt, Chris Pulley, Brandon Eisenhut, Cory Johnson and Randall Shadburn.
• Falcon Baptist Church Everyone is invited to come and hear well-known Evangelist and Southern Gospel music artist Carroll Roberson on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Falcon Baptist Church.
• Mt. Sharon Presbyterian Independent Church Come worship with us at Mt. Sharon Presbyerian Independent Church, located at 179 Mt. Sharon Road in Gilchrist. Come hear the word of God preached by Bro. Ricky Mitchell. Church starts at 10:45 a.m. Everyone welcome.
December 6 • City of Refuge City Service will be held Friday night December 6, at 7 p.m. Special Speaker is Bro. Daniel Davis. Join us for a wonderful anointing preaching and singing. Everyone is invited fellowship after service. Pastor Skeet and Sis. Nancy Jackson. For information contact Pastor Skeet Jackson (731) 610-1883. City of Refuge, 300 Emmons Road, Selmer TN 38375.
December 7 • Community Breakfast Adamsville Church of Christ will be providing a Community Breakfast on Saturday, December 7, from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. This will be for any and all from the community.
Community Events Christmas Drive Drop Off • The Hemp Connection The Hemp Connection is a drop off point for children’s coats and toys local Christmas Drive. Location is at 110 South Y Square Shopping Center, Selmer. December 6 • Stantonville Fish Fry Stantonville Volunteer Fire Department will have their monthly fish fry on Friday, December 6 from 4 until 7 p.m. Come out and support your local fire department. December 7 • Breakfast in Michie The 7th District Democrats will be cooking breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the community center on Hwy 57 in Michie. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy some good food and a short meeting to follow. • Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa will be at Selmer Community Center from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. December 7. • Christmas in the Park Michie will be having their Christmas in the Park on December 7 beginning at 11 a.m. December 10 • DInner with Santa Selmer Community Center will be having Dinner with Santa. December 12 • McNairy County Democrat Party The MCDP will meet Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christmas decorated headquarters in Selmer. There will be a speaker, food and fellowship. Everyone is welcome.
December 14 • Breakfast Silent Auction Annual Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast and Silent Auction will be on Saturday, Dec.14 from 8:009:30 a.m. at Adamsville High School Cafeteria. Silent Auction bids will close around 9 a.m. Proceeds will go toward the Adamsville FFA. Call (731) 439-4122 or (731) 646-1158 for more info.
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Clues will be released beginning Sunday December 1 at 1:00 p.m. on all McNairy County Chamber of Commerce Social Media. Additional Clues will be released at 1 p.m. on Sundays until he is found. The person(s) who find Earl the Elf will receive a TCL 32” Roku Smart LED TV!
Quilt show receives craft award By Joel Counce Staff Writer
American Craft Week awarded McNairy County with the Outstanding Charity Event honor for the 39th Annual Quilt and Craft Show. The Latta served as the center of the Oct. 4-5 event, but there were also displays at Gallery, Fourth Street Church of Christ, First Christian Church and the McNairy County Museum. McNairy County Tourism Director Jessica Huff described it as a kind of trunk show. “A trunk show is where you have a quilter who shows their quilts and the different patterns,” she said. “It’s like a songwriters’ show but with quilts.” Tennessee Craft Week also earned honors for Best Statewide Event. An estimated 500,000 people attended craft events statewide. American Craft Week was celebrated Oct. 4-13.
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The McNairy County Board of Education will meet for the regular monthly meeting on December 12, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Annex Auditorium.
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BEGINNING at a stake in the East line of Gooch, said stake being located 130 feet, when measured along the East line of Gooch, in a Southernly direction from the South right-of-way line of West Court Avenue; runs thence in a Southernly direction, with the East line of Gooch 100 feet to a stake in the North margin of Houston Avenue, the Southeast corner of Gooch; thence in an Easternly direction, with the North margin of Houston Avenue, 75 feet to a stake, the Southwest corner of Prather; thence in a Northernly direction, with the West line of Prather, 100 feet to a stake; thence in a Westernly direction parallel with Houston Avenue, 75 feet to the point of beginning, being a lot 75 feet in width and 100 feet in depth, facing
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The above described property is that same tract of land conveyed and described in Deed Book 113, page 402, in the Register's Office of McNairy County, Tennessee; and for further derivation of title see Deed Book 250, page 56, Deed Book 249, page 565, Deed Book 249, page 569, Deed Book 249, page 257, and Deed Book 249, page 259, all in the Register's Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. This sale is subject to (1) any unpaid taxes; (2) and prior liens, or encumbrances; (3) the rights of any heir(s) who are not before the Court by proper notice; and (4) any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. The buyer(s) will be provided with an attorney's title opinion. However, there is no warranty of title and I will sell and convey only as the Clerk and Master and Special Commissioner, pursuant to the decree of the Chancery Court in this cause. The sale is subject to the approval by the Chancellor of Chancery Court for McNairy County, Tennessee. Purchaser to have immediate possession of land upon confirmation of sale by the Court and
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PURSUANT to an Order of the Chancery Court for McNairy County, Tennessee in the Civil Action of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SELMER, INC., PLAINTIFF, VS. RICHARD ARMSTRONG, CHARLES ARMSTRONG, SKIP ARMSTRONG AND BARRY ARMSTRONG, DEFENDANTS, DOCKET NO. 9417 I will, as Special Commissioner, on December 16, 2019, at 2:00 P.M., in the Courtroom, Second Floor, McNairy County Courthouse, in Selmer, Tennessee, sell to the highest bidder at public auction the following described real property:
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