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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Garbage issue enters fourth month By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The foul smell of McNairy County’s solid waste issue just won’t go away. The latest chapter of the four-month ordeal was unveiled Monday night during the January meeting of the county commis-

sion. Following a two-hour meeting, the issue remains unsolved with the county expected to lose $373,000 this year. Seventh District Commissioner Brad Hunt made a motion to “end the issue” with a “Solid Waste Compromise Motion” after the Solid Waste Committee

recommended six points going forward on collections. “Let’s end it all in one motion,” said Hunt as he passed out a two-page motion outlining the idea. “All of us have a passion to solve solid waste, but I feel it is worse than when we were sworn in as county commissioners.” Hunt told his fellow commis-

sioners he “wanted something in place” and if it didn’t work “we can change it.” “This is something to work with and a majority of it is something we have all suggested,” added the commissioner. The county commission voted to approve new solid waste collection procedures first be-

fore turning its attention back to Hunt’s motion. The measure passed 20-1 with 5th District Commissioner Brenda Cauley casting the lone no vote. The procedures have been put in place due to people being


Leaders discuss ways to improve workforce By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

McNairy County has some good things going when it comes to education and workforce alignment. Local and state representatives met M o n d a y morning on ways to make things better. “ T h e county has a lot of good work already being done,” said Brandon Hudson, Senior Director of Workforce and Economic Development at Tennessee Higher Education Commission. “We don’t want to

force anyone to do anything that doesn’t fit.” The meeting of over 25 individuals covered such topics as existing dual enrollment programs, potential program and dual enrollment opportunities and industry certifications. W o r k based learning is a program that has become popular in the county, according to Director of College & Career Ready Ronnie Teague. “The learning is available


CEP benefits school nutrition department By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) has made a difference for the Nutrition Department of McNairy County Schools. The program has turned the department around, according to director Gayle Brooks. “The school nutrition department is financially in good shape,” said Brooks at Thursday’s school board meeting. McNairy County went to the CEP program – where all students eat breakfast, lunch and after-school snack for free – during the 2015-

2016 school year. “CEP is the best thing to happen to school lunch in many years,” said Brooks. The local nutrition department lost $85,000 in 2014-2015 and had lost a total of $264,000 over the past school terms before the switch to CEP. The county showed a profit of $152,000 during the initial year of the program. Brooks told school board members the department is certified for the program through the 2021-2022 school year.


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McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck (left) and Chief Deputy Zach Bay get new kitchen equipment ready to use in the jail.

Jail cooking with new equipment By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

Things are cooking at the McNairy County Jail. The facility received three new pieces of kitchen equipment Friday. “This is the exact same stuff that we had,” said Chief Deputy Zach Bay. “The other equipment has been here since the jail opened 26 years ago.” The equipment was approved by the McNairy County Commission in November. A 40-gallon tilt skillet, 10-burner stove and gas

fryer were installed Friday. “The old tilt skillet was a pain,” said Sheriff Guy Buck. “We also couldn’t keep the oven lit and could only use one side ... it’s a major upgrade.” The new kitchen equipment was Phase 1 of a jail upgrade. County commissioners approved a $329,793 bid to replace lock pockets, doors, kitchen equipment and parking lot at the jail in November. Detailed costs included $201,535 for lock pockets and new doors; $17,360 for a tilting skillet; $5,100 for a fryer; $5,798 for a

60”W Rane-10 Burners and two ovens and $100,000 for asphalting the parking lot. “The lock pockets and doors have been through 26 years of abuse,” said Buck. The parking lot will add 64 more parking spaces, making it a third larger, according to Highway Department Superintendent Harvey Neal Smith. The highway department will be doing all the labor with the only cost being for materials. The $329,793 will be taken out of the $1.2 million initially borrowed for the renovation project.

Singer to fulfill dream By Joel Counce Staff Writer

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McNairy County native James Carothers will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Friday.

Country singer James Carothers moved back to Tennessee in January of 2015. “It was one part mid-life crisis and one part my wife’s persuasion,” said the Adamsville native. “My wife has just been really supportive of me doing singing for a living.” The couple had been working in New Mexico. “My roots disappeared there and my wife wanted a new adventure,” said Carothers. “We packed up and moved to Nashville.” Carothers said he was wary of a music career. “I’ve always been kind of skeptical about it,” he said. “It feels like the longer I do it, the less I know about it. There’s

something that always keeps you in it. My ultimate goal was to sing at the Grand Ole Opry.” Carothers will see his dream come true in a pair of shows on Friday at the Ryman Auditorium. He will share the stage with country music legends Alan Jackson, Gene Watson and Ricky Skaggs for his debut. The Opry officially moved away from the Ryman Auditorium in March of 1974, but has returned between November through January each year since 1999 to make room for holiday shoppers at the Opry Mills Mall. Carothers’ road to the Opry began with a singing contest called the WSM Road Show, a contest at older theaters across the state featuring acts from across the nation.

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Jesus Cares purchases new property By Joel Counce Staff Writer

Jesus Cares is moving. The McNairy County organization has purchased the former Piggly Wiggly building at the North Y in Selmer. “We currently rent the location of the thrift store,” said Interim Jesus Cares Director Jackie Suggs. “It has been a great experience for us, but we have been looking for a place of our own so we won’t be

paying rent.” The 10,920-square foot facility will replace the approximately 6,000-square foot building that houses the current store. “We’re moving for convenience and so we can serve our clients better,” said Suggs. “We’re going to renovate that in the next few months and move into it slowly.” Funds for the purchase were made possible by a donation from First Baptist Church in Adamsville. “First Baptist in Adamsville was gen-

erous enough to give us their old parsonage,” said Suggs. “We were able to sell that and use those funds to buy this property and the Granny’s Thrift Store property.” The Granny’s Thrift Store property was granted a zoning change by the Selmer Mayor and Board of Aldermen in February and approved by a second reading in March of 2019. The zoning change allowed for the placement of transient housing to sleep up to seven men and would be staffed 24

hours by someone from Jesus Cares. Anyone staying at the location would have to undergo a background check. A list of rules for staying in the house include no threats of violence, obscene gestures or abusive behavior; no drugs (including prescription narcotics) or alcohol; no sexual harassment or activity; no panhandling; among other rules. Residents also must dress appropriately and clean up after themselves. Longer term residents will be assigned chores.

Project draws awareness Selmer Elementary School to smoke detector need construction on schedule By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The American Red Cross is helping a McNairy Central High School student get the word out about the importance of smoke detectors. Justin Smith’s senior project draws attention to the need for the devices in homes. Smith hopes his project – “Fire Burns, But Smoke Kills” – reduces potential fire-related dangers in residential homes. The Red Cross has agreed to sponsor the project. The organization will donate smoke detectors that have a 10-year battery life and are valued at $35 at no cost. “The big selling point is

the 10-year warranty and that they are free,” said Val Deutsch with the Mid-West Tennessee Chapter of the Red Cross. Smith’s goal is to distribute 50 smoke detectors throughout McNairy County. Only 10 individuals have registered through the McNairy County May-

or’s Office for the devices. “We haven’t had enough interest to begin distributing,” said County Mayor Larry Smith, who is serving as Justin’s mentor on the project. “We know people need them.” Justin Smith’s research found that most fatal fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when people are sleeping. “Smoke detectors save lives,” said County Fire Chief Steve Stoll. “Detectors help people wake up so they can institute their fire safety plan.” Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke detector. There are

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By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

Selmer Elementary School construction is on schedule. The McNairy County Board of Education was updated on recent progress at the school during its meeting Thursday. “A lot of things are going really well,” said board chairman Ricky Whitaker. All lights have been installed in Wing A. The above ceiling inspection has been completed. Fire alarms and speakers have also been installed and ceiling and floor tile work is currently being done. Wing B is ready for lights and low voltage rough in. Floor tile has been put down in Wing C. Plumbing fixtures and fire alarm devices are being installed. Toilet partitions and accessories are ready to be installed in Wing D. Floor tile and plumbing fixtures have already been installed. Exterior brick work is ongoing on Wing E and TPO roofing has started.

Doors have been installed in Wing F. “The complexion of the building is really changing,” said Director of Schools Greg Martin. “Weather is still a big concern for me, but everything else looks to be on timeline.” In other school board business: • Accepted the resignations of Amber Phegley – McNairy Central High School math teacher and Vicky Cox – Adamsville High School cafeteria employee. • Transferred Teena Hatfield from Selmer Middle School match teacher to McNairy Central; Tommy Meek from Michie Elementary custodian to Adamsville Elementary and Tracie Whitaker from McNairy Central bookkeeper to Bethel Springs Elementary secretary. • Hired Terri Kerby to fill Selmer Middle School position until end of the year; Jamie Rosson as Adamsville Elementary paraprofessional; Bridget Stedman as Selmer Elementary P.E assistant and computer lab assistant; Elizabeth Jenkins and

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New school calendar approved By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The 2020-2021 school year begins Aug. 3 for McNairy County students. Members of the seven-person school board approved the school calendar on Thursday. Local students didn’t return until Aug. 20 for the 2019-2020 school year. The

delay was pushed back due to construction concerns at Adamsville Elementary School. The 2020-2021 calendar will see the return of a week for Fall Break – Oct. 1216 – and Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 23-27. School will be dismissed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 for Christmas. Spring Break is scheduled for March 22-26. The last day of school will be May 21.

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Quatilia Jones with the Small Business Administration is one of four representatives at the Jack McConnico Memorial Library through Jan. 22.

SBA aims to help locally By Joel Counce Staff Writer

The Small Business Administration (SBA) aims to help residents of McNairy County and surrounding areas. “We want to encourage everyone to come and let us help with loans for renters, homeowners and businesses,” said SBA Public Affairs Specialist Liliana Tschanett on Friday. Representatives from the agency will be at the Jack McConnico Library from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The last day is Jan. 22. McNairy is one of 18 Tennessee counties declared as a disaster, along with two Kentucky counties and Alcorn County, Mississippi. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Homeowners are eligible for loans up to $200,000 for repairs or to replace dam-

aged or destroyed real estate. Loans up to $40,000 are available to approved renters and homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Applicants may also be eligible for an additional 20 percent increase in their loans percent of their physical damages for mitigation purposes. The loan money can be spent on a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.875 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Tschanett said representatives from the agency have had a good experience in McNairy County. “We want to thank the mayors of Selmer and McNairy County,” she said. “We want to thank them for the support and assistance. They have been very helpful with the opening and support.”


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Board approves policy revisions By Steve Beavers Assistant Editor

The education curriculum will soon be the same at each county school. School board members approved the first reading

of a Curriculum Development policy at its Thursday meeting. “This just says the curriculum will be unified across the county,” said Director of Schools Greg Martin.

The policy was one of eight revisions approved during first readings. Curriculum Development states a unified curriculum shall be developed

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I am very sympathetic to parents who make claims that the school district in their community is tone-deaf, and will not listen. I have called and emailed school superintendents myself across the state and, on occasion, failed to receive a courtesy response. I will often just pick up a phone Bowman and call them or their Board Chair when they failed to respond. I think persistence is key in some cases. However, some superintendents fail to understand their lack of response is harmful to the image of a district. Parents are in a different position.

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Many are young parents, and do not know how government works, or is supposed to work. In many cases, this leads to a lack of parent engagement. In public education, we must solicit more, not less, community involvement. We must all work to hold our superintendents accountable in regard to educational, financial, and administrative performance. There is growing debate on whether districts should return to electing these school management leaders; we have generally opposed such legislation, believing school boards can make good choices and hold superintendents accountable. We acknowledge that many school districts do a better job of this than other school districts. Notably, urban districts have consistently had much turnover in their leadership versus rural districts across the state. Constant turnover also hurts the elected versus appointed superintendent debate. School boards must

elect good candidates with community input. School boards must embody the beliefs and values of their community. School board members should be as diverse as the citizens they serve. We should thank the men and women who are serving our communities as school board members more often. They are too often unappreciated, and it is often a thankless but needed job. We need more people with management and education backgrounds to consider running for the school board in their community. The pay isn’t great, but the rewards are immeasurable. The Tennessee Schools Boards Association has some great information on their website for those interested in this critical role. School boards should provide superintendents latitude in regards to leadership, vision, and strategic


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and future residents. All individuals providing residential property will be encouraged to have tenants fill out, sign and return the contract to the Solid Waste Office. Individuals with rental residential property will be informed of the actions made possible by the 10 remaining procedures and all delinquent accounts on rental property will result in liens against the property owner and judgements against the unpaid tenant. • Residential solid waste service rates will be established annually by the McNairy County Commission and set by the current contracted rate that the county is billed for. Any funds provided to McNairy County for solid waste collections will be utilized to reduce the total cost to the county and solid waste accounts. This solid waste fee rate will be established by dividing he number of residents served by the total projected cost of the service being billed to the county then adding five percent for overages and unforeseen expenses. • All residents will be provided an uniform commercial waste container provided by the contracted service provider. The information collected by the uniform commercial waste container will be utilized by the service provider and McNairy County Solid Department to keep accurate, up-to-date locations and house/collection count. • The McNairy County Solid Waste Department will provide quarterly educational meetings/ events to inform citizens of the importance of recycling and reduction of waste materials being discarded from the county.


thinking on how to address the performance in those areas. And we must expect them to communicate effectively to all stakeholders. There is no doubt we have some excellent leaders across our state. These exceptional leaders share many characteristics. A superintendent must understand effective academic practices and be supportive of the teachers and administrators in the district. Leadership, vision, and strategic thinking are critical skills for every superintendent. A successful superintendent will also be an effective and excellent communicator. The communication part starts with returning emails and


Included but not limited to the information will be the cost savings to the county and the residents in the reduction of tipping fees charged by the service provider. • If the account holder has a vacant property/garbage service and can provide minimum usage documentation from Pickwick Electric Cooperative, billing for that documented time period will be terminated. If payment has been made during the documented vacancy, it will be provided a credit to the account holder. • Any and all accounts are defined as delinquent if unpaid on and after 121 days from the last billing statement. At that time the Solid Waste Department will notify the account holder by certified mail outlining the delinquency and a request to meet in the Solid Waste Office to draft a payment plan. • The McNairy County Solid Waste Office will make all attempts to contact all delinquent accounts via emails and or personal visits each quarter. • Payment plans can be drafted to reduce payment for no more than two billing cycles – six months – but must be paid in full and current with 60 months from the date the delinquency began. All payment plans will be set up at a five percent interest rate. All late fees will stop with the implementation of a payment plan. The payment plan will contain the name, addresses of the account holder’s residence and work, Social Security number, phone numbers and driver’s license number. A payment plan drafted and carried out will stop all proce-

phone calls. I have been critical over the years of many things in public education. From lack of focus or poorly defined goals to disagreement with curriculum or self-serving unions. However, I have always tried to do what my mother advised, “If you are going to criticize, offer a solution.” Teddy Roosevelt blatantly made it clear, “It is not the critic who counts; but rather the man who is actually in the arena.” For education leaders to be successful they must communicate effectively. As a practitioner of my craft, I love reading what is going on in other schools and districts across the state. Every Monday in my email inbox appears a weekly Marczak Monday Memo from Chris Marczak, the super-

dures for court injunctions. If the account holder does not make payments as outlined in the payment plan within 30 days, the payment plan is null and void. • If accounts are delinquent for more than 60 days, the McNairy County Solid Waste Department will publish delinquent accounts in all county newspapers. • If an account holder of the McNairy County Solid Waste Department is provided bankruptcy documentation, all interest or late fees will be stopped until a payment plan is established by the bankruptcy court. The account will not be named in the delinquency list provided to newspapers. • Court filings – The McNairy County Solid Waste Department will produce a list of all delinquent accounts with four consecutive quarters to the county attorney The county attorney will utilize the list provided by the McNairy County Solid Waste Department to file suit every three months against delinquent accounts over four consecutive months. All avenues for collections will be utilized by the county attorney. Details for judgements and liens to be drafted by the county attorney will need approval by the McNairy County Commission. Hunt’s motion was based on 100 percent collection. “This fixes everything except one thing – getting people to pay,” said Hunt. Discussion on the motion lasted around an hour before it was tabled until the February meeting. “The county can’t continue to operate like this,” said 2nd

intendent of Maury County Schools. It is a great example of effective communication and a model that some districts should adopt. However, school updates are not a substitute for responding to direct emails or telephone calls. Something I am sure Dr. Marczak would agree, as he also excels in returning calls and emails. At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln stated that our government was “for the people.” Cynics take that a step further and tell us government is for those who make themselves effectively heard. That is why it is most critical for elected and appointed officials to communicate clearly, concisely, timely and effectively. For school leaders, it is even more critical.

District Commissioner Terry McCormick, who has supported a Private Act Resolution to the garbage issue. “Hardeman County has jumped this hurdle and have been successful.” Fifth District Commissioner Philip Hollingsworth applauded Hunt for bringing the motion to the floor. “Rates and collections are the two elephants in the room,” he said. “We inherited a problem that was a bad business model.” The county is expected to lose another $108,945.24 this year. Just over $70,500 has been awarded to the county through a $250,000 TVA grant that was used to supplement the budget. The county will get around another $70,527 of that grant in April, but isn’t expected to see the rest. “That means we could lose over $481,000 this calendar year,” said Smith after adding the $373,000 expected solid waste loss. Smith said he would feel more comfortable with county attorney Craig Kennedy reading over Hunt’s motion before it came to a vote. “Everything mentioned in the compromise motion has already been presented in a Solid Waste Committee meeting, but failed because it didn’t get a second,” said Smith. “I believe Brad really wants to help, but we are already doing 90 percent of what is in the motion ... I don’t see it being a fixit-all for solid waste.” A house count of solid waste customers has been completed. The number is 7,017 with 163 vacant houses to make the total 6,854. Currently, 4,964 customers – 73 percent – are paying $10 a month.

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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 Greg Brasher, Pastor Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. West Shiloh Baptist Church 282 W. Shiloh Church St., Stantonville 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. &

6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. (731) 239-9691

Adamsville Church of Christ 243 E. Main St., Adamsville Van Vansandt, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Cypress Tank Church of Christ 2645 Cypress Tank Rd., Pocahontas Dr. Brian Jackson, Minister Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Eastside Church of Christ 1366 E. Poplar, Selmer Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Forrest Hill Church of Christ Forrest Hill Subdivision Hwy 45 S., Selmer Shobeck Dethrow, Minister Fourth Street Church of Christ 142 N. Fourth St., Selmer Brian Stephens, Minister Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Liberty Church of Christ 1005 North Liberty Road Michie, TN 38357 Minister: Jeff Harville (205) 712-3502 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Stantonville Church of Christ 8228 Hwy 142, Stantonville Randy Cook, Minister Matt Cook, Minister Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Discussion Class: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday: 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. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m.

2768 Chamber Store Rd., Michie Rev. Alvin Jones, Pastor Sunday Worship: 10 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

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

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.

Michael Price, Pastor Sunday: 2 p.m. / Thursday: 7 p.m. PRESBYTERIAN Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church 59 4th Ave., Bethel Springs Rev. Gary Anderson Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Bethesda Presbyterian Church 50 Bethesda Loop, Selmer Bro. Chris Dancer, Pastor 610-1859 Sunday School: 10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. First Presbyterian Church USA 800 Poplar Ave., Selmer Dr. James Jones, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. 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

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 S.S.: 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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Taking a look back at Selmer city life By Nancy Kennedy Tidd Bitts

About 130 years ago, land was set apart for the Town of Selmer and in a couple of years they had about 40 houses and 200 people. The big dream “Light the Town” became a reality in 1908 when Mr. Allen owned a gin and put in a plant to provide electricity. The next year showed the town was moving upward. They had sidewalks, a telephone exchange and Judge Wood owned the first car in town. When the courthouse was built a wooden walk was built from the front door to the railroad in the middle of Court Avenue where people could walk. Horses, buggies and wagons going in from the railroad stayed on one side and going out stayed on the other Kennedy side. In 1913, the newspaper stated the citizens were boosting the effort to build up the town. They had several stores, a depot, a couple of livery stables, along with a flour mill and a grain mill. One harness shop and at least one blacksmith. Drug stores did not exist back then but Ernest Smith and Benjamin were druggists. Four doctors were in the town – Dr. Bell, Dr. Kendrick and two Dr. Smiths and three lawyers, Houston, Williams and Abernathy. There were two hotels – one by the railroad and one a couple of blocks away. Laney Beaty – our famous photographer – took thousands of family pictures and had a shop in Selmer. There was silversmith, Troy Brooks had a coffee shop and A.H. Joplin was a bartender. Mr. Purviance – editor of the paper – printed people’s response to “What does Selmer need most?” Selmer was known for several other things: – More harmony among people – both in business and religion – Cleanliness on the streets and alleys – More interest in a good school – Inspiration – More money and loose purse strings – A real genuine spiritual revival of religion – Merchants unite together – Sanitation and put the bums to work – More boosters and less knockers – Some factories with jobs – McNairy High School – Energetic, live wide-awake merchants, lawyers, doctors and businessmen – Progress.

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Truckers have something to chew on By Slim Randles Home Country

It happened when two unfamiliar truck drivers came in the Mule Barn and took seats at the Round Table. Not that we wouldn’t have invited them to sit down, if they’d asked. Hey, we’re friendly guys. Usually we’re at the counter … you know … the Philosophy Counter. But this morning, due to nasty weather, the numbers of the world dilemma think tank experienced some overflow.

But there were still two corked off. I slipped a litseats left at the Round tle pillow under his head Table until those truck- and covered him with a baby blanket. He ers came in and didn’t even move flipped over their or snore or anycoffee mugs. thing.” We all exWe stole changed names glances at the two and then got down newcomers to see to business. Monif they were going key business, of to ask. course. They decided No one was to ride it out a shocked when little longer and Doc kicked it off. Randles just wonder about “ C h i p p e r ’s Chipper, Doc’s imaginary gone to ground,” he said. squirrel. “Hibernation, Doc?” “Has he recovered from “Yep. Curled right up there in his little bed and the kidnapping yet?” asked

Dud. “Technically,” Doc said, “it was a blatant squirrel napping, complete with ransom. I was so glad to get him back unharmed, I’m afraid I almost overdosed the little guy with nuts.” “Hibernation’s a good thing for Chipper,” continued our local doctor. “Sure saves money on Squirrel Chow.” Those two new truckers will have something to chew over for the next hundred miles or so. We don’t charge for this, you know.

Be wise to consider ramifications By Roger Howell Guest Columnist

I was thinking the other day about all the stunts boys would pull in junior high and high school to get a girl’s attention. In the adolescent mind of a male, the more outrageous the act, the better. I don’t know if young ladies were impressed or if they thought all boys possessed the brain of a marsupial. This reminded me of my late friend J.Q. Ford of Dekalb, Miss. He was the son of Doctor Ford who ran a medical clinic many years ago in Brownfield, Miss. The community of Brownfield doesn’t qualify as a wide place in the road. It snuggles against the Tennessee State Line so close in fact that a tall man can stand in the middle of the highway there and see the gas pumping station at Middleton crossroads. Please allow me to digress for a moment. I have a friend who served in Vietnam. When he showed up for induction the sergeant, glancing at his clipboard asked my friend where he was born. With a quick and proud retort he said “Tennessee.” The sergeant barked “no you were born in Mississippi.” My friend was taken aback by such an absurd statement. But after ruminating on it for a moment, he suddenly remembered the Ford Metropolitan Clinic. Sure enough, he had in deed discovered America there on the state line. It was a bitter pill to swallow. You know the saying “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion

still.” To this day my friend remains adamant that his feet were in Tennessee. Now back to my story. According to J.Q., he and some other grown boys were hanging around the Middleton depot late one Saturday morning when the No. 36 train pulled in from the west. The boys had been eyeing a bevy of young ladies across the way. Of course they were too timid to just go over and talk to them. Then it happened. The bravest of the bunch, (perhaps brave is not the exact word) decided that this was his moment. He would perform an feat that would endure across the ages. He would jump on the side of a passenger car, ride it 50 feet and jump off landing on his feet like a professional bull rider. Sure enough, as the train began to pull out, he ran and stuck himself to the side of he last passenger car like bubble gum on a bed post. Unfortunately, he didn’t see the line of box cars on the side track almost touching his backside as the train passed. By the time he cleared the rolling stock the train was going too fast to take his leave. Those who saw the feat were quite astonished. Some gasped, others pointed and laughed as the young man disappeared down the rails. His buddies turned to each other in disbelief, then jumped into a ragged sedan and raced toward Walnut and U.S. Highway 72. The train had already hit full speed. By the time it takes your mother to throw a dish pan of water off the

back porch, he turned and caught a blurred glance at a church building in Pocahontas. I suppose he considered religion owing to the fact that his life would be cut short. Up ahead, he could hear the blaring horns from the engine, and below his little toe hold were tons of rolling wheels that sounded like March wind through a pine forest. It took J.Q. and the boys a half hour at top speed to make Corinth, fearing that their friend was lying dead in a barrow ditch along the tracks with his arms and legs bent in directions they shouldn’t. The boys breathed a collective sigh of relief when they met the buckaroo walking out of Corinth city limits. His oiled hair was blown back to the point that he looked like a crested bird. Every button had been whipped off his shirt, and its tail had waved and snapped in the wind like a torn sail in a hurricane. His shoe laces and pant legs had slapped his ankles raw, and his face was spattered with bugs. He climbed into the back seat, and begged a smoke, but his hands shook so badly that another fellow had to light it. He was the butt end of jokes for several weeks. Folks began calling him caboose. From that time on, he wouldn’t talk about the famous ride. I don’t know if today’s young bucks still cut a shine when the opportunity presents itself. If you do it would be wise to consider the ramifications before you turn to your buddies and say “watch this.”

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 • 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 • Sgt. 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

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“It takes 40 percent of identifiable students to qualify,” she said. Efforts are made each April to re-certify. The 20182019 saw a dip in the percentage of 48.32 to 38.99. “We would to be at 48.32 percent or above to re-certify,” said Brooks. McNairy County uses the 77-23 formula. That means it receives free reimbursement on 77 students out of 100 and paid reimbursement on 23. Free reimbursement rates for lunch are $3.50. Breakfast free reimbursement is $2.20 and 94 cents



“I lost,” he said. “But like a lot of other contests, they wanted to keep up the interest.” Carothers filled a wild card spot for a person who didn’t make the national contest. Carothers’ wife, Jill took to social media for the contest. “She rallied the troops,” he said. The competition was held at Alan Jackson’s AJ’s Good Time Bar. “That’s my stomping grounds,” he said. “When I showed up, it was full of my friends and fans.” Carothers started in Nashville by singing at the George Jones Museum. “I started playing pretty much right away after moving to Nashville,” he said. “I moped around the house for a month or two.” He met a woman at the museum who asked him to play and sing for her. “She was (George Jones’ widow) Nancy Jones, but I didn’t know

for after-school snacks. Paid reimbursement rates are 41 cents for lunch and 31 cents for breakfast. “Participation in the program is what brings in money,” said Brooks. “Our department has to make money before it can spend it.” Brooks said if the CEP was lost, prices would increase. “We are going to visit with principals and data entry people at each school to see if we can increase the identifiable student percent,” said Brooks. The nutrition department has a budget of $2.5 million with food costs being over $1 million. that at the time,” he said. “I bumped into her and spoke to her. “I was there almost everyday. It gave me more credibility than I deserve because I could say I played at George Jones. That opened doors for us.” One song on Carothers’ latest album is titled “Papaw’s Little Truck,” about trucks his grandfather, Jerald Gilchrist owned. “We would joke around about that truck because it was held together with bailing twine,” he said. Carothers plays regularly at the Good Time Bar and the George Jones Museum, as well as festival dates throughout the spring and summer. Carothers played at the Country Gold Festival in Imomota, Japan. “I was totally surprised,” he said. “In the last three years, I’ve played in Japan, Norway, all the U.S., including Alaska,” he said. “I couldn’t have shown you where Norway was on a globe three years ago, but now I’ve been there twice.”


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in almost every program with placement,” said Teague. Programs of study offered in the county at either or both McNairy Central and Adamsville High School include Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Architecture & Construction, Arts, Audio and Visual Tech, Business Management, Education & Training, Finance, Health Science, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety and Corrections, Marketing, STEM and Transportation. STEM programs are also available at Selmer Middle School and Ramer and Michie elementary schools. “Work-based learning is the most beneficial thing we do,” said McNairy Central High School Assistant Principal Cristy King. “It’s key to our success in the programs.” Agriculture, Health Science and Information Technology are three of the most important programs at


MCHS. Human Services and Law, Public Safety and Corrections is among the top programs at AHS. “The occupations students in the county choose are the ones they know most about,” said Teague. Employer needs and programs being offered according to need or student interest were some issues discussed. “A lot of employers are not paying at the rate that sustain employees,” said Molly Cheshier with GEAR UP in the county. “Several positions don’t hold people here.” That’s an issue for McNairy County Director of Schools Greg Martin. “What can we do to raise the standard of living in McNairy County is my concern,” said Martin. “Our kids get slammed with that they don’t know how to work ... industry is missing a huge opportunity by not talking to people who know these kids the best.” Martin said the most valuable

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ACCEPTING BIDS The McNairy County Board of Education is accepting bids for the purchase and installation of access control systems at Selmer Elementary School, Camera Installations at McNairy Central High School and Adamsville High School and Fencing Construction at Ramer Elementary School. Project information can be picked up in person at the board office. All bids are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31th, 2020.

said Val Deutsch. “We usually install four at each home.” (People can call the McNairy County Mayor’s Office to register for smoke detector to be installed. The number is 645-3472.)

due to the condition of older vans,” said Martin. “If we can come up with more CTE money, it will be used on the final cost.” • Elected board members Molly Moore and Brian Rowsey to serve of the Teacher of the Year selection committee.

dent Wellness and Separation Practices for Tenure and Non-Tenured Teachers. The removal of Policy 6.603 was also approved. Teachers will now be required to give a 30 working day notice instead of a 30-day notice when it comes to resignation under the Separation Practices for Tenure and NonTenured Teachers revision.

RAMER – Dawson G. Dickey, Honors; Sarah Anne E. Martin, High Honors; Jackson T. Petty, Highest Honors; Lauren E. Rhodes, High Honors; Rebecca M. Spencer, Honors and John

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people in the room on Monday were school counselors. “They are a huge resource for industries to call on,” he said. “Counselors can tell them who they need to hire.” Hudson suggested a job fair to solve the disconnect between industries and schools. “A job fair or career exploration day is a good place to start,” said Hudson. “We want to open the door to conversations with the end goal to get students a career.” McNairy Central holds a college and career day each year that AHS students also attend. “Students want to be engaged,” said AHS Counselor Jana Bowen. “Someone standing up there just giving them information isn’t going to work ... it has to be something eye-opening.” Finding the perfect solution will not be easy, according to Hudson. “It’s not going to be an easy task and we aren’t going to solve it today,” he said.

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Wednesday, january 15, 2020

District 14-AA Girls (Through Jan. 13)

Staff Photo by Joel Counce

District Overall McNairy 5-0 11-3 South Side 4-1 14-4 Scotts Hill 3-2 12-2 Chester Co. 3-2 8-9 Lexington 3-2 6-12 Riverside 1-4 6-11 Adamsville 1-4 4-12 North Side 0-5 0-10

District Rout

The Adamsville Cardinals collected their first District 14-AA win with a 72-40 rout of North Side on Friday. Lady Cardinal Chloee Swearingen (at left) breaks the defensive pressure of South Side during a Jan. 7 contest at Adamsville. The Lady Cardinals rebounded from the loss to the Lady Hawks to whip North Side on the road. AHS will play host to Chester County on Friday before entertaining Scotts Hill on Jan. 21 in a district contest.

Scores – Jan. 7 McNairy 61, Chester Co. 35 South Side 65, Adamsville 37 Scotts Hill 60, Riverside 38 Lexington 77, North Side 23 Jan. 10 McNairy 50, Lexington 36 Adamsville 72, North Side 40 Scotts Hill 68, Chester Co. 44 South Side 79, Riverside 39 Schedule – Jan. 17 McNairy at Riverside Chester Co. at Adamsville South Side at North Side Scotts Hill at Lexington Jan. 21 McNairy at North Side Scotts Hill at Adamsville South Side at Lexington Riverside at Chester Co.

Boys South Side North Side Lexington McNairy Scotts Hill Chester Co. Adamsville Riverside

District Overall 5-0 15-0 5-0 9-3 3-2 8-8 3-2 7-7 3-2 9-5 1-4 2-14 0-5 5-12 0-5 4-13

Scores – Jan. 7 McNairy 87, Chester Co. 68 South Side 66, Adamsville 31 Scotts Hill 55, Riverside 37 North Side 63, Lexington 48 Jan. 10 Lexington 54, McNairy 52 North Side 66, Adamsville 39 Scotts Hill 75, Chester Co. 62 South Side 71, Riverside 29

Local Schedule Thursday, January 16

Jr. High Basketball Adamsville at Michie, 6 Selmer at Ramer, 6

Friday, January 17

High Basketball McNairy at Riverside, 6 Chester Co. at Adamsville, 6

Prep Boxes Friday, Jan. 10 McNairy 50, Lexington 36 McNairy 23 6 7 14 – 50 Lexington 14 6 11 5 – 36 MCNAIRY CENTRAL (50): Khyla Wade-Warren 18, Temperance Walker 16, Alexis Moore 8, Darby Dickey 4, Lainey Hensley 2, Maddie Kirk 2. LEXINGTON (36): Diamond Hillard 19, Candance Butler 6, Jadyn Yarbro 5, Zuey Haynes 4, Makyla Herndon 1, Sarah Simmons 1. 3-pointers: (M) Wade-Warren 2, Walker. Records: McNairy 11-3, 5-0 in 14AA; Lexington 6-12, 3-2. Monday, Jan. 13 (G) Selmer 26, Michie 25 @ Michie Selmer 5 7 10 4 – 26 Michie 6 7 6 6 – 25

Lady Cards collect first league win By Joel Counce Staff Writer

JACKSON – Adamsville’s Kyla Sanders and Greenlea Lipford combined for 30 points in a 72-40 trouncing of the North Side Lady Indians on Friday. The Lady Cardinals (4-12, 1-4 in District 14-AA) had at least three points from 10 different players. Adamsville took control of the contest with a 25-7 second period en route to a 38-16 halftime lead. The Lady Cardinals held North Side to 29 percent shooting from the field. Jada Wynn finished with nine points as the Lady Cardinals collected their first league win.

(G) Adamsville 72, North Side 40 Adamsville 13 25 20 14 – 72 North Side 9 7 10 14 – 40 ADAMSVILLE (72): Kyla Sanders 17, Greenlea Lipford 13, Jada Wynn 9, Alyssa Bowles 8, Khloe Ganus 7, Kayla Godwin 6, Tillie Cima 3, Madison Harris 3, Kallie Martindale 3, Chloe Swearingen 3. 3-pointers: (A) Sanders 4, Ganus, Swearingen, Wynn. Record: Adamsville 4-12, 1-4 in 14-AA.

South Side 65, Adamsville 37

AHS fell behind early and dropped a district decision on Jan. 7. Jada Wynn scored seven

15. Taylia Canthon added 11. South Side 65, Adamsville 37 South Side 14 23 16 12 – 65 Adamsville 5 10 12 10 – 37

straight points for the Lady Cardinals to make the score 35-14 with 2:56 left in the first half. Wynn and Chloee Swearingen scored nine points each to lead Adamsville. Timia Lawson led South Side with 17 points. Tia Hymon scored

Lady Bobcats lead District 14-AA race By Joel Counce Staff Writer

LEXINGTON – McNairy Central raced to a 13-4 lead and held off a third period Lexington Lady Tigers rally to take a 50-36 victory on the road Friday. “It was ugly, but it was a win,” said McNairy Central Head Coach Jerry Lott. “An ugly win is better than any loss.” McNairy Central (11-3, 5-0 in District 14-AA) is now in sole possession of first place in the district. MCHS held the Lady Tigers without a 3-point basket on Friday. The Lady Bobcats opening run was capped by a Temperance Walker 3-pointer with 4:05 left in the first. Walker scored nine in the first period. McNairy Central’s Alexis Moore scored four of the Lady Bobcats six points in the second period. The Lady Bobcats led 29-20 at the half. McNairy Central managed only seven third period points, and the Lady Tigers pulled within 36-31 on a Diamond Hillard layup with 39 seconds left in the third. The Lady Bobcats opened the fourth with a 10-3 run to take a 46-34 advantage on four straight Walker points, the last a putback with 3:15 left to play. Seniors Khyla Wade-Warren and Walker scored six each in the final frame to secure the victory, “They wanted the ball there at the end,” said Lott. “When it gets down to crunch time, they wanted it.” Wade-Warren finished with 18 points. Walker finished with 16 to go with eight steals, six assists and six rebounds. Moore finished with six points and six rebounds. MCHS continues 14-AA play on Friday with a contest at Riverside.

Staff Photo by Joel Counce

McNairy’s Jilli Johnson applies defensive pressure during the Lady Bobcats district win over Lexington on Friday.

Lexington holds off McNairy Central By Joel Counce Staff Writer

SELMER (26): Aleria Faulkner 13, Neely Hodum 7, Anna Clayton 2, Destiny Weekly 2, Allie Maxedon 2. MICHIE (25): Shelby Harris 12, Kennedy Cleary 5, Isabella Brown 3, Ava Nabors 2, Mia Malone 2, Natalie Stricklin 1. Record: Selmer 4-6, 4-2 in county play. (B) Selmer 53, Michie 44 Selmer 17 14 19 3 – 53 Michie 6 11 14 13 – 44 SELMER (53): Jabari Melton 19, Tanner Kirk 16, Jackson Overton 6, Darrien Clark 6, Bryce Whitten 3, Reece Holcombe 2, Tyuss Harris 1. MICHIE (44): Asa Baker 32, Christoper Miller 8, Aiden Davis 2, Avery Burks 2.

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SOUTH SIDE (65): Timia Lawson 17, Tia Hymon 15, Taylia Canthon 11, Albany Collins 5, Tanautica Whiteside 5, Mykaylah Gray 4, Katlyn Rogers 4, Haylee Butler 3, Jakarrah Anderson 2, Elizabeth Vales 1. ADAMSVILLE (37): Chloee Swearingen 9, Jada Wynn 9, Kyla Sanders 7, Tillie Cima 6, Kallie Martindale 3, Madison Harris 2, Khloe Ganus 1. 3-pointers: (S) Butler, Canthon, Whiteside, (A) Wynn 2, Martindale, Sanders.

Mason Latham goes to work inside for the Bobcats.

Staff Photo by Steve Beavers

LEXINGTON – McNairy Central’s rally fell short in a 54-52 loss to the Lexington Tigers on Friday. McNairy Central (7-7, 3-2 in 14-AA) trailed by as much 11-5 in the first before they rallied to tie the game at 11 on a Kameron Starks’ layup with 1:26 left to go in the first. Lexington ended the first half on a 12-3 run to take a 23-14 lead. Marqkis White pulled the Bobcats within 30-27 in the third on a layup with 4:47 left in the period. The Tigers ended the period on an 8-0 run to push their lead to 44-31 after the third. Jasper Sanders scored five straight to cap an 18-7 McNairy Central run and get the Bobcats within 51-49 with 37

seconds left to play. Sanders scored 15 in the final frame and led McNairy Central with 20 on the night. Tristin Roberts led Lexington with 20. Lexington 54, McNairy 52 McNairy 5 9 17 21 – 52 Lexington 9 14 21 11 – 54

LEXINGTON (54): Tristin Roberts 20, Justin Russell 11, Caleb Gordon 7, Rodarus Transor 7, Michael Leslie 5, Wyatt Davis 2, Tanner Neisler 2. MCNAIRY CENTRAL (52): Jasper Sanders 20, Omari Robinson 9, Marqkis White 9, Mason Latham 8, Kameron Starks 2, Eli Yopp 2. 3-pointers: (M) Sanders 4, (L) Russell 3. Records: McNairy Central 7-7, 3-2 in 14-AA; Lexington 8-8, 3-2.




Lott gets perfect birthday present By Jeff York For the Independent Appeal

Staff Photo by Joel Counce

The Lady Cardinals’ Kara Powers (right) claims a rebound against Ramer in the intra-county matchup in Adamsville on Thursday. The Lady Cardinals rallied to take a 29-25 victory.

Lady Cardinals pull into first with Ramer By Joel Counce Staff Writer

The Adamsville Lady Cardinals rallied from a 17-8 deficit to claim a 29-25 victory over Ramer Thursday. Ramer took the 17-8 lead with a 13-4 run in the second period, capped by a Morgan Palmer layup with 50 seconds left in the first half. The Lady Cardinals fought to 1715 on Kami Adkins’ layup off a Katelyn Doran assist with 4:30 left in the third. Ramer pushed the lead back to 23-15 on a pair of Bailee Shelton free throws with 3:10 left in the third. The Lady Cardinals took their first lead of the second half on a Miley Samples 3-pointer with 1:16 left in the third period. A stifling Adamsville defense held the Lady Eagles without a field goal over the final 9:28.

Cardinals 33, Eagles 29 Adamsville raced to an early 13-4 lead en route to the win. The Cardinals’ opening spurt was fueled by a 13-2 run, capped by a Reed Harmon 3-pointer with 2:02 left in the first half. The Eagles got as close as 20-15 on a C.J. Essary free throw at the 2:20 mark in the third. Ramer scored the last five points of the game. Maddox Smith led the Cardinals with 11. The Eagles’ C.J. Essary led all scorers with 16. Ramer closes the regular season on Thursday by hosting Selmer. (G) Adamsville 29, Ramer 25 Adamsville 6 4 14 5 – 29 Ramer 9 8 6 2 – 25 RAMER (25): Morgan Palmer 11,

Lena Taylor 7, Shelby Smith 4, Bailee Shelton 2, Jaley Bolen 1. ADAMSVILLE (29): Kami Adkins 15, Miley Samples 7, Katelyn Dornan 4, Jamison Graham 2, Emylee Weathers 1. 3-pointers: (A) Adkins 2, Samples, (R) Palmer. Records: Adamsville 7-4, 5-2; Ramer 6-6, 5-2. (B) Adamsville 33, Ramer 29 Adamsville 5 9 11 8 – 33 Ramer 2 6 9 12 – 29 RAMER (29): C.J. Essary 16, Ethan Johnston 8, Kylin Allen 2, Will Owens 2, Collin Gray 1. ADAMSVILLE (33): Maddox Smith 11, Ashton Duke 7, Reed Harmon 7, Julius Brown 4, Duke Samples 4. 3-pointers: (A) Duke, Harmon. Records: Adamsville 7-4, 5-2; Ramer 5-7, 4-3.

Adamsville Cardinals drop pair to Jackson clubs By Joel Counce Staff Writer

The Adamsville Cardinals dropped a 66-39 decision to the North Side Indians on Friday. Adamsville shot 50 percent from the field for the contest and 33 percent from 3-point range.

North Side 66, Adamsville 39 Adamsville 4 18 13 8 – 39 North Side 22 20 15 9 – 66

3-pointers: (A) Case, Johnson. South Side 16 Adamsville 11

ADAMSVILLE (39): Landon Smith 9, Ty Case 7, Drake Crabb 6, Blake Luckett 5, Tooty Atkins 4, Connor Godwin 3, Grady Johnson 3, Logan Luckett 1, Ryan Reid 1.

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ADAMSVILLE (31): Landon Smith 13, Connor Godwin 6, Grady Johnson 6, Ty Case 2, Blake Luckett 2, Logan Luckett 2. 3-pointers: (A) Johnson 2.

HENDERSON – McNairy Central Head Coach Jerry Lott received the perfect birthday gift. Lott couldn’t have asked for a better present than the 61-35 whipping of rival Chester County on Jan. 7. McNairy’s win put the team in sole possession of first place in the district. The Lady Bobcats (10-3) are now 4-0 in District 14-AA play. Khyla Wade-Warren posted her seventh straight game with 30-or-more points. She finished the game with 33 points and leads the state in scoring with a 27-point average. Audrey Pierce got the Lady Bobcats off to a flying start with a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter. MCHS outscored Chester 9-2 in the opening minute and extended their lead to 20-4 in the game’s opening period. Chester Co. was hurt by the absence of leading scorer Mia Hurst, who is rehabbing a broken foot. Wade-Warren was the leading scorer for the Lady Bobcats in the first half with 13 points. The Lady Bobcats expanded their halftime advantage to 34-9. McNairy failed to generate much offense in the third quarter scoring only 10 points for their lowest scoring total of the contest. MCHS led 44-20 after three quarters. KWW warmed up to have her best scoring quarter with 13 points in the fourth. She finished the game with four three-pointers. McNairy Chester Co.

(G) McNairy 61, Chester Co. 35 20 14 10 17 4 5 11 15

Latham leads MC to dominant win By Jeff York

For the Independent Appeal

HENDERSON – Senior Mason Latham poured in a career-high 28 points to lead McNairy Central to an 87-68 victory over host Chester Co. in a district encounter on Jan. 7. Latham was especially dominant in the first half when he scored 18 of his game-high total. McNairy’s offensive output was their best of the season and is the first time it has hit the 80-mark this season. The victory pushed McNairy’s record back over the .500 mark to 7-6 and 3-1 in District 14-AA. McNairy’s boys have now compiled a 10-game winning streak over their neighbors from the north. Chester County’s last win over the Bobcats came on Jan. 27 of 2015 by a score of 77-63. The Bobcats let the Eagles know early they planned on extending their winning streak by one more game. MC scored six points in the opening minute to put the Eagles back on their heels. Leading 11-6, McNairy went on a 14-4 scoring blitz to end the first quarter to balloon their lead to 25-10. Latham capped the first quarter with a long jumper to display it was going to be his night. Both teams matched baskets for most of the second stanza with CCHS managing to cut their deficit to 44-32, by halftime. The Eagles junior tandem of Will Brown and Dalton Colbert each scored 15 to keep their team within striking distance of the Bobcats. Jasper Sanders had a good first half with nine points and Omari Robinson added five in the first half. Marqkis White contributed four points to compliment Latham’s 18. Simon Whitaker dropped in six in the third period as did Eli Yopp to help increase McNairy’s advantage to 6749. Latham took game scoring honors for the Bobcats with 28. Sanders chipped in 15. White added 14 and Whitaker finished with 10 points.


3-pointers: (S) Overton 2, Kirk, (M) Baker 2. Record: Selmer 7-3, 7-0.

Bethel Springs Lady Rebels Carissa Moore (left) and Gillian Garner trap Selmer Lady Lion Addie Day.

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MCNAIRY CENTRAL (61): Khyla Wade-Warren 33, Darby Dickey 7, Audrey Pierce 6, Temperance Walker 6, Alexis Moore 5, Jill Johnson 4. CHESTER COUNTY (35): Ava Craddock 11. 3-pointers: (MC) Wade-Warren 4, Pierce 2. Records: MC 10-3, 4-0 in 14-AA; CC 8-8, 3-1.


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ADAMSVILLE (28): Kami Adkins 8, Miley Samples 8, Emylee Weathers 4, Jessica Harpole 2, Mackenzie Luna 2, Jamison Graham 2, Baylee Burns 2. Record: Adamsville 7-5.

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The Selmer Lady Lions closed its home schedule with a win. SMS (3-6, 3-3 in McNairy County play) held off Bethel Springs 26-25 on Thursday. Eighth grader Neely Hodum sent the Lady Lions to intermission with a 14-10 advantage when she connected for a three from the left corner. Selmer pushed the lead to 24-14 in the third. Aleria Faulkner scored four points as the Lady Lions outscored the visitors from the north 10-4. Bethel Springs (8-6, 4-4) mounted a rally in the final period. Bethel’s Mollie Isbell scored six of her team-high eight points in the quarter to help the Lady Rebels outscore Selmer 11-2.

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The Lions hit the Rebels with a 24-0 streak to remain undefeated in county play. Jabari Melton scored all 10 of his points in the opening frame. Tanner Kirk bagged six and Jackson Overton tallied five as the trio combine for 21 of the 24 points. Case Stone and Devin Cruz each had four for Bethel Springs.

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BETHEL SPRINGS (25): Mollie Isbell 8, Carissa Moore 7, Chloe Strickland 4, Kyndal Adams 2, Kayla Moore 2, Gillian Garner 2. SELMER (26): Neely Hodum 9, Aleria Faulkner 6, Destiny Weekly 3, Addie Day 2, Anna Clayton 2, Kendall Vandiver 2, Allie Maxedon 2. 3-pointers: (S) Hodum. Records: Bethel Springs 8-6, 4-4 in county; Selmer 3-6, 3-3.

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BETHEL SPRINGS (15): Case Stone 4, Devin Cruz 4, Ryder Plunk 3, Kaden Barnes 2, Logan Kiestler 1, Kendall Kiestler 1. SELMER (36): Jabari Melton 10, Tanner Kirk 8, Jackson Overton 7, Darrien Clark 4, Mitchell Tucker 3, Tyuss Harris 2, Avion Jackson 2. 3-pointers: (B) Plunk, Stone, (S) Overton. Records: Bethel Springs 2-12, 1-7; Selmer 6-3, 6-0.

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Jonathan Tyler Ray was born March 22, 1990 in Jackson, Tenn., the son of Keena Ray and Stacy Wicker Ray Keen. Jonathan attended McNairy Central High School in Selmer and was a maintenance worker for Quality Metal Stamping, LLC in Henderson. He enjoyed camping and off-road riding on his Honda Safari motorcycle and was always looking for new places to explore. Jonathan’s greatest love, however, was spending time with his daughter and family. Jonathan departed this life on January 7, 2020 in Finger, Tenn. at the age of 29 years, 9 months, 16 days. He is survived by his father, Keena Ray and wife Vicki of Corinth, Miss.; his mother, Stacy (Wicker) Keen and husband Bryan of Henderson, Tenn.; a daughter, Aubrey Elizabeth Ray of Selmer, Tenn.; a sister, Ashley Stolz and husband Aaron of Booneville, Miss.; three brothers: Jarett Wildmon of Marietta, Miss., William Noah Keen and Nathan Bryan Keen, both of Henderson, Tenn.; paternal grandmother Lottie Ray of Selmer, Tenn.; maternal grandmother Pamela Wicker of Finger, Tenn.; two nieces, Emery Sparks and Ezra Kate Stolz; and many extended family and friends. Jonathan was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gene Ray, and his maternal grandfather, James Wicker. Services were held on January 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Shannon Phillips officiating. Burial followed in the Falcon Cemetery at Selmer, Tenn.

Richard Wilbanks was born August 12, 1962 in Selmer, Tenn., the son of Virginia Moore Wilbanks and the late Paul G. Wilbanks. Richard graduated from McNairy Central High School in 1980. He enjoyed his years in high school, earning the mysterious nickname of “Frog” during that time, to which many of his friends still refer. After graduation Richard began working for World Color in Corinth as a machine operator. He took great pride in keeping his machine running smoothly and the number of magazines he produced in the 30 years he was with the Company. After World Color closed Richard was hired as a delivery driver for Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions and worked there until the time of his death. Watching FOX News and going to the lake were two of Richard’s favorite pastimes; he often humorously referred to himself as “the master floater” and “the perfect brother” to his sister Susan. Richard was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church in Ramer and was loved by all who knew him. Richard departed this life on January 11, 2020 in Pocahontas, Tenn. at the age of 57 years, 4 months, 30 days. He is survived by his mother, Virginia Moore Wilbanks of Pocahontas, Tenn.; a sister, Susan Broadway and husband Billy of Pocahontas, Tenn.; a niece, Ashley Hickman and husband Josh of Guys, Tenn.; a great-nephew, Zach Hickman; a great-niece, Stella Hickman; and many extended family and friends. Services were held on January 14, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Dr. Ronald Meeks and Greg Brasher officiating. Burial followed in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery at Selmer, Tenn.

Cleve Emmaline Dickson, lovingly known as Emi, passed away on December 19, 2019 surrounded by her family. Emi was born on November 14, 1937 in Norman, Okla. to D. J. and Erlene Vandever Polley. Emi is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Malcolm Dickson, Jr.; her children, Ange Finn (David) of Humble, Texas, Craig Alan Randolph (Charmane) of Winchester, Va., and Kay Lyn Paez (J. D.) of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; five wonderful grandchildren: Charles Randolph, Ashley Cade (Andrew), Emily Knight, Dareth Finn and Vanessa West (Ben). Emi also had two beautiful great-granddaughters, Isabella Kidd and Lydia Anne Cade. Emi is also survived by her family of the heart, Tad and Mary Tyler and their children Mark and Roseleigh. Emi graduated from high school in Holiday, Texas. She enrolled in the Medical Records Training Program at Hendricks Hospital in Abilene, Texas and was the seventh person in the United States to be certified in that field. She later worked as a legal secretary in Midland and Austin, Texas before retiring. Emi was an excellent seamstress, decorator and collector. Her collection of dishes and teapots were McNairy County famous. Emi was a Pink Lady with McNairy County General Hospital. She was involved with The Literacy Council and served as a board member for The Imagination Library of McNairy County. Emi joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with her husband but always declared she was a Baptist at heart! Emi was preceded in death by her parents, her brother David Polley, and a son, Jay Kent Randolph. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on January 18, 2020 at New Salem Cemetery in Bethel Springs, Tenn. with David Sprenkle officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the McNairy County Imagination Library, 225 Oak Grove Road, Selmer, TN 38375.

Mary Frances Browder Mary Frances Cherry Browder of Selmer, Tenn. was born June 23, 1934 in Savannah, Tenn., the daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Virginia Jones Cherry. She was united in marriage to Horry Spurgeon Browder Jr. on July 27, 1952. They were married for sixty-seven years. Mr. Browder preceded her in death on June 24, 2019. Mrs. Browder was a graduate of Savannah High School Class of 1952. She and her husband owned and operated Browder’s Clothing Store and Cherry’s Casual Clothes in Selmer for many years. Mrs. Browder was a member of Selmer First Baptist Church and a former member of the Eastern Star. Among her enjoyments were reading and working in her flower beds. Mrs. Browder departed this life into eternal life on January 8, 2020 in Selmer at the age of 85 years, 6 months, 16 days. She is survived by three daughters, Diane Graham and husband John Graham of Huntsville, Ala., Dr. Cherry Cockrell and husband Dr. David Cockrell of Stillwater, Okla., Linda Brewer and husband Jeff of Selmer, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Sarah Graham, Jonathan Graham, Rebekah (Graham) Reed, Dr. Cherry Beth (Cockrell)Hakim, Shepard Cockrell, and Matthew Brewer; two great grandchildren, Landon Gandy and Bentley Reed; along with many extended family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Browder was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Cherry Jones of Memphis, Tenn. Funeral services were held on January 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. with Bro. Jetta Forsythe officiating. Interment followed in the Savannah Cemetery at Savannah, Tenn. Serving as pallbearers were Scotty Reed, Jonathan Graham, Matthew Brewer, Clay Thomas, Tony Ervin, Justin Droke. Jerry Prather was Honorary Pallbearer.

Billy E. Strawn Billy E. Strawn was born in Hardin County, Tenn. on February 9, 1928, the son of the late Lloyd Wayne and Luda Harris Strawn. On November 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Kenestene Wood, who survives. Billy served his country in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948. He worked for Garan Manufacturing for 32 years and was plant manager for 27 years. In his spare time he loved hunting and vegetable gardening, especially green beans. Billy departed this life on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Savannah, Tenn. at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 1 day. In addition to his wife of 71 years, Kenestene, he is survived by his two children, Dicky Eugene Strawn of Adamsville, Tenn. and Lisa Lipford of Michie, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; sister, Rachel Farnsworth of Reno, Nev.; and brother, Wayne Strawn of Greenville, N.C. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Susan Thompson, one brother, Frank Strawn and three infant siblings. Visitation was held Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Shackelford Funeral Directors, Adamsville 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A graveside service was held on January 13, 2020 at the Ledbetter Cemetery in Adamsville, Tenn. with Nor Hagy officiating.

Danny Joe Ingle Danny Joe Ingle was born March 30, 1955 in Millington, Tenn., the son of Buford and Francis Matlock Ingle. Danny was a carpenter by trade and a Baptist in belief. He loved spending time with his family, cooking out, camping, and fishing. On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Danny departed this life to be with his Savior. He was 64 years, 8 months and 28 days old. Danny is survived by a daughter, Jana McBride of Selmer, Tenn.; two sons, Josh Ingle and Danny J. Ingle, both of Hornbeak, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five sisters: Linda Gray of Selmer, Tenn., Judy Spence of Ramer, Tenn., Debra Dillon of Michie, Tenn., Lori Boane of Hornbeak, Tenn., and Chasity Tarver of Union City, Tenn.; five brothers: Michael Ingle of Ramer, Tenn., Billy Baggett of Corinth, Miss., and James, Casey, and Chris Tarver, all of Hornbeak, Tenn. Danny was fortunate to have two sets of parents, Buford and Francis Ingle who preceded him in death and Robert and Joann Tarver of Hornbeak, Tenn. In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Ingle; two sisters, Jean Moore and Vickie Tarver; and two brothers, Bobby Baggett and Glen Tarver.

Bobby Joe Henson Sr. Bobby Joe Henson, Sr. was born September 1, 1940 in McNairy County, Tenn., the son of the late Thomas Payne and Annie Belle Garner Henson. Bobby was a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and a member of the Purdy Community Center. He retired from Lofton Chevrolet in Henderson, Tenn. He collected knives, guns and old tools. He loved watching shows about Bigfoot and going to auctions. Bobby also enjoyed listening to preaching, gospel singing and talking to his kids on the phone. Mr. Henson departed this life on January 10, 2020 in Purdy, Tenn. at the age of 79 years, 4 months, 9 days. Mr. Henson is survived by his wife, Sue Dismuke Henson of Purdy; children: Joey Henson and wife Sandy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lori Hensley and husband Robert of Durham, N.C., Bobby Henson Jr. and Kortney of Purdy; siblings: Shirley Harris and husband Bill of Selmer, Judy Lynch of Selmer, James Henson and wife Connie of Selmer, Jerry Henson and wife Sandra of Purdy, Phyllis King and husband Paul of Selmer, Tenn., Anthony Henson and wife Suzanne of Eastview, Jeff Henson and wife Belinda of Purdy; a special sister-in-law, Dianne Ford and husband Scott of Purdy; grandchildren:Landon Henson and wife Mei, Mallory Henson Gage and husband Charles, Sawyer Payne Henson, Aubrey Ray and Madalyn Bloomfield; great-grandchildren: Aiden and Nathaniel Henson; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Henson was preceded in death by a brother, Sammy Henson; and a brother-in-law, Larry Lynch. Services were held on January 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church in Adamsville, Tenn., Randy Latch officiated. Burial followed in the Good Hope Cemetery at Adamsville, Tenn.

Frances Hollie Frances Hollie was born May 31, 1938 in Wayne County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Nathan (Nath) Allen and Laura Virgiline Adkins Tatum. She was united in marriage to Charles Marvin Hollie on July 16, 1960. Mr. Hollie preceded her in death on January 5, 1999, following 38 years of marriage. Mrs. Hollie graduated from Wayne County High School and earned a secretarial certificate from FreedHardeman College; her first job was with the Wayne County Welfare Department. Along with her husband, Mrs. Hollie owned and operated Hollie’s Grocery in Ramer for 20 years. She also worked for Sawmill Furniture, producing baskets for approximately 10 years. Before retiring she worked as a waitress for Ramer Station Restaurant and also helped at the Ramer Water Department two days every week. She could outwork almost anyone and didn’t need a title to keep everything running smoothly. Cooking and crafting were two of Mrs. Hollie’s favorite pastimes; she was known to many as “the pie lady” for her delicious home made pies. She had a warm smile and a positive attitude that won her the affection and admiration of everyone she met. Mrs. Hollie was a faithful member of the Antioch church of Christ, using her talents to reflect the light and love of Christ to everyone. Mrs. Hollie departed this life on January 10, 2020 in Villa Rica, Ga. at the age of 81 years, 7 months, 10 days. She is survived by a daughter, Sherrie Wilson and husband Ray of Ramer, Tenn.; a son, Mark Hollie and wife Diana of Ramer, Tenn.; five grandchildren: Maddie Wilson of Martin, Tenn., Hollie Wilson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Samantha Hollie of Ramer, Tenn., Andrea Badder of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jennifer Voelker of Germantown Hills, Ill.; a brother, Jack Tatum of Linden, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Services were held on January 13, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Ray Wilson and Darrin Stapleton officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Creek Cemetery at Ramer, Tenn. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Church Events • Encounter Community Church You are invited to attend services at Encounter Community Church, 1026 Peach St., Selmer, TN with Pastor Melvin Berry. Sunday morning fellowship is at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday morning service at at 11 a.m. For more information call (731) 645-0055. • Mt. Vinson Bible Study Monthly Bible Study at Mt. Vinson Methodist Church, 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. A potluck meal is served before Bible Study. The church is located at 2100 Tommy Sanders Road in Stantonville, TN. Everyone welcome. January 18 • Beauty Hill UPC Homemade Chili Beauty Hill United Pentecostal Church, 46 Beauty Hill Road, Bethel Springs,Tenn. will have their Homemade Chili Sale on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. For more information or pricing call (731) 453-5547. Pastor Jonathan Tubbs.




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Karen McClain was born September 6, 1955 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Richard J. Metzger and JoAnne Consivine Reilly. She was united in marriage to Rick McClain on July 17, 1982. Karen attended Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was employed as a clerical worker for Farm Bureau in Selmer and also worked with the Selmer First United Methodist Church Preschool and served as church secretary. Watching the eagles at Shiloh and going to the beach were some of Karen’s favorite pastimes, and daisies were her favorite flowers. She was a faithful member of Selmer First United Methodist Church, where she worked with the youth and music programs. Karen departed this life on January 9, 2020 in Selmer, Tenn. at the age of 64 years, 4 months, 3 days. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rick McClain of Selmer, Tenn.; a son, Brandon McClain and wife Ashlee of San Diego, Ca.; a daughter, Katie Turner and husband Cory of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren: Brianna Gilreath, Cierra McClain, Riley McClain, Makenna McClain, and Jessie McClain; a great-grandchild, Dante Gilreath; a brother, Richard Reilly of Hilton Head, S.C.; a sister, Susan Killough of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and many extended family and friends. Memorial services were held on January 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Selmer, Tenn., with Chris Thompson and Joy Weathersbee officiating. Memorials may be made to Compassion International at

Sheila (Susie) Carroll was born in Hardin County, Tenn. on November 9, 1952, the daughter of the late Hurshel and Tinnie E. Wilkerson Bryant. On July 21, 1973 she was united in marriage to Randy Gene Carroll, who survives. Susie, as she was known by everyone, worked for Leapwood Apparel, several other garment factories and also worked as a CNA. She attended White’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Susie departed this life on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Savannah, Tenn. at the age of 67 years, 2 months and 1 day. In addition to her husband of 46 years, Randy of Adamsville, Tenn., she is survived by her children, Melissa Rose Whitman of Adamsville, Tenn. and Jeni Crumby and her husband Bobby of Savannah, Tenn.; grandchildren, Catie Carroll Crumby, Paul Christian Crumby and Mya Pearl Irwin; brother, Danny Bryant and his wife Holly of Linden, Texas; sister, Janey McElroy and her husband Aubrey of Johnson City, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Wayne Atkins of Portland, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Sue Bryant of Adamsville, Tenn.; and a special caregiver and dear friend, Zan Marenchin. Susie was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Susan Annette Carroll, one sister, Edna Atkins and one brother, Jack Bryant. Services were held on January 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville in Adamsville, Tenn. Paul Childers officiated. Burial followed in the Mars Hill Cemetery at Adamsville, Tenn.

Terrell Johnson (T. C.) Cox, son of Cecil and Maydell Johnson Cox, passed away suddenly on October 2, 2019 in Bethel Springs, Tenn. He was born in McNairy County, Tenn. on January 17, 1949 (happy birthday in Heaven, Terrell!). Terrell worked for the ICG Railroad and then owned Midtown/ Terrell’s Tires for many years. He had many customers and friends during those years and he loved each one. He and his wife Kay loved to travel and vacationed in 47 states. They were at the World Trade Center South Tower 8 days before it fell. They owned a place at Pickwick, and loved camping and boating. There has never been a sweeter or nicer man than Terrell. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kay Duffey Johnson Cox; his precious grandsons, Luke and Levi Johnson, who affectionately called him Popeye; and many extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Chris Johnson; a sister, Elois Cox Case; and two brothers, Dr. Elmo Cox and Jerry Donald Cox. Memorial services will be held on January 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Terrell Johnson Cox Memorial Fund, c/o Kay Duffey Cox, 4 Morning Breeze Lane, Jackson, TN 38305.

Mary Ann Moore Mary Ann Moore of Bethel Springs, Tenn. departed this life on January 9, 2020 in Selmer, Tenn. at the age of 82 years, 4 months, 23 days. She was born August 17, 1937 in McNairy County, Tenn., the daughter of the late John D. Crowe and Annie Rea King Crowe. She was united in marriage to Jack E. Moore on August 23, 1955. Mr. Moore preceded her in death on June 4, 1987. Mrs. Moore was a member of Bethel Springs First Baptist Church. She worked in the Cafeteria of the former McNairy County General Hospital. She loved being with her family, cooking for them, and sewing. She is survived by two sons, Bennie Ross Moore and wife Janice of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Kent Moore and wife Linda of Middleton, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Ginger Nicole Hill and husband Adam Hill, Garett Ross Moore (Jessica Nixon); two step grandchildren, Lucas Bizzell and Victoria Bizzell; a sister, Mattie Lee Russom of Fredrick Town, Mo.; nine great grandchildren, Alex Jarnagin, Cole Jarnagin, Case Hill, Jesse Smith, Jack Jarnagin, Greyson Moore, Talon Bizzell, Daulton Hill, Haelynn Moore; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Noah Jarnagin; two brothers, Jimmy Day Crowe and Jerry Allen Crow. Funeral services were held on January 11, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer with Bro. Mike Hollaway, Bro. Jetta Forsythe, and Bro. James Towery officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery near Bethel Springs, Tenn.. Serving as pallbearers were Garett Ross Moore, Alex Jarnagin, Jack Jarnagin, Adam Hill, Thomas Beavers, and Lucas Bizzell. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Cole Jarnagin, Case Hill, Jesse Smith, Greyson Moore, Talon Bizzell, Daulton Hill. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the donor’s choice.

Clarence Borner Clarence Borner was born June 18, 1944 in Moscow, Tenn., the son of the late Sam and Loraine Jamison Borner. Clarence was baptized at Highland Heights church of Christ in 1995. He is preceded in death by a son, Rickey Bernard Borner; two sisters, Sammie Lee Spencer and Linda Sue Borner; a niece, Loretta Wynn; cousin, Tam Hudson. Clarence was united in marriage to Vonnella Amos on April 24, 1989 in Louisville, Ky. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed working outside doing construction and landscaping until his health started to decline. He is survived by his wife Vonnella Borner of Memphis, Tenn.; four daughters, Rochelle Turner and husband Darron of Selmer, Tenn., Jeanette Borner of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Dwanna Yarbro of Lexington, Tenn., Tapitha Glass and husband Calvin of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Donald Borner and wife Elizabeth of Selmer, Tenn., Ronald Borner of Memphis, Tenn., MacAuther Borner of Henderson, Tenn.; two stepsons, Earle McClendon of Orlando, Fla. and Michael McClendon of Indianapolis, Ind.; five sisters, Lois Russell and husband Eugene, Brenda Watson and husband Homer, Dorothy Wynn, Classie Simmons all of Selmer, Tenn., Vera Lynum and husband Daniel of Corinth, Miss.; seven brothers, Thomas Borner and wife Tammy of Saltillo, Tenn., Willie Borner , Billy Ray Borner and wife Tracy all of Selmer, Tenn., Robert Borner, James Borner both of Jackson, Tenn., Sammy Luster, Anthony Luster both of Corinth, Miss.; twenty grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Viennese Yarbrough of Jackson, Tenn., Novena Wyke and husband Earl of Selmer, Tenn., Khogi Walls and husband Alvin of Memphis, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Serfin Amos of Selmer, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Services were held on January 11, 2020 at 12 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Danny Eubanks officiating. Burial followed in the Bethel Community Cemetery at Bethel Springs, Tenn.

Community Events January 13 • MCHS Band Cheese Sale MCHS will begin the sale Monday, Jan. 13 and will end Monday, Jan. 27. The cheese will be delivered on February 3rd thru the 6th. See a band student today for any information and to purchase your favorite cheese. January 15, 16, 17 • Selmer Head Start Selmer Head Start is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year old children to attend pre-school during the 2020-2021 program year. Pre-registration is set for Wednesday, Jan. 15, Thursday, Jan. 16, Friday, Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be at Selmer Center, located on 705 Industrial Park Road in Selmer. Contact Shameka Johnson at (731) 645-8953. January 18 • McNairy Planetarium “Into The Deep” This show “Into The Deep” presents the evolution of deep-sea diving vessels used to explore the ocean environment. Come see this breath-taking journey of sea exploration which combines the history of marine biology and underwater geology. Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Get your tickets at the door.

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January 21 • Purdy Historical Society Program: Show and Tell The Purdy Historical Society will be meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Purdy Presbyterian Church, on Gann Road (Old Purdy). Bring any historical item you would like to our meeting and tell us the story behind it. Items do not have to be Purdy related. Any historical item is interesting! There will be an Old Purdy Trade Day meeting at 5:00 p.m. For more info call/text: 731-610-1716 / 731-434-7400. January 23 • Commodity Distribution Southwest Human Resource Agency will be distributing commodities on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the McNairy County National Guard Armory in Selmer from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Donna Williams Donna Williams was born November 3, 1950 in Knoxville, Tenn., a daughter of Bobby Wallace Holmes and the late Bobbie Jean Emmons Holmes. She departed this life on January 10, 2020 in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 69. Donna spent many years in property management in Dallas and Memphis. She was very active in revitalizing Beale Street in Memphis and was a member of the Sweet Adelines. Donna enjoyed spending time with family and friends, music, singing karaoke, and playing Catchphrase with anyone she could. She is survived by a daughter, Sara Elizabeth Sharp and husband James of Salado, Texas; father, Bobby Wallace Holmes; a sister, Diane Holmes Fowler and husband Mike of Savannah, Tenn.; a brother, Wes Holmes and wife Dana of Selmer, Tenn.; and a large host of friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 12 p.m. until a memorial services at 1 p.m. all held at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn., with Helen Hamilton and Barry Henson officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery in Selmer, Tenn. Memorials in memory of Donna may be made to Methodist Hospice Residence, 6416 Quince Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.

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A heartfelt Thank You to Steve Brown of Fortune Financial, Savannah, Anthony Benton of Jones Ford, Savannah, Timmie Rose of Rose’s Sawmill, Crump, Robert Shackelford of Shackelford’s Funeral Home, Selmer, Michael Barnes, Centennial Bank, Adamsville, Alice Strange Hawkins, Hawk & Co., Selmer, Ms. Amanda, Walmart, Selmer, Minister Paul Robinson, Savannah. These people were such a blessing to Great Evangelical Fruit Basket Outreach and for also contributing to God Pleasers Outreach, “a gift for you a gift for me” children’s Christmas Fund . The children had such a great time shopping at Walmart! Thank you again and again!! God Bless!! You must already be signed up to receive commodities. You may sign up at the Community Service Center located at 145 South Y Square, Selmer. February 15 • AHS Class of 1990 Reunion Adamsville High School Class of 1990 will have their 30 year class reunion on February 15, 2020 from 5-9 p.m. at River Heights Restaurant. Cost is $25 per person and reservations should be made by Jan. 31. For more information please email or



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OAKWOOD APARTMENT RENTALS: Selmer: 1 bedroom: $350.00/ mo. 2 bedrooms: $380.00/ mo. Both require deposits. No pets. (731) 610-2877. (TF) FOR RENT: 2 bdrm., 1 1/2 bath, carport, duplex, CH/A. No pets. $500.00 plus deposit. (731) 610-2877. (34-TF)

Mobile Homes For Sale FOR SALE: Mobile Home 16x70, 2 bdrm., 2 bath, porches and utility pole included. $8,000. (662) 415-1983. (35,36)

Wanted HELP WANTED: Someone to help with moving light furniture. Call (731) 607-4030. (36)

Employment Job Opportunities DRIVERS! No experience? No problem! 14-day, local training in Jackson, TN to earn great pay, benefits, job security. Placement assistance & student tuition loans available. CALL 1-800-423-8820 or go to www. for training opportunity with DRIVE-TRAIN, 119 E.L. Morgan Drive in Jackson. (TF)

Miscellaneous For Sale CARGO CONTAINERS: 20 & 40-foot metal cargo containers for sale. Great for storage. Call for pricing and delivery (731) 689-5616. (46-TF)

Have Something To Sell Or Rent? Advertise it here for only $5 per week (up to 20 words).

(731) 645-5346

Services Professional Services HARRIS HOME IMPROVEMENT: Concrete, dirt work, shingles, siding, flooring & foundations, block, brick, painting and additions. Highly recommended. FREE Estimates. Licensed and insured. (731) 439-0343. (TF) DOUG BUTLER: House leveling, rotting sills, replace floors, cracking brick - 30 years experience. (731) 239-8945, cell (662) 284-6146. Free estimates. (TF) WE MOVE MOBILE HOMES: 20 yrs. experience. Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Do house leveling, floor replacement, support piers installed, porches/decks, underpinning, metal roofs & vinyl siding. FREE ESTIMATES! Call: Tommy Wilson (731) 609-8794. (5-TF) GARZA MANUFACTURED HOUSING: Mobile Home Transporting, Blocking, and Anchoring. Licensed with Tenn. State Fire Marshall’s Office. Call (731) 926-0741. (21-33) APPLIANCE REPAIR. Washers, dryers, refrigerators and stoves. Call Robert at (731) 695-9050 or Lori at (731) 225-9050. (46-13) CAREGIVER SEEKING EMPLOYMENT, 30+ years experience. Former EMT. (731) 4127464. (36-39)



Subscriptions for 1 year $20 for In County $1 off for Senior Citizens Call (731) 645-5346

Roofing Services Storm Damage Insurance Claims Specialist

Shingles • Metal • Wood Repair Vinyl Siding • Painting


Stevie Clark

20 Years Experience (731) 607-3502 Stevie

Local Sales Estimator

24 Hour Emergency Tarping Services

(662) 808-1883 Office WHOLESALE PRICES

10% Off Material and Labor • Seniors, Military, Fire Fighters & Police

(662) 603-7170

Eaglewood III Apartments 200 Bethesda Road Selmer, TN 3 Water 3 Sewer 3 Trash 3 Grounds Care 3 Laundry Facilities Provided

Rental Assistance • Rent $0 - $?

CALL (731) 645-6787 Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider

Hillcrest Meadows Apartments 1 Alta Vista Drive Selmer, TN 38375

(731) 645-5290

Accepting applications for 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments for the Elderly age 62 or older or Disabled of any age. Rent is based on household income. Applications available at the office: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Subsidized and financed through rural development. This institution is an equal opportunity provider & employer

(800) 545-1833 ext. 339 TDD

Public Notice


Public Notice

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE WHEREAS, on September 9, 2009, MEGAN ROSS, now known as Megan Ross Deforest, by Deed of Trust of record in Deed of Trust 397, at Page 1470, in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee, conveyed the following described property in trust to secure the payment of a Promissory Note in the original principal amount of Thirty Eight Thousand Seven Hundred Forty One and 00/100 Dollars ($38,741.00), payable to CENTENNIAL BANK f/k/a Farmers and Merchants Bank; and WHEREAS, the undersigned was appointed Substitute Trustee by Centennial Bank, which appointment will be recorded in the Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee prior to the deed evidencing this sale; and WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness and other provisions of the Deed of Trust have been violated, and CENTENNIAL BANK, the lawful owner and holder of the indebtedness, has declared the entire amount due and payable as provided by the Deed of Trust in accordance with its terms, and instructed the undersigned to foreclose. NOW, THEREFORE, the public is hereby notified that the undersigned Substitute Trustee will sell the hereinafter described real estate at public auction, to the highest and best bidder, for cash in hand paid, at the east door of the Courthouse at Selmer, McNairy County, Tennessee, on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., said property to be sold in bar of the equity of redemption and subject to the lien of all special assessments against it. If the highest bidder cannot pay the bid within a reasonable time to be announced at the sale, the next highest bidder will

be deemed the successful bidder. Lying, and being situate in the 4th Civil District of McNairy County, Tennessee, bounded and described as follows; to-wit: BEGINNING at an axle found in the southern right of way of Old Highway 64, the northeast corner of the Annie Roten lot, see Deed Book 156, Page 266, thence North 89 degrees 55 minutes 37 seconds East for a distance of 119.15 feet with the southern right of way of said Old Highway 64 to an iron pin, thence South 00 degrees 01 minutes 12 seconds West for a distance of 174.84 feet with the western boundary of Tract Two to an iron pin, thence South 89 degrees 55 minutes 37 seconds West for a distance of 119.15 feet with the remainder of Moore property to an axle, the southeast corner of Roten thence North 00 degrees 01 minutes 11 seconds East for a distance of 174.84 feet with the eastern boundary of Roten to the point of beginning. Together with and subject to covenants, easements, and restrictions of record. Said property contains 0.478 acres more or less. (Description taken from prior deed of record) It being the same property as that described in a Warranty Deed from Robert David Aubert and wife, Lisa Aubert, to Megan Ross, dated September 10, 2009, and of record in Deed Book 213, page 57, Register’s Office of McNairy County, Tennessee. Map 072, Parcel 023.08 The street address of the above described property is believed to be 1953 Lawton Rd., Selmer, Tennessee 38375, but such address is not part of the legal description of the property sold herein and in the event of any discrepancy, the legal description herein shall con-


MAINTENANCE MAN • Pay set by experience Apply at Eaglewood III Apartments, 200 Bethesda Road, Selmer, TN

Monday & Thursday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Public Notice trol. SALE IS SUBJECT TO TENANT(S) RIGHTS IN POSSESSION, IF ANY. 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. Other interested parties: None. Title to said property is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell as Substitute Trustee only and will assign to the purchaser all covenants of warranty contained in said Deed of Trust. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. Said sale may be adjourned to another time or may be postponed to another date by public announcement at the appointed time of sale without readvertisement. This office is a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. WITNESS my signature, this the 1st day of January, 2020. KIZER, BONDS, HUGHES & BOWEN, LLC BY: STEPHEN L. HUGHES Substitute Trustee P. O. Box 320 Milan, Tennessee 38358 (731) 686-1198 INSERTION DATES: January 1, 2020 January 8, 2020 January 15, 2020 7495 34, 35, 36 IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF MCNAIRY COUNTY, TENNESSEE In the matter of the adoption of Anthony Joseph Gatewood ARNIE ARNELL GRIGSBY, Petitioner and SHARON MELISSA GATEWOOD, Co-Petitioner vs. ARNOLD JOSEPH SIMMONS, Respondent. No. A-312 ORDER OF PUBLICATION It appearing from the complaint in this cause, which is sworn to, that ARNOLD JOSEPH SIMMONS cannot be personally served with process, it is ordered that publication be made for four (4)


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We are looking for Clean MVR and Good Work Ethic.

Call R.J. One, Inc. (731) 607-4395

Public Notice consecutive weeks in The Independent Appeal, a newspaper published at Selmer, in McNairy County, Tennessee, requiring the said Defendant to defend a civil action, which seeks a Petition for Adoption by filing your answer with the Clerk of the Court, and serving a copy of the answer to the Complaint on: Ross Mitchell, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is: 60 Brazelton St., Unit 5, Savannah, TN 38372, 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 Petition and will be taken for confessed and this cause proceeded ex parte. This the 6th day of January, 2020. Ross Mitchell, Attorney for Petitioner William Cole, Chancellor

7528 35, 36

NOTICE TO CREDITORS As required by Chapter No. 175, Public Acts of Tennessee 1939 as amended by Chapter 229, Public Act of 1971 Estate of URBAN JAMES SPETH, Late of McNairy County, Tennessee Notice is hereby given that on January 9, 2020, Letters of Administration in respect to the Estate of URBAN JAMES SPETH, 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 9th day of January, 2020. Michael Jason Speth Administrator Estate of Urban James Speth By Kim Boals, Clerk & Master 7529 36, 37

HARDIN COUNTY STOCKYARD 3350 Hwy 226 Savannah, TN 38372 (731) 925-3287 (931) 224-2247

MARKET REPORT January 8, 2020 Total HD 595

Last Week 1208 Last Year 595

Cattle 1186 Goats 7 Hogs 15


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161.00-187.00 151.00-161.00 142.00-151.00 134.00-142.00 127.00-134.00 118.00-127.00 109.00-118.00


134.00-142.00 126.00-134.00 121.00-126.00 116.00-121.00 112.00-116.00 103.00-112.00 92.00-103.00

High Dressing Utility Cows 48.00-54.00 High Dressing Slaughter Bulls 67.00-72.00 LOAD LOTS 23 hfrs avg. wt. 488 lbs. 135.00 25 hfrs avg. wt. 593 lbs. 123.00 16 strs avg. wt. 747 lbs. 132.00

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