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A newspaper for and about Decatur County

Vol. 87, No. 8

February 22, 2012

“... thousands of people from the Kentucky line to Pickwick are sad, hurt, and angry.” By Pam McGaha

The Tennessee River plays an integral role in the lives of most Decatur County residents. Early settlers used the river for transportation before roads were built, and located their homes nearby. Fish were abundant, game plentiful, and crops flourished in the rich loam left behind by floods. Stores and other places of commerce lined the banks, and many a Tennessee family was raised on the river. Maggie Lee Sayre, a Decatur County resident who lived 51 years of her life on a river houseboat, chronicled her experiences through the lens of a box camera and brought images of this time to life in Photographs of a River Life, published in 1995. It is not a stretch to say that most residents take fierce pride in our river and the role it has played in our own lives and those of our forebears. It is no surprise, then, that tenants at the Perryville Marina campground are up in arms over news that the Tennessee Valley Authority intends to force them to tear down structures that they have built around their campers and enjoyed for many years; structures that they have just now been informed are non-compliant with TVA guidelines. The residents of the Perryville Marina Campground received letters from the marina on February 1, 2013. “... The TVA has officially informed us that all structures

Residents of the marina campground keep their spaces meticulously neat and warmly engaging with welcoming decks, patios, gardens, and signs. They feel “like family” with each other, and often host cookouts and other events. Their covered spaces offer protection from the elements, and most are shocked and dismayed that their expensive efforts to upgrade their vacation spots may soon be dismantled.

located on their leased property must be removed by March 1, 2012... There cannot be any building of any decks, porches, covers or any structures of any type on any of the camperspaces located on the river front... All structures, decks, porches, (and) covers must be removed from the property no later than February 1, 2013 so we can meet the requirements of TVA...,” the letter read. The TVA is placing increased emphasis on policing

hunting, fishing, camping and bird-watching. According to TVA spokesperson Scott Brooks, the increased emphasis on compliance is aimed at protecting the many public benefits provided by TVA-managed reservoir land. Compliance violations include private boat docks built without a TVA permit or not in compliance with TVA requirements and encroachments include buildings or roads constructed on TVA-managed property. In most cases, the contract does not allow for permanent structures like decks, etc. at campgrounds. TVA staff identifies instances of non-compliance through campground, land use, and contract compliance checks and also by completing annual shoreline inspections. TVA staff typically complete shoreline inspections during the spring and summer months by patrolling the reservoirs by boat to identify any violations of TVA permits and encroachments on TVA property. A similar enforcement effort was conducted last year at more than 100 commercial campgrounds throughout the system. As of November 2010, approximately 270 campgrounds and 230 marinas were in operation along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Of these, 138 campgrounds and 177 marinas are known to require some type of land agreement with TVA in order to operate. The TVA website states,

TVA-managed land and shoreline along Tennessee Valley reservoirs to ensure that any use of any property under their control has a proper permit. The TVA manages the 652-mile Tennessee River, 11,000 miles of shoreline and 293,000 acres of land along the Tennessee River and its tributaries, overseeing land use and development to protect wildlife habitat, preserve water quality and provide recreation opportunities that include See “Paradise Lost?” on B1


Coon Hunt presents big check to St. Jude

Representatives from the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently visited the hospital in Memphis to present the check from the 2011 hunt. Richard C. Shadyac, Jr. accepted the $165,000 check on behalf of St. Jude. Since its inception in 1976, the Coon Hunt has raised $3,971,000.00 for the kids at St. Jude. Pictured above are: Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC (fundraising division of St. Jude), Johnny Gulledge, Glen Wallace, Faye Mooney, Steve Mooney and Mike Yarbro. By Kristen Smith

It’s almost time again for the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will be held at the Decatur County Fairgrounds beginning with the opening ceremony Thursday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. with a free white bean supper to follow at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the weekend there will be lots of entertainment, good food and great company for everyone. Live music will include the Navy Band Marti Gras and 10-O-C.

Something new this year is Game Night. On Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Cornhole tournament, as well as a Rook and Domino tournament. Keeping with tradition, Saturday will include a bench show, water races, live auction and much more. Of course, we look forward to three great nights of hunting. We are hoping for another great year. If you would like more information, to volunteer, or to become a member of the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt, contact Johnny Gulledge at (731) 549-6949.

Rhodes, Gant named Coach, Player of the Year by TBCA By Matt Hernandez

In January the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) held their annual banquet commemorating those who shined on the diamond last year. Once again Stephen Gant took home Player of the Year honors while coach Jeff “Dusty” Rhodes was named Coach of the Year in single A. Gant’s award is one of many he has received as the Panthers ace hurler. The standout has pitched in three state championship games, winning two of those games. The lone loss was his freshman year in a game the Panthers lost in extra innings. Entering his senior year, Stephen already has an impressive career pitching record of 39-3 with 380 strikeouts. He also shines on the offensive side where he has a .467 career batting average with 34 home runs. Gant has already shattered many records at RHS and still has another year to play. He not only shined for the Panthers but for a summer ball team as well where he represented Tennessee in the Junior

RHS senior Stephen Gant was recently named the 2011 Class A High School baseball Player of the Year.

Jeff “Dusty” Rhodes, head coach of the RHS baseball team, was recently named the Class A Coach of the Year.

Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Oklahoma. After beating Georgia 8-0, Gant picked up a 6-1 win over Texas to claim the championship. He was awarded All-Tournament and Most Valuable Player. Gant said of his accomplishment, “It was a great experience to achieve it again. I am thankful to have a great community behind me.” He added, “As far as pitching, Alex Whitwell is my right hand man. He does a really good job of setting up for me and manages the game well.” Coach Rhodes remarked, “Anytime you have someone with the talent Stephen has, combined with his work ethic, you‘re going to get state championships and awards. Stephen has set a high standard for himself and the team as it shows with him already signing with a Division I baseball team.” Coach Rhodes has already created quite a resume as the fourth year coach has an unbelievable record of 104-13 in just three years at Riverside. He has definitely put the Panthers See “TBCA” on A3

A new kind of fire truck Parsons’ men in blue have a new tool in their arsenal: a Hummer equipped with a deludge gun SCBA equipment, lights, radio and far too many other items to list The City of Parsons has a new tool in their arsenal to help with emergency situations. It will aide in everything from fires to extreme emergency situations and it was free to the city as part of the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program. The desert grade Hummer was given to the Parsons Police Department as part of their membership in the LESO government program. Essentially, when the government retires a piece of equipment, members of LESO are eligible to attain them for emergency service use, but they are on a firstcome first-serve basis. “The city is fortunate to have

this at their disposal and we will see it in use in many ways in the future. All the restoration work has been done by the police and firemen and it was at a cost of less than $200,” said Chief of Police Dale King about the new acquisition. The Hummer, referred to as the Emergency Response Vehicle, has been equipped with one of the city’s fire deludge guns which would be very beneficial in the event of a major fire and it can go places a fire truck cannot maneuver. It is also outfitted with SCBA equipment, lights, radio and far too many other items to list but may be required in an emergency situation.


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February 22, 2012

Tennessee Tradition Threatened

Covered shelters such as these not only provide protection from the elements, they also foster neighborly attitudes, community involvement and interaction among the campers, some of whom have held their spaces for as long as 20 years. “We are like family to each other,” said one. Continued from A1

“When violations and encroachments are identified, TVA staff work with affected stakeholders to resolve issues. Voluntary compliance is always the preferred method of resolution.” However, TVA officials do not seem interested in resolving any of these issues, nor negotiations, with regards to this mandate. This renewed interest in enforcement of decades-old laws that have been ignored for years has brought shock and dismay to the many people who have built on and improved their RVs and campers

on land that they were leasing from private marina companies and who had no idea that they were in violation of any statutes. Covered decks, porches and storage areas have been built to enhance their recreational homes, and they have been informed that they must tear everything down at their own expense. Questions are being raised about the lack of any sort of compromise between the TVA and those who have spent their lives enjoying the river, noting that they feel like the TVA has not made any effort to allow special permitting, considered grandfathering clauses, or of-

fered any financial compensation for their losses. Some of those affected have been located in the campground for over 20 years. The disputed structures mainly consist of roofs, porches and decks that have been built, not only to provide shelter from the elements, but also to foster community involvement and interaction. Although affected residents declined to be quoted for this article, emotions are running high and there was no dearth of comments as to the perceived inequities of this new enforcement policy. One resident, who preferred not to be

identified, made the following statement to The News Leader: “At a time when the economy is struggling, and people have made an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a comfortable spot on the river, why TVA chooses to enforce a little known clause in their land management regulations is difficult to comprehend. Some people have had these meager structures on the river since at least 1992. In all these TWENTY years, TVA has not voiced any objection to them. IF the TVA has been going up and down the river every summer looking for violators of the regulations,

how is it that these structures that have been on the very bank of the river as much as TWENTY years, have just now been seen? Now for some reason, they are endeavoring to force individuals to tear down porches, decks and covers that they worked very hard to build, and in many cases put their savings into erecting. “It would seem that by neglecting to enforce a clause for TWENTY years would in some measure reduce the ablity of TVA agency to enforce it with impunity. “It is unconscionable that this can happen without a dialog with TVA regarding some compromise that will achieve the TVA goals, while not destroying the investments, plans and dreams of those who enjoy the Tennessee River. We would welcome direct discussions with TVA in this matter, but so far they have been mute. In the meantime, thousands of people from the Kentucky line to Pickwick are sad, hurt, and angry.” Many perceive this as a targeted enforcement of the area between Kentucky Lake and Pickwick Dam, and wonder aloud if there are plans for the river that have not yet been announced. Others think that the TVA cracking down on violators is a little like the pot calling the kettle black, referring to the TVA’s coal fly ash slurry spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee on December 22, 2008. During that tragic event, an ash dike ruptured at an 84-acre solid waste containment area, releasing 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry that traveled across the Emory River on to the opposite shore, covering up to 300 acres of the surrounding land, damaging homes and flowing up and down stream in nearby waterways. All resent the strong-arm tactics of the TVA that leave no room for rea-

sonable arguments. Another disquieting thought is the economical effect that the loss of these part-time residents will have on the county. Those affected point out that the entire time they are at the river they are eating at local restaurants, buying groceries and other items at local stores, and buying lumber, for the very same structures that are now in threat of being torn down, at local yards. One resident opines that he has spent at least $20,000 upgrading his campground, and pumps $3000 to $4000 into the local economy every year. If the TVA is successful in this endeavor, he wil be gone. So will many, if not most, of the other current residents, who are furious at this governmental intrusion into their lives. The TVA asserts that the increased emphasis on compliance is aimed at protecting the many public benefits provided by TVA-managed reservoir land. Private use of TVA-managed property, they say, can affect public access, and permit violations can interfere with management of the river system for a broad range of benefits, including navigation, flood damage reduction, and power supply. However, affected residents of the campground, most experienced with the Tennessee River, are quick to point out the many safety features of their structures, which are designed to withstand flooding conditions, especially in the spring. One resident pointed out the fact that their structure posed no more hazard to the river than a tree, adding, “Are they going to remove all the trees, too?” Some feel that a coalition of campground owners should be formed, perhaps with the support of local businesses, to pretect the interests of those who continue a Tennessee tradition.



A newspaper for and about Decatur County

Vol. 87, No. 9

March 7, 2012

Grand Jury to hear Britt case Faces Madison County court date on March 29

The first wave of campers has left the Perryville Marina Campgrounds in protest of the recent TVA measures, leaving a gaping hole not only on the lot, but in the hearts of their fellow campers. The family that had been in this spot for 19 years will return again only to demolish the structures that have sheltered their space for all that time.

TVA opponents form coalition to seek recourse

Terry Britt, 53, of Parsons was in court Monday, March 5 in Decatur County to answer charges of driving on revoked license and violation of his sexual offender’s status. Britt, currently being held in Madison County on a $50,000 bond for charges stemming from an incident in 2008 where he is charged with sexual battery, attempted rape and aggravated kidnapping, was wearing a Madison County Jail jumpsuit in court. Britt’s charges in the driving on revoked were dismissed and the violation of his sexual offender’s status was bound over to the Grand Jury. Britt was returned to Madison County where he is awaiting his next court date. He will be appearing on March 29 at 8 a.m. in-

Circuit Court Division I in Madison County. We will continue to follow Britt’s case closely and update you as information becomes available.

Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and the United States fought an energy crisis with it. Yes, we are talking about Daylight Savings Time. A new cycle begins this Sunday, March 11, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states. Many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder. “A working smoke detector more than doubles a person's chances of surviving a home fire," says William McNabb of the Troy Fire Department in Michigan. More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.


Shoreline Alliance to raise objections A group of about 40 leaseholders of the Perryville Marina Campgrounds met at Granny’s Kitchen last week to form the Shoreline Alliance and to discuss ways to deal with the TVA’s recent mandates concerning the implementation of enforcement of never-before-enforced restrictions and the raising of commercial lease fees. “We have founded the Shoreline Alliance to assist people having issues anywhere with rules and regulations hampering the rights of Americans to use the nations waterways, rivers, streams and oceans. We were founded in response to TVA’s effort to require us to tear down the protective structures we have put our time effort and money into building. We use these

structures to protect our investment and enhance our enjoyment of the Tennessee River. We also have a concern for the quality of water for all uses. We maintain that if we boat and swim in it, the fish in the water should be healthy as well, and fit for consumption,” said David Merritt, a spokesperson for the newly formed group and the only person willing to give their name for this story. The Shoreline Alliance strongly objects to the approach TVA is taking with all businesses along the TVA waterways. By increasing the rate structure for marinas and other businesses, they maintain that the TVA will be putting some of these businesses in jeopardy. Members openly questioned

why TVA would take such an approach in an economy where many have not been able to hold on to jobs. In one area alone, after TVA implemented these increased rates and regulations, only three of 20 water-related businesses survived. “We submit this is neither proper, nor wise to implement changes that will hamper business in being competitive, and indeed will put some of them out of business,” said one. “The increased costs to marinas also will be passed along to those who wish to use the Tennessee River, making it cost prohibitive for many of us to use the river at all. Fuel for boats is already high, and with those costs skyrocketing all over the nation, TVA’s increased rate structure will dra-

matically reduce the amount of people who can afford to put a boat in the water.” “It is the hope of Shoreline Alliance, that by working in concert with Perryville Marina and the Marina Association, the various chambers of commerce all along the river, and the residents and visitors to the river, we may have a positive impact on the development of the TVA regulation development and implementation,” Merritt continued. “We feel like these regulations are onerous and will have a negative impact on us, the marina, and the financial health of the county and the entire TVA waterway as a whole.” Everyone at the meeting See Shoreline Alliance on A7

Students gearing up for 2012 Great Pretenders Show

Wreck on I-40 claims two lives

The Riverside High School Class of 2012 is making final preparations this week for their Great Pretenders Show. This will be the ninth presentation of the Great Pretenders which is performed each year by the senior class to raise funds for Project Graduation. The show is set for Saturday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Decatur County Middle School. Tickets are on sale now. They are $5.00 in advance or can be purchased at the door for $6.00. Advance tickets may be purchased from any RHS senior. The cast of the 2012 Great Pretenders includes Aaron Keen, Abby Hays, Andrew Jones, Brittany Brockman, Brittany Parrish, Brooke Johnson, Bryan Breezee, Caitlin Butler, Candace Bradshaw, Charlie Mayhew, Chase Vise, Chris Johnson, Clint Moore, Cody McCormic, Dominique Phelps, Dylan McBride, Dylan Montgomery, Eli Wright, Ellis Bagley, Falen Hasher, Hannah Baker, Hannah Livingston, J. W. Walden, Jessica Brown, Jessica Pearcy, Jill Pope, Joel Perry, Justin Santoro, Katie Stout, Katie Thing, Kristin White, Krystin Young, Lacey Hendrix, Laura Wright, Maggie Boroughs, Marquis Phelps, Mason McPeake, Ryne Fisher, Samantha Ray, Savannah Walker, Shayna Cupples, Shelby Kist, Slater Lomax, Stephanie Johnson, Stetson Powers, Steven Hicks, Trisha Moore and Twyla Pratt.

A fatal three vehicle accident on I-40 claimed the life of two people and left two more injured on Wednesday, February 29 around 5 a.m. A Chevy Blazer driven by Maxine S. Hayes, 70, of Lexington entered Interstate 40 at mile marker 108 in Henderson County into the westbound lane traveling east. Her blazer then collided head-on with a Fed-Ex tractor-trailer driven by Robert L. Thompson, 67, of Mayfield, Kentucky. The truck then crossed the median and struck a second tractor-trailer driven by Michael A. Peterson, 50, of Homosassa, Florida who was transporting medical supplies. Hayes and Peterson were both pronounced dead at the scene and Thompson and his passenger, Jamie Wyatt, 33, also of Mayfield, Kentucky were injured and taken to Hen-

derson County Community Hospital for treatment. The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time but it is believed that inclement weather could have played a part in the accident. The interstate was tied up for several hours and traffic was rerouted through Parsons. This resulted in traffic being backed up to nearly the city limits at one point as officers were forced to direct traffic at the red light to try and relieve some of the congestion. All three vehicles caught fire and multiple agencies from the Henderson County emergency services worked countless hours to put out the fires and assist in the clean up and reopening of Interstate 40. It was 9:30 a.m. before they were able to open the eastbound lane and the westbound lane was opened about noon.

The News Leader, March 7, 2012

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Shoreline Alliance

Legals continued



NOTICE TO CREDITORS (As required by Chapter No. 175, Public Acts of Tennessee 1939 as amended. Sections 30-2-306, Tennessee Code Annotated). Estate of Eva Lorene Spain Notice is hereby given that on the 29th day of February, 2012 Letters of Administration, in respect of the Estate of Eva Lorene Spain, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the Probate Court of Decatur County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and nonresident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against his estate are required to file the same with Elizabeth Carpenter, Clerk of the above named court within four (4) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, otherwise their claims will be forever barred. All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once. Lianne Box, Administratrix of Estate of Eva Lorene Spain Mr. Jason Pearcy Attorney for Estate PO Box 100 26 West Second Street Parsons, TN 38363 M7, 14


WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms, and conditions of a Deed of Trust Note dated March 16, 2009, and the Deed of Trust of even date securing the same, recorded March 19, 2009, at Book 248, Page 173 in Office of the Register of Deeds for Decatur County, Tennessee, executed by Jason Chainey and Kala Chainey, conveying certain property therein described to Kathy Winstead as Trustee for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and the undersigned, Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., having been appointed Successor Trustee. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable; and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Successor Trustee, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Successor Trustee will, on March 29, 2012 on or about 2:00 P.M., at the Decatur County Courthouse, Decaturville, Tennessee, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder FOR CASH, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Deed of Trust, said property being real estate situated in Decatur County, Tennessee, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning on an iron pin in the East margin of a new street, same being the Northwest corner of a tract in the name of Sharon Carter, runs thence with the North margin of said Carter tract, South 88 degrees 30 minutes East, 125 feet to an iron pin, same being the Northeast corner of said Carter tract and the Southeast corner of the tract herein conveyed; thence by severance line of Kelley, North 32 degrees 45 minutes West, 105.0 feet to an iron pin, same being the Southeast corner of a tract in the name of Hickerson; thence with the South margin of said Hickerson tract, North 88 degrees 30 minutes West, 125 feet to an iron pin in the East margin of said new street; thence with the East margin of said street South 32 degrees 40 minutes East, 105.0 feet to the point of beginning. ALSO KNOWN AS: 127 King Drive, Parsons, Tennessee 38363 The HB 3588 letter was mailed to the borrower(s) pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 35-5-117. 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. In addition, the following parties may claim an interest in the above-referenced property: Jason Chainey; Kala Chainey The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Successor Trustee’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. W&A No. 700 209506 DATED February 28, 2012 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C., Successor Trustee M7, 14, 21

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was in agreement that the units at Perryville were there prior to any proposed rule changes and new enforcement tactics regarding the structures that have been at the marina campground for years. They further opined that when it comes to any directives for change regarding the structures, members of the alliance would appreciate the opportunity to sit down with the policymakers and provide some input and feedback on how the proposed actions impact the community. Residents interviewed were willing to go to great lengths to reach a compromise with the TVA. Although everyone was extremely upset, a calm, determined and reasonable approach prevailed throughout the meeting. Well-known Memphis attorney Dan Norwood spoke to the alliance and related his pasr efforts at bringing intrusive government agencies actions to the attention of the public in order to curtail actions that are against the public desires and welfare. Norwood has a great deal of experience in this arena representing several groups around Memphis, and has been named as one of the top attorneys in the state of Tennessee for almost twenty years. “I am irritated by the TVA’s heavy-handed tactics that have adversely affected peoples’ lives,” said Norwood. “I left Memphis to get away from all of this stuff, but I am passionate when I see large government agencies doing things that are wrong.” “It is our understanding that chambers of commerce and marinas up and down the Tennessee Waterway are increasingly concerned about the intentions of TVA. They are concerned what the impact may be on the lives and fortunes of the citizens that live near and far and come to the river to enjoy themselves; or those that make a living providing services to those that do,” said one member of the organization. “I believe we are beginning to see a groundswell of concerned citizens surrounding the proposals put forth by TVA.” The Shoreline Alliance has been contacted by Lamar Alexander’s office as well as Bob Corker’s and Marsha Blackburn’s offices, and Rep.

The Perryville Marina residents are a tight-knit group. Most consider their neighbors to be like extended family members. Steve McDaniel has expressed concern regarding the fact that if the plans of TVA are implemented, it will hurt the economy of counties all around the state. McDaniel also offered to come to a group meeting to see if he could offer some support. Discussions are being held on how best to make sure the new TVA regulations are not damaging to the residents, businesses, and visitors all along the Tennessee River Valley. Another alliance member spoke of their willingness to establish communication between the group and the TVA. “One or two representatives of our group would welcome the opportunity to meet with TVA. “Since the goals of TVA have been stated that they want the citizenry to have full access to enjoy the waterway, we would submit that Perryville marina does just that. By providing a safe landing for watercraft, they allow access to the water. By providing fuel and food, they support those that want to enjoy the

water. Since TVA put riprap along the river at the campground to prevent erosion, there is no ability for the watercraft to land there anyway, so these units are not preventing any access to the water. Since there is a large hill on the downriver side of the campground that supports Highway 412 as it bridges the river, water does not flow through even when at flood stage. The water rises and pools, more than flows. Combine this with the fact that the structures are secure, and you will understand why nothing has floated off during the floods we have experienced.” Campground residents are also proud of their stewardship of the land around them, pointing out several projects that residents had established to prevent erosion and other damages. They also work as a community to keep the river and surrounding area clean, and feel that they have diverted accidents by their removal of large objects floating downstream.

During the discussion, members pointed out that there are also two other entry points to the water one mile by water, on either side of Perryville Marina, that are seldom used. Both of these sites provide ample access to the water, including picnic and camping areas. Conversely, the very high occupancy of the campground at Perryville provides the marina with revenues needed to support the public access and other amenities that TVA desires. All of these facts point to the fact that Perryville Marina is a support to the public and not a detriment.” Merritt ended his remarks by stating, “It would seem in this case, that the observation of Ronald Reagan is true - that the scariest nine words in the English language are..... I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ In our situation, we have another quote for the TVA. ‘If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!’” For more information, contact


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March 21, 2012

Shoreline Alliance gaining momentum

Members organize, discuss options Shoreline Alliance spokesman David Merritt welcomed about 60 people to the group’s meeting on Saturday afternoon. By Pam McGaha

About 60 members of the newly formed Shoreline Alliance gathered Saturday to discuss new measures enacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority that will severely affect privately-owned marinas on the Tennessee River. The TVA has recently begun enforcing decades-old laws that have been previously ignored by the governmentowned corporation, citing a number of factors that the Shoreline Alliance intends to dispute, including a mandate that campers at the Perryville Marina tear down structures that they have built around their campers and enjoyed for many years; structures that they have just now been informed are non-compliant with TVA guidelines. The TVA asserts that the increased emphasis on compliance is aimed at protecting the many public benefits provided by TVA-managed reservoir land, including navigation, flood damage reduction, and power supply. However, affected residents of the campground, most experienced with the Tennessee River, are quick to debunk that theory. “We have a higher elevation area to the south of us that keeps the current from flowing in here, and a higher elevation on the south side that supports highway 412 to the bridge over the Tennessee River. As a result, the current does not flow into our area. That is why in the past two years of flooding, NOTHING has moved. We are NOT a danger to anyone.” said one member. The structure destruction debacle is just the tip of the iceberg. Private marina owners are those being hit the hardest. Their lease rates are being raised dramatically, thanks to an extra surcharge of 4% of gross income is being added to their cost of doing business. Bob Keast, owner of the nearby Birdsong Resort and Marina in Camden, said when the TVA approached him a few months ago and told him about the new shoreline fee, he was baffled. “It's going to hit us right in our pocketbook,” said Keast. “We're already paying state

sales tax, we're already paying federal income tax, we're already paying property tax to the county, hotel and motel tax, gasoline tax, cigarette tax and beer tax, all these taxes... and now the TVA wants to pile on...” he added. Local, state, and federally owned campgrounds and marinas are exempt from the new regulations, another sore point for private owners of the same. “We will have to charge more for the same things than the state parks, because they are exempt from these fees. Small mom and pop operations, family owned operations, are just barely surviving,” Keast says, as he points out that when the owners have to pay more, so do the customers. “I feel like I'm already paying enough. I just want to close my doors and say, ‘It's just not worth it anymore’.” At the Perryville Marina, Glen Turner's hands are tied as well. At the same time that the TVA is effectively ousting his long-term campers, those who rent their spaces for 50 weeks of the year providing a steady source of income for the marina, his overhead will increase dramatically. Turner stays in close contact with the TVA and is trying to meet their criteria, he just is not exactly certain what they are. “If we are so wrong, what is right?” he is asking the TVA, wanting to make the right moves without doing something wrong. “I’m not even sure what is acceptable and what is unacceptable any more.” At the same time, Turner must try to placate his unhappy tenants. Residents of the campground themselves are furious at the lack of communication and complete disregard for compromise that the TVA has exhibited. “If it is money they need, talk to us.” they say. They all stand ready to meet any TVA terms such as additional fees or inspections in order to be grandfathered into the new mandates put forth, but the TVA stands mercilously mute. All agree that the TVA is trying to get money any way it can at the expense of the public it purports to serve, with no regard to the historical, cultural or economic impact they are having on the communities it

affects. For instance, in Meigs County, Tennessee where the changes have already been enforced, only 3 of 20 water-related businesses are still open after a year. The others have been put out of business. According to the TVA, private businesses along the Tennessee Riverbank are currently making money off public land, a hollow concern given that Tom Kilgore, the President and CEO of TVA, is the highestpaid federal employee in the United States with a nearly $4 million a year paycheck, and seven of the nine member TVA Board of Directors earn over $1 million a year (see Page A1). In fact, TVA plans to increase their shoreline lease agreement amounts from $1.7 million dollars annually to a staggering $11.5 million a year while swallowing the rights of those whose lives and economies revolve around the Tennessee River. When asked, the TVA asserts that they are going to use the extra income “to repair boat ramps”. The economic ramifications are very disturbing. In Decatur County alone, estimates are that the community will lose about a half a million dollars of revenue that is currently pumped into the local economy if the 47 campsites at the Perryville Marina are vacated, and that marina is only one of the 450 riverbank businesses and properties that are expected to be affected by this change. To compound the negative impact, some of the poorest counties in Tennessee abut the Tennessee River; counties that can ill afford more bad economic news. State Representative Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads, District 72) was in attendance and addressed the assembled from the perspective of a State Senator. “I think that you are on the right track,” he said. “I have let the TVA know that I am on the opposite side of the fence. I need to find other representatives in my same position and let the TVA know that we are very unhappy with the direction they are taking.” He encouraged the crowd to continue to voice their opposition, and pointed out that organization is critical. Decatur County Chamber of

Commerce Director Charles Taylor also spoke briefly, telling members of the association that he had reached out to other chambers with news of the TVA proposals, and that many had been unaware of the changes. David Merritt, spokesperson for the Shoreline Alliance, stressed the importance of communities joining together as a united front. “We need to lock arms to effect change.” Many think that the TVA has been devious as they have hit one marina after another, one at a time, so that their actions are not noticed or made more public. Attorney Dan Norwood ended the meeting by citing the noble and brave Commodores Stephen Decatur and Matthew Perry, who both displayed acts of heroism and exceptional performance under what seemed to be insurmountable odds. In his final remarks, he also alluded to the the legendary reply of another remarkable naval hero John Paul Jones, in response to a taunt about surrender. “I have not yet begun to fight!”

State Representative Steve McDaniel addressed the assembled crowd on Saturday afternoon. “I have let the TVA know that I am on the opposite side of the fence. I need to find other representatives in my same position and let the TVA know that we are very unhappy with the direction they are taking.”

Glen Turner operates the Perryville Marina and finds himself in a tough spot. Even the TVA itself is not certain of all of the intricities of their new mandates, and Turner doesn’t know which way to turn until he finds out for certain what is acceptable and what is not. However, Turner, a member of the Tennessee Marina Association, has met with the TVA on several occasions and is working diligently to meet the new requirements.


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50¢ March 28, 2012

Gaining momentum

Parsons Mayor Tim David Boaz and Decaturville Mayor Gerald Buchanan signed a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Decatur County. They are pictured along with students at the Parsons Head Start Center and local Carl Perkins Center Director Clay Jordan. Also pictured are Carrie Box and Kimberly Baxter of the local Center and Glenda Hickerson, Head Start instructor.

Time to Talk About Child Abuse April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month The Carl Perkins Center says “It’s time to talk about child abuse.” April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Centers will focus on “It’s Time to Talk About Child Abuse.” Using this theme, the Centers will help families learn to talk about abuse in their own homes while also focusing their public efforts on child abuse reporting laws. To promote the child abuse prevention campaign, the Centers will be selling tshirts with the “It’s Time” design on the front and back. Banks, industries and other larger corporations are allowing their employees to wear the tee-shirts and jeans on CAP Day, which will be Friday, April 27 in Decatur County. Also on April 27, the Center will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation/Prayer Service at the Center from

11:30-12:30. The afternoon will include recognition of volunteers and a prayer for the children and families in our community. “We promote child abuse prevention with a theme each April,” said Clay Jordan, Decatur County Carl Perkins Center Director. “This year the theme centers around talking with your children about child abuse. April is the perfect time to start a dialogue with them. Talk about personal safety and issues pertinent to your family. You’ll improve your children’s chances of protecting themselves in the future.” The Centers will also conduct balloon launches at Head Starts, distribute child abuse prevention pencils to third-graders prior to TCAP testing, give child abuse prevention flyers to Mothers Day Outs and daycares, have displays at libraries, bookstores and schools, recognize the Child Protective Inves-

Parsons Head Start students include: Jacob Bradfield, Natalye Capilla, Mary Cotham, Kaylee Davis, Saige Eagleson, Amber Embree, Christian Ervin, Dustin Ervin, Dawsyn Hayes, Xavier Jimenez, Kyleigh Johnson, Jayden Kelley, Gabriel Millar, Josua Millar, Adrianna Perez, Jasmin Perez, Morgan Phillips and Joshua Townsend; not pictured are Abigail Haynes and Elijah Laman tigative Teams and put up blue ribbons on main streets. To participate in CAP

month in Decatur County or for more information, contact the local office at 847-4020.

Shoreline Alliance unites with other marinas on the Tennessee Valley waterway to contest corporate mandate Activities of the newly formed Shoreline Alliance continue to escalate as they prepare to join forces with other citizens, stakeholders and businesses along the Tennessee River who are being affected by new measures recently adopted by the Tennessee Valley Authority. These actions include shoreline restrictions that will severely curtail the amenities that have been enjoyed by campers for years and rate fee increases that will spell the death knell for many mom and pop-operated marinas. Locally, residents of the Perryville Marina Campground, some who have been there nearly twenty years, are furious that the TVA intends to force them to tear down structures that they have built around their campers and enjoyed for many years; structures that they have just now been informed are non-compliant with TVA guidelines. “It is our stance that the structures do NOT restrict the ability to be removed when needed, as they are NOT attached to any campers. Also the structures do NOT restrict ANY water flow or navigation,” retorts David Merritt, spokesman for the Shoreline Alliance. Many say that they will move their campers to other locations if they are forced to remove their structures, a move that could cost Decatur County upwards of a half million tourism dollars a year money that this county can ill-afford to lose. A few have already left in tears, and stated they are too old to fight this, and are just going to sell the camper and stay home. According to Bob Keast, who has owned the Birdsong Marina in Camden for over 50 years, “Based on the 2000 census, the nine counties in middle and west Tennessee which border the Tennessee River, including Decatur and its neighboring counties of Hardin, Benton, Perry and Wayne are in the one fourth lowest percentile of economic depression of all the counties in the United States. Most manufacturing in these counties have dried up or moved away, therefore their basic industry is tourism.” Keast went on to add, “Adding up to 4% on boat sales, prepared and unprepared food, gas, beer, ice, soft drinks, rents on camping and marina dockage will put this entire region deeper in economic depression and will cause direct and trickle down economy to further dry up the tourism industry.” Keast used the example that if gas were $4 a gallon across the street, as a marina owner he would have to charge $4.16 to pay the TVA’s added fees. “Which station will people pull into?” he asked. “ And often, people buy more at the gas station than gas. Those sales would be lost as well. This is just one example of direct and trickle down economy. The money that TVA proposes to bring is minor to the major and more direct losses to the economic base throughout the valley.” The 4% surcharges Keast refer-

ences will be added on top of newly-restructured lease agreements. These new agreements will contain reassessed and increased lease fees, and those who have been in business the longest will be hurt the most. Many feel that the TVA’s actions are a major intrusion of an uncaring corporation, owned by the US government, running slipshod across private citizens, small businesses, and the economies of entire communities with ill-advised imperial tactics and thin excuses for their actions. Some even question if the TVA is trying to discourage recreation on the river in favor of more-profitable industrial uses. Opponents of these new TVA measures stand ready to dispute TVA claims on many levels, including the TVA’s insistence that private concerns should not profit from the public’s interests. Most consider this to be an outrageous claim, since TVA employees who manage the assets of the people of the Tennessee Valley are among the highest-paid federal employees in the entire country. Meanwhile, plans are being made to bring campers, boaters, and Marina people from all over the northern part of the TVA waterway together at the Birdsong Marina’s 500-seat amphitheater for a group meeting. Since many believe that the TVA is picking areas off one at a time in order to keep the outcry to a minimum, challengers want to be sure that their opposition is heard loud and clear, and serve as a warning to many in the Tennessee Valley waterway who are as yet unaware of the new proposed measures. “It is comforting to know that Representative Steve McDaniel, who is pro business and pro tourism, is taking an active approach to this economic problem for his counties and hope that he gets the other House and Senate members to join in as well” said Keast. “One of his counterparts in the House is Representative Curtis Johnson, who would be very active in our first Town Hall meeting, as well as putting both the House and Senate members on notice as to our economic impact.” “We now have reason to believe that multiple contacts have been made to Lamar Alexander’s office as well as others. Their office especially seems to be responsive,” notes Merritt. The Shoreline Alliance has urged everyone with an interest in this situation to write letters to their elected officials. “In fact, ANY citizen who thinks what they are doing is wrong, should write, and encourage their neighbors to do so as well.” What they are trying to do is just WRONG. “Once we hold this first meeting, we can then inform Senator Alexander’s office as to the level of civic participation we have, so they can help plan on a much bigger Town Hall meeting that I have requested,” finished Keast. For more information, email


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Vol. 87, No. 19

50¢ May 16, 2012

Sales tax rate on food to decrease beginning July 1

Shoreline Alliance spokesperson David Merritt encourages the use of $2 bills by Perryville Marina campers as a visible reminder to Parsons businesses of how much of their money flows into our local economy.

Shoreline Alliance gathers steam The area and scope of the Shoreline Alliance was broadened Saturday as concerned citizens and business owners from Wayne, Decatur and Benton Counties gathered at the Birdsong Marina to unite in opposition to recent mandates handed down by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA has strategically targeted private marinas and other river related businesses along the Tennessee River Valley, dramatically raising lease rates that these entities must pay the TVA, as well as levying “taxes” of up to 4% on gas, food, boat sales and rentals and other revenue-generating operations. In the case of the Perryville Marina, the lease agreement for 2013 will include a staggering 550% increase in their lease fees. At the same time, longterm campers at the marina have been told that they must dismantle roofs and decks that they have built beside and above their camp spots. These simple structures shelter the campers from the elements and providing comfortable places for them to congregate in inclement weather. Although the TVA contends that they patrol the Tennessee River shoreline twice a year and have allowed these structures to mushroom unabated over the last twenty years, they now insist that they be taken down at the owner's expense. The TVA has quietly been

enforcing these mandates for the last year now, and in areas of Tennessee that they have been successful, the economic doom has been palpable. In Rhea and Meigs counties, for example, only three of twenty river-related businesses are still in operation. The ramifications are not limited to those on the river. For example, if the 47 longterm campers at Perryville vacate their sites, Decatur County stands to lose almost a half a million dollars a year from its local economy. Opponents are furious at the sketchy way TVA is enforcing their new mandates; targeting only private businesses with new fees and taxes, but allowing municipal, county, state and federal-run campgrounds to be exempt from their rules. Such actions will make it impossible for private companies to compete against government-run agencies. "We do not need a government entity running people out of business and destroying jobs," said David Merritt, a spokesman for the shoreline group. The Shoreline Alliance was organized in Decatur County to give ordinary citizens and businesses a chance to speak with one voice against the demanding nature of these TVA dictates, handed down by those with no thought of nor interest in the economic and cultural losses of the communities that they are affecting.

Organizers are delighted at the response from other communities up and down the river who are anxious to join forces and to become more formidable foes against TVA's tyrannical actions. The TVA, which expects to see its revenue from marinas surge from $1.7 million to $10.5 million, says that the extra income will go towards the repair and maintenance of boat ramps. However, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) maintains 90% of the boat ramps in the state. This begs the question, just what will TVA do with these funds instead? Shoreline Alliance members cast a dim eye on the reported salaries of the Board of Directors of the TVA and its employees. Tom Kilgore, the President and CEO of TVA, saw almost $4 million dollars in compensation last year, despite a track record that includes the TVA's Kingston Coal Ash Spill, considered to be among the world's top ten worst energy disasters, in 2008. TVA's negligence resulted in an $11.5 million fine, the largest ever levied by Tennessee environmental regulators, an amount deemed by many a slap on the wrist considering the size and scope of the disaster. Meanwhile, members of the Shoreline Alliance are gearing themselves for longterm action in order to protect the rights of citizens to enjoy

the Tennessee River. Local residents are planning to attend the May 21 meeting of the Decatur County Commission to bring focus to the financial ramifications that will be felt by all in the community if the TVA is allowed to continue unabated. Hundreds of letters and CDs have been sent to local, state and federal officials alerting them of TVA's actions and asking for support. Press releases have also been sent to radio, television and news outlets across the country. Plans are being established to send members of the group as well as elected officials to Washington to speak with Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander after next month's meeting. Another of the Shoreline Alliance's goals is to enlighten as many business owners as possible how much revenue will be lost. "We have decided to use $2 bills to purchase items in the Perryville Marina area, specifically Parsons, Tennessee in order for people to understand this is money they won't have next year if TVA goes through with what there trying to do," said Merritt. The next Shoreline Alliance meeting will be held June 23rd, 10:30am at the Perryville Marina campground area on Hwy 412 near Parsons TN. Interested parties are invited to attend and may go to shoreline for additional information.

Perry named Decaturville police chief By Rhonda Mitchell

Lynn Perry was named the new Decaturville police chief during the regular monthly meeting of the Decaturville board of aldermen. Before the regular meeting began, the city leaders bowed their heads for a moment of silence for their fallen police chief, Kenny Fox. “We need to also remember Deanna (Fox),” stated Mayor Gerald Buchanan. “She’s having some rough days.” During the discussion about hiring a new police chief, councilman Chad Keeton informed the board that the city had two applications. Both applications were certified policemen. Lynn Perry and Jeremy Inman both applied for the job. City alderman Chad Keeton told the board that Perry could start immediately and could work very flexible hours. Inman, who is a deputy for the county and is still under a doctor’s care from the accident which killed Fox, had explained that he wanted to continue working at night with the county. After the discussion, the board wanted someone who could work some days, some nights, weekends, during special events, etc. They wanted

someone to work flexible hours, but be on call at all hours. The City of Decaturville has been provided police protection by the county since the death of Fox. “The last board meeting we talked about going to Perry County and talking with them about them using the county officers,” explained Buchanan. “Since we lost Kenny, we lost our fire chief and our police chief. But after looking more into it, it is more favorable to have our own police chief and we would have control over him.” Perry has been employed with the City of Parsons for over 33 years in the police de-

partment and served as Parsons Chief of Police from 1995 until 2007. Chuck James made the motion to hire Perry. Allen Hays seconded the motion. Chad Keeton, Betty Maness and Melvin Taylor all voted aye. Mike Ferguson was absent from the meeting. Jeremy Inman is presently serving as the fire chief in Decaturville and a permanent chief will be picked at the next fire meeting. In other business, it was questioned what was “going on” in the area around Third Street. The mayor explained that the city was putting in a

new drain. The city had a drain and the old Sportswear building had a drain in another angle and they were going to have to reroute all the water. The road was going to be cut into and a new pipe installed. “It will be very expensive to us,” noted Buchanan. “Part of the road is caved in.” Mayor Buchanan told board members that “people are beginning to use the park more and more. We’re trying to please everyone. City workers will be unlocking the restrooms each morning at 7 a.m. and locking them back at 4:00 each afternoon.” The News Leader contacted Perry after the meeting Tuesday night and he said he was looking forward to going to Decaturville. “I’m starting in the morning,” stated Perry. “I’ll be doing general police work, checking stores, businesses, and I’ll be concentrating on the school zones. I also want to fight drugs. I’m strongly against drugs. The sheriff’s department has pledged their support and will help out and I can utilize them as much as possible.” “I just like the people and I like the new challenge,” concluded Perry.

House Bill 3761/Senate Bill 3763, passed by the legislature on April 27, 2012, provides for a reduction in the state sales and use tax rate on sales of food and food ingredients. Effective July 1, 2012, the state sales and use tax rate on sales of food and food ingredients will be reduced from 5.5% to 5.25%. With the change, food and food ingredients will be subject to a reduced state sales and use tax rate of 5.25% plus the applicable local sales and use tax rate. Prepared food, dietary supplements, candy, alcoholic beverages and tobacco continue to be subject to the general state sales and use tax rate of 7% plus the applicable local sales and use tax rate. Existing laws defining which items are considered food and food ingredients remain unchanged by the new legislation. Businesses selling food items subject to the reduced rate of sales and use tax are advised to begin making the necessary changes to allow for the new rate beginning July 1, 2012. Changes to cash registers and accounting systems should be completed by the July 1, 2012 effective date. However, businesses must continue to collect and

remit the existing 5.5% tax on sales of food and food ingredients made through June 30, 2012 to the Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 91 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2011 fiscal year, the department collected $10.4 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, the Department of Revenue collects taxes for local, county and municipal governments. During the 2011 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $2.0 billion. In collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to .

RHS advances to Regional finals Pay at the gate to ensure future hosting privileges The Riverside baseball and softball teams earned the right to host the Regional finals with their performances on Monday in the Regional semi-finals. It took the Panthers just three innings to move past Memphis Northside 15-0 while the Lady Panthers won by forfeit over Memphis Westwood, who elected to not make the trip. Both programs have had tremendous seasons and will be at home Wednesday against Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) to play for seeding in the Sectional (Sub-state) games which will be played Friday, May 18. Seeding is simple. Win Wednesday and play at home on Friday ––– lose and play on the road Friday. The winners of Friday’s games win a ticket to Murfreesboro May 22-25. School officials urge everyone to come out and support your Panthers and Lady Panthers, but also remind fans to buy a ticket. To comply with Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) guidelines, tickets for Regional

games are $5 each. According to school administrators, it is extremely important to demonstrate the ability to affectively charge at the gate. Failure to do so could result in the loss of hosting privileges. Exemptions are few and include players in uniform from each participating team, plus coaches and bat boys, working media and radio. Arrangements should be made for scorekeepers, ball boys, ticket sellers and takers. TSSAA receives 18% of gross gate receipts in the region baseball/softball tournaments. After TSSAA’s 18%, game expenses and team mileage have been paid in both the semi-final and final game of the region, net receipts are divided between the two participating teams. The traveling team also receives 40¢ per mile round trip. So come out and support your Panthers and Lady Panthers and make sure Riverside is the host site on Friday.

Teaching positions to be cut next year “I’m going to have some teachers mad at me this July,” said Director of Schools Dr. Michael Price Thursday night during the Board of Education meeting. The money is just not going to be there for the next school year. No new revenues, less federal funding, and no county tax increase (which all aid the school budget) is creating great difficulty for the teaching profession. Ten teaching positions must be eliminated. With five teachers retiring, only five more positions need to be cut. Dr. Price expressed that he would try to inform any teachers who would not be rehired as early

as June, if possible. Also, in the budget discussion an extra $12,000 would be allotted for the baseball and softball programs for their building. Price stated that if they received funds, then the football program also needed a portion to “get back in the black”. Assistant coaches should not be turning in time sheets expecting pay if they haven’t been approved by the school board. The board voted unanimously that all assistant coaches who receive supplemental pay and volunteer coaches not being paid must be approved by the school board. See “Teachers” on A4



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Vol. 87, No. 37

September 12, 2012

Water bottles hit the streets in search for Holly Picture of Holly with information to be distributed among homeless in Nashville The family and friends of Holly Bobo are teaming up with The Bridge Ministry in Nashville to take the search for Holly to the streets by distributing bottles of water featuring Holly’s face and pertinent information to the homeless. They need the community’s help to see this effort come to fruition.

Individuals, churches, civic groups and businesses are being asked to donate cases of water that will be de-labeled by volunteers and re-labled with Holly’s information on them. An 18-wheeler will be parked next to Barrett’s Jewelry on Tennessee Avenue from Wednesday, September 12 to September 19, and available as

a repository for donations from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. Members of the Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group have agreed to de- and re-label the bottles. They will then be distributed to the homeless in Nashville and other areas in the hopes that one will reach someone with information about the abducted nursing student. This new measure being taken has a two-fold return. Not only is it another avenue being used to bring Holly home, it also provides for the poor. The Bridge Ministry’s week-

ly outreach takes place each Tuesday evening under the Jefferson Street bridge in downtown Nashville, regardless of the weather. While the praise team leads in worship, a team of volunteers serves a hot meal and after the meal and a special guest speaker, volunteers distribute bags of groceries, toiletries, and new clothes to as many as 500 people a week. The Bridge Ministry is housed in a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Nashville that not only stores the food for the Tuesday evening services, but also acts as a local food bank for other ministries.

“Precious Memories” Concert Little David Wilkins performs tribute concert in honor of Tuck Shutt legacy at Decatur County Fairgrounds By Roxie Milam Wallace

With heartfelt comments and words of praise, Russel Keeton, perennial host for local events, opened the Little David Wilkins concert on Saturday evening at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. Billed as a tribute to native son and guitarist extraordinaire Tucker (Tuck) Shutt, the production was Wilkins’ attempt to honor a dearly loved friend and to publicize the respect with which musical experts always viewed Tuck’s talent. Presented by RJ Concerts, the show contained a mix of musical genres performed by newcomer Whitney Duncan and veteran musical icon Little David Wilkins. Interspersed throughout the presentation were both reverent and humorous anecdotes from the life and career of a guitar master who, according to Keeton, “possessed a special gift.” That power was described many times during the evening as an ability to extract from guitar strings “riffs and flutters” that no other musician could attain, without knowing anything about formal music. The concert’s opening act, Whitney Duncan, one of Nashville’s rising stars from Scotts Hill alluded to this phenomenon indirectly when she reported that Tuck Shutt conducted the first guitar lesson she ever received. It seems that little instruction came from that effort, according to Duncan’s jesting comments. It is difficult to communicate genius. But, the rollicking, modern musical offerings from her set demonstrated that this young lady has learned performance pointers from some reliable source. Delivering 8 to 10 tunes, Duncan exhibited a mastery of the sound that attracts today’s youth. With volume, alacrity, repetition and romantic lyrics, her music will definitely take her to the top. A talent for teaming with knowledgeable writers like Jonathan Singleton to compose songs enhances her chances. My favorite of her presentations, however, was a fast rendition of Don Williams’ tune “Living on Tulsa Time.” Duncan’s concert portion was a fitting lead-in for the classic, seasoned performer Little David Wilkins. Before introducing the night’s star, Keeton quoted numerous well-known personalities who considered Tuck Shutt to be among the best guitarists in the music profession. Among those who were effusive in their praise were: Cotton Ivy, Steve McDaniel, W. S. Holland, Kenny Vernon, the Britt Brothers and Carl Mann. Additionally, the host paid homage to Tuck’s wife, calling her “Saint Retha” Shutt and asserting that the guitarist’s life was prolonged by at least five years because of her love and nursing care. Then, to a standing ovation, Little David Wilkins took the stage. It is obvious from his superb ability to spin out tales and relate events that our “Boogie Woogie Man” has become “The Storyteller,” usurping Tom T. Hall’s title due to that singer’s absence from the limelight. After revving up the audience with a clear, full volume rendition of his top-ten record, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” Wilkins launched into the first of a plethora of

Tuck Shutt

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Organizers for this event hope to collect thousands of bottles, each with the possibility of a new lead. They also hope to find a few more people who are willing to help the youth of Calvary with a monumental task. For more information about volunteering in this effort, call Tammy White at 847-7974.

Bottles featuring Holly Bobo’s face and pertinent information will soon be hitting the streets of Nashville and other cities.

Residents upset over county’s purchase Parsons City Council hears concerns from area property owners Decatur County commissioners purchased the old Thermo Dynamics building and land during last month’s county commission meeting and a few Parsons residents are upset over the “rumors”. Curtis Wallace and Katie Cottrell, who live by the newly purchased property, spoke to the Parsons City Council during their regular meeting Monday night during the community forum. “My first question is why’d the county want it?” questioned Wallace. “I understand it will be a repair place. Now I hear a waste collection over there. In my opinion, they will destroy a piece of property that a man gave his whole life for. Jackson has a problem with rats and we’ll have rats. We can’t afford a rat proof fence. That‘s one of my main complaints. I respect the county’s decision, but why would they come to Parsons and put a business here and they could go to the fairgrounds and buy 20 acres there and build a building.” Parsons Mayor Tim David Boaz responded that the “city had received plenty of calls over that issue”.

“But, Parsons has no information,” related Boaz. “The county has not communicated any plans and has kept us in the dark. We have a four county consortium and we might could control it with the planning board with laws and regulations with the zoning board.” When Tom Skehan, a regional planner with the Southwest Tennessee Development District addressed the council, he explained to the council members and the mayor that the city can’t do anything. “They (the county) can do anything they want to,” said Skehan. “Any government authority can go in and put in anything and they don’t have to adhere to zoning laws.” When a councilman asked if there is anything the city could do, Skehan said they could have input, according to Tennessee Code Annotated 13-4104. “A government authority has to go to the planning commission to let them know what’s going on, but they don’t have to listen. The planning commission can raise issues and public concerns and see See “Parsons” on A2

Conference to unite TVA foes Prominent guests to speak at Saturday’s meeting at Birdsong Marina near Camden There will be a lot of campers, marina owners, campground owners and boaters at the Birdsong Marina next weekend, but they won't be having fun on the river. The Perryville-based Shoreline Alliance has announced a town-hall conference to be held Saturday, September 15 at the Birdsong Marina Conference Center near Camden. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. They will be meeting to discuss how Shoreline Alliance may further their efforts at stopping the increased fees, and proposed regulations put forth by TVA that will put some busi-

nesses in the closed column, and make it more expensive and difficult for everyone to enjoy the waterways. This is the latest meeting of the alliance, which formed in March of this year in response to recent mandates by the Tennessee Valley Authority, enforcing rules and regulations that have stunned marina, campground and other riverrelated business owners along the Tennessee River Waterway. Operations in areas that have already been affected have been decimated. TVA, a government-owned corporation that operates with no oversight

other than that of the President of the United States, has aggressively and rampantly targeted privately-leased land, while allowing “public” businesses run by the government to continue their operations unabated. Many marinas and campgrounds have only a few weeks to make a decision if they are to go out of business, or try to suffer through the new regulations and fees with no guarantee of success. A large turnout of people from up and down the Tennessee River from Kentucky to Pickwick are expected to attend the conference, which will

feature several notable speakers, including Tim Gilbert, who retired from the TVA after 30 years in Land Resource and Management. “We are very pleased to have such a knowledgeable person to speak to us regarding the rules and regulations that TVA intends to force upon us,” spoke David Merritt, spokesperson for the group. Dan Norwood, counsel for the Shoreline Alliance, will also offer his expert advice. Norwood, a prominent Memphis attorney, has been labeled “The Giant Killer” for his many successes in suing government, and has been recognized as

outstanding in his field for the past sixteen years by Best Lawyers in America. Other speakers will include Bob Keast, owner of the Birdsong Marina; Tennessee State District 74 Representative John C. Tidwell; and Merritt. The group has served as a beacon of hope for those who feel helpless, and has been deluged with responses from others affected by these mandates. An excerpt from one letter sent to the Shoreline Alliance reads, “Campgrounds that are run by ‘public’ entities do not have to pay TVA money to use the property. TVA also sprays these

particular campgrounds for lake weeds, at no cost to those parks. The cost of my license with TVA is increasing this year from $4,800 per year to over $24,000 per year, with annual increases built in. I am also spraying for lake weeds, as I'm sure you appreciate.” Other marina owners, some who have been in business 50 years, are frustrated and angry at these measures that threaten an entire culture of America. “It is our hope to bring even more marinas together to assist our efforts in combating the esSee “TVA” on A7

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stake, being the Southwest corner of the tract herein described; thence with a wire fence and the Hampton North boundary line, North 83 degrees 40 minutes 04 seconds East 201.70 feet to a 10-inch diameter maple in a fence corner and being the Southeast corner of the tract herein described; thence with the West boundary line of the Marvin W. Hampton, Jr. property, being an old wire fence, the following five courses: North 00 degrees 09 minutes 47 seconds East 365.20 feet; North 34 degrees 50 minutes 16 seconds West 24.86 feet; North 03 degrees 32 minutes 43 seconds East 229.41 feet; North 03 degrees 35 minutes 51 seconds East 279.89 feet; North 05 degrees 31 minutes 11 seconds West 65.94 feet to an 8-inch diameter red oak at the East side of a fence gap; thence North 02 degrees 14 minutes 39 seconds East 165.35 feet back to the point of beginning, containing 5.07 acres, as surveyed on August 22, 1989, with the bearings being magnetic as of this date. There is included but to be expressly excluded any portions of the public road right of way. Said legal description as contained in the previous deed of record. Affixed to said land and Included in this conveyance is a 2001 Fleetwood Mobile Home, Serial No. TNFLY27AB22719SR12. This being the same property conveyed to ALAN S. YOUNG, by deed from Decatur County Bank, recorded June 29,2007, in Book 230, Page 491, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said sale shall be made subject to any outstanding indebtedness, taxes, or other encumbrances which may constitute a valid prior lien against said property, if any. Title to said land is believed to be good, but shall be sold and conveyed by the undersigned as Trustee only, and not further or otherwise, and the buyer shall rely upon his own good judgment and investigation as to the status of title. The name and address of the holder of the indebtedness is as follows: Decatur County Bank, 169 Tn Ave South, P. O. Box 696, Parsons, Tennessee 38363. The name of the debtor is: ALAN S. YOUNG The name of any parties interested as defined by T.C.A. 35-5-104(d), is as follows: Kimberly A. Brown and James Robert Young, Co-Executrix and CoExecutor of the Estate of Alan Scott Young. The street address of the property is 282 WADE HAMPTON LN Dated at Parsons, Tennessee, AUGUST 30, 2012. Edwin Townsend, Jr., Substitute Trustee TOWNSEND AND TOWNSEND, ATTORNEYS 58 Tennessee Avenue South P. O. Box 608 Parsons, Tennessee 38363 S5,12,19

NOTICE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made, and pursuant to the terms of a Deed of Trust recorded in Book 222, Page 743, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee, to which reference is hereby made, and Appointment of Substitute Trustee having been made by document recorded in Book 250, Page 561, Register=s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee, as Substitute Trustee, I will, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012, at 10:00 o`clock A.M., Central Time, offer for sale and sell, at the South Door of the Courthouse in Decaturville, Tennessee, to the last, highest and best bidder, for cash in hand paid and in bar of equity of redemption, homestead, dower and all other exemptions of every kind, which are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust instrument, the following described tract or parcel of land located in Decatur County, Tennessee, to wit: Map 48P, Group A, Ctl Map 53A, Parcel 019.00 430 E MAIN ST Being and lying in the City of Parsons, 6th Civil District of Decatur County, Tennessee, and on the South side of State Highway No. 412, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING on a found 1 1/2 inch iron pipe in the South margin of the State Route No. 20 and U. S. Highway No. 412, same being the Northeast corner of a tract in the name of Fred Baker (Deed Book 37, Page 276, R.O.D.C.), runs thence South 20 degrees 34 minutes ll seconds West with Baker’s East boundary, passing the North right of way line of the old N. C. and St. L. Railway at 297.88 feet, in all 312.88 feet to a fence and set iron pin; thence North 54 degrees l7 minutes 44 seconds West on a long chord of the railroad curve to the left, a wire fence and Baker’s South boundary for 84.14 feet to a fence corner and set iron pin; thence South 75 degrees 08 minutes 57 seconds West for 35.27 feet to a set iron pin in a wire fence in the center of the old railroad bed; thence South 51 degrees 26 minutes 55 seconds East on a long chord of the railroad curve to the right and a wire fence for 214.78 feet to a set iron pin in the Southwest corner of a tract sold to C. A. Burton by Ray Jordan (Deed Book 95, Page 130, R.O.D.C.); thence North 30 degrees 48 minutes 20 seconds East with the West boundary of Burton and Ayers West boundary, passing Ayers fence corner at 50.49 feet and along Ayers West boundary and wire fence for a total distance of 412.75 feet to a found 2 inch iron post and broken

down fence corner in the South right of way line of State Route No. 20 and U. S. Highway No. 412, same being 33 feet South of the center line of said highway; thence North 73 degrees 25 minutes 23 seconds West with the South right of way of said highway for 196.72 feet to the point of beginning. Containing 1.471 acres, be the same more or less. Survey by Jay T. Moore, R.L.S. No. 79l, dated February 27, 1990. This being the same land conveyed to ALAN S. YOUNG by deed dated JULY 6, 2007, of record in Book 222, Page 740, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. This being the same property conveyed to RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS OF WEST TENNESSEE CORP., by deed from Alan S. Young, recorded July 6, 2007, in Deed Book 230, Page 747, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said deed was declared Void and Rescinded by order of the Chancery Court of Decatur County, Tennessee, In Re: Estate of Alan Scott young, Action No. 4127-3P315, on December 21, 2010, a copy of said order being recorded in Book 262, Page 948, Register=s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said sale shall be made subject to any outstanding indebtedness, taxes, or other encumbrances which may constitute a valid prior lien against said property, if any. Title to said land is believed to be good, but shall be sold and conveyed by the undersigned as Trustee only, and not further or otherwise, and the buyer shall rely upon his own good judgment and investigation as to the status of title. The name and address of the holder of the indebtedness is as follows: Decatur County Bank, 169 Tn Ave South, P. O. Box 696, Parsons, Tennessee 38363. The name of the debtor is: ALAN S. YOUNG The name of any parties interested as defined by T.C.A. 35-5-104(d), is as follows: Kimberly A. Brown and James Robert Young, Co-Executrix and CoExecutor of the Estate of Alan Scott Young. The street address of the property is 430 E MAIN ST, PARSONS, TN . Dated at Parsons, Tennessee, AUGUST 30, 2012. Edwin Townsend, Jr., Substitute Trustee TOWNSEND AND TOWNSEND, ATTORNEYS 58 Tennessee Avenue South P. O. Box 608 Parsons, Tennessee 38363

NOTICE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made, and pursuant to the terms of a Deed of Trust recorded in Book 229, Page 569, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee, to which reference is hereby made, and Appointment of Substitute Trustee having been made by document recorded in Book 250, Page 559, Register=s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee, as Substitute Trustee, I will, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012, at 10:00 o`clock A.M., Central Time, offer for sale and sell, at the South Door of the Courthouse in Decaturville, Tennessee, to the last, highest and best bidder, for cash in hand paid and in bar of equity of redemption, homestead, dower and all other exemptions of every kind, which are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust instrument, the following described tract or parcel of land located in Decatur County, Tennessee, to wit: Parcel No. 1: Tax Map 52 Group — Ctl Map 52 Parcel 071.07 119 ALBERT IVY LANE Being and lying in the Sixth Civil District of Decatur County, Tennessee, and more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron stake in the North margin of Still Road, same being the Southwest corner of a lot owned by Elbert Clendenion; runs thence North 315 feet with the West boundary line of said Clendenion lot to an iron stake in the South margin of Arthor Riggs Road; thence West 100 feet with said road to a stake; thence South 315 feet by a severance line of the Conrad tract to a stake in the North margin of Still Road; thence East 100 feet with Still Road to the beginning. This being the same property conveyed to ALAN S. YOUNG, by deed recorded MAY 31, 2007, in Book 229, Page 488, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. This being the same property conveyed to RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS OF WEST TENNESSEE CORP., by deed from Alan S. Young, recorded July 6, 2007, in Deed Book 230, Page 745, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said deed was declared Void and Rescinded by order of the Chancery Court of Decatur County, Tennessee, In Re: Estate of Alan Scott young, Action No. 4127-3P315, on December 21, 2010, a copy of said order being recorded in Book 262, Page 948, Register=s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Parcel No. 2: Being and lying in the 6th Civil District of Decatur County, Tennessee, and more particularly described as follows: Tract No. 1: Tax Map 52 Group — Ctl Map 52 Parcel 71:04 BEGINNING at a stake in the South margin of Author Riggs Road, at the Northwest corner of a 20 foot road easement tract, and being 20 feet West of

Tuck FROM PAGE 1 narratives communicating admiration, love, and respect for his friend and duo partner. The first effort choked him up with emotion so badly that he left it and went right into one of his songs that Tuck liked, Charley Pride wanted to record, and with which Conway Twitty had a huge success, “Georgia Keeps Pulling On My Ring.” A sentimental presentation of the poignant song “Would You Mind if I Came Back Home,” followed. It was filled with nostalgia for school days in Parsons and with the artist’s love of hometown, family and friends. Little David’s emotional roller coaster communicated itself to the audience, and we too alternated between melancholy and joviality, for a time. But, with a few jokes about drinking water and a jumping rendition of his signature song, “Butter Beans,” our favorite, downhome luminary, like the professional performer he is, had us laughing, clapping and singing along. The concert was a tribute, and descriptions of events that

TVA foes FROM PAGE 1 calation of regulations and increased fees that will make the river and campgrounds more difficult for the average person to use," finished Merritt. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, visit shorelinealliance. com. You may register on the website to receive updates on activities and developments. From the Parsons area: Take TN 69 North and cross over I40; go 1.5 miles North and turn right on Hwy 192 for 1/2 miles, then take a left on RockPort / McIllwain Rd for 5 miles. Merge with Birdsong Road TN 191 for 4 more miles then take a right on Marina Rd to Birdsong Resort and Marina.

shaped Tuck Shutt’s life were essential. Through David’s narratives, we learned that the two began playing at the 120 Club while they were still in high school. A program on WDXL radio station in Lexington and guidance from Johnny Cash’s drummer W. S. Holland led to beneficial meetings with Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis. Later, Chet Atkins caught their act in a Nashville club and offered Tuck a deal to play on every record he made at RCA. Further, Adkins told the guitarist that, within six months, other record companies would be calling to book him on their recording sessions, generating more work than he could possibly do. Turning down a career move that could have earned millions of dollars, Tuck returned to Decatur County to care for his elderly parents. It was fitting that Little David Wilkins, someone who was as close as a brother to Tuck Shutt, should honor him with a tribute concert. Tuck’s family and friends were pleased, and we, the Boogie

Woogie Man’s fans, were delighted to enjoy our musical celebrity’s performance of favorites among his compositions. Our pleasure was enhanced by his interpretations of tunes from fellow artists—“I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Make the World Go Away,” and “You Win Again” among others. Tuck would celebrate, as we do, David’s return to the music business, coming out of retirement with a voice that sounds better than ever. He’d be proud, I’m sure, of the upcoming TV venture, the “Little David Wilkins Show” with co-host Sarah Taylor, and for the release of a new music album “Boogie Woogie Man.” Immersed in magnificent music while honoring a superior musician at the Tribute Concert on Saturday evening, I listened closely and imagined that I heard the strains of great guitar picking as Tuck joined us to accompany Little David Wilkins and all his friends for one more jam session. It was beautiful.

the Northwest corner of a tract owned by Elison Spain, et ux; runs thence South 157 feet with the West boundary line of said road easement tract to a stake; thence by a severance line of the original tract West 80 feet to a stake in the West boundary line of original tract; thence North 157 feet to a stake, the Northwest corner of original tract in the South margin of Author Riggs Road; thence East 80 feet with said road to the beginning. Tract No. 2: Tax Map 52 Group — Ctl Map 52 Parcel 71:06 Being a 20 foot road easement tract running South 316.95 feet from Author Riggs Road to Still Road and located adjacent to the East boundary line of the tracts of land divided between Dennis Clendenion (DB 129, PG 488, RODCT) and Wanda C. Fuller (DB 128, PG 771, RODCT), and more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron stake in the North margin of Still Road, same being the Southwest corner of a lot owned by Elson Spain, et ux (DB 122, PG 520, RODCT), runs thence with the West boundary of Spain North 00 degrees 32 minutes 54 seconds West 316.54 feet to a stake in the South margin of Author Riggs Road, same being the Northwest corner of Spain; thence West with South margin of Author Riggs Road 20 feet to a stake at the Northeast corner of Clendenion (DB 129, PG 488, RODCT); thence South with the East boundary of Clendenion and Fuller (DB 128, PG 771, RODCT), passing the Southeast corner of Clendenion and the Northeast corner of Fuller at 157 feet, in all 316.95 feet to a stake in the North margin of Still Road; thence East with the North margin of Still road 20 feet to the point of beginning. This being the same property conveyed to ALAN S. YOUNG, by deed recorded FEBRUARY 16, 2007, in Book 226, Page 195, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. This being the same property conveyed to RESIDENTIAL HOLDINGS OF WEST TENNESSEE CORP., by deed from Alan S. Young, recorded July 6, 2007, in Deed Book 230, Page 742, Register`s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said deed was declared Void and Rescinded by order of the Chancery Court of Decatur County, Tennessee, In Re: Estate of Alan Scott young, Action No. 4127-3P315, on December 21, 2010, a copy of said order being recorded in Book 262, Page 948, Register=s Office of Decatur County, Tennessee. Said sale shall be made subject to any outstanding indebtedness, taxes, or other encumbrances which may constitute a valid prior lien against said property, if any. Title to said land is believed to be good, but shall be sold and conveyed by the undersigned as Trustee only, and not further or otherwise, and the buyer shall rely upon his own good judgment and investigation as to the status of title. The name and address of the holder of the indebtedness is as follows: Decatur County Bank, 169 Tn Ave South, P. O. Box 696, Parsons, Tennessee 38363. The name of the debtor is: ALAN S. YOUNG The name of any parties interested as defined by T.C.A. 35-5-104(d), is as follows: Kimberly A. Brown and James Robert Young, Co-Executrix and CoExecutor of the Estate of Alan Scott Young. The street address of the property is 119 Albert Ivey Ln, Parsons, TN Dated at Parsons, Tennessee, AUGUST 30, 2012. Edwin Townsend, Jr., Substitute Trustee TOWNSEND AND TOWNSEND, ATTORNEYS 58 Tennessee Avenue South P. O. Box 608 Parsons, Tennessee 38363 S5,12,19

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that TriStar Bank, 719 East College Street, Dickson, TN 37055 has made application to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for the purchase of two branches of Community South Bank, located at 51 West Main Street, Parsons, TN 38363. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at is Area Office at 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 1900, Memphis, Tennessee 38137, not later than October 12, 2012. The nonconfidential portions of the application are on file in the Area Office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of information in the nonconfidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. It is contemplated that both of offices that TriStar Bank acquires from Community South Bank will continue to be operated as full-service banking offices of TriStar Bank. The offices are the Spring Hill Branch, located at 4930 Main Street, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174 and the Columbia Branch, located at 1909 Shady Brook Street, Columbia, Tennessee 38401.



A newspaper for and about Decatur County

Vol. 87, No. 38

Ag Expo kicks off Wednesday By Billy Vestal

The 2012 Tennessee River Agriculture Exposition (TRAE) will officially begin at 6 p.m. in the Convention Center at the Decatur County Fairgrounds Wednesday, September 19 with the grand opening and dedication. The Hostess competition has already been held and exhibits have been entered and judged. The building will open at 3 p.m. for TRAE visitors. The Tennessee River Cookers will prepare food Wednesday through Saturday night for all to enjoy. All indications point to a busy week for TRAE with exhibitors and visitors expected from a several county area. Already a large crowd was on hand for the hostess contests Sunday afternoon. Remember TRAE has a free gate and we encourage everyone to attend and witness an old fashion celebration of American agriculture. Please review the ad in this week’s News Leader for a schedule of events. Information is also available on the website

at Each day of TRAE is packed full of fun and educational opportunities. Saturday will include activities throughout the entire day. Everyone will want to try their hand at bull riding Saturday on the mechanical bull. UPNJump will have several rides and the free Farmer’s Bank Petting Zoo will be an entertaining attraction. Don’t forget the pony rides for the young cowboys and cowgirls. Some of the events will have a small entry fee. TRAE is a non-profit organization and entry fees are collected only to pay for that particular event. Saturday will also be the antique tractor show and parade. The parade route will be down Old Decaturville Road to Parsons and back. The parade will begin at noon. Those planning on traveling Old Decaturville Road during this time might want to take and alternate route during the time of the parade. We hope you will join us each day of TRAE. Your attendance will be appreciated.

Common Core to introduce change in local schools Will require teachers to work more on their own time

Kelsey Myracle was crown- ed Queen of the Hostess division on Sunday during the TRAE pageant

Local leaders, educators to tour Manitowoc on Manufacturing Day All across the country Manufacturing Day will be recognized on October 5. This day has been designated to draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in the manufacturing field today. Over the past several years many manufacturing jobs have been lost to overseas countries. But now there is evidence that some of these jobs are beginning to ease back into the United States. However, some of the manufacturing companies looking to hire and fill these jobs are finding that required skill sets are not matching those of the local workforce. The Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is sponsoring a tour

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at our largest manufacturing facility, Manitowoc, to emphasize to our local educators and community leaders the importance of manufacturing to our nation’s and local economy and to stress the importance of maintaining an up to date curriculum in our schools that meet these needs. Manitowoc operates two global growth businesses that produce world-class products for the crane and foodservice industries. Since 1902, Manitowoc has been an industry leader in market share, product innovation, and product support services. The tour will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 5 at Manitowoc.

According to its mission statement, Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. The new curriculum mandated by the state of Tennessee is expected to be “more in depth than anything that these teachers have seen before” Dr. Michael Price explained to the Board of Education Thursday night. Not only will it require more from educators but more from students as well. Price added that students will now be expected to explain or demonstrate how they solve problems. “It’s going to be a whole different change in teaching strategies that are required,” he continued. One change teachers can expect is spending more time at school and doing more work on their own dime. Teachers at Riverside High School have already started coming in every other Thursday at 7 a.m. to become acquainted with Common Core and Price noted this will be repeated in some form at the other schools. Price added this was part of their (teachers) professional development and will count toward their evaluation. “I do not intend to pay teachers for every step they have to take in order to make themselves a better teacher and meet the demands of what the education in the state is requiring of them now. Basically I feel like I have just about spoiled them because I’ve paid them for every step they’ve taken in the last five years.” Sometimes change is needed and pays dividends. Price noted that the extra math teacher implemented at DCMS has really helped to improve scores in 5th, 6th and 7th grade students causing those that examine the data to ask what

drastic measures had been taken. Price concluded by explaining that changes in teacher placement over the past 4-5 years has been based on a slide chart that shows if a teacher has not been productive for 2-3 years in a certain area. He informed the board that some are not showing to be productive anywhere. “These people that have been here and been here and have not been productive at any place that I have tried them and moved them around, there’s going to be some changes made,” he warned. “They are going to adapt and change. They are going to put out the most effort they have ever put out or they are going to be looking for some place else to work. We are looking to do what needs to be done for the benefit of these kids.” ACT Scores Riverside High School principal Hugh Smith presented findings from recent ACT scores. He noted some gains were made but still slightly behind state averages. He added programs in place are “moving the needle in the right direction.” Smith also stated that the transition to Common Core will be more aligned to what the ACT measures than what current state standards are. Bibbs elected chairman Robert Bibbs was elected to serve as chairman of the Decatur County Board of Education for another year. Brad Dodd made the nomination which received a second from Becky Stanfill. J. Wayne Stanfill will also serve again as vicechairman following a nomination from Dwight Lancaster and a second from Brad Dodd. In other news • The Board of Education approved the purchase of a Shoot-A-Way basketball training device for Decatur County Middle School. • Approved the consent agenda consisting of minutes, See “School Board” on A6

Shoreline Alliance to seek legal recourse Efforts to establish productive discourse rebuffed vy TVA They filed into the Birdsong Conference Center from Brownsville, New Johnsonville, Spring Hill, Nashville, Camden, Bartlett, New Tazwell, Jackson, Springville. Lexington, Pickwick, Sevierville, Lobelville, Bath Springs, Memphis, Collierville, Cordova, Parsons, Decaturville and Lobelville in Tennessee; from Benton and Murray in Kentucky; and from Guntersville, Alabama and other communities along the Tennessee River Valley. All had the same purpose: to band together in opposition to mandates proposed by the Tennessee Valley Authority that will destroy current private business operations. Upset, frustrated and angry they have banded together with the Shoreline Alliance, and Saturday night's meeting offered a wealth of new information, opinions and networking opportunities.

The roster of speakers was impressive. In addition to brief comments by Shoreline Alliance spokesperson David Merritt, the crowd heard from Dan Norwood, attorney for the group, and Tim Gilbert, a retired TVA employee who spent 30 years with TVA of which 25 were in the offices of Reservoir Land Management. Gilbert spoke first. “I am a believer that public entities like TVA exist to serve people. I am a believer in the founding principals that brought TVA into existence. I am a believer that my role in cooperation with your group would be to facilitate a healthy partnership with TVA where your contributions to the valley are recognized and supported both in word and deed. I believe that without your investment, your hard work, your willingness to provide recreational opportunity the recreation and tourism economy of the region

would not be what it is today. I believe that you built it. I believe that you provide the link between public use and enjoyment of the public lands and waters that are held by TVA. I believe that your businesses both enable and draw millions of Americans to recreate in the Tennessee Valley. I believe that TVA is obligated to honor its historical commitments with you. “My desire is to share my knowledge of TVA in hopes that you will become actively engaged and unified as a group to influence TVA’s decision making. For the record, I have no financial or political ambition. I am here tonight of my own accord and at my own expense.” Gilbert, who participated in every facet of TVA’s activities, went on to explain that the agency is struggling under enormous debt with a freshman staff. “Unfortunately TVA is struggling to redefine its mis-

Larry Hellkamp, foreground, and Myra Fassett listen as Bob Keast, owner of the Birdsong Marina in Camden, addresses questions to Tim Gilbert. Hellkamp own Southern Komfort Resort and Campground in Benton, Kentucky, has already seen 67% of his long-term campers pack up and leave in just the last few months.

sion which is being shaped both from internal and external forces. It is this struggle that has led TVA to establish these new operational protocols that have affected not only your businesses but every ratepayer in the Tennessee Valley. It seems that most if not all of the challenges facing TVA today have either financial origins or may be attributed to TVA leadership and lack of Congressional oversight. “Today TVA faces excessive debt adversely affecting its ability to obtain capital funds needed to maintain and build base load capacity, it has suffered substantial losses attributable to the $1.2 billion Kingston Levee failure, it is being forced due to its aging coal fired fleet and political preference to reduce its coal fired generation capability, it is being subjected See “Shoreline Alliance” on A6

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Rice still asking for debate To the Editor:

Many Tennessee parents worry about higher education choices for their children. Can they afford to send their son to that highly rated private college out of state? Would they rather keep their daughter closer to home, sending her to a state university? Does their son have the grades to go to a state college, or will he have to start off at a community college instead? Or, perhaps the nearby community college looks like the better financial solution in the short term despite their daughter’s high grades? And they’ll feel more comfortable having her home every night, instead of some strange, expensive apartment hours away. Obviously, these are matters that only families can deal with. They can bring in other family members, perhaps friends or religious advisors. But these are precisely the kinds of issues that politicians can make easier or more difficult for families to deal with. The state government controls tuition, costs and many scholarships at state schools. In August, I immediately accepted an invitation from The

Hardeman County Journal for a debate. We heard from Senator Gresham just before Labor Day through a press release in the county weeklies, declining that debate and any others in the future. Using empty rhetoric and false attacks, she boasted about her “conservative record.” Was that about trying to cut the Hope Scholarships that help Tennessee students and their parents make those difficult choices? Or was it concerning how she lied about trying to kill them? How “conservative” is that? It appears now that Sen. Gresham wants to debate in the newspapers, many of which are run by conservative Republicans who will not publish my responses (I have tried). I know that I can provide facts where she spreads rumor and empty rhetoric. I know this as well as I know that I will work to defend and expand higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school graduates. That’s a promise, and the voters of District 26 can hold me to it. Meryl Rice, Candidate State Senate District 26 Whiteville, TN

School Board FROM PAGE 1 paid bills, band trips, maternity leave for Whitney Gulledge, school budgets, request from Jonetta Vise and a policy on bullying. • Approved cafeteria substitute list: Michelle Browder, Sandra Barker, Anita Kennedy, Laura Tutor, Shirley Thomas, Shelia Mayo,Debbie Smith, Alice Blackwell, Penny Uhde, Lynetta Robertson, Linda Chien, Debra Lindsay and Ruby Troyer • Approved teacher substitute list: Pam Pratt, Shirley

Brasher, Nancy Quinn, Jana Brasher, Deondra Baker, Mary Abrams, Bridgette Scallion, Niki Hayes, Gina Coleman, Beth Blankenship, Abby Parker and Heather Coleman Director of Schools Dr. Michael Price and all nine board members were present Thursday night. The next meeting of the Decatur County Board of Education will be held Thursday, October 11 at Decatur County Middle School. Public input begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

to EPA fines, it has made operational mistakes relative to its nuclear facilities, it has lost the intellectual capital of its employees, it lacks organizational stability due to constant reorganizations, its regulatory processes are now cumbersome and inefficient and it has lost public confidence.” Gilbert regrets the state of the agency today. “As a former employee I am deeply troubled by these recent actions of TVA. I remember a time when TVA supported recreational development. They invested funds in the development of public recreation facilities that were available for public use. They assisted private business in the design and development of commercial facilities. They established incentives for infusion of private capital improvements. They transferred lands to cities and counties for recreational projects and in many cases mandated that those lands be developed and managed for the public free of charge. They sold land for private development and included specific rights enabling access and use of public shorelands. They developed model subdivisions. They served as a conduit for federal funds used by communities to install trails, boat access, and other recreational facilities. They were an effective proponent for economic growth and an effective steward of the valley’s resources. It's hard to reconcile what the TVA was and what it is today.” He warned business and marina owners, “Because many of you serve a customer base that is low to middle income, the Implementation of these new fees and operational standards will require that you pass these new charges and operational standards on to your customers who in this current economic environment will be priced out of the recreational experience.” Indeed, the business owners, themselves, are being taxed out of the recreational experience, and their customers are fleeing in the face of TVA's devastating actions. Larry Hellkamp, owner of Southern Komfort Resort and Campground in Benton, Kentucky, told the assembled that

67% of his long-term campers had already packed up and moved away. Unfortunately, as with other marina owners, TVA is driving his customers away while raising his lease rates from 500-1000% and levying a 4% tax on his sales. “We are determined to fight what we see as encroachment into areas TVA doesn't belong, and a heavy handed approach that coerces people to do things they do not wish to do and in some cases actually go against the rights granted through previous agreements. There are already many instances of businesses shutting their doors as the result of these fees and regulations. TVA says they haven't implemented them yet in most places. Can you imagine the damage yet to come, if only the revelation of these actions cause the closure of businesses?” remarked Merritt in response to Hellkamp's plight. As businesses close, the economic impact of these shortsighted commandments by TVA will be staggering. In east Tennessee, where measures have already been implemented, only three of 20 businesses remain less than a year later. The ramifications ripple into nearby communities, such as Parsons and Decaturville, where it is estimated that at least $500,000 a year will be lost from the cities' coffers. Urged Merritt, “We are currently pushing to get the message out to Chambers of Commerce, city and county mayors and commissions as well as the businesses being affected. We ALL need to come together to fight this thing! WHY would TVA implement these kinds of increases when we are experiencing the worst economic recovery of the past 75 years?” Repeated efforts to engage the TVA into productive discourse have been rebuffed, and members of the Shoreline Alliance are now pursuing legal recourse to the actions of the TVA. To that end, prominent Memphis attorney Norwood approached the podium. Norwood told the alliance that any public interest lawsuit should meet the following criteria: Does it feel wrong? Is

there a harm to the public? Is there a legal basis to stop it? He warned that unless successfully challenged, TVA will prevail, and noted that the Shoreline Alliance will be going up against unlimited legal counsel and taxpayer money, but cited the story of David and Goliath. “Don't give up the fight,” he counseled. “This alliance is made up of much more than campers. Our cause is just and we live in the greatest country in the world. Our laws mean what they say, and if laws are broken, we have recourse in court.” The Shoreline Alliance is now working to establish enough funds to seek an injunction against the TVA, and hope to be able to initiate legal action in the next few weeks. To donate, or for more information, go to

Tim Gilbert, a retired 30year TVA executive, spoke at length about his experience with the governmentowned corporation. "I am deeply troubled by these actions... I remember the times when TVA supported the recreational use of the river."

Dan Norwood, legal council for the Shoreline Alliance, shared his opinions with members of the alliance regarding their options within the court system. Attempts by the alliance to engage the TVA in discourse have been rebuffed, and the resolute coalition is preparing to move forward by asking the courts to grant an injunction against proposed TVA mandates. David Merrit listens in the background.


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County mourns loss of former County Executive Bennie Yarbro ends courageous fight with cancer at age 73 Bennie Floyd Yarbro, 73, of Decaturville, Tenn. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 10, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded with love from family and friends throughout this time but found great strength and comfort from his relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Bennie grew up in Decatur County and had a great love for his county. He served as County Executive for eight years and was a former Decaturville Mayor for several terms. He also loved spending time on his farm and was an avid outdoorsman. Over the past few years, his greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Bennie was preceded in death by his mother and father; Benjamin Floyd Yarbro and Willie Sue Bennett Yarbro. He is survived by his wife of

nearly 52 years; Alma Lee Duck Yarbro. He is also survived by his children; Avanda Yarbro Lifsey (Don) of Brentwood, Tenn., Belynda Gay Petty (Richard) of Jackson, Tenn., and Ben Dudley Yarbro (Ammie) of Decaturville, Tenn. Bennie leaves behind seven grandchildren that he adored; George Glaydon Lifsey IV (Ally) of Franklin, Tenn., Benjamin Bradley Lifsey of Brentwood, Tenn., Sara Katherine Lifsey of Brentwood, Tenn., Hayden Reed Chapman of Jackson, Tenn., Anna Gail Yarbro of Decaturville, Tenn.,

Allison Lee Yarbro of Decaturville, Tenn. and Benjamin Dudley Yarbro of Decaturville, Tenn. Bennie also leaves behind two sisters; Wilma Crawley (Buford) of Decaturville, Tenn. and Nellie French of Decaturville, Tenn. and one brother, Jerry Yarbro (Paulette) of Decaturville, Tenn. Bennie has a host of nephews, nieces and friends that he loved dearly. A celebration of his life and homegoing service was conducted by Buford Crawley Jr. at Reed’s Chapel in Decaturville, Tenn. on Monday, November

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A celebration of Bennie Floyd Yarbro’s life and his homegoing service was conducted by Buford Crawley Jr. at Reed’s Chapel in Decaturville on Monday, November 12, 2012. Burial followed at Concord Methodist Cemetery.

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Buchanan re-elected as D’ville mayor Jerry Buchanan will retain his seat as mayor of Decaturville following Tuesday’s election as he garnered nearly 60% of the vote. Buchanan received 190 votes while challenger, Dale A. Scott, received 128 votes. “I would like to thank everyone for their continued support as we work together to make Decaturville a great place to live,” said Mayor Buchanan. Betty Blankenship Maness and Melvin Taylor received the most votes in the city alderman race with 216 each. Although a tie vote, it was agreed by both parties that Maness would continue as Vice Mayor. The other four seats will be filled by Willie E. Brewer, 211 votes; Cassi Keeton 207 votes; Sarah Camper, 201 votes; and Charles E. James 200 votes.

By Pam McGaha The activities of the Shoreline Alliance have churned into full steam as members of the resolute group prepare to seek an injunction against proposed sweeping changes to shoreline agreements by the Tennessee Valley Authority. These changes would not only create an economic crisis for river-related businesses, such as marinas, that will see a five to ten-fold increase in their lease rates, but will also ripple into the business districts of Decatur County that support the river communities with fuel, groceries, tools, lumber, food, dining opportunities and other incidentals that boost our economy to the tune of an estimated half a million dollars a year. The Shoreline Alliance is a tightly-woven group of campers, boaters, river-related business owners, and concerned citizens. “This doesn’t affect me, I don’t own a boat and I don’t own a camper, but when government is this wrong, it is up to all of us to fight it,” commented a member.

12, 2012. Burial followed at Concord Methodist Cemetery in Decaturville, Tenn. Serving as pallbearers were Glaydon Lifsey, Brad Lifsey, Joel Barnes, Darryl Stricklin, Justin Pearcy and Randy Yarbro.

In the 26th Senatorial District race, incumbent (R) Dolores Gresham received 2,022 votes in Decatur County while challenger Meryl Rice (D) received 1,546 votes. Senator Gresham will keep her seat as she received 60% of the vote across the state. In other races, Rep. Steve McDaniel (R) was unopposed and will continue to represent the 72nd District in the Tennessee House of Representatives. U. S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R) and U. S. Senator Bob Corker (R) both won by large margins in Decatur County and across the state. In the presidential race in Decatur County, Mitt Romney (R) received 2,873 votes to 1,302 votes cast for President Barack Obama (D).

Nothing says “Holiday” quite like Lions Club Pecans

With honor and respect Many local veterans filled the gymnasium at Decatur County Middle School on Friday, Nov. 9 to be honored by students and faculty for their years of service to our country. The student council at DCMS hosts the annual event that recognizes the sacrifices these men and women made to help keep our country free. See page A8 for more

The Parsons Lions Club is selling pecans for the holidays as a fundraiser to help support their charitable activities. Pecans are available in pieces, halves, milk chocolate and white chocolate at a price of $8 per bag. They can be purchased in Parsons at Decatur County Bank, The News Leader, Suzy’s Sassy Scissors and City Drugs. In Decaturville, pecans are available at The Diner, CornerstonePharmacy and Decatur County Bank.

Decatur County Pee Wees headed to the Super Bowl The Decatur County Pee Wee Panthers found themselves in an unfamiliar place on Saturday. Tied at halftime. The team which had steamrolled over their opponents all season was now in a dogfight with the Burns Cowboys with the winner advancing to the Pee Wee Super Bowl. Also on the line – and possibly more important to a group of 5-6 year old boys – the coach had promised to shave his head if they advanced to the Super Bowl. “I didn’t give it much thought at the time. We were a first year team and nobody knew what to expect,” said Head Coach Shawn Cupples. Well, that promise made even before the first snap of the season will become a reality this Saturday. The Panthers rallied in the second half and defeated Burns 20-6 to advance to the Pee Wee Super Bowl. The season finale will be played on Saturday in Waverly as the Panthers will face the Dickson Dolphins, who are a perennial power in Pee Wee football. “Both teams mirror each other,” said Cupples. “We are both undefeated and both teams defeated Burns by the same score.”

Stone Wallace (23) scored three touchdowns and one two-point conversion Saturday to help lead the Decatur County Pee Wee Panthers past the Burns Cowboys 20-6.

The Dickson Dolphins have dominated this age division in recent years, but Decatur County will bring a high-powered offense and stingy defense to Waverly. The Panthers have averaged scoring a remarkable 33.4 points per game during their 10 games this season. Opposing defenses have yet to find an answer to stopping their stable of running backs led by speedsters Stone Wallace and Parker Wilks. Wallace scored all three Panther touchdowns on Saturday and also scored on a twopoint conversion to help push the Panthers past Burns. “Wallace and Wilks are both fast, but what separates them is their vision on the field,” said Cupples. But while scoring fills the seats, it’s been said that defense wins championships. The Panthers are in luck. They have only allowed 2.6 points per game this season. Led by middle linebacker Jagger Cupples, this disciplined defense is all about speed and pursuit. “We have stressed staying in position and pushing everything inside and it has paid off,” Cupples added. “We are extremely proud of

these young guys. They have played with a lot of heart this season.” It showed on Saturday as they regrouped, made adjustments and dominated the second half. The Pee Wee Super Bowl will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Waverly.

Team members include: Camden Eason (33), Cohen Tuten (10), Jagger Cupples (18), Myles Pearcy (16), Parker Wilks (26), Kole Lindsey (12), Stone Wallace (23), Taryn Cowles (0), Demondre’ Buchanan (2), De’Arius Buchanan (3), Bo Brantley (64), Dusty Harris (6), Brady Kelley (1), Jace Roach (54), Hunter Martin (4), Jaylen Davenport (24), Dustin Ervin (17), Colton Tubbs (43), Austin Shelton (99), Jaden McKnight (7), Christian Ervin (22), Carson Gurley (55) and Rhyder Sellers (32). The Panthers are coached by Shawn Cupples, Dusty Hayes, Michael Wilks, Darren Davenport, Mark Wallace and Dennis Roach.

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Alliance FROM PAGE 1 The Shoreline Alliance has been a godsend to those frustrated by their efforts to deal with new TVA mandates, and the group has seen its membership grow exponentially. What once began as a small assembly in Perryville now reaches from Western Kentucky to North Carolina to Alabama, west to Memphis and points in between. Shoreline Alliance spokesman David Merritt attended the recent joint annual conference of the Kentucky Marina Association and Tennessee Marina Association in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “It is obvious to me that TVA is doing all they can to raise revenues regardless of the impact on people these actions affect. The impact of these regulations is that many businesses will be forced out, costing jobs and raising the overall costs of recreation on the TVA controlled waterways.” Speaking during an alliance meeting on Saturday, Merritt commented on the mood of the conference. “TVA’s Vice President, Bruce Schofield and Senior Manager James Adams

conducted a session for those affected by the new regulations. In a mostly full banquet hall, it was obvious in the meeting that many there were frustrated by TVA’s lack of responsiveness to the concerns of the business owners. Bruce Schofield was especially pointed in maintaining with the marina owners that TVA had thought this through and had contacted everyone including getting input from owners. Many owners indicated that

this was the first they had heard of the intuitive, and were concerned they would be put out of business.” TVA’s refusal to enter into constructive discourse with members of the Shoreline Alliance, as well as others affected by TVA measures, have led to the pending legal measures. Astute counsel by Memphis attorney Dan Norwood has been retained, and funds for the efforts were raised quickly and fundraising efforts

continue to grow, thanks in part to generous checks by business owners in Decatur County and other areas; who are keenly aware of the economic ramifications that they will suffer if TVA is allowed to proceed unabated. Local business support is critical to the efforts of the group. Support for the group, as well as contributions for legal defense, may be made by accessing the group’s website, or by mailing checks to Shoreline Alliance at P.O. Box 3231, Cordova, TN 38088. Meanwhile, local members of the alliance are gearing up for the Saturday, Nov. 17th regional conference to be held at the Birdsong Marina and Conference Center in Camden. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature several guest speakers. Visit for directions.


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Kennedy signs with UT-Martin Lady Skyhawks Riverside senior Brooke Kennedy will take her strong arm and big bat to the University of Tennessee at Martin next fall as she recently signed to play softball for the Lady Skyhawks. Full story 8A

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D’ville plans parade “Christmas on Main Street” set for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 By Rhonda Mitchell

There’s nothing quite as charmy as a small town Christmas parade and Decaturville leaders say that this year’s parade will be one you will not want to miss! Sunday, December 2 needs to be marked on calendars in big red letters and people should plan on getting “their perfect spot” by 4:30 that afternoon. This year’s theme is “Christmas on Main Street” and organizers contend that main street will be aglow with the Christmas spirit. Decatur County’s state baseball and softball champions will be the Grand Marshals and people are urged to show their pride and their spirit for the 2011 champs by showing them your own pride and spirit for those young people who have accomplished so much, coming from such a small county. Another special guest will be none other than “Mater” the tow truck. Most kids can easily tell you who Mater is, but during the parade they can see him up close and personal. “Tow Mater” is the sidekick of Lightning McQueen in the movie, “Cars”. There will be plenty of Christmas floats, bands, cars, trucks, tractors, carts and other surprises. There is no entry fee for any entry in the parade. To register any entry, people are urged to call city hall at 8522034. People who are entering horses are urged to register early, along with the floats. See “Parade” on A4

The Decatur County Pee Wee Panthers returned from Waverly Saturday afternoon as Super Bowl champions. They defeated the previously unbeaten Dickson Dolphins 14-12 to claim the title. The game was close throughout but a 99 yard touchdown run by Stone Wallace in the second half helped the Panthers pull out a victory.

Perryville Marina camper and Shoreline Alliance spokesperson David Merritt addressed representatives of the TVA during last Thursday’s “Listening Session” in Scottsboro, Alabama. By Pam McGaha

SUPER BOWL CHAMPS Decatur County Pee Wees capture title in 14-12 thriller over Dickson Dolphins By Matt Hernandez

A 99-yard touchdown run by Stone Wallace in the third quarter Saturday proved to be the difference in the TriCounty Super Bowl. The Panthers beat the previously undefeated Dickson Dolphins at Waverly in their first year of existence as the Pee Wees finished the season with an impressive 11-0 record. A fast offense along with a stifling defense carried the team all year,

and finished it Saturday as they brought the title home. The Panthers scored first in the opening quarter on their first offensive series when quarterback Stone Wallace took the snap around the left side. He went untouched into the end zone from 50 yards out to give the Panthers an early 60 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Late in the second quarter the Dolphins tied the game when their own quarterback

went left from five yards out to answer the Panthers. Their two-point play was stopped as well, and halftime came with the score knotted at 6. The second half was a defensive battle as both sides traded possessions throughout the game. Midway through the third, Dickson put together a drive as they got to the Panthers 5-yard line. On third down Wallace stripped the ball carrier and Jagger Cupples fell See “Pee Wee” on A8

Attendees of the Shoreline Alliance conference held Saturday night left the Birdsong Marina and Conference Center in Camden loaded with more resolve than ever before. Since repeated attempts to engage the Tennessee Valley Authority in a productive discourse have failed, plans to plead their case before a judge have shifted into full gear, and organizers hope to have their concerns heard next month in federal court. The Shoreline Alliance was founded earlier this year in response to recent TVA mandates concerning the imple- mentation of shoreline restrictions and the raising of commercial lease fees. It is a coalition of marina and other river-related businesses, camp- ers, boaters, and others who recreate on the

Tennessee River, but has also garnered interest from many who are opposed to a large, government- owned corporation wreaking havoc upon helpless citizens, most who feel that they have no recourse. The small group that first began meeting at the Perryville Marina has now grown to encompass members from Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, and all across Tennessee. David Merritt, spokesperson for the Shoreline Alliance, began the meeting by reporting on his trip to Scottsboro, Alabama to engage in a "Listening Session" before the TVA Board of Directors, where he was able to speak briefly of his concerns. Among the many points made, Mr Merritt repeatedly asked the board why they See “Alliance” on A7

RHS wins Class A Division I BlueCross Championship Series By Danny Haynes

Riverside High School was recently awarded a $2,500 check for winning the 2011-12 Class A Division I BlueCross Championship Series. Each year the BlueCross Championship Series recognizes Tennessee high schools with the highest performing athletic programs based on a point system. According to the TSSAA, schools are awarded points based on quarterfinal, semifinal, final round and championship appearances, with the potential points earned increasing at each level of competition. Schools are grouped according to their competitive division and class, as assigned by the TSSAA. At the end of the

school year, each school’s total points are divided by the number of sports offered to create an average point total. Only schools that have no reported incidents of unsportsmanlike behavior during the school year are eligible to win. During the 2011-12 school year, the Riverside baseball team claimed a state championship; the Lady Panther softball team finished as state runner-up; and the RHS football team made it to the third round of the state playoffs. “We are honored to receive the BlueCross award, the award given to recognize outstanding performance both on the playing field and in the classroom,” stated RHS Principal Hugh Smith. “Proceeds from this award will be used to fund scholarships for Riverside High School student-athletes.”

Smith added, “We are very proud of all our players, coaches and fans who have helped us achieve this award.” Other winners include: • I - AA Christ Presbyterian Academy • I - AAA Henry County High School • II - A Webb School of Knoxville • II - AA Girls Preparatory School Chattanooga

Right: On behalf of Riverside High School, Athletic Director Jeff Robertson, Principal Hugh Smith and Assistant Principal Brian Jones accept a $2,500 check from BlueCross for winning the Class A Division I BlueCross Championship Series.

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Tennessee Ladies Investment Club reunion The Tennessee Ladies Investment Club recently gathered at the home of Janell Evans to reminisce the years they spent studying the stock market and investing as a group. The club organized in October 1997 and had their first official meeting in January 1998 with twenty charter members. Bruce Evans from Wells Fargo was their stock broker. The club dissolved in October 2012 with 14 members, nine of those being charter members.

Hawkes presented Fraternal Youth Spirit Award Sarah Hawkes was recently awarded the Fraternal Spirit Youth Award by Woodmen of the World Lodge 1074. She has been a Woodmen member since birth and seldom missed a lodge meeting before becoming so involved in school activities and sports. Sarah has attended several Fraternal Conventions and plays soccer, volleyball, basketball and is cocaptain of the football cheerleading squad at Lexington Middle School. Sarah is also a LMS girls representative and member of the Beta Club and is involved in her church and participates in different volunteer capacities. Presenting Sarah her award are Woodmen representatives J. V. Rosson, left and Scott Fisher. Also pictured is Billy Goodman, Lodge president.

Alliance FROM PAGE 1 existed when the measures were implemented, are still open, and the financial ripples threaten the already-strapped economies of their surrounding areas. Compounding the negative effect, some of the impacted counties are among the poorest in the state. In Decatur County alone, it is estimated that a half million dollars or more will be lost from the county coffers. Shoreline Alliance is accepting contributions from all businesses, Chambers, counties and any other interested parties to stop this job killing intuitive by TVA. Contributions can be made online at, or by mail at P.O. Box 3231, Cordova, TN 38088

Dan Norwood addressed the Shoreline Alliance on Saturday night at the Birdsong Marina and Conference Center in Camden, explaining their options in their pursuit of an injunction against the TVA in federal court. would implement an initiative that is killing businesses and jobs in the poorest counties in America? Speaking against the new plans also were E. L. Morton of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Molly Gilbert of the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council. After discussion regarding the nature of the objections brought up to TVA at the meeting, Merritt turned the podium over to Memphis attorney Dan Norwood. Members of the group heard from Norwood, legal counsel for the alliance, who shared his advice on matters concerning the implementation of the legal action, and informed the as-

sembled about strategies that will be used to persuade a judge to halt the unreasonable and aggressive tactics used by the TVA in implementing proposed new capricious and arbitrary shoreline agreements. These new agreements threaten to deliver severe economic repercussions to those living on and doing business on the Tennessee River Waterway, and extend to the neighboring communities, like Parsons and Decaturville, that support their lifestyles. In Meigs and Rhea Counties in East Tennessee, where the TVA began quietly enforcing their new measures last year, only three of twenty river-related businesses that


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Shoreline Alliance files suit against TVA Plaintiffs seek to stop evictions of campers and illegal taxation of businesses On Friday a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Jackson, Tennessee, against the Tennessee Valley Authority seeking an injunction to stop the federal agency from implementing new length-of-stay rules for seasonal campers and a new fee structure that will potentially destroy the rest and recreation environments that exist at the privately run marinas and campgrounds located on TVA land. The lawsuit is the latest step in the continuing campaign being waged by an organization called the Shoreline Alliance to stop TVA’s new Length-of Stay Requirements for Campgrounds on TVA land

and the new fees TVA is set to levy on the businesses who developed and run the marinas and campgrounds located on TVA land. If the new camping rules and fees are not enjoined by the court, they will go into effect on January 1. The result will be the eviction of thousands of seasonal campers from the campsites they have rented next to close friends and family members, in some instances for many years, as well as cause a major increase in camper fees when the campground businesses assessed the hefty new fees by TVA are forced to pass those fee in-

creases on to their campers. The new requirements TVA will be imposing on campers, as well as on the marina and campground businesses where those campers migrate to for rest, recreation and socializing with friends and family, are being implemented through new license agreements that TVA forced sixty-nine of the privately run marina and campground businesses operating on TVA land in seven states to sign in September. The new agreements require those businesses to begin paying TVA annually a percentage of the gross revenue of the business or a percentage of the market value of their

property. Another provision in the license agreements requires those businesses to enforce TVA’s new Length-of-Stay Requirements for Campgrounds on TVA Land by evicting their seasonal campers who have paid for specific campsites on their campgrounds continuously for many months or years and then requiring them in future years to vacate their campsites for at least two weeks of each year. Only after these campers vacate their specific campsites will they be allowed to enter a lottery system or get on a waiting list in order to obtain a new campsite somewhere else on

the campground. The new license agreements also require the campground owners to make their campers remove by December 31, 2012, all existing roofs, decks, and porches they currently have on their campsites. The effect of this new system TVA has created will be to deny campers the right to rent a campsite next to their family members or close friends on the campgrounds and, once the greatly increased fees TVA is levying on the marinas and campgrounds is passed on to them, the effect will probably also be to make it unaffordable for many of them to continue to camp there at all

Atorney Dan Norwood See “Shoreline Alliance” on A6

Board of Ed. votes for the dismissal of RHS coach

Nelson crowned Miss Parsons Peavine 2013 Oksana Joy Nelson of Nashville was crowned Miss Parsons Peavine 2013 Saturday night at Decatur County Middle School. Among her other duties, Oksana will represent Parsons in the Miss Tennessee 2013 Pageant on June 22, 2013 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

Jeff Rhodes has been dismissed as the head baseball coach at Riverside High School and as physical education teacher at Decaturville Elementary following a decision by the Decatur County Board of Education Friday night. The nine member board met in closed executive session for almost an hour before the regular meeting began. Shortly after the meeting was called to order, Director of Schools Dr. Michael Price read aloud the allegations against Rhodes. “After investigation of things that went on in the school on Nov. 20, it is my recommendation that Mr. Jeff Rhodes be dismissed for conduct unbecoming a member of the teaching profession as set forth by Tennessee Code Annotated; Insubordination, you have failed to comply with rules and regulations board and failed to fully cooperate with investigation into your conduct and neglect of duty. You engaged in gross failure to perform your duties and responsibilities that are reasonably expected of you and your capacity as a member of the teaching profession.” J. Wayne Stanfill followed the reading with a motion. “I’ll make the motion that charges are such in nature that would warrant dismissal,” he said. Art Bawcum added the second. Question was called for but fell silent as no discussion followed. Chairman Robert Bibbs then called for a show of hands of those in favor of the motion. Six members raised their hands. Those board members include J. Wayne Stanfill, Art Bawcum, Jimmy Tate, Becky Stanfill, Tommy Haggard and Allen Hays. Chairman Bibbs

voted no and two members passed on the vote. The two who passed were Dwight Lancaster and Brad Dodd. Although the board voted in favor of dismissal, Rhodes still has 30 days to appeal the decision to an arbitrator. Cassie McKnight, a teacher’s aide at Decaturville Elementary, was also dismissed under the same allegations of misconduct. The result of the vote was also the same. In other news, the board unanimously approved a new anti-bullying law. According to Dr. Price, this is something the state has passed down and takes the place of the one the board passed in September. The board also voted to accept the resignation of football coach Joel Goff. Before the vote, Brad Dodd questioned his peers if they were making the right decision. “I think that we need to really think closely about what we are doing here,” he began. He continued by stating that, “Goff was a good man, a hometown man that cares about this sport with our county.” He added, “He’s always represented our schools well, never defamed them and has been good to the kids.” “The grass is not always greener on the other side,” he concluded. The board then voted with six in favor and three against accepting his resignation. The six in favor were: Art Bawcum, Tommy Haggard, J. Wayne Stanfill, Becky Stanfill, Robert Bibbs and Allen Hays. Those not in favor included: Brad Dodd, Dwight Lancaster and Jimmy Tate. The next board meeting was set for January 10, 2013 at Decatur County Middle School.

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Christmas Break will be Dec. 17-Jan. 2. Students will return for the second semester on Jan. 3 for a full day of classes. Final exams for the first semester will be Dec. 12-14. Fourth block exams will be given on Dec 12, second and third block exams will be given on Dec 13, and first block exams will be given on Dec 14. Begin reviewing Cornell notes and other study guides each night, so you won’t need to “cram” the night before the test. Also, remember to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before taking an exam. The semester ends Dec. 14, 2012. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with support

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Shoreline Alliance FROM PAGE 1 in the future. The lawsuit claims that the actions being taken by TVA will irreparably harm, if not destroy, the quality of the human environment that exists at the campgrounds and in the nearby communities where the campers eat, shop and visit tourist sites and events. The campers say the changes TVA is forcing on them will likely destroy the safe haven they have been migrating to in some cases for many years and there is no public interest that would justify TVA causing them such harm. The campers and businesses who are suing TVA contend that the National Environmental Policy Act required the agency to do an environmental impact study before implementing the new fees and changing the length-of-stay rules for the privately run campgrounds on TVA land. The lawsuit requests the court stop TVA from levying the new fees or enforcing the new length-of-stay requirements through the campground businesses until an environmental impact study is completed that analyzes the environmental consequences of the proposed actions and determines if there are any actions that might be taken by TVA to mitigate those consequences. The two marina and campground businesses named in the lawsuit also claim that because TVA’s new fees are based on a percentage of the gross revenue of their businesses or the market value of their property, those fees are no different than an occupancy tax, a sales tax, or a property tax. They are asking in the lawsuit that the court declare such fees to be a tax and, because TVA was not given any taxing authority when congress created the agency in 1933 or at any time since then, to declare those fees to be an illegal tax on business and permanently enjoin TVA from levying or collecting any such tax. Dan Norwood, the attorney representing the Shoreline Alliance and its members, says “our environmental laws protect the quality of the environment humans live in just as much as they protect the quality of the environment where birds and other animals find a safe haven. Our laws do not

protect the quality of environment that snail darters, spotted owls, and wolves use as safe havens more than they protect the quality of the environment humans use as safe havens, even if those environments are ones created in nature for individuals and families to migrate to for shelter from the traffic, noise and stresses of life in an urban area. I believe the National Environmental Policy Act recognizes this fact and TVA violated that law when it failed to first analyze the harms its new fees and length-of-stay requirements would cause to the quality of those environments before putting those fees and requirements into effect.” Shoreline Alliance is an association of campers, privately developed and privately run marina and campground businesses operating on TVA land, as well as many store and restaurant owners, tourism organizations and local community and government leaders, all of whom are committed to preserving the quality of the human environment that has been created and currently exists in and around the privately developed and privately run marinas and campgrounds located on TVA land and in the nearby communities. Together, these individuals, businesses, organizations, government leaders and communities form the recreation and tourism environment that exists in and around the many water resorts that are part of the Tennessee River system overseen by TVA in seven states. Shoreline Alliance was organized earlier this year by campers at the Perryville Marina Campground in Decatur County but quickly grew to include campers at other privately developed and operated

campgrounds on TVA land along the 11,000 miles of shoreline overseen by TVA in the Tennessee River system. These campers believe that the quality of the human environment that exists along the Tennessee river where they escape to for rest, recreation and socializing with friends and family will be significantly affected and irreparably harmed if the new fees and Length-of-Stay Requirements for Campgrounds on TVA Land, which TVA has indicated it will implement on December 31, 2012, through the new license agreements issued in August to sixty-nine privately developed and privately run marinas and campground businesses on TVA land, are allowed to go into effect. The fourteen individual campers named in the lawsuit are representing the interests of not only themselves but also the many thousands of other similarly situated campers who have been able to rent the same campsite near friends and family on a continuing basis for many months, and in some cases many years, at the privately developed and privately run campgrounds located on TVA land. The two small marina and campground businesses operating on TVA land who are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are challenging TVA’s actions representing themselves and the interests of the many other similarly situated small businesses operating privately developed marinas and campgrounds on TVA land. For further information contact Dan Norwood at (901) 2102424 or David Merritt with Shoreline Alliance at (901) 6494222.

Paradise Lost  
Paradise Lost  

A series of articles examining the negative impact that recent TVA shoreline mandates will have on our community, and the efforts of Shoreli...