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Rutherford to extend sewer line service BY MICHAEL ENOCHS The Rutherford city council gathered for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on January 17. One order of new business that came under discussion was extending city sewer lines out into the north end of town. The council will draw up a resolution to take bids on the project before proceeding. Also under new business the city set a date of January 25 to have a meeting concerning an energy grant for the city water plant. Also related to the city water and sewer department, the council decided to spend $2000 to repair their sewer machine rather than to purchase a new one for $43,000. It was also decided that water and sewer supervisor Jim Cooper could fill out the proper forms to obtain federal grant money to replace the city’s aging fluoridation equipment. The council discussed replacing a police cruiser that has been used on a parttime basis. The cruiser has between 180 and 190,000 miles on it and needs $800 worth of repairs. The council has also discussed purchasing a low mileage cruiser. Alderman Dusty Emerson suggested having the parttime car refurbished before purchasing another car. Alderman Bob White stated that there was $860 left in the maintenance repair fund. Emerson made a motion to repair the old car and the board approved the measure. Cooper reported to the board that the water

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Rep. Halford takes oath of office State Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) was among the 99 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives taking the oath of office last week in Nashville. The oath was administered as state lawmakers organized the business of the 107th General Assembly. “I am honored and humbled that the privilege of serving the citizens of the 79th District has been bestowed upon. I look forward to the session starting and working hard to represent my constituents,” Rep. Halford said. “I am excited about the opportunities for my district and the great state of Tennessee,” Halford continued. “We face a lot of challenges. I am eager to work to provide our district with improved education, safer neighborhoods, and more job opportunities during this 107th General Assembly,” he concluded. see page 4

HORTON SCORES - Senior Mike Horton shoots over three Westview defenders during the come-back win over Martin. Horton had 17 points for the night. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GC Pioneers win in overtime BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County Pioneers won in overtime over Westview Tuesday night 68-63. The Westview Chargers rushed out to a 15-10 lead in the first quarter. The Charger’s full-court pressure defense proved too much for the Pioneers to handle as bad passes led to several turnovers. Gibson County’s Mitchell Simpson stole the ball and made a 5-foot jumper at the buzzer to make it 34-21 Westview, at halftime. Gibson County was outscored 14-12 in third quarter and was down by 15 points. But in the fourth quarter the Pioneers’ back-to-back scores

from Mitchell Simpson and a steal from Denzel Harris for a easy lay-up, had GC scoring 13 points in the first 2 and a half minutes of the quarter, but the Chargers were still clinging to a 50-46 lead. Shaquille Watson connected with a 3-pointer to make it 56-51 with 2:49 remaining. Gibson County’s Mike Horton sunk a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game up 56-56 with 1:02 left. Westview missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer to send it into overtime. Gibson County outscored Westview 23-8 in the forth see page 8

BY STEVE SHORT Health insurance and claims for Gibson Co. government employees cost about $105,000 per month during 2010, according to figures presented to county commissioners Jan. 24. Keith Silar, insurance agent with the Silar Thornton firm reviewed statistics for commissioners. Com. Bobby Cotham of Milan, Chairman of the Insurance Committee, recommended that the county retain its insurance agreement with West Tennessee Health Partners, and the commission voted to keep the partially self funded plan. Gibson Co. paid a total of $2.24 million for healthcare see page 3

Rutherford Elementary School’s Math-A-Thon was launched Wednesday, January 19th to raise vital funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. St. Jude is the top children’s cancer hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Gibson County community can support students by making donations to St. Jude in honor of students’ participation in the national math fundraising program. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Math-AThon has become one of America’s largest educationbased fundraisers. More than 10,000 schools across the country participate in the program every year. “St. Jude is a research institution that develops and shares protocols and expertise to treat deadly childhood diseases,” said Ashley Pickard, coordinator of the event. “By pledging donations to students participating in Math-A-Thon, we will be supporting the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children across the country and around the world.” The Math-A-Thon works by participating students solving math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook. Students ask family and friends for donations in support of their participation in the Math-A-Thon. All donations are sent to St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. This year’s Math-A-Thon event is in memory of Mr. Steve Wallace. He and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Wallace, were long time supporters and educators in the community. They also shared a love of St. Jude. We have set a goal of $2,500. We will be accepting sponsors/donations until February 9th.

Donations can be made to any student participating in Math-A-Thon or you may simply mail donations to Rutherford School, Attention: Ashley Pickard, P.O. Box 70, Rutherford, TN 38369. About St. Jude St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer see page 3

WALLACE MEMORIALIZED - Rutherford School is raising funds for St. Jude Math-A-Thon in memory of former teacher, the late Steve Wallace. Wallace and his wife Nancy Wallace both taught at Rutherford School for many years.


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County in contentious lawsuit with outside ambulance firm

GIBSON EMC IMPROVEMENTS - If you’ve traveled down Broad Street in Dyer lately you probably encountered a Gibson EMC service truck or two. Gibson Electric Membership Corporation is in the process of upgrading their facilities to improve service reliability. This is a part of their ongoing system improvement and maintenance program. (Photo by Mindy Fisher)

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BY STEVE SHORT Gibson Co. Attorney Floyd Flippin told county commissioners Monday Jan. 24 that legal measures to prevent an outside ambulance firm from operating in the county have turned into a contentious lawsuit. The county filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court last November seeking an injunction to prohibit two outside firms - Eagle Medical Services and Medcare Ambulance, Inc. from operating ambulances transportation services here. The county operates its own ambulance service, Gibson Co. EMS. Officials said they were concerned about the safety of patients and a loss of revenues. “They’re giving patients a feeling of safety that just isn’t there,” said Mayor Tom Witherspoon after the suit was filed. “It’s a safety issue and a money issue.” Mr. Witherspoon said the state legislature and county approved laws granting exclusive ambulance rights to the county provider. “It is a big deal,” said Floyd Flippin. “We say that we have a franchise to provide ambulance service, and any

service they provide denies us revenues.” Local officials accused the outside ambulance companies of painting their vehicles to mimic Gibson Co. EMS ambulances. Employees of the firms wore uniforms resembling uniforms of the county ambulance service, said officials. Flippin said the Med-care firm agreed not to provide service in the county and to be bound by any agreement reached with Eagle Medical Services. Eagle Medical argues that the county cannot have an exclusive franchise on ambulance transports, said Flippin. The county’s lawsuit seeks two things – to stop Eagle Medical from providing ambulance service in Gibson County, and (2) a judgment against the company that would grant Gibson Co. back pay that would have been received by Gibson Co. EMS. “It’s a pretty contentious lawsuit,” said Flippin. Jackson Madison-County has taken similar action and filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the ambulance companies.

EMS Director Starr Arnold said the dispute involves only patients who have to be carried on stretchers and given specialized medical care. Transportation firms, including buses from state agencies and taxi companies, can transport other patients to receive medical treatment. Flippin said he expects to report on the litigation again in March.

In related action, Flippin and Commissioner Jim Overall, Chair of the EMS Committee, both praised Ms. Arnold for her work as the new EMS director. “Director Arnold is doing a great job,” said Overall. She helped revise the policy and procedures manual for EMS employees. The manual was approved by the commission.

GC Fair planning meeting is Feb. 7th Several members of The Gibson County Fair Association recently attended the Tennessee Association of Fairs Annual Convention where they were able to secure the dates for this year’s 157th Annual Gibson County Fair! This years fair dates will be Monday August 29th - Saturday September 3rd. The Fair Association will have the first planning meeting for this year on Monday, February 7th at 7 p.m. in the Martha Taylor Building. If you would like to be involved in planning your fair, interested in volunteering

your time at the fair and or have some great ideas to help improve the fair, please feel join the Fair Association. Contest:Attention Fair Fans! We would like you to come up with this year’s Fair Theme! Please post your suggestions on the Gibson County Fair Facebook page or mail your idea to P.O. Box 348 Trenton, TN 38382. Or bring your idea with you to the Fair Association Meeting on February 7th when the winner will be chosen! If we choose your theme, you will win a prize pack of bracelets, event tickets, food, and more!

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Spellings sentenced to 18 months in federal prison THE GAZETTE A Trenton man has been sentenced in federal court for allegedly sending inappropriate material to a teenage girl in the spring of 2010. Joseph Allen Spellings, 29, was sentenced last week to 18 months incarceration in federal prison, is to pay a $2,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo mental health testing and treatment. Spellings was arrested in April on charges of transferring obscene images to a minor, coercion and enticement. Trenton Police Chief Will Sanders said he received a complaint from a Trenton resident and as a result of that complaint, his department opened up an investigation. “Our investigation revealed this was a serious matter and because it involved the Internet, I made the decision to get assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the Chief told The Gazette. “I contacted the FBI and we

met with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, sharing with them what our investigation had revealed and asked for their assistance. They picked up the case from there,” he said. Sanders told agents the girl’s mother told him that Spellings, who knew the family, contacted her daughter and told her who he was. According to an affidavit, during the FBI investigation between March and April, Spellings transferred obscene images to a minor female and an FBI undercover agent posing as the 14-year-old girl using and, attempted to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor female to engage in sexual activity. During the conversations, he allegedly discussed trading nude photos with the girl and allegedly sent photos of exposed male genitals. When an FBI agent posing as the girl contacted Spellings, he discussed having sexual contact with the minor person and allegedly set up a meeting with the person he thought

to be the girl at Shady Acres Park and take her back to his house to have sex. He would be alone since his wife was out of town, discussed how long the teenager could be out before he had to get her home so as not to alarm her mother. Spellings, formerly a contract employee with the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was indicted by a federal grand jury in May on two separate counts of allegedly using a computer and cell phone to send obscene images. He pleaded guilty to one count in October and federal prosecutors dropped the charges of coercion. Following his release, he must seek and maintain employment, provide full financial disclosure, take credit counseling and not have cable or satellite TV, not access any adult programming and have prior approval for making major purchases. According to the sentencing agreement, he will also be subject to search without a warrant by probation officers.

Health ins. for county from page 1 benefits over 23 months in 2009 and through November 2010. Approximate 184 county employees, including the Highway Dept. participated in the insurance plan. In the base plan for health insurance, the county pays $390 per month for each employee’s insurance, while the employee pays $44 per month. In the buy up plan the employee pays $150 per month. The majority of employees, 162 people participated in the base plan. 22 employees were enrolled in the buy up plan. “If you add a spouse or other dependent it gets quite expensive,” said Mr. Silar. Last year the county switched from a fully insured arrangement under Blue Cross Blue Shield to the current, partially self funded plan with Health Partners. Under the new plan the county has to pay a $50,000 deductable for each employee’s claim. There is a $1.3 million cap on total expenses for an employee. “Hopefully this has turned out to be a fruitful arrangement,” said Silar. Over 23 months, the county saved about $154,000 in insurance premium and

claim costs by switching from a fully insured plan under Blue Cross Blue Shield to the partially self funded plan provided by West Tennessee Health Partners, said Silar. The estimated premium costs for the time period would have been $2.4 million under the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. In the new insurance arrangement for 2011, Health Partners initially asked for a 10 percent increase. But after seven firms submitted bids, and Blue Cross Blue Shield submitted an offer costing less than Health Partners, the Health Partners firm agreed to renew the county policy at no increase in premium. In other actions by the Gibson Co. Commission Monday. •Medical equipment donated Trenton businessman, Bob Wilson, who owns Avc, Inc., a support firm in Trenton and Florida serving the aviation industry, donated an automatic external defibrillator machine to the county in honor of retired educator Judy Nunley who worked 21 years as a guidance counselor at Trenton Peabody High School. •Lawsuit against ambulance firm - Gibson Co. Attorney Floyd Flippin told

county commissioners that legal measures to prevent an outside ambulance firm from operating in the county have turned into a contentious lawsuit. The county filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court seeking an injunction to prohibit Eagle Medical Services from operating. Another firm, Med-care Ambulance, Inc. has agreed to discontinue. •Pay raises for home care providers - Commissioners voted 23 for, one against, and one passing, to grant 50 cent per hour pay raises to employees of the Gibson Co. Office on Aging in Bradford who provide in home services to 37 residents throughout the county. The employees were earning between $7.50 and $9.00 per hour prior to the increase. •Grant funds for disaster equipment - The county applied for a $390,000 grant from the state for disaster response equipment. The grant would not require matching funds and would be used to purchase trucks, boats, sport utility vehicles and an ambulance. Four county agencies would benefit: EMS, Sheriff Dept., County Fire and Safety, and the Humboldt Rescue Squad.

Rutherford School from page 1 Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only

pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was

ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital in the 201011 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S.

Rutherford to extend from page 1 department needed two finished water meters at a cost of $1195 per meter plus $300 for installation. White reported that the water department had $5000 in its equipment maintenance fund. Alderman Don Greer made the motion for the finished water meters. Alderperson Sandy Comstock seconded the motion and the board approved the measure. Greer reported on activity for the street department. The city crew is ready to clear all bamboo growing on the west side of Callis Street ditch. Most of the bamboo has been removed from the east side. After the removal is complete the city will mow the ground along the ditch to keep the bamboo from growing back. Under old business it was reported that the health insurance quotes for city


employees were not ready at the time of the meeting. The city will have a special called meeting when the quotes come in. The board also accepted the resignation of Mike Hamby from the city work crew during the mayor’s report. Mayor Keith Cardwell reported this left three people on the city work crew. Cardwell reported an incidence of someone

taking water from an outlying city water hydrant. Locks can be obtained for water hydrants to prevent unauthorized removal of city water, but the locks cost around $450 apiece. After some discussion the council advised that a closer watch should be keep on the hydrants rather than to have to invest in an expensive locking system for outlying hydrants.


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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATED – Trenton businessman Bob Wilson (right) donated an automatic external defibrillator for public use at the Gibson Co. Courthouse in honor of retired Trenton educator Judy Nunley at the Jan. 24 meeting of the county commission. A plaque was to be placed recognizing Ms. Nunley on behalf of Wilson’s Avc. Inc. firm. County Mayor Tom Witherspoon expressed thanks for the donation.

Donation of medical equipment honors educator BY STEVE SHORT A retired Trenton educator was honored before the Gibson Co. Commission Jan. 24 as a donation of emergency medical equipment was made to the county in her name. Judy Nunley, who worked for 21 years as Guidance Counselor at Trenton Peabody High School was honored Monday morning in Trenton with the presentation. Trenton businessman, Bob Wilson, who owns Avc, Inc., a support firm in Trenton and Florida serving the aviation industry, presented a plaque of appreciation and an automatic external defibrillator machine in honor of Ms. Nunley.

The defibrillator was to be stored at the renovated county courthouse in Trenton for public use. Ms. Nunley was named Person of the Year for 2010 by the Greater Gibson Co. Chamber of Commerce, said Mr. Wilson. “Our company wanted to do something to recognize her,” said Wilson about Nunely. “She jumpstarted so many student lives during her career.” He asked for the plaque to be put on a wall next to the equipment. “The defibrillator may save someone’s life, so it’s my honor to have it donated,” said Ms. Nunley. “It’s an honor to have worked with the children and families in Gibson Co. during my

time as guidance counselor. I would not have had the opportunity to have met so many wonderful families.” Wilson said he planned to present two more automatic defibrillators this week for public use, one to Trenton City Hall and another to the Trenton school board. Mayor Tom Witherspoon expressed appreciation for the donation of medical equipment. “As a county mayor with a heart condition I appreciate the defibrillator being provided to the courthouse, and I hope they don’t have to use it on me,” joked Mr. Witherspoon. Defibrillators can be used to revive a person who experiences cardiac arrest.

Keep healthcare reform, says state physician BY STEVE SHORT A Tennessee physician who is president of the nation’s largest medical specialty organization and secondlargest physician group, was among national leaders last week who opposed Congress’ repeal of healthcare reform laws. Congress voted Jan. 19 to repeal reforms created last year by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A vote in the Senate is required for full repeal. While national news last week highlighted partisanship of Democrats and Republicans, leaders of three, national health organizations advocated for keeping last year’s health reforms in place. The American College of Physicians, American Cancer Society, and American Diabetes Association all issued statements opposing repeal and asking political leaders to keep health reform laws enacted last year. J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, an internist from Fayetteville, TN who is President of the American College of Physicians (ACP) said reforms created by the Affordable Care Act improve patient care. ACP asked national leaders to seek “common ground” and

preserve and improve on important reforms created by the Affordable Care Act, not repeal them. In a statement, Ralston said The American College of Physicians believes the Affordable Care Act has “essential policies to improve patient care” by: (1) Expanding coverage and improving Medicare benefits; (2) Providing needed protections to guard against insurance practices that unfairly limit, deny or rescind coverage based on health status; (3) Ensuring access to primary care physicians; and (4) Beginning to bend the cost curve. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) also issued a statement opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act. John R. Seffrin, CEO, ACS CAN encouraged cancer victims and others impacted by the disease to ask lawmakers to vote against repeal. “Repeal of the law without a meaningful alternative that includes critical patient protections would resurrect the broken ‘sick care’ system that denied lifesaving care to people with cancer and their families,” said Seffrin. At the same time, the Chairman of the American

Diabetes Assoc. board said “rolling back gains produced by the healthcare reform act would take an enormous step in the wrong direction for all people touched by diabetes, as well as those who provide their care.” “The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a historic moment for people with diabetes and for those at risk for diabetes,” said John Griffin, Chairman. “That’s because of provisions in the law that provide for quality, affordable diabetes care and diabetes prevention. “As the debate heats up again, we want to ensure that members of Congress understand the truth about health reform and the provisions that bear upon diabetes,” added Griffin. “For the nearly 24 million people living with diabetes, it is essential that insurers are not able to refuse to sell or renew policies because of diabetes or refuse to cover children or drop young adults with diabetes from their parent’s health plans. Under the old health care system, it was legal to deny health insurance to people with diabetes or force them to pay more for insurance coverage simply because they had diabetes.”

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Insight & Opinion A little learning...too little

Clayburn Peeples reports: “He’s a college man,” my dad said, and he said it with admiration in his voice. I was somewhere around six years old at the time, and I had no idea what it meant to be a “college man.” So I asked, and what he told me was that people who had gone to college were special, that they were smart and that they knew what they were talking about. College, he told me, in his own words, was the portal to becoming such an educated person, as well as the avenue to success and achievement. College men, and women, he said, had been through that transformative experience. I thought about that long ago exchange last week as I read yet another report about how America’s colleges are

failing miserably at their core mission of producing an educated citizenry for this country. With a few exceptions, they no longer turn out graduates my dad would have recognized as “college men and women.” Of course there’s nothing new in observing that. Anyone who has been paying attention at all knows that college standards of academic rigor have fallen through the floor over the last half century. I taught college courses 25 years ago, and even then the word “excellence” was barely more than part of an advertising slogan when it came to the actual college education experience. But at least kids were learning something back in those days.

Now, a quarter of a century after I left the classroom, a new study suggests that things have gotten so bad that many students are graduating from college without learning anything at all. According to a recently concluded study using 29 colleges and universities across the country (whose names were withheld to protect the guilty) some 46 percent of college students learn practically nothing in their first and second years on campus in the areas of critical thinking, logical reasoning and writing. These are the critical skills an educated person must possess, but even after four years, 36 percent of today’s college seniors were only marginally better


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An earlier, colder and snowier winter season has the Tennessee Department of Transportation implementing new strategies to conserve resources during snow and ice removal operations. Winter weather started affecting Tennessee roads in November of last year and TDOT’s arsenal of salt is being used at a faster rate than our supplier can replenish reserves. “An active winter weather season has increased demand for salt and has slowed efforts to replenish stockpiles,” said TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges. “We are working closely with our salt supplier to fill orders as quickly as possible. In the meantime, it will take our maintenance forces longer to clear all routes of snow and ice as we try to conserve salt.” TDOT will employ some of the other techniques available to clear roadways during weather events in the coming days and weeks. Crews will increase the use of salt brine and calcium chloride, both of which can successfully melt snow and ice from roads, and will help stretch existing salt supplies until new salt shipments arrive in early February. TDOT will also use its fleet of snow plows to remove any snow accumulation from interstates and state routes. In early January, TDOT shifted salt from the western and middle parts of the state

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Dec. unemployment rate is 9.4 percent Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the November rate. The national unemployment rate for December 2010 was 9.4 percent, 0.4 percentage point lower than the November rate. “Employment growth continues to keep Tennessee’s unemployment rate down from a year ago,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “While our rate has remained unchanged since September, we’ve seen growth over the last year across a diverse range of industries.” November 2010 to December 2010: According to the Business Survey, professional, scientific, and technical services increased

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Community Living Keely Mill Our Sunday morning services began with everyone singing the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross.” Mike Fields opened us in prayer. Scott Fields blessed us with our morning devotional from Joshua 24:1-28 entitled Choices. We dismissed to our Sunday school classes. Christy Skelton opened the adult class in prayer and did a good job teaching us our lesson “Sick Of Greed?” form 2 Kings 1-5. Grace, not greed, is the believer’s proper motive in acting toward others. Diane Hamlin closed us in prayer. We all rejoiced in the Lord as our Sunday morning services began with the baptism of Larry Dalton Flesher. Elaine Fields played the piano as Scott Fields and the choir led us in the hymns “Are You Washed in the Blood” and “Take the Name of Jesus With You.” William McDonald opened us in prayer. Bro. Steve welcomed everyone to Keely Mill. We all enjoyed our time of meet and greet with our church family and the many visitors we had. We thank the Lord for all our visitors. Our special music was a blessing as Mike, Scott and Stephen Fields sang a beautiful old time hymn “I’ve Got a Mansion.” Bro. Steve’s morning

By Diane Hamlin message was from Psalms 139:13-16 entitled “Consequences.”Stephen Fields closed services in prayer as the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord!” was sung. We all welcomed Dalton to the Keely Mill Church family. Our discipleship-training hour began with the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” Keith Hamlin opened us in prayer. Mike Fields did a good job teaching us our lesson “A New Purpose” from Romans 12:1-2. Scott Fields closed us in prayer. Our Sunday night worship hour began with Elaine Fields playing the piano and Scott Fields leading us in the hymns “When I See the Blood,” “Redeemed” and “The Lily of the Valley.” Felichia Fields did a great job singing our special music “Lets All Go Down to the River.” Bro. Steve’s message, “Patience,” was from Hebrews 10:35-39. Tonya Fields dismissed our services in prayer as the hymn “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” was sung. Read your Bibles and pray for the many that were on your list of prayer requests this week. Join us for praise and worship Sundays 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and facebook.

Community Calendars GOSPEL GUITAR GROUP Join us at New Concord Baptist Church in Kenton Sunday, January 30th at 5 p.m. for Christian Guitar 101, a nine-piece gospel group with guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and dulcimer. SINGING SERVICE Come out and enjoy some good gospel music Wednesday, February 2 at First General Baptist Church, 1039 Frank Street, in Milan. The First Wednesday Night Singing Service will feature Ivan and Jamie Hodge. MASON HALL AREA NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING The Mason Hall Area Neighborhood watch will have their meeting January 31 at 6:30 p.m. held at the Mason Hall Community Center. GIBSON COUNTY GOP MEETING The Gibson County GOP will meet February 1 at 6 p.m. at the Majestic Restaurant in Trenton. All members are urged to attend and invite a friend. STAR CENTER GALA The STAR Center Gala benefiting the Art and Music Therapy Scholarship Program will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011 in The STAR Center Auditorium, 1119 Old Humboldt Rd., Jackson,. The champagne reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner by Gourmet Your Way at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment at 8:30 p.m. Cocktail attire is required. The featured entertainment will be by Mike Eldred, one of America’s most in-demand tenors, and Les Miserables star Jeff Steinberg, composer/ arranger/pianist. Make reservations by calling 731-5545150. Sponsors of the event are platinum sponsors: Leaders Investment Services, Procter and Gamble, gold sponsors: Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, Max Trans, Kay and Flint Cox, and silver sponsors: John H. Allen Construction Co., BancorpSouth, AT&T. TEAM MEETING RESCHEDULED The Kenton/ Mason Hall Relay For Life team meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 31 at 6:30 at Kenton First State Bank. GCSD BOARD MEETING The Gibson County Special School District Board of Trustees will have the regular meeting on Thursday, February 10th in Dyer School Library at 6:30pm. DYER FD MARKS 100TH YEAR 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary for the Dyer Fire Department. If anyone has any pictures of personnel, equipment or scenes, please send them to If possible, include the date, if known, and who or what is in the pictures along with any pertinent details. Any help you can give for our celebration is greatly appreciated! ART EXHIBIT Gibson County Visual Arts Association invites all elementary and middle school young artists to participate in an exhibit to show at Trenton City Hall during the month of February. Teachers needing more details please call Royce Harris at 731-784-4120 or email her at royceanna67@yahoo.



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New Hope By Many attended Wednesday evening service as we finished our church membership classes. We covered our story and tour reliving the beginning of our church in 1914. Our spiritual responsibility was reviewed as we learned membership commitment based on our Church Covenant and what being a member of New Hope means. Sunday school attendance was 66, with 2 visitors, we had several for our worship service who are our honored guests. Want to go on a mission trip? The mission train is ready to roll. Please sign the list on our table. Where we go and how long we are gone depends on you. Our worship service began with Emerald Jones reading Proverbs 6:1 and 2. Doug Jones blessed us with our special music, “Holy City, New Jeruslem.” Bro. Corey Meggs preached mornings message, “now is the time of Salvation,” from

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Luke 13:22-30. Our mission as a church is leading others to Christ. Discipleship Training attendance was 33. Bro. Corey brought our evening message continuing Halley’s challenge, “How to turn tragedy into triumph.” This is from Genesis and Job. He summarized the lives of Joseph and Job, comparing the trials, heartaches and victories of each, helping us to find God’s purpose of our lives. Come join us Sat., Jan.29 at 6 p.m. for a gospel singing. Featured are The McEwens and the Mark Trammel Quartet. A love offering will be taken. Remember the many on our prayer list, the family of Jimmie Landrum, Glaneese Minton, Debbie Wilkins, Betty Sims, Janice Meeks who has surgery Thursday. Pray for Bro. Corey Saturday morning at 9 a.m. as he addresses the Men’s Convention at 2nd Baptist Church in Union City.

Sunday School for Shut-In When you’re ready please read Matthew 6:25. How important do we think we are to God? (John 3:16) The one we’re serving is the one we’re thinking about and focusing on. God commands us not to worry but to trust Him. Wecannot please our heavenly Father without faith (Hebrews 11:6). “And the Lord shall help them and deliver them he shall deliver them from the wicked and save them because they trust in Him.” Psalm 37:40 KJV. God is the one and only deliverer everything good comes from Him. Worry won’t help worry is the manifestation of distrust, worry harms, God Hasn’t made plans to harm but to save (Jeremiah 29:11, Luke 19:10). Where we place our vote of focus, shows where we place our heart of faith. Life is worth far more to our Father than we could begin to realize. Our life is much more important to God than we could ever fathom (Jeremiah 33:31.) God can do anything (Genesis 1:16) and without our worry He will see to it. WE place much too much focus on what we consider to be necessities but there are some facts to consider which Jesus said, “Consider the ravens for they neither sow nor reap, which neither have storehouse

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nor barn and God feedeth them, how much more are ye better than the fowls?” Luke 12:24 KJV. When we worry we exhibit what we consider our life to mean for that space of life or that slot in time. Therefore when we worry we are wrong by proxy. For we’re showing forth that we don’t trust in Him.” Commit thy way unto the Lord trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:5 KJV. When God gives us our desires He shall surely supply all the necessities for their performance He will cause our way our desire to come to pass. Psalm 37:4). Let’s read what God told Jeremiah: “Then the word of the Lord came into me saying before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee and before thou samest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying Jeremiah what seest thou? And I said I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me thou hast well seen for I will hasten my word to perform it” Jeremiah 1:4-5, 11, 12 KJV God always knew all knows all and will always know all (Genesis 1:11). God is always.

Rutherford 1st Baptist By Katheryn Blankenship Several came to the church Saturday morning for clean up day. It was good to see Bobby Wilson playing guitar along with Brother Jason. The choir special was “Mid Night Cry” with Kasey singing solo part. For morning worship, we had a speaker from Birth Choice to speak on :Sanctity of Human Life.” Sunday evening Sue Ellen Moore sang “Amazing Grace” for special music. With the quarterly business meeting following. As years go by and we get older there was changes that we have to face. Recently this has happened to two of our members, Mary Belle

Hollis has gone to the Dyer Nursing Home, and Aunt Sallie Pate is leaving this week to live in Martin close to Lena Mae. Aunt Sallie has been a members of 1st Baptist for 65 years. She and Mary Belle have been neighbors for several years they will be missed. Those having birthdays this week! Carol Cunningham, Larry Woods, Danny Dunn, Christy Hinten, Brenda James, Linda James, Blake Simpson, and Barbara White. Is you do not have a home church you are welcome at 1st Baptist. Until next week, God bless.

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Dyer Church of Christ Morning worship services had an attendance 110 and 92 in Sunday school. The message for the morning service came from the book of Matthew 16:17, 18, 19, I believe in the Lord’s Church. Romans 16:16, the churches of Christ salute you. Church means called out. II Thessalonians 2:12, of that which belongs to Christ the anointed one. Acts 20:28, Church of the Lord and God. 1 Corinthians 12:13 you are the body of Christ. The church will never be destroyed Daniel 2:44. Remember in Prayer: Bill Mealer, Mynonne Tate, Brad Clark, Richard Tharpe, Matt Smith, Thomas Gipson and family, all of our shut-ins. Praise God for the young man Edgar Harrell who came forward Sunday and was baptized into Christ. Edgar is a fine young man and we look forward to him

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being a part of our family. Thanks to everyone who made the youth devotional at our home (Bobby and Sabrina Sullivan) Sunday night a success. Special thanks to Richard Tharpe for bringing us a wonderful message on faith and Joey Barron for leading us in some beautiful songs of praise. Thanks to everyone who were able to come out early Sunday evening to get the House to House pamphlets ready for mailing. This is a small thing that makes a big difference. Announcements: Make plans to attend next Sunday for fifth Sunday celebration. Our guest speaker is Brother Wylie from Freed Hardeman University and there will be a add a dish meal after worship services with an early evening service at 2 p.m.

Bethpage By Joyce Brown We were glad that most of the snow and ice had melted and we could all gather at church Sunday morning. We had a really good crowd with several visitors. Janice and Tina opened the worship service with “As The Deer’ during quiet time. Call to worship was “Doxology” and our welcome hymn was “When We All Get To Heaven.” Special music was “Let the Blood of Calvary Speak For Me” by Charles. Bro James preached from Psa 140:1-13. His title was “The Prayer of a Troubled Soul.” His Sunday night sermon was “Long Term Memory” with the text being 2 Pet 1:15-21. Our hearts were saddened by the passing of our long time friend and neighbor, Nelda Burton. She had gone through a lot of suffering from serious illness in the last few weeks. Our prayers and sympathy go to Ray, Mark and Michelle and her family. Sympathy is extended to the family of Billy Lynch,

a young man who had friends from our area, who passed away last week. Also, we send sympathy to the family of Charles Glenn Yergin who died in the last few days. Seems like there is a lot of sadness but the Bible says “Joy Comes In The Morning.” Congratulations go to Joe Peevyhouse who has joined the ranks of retired folks following a long career building bridges for the state. You deserve some rest, Joe and don’t let Doris load you up with too many “honey-do” jobs. From the Pastor’s pen: The hand of the Lord is felt in strengthening the soul and lifting the spirit upward towards eternal things. May we in this sense feel the Lord dealing with us. Ezek 33:22 Now the had of the Lord had been upon me the evening before the man came who had escaped. And He had opened my mouth; so when he came to me in the morning, my mouth was opened, and I was no longer mute. Have a fantastic week.

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Laneview Baptist Church It was a wonderful day to be in the House of the Lord Sunday, we were richly blessed to view the baptism of Ryle Criswell. We also enjoyed a special by Bro. Johnny Cavender. The title of Bro. Darrylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is Laneview Ready For Company?â&#x20AC;? Are we as Christians at Laneview and in the community spreading Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Word? It is our responsibilty as Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children to be reaching out to the lost. Are we taking the time to talk to the people we come in contact with on

a daily basis about Christ? It is not an option it is in His Word. We all have friends that we know are lost. Are we willing to let another minute slip bye knowing where they will spend eternity. God is looking for people willing to allow Him to use them for His Glory. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be blinded on what is going on around you just because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see! If you feel good about inviting your friends to a ballgame or a great birthday party why wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you tell them about the greatest Love

youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever known Jesus??? Scripture Ref: Matt. 25 3146 also John 4-35. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continue to keep the sick and hurting in our prayers. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also be in prayer for all the churches in the Gibson Baptist Association as we all join together in coordinating the G P S ( Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plan For Sharing). The goal is to spread the Word of Jesus to every household in the Gibson Baptist Association area by Easter. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make Jesus smile this week tell someone about Him! God Bless!

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We had a wonderful day at St. Paul in our Sunday School and morning service. Our youth department led our devotion and they did a very good job. DeAries Dennis was our devotional leader, Jaeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;da Pitts read the scripture, Micah Pitts led us in prayer, and Christian Higgins extended the welcome. The youth choir sang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Lift Our Hands in the Santurary,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praise is what I doâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The blessing of Abraham.â&#x20AC;? They did a beautiful job. The Patamine Group performed a wonderful number and they are fantastic. Pastor Willie Pounds delivered the message. His topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can you see clearly through a dark glass, was found in 1 Corinthians 13:9-13. He informed us, that we as our eyes before we get the spec out of our brothers eye. We can only

do those things if we have been born again and we have a personal relationship with Jesus. The Patamine Group had him really fired up. Sherrie Skinner, Christie and Shunta Jackson of Greenfield honored the Skinner brothers and sisters with a delicious dinner last Friday night. The purpose of the get together was to give thanks to God that all six brothers and three sisters are still living and in fairly good health. Those present were: Nathaniel and Shirley, James and Sarah, John and Rosie, Robert Ed, Gerald and Willie, Helen Dean and Willie (Bear), Billy and Neva, several of Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children and grandchildren, Carl Shane, Lil Sarah and others. Julia Faye and Joe, Leonard and Rose reside in Lansing, MI. they were not there but we all talked to Faye on the phone. They

Kenton News Cindy Lamar took a trip down memory lane last Wednesday as she ventured to Hickman, Kentucky. Knowing that life itself is all about change, she was still struck by all the changes that are taking place along the 40 mile trip. Ground is being excavated for the new highways to be being constructed, landscapes are changing as Mother Nature has her way, new buildings are springing up and businesses and housing are being swallowed up from the falling bluff in downtown Hickman. The drive was an enjoyable one as she ventured on beyond town to Sassafras Ridge to visit with relatives, Sam and Doris Weatherly. Their visit together was quite enjoyable as they shared stories of days gone by and remembered with great fondness loved ones who have gone on. They shared lunch together before Cindy parted to once again take in all the

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all plan to get together frequently all through the year. Those having birthdays this week are Charles Warren, Justin Moore, Barbara White and Josie Johnson. We wish everyone in the month of January happy birthdays. Prayer list: Brother William Edmonds, L.M. Bardwell, John and Minnie Mays, Rev. Henry Banks, Billy Martin, Ruby Warren, Martha Simpson, Rosie Allen, Minister Jasmin Williams, Preston White, Barbara White, John Mitchell, Little Dovavon Banks and Sandra DePriest. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a church home we welcome you to St. Paul M.B. Church, because St. Paul is a church where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord. God bless and have a good week.

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sights on her return drive to Kenton. Great loss has come to the Burton family with the passing of Mrs. Nelda Burton of Mason Hall. We extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Nelda and pray divine strength for each of them in the days and months ahead. The Kenton-Mason Hall Community Relay for Life team met last Monday evening in Kenton at the First State Bank. They discussed their ideas for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fundraisersâ&#x20AC;? they will be sponsoring together to benefit cancer research. Team Captain, Rachel Abbott and all the team members are all excited and ready to do their parts for this great cause. Be sure to watch for their events an support them. A belated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy birthdayâ&#x20AC;? is sent out to Madison Davidson who turned 15 recently. Madison is a student at Rutherford School and is the daughter of

Lloyd Davidson and Karen Montgomery. Food for Thought: He picked me up when I was down. He washed me clean from stains. He loved me with His perfect love, and called me by my name. He kept me safe from all harm. He fed me to my fill. God holds me in His mighty hand, each day and always will! I neâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er will be able to return to Him such love. But I will try till my dying day, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause this God I dearly love! Prayer List: Jimmy Simmons, Gwen Rickard, Amanda Davis, Judy Webb, Elmer Williams, Paul Lee Williams, Aaron Whitworth, Regina Miller, Elaine and Jesse Davidson, Carol and Bobby Primrose, Eurby Sanders, Freda Lamar, David Stephenson, Norma Simpson, Preston White, Easton Hopper, Henry and Cathy Herane, Lil Wardlow, Racine Hodges, Rebecca Bing, and Clint McLodge.

Lowrance Chapel By Jerry Bell We were all blessed to have a partly sunny day last Sunday, with temperatures finally above the freezing mark. We are truly a blessed people to be able to assemble together and express our faith and belief in our God. We still have some who are sick and at home. Barbara Wiley continues to have pain and discomfort and cannot attend. Jean Bell is slowly recovering from a severe bout with bronchitis and able to be back at services. James White is at home with back problems, Max Betts is back in the Leboner Hospital in Memphis. Let us all keep these in our prayers. In Peter 3:11-12 we find these words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day? God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great day coming,â&#x20AC;? are the words of a familiar and favorite song. Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

return is a reality! It is not some riddle to be solved nor a â&#x20AC;&#x153;codeâ&#x20AC;? to be broken, but a day to be anticipated. When that day occur however, remains a mystery to all except God (Mt. 24:36) Therefore, it should not be when that day will come that concerns us the most, but how we live until day arrives. That was Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How should we live from here to eternity?â&#x20AC;? Consider the following: Till Jesus comes, live like Christ, Christ is our example (1 Pet. 2-21) Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life and teaching were in perfect harmony. He cared enough to die. He loved unconditionally. He did the Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will. We will walk in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;paths of righteousnessâ&#x20AC;? by living like Christ. Till Jesus comes, strive to save your family. Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Pet. 2:5_ and yet he saved only his wife, three sons, and three daughters in law (1 Pet. 2:20). Joshua was a busy leader, but he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as for me and my house, we still serve the Lord (Josh 24:15). The world needs more fathers like Noah and Joshua.

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The Golden Agers met January 19 for their weekly devotional and fellowship time. President Brother Jerry Legg welcomed the 20 attending and asked Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessing on the nourishment of the food for everyone. Brother Jerry Legg shared a letter of appreciation from the Mission Dignity group who send donation from our group and others to supplement retired ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spare retirement. He also shared that our adopted Holt child is thriving. Prayer needs included recovery for Ronnie Batchelor who is seriously ill with double pneumonia, Larry London, who will

Till Jesus comes, be supremely committed to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Never be ashamed of the Church that Jesus died for, reigns over, and is the ruler of. When He returns, it will be delivered unto God (1 Cor. 15:24). Till Jesus comes, live so that your name is always in the Book of Life. Right now in heaven there is a Book of Life. Moses was aware of this book (Ex. 32:32), so was Paul (Phil 4:3). Jesus told the disciples, â&#x20AC;&#x153;rejoice because your name is written in heavenâ&#x20AC;? (Lk. 10:20). In the Book of Life are names of the redeemed. Is your name in that book right now? Your name is placed there when you become a Christian. Your name remains there by living a faithful life. When the Book of Life is opened (Rev. 20:1115), will your mane be there? Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important thing is having your name in heavenâ&#x20AC;? Is your name written there? If not, why not? Thanks for your comments on our news and sermon. If we can serve you in any way please let us know. 665-7122.

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have brain surgery to remove a calcium deposit soon, Carolyn Temple, who is recovering from by pass surgery and Martha Stephenson and Barbara Watson. We committed to pray for Pat Landrum, Wanda Adams and Bitsy Gilliland who have recently lost their mate in life, Michael Barnett led the prayer of intercession. Brother Legg announced that Golden Agers will board the church bus on April 6 and have a season of prayer at churches, schools and homes all over town. The GPS (Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plan of Sharing) will be a prayer ride that will bathe Dyer in prayer.

With Shirley Shull and Kenneth McEwen leading the group sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showers of Blessingsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Lifted Me.â&#x20AC;? With Anne Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piano accompaniment, Kenny sang a solo of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a Witness.â&#x20AC;? A poignant line that stirred my heart was â&#x20AC;&#x153;if the task be humble, Lord, help my will to crumble.â&#x20AC;? For his morningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devotional, Brother DeWayne Goodgine chose Proverbs 3:1-10 as his text for discussing how we should respond to divine guidance. The ways to be led include trusting in God, yielding to God, and giving our all, time, talents and tithe.


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Obituaries EYVONNE KING CROWDER Eyvonne King Crowder, of Kingsport, died Wednesday morning, January 12, 2011 at Indian Path Medical Center after an injury sustained in a fall. She was born in Gibson County on January 6, 1940. Funeral services were held January 15, 2011 at Northeast Church of Christ with Tim Hall officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Memorial Park. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 44 years, Dr. Jack Crowder of Kingsport; her son Timothy Crowder of Durham, North Carolina and wife Rebecca; her daughter Erin Crowder Lackey of Ashville, North Carolina and her husband Kip; her parents, Harry and Lucille King of Mason Hall and her sister Mynonne Tate and husband Lyle of Dyer; and her four beloved grandchildren, Hoyt, Jackson, Audrey, and Cooper. Eyvonne and her one-year-old grandson, Cooper, shared a birthday, and the family was fortunate to all be together for a birthday celebration last weekend. She will be remembered by those who knew her as a true lady, lovely both inside and out, gracious, soft-spoken, ever kind to others. She loved sailing with her husband and reading, singing, and playing with her grandchildren. She was generous in nature and always made time for her family, her friends, her church and community. She was a blessing in the lives if many, and her beautiful spirit will live on in our memories and in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indian Path Medical Center Foundation, attention Vivian Crymble, 2000 Brookside Drive Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.

JAMES VIRDELL FRY James V. Fry, age 98, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2010. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Arlington Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida. Acie Sanders officiated. Interment was at Arlington Memorial Park. James Virdell Fry was the eldest of 10 children born to Jess C. and Maude V. Fry on August 2, 1912 in Trimble, TN. He lived there until moving to the Mt. Olive community near Dyer in 1932. Mr. Fry married Alyse Vernell Fleming on October 9, 1933 and they moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1935. Together they had three children. Vernell passed away in 1987. After several years as an auto mechanic and an over the road truck driver, he retired in 1978 and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. In 1989 Jim married Treva Knight. She passed away in 1998. James was a man who made friends easily and was willing to lend a helping hand whenever possible. He was a marvel to those who knew him; not only with his knowledge of how things worked, but also how hard he would work in spite of his age. Jim, as he was known by many, accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in early 1989. He made Arlington Church of Christ his home congregation where he worshipped and worked diligently for the Lord until he was called to his eternal rest. James Fry is survived by his three children: Wanda Vasko, Beverly Verhines and James Fry; two step-children: June Campbell and Karen Love; 17 grandchildren, 30 great grand children, eight great, great grandchildren, three siblings: Bill Fry, Juanita Worrell and Sherer Fry; also numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Although his spirit no longer resides in his earthly body, his spirit lives on in each and everyone he came into contact with. Each of us left behind has our own pleasant memories of time spent and shared with Jim.

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Sports & Education Lady Pioneers trump Martin Westview BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County High School Basketball teams put on a thrilling show for the crowd Friday night. The Lady Pioneers (7-3 District) won over Westview (6-3 District) 3129 at the buzzer, and the Pioneers won in overtime 68-63.

The Lady Pioneers, with a good defense, but cold shooting was tied 4-4 after the first quarter. Gibson County was behind, and with a basket from junior Courtney Haynes got as close as 12-11 with 2:58 remaining in second quarter. Going into the break Westview lead 14-13.

DETERMINATION PAYS OFF - Tori Reedy goes up for two points. Reedy was the leading scorer for Gibson County Tuesday night with 10 points. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Westview went on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter. The Lady Pioneers trailed 25-15 before back-to-back 3-pointers from Tori Reedy and Courtney Haynes put Gibson Country within 4 points (25-21) at the end of the quarter. Gibson County’s Reedy hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the final quarter. Haynes was able to hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game 29-29 with 2:58 left. Despite several empty trips down the floor due to turnovers, neither team was able to gain much of an advantage. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Haynes’ baseline shot rolled off the edge of the rim, but GC’s Alyssa White came up with a huge offensive rebound and made a great up and under move for a basket at the buzzer to give Gibson County a 31-29 victory over Westview . Gibson County had 26 rebounds and forced 16 turnovers. Tori Reedy led the Lady Pioneers with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Alyssa White chipped in 8 points, 4 blocks and 12 rebounds. Courtney Haynes had 8 points and 2 steals.

TAKING CONTROL - Lady Pioneer Alyssa White steals the ball for a easy lay-up. White had 4 blocks against Westview. White scored the last-minute winning two points of the game. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

FAST ON HER FEET - Gibson County guard Courtney Haynes used her quickness to drive to the basket past three Martin defenders. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Pioneers win in overtime from page 1 quarter. Pioneer Horton with an offensive rebound and a stick back for a basket gave GC a 6463 lead with 30 seconds left in overtime. John Lee and Horton drained two free throws each, sealing the victory for Gibson County.

Head Coach Justin Lowery said, “Defense and hunger won this game for us. We talked about that before this game. I’m proud of them for not giving up’’. Gibson County was 1116 from the free throw line, had 15 forced turnovers and had 29 rebounds. Scoring

for Gibson County were: Mitchell Simpson with 27 points, 3 steals and 7 rebounds; Mike Horton with 17 points and 7 rebounds; John Lee with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists; Shaquille Watson with 10 points and Colton Marcle with 3.

AIR-SIMPSON - Gibson County Mitchell Simpson puts up a shot under pressure Tuesday night. Simpson scored 11 of the 23 points scored in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS ATHLETIC BANGUET GOLF TEAM WINNERS - The golf team winners are, from left: Austin Brewer, Michael Morris, Jon Poore, Shane Peden, Spencer Richardson, and Austin Yergin.

Gibson County High School held Fall Athletic Banquet Dec. 13 The Gibson County Fall Athletic Banquet was held on Monday night, December 13, in the high school cafeteria. Awards were given to the Golf Team, the Volleyball Team, the Girls’ Soccer Team, and the Cross Country Team. The following awards were presented to the Golf Team: Most Dedicated Award – Spencer Richardson and Michael Morris; The Horizon Award - Austin Brewer and Austin Yeargin; Most Improved Player Award – Jon Poore; All District Team Awards – Austin Brewer and Shane Peden; and the Most

Valuable Player Award – Shane Peden. The golf team is coached by Jennifer Ellis. The following awards were presented to the Volleyball Team by Coach Leeann Kelley: All District Award – Abby Meyers, Pioneer Award – Desiré Barnett, Cynthia Rodriquez, and Camri Donald; Most Valuable Newcomer Award – Lacey Petty, and Most Valuable Player Award to Abby Myers. The following awards went to the Cross Country Team – Most Valuable Female Runner – Cady Griffen, Most Valuable Male

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THE LONG PASS - Pioneer Denzel Harris passes the ball down court to an open teammate for an easy basket. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS ATHLETIC BANGUET GIRLS SOCCER TEAM WINNERS - The girls soccer team winners are, from left: Erienne Baker, Brooke Sansing, Anna Santaniello, Jessamy Moore, Jennifer O’Brien, Lauren Whitley, and Kendal Lawler

GCHS ATHLETIC BANGUET VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINNERS - The volleyball team winners are, from left: Abbey Meyers, Desiree Barnett, Coach Leann Kelly, Camry Donald, and Cynthia Rodriguez

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OLLIE OTTER VISITS GIBSON COUNTY SCHOOLS – The Ollie Otter Seatbelt and Booster Seat Program educates students in preschool through third grade about the importance of seatbelt use and the need for booster seat use for children under age nine and under four foot nine. During the presentation Ollie Otter had student volunteers to help him get the other students excited about the usage of seatbelts and booster seats. Gibson County School District students were very fortunate to have Ollie Otter speak to them during this life saving campaign.

DYER SCHOOL NOVEMBER GOOD CHARACTER AWARD – The winner of the Good Character Award for November is Ozzy Rico pictured with Selene Barron, representative of F and M Bank in Dyer. Thanks to Dyer Farmers and Merchants Bank for sponsoring this program

DYER SCHOOL GOOD CHARACTER AWARD FOR GENEROSITY – Winner of the Dyer School December Good Character Award is Hayley Stephenson pictured with F and M Bank representative Selene Barron. Thank you Dyer Farmers and Merchants Bank for sponsoring this program.

DYER SCHOOL NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – Students of the month for November are: Ashley Young, Kindergarten; Jaden Bailey, first grade; Alexis Pate, second grade; Dalton Flesher, third grade; Alaina Eddlemon, fourth grade; Libby Thetford, fifth grade; Justin Wigtion, sixth grade; Mikayla Simpson, seventh grade; Katelyn Rickman, eighth grade; Angela Hensley (not pictured), Mrs. Denise’s Class. Thank you Food Rite for sponsoring this program. GIBSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS COLLECT SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR AREA FOSTER CHILDREN – Students from Dyer, Rutherford, Spring Hill and Yorkville schools recently collected school supplies for area foster children. Students were asked to bring in school supplies that they would use in school and donate these to be given to foster children living in Gibson County. Among the four schools several large boxes of school supplies along with monetary donations were collected. Thanks to all students who gave so generously to help others in our area have a better chance for academic success. Pictured are Dyer School Kindergarteners who were among the many students who participated.

DYER DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH – Students of the month for December are: Evan Bonds, Kindergartin; Blaine Cooksey, first grade; Katelyn McCall, second grade; Alaina Hunt, third grade; Logan Barron, fourth grade; Alexa Powell, fifth grade; Joey Norvell, sixth grade; Maggie Powell, seventh grade; Kodey Crews, eighth grade; J-Kwon King, Mrs. Denise’s Class. Thank you Feed Rite for sponsoring this program.

DYER SCHOOL BEGINS FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES (FCA) Dyer School recently formed a chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Any Junior High student, whether they are an athlete or not, is invited to participate in this organization, which meets once a month before school. Students are fed breakfast while listening to a guest speaker and fellow students read Bible verses and encourage each other to live the Christian life. We would like to thank the local churches and businesses that have contributed to this program and as a result twenty-five students have been given Bibles. If anyone would like to make a contribution or be a guest speaker please contact Mandi Hunt at Dyer School. Pictured are, from left: Mandi Hunt, Sponsor; Colby Marcle, President; Chase Horner, Vice President; Olivia Hunt, Secretary; Erica DuRall, Sponsor and Tracy Garner, Sponsor. Reed Walton, not pictured, is also a Sponsor of the program.

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204 Elm Street - Spacious home with lots of classic charm. 5 BR, 2.5 bath. Completely remodeled. Tin ceiling in kitchen. 2 W/D connections and a quaint treehouse.

1123 S. Main Street - Nice country home with the convenience of town! 3 BR, 2 bath on 2.25 acres with a nice 24x32 shop. Lots of upgrades and extras!

$90,000’s 432 Rutherford Hwy, Rutherford Immaculate 3 BR, 2 bath home. Excellent maintenance history. Ready to go!

215 Hwy. 45 S. - 4 BR, 2 bath modernized older home in great neighborhood. Completely updated, yet full of charm!

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211 Frog Jump Brazil Rd - Great home, wonderful sunroom, large bedrooms, and priced to sell! 3 BR, 2 bath, over 2,400 htd. sq. ft. on approx. 1 acre.

484 E. College Street - Very nice older home on 8 acres. Barn & fencing for horses or cattle. 4 BR, 2 bath home with over 2,200 htd. sq. ft.

116 Tolllie Markham - This home has it all! From an indoor pool to a basement safe to 2 lakes, this home also offers 4 BR, 6 full baths, and 2 half baths. All on 11.58 acres. Too many features to mention so call and make an appointment for your showing today!

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COMMERCIAL/LAND - 41 & 53 acres - Nice multipurpose building on 2.5 acres. High visibility area. - 148 acres

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107 W Court Square Trenton, TN 38382


Top stories of 2010 Griggs named new city recorder

Griffin named social worker of the year

7/8/2010 BY MICHAEL ENOCHS Monday, June 28 was a historical day for the City of Dyer. After 30 years of duty, city recorder, Kenneth McEwen tenured his resignation in order to begin his retirement. The Dyer city council appointed assistant city recorder, Jason Griggs, as the new city recorder. Griggs has been preparing for the job for the last couple of years as an understudy for McEwen in order that the transition will be as smooth as possible.

7/15/2010 BY CINDY EAST Dyer Nursing Home’s Social Services Director Beth Griffin has been named Tennessee Healthcare Association Social Worker of the Year.

Marriages Berl Wayne Chipman of Alamo and Linda Sue Turner Jelks of Alamo Jerry Lynn Ainsworth of Milan and Jessica Nicole Campbell of Milan

Property Transfers Tennessee Housing Development Agency to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Humboldt William Dougherty and Deidre Ramdeen to Thomas D. Corley and wife, Lisa Corley – 9th CD Katie Sue Barnett Shaw to Daniel E. Nelson – 13th CD Thomas E. Anderson to Sammy Scott and wife, Dorothy Scott – 13th CD Tony Eugene Felts to Bennett F. Knott, Mildred F. Knott and Harlie Frank Knott – 22nd CD Jack W. Lunsford to B.P. Jaynes – 7th CD William B. Martin, Jr. to Neil O. Clark and wife, Katherine L. Clark – 2nd CD Peggy E. Needham and Ronnie Edmaiston to Jimmy Doss – 21st CD Peggy Needham, Susan L. Holt, Jeffrey Scott Needham, Joel Anthony Needham, Michael Keith Edmaiston, Tonya Hatchell, Brandi Moellman and Billy Edmaiston – to Jimmy Doss – 21st CD Vernon C. Dreher and wife, Sandra L. Dreher to Peoples State Bank of Commerce – 7th CD Peoples State Bank of Commerce to Farmers & Merchants Bank – Trezevant – Trenton Clayton Goodrich and wife, Haley Goodrich to Matthew Blake Curtis

Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS T.C.A. 30-2-306 Estate of DORIS S. CHERRY DOCKET: 19933P Notice is hereby given that on the 18TH day of JANUARY, of 2011, Letters TESTAMENTARY, in respect of the estate of DORIS S. CHERRY, deceased, were issued to the undersigned by the Probate Court of Gibson County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or un-matured, against the estate are required to file same with Clerk of the above named Court within the earlier of four (4) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death, otherwise their claims will be forever barred in the manner and to the extent provided by law. Date of Death: JANUARY 1, 2011. This 18TH day of JANUARY, 2011. Signed: ANGELA NELL C. HALFORD Executor Estate of DORIS S. CHERRY SHONNA SMITH, CLERK & MASTER By: Susan Graves, DCM JAMES T. TYAL, JR. 1323 EAST MAIN STREET HUMBOLDT, TN 38343 (2tp 2/2)

Recovery Act funds three GC projects USDARural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced Thursday, July 8 federal funding of more than $490,000 for three projects in Gibson County. The presentations were made at the West Tennessee Expo Site in Dyer. City of Dyer Mayor Sam Thompson joined Goode for the announcement of a $405,000 infrastructure loan and a $71,000 grant for water line extensions and two new wells. The $476,000 total

investment will connect the current system to the West Tennessee Expo Center site and fund construction of additional wells to ensure dependable service and consistent pressure are maintained even during an emergency. The funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Gibson County Chamber of Commerce’s Marci Overall also accepted a $10,000 RD grant that will be combined with $15,000 from Gibson Electric Membership Cooperative to upgrade the Chamber’s fiberoptic broadband connection. Gibson County Mayor Joe Shepard accepted a second $10,000 grant that will be combined with $10,000 in local contributions to develop a plan for recruiting needed retail businesses to the county.

NOTICE SALE OF VEHICLES Gibson EMC will sell the following vehicles to the highest bidder. Vehicle 235 253 258 260 276 277 286


Approximate Miles

1998 Chev Lumina 2001 Chev Impala 2001 Ford E350 7.3L Diesel Van 2001 Ford F150 Pickup 2005 Ford Explorer 2005 Ford F150 Pickup 2006 Chev 1500 4x4 Ext Cab 5x8 Tilt Trailer

72,283 106,157 166,042 113,746 149,382 142,382 114,500

Sealed bids will be received through 10:00 AM on Monday, January 31, 2011 at Gibson EMC; Attn: Vehicle Bid; PO Box 47; Trenton, TN 38382. (731) 562-1723. The vehicles will be sold without warranty, as is, where is, with all defects, if any. Seller reserves the right to reject any and all bids. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, JERRY COLE and wife, TINA COLE, by deed of trust dated April 21, 2008 and recorded May 1, 2008 in Record Book 925, Page 1418 in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee, conveyed to Jeffrey A. Smith, Trustee, the hereinafter described real property to secure the payment of a certain promissory note (the “note”) described in the deed of trust, which note was payable to Farmers & Merchants Bank, Rutherford, Tennessee; and Whereas, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness and other provisions of the deeds of trust have been violated, and the owner and holder of the indebtedness has declared the entire amount due an payable as provided by the deeds of trust in accordance with the terms thereof, and demanded that the hereinafter described real property be advertised and sold in satisfaction of indebtedness and cost of foreclosure in accordance with the terms and provisions of the notes and deeds of trust. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that I, JEFFREY A. SMITH, Trustee, pursuant to the power, duty and authority vested in and conferred upon me, by the deed of trust, will on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. at the South Door of the Gibson County Courthouse in Trenton, Tennessee, offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, and free from all legal, equitable and statutory rights of redemption, exemptions of homestead, rights by virtue of marriage, and all other exemptions of every kind, all of which have been waived in the deed of trust, certain real property located in the 8th Civil District of Gibson County, Tennessee, and described as follows: BEGINNING at a railroad spike in the north margin of State Route No. 77, margin of said road being 30 feet from center, where same intersects with the center of the Zarecor Road, being the southwest corner of the herein described parcel; runs thence north 02 degrees 20 minutes east with the center of the Zarecor Road 312.15 feet to a spike in the center of said road; thence south 74 degrees 20 minutes east 144.32 feet to an iron rod; thence south 02 degrees 20 minutes west 253.73 feet to an iron rod; thence south 11 degrees 30 minutes west 57.00 feet to an iron rod in the north margin of State Route 77; thence north 74 degrees 20 minutes west with the north margin of said road 135.00 feet to the point of beginning, and BEING that same property conveyed to Jerry Cole and wife, Tina Cole, as tenants by the entirety, from Bank of New York, as Trustee, by Countrywide Home Loans, as attorney in fact by warranty deed dated December 9, 2002 and recorded December 20, 2002 in Official Record Book Volume 726, Page 804 in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee. MAP 043, PARCEL 008.02 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 126 Highway 77, Newbern, Tennessee 38059 The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plan, any unpaid taxes, any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable, any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing, and any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. Title to said property is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell as Trustee only and will assign to the purchaser all covenants of warranty contained in said deed of trust. Said sale may be adjourned to another time or may be postponed to another date by public announcement at the appointed time of sale without advertisement. Other “parties interested” entitled to notice pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 35-5-104(d) are: None. This the 20th day of January, 2011. JEFFREY A. SMITH, Attorney Trustee 110 NW Court Square Trenton, Tennessee 38382-0126

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OFFICIALS ATTEND PRESENTATION - Among those attending the announcement of Recovery Act funding to the City of Dyer’s water and waste water expansion project to the West Tennessee Expo site last Thursday were County Mayor Joe Shepard, USDA’s Harriett Cannon, USDA State Director Bobby Goode, A2H Engineer’s Ed Hargraves, State Rep. Curtis Halford, Dyer City Recorder Jason Griggs, Friends of Gibson County’s Rhonda Casey, Dyer Alderman Jimmy Landrum, USDA’s Brenda Horner, USDA’s Mitzi Hailey and Mayor Sam Thompson.

NOTICE If you have had a sick child in any Gibson County Special School District school and problems regarding this with any teacher, principal or executive, please call me, Ray Duck, at 446-5786 or 692-4757. There is a possible lawsuit being considered against them in this matter. We would like to hear from you. If no answer please call again or leave a phone number. I will return your call. We expect the phone to be very busy. This is very serious. CONCURRENT NOTICE TOWN OF RUTHERFORD NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUND These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Rutherford.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about February 11, 2011, the Town of Rutherford will submit a request to the Department of Economic and Community Development for the release of Delta Regional Authority funds, to undertake a project known as Sanitary Sewer Extension, for the purpose of extending a sewer line along North Trenton Street for a cost of approximately $141,129 in Rutherford, Gibson County, Tennessee.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The Town of Rutherford has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Rutherford City Hall, 206 East Main Street, Rutherford, Tennessee 38369 and may be examined or copied weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Keith Cardwell, Rutherford Mayor, Rutherford City Hall, P. O. Box 487, Rutherford, Tennessee 38369. All comments received by February 10, 2011 will be considered by the Town of Rutherford prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

RELEASE OF FUNDS The Town of Rutherford certifies to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development that Keith Cardwell in his capacity as Mayor consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Rutherford’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is the later) only if they are on one of the following basis: (a) The certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Town of Rutherford; (b) The Town of Rutherford has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) The grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; or (d) Another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to the State of Tennessee, Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Program Management, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 10th Floor, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1102. Potential objectors should contact the Program Management Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Keith Cardwell Mayor of Rutherford

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Top stories of 2010 Election day winners 8/11/2010 BY DANNY JONES THE GAZETTE The Democratic nominee Tom “Spoon” Witherspoon outpolled Republican Mark Renfroe and Independent Tim Luckey to win the county mayor office in Thursday’s County General Election. Witherspoon garnered 3637 votes, while Renfroe received 3093, followed by Luckey with 2841. Winners in the other two contested races for county offices were Joyce Brooks-Brown with 5645 votes to Mark Tell Carlton who received 2660 in the county clerk’s race. Incumbent register of deeds Hilda Patterson with 5608 votes was victorious over challenger Andy Elliott who polled 3507 votes. The wheel tax referendum, calling for a $35 increase, was soundly defeated with 6627 voting against and

2946 casting votes for the hike.

Yorkville FD takes over washer pitchin’ BY CINDY EAST The third Saturday of August is fast approaching and that means it’s washer pitchin’ time! The 17th Annual International Washer Pitchin’ Contest will be held August 21st at Yorkville City Park. This year’s contest will have one big change. The event that has always benefited the Yorkville community will benefit its residents in a different way. From now on it will be an annual fundraiser for the Yorkville Fire Department.

Tate brothers reopen Rutherford 8/18/2010 BY CINDY EAST Rutherford Grocery has re-opened in downtown Rutherford, once again under the ownership of the Tate family.

Brothers Tracy and Douglas Tate have spruced up the store with new shelving, coolers and fresh paint. William White is the store manager. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday, August 17 to celebrate the grand reopening. Rutherford Grocery offers name brands as well as Always Save and Best Choice brands.

Albeas are Davy Crockett Days Grand Marshals

as to why the persons should be considered, and then turned back in to the commission. When the forms were counted, the Albeas were the winners. They will be honored with a Grand Marshal’s reception at Regions Bank during the “Downtown Open House” Friday, October 8th beginning at 5 p.m. The two are looking forward to attending the activities planned for Davy Crockett Days, October 3rd through the 9th.

9/29/2010 BY CINDY EAST The 43rd Annual Davy Crockett Days Grand Marshals are E.L. and Oma Albea of the China Grove community in Rutherford. This year’s grand marshals were selected by ballots. The Davy Crockett Commission sought suggestions for this year’s Grand Marshals from the citizens of Rutherford. Forms were picked up, filled out with an explanation

2010 Davy Crockett Days Grand Marshals E.L. and Oma Albea

State honors Rutherford on Sesquicentennial

Starr Arnold

Arnold named EMS Director

MORE SNOW – Lexi and Jaxon Blankenship had fun sliding on the snow and ice near their grandparents home in Rutherford last Friday. A wintery mix of ice, sleet and snow shut schools down early Thursday, and closed them on Friday. More snow was predicted for Tuesday night. At press time, forecasters were calling for accumulation of one to six inches.

10/6/2010 Starr Arnold has been named the new Gibson County Director of Emergency Medical Services. “After receiving and considering nearly 100 resumes for the position of director of Gibson EMS, I am very pleased to announce that Starr Arnold is Gibson County’s new Director of Emergency Medical Services. Arnold was the only candidate in the field that brought both a paramedics license (and background) and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision to the table,” said County Mayor Tom Witherspoon. Arnold, wife Sheriff Cuck Arnold, will assume her duties as EMS Director on Monday, October 18th.

10/13/2010 House Joint Resolution No. 962 was presented to officials of the Town of Rutherford by State Representative Curtis Halford and State Senator Lowe Finney to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Town of Rutherford during its 43rd Annual Davy Crockett Days. A large crowd gathered at the Davy Crockett cabin prior to the grand parade for the presentation of the resolution recognizing Rutherford’s 150th year as an incorporated town. On hand for the presentation was former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn. Accepting the resolution were Rutherford Mayor Keith Caldwell, cabin curator Joe Bone, alderpersons Kathy Keith, and Sandy Comstock.

for the City of Rutherford, Joan Capps is readying for retirement. Her last official day as city recorder will be November 1, although she still plans on working in the office to help train and acclimate a new city recorder to the job. The new city recorder has not been named yet. In her ten years on the job Capps has served under three mayors: Jeff Emerson, Kasey Harris, and presently under Keith Cardwell. The mayor and the city are going to have a reception for Capps’ retirement that will be announced in the near future.

Rutherford City Recorder to retire 10/27/2010 BY MICHAEL ENOCHS After ten years of holding the post as city recorder

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Home care providers earn from page 1 and federal funds based on services provided from July 1, 2010 until Nov. 30, 2010. The cost of salaries and travel for 16 employees during the same period was projected at about $132,000. The revenues received by the office exceeded allocations by about $52,000, according to figures. Thirty-seven clients received in home care, including homemaker services, personal care, including help with baths, and respite care. Residents have to meet criteria in order to qualify. “We provide a service in order to keep our seniors

and disabled people at home instead of going to a nursing home,” said Director Pam Dethloff. “Our girls work hard out in the field. It’s a good thing. We like to keep them at home as much as possible. Enough funds are received from the services we are contracted to do to take care of salaries.” Com. Steele said funds would not come out of the county’s General Fund. “The money has been appropriated by the state; they have earned it,” he said. “We’re using money from the state to give to the caregivers.” Dethloff said clients are receiving more visits and “units of service” than they did five years ago. Some residents receive assistance between three to seven days

per week. That compares to only one visit per week five years ago. Dethloff also reported that 18,000 pounds of food were recently distributed through the Office on Aging by the Second Harvest food bank out of Nashville. Nearly 700 people in 300 different families received food. Names of recipients had to be submitted beforehand. The food donations can help people meet the demands of high winter utility bills, said Dethloff. “It was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again,” she said. Another food distribution is planned for April. Pam Dethloff is the Director and Kelly Garland the Assistant Director for the Office on Aging.

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