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Commission to invest $60K in fire equipment BY STEVE SHORT Gibson Co. Commissioners voted unanimously Monday morning, Nov. 18 to invest $60,000 as a matching amount in hopes of securing a federal grant for $540,000 to buy firefighting equipment for rural stations. Com. Bruce Williams, Chair of the Fire Safety and Emergency Management Committee made the request to his fellow commissioners. The county earned an American Firefighter Grant see page 2

Christian Endeavor begins sign up for toys The Christian Endeavor began sign-up for Christmas toys on November 19, 2013. The last day to sign up will be December 6, 2013. There are normally between 125 and 150 children for which help is asked. Pick-up of the toys will be December 13 through December 21. Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

Tri-City has early deadline next week The Tri-City Reporter has an early deadline for next week. News and advertising deadline is Thursday, November 21 at 3 p.m. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the November 27th issue will be printed on Monday. Any news or advertising items submitted after the deadline will not be published in that issue.




GC School District board approves guaranteed maximum price for Yorkville safe space BY CRYSTAL BURNS The Gibson County Special School District Board of Trustees approved the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for a project that will add two classrooms and a FEMA-approved safe space to Yorkville School. The board met for its regular monthly meeting last Thursday at Spring Hill. The GMP is $627,073; $410,000 will be covered by a FEMA grant, but the school district has changed the scope of work. Instead of retrofitting hallways in the school, Lashlee-Rich, the district’s Construction Manager, advised officials building the

additional classrooms to serve as the safe space is a better option given the age of the school. “[Retrofitting] wasn’t the best thing to do,� said Terry Cunningham, GCSSD Director of Operations. “We decided to go back and do a change of scope of work to add two classrooms and make that the FEMA safe space.� The change raised the price, but the district plans to apply for more grant funds from TEMA to help cover the increase. “They understand you can have cost see page 2

HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Eddie Pruett, Director of the Gibson County Special School District, presented John Crenshaw (right) with a certificate recognizing his recent award. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History named him the 2013 Tennessee History Teacher of the Year. Mr. Crenshaw teaches at Spring Hill.

Veterans Honored

ON PARADE - Rutherford School children waved American flags in the school’s annual Veterans Day parade held last Monday.

Local schools honor veterans BY CINDY EAST Veterans Day programs were presented last week at local schools all around the Tri-City area. Dyer Jr. High School’s program was held in the gym with guest speaker Major John Corey Kinton. Rutherford Jr. High held their annual Veterans Day parade followed by a program in the gym and a veterans’ reception. Yorkville School’s Veterans Day program was held in the gym with Col. Brett London as guest speaker. Kenton School also held

a program and served refreshments. The Gibson County High School program was held in the B.O. Booth gymnasium and was presented by the Student Council. Student Council President Lexi Whitley said, “We welcome our veterans to the program. It is a privilege to honor the many great veterans who fought for our freedom. Today we remember the kindness and generosity of our veterans. If not for see page 2

Gibson County firefighters, EMS complete safe driver training course BY LORI CATHEY Eighty Gibson County firefighters and EMS workers recently completed a state required two-hour drivers training course. The Vanessa K. Free driving course, taught by GC training officer Ryan Shanklin, was held Tuesday November 12 at the Emergency Service Complex in Trenton. The program is designed to meet the Tennessee State Law requirement for a minimum two hour annual drivers training with a special emphasis on intersections for EMS, firefighters and law enforcement. The state law was implemented as a result of the fatal intersection accident involving a police


car and civilian Vanessa K. Free. On November 17, 2002, Vanessa Free was killed in an automobile accident in Chattanooga. Vanessa and four other UTC freshmen were about one block off campus when they stopped for a red light. When the light turned green, they started through the intersection, but had to immediately brake because a police car ran the red light, with blue lights only, and no siren. Still having the green light, the girls started through the intersection again. Within seconds, a second police car also with blue lights only ran the red light. This police car hit the girl’s car see page 2

GC training officer Ryan Shanklin

Rutherford opens Christmas Basket Drive BY JOE BONE The American Legion, Lions Club, and Woodmen of the World Christmas Basket Drive was officially opened with a meeting of 10 volunteers in the Rutherford City Hall last Tuesday, November 1. It was planned to pack the Christmas cheer packages and needy boxes at 1 p.m., Friday, December 6, and to deliver them at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. We will need lots of help for those times and will welcome more volunteers (with covered pickups or SUVs if it is rainy!). If you can contribute to this drive, you may leave your donation at the Rutherford City Hall or call me at 665-7253. Based on last year’s experience we need about $2,200 to pay for an estimated 180 cheer packages and 22 needy cartoons. Also, if you know of someone who might need to be added to our list, please turn in their names and addresses.

Dyer board approves employee pay raises Among the items approved by the City of Dyer Board of Mayor and Alderpersons during regular session, Monday, November 11 were the purchase of a document management system for city hall, equipment repairs at the wastewater plant and pay increases for several employees. Those present for the meeting were Mayor Chris Younger, Alderpersons Judy Baker, see page 7








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Local schools honor veterans

GCHS VETERANS DAY PROGRAM - GCHS Principal shakes hands with veteran Jimmy Hopper of Rutherford following the Veterans Day program.

from page 1 their loyalty and integrity we would not be the great country we are today.” Student Council member Maddie Abbott sang the National Anthem. CTE Director/Athletic Director David Brewer introduced guest speaker P.J. Kellogg, a Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq and now works for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Kellogg ran 50 miles in 11 hours to raise money for the son of a fallen brotherin-arms, Sgt. Israel O’Bryan.

GCHS VETERANS DAY PROGRAM - The GCHS Veterans Day program was held November 11th. Eddie Jones (left, photo above), stepfather of Israel O’Bryan, was an honored guest. Former Marine P.J. Kellogg (second form left) was the guest speaker. Helping with the program were school officials Chad Jackson-GCHS Director of Transportation GCHS, David Brewer-Career and Technology Director and Principal Jim Hughes. The program was presented by the GCHS Student Council (lower photo).

The money went into a college fund for O’Bryan’s son. The event was made into the documentary ‘50 For Izzy’ with the help of radio personality Mike Slater and Jim Harding. The GCHS student body viewed the movie prior to the Veterans Day program. Kellogg did not know Sgt. Israel O’Bryan but when he learned of his death, he wanted to know more about his fellow West Tennessean who died serving his country. The documentary came about when he wanted others to know who Izzy was and that he left a young wife and son behind. O’Bryan was from Newbern, TN and attended Dyer County High School, graduating in 2004. While there, he ran track, played soccer and was in the National Honor Society. He was the son of Eddie and Denise Jones and Richard and Linda O’Bryan. He enlisted in the Army in May of 2006. He was raised in a military family and participated in the ROTC while attending college at UT Martin. He deployed in December 2006 for his first tour in Iraq. He deployed in August 2009 for his second tour. He received numerous awards and commendations

for his service. He died on June 11, 2010 at age 24 in Jalula, Iraq of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a vehicle-borne IED. He leaves his wife Brenna and son Turner. Kellogg is from Jackson and attended North Side High School where he describe himself as ‘the class clown.’ “It is an honor to be here alongside the bravest men and women you are going to see,” Kellogg said of the veterans attending. He learned about the death of O’Bryan while participating in a ceremony around the 4th of July in 2010. He wanted to know more about him but had seen nothing in the paper or on TV about his sacrifice. “He was only 24 years old, had a nine month old son and wife. He left all that behind for me and you and he’s not coming back,” said Kellogg. “It upsets me that no one knew his story. So I did something crazy. With the help of my friend, a radio guy, we came up with the run. It started in Newbern. How it came to be 50 miles I don’t know. And I’m not a runner! It was by far the most physically demanding

thing I’ve done. It was not an easy task but I had Eddie Jones (Izzy’s step-father) behind me, pushing me. I found a way to make it for Israel.” Kellogg talked about the people he met along the way of his run. “I had no idea what it would turn into. At the end we walked arm-inarm and did not know each other - strangers that came together. I thought about Izzy and how I would never meet him. It is the toughest thing to go through the rest of my life and not be able to meet such a great man. I hope you take what you saw in the movie and apply it to yourself,” he said. Logan Rahm and Morgan Whitworth read the names of all GCHS alumni and faculty who are serving or have served in the military. All the veterans attending were also recognized. GCHS Director of Transportation Chad Jackson sang ‘God Bless the USA.’ Maddie Abbott led the crowd in singing ‘God Bless America.’ The program closed with the playing of T.A.P.S. by Tynia Albea and Garner Perkins. All veterans and their families were invited to a reception following the program.

Commission to invest $60K

Gibson County firefighters from page 1 broadside on the passenger side, sending their car spinning 275 feet. The traffic reconstruction specialist said the police officer was going 65-70 miles per hour in a 35 milesper-hour zone, while not stopping for the red light.

Vanessa was riding in the front passenger seat and was killed instantly while the other girls received serious injuries. The police officer, who received minor injuries, had been on his way to a call concerning a fight. The law applies to all

law enforcement personnel, firefighters,includingvolunteer firefighters, rescue personnel, including volunteer rescue personnel, and emergency medical services personnel. Duringthetwo-hourtraining course, basic safe practices of emergency vehicles operation were taught.

from page 1 (AFG) for $573,066 last April to purchase turnout gear for firefighters, a thermal imaging camera and other equipment. The application for the new grant is due Dec. 6, 2013 and requires 5% matching funds from the county, or $30,000. Com. Williams said the county would have a better chance of earning the grant if the county invested a larger amount. He recommended 10%, or $60,000. Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss spoke to the Commission Monday and said Trenton followed the same strategy of investing a larger matching sum and acquired an AFG grant. If the county earns the grant, $600,000 would be allocated for new air packs, fire hose, two sets of rescue tools and a tanker truck for Station 3 in Brazil. A new safety standard for air packs worn by firefighters is being created by the federal government and will cause the packs to be more expensive. To be in compliance with new air packs the county would have to spend about $130,000 for new air packs, officials said. Mr. Williams said commissioners realized it is smart to invest more in the grant application to increase the odds of winning the grant. Williams said the water supply to combat fires is not what it should be in the northwest part of the

county. “We have to truck in water, so we’re looking for bigger and better tankers,” Williams said. Mr. Williams also said the outstanding cooperation between county agencies such as the Fire Dept. and the EMS ambulance department will allow the county EMS Dept. to apply for a separate AFG grant. The county is “in the running” for a Safer Recruitment and Retention Grant. Mayor Tom Witherspoon commended department heads and Fire Dept. volunteers for creating a “culture of cooperation.” “Thatmoodisbeingdisplayed out in the community,” said Mr. Witherspoon. “I don’t know of another county with volunteers who work together so harmoniously.” Apartment firm exempted from taxes In other County Commission news Monday commissioners heard Property Assessor Gary Paschall explain how the Oakwood Manor apartment complex in Milan has changed its ownership from a for profit firm to a not for profit firm. As a result, the state has declared the ownership firm, Woodbine Community Organization exempt from paying “normal” property taxes to the county, city and school district. Instead they are required to pay a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Tax) fee, which can vary. “I never heard of anything like this - an apartment

complex being exempted,” said Mr. Paschall. “Certain complexes can be exempt.” According to theWoodbine Community Organization website, the firm is a nonprofit organization that was chartered in 1985. Woodbine Community Organization provides rental properties for low- to moderate income families. Mr. Paschall said because of the change the county would lose an estimated $2,500 in annual tax revenues on the property. Other projected estimates were that the City of Milan could lose $3,500 annually, and the Milan Special School System could lose $5,000, because taxes would no longer be collected on the apartment complex. Mr. Paschall conferred with Davidson Co. officials and an attorney and Monday asked commissioners to propose that Woodbine pay 25% of the normal tax amount as their PILOT tax. Com. Leon Smith, who also serves on the Milan City Board, said he had received calls from residents at Oakwood Manor who were concerned about possible changes they might face. “I hope when this happens that the current residents are grandfathered in and everybody out there is allowed to continue like they are now,” said Mr. Smith. County Attorney Floyd Flippin said county officials will work with Milan Mayor Chris Crider to negotiate with the Woodbine firm.

GC school district board from page 1 increase, so we’ll go back and try to get more money for this to try to help us cover this,” Cunningham said. “They won’t tell you how much they’ll do, but I think we will be able to retrieve a substantial amount of this.” Greer Lashlee, president of Lashlee-Rich, presented bids for the Yorkville project and said they asked contractors bidding on the project to include prices with a generator and without a generator. The generator is not required by FEMA, but FEMA does require that generators be housed in an approved room. “Most of the FEMA shelters have [a generator],” Lashlee said. “You don’t have to have it, but it’s nice to have it.” The school board opted to include a generator in its motion to approve the GMP and the bid packages. Lashlee said the board also has options on paving a parking lot that workers will disturb when they move water, electrical, sewer,

storm sewer, and gas lines. The board can completely repave the lot or pave over the trenches. The board won’t make that call until the project is completed. Board members voted unanimously to accept the $626,073 guaranteed maximum price and the low bidders on each bid package. They also voted to amend the budget $182,843 – the increase to the project cost. Work at Yorkville School will begin soon. Chad Jackson, Transportation Director, ran into a little trouble when purchasing a used Type A accessible bus board members approved in September. The bus looked good in pictures but didn’t pass the test when mechanics looked it over in person and took it for a test drive. Jackson immediately made a call to Bluebird and was able to find a suitable bid to piggyback. Cost for the new bus is $59,348 compared to the used bus the board had agreed to

purchase for $20,000 to use for three to five years. “We’re adding $40,000 to the price, but at least we will get a full 12 years out of it,” Jackson said. Despite the additional cost, the expenditure is in the budget. School officials had simply hoped to save money by buying the used 18-passenger bus. Board members approved the purchase and also voted to fund a walkway cover at Medina Elementary School that will cover about 188 sq. ft. Langston Gutter Company submitted the lowest bid for $14,875. Teacher recognized Eddie Pruett, Director of Schools, recognized John Crenshaw, a history teacher at Spring Hill, who recently received 2013 Tennessee History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “He’s well respected in his area,” Pruett said. “He understands history. Year in and year out, he’s one of the top teachers in our [grades] 5-8 scores in history.”

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Insight & Opinion Clayburn Peeples reports: I was in high school when the celebrations and remembrances began for what was billed “The Civil War Centennial,� the 100th anniversary of the American Civil War. The war, of course, lasted from 1861 to 1864, and thus, the centennial observances were spread out over a fouryear period as well. And let me tell you, the mood was quite a bit different from those attendant upon the ceremonies celebrating the current Sesquicentennial of the event many historians believe was the defining event of our nation’s history. Back then, people were enthusiastic to the point of exuberance at the prospect of learning the history of that period and whatever lessons it might teach us. Today, not so much. We’re so conflicted, what with political correctness and polarization over everything from sugary drinks to sidewalk art that people, especially politicians, don’t even discuss the Civil War anymore. Regardless of what you say, someone is sure to be offended. What a shame. The American Civil War, with all its ambiguous meanings, all its atrocities, all its mixed motives and sometimes barbaric cruelties, on both sides of the battlefield, is

A tale of a Tennessean worth telling

still a huge part of who we are. It runs through our blood, even today. But so do the incredible acts of valor, the sublime examples of courage, yes of American manhood, and the incredible acts of bravery and heroism, again on both sides of the battlefield. And whatever our ancestry, all Americans should celebrate and honor that which ought to be celebrated and honored, on whatever page of the history book we find it, and we should teach our young people, especially our boys, what it means to be a man of integrity and courage. One of the stories we could tell them is a tale every school child in Tennessee once knew, the story of Sam Davis, the young Confederate soldier captured and executed 150 years ago this week. His is one of the saddest, most tragic and yet most heroic and inspiring stories of the entire Civil War. Although only 21 when he was captured, he had already served under Generals Lee, Jackson, Johnston and Beauregard. And that was just up to the Battle of Shiloh. Sometime after that, he was picked by General Braxton Bragg for membership in an elite unit known as Coleman’s

Scouts, a behind-Unionlines intelligence gathering unit that was to act as Bragg’s “eyes and ears� among Union troops. There was no “Coleman.� That was just the code name for the company’s leader, Henry Shaw. His name was kept secret because he too was a spy who frequently penetrated Federal lines. All went well for a while, but on November 20, 1863, just after midnight, Sam Davis was captured by federal troops near Pulaski, Tennessee. Among his possessions was a map of Union fortifications in Middle Tennessee and other papers destined for Gen. Bragg’s desk. Technically, Davis was probably a courier, but it was obvious he had gotten the documents from someone who was truly a spy. Union officers, desperate to know who the “spy� was, threatened Davis with his life unless he told them where he got the papers and who “Coleman� was. He refused. Ironically, Henry Shaw, “Coleman� had also been captured and was being held at the same jail as Davis was, but Union officers didn’t know this. They then began to try to bargain with Davis. They would give him a fresh horse and promise him safe

Letter to the Editor

GC Animal Control Officer cares Dear Editor, Due to a phone message I received today (with no name and no phone number give, stating that the Shelter was dirty, the animals weren’t fed or watered or that I didn’t care about my job‌the message was totally uncalled for and you could have at least came and talked to me about issues that you “thinkâ€? are happening there at the shelter. So here are a few things to think about: The dogs are fed, watered and their kennels are cleaned 7 days a week (no matter what the weather is doing; rain, sleet or shine). But you say I don’t care. I take calls 24 hours a day; 7 days a week (emergency and non-emergency..but you say I don’t care. I take calls to the emergency room for animal attacks (oh my child got mauled by a dog please go pick it up). I take calls from abandoned animals, sick animals, animals left on chains while

While you are complaining about things before you have all your facts, please also remember: While you are spending you weekend off with your family and doing your thing remember that I’m over there feeding, watering and cleaning kennels‌but you say I don’t care. While you are sitting around with you family for the holidays (all the holidays) remember that I’m over there feeding, watering and cleaning kennels and most of the time I receive calls that interrupt my holiday time with my family, but you say I don’t care. Remember I’m taking care and responsibility for these dogs that people seem to think are as disposable as a plastic cup‌but you say I don’t care. You are so misguided in your assumptions. Mike White Animal Control Officer, Gibson County Animal Shelter, Trenton, Tenn.

their owners moved and left them, also 24/7‌but you say I don’t care. I have people who come to my home on weekends to drop off strays or dogs they no longer want‌but you say I don’t care. I have people who call my home phone if they can’t figure out another way to get ahold of me (all hours of the day and night)‌but you say I don’t care. I make sure that I work with Rescue Groups to try to see that as many of these dogs as possible get homes (and this isn’t required by the county or the state)‌ but you say I don’t care. If anyone has questions or concerns about the shelter, please feel free to come by at anytime (if I’m not out on a call). Please do not jump the fence to get in. Call 731-855-0771 and I will be happy to return your call and let you know when I’m back in the office. I am the only Animal Control Officer in Gibson County, so I am very busy.

Jury nullification is constitutional law Dear Editor, I would like to ask you to read the following. “That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.� You have just read Article 1 Section 2 of the Tennessee Constitution. As citizens how do we legally stand against arbitrary power, corrupt laws, oppression and unconstitutional laws?When selected as a juror we have a duty to administer justice, not to enforce government inspired oppression or simply and thoughtlessly administer punishment to our neighbors. Our own state constitution

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American people really that criminal? I think not. We have the constitutional power and the duty to protect our neighbor from oppressive arbitrary power. Why does the Constitution Party acknowledge and embrace jury nullification? Because it is constitutional law, and it was written into our constitution for a purpose. That purpose is to give us a legal last line of defense against tyranny. Read the seven principles and the platform of the Constitution Party at For more information on jury nullification go to David Nance 8th District Director Constitution Party of Tennessee

in Article 1 Section 19 directs that as jurors we “shall have the right to determine the law and the facts.� Many of our countless laws are enforced in ways that our legislators never imagined or intended. It is up to us as jurors to administer justice sometimes in spite of oppressive or arbitrary laws. No one has the power to question, overturn, or condemn your vote as a juror. Many unconstitutional laws are never challenged because the accused or prosecuted don’t have the financial ability to effectively defend themselves. In America we have a greater percentage of our population in prison than any other country in the civilized world. Are the

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passage back to Confederate lines, they said, if he would only give them the spy’s name. Again, he said no. They then told him they would give him three days to think about it. During that time, impressed with Davis’s honor and sincerity, the chaplain and several others begged him to tell and save his life. But still, he said no. Came the scheduled day of his execution, and they made him ride to the gallows seated atop his own coffin. When the execution detail arrived, they yet again offered him a chance to spare his life. “Do you suppose,� he calmly asked them, “that I would betray a friend? No sir, I would die a thousand times first. I will not betray the confidence of my informant.� He then walked up to the gallows, stepped onto the trap, and at 10:20 in the bright, sunny morning of November 27, 1863, he passed on to eternity, one of the bravest of many, many brave Tennessee soldiers on both sides of the line, in that horrible, horrible time in our nation’s life. So touched by his fidelity and courage were the Union soldiers of his hanging detail that several wept, unashamed, and in the war’s aftermath,

Such was the tenor of the times. Such were the kinds of men this country once produced en masse. Men like Sam Davis, whose story is a tale of a Tennessean worth telling.

when Tennesseans were raising money to build a memorial to Sam Davis, one of the contributors was the commanding officer who presided over his execution.

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Community Living

Sunday School for Shut-Ins By Mary King When you’re ready please read Isaiah 9:3. Isaiah is talking to God and says, “Lord, You have multiplied and enlarged and increased and empowered the nation, but you didn’t increase and quicken their joy, they rejoice before You just like the joy at harvest time, and just like the joy of doling out the booty. Lord, it’s a temporary joy, not abiding multiplied joy.� “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law� Galatians 5:22 – 23 (KJV). “But is the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you� Romans 8:11 (KJV). Jesus explains His joy: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice, and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail bath sorrow, because her hour is come, but as

soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full� John 16:20-24 (KJV). The joy of the Lord Jesus would be an abiding joy than humanity couldn’t give. Father’s commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full� John 15:10-11(KJV). Jesus prayed to the Father. “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves� John 17:13(KJV). His joy was fulfilled at the cross.

Bethpage By Joyce Brown As we left church Sunday night the sky had cleared and a beautiful moon was rising in the East. God’s promises are still true in spite of the storms of life. We began worship to the music ‘I Stand in Awe’ by the instrumentalists. Call to worship was ‘Majesty’ and the welcome hymn was ‘The Lily of the Valley.’ Bro. Jeff talked to the Preacher’s Pals about the house of God. Charles sang Psalms 51 ‘According to Thy Loving Kindness’ for our special. Bro. Jeff’s message was ‘God’s Servants’ with his text taken from Acts 16:1625. For our night service, we watched a video ‘Evolution vs God.’ It was unbelievable to see so many ‘intelligent,’ using the term lightly, people try to defend their belief that there was no creator. They need our prayers to have their eyes and hearts opened to the truth. Mrs. Oneida Sellers suffered a broken hip a few days ago and has had surgery and is now in rehab. Carlton Williams has also been in the hospital several days. Our

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North Union What a great day at North Union! Steve McGregor opened Sunday school with scripture and asked what are the good works we are created for? Bro. Chris brought a super sermon. Our hymns were beautiful as always. Our newest deacon Chad Murray was installed and existing session member Charles Eddings was acknowledged and received by the congregation. We had a good crowd as the Murray family always supports their family members. Hailey Murray, Madison Baird, and Corine Rutherford thanked the church for sending them to Junior High Retreat at Camp Clark Williamson. Birthdays remembered were Bob Taylor, Robbie Whitley, and Michelle Goad. Phyllis Joyce has mapped our North Union Prayer Chain Calling Tree with names and numbers. We miss Sandra English, Gene Norman, Robert and Cathy Baucom, Jerry and Greta Tilghaman, and the Quast Family. Lavera Winters brought our children’s sermon. She

Hello to everyone who is reading this column. If you are reading it the Lord has blessed you to wake up and be able to see, so thank him for your blessings. Pastor Willie Pounds delivered the morning message at St. Paul Sunday morning. His topic: ‘Does your life bear the DNA of Jesus?’ was found in John 1:10-13. Rev. Timothy White read the offertory scripture and prayed the Altar Prayer. The mass choir provided the music. Although it was very windy and raining we had several members at service. At 2:30 p.m. the St. Paul Male Chorus participated on Beech Grove Rutherford’s male chorus anniversary along with a host of other groups. Several of St. Paul members attended. The church was packed to overflowing. I attended a Tours for National Historic Preservation at the former Rosenwald High School in Trenton last Thursday. I enjoyed seeing many of the Rosenwald Alumni, especially Shirley Ewell Ray who was one of my classmates. Mr. and Mrs. Hollis W. Skinner of Trenton are instrumental in trying to get the Old First Baptist

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“I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: with whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him forever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. (Psalms 89:20-33).� Who was David? We know him as a king in the Old Testament. We know him as the father of Solomon the wisest man ever to have lived. We know him as a fore-father of the Messiah. But who was David the man? We first meet him on the shepherd’s field. Looked over. Forgotten. A youthful lad among seven other sons of Jesse who worked the sheep. And when Samuel, being led by God, came knocking on Jesse’s door looking for a King, it was the seven other sons that he paraded out in front of Samuel. When Samuel asked, “Are here all thy children?� Jesse’s reply was “there remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep (1Sam.16:11).� David. The remainder. The leftovers. Yet, He was called. Anointed. A boy who would grow into a man. A man after God’s own heart. We find him next in the king’s presence. Saul’s armor bearer. Carrying the burden of heavy armour for a man who was now inhabited with an evil spirit – a spirit that would cause Saul to turn on David in a New York second. Here’s where we discover David the musician. An artist. Sensitive. Emotional. Intuitive. Yet this same sensitive musician we find next in the valley of Elah facing down a giant that an entire Israelite army was afraid of, saying, “let no man’s heart fail because

of him . . .� (1Sam. 17:32).� 1Sam. 18:14 tells us that David “behaved himself wisely in all his ways.� Even though he was being stalked by a bipolar King who loved him one minute and wanted to kill him the next, David behaved wisely. Suffice it to say, that David was a bold and brave warrior with controlled power. Meekness. Humility. Not too proud to just keep running although he could’ve taken Saul out in a moment. A man who would later humble himself by dancing and leaping unashamed through the streets of Jerusalem before the Lord as the ark of God was being brought into town. David got you spiritually intimidated yet? Let’s fast forward. 2Samuel 11 introduces us to a tired King David. All the other kings had gone forth to battle, yet David stayed behind. Wrong place, wrong time. Shirking his responsibilities. Laying in bed until evening. We watch sadly as David falls prey to his weakness. Lust. He should’ve never seen her bathing on the roof. But he did. He did a double take. A double take that would cost him everything. David begins the slow descent as he abuses his power. He sends his messengers for her. She came. He fell. A seed is planted - a life conceived. He sends for her husband. Hopefully he’ll come home and sleep with her and they can pretend the baby is his and everything will go right back to normal. Plans fail. Man becomes desperate. Royal power prevails as he orders the husband killed. All is well. A year later, Nathan the prophet confronts David with a parable asking David what the punishment should be for a traveler who took a poor man’s only sheep. David spoke his own fate when he laid out a merciless four-fold punishment for the traveler. Nathan said, “thou art the man.� Thus, David’s four-fold punishment would follow him all the days of his life. One of those consequences was the death of his son. It’s true. David would never be the same. Sin does that. Its stains and scars mar us and those around us – an eternal ripple. But God . . . oh, but God. David repented and God blessed. He blessed him with many more sons, one of which would build the temple and be known as the wisest man to have ever lived who left us with Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. David also blessed us with his many Psalms – that eternal ripple of repentance. And God still used his bloodline to bring us a much needed Saviour. To God be the glory.

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Keely Mill by Diane Hamlin Our Sunday school hour began with Stephen Fields leading us in the hymn ‘Footprints of Jesus. Al Margadonna opened us in prayer. We dismissed to our classes. Christy Skelton opened the adult class in prayer before teaching us our lesson ‘Doubting Jesus Power?’ from John 9. Because Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath, some Pharisees rejected the validity of Jesus action and its implication that Jesus was the Messiah. Diane Hamlin closed us in prayer. Rejoice in the Lord always. Our Sunday morning Veterans Day Service began with Tonya Fields honoring our veterans. Bro. Steve opened in prayer. Everyone stood and saluted the American and Christian flags as we said the Pledge of Allegiance. Pictures of past and present day veterans adored the table as Brylea Young and Alexis Diggs lit candles. Andrea Hunley read the poem

‘Freedom’ as our services continued. Bookmarkers were given to those in our congregation who had served our country. Everyone stood and sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Mike Fields led in prayer over our services and offering. Bro. Steve welcomed everyone and made our announcements. Elaine Fields played the piano as Mike Fields led us in the hymn ‘O Beautiful for Spacious Skies.’ Our youth did a great job as they blessed us with our special music. Brylea Young, Alexis Diggs and Andrea Hunley sang ‘East to West.’ Lane and Dalton Flesher and Laydon Diggs sang ‘I Will Praise You in this Storm.’ Children’s church was dismissed to Lindsey Allmon. Bro. Steve delivered our morning message “Parenting” from 2 Samuel 13. Mike Fields dismissed services in prayer as the hymn ‘Just As I Am’ was

sung. Our Discipleship Training Hour began with the hymn ‘The Windows of Heaven Are Open.’ Mike Fields opened in prayer before teaching us our lesson ‘Praying For Others in the Family of Faith’ from 1 Samuel 12:23. Our worship hour began with Mike Fields leading us in the hymn ‘Our Best.’ Bro. Steve welcomed everyone and asked for prayer requests and then led us in a time of prayer over all our requests. Bro. Steve delivered our message from Romans 14:13-17. Before dismissing we welcomed our newest members Tammie Morris and Lillian Davis to the Keely Mill Church family. Mike Fields dismissed services in prayer as the hymn The Nail Scarred Hand was sung. Read your Bibles and pray for our military and their commitment to serve our country.

Lowrance Chapel By Brandon Clenney Greetings from the Lowrance Chapel church of Christ! We ask that you continue to remember in your prayers Jean Bell, James White, Jean Harris, Mark Paschall, Ann Pate, Modeen Pierce, and Wesley Witherspoon. We ask that you say a special prayer for Max Betts as he is at Vanderbilt. If you have any questions concerning the articles, the Bible, or would like to add someone to the sick list please contact me at brandon.clenney@gmail. com. In preparing the article, I came across this written by Bill Freeze. “It has been said that one could try this experiment: Take one plump frog; one pan of water; put the frog in the water and place the pan on the stove; gradually increase the temperature of the water. See for yourself if the frog does not become relaxed and contented as the water becomes warmer. The frog will eventually become so comfortable in the warm water that he will allow himself to be cooked. As we laugh at the stupidity of the frog, let us note the analogy between the frog and man. The devil has his own experiment for man. He merely puts man in the pot of temptation and increases the temperature gradually. Eventually, man becomes accustomed to many situations that the Bible has condemned. Many accept the theory, that if everyone is doing it, it must be okay. The devil, by his subtle approaches, continually softens man. So many have been softened today that they have an indifferent attitude toward the decaying moral standards of our nation. Through the mass media of today, the devil persistently engulfs unconscious man. Many preoccupied men are unmindful that the moral standards are being degraded through our movies, magazines, books, TV, fashions and advertising. Man becomes contented in the warm water of sin. The devil is smart enough that he does not increase the temperature all at once. If he did, man would be

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overwhelmed and horrified at the consequences. Generally, the devil begins in a mild manner to cook his prey. To the gullible Christian he simply says, “don’t attend church services tonight,” “skip your daily Bible reading,” “no need to pray today,” etc. Thus he continues tempting the naive soul until he has him in a helpless state of

unfaithfulness. The devil is an energetic chef that forever is seeking an unwatchful mortal. Let us all adhere to the wise exhortation of the apostle Peter as he says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” Have a great week!

Community Calendars NORTHWEST TN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT MEETING The Northwest Tennessee Development District Executive Committee and Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency Policy Council will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Lindell, located at 219 South Lindell in Martin. RUTHERFORD BEAUTIFICATION BAKE SALE The Rutherford Beautification Committee will be having a Bake Sale Saturday, November 23 from 8 a.m. until they run out in front of the Rutherford Grocery Store in downtown Rutherford. GC UTILITY DISTRICT MEETING The Gibson County Utility District Board of Commissioners November meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the District office. THANKSGIVING SERVICE The Dyer Ministerial Alliance community Thanksgiving service will be Sunday, November 24 at 6 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church.

From the Preacher’s Desk Today is what we make it to be, with God’s help. I pray that your day will be a blessed day. Words are the means by which we convey out thoughts to others; words are the expression of our inner-self “for out of the abundance of our mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:3437). There is a saying I have heard most of my life; “put your mind in neutral before you put your mouth in gear.” In other words, think before you speak! So many times we just can’t wait to put our “two cents worth in” before we think of what we are going to say! Solomon said in Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” In no way do we show our true personality more clearly than by out words. Fitly spoken words express the beauty of the soul and a wealth of human understanding. With our words we can make or break, or we can

impel or repel. Incisive and haughty words can repel, but kind and humble words will impel one to want to become a Christian or continue to be one. What are you? What am I doing for Christ by speech? “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). Food seasoned without salt is flavorless. Let us season our words. Let them have character---not distasteful, but wholesome. So with our gracious words of character our Christian personality teaches others. “Let no corrupt communications proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). With so many pure and beautiful words to add to our vocabulary our resorting to slang expressions admits to a lack of knowledge. Jesus taught in Matthew 5:33 that our words should not

By Jerry Bell be with an oath. Dignified speech without slang graces the Christian personality and reflects the speaker. In addition to being pure, our speech must be sound. Let’s define “sound” as being whole, healthy. Just as our human body grows and thrives under healthy conditions, so our spiritual man grows with the use of sound words. Coming from a pure heart; “sound speech that cannot be condemned: that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you” (Titus 2:8). When our efforts to attain the ideal in speech are predominated by love, we grow into a strong Christian character, a Christ-like personality. May we start each day with the prayer of the psalmist on our lips. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

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Constance Yance, 66 was born September 5, 1947 in Long Beach, CA. She passed November 13, 2013 at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Ms. Yance worked at the Brown Shoe Company for 25. Ms. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Luke Elliotte and Verdell Loving Wright. Ms. Connie leaves daughters; Kim (Kevin) Rose-Morgan of Gibson Wells, Lee Anne (Keith) Young of Rutherford, sister; Tootsie Crenshaw of Obion, brother; Ronnie Elliotte of Paris, TN, grandsons; Wesley Eddlemon, Brian Young, Joe Young, granddaughters; Whitney Alford, Kelly RoseMorgan, and six great grandchildren. The family is planning a private memorial service that will be held at a later date. Online registry at

Rutherford 1st Baptist There was a lot of rain Sunday but the Lord kept the winds from doing a lot of damage. We want to remember the ones in other states that lost so much. Scarlett Russell sang, ‘How Great Thou Art’ Sunday morning for special music. There is such a message from all these old songs. Guest speaker, David Roberson from Samburg spoke during the morning service. Sunday evening we looked at Genesis 11:10 – 12:9. There will be a community

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Thanksgiving service on Sunday evening, November 24th at 5 p.m. with a potluck meal to follow. We have several of our member’s homebound due to different illness. We want to lift up a prayer for all of these. There were no birthdays this week. God knows us better than we know ourselves, and He loves us better, too. Enthusiasm is contagious and so is the lack of it. Until next week, God bless.

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Kenton News By Cindy Lamar A good crowd attended the 2013 Kenton School Fall Festival last Saturday evening at the Kenton Gym. There were many activities to enjoy with the highlight being the annual auction. Emceed by Kenton native Bradley Owens, bidders excitedly took home the many items donated by generous merchants and individuals in support of the school. Everyone was amused by the appearance of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ masquerade. Thanks go to all who worked so hard to make the Festival a success. Food for thought: Life is short, ‘a vapor’ we’re

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Bro. Andy King led Wednesday evening service. He preached a Thanksgiving message from James 1:17 and Romans 8:32. Everything we have is a gift from God. The greatest gift He gives is His Son, Jesus Christ, our savior. He pours out blessings and opens doors. Tithe first and use the rest of your money as He wants it to be used. God is always stable, unchanging and gives us things to bring us joy. Sunday morning our minister of music, Bro.Terry Owens blessed us by singing ‘That’s what Grace is for.’ We welcomed our good friends and loved ones, Bro. Jerry and Betty Legg. Bro. Jerry preached on his fear and the peace God gave him as he battles cancer. Scripture was Psalms 9: 13-14, 1-2, and Hebrews 9th chapter. He was told he couldn’t live. But God sent him a vision of the gate of death. However it was covered

by Christ’s blood. There is no substitute for the peace God brings us. We have no other hope. Many nurses and friends were reached through Bro. Jerry’s suffering and witness. God allows what comes into our lives for a purpose. Sunday evening Bro. Corey spoke on “The authority of Jesus questioned.� Scripture was Mark 11:27-33. He compared Israel to a vineyard. The owner sent servants to collect the produce. The workers beat them and sent them away empty handed. Then he sent his Son, but they killed him. He quoted Psalms 118:22 and 23, saying the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. We have 19 youth signed to go to Hearts on Fire Youth trip November 22-24. Next Sunday, November 24 is Harvest day. A potluck meal will be at New Hope at 6 p.m. Remember to be as patient with others as God has been with you.

Golden Agers Golden Agers met early November 14 to share in Pastor DeWayne Goodgine’s devotional before departing for Hall’s, TN, for it was trip day. Brother DeWayne chose his discussion about verses from Proverbs 11. Solomon, perhaps, revealed many secrets of living well which included having integrity, being humble, and seeking to be righteous. He stated that having the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The key verse was verse 30, which stated,� He who wins souls is wise.� And then we were away in a blast of sunshine and nippy air in 2 vehicles. Thirteen Golden Agers and guests Alice Williams and Joyce Goad, who drove her car to extend her visiting time with her sister who lives in Halls, departed

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David Johnson Chorus presents ‘Come Celebrate Christmas’ The David Johnson Chorus, based in Dresden, will bring its “Come Celebrate Christmas” show to Dresden on Saturday, November 30. The concert, to be held 7 p.m. at the Dresden Elementary school, will be a mixture of new holiday songs, some familiar Christmas standards and – as always – a few surprises that are sure to delight all ages. “We are so excited to again share our Christmas concert in Dresden, where we’ve had some wonderful concerts in past years,” said DJC Director David Johnson. DJC’s Christmas concerts have become a holiday tradition for area families, and the songs reflect that special warmth, spirit – and fun.

“This is our 16th season. Through the years, we’ve heard so many folks say that the Christmas season is not complete until they’ve been to one of our concerts,” said DJC General Manager Gail Dyer. “We take that as a great compliment and a great opportunity.” This year’s song list is sure to please all ages and musical interests. Songs range from traditional tunes, such as “Sleigh Ride” and a hauntingly beautiful “The First Noel” to recent hits, such as “Believe” from the movie “Polar Express” and “Where Are You, Christmas?” from the movie “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” to the Justin Bieber song “Mistletoe.” As is DJC’s trademark, several songs will be performed a cappella, including the very powerful song “Prayer.”

And, as always, DJC has a few surprises planned for each show. “If we can work it out, we have a very special surprise planned for the fine folks in Humboldt,” Johnson said. “We can’t go public yet, but we are working to bring

some international guests that we met last year during the World Choir Games.” Tickets will be $10 and only available at the door. Children and students will be admitted free of charge. A reception will follow. The David Johnson

Chorus is an auditioned traveling chorus of 30 voices from Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky. In 2012 DJC won three Silver Diplomas at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information

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Dyer board approves employee from page 1 Richard Reed, Belinda Oliver, Michael Barron, Robert Johnson, Bitsy Gilliland, Joe Gathings, and Marilyn Williamson. City Attorney Brandon Newman was present. The City Recorder Reed stated that he had solicited proposals for Document Management (scanning and archiving) systems from several vendors. After analyzing the capabilities and features of each, he recommended PinPoint by LSSP Corporation. The system is capable of automatically filing many types of documents including vendor invoices, court docket sheets, daily reports, and others. A motion was made by Baker to purchase PinPoint by LSSP for $1,600 for the first year and $600 for subsequent years. The motion was approved. Reed also asked the board for funding for additional gravel for the service road at the David Robinson Park. Alderman Barron asked if ‘slag,’ as had been discussed for another project, might be better. Mayor Younger stated that the slag was too large to fill some of the holes on the service road and that gravel would probably be best for this project. A motion was made by Baker to approve up to $500 for the purchase of gravel. The motion as approved with all in favor. Alderperson Williamson reported that one of the screw pumps is down at the wastewater plant. The repair price will be approximately $2,500 - $2,600 with shipping. A motion was made by Williamson to authorize up to $2,600 to Cottrell Electric for repair of the screw pump. The motion was approved. Mayor Younger informed the board that the submersible pumps, which will provide a backup to the screw pumps, should arrive next week. The controller

should ship from Sweden in December. By the time the controller arrives, the pump should be installed and the city should be ready to go. Public Safety Committee Chair Baker read a letter from the City Recorder explaining two errors in Patrolman Jeff Webber’s pay. Baker made a motion to increase Webber’s pay to $15.84 per hour effective November 4, 2013 and to pay back wages in the amount of $374.86. The motion was approved with all in favor. Finance and Administration Committee Chair Baker read a letter from the City Recorder commemorating Ron Giger’s one-year anniversary with the city. Reed requested an increase in compensation for Giger based on his anniversary and exceptional performance. A motion was made by Baker to increase Giger’s pay to $455 per week. The motion was approved with all in favor. Mayor Younger asked the board to consider increasing the pay rate for Tyler Landrum, Taylor Bryant, and Kevin Hurley. Younger stated that these three have not yet completed their first year of employment, but are exceeding expectations and are excellent employees. A motion was made by Gilliland to increase the pay rates for Landrum, Bryant, and Hurley by 50cents per hour. The motion was approved with Barron, Williamson, Gilliland, and Johnson voting yes; and Baker, Reed, Oliver, and Gathings voting no. A tie resulting, Mayor Younger voted yes. Building Committee Chair Gilliland reported that the roof of the VFW was damaged on Halloween night and needs to be referred to committee. The City Recorder, at the request of the insurance provider, is collecting estimates for repair. A motion was made by

Johnson to approve Purchase Order 7657 to American Development Corporation for $425 for chemicals. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Barron to approve Purchase Order 7667 to Channel Innovation for $585 for SCBA Testing and Maintenance. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Williamson to approve Purchase Order 7669 to The Outhouse for $900 for pumping during repair of a manhole. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Gathings to pass on its first reading Ordinance 2013219, an Ordinance to Amend Title 5, Section 101 of the Municipal Code of the City of Dyer concerning official depositories of municipal funds. The motion failed with Oliver, Barron, Williamson, and Gathings voting yes; Baker, Reed, Gilliland, and Johnson voted no. A tie resulting, Mayor Younger voted no. On Monday, November 18, City Recorder Reed said the current code names two banks where deposits can be made; Farmers & Merchants Bank and The Bank of Dyer. The city uses Farmers & Merchants Bank and The Bank of Dyer no longer exists. The ordinance named F&M and a couple of other local banks to use as an option, if the need arises. A motion was made by Gilliland to pay the general accounts. The motion was approved.



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Sports & Education Lady Pioneer down Henry County BY LORI CATHEY In the first of two Hall of Fame games on Saturday, the GC Lady Pioneers jumped ahead early and never looked back as they defeated McKenzie with the final score of 56-35. The Lady Pioneers took a 22 to 9 lead at the end of the first quarter and had a 35 -15 lead at halftime. Gibson County outscored McKenize 20 to 21 in the second half for a 56-35

final. Leading the Gibson CountyLady Pioneers was Justyce White with 17 points. CaraBeth Holt finished with 15 points and Erin Lannom added 8 points. Sarah Beth Mullins had 6 points, Allie Smithson and Serena Roach each had 4 points and McKenna Upchuch had 2 points. In the second Hall of Fame game for the day, the Lady Pioneers defeated the

UNDER PRESSURE - GC Freshman Justyce White puts up a shot under pressure by a Henry County defenders Saturday night. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Henry County Patriots 5927 night. The Lady Pioneers led 24-4 at the end of the first period behind Sarah Beth Mullins scoring 7 points and 3-pointers by CaraBeth Holt and Erin Lannom. Gibson County went on a 19-9 run to end the second with a 44-13 lead going into halftime. The Lady Pioneers were able to stretch their lead to 54-9 behind Holt who made 9 of the 13 points

in the quarter. In the final period Henry County outscored Gibson County 6-2. The Lady Pioneers won 59-27. Gibson County CaraBeth Holt had the team high 23 points. Erin Lannom finished with 12 points, while Sarah Beth Mullins and Justyce White each had 11 points apiece. Finishing out the scoring for the Lady Pioneers was Briana Fields with 2 points.

MULLINS GOES UP - Lady Pioneer Sarah Beth Mullins puts up a shot under pressure from a Henry County defender for a basket. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

HOLT STEAL - Lady Pioneer CareBeth Holt comes up with the steal against a Henry County player during Saturday night’s game. Holt was the Lady Pioneers leading socer with 23 points. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

FAST BREAK - On a fast break Lady Pioneer Erin Lannom moves the ball down court for an easy layup. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Gibson County Pioneers obtain first victory points; Peyton Holt 3 points; Shakur Harris 3 points and Deonte’ Watson 2 points. The Pioneers was victorious over Henry County Saturday night for their second game of the day. The Pioneers jumped on top 17-10 in the first quarter. The two squads traded baskets throughout the second quarter. Gibson

SPLIT ‘EM UP - Qua Harris splits two defenders as he moves down the court. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County Pioneers played hard but came up short in the Hall of Fame game against McKenzie with a final score of 68-55. Scoring for Gibson County were: John Lee with 21 points; Zach Eskew with 15 points; Qua Harris 5 points; Pierce Holt 5 points; Mack Hicks 5

HOLT SHOOTS OVER - Gibson County Pioneer Peyton Holt shoots over Henry County #32 Conner Boley during Saturday night’s game. (Photo by Lori

LEE BLOCK SHOT - Henry County’s #20 Coltin Wyrick goes up for a shot but is blocked by Gibson County’s Joe Lee. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

County took a 27 to 22 lead into halftime. But that was followed by an 11-17 third quarter performance, giving the Henry County Patriots a 39-38 lead going into the final quarter. In the final frame, things got better for the Pioneers, as they put together a 16-9 frame against the Patriots for a 54-48 win.

Peyton Holt led the squad with 19 points. Joe Lee and Zach Eskew both put up 10 points. Brannion Simpson was right behind him with 6 points. Pierce Holt had 5 points and Qua Harris whad 4 points. The Pioneers’ next home game will be Tuesday night Nov.26 against South Fulton High School.

GOING UP STRONG - GC senior Zach Eskew goes up strong between three Henry County defenders for 2 points. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

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Lady Pirates claim victory over Lady Eagles BY LORI CATHEY The Lady Pirates downed the Lady Eagles Monday night by the final score of 47-32. Leading the Lady Pirates in scoring was McKinley Burkett with 22 points, Hannah Ball had 12 points, and K J White finished with 6 points. Madison Baird added 4 points, Jaci White with 2 points and Jaeda

Hampton had a point. Leading the Lady Eagles were: Kyndal Pulley-18 points, Kaci Sweatt -4 points, Ashton Lannom-4 points, Savannah Fletcher -3, Emerald Jones -2 points and Alaina Hunt -1 point. The Rutherford Lady Pirates had an impressive showing this past Saturday night at Gibson County, defeating the Dyer Lady

Eagles by the final score of 47-15. The Lady Pirates closed out the first quarter with a 7-1 run to take a 13-5 lead after the first quarter. Rutherford outscored Dyer 19 to 6 to take a 32 -11 lead at halftime. Rutherford defense held Dyer to no points in the third quarter. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Eagles 47 to 15. Hannah Ball was Lady

Pirates’ leading scorer with 17 points. Madison Baird finished with 12 points. McKinley Burkett, Emma Upchuch and Jaeda Hampton each had 6 point. Scoring for Dyer Lady Eagles were; Ashton Lannom with 6 points and Kaci Sweatt had five. Briana Bates and Ami Greenboth had 2 points.

DYER HOMCOMING QUEEN - Liz Hunt was named Dyer Eagle Homecoming queen this past Thursday night and was escorted by Sam McKinney . (Photo by Jennifer McCaig-Cox)

HEADS DOWN COURT - Dyer Lady Eagle Madison Carson steals the ball in a smooth move as she heads down court. (Photo by Lori Cathey) OPEN TEAMMATE- Rutherford’s Madison Baird passes to an open teammate for two points during Saturday game. (Photo by Lori Cathey

LOOSE BALL- Dyer’s Kaci Sweatt, Destinee McMullins and Rutherford’s Hannah Ball go afterthe ball during Saturday game. (Photo by Lori Cathey

Dyer, Rutherford each win one - lose one

MOVE FOR TWO - Lady Eagle Ashton Lannom picks up a loose ball and moves it down court to score a basket. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

BY LORI CATHEY The Rutherford Pirates defeated the Dyer Eagles last Monday night by the score of 31-25. Donte Holder was Eagles’ leading scorer with 8 points. Malike Owens finished with 7 points. Sam McKinney had 6 point, Austin Atkins with 3 points and Chancy Roach a point. Cody Green led Rutherford with 8 points.

Aubrey Perkins added 7 points, Malik Jones 3 points, Noah Stafford 2 points and Tamaz Taylor a point. Rutherford Pirates and Dyer Eagles met for the second time in less than a week in junior high basketball match-up on Saturday, November 16 with the Eagles emerging victorious, 41-28. After a very slow first quarter with a score of 6 to

STEALING THE BALL - Dyer Eagle Camron McElroy steals the ball and out-runs Rutherford’s defense for an easy layup. McElroy had 5 points against Rutherford in the 41 to 35 win. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

5 Dyer, the Pirates turned it on beginning in the second period to go up by four at the half 16-12. Finding their shot in the third quarter the Eagles outscored the Pirates 13 to 3 to take a 25-21 led. In the fourth quarter Dyer Eagle Camron McElroy, Malike Owens and Donte Holder all three made 3 pointers for a 41-28 final. In the game for Dyer

Eagles, Chancy Roach had 13 points, Malike Owens and Donte Holder both had 9 points and, Camron McElroy added 6 points and Sam McKinney had 2 points. Scoring for Rutherford were; Aubrey Perkins 9 points, Colin Warren and Cammom McKackin each had 5 points. Tamaz Taylor 4 points, Cody Green and Luke Lannom a point.

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GCHC Basketball teams & cheerleaders

GCHS LADY PIONEERS SENIORS - Seniors providing leadership for the Gibson County Lady Pioneers basketball team will be: Sarah Beth Mullins and CaraBeth Holt. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GIBSON COUNTY LADY PIONEERS - Members of the 2013-14 Gibson County Lady Pioneers basketball team are: left to right (front row) Justyce White, Mackenna Upchurch, Serera Roach, (middle row) CaraBeth Holt, Sarah Beth Mullins, (standing) Alexis Diggs, Allie Smithson, Erin Lannom, Briana Fields and Alyssa Rasberry. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS LADY PIONEERS COACH - Coaching the Lady Pioneers basketball team is head coach Mitch Wilkins. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GIBSON COUNTY PIONEERS - Members of the Gibson County Pioneers basketball team are: left to right (front row) Tyler Freeman, Pierce Holt, Jamerius Skinner, Josh London, Mack Hicks, Devante Wilkes, Peyton Holt,Tyner Huges, (back row) Jay Jones, Zach Eskew, Deonte’ Waton, Joe Lee, Brannion Simpson, Shakur Harris and Quq Harris. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS PIONEERS SENIORS - Seniors providing leadership for the Gibson County Pioneers basketball team will be: (left to right) Qua Harris, Joe Lee and Zach Eskew. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS PIONEERS COACHES - Coaching the Gibson County Pioneers basketball team are GC head coach Justin Lowery and Chris Lownsdale, assistant coach. Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS BASKETBALL CHEERLEADERS - Cheerleaders for the Gibson County Pioneers basketball teams are: left to right (front row) -Hallie McCurdy, Kristin Aydlotte, Kinsey Karnes, Hannah Wiese, AnnaLyse Sullenger, Mikayla Simpson, Rylee Smith, Chelsey Dodd, Cheyenne Clark, (back row) Cody Jones, Summer Flowers, Lilli Forester, Sarah Catherine Thornton, Kathryn Cox, Emma Lovell, Gracie Terry, Katie Keith and Brice Johnson. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS CHEERLEADERS CAPTAINS - GCHS cheerleader captains are Kathryn Cox and Sarah Catherine Thornton. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GCHS Band Seniors Receive Scholarships

BATES RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS GCHS Marching Pioneers band member Logan Bates received scholarship offers to further his education at the state band competiton held recently.

HILL RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS - GCHS Marching Pioneers band member Patrick Hill received scholarship offers to further his education at the state band competiton held recently.

WATSON RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS - GCHS Marching Pioneers band member Maggie Watson received scholarship offers to further her education at the state band competiton held recently. .

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Veterans attending Yorkville School Veterans Day program

Veterans attending Dyer School Veterans Day program

Veterans attending Gibson County High School Veterans Day program

Veterans attending Rutherford School Veterans Day program

Col. Brett London Yorkville School Veterans Day program speaker

Major Corey Kinton Dyer School Veterans Day program speaker

State Representative Curtis Halford and wife Charlotte attend Gibson County High School Veterans Day program

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