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Commission rejects wheel tax hike with 18-6 vote BY STEVE SHORT Gibson Co. Commissioners on March 14 rejected an impassioned argument by Mayor Tom Witherspoon for a $12.50 wheel tax hike to build a fund to attract jobs. Commissioners voted 186 against the idea despite a “sunset provision” that would have limited the tax hike to four years. The hike would have bumped the tax to $47.50 and produced $500,000 in revenues annually. Witherspoon said the restricted fund would be an “increased commitment” by the county to attract potential industries in light of a 13 percent unemployment rate. “We would be the first rural county in Tennessee to do this,” said Witherspoon. “This would put us on the map.” He said Gibson Co. lost a potential firm to Parsons when Parsons offered the firm $300,000 over three years to Gibson County’s offer of $30,000. Com. Leon Smith led opposition to the tax. “All we talk about is raising taxes,” said Smith. “When we raised taxes last August people had to make cuts in spending. $12.50 may not be a lot of money, but for some seniors it is a lot. Some people do without food. People’s pockets are empty; people want relief. If we have to have layoffs it might save some money. We could look at county employees’ insurance. We might not be able to put as much in on their insurance.” Com. Melvin Morris also opposed the tax. He said see page 3

GCDS Super investigates accusations against teacher BY CRYSTAL BURNS Gibson County School District superintendent Robert Galloway said Monday that he is investigating accusations against a female teacher at Gibson County High School. Bethany Dyer, a health science teacher at GCHS, has been suspended without pay for inappropriate contact with a male student until the school district completes its investigation. The superintendent has contacted the Department of Child Services and the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department to aid in the investigation.

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NEW TEAM/NEW IDEA - Amy Davis, Robin Allen, and Alicia Wright, Wound Care Resources Relay for Life team members from Yorkville, are excited about their current project. Their “In Memory Of” flag project is in full force. Flags along with their hangers are available when a $30 donation is made to the Wound Care Relay for Life Team.

Wound Care Relay For Life team sells ‘in memory’ flags BY WILLIAM G. MCFARLAND Wound Care Resources of Yorkville, one of the new teams in the Gibson - North Relay for Life to be held in June, is excited about their “In Memory Of/In Honor Of” Flags. Susan Davis, Wound Care Owner/President felt that an exciting new project should be a part of their work because they are a new team who has new ideas. Team members and Susan wanted to create something that would spark some enthusiasm. Thus, the “In Memory Of” or the “In Honor Of” project began. Amy Davis, Product Specialist/Processor with Wound Care, stated, “We wanted to do something that could be kept forever. These flags are. They are personal. They can go anywhere. The material is made to go outside. It is weather resistant.” The cost of the flag is a $30 donation to the Wound Care Resource Relay for Life Team. That includes the flag as well as the hanger, which

may be secured in the ground and may be placed anywhere. The flags are being made locally by Jean Galloway; not ordered from some company. Alicia Wright, Product Specialist/Processor, commented, “We would like for everyone to buy one. The flags are priceless. They are something you don’t see. Nobody in our area has one; they are a completely new idea. They are different; they are unique.” Immediate plans call for these flags to be displayed daily in front of our office. They will be at Relay also; then they will go to the individual homes. Remember! They may be purchased ‘in memory of someone’ or ‘in honor of someone.’ Wound Care Resources supplies DME Supplies Worldwide. They supply would care supplies to an infinite number of people and the Wound Care Team is dedicated to helping find a cure for cancer. For ordering information, contact team members at 643-6660.

GCDS board denies parent request BY CRYSTAL BURNS The Gibson County Special School District (GCSD) school board voted at its March 10th meeting to deny a mother’s request to allow her son to attend Gibson County High School next year. Tabitha Williams and her family live in Medina. Her daughter is currently a junior at GCHS and was among

MAKING HIS POINT - Robert Galloway, Director of Schools, for the Gibson County School District explained his reasoning for denying a parent’s request to allow her child to attend GCHS when he is zoned for South Gibson. Galloway said board policy prevented him from granting Tabitha Williams’ request. Ms. Williams appealed the decision to the board, which upheld Galloway’s decision.


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the students given a choice to attend GCHS in Dyer or South Gibson County High in Medina. Williams’ son is an eighth grader at Medina Middle and is zoned for South Gibson. Williams made the request to have her son attend GCHS with his sister because Williams’ husband is a truck driver, and the burden of getting her kids to and from school and extra curricular activities falls mostly on her. Williams first asked Robert Galloway, the Director of Schools, to make an exception for her son. Citing board policy, he denied her request but explained she could appeal his decision to the school board. “I certainly understand where you’re coming from,” Galloway told Williams. “We have to zone for a reason. I’ve never agreed to do anything like this unless it was due to an illness.” Williams told the board that she and her family have lived in Medina for 16 years and have no intentions of selling their home. “We’ve been there longer than the school has,” she said. “I can’t see me having 16 years [at my home] and being put in this position.” Citing precedence, Wade Newbill made a motion to deny Williams’ request, and Steve Tate seconded. The board voted 4-2 to deny her request with Pam Flowers and Treva Maitland voting against Newbill’s motion. see page 3

Co. Health Department services a well kept secret BY STEVE SHORT Services provided by the Gibson Co. Health Department system are a “well kept secret,” the director said in March. Danna Taylor provided an overview of the department that has over 850 patients each month. “I think a lot of times we’re one of those well kept secrets, and when somebody needs us they don’t even know about us,” she told the Milan City Board. “I think you’ll be surprised at how many services we do provide at our health departments here in Gibson County.” Ms. Taylor has directed Gibson and Haywood Co. health departments for about sixteen months. The cities of Trenton, Humboldt and Milan contribute just 5 percent of the county Health Department’s $2 million budget, Taylor said. “When you look at it that way I think you are getting a good bang for your buck there,” said Taylor. She said the city of Milan pays utility bills, yard see page 2

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Insight & Opinion Blame it on the supermoon

Clayburn Peeples reports: By now just about everyone has heard speculation regarding whether or not the horrific earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of Japan last week were caused by the moon. That’s right, the moon. The full moon you see if you look into the sky Saturday night may be between 12 and 14 percent larger and brighter than normal, especially as it rises from the eastern horizon. Why? Because it will be closer than usual. It will be what astronomers refer to as “at

perigee,” meaning the point in its orbit that it is closest to earth. The point at which it is the furthest from earth is known as apogee. The moon’s orbit has an apogee and a perigee because the path it travels is not circular, as most suppose, but elliptical. Not only that, its orbit has a substantial eccentricity, meaning, it varies a bit on each trip around the earth. Because of this, there are times when it is as far as 251,968 miles away, and others when it is as close as 221,463 miles. Quite a

difference. Every now and then, perigee (the closest distance) coincides with either a full moon or a new (dark) moon, and when the full moon, or new moon, is within 90 percent of perigee it is referred to as a “supermoon.” The full moon coming up Saturday night is being referred to as an “extreme supermoon” because it is coming on the same exact date as the moon reaches its perigee. By some accounts, this means it will be eight percent closer than normal, and it will be


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two percent closer than the average lunar perigee is. That small difference is very important, or not, because some people believe that supermoons cause violent weather patterns on catastrophic events on earth. Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and all sorts of natural disasters that have wreaked havoc on earth have been blamed on supermoons. The recent earthquake in New Zealand, on February 22, for example, has been blamed on last month’s minor supermoon. The Indonesian tsunami of 2004 occurred within just a few days of a supermoon. So did the famous Australian flooding of 1954, as did Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. The huge volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 and the 1948 earthquake in Turkmenistan that killed 110,000 people were also correlated with supermoons. Other tragedies blamed on supermoons include the New England hurricane of 1938 and the devastating Hunter Valley floods of 1955 in Australia. Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, Cyclone Tracy, in 1974, the Haiti earthquake in January of 2010 and the 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane and flood are also said to have been caused by supermoons. Last year, within two days of the supermoon on February 28, there was an

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with one located under a land mass. Think the Pacific Northwest.) The theory is that the pressure of ocean water helps keep faults in the earth from slipping, and that pressure is lowest at low tide. But they say that the small, small difference in the moon’s pull when it is at perigee is not enough to matter. Natural disasters happen, they say, all the time, whether or not there is a supermoon in the sky. Plus, any time the seasons change, especially in the spring, violent weather patterns are likely. They claim the supermoon effect is either nonexistent or so small as to be barely noticeable. So. All the terrible, terrible weather related disasters we are now seeing, and may see more of, are merely coincidental, or it may be time to stock up on groceries, especially canned goods. Oh, by the way, they also say there is no such thing as a “full moon effect.” They’ve done study after study and “proven” time and again that the full moon has no relationship at all to violent or criminal acts or crazy behavior of any sort whatever. But if you know an emergency room doc or a police officer, ask them what they think. As an old lawyer once told me, “Sometimes there’s a lot of difference between the facts and the truth.”

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5. In Milan 429,196 WIC vouchers were redeemed last year at four of the town’s grocery stores. There is no charge for the program and more people qualify than realize because of a high income criteria, said Taylor. WIC vouchers can be used at farmers’ markets to purchase fresh vegetables. Other services provided by the health departments include: Basic prenatal care and pregnancy testing; HUGS home visits by health workers to families whose infants may be at risk for problems; help obtaining vital records like birth and death certificates; inspections of restaurants, schools and childcare facilities; help with rabies vaccinations; help with voter registration; health checkups for children (physical exams, screening tests, immunizations); immunizations against many diseases (polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, mumps, chicken pox, Hepatitis B); family planning, education about birth control; sexually transmitted disease control; and tuberculosis control. Approximately 1,750 people in Gibson Co. were treated for sexually transmitted diseases at the county health department in the eight months between July, 2010 and February 28, 2011. During the calendar year 2010, there were about 400 cases of sexually transmitted infections reported at the health department. Of those, 332 cases involved Chlamydia, 57 cases Gonorrhea, and less than 5 cases Syphilis. There were less than 5 cases of HIV/ AIDS reported.


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Mayor’s wheel tax resolution meets opposition from Gibson Co. Patriots BY CRYSTAL BURNS County Mayor Tom Witherspoon faced a tough sell for his economic development plan, appearing before the Gibson County Patriots on March 8. Witherspoon outlined his proposed resolution, which will increase the wheel tax by $12.50 from $35 to $47.50. He wants to put the additional money raised by the tax into a restricted fund for economic development. Witherspoon said the county is losing out to other counties because companies are now requesting more than just tax and infrastructure incentives, asking for cash. “They’re asking for cash, and they’re doing it because they can,” he said. Witherspoon believes putting $500,000 each year into an economic development fund will make Gibson County one of the top five counties in the state to draw industry. Witherspoon said the resolution will include a sunset provision that will end the tax after four years and put a moratorium in place for elected officials

to review the fund’s effectiveness. “This money will positively, absolutely put people to work and bear fruit for us,” he said. Tea Party members voiced concerns about the tax hike, calling the cash incentives for businesses “bribes” and doubted the County Commission’s commitment to keeping the money in a restricted fund. “Economic development is a euphemism for bribes,” one Patriot said. “Stabilization comes from within. Release the citizenry from the tax burden.” Witherspoon agreed the cash incentives are “shake downs” and admitted the County Commission could vote to use the extra funds raised with the wheel tax increase in the General Fund. “I don’t think they will,” he said. “I think they’ll do the right thing.” Patriots also asked Witherspoon to make budget cuts before proposing a tax increase, and Witherspoon said he thinks citizens will be surprised at some of the suggestions he intends

to make when the county begins working on the 2011-2012 budget. He also invited the Patriots to attend the budget planning workshops. David Nance, president of the Patriots, said after the meeting that the debate boils down to the “age old argument” of whether the government does a better job with taxpayer money than the taxpayer does. “The point was made that the public has endured a severe belt tightening over the last two years and county government hasn’t made any budget cuts at all,” Nance said. “Additional taxes on people, many without jobs, is a hard sale. In the end the Patriots voted overwhelmingly to oppose and petition a wheel tax increase.” Nance asked Witherspoon to at least hold off on the proposal until next year in order to avoid a special election, which the mayor estimated will cost $50,000. “The wheel tax is the only tax that we have legal recourse to stop by petitioning it to referendum vote,” Nance said after the

Commission rejects wheel from page 1 Witherspoon could save money by micromanaging operations. “You’ll get all the money you need,” said Morris. “People would love to know where all the money goes.” David Nance and Tim Curry, members of the Gibson Co. Patriots questioned Witherspoon’s idea. The Patriots led an effort by voters last year to overturn a wheel tax hike. Curry said a fund to lure jobs could be built with voluntary donations. “I would voluntarily give,” said Curry. “Would you pay $12.50; would you invest $12.50 per year in the future?” asked Witherspoon. “If I want to give $12.50 out of my pocket that’s my choice,” said Curry. Witherspoon said RFI’s (Requests For Information) from prospective companies are increasing. He crumpled a piece of paper and threw it down. “We can show Nashville that we’re serious about this or show them we’re not,” he said. “If we do nothing, there’s a one hundred percent guarantee this RFI will be wadded up and thrown on the floor. I ran for County Mayor on an economic development platform. I wish it didn’t take this kind of money to attract jobs, but that’s not

the case.” He said the county spent $795 on economic development last year. “We need jobs. Is it worth spending $300,000 to get a $10 million payroll here? I think it is,” Witherspoon said. David Nance, Patriots leader, questioned paying firms to locate. “Will this money do the job,’” he said. “If it doesn’t, we’ve pulled $500,000 out of the local economy and damaged ourselves. There is a danger in politicians bidding for jobs with taxpayers’ money.” Witherspoon presented “key metrics” from TVA showing a firm with 200 jobs could produce about $937,000 in annual tax revenues. Trenton utility director Bret Fisher, with 25 years in economic development programs, said having an economic fund would keep the county in the mix for industrial prospects. Com. Marvin Sikes said he thought 20 commissioners would support Witherspoon’s plan for a fund, but funding the plan was the problem. Com. Keith Steele, a father of three, supported Witherspoon. “I don’t want to say I didn’t invest in Gibson County’s future,” said Steele. Com. Jimmy Copous

also voted for the tax. “Our county is in dire straits as far as economic development,” he said. “We can’t get any jobs. Other counties are getting visits by companies left and right. If we need to buy jobs to get our tax revenues up then that’s what we need to do.” Voting for the $12.50 wheel tax hike: Williams, Cunningham, Overall, Copous, Steele, and Moss. Voting against: M. Longmire, Sikes, Barker, Carr, J. Longmire, Shelton, Stults, Kimery, Summers, W. Morris, M. Morris, Cotham, Flake, Smith, Leitherland, Stone, Yergin, Childress. “The vote plainly shows that the county commissioners don’t want to raise taxes,” said Com. Leon Smith. “We have to figure out a way to micromanage the county to get enough savings to fund this. If other counties are helping companies move in we’ll have to help them, too. We have to compete with other counties, but not at the expense of tax raises.” “Our jobless issue is not going away, so this issue is not going away,” said Witherspoon after the vote. “Everybody is in agreement that this is a good idea. We’ve just got to come up with the funding. This is a fight for a title, and that was just round one. We had a great discussion.”

meeting. “We should all hope that the county commission doesn’t pass this proposed wheel tax increase this year. It will be petitioned to a referendum vote. If it is done next year the referendum vote would be in conjunction with regular elections and would result in very little or no additional cost.” Witherspoon said waiting could cost the county industry prospects. “I hate it’s got to come to this, but it’s a $50,000 chance we’ve got to take,” he said. “I intend to move forward with [the resolution]. I’ve got to be true to the people that voted me in.”

TOUGH SELL - Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon pitched his proposed resolution to increase the wheel tax by $12.50 to be used for economic development to the Gibson County Patriots. The Patriots plan to oppose and petition the increase.

Gibson Co. school board from page 1 Tate said the system had offered to allow Williams’ daughter to attend her senior year at South Gibson to alleviate the travel burden for the family. Board members also voted to hire a full-time employee to oversee two of the district’s federal programs: 21st Century and Youth Empowerment Initiatives. Both programs are after-school programs designed to target and help children who do not meet benchmarks in class or on tests. Currently Anessa Ladd, the GCSD grant writer, supervises the programs. “Anessa cannot run both programs and write grants,” Galloway said. “Our grant writing is suffering because she doesn’t have enough time to research grants and apply. It’s not something you just throw together.” Galloway said money to pay for the full-time position is written into the grants provided by federal monies. Both programs are guaranteed for two more years. When the funding is up, the position will be eliminated, Galloway said. Greg Morris expressed concerns over the position. “Other than maintenance,

the highest noise level controversy in Dyer School comes from these programs,” he said. “I don’t feel comfortable with who’s doing what already. I’ll vote for this just to get Anessa back to writing grants.” Galloway said he will charge the new hire with clearing up communication problems at Dyer. School calendar The school board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 school calendar, which includes 10 professional development days and 10 paid holidays for faculty and 180 days of instruction for students. Michelle Goad, Instructional Supervisor, told the board that the

district removed all halfdays and added Parent Teacher conferences prior to TCAP. Principals will use their discretion on what time of day to schedule PT conferences. Goad also said if school is dismissed more than six days for inclement weather, the district will “peel back” days on its six-day spring break, which includes Good Friday. “We need to make it very clear to the parents that we reserve the right to select makeup days,” Tate said. School begins on August 9 and is dismissed December 16 for Christmas Break. School resumes in January and is dismissed May 24 for summer.

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Plant food used as from page 1 to have been touted on the Internet for its mind-altering qualities when taken orally. Molly’s Plant Food is known to “cause severe physical and psychological side effects and is quickly spreading throughout the country as a popular but dangerous recreational drug,” said the Atty. General. The Atty. Gen. Office filed suit, asking for a temporary restraining order to stop Nashville defendants from selling the product. Named in the suit are defendants Eric Ronnell Alexander and Joshua Covell, who operate businesses “Faded Botanicals” and “Molly’s Plant Food” which manufacture, market, sell and distribute a product known as “Molly’s Plant Food” (MPF). “We have all heard the news reports of a wide variety of products that are marketed for supposedly harmless purposes but cause real damage to the mind and bodies of some young people looking for that nonexistent ‘harmless high,’” Atty. Gen. Cooper said. “We are glad that current law gives us a way to get

this product off the shelves while the Legislature considers stiffer penalties.” Nashville law enforcement officers served seizure and restraining orders on defendants and the Nashville-based business Toke-N-Roll. Officers began seizing the product from convenience stores and businesses throughout the state Friday. Although the Nashville company’s website has a disclaimer which says the plant food is “not intended for human consumption,” some websites refer to Molly’s Plant Food as “legal ecstasy.” The product contains mephedrone, a substance known to produce a feeling similar to that of methylen edioxymethamphetamine (also known as “ecstasy”) and cocaine when consumed orally. No criminal charges have been filed in this case. But the product has not been properly registered and labeled in accordance with state law, according to the complaint. Mephedrone is not a controlled substance and can be legally sold in Tennessee.

“This so called plant food is nothing short of a very dangerous drug,” said Dr. Sullivan Smith, Emergency Services Medical Director for Cookeville Regional Medical Center, who testified before the state legislature about the growing problem. “Calling it a plant food is just a way around the law which would place this drug into the same classification as heroin and LSD. We first started seeing patients in the emergency department in January. Since then we now see these patients just about every day. Some of these patients are suffering from life threatening blood pressures, heart rates, and neurological effects. It is time for this drug to go away.”

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ANNA TURNS ONE - Anna Michaela Chapman turned 1 on January 16, 2011. She celebrated January 15th with a princess party with friends and family. Anna is the daughter of Brett and Julia Chapman of Dyer. She is the granddaughter of Bobby and Anna Selph of Dyer and John and Peggy Bell of Milan and the late Billy Walter Chapman of Milan.

Kenton News It’s time again to recapture the great memories of days gone by with your Kenton School classmates. If you ever attended the Kenton School then you will want for sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, May 28 and attend the School Reunion. You will be able to visit with your friends and former classmates from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.. Then at 6 p.m. there will be a delicious catered meal that you won’t want to miss. There will also be a photographer on hand to capture photographic memories for all attendees. Make your plans now to attend the reunion and catch up on old times with many friends. Eurby Sanders of Gibson and Ronnie Lamar of Kenton visited with Freda Lamar at the Dyer Nursing Home last week to help her celebrate her birthday. Freda enjoyed seeing Eurby, her father and her eldest son, Ronnie. Happy belated birthday Freda! The Kenton-Mason Hall Relay for Life Team will sponsor a Zumbathon at the Kenton Gym on Saturday, March 26 from 2-4 o’clock. Make your plans to attend this event and have a

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wonderful time while you get great exercise and help a great cause. Doris and Sam Weatherly of Hickman, Kentucky were surprised last Sunday when their neice, Cindy Lamar dropped in to attend worship services with them at Sassassfras Ridge Baptist Church. They enjoyed the fiery sermon delivered by guest speaker, Rev. Jesse Sutherland. Following church services, the trio enjoyed a leisurely lunch together at the Weatherly’s home. Food for Thought: His joy I have for my strength. His peace negates life’s roar. His mercy is new every morning. His grace is sufficient and more. His love for me knows no boundary. His plan for me is good. I love the Lord my Father, ‘cause He loved me first much more. Prayer List: Amanda Davis, Jimmy Simmons, Easton Hopper, Freda Lamar, David Stephenson, Judy Webb, Elaine and Jesse Davidson, Carol and Bobby Primrose, Gwen Rickard, Eurby Sanders, Virginia and Elmer Williams, Sam Weatherly, Regina Miller, Preston White, Norma Simpson, Lil Wardlow, Henry and Cathy Herane, Racine Hodges, and Clint McLodge.

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Bro. Gene Norman opened our Sunday School assembly time at North Union by reading Deuteronomy 10:12. Bro. Norman continued with the announcements at the opening of the worship hour. We discussed our prayer concerns and recognized Nerine Cowan’s upcoming birthday on Wednesday. “Miss� Nerine heads up our prayer ministry and is a much-appreciated member of our church. Do you ever just close your eyes and listen as the choir sings? That’s just what I did when they sang “In the Garden.� As the voices harmonized so beautifully, I found it to be a truly worshipful experience. Thank you, choir and Renee, for sharing your talents with our church. “Pass It On� was the song that Sally Baird and Sandy Whitley sang to us during the Children’s Sermon time. Sally went on to share with the children that it only takes a spark to ignite a candle and that

Keely Mill Our Sunday morning services began with Elaine Fields playing the piano and Mike Fields leading us in the hymn “Face to Face.� Bro. John Fields opened us in prayer. We dismissed to our Sunday school classes where Christy Skelton led the adult class in prayer before teaching us our lesson, ‘Lift Up The Gospel’ from Philippians 1:12-26. We have opportunities to spread the gospel in any kind of situation. Jennifer McDonald closed class prayer. Our worship hour began with the hymns “Nothing But the Blood,� “He Keeps Me Singing� and “In My Heart There Rings a Melody.� Dakota Warren opened us in prayer. Bro. Steve welcomed everyone and we had a special time of prayer for Jessika London and baby and for all those in Japan. We had a time of praise reports and then got into our time of meet and greet with our church family and visitors. We thank the Lord for our visitors. Bro. Steve’s morning message was from Romans 13:11-14 entitled “Time.� Bro. Steve dismissed us in prayer as the hymn “The Nail Scarred Hand� was sung. Our Sunday night services began with the

By Connie Cooper even the smallest of flames can eventually lead to a large fire. The kids were encouraged to let their sparks get something ignited for the Lord. And speaking of flames, I was so happy to see Acolyte Ally Goad hang in there until she finally got that candle to stay lit! Bro. Don, the prodigal preacher, was back in the pulpit Sunday. He had been away for almost a month and we were all glad to see him returned. He blessed us with a message from 1 Samuel 18:1-4 that continued the theme of extraordinary relationships. Easter will soon be here and our choir and drama team are both hard at work preparing for that day. The rehearsals are going well and what they have planned for the church will be a blessing to all. Come join us in the study of the Bible, currently the Book of Luke, on Wednesdays. We also have classes for all the young people. And if you are looking for a wonderful place to worship, I’ll see you on Sunday.

By Diane Hamlin hymn “When We All Get To Heaven.� Dakota Warren opened us in prayer. We dismissed to our discipleship training classes. Bro. Steve did a good job teaching the adults their lesson on “Let Your Light Shine� from Matthew 5:16. Our purpose is to bear witness, to be the ‘light’ of the World. Kay Fields closed us in prayer. Our Sunday night worship hour began with Elaine Fields playing the piano and Mike Fields leading us in the hymns “O How I Love Jesus,� “Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary� and “Sunshine In My Soul.� Our special was a blessing as all the children of the church sang “I Got Peace, Joy and Love Like a River.� Bro. Steve’s message was from Acts 7:54-60 entitled “A Great Death.� Mike Fields dismissed us in prayer as the hymn “Just As I Am� was sung. The Keely Mill Church family sends congratulates to Chad and Jessika London on the arrival of a baby boy named Chase Michael. Read your Bibles this week and pray for your neighbors. We invite you to worship with us Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. keelymillbaptistchurch. com and facebook.

Rutherford 1st Baptist By Kathrine Blankenship The WMU ladies had a meeting Tuesday afternoon with six ladies present. Mary Evelyn Wilson had the program and Syble Ashley had the prayer calendar. After the meeting we had coffee and finger foods. Mary Evelyn had fixed so much we didn’t need supper! Thursday night forty or more of us went to Humboldt to see the movie “Grace Card.� If you haven’t seen this movie, make plans to go it is really a great movie. Saturday night word got out Julie had to go to the hospital. The prayer chain was started in my Sunday school class, probably all over the church, She was in church Sunday. God is good! She and the baby are all right! Sunday morning the choir sang “Till the Storm Passes By� for special music. Brother Jason’s message

“Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven� from Mark 11:2526. We are so good at keeping secrets. Sunday evening Libby George was asked to play the piano and sing the special. After she finished she started to leave when her son Willie came in, Brother Jason gave her a plaque for 10 years as church secretary. We then had cake and punch in the fellowship hall. Those having birthdays this week, Steve Reddick. The Relay for Life “Celebrity Waiter� Event will be in the church gym. Saturday, April 2, at 6 p.m. To reserve a ticket of purchase one in advance, please call the church office. There will be a set-down dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. The price of a ticket is $10. Until next week God bless.

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Sunday School for Shut-In When you’re ready please read Matthew 27:3,4 He repented to himself he made amends with is silver. He didn’t turn to Jesus the Christ. Now let’s look at someone who did turn to Jesus the Apostle Paul. Paul writes to the church at Philippi and says, “fulfill my joy.� He rejoices for them and he wants them to confirm and continue in his joy. That will happen as they’re being sanctified and continuing in the assurance of their salvation. Paul introduces the affirmation of joy for all who are born again, born of spirit, surrendering to Jesus (John 3). Paul has no problem with sacrificing his own life. He seeks nothing for his own advantage, “And this I pray that your love may abound yet more in knowledge and in all judgment: That ye may approve things that are excellent that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ:� Philippians 1:9-10 KJV. How can we be blameless even while we’re on earth? What’s the purpose of the offence-less life? “being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God� Philippians

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1:11 KJV. Paul won’t accept any boasting to himself. Then Paul begins another list telling the Philippians why and how he wants them to fulfill his joy in the Lord. “Fulfill ye my joy, that e be likeminded having the same love, being of one accord of one mind.� Philippians 2:2 KJV. “that ye be likeminded� Paul explains that he wants them to confirm his joy of their salvation so that they are all like minded. Christians are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Language and race are no barriers. “Having the same love� Paul admonishes them to live in such a way that others can see that they have the same love. Paul hasn’t told them anything hard to do. Christians want to be Christian-helpers. Christian love because we understand that Jesus loves us first. We’ve received Him and we’re being transformed by Him. Then Paul continues and tells them how “Being of one accord� everything about our salvation is present perfect tense, now and continuing: There aren’t temporary salvation by grace through faith in Jesus the Christ: The blood of Jesus is pure eternal.

Bethpage By Joyce Brown Greetings from Bethpage. We had wonderful services at our little church this weekend. What a good crowd we had for morning worship! When we had the welcome hymn you could hardly get around to greet folks. Ya’ll just come on; we’ll make room for you and be delighted to see you. The music was special and Bro. James preached a deep message on the title “When God Says Get Out.� His text was 1st Thes 2:11-13. Following the message Brock Lowrance came to join the fellowship at Bethpage. We are so honored to welcome him to our church family. Sunday night Bro. James preached from Heb 1:1-3 on the subject “God’s Chosen.� Kenneth Smithson celebrated his birthday last week. You haven’t caught me yet Kenneth. There were many names mentioned during prayer time. Seems like the list just grows from week to week. There is a lot of sickness and sadness, but nothing that is unknown to God and He will honor the prayers of His people. Sorry that Doris Peevyhouse missed church this Sunday as she spent several days in the hospital again. Get well soon. Several attended the seminar at Salem Baptist Church on understanding and evangelizing Muslims. Some of our youth went to White Hall Saturday night to

make plans with their youth for the upcoming Youth Evangelism Conference trip next weekend. We need to pray for our youth as they attend this event. Ricky Littleton was in Texas recently on business. Roger and Beth Cochran along with other co-workers, were in Florida last week. You farm folks better get your traveling behind you because before you know it, planting time will be here. Carlton and Sonja Williams visited Catherine Garrett in Memphis over the weekend. Here we are at another Sunday. Having birthdays this week were Jeremy Griggs and Logan Cochran. Our youth reported a great time at the Youth Evangelism Conference. We were proud to have them share some of their experiences from their weekend trip. We were relieved and very thankful to get news that Libby Penland’s son who is in the military and stationed in Japan is safe. There were many who could not get that consoling message and our prayers go out to all those suffering from this tragedy. Sympathy is extended to the family of Shirley Graves Mckeel who passed away last week. Also, to Paul Williams and family in the loss of his mother. Scripture of the week: Matthew 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!�

Golden Agers A rainy morning didn’t deter 17 Golden Agers from meeting at the Dyer FBC Family Life Center on March 9. President Jerry Legg asked God’s blessings for the food and for those who came for the weekly meeting. J.W. Edwards led the group in prayer for Orval and Helen Comstock, Janice Sims, Jason Griggs, Evelyn Bogle and the family of Kathleen Flowers. A season of prayer was also lifted up for our country and mission trips from Dyer FBC to Ecuador, Japan and Brazil during 2011. Kenny McEwen led two hymns “Heaven Came Down� and “Victory In Jesus� and sang “I’d Rather Be An

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Old-time Christian� for his special of the morning. Anne Thompson was pianist. Brother Michael Barnett minister of students at Dyer FBC brought the morning’s devotional, Don’t Stop Dreaming When You Are Old. He chose Proverbs 6:611 for his scripture reference to perk up his listeners and challenge them to move along. Don’t become complacent and never stop trying to learn. The parallel of the activity of an ant and that of humans become quite a challenge; however the only ant not moving is dead. Brother Barnett’s primary advise was to do Christian work without being told and work now for

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Community Calendars GC UTILTIY DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISIONERS MEETING The Gibson County Utility District Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 5:0 p.m. at the District Office. RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING Bradford Schools will host the next Relay for Life Meeting on Thursday, March 17. Wear green for St. Patrick’s Day - there will be a contest! Dinner will be served @ 6:00 p.m. for a $5 donation. Team Captain’s Meeting @ 6:30. Committee Meeting will follow. DYER SCHOOL RELAY FOR LIFE ZUMBATHON Come join us for a Zumba Party, a 2-hour fun filled event to raise money for the Dyer School Relay for Life Team. The Zumbathon will be held at First Baptist Church Dyer Family Life Center on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for two hours. The featured instructor is Danielle Gwara. Refreshments will be provided. Door Prizes and lots of Zumba fun! For more information please contact Lois Carson at 692-2737 or Kelly Flowers at 692-6743. ROOK TOURNAMENT Salem Methodist Church team will be hosting a Rook Tournament on Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World Building in Rutherford. Entry fee is $10.00 per person. Contact Glynn Landrum at 665-7526 or Eddie Wade Workman at 665-6285 to pre-register. We will be accepting donations for desserts and drinks. RELAY FOR LIFE ZUMBATHON The Kenton-Mason Hall Community Team is hosting a ZUMBATHON for Relay Saturday, March 26 from 2 pm-4 pm at the Kenton Gym!! Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the featured instructor will be Danielle Gwara! The cost is $15.00 with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life! There will be Door Prizes Given Away and Drinks Provided! Please contact Rachel Abbott (731) 414-3651 for more information! Come join the PARTY and ZUMBA for Relay! DYER SCHOOL RELAY TEAM RECYCLING PROJECT The Dyer School Relay Team is collecting old cell phones and inkjet cartridges for recycling. If anyone has any to discard of, contact Kelly Flowers at 692-2444 or Pam Grady at 234-5323. A box to drop phones and cartridges in is located in Kelly’s office at school. GOSPEL SINGING Dyer School Relay for Life Team will be hosting a Gospel Singing Event, Saturday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Dyer. Featured performers are Dyer First Baptist Praise Team, Connie Flowers and The McEwen Family. A love offering will be taken for the Dyer School Relay Team. For more information contact Lois Carson @ 692-2732. APRIL EVENTS CELEBRITY WAITER EVENT The Relay for Life “Celebrity Waiter Event” hosted by Rutherford First Baptist Church and Rutherford School on Saturday, will be held April 2 beginning at 6 p.m. at Rutherford FBC. Celebrities who plan to be in attendance are State Representative Curtis Halford, State Senator Lowe Finney, County Mayor Tom Witherspoon, Rutherford Mayor Keith Cardwell, Sheriff Chuck Arnold, newly elected School Superintendent Eddie Pruett, and more! Dinner will be served, along with entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 and need to be purchased/reserved in advance by calling the church office at 665-6159 or call 414-6938 or 225-6324. COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE The Carroll Family Relay for Life Team will be hosting a Country Western Dance Saturday, April 9 from 7-10 p.m. above the parts store in Dyer featuring the Dakota Band. There will also be raffle tickets available for several prizes that night as well as a cake walk during the break. RELAY OPRY NIGHT Kenton School Team will be hosting their annual Relay Opry Night on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kenton Gym. More details soon! SPRING HILL ALUMNI HOMECOMING The Spring Hill Alumni Homecoming will be held Saturday, April 9th beginning at 4 p.m. Activities include a card tournament, meal, men’s basketball, and recognition of Spring Hill area inductees to GC sports hall of fame. Bring your old yearbook and catch up with classmates. Thank you for supporting our school for more info, call 559-4223 DEMOCRATIC PARTY On Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ed Jones Agri-Plex in Trenton, the Gibson County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting. The public is invited to attend. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of food and a friend.

Moore’s Chapel/Concord FCE News The Moore’s Chapel/ Concord- FCE Club met Monday, February 21, 2011, at the Moore’s Chapel Community Center. Members present were Peggy Bell, Debbie Brown, Joyce Brown, Jan Burks, Joyce Chester, Louise Cutler, Pat Eddlemon, Ruth Etheridge, Janice Gibson, Teresa McConnell, Sandra Newman, Patsy Scott, Pat Ward, and Debbie White. Hostesses were Louise Cutler and Joyce Brown. President Teresa McConnell called the meeting to order. Louise Cutler gave the devotional taken from Psalm 101:1, “I will sing of your love and justice.” Janice Gibson led the group in singing “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Members answered roll call by sharing one household hint. Good tips were given. Pennies were collected for 4-H Clubs. Joyce Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Minutes were read and approved. Barbara Berry announced a change of the joint

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meeting between Moore’s Chapel/Concord FCE and Edison FCE. The meeting will be held at the Edison Community Center. A suggestion was made to invite the Skullbone FCE and Teresa McConnell mentioned that the invitation had already been extended. Barbara Berry gave the main program, asking how each member learned of FCE, who invited us, and why we continued to come. She presented a handout with various ways new members could be recruited. Discussion was held on possibly having a booth at the Trenton Teapot Health Fair to market FCE clubs. Barbara also presented information about how to read bar codes. If the first three digits of the barcode are 690, 691, or 692, the product is made in China; 471 is made in Taiwan; 00-09 is made in USA and Canada. We are urged to buy USA and Canadian goods by watching for “0” at the

beginning of the number. Teresa announced that the leadership training in Jackson which was cancelled due to inclement weather had been re-scheduled to February 28. Sandra Newman reported on the Valentine tea given at the Freewill Shelter in Humboldt. They received many compliments on food and decorations. Thursday, March 17, was selected as the date for our club to provide lunch at 11 a.m. The outing was discussed and Jan Burks will be checking on local theatres and prices. Debbie White discussed a fundraiser for the county club. Ideas need to be brought to the next county meeting. The club collect was read and the door prize given. Refreshments were served. The club welcomes new members. Please call Peggy Davis at 855-2519 or Teresa McConnell at 855-1587 if you are interested.

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Lowrance Chapel By Jerry Bell Our lesson for Sunday was “Raising Our Ebenezer.” WE raise our “Ebenezer” when we depend upon God in difficult times, acknowledge God’s help in prayer and remember God’s help in our salvation. God plays a very important role of help in our lives both physically and spiritually, our text was taken from 1 Samuel 7:112. it is near the end of the period of the judges. The children of Israel had gone back to serving idols again. Because of this, they had been under Philistine control for the past twenty years. Samuel the prophet was preaching for the people to repent. They heard his voice and put away their idols. The Philistines heard about this and brought their entire army against Israel. Samuel offered a lamb as sacrifice for the people and implored God to deliver them. The text says that Yahweh thundered a great thunder against Philistines. Israel pursued them to a place that was between Mizpeh and Shen. There Samuel erected a stone and called it “Ebenezer” the

stone of help. We don’t hear the word “Ebenezer” too much today. We may hear the word “Ebenezer Scrooge” around the Christmas holidays. The word “Help” means to give assistance too; to aid; to give relief to; to ease; relieve; to change for the better, improve. We raise our Ebenezer when we have faith in God in the face of seemingly impossible tasks. Israel faced a seemingly impossible task in the face of the Philistine army. Samuel offered a sacrifice and prayed and Israel prevailed. They raised their Ebenezer. Today, it may seem like you are facing these kinds of tasks, but there is nothing that we can’t do if we set our mind to it and have faith in God! “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). WE raise our Ebenezer when we acknowledge the Lord’s help in prayer. David in the Psalms is such a great example of acknowledging the help of God in prayer. “But I am poor and needy,

yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliver; make no tarrying O my God.” (Psalm 40:17) David raised his Ebenezer when he prayed to God. Do we acknowledge God’s help in prayer? Do we say thank you for our daily help? David said that God was his help. Let us raise our Ebenezer when we pray to God. We raise our Ebenezer when we remember God’s help in our salvation. What do we remember when we remember God’s help to us? We remember that we were lost in our sins without God’s help we would have faced eternal death. (Romans 6:23) We remember that while we were enemies, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) WE remember that it is through Christ’s death and blood sacrifice that our sins were atoned. (1 Peter 1:18-19) We remember that it is through God’s power of the gospel that we are saved. (Romans 1:16-17) Have you raised your Ebenezer? Have you acknowledged God as your help?

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RELIGION Obituaries

MARY EDITH MITCHELL WILLIAMS Kenton - Mrs. Mary Edith Mitchell Williams, a resident of Kenton, passed away March 11, 2011. She was a resident of Golden Living Center in Union City for three and half years. She was born April 1, 1913 in McNairy County to the late James Ervin Mitchell and Sallie Edella Baker Mitchell. She married the late Lee Williams on March 31, 1934, and they were married 61years. She was a homemaker and a member of Morella Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She leaves a son, Paul E. Williams (Janice) of Kenton, a granddaughter, Melanie Williams Needham (Stacey) of Dresden and a grandson, Braxton Paul Williams (Lori) of Jackson. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Mason Needham, Kara Beth Needham, Ellie Williams and Laney Williams. Preceding her in death is a brother, Alva D. Mitchell and a sister, Jewell Mitchell Nase. Also, preceding her in death were three half-brothers, Gordon Mitchell, Judge Mitchell and Troy Mitchell and four half sisters, Etta Swain, Annis Roberson, Estella Hand and Maud Wilson. Services were held Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Leitherland Funeral Chapel in Kenton. Burial followed in Sunnyside Cemetery.


Dyer - Kathleen Hanks Flowers, age 94, of Dyer, Tennessee, passed away from this life on March 8, 2011, at the Dyer Nursing Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Flowers were conducted on Thursday, March 10, in the chapel of Karnes and Son Funeral Home with Bro. Daymond Duck officiating. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery of Dyer. Mrs. Flowers was born June 2, 1916, in Dyer; the daughter of the late German J. and Virgie King Hanks. She was a homemaker and a member of the Poplar Grove Methodist Church. Mrs. Flowers is survived by one son, Jerry Flowers and spouse Glenda; two daughters, Peggy Dunagan and spouse Ray, Pat Myracle and spouse Jerry; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her spouse, Myrl R. Flowers. Karnes and Son Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Kathleen Flowers.

DORIS A. MOORE Doris A. Moore, 77, formerly of Virginia Beach, VA and Yorkville, died March 8, 2011 at Wesley Glen Retirement Community in Columbus, OH. She was born January 9, 1934 in Ridgely, TN to the late Louie and Lucille Foster. She graduated from Yorkville High in 1951. She was a proud and devoted “Navy wife” for 20 years, finally settling in Virginia Beach until she moved to Wesley Glen in 2007. She retired in 1997 after working for nearly 3 decades in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Administration Offices, lastly as secretary to the Division Superintendent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by former husband Williams F. Moore USN (Ret.) and her loving companion of 28 years James N. Whitley, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, who resided with her at Wesley Glen until his death in August 2009. Throughout her life and wherever her travels took her, Doris always considered herself a “Tennessee gal.” She is survived by daughter Jeri Dill (David) of Lewis Center, OH, daughter, Mickey Moore and grandchildren, Marcus and Melody Moore of Norfolk, Jim’s daughter Anne Whitley (Rick) Lawrence and her children of Virginia Beach and numerous cousins. Funeral services for Doris will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 18 in the chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, Newbern, TN. Pastor Edd Reed of Chicago will officiate. Interment will follow in Yorkville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. at JohnsonWilliams. Those who wish to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers may consider the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cool Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, c/o Mike Minton, #2 Cool Spring Rd., Trimble, TN 38259.


SONNY MARBRY Rutherford – Funeral services for Sonny Marbry, 80, were held March 13, 2011, at Leitherland Funeral Home. Brother James Roach officiated the services. Burial was held at Rutherford City Cemetery. Mr. Marbry passed away March 11, 2011, at Gibson General Hospital. He was mechanic and of Baptist religion. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Loula Jones, wife, Myra Sue Marbry, two sons, Larry and Rusty Marbry, one daughter, Rosy Frazier and two brothers, James and Max Marbry. He is survived by four sons, Danny Marbry of Rutherford, Gary Marbry of Rutherford, John Allen of Garrett, Ky. and Johnny Marbry of Trenton, and three daughters, Linda Clark of Lexington, Debbie Marbry of Rutherford and Gall Calvin of Dyersburg and 17 grandchildren.


Rutherford - Danita Ruth Scrivner - Funeral services for Danita Ruth Scrivner, were held Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Walter Lockhart officiated at the service. Mrs. Scrivner, age 55, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011 at here residence in Rurtherford. She was born on July 24, 1955 in Jackson, TN. Mrs. Scrivner worked as a secretary in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care unit of JacksonMadison County Hospital. Mrs. Scrivner was preceded in death by her husband, Benny E. Scrivner; and her parents, Alvin Richard Nelson, Jr. and Viavian Ruth (Davis) Nelson. She is survived by her two daughters, Emily Scrivner, of Irvine, CA, and Andrea Scrivner-Howard (Shawn) of Rutherford; two brothers, Tim Nelson (Regina) of Murphreesboro, TN, and James Nelson (Theresa) of Dover, TN; and two grand daughters, Kyleigh and Hannah Howard. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Laneview Baptist Church We had another great day in God’s house Sunday. We enjoyed several specials beginning with Johnny and Cathy Cavender then another by Johnny alone. The next special was by Brandon Neil and last but not least Natalie Farrar blessed us with still another. I thank God for all the talent and the people’s willingness to sing when asked. The title of Bro. Darryl’s message was “The Response of God’s Children to Him.” Do you remember the last time God spoke to you? What was your response? When was the last time you said yes? We become so complacent with our life that we put God off. We as God’s children need to be busy doing our Father’s work. Don’t use the excuses I’m too tired or I’m too busy or I don’t have time right now someone else can do it. Couldn’t Jesus have given excuses when He had to carry the sin of the world on His shoulders? Did He? When you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit don’t turn away because saying no to the Holy

Spirit is saying no to God. In our evening service we enjoyed specials by Johnny Cavender and another by Jan Cardwell. The evening service was a continuance of the morning message. We must respond when the Lord calls on us not begrudgingly but willingly. Strive to have a heart like His. Our love for God is not proven through words, its proven through actions. God wants us to be available for the task we have been given. There are so many things we allow to take God’s place in our lives. We must fight everyday to make Him number one. There should be nothing more important to us than loving and serving our God. Upcomming Events: March 18th An Evening With Michael Combs 7. Tickets available at door. April 9th Fish-Fry fund raiser donations only; April 17th Cantata/Drama; April 22nd Annual Spring BBQ. Please be in prayer for all the sick in our church and community. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

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PAUL DOUGLAS WALKER Paul Douglas Walker, 85, formerly of Rutherford and Fancy Farm, Ky. died Monday, March 7, 2011 at his daughter’s home in John’s Creek, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Walker and his parents, Sam and Mamie Gale Walker. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Walker London (Jack) of John’s Creek, Georgia, one son, Larry Walker of Fancy Farm, Ky., one sister, Josephine Beard (Adolph) of Rutherford, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Walker served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He worked for the State of Kentucky on the Purchase Parkway and retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Union City, where he worked for over 30 years. Visitation for Mr. Walker was held at R.D. Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield, Ky. on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Friday March 11, 2011 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Fancy Farm, Ky. with Rev. Darrell Vinters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites.

Card of Thanks The family if Bill Pack wishes to thank all of our friends, family and neighbors who were so kind to him during his illness and going home to see his Lord. We can’t thank you enough for all the prayers, visits, calls, cards, memorials, flowers and food. We would like to extend a special thank you to the ladies if Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Church that prepared the delicious meal following the service. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Brother Chris Marks for officiating the service and to Mark Zarecor for his kind words. Thank to our Pallbearers: Austin Emerson, David Hanks, Ricky Hanks, Kenny Pack, Billy Frazier, and Josh Mansfield and our honorary pallbearers: Cody Mansfield, and Devin Mansfield. Thank you to Mark, Barry and staff of Karnes and Son Funeral Home for all of their help. Special thanks to the staff of NCH Homecare, especially Jana Morris and Rhonda Watt for the wonderful care and support we received. No words can express how much it means to live in such a caring community. The family of Bill Pack

New Hope By Wednesday evening our minister Brother Corey Meggs continued our message, “how to grow spiritually” by speaking on faith, the action of spiritual growth. We learned how faith works in our lives, how we should give Christ the key to our hearts and put feet to our faith. For our special music Sunday morning Doug Jones sang, “When sin died here.” Darcie Halliburton read the scripture from Matthew 3:16. We welcomed Travis and Barbara Nance, Brother Corey’s parents. They left Monday for a trip to the Holy Land. Brother Corey’s morning message, “The beauty of debt,” was from II Kings 7:39. He told us of a day of good news and trying to always have an attitude of gratitude. Sunday evening we enjoyed a time of personal testimony answering the question, “What has God done for me?” Brother Corey brought our message following through Halley’s challenge; How to keep my faith after failure, from Numbers 25 to Deuteronomy 5. He explained

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the many sacrifices required each month and year. We learn of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross once for all. We were admonished to learn to live by faith and keep God’s word. GPS will soon be starting. We are excited about God’s plan for sharing. Our spring revival is March 20 -23. Brother Steven Powell will preach Sunday morning. This will be followed by a church wide fellowship meal, so come and be prepared to be blessed both spiritually and physically. Brother Corey will preach Sunday night at 6 p.m. Brother Jason Griggs will be the evangelist MondayWednesday nights at 7 p.m. Brother David McEwen will be directing the music. Come join us. Continue to remember the many on our prayer list, the mission work in Arizona, and the tragedy from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, our shut-ins and friends in the nursing home. Due to an error in typing last week, the answer to Stephen’s story was not clear. It should be Revelation 3:20 and Genesis 3:10.

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Clora’s Chapel Greetings from the Cloras Chapel family! It is just amazing how we take little quotes for granted like this one for instance: ‘If everyone in my church was just like me then what kind of church would my church be.’ Small quote with a lot of meaning. We had a glorious day at Cloras Chapel Sunday. The whole day was filled with joy and the spirit of the Lord. There were a lot of visitors and we were glad to have them all. Pastor Myles was very happy to see them and says thank you to all that came by to see us and to all who invited someone to come. Sunday School was very good. Elder Bush McNeil was the teacher and did a fantastic job. Don’t think you will sit and say nothing when Elder McNeil teaches because he will ask everyone in the church to answer a question. You won’t get bored! In Sunday School there were some members that

were moved to speak by the Holy Spirit such as Sis. Sue Fisher and Sis. Doris Bradford. They add a lot to Sunday School and the teachers all say that they put a smile on the teacher’s face. The fire started in Sunday School. In morning service the fire kept building. Elder Charles “Tudda� Simpson preached a short sermonette as he read the scripture. He told us the word was like fire shut up in his bones. Pastor Myles is a true shepherd of his flock. He can tell when something is wrong with one of us. In his sermon, he was helping one and by doing so he helped the whole flock. It was such a gentle sermon and there was not a dry eye in the church. He talked about “God’s Assurance� found in Psalms 37: 23-24. We all need God’s Assurance as we go through the issues in our lives. The ones with birthdays in March were recognized and we all sang Happy Birthday. We thank Sis. Brenda Dammond for doing a great job with giving birthday gifts to our members and friends. Sunday afternoon we had our annual Missionary Day Program! Our special guest was Prophetess Gail Perry and Lighthouse of Worship from Humboldt. The church

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By Robin McNeil was filled with the Holy Spirit. We thank all that participated in the program and all that made up the congregation. It was great! We also had a delicious lunch cooked and served by the members of Cloras Chapel. We thank Sis. Teresa Cawthon for being a dynamic Mistress of Ceremony and we thank Kameron and Nyla Myles for passing out our programs for the afternoon. Cloras Chapel is filled with so many special people who will do great things for the church. Bro. Anthony Swift, who we have not seen in some time, came by to see us Sunday and the male chorus sang beautifully in morning service. Saturday morning the Youth of Cloras Chapel will be having a bake sale and rib sale at Food Rite Grocery Store in Dyer. They are working on a trip to Six Flags in St. Louis, Mo. They need everyone’s support. Cloras Chapel is also preparing for the New Hopewell Presbytery which will meet at Badgett Chapel in Rutherford March 25-26. Bro. Casey Ivie and Sis. Shinnell Ivie will represent Cloras Chapel in a mock wedding. We are hoping and praying that they will have the most funds and

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Sports & Education GCHS caps season with football banquet BY LORI CATHEY The 2010 Gibson County Pioneer football team and cheerleaders’ season was capped off with the Pioneer Football Banquet on Thursday night. The banquet was held at the National Guard Armory in Trenton and included a dinner and presentations by the cheerleading and football coaches. The banquet is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the football players and the cheerleaders. It is also time to pay tribute to the tremendous dedication and hard work of the student athletes, as well as the tremendous efforts of the coaches, support staff and many volunteers and supporters of Gibson County football during the season. After dinner, sponsor Mrs. Lovell handed out

individual and team awards to the cheerleaders. The outstanding cheerleader award of 2010 went to Paige Lytle. Others receiving awards were; leadership award - Paige Lytle, dance award- Hillary Hall, most spirited - Nicky Jones, 110% award- Keisha Prescott, most athleticNicky Jones and coach’s award- Shelley Simpson. Looking at a packed house, Gibson County head football coach Lee Atkins handed out awards to numerous players. Co- defensive linemen of the year for the Pioneers went to Colton Beasley and Austin McMullen, while Matt Littleton got receiver of the year. GC quarterback Lee Whitaker won offensive back of the year. Linebacker of the year was Clayton Yabro. Rodrick Barnett was defensive back of the

Year. The Will Orr Character award went to Matt Littleton. offensive lineman of the year was Dwight Martin and the Charles Nolan Blue Collar award went to Brad Tabor. The 2010 Pioneer Most Valuable Player award went to junior Michael Keel. Keel had a terrific season on both sides of the ball. The Gibson Co. football players who earned AllDistrict honors on the first team were: Michael Keel, Lee Whitaker and Clayton Yabro. The Pioneers 2010 team captains were; Matt Littleton, Austin McMullen and Lee Whitaker. “These guys put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” coach Lee Atkins said. “It takes a lot of character to dedicate to something, and what these players did means a lot. It really will benefit them in the long run, in their future endeavors.” The event closed with Coach Atkins thanking the seniors for their hard work and reminding the underclassmen that the new season has begun. “Time for growth is over; the time to step it up is now,” added Atkins.

CHEERLEADER AWARDS - Cheerleaders receiving awards at the Pioneer Football Banquet were (from left) Nicky Jones- Most Spirited and Most Athletic; Paige Lytle-Outstanding Cheerleader of the Year and Leadership Award; Shelley Simpson- Coach’s Award and Keisha Prescott-110% Award. Not pictured is Hillary Hall- Dance Award. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

RECEIVING LETTERS AND BAR - Cheerleader sponsor Mrs. Lovell gives freshman Madison Scobey her letter and bar for cheerleading during the awards banquet. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Coach Jon Atkins presents the 2010 Pioneer Most Valuable Player award to junior Michael Keel. Keel had a terrific season on both sides of the ball and was named to All-District Team. (Photo by Lori Cathey) CHARLES NOLAN BLUE COLLAR AWARD WINNER - Brad Tabor was chosen for the Charles Nolan Blue Collar Award. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR - Gibson County’s Clayton Yarbro was named the Linebacker of the Year and also was named to 2010 All-District Team. (Photo by Lori Cathey) RECEIVER OF THE YEAR - Senior Matt Littleton was chosen for the Receiver of the Year Award, Will Orr Character Award and was a team captain. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR - Coach Lee Atkins presents the Offensive Lineman of the Year Award to Dwight Martin. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR - Pioneer coach Lee Atkins presents Rodrick Barnett with the Defensive Back of the Year Award. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR - Gibson County coach Lee Atkins presents the Defensive Linemen of the Year Award to Colton Beasley. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

OFFINSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR - Pioneer coach Corry Essary presents Lee Whitaker with the Offensive Back of the Year Award. He was also named to the All-District Team and was chosen a team captain for 2010. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Y Not 5K race this Saturday at Milan City Park BY STEVE SHORT If you’ve ever thought about participating in a 5K run but never followed through on the challenge, you have an opportunity this weekend. The “Y Not 5K” race and walk will be held Saturday, March 19 at 8 a.m. at Milan City Park and sponsored by the Milan Y. Organizers hope to attract veteran distance runners but also novices and walkers.

“The name of the race is our way of saying, ‘Why not try a 5K?’” said Emily Muse, Y staff intern who has organized the event. “Why not challenge yourself, and why not set a goal to complete a 5K if you have never done that. We want to encourage walkers as well as runners to participate.” The run will start and end at Milan City Park. The original Frank Bryant Memorial Run was organized

by Milan arsenal employees in 1980 and honored former MAAP plant manager Frank Bryant. The run attracted top runners from West Tennessee and nearby states. It was discontinued after 2006. Early registration ($20) continues until March 17. Late registration is $25 race day at 7 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to overall winners in male and female categories.

First, second and third place finishers in each age group will receive medals. Colorful shirts will be presented to the first 60 race participants starting at 7 a.m. Door prizes will also be presented. Proceeds benefit Milan Y scholarships which help local children participate in Y programs. Contact Emily Muse or Karen Johnson Lawson at the Milan Y at 731-6869000.

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Property Transfers Bryan Bailey and wife, Kari Bailey to Khristy D. Neal and husband, Brian C. Neal – 2nd CD Joe Gunn to Betty Gaines – 3rd CD Billy R. Barron to Susan Irish – 21st CD Bobby Terry and wife, Rebecca Terry to Blake Spellings and wife, Martha Carol Spellings and Joey Spellings – 11th CD Charles W. Lewis to Marion J. McCurdy and wife, Bobbie Sue McCurdy – 7th CD Nathan H. Moffatt and Candace D. Moffatt to Michquelin Spain – 6th CD Ronnie Curry to Lynn Arnold and wife, Joan G. Arnold – 13th CD Nicole Remkus and husband, Justin Remkus to Dale Nelson – 12th CD Northpointe, Inc. d/b/a Northpointe Builders to William Martin – 2nd CD Billy Joe Barber to Ronnie Abbott – 4th CD Myra Joyce Wharey to April J. Hickman – 7th CD Ed Halton to John W. Tucker, III Charles Lewis to Scott

Morris, Ernest Morris and Joy Morris – 20th CD Charles Lewis and wife, Martha Lewis to Scott Morris, Ernest Morris and Joy Morris Henry Albert Burch, II and wife, Regina Louise Burch to John Nowell Burch – 16th CD Judy Ellis to Kevin Hall and wife, Suzanne Hall and Cody Blitchington – 9th CD Laura Parlow to Kevin Hall and wife, Suzanne Hall and Cody Blitchington – 9th CD Keith Beard to Thomas C. Smith and wife, Kellee M. Smith – 1st CD Mark Russell Rodgers and wife, Tracy W. Rogers and Keith Nix and wife, Holly W. Nix to David H. Martin and wife, Mary Maxine Martin – 3rd CD Kari Wenner to Diane Craft – 7th CD Earlene Sanders Taylor to Mary Edith Sanders Brown and husband, James Brown – 2nd CD David G. Jolley, CoTrustee of The Harold A. Smith Trust and Kathryn J. McBroom, Co-Trustee of

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National ‘Pi’ Day at Yorkville School honors delicious mathematics BY WILLIAM G. MCFARLAND It was National “Pi” Day in America March 14 and students in grades four through eight celebrated by eating pie at Yorkville School. Coordinated by Dr. Joanie Edwards and members of the Yorkville School Beta Club, the pie day was a tremendous success. Some 45 pies made by parents were available for these students who “helped themselves to a heaping slice of math in the form of these pie slices during their morning break and during their lunch. Students also wore stick-ons with the “Pi” sign on them. This 24-hour National “Pi” Celebration coincides with Albert Einstein’s birthday. It honors the infinite number we all know, or maybe we don’t remember, which represents the relationship between the diameter of a circle and its circumference. Students in these grades

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remember “3.14” prior to the day’s celebration.

CELEBRATING ‘PI’ DAY - Dr. Joanie Edwards, Yorkville School math teacher and Beta sponsor, coordinated the National “Pi” Day March 14. Helping with plans and preparations, as well as other teachers and Beta Members, were Beta students Dusty Smith and Jordan Hurst.

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ENJOYING PIE - Every students in grades four through eight at Yorkville School enjoyed heaping slices of math in the form of “pie” during National “Pi” Day March 14. P. J. Sonnen and Megan Yocham enjoyed their “pie” time in “pi” day.

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NON-RESIDENT NOTICE TO JUAN CHAVEZ ABILES, You are hereby commanded to serve on Bill Barron, Attorney, whose address is 124 East Court Square, Trenton, TN 38382, an Answer to a Petition, which is sworn to and filed in the case of Neva Joy Abiles, Petitioneer, VS Juan Chavez Abiles, Defendant, Rule Docket #20063 in the above Court, within thirty (30) days after the last date of publication hereof. It is ordered that this Notice be published for four (4) consecutive weeks in The Tri-City Reporter, weekly newspaper in Dyer, Tennessee. This the 1st day of March, 2011. Shonna Smith, Clerk & Master By: Arline Minton, DCM (4tp 3/30) IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF GIBSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

TOP MATH-A-THON DONATIONS - Top donations for Rutherford Math-A-Thon are: Kindergarten, Kate Nicholson; first grade, Caden Reeves; second grade, Autumn Locke; third grade, Jack Lowrance; fourth grade, Hunter Baier; and fifth grade, Brooklyn McCollum.

children and community for helping make this year’s Math-A-Thon a success.” This year the event was in memory of Mr. Steve Wallace. He and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Wallace, were long time supporters of Rutherford School and St. Jude.

RUTHERFORD SCHOOL MATH-A-THON PARTICIPANTS - These Rutherford elementary students raised $6300 for St. Jude.

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Incoming freshmen who plan to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin during the fall semester can get prepared for college life by attending a Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program. The first SOAR date has been scheduled for: • Saturday, April 30. Check-in is set for 8 a.m., at Boling University Center. Students will get the opportunity to meet with academic advisers and register for classes; tour the campus, residence halls and University Village; receive information about student activities, housing and financial aid; and hear detailed information about First-Year Initiative (an

TO GILBERT DEWAYNE EVANS, A NON-RESIDENT OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. You are hereby commanded to serve on Bill R. Barron, Complainant’s Attorney, whose address is 124 East Court Square, Trenton, TN 38382, an Answer to the Complaint, which is sworn to and filed against you in the case of Heather Denise Evans vs Gilbert Dewayne Evans, #20050 in the above Court, within thirty (30) days after the last date of publication hereof, or judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. It is ordered that this Notice be published for four (4) consecutive weeks in The Tri-City Reporter, weekly newspaper in Dyer, Tennessee. This the 17th day of February, 2011. Shonna Smith, Clerk & Master By: Susan Graves, DCM (4tp 3/23)

Math-A-Thon and raising critical funds for St. Jude,” said Ashley Pickard, coordinator of the event. “Every dollar raised will help support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children in communities worldwide. I would like to thank the

COUNTY MAYOR READS TO PRESCHOOLERS - Tom Witherspoon came and read his favorite childhood Dr. Seuss book “Bears on Wheels” for Ms. Katie and Mrs. Katrina’s Yorkville preschool class. They celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday all week with many fun and crazy activities! The children love ‘Mr. Spoon’ and it was a literacy experience they will never forget!

orientation for freshmen in housing, admissions and the week before classes). financial aid. Students should attend In order to attend SOAR, both SOAR and First-Year students must have applied Initiative prior to the fall for admission and received a semester. tentative or final acceptance Students and parents letter. Advance SOAR will participate in a registration is required. For variety of informational more information about sessions such as those on SOAR, call the office of student health services, admissions toll free at 1public safety, bookstore, 800-829-UTM1 or 731-881student employment and 7027. Online registration is other topics. Additional also available at www.utm. concurrent sessions also edu. are scheduled for students and parents with topics including student activities, Greek life, housing and meal plans. Administrative offices will be open and students and parents will get additional time to visit with UT Martin personnel NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

In obedience to a Decree entered on January 18, 2011 in the Chancery Court of the Twenty-Eighth Judicial District of Gibson County Tennessee at Trenton: IN THE MATTER OF: THE ESTATE OF HILDA HUGHEY, Deceased, ROGER EDMONDS, Executor (Rule Docket #19897-P), I will on: MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 AT 2:00PM

SUBSTITUTE’S TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE WHEREAS, in a Deed of Trust dated August 6, 2009, and of record in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee, in Official Record Book 938, Pages 1948-1953; JOHNNY DALE MORRIS and wife, JANA MORRIS, did convey in trust, a certain tract of real estate hereinafter described, to secure the payment of an indebtedness as evidenced by a Promissory Note, to the Citizens City and County Bank, a division of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Trezevant, Trenton, Tennessee; being incorporated by reference and description herein; and WHEREAS, the undersigned was appointed the Substitute Trustee and authorized by said document of record in ORV 954, Page 418, and, WHEREAS, default has been made in the payment of said indebtedness and the holder of same has requested the undersigned to foreclose said Trust Deed, NOW, THEREFORE, by the virtue of the authority in me vested as Substitute Trustee under the said instrument, I will on the 23rd day of March, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., offer for sale and sell the same in front of the south door of the courthouse in Gibson County, TN, to the last, highest and best bidder for cash in hand and in bar of equity of redemption in homestead rights the following described tracts of land, situated in the 21st Civil District of Gibson County, State of Tennessee, shown on Map 47M, Group F, Parcel 7.00 in the Assessor’s Office for Gibson County, and more particularly described as follows: A certain tract of land in the Town of Dyer in the 21st Civil District and having a house on the same and bounded as follows: on the south by East College Street, on the East by Robinson (formerly Fry), on the north by City of Dyer (formerly Landrum), and on the west by Gladhill (formerly W.R. Landrum). INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION BUT HEREBY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED IS THE FOLLOWING TRACT SOLD BY MARY JOHNSON TO BENJAMIN E. GLADHILL AND WIFE, GEORGIA MARIE GLADHILL, WHICH IS DATED MARCH 21, 1977, AND IS RECORDED IN THE ROGCT AT OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK VOLUME 124, PAGE 609; BEGINNING at a stake at Grantee’s present southeast corner and Grantor’s old southwest corner; thence north 60 degrees east 25 feet to a stake being Grantor’s new southwest corner; thence north 36 degrees west 164 feet to a stake being Grantor’s new northwest corner at the south boundary of the City of Dyer property; thence south 60 degrees west with City of Dyer boundary and parallel with College Street 25 feet to Grantee’s old northeast corner; thence south 36 degrees east 164 feet to the point of beginning. This being a strip 25 feet wife by 164 feet long off the west side of Grantor’s lot.

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In the CHANCERY COURTROOM, Chancery Building, 204 North Court Square at Trenton, sell to the highest and best bidder the following described property at, Mill Street, Rutherford, TN. Lying and being situated in the 9th Civil District of Gibson County, Tennessee, and more particularly described as follows: TRACT #1 Situate and being in the 9th Civil District of Gibson County, within the corporate limits of the Town of Rutherford, Tennessee, and further described as follows, to-wit: Beginning at the northwest corner of the intersection of Mill Street and an alley; running thence west with the north margin of Mill Street, 22 feet to a stake at Mrs. Annie Hurst’s southeast corner; thence north with said Hurst’s east line, 66 feet to a stake; thence east 22 feet to west margin of alley; thence south with west margin of alley to beginning. (Same description as prior conveyance). This being the same property deeded from Donald Ray Rogers to Clinton C. Stewart and Hilda Hughey as joint tenants with right of survivorship dated 10/3/05 as recorded in ORV 875, Page 679 of the GCRO, Trenton, TN. MAP 31H Group E Parcel 13.00 TRACT #2 Lying and being in the 9th Civil District of Gibson County, within the Corporate limits of the Town of Rutherford, Tennessee, and further Described as follows, to-wit: BEGINNING at a stake in the South margin of Mill Street at the South edge of the sidewalk and Coy Landrum’s old Northeast corner; thence, southerly with Coy Landrum’s old boundary 94.5 feet to a stake in Mrs. Jewell’s Northeast corner; thence, easterly on a heading North 0° East, 40.5 feet to a stake; thence, North 0° 45’ West, 94.5 feet to a stake to the South edge of the sidewalk; thence, South 89° 10’ West, 40.5 feet to the point of beginning. This being the same property deeded from Clinton C. Stewart to Clinton C. Stewart and wife, Hilda Hughey dated 08/01/01 as recorded in ORV 656, Page 286 in the GCRO, Trenton, TN. Clinton C. Stewart died 07/17/08. Hilda Hughey died testate on 03/31/10.

(Description is the same as in prior recorded deed) SOURCE OF TITLE: Warranty Deed of record to Johnny Morris and wife, Jana Morris at VOL 926, Page 884, in the Register’s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee.

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TERMS OF SALE: Sale will be for cash to the highest and best bidder in bar of the equity of redemption, homestead and all other exemptions and as free and unencumbered.

Map 47 M Group F Parcel 7.00 Said Deed of Trust recites title as unencumbered, except as noted herein, but sale will be made as Trustee only, without covenants of seizing or warranties of title, and title will be made subject to any unpaid taxes and assessments and all valid restrictions, liens, covenants, or easements, if any, of record on said property. Your Trustee will sell and convey this property as Trustee only. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place of the sale set forth herein. DATED this the 25th day of February, 2011. /s/ J. Mark Johnson J. Mark Johnson, Substitute Trustee 124 East Court Square Trenton, Tennessee 38382 731-855-9584

The Clerk will sell according to the Rules of Chancery to be announced at the sale. IT IS ORDERED that this NOTICE be published for three (3) consecutive weeks in THE TRI CITY REPORT, a weekly newspaper in DYER, TN. This 18th day of February, 2011. s/Shonna Smith, Clerk and Master Special Commissioner 731-855-7639 Bill R. Barron 124 E. Court Square Trenton, TN 38382 (731)855-9584

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Miss Tennessee outstanding teen contestant has good coach Daughter of former Miss America competes in state teen pageant March 19 BY STEVE SHORT When Cassidy Sheppard of Milan competes in the Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen pageant this week she goes in confident her coach has given her good tips. Sheppard, 17, won the Miss Dyersburg crown in October. She vies for the Miss Tenn. Outstanding Teen title Saturday, March 19 at the NED, 314 East Main St. in Jackson at 6 p.m. The pageant is a division of Miss Tennessee. Tickets are $20 at the door. Cassidy’s “coach� is her mother, Kellye, former Miss

Tennessee and Miss America 1987. “She’s my coach, but instead of teaching me how to spike a volleyball or shoot a free throw, she has taught me how to model and perform and express myself in an interview,� said Cassidy, an All District volleyball player, basketball starter and junior class president at Milan. Her father, Todd coaches volleyball and boys basketball. Cassidy is also vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and sings with Youth Praise at First Baptist Church, Milan. “I think she’s doing something I’m not sure I could have done at her age,� said Kellye. “She’s much more

LOCAL STUDENT RECEIVES THE UNIVERSITY SERVICE AWARD – Andy Zarecor, of Yorkville, was recently awarded the University Service Award during the Greek Awards for 2011 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The University Service Award recognizes students who have been an important part of life on campus and in the Greek community, whether through their chapter, the Greek councils, or through their campus events and organizations. Congratulating Zarecoris Dr. Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs.

together and well rounded at her age than I was. I was in a high school of two-thousand students and never got to do sports. I was an accomplished pianist and sang and did drama. Cassidy does so many different things and is really well rounded.� Being the daughter of Miss America is intimidating but also positive, said Cassidy. “It has given me great opportunities to experience what scholarship pageants are really about,� she said. “I have seen firsthand that Miss Americas are just ordinary people who get the opportunity to do something extraordinary.� Cassidy is Miss Milan High School and First Maid in the 2010 West Tenn. Strawberry Festival Territorial Court. She entered the teen pageant because it is a division of Miss America with the same competitions - scholastic achievement, talent, physical fitness, interview, and community service. She will sing Jewel’s hit song, “Foolish Games.� “My community service platform is mentoring,� she said. “I really enjoy children and realize that some kids just need a boost of encouragement or help on homework. I am here to be that help.� “I was thrilled to win Miss Dyersburg Outstanding Teen. It has opened the door to so many new opportunities.� Does she dream of being a second generation Miss America? “Well sure; it has never happened before,� she said. “If that is what God has in store for me then I’d love to be the first.� Kellye says she separates being a “mom� from being

a pageant “coach.� “I don’t think I was her coach until recently,� said Kellye. “I’ve always been helping her with her ‘game,’ her posture, interview and singing, not knowing she would enter a pageant. A lot of contestants have coaches for voice and fitness. She hasn’t had to do that since she actually lives with one. At times I’ll be very encouraging and motherly, but at other times I’ll be objective and tell her just because you win or don’t win, it’s just the opinion of a few judges. But I’ve been involved with Miss America since I won and know what’s current.� Kellye previously served on the board for the Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen pageant. Come Saturday she will be another nervous mom

in the audience. “Oh my goodness I’ll be nervous and in mother mode,� she said. “At the last pageant I was very nervous wondering what she was thinking and wishing I could talk to her. I’ll

be praying and asking God to bless her and calm her nerves. She knows if she loses I’ll hug her and love her and be her mom, but I’ll also be objective and tell her the other girl was good.�

FORMER MISS AMERICAS - Former Miss Americas convened in Las Vegas in February at the 2011 pageant in the largest group of former winners. Among those attending were Kellye Cash Sheppard of Milan (right), Miss America 1987; Heather Whitestone (left), Miss America 1995 and the first and only deaf Miss America; and Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989 and a host of the national TV show “Fox and Friends.� Sheppard’s daughter, Cassidy (top photo), will compete March 19th in the Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen pageant in Jackson.

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