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State Rep. Halford joins TN State Guard

Sherry Elliott

Elliott named Relay for Life Honorary Chair for Dyer BY CINDY EAST Sherry Elliott has been named one of the Gibson – North Relay For Life Honorary Chairpersons for Dyer. She was diagnosed in September of 2013 with carcinoma, a common cancer, in her spine and also a plural sack. Elliott said she had pain in her back for about a year. She thought it was pain from shingles and told her doctor that is what she thought it was, so no further testing was done at that time. Her daughter, Kim Pillow, talked her into going to a pain specialist. That doctor sent her for scans and a biopsy, which led to her diagnosis. “If I had gone sooner they could have done surgery and it would have helped a lot,” said Elliott. “If anyone has pain that persists a month see page 2

County to receive funds to reduce tobacco use Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join other state and local officials on Thursday, June 5, at the Gibson County Health Department in Trenton to present $33,085 in funding as part of the Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program. Each county in Tennessee will receive funding during this three-year program to reduce the burden of tobacco use in the state. All counties are challenged to set goals and select one or more projects that address three topics: eliminating smoking during pregnancy; reducing infants’ and children’s exposure to second-hand smoke; and preventing child and adolescent tobacco use. Gibson County will focus its first-year projects on eliminating smoking during pregnancy and reducing infants’ and children’s exposure to second-hand smoke. Funding from the Tobacco Settlement was provided to see page 2

State Representative Curtis Halford (R–Dyer) recently joined the Tennessee State Guard during an official swearing-in ceremony that took place in Nashville. Rep. Halford was sworn in by Tennessee State Guard Commanding General, Brigadier General Kenneth Takasaki. The appointment, made by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, designates Rep. Halford as a non-uniformed member of the State Guard. He will serve as a special assistant to General Takasaki in responding to calls by the Governor for assistance with disaster relief, humanitarian causes,

medical support, and assisting the National Guard to ensure the well-being and safety of the citizenry of Tennessee. The Tennessee State Guard is headquartered in Nashville and consists of approximately 500 personnel. “I am honored to be asked to serve,” Rep. Halford said following the swearing-in ceremony. “It is a privilege to work with General Takasaki and the fine men and women of the Tennessee State Guard.” For more information about the Tennessee State Guard, visit http://www. see page 3

State Rep. Curtis Halford and Brigadier General Kenneth Takasaki

Volunteers Recognized

NEW SIGN – A new sign will be erected on the park’s football building commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Jones Volunteer Park. The sign honors Ted Jones and the members of the first park committee. The park committee was established to oversee the operation of the park. Members of that committee that were present are (from left) Clovis Walker, James Connor, Mrs. Fred Baier, and Carol Pack. Jane Eddlemon, wife of the late Billy Eddlemon represented him on on his behalf. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

Rutherford celebrates 30 years of Jones Volunteer Park BY LORI CATHEY A special ceremony was held in Rutherford Saturday, May 31st in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Jones Volunteer Park. The celebration drew a crowd of over 60. The ceremony began at ten o’clock in the morning at the pavilion area of the park. The Master of Ceremonies, Rutherford baseball league President Micah McVay, welcomed everyone and Boy Scout Troop 243 led everyone in the Pledge of the Allegiance. McVay introduced the guest speaker for the occasion, Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon. Witherspoon read the following information: “How do you describe what happened to a plot of land that had some time before stood in water but now was developed into a unique recreational park, with playground equipment, a concession stand, and four complete lighted ball fields? Several citizens recognized the need for better recreational facilities for Rutherford and the surrounding communities and refused to take no for an answer. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baier took this need and approached Mr. Ted Jones who owned land here in Rutherford. They went to Mr. Jones with the intent of buying some land to build the park, but Jones decided that he would donate 13 acres for this purpose. To begin with, a group of dedicated people gathered their moms, dads, grandpas, volunteer coaches, umpires, carpenters, brick masons; from toddlers to senior citizens, it made no difference, anyone and everyone could be of use. From garden rakes to wire stretchers to back hoes, it took all kinds of tools to shape it. The long-time dream was fulfilled on May 26, 1984, with a special dedication ceremony that was held at the park to dedicate the 13 acres of land that

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had been donated by Ted Jones and the Jones family. The park was appropriately named Jones Volunteer Park in honor of Ted Jones and the Jones family and in recognition of the volunteers, too numerous to mention by name, who had donated their money, time, and labor to the construction and continuing development of the park. When the park first opened it had three lighted ball fields, two baseball fields and a football field. The first ball field closest to the highway was used for Babe Ruth and softball. The back baseball field was used for T-ball and Little League and the football field was used by Rutherford Jr. High School. The first ballgame was a Babe Ruth game and it was played at the park on Thursday, May 3, 1984. April 2, 2006 is a day this community will never forget. It is the day a tornado came through and totally wiped out our park. The entire park was gone. But with the volunteering spirit of our community, everyone came together and rebuilt our park. Along with rebuilding our three previous ball fields, another ball field was added. This ball field was built for the purpose of softball. We currently have T-ball, Little League and softball teams that play summer league ball at the park. During the fall, the Gibson County Youth Football League, which consists of flag football for grades K-2 and tackle football for grades 3-6, plays here. We still operate and fund this park through volunteers. If you look around, you see many signs hanging on the ball fields. Area businesses pay a small fee each year to advertise. Each of our ball teams are sponsored by area businesses, which covers the cost of uniforms. We would like to say thanks to our businesses that advertise and sponsor our ball teams. We depend on see page 2

Softball tourney to benefit Relay For Life The Tri-City Reporter and the Humboldt Chronicle will sponsor the Good News Softball Tournament to benefit Relay for Life Gibson – North and Relay for Life Humboldt. The tournament is slated for June 14 at Spangler Sports Complex in Humboldt, Tenn. at 9 a.m. until the champions are crowned. This will be a men’s double elimination format with both upper and lower division brackets. To register, email news@ or news@ or phone 731-692-3506 or 731-7842531, or after hours, phone 731-414-3133. Come out and play, or stop by to watch some fun softball action. Concessions will be available.

Dyer board awards car bids The City of Dyer Board of Mayor and Alderpersons met in regular session, Monday, May 12, 2014. The board approved bids for the Dyer surplus vehicles and for pothole paving. The May 26th meeting was canceled due to the Memorial Day holiday. Those present for the meeting were Mayor Chris Younger, Alderpersons Judy Baker, Richard Reed, Belinda Oliver, Bitsy Gilliland, Joe Gathings, Michael Barron, Robert Johnson, and Marilyn Williamson. The City Attorney, Brandon Newman, was present. Gilliland made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 28, 2014 regular meeting. The motion was approved. Among the visitors were Gary Baker and Tom Mikkelsen. Baker, of Elm Street, addressed the board and announced his candidacy for Gibson County Commissioner. Mikkelsen addressed the board concerning the current state of downtown. see page 2

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Elliott named Relay For Life Honorary Chair

LEADING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Boy Scouts from Troop 243 led in the Pledge of Allegiance at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Jones Volunteer Park.They are Trey Baker, Travis Watson, Reese McVay, Luke Stafford, and Andrew Alexander. (photo by Lori Cathey)

Rutherford celebrates from page 1 the profits of our concession stand to help with the on going projects. This year our intent is to start constructing a building for batting cages. We have received some donations but not enough to complete the project. Our goal is to have it completed by next spring. Today, we celebrate 30 years of Jones Volunteer Park and would like to recognize the first park committee that was established to oversee the operation of the park. The first park committee was Mrs. Lelabelle Baier, chairman, Carol Pack, secretary, E.C.

Eddings, treasurer, Billy Eddlemon, Bob White, Vicky Kugler, James Connor and Clovis Walker. Along with this park committee, we would like to recognize all the volunteers, too many to mention by name, that dedicated their time and labor to making our park what it is today. As our ball programs continue to grow, we urge you to spend a little time volunteering at the park. Let’s keep our park going for another 30 years!” Witherspoon said, “Over the years I’ve learned there are two types of people. Those that say ‘let’s not’

and those that say ‘let’s try.’ Now, let’s play some ball! Don’t forget to stop by the concession stand!”

Tom Witherspoon

County to receive funds from page 1 the Tennessee Department of Health for fiscal years 2014-16 to address the state’s high rate of tobacco use and prevent expensive related medical costs. The plan to distribute $15 million over three years has been generated with input from all 95 counties. This plan includes a variety of projects to target behaviors designed to protect the

health of Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations: unborn babies, pregnant women and children. Scheduled to attend the presentation on June 5 at 1 p.m. are John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health; Leslie Humphreys, MPA, Assistant Commissioner for Community Health Services, TDH; Marilyn

Barnes, West Regional Health Director, Tennessee Department of Health; Danna Taylor, Gibson County Health Director, Tennessee Department of Health; Tom Witherspoon, Gibson County Mayor; and State Rep. Curtis Halford, District 79 The Gibson County Health Department is located at 1250 Manufacturer’s Row in Trenton.

IT’S YOUR MONEY! It’s your money, and Chuck Arnold hasn’t forgot that since the first day he took office. That’s why one of his top priorities has always been to save your tax dollars in every way possible, and the results are: 7 years of returning budgeted money to the county rather than asking for more. 7 years of clean audits from the TN Comptrollers Office, thus avoiding costly corrections. 7 years of passing state jail inspections, thus avoiding extremely costly modifications, lawsuits and possible closure. 7 years of prisoner video arraignments increasing safety for the public and saving Gibson Co. thousands of dollars in manpower. 7 years of closely guarded inmate work crews doing 100’s of hours of public service saving thousands of dollars each week. 7 years of working hard every day to use your tax dollars as wisely as possible, keeping Gibson county not only safe but financially sound as well.

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from page 1 or more – go get it checked out! Don’t put it off! There are so many people from the west Tennessee area that have cancer and they don’t know it.” Elliott began radiation treatment in October 2013. When she finished that she started chemotherapy. Her treatment began at the Cancer Center in Jackson but her doctor moved to the Kirkland Cancer Center and she is still taking treatments there as a precaution. “The Kirkland Cancer Center is so nice. I take my treatments relaxing a nice heated recliner in a private cubicle. I have not had any problems with my treatments other than

the first one. I had to be hospitalized after that one. I’m not sick any more, and my cancer is now in remission. I’ve done really well in a short time,” added Elliott. “I’ve had lots of support from family and friends but I could not have gotten through this without my God. I could not have gotten this far. I appreciate all the cards, phone calls and prayers from everybody. I’d like to thank my husband Larry and my daughter Kim. They have been wonderful. I also want to thank my mother, Shirley Cooper, who has been my rock,” said Elliott. Elliott worked for many years as a beautician in a

shop in her home. She has been unable to continue working since her illness. She has also done some baby sitting over the years and claims the girls as her ‘daughters.’ Among these special girls are the daughters of Carol Zimmerman, Boo Zimmerman, Sylvanna Flowers, and Ginger Zimmerman. She still babysits Anna Barron, daughter of Michael and Paula Barron. “They have all been great during my illness,” added Elliott. Elliott plans to attend the Relay For Life on June 20th at Rutherford’s Jones Volunteer Park. “I would like to encourage everyone to come out and support our Relay and help raise money.”

Dyer board awards from page 1 He said, “It takes money to make money. If the town doesn’t invest money, it’ll never grow.” Mikkelsen encouraged the board to invest in new building projects downtown. Mayor Younger asked the City Attorney to open and read aloud the bids for the surplus police cars. Results were as follows: Friends Auto bid $2,468 on the 2006 model, $2,568 on the first 2007 and $2,518 on the second 2007. Clay Anderson bid $5,505 on the 2006 but did not bid on the other vehicles. Chicago Motors bid $3,407 each on vehicle. Willy Yarbrough bid $3,000 on the 2006, $3,001 on the 2007 and $3,002 on the second 2007. Welcome Motors bid $3,111 on the 2006 model, and $3,111 on each of the 2007 models. Asia Motors bid $3,495 on the 2006, $3,195 on the first 2007 and $3,395 on the second 2007 model. A motion was made by Johnson to award the 2006 Chevrolet Impala (VIN ending 0094) to Clary Anderson for $5,505. The motion was approved. Johnson made a motion to award the 2007 Chevrolet Impalas (VINs ending 1136 and 2027) for $3,407.00 each to Chicago Motors. The motion was approved. Mayor Younger asked the City Attorney to open and read aloud bids for pothole paving. The only bidder was

Pavement Restoration, Inc. for $20,950. A motion was made by Baker to accept all bids. The motion was approved. Baker then made a motion to award the pothole bids to Pavement Restoration (PRI) for $20,950. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Baker to cancel the May 26, 2014 regular board meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday. The motion was approved. Mayor Younger reported to the board that had received a price of $650 from Sowell Boys to remove the trees and clean up at 248 Lee St. Johnson made a motion to authorize $650 to Sowell Boys to remove and clean up the trees at 248 Lee St. The motion was approved. In Department Reports Street Superintendent Steven Tucker asked the board to approve the purchase of a new 25 gallon tank used to spray herbicide. The previous tank was damaged. Johnson made the motion to approve up to $180 for the purchase of a new 25 gallon tank. Water Superintendent Randy Gregory informed the board that divers had completed the inspection of the water tanks. On the Parkview tank, the inspectors experienced problems because wind had moved the access ladder in such a way that it could not be reached. The ladder was eventually retrieved. The divers reported that

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the paint on the interior has deteriorated somewhat since the last inspection. They recommend considering refurbishment in the next 2-3 years; Gregory thinks perhaps five years. Alderman Johnson inquired about the cost. Gregory estimates at least $300,000. A motion was made by Water & Sewer Committee Chair Williamson to authorize up to $600 for the Mike Cooper Tournament weekend for the rental of portable toilets and associated services. The motion was approved. In Committee Reports Public Safety Committee Chair Baker asked Fire Chief Roger Worrell to explain the benefits of a monitoring system. Worrell said that Central Control has invested in a monitoring system for the county fire frequency. The system monitors antennas, the radio, the signal strength, etc. and notifies them with an alarm if any errors are detected. Central Control has invested $30,000 in the system. Area Wide Communications provided a quote of $3,175 to add Dyer’s Fire frequency to the system. A motion was made by Baker to authorize $3,175 for the fire frequency monitoring system. The motion was approved. A motion was made by Building Committee Chair Bitsy Gilliland to purchase signs for City Hall noting the “No Smoking, No Alcohol, No Weapons” policies in effect. The old signs will be left at the old building. The motion was approved. Beautification Committee Chair Baker said that the cost of the pots that are normally placed around downtown has increased this year to $50 each. The board had no objections to Baker seeking pricing and proceeding at her own discretion. Public Safety Committee Chair Baker read aloud a letter from Fire Captain Roy Morris. Morris will have served the Dyer Fire Department for 51 years on June 3, 2014 and would like to resign effective that date. Baker made a motion to accept Morris’s resignation from the Dyer Fire Department effective June 3, 2014 and to appoint Morris an Emeritus Fire Captain of the Dyer Fire Department. The motion was approved. In New Business Gilliland made a motion to approve PO 7906 to American Development Corporation for $745 for water and wastewater chemicals. The motion was approved. Gilliland made a motion to pay the city’s general accounts. The motion was approved.

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Insight & Opinion

One size fits nobody

Clayburn Peeples reports: I was trying to purchase a pair of slacks the other day, and I tried on a pair of size 38. They fell off me. “Well,” I thought, “I must have lost weight,” so I dropped down to a size 36. They were too big too. Even better. The store didn’t have size 34 in that style so I tried on a 36 in another brand. I could barely get into them, they were so small. I was about to give up when I found a pair that didn’t come in specific numerical sizes at all, just small, medium, large and extra-large. “I’m not going there,” I said to myself, but recently I have discovered that all shoppers might be confronted with that sort of sizing configuration in the near future for everything they wear. It’s called “alpha sizing” in the clothing industry. That’s the term they use for

a simplified apparel sizing system where two, and sometimes three, numerical sizes, say 6 and 8 in dresses, are combined to form an “alpha size” such as small or medium. The entire retail clothing industry is now trending in this direction. Time was when women’s sizes ranged from 0 to 16. Now with alpha sizing, in some lines only five choices are offered. Why is this happening? Money. Retailers love alpha sizing, because it cuts their cost and lowers their inventories. Online merchants love it because it makes Internet shopping more efficient. Another thing driving the move to alpha sizing is the use of new stretchy fabrics like Lycra, which makes each size wearable by a larger number of people. That, plus the surging popularity of what is now

called “ath-leisure” clothing, or “soft dressing” as others prefer to call it Still others call it the sloppy look, but those people’s opinions no longer count. The mass fashion companies are nearly all betting their immediate futures on the trend toward yoga gear, some calling it “the new denim.” Workout gear is now seen regularly at restaurants and offices and sometimes even at churches. “It makes sense,” GAP’s CEO said recently, “since so many of us are not actually working out in our workout gear.” No kidding. But this movement away from numerical sizes toward sizes with just letters, like S, M and L, doesn’t explain why we can’t figure out what size pants or dresses to buy anymore, even when they do use numerical sizing. Something else is going on here, the second

Pages from the Past 10 YEARS AGO JUNE 3, 2004 The North Gibson Relay For Life will hold this year’s relay at the David Robinson Park in Dyer on June 11th. Honorary Chairpersons for the event are Peggy Locher of Dyer, David Wingo of Bradford, and Harry Jetton of Yorkville. Jetton is a cancer survivor, He has participated in the Relay since 1995 when it was first held in the Yorkville City Park. In 1996, Jetton had surgery for cancer. His only sibling, sister Marion, died of cancer in 1994. Dyer Station Celebration hosted a Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery Sunday, May 30. Guest speaker Captain Corey Kinton gave an excellent speech on the meaning of Memorial Day and the debt we owe to those patriots who have kept our nation free. Sara Jennings, daughter of Edward and Karen Jennings of Kenton, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen Tennessee Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held July 23-25 at the Holiday Inn in Memphis. Pre-Teen Tennessee is a by-invitation only scholarship and recognition event involving young ladies seven to 12 years of age based on their school academic records, awards, and honors won and/or their participation in outside activities.

their time by contacting numerous businesses to invest in the Chamber of Commerce. Teams captains for the Tri-City area who are volunteering to help with the membership drive are Bill Carey, Dyer, Frances Emerson, Rutherford, Tom Bock, Kenton and Joy Wallsmith, Chamber Director. 50 YEARS AGO June 4, 1964 Miss Edwana Boucher, a graduate of Dyer High School, received her B.A. Degree from Union University Monday, June 1st, where she majored in English and minored in Secondary Education. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Baird. The $250 cash scholarship from the Dyer Thompson Jones Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9635 was awarded to Janice Hutchison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hutchison, Jr. at Dyer High School graduation exercises Friday night.

25 YEARS AGO June 8, 1989 According to Gibson CountyElectionCommission results, Kenton now has a new mayor. George W. Farris, City Judge, defeated incumbent Mayor Damon Cross by a handy 148 votes. In the race for aldermen positions, the winners are Sarah E. Skinner, taking 377 votes; Daniel Sharp, taking 356 votes, Shirley Ann Clark, taking 288 votes; Lester E. Davis, taking 275 votes R.L. Landrum, taking 268 votes; and James R. Jackson, taking 256 votes. Taking the City Judge position is Charles Crouson with 339 votes. The major responsibility of the Greater Gibson County Area Chamber of Commerce is the community’s economic wellbeing. It works to increase wealth and prosperity by facilitating the growth of existing businesses and fostering the establishment of new ones. Key business leaders will be volunteering

State Rep. Halford from page 1 Curtis Halford is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and as a member of the House House

Government Operations Committee. He lives in Dyer, TN and represents District 79, which includes Gibson County and a portion of Carroll County. He can be reached by email at rep.curtis. or by calling (615) 741-7478.

major movement changing the retail clothing industry these days, called “vanity sizing.” Still wearing the same size dress or slacks you did in college? Don’t feel too smug about that. It may be that as you have grown, your clothes did too. So much so, that today’s size 0 was a size 8, as recently as 1978. Clothing sizing has changed to accommodate our changing size population. How much has it changed? Well, if you are an average size American woman today, you’re about 5’4” tall and weigh 155 pounds. Forty years ago, an average American woman would’ve been 5’4” tall too, but she would have weighed only 135 pounds. And 40 years ago, today’s 155 pound woman would’ve been wearing a size 16 dress. Today she can probably fit easily into a size 10 because of “vanity” size shifts. The same thing is happening with men’s slacks, where the changes really don’t make any sense. If a man has a 36-inch waist, he should be able to buy a pair of 36 inch slacks, right? But what if you used to wear 36 inch slacks but have eaten your way to a 39-inch waist? Believe it or not, there are major brands that sell size 36 inch slacks that

actually measure 39 inches in the waist, and some that measure up to 41 inches. Others measure 38 or 39 inches, which brings up another problem with both alpha and vanity sizing. It’s not uniform across brands; it’s all over the board. You might wear a size 6 dress at Talbots, a size 8 at J. Peterman, and a size 2 or 4 at Old Navy. Why can’t sizes today be the same dimensions that they were 40 years ago? According to industry spokespersons, it’s our fault. If a woman who was a size 6, say, ten years ago, thinks she still is a size 6, when she tries on a true size 6, and finds it to be too small, she usually will not try on a larger size. She may, however, go to a different store and move to a brand with a “size 6” that fits her better. Not only that, her perception of the brand that no longer fits will decline as well, because the better our

clothes make us feel about ourselves, the more we like the company making those clothes. Now if we were rational shoppers, we wouldn’t care what the label says; we’d buy whatever fits, but most people aren’t rational about clothing purchases. That’s why vanity sizing came about, and that’s why it’s here to stay. Merchants are trying to flatter us, and flattery works. But if you’re not in the mood to be flattered, you can exclusively shop brands that offer the new alpha sizes. Then you can buy the same S, M, or L size garment, almost forever, without ever having to suffer the indignity of up sizing. Of course alpha sizing also means that at least two out of three shoppers will have to settle, at any given time, for clothes that don’t truly fit them at all. But hey, who worries about that anymore?


Mayor Tom “Spoon” Witherspoon The upcoming election for Gibson County Mayor is a simply matter of looking past election year political hype and looking at the facts based on where we were in 2010, where we are now in 2014 and where we are headed. Let’s look at the facts -

General Fund Balance Clean State Audit Report Audit Committee Unemployment Credit Rating Tax Rate (stabilization)

2010 2.1 million NO NO 18.6% A $.94

2014 5.4 million YES YES 10.5 % (-44%) A+ $.94

Mayor Witherspoon has worked hard for the people of Gibson County to keep our ¿scal house in order, provide workforce training and opportunity and carry forth a positive message of hope to our workers both present and future. While progress has been made, there is much hard work left to be done. We feel certain that Mayor Witherspoon has the energy, attitude, experience and work ethic to continue to serve the people on a one-onone basis and keep Gibson County moving FOWARD.

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Sims celebrate 50th wedding anniverary Janice and Harold Sims of Rutherford will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Their children Melanie and Jimmy Butler, Michael Sins, and Marc and Angela Sims will honor them with a reception at the Woodmen of the World

Activities Building in Rutherford between the hours of 2 to 4 p.m. Janice and Harold are also the proud grandparents of Abbie Sims, Josh and Jacob Butler. All friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend. No gifts please, your attendance is your gift.

Keely Mill By Diane Hamlin Our Sunday school hour began with everyone standing and singing the hymn ‘Thanks to God.’ Scott Fields opened us in prayer. We dismissed to our classes. Keith Hamlin opened the adult class in prayer before doing a good job teaching us our lesson ‘When Your World Crumbles’ from Ezekiel 1-6. The Lord can and does use times of crisis to help believers grow in their faith. Carolyn Vandegriffe closed us in prayer. Our Sunday morning worship hour began with Elaine Fields playing the piano and Mike Fields and the church choir leading us in our offertory hymn ‘Standing on the Promises.’

Keith Hamlin opened us in prayer. We wished Carolyn Vandegriffe and Bro. John Fields a happy birthday. Mike Fields welcomed everyone and made our announcements. The choir then led the congregation in the hymns ‘Tell It to Jesus’ and ‘Victory through Grace.’ Bro. John Fields delivered our morning message from Psalm 119:11. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Mike Fields dismissed services in prayer as the hymn ‘Pass me Not, O Gentle Saviour’ was sung. Read your Bibles, pray for our churches and may God Bless you with a good week.

Wednesday evening our minister, Brother Corey Meggs spoke on ‘Training the Church for action.’ Should training be a one-time thing or an ongoing activity? We all need training but we must use the training. The scripture was Luke 10:30-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Priest and the Levite both had training but did not use it to help the wounded travelers. The Samaritan took pity bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine. Then took him to an inn and cared for him even giving money. Jesus said for us to go and do likewise. Friday evening we enjoyed the singing of Kenneth McEwen, The Nelons and New hope’s own balladeers, The McEwens. We welcomed many visitors who are always our honored guests. Sunday morning Brother Corey preached on ‘Staying in step with the Holy Spirit’ or which way are we walking?’ After salvation there is a tug of war between our sinful mature and Christ’s Nature. Each day we must live by Christ’s spirit.

We may find its fruit in Galatians 5:22 & 23; this can be a test for us. We cannot earn salvation but must set our eyes and hearts on Jesus. In a brief business meeting we elected our newest Deacon, David McEwen. Congratulations, David! Sunday evening Brother Corey spoke on ‘Why ministry matters’ from II Corinthians 3 and 4 Paul was using a comparison of the Old Covenant with the New. He looks at the story of Moses and the 10 commandments, and the glory Moses had coming down the mountain, so glorious he used a veil to hide it. Paul preached to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles. Verse 18 tells us we must reflect the Lord’s glory as we are transformed into his likeness. This comes only from the Lord and his Spirit. The Sprit of god uses the Word of God to make us the Son of God. Drivers, school is out, be careful for our children. Have you heard the local name for an Armadillo, Possum on a half-shell?

North Union The sanctuary, classrooms, hallway, and activities building were all decorated in the theme Son Treasure Island for Bible school beginning June 2 thru June 6. It all looked so real for this occasion. For our children’s moment we even got a VBS promotional skit giving us a taste of what is happening next week.. A true treasure of God’s love. The title ‘Where Kids Discover God’s Love.’ Chelsea Joyce lead in prayer. Thanks to Chelsea our VBS director, and all who helped make this event possible. Wednesday night Bible Study is cancelled due to Vacation Bible School being in session. Bro. Chris titled his sermons from now til after Father’s Day ‘Children.’ The parents

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role is to teach the children. Wrong teaching goes against the law of God. God placed parents over children. With many scriptures he told it is better to learn self control and abstain from sin. If you do not bring your children back in line then who will? Chad Murray asked that we lift up our family church members in prayer. Happy delayed birthday was sung to Ann Taylor. We have been collecting money for Gibson County Birth Choice Baby bottles and this will continue until June 15. Lauren and Dylan Hester’s wedding shower at 2 pm on June 8 has been changed to a tea so we don’t have to wrap the gifts. Performers are needed for out 5th Sunday singing on June 29th.

Community Calendars NORTHWEST TN DEVELOPMENT MEETING The Northwest Tennessee Development District Executive Committee and Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency Policy Council will meet in regular session at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Northwest Tennessee Development District and human Resource Agency conference room located at 124 Weldon Drive, Martin, TN 38237. EXPO MINI-TRACTOR PULL Mini-Tractor Pull ‘Rarin to go’ will be June 7th at 5 p.m. at the West TN Expo Center in Dyer. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available.

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Welcome baby boy Weston Thomas Brent and Valli Smith of Rutherford are proud to announce the birth of their son, Weston Thomas Smith. Weston arrived at 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Jackson Madison County General

Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. and 20 inches long. Weston is welcomed by his grandparents Don and Tammy Hall of Greenfield, Tommy Carolyn Smith of Rutherford and his big sister, Kinley.

The Grapevine By Sarah Skinner We had wonderful at St. Paul Sunday morning. Pastor Willie Pounds delivered a wonderful message. His topic ‘The three fold nature of man’ was found in Romans 8: 1-9 and other scripture. The mass choir provided the music. The women department blessed us with a spirit filled devotion. Last Wednesday through Friday nights, You Revival was held at St. Paul. Minister Antonio Robertson was the very fine speaker. We thank Beech Grove Rutherford’s youth choir for the music on Wednesday night and Cloras Chapel CPC of Dyer’s Praise team for the music on Thursday night and to all visitors who were there each night. We had wonderful service on the fourth Sunday in May. Our Annual Memorial Service, Coles Day was held at 3 p.m. with Male Chorus singing. We

thank New Victory and St. Paul Male Choruses and Paul Lancaster for a beautiful song service and Rodney Alford for his reading. Michael C. Fisher of Atlanta, Ga. Darlene Miller, Dana Miller, Bonnie Taylor and Phillis Atkinson of St. Louis, Mo., Sophie Covington and John G. Moore of Indianapolis, IN., and Jason Keishae Moore of Rochester Hills, MI. represented the Cole family. They are keeping their mothers dream alive. I thank God I am feeling some better. I have been going to doctors appointments and in so much pain that I have not felt like writing my column. I am so thankful that Lil Sarah is home from school and taking care of me, with the help of James, Michelle and Rodney. I thank God for loving family members. God bless and have a good week.

Golden Agers With hearty appetites for food, fun, and fellowship with the Lord and each other, nineteen Golden Agers met May 28 to climax the month of May. President Gary Baker began the morning’s session by reading selections from Psalm 26 and he and Anthony Warren delivered the prayers of the morning. Anthony delivered good news that his wife Teresa is free of cancer and will not have radiation at least until September. Our own Kay Rayfield is stable but is still in ICU in Regional Hospital in Jackson, recovering from difficulties of COPD. We prayed for them and for others including our own Kenneth McEwen and for Brother Kenneth Sparkman, a former director of missions of the Gibson County Baptist Association. Especially to in our hearts of prayer were the 17 mission volunteers from Dyer FBC that will be serving the Lord in Ecuador May 31 to June 7. With a rowdy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ we celebrated birthdays of Brother Jerry and Betty Legg,

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realizing the miracle of this birthday for Jerry Legg and his ability to preach at all services in Ecuador on Sunday, June 1. Yet every birthday is a miracle for all of us as is every breath. The Lord is good. (All the time.) Completing our music, Carolyn Temple and Anne Thompson led everyone in singing ‘Send the Light’ and ‘Rescue the Perishing.’ Pastor of Dyer FBC DeWayne Goodgine brought the morning’s devotional from Matt 28:20, the great commission. He equated the lack of urgency to the message in our secular world to an attitude f ennui from a fireman, policeman, or doctor if an emergency had arisen. And yet we read and quote that scripture with casualness. It is incredulous that Christians don’t tell others about Hell… about Jesus, who desires a relationship with all and wants everyone to have the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life with Him. A Christian has a privilege of giving, serving, and spending time with the Lord and telling others about those experiences.


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Bell donates hair for a good cause BY WILLIAM G. MCFARLAND So we have all heard the expression ‘Hare today, gone tomorrow’ at some point in our lifetimes. Yep, we sure have. Well, Betty Bell just witnessed that a week ago except ‘hare’ was spelled ‘hair.’ Betty has always been one with a ‘quest’ in her lifetime whether that be in the classroom, church, or community. So with good intentions, she visited Emily Oliver at her Love at First Cut Salon for a ‘Hair Change.’ This recent quest had a three fold purpose. Betty’s hair quest story could be likened somewhat to the story of Samson in the Bible. No razor was ever to cut his hair because his strength was great as long as he had the untouched hair on his head. However, the razor got him and eventually resulted in his death. No good came from his cut hair! Now the Betty story is a bit different. Scissors had not visited her hair in over 25 years until Betty sat down in the chair for her cut. Unlike Samson, Betty’s goods/intentions are excellent. And people will be stronger with her generosity. She calls it stepping up and in that stepping up 24 inches of her hair was cut; she plans to donate it to Locks of Love in order that it might be used to make a wig for someone who has cancer. So, with that in mind the second of her threefold quest goes into motion. Betty encourages

all who go to the salons/ barber shops for their weekly appointment to add a dollar to their payment and let that money go to the Gibson - North Relay for Life which will be held June 20. And, as part of that second of the threefold, Betty encourages you to donate so much per inch of her cut hair to relay. (if you would like) Finally, the third of her three fold is her new look and quite different it is. Yes, ‘Hair today, Gone tomorrow’ describes Betty’s look. You know Relay for Life people are always looking for new ways to raise money for this ‘silent killer cause.’ This innovative idea hatched by some Relay members is a good one. Team members encourage you to think about donations and to make them. Every dollar will help. Make your donations to Ann Abbott or William McFarland for the ‘Hair today, Gone Tomorrow’ cause.

Sunday School for Shut-Ins By Mary King When you’re ready please read Judges 6:31. Joash was proud of his son and renamed him, Jerubaal, which means ‘Let Ball plead.’ Now the enemies of Gideon’s country gathered against them; but God hadn’t left out anything. A long time before this, God had given orders concerning the trumpets; ‘When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God and you will be saved from your enemies’ Numbers 10:9(NKJV). The Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon and he raised the trumpet. When he blew the trumpet, armies came to his side. Gideon knew that God had raised him up to be a judge to deliver the people from their enemies (Judges 2:16). The armies of Manasseh, and Asher and Zebulun, and Naphtali gathered with Gideon. All at once, Gideon had an army of 30,000 warriors. No one would dare call him anything but General Lumberjack – the one who cut down trees (Judges 7:3). Gideon’s dad brought up a good point: He cut down the groves but the people of the

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Lyla celebrates her 1st birthday Lyla Draper turned one year old on May 18th. She celebrated with a Minnie Mouse birthday party at her church, Beech Grove Baptist Church in Dyer. Her friends and relatives helped her celebrate. She is the beautiful daughter of josh and Amanda Draper of Trenton, and

granddaughter of Cathy and the late Howard Petty of Trenton and Tammy and the late Jimmy Draper of Nebo. Lyla wants to thank everyone for all her gifts and a special thanks to her Aunt GiGi (Glenda Shankle) for all her hard work in decorating and cooking for her party.

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DONATING FOR A CAUSE - Emily Oliver cut 24 inches of hair from Betty Bell to donate to Locks of Love. The hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

Over 30 children from in and around Gibson County will present the ever-popular Disney 101 Dalmatians the weekend of June 6th and 7th. The talented cast of 5 to 11 year-olds tells the story of Roger and Anita, played by Colten Gateley and Madilyn Dudley, who are living happily with their family of Dalmatian puppies. That is, until the wicked Cruella DeVill (Haley Gibson) plots to steal the puppies to make a new fur coat. Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies for Cruella and her bumbling henchmen, played by Gray Hensley and Riley Tyler! Disney 101 Dalmatians will be on Friday, June 6th at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 7th at 7 p.m. All shows will be at the Milan Middle School in Milan. Advance tickets are $5 each and at the door for $7 each. Children three years and under are free. For reservations, please call 731-855-2129.

DSC Toy Run will be June 7th The Dyer Station Celebration planning committee is excited to announce their third annual Dyer Station Celebration Toy Run will be held Saturday, June 7th (rain date is June 14th). This is a fundraiser to collect money and toys to benefit area children in need at Christmas. Beverly Laughlin is, once again, coordinating this event and strives each year to make it bigger and better. The Toy Run bike riders will meet behind the First Presbyterian Church manse at 230 East College Street in Dyer with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and kickstands up at noon. A donation of either $10 or a toy of equal value is asked of each rider. Monetary donations can also be mailed to Dyer Station Celebration, 266 High Street, Dyer, TN 38330. Car and truck clubs or individuals are also welcome to participate. This is an approximate 90-mile ride with a halfway pit stop at Jus’ Bike Me in Bradford. The gracious owner will provide restroom facilities and free water for all participants. The Gibson County Sheriff’s Department will again escort the riders through the entire route and the City of Dyer Police Department will make sure that the riders are safe as they leave and enter Dyer.

country called it the gods. They’d grown trees in a grove and then worshipped the trees with their own carvings on them. When has anyone heard a tree (carved or not) speak to anyone’s heart? When has anyone heard a statue of a person speak to anyone’s heart about Jesus. Someone answered, ‘The statue only represents the person. We know that the statue isn’t God or Jesus.’ Okay. When have you ever heard that person you worship speak to your heart? When has that person you worship ever comforted you through a hard emotional time? My God is alive. He is love. He demonstrated His Love when He sent Jesus to die on the cross and take my sin and all my punishment (which was death without Him) upon His own body. All of hell was poured out on Him so you and I could live out eternity with Him beginning right now when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31).

“We cannot thank both of these organizations enough for sacrificing their time during this very worthy event, added Laughlin. Upon returning to the Presbyterian Church refreshments will be provided to the riders by the planning committee. Door prizes will be given away. There will be a 50/50 drawing and a bike show where trophies will be presented to the winners.

For any additional information, please contact Beverly Laughlin at 731225-3071. “The committee would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who participates in this event and cannot thank you all enough for the joy that you bring to so many children’s lives. We look very forward to seeing you on June 7th. God bless,” said Laughlin.

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CARDWELL PRESENTED WITH 25 YEAR MEMBER APPRECIATION Woodmen of the World’s Gibson County field rep. Anthony Warren presented with thanks and appreciation a 25-year longevity pin to Woodmen member Keith Cardwell. An occasion for presenting longevity membership pins to long-time members is one of the most gratifying experiences we have during our Chapter year. It is a pleasure and a privilege to recognize and salute people who have been faithful members of our organization for many years. The experiences of such members over time are often a valuable source of knowledge, tradition, and ideas for a Chapter facing future challenges and opportunities. Congratulations Keith! May you wear your pin proudly and enjoy it in good health and happy times.

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Bethpage By Joyce Brown


Union City - Mr. Eugene Drenning of Union City (formally of Hodgkins, Illinois) passed away at Baptist memorial Hospital Tuesday morning June 3, 2014. Contact White Ransom Funeral Home in Union City for arrangements. He is survived by his wife Venita, daughter Priscilla Drenning Polston and granddaughter Cheyenne, stepdaughters Leavenia Campbell of Dyer, Shirley Burzynski of PA, and Sandy Comstock of Rutherford. He is preceded in death by his stepsons Donnie Shanklin and Bill Shanklin.

The Dyer Ministerial Alliance hosted GCHS Baccalaureate Gibson County High School seniors were honored at a baccalaureate service hosted by the Dyer Ministerial Alliance on Wednesday, May 14. Family and friends joined the graduates in songs of worship and prayer. Scholarships were presented by the Ministerial Alliance to the following graduates: Garner Perkins, Logan Bates, Sarah Beth Mullins, Mary Beth Chandler, Kaitlyn Carlton, Kendall Lawler, and Logan Cochran. These students wrote a testimony essay as part of their application. Seniors Garner Perkins and Taylor McKinney gave the opening prayer

and benediction. Kendall Lawler and Kaitlyn Carlton shared testimonies. Mary Beth Chandler led worship and sang ‘Because He Lives’ for the special. Rev. Scott Jewell, father of Grace Jewell, delivered the message. He encouraged everyone to trust the Lord and follow Him. The Ministerial Alliance wishes to thank everyone who participated and supported the baccalaureate service. Congratulations to the class of 2014! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

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Hello friends and neighbors. Just coming by to report we heard two powerful messages from God’s Word this Sunday. Our native son, Zach Cochran was in the house for morning worship and preached from Genesis 1 and Genesis 3 on the subject ‘Good News, Not Old News.’ He reminded us that this is a story that God planned and God wrote for the Glory of God in the plan of the Gospel. I didn’t get down all the music but it was beautiful and encouraging. Bro. Jeff talked to the little ones about how special they are to all of us and especially to God. Sunday night Bro. Jeff was fully loaded and preached a message titled ‘One Thing is Needful’ using 10:38-42 as his text. Some thought provoking statements were ‘our problems are the result of intimacy issues with our Savior’ and ‘We must maintain a Love Relationship with Jesus Christ.’ Think about it, do we just go through the motions of Bible Reading and Prayer or do we feast on His Word and get serious when we spend time with Him? A convincing and convicting sermon. Thank

you Bro. Zach and Bro. Jeff. We love you and appreciate your dedication to preaching the Word. Matthew Littleton had a birthday last week so we sang to him. We are so blessed that our young folks still attend and participate in church regularly. We are sad to report Carlton Williams’ sister, Katherine Garrett passed away following a long illness. Her funeral will be in Memphis where she had made her home for many years. Prayers and sympathy are extended to her family during this difficult time. Important announcement: Bethpage is hosting a ‘Friends and Family Day’ next Sunday June 8. You are invited to attend and enjoy the activites of the day. There will be a fellowship meal following the morning service with good food, good visiting and good worship. Please be our guests for this special day. From Jesus calling: Relax in My healing, Holy Presence. Be still while I transform your heart and mind. Let go of cares and worries so that you can receive My peace. Cease striving and know that I am God.

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But as far as his mother is concerned, it’s ‘too little, too late.’ A man lives an immoral and profligate life. He has no time for spiritual things, and has never made preparation for eternity. God is in none of his thoughts. He disdains the ‘holy Joes’ that do their best to serve God. The day of judgment comes, and he knows it is ‘too late.’ He never prepared himself to meet God. Now he confesses Christ (as all will do, Phil. 2:11) but it is too late. Why didn’t he do it in life when he had time and opportunity? He now receives the consequences of choices he made, and his penitent spirit is just a little bit ‘too little, too late.’ Perhaps some personal offense was never corrected and the person to whom you needed to apologize has since died. It to late to right a past wrong under such circumstances Does not have to be a ‘forever failure?’ No! Pray to God for His forgiveness, and make whatever restitution you can for the wrong you committed. As long as the world stands and life is in your body, it is never too late to do the right thing, whether that is little or much. As a youth, serious mistakes may have been made and sins committed which have followed you into adulthood. Don’t let the past keep you from repentance immediately. God will accept you, even now. ‘Today’ is the day of salvation (Heb. 3:15). Let’s use it before it is ‘too little, too late’ (Mark White, Bible Viewpoints).

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Dyer holds Beta Club ceremony BY JENNIFER MCCAIG-COX The Dyer Junior High School Beta Club held their annual Induction Ceremony, May 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium to induct the new members that meet the Beta Club’s scholastic requirements during the school year. The Beta Club’s purpose is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Leadership announcements and transfers also took place. Previous officers explained their

roles to the new upcoming officers. The changing of the guard was as follows: previous president Corey Sweatt - new president Ethen Carrell; previous vice-president Libby Thetford - new president Paige Ramsey; previous secretary Caitlyn Mayberry - new secretary Destinee McMullins; previous treasurer Hannah Patterson - new treasurer Micaella Suratt. Twenty-seven new members were added in this ceremony. Terri McDaniel and Erica DuRall sponsor the Dyer Junior High chapter.

BETA CLUB’S NEWEST MEMBERS - Dyer Junior High 2014 Beta Club new members are (front row) Caleigh Patterson, Amy Lee, Cameron Cox, Peyton Lavelle, Trey Watson, Ben Hanes, Ethan Goad, (second row) Hannah Qualls, Madison Carson, Alaina Hunt, Matt Mingle, Carson Spencer, Ty Carson, Kaci Sweatt, (third row) Nikia McMullins, Sierra Lee, Will Cooper, Conner Williams, Emma Siler, Sunny Green, Briana Bates (back row) sponsor-Erica DuRall, Sunny Halbrook, Kim Cook, ShaReese James, Brylee Bailey, Tori Watkins. (photo by Jennifer McCaig-Cox)

DYER JR. HIGH BETA CLUB PREVIOUS MEMBERS - Dyer Junior High previous Beta Club members are (front row) Brooke Siler, Paige Ramsey, Ashton Lannom, Aubrie Croom, Madison Croom, Ashley O’Daniel, Libby Thetford, Carleigh Travis, (middle row) Hannah Metcalfe, Micaella Suratt, Destinee McMullins, Carleigh Wade, Celina Faulkner, Caitlyn Mayberry, Hannah Patterson, Ethen Carrell, Alex Jones, (back row) Julianna Turner, Alaina Eddlemon, Corey Sweatt, Seth Adams, Austin Atkins, Garrett Doss, Kaleb Sims. (photo by Jennifer McCaig-Cox)

BARKLEY EARNS VET TECH DEGREE FROM UT MARTIN – Kayla Barkley, of Dyer (second from left), was a member of the first spring vet tech class at UT Martin. Erica Carroll and Amanda Waldon, both laboratory instructors in the College of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, participated in a celebration banquet with Dr. Danny Walker before commencement exercises Saturday, May 3, at UT Martin in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Each graduate earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with a concentration in animal science and an option in Veterinary Health Technology (VHT).

CARRELL IS NEW PRESIDENT - Previous president Corey Sweatt passed the flame to new president Ethen Carrell during the Beta Induction Ceremony. (photo by Jennifer McCaig-Cox)

SAMPLES RECEIVED AMERICAN HISTORY AWARD Woodmen of the World’s Gibson County field rep. Anthony Warren and Jerry Whitt present Josh Samples with a American History award. Spring Hill teacher John Crenshaw said Josh was the top history student this year.

REED GRADUATES WITH ENGINEERING DEGREE – Sam Reed (center), of Dyer, was inducted into the Order of the Engineers at a ceremony prior to the University of Tennessee at Martin commencement on Saturday. Graduates pledged to be ethical and impartial and to adhere to safety codes as they enter the engineering profession. Ed Wheeler (left), Department of Engineering chair and professor, and Dr. Richard Helgeson, dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, made the presentation.

KENTON STUDENTS RAISED $1324.00 FOR ST. JUDE - Kenton School students recently participated in St. Jude Math-a-Thon. This group of students raised $1324 for St. Jude. The school staff is proud of their work, and thanks the community for the support given each year for such a great place. St. Jude is a place that is special to Kenton School, and everyone takes pride in sending the money raised each year. Kenton students who participated are (front row) Kasha Whitworth, Georgia Lannom, Cole Lannom, Ellie Grace Carson, (back row) Lane Tate, Autumn Callins, Kailey Davidson, Addison Lamar, and Macy Ruth Chandler.

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ABRAMS RECEIVES AWARDS FROM UT MARTIN – William Q. Abrams (middle), of Rutherford, received the Geology Student Leadership Award and the Geology Student Service Award from the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences during a recent departmental awards banquet. Dr. Todd Winters (right), dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and professor of animal sciences, and Dr. Joey Mehlhorn (left), professor and interim chair of agriculture, geosciences, and natural resources and director of Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences, presented the awards.

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GC Jr. High, High School Lady Pioneers hold softball banquet BY LORI CATHEY On Friday, May 23 members of the Gibson County High School and Junior High softball teams were recognized at their annual awards banquet. Gibson County head softball Coach Chris Lownsdale began the banquet by thanking William Sims for preparing the softball field in Dyer, his coaches Tracy Reed, Sally Baird and Jeff Garner, school principals Brad Garner (Dyer), Jody Hinson (Rutherford), Joey Harrison (Spring Hill) and Sharon Lee (Yorkville) and all the parents who helped feed the girls before the games. The awards presentation started with Coach Lownsdale reading the names of the jr. high softball players who received awards, as softball manger Branin Lownsdale handed them out. Receiving junior high softball awards were as follows: Most Improve-

Jaci White, Batting AwardMacey Neal, Best Defensive Player- Hannah Ball, Lady Pioneer Award-Maddie Neal, Coach’s Choice Award-Madison Baird, The Ace Award-Lexie Garner, Stolen Base Award-Macey Neal and Blue Collar Award-Chloe Hopgood. Maddie Neal, Lexie Garner and Macy Neal were named to the first team All-District Team. Coach Lownsdale began the high school softball awards segment of the banquet by thanking coach Tracy Reed for her help coaching, to all the parents for their support and a special thanks to David Brewer-Athletic Director, James Hughes-Principal and Terry Cunningham-Director of Finance and Operations for their strong support of the softball program. Coach Lownsdale went over a few of the 2014 season accomplishments. Junior high and high school

softball teams both had winning seasons. During the 2014 season the Lady Pioneers broke several team and individual records. The Lady Pioneers set new team records in ‘at bats’ (943), runs scored (239), hits (317), stolen bases (89) and team ERA (2.41). Allie Smithson set an individual record for most stolen bases with 15, Chay Poyner set a record with 113 at bats with no strikeouts for the season and Rebecca Lee set new records for strikeouts (140), pitcher wins (19), ERA (1.88) and career wins (25). Lownsdale said, “All the extra hard work this past year has paid off for the girls with both of our softball programs having winning seasons and by setting new records.” Lady Pioneers players who received awards were: Lynsey Crews-Coach’s Choice Award, Syndey Inman-Coach’s Choice Award, Alyssa Kesterson-

All Academic Award, Katelyn Rickman-Most Improved, Chay Poynor Blue Collar Award, Rebecca Lee-Ace Award, Hannah Hutchison-Lady Pioneer Award, Allie SmithsonStolen Base Award, Claire Whitworth-Best Defensive Player, and Justyce WhiteBatting Award. Catcher Chay Poynor, shortstop Sydney Inman and pitcher Rebecca Lee were all named to the first team All-District Team, while outfielder Katelyn Rickman, outfielder Lynsey Crews and outfielder Macie Cole were named to second team All-District Team. Lynsey Crews was also named to the All Tournament Team. Coach Lownsdale closed the banquet with special thanks to the school board and the school administration for all the revamping taking place at the high school. “This is very important to both of our softball programs,” he said

GCHS SOFTBALL INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – Gibson County Lady Pioneer softball players receiving individual awards during the softball banquet were: (from left) Lynsey Crews-Coach’s Choice Award, Sydney InmanCoach’s Choice Award, Alyssa Kesterson-All Academic Award, Katelyn Rickman-Most Improved, Chay Poynor-Blue Collar Award, Rebecca Lee-Ace Award, Hannah Hutchison-Lady Pioneer Award, Allie SmithsonStolen Base Award, Claire Whitworth-Best Defensive Player, and Justyce White (not picture)-Batting Award.

2014 LADY PIONEERS ALL-DISTRICT – Gibson County’s Chay Poynor, Sydney Inman and Rebecca Lee were named to the first team All-District Team. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL PLAYERS RECIVE AWARDS – 2013 Junior High Lady Pioneers Softball members receiving individual awards during the softball banquet were: Lexie Garner-The Ace Award, Jaci White-Most Improve and Hannah Ball-Best Defensive Player. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

COACH LOWNSDALE RECEIVES GIFTS – Gibson County High School coach Chris Lownsdale received several gifts during the softball banquet from the high school softball team. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

TEAM’S CAPTIANS – Macie Cole and Hannah Hutchison were voted on by the players for the 2014 captain awards. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS – Gibson County senior Alyssa Kesterson received an All-Academic award, for maintaining a GPA 3.8 while participating in high school athletics. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GIBSON COUNTY SECOND TEAM ALL-DISTRICT- Lady Pioneer’s Katelyn Rickman, Lynsey Crews and Macie Cole were named to second team All-District Team. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

GC JUNIOR HIGH LADY PIONEERS MEMBERS RECOGNIZED – Members of the Gibson County Jr. High Pioneers recognized at the annual softball awards banquet were: (from left) Emery Presley, Megan Yochum, Briana Bates, Hannah Ball, Lexie Garner, Madalyne Tanner, Brittney Kolwyck, Lydia Todd and Jaci White. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

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Property Transfers Jerry E. Winberry and wife, Deborah Winberry to Ron Petty Construction Company, Inc. - Milan Jimmy D. Ricketts to James E. Shelton, Jr. - 14th CD Lynn Greene to Candace McCaig and Doris H. Denton – Rutherford Sammy W. Hill to Russell Dudley and wife, Jo Dudley – 18th CD Bill Webster to Joshua Youmans and Tim Watt - 1st CD Tennessee Housing Development Agency to the Secretary of Housiing and Urban Development – Milan Tommy Argo and Crystal Argo Geyer to Bennett Knott and wife, Nancy Knott – 22nd CD Nick Campbell and Charlie Campbell to Michael A. Carter – Medina Lanny Warrington and wife, Mildred Warrington to Robert P. Moore and wife, Donna W. Moore – 20th CD Warren David Armour and wife, Sheila Kay Armour to J.D. Doss – 7th CD Kenneth D. Holder and wife, Marilyn Holder to H and P Properties – Trenton Dorothy Jean Trimmer to Terry Rogier and wife, Barbara Rogier – 3rd CD Jerry N. Faulkner and wife, Shelby J. Faulkner Revocable Trust, Jerry N. Faulkner and wife, Shelby J. Faulkner, Trustees to Angela Kilburn – 20th CD Tu V. Nguyen and wife, Bich T. Nguyen to James Kevin McCollum and wife, Michelle McCollum – 2nd CD Ron Petty Construction Company, Inc. to Kimberly Lichter and husband, Christopher Michael Lichter – 13th CD Clark Family Holdings, LLC to Richard G. West, Jr. and wife, Chasity E. West – 2nd CD Hale Estates, LLC to Frontier Homes, Inc. – Medina Richard West, Jr. to Kelly

Blake and wife, Micheyle Blake, d/b/a Genesis Capital Limited Partnership – 2nd CD Jay Warren to Pipes Irrevocable Trust, with Granville E. Pipes as Transferor and Mary Bowen as Trustee – 1st CD Jerry Bain and wife, Regina Bain to Mary Alice Dedmon and husband, Philip T. Dedmon 13th CD Chase Crawford to Josh B. Hazlewood – Milan Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Shirley Jean Fry – Milan Jonathan White and wife, Debra White to Earl McAlister – Bradford Randy Younger and wife, Linda Younger to Hannah K. Buckingham – Medina Scott J. Tauzier and wife, Candy L. Tauzier and Terry DeBerry and wife, Holly DeBerry Medina Joan S. Marsh to William Dennis Jenkins and Lucy C. Narrow – 2nd CD Anthony Ford and wife, Maria S. Ford to David W. Paschall and wife, Tammy G. Paschall – 21st CD Thomas L. Humphreys and wife, Julia B. Humphreys to Lyle Swingler and wife, Melissa Swingler – 3rd CD Waltermary, LLC to Miguel Flor and wife, Milagros Flor – 13th CD Tennessee Housing Development Agency to Althiea Higgins – Medina Jason K. Pruitt and wife, Candace L. Pruitt to Cheri D. Childress and Kathy Diane Ross – 13th CD Randal Eric Postoak and wife, Laurie Denise Postoak to Derek Morales and wife, Melanie Morales – Milan Sam H. Doaks, Sr. and wife, Sandra M. Doaks to the Doaks Living Trust, Sam H. Doaks and Sandra M. Doaks, Trustees – 16th CD Larry Caldwell to Charles Ray Connell, Jr. - 14th CD Hale Estates, LLC to Jacob

Shelton and wife, Lauren Shelton – Humboldt Daphne V. Rayner and husband, Larry Donald Raymer, II to Corey R. Cummings and wife, Katherine H. Cummings – Milan Janie D. Wylie to Joshua G. Turner and Laura Jane Hedge – 8th CD Nathan G. Sellers, Harold L. Sellers, Gerald W. Sellers, Shannon Sellers Barton and Kay Sellers to Gerald W. Sellers and wife, Hilda Sellers – 15th CD Thomas J. Sheridan, III and wife, Sandra E. Sheridan to Charles Warlick Clark and wife, Karen H. Clark – Medina Gordon L. Robison to Billy D. Jones and wife, Beth L. Jones – Rutherford Charlotte Mills Hammack and James B. Mills to Edward L. Taylor, Jr. and wife, Nita Kaler Taylor – Milan McCullum Construction Company, Inc. to Martha Ann Hale Shaver – Humboldt Kay Black Roberson, f/k/a Kay A. Black to Charles E. Roberson. Jr. – 7th CD Lone Oak Holdings, LLC to Hudson Harrison – Humboldt Russell D. Vandiver and wife, Kristin Vandiver to

Charles Adam Lee Cantrell and wife, Carrie Ellen Cantrell – 2nd CD Joshua W. Cooper and wife, Jennifer M. Cooper to John C. McCurdy and wife, Leslie A. McCurdy – 21st CD

Howard G. Jewell and Philip Jewell to Deborah Goff – Rutherford Marion McCurdy to Henry A. Burch and wife, Regina L. Burch – Trenton Janie D. Somers to The

Andersons, Inc. - Dyer Marion McCurdy to Henry A. Burch and wife, Regina L. Burch – Trenton Lynda Climer and Angela Bowden to Richard L. Wynne – Humboldt

Marriages Kyle William Lewis of Milan and Morgan Elizabeth Wallsmith of Milan Robert Antwyne Wilkes of Jackson and Kerri Ann Walters of Jackson Phillip Michael Tyler of Bradford and Summer Rae Spain of Bradford Derrick Sherome Taylor of Milan and Kecia Latrice Huddleston of Milan Christopher Cody DePriest of Dyer and Pamela Denise Jarrett Reasons of Dyer Clayton Lawson Eugene White of Humboldt and Kimberly Ann Boswell of Medina Danny Ray Greenway of Humboldt and Amanda Jill Lindsay Ramos of Dyer Andrew Wayne Barthlomew of Milan and Angela Dawn Exum of Jackson Eric Lynn Avery of Humboldt andAtiva Dakatari

PUBLIC NOTICE The Dyer Regional Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:00 at Dyer City Hall, 105 South Main St, Dyer, Tennessee, to consider the following requests: Rezone Parcel 047 011.08 (bounded by US 45W, Thompson Ln, North Main St ) belonging to Marcus Yoder from R-2 (Residential) to M-1 (Industrial) or B-1 (Commercial) Site Plan Review of Proposed Construction at Parcel 047 010.01 (West of Intersection of US 45 W & Thompson Ln) by Lamar Advertising, Lessee Nathan Reed City Recorder

Story of Humboldt Phillip W. Anglin, Jr. of Milan and Emily Nichole Fry of Milan John Weston Reed of Trenton and Amanda Dawn Holt of Trenton Michael Hall Jones of Milan and Neta Ann Spalding of Milan Ryan Lee Scott of Milan and Kristen Nicole Horn of Milan Kevin Ray Shaw of Dyer and Bethany Jean Paschall of Dyer Derek Adam White of Dyer and Kelsey Alexus Cruse of Dyer Travis Ray Russell of McKenzie and Bethany Lynn Allen of Bruceton William Patterson Luckey, Jr. of Humboldt and

Cydney Lauren Williams of Trenton Mason Keith Staggs of Medon and Robyn Rachelle Reynolds of Jackson Timothy Wade Smith of Humboldt and Letitia Ann Basham Flowers of Humboldt James Franklin Halford of Dyer and Kathy Marie Ables Eversole of Dyer Jeffery Scott Howell of Trenton and Peggy Ann Joyce Flowers of Trenton Dustin Ray Hays of Milan and Catherine Louise Jaeger Cross of Milan Cody Dwayne Halford of Trenton and Samantha Leigh Vanalstine of Trenton Ozzie Joe McBroom of Milan and Miranda Kathryn Barker Hatfield of Milan

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Cost will be $30 per sticker

They will become delinquent Tuesday, July 1st and will be $65.00. All residents with an automobile are required to purchase a city sticker for each vehicle. Commercial vehicles and motorcycles are exempt.

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