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County infrastructure projects cost $2.5 million BY STEVE SHORT Road and bridge improvements, new school buildings, better public health facilities – these are just some of the infrastructure projects in the conceptual, planning or construction stage in Gibson County. 78 such projects are needed in Gibson Co. between the years 2008 and 2013, according to a recent report by the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance (TIA). Total cost of the county projects was estimated at $191,918,796, about $2.5 million per project on average, or $4,000 per person for the county’s population of 49,300 people. As the 2011 new year begins, the TN Infrastructure Alliance (TIA) is calling attention to the importance for residents’ collective resolve to create and maintain adequate infrastructure in Tennessee, according to a press release. TIA drew attention to the latest report from the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) called “Building Tennessee’s Tomorrow:
BY SAM THOMPSON I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed begin with family and friends during that time. I also realize that this past year had been tough at times but I hope that 2011 will be a much better year. Dyer Goodwill 2010 filled and delivered 93 food boxes and 110 sunshine baskets. I hope that the families that received the boxes or baskets enjoyed the items. Those who donated this past week are: Fairview Baptist Church-$125, Dyer Methodist Adult Bible Class-$100, Dyer C.P. Women’s Fellowship-$75, for a total of $300. Again thank you for your contributions and help. Without your help in many ways, this program could not continue. It is my hope and prayer this coming year will be your best year ever. May God bless you. I will look forward to seeing and working with everyone next year. Have a safe and healthy 2011.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT - Even the young see the need to make certain improvements in thier lives. Hannah Wallsmith, Taylor Hassell and Morgan Spellings are among the millions who hope to make improvements in their lives by making New Year’s resolutions. The young ladies all work at Duncan’s Pharmacy in Dyer.
I am resolved: Locals eye changes for the New Year The New Year is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make in our daily lives. Many view the New Year as a fresh start so they make commitments to achieve personal goals, make lifestyle changes or break a bad habit. We all know about New Year’s resolution because we’ve all made them at one time or another. And most of us have broken them within days or weeks of January 1st. Forty to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top New Years resolutions are about weight loss, exercise, and quitting smoking. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management and debt reduction. According to Proactive Change the following shows how many of these resolutions are
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maintained as time goes on: past the first week75 percent, past two weeks-71 percent, after one month-64 percent, and after six months-46 percent. While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions are useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make resolutions. The history of making New Year’s resolution began with the Babylonians approximately 4,000 years ago. The Babylonians New Year’s Day was March 23rd. March was a logical time period for the New Year because spring begins and crops are planted. The Romans celebrated the New Year on see page 3
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GCHS Lady Pioneers win district, advance to regional March 4, 2010 BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County Lady Pioneers won the 13-AA District Championship Wednesday, February 24th at Obion County. Gibson County defeated Martin Westview 39-32. Lady Pioneer Heather Griffin was 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Leading scorer for Gibson County was Heather Griffin with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Heather Butler had 14, Courtney Haynes 5, Aubrey Reedy 4, and Tory Reedy 1. Gibson County defeated McNairy Central 8153 in the first round of the Region 7-AA Basketball Tournament. Gibson County’s defense forced McNairy into 14 turnovers. The Lady Pioneers had 28 rebounds, 28 assists and 13 steals. Leading scorer for Gibson County was Heather Butler with 35 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Aubrey Reedy had 15 points with 13 rebounds. Courtney Haynes had 13 points with 4 assists. Heather Griffin added 10, Alexander, 4 and Joyce 4.
BY STEVE SHORT It’s a New Year for the Gibson Co. Commission. Commissioners will have their first meeting Mon., Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Ed Jones Agricomplex in Trenton. Topics on the agenda include: •Patrol car damaged – The Sheriff’s Dept. has received an insurance payment of $9,236 for a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria damaged by a falling tree. •Data processing equipment – New data processing equipment for the Sheriff’s Dept. is requested costing $6,000 with funds in a restricted account. •Employees’ healthcare – Insurance agent Keith Siler plans to report on renewal of health insurance for county employees. •Special presentation – A presentation will be made by Trenton businessman, Bob Wilson who owns AVC, Inc., a support firm in Trenton and Florida serving see page 3
Dyer and Walton have resigned from both coaching and teaching after the present semester, and will continue coaching until replacements are found. Stratton has resigned from coaching, but will continue on as an education instructor. GCHS Principal, Eddie Pruett, said that the three coaches are leaving of their own free will and cited personal and professional reasons for their resignations. Pruitt added, “We wish them well in whatever they Jason Dyer do.”
New York, Lady Liberty to host GCHS Marching Pioneers The 2009-2010 GCHS Pioneer Band is about to add another honor of distinction to the long list already held by this outstanding music program. Along with their directors, school personnel, family and friends, the GCHS Band will travel to New York for an April 8, 2010 performance at the Statue of Liberty. This performance will include a program of patriotic music as the students see page 2
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GCHS football coaches resign From February 19th, through the 23rd, Gibson County High School experienced the resignation of football head coach, Jason Dyer, assistant coach for quarterbacks and defensive backs, Mark Walton and assistant coach, T. Stratton.
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BY STEVE SHORT Local businesses in Gibson Co. could get a promotional boost through a new marketing plan proposed by county leaders. The message: “Shop Gibson County” is one of the top areas of focus in a new, 5-year plan for improving the economy in the county. The six objective, strategic plan will be presented to the County Commission Jan. 10. The state 3-Star Program requires counties to have 5year plans for growing the economy. The “Shop Gibson County” program calls for a marketing plan with ads (“Did you know…?”) and facts about local businesses and services. Funds would be raised to support marketing. A Mayor’s Alliance would develop a merchants’ alliance and define the involvement of local Chambers of Commerce. Leaders of the “Shop Gibson County” objective are Chris Crider, Tony Burris, Bob White, Jason Griggs, and Gil Fletcher. Other objectives in the county’s 5-Year Plan for economic development: •Workforce development – The mission is to create and maintain an environment that trains and educates youth and adults to meet the ever changing needs of business and industry. Improved graduation rates and higher paying jobs are sought. Entrepreneurial incubators for businesses would be established. Retail gaps in local towns would be see page 5
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My â€œrealâ€? newspaper friends didnâ€™t think much of it however. They called it â€œMcNewspaperâ€? because of the short articles. One of them referred to it as â€œjournalistic fast food.â€? But apparently America didnâ€™t agree, or if they did, â€œfast foodâ€? was what they craved, because while many of USA TODAYâ€™s â€œrealâ€? competitors have fallen by the way over the last quarter century, or are breathing their last breaths, USA TODAY is still going strong. It is, as a matter of fact, the most widely circulated print newspaper in the country, and it is available everywhere. How â€œgoodâ€? a newspaper it is may still be debatable, but it is read by more people in America than any other paper, so when its editors surveyed their readers (5,869 of them, at any rate) about the important events in their lives over the last 25 years I was curious as to what this cross-section of America would have to say. â€œWhat invention,â€? the paper asked its readers, â€œhas changed your life, for the better, over the last 25 years?â€? Home computers (78%), the
Internet (77%), cell phones (64%), email (62%) and digital cameras (51%) led the way, but voice mail (33%), DVR (28%) and GPS devices (24%) were in the pack as well. Interestingly, I read an article last month in which the author speculated that seven of those eight of those electronic marvels would soon be phased out and packaged into one single unit, and that would be the cell phone. How about that? Remember the first cell phones, how clunky they were, and how we made fun of people who used them in public. Showing off, we said. Now everybody uses them everywhere, for all sorts of things. And the Internet? In the early days the joke was that the Internet enabled you to do the same amount of research on the Internet in an hour that it would have taken you at least ten minutes to do at a library. But that was then. Now when people go to the library to look something up they usually do it at one of the computer terminals there with Internet access. Or maybe they just look it up on their phones in the parking lot. To the question, â€œWhich famous personâ€™s passing in the last 25 years had the most profound affect on you?â€?, one out of three respondents named Princess Diana. Seventeen percent named John Kennedy, Jr., both of whom had near zero real accomplishments, of any kind, but who were attractive
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from page 1 pay homage to one of our nationâ€™s most prominent symbols of freedom. The New York trip will not only highlight the talents of these students but will also provide an opportunity for the students to visit and tour many of our nationâ€™s most valued historical venues. As the students begin their tour, they will explore the lights and magic of Times Square and top that day off with a Broadway performance of The Lion King. Day three of the trip will allow the students to visit Lincoln Center, Central Park, St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There will also be a little time to explore fashionable Fifth Avenue before ending the day with a concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Day four will begin with a visit to Liberty State Park followed by the student concert. Later that day, a visit to the Financial District, Wall Street, Chinatown and the Empire State Building will be highlighted with a stop at Ground Zero. The final day in New York will take the students on a tour of NBC Studios and Rockefeller Center. March 11, 2010
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BY MICHAEL ENOCHS Lifelong Dyer resident and former owner of Dyer Motor Company, Bobby Robinson, in conjunction with Will Wade, of Wade Grain Company, have purchased the property that was formerly the Pinecrest Country Club. The new business will be known as Pinecrest Golf Course and will be open to the general public with golf memberships available along with seasonal swimming pool memberships. Pinecrest Golf Course will carry on the tradition of the original establishment by providing an excellent golfing layout on 154 acres rivaling the best golf courses anywhere. The capacious facility offers an excellent atmosphere for recreation with an upscale bar and grill, called Tavern on the Green, providing the best in dining and entertainment. Pinecrest Golf Course project manager, Norman Robinson, related, â€œWe want to preserve this place as an asset to the community. It has had an influence on all the surrounding communities both economically, and socially since being founded in 1959 by various people from Dyer and Trenton. We want to preserve that tradition, and make it open to the public to enjoy good food, good friendship, and good golf.â€?
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cupcakes had been around longer than that. No surprise regarding favorite books. The three top vote getters were Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code and The Bridges of Madison County. The â€œleastâ€? favorite fashion trends of the last 25 years? Tattoos, by a landslide, followed by body piercing and the grunge look. Oddly enough, saggy pants did not make the list at all. Favorite movie? This surprised me. Forest Gump won, followed by Titanic and The Shawshank Redemption. I might not agree with USA TODAYâ€™s readers on all, or even perhaps on most of their answers, but clearly they have put their collective finger on
Americaâ€™s pulse during our recent past. They missed on some, for sure. Apparently no significant number of them mentioned DNA testing, video games, mp3 players (although several mentioned iPodâ€™s) or memory cards, and who knows what other new things are out there today that we donâ€™t even know about that will dominate the next 25 years of our lives. We donâ€™t know, but one thing is for sure. Things will be different in big ways. In a world of more uncertainty than most of us have experienced at any other time in our lives, the certainty of change is the one thing we can predict with complete confidence. Better get ready.
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and glamorous and frequently on the tabloid covers. Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, at eleven, 9 and 8 percent, respectively, barely edged out Michael Jackson, who was named by 7 percent. Go figure. Favorite song of the last quarter century? One in five named Whitney Houstonâ€™s version of â€œI WillAlways Love You.â€? Nearly as many picked Celine Dionâ€™s â€œMy Heart Will Go On.â€? The only other song to break double digits was U2â€™s â€œI Still Havenâ€™t Found What Iâ€™m Looking For.â€? Favorite food trends of the last 25 years included blackened fish, tapas, gourmet coffee and cupcakes. Funny, I could have sworn
The facilities and golf course will continue to be under the direction of golf pro and general manager, Webb Webster, while his wife, Melanie Webster, will remain the food and beverage manager. Pinecrest Golf Course does adhere to a dress code requiring proper golf attire for the course. Collared shirts must be worn. Blue jeans are permissible. The course will be open on March 13, while the facilities continue a complete renovation.
Lady Pioneer Heather Butler is Miss Basketball nominee BY LORI CATHEY Lady Pioneer Heather Butler has accomplished two more milestones in the last three weeks of her high school basketball career. Butler has been named as a Miss Basketball Finalists for Class AA. This is the highest individual honor that you can achieve in high school basketball. She became only the second Lady Pioneer to be nominated for this award. Butler, along with Heather Griffin and Aubry Reedy, Gibson Countyâ€™s Big Three Seniors, all signed to play collage basketball with UT Martin. The senior guard is a four-year starter who averaged 25 points and 5 assists per game. She is the Lady Pioneers leading scorer and has helped lead Gibson County to their second straight state tournament trip. Gibson County coach David Russell said, â€œHeather is the best guard that I have ever coached. She is a outstanding young lady and I canâ€™t think of anyone else more deserving than her for Miss Basketball.â€? The Miss Basketball winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Class
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Turnaround vote passes $35 wheel tax increase BY STEVE SHORT County Commissioner Mark Flake of Milan changed his mind Monday morning and the result could impact what you pay for your car license tags. Flake cast the decisive vote March 8 to increase the wheel tax increase by $35, a 100 percent increase of the current $35 rate. It would go to $70. The vote passed 17-4, just getting the two-thirds majority needed. A second vote will be required in May. Voters will then have 30 days to petition against the wheel tax increase before it goes into effect probably in September. Flakeâ€™s vote was a dramatic turnaround. Earlier Monday the wheel tax hike failed 165 as Flake voted against it. But Flake made a motion to reconsider and voted in favor of the tax increase. The second vote came after County Clerk Diane Taylor talked about business tax revenues being far below projections because of changes in the tax collection system. continued next week
PINECREST GOLF COURSE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP â€“ The Pinecrest Golf Course will open for business on March 13th under new ownership. Bobby Robinson (right) and Will Wade (second from left) partnered to purchase the prestigious course. Norman Robinson (left) is project manager. The golf course will continue under the management of golf pro Web Webster (center) and his wife Melanie Webster (second from right) is the food and beverage manager.
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I am resolved: Locals from page 1 March 1st, not January 1st. New Years Day was changed to January 1st by Julius Caesar to honor Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forward into the new. It was a random date selected by Julius Caesar. The vision of Janus started the custom of New Year’s resolutions. The Tri-City Reporter asked a few people in Dyer what their resolutions are for the New Year. “Mine is to work out and get in shape,” said Hannah Wallsmith. “I want to spend more time with the people that matter most,” said Taylor Hassell. “I want to become more organized, quit procrastinating at school and focus more on important things in life,” said Morgan Spellings. All three young ladies work at Duncan’s Pharmacy.
Duncan’s co-owner Derek Holyfield said, “I need to lose weight, get in shape and spend more time with my wife and kids!”
Katrinka Nance said, “I want to be more committed to the youth. I want to help them by being a mentor to help them find their career path and achieve their goals in the future, whatever they might be.” HINDER NOT TOY DRIVE A SUCCESS - First State Bank in Kenton is a proud supporter of the annual Hinder Not Toy Drive. Through the donations and support of the community, the toy drive was a great success. Displaying a few of the toys collected are (from left) Rebekah Simmons and Rachel Abbott, employees of First State Bank in Kenton and Steve Meeks, Kenton Police Chief.
Relay kicks off January 13th Brandye Needham Brandye Needham at City Lumber Company said, “My resolution is to lose 10 pounds in Zumba class. The ladies at Cash Now also made resolutions. Joyce Cook said, “I want to commit myself more to reading my Bible and looking to receive blessings from the Lord.”
Kayla Richardson at The Farmers and Merchants Bank said, “I want to start Zumba and lose weight. I also want to help the first and second graders in my Wednesday night class at Humboldt First Baptist Church learn more about God.”
County infrastructure projects from page 1 Anticipating the State’s Infrastructure Needs.” “Infrastructure is a key element to quality of life and economic competitiveness,” said Pete DeLay, chairman of TN Infrastructure Alliance. “We only need to look at this year’s flooding for a reminder of that our vitality is linked to infrastructure.” Across Tennessee, 8,990 projects were reported that still require funding at an estimated total investment of $37,295,949,371. Projects include infrastructure needs such as transportation networks, storm water control, drinking water, sewer systems, and public school buildings. “TN Infrastructure Alliance would like to thank the local and state officials who provide the data for Tennessee’s official infrastructure needs assessment,” said Mr. DeLay. “Updating this
information allows our key government leaders to better understand our community needs.” The Gibson Co. infrastructure projects listed between 2008 and 2013 included: •32 transportation projects at a cost of about $113 million. •Three non K-12 education projects at a cost of $6.55 million. •8 improvement projects at existing schools at a cost of $23.5 million. •One new school project estimated at $16.5 million. •15 water and wastewater projects at a cost of $8.4 million. •5 law enforcement projects at a cost of $18,550,000. •One public health facility project costing $300,000. •1 storm water project estimated at $300,000 •1 Fire Protection project valued at $1 million •8 recreation projects projected at $1.99 million.
•One industrial site project in the conceptual stage projected at $750,000. •2 public building projects in the conceptual stage projected to cost $1.1 million Added categories of infrastructure improvements in the conceptual, planning or construction phase in Tennessee include libraries, museums and historical projects; community development; business districts, and property acquisitions. The TN Infrastructure Alliance (TIA) advocates for adequate infrastructure. “By educating policy makers on the needs of the future, TIA helps Tennessee's communities plan to accommodate growth and promote commerce, safety and quality of life,” said a spokesperson for the organization. To learn more about TIA visit www.tninfrastructure. org.
Commissioners set first meeting of New Year for January 10th from page 1 the aviation industry. •Maintenance of Sheriff Dept. vehicles – A resolution would authorize Sheriff Chuck Arnold to contract with Brian Griffin of Griffin Automotive in Trenton to maintain and repair Sheriff Dept. vehicles. Griffin has done satisfactory work on patrol cars, according to the resolution. •County roads – A list of all county roads is presented as required by state law. Roads listed with new surfaces in 2010 are Browning, Calvary, Griers Chapel, Red Hunt and Tollie Gordan. All received asphalt; Browning also received DBST surfacing. •Healthcare costs – Funds totaling $93,262.59 need to be replaced in the Highway Dept. due to healthcare costs. A reinsurance provisions reimburses the Dept. when any individual exceeds $50,000 in one year in medical costs. •Delinquent taxes – Resolution would pay attorney Jeff Smith 10 percent of the principal and interest collected on delinquent taxes for 2009. •Fiber optic network – Resolution would authorize West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative Corp., Inc. (WK&T) to have access to county
right-of-ways to construct a broadband fiber optic network system for WK&T subscribers in the county. •Civil Rights – Resolution affirms county compliance with federal Title VI civil rights laws. •5-Year Plan – County is required to adopt a 5year strategic economic development plan in order to receive certification as a state Three-Star community. •New airport hangars – The 2010-11 budget needs to be adjusted to pay for construction of new T-hangars and apron at the airport. The county earned a $750,000 grant for the project with a required match of $75,000. Engineering services cost $118,000 and building contracts $632,000. •Juvenile court records – The County Clerk’s office requests $2,500 to pay for shelving and storage to house Juvenile Court Child Support records. •Lightning damage – Insurance will pay $6,658 for lightning damage to emergency sirens at Concord and another siren. The county pays $1,000 deductible charge. •New stove – Milan Healthcare Foundation is giving a $2,600 grant to buy a commercial grade
stove for the county Office on Aging in Bradford which prepares many meals. •Library equipment – Library was given $1,769.72 by AT&T from taxes paid to communication firms. The funds must be used for education purposes by the county library. In addition, $10,000 in a separate restricted account will buy computers and workstations. •Industrial website – Local utility firms contributed a total of $3,000 for a county industrial development website that will be developed by local high school students. •Elections – Three incumbents are recommended for new terms on the Agriculture Committee. Terms are for two years, and members can serve up to three terms. Incumbents are Jerry Hill (first term expiring Jan. 2011); Bruce Williams (Second term expiring Jan. 2011); and Donna Parkins (Second term expiring Jan. 2011). •Lake Planning Committee – Willie Wardlow, Jr. is recommended to replace the late Rev. John Mathis. The term expires Sept. 2014. •Youth Leadership – County Atty. Floyd Flippin will recognize the Youth Leadership Class.
Come to the Gibson North Relay For Life “Relay Birthday Bash Kickoff” on Thursday, January 13th at 6 p.m. in the theater of Gibson County High School in Dyer. There will be a reception with birthday cake, soft drinks, and registration tables to sign up and get involved. A program will
follow in the theater. During the program honorary chairs from each town will be recognized as well as teams signed up so far this year. Last year there were six teams; this year there are already 12 teams signed up. Vital information will be available to teams and what they can do to raise money and make their
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Kenton officials discuss budget BY KEVIN BOWDEN UNION CITY MESSENGER Kenton city officials are committed to a balanced budget for 2011 and Tuesday night took the first steps toward that goal. The Kenton City Council also approved the spending of $7,650 to make necessary structural repairs to the northwest corner of the town’s community center. The council met in a called session to hear reports from each of the council members, who serve as commissioners over city departments. It was during council member and police commissioner Angie Choate’s report that she revealed how the city could save more than $10,000 a year — by transferring the town’s dispatching duties from Central Control in Gibson County to the Obion County Sheriff’s Department and Obion County’s 911 center. Kenton has been using Central Dispatch in Dyer and paying the private company more than $10,000 a year. Choate said the city could switch over to the local sheriff’s department and 911 and eliminate that expense. Choate said she has met briefly with Kenton Police Chief Steve Meeks and with Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder. “I feel like it’s worth making a change ... and looking in to,” Choate told the council. She went into great detail explaining how the local sheriff’s department is in the process of switching over to an 800 megahertz dispatching system. Choate reassured her fellow council members that using Obion County’s dispatching system will work for Kenton’s emergency services agencies, namely the police and fire departments. “I’m confident it’s going to work,” Choate said. “I’ve wanted this since I was mayor before,” Mayor Virginia Davidson said, referring to her previous terms as the town’s mayor. “This could go a long way for our budget ... saving money,” she said. The council approved Choate’s recommendation by a 5-0-1 vote, with council member Sarah Skinner abstaining. “I’m just not completely satisfied with it,” she said. What the changeover will
mean for Kenton residents is they will soon begin using Obion County’s 911 dispatching for emergency services and will no longer have to dial 692-3714 for the police department. Instead, calls for police services will be routed through the Obion County Sheriff’s Department dispatching center — 8855832. Discussion of the transition of dispatching services dominated Tuesday night’s near hour and 15 minute long meeting. The switchover of dispatching services is expected to take several weeks. From saving $10,000 to spending $7,650, the Kenton council voted unanimously to hire Ram Jack of Milan to reinforce the northwest corner of the town’s gymturned-community center. Council member and parks and recreation commissioner Faye Sharp recommended spending the money and the council unanimously approvedherrecommendation following several minutes of discussion. Sharp described the deteriorating condition of the gym’s northwest corner as a “main concern” and described the condition of the northwest corner of the building as being in “bad shape.” “It’s very important we get this done now,” Sharp said. “I think the structure damage needs to be addressed quickly,” Choate said upon hearing Sharp’s report. Sharp said she had checked around for companies that do foundation repair work, and that she was most confident in the Milan company’s work. Also during her report,. Sharp identified a list of other repairs and renovations that are needed at the community center, but the council decided not to take any action on the list Tuesday night. It is expected that the council will take up the list of repair work at a later meeting though. “We’ll get to that other stuff later,” Davidson said. “Everything in that gym needs to be fixed by April,” council member Tim Johns said. As part of her report, Mrs. Sharp said she has been reviewing the past year’s financial records for the community center and reported the center is
essentially paying for itself. As Tuesday night’s meeting wound down, it was obvious the session was productive in terms of laying the groundwork for coming up with a balanced budget. “I think this has been a very informative meeting,” Davidson said. In other action, the council: • Reviewed reports from other council members serving as commissioners, covering the areas of finance, water and sewer, office personnel, fire protection and streets. The reports from commissioners were discussed, but it was generally agreed that until budget estimates can be reviewed no action should be taken. Council approval was given to the termination of parttime city employee Donald Whitworth. The council also discussed but took no action on letting one other city employee go and switching to a four-day work week during the months of January and February. “We may look at it next month,” Davidson said. • Discussed the need to establish work schedules for city work crews and talked about the expense of maintaining city dumpsters. “We don’t have a foreman,” council member and cocommissioner of the town’s street department Wade Simpson said. “There’s no structure.” Although the council took no action on the issue of city dumpsters, it was apparent the cost of maintaining the dumpsters through Barker Brothers is an issue that is going to be addressed when the council begins work on a new city budget. “We’re going to have to look at this,” Davidson said. The council approved an industrial board and a planning commission for the city. Mayor Davidson recommended the boards to the council, and the council unanimously approved the submitted names. The industrial board consists of Jimmy Jackson, Bob Holloman, Tom Bock, Robert Norton, Sarah Skinner and Mayor Virginia Davidson. The planning commission consists of Richard Skiles, Terry Owens, Danny Jowers (as a consultant), Delores Agee and Mayor Davidson.
Shop Gibson Co. program from page 1 addressed. A program would seek to retain local graduates in county jobs. •Enhance the countywide recruitment effort – The goal is to increase the quantity and quality of jobs to lower unemployment, increase tax revenue and property values, and improve the quality of life for residents. Leaders will evaluate the feasibility of hiring a County Wide Economic Development Recruiter. Development of marketing strategies and education of Industrial Boards are aspects of the plan. •Develop broadband service throughout county – The goal is to develop high speed broadband services throughout the county. The
availability of broadband service would ensure that industry is capable of plugging into a global economy, and that citizens are able to access further education and employment opportunities, leading to economic growth in communities. Grant funds for broadband will be sought. Vance Coleman, Tara Bradford, Charles Phillips and Dan Rodamaker are leading participants. •Develop a community pride-beautification committee – Mayor Tom Witherspoon, Barbara Morris and county commissioners are leaders of the plan to regulate unsightly places in order to make the county more attractive, safe and free of health hazards. Goals are to
attract industry, businesses and new residents by improving the environment. A “Clean Up Gibson County” marketing ad will be promoted. •Promotion of the Gibson Co. Lake – The mission is to better promote the lake as a regional recreational facility in order to get increased revenues from tourism and provide local citizens a recreational opportunity that would retain tax dollars within the county. Plans call for creating a Facebook page and posting photos of fish caught at the lake. A contact person would be appointed for camping reservations and more signage and marketing developed. Trenton Mayor Tony Burris will lead the effort.
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North Union It was certainly a blessing to be back in the Lordâ€™s house after missing last Sunday. My knee is doing better since surgery. Our Childrenâ€™s Sermon was presented by Joyce Downing. She used an erasable white board to demonstrate her message. Unless a special solvent is used, it is impossible to remove whatever is written on the white board. And isnâ€™t that true about the sins that are upon us. Without the blood of Jesus there is no remission of sins. So remember that only the blood of Jesus can wipe our personal board clean and keep it white. Bro. Donâ€™s sermon was one that offered encouragement and pointed out possibilities for this New Year. Taken from Psalm 139 we learned that Godâ€™s hand is upon us and that He knows everything about us. We learned that we are the most important possessions that God has and that we are His most special creation. His presence promises success in what we lay our hands to do. So â€œstart out like youâ€™re going to hold
By Connie Cooper outâ€? this year and accomplish the â€œdays fashioned for youâ€? by God. (vs 16) We ended our day with a time of fellowship. Sally Baird and helpers cooked up a batch of homemade corn dogs and fried dill pickles. Others provided finger foods and desserts and we all had our appetites satisfied. We played all sorts of games and I heard the competition was fierce at the Rook table. Next Sunday Linda Carmoney will be our speaker for the morning service. She also will be sharing information during the evening service about a â€œGrief Shareâ€? ministry that will begin soon at our church. This vital ministry is designed for any who are dealing with a recent loss of a loved one, or even a loss that occurred years ago. If you know someone who might benefit from this ministry, please contact us at 731 697-2966 for more info. Remember: God will never give you up or give up on you and Iâ€™ll see you in church next Sunday!
Bethpage By Joyce Brown Here we are off into another year. If you started the year in the house of the Lord youâ€™ve made a good beginning in the right direction. Tina and Janice started worship with the beautiful hymn â€œGreat Is Thy Faithfulnessâ€? and call to worship was â€œJesus, Thereâ€™s Something About That Nameâ€?. Charles Perryman sang a favorite â€œBeulah Landâ€? for special music. Bro James took his sermon text from Deut. 32:36-47. His title was â€œAn Expiring Echo.â€? These scriptures were Mosesâ€™ final message to the people of Israel. Bro. James and the deacons presented and served the Lordâ€™s Supper. Seems this was a wonderful way to begin the year. Sunday night Bro. James preached from third John and
Matt.7:16-20onperseverance. The key elements to grow and achieve perseverance are prayer, praise, partnering, and plans. We are looking forward to having Bo Booth speak on behalf of the Gideon organization next Sunday. Sympathy is extended to the family of Travis Taylor who died in a tragic accident. Pastorâ€™s pen: Do not rest without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus Christ. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
In Memory of Floyd Shanklin January 8, 1911 - February 28, 2007 You would have celebrated your 100th birthday this week. You may not be here physically, but you are certainly here in our hearts. We can say the following with all certainly: Your death left us with a heartache that time will never heal; But the unconditional love you gave us left us memories that no one can ever steal.
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Dyer Church of Christ Morning worship services had an attendance 103 and 70 in Sunday school. The message for the morning service came from the book of Romans 1:1823, Begin at the Beginning. Why do I believe in God? Our belief in God is always under attack. We are fearfully and wonderfully made? It is he that made us and not we ourself. Do you believe? What will you do with your belief? The message for the evening service came from the book of Luke 1. We see throughout the Gospel the unity of belief. We still need to be unified in our belief. The book of Luke also emphasizes those beliefs of Jesus life and fulfillment of the scriptures. We are given eyewitness accounts written in the 1st century. Lukeâ€™s view shows us a complete understanding of the Gospel so we can have certainty in our beliefs.
Remember in prayer the family of Doris Cherry, the family of Nelda Workman, Allen Hunt and family, the family of Roma Thomas, Michele Whitaker, Laura Speer, Leon Hunt and all of our shut-ins Lynn had a very nice article in our bulletin this week. It was a look back at the year and all of the activities that brought us such joy. The loved ones that have passed on before us and the future that we have to look forward to. Thanks so much for a wonderful New Yearâ€™s Eve celebration that Brad and Sabrina Clark put together. It is a joy to bring in 2011 with friends and family. Announcements: Donâ€™t forget to bring your pantry items and help fill up our pantry. You never know when someone may be in need and this is such a small thing we can do to help others.
Golden Agers Brother Jerry Legg welcomed 21 present that included two visitors. He gave thanks for the food that was provided Kenneth McEwen prayed for those who had health problems. they are James Sims, Jane Forsyeth, J.B. Freeze, Anne Powell, Virigina Burgess, Hilda Patterson, Charles Reed, Tyree and Katie Cabite, Wonda Adams, and young adults with problems. Kenny led a our music with two songs, â€œPass Me Not O Gentle Savior,â€? and Tell The Good Newsâ€? with Anne Thompson an pianist. Janice Frevele did our special music, â€œA child of the Kingâ€? with Alice Ernest accompanist. Our devotional for the day was A New Years Resolution by Brother Dewayne Jesus said to Peter do you love Me he said Lord you know I love you. He said to him feed my sheep How can we love God more in the new year?
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We are in a changing day, technology is changing but God never changes. Salvation is for all. Can people tell we love you more? We are to love you with all our heart not family, money, etc. Love the Lord, our worship, praise and sacifice. We should love him daily, spending much time in prayer and Bible study. Matt: 22:37 Love Commandment Thou shalt Love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and second is like unto it thy shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself. The Great Commission is to pray, send or go. We are to love God, love His people and love his heartbeat this is Missions. Our mission is for his sheep in word and prayers. For our New Year we know who holds tomorrow. Brother Dewayne dismissed with prayer.
Rutherford 1st Baptist By Kathrine Blankenship Happy New Year, everyone. My prayer is for everyone to have a blessed 2011. There was a good crowd for the morning service, the first service of a new year. The choir special was â€œRedeemersâ€? with Sue Ellen Moore singing the solo part. Brother Jasonâ€™s message, â€œJudging Other,â€? was taken from Matthew 7:1, John 8:7, and I Cor. 5:12. Sunday night a special called business meeting was held.
A young ma, Andrew Peevyhouse sang the special. It is always good to see young people taking part in church. Congratulations to Brother Jason and Julie. There is going to be another little boy in their house sometime in June! Those having birthdays this week are Beverly Dunn, Jennifer Scott, and Tommy Bearden. If you do not have a church home, come visit with us. There is something for everyone.
Community Calendars UNITY MINISTRIES TO MEET Unity Ministries will meet Monday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Rutherford First Baptist Church. NORTH GIBSON RELAY KICK-OFF North Gibson County Relay for Life Kick-Off Celebration will be held Thursday, January 13 at 6 p.m. in the theater at Gibson County High School. All teams captains, volunteers, and any interested in forming a team or volunteering should be at this event, so please make plans to attend! COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION DATES The Commodity Distribution dates for January 2011 are Bradford, January 7th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Milan January 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Humboldt January 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. January 18th for Kenton, Median, Gibson and Dyer are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. , Rutherford from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Yorkville 8 a.m. only and Trenton October 21 from 8a.m to 11a.m.
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New Hope By Several attended Bible study prayer meeting Wednesday evening. Brother Terry Owens led us in making resolutions for the New Year. We are to take stock of ourselves. The scripture was II Corinthians 5:16-21. He challenged us to be ambassadors for Christ. Sunday School Attendance was 71. We celebrated the New Year be observing our 2 church ordinances; baptism and the Lordâ€™s Supper. Stacy Williams was baptized at the beginning of our service. Our special music, sung by Brother Terry Owens was â€œUnending Love, Amazing Grace.â€? We welcome Brother Corey Meggs, Nancy and children back from vacation. He spoke on â€œHow close are you to Christâ€? from Luke 5:17-26,
the four friends bringing the paralyzed man to Jesus. The room was crowded. So they tore a hole in the roof. Do our churches need a hole in the roof to get people close to Jesus? We then observed the Lordâ€™s Supper. Discipleship attendance was 39. We enjoyed a time of personal testimony Sunday evening. Brother Corey began our study from Halleyâ€™s Bible Handbook summarizing the Bible. We covered the creation, the fall into sin and how it affects us today. You never graduate Bible study until you meet the author face to face. Remember those on our prayer list, Ralph Jackson has surgery January 11, Hunter Ring, James Sims and Dorothy Butler.
Sunday School for Shut-In Whether youâ€™re 15 or 115 this is for you with love. Please read Matthew 6:20. Jesus describes vertical storage. Previously, Jesus had described a life lived from earth to heaven, a vertical life (Matthew 6:18). â€œHow beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publishment peace, that brigneth good tidings of good, that publishemnt salvation that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigheth!â€? Isaiah 52:7 KJV. At one of the worst hours in the life of Jesus, we see Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Peter sees this and says, â€œNo!â€? But Jesus says, â€œIf I donâ€™t wash your feet, you have no part with Meâ€? (John 13:8). Jesus is humble on purpose and He even washes the feet of His betrayer (John 13:11). After Jesus washed their feet, He says. â€œYe call me Master and Lord: and ye say well for so I am. If I then your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one anotherâ€™s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to youâ€? John 13:13-15
KJV. These treasures cannot be taken away from us. We donâ€™t worry about these treasures with God. Verily, verily, I am unto you. The servant is not greater than his Lord, neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do themâ€? John 13: 16, 17 KJV. The vertical life is a life well done. Earthly treasures are received through horizontal working (Matthew 6:19, 20). They are horizontal treasures because all of them will stay on earth. Youâ€™ve heard it said, â€œyou canâ€™t take it with youâ€? (Luke 12:20). When I heard my dad say those words, I didnâ€™t know what he was saying. He meant that all the things I was piling up for selfishness and greed, were all going to remain on earth when I left earth for eternityâ€™s destination. Earthly treasures are the rewards from man. Those are horizontal rewards, approvals of man, a pat on the back, or the glory of men.
Kenton News Richard and Martha (Marty) Sims were blessed on Christmas Eve to have in their home Martyâ€™s 91 year old mother, Mrs. Gracie Davis Hensley and her husband Edgar of Grenada, Mississippi. Together they celebrated along with Mrs. Hensleyâ€™s other daughters including Mary and Harry Hoyt of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Betty and Bill Bensing of Knoxville, Tennessee. Their brother Don Tetleton of Memphis was unable to attend due to sickness and was greatly missed. Also present to celebrate was granddaughter, Marsha and Tommy Vance of Jackson, Mississippi, and six great-grandchildren, Joseph Hufffman and Susan Edison of Kenton, Betty Jo Brooks of Knoxville, and Logan and Kaitlyn Vance of Mississippi. They were so blessed to all be reunited on such a wonderful occasion and to share a delicious meal as well as to enjoy a white Christmas. Mike and Jamie Freeman arrived in Kenton from North Carolina for a visit lastTuesday evening. Mikeâ€™s parents, Kerry and Jackie Freeman hosted a belated Christmas meal on Wednesday. Others attending the celebration were Zach and Kellie Freeman, Mike and Jamie Freeman, Michael, Lori, Mitch and Julie Allen and Jack and Jane Allen. After partaking of a delicious meal, they all enjoyed looking at some family pictures, which evoked many wonderful memories
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of the past. The evening was topped off with exchanging gifts and visiting. On Sunday night many friends and family gathered at Los Portales to celebrate Mike and Zach Freemanâ€™s 24th birthday. Attending the celebration were Kerry and Jackie Freeman, Kellie Freeman, Jamie Freeman, Jack and Jane Allen, Kenneth Freeman, Keith and Michelle Freeman, Cancace Walker, Michael, Lori, Mitch, and Julie Allen all of Kenton, Tracye Fender of Rutherford, Rusty and Heather McFarland of Humboldt, Kent and Regina Hendon and John and Tammy Castleman all of Union City. Food for Thought: When I grow weary and itâ€™s hard to go on, I am tempted to throw in the towel. When the checkbook is empty and thereâ€™s never enough, All that comes to my mind is â€œhow?â€? When sickness invades the ones that I love, I wonder what I can do now. The answer comes in a still, small voice....â€?Let go, give it to Jesus! Thatâ€™s how.â€? Prayer List: Judy Webb, Johnny Reed, Gwen Rickard, Jimmy Simmons, Amanda Davis, Rebecca Bing, David Stephenson, Aaron Whitworth, Regina Miller, Sam Weatherly, Elmer Williams, Paul Lee Williams, Henry and Cathy Herane, Elaine and Jesse Davidson, Carol and Bobby Primrose, Lil Wardlow, Eurby Sanders, Freda Lamar, Racine Hodges, and Clint McLodge. e-mail: kentonnewslady@hotmail. com
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Obituaries BILLY JOE CURTIS Mayfield - Mr. Billy Joe Curtis, age 73, of Mayfield, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Thursday at the Western Baptist Hospital in Mayfield. He was of the Pentecostal Faith and a retired truck driver for Quality Leasing in Paducah. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Helm Foley Curtis, four daughters, Barbara K. Horner, Dyer, Vicky Lynn Burns, Teresa Faye Wray and Beverly Ann Kirk all of Paducah; one son, Timothy Joe (Debbie) Curtis, Dyer; four sisters, Dorothy Gordon and Virginia Palmer both of Humboldt, KY, Lucille Imogene Goff, Detroit, MI. and Willie Mae (James) Peevyhouse, Mayfield, KY; one brother, Bobby Lynn (Margaret) Curtis, Edmonton, KY; 11 Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; Frank Daniel and Susie Amy Curtis, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield with Reverends Michael Miller and James Peevyhouse officiating. Burial followed in the Highland Park Cemetery.
ROMA H. THOMAS Paris â€“ Funeral services for Roma H. Thomas, 97, were held January 2, 2011, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyer. Johnny Watson and Larry Simmons officiated the services. Burial was held at Good Hope Cemetery in Dyer. Mrs. Thomas married Marvin Pickett Thomas on October 10, 1937 who died July 12, 1989. She was formerly worked in a grocery store with her husband as a bookkeeper, formerly sold Avon and worked in ladies clothing store in Dyer. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Anna Halliburtin, husband, Marvin Thomas, four brothers, Herman Halliburton, Brady Halliburton, E. David Halliburton and Ute Halliburton, and four sisters, Maldine Bone, Mae Thomas, Rebecca Matthews and Anna Halliburton. She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Ann and husband Thomas Nellen of Paris, and Peggy Ruth and husband Dave Rushing of Nashville, three grandchildren, Tim Mayberry of Paris, Tom and wife Diane Mayberry of Angleton, TX, and Kathy Keys of San Antonia, TX, five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to Tennessee Baptist Childrenâ€™s Home, P.O. Box 2206 in Brentwood, TN 37024-2206
ELMER LEE HARPER Rutherford â€“ Elmer Lee Harper, age 78, of Rutherford passed away on January 1, 2011 at Gibson General Hospital. A memorial service for Mr. Harper will be held January 7, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Leitherland Funeral Home with Brother Ray Sanders officiating. Mr. Harper was a mechanic. He was a Mason for 28 years and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Tharpe and Mary Elaine Harper. He is survived by his wife, Sue Harper; two sons, Roger Harper Sr. of MeKenzie, and Tim Harper of Spokane, Washington; two daughters, Audrey Harper Lowe of Rutherford, and Lisa Harper Copley of Camden; and one brother, Willard Tidwell of Greenfield. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren
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NELDA JEAN WORKMAN Dyer - Nelda Jean Workman, age 65, of Dyer, Tennessee, passed away from this life on December 29, 2010, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Workman were conducted on Friday, December 31, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Karnes & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Don Barnett officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery of Dyer. She was born October 28, 1945, in Teague, Texas; the daughter of the late George D. and Nell Marie Howard. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Workman is survived by her husband, Kenneth Workman; four children, Kenneth Loyd Workman, Rodney Lee Workman, Stacy Lynn Workman Clark and Brian Dean Workman; five grandchildren, Amber Nicole Workman, Cassey Dawn Workman, Austin Lee Workman, Heather Lauren Clark, Kenneth Ray Workman; four siblings, George Howard, John Howard, Linda Shackelford, and Jim Howard.
BESSIE ARLENE HOLLOWAY McKenzie â€“ Funeral services for Bessie Arlene Holloway, 83, were held December 29, 2010 at McKenzie Funeral Home. Brother Dewayne Thomas officiated the services. Burial was held at Bethlehem Cemetery. Mrs. Holloway a retired seamstress and former restaurant owner died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at her residence. She was born on October 30, 1927 in Lansing, MI to the late Lamoine and Marie Zigler. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, G.R. Holloway and one brother, Lawrance Zigler. Survivors include two sons, Ricky Holloway of Paris and Randy Holloway of Dyer, two daughters, Diane Johnson of McKenzie and Rae Lynn of Camden, one sister Berneal McKinnie of McKenzie, 8 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
DORIS NELL CHERRY Dyer - Doris Nell Cherry peacefully passed away surrounded by family on January 1, 2011 at the Dyer Nursing Home. Mammy, as she was affectionately known by family, was born June 29, 1926. Mammy is survived by her daughter, Angela Halford and husband Paul of Dyer; grandchildren, Paula (Doug) Ferguson of Dyersburg, Tim (Shelley) Halford of Covington, and Todd (Stacy) Halford of Rutherford. Greatgrandchildren include Amber Ferguson Elmore, Cassidy Ferguson, Charley Morgan, Christian, Max, and Myles Halford. Great-great-grandchildren, Madison and Emma Elmore also survive. Mammy was preceded in death by her husband, George Cherry of 46 years, sisters, Lillian Summar, Verna Lou Matthews, Dorothy Meredith (twin sister), and brothers, Jessie Hue Smith and Wade Smith. A loving, generous, and family centered person, Mammy was one who had a quick wit and an infectious laugh. Prior to her husband Georgeâ€™s death, Mammy was always by his side. For a short time period both worked at Brown Shoe Company in Dyer; then they opened a Firestone Supply Store and stayed in business until retirement. Their final years were spent on the family farm tending cattle, baling hay, and growing fresh vegetables. Mammy was a special woman whose qualities will always be remembered. Funeral services were conducted by Paul Halford, Mammyâ€™s son-in-law, January 4. Burial followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Dyer. Pall bearers who served were Todd Halford, Tim Halford, Gentry McFarland, Talanee Hall, Stephen Elmore, and Roger Ozment. Karnes and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the services.
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Sports & Education GC Ladies claim fourth consecutive tournament win BY LORI CATHEY With a convincing 52-19 win over the South Gibson County Lady Hornets in the semifinals, the Gibson County Lady Pioneers, with a strong 48-34 win Thursday night claimed their fourth consecutive championship in the 2010 Gibson County Christmas Tournament. In the semifinal game, the Lady Pioneers jumped to an early 22-0 lead in the first quarter, behind two 3-pointers by Courtney Haynes and 1 by Kortney Tyree. The Lady Pioneers had a 31-7 lead at halftime. The Lady Hornets scored 7 points to the Lady Pioneers’ 12 points in the third to give GC a 43-14 lead. In the fourth quarter Gibson County scored 9 more points to the Lady Hornets’ 5 points for the win. Gibson County forced 20 turnovers, was 7-14 from the free throw line and made 7 of 13 from the 3-point range. Gibson County’s Courtney Haynes lead the offense
with 19 points, 3 steals and had four 3-pointers for the night. Khadijah Alexander was right behind her with 11 points and 2 steals. Tori Reedy scored 8 points and had 5 rebounds. Kelly Tyree had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. The Gibson County Lady Pioneers faced the Bradford Lady Red Devils in the championship game Thursday night. Gibson County’s Jasmine Whittemore started the game by stealing an attempted pass and racing down the court, scoring the game’s first two points with an easy lay-up. Gibson County held Bradford scoreless in the first quarter to have a 16-0 lead. In the second, back to back rebounds and baskets by Alyssa White extended Gibson County’s lead to 2813 at half-time. The Lady Red Devils never found an answer for Gibson County’s swarming defense in the backcourt. Bradford committed 16
turnovers in the first half, which led to numerous easy baskets in transition for the Lady Pioneers. Late in the third quarter Lady Pioneer Tori Reedy had an offensive stick-back and was fouled to convert a 3-point play to take a 39-23 lead into the final quarter of play. Gibson County defeated Bradford 48-34 in the championship game. For the game, the Lady Pioneers connecting on 17-of-32 attempts from the field, made 8-of-12 free throws and forced Bradford to comment 23 turnovers. The Lady Pioneers also had 31 rebounds, 13 of them in the first quarter. Leading in scoring for the night for Gibson County was Tori Reedy who netted 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jasmine Whittemore scored 13 points, 2 rebounds and 6 steals, Alyssa White had 9 points, 2 steals and 9 rebounds. Kelly Tyree had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for the night.
CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS - The Gibson County Lady Pioneers posed for a team photo after defeating the Bradford Lady Red Devils, on Thursday night, in the Championship game. The Lady Pioneers received the championship plaque from Gibson County Principle Eddie Pruett. Members of the Gibson County Christmas Tournament Champs Lady Pioneers basketball team are: (front row from left) Cara Beth Holt, Cady Griffin, Magan Porter, Nicole Johnson, Amber Rea (back row from left) Lacey Petty, Shante’ Skinner, Kelly Tyree, Jasmine Whittermore, Kortney Tyree, Sarah Beth Mullins, Principal Eddie Pruett, Alyssa White, Tori Reedy, Courtney Haynes, Khadijah Alexander, Brianna Fetters. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
FOURTH PLACE WINNERS - The Gibson County Pioneers placed fourth in the Gibson County Christmas Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Shaquielle Watson, Colton Marcel, John Lee, Mike Horton, Jamal Jackson, LaDarius Oslar, Denzel Harris. (back row) Head Coach Justin Lowery, Bernard Chambers, Houston Cunningham, Chad Cunningham, Mitchell Simpson, Markee Brown, Xavier Flora and Asst. Coach Jerry Robinson. Gibson County Pioneers lost 65-63 to the Trenton Peabody Golden Tide in the Gibson County Christmas Tournament played last week. Scoring for Gibson County were: Colton Marcle 18 points, Mitchell Simpson 17, Denzel Harris 11, Mike Horton 8 and Shaquielle Watson 5. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
TAKING FLIGHT - GC junior Courtney Haynes goes airborne to save the ball while looking for an open teammate. Haynes was the leading scorer with 19 points against South Gibson County. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
UP FOR TWO - Lady Pioneer Jasmine Whittemore goes in for a lay-up for two of her 13 points during the game Thursday night. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
UP TO SCORE - Gibson County’s Tori Reedy goes up for a basket over three Bradford defenders. Reedy had 16 points in the championship game. (Photo by Lori Cathey)
UT Martin names local students to dean’s list The outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students at UT Martin have been honored with publication of the Fall 2010 Dean’s Lists for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Business and Global Affairs, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Engineering and Natural
Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. To be eligible for dean’s list recognition at UTM, a student must take at least 12 hours of credit (pass-fail courses are not included) and achieve a 3.2 (B) grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. Students can make the dean’s list with honors (3.2 through 3.49), high honors (3.5 through 3.79) or highest honors (3.8
through 4.0). UTM is a comprehensive public university that maintains an excellent reputation for its high-quality undergraduate programs, its beautiful campus and caring professors. Joshua T. Adams, Dyer, TN 38330, High Honors Matthew E. Bobbitt, Dyer, TN 38330, Highest Honors Matthew R. Coleman, Dyer,
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Notices NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEEâ€™S SALE WHEREAS, default has occurred in the performance of the covenants, terms and conditions of a Deed of Trust dated October 31, 2006, executed by HEATHER GLIDEWELL AND JONATHAN WILSON, TENANTS BY THE ENTIRETY, conveying certain real property therein described to JOHN CLARK as same appears of record in the Registerâ€™s Office of Gibson County, on November 3, 2006, as Instrument No. 80213, in Book 896, at Page 1120; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of said Deed of Trust was last transferred and assigned to BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, who is now the owner of said debt; and WHEREAS, Notice of the Right to Foreclose (â€œNoticeâ€?) was given in compliance with Tennessee law by the mailing a copy of the Notice to the parties at least sixty (60) days prior to the first publication of the Substitute Trusteeâ€™s Sale. WHEREAS, the undersigned, RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., having been appointed by as Substitute Trustee by instrument filed for record in the Registerâ€™s Office of Gibson County, Tennessee on FEBRUARY 4,2010,in Book 943 Page 1351-1352 Instrument # 111274. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that the undersigned, RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as Substitute Trustee or its duly appointed agent, by virtue of the power, duty and authority vested and imposed upon said Substitute Trustee will, on JANUARY 26,2011, 11:00 AM at the Gibson County courthouse door where the foreclosure sales are customarily held At the Gibson County Courthouse, Trenton, TN, proceed to sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Gibson County, Tennessee, to wit: LOT 214, PHASE II, QUAILWOOD ESTATES, A PLAT OF WHICH APPEARS OF RECORD IN PLAT CABINET D, SLIDE 5, REGISTERâ€™S OFFICE OF GIBSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, REFERENCE TO WHICH PLAT IS HEREBY MADE FOR A MORE PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION OF SAID LOT SHOWING ITS LOCATION AND THE LENGTH AND DIRECTION OF ITS BOUONDARY LINES. PROPERTY ADDRESS: The street address of the property is believed to be 226 SPARROW COVE, MEDINA, TN 38355. In the event of any discrepancy between this street address and the legal description of the property, the legal description shall control. CURRENT OWNER(S): HEATHER GLIDEWELL & JONATHAN WILSON OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: N/A The sale of the above-described property shall be subject to all matters shown on any recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements or set-back lines that may be applicable; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. This property is being sold with the express reservation that it is subject to confirmation by the lender or Substitute Trustee. This sale may be rescinded at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time, and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. All right and equity of redemption, statutory or otherwise, homestead, and dower are expressly waived in said Deed of Trust, and the title is believed to be good, but the undersigned will sell and convey only as Substitute Trustee. The Property is sold as is, where is, without representations or warranties of any kind, including fitness for a particular use or purpose. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., Substitute Trustee 2380 Performance Dr, TX2-984-0407 Richardson, TX 75082 Tel: (800) 281-8219 Fax: (805) 553-6392, TS# 09-0125504, FEI# 1006.84571, 01/05/2011, 01/12/2011, 01/19/2011
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Marriages Lucas Oliver Thornton of Humboldt and Jessica Katherine Andre of Humboldt Michael Wayne Watson of Medina and Lisa Ann Mathis Horne of Medina Daniel Lee Simmons of Trenton and Susan Elizabeth Perry of Trenton Derrick Donovin Slayton of Trenton and Lauren Jade Wicker of Trenton Derrick Lynn Bell of Humboldt and Lisa Marie Gullage of Humboldt James Robert Bratton of Atwood and Lora Brandyce England of Atwood Douglas Edward Bowens, Jr. of Humboldt and Christie Charlene Morris of Humboldt Lewis Otha Bolerjack of Bradford and Shelby Jean Pratt Walker of Bradford Tracy Gerald Hughes of Cedar Grove and Bethany Paige Skallion Hall of Milan Mark Jerry Shepherd of
Humboldt and Heather Marie Tilley of Martin Hal Travis Burks of Humboldt and Mary Ann Hubbard Tillman of Humboldt Paul Wayne Smith, Sr. of Trenton and Karen Faye Prince Frye of Trenton Brent James Sewell of Ashland City and Jessica Elizabeth Winchester of Medina Deante Antonio Merriweather of Milan and Sara Joice Simpson of Milan Mark Shannon Church of Humboldt and Stephanie Carol Fisher Presgrove of Humboldt Billy Leon James of Medina and Paqtricia Lynn Sullivan of Medina Craig Lamont McCurry of Humboldt and Shenika Michelle Warren of Humboldt Jonah David Harwell of Milan and Amanda Kamylle
Call Trenton Attorney “Solving Bankruptcy Problems For Over 20 Years”
Building Permits Hills of Dyersburg Senobio Pena, Jr. of Dyer and Jennifer Lynn Jones of Dyer Anthony Ryan Poole of McLemoresville and Barbara Jean Burns of Milan Jason Lee Belew of Milan and Caroline Elizabeth Reeves of Milan Richard Delaney Newbill of Jackson and Tiffany Latonia Love Newbill of Jackson Dwight Lee Martin of Medina and Mindy Michelle Smith Oden of Medina Edward Leon Newhouse of Humboldt and Donna Denise Donald Johnson of Humboldt Justin Conrad White of Medina and Kimberly Marie Gordon Hardaway of Trenton Anthony Ray Connell of Idlewild and Jana Lee White Williams of Idlewild Joseph Miles Launsby of Bradford and Tiffany Marie Thedford of Bradford Donald Hayden Hicks of Milan and Patsy Ann Evans Hicks of Milan Donald Philip Hale of Humboldt and Kathy Jean Garrett Greene of Medina Kenneth Andrew Caldwell of Milan and Kimberly Gabbard Smith of Milan Christopher Paul Robbins of Medina and Donna Ann Boals Schlesinger of Medina David Allen Smith of Jackson and Jennifer Sheraden Lapham of Jackson
Raymond Forrest, 279 Old Rutherford-Kenton Road, Kenton Johnny Bobbitt, 33 Bobbitt Road, Medina Gibson County Airport, Airport Lane, Trenton Jerry Stewart, 48
Gibson Highway, Trenton Manuel Mata, 115 Graves Lane, Trenton Blake Allen, 24 Creekwood Road, Humboldt Steven and Lynn Brasfield, 5 Hunter Jones
Divorces Jeannie Marie Gilley vs. Thaddeus Farris Gilley Michelle Duck vs. Russell Eugene Duck Jacqueline R. Merritt vs. John Eugene Merritt Ronald Glenn Barnes vs. Lauren Dale Barnes Dennis Clyde Blankenship vs. Donna Laverne Blankenship Linda Lifsey vs. Bruce Harold Lifsey Orchard Lee Scates vs. Frederick Darryl Scates Kemberly Sue Leke vs. David Alan Leke Shannon Nicole Schaefer vs. Darren Jon Schaefer Albert Leon Gordon vs. Margie Ann Gordon Roger Mack Lowery vs. Judy Lynn Lowery Melody Ann Guest vs. Kelly Jason Guest Bobby Ivy, Jr. vs. Jennifer Nicole Ivy David Weddles vs. Betty Collins Weddles John Richard Stearny
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Road, Milan Shawn and Angela Winstead, 247 Herbert Neal Road, Milan Ricky Pyle, 9 Greenfield Highway, Bradford Maynard and Geraldine Thomas, 644 ConcordCades Road, Trenton Martin Paving, 29R Jackson Highway, Medina Rodney Corbin, 613 Laneview-Concord Road, Trenton
Cloras Chapel Praise God for a New Year! We are looking forward to great things happening in 2011. December 31, the last day of 2010 beginning at 10 p.m., Cloras Chapel had watch service. Our special guest was Badgett Chapel CPCA of Rutherford. We had a high time in the name of Jesus. Rev. Myles was able to be there after having heart surgery two weeks ago and he was so happy to be at church. We were glad to have Minister Austin and he was full of the Holy Spirit. There were many testimonies, prayers, and songs. Badgett Chapel’s Choir sang from their hearts. Pastor Al Seward spoke a word from the Lord. He was just filled with the spirit and he let God use him. We had a wonderful time in the name of Jesus. We thank God for blessing us and bringing us through another year. Sunday was another high time for Cloras Chapel. We had a good Sunday school lesson taught by Elder Keith Harris. Rev. Leon Taylor brought the morning message. His title was “Prescription for Success.” The sanctuary choir blessed us with songs of Zion. We had Holy Communion and our hearts
By Robin McNeil
were filled with joy for it was the first Sunday of the year 2011. After service Pastor Myles, Sister Myles, Robin, Shinnell, Jaykenden, along with Teresa, Pat, and Val went to Badgett Chapel to witness the baptism of Pastor Jeremy Myles, Prophet Elijah Yalartai, April Belmont, and Selinda McElrath. The spirit of the Lord was all over the house and we had a joyful time. Saturday night at 6 p.m., Cloras Chapel will have a Fellowship and Awards Dinner at the Woodmen of the World Lodge in Rutherford. We will have food, entertainment, and presentations. All are invited to come and share with us. God is so good and we thank Him for everything He has done for us. Sympathy goes out to the Overstreet family in the loss of their love one Sister Brenda Overstreet. We pray for their strength. We hope everyone had a merry Christmas and have begun a Happy New Year. May we all be filled with love, joy, and happiness and may we all have a prosperous year. Have a good week and don’t forget to pray.
Lowrance Chapel I want to thank all of you that read our newsletter each week. I appreciate the comments that I have heard. I hope that our lessons are up-lifting and encouraging to you. The body of Christ came together again last Sunday to worship our great and magnificent God. We should all be grateful for this opportunity to assemble and give Him glory, honor and praise. But, there are still those who make no effort to assemble on the first day of the week and to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We were grateful for our visitors. Our lesson theme was about the “Irrefutable Facts of Life”. Please get your Bibles and read Proverbs 3:13-22. The Proverb writer tells us several things about the one who gains wisdom. He says that wisdom will make one happy, is more precious than silver and gold, can extend the quantity and quality of our life and will bring peace and life. He also says that the Lord Himself established the world with wisdom and having wisdom in our life will bring life and grace. There are some irrefutable facts of life we need to look at today. (1) Life’s not fair. There are some who are rich or poor, intelligent or ignorant, fed or hungry, experience good fortune or ill, free or enslaved, and healthy or sick. These are simply facts of life. God promises that if we “seek Him first that He will take care of us” (Matthew 6:33). God promises that He will be fair in regard to salvation because He is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34-35) God promises to judge us all fairly. (2 Cor. 5:10) If we don’t expect life to be fair, then we will not be as disappointed in life. (2) You can’t change history. Time marches forward, not backward. Once our words are said or done, you can’t go back. What is in the past is in the past and there is nothing that can be done about it. If we think about the fact that we can’t change history, that will help us prevent bad
By Jerry Bell
decisions. Just think of all the wars that possibly could have been avoided if we could go back in history and change something. (3) Choices have consequences. Newton’s third law of motion states: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This is true spiritually as well. In Galatians 6:7-8 we are told that whatever we sow we shall also reap. If we sow to the flesh (world) we will reap the flesh. But if we sow to the spirit we shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. There is not a choice that we make that first doesn’t originate within the heart. Understanding that choices have consequences will help us measure our choices before we make them. (4) Learning the hard way hurts! When a child touches a hot stove and burns his hand and cries “mommy it hurts” is learning ways that may hurt him. There are two different ways to learn in life.We learn from someone teaching us or we can learn through experience. In understanding that learning the hard way hurts, we will seek to learn from others first! “Seek me first, Jesus told us and then… ……(Matthew 6:33). God does not desire for us to learn the hard way, but to seek Him first. (5) Everyone dies. This is perhaps the most unavoidable truth of life. Some scientists think that they can freeze a body after death and hold it in this condition until a cure is found for their disease. Then they believe that they can thaw the body and give it life again. I personally have never heard of anyone being brought to life again, except by Jesus Himself. Hebrews 9:27 states, “it is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment.” If we understand that everyone dies, then we will seek to prepare ourselves and others for death as well. There are many other irrefutable facts of life but I hope these have helped us to be more aware about life. How is your life today? You may not have tomorrow. Give us a call. We can help! (6657122)