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VOL. 118, NO. 17



New Beginnings


Inside This Week:

GCHS Pioneer Post

Gibson - North Relay For Life

Survivor Stories

Rutherford bans bikes, skateboards downtown

Danaita Esdale

Esdale says, ‘Life is good’ Last week, you met Danita Esdale in the TriCity Reporter. Danita teaches reading and English at Yorkville School. We reported to you about the school’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day in honor of Danita. This week our survivor story takes a different twist. Previously you have read about survivors; this week you will read in Danita’s story her own words about her cancer years ago, its reoccurrence, and her thoughts on it. Danita has found the comfort of simple things like her cat purring beside her, sitting in the sunshine and a smile. She offers suggestions to all of us about how we can offer strength to others who have cancer. William G. McFarland BY DANITA ESDALE Tough can mean many things. It can mean that you are cool or that you talk tough, but in my case it meant that many people cared enough to take a thoughtful moment and find a pink shirt in the closet before going to school on Thursday April 15. My see page 12

Tri-City has moved The Tri-City Reporter has moved its office from downtown Dyer to 618 South Main Street (formerly the Movies & More video store). After a hectic Friday and a very busy weekend, the office opened for business on Monday morning. By Tuesday, all the internet and phone lines were up and running properly. “We hope our move has not inconvenienced anyone,” see page 12

RUSSELL RETIRES; HART TO COACH LADY PIONEERS – GCHS Lady Pioneer basketball coach David Russell is retiring from high school basketball and has accepted an assistant coaching position at UT Martin with Coach Kevin McMillan. Current Pioneer boy’s basketball coach Michael Hart has accepted the girls coaching position. (photo by Michael Enochs)

Coach Russell passes the ball to Coach Hart BY MICHAEL ENOCHS After a 35-year girls’ basketball coaching career, culminating in six state championships as head coach and one state championship as assistant head coach, Gibson County High School Girls’ Basketball Head Coach David Russell is retiring. Well, sort of retiring. He will be moving on to rejoin UT Martin’s Womens’ Basketball Head Coach Kevin McMillan as an assistant coach, working up to 120 days per year while still enjoying his retirement. Russell is turning the reins over at GCHS to Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Michael Hart. The school will find a new coach for the boys’ team in May. Russell started his coaching career at Medina, where he coached for three years, then coached at Bradford for 21 years where he had five state championship wins with the girls team. Russell came to GCHS in 1999 as head coach for the

girls’ team. Before the 2007-2008 season, Russell invited Coach Kevin McMillan to step in as head coach of the GCHS girls’ team, while he remained as head assistant coach. Then, in 2009, the Lady Pioneers won the state championship, the school’s first ever championship win. After that, McMillan moved on to become the head coach for the women’s basketball team at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Russell stepped back in to resume as head coach for the Lady Pioneers this past season, guiding the team for a second, consecutive state championship win. Russell ends his high school coaching career with 951 winning games. Next season Russell will follow McMillan to UTM as an assistant coach, along with three of last season’s senior star players on the GCHS Lady Pioneers team. Aubrey Reedy, Heather Butler see page 2

BY MICHAEL ENOCHS Bikes and skateboards are now officially banned from the sidewalks of downtown Rutherford. Due to concerns about safety in the town, Ordinance 2010-1 passed on the second and final reading at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Rutherford City Council. The ordinance was introduced back in March because of concerns and complaints from residents about sidewalk safety. Alderman and Vice Mayor Don Greer presided over the meeting due to the absence of Mayor Keith Cardwell. During a discussion about an ongoing bamboo infestation problem in the city, and the roosting of black birds in the bamboo posing a health hazard, Greer stated that it was against the city charter and ordinances on the books to use city labor or equipment for work on private property. Much of the problem bamboo is on Mill Street and other locations on private property. The board came to no conclusion about the bamboo. Under department reports, Alderman Bob White had questions about what he termed as “negative comments” used in a letter of resignation submitted by a police officer. White see page 3

Fuqua wins Gibson County Congressional Art Competition Congressman Tanner is pleased to announce the Gibson all the fine young artists who entered this competition County winner of the 2010 Congressional Art Competition. and each of them are to be commended for their hard The winning entry, was submitted by Anna Paige Fuqua, see page 3 a sophomore from Gibson County High School. The winning artwork, a pen and ink drawing entitled “Anticipation” will be entered in the District Judging which will take place on Friday, April 30th. In addition to the county winner, recognition was given to the second place winner, Brandon Scarmardo, a senior from Gibson County High School, with his acrylic-drawing entitled “Vindication.” Third Place was awarded to junior, Summer Lyons, for her acrylic painting entitled “Night Ride.” Honorable Mention honors went to senior, Tyler Richardson for his mixed media entitled NEW TCR - GCHS student Anna Paige Fuqua (right) with art teacher Janet “Eye of the Eagle.” West (left), is the first place winner in the Gibson County 2010 Cngressional Art “We are very proud of Competition. Anna Paige is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Fuqua


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WestStar holds first meeting in Gibson Co. BY CRYSTAL BURNS Despite having numerous Gibson County graduates and participants, WestStar made its first appearance stop in Gibson Co. last week, holding meetings in Milan and Trenton. Created over 20 years ago, WestStar was created to serve the 21 counties of West Tennessee by providing leadership development and training for selected participants. The training includes eight two-day seminars that vary from year-to-year. While in Gibson County, WestStar participants discussed Energy, Environment and Technology. see page 12

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Insight & Opinion My two cents on language terms

Clayburn Peeples reports: “Roger that,” my wife’s brother, the army major, said, in response to a statement I had made as we were having a conversation the other morning in our kitchen. He meant, in this case, “I agree with what you said,” but he could have meant simply, “yes.” Such terms as “Roger that,” and there must be thousands of them, are part of why English is such a difficult language to learn One of our language learners at home asked me about this phrase. “Why did Uncle Ryan say ‘Roger that?’ inquired six-year-old Grace. I explained, as best I could, that it was another way some people in the army said “I agree with you,” and luckily one of her younger sisters distracted her before she could ask a followup question which, more likely than not, would have exceeded my ability to answer. But I thought about it later, and decided to find out more. It is a phrase I still use occasionally, and understand when others do, but one I really knew nothing about. It turns out, my brother-inlaw, although using the term correctly, in one of its present meanings, was not using it in its original meaning. When coined, apparently in World War II by British pilots in the Royal Air Force, it was used to acknowledge that they had received radio messages. The word “received” was awkward to use in radio transmissions, so they used

the word “Roger” which represented the letter “r” in the Able, Baker, Charlie code usedformilitarytransmissions at the time. “Roger that” became shorthand for “I received your message and I understand it.” Then, as time went on, its meaning shifted, as word meanings often do. The term crept into civilian usage and is now almost universally understood in the English speaking world, but not so easily defined. As I said, there are thousands of colorful terms whose meanings are so obscure that most people are not aware of them at all. Some of them, like “nip it in the bud” and “keep your eye on the ball” are so obvious you can figure them out without knowing where they came from, but others make little or no sense at all to those unfamiliar with them. Take the term, “living high on the hog” for example. If someone in America had heard that term in the 1940’s, when it seems to have become popular, he or she would have probably known that the superior cuts of pork, the chops, loins, hams and such, came from the upper part of a hog’s body, as opposed to cheaper, lower cuts, and would have figured out what the phrase meant without explanation. Today, however, most of us are so far removed from actual food production it’s a wonder we even associate pork chops

with hogs at all. We just know that “living high on the hog” means living the good life. Another “why” question was asked by one of my other children about the term Adam’s apple. “Why do they call it “Adam’s apple?” she asked. Hmm. How much do you try to explain to a four-yearold when she asks a question like that? The real story seems to be that at some point in history, English folklore evolved that held that Adam’s unfortunate yielding to Eve’s entreaty to eat the apple led to a bite of it getting stuck in his throat. (Never mind that botanists say it is much more likely that the fruit was a pomegranate or an apricot. Sometime in the Early Middle Ages, or perhaps even earlier, the Church decided it was an apple. The Bible, however, doesn’t say.) A man’s Adam’s apple moves up and down when he eats or talks, the theory went, to remind him and other men to avoid temptresses. And speaking of sinful men, a few months ago, a friend who is not a UT fan asked me, “What are you UT folks going to do now that your coach has taken French leave? He was referring to Lane Kiffen, our former coach who had just left the school in a lurch by leaving the coaching job in the middle of the night, so to speak. Now I knew he was talking about the coach leaving, and I have heard the term


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has been throughout my eleven years here.” Coach Michael Hart is just the man to fill Russell’s shoes. Hart has coached the boys’ basketball team at GC for the past two years with marked improvements in the team. Hart brings 17 years of experience to the game. After playing for UT at Martin, Michael Hart played professionally and coached for ten years (1996 to 2006) in Europe, Australia, and South America. Hart spent two years as an assistant coach at Union City, including working with the 2008 undefeated state champions, before coming to GCHS as the head coach for the boys’ team. Hart hopes to keep assistant coach Nathan Russell, son of coach David Russell, and to add his wife, Christy Hicks Hart as an assistant coach as well. Christy played basketball at GCHS, before going on to play for UTM. She was inducted into the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for her outstanding record playing for GCHS

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from page 1 and Heather Griffin have all signed to play basketball for UTM this coming season. Russell stated, “Gibson County High School has been a great place for me as a coach and I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my career here than with two, back-to-back state championship wins. But, now it is time to do something a little different. I can enjoy my retirement and spend some time assisting at UT and be an asset as well. With me leaving, and GC losing the three senior stars on the team, it will be a big mistake for anyone in District 13 AA to think that Gibson County High has lost a lot. We have 12 great players coming back next season, and even more after that. We will be getting some eighth grade girls coming in as freshmen who have real talent, and Coach Michael Hart is stepping in to continue the team’s improvement.” Russell concluded, “Above all I want to say how much I appreciate how supportive the community




unceremonious departure from a situation one might be in. Well, I can see by the bottom of my page that that’s about all I have room for. If you know of other terms you think I should have covered, feel free to chime right in. What’s that? The origin and meaning of the term “chime in?” Well, it seems that sometime in the late 1600’s ...

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from 1991 to 1994. During that time, she was a fouryear starter with numerous All-Star Honors while she set school records of 1774 career points and 262 rebounds in a season. Her basketball jersey was the first uniform to be retired at GCHS. She went on to play four years of basketball at UTM where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in sociology and psychology. Coach Michael Hart is very optimistic about coaching the girls’ team. He said, “I am ready to step up to the role. I have high hopes for our returning team. We will not have to replace the great players that are leaving for college. I prefer to look at it as we are not going to have to replace players. We are going to reload players. The girls that are returning will be able to step up into those positions. Plus we have a whole new group of talent coming into high school. I am grateful for this opportunity from the administration to step in and continue in the direction we are going.”

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“French leave” many times over the years, but I really didn’t know exactly what it meant or where the term came from. But it’s amazing how much, and how quickly, you can learn, with very little effort, in this day of the Internet. The French, it seems, had a custom in the 18th Century of leaving parties and other gatherings without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. When


Gibson County is 6% short of balancing its budget! Are You? The County Commission has already added some taxes that many probably don’t know about! More money is needed! On May 10th, the County Commission will be meeting regarding doubling Your Wheel Tax from $35 to $70. Are you going to drive more? The County says that it’s a Wheel Tax or a Property Tax? Do you own a home, work, rent from a property owner in Gibson County or just do business in Gibson County? How about your budget; debts? Has your credit score improved, assets gone up in value? Are you unemployed; forced to take a pay cut? Driving further to find work? Have utility bills gone down? Have taxes, fees, regulations and ordinances carrying fines in your city or town decreased? Summer’s here, grass is growing and fuel prices are going up! Gibson County’s unemployment rate in January was 16.3%. To my knowledge: government employment has either increased or remained steady at all levels. How many of us are there? Gibson County’s population increased from 43,388 in 1900 to 48,132 in 1950. In 2000, the population was 48,148. 2010 estimates Gibson County’s population at 48,054. In 2008, poverty levels were estimated at above 15%. Have things improved? Gibson County can’t afford more taxation! Isn’t it time for government to revisit budgets for costs cuts? You can find out about contacting your County Commissioners by calling the County Election Commission at 731-855-7669. Time’s short! Tell Commissioners to vote NO on new taxes or increased taxes! Thomas E. Beasley, Sr. Dyer, Tennessee

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two city buildings. •Rutherford will receive $100,000 for lighting, HVAC, insulation and pump retrofits at several city buildings. The award winners were part of 100 Tennessee cities and counties that were awarded more than $9.2 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “These Recovery Act grants will improve energy efficiency in cities and counties throughout the state as local governments lead by example in their energy conservation efforts,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I applaud these communities that are incorporating energy efficiency measures into their strategic plans and demonstrating the importance of reducing energy consumption.” The program is expected to support more than 100 Tennessee jobs and produce more than 65 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings annually, resulting in a cost-savings in excess of $5.5 million per year for Tennessee communities. Due to the strong response from local governments, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will hold a second round of EECBG grants worth an additional $3.8 million to Tennessee communities. For more information, visit http://, call (800) 342-1340 or e-mail

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Plans underway for 2nd Annual Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Benefit Ride BY DOUG DUNCAN The 2nd Annual Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Benefit Ride will be held on Sunday, May 16th. Rain date for the ride is Sunday May 23rd. The First Baptist Church, Dyer, will host a hamburger/hot dog lunch at noon on May 16th. Registration for the ride will be from 12:15 till 1:30 with a donation of $20 per motorcycle. The bikers will have their noon meal provided, a memorial tee shirt, and a chance for nice door prizes after the ride. Anyone interested in joining in with this event is welcome. First Baptist Dyer welcomes bikers and friends to come worship with us at 10:45 a.m., have lunch and share the ride with us. If you do not ride a motorcycle, lunch will be provided also at $5 per plate, maximum of $20 per family. The ride will begin with “kickstands up” at 1:30 p.m. and end back at First Baptist Church Dyer parking lot no later than 4 p.m. The ride will be approximately 100 miles and will include a drive by of the Taylor family homeplace and the Pleasant View Church of Christ where the family is buried; this is in the Skullbone community east of Bradford.

You are welcome to join the bikers and First Baptist for lunch! Tickets are available at First Baptist Church office (phone 6922549) now, and also the day of the ride. Go by the church office, 199 W. College, Dyer, to get your tickets or preregister. Early registration is also available for the ride through the church’s website, firstbaptistdyer. com. Sunday night, April 2nd, 2006 is a date that will never be forgotten in many peoples’ lives. This is especially true in the lives of Ronnie and Selene Barron of Dyer and Larry and Joyce Taylor of Bradford. About 8:30 p.m. that night, Brad and Tanya Taylor, along with their sons, Tyce and Kyle, lost their lives in the tornado that swept through West Tennessee. Brad, who was 28 at the time, is son of Larry and Joyce Taylor of Bradford. Tanya, who was 29 at the time, is the daughter of Ronnie and Selene Barron of Dyer.Tyce Bradley was 5 years old at the time and Kyle Patrick was a 3 year old. There are so many things that could be said and written about this beautiful young family; however, we will not even begin, as we could never do the families justice in their

loss. Ronnie and Selene Barron are long time members of the First Baptist Church in Dyer, and in the months following the loss of their children and grandchildren, both Ronnie and Selene prayed and searched for something they felt God was leading them to do in honor and memory of their children. After much prayer and thought, they established the “Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Mission Fund” at First Baptist Dyer. They initiated this fund with a very generous donation with hopes that other people, both young and old, could be helped and taught more about Jesus Christ, their Savior whom they had leaned on so heavily during this devastating time in their lives. The membership of First Baptist Church and friends throughout this area has responded and has given memorials and honorariums to the “Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Mission Fund.” The church accepted the Barrons’ donation with much gratitude and by action of the church, has allocated funds to assist in spreading the gospel at home and abroad. Guidelines established by the church allow members of Dyer First Baptist,

who are going on their first international mission trip, an amount of $300 to assist them on their trip. Subsequent international trips qualify for $200 per church member. This is available on an annual basis. In addition to this, monies from the “Tanya Taylor Memorial Mission Fund” are made available for other missionary purposes as voted on by the church. Examples of this would be supplies used by children for overseas vacation Bible schools, arts and crafts supplies used by children in other countries, Bibles, evangelistic materials, and the list goes on. Members from First Baptist Church in Dyer have literally served around the world. Just in the last few

years, members have served not only all over the United States, but also in Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Romania, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Korea (not an inclusive list). First Baptist Church of Dyer is hosting their “2nd Annual Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Mission Benefit Ride” for this mission fund. There are several motorcycle riders in the church wanting to assist the 24-member team that will be serving in Quito, Ecuador this year, June 2330. For our 1st Annual Tanya Taylor Family Benefit Ride we had 84 bikes, with a total of 147 bikers and riders. Our goal this year is to have at least 100 bikes with 175

bikers and riders, with your help we can do it! Both families have been contacted about this benefit and are very appreciative of those who will be participating. There have been a countless number of people whose lives have been impacted by the “Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Mission Fund” and surely there will be countless others in the years ahead. First Baptist, with help from this mission fund, plans to continue their ongoing mission work with much passion and zeal. Please watch for posters with more information about this benefit ride in the days ahead. The Barron and Taylor families and First Baptist Dyer appreciate your support of this event.

Rutherford bans bikes from page 1 addressed the questions to Police Chief Mike Hensley. Hensley replied, “Those were the words of the officer, not mine.” Hensley stated that his department was advertising for applicants to fill the vacated positions. In relation to the Water and Sewer Department, Steve Reed revisited the board about the cross connection survey. He asked the board what it would take to do the job of the cross connections to prevent contaminated water from back flowing into the water system. He submitted a proposal before the board, stating that Fire Chief Bob Blankenship was not going to have the time to do the job. The board agreed to look over the proposal and have Reed return to a future board meeting. Alderman Dusty Emerson put forward a proposal before the board to consider hiring attorney Jennifer Deen to replace the city’s former attorney Hillary Parham. Parham has gone to work for the District Attorney General’s office. After some discussion the motion gained a second but was tabled for future discussion. Before opening bids on the old police station building, White brought to the attention of the council the zoning rules call for a five-foot clearance between that property and the city shop property. The city maintenance department had complained that without the clearance they would not be

Fuqua wins from page 1 work and dedication.” Congressman Tanner said. The artwork of the county winners will be judged in the District Competition on Friday, April 20 at t eh Carnegie Center for Arts and History in Jackson. The district winner’s artwork will hang for one year in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol with the work of winners from all over the country.

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able to operate. Emerson moved to invoke the five-foot rule. White then made a motion to move the line five foot on the old police department property. The board approved the measure and the bids in hand were held unopened until the next meeting. In finishing of the council’s business, Tony

Weimer announced that he would have the Director of the Chamber of Commerce come and give a talk at the next meeting of the city’s industrial board. Weimer stated that the talk would be for the purpose of helping the industrial board move forward with their plans to attract business into the Rutherford area.

Gibson Co. jobless rate drops .5-percent Gibson County’s unemployment rate improved for the first time in several months in March. The county rate of jobless was 15.3-percent, down 0.5percent from the February rate of 15.8-percent. Neighboring Madison County’s rate also dropped slightly from 11.4 in February to 11-2-percent in March. State statistics indicate Gibson County has a labor force of 21,520 with 18,220 employed and 3,300 unemployed. As a whole, Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2010 was 10.6percent, down from the February rate of 10.7percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of March was 9.7percent. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment

rates for March 2010, released today, show that the rate decreased in 85 counties, increased in seven counties and remained the same in three counties. Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 7.4percent, down from 8.0percent in February. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.8-percent, up from 18.4 in February, followed by Marshall County at 18.4percent, down from 19.0percent in February. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent in February. Davidson County was 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 in February. Hamilton County was at 9.4 percent, down from 9.6 in February, and Shelby County was 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 in February.

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THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Tanya and Brad Taylor, along with their two young sons Tyce and Kyle, lost their lives in the tornado that swept through the area on April 2, 2006. The Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Benefit Bike Ride will be held May 16 beginning at Dyer First Baptist Church. Funds raised will go to the Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Mission Fund, established by Ronnie and Selene Barron. The fund helps send missionaries to other countries.


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Community Living North Union On this rainey weekend we had 64 present for our church services. Happy Anniversary wishes go to Kenny and Phyllis Joyce. Our thanks to all who contributed to getting our new pink flower arrangement for the alter table, and for Dee Lane’s talent in making the arrangement so beautiful. Sally Baird brought a great children’s sermon as she talked about her favorite hymn, “Here I Am Lord� taken from Isaiah 6:8. Whose gonna bear God’s light? We are. What is suppose to happen? I will go Lord if you lead me. You gotta make that first step. Whom shall I send? And I said here am I. She closed with prayer.

By Sarah Allen Sandy Whitley sang so beautifully “Somebody’s Praying You Thorough�. Bro. Don’s text was from Philippians 2: 14, 15. Paul says how do we shine like stars? Do all things without complaining. Complaining is a sin, and we tend to be negative. Are you trusting God if you start complaining? If he cares enough to give you salvation don’t you think he will take you all the way thorough? Find you a prayer partner then you can work on your heart attitude. Grumbling complaining people are not good witnesses. Come and join us as we worship and are studying from Revelations on Sunday night.

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Watkins - Williams Jenna Leanne Watkins of Bolivar and Joseph Thomas Williams of Jackson will be married May 15, 2010 at 6 o’clock in the evening at Greenberry Bright in Bolivar. Jenna is the daughter of Jimmy and Jamie Watkins of Bolivar. She is the granddaughter of Betty Bartlett and the late James Bartlett and Malcolm Watkins and the Vergie Watkins. She is a 2003 graduate of Bolivar Central High School and a 2007 graduate of UT Martin, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is employed as an accountant

at Hardeman County Board of Education. The groom is the son of Ravan and Lisa Williams of Kenton. He is the grandson of the Grady Whitworth and the late Lucille Whitworth and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carlis Williams. Joey is a 2003 graduate of Peabody High School and a 2006 graduate of UT Martin where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is employed at the Jackson Police Department. All friends and family are invited to attend this wonderful occasion. The couple will reside in Jackson.

New Hope By Melissa Hill We had 84 present for services. Will Record opened with scripture. Our children’s sermon was from the book of Luke. David McEwen sang the special music “When Love Called My Name.� Our guest speaker was Ken McCunn a missionary from Missouri. His scripture was from Revelations 8:9-10. We had 40 present for evening services. We opened in song with “He Keeps Me Singing.� Cleave Turner was our guest speaker, his missionary work started in

Millington and now in Middle America and the Caribbean Region. His scripture was from Acts 1:8. Some events to mention: May 1 church fellowship at the parsonage. May 2Church wide Breakfast in the fellowship hall. Some prayer concerns are; Linda Hartsfield, Jimmy Johnstone, Annie Lou King, Luther Persely, the Ward family and the Barber family. Also pray for our missionaries as they travel abroad. Have a safe and blessed week.

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It was another wonderful Sunday to be in the house of the Lord. We experienced and extra special blessing at Laneview with the visit of two missionaries Rev. Ramon Rivas and Mrs. Carol Shultz. Rev. Ramon spoke in the morning service and Mrs. Carol spoke Sunday evening. What special people it takes to serve as missionaries. You must be willing to make sacrifices and go wherever God leads. The only way some people hear God’s word is through the ministry of the missionaries. Just by hearing the stories and seeing the pictures of the changes that occurred in the people that had surrendered

The Grapevine We had a wonderful service at St. Paul Sunday morning. Thanks to Gary D. Banks of the United States Army, Stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. our church was filled almost to capacity. He brought several persons and their families who are stationed with him came with he and his family to church. He especially came to celebrate his father’s, Harold Banks, birthday, which was April 25. Minister Jasmin Williams delivered the message. Her topic “Your Blessing Is On The Other Side of Your Struggles� was found in Job 13:15 and 42:10. The youth department had charge of the devotion and provided the music. Pastor Pounds and Minister White assisted in the service. Minister Williams grandmother and aunt from Obion attended also. We always welcome our visitors and are very glad to see them and we invite them to come again. We were so glad to have John and Rosie Mitchell back in service, his first time back after his surgery. He is feeling and looking great. After morning service the

to Christ was amazing. It is so important to support these missionaries both prayerfully and financially. We certainly don’t have to go to other countries to do the work of spreading the word of God it is needed in our own towns and communities. As Jesus states in his word Matt.28:19-20. “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.� Hope to see you in church Sunday. God Bless!

By Sarah Skinner St. Paul family traveled to Mt. Zion Worship Center to worship with them in their Family and Friends Day. They had a delicious dinner prepared. Pastor Pounds message “True Friends and Family Are Unchangeable� was found in Proverbs 18:24. The St. Paul Male Chorus provided the music. Friends and family were present from Memphis, Jackson, Greenfield, Trenton, Bradford and others. I was especially happy to see Mr. Mrs. Edward Booker and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Booker of Memphis and several co-workers I have not seen in some time. April birthdays included; Harold Banks, Allie Green, Reverend Michael McGhee, Nannie Taylor, Tracella Pitts, Michelle Pitts, Dwayne Mitchell, and Annie L. Chambers. We wish them all happy birthday. County Line Lodge #68 and Naomi Chapter 3265 will be having their Annual Scholarship Banquet, at the Youth Center in Kenton, May 1, 2010 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Kenton News Ridgemont School held their annual Spring Heritage Days at the Obion County Fairgrounds last weekend. It was a walk back in time as the many exhibitors made it possible for the youngsters to see first hand how many things were done decades, even a century ago as well as give many of the elder visitors a chance to be reminded of the days of their childhoods. One could watch as ladies demonstrated the laborious process of hand-quilting as well as view several beautiful quilts on display. Also on site for all to enjoy were many artisans using an array of materials some of which were wood, fabric, beads, leather and clay. Children were excited to view and purchase homemade toys that are reminiscent of the “olden days� and judging by the crowds of children enjoying listening to the “Circuit Rider� tell of thousands of miles traveled on horseback to carry the gospel to the people, it was one of the favorite exhibits. There was fresh apple cider to taste, white beans and cornbread cooked on a wood burning stove and home canned fruits and vegetables. If one’s timing was good it would be possible to watch as a skilled “shepherd� sheared

his sheep, bagging the valuable wool for sale. Even with the fickle weather, it was a great event for all who were in attendance. It was a most enjoyable day for Cindy Lamar last Thursday as she returned to Sassafras Ridge in Hickman, Kentucky for a visit with her aunt and uncle, Sam and Doris Weatherly. Having in common the love of quilts and quilting, the two ladies whiled away the morning viewing the many quilts Doris had made over the winter. Joining them for a visit as well as for lunch were Cindy’s cousins, Myrna Parks and David Weatherly, both of Hickman. The many stories told and the news they all shared brought about much laughter and enjoyment. Food for thought: Love me as I am, that’s what I need today. Don’t press for me to change, or do things your way. I know that in time, I’ll grow and learn, I say. But love me today, in all my unlearned ways. Prayer list: Carol Primrose, Eurby Sanders, Freda Lamar, Elaine Davidson, Jesse Davidson, Henry Herane, Lil Wardlow, Elmer Williams, Paul Lee Williams, Sam Weatherly, Regina Miller and Clint McLodge.

Dyer Church of Christ Morning worship services had an attendance 98 and 86 in Sunday school. Perfect Attendance was the 2 and 3 year olds with Fran Lowrance, 3-5th grade with Mynonne Tate and the Cradle Roll Class with Jackie Barron and Tina McClain. The message for the morning service came from the book of 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, “Remembering the Cross�. The institution of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ sacrifice and the New Covenant. The message for the evening service came from the book of John 20:2429. Thomas in unbelief,

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Thomas in belief and the Blessing of belief. Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed. Remember in Prayer: Claude Cooper, Mike Dycus, and all of our shutin and those in the nursing home Thanks to everyone who were able to stay to deliver bread to newcomers in the Dyer community and those that carried flowers to the hospital Sunday. Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that you labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1Corinthians 15:58

Rutherford 1st Baptist By Katheryn Blankenship

We thank the Lord for His protection this past weekend when all the stormy weather came through. We had a lot of wind around Rutherford, the only thing a found in our yard were bird eggs that didn’t make it when the nest was blown out of the tree. Missionaries were in church this past weekend in the country. We need to keep them in our prayers as they work in foreign countries and here in the states. Remember to bring your roll of quarters Sunday to donate to Relay For Life. Also we will be having a yard/bake sale on the church parking lot May

8th at 7 a.m. Please bring donated yard sale items to the church gym. The WMU and anyone else who would like to go are leaving Monday morning May 3 at 8:30 to the Baptist Children Home in Memphis. The only birthday this week: Mary King. It is good to hear Ivey Shaffer is back home after rehab. Karen and Mike Hensley have been in Colorado visiting children and grand children. I f you do not have a church home, we welcome you to 1st Baptist Church. Until next week, God bless.

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Keely Mill On Sunday many area churches celebrated Missionaries in the Churches. Our morning services began by welcoming Melissa Blankenship to Keely Mill. “Set My Soul Afire” was our opening hymn. Scott Fields morning devotion was on “Growing God’s Kingdom” from Mark 4:31-32. Steven Fields led us in a word of prayer for our services. We all dismissed to our Sunday school classes where Ms. Christy touched our hearts as she opened us in prayer before teaching us our lesson on “Why Do You Worship.” Exodus 25-31. By worshiping regularly as a community of faith, God’s people please the Lord and deepen their relationship with Him. Diane Hamlin closed our class in prayer. Bro. Steve had been ministering to those in the Dyer Nursing Home on Sunday morning and was back in time to open our worship hour.

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Elaine Fields played the piano as Scott Fields and the choir led us in the hymns “The Solid Rock” and “In the Garden.” We had a time of praise reports and Bible verses as the Bible teaches us that we are to rejoice in the Lord always. We all enjoyed our time of meet and greet with our church family and many visitors. We thank the Lord for the missionaries and visitors we had on Sunday. Bro. Steve was awesome as he dedicated the song “Thank You for Giving to the Lord” to Melissa our morning missionary. Ms. Christy and many women of the church prayed over Melissa before she gave her testimony on how the Lord called her to mission work. We all received a blessing as she read scripture from John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Mike Fields closed our service in prayer as the hymn “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” was sung. After services we all joined together in the

fellowship hall where the youth served a potluck meal with all the trimmings. Our evening worship began with the hymn “When We all get to Heaven.” Felichia Fields opened us in a word of prayer and we all dismissed to our discipleship training classes where Steve Fields did a good job teaching us our lesson “The Great White Throne” from Revelation 20:12. Bro. John Fields closed us in prayer as we all moved to the fellowship hall. Bro. Randy Pool opened us in prayer. We all welcomed our evening missionary Clyde Schulz. We enjoyed Brazilian coffee while he presented a wonderful presentation of his missionary work in Brazil. Steve Fields closed services in prayer. Pray for all missionaries as they continue to do the Lord’s work everywhere they go. We invite you to come worship and praise the Lord with us Sunday’s at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Lowrance Chapel By Jerry Bell “April showers bring May flowers.” Yes, we did have some needed rain on Saturday and all the flowers are almost in full bloom. It is so wonderful that we have a God that takes care of our needs. Clifford and Virginia Simmons from Memphis, Tennessee visited with us on Sunday morning. They are friends of Jerry and Jean Bell. Jerry has known them for about 50 years. It is a blessing to have good Christian friends for so long a time. Our lesson topic for Sunday morning was entitled “A Lost Generation.” No word in any language arrests attention and quickens interest more than “lost.” A lost child causes an entire community, state or nation to conduct a frantic search until they are found. The Lord knew this. He told of a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost boy in order to let people know heaven’s attitude toward the lost. (Luke 15) Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) One of the most tragic accounts in the Bible is that of a lost generation – an entire generation that failed to enter the Promised Land. (Numbers 13 – 14) Because of their unbelief, God caused them to wonder in the wilderness for fortyyears or until a whole generation had died off. After their long bondage in Egypt, God delivered Israel. He brought them through the Red Sea, led them to Mt. Sinai, gave them the law, and fed them with manna. He graciously attended to their needs and led them to the Promised Land. To reassure them of the promised land of rest, God told Moses to send out twelve spies to inspect the land and give their report.

(Numbers 13:1-2) They were to see if the people were strong or weak, if they had walled cities or of tents, and test the soil for its fertility and productivity. Some of the conclusions they reached were not in agreement with each other. Ten made their own conclusions while two made their conclusions based upon the Lord. We need to keep in mind as we consider their reports that God had promised them this land. (Numbers 13:1) Ten of the spies came and gave a bad report. They said that “we can not go up against these people.” They saw giants in the land and that they were only as grasshoppers in their sight and that most certainly we will all die by the sword, even our children. Joshua and Caleb gave a very different viewpoint. They said that “we can go up and take the land.” They had put their faith and trust in God and that He would lead them and they would be victorious in battle. They had not seen the obstacles that the other ten had seen. They had left God out of the picture. This generation was lost because they drew back and refused to go up and possess the land. God told them that they would not enter in until all those who had murmured had died in the wilderness. They would wander in the wilderness a year for each day they had spied out the land. (Numbers 14:26-35) Another reason they were lost was that they were looking back to Egypt instead of looking forward to the Promised Land. God’s people must look to the future home that Jesus has gone to prepare for those who are faithful. Isn’t it pathetic that an

entire generation was lost because of their lack of trust in God? God has warned us even today by giving this Old Testament example of how He dwelt with those whose faith was weak. Are you willing to pay the price to enter into God’s rest? “We can go up and take the land” if we have enough faith that God will fight by our side! Have a blessed week until next time!

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Louise as the hospital with her brother but we know prayer changes everything. Joy comes in the morning. We would like to thank Faith Temple for a wonderful Sunday school program. This Sunday afternoon is our Pew Rally day so we need God’s children to make it a great evening. Fairview MBC of Dyer is the guest choir. Rev. Kemp is the speaker at 3 p.m.. Who needs a blessing?

What a time at church Sunday we had. Rev. Myles is getting better. I love what the elder said the he will stand until the preacher comes. I’m glad that trouble don’t always last. The Clora’s Chapel family is going though some troubling times so we are asking for your prayers. Sister Willie Harris and Min. Austin lost their sister last week. First Lady Myles is in St.

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We as individuals or as a county will never reach our goals or realize our true potential until we believe we can. Don’t be told any longer that we are “doing the best we can do” because we simply are not. If history has taught us nothing else as Americans it’s taught us that through hard work and determination we can accomplish anything. The generation before me laid the groundwork that has afforded me the many great opportunities that I have had in my life and career, we owe it to the next generation to work just as hard or harder for them to give them the same opportunities. I want our children to be able to begin their careers and raise their families right here in Gibson County if they so choose. “Too good to be true?” I say too important to ignore.

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RELIGION Obituaries

MARTHA JANE SCARBOROUGH Humboldt – Funeral services for Martha Jane Scarborough, 92, were held April 25, 2010, at Leitherland Funeral Home. Doctor Bobby D. Williams officiated the services assisted by Father Bill Burks. Burial was held at Bells Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Scarborough passed away April 22, 2010, at Humboldt General Hospital. She retired from Kellwood Co. and was a life long member of Bells Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was born January, 7, 1918 in Dyer to Erice E. McDonald and Elizabeth Barkley McDonald. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J.H “Buck” Scarborough, two brothers, William Edward McDonald and Erice Harold McDonald, two infant daughters, Janice Sue and Nancy Jane Scarborough. She is survived by seven children and their spouses, Donald and Joann Scarborough of Cold Spring, Texas, Sarah and Harvey Frye of Winchester, Kentucky, Mary Ann Jones and Reba and Cleatus Woods Jr. of Humboldt, Diane and Fred Miller of Garrisonville, Virginia, David and Carnell Scarborough of Houston, Texas and Elizabeth and Dr. Bobby D. Williams of Union City along with 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

MARY ELLEN HOWELL Dyer – Funeral services for Mary Ellen Howell, 74, were held March 4, 2010, at Leitherland Funeral Home. Brother John Coleman officiated the services. Burial was held at Yorkville Cemetery. Mrs. Howell passed away April 2, 2010, at her residence. She retired from Brown Shoe Co. She was a member of New Bethlehem Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Howell, one son, Michael Howell and parents, Roy and Mamie Morrow. She is survived by her son, Rickey and Tammy Howell of Michigan, two daughters, Cathy and Rick Walker of Dyer and Pat Tailon of Jackson, four grandchildren, Joshua Walker, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Howell and Angelia Garland and two brothers, Bobby Morrow and James Morrow.


Dyer, TN- Funeral services for Mr. James “Jimmy” E. Ward, Jr., 72, were held April 24, 2010 at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Follis Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Ward, a retired factory worker, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Ward. He is survived by his wife, Geneva K. Ward of Dyer, TN; his mother, Willie Ward of Trenton, TN; three children, Lisa (Jeff) Sills, Alice (Bill) Tyler, and Richard Ward all of Alamo, TN; a step son, Larry London of Dyer, TN; seven grandchildren, Kristen Wood, Lindsay Young, R. J. Sills, Dustin, Ryan, and Matthew Bodkins, and Jacob Ward; and three step grandchildren, Lashawna Phillips, Julie London, and Michael London.

Cards of Thanks Thank you to everyone who expressed any act of kindness after Joe’s recent surgery. Also thanks to those of you that voted for me in the Tri City Reporter Best of the Best readers survey. Joe and Deborah Eddlemon

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EVELYN FINCH GREEN Mason Hall – Funeral services for Evelyn Finch Green, 87, were held April 22, 2010 at Leitherland Funeral Chapel in Kenton. Brother James Kinsey officiated the services. Burial was held at Union Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Green passed away April 15, 2010, at Hospice of Palm Beech. She was a homemaker, a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school for many years, Gideon Auxillary president, Past president of the Mason Hall Community Club, Obion County Historical Secretary, past matron of Order of The Eastern Star, and Secretary of Literature and publication for Dyersburg District U.M.W. She is preceded in death by her husband, Haywood Green, and her parents, John E. Finch and Hattie R. Finch. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Green Mainord of Wellington, Florida, two grandchildren, Rodney Allen Swain and wife Denise of Bartlett and William Hugh Mainord Jr. of Boyton Beach, Florida, one brother John Finch of Mason Hall and one sister, Marie Minton of Rutherford.

Programs available to help deal with cancer Battling cancer can be a frightening experience for the patient as well as their family members, that’s why the American Cancer Society offers a variety of programs or services for cancer patients and their families. From diagnosis through recovery, the American Cancer Society provides services that are invaluable to those burdened by the disease. Here are a few of the numerous programs available along with a brief description of each. Cancer Information Specialists are available to provide information anytime at 1-800-227-2345 or at I Can Cope - is an educational program designed to help patients and their loved ones deal with their cancer experience. This series provides information about diagnosis and treatments. This program is also available online at Community Resources - the American Cancer Society provides information on services including transportation and support groups for those touched by cancer. Camp Horizon - is a Tennessee Camp for children who have or have had cancer. It is designed to handle the special needs of child cancer survivors and those children undergoing treatments. There is also a camp available for the siblings of children with cancer.

Gift Items - some of the items available to cancer patients include: wigs, breast prostheses and prosthetic bras. Look Good…Feel Better - is a program in which trained cosmetologist volunteers help female cancer patients deal with the side effects of cancer treatments by teaching them beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self-image. Man to Man - is a prostate cancer education and support group that offers education, discussion and support to men and their families. Reach to Recovery - is a program that matches breast cancer survivor’s with those recently diagnosed with breast cancer. A volunteer listens to concerns, recommends resources and offers emotional support. Cancer Survivors Network - is a virtual community created by and for cancer survivors to connect with one another, share experiences and provide support. This network is available 24/7 at For more information about these programs and services or about other programs or services offered through the American Cancer Society, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800227-2345 or by visiting Cancer is not something that you or your loved one must battle alone.

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MS. JOAN BARBER Trenton-Ms. Barbara Joan Barber, age 67 of Trenton, Tennessee, passed away on April 20, 2010 at Methodist Hospital of Memphis. Ms. Barber retired from Kellwood Company of Rutherford. She is survived by three daughters Marcia Stafford and husband Bobby, Connie Woods, Lisa Macon and husband Larry, nine grandchildren, Nathan Garland, Jacob Garland, Paige Woods, Derek Stafford, Corey Stafford, Danielle Macon, Autumn Macon, Holly Allen, Jeremy Miller, one great grandchild Cayden Garland, one brother Billy Barber and wife Martha, one sister Helen Samples, and twelve nieces and nephews. Ms. Barber was a member of the Gibson Wells United Methodist Church. Funeral services for Ms. Barber were held, April 23, 2010, in the Chapel of Karnes and Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Follis Chapel Cemetery near Trenton, Tennessee.

Community Calendars RELAY FOR LIFE YARD SALE A Relay For Life Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 1 at Rutherford School beginning at 7 a.m. Rain Date is May 8th. KENTON HEAD START ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Northwest Tennessee Head Start is currently accepting application for enrollment of children for the 2010-2011 program year for the Kenton center. If your child will be three or four years old on or before September 30 and you are interested in enrolling him/her in the head Start program, you may complete an application during registration day. Children with disabilities will be given priority for enrollment including those with severe disabilities. Registration will be held: May 5, 2010 at Kenton Head Start from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Vicky Hathorn at 749-6435. The following documentation is needed to complete your child’s application: Proof of child’s age, Social Security number for each family member, name, address, and telephone number of at least three emergency contact persons, TennCare and/or insurance card, and proof of income. Bus transportation is provided at only a limited number of centers. For further information on transportation options contact the Center Coordinator or Family Advocate. 10TH ANNUAL 6 T’S HORSE FARMING FIELD DAY The 10th Annual 6 T’s Horse Farming Field Day on Saturday, May 8 (rain date May 15) beginning at 9 a.m. at 460 Turbeville Rd., Dresden, TN For additional information contact Mike Turbeville at 731-514-1601 or email – ALZHEIMER SUPPORT GROUP The Dyer Nursing Home is conducting an Alzheimer Support group the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dyer Nursing Home. We are associated with the Alzheimer Association. GREAT PRETENDER ‘GRAND OLE OPRY’ Kenton Community Relay for Life Presents Great Pretenders “Grand Ole Opry” style! You will not want to miss this event with live singers on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Come out and support Relay for Life at the Kenton Gym on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 and up. All proceeds go to support the American Cancer Society. MOTHERS DAY BAKE SALE The Dyer Cumberland Presbyterian Church Relay for Life Team is sponsoring a Mothers Day Bake Sale Saturday, May 8 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Dyer Food Rite store. All proceeds go to the North Gibson County Relay for Life event and the American Cancer Society. For more information, call the church office at 692-2594 BRADFORD SCHOOL TEAM YARD SALE Bradford High School girls’ basketball team will be hosting a team yard sale on Saturday, May 15th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bradford High School basketball gym lobby. Rain or shine BRADFORD SCHOOL GOLF SCRAMBLE The Bradford High School girls and boys basketball teams will be hosting their annual four-person golf scramble on Saturday, May 22nd at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Trenton. Cost is $200 per team and it includes lunch. Cash prizes for first, second, and third places in each flight. For more Information, call 676-2188. BRADFORD FATHER/ DAUGHTER DANCE Bradford Special School District is hosting a Father/ Daughter Dance to be held Friday, May 1 at the Elementary gym from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 each additional child. Pictures and concession will be available. Contact the elementary office at 742-2118 or you can purchase tickets from Ms. Bunni Wendt you can reach her at 742-2150 from 2:30 p..m. til 5:15 p.m.

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Dental Assisting and Dental Hygeiene students honorded at pinning and awards ceremony Nine West Kentucky Community and Technical College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students who were honored at pinning and awards ceremony at WKCTC in Paducah, KY on April 15. Sarah Bryant of Clarksville, Tennessee was the recipient of the Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene and the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Awards. The Golden Scaler

Award is for excellence in the clinical setting. In addition, Marshall County resident Paige Adams received the Academic Excellence in Dental Assisting Award. Dental pins are awarded upon completion of the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs at WKCTC. Students receiving pins for dental assisting were: Paige Adams; Jennifer Campbell of Graves County; Abby

Clanton, of Kenton, TN; Ambur Frizzell of Arlington; and Allison Presser from Golconda, IL. Dental hygiene students were: Sarah Bryant; Meliah Miller, Shanan Miller, both of Paducah; and Valli Smith of Rutherford Tennessee. For more information on the Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene program, contact Darlene Daniel at 543-3358 or email her at darlene.

THOSE BEING HONORED AT TEH PINNING AND AWARD CEREMONY - left to right Shanan Miller, Paducah; Valli Smith, Rutherford, TN; Sarah Beth Bryant, Clarksville, TN; Meliah Miller, Paducah; Paige Adams, Marshall County; Allison Presser, Golgonda, IL; Jennifer Campbell, Graves County; Abby Clanton, Kenton, TN; Ambur Frizzell, Arlington

The end of a Goliath BY MICHAEL ENOCHS When Elihue Williams was still alive, he claimed the old oak tree located at 320 East Walnut Street in Dyer was one of the biggest trees of its kind in this section of Tennessee. He claimed the only one to rival it anywhere nearby is the one that is still alive and growing behind the Dyer First Baptist Church. Williams would affectionately refer to the biggest oaks as his “old Goliaths,” comparing their huge, gnarled massiveness to the fearsome giant of old testament fame. All things must come to an end, given enough time, including the “old Goliath” that shaded a good deal of neighborhood at the Climer property at 320 Walnut Street. Some years back, the tree was rotting out from its massive base. Men climbed the high, overspreading branches, most of which were as big as regular tree trunks themselves, and sawed them off in sections. The main pillar of the tree, they abandoned. A man could easily hide a pickup truck behind it. Nevertheless, that was the death knell for the “old Goliath”. It sprouted green no more. For several more years, the main mast of the brute stood, stark and gray against the skies of summer, and the storms of winter as well. One night, Old Goliath toppled over and slammed the earth in the darkness. And there it lay, for another span of time, massive as a beached whale, bigger through the middle than a very tall man. Now the arduous task has begun to remove the remains of “Old Goliath.” Three men: James Forrest, Frankie Campbell, and Kevin Enochs, from Reliable Tree Service, have come with saws, axes, steel

wedges, crowbars, and sledge hammers In two days they have managed to divide the tree into three parts. Their biggest chainsaw has a 48-inch bar that can bite in deep enough for the wedges and sledge hammers to split

the rest of the way through the giant trunk. “It is slow going and hard work, but we have the tools, the means, and the experience to handle even the toughest jobs, like this,” said Campbell.

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Sports & Education Pioneers make one hit shutout on Bradford BY LORI CATHEY The Gibson County Pioneers 9-8 started this week on the road against the Milan Bulldogs. The Pioneers did not score in the top of the first. The Bulldogs scored when Webb singled stole second, a walk to C. Powell followed by a long home run to leftcenter by E. Todd. All three of these runs were scored after two men were out. GC did not score in the second. Milan added two more runs in the second making it 5-0. The Pioneers scored their first and only run in the top of the third. Caleb Carey got a one out double and scored when Jeremy Butler followed with a RBI single. Milans good pitching and defence stopped the GC bats and the Bulldogs went on to win by a score of 6-1. On Tuesday the Pioneers were home against Milan. The Bulldogs good starting pitching and great defense again gave the Pioneers’ bats problems. Milan scored two runs in the

first and second inning giving them a 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs added one more in the third inning on a home run by E. Todd, his second in two days, making it 50. The Pioneers scored a run in the bottom of the fourth when Trey Tate led off the inning getting hit by the pitch. Tate then stole second and scored on a RBI by Taylor Landrum making it a 5-1 score. The Bulldogs pitching and defense shut down the Pioneers’ bats for the rest of the game. Milan won 10-1. The Pioneers were at home against Bradford on Thursday trying to break a season long three game losing streak. The Red Devils from Bradford did not score in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first the Pioneers’ bats came back to life. Lead off hitter Chad McMackin started the GC attack with a single and stole second. Trey Tate and Daniel Clifft both walked to load the bases and then McMackin raced

home to score when the ball got away from the catcher. Tate scored on a Taylor Landrum RBI. Johnny Deinhart reached on catcher interference followed by a Jeremy Butler two run single. Nick Brasher then blasted a 360 foot three run home run over the left centerfield fence giving GC a 7-0 lead after one inning. The Pioneers added three more runs in the second inning and eight more in the third inning making it 18-0. Pioneers starting pitcher Blake Simpson won his team leading the 4th game of the year. Simpson 4-0 pitched 5 innings giving up only 1 hit while striking out 5. It was Blake Simpson’s second shutout in a row. Leading hitters for the Pioneers were Caleb Carey 2-3 with 2 RBIs, Jeremy Butler 2-2 with 3 RBIs 2 stolen bases, Nick Brasher 1-1 with a home run and 4 RBIs, Blake Simpson 2-2 with 3 RBIs and John Michael Morris 1-1 with 2 RBIs.

PITCHING THE SHUTOUT - Starting pitcher #23 Blake Simpson stopped the Pioneers three game long losing streak by pitching a 1 hit shutout against Bradford. Simpson leads the Pioneers with 4 wins and 2 shutouts. He has pitched a shutout in his last 2 starts. Simpson also helped himself with the bat going 2-2 with 3 RBIs. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

STRETCHING FOR IT - First baseman #9 Daniel Clifft stretches for the ball from shortstop Johnny Deinhart trying to complete a double play as a Bulldogs runner stretches for first base. GC second baseman Nick Brasher and a Milan runner look on. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

AIRBORNE - Gibson CO shortstop Johnny Deinhart goes airborne over sliding Bulldog E. Todd. Todd was trying to keep Deinhart from completing the throw to first. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

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public safety to ensure we are prepared for a variety of potential situations.� According to crime statistics for 2009 released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, UT Martin ranked as the safest campus in the state among Tennessee Board of Regents and UT institutions, with the least amount of reported offenses per 1,000 in population. UT Martin’s clearance rate (cases solved) was almost double the statewide average of 28 percent for those same institutions. “Statewide, college campuses have experienced significant increases in incidents since the last report, but we show a significant decrease,� said Scott Robbins, UT Martin director of public safety. “The greatest decrease was in the theft of property category, which was almost cut in half,� added Robbins, who attributes the drop to the “campus community taking pro-active steps to secure and/or maintain control of their property and watching out for each other.� He noted that a “Security Mindset� awareness program adopted by numerous campus departments also produced positive results. “We want to build on this momentum and, hopefully, have further reductions in the number of ‘opportunity crimes,’� he said. “Our greatest asset toward maintaining a low crime rate, however, continues to be the great folks who attend and work at UT Martin and their genuine concern for the safety and welfare of others.� During the last decade, the UT Martin crime rate consistently has been lower than the national and statewide averages for college campuses, and the index crime clearance rate consistently has been higher.


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Lady Pioneers leash Bulldogs BY LORI CATHEY The young Lady Pioneers started the week at home in a double header against Milan. GC got out to a early 1-0 lead by scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning. Milan came right back by scoring 4 runs in the top of the third. GC scored 1 run in the forth making it 4-2. Both teams great pitching and defense took over and no one scored for the rest of the game. In game two, Milan jumped out to a early 10 lead in the first inning. The Pioneers answered back by scoring one run in the second. The Bulldogs scored one in the third but GC answered back by adding 2 runs making the score 3-2 Lady Pioneers. GC scored 2 more runs in the fifth to ice the win for the Lady Pioneers 5-2. Game balls were awarded to Chelsea Joyce who was 2-2 and hit by a pitch. Chelsea also had a home run and 3 RBIs. Winning pitcher Anna Paige Fuqua was also awarded a game ball for pitching a 4 hitter and giving up only 1 earned run in the 5-2 win over Milan. Anna pitched a total of 10 innings Tuesday night giving up only 13 hits to 50 Lady Bulldog hitters. Other hot hitters for GC, Senior Dallas Hall 2-2 with a walk and 2 runs scored and Kelley Parks 2-3 with 1 RBI. Wednesday the Lady Pioneers went on the road to Dyersburg for another regional game. In the second inning Dyersburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The young, hard fighting Lady Pioneers came roaring back sending all 9 batters to the plate and scored 4

runs in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the forth inning Dyersburg added on 3 more runs making it 9-4. But the young Lady Pioneers never quit. In the top of the fifth GC Senior Dallas Hall blasted a two run home run making the score 9-6. GC added 1 in the top of the sixth making it 9-7. In the top of the seventh inning the Lady Pioneers scored 2 more runs tieing the score at 9-9. GC stopped Dyersburg from scoring in the bottom of the seventh sending the game into extra innings. No one scored in the eighth and we didn’t score in the top of the ninth. Dyersburg lead off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and a stolen base. Then their catcher got a single to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Dyersburg won this hard fought battle 10-9 in nine innings. Coach Lownsdale said even though we lost, it was one of the best defensive games we played all year. Dallas Hall, Hannah Moore, and Kaycie Moore all made great catches in the outfield to rob batters of hits and Chelsea Joyce played a great defensive game at shortstop. GC’s hot hitters were senior Dallas Hall 3 for 5 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base, Madalyn Murray 23 with 3 RBIs and a triple, Miranda Barron 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored, Kaycie Moore 2-5 with a double and a run scored. Anna Paige Fuqua pitched 9 innings and only gave up 7 hits, after pitching 2 games the night before. Gibson CO was back

home on Thursday to play Obion CO in a regional game. Obion scored one in the first and GC matched it by also scoring one. Obion then scored one run in the second and third inning making it 3-1. Obion scored four more in the forth and GC came back with one making it 7-2. Anna Paige Fuqua was drilled by a line drive but stayed in to finish the game. We were not able to get the bats going and even though the girls tried their hardest and never quit, we were unable to get the outs when Obion County hit the ball. Shelley Simpson was 1-2 with a double, 1 RBI and a run scored. Despite being hit by the hard line drive in the leg Anna Paige Fuqua pitched 6 more innings giving her 25 innings pitched in 3 days. On Thursday it was also Senior night and the Lady Pioneers recognized their only senior Dallas Hall. Dallas is a 3 year starter, who was a 2008 and 2009 All-District player. She was also named to the 2009 All-Tournament team at Martin. “This week we played some tough region teams and showed that we can play with them.The girls played as a team this week and we got our first region win. We had key players step up this week and lead our team on and off the field. Anna Paige Fuqua did a great job for our team pitching 25 innings in 3 days and should be recognized for that. We still have 2 more weeks of the season before the regional tournament and we hope to improve some more and win some more games,” Coach Chris Lownsdale said.

CELEBRATING VICTORY - The Lady PIoneers celebrate after defeating Milan 5-2 for a district win. GC pitcher Anna Paige Fugua only gave up 4 hits and 1 earned run for the victroy. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

THIRD OUT AT FIRST BASE - Shortstop Chelsea Joyce apples the tag to prevent Milan baserunner #15 from getting a double for the third out. Pioneer second baseman Anna Santaniello hustles in to back up the play. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

UT bound students can seek Crafton Scholarships Each spring the E. C. Crafton Memorial Scholarship Committee considers applications for scholarships for the next school year. Area students planning to enter a career in a health care area at any campus of the University of Tennessee may apply for an E.C. Crafton Memorial Scholarship. The E.C. Crafton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1980 to commemorate a life of giving by a beloved physician from Trenton. Dr. E.C. Crafton was a founder of Gibson General Hospital and a physician in Trenton from 1953 until his death in 1980. He was a graduate of the

University of Tennessee and of the UT Medical School. The E.C. Crafton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory through the University of Tennessee. Since 1982 students in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry and nursing

have benefited through the Crafton scholarships. These scholarships are available for renewal as long as the student remains in a medically related curriculum at a UT campus, however the renewal request must be made annually by the student. The scholarship

ANOTHER LADY BULLDOG OUT - Junior Miranda Barron waits for the ball to tag out a Milan baserunner. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

CAUGHT AN OUT Gibson County Hannah Moore makes a hustling catch for a out during Thursday game against Obion County. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

committee is composed of Carol Gordon, Carol Weems and Jim Hall of Trenton. Applications and renewal requests for this year should be submitted by May 5 to any committee member for consideration for the following school year. Scholarship amounts awarded are at the discretion of the committee, based on funds available from the endowment. Applications are available from the scholarship committee members. For more information, call 8551675 (Gordon), 855-9067 (Hall), 855-7929 (Weems), or pick up an application at the Community & Social Services Department of Gibson General Hospital.

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Property Transfers Brian McDaniel and wife, Terri Sharp McDaniel to Michael G. Wickersham and Broeck Elizabeth Wickersham – 9th CD Franklin D. Langston and wife, Betty Sue Langston and Stephen Joe Hudson and wife, Donna Hudson to Mark E. Carlton and Sammy Porter Shirley C. Smith and Rita J. Krock as Trustees of the Mattie Jo Knox Revocable Living Trust to Carneace Jones Jerry E. Winberry and wife, Deborah Winberry to David M. Bradley and Terilyne Mykell King Alan D. Turner to Pamela L. Stegall Bradley Lindsey and wife, Kristi Lindsey to Laura G. Patterson – 3rd CD C. Richard Finley to Christy D. Fletcher – 8th CD Ellen Dean Freeman to Barry K. Yergin and wife, Carla S. Yergin – 19th CD Charles Wade King to Jeremy T. McKinney and Jennifer L. McKinney – 11th CD Sherry Riddle to Deborah G. Drumwright – 7th CD Willard R. Higgins, Larry W. Higgins, Gloria D. Peery, Kevin Mosley and Miranda Willis to Nathan Richard Bassett – 13th CD Bill Jinki a/k/a Bill Jinkins to Robert H. Jenkins – 13th CD Joe Hardin and Linda Hardin to Angela Sisco Donna Workinger, a/k/a Donna Kay Burchett, David James Phebus, Steven Daniel Phebus and Susan Ellean Englebrecht, by and through Attorney-in-Fact Eula Lee Phebus to Charles W. Roberts and wife, Jane E. Roberts – 10th CD Michelle Walls Duck to Ruben Hernandez and wife, Leticia Hernandez – 6th CD William Stephen Eldridge and wife, Lorie Jean Eldridge to Brian P. Eldridge and William S. Eldridge -12th CD Dustin R. Smith and Sean T. Garrett to Russell Jason Cope 13th CD Clark Family Holdings, LLC to Charles H. Clark and wife, Shara Lynn Clark – 2nd CD James Logan Harris and Judy B. Harris to Eric H. Partee and Angie L. Partee – 15th CD Margaret R. Baker to Christopher L. Seavers – 13th CD Edward D. Harris and June A. Harris to Rickey D. Locke – 12th CD Danny Gearin, James Estes, Joey Estes and Torey Estes to Robert Derek Norman – 11th CD Karen Kimble to Oma Elizabeth Williams – 3rd CD Glynndolyn Duncan to Johnny Bethel and wife, Susan Dawn Bethel – 8th CD Levon Emert and wife, Kathy Emert to Vincent Stearny and wife, Sabrina Stearny – 13th CD Randy Miller and wife, Tara Miller to Timothy S. Adkisson – 13th CD Glenda Betterman and husband, David Betterman to Joy L. Cody and wife, Patsy J. Cody – 13th CD William A. Lambert to Shoaf Management Company – 13th CD John A. Greer and wife, Kathy Greer to Tina Vinson Weber – 9th CD Jimmy W. Riggs and wife, Susan R. Riggs to Sherry Lawler and husband, Josh Lawler – 5th CD Curtis B. McDaniel and Brian P. McDaniel to Pamela Hickman Flowers – 9th CD Hazel Montgomery to Charles D. Eddings – 9th CD Donna L. Hardy to Irma C. Hughes – 13th CD Shane Cochran and wife, Chrystal Cochran to Charlie Cochran and wife, Cynthia F. Cochran – 22nd CD Johnny A. Patterson and wife, Teresa K. Patterson to Stephen W. Cooper and wife, Miranda G. Cooper – 1st CD Ricky L. Barton and wife, Jenny Barton to Diana M. Nance

Michael N. Oney to Edward D. Harris and wife, June A. Harris – 13th CD Tyler Moody and wife, Sandra Moody to Michael Smith and wife, Marcie Smith William Ray Stepps, by and through his Attorneyin-Fact, Bobbi J. Stepps and wife, Bobbi Jo Stepps to Brian Deaton – 18th CD James H. Johnson and Linda K. Johnson to Donna D. Johnson – 3rd CD Jimmy L. Evans and wife, Dianne Evans to Raymond Keith Harwell and wife, Gail Jean Harwell – 13th CD David T. Bunney and wife, Karla Bunney to Kristie N. Brown David Wayne Ganaway to Haywood Luten and wife, Essie B. Luten – 7th CD Alvin Eugene Bailey and Barbara Bailey to Edward Wall – 13th CD Tommy J. Doyle and wife, Joyce O. Doyle to Timothy Doyle – 13th CD Jimmy M. Garmany and wife, Caroline Garmany to Equity Trust Company Custodian FBO Jonathan Murphree IRA – 13th CD Carl R. Williams and wife, Virginia Faye Williams to David D. Frandsen and wife, Annette G. Frandsen – 1st CD Benjamin J. Long and wife, Sarah Elizabeth Long to Kimberly K. McCormack – 13th CD Turner Buildings, LLC to Mildred B. Chapman and Fannie Mae Perez – 1st CD Genola G. Canada, by and through her Attorneyin-Fact Ruth Ann Davis to Jason Wheeler and wife, Heather E. Wheeler – 12th CD Charles D. Eddings to Mark S. Drumwright – 21st CD Bruce J. Holley and wife, Julia A. Holley to Mark Shayne Fielder

Daniel Wayne Martin of Bradford and Rebecca Diane Garrison of Bradford Lon Bradford Lett, Jr. of Humboldt and Gwendolyn Faye Miller Kiestler of Jackson Paul Roland Yarborough, Jr. of Trenton and Tina Lynn Powell Parker of Trenton Aaron Franklin Spencer of Trenton and Erin Joy Sadler Duck of Trenton Stephen Ray Cook of Trenton and Laquita Fashe Moore of Jackson William Edward Suiter of Mayfield, Kentucky and Daniela Samantha Borrego of Trenton Jasper Cody Fish of Bradford and Melissa Mae Lynch of Bradford Jesse Harlan Gapen of Milan and Nicole Aileen Harris of Milan Carlos Emmanuel Rodriguez of Gibson and Angel Deanne Keathley Moling of Gibson Victor Ladaire Eskew of Rutherford and Artracia Latrett Ross Clark of Rutherford Hershel Mickey Lee Croy of Kenton and Lora Beth Holland of Kenton Keith Edward O’Steen of Jackson and Keri Hope Pierce of Jackson

Tony Wayne Moore of Greenfield and Tammy Lynne Holmes Crocker of Greenfield Brian Tyron Albea of Rutherford and Kim Marcia Olds Evans of Sharon Christopher Lee Hawks of Dyer and Laura Ann Rook Hesher of Dyer David Franklin James of Humboldt and Carolyn Ruth Oldham Downs of Humboldt Richard Joel Tedford of Jackson and Glenna Rae Ferree Johnson of Jackson Derrick Lamar Adkisson of Atlanta, Georgia and Chariza Horton of Atlanta, Georgia Hollis Rashaw Fisher of Dyer and Jackqueline Renee Tate of Dyer Franklin George Webb of Trenton and Shirley Marie Davidson Webb of Trenton Kenneth Wayne Sims of Humboldt and Mildred Suzanne Atkinson of Humboldt Lee Roune Lumpkin, Jr. of Milan and Katrina Michelle Hannah of Milan Freddy Lee Parrish, Jr. of Milan and Carol Ann Bevill of Henry James Alex Harris of Jackson and Heather Lynn Hudson Williams of

Medina Joseph Anthony King of Milan and Shirley Leann Taylor of Milan Jason Ray Froehlich of Bradford and Jenica Joann Childress of Bradford Ross Evan Funderburk of Jackson and Stephanie Elaine Hooker of Jackson Xavier Rashae Gilbert of Milan and Rachel Parson DeBerry of Medina Jim Richard of Memphis and Angela Delores Nolan of Dyer Jesse Kyle Franks of Humboldt and Brenda Dee Bradshaw of Humboldt James Wesley Clark of Dyer and Emily Jane Martin of Dyer Joseph Harrison Dunn of Humboldt and Christina Renea Denton Dunn of Humboldt Jonathan Dewayne Choate of Milan and Mary Elizabeth Martin of Milan Matthew Shane Beckett of Bradford and Amber Lee McConnell of Bradford

Divorces Julie Dawn Hundley vs. Ricky Byron Hundley Donald Lee Hudkins vs. Joyce Ann Hudkins

Bill Whoberry, 161 Shiloh Road, Bradford Curtis Mann, 162 Nee Road, Dyer William Longmire, 171 Idlewild-Holly Leaf Road, Bradford Allen Kee, 4 DT Barksdale Road, Milan Mike Smith, 192 Toole Pate Levee Road, Kenton Donnie White, 171 Herbert Neal Road, Milan J.T. McKinney, 126 New Bethlehem Road, Dyer Robert Eaton, 286 St. Rt. 152 W, Humboldt Billy Hanks, 39 Poplar

Springs, Road, Atwood Stephen and Teresa Williams, 33A Stavely Road, Humboldt Cleartalk, Leanne Drive, Humboldt Chris Speer, 133 Charlie Lewis Road, Trenton Gloria Beard, 23 Gravettes Crossing West, Rutherford Brian McKeel, 82 Bobby Burgess Road, Trenton Joseph Evans, 117B Jim Bob Scruggs Road, Humboldt Blake Brown, 16 Hughes Loop, Milan

Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sec. 2-12-111(C), the Gibson County Election Commission hereby gives notice of the County Democratic Primary to be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. in all the voting precincts in Gibson County. Notice is also given, pursuant to TCA, Sec. 2-6-302(a)(5) that the absentee counting board will meet Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 5:30 P.M. at the Election Commission Office, located on the first floor of the Courthouse.

Visit for all properties! *Residential*Commercial*Auctions*Relocation*Land Milan Office Humboldt Office 5108 S. First*686-3341 1954 Main St*787-4720 Jonathan Murphree 697-3173 •Mykie Anderson 499-2209 •Ray Whitwell 697-5002 •Ruth Ann Pafford 571-2227 •Jimmy Copous 571-7417 •David Nelson 571-1270 •Winfred Allen 420-4720 •Carolyn Allen 697-4710 •Brad Lindsey 414-2318 •Jason Snell 414-2082 •Lisa Massengill 499-0535

106 Heritage Dr, Rutherford - Really nice 4BR/4BA home, large kitchen w/plenty of cabinets, beautiful view, large lot. $156,500

184 Old Harmony Rd, Bradford Great country living, 3BR/2BA brick situated on 1.7 acre lot with private wooded backdrop. $94,900

47 Finley Rd, Dyer - Well maintained 3BR/2.5BA situated on 2.5 wooded acres. Lg kitchen, hardwood, vaulted ceiling and more. $139,900.

107 S. Peck Switch Cove, Dyer Wonderful 3BR/3BA brick w/over 2600 ht sq ft. Open kitchen/dining area, lg sunroom, triple garage. A must see! $194,900.

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1063 S. Trenton St, Rutherford - Lovely 3BR brick home situated on 1.2 ac lot w/detached garage and 24x32 wired workshop. Many upgrades and very well maintained home. A must see! $119,900


206 Jordan, Rutherford - Cute starter home or downsizer or investment property w/appliances. Remodeled 2BR/1BA with new cabinets, countertops, vinyl floors, roof and windows. Nice 24 x 30 workshop. $35,900


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210 N. Trenton, Rutherford - Located conveniently to downtown, 3BR/2BA with 132 Kenton Hwy, Rutherford over 1900 ht sq ft and basement. Above - Formerly used as church, this ground pool with large deck. $76,500. property on main highway has

endless possibilities. $30,000.

ED! REDUC 414 N. Trenton, Rutherford - Good brick starter home or downsizer! Great location, 2BR/1BA with lg living room and lg eat-in 363 Main St, Dyer - Huge office/ kitchen. $44,900 showroom with large warehouse

area. $84,900.



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Phyllis Robin Plunk vs. Raymond Plunk, Jr. William J. Coffman vs. Heather C. Coffman

Building Permits


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Jason Ryan Kidd of Dyer and Amanda Jane Kelly of Dyer Stephen Ray Hudson of Humboldt and Lea Marie Caudill of Humboldt Jesse Michael Fullington of Lavinia and Ashley Ann Crocker of Alamo Adam Keith Cunningham of Trenton and Christy Dianne Bolton of Trenton Byron William Miller of Jackson and Danielle Denise Herlihy Martin of Jackson Kelton Deshaun Roberson of Milan and Jessica Nicole Owens of Milan Rodney Vincent Easley of Trenton and India Nicholle Pipkins of Humboldt Brian Ambrose Griffin of Trenton and Melissa Ann Shaver Bass of Trenton Jordan Dale Enfinger of Humboldt and Candice Michelle Stone of Humboldt Haywood Sylvester Elam of Trenton and Myra Denise Pharms of Trenton


Investment Opportunity in Dyer/Rutherford Area - Package price $232,900 includes 2 Duplexes, and 1 Triplex. Potential income $2,600/month. Excellent locations. 208 N. Trenton St, Rutherford - Well maintained building, partitioned for individual offices, secured and raised Dyer – Good building lot across street from computer room, phone system remains, Pine Crest Golf. Aprox 1.5 acres, reduced reception area, conference room, break to $9,500. room, $199,900. State Route 105 – Approx 30 acres located 3 miles west of Rutherford with good fertile rolling farm land and equipment shed. $110,000.


Horseshoe Loop, Dyer - 82.50 ac productive row crop farm $225,500. Riverside Yorkville, 185 ac, great hunting land bordering Forked Deer River $365,375.

1445 Main St, Martin - Property with ceiling heights from 10’-18’, column spacing, floors w/6” reinforced concrete. Nice building and great location next to 4 lane by-pass w/approx 285 parking places. $600,000

Page 12 The Tri-City Reporter, Thursday, April 29, 2010

WestStar holds first

WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE MOVED - The Tri-City Reporter has moved to 618 South Main Street (former Movie & More building) and is open for business. Come and see Cindy East, Michael Enochs and Mindy Fisher in their new location. (photo by Adam Fisher)

Tri-City has moved from page 1 said editor Cindy East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our new location, although set back off the road, is easily accessible. We have our own parking area and two entry doors. New handles have been installed on both exits. One

door has slot (last used as a movie drop) that news items or payments can be dropped through. The interior has been newly painted in a soft gray. The exterior wall facing the road is painted bright yellow. The final step is to have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Tri-City Reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

painted on the yellow wall. This should be done within a couple of weeks. We are hopeful that this will be the permanent home of the TCR,â&#x20AC;? said East. An open house is being planned for sometime in May or June.

from page 1 A group of Gibson and Crockett Co. WestStar alumni spent nearly two years planning and persuading the group, which is affiliated with the University of Tennessee at Martin, to hold a seminar in Gibson Co. Last Thursday, the WestStar Class of 2010 began the two-day seminar at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Milan. On Friday, they moved to Trenton City Hall where they met in the worldfamous Teapot Room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really worked to get this in Gibson County,â&#x20AC;? said Cheri Childress, a 2000 graduate of WestStar. Pat Riley, who graduated from the leadership training in 2002, was also

instrumental in planning. He serves as the Gibson County Coordinator on the WestStar Board of Trustees. Last Thursday morning, he encouraged the Class of 2010 to get involved in the energyfocused seminars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should walk away knowing more about energy so that you can make better decisions in your home and have a better understanding of where our country is with energy,â&#x20AC;? Riley said. He also encouraged the class to stay plugged in to WestStar even after they graduate. Several mayors welcomed the group to Milan and Gibson Co. including Tony Burriss, mayor of Trenton, who graduated from WestStar in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came to WestStar at the

right time and learned about things I wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never learned,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WestStar made me a better mayor.â&#x20AC;? Burriss began his work with WestStar just after being elected as Mayor of Trenton and told the crowd he had a vision of where he wanted Trenton to go but no knowledge of local government. Milan Mayor Chris Crider also spoke highly of WestStar and expressed his desire to participate. He recalled meetings he had with the group as a state legislature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WestStar has always impressed me,â&#x20AC;? Crider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m impressed with how intelligent the group is.â&#x20AC;? Since 1989, WestStar has graduated 11 participants from Crockett Co. and 34 from Gibson Co.

County mayor candidates discuss issues in debate BY DANNY JONES THE GAZETTE Four candidates for Gibson County Mayor in the upcoming May 4 Democratic Primary election answered questions from moderator Cheri Childress that county residents had submitted in a debate Thursday at Peabody High School in Trenton. Major topics of concern included the economy, jobs, unemployment, tax increases, tourism, technology and county unity. Candidates Lynn Cole, Kenny Flowers, Tommy Price and Tom Witherspoon were each given 90 seconds to answer the questions among which were why have you chosen to run for county mayor and why as a Democrat. Before the

question and answer session got underway, each candidate was given two minutes to tell why he was the most qualified candidate. Rounding out the program, all the candidates expressed a desire to serve Gibson County and vowed to support the Democratic nominee. County Party Chairman Corbin Gibson thanked the rather large number of those attending and stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is debate tonight is a prime example of Democracy in action.â&#x20AC;? Other candidates on the primary ballot running unopposed are: Sheriff Chuck Arnold, Circuit Court Clerk Janice Jones, Trustee LeAnn Smith, for the County Clerk-Joyce Brooks-Brown, Register of Deeds-Hilda

Patterson and for the Juvenile Court Clerk office-Keith Cunningham. Although the name for Juvenile Court Clerk will be on the ballot, votes will not be certified, since that office has been abolished by earlier action of the State Legislature by request of the County Commission. Early voting for the primary will continue until Thursday, April 29, at the Gibson County Election Commission office, located on the first floor of the Courthouse, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. You must bring your voter registration card or some form of identification with you when you come to vote, Molly Bailey, administrator of Elections, said.

CANDIDATES DEBATE - Gibson County mayoral candidates who will be on the May 4 Democratic Primary ballot participated in a debate Thursday at Peabody High School in Trenton. Candidates (l to r) Kenny Flowers, Tommy Price, Lynn Cole and Tom Witherspoon responded to a number of questions on major issues.



PLANNING COMMITTEE - (from left) Pat Riley (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;02), Frankie McCord (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;97), Emily Sullivan (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;02), Allyson Horner (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07), Cheri Childress (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00), and Harold Nance (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;02) were among the Gibson Co./Crockett Co. WestStar alumni who helped plan the first WestStar session to be held in Gibson Co. The Class of 2010 met last Thursday at the West Tennessee Agriculture Museum in Milan and last Friday at Trenton City Hall for a seminar on Energy, Environment & Technology. Not all committee members are pictured.

Esdale says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Life is goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from page 1 students and co-workers were thinking of me! You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but feel great about that! I do go to work with some very special students and some extremely kind teachers, staff and principal. They have supported and encouraged me so much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tough enough to wear pink dayâ&#x20AC;? at Yorkville School was the ultimate display of support. I appreciated it and still feel my spirits rise when I think about it. I am a 20-year veteran of teaching reading and English at the junior high and high school level. I have often felt that my job is one that requires patience and faith in people and in God. When you share knowledge in the classroom, you must share parts of yourself also. Students come to respect and care for each other and their teachers if the right circumstances are available. To work at Yorkville has been a very rewarding experience for me. My students are among the most

thoughtful and kind that I have ever had. My first experience with cancer was breast cancer in 1996. My children, Nicholas and Morgan, were very young and I just prayed to God that I might live to enjoy being their mother and be able to grow old with my husband, David. I had a very supportive church family too. I could feel the prayers like the incense in the Bible flowing up to God. It was a very frightening time and I felt ignorant about the whole process of recovery and treatment. But, I learned that I was going to live and that I could find help from some sources. One source was the American Cancer Society. They helped me through the trauma of losing my hair by providing wigs and someone to very privately shave my head and help me deal with that loss. I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. To say the least, I was required to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fight like a girlâ&#x20AC;? like the saying on one of my young

ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shirts on pink day. Now I am facing breast cancer along with surgery and treatment again in 2010. I find that many people are very frightened for me and sometimes of me. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to say and are afraid because they might say something that would upset me. I believe that just a hug or a smile or a card means the world to someone who is feeling disillusioned and alone. To offer a prayer for that person is a gift without measure. Tell them that you have given that gift. It means so much. I am expecting to live, by Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grace, through this episode of cancer also. I wrote in my diary once, after a really rough chemotherapy that it felt great to just sit in the sunshine and hear my cat purring beside me. That might be the best gift that cancer brings, an awareness that life is good. Simple things like love from friends, family and God are the things that are really precious.






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