McNairy County News Current Headlines
From the September 30, 2010 edition
Murder suspect apprehended
Alert Adamsville police officer leads to suspect’s arrest
Adamsville Police Officer Pee Wee Howell was out on routine patrol on Tuesday night checking businesses in an area on Duren Industrial Drive.
He came upon a car with Kentucky license plates and asked the man what he was doing. The man stated that he was tired, didn’t have any money and was looking for a place to sleep. Officer Howell told him he would have to go to the city park.
Officer Howell then ran the man’s car tag and discovered he was a suspect in a double murder involving his parents and was wanted for questioning. At that time Officer Howell and Officer Chris Farris called for backup.
Members of the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department and Officer Micah Whitten of the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and 35-year-old Erik Buggeland was taken into custody. He was driving his parents’ 2003 gold Honda Accord 4-door sedan and had been missing since their bodies were discovered in their bedroom on the morning of September 21st.
The double murders occurred at 3651 Shepherdsville Road in Elizabethtown, KY. The bodies of retired OBGYN doctors, 70-year-old Terge Buggeland and 76-year-old Margaret Buggeland were discovered in their bedroom by their 45-year-old son Stephen, who immediately called 911. The younger son, Erik, who lived with his parents, was missing and hadn’t been seen until his run-in with the Adamsville Police Tuesday night. He has been diagnosed with Schizo Affective Disorder.
“This was a case of a police officer being alert and doing his job,” said Adamsville Police Chief Bill McCall. “Officer Howell became suspicious, did a routine check on the tag and it turned out to be something big.”
Erik Buggeland is currently being held in the McNairy County Jail, awaiting on Kentucky authorities to arrive and take him back.
Two wrecks, one driver airlifted
Photo by Tom Evans
Stacy Donaldson of Adamsville was airlifted following this Thursday night wreck at West Shiloh.
Driver airlifted following truck rollover
Stacy Donaldson of Adamsville was airlifted to Jackson General Hospital last Thursday night following an accident on Hwy 117 about two miles from the intersection of Hwy 142.
Donaldson was headed north in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado when, according to Trooper Sam Bryant, he left the left side of the road, over corrected, and then ran off the right side and overturned.
The accident was reported to the Highway Patrol at 8:46 p.m. Rescue personnel removed Donaldson from the vehicle and he was then transported by helicopter to the hospital. His injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening.
Car slams into trailer
A wreck on Hwy 45 North, about two miles north of Bethel Springs, resulted in minor injuries to the driver of one vehicle and the highway littered with shingles. Shelly Kennedy of Ramer was headed south on Hwy 45 Friday afternoon in a 2005 Nissan Altima when she ran into the back of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Tim Tranum of Selmer, who was also headed south. Tranum was pulling a small trailer loaded with shingles that had been removed from a house. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol State Trooper Micah Whitten, Kennedy stated that she looked away and came upon the trailer quicker than she realized and tried to swerve to avoid it, but was unable to do so. The force of the collision broke the hitch on Tranum’s truck, which caused the trailer to break loose and spin around in the highway, scattering several of the shingles in the process. Kennedy was able to walk to the ambulance. She was complaining of shoulder pain from her seat belt.
Photo by Tom Evans
Shelley Kennedy of Ramer received minor injuries when she rear-ended this trailer loaded with shingles on Hwy. 45 North.
Site for Dr. Ronnie Fullwood’s new office
Photo by Tom Evans
Local dentist Dr. Ronnie Fullwood and his son Patrick are pictured at the site where their new dental office will be. Patrick will be joining his father in the spring of 2012 after graduation from the University of Tennessee Dental School.
Several people have stopped by and asked if a new Taco Bell is coming to Selmer. The site being developed near BancorpSouth is not going to be a Taco Bell, it’s the future location of Dr. Ronnie Fullwood and his son Patrick’s new dental office. Patrick is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis and will join his father following his graduation in the spring of 2012.
“We are actually only doing the site preparation dirt and gravel work for now,” said Dr. Fullwood. “We are putting in the parking lots, driveways and elevating where the actual building will go. I thought this would be best and would allow all of this to settle during the winter months. We hope to start actual construction of the dental building this coming spring.”
Patrick and his new bride, the former Crystal King of Ramer, currently reside in Memphis while Patrick is in school. Crystal still works part time as an EMT with McNairy Regional Hospital, so she travels back and forth often.
Dr. Fullwood’s new dental office plans include seven dental operatories equipped with state of the art computerized dental instrumentation, digital x-rays, and a dental lab. The current trend in dentistry is to go all computerized and paperless including patient charts, x-rays etc. While this will not be a problem for Patrick, old-fashioned Dr. Ronnie may have to keep an actual chart he can hold in his hand.
The office will have a handicap access semi-circle covered drive thru on the front with additional parking in the front and rear.
Dr. Ronnie’s youngest son, Brian, is a senior at UT Martin and is majoring in pre-med. He has applied to Medical School at the University of Tennessee and hopes to start there next year.
Dr. Ronnie and his wife, Joan, are trying to convince Brian they have designed the office so they can add on if he wants to come back and join the family practice.
“I just think that would be great for all three of us to practice in the same building,” added Dr. Ronnie.
PFC Cleabern Hill, Jr. Memorial Highway
Photo by Tom Evans
Family, friends, dignitaries and officials were on-hand in Stantonville last Saturday for the dedication ceremony of the PFC Cleabern Hill, Jr. Memorial Highway.
A large crowd was on hand Saturday at the Stantonville Civic Center for the dedication service to name a portion of Hwy 142 in honor of Cleabern Hill, Jr., who was killed in action in Vietnam on May 13, 1969.
Cleabern, known to family and friends as “Junior”, was a member of the Co. A 2/501st of the 101st Airborne Division. His unit was assigned to hold and secure Firebase Airborne the morning that they were attacked by North Vietnamese forces. Fellow soldiers stated that Junior Hill’s M-60 machine gun fired some 600 rounds (1-2 minutes) before an enemy mortar round made a direct hit on his bunker and Junior and many of his squad were killed.
Dr. Ronnie Fullwood, who was a good friend of Junior’s and who was instrumental in getting the highway dedication accomplished, opened the service with a word of prayer and gave a brief history of his time spent with Junior. County Mayor Jai Templeton and State Representative Vance Dennis then addressed the crowd in regards to Junior Hill and his ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Dr. Fullwood then asked members of the crowd if anyone had a story about Junior they wanted to share. Several spoke up as tears came to the eyes of several in the crowd. Junior’s sister Eloise told of the letters he wrote home. His younger sister Peggy told about how he always took care of his baby sister. Dr. Fullwood noted that his mother would always let him go places with Junior because she knew Junior was a good boy.
“We used to ride horses together and you just couldn’t say anything bad about Junior,” said Dr. Fullwood.
Members of the crowd then made their way to the city limits at the west end of town where the sign was unveiled for the first time. The Cleabern Hill Jr., Memorial Highway will extend from the western city limits to the Hardin County line, a total of around five miles.
APD makes arrest in animal cruelty case
The Adamsville Police Department arrested Dewayne Watson on Monday and charged him with Aggravated Animal Cruelty.
The charge stems from a dog that was picked up on the side of the road with severe neck lacerations that came from a choker chain and a wire cable. The dog was carried to the McNairy Animal Clinic for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. It was doing well with its new owner at press time and has been named Scruffy.
“I saw the dog’s picture in The McNairy County News last week and thought I recognized the dog,” said Adamsville Police Chief Bill McCall. “Our officers began an investigation and we were able to make an arrest on Monday. Our investigation is still ongoing in this case.”
Once the dog’s picture was posted on The McNairy County News facebook page last week, people from all over the country became concerned over the dog’s health and the person who mistreated it. WREG–TV in Memphis even picked up on the story and came to investigate. They aired a story about it on their 10 p.m. news last Friday night.
If you see cases of animal abuse or animal cruelty contact your local law enforcement officials.
McDonalds manager attends Carrie Underwood concert
McDonalds manager Angie Reeves and her husband Jon recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas where they were treated to a private concert by Carrie Underwood.
Reeves won the trip to Vegas after her store in Selmer won first place in their region in a contest to see which store could sell the most vitamin water.
“There were only about 150 people at the concert,” said Angie. “Carrie Underwood was so awesome and she performed as those there were thousands in the audience. I want to thank everyone for their support in helping me win this trip to Las Vegas. The support we received was great.”
Log truck overturns
Photo by Tom Evans
Tommy Combs was uninjured when a mechanical failure caused his tractor trailer loaded with logs to overturn at Ammons Rd. and Hwy. 64.
Tommy Combs of Adamsville was heading east on Hwy 64 on Monday afternoon and was turning left onto Ammons Road with a tractor-trailer load of logs when his load suddenly shifted, causing his truck to turn over on its side.
“I felt something on the right rear just give way and the next thing I knew I was turning over,” said Combs. “I don’t know what happened.”
Combs was on his way to Hurst Sawmill when the accident occurred. The logs had to be off loaded before the truck could be turned back over. It took two large wreckers from Moore Brothers Wreckers to upright the tractor-trailer.
Combs was uninjured and his vehicle was the only one involved.
Voter registration deadline is Monday
If you plan on voting in the November election and you haven’t registered, you have until Monday, October 4th at 4:30 p.m. The McNairy County Election Commission Office has registration forms available. For more info you can call them at 645-6432.