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From the February 18, 2010 edition

32 People Indicted
Murder, arson, robbery, rape, kidnapping, drug possession, rape of a child, theft and burglary cases will go to trial

The February term of the McNairy County Grand Jury met last week and returned indictments against 32 individuals. Included in the indictments were charges of first-degree murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, promotion of methamphetamine, delivery of drugs, rape of a child, burglary, theft, and numerous other charges. Trial dates for those charged have been scheduled to begin in June and July.
Those indicted and their charges are as follows:
•Charles Andrew Adams – Possession Schedule VI with Intent.
•Lujuan C. Bills – Possession Schedule II (cocaine) with Intent, Criminal Impersonation, Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, Reckless Driving, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility.
•Joshua E. Bryant – Attempted Aggravated Robbery.
•Brian C. Pulst – Attempted Aggravated Robbery.
•Scott Daniel Moore – Burglary - Other than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary –Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property - $500 to $1,000, Vandalism - $1,000 - $10,000, Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property - $1,000 - $10,000, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Possession Schedule VI Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
•Jerry Dale Burns - Burglary - Other than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary –Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property - $500 to $1,000, Vandalism - $1,000 - $10,000, Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property - $1,000 - $10,000, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500.
•James L. Gordon - Burglary - Other than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary –Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property - $500 to $1,000, Vandalism - $1,000 - $10,000, Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property - $1,000 - $10,000, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary – Other Than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500.
•Rickie Lee Starnes, Jr. - Burglary - Other than Habitation, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500.
•Angela Cole – Delivery of Schedule II (cocaine)
•Melissa R. Cole – First Degree Murder, Aggravated Arson, Tampering with Evidence (2 counts), Employment of Firearm During Commission of Felony.
•Sondra A. Deufel – Delivery Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone), Delivery Schedule IV (alprazolam).
•Chris Fitzpatrick – Delivery Schedule II (cocaine)
•Steven Glidewell – Promotion of Methamphetamine, Simple Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
•Aaron Hastings, Jr. – Kidnapping, Simple Assault, Theft of Property ($10,000 - $60,000).
•Amanda Wilbanks - Kidnapping, Simple Assault, Theft of Property ($10,000 - $60,000).
•Russell W. Haynie – Initiation Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent, Possession of Firearm During Commission of Dangerous Felony, Simple Possession of Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
•Teresa Hornbuckle – Delivery of Schedule II (morphine), Simple Possession of Cocaine.
•Glenda Johnson – Delivery of Schedule II Methamphetamine.
•Barry L. Kirk – Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender.
•Misty L. Liggett – Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500.
•Randy Milligan – Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500, Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property Less Than $500, Vandalism Less Than $500.
•Mickey G. Nivens – Rape (9 counts), Statutory Rape by Authority Figure (9 counts)
•Cheryl A. Parrott – Delivery Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone), Possession of Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone) with Intent, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.
•James K. Parrott - Delivery Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone), Possession Schedule III (dihydrocodeinone) with Intent.
•Amanda Roach – Possession Schedule VI (marijuana) with Intent, Possession Drug Paraphernalia.
•Joel Roach - Possession Schedule VI (marijuana) with Intent, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Schedule II (methadone) with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Firearm During Commission of Dangerous Felony.
•Brandon E. Shelton – Theft of Property $1,000 - $10,000, Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property $500 - $1,000, Burglary of Motor Vehicle, Theft of Property $1,000 - $10,000, Vandalism Less Than $500, Vandalism $500 - $1,000.
•Brandon M. Shine – Theft of Property $10,00 - $60,000, Theft of Property $1,000 - $10,000 (2 counts), Vandalism $1,000 - $10,000.
•Randall Allen Smith – Theft of Property $1,000 - $10,000, Simple Assault (2 counts).
•Dennis P. Stevens – Delivery Schedule II Methamphetamine, Delivery Schedule III (dihydocodeinone), Delivery Schedule IV (alprazolam).
•Lucas L. Wilson – Rape of Child, Aggravated Sexual Battery.
•Carnielous M. Yarber – Delivery Counterfeit Controlled Substance (2 counts), Simple Possession Schedule VI (marijuana).


Church sign violates trademark
church_signPhoto by Tom Evans

A truck from Nichels Sign Company removes the signs from A Creation Seventh Day and Adventist Church, located in Guys. A federal court ordered that the signs be removed due to a trademark violation.

Court orders church signs to come down
A federal judge ruled the small church in Guys, TN located in a former gas station on old Hwy 45 near the state line was in violation of a trademark of the worldwide Seventh Day Adventist denomination.
The church, using the name “A Creation Seventh Day and Adventist Church”, was ordered to change its name but members had refused, which led to Tuesday’s action.
Upon orders from the court, Nickels Sign Company arrived at the church and took down the church’s sign, which stretched across a canopy out front. Employees then spray-painted over the area where the sign was and also removed signage from the windows.
Material inside the church was also confiscated, including business cards, signs and literature. Anything with the name Seventh Day Adventists was confiscated as a McNairy County Constable stood guard.
The church, which opened in Guys in 2002, has a congregation of 10 to 15 members.
The defendant in the case is the church’s pastor, Walter McGill. He has been found in contempt of court, stemming from the continued use of websites, signs, and promotional materials that violate the injunction. He has been ordered to pay $35,567 in attorney’s fees and costs. Assistant pastor Lycan Chartier said McGill was in Africa doing mission work.
Members of the church admit the future of the church looks dim, but the say they will continue to pray, take it to God and see what he instructs them to do.


Lady Bobcats support Breast Cancer Awareness
pink_catsPhoto by Bryan Huff

The Lady Bobcats wore pink uniforms last Friday night in their homecoming game against Chester County to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Friday night was also Senior Night.

McNairy County residents awoke Monday morning to find snow covering the ground and roadways.
The McNairy County Board of Education sent out automated phone calls between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Monday letting teachers, parents, and bus drivers know that school was canceled for the day due to the incoming weather.
Most of the county received around 1 to 2 inches, while some areas to the south near the Mississippi line and in the Corinth area received 3 to 5 inches.
Driving was treacherous in the early morning hours, but by noon the roads were clear and most of the snow melted as temperatures rose throughout the day. More snow was predicted for Monday night and school was again canceled for Tuesday. Temperatures stayed just above freezing on Monday night and the county received only rain.
Weather forecasters are calling for cold temperatures throughout the next few days with a slight chance of snow flurries on Friday night. Little or no accumulation is expected.




More snow blankets county


snowPhoto by Tom Evans
McNairy County awoke to one to two inches of snow for the second Monday in a row. Schools were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.



Local boxers win championships


boxersPhoto by Tom Evans
L-R: Coach J.D. Matlock, Eric Moore and Jason Anderson. The team brought home two championships in a recent tournament.

J.D. Matlock, who has trained local boxers for over ten years, carried his Matlock Boxing Team to Ripley last Saturday night. The local team brought home two championships.
Eric Moore, fighting in the 130 lb. class, brought the crowd to their feet as he defeated Deantez Cooper of Luxora, Arkansas in three rounds. Jason Anderson, fighting in the 185 lb. class, defeated a more experienced fighter, Gene Hodge of Covington. The fans in attendance said this was the best fight of the season.
“The boys work hard and I really enjoy training them,” said Matlock.
Other teams represented at the Ripley meet were from Columbia, TN, Osceola, AR, LaVergne, TN, Luxora, AR, Covington, TN, and Ripley, TN.


Authorities seeking suspect in sexual assault

Law enforcement officers need your help in finding the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman earlier this month.
The attack happened on February 1 near Milledgeville.
The suspect was wearing a baseball cap, had long hair and several sores on his face. He could be driving an older model, black truck.
If you have information in this case, please contact law enforcement officers.


Adamsville City Meeting
The Town of Adamsville held their monthly meeting on Monday night.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved along with reports from various departments.
In the financial report, it was noted that sales tax collections for January were down $2,677.71 from Hardin County, but were up $11,090.98 from McNairy County.
“Our total sales tax revenue is down from last year about $23,000,” said Terry Thrasher, City Administrator.
Damage to the baseball field fence and lights due to the ice storm was estimated at $5,000, and it was noted the insurance company had been contacted.
In old business, the Downtown Project, sale of land on Hwy 64, 1st reading of a tower ordinance, and downtown parking were on the agenda.
•Downtown Project
The contractor is still several weeks away from finishing the project and they have used all their allotted time and rain delay days. City Attorney Ken Seaton advised the Board that the late penalty was $390 per day and at that rate the contractor was already facing around $39,000 in penalties.
Before the next bill is paid for work done on the project, Seaton advised they go over it carefully. Commissioner Dwana Pusser-Garrison stated she was concerned over the quality of the work, the length of time it was taking, and where was the inspector who was supposed to be overseeing the work.
“I’m concerned about them pouring the sidewalks in cold weather,” said Commissioner Garrison. “What is the temperature supposed to be before they pour them? We need to stay on top of this, get our own documentation and get this project finished.”
Mayor David Leckner also stated that he had been keeping a close eye on the project and was disappointed with the progress. The project was scheduled to be finished last November. Paul Wallace Plunk, Director of Public Works, volunteered to keep a close eye on the project and make a daily log of temperatures and progress being make.
Commissioner Mark Massey noted also that this had been one of the wettest falls on record and also a bad winter and he suggested the city might be able to get more done by working with the contractor and engineer. Mayor Leckner asked Terry Thrasher to set up a meeting with the contractor and the engineer so the city could voice their concerns.
•Sale of Land on Hwy 64 & Tower Ordinance
The next item was the 1st reading of an ordinance concerning erection of towers in the city. Clear Talk Communications has offered the city $20,000 for some land on Hwy 64 coming into town where they want to construct a communications tower.
“All of the people who I’ve talked to say they don’t want a big tower to be the first thing they see as they come into town,” said Commissioner Matt Wood. The other commissioners agreed and after some discussion the Board voted not to sell the land to Clear Talk, but they did approve the first reading of the tower ordinance for future requests. The ordinance contains the same guidelines as other cities use.
•Downtown Parking
With a need for more downtown parking, especially since several spaces have been lost due to the Downtown Project, the Board went into discussion on how more parking could be made obtained.
Two landowners have agreed to sell their property behind the downtown businesses on the north side. Paul Wallace Plunk’s family would sell their tract of land and would finance it for a 5-year period. The other landowner had agreed to trade out his property taxes in exchange for his land. Another property owner in the audience made the comment that what would happen if they couldn’t come to an agreement on the price and he decided to fence his property off.
Commissioner Massey said, “We can talk about this forever. We need to look at a plan on how we can pay for it and have a funding plan in place.”
Mayor Leckner asked Terry Thrasher to have a full report together with numbers on how it could be paid for by the next meeting.
•New Business
In new business it was noted that the City had received a 100% grant to replace all the existing street signs and poles in the city. The signs will be made of a more reflective material.
The Board voted to hold a retreat on March 5th at the City Hall to discuss plans for the future of the town. Mayor Leckner asked the Board to delay appointing a new member to the beer board until the next meeting.
“I need more time to really study this,” said Mayor Leckner.
In the final item of business the Board approved the payment of $16,759.19 for an insurance claim related to medical bills on an old workman’s comp claim back in 1995 when they were part of group with 115 other municipalities. Attorney Ken Seaton advised the Board that all the others had paid their part but a few and he didn’t see any way around not paying the bill. The Board voted to pay the bill. The meeting was then adjourned.



School Board Meets
The McNairy County Board of Education held their February meeting last Thursday.
Following the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, the Board observed a moment of silence in honor of Ray Brown, a long-time school board member.
The classified personnel and consent agenda reports were approved. The Board then discussed a new program for approval called the McNairy Individualized Graduation Program (MIG). In order to help students receive their high school diploma, which means additional federal funding for the school system, students who are currently in danger of dropping out or failing would be identified, and special tutors or graduation coaches would help them try to earn their diploma.
“We’ve tried to find students who have dropped out or might in the future and we’ll work with them to meet their individual needs to graduate,” said Dr. Brian Jackson, Assistant Director of Schools.
McNairy County recently raised the requirements for graduation to 26 credits and students in the MIG program would be able to graduate with 20 credits upon approval by the Board.
“But what about students that might drop out just to get in this program,” said Board Member Tony Chapman.
“These are students that are not involved in band, FFA, sports or other activities. We are going to require them to learn some employable skills so they can get a job when they graduate. This is a pilot program and we’ve tried to analyze all questions,” said Mr. Miskelly. “We’ve looked at our graduation rates and at other schools’ systems.”
Ronnie Teague stated, “Most of these kids are already 18 or will be in a few days, the age they could drop out. These students are told up front that they won’t be able to walk the graduation line, but they will have a diploma.”
George Gladish, who will be a graduation coach, noted that they have indentified 16 students that need help. They have enrolled 10 students in the program already. Frank Lacey them made a motion that the Board institute the MIG program on a trial basis and the motion was seconded by Tony Chapman.
In the final item of business, Mr. Miskelly stated that sales tax revenue for January was around $167,000.00, which was up a little.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned.


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