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From the March 11, 2010 edition

Taste of McNairy next Tuesday night
tastePhoto by Tom Evans

Members of the Carl Perkins Center team served up some great food at last year’s event.

The Sixth Annual Taste of McNairy will be held on Tuesday, March 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Selmer Civic Center.
Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. Tickets are $5 per person. Preschoolers will be admitted free.
A silent auction has also been added and this year there will be a raffle. Aaron’s of Selmer has generously donated a 42” LCD TV. Raffle tickets are now available at Aaron’s on Mulberry Avenue.
Modern Woodmen is co-sponsoring this year’s event and all proceeds up to $2,500 will be matched by Modern Woodmen. All proceeds will benefit McNairy County’s Habitat for Humanity.
The organization just finished their third partner home. For more info on this year’s Taste of McNairy, call Donny Gibbs @ 645-9868, JoRica Moore @ 645-4930 or Judi Mashburn @ 645-9384.

Fire at Pleasant Site
firePhoto by Tom Evans

The Pleasant Site, Eastview, and Michie Fire Departments responded to a fire Monday afternoon at 5096 Gravel Hill Road in the Pleasant Site Community. The property owner told members of the fire department that he was burning off some grass land and the wind shifted and caught his shop, lawnmower and another out building on fire. Although the fire departments arrived quickly they were unable to save the structures. People are urged to take precautions when doing outdoor burning and always have a water hose handy.

Dr. James Hoover opens new office
hooverPhoto by Tom Evans

Pictured from left to right: M.L. Hoover, Dr. Hoover, Sherry Hopper, Julie Finley, Keith Brooks, and Shirley Wilson.

Dr. James M. Hoover opened his new dental office in Adamsville on Monday.
The new office, located at 720 East Main across from Dollar General, is equipped with the latest state of the art dental equipment.
Dr. Hoover, who is beginning his 40th year of dental practice, invites all his former patients to come by and see him in his new location and he welcomes new patients.
“I’ve been cutting back on some of my workload for the past several months, but my batteries are recharged now and I’m excited to open this new office. We’re looking forward to serving the people of this area with all types of quality dental care,” said Dr. Hoover. “Our new office is equipped with all brand new equipment and it’s the latest and most up to date there is.”
Upon visiting Dr. Hoover’s new office you’ll find many familiar faces from his previous office. Mary Leslie Hoover, Keith Brooks, Shirley Wilson, Julie Finley, and Sherry Hopper will all assist Dr. Hoover.
Hours for the new office will be Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon. The office will be closed for lunch each day from noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. Hoover specializes in General Dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, bleaching, fillings, extractions, bridges, crowns, veneers, and wisdom tooth removal. Both I.V. sedation and nitrous oxide sedation are available.
Dr. Hoover’s office treats patients from 6 years old and up. To contact Dr. Hoover at his new office call 731-632-4754.

Selmer Police Officer under investigation

A Selmer Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of misconduct. No charges have been filed and the name of the officer has not been released.
The TBI is currently investigating the allegations.
District Attorney Mike Dunavant released a statement on Tuesday that his office had received a complaint concerning a Selmer Police Officer.
The complaint alleged that a possible rape had occurred on Sunday night involving an officer. General Dunavant then turned the case over to the TBI and they are investigating the incident.
Following the TBI’s investigation the Attorney General’s Office will make a decision on further action in the case.
The officer will remain on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

Police chief says slow down in Bethel

Bethel Springs Chief of Police T.E. Sowell advised that the Bethel Springs Police will be out working TRAFFIC with RADAR.
If you are driving 40 in a 30 mph zone you will be subject to a citation. If you are driving 53 in a 45 mph zone you will be subject to a citation. Anyone going over 26 mph in the School Zone will also be subject to a citation.
“We don’t like to give out tickets but people are just going too fast,” said Chief Sowell. “We are warning them that they need to slow down or else they are subject to a citation.”

County Commission Meets

The McNairy County Mayor and Commissioners met on Monday night for their March meeting with 18 of the 21 Commissioners present.
The minutes of the February meeting were approved. Commissioner Stan Wheeler of the Law Enforcement Committee noted that Sheriff Ricky Roten’s department was spending from 80 to 90 hours per month checking incoming items for inmates for drugs and other contraband.
Commissioner Wheeler introduced a representative from a company based in Arkansas that provides items like candy, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc. that inmates can purchase. This service would eliminate the need for officers to have to screen incoming items and would help keep contraband out of the jail.
Several other jails in the area use the service. The company would also handle phone calls made by the inmates. The Commissioners were given a packet of information about the service to study before making a decision at their next meeting. In old business, Jerry Mitchell was named to the Board of Equalization. J.D. Wilkerson will serve as an alternate if needed.
In new business, Larry Inman donated a brush truck to the Pleasant Site Fire Department. Commissioner Charlie Garrison addressed the Commission about new residents in his neighborhood that are driving down the road in their horse and buggies without any lights or reflectors on them. They are also walking down the middle of the road instead of on the side. “It’s dangerous and I don’t want to be the one that hits one of them,” said Garrison.
Sheriff Roten also advised that he had had some complaints along the same lines and he didn’t know what the answer was. Mayor Jai Templeton advised that he would get with the county attorney and see what could be done as far as making reflectors be required for the buggies.
Named as Notaries of Public were; Benny Chambers, Linda Faye Davis, Deneen Flatt and Todd Pyron. The meeting was then adjourned.

Selmer City Meeting Brief

It only took around ten minutes Tuesday night for the City of Selmer to hold their monthly meeting.
Following the prayer by Mark Thompson, new minister at the First Baptist Church of Selmer, and the Pledge of Allegiance, the minutes of February’s meeting, along with all departmental reports were approved.
Sybil Dancer, Director of Parks and Recreation gave the Board information on a Tennessee Downtown Grant of $15,000 from the EDC that they had received. The grant will be used to help promote the downtown area.
In new business the Board approved an auditing agreement with Williams, Jerrolds, Godwin, and Nichols for the 2009-10 year. The vote was 4-1 with John Smith voting no. A new copier lease for the Civic Center was approved unanimously. The new lease would save almost $50 per month.
Alderman Paul Simpson recognized Jimmy Dickey for his service to the city. Dickey, who served as Selmer’s Fire Chief for 3 years, passed away earlier in the week.
Following the conclusion of the regular meeting the Beer Board met. The license for the previous owner of Super Mini was revoked and the license for the new owner was approved by a 4-1 vote. John Smith voted no.

Temperatures on the rise, Daylight Savings Time begins

tempsPhoto by Tom Evans
Spring is on the way! Don’t forget to run your clocks up 1 hour this weekend.