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From the June 17, 2010 edition

Grand Jury returns 52 indictments
Charges for rape, murder, drugs, assault, robbery and other offenses to be tried
The June term of the McNairy County Grand Jury met on Monday and returned 52 indictments for various offenses. While many of the indictments were for drug related offenses, there were also indictments for murder, statutory rape, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, DUI, car-jacking, and various other crimes. Listed below are the names of the 38 individuals that have been arrested and their charges. Law enforcement officers are still in the process of locating and arresting several of those indicted. Those names will be listed following their arrest. Trial dates have been set for October and November.

•Joseph Kevin Adams – DUI & Implied Consent.
•Earl W. Basinger – Possession Schedule II (Dihydrocodeinone)
•Billy Ray Borner – Possession Schedule II (Cocaine) w/intent to Deliver
•John D. Carothers – Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon
•William Timothy Carter – Promotion of Methamphetamine
•Janet Cobb – Delivery Schedule II (Morphine)
•Donald C. Davis, Jr. – Delivery Schedule II (Methadone)
•Melvin Davis – Delivery Schedule II (Oxycodone)
•Jerrod J. Dennis – Initiation of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Reckless Endangerment (3 counts), Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Simple Possession Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•Michael David Rowlett – Initiation of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Reckless Endangerment (3 counts), Possession Drug Paraphernalia
•Brandon L. Edwards – Delivery Schedule II (Methadone), Delivery Schedule III (Dihydrocodeinone), Promotion of Meth Manufacture
•Samuel Forrester – Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine), Initiation of Process Meth Manufacture, Possession Schedule II (Meth) w/Intent to Deliver, Possession Schedule II (Oxycodone), Possession Drug Paraphernalia
•Donavon N. Frances – Delivery Schedule II (Meth)
•George F. Hayslett – Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine), Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine)
•Brandy Hines – Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine)
•Gary Hollands – DUI, Violation of Implied Consent
•Ryan W. Kiddy – Delivery Schedule II (Oxycodone)
•Becky P. Kiestler – Delivery Schedule II (Methadone)
•Harold Kiestler – Delivery Schedule II (Methadone), Delivery Schedule IV (Alprazolam), Delivery Schedule II (Methadone), Delivery Schedule II (Methadone)
•Tommy R. Kirk – Delivery Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•James A. Lambert – Possession Schedule VI (Marijuana), Simple Possession Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Possession Drug Paraphernalia
•Vickie Legans – Delivery Schedule III (Dihydrocodeinone), Delivery Schedule IV (Alprazolam), Delivery Schedule III (Dihydrocodeinone)
•Troy David McFall – Possession Schedule II (Meth) w/intent to Deliver, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Impersonation
•Nancy J. McKibbon – Initiation of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Aggravated Child Endangerment, Aggravated Child Endangerment, Possession Schedule II (Meth) w/intent to Deliver, Simple Possession Schedule VI (Marijuana), Possession Drug Paraphernalia
•Benjie Wagoner - Initiation of Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Aggravated Child Endangerment, Aggravated Child Endangerment, Possession Schedule II (Meth) w/intent to Deliver, Simple Possession Schedule VI (Marijuana), Possession Drug Paraphernalia
•Jeston L. Morrow – Delivery Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•Victoria M. Murphy – Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine)
•Reggie Nichols – Causal Exchange Schedule VI (Marijuana), Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine), Causal Exchange Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•Brian Lynn Overton – Aggravated Statutory Rape, Contributing to Delinquency of Minor, Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
•Levern Robinson – Delivery Schedule II (Cocaine)
•Cedrick L. Shelton – Delivery Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•Matthew B. Shine – Theft of Property ($1,000 to $10,000), Burglary (other than habitation), Theft of Property ($500 or less), Burglary (other than habitation), Theft of Property ($500 or less), Felony Evading Arrest & Endangering Others
•James M. Swindoll – Delivery Schedule II (Meth)
•Chip B. Taylor – Delivery Schedule VI (Marijuana)
•Terry D. Tilley – Theft of Property ($10,000 - $60,000)
•Malcolm C. Whiteside – Delivery Schedule III (Dihydrocodeinone)
•John Wayne Wilson – Second Degree Murder
•Steven D. Witherington – Burglary (other than habitation), Theft of Property ($500 to $1,000)

Rockabilly Highway Revival
rockabilly_jason_thomasPhoto by Rodney Murray
Jason Thomas, of Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats, performs for Saturday’s crowd.
rockabilly_tim_pacePhoto by Tom Evans
Selmer Mayor David Robinson (left) presents local metal sculptor Tim Pace with a plaque for his sculpture entitled “Twist & Shout.”
Rockabilly Festival draws large crowd
The Second Annual Rockabilly Festival drew a huge crowd to downtown Selmer last Saturday, despite temperatures that reached the upper 90’s and high humidity that sent festival-goers in search of water, cold drinks and shade.
Shawn Pitts, a representative of AiM and one of the event’s organizers, was pleased with the outcome.
“We had more vendors, more antique cars, motorcycles, great music, and everyone seemed to really enjoy celebrating our music heritage,” said Pitts. “On behalf of AiM, the McNairy Regional Alliance, and the City of Selmer, I would just like to thank everyone who attended the festival, everyone who entered cars, motorcycles or tractors, all the vendors, and all the ones who worked behind the scenes to make this festival a huge success. We estimated 5,000 attended last year and we believe it was even more this year.”
Russell Ingle, Director of Chamber Programs was also pleased with the festival.
“This festival was a great way to put our local heritage and culture on display and promote area businesses,” said Ingle. “Hopefully people visiting had a good time and will come back to our county in the future. Our Rockabilly Festival Committee will meet soon and look for ways to make it bigger and better next year.”
AiM has committed to a 3-year project to help improve the looks of Selmer’s downtown area, and last year artist Brian Tull unveiled his Rockabilly Highway Mural at the corner of a building at Second Street and Court Avenue. This year, metal sculptors Tim Pace of Finger and Bob Brooks of Selmer each created a work of art that is now on display at the corner of Front Street and Court Avenue in Selmer’s new “Green-zone” park.
Pace’s creation is entitled “Twist & Shout” and features a large cyclone with musical instruments being drawn up through it toward a weathered Hwy 45 sign.
Brooks’ artwork is called “Rockabilly Cats” and features a drummer, guitar player and a singer representing a Rockabilly period band.
Saturday’s event started with a 5-K Race. There were 122 cars entered in the car show plus numerous motorcycles and tractors on display. Vendors were set up around the downtown area selling various items and concessions.
Music was provided, by Cousin Bo Jack, Lloyd Watkins, Joey Killingsworth, Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats, Phil Hummer and the White Falcons, and the W.S. Holland Band. Holland was the original drummer for Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, two legends of Rockabilly music.
The Rockabilly Café, located on Front Street, also celebrated their grand opening on Saturday.
If you missed this year’s Rockabilly Festival, make plans now to attend next year. It promises to be bigger and better.
Congratulations to all those who had part in the event. You all are to be commended for a great job!

rockabilly_girlsPhoto by Tom Evans
Selmer First Responders help to extract the passenger of this Pontiac Bonneville following a collision with a log truck at the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Poplar Avenue in Selmer Wednesday morning.
rockabilly_wsPhoto by Rodney Murray
Rockabilly drumming legend W.S. Holland and his band perform for the second-straight year at the Rockabilly festival.
rockabilly_shawnPhoto by Tom Evans
Arts in McNairy’s Dr. Shawn Pitts surveys the scene during Saturday’s Rockabilly festival.
33-nws-rockabilly_patsPhoto by Tom Evans
From left to right: Local musicians Joey Killingsworth, Bobby “Bo Jack” Killingsworth and Lloyd Watkins perform at Pat’s Café in downtown Selmer.
rockabilly_brucePhoto by Tom Evans
Bruce Manley of Larry Raines Realty helps to erect the performers’ tent on Court Avenue in front of the courthouse.
rockabilly_hairwrapPhoto by Tom Evans
Ann Thacker (left) of Ann Thacker Massage Therapy and Sherry Kizer (right) of Southern Shears provided massages and hair wraps for festival attendees.
rockabilly_hoglegPhoto by Tom Evans
Hogg Legg Smokers B-B-Q team was among the many vendors providing food and refreshments for Saturday’s crowd.
rockabilly_falconPhoto by Rodney Murray
Phil Hummer and the White Falcons were a big hit with Saturday’s festival-goers.

A grand opening for the Rockabilly Café
cafePhoto by Tom Evans
What better way to hold a grand opening for The Rockabilly Café than on Rockabilly Festival day. The Rockabilly Café located on Front Street in Selmer celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday. On hand for the occasion were, from left to right: Ted Moore, Executive Director of the McNairy Regional Alliance; owners Lola Nichols and Jerry Barnes; and Russell Ingle McNairy Regional Alliance Director of Chamber Programs.

Feels like summer

summerTemperatures are climbing along with the humidity and heat index as the summer season approaches. Monday, June 21st will be the official first day of summer. Last Monday a temperature of 98 degrees was recorded at Pickwick Electric in Selmer.
In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the summer season is the day of the year when the sun is farthest north. This day is known as the Summer Solstice.

Car crash claims life
Beth Waller, age 31, of Finger, TN was involved in a single vehicle wreck last Saturday, June 12th, resulting in her death.
According to the THP, Waller was driving a Toyota Tacoma and was westbound on Hwy 199 between Finger and Leapwood when she apparently lost control in a curve, exited the highway and struck a tree. Waller was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The wreck occurred at around 2:30 p.m.
Waller was a 1997 graduate of Adamsville High School. She is survived by a son, Cole Dawson Waller, her parents John and Jan Waller, and three sisters; Anna Herring, Sara Forrester, and Kacy Gagyi.

Mississippi man dies in wreck
Bruce Allen Adams, age 49, of Summit, MS was killed early last Wednesday morning when his truck ran off the road and rolled over, ejecting him from the vehicle.
Adams, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was traveling east on Hwy 64 near the top of Martin Camp Hill when the wreck occurred.
A 3-year-old girl in the vehicle, Faith Gracie Adams, was also injured, but her condition was not available. She was not wearing a seatbelt or in a child seat.
According to the THP, Summit’s Dodge 150 truck left the north shoulder of the road and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll over. The wreck occurred at around 2:15 a.m.

School Board meets

Teachers’ raise & new MCHS gym floor approved

The McNairy County Board of Education met last Thursday night with several items on the agenda. Following the opening prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent agenda, the meeting turned to items for approval. Items approved included; carrying outstanding invoices over to the new fiscal year, a breakfast wavier for MCHS, food and non-food bids. The Board also approved the purchase of two new buses in the amount of $196,312.44 and a special education bus with air conditioning for $87,225.13. A 2% raise for all food service employees was approved. There will be no increase in the cost of school lunches.
Raise for teachers
Mr. Miskelly recommended a 2% raise for all certified personnel in his 2010-2011 budget.
“Our budget is a balanced one and I recommend that our teachers be given a 2% raise in the form of a one time bonus in October or November,” said Mr. Miskelly. “I want to help teachers and they haven’t had a raise in several years. We’ve saved some money by not purchasing new textbooks because the curriculum hasn’t changed enough to merit purchasing new textbooks.”
The recommendation for the raise was approved unanimously.
Bid for new MCHS gym floor approved
The Board had several minutes of discussion on the topic of a new MCHS gym floor. A representative from Sports Floors in Memphis gave the Board some information on his company and the proposed new floor. The cost will be $104,350.00.
The MCHS Booster Club has raised $25,000.00 towards the cost. The Board voted 6-1 to approve the bid for the new floor with Larry Smith voting no. Smith felt like there were other things that needed to be purchased first.
The new floor will have a 40 to 60 year life and will help in preventing injuries to athletes, which could result in lawsuits. Installation is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
The Board also approved a lease agreement with the City of Adamsville regarding installation of lights on the soccer field beside Adamsville Elementary. The City of Adamsville will furnish the lights and installation. The property is owned by the county and that called for a lease agreement.
Planning Committee Report
Larry Smith gave a report on the Planning Committee’s search for possible sites for a new school. Property owned by the Latta family near the bypass consists of around 80 acres and the purchase price is $3,000 per acre. The Board had hoped that the County might be willing to purchase some of the acreage since the School Board didn’t need the entire 80 acres, but Mr. Smith told the members that the County didn’t seem interested. The Board has a 60-day option on the land that will expire in July.
The Board of Education has scheduled a public meeting at MCHS on Tuesday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. to get public input on the possible location of a new elementary school for Selmer. Adamsville Mayor David Leckner addressed the Board and stated that the City of Adamsville is very close to closing a deal on purchase of land for a new school in Adamsville.
“My question is, what is the Board’s plan and do you have a time frame?” said Mayor Leckner. “We had a town meeting in January and a new school was the top item people in Adamsville want to see. We want to work with the School Board and help do everything possible to get a new school for our town.”
Commissioner Johnny Blakely told Mayor Leckner that the Board didn’t have a plan at the present for building new schools and the money would have to come from the County Commission. Mayor Leckner then suggested that a coalition of citizens from Selmer and Adamsville get together and approach the County Commission about the need for new schools.
Greg Martin, Principal of AHS, told the Board that they had classes meeting in the lunchroom and one in a locker room due to lack of space and overcrowding. He had discussed the problem with Mr. Miskelly and the purchase of two 28’ X 60’ modular classrooms had been mentioned. Mr. Blakely asked Mr. Martin if they could make do without the portable classrooms if they knew help was on the way?
“We’ve made do for a year, so I guess we could make do,” said Mr. Martin. Mr. Miskelly stated that he didn’t like the idea of portable classrooms, but it might be the only way to address the overcrowding.
GED Report
Patsy Pearson, head of the Adult Education Department addressed the Board and noted that 363 adults had been enrolled in the GED program and 68 got their GEDs. They will have a graduation ceremony on June 27 at 2 p.m. Chairman Blakely thanked Ms. Pearson for the work she did with Adult Education.
Support for SMS Principal
Several members of the audience spoke out in support of Selmer Middle School Principal Joel Boyd, who recently turned in his resignation and wanted it rescinded.
Nick Cook, a SMS teacher, said, “Several of us are here in support of Joel Boyd.
He’s a very valuable resource to McNairy County.” Doug Lowrie, also a SMS teacher said, “Joel is a great principal. He’s very patient, very disciplined, very organized, always professional, and has high morals.”
Kevin Redmon, parent of a SMS student said, “Mr. Boyd showed interest in my son when he was going through some tough times. We know the quality of person we have in him and it would be a shame to lose him.”
The meeting was then adjourned.