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From the August 5, 2010 edition

Michie woman brutally murdered

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Preston L. Pegg, Jr.
Joanna Pegg, age 37, was buried on Tuesday, leaving behind three children, ages 17, 14 and 6, and numerous other family members to mourn her untimely death. Her husband, from whom she was separated, Preston Lee Pegg, Jr., age 37, of 1 County Road 146 in Corinth (formerly of McNairy County) has been charged with first-degree murder in her brutal death and is currently being held without bond in the Alcorn County Jail.
Authorities say Preston Pegg met with his wife last Friday at a trailer at 584 Melvin Qualls Road in Michie, about two miles from the state line, to discuss him signing paperwork relinquishing any future claim on a home she was attempting to get a loan to buy.
Some type of argument ensued and Pegg then shot his wife in front of their 6-year-old daughter. He put his wife’s body in the back of his truck, took his daughter to his brother-in-law’s house and headed for Mississippi. His brother-in-law alerted the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department, who then alerted Alcorn County authorities.
Corinth Police Officer Fred Serio later stopped Pegg on Shiloh Road after receiving word to be on the lookout for a white Chevrolet pickup truck that might have been involved in a possible homicide in McNairy County and was headed toward Corinth. Reports stated that Officer Serio spotted a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop at which time Pegg jumped out of the truck and yelled, “I did it, I shot her!”
After handcuffing Pegg, Officer Serio discovered Joanna Pegg’s body in the back of the truck. She had been shot at least twice, once in the head, once in the chest, and her throat had been lacerated at least twice.
Family members told reporters that the couple had had numerous problems in their marriage and Joanna and the kids were afraid of him and just wanted away from the abuse. Joanna had worked as the manager at Dollar General in Michie since it opened last year.
Other charges
Preston L. Pegg was out on bond at the time of last Friday’s killing. He was released on June 29th. He had been in jail under a $200,000 bond, but was released after the bond was reduced to $20,000 following an agreement between the District Attorney’s office and Pegg’s public defender.
He was facing charges of rape stemming from an incident in March in which he is accused of forcing a girl to have sex with him by threatening to show nude photos of her to her father. The case was bound over to the grand jury in June. He was also charged with statutory rape, sexual battery and another sexual charge in a May incident, which was also bound over to the grand jury.
In another incident in May, he was charged with aggravated child abuse and domestic assault and was scheduled to appear in court on August 26th to face those charges. Pegg could also be charged in McNairy County for attempted murder, aggravated assault, child endangerment and kidnapping in relation to the murder of his wife.
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A wreath stands outside the Michie home where Joanna Pegg was first shot.
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Joanna Pegg at last year’s grand opening ceremony at the Dollar General Store in Michie, where she was manager.

Down in the dumps
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A DOT dump truck that was hauling rip-rap to a location near McNairy County Health Care flipped and overturned into a ditch last Thursday afternoon after the brakes failed. A TDOT Caterpillar bulldozer was used to pull the truck out of the ditch. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Wreck at Oak Grove Rd. & Bypass
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The driver of this Ford Taurus escaped serious injury when they collided with a Dodge pickup at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and the Hwy. 64/45 bypass last Friday. The driver of the Dodge attempted to cross the westbound lane from Oak Grove Road and struck the Taurus, which was obscured by a passing 18-wheeler. The names of the drivers were unavailable at press time.

Heat Wave
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A temperature of 105 degrees was recorded at Pickwick Electric just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to remain high for the next several days.
The National Weather Service posted an excessive heat warning for a several counties in the state’s southwestern corner, beginning Monday, including McNairy County. Forecasters say high temperatures at or above 100 degrees are expected through Thursday until 7 p.m.
Heat indexes might soar from 115 to near 120 degrees. People are urged to take precautions if you have to be outside. Drink plenty of water, wear a hat, and make sure pets have plenty of fresh water. The heat can have life-threatening effects on the elderly and those with chronic breathing problems.

New Doctor in Town
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Dr. Eric Robinson.
Dr. Eric Robinson joins McNairy Regional Hospital
McNairy County Regional Hospital welcomed a new member to their staff on Monday.
Dr. Eric Robinson, who specializes in Internal Medicine for adults, is now associated with the hospital. He is working out of Dr. Nicole Feeney’s office next to the hospital.
Dr. Robinson, who is originally from Jackson, AL and grew up in Columbus, OH, from age 6 to 16, says he is excited to be in McNairy County.
“My wife is originally from Bolivar,” said Dr. Robinson. “We’re looking forward to becoming a part of the community and raising our family here.”
Dr. Robinson received a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Alabama in 2003, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his MD from the University of Louisville in 2007 and did his Internal Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Robinson has volunteered for several organizations including; Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Advancement, Student National Medical Association, Wayside Christian Mission Volunteer and GLOH Clinic Volunteer.
“Growing up in Ohio I wanted to be a plumber,” said Dr. Robinson. “My brother kept telling me I was smart enough to be a doctor. I was making good grades in school and finally decided I wanted to be a Biology teacher. Then it finally hit me that I wanted to become a doctor and help people and make a difference in their lives. I’ve always loved studying about diseases and what causes them.”
Dr. Robinson stated that McNairy County Regional Hospital CEO Pam Roberts left some of her cards at Vanderbilt and he picked one up. Dr. Robinson then did some research and the family decided to make the move to McNairy County and join McNairy County Regional Hospital’s staff.
Dr. Robinson and his wife Milicent, who is a nurse, have three children, Tyler, age 7, Malachi age 3, and Genevie, age 1. They also have another child on the way.
We welcome Dr. Robinson and his family to McNairy County. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robinson phone 645-6777.

Tax Free Weekend this weekend
40-nws-tn_sales_taxThe State of Tennessee’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6th and ends Sunday, August 8th at 11:59 p.m. During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.
What’s Tax-Free?
Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less. These items are exempt from state and local sales tax in Tennessee during the holiday. Local governments are held harmless and are reimbursed lost sales tax revenues by the state.
Who Can Participate?
Any individual can make a tax-free purchase during the holiday. However, items purchased for use by a trade or business are not exempt.
Can I Order by Mail, Telephone, E-Mail or Internet?
The holiday also includes purchases of qualified items sold via mail, telephone, e-mail or Internet if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the holiday for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.
What if the Item is Backlogged or on Backorder?
If a customer wishes to order a certain tax-free item during the holiday and it is not in stock, the item remains tax-free upon delivery. In other words, backlogs and backorders outside the buyer’s control will not affect the exempt status of tax-free items. Intentionally delayed sales are taxable.
What if I Want to Place an Item on Layaway or Pay for an Item That is Currently On Layaway?
Qualified items previously placed on layaway are exempt when the final payment is made during the holiday. Items are also exempt if placed on layaway during the holiday and the final payment is made after the exemption period.
When Did Sales Tax Holidays Start in Tennessee?
Tennessee Code Annotated 67-6-393 established annual sales tax holidays in Tennessee in 2006. The first Sales Tax Holiday was August 4-6, 2006, saving Tennesseans about $15 million. Since then, Tennesseans have enjoyed $8 to $10 million in tax savings each holiday.
Items Not Exempt
For a complete list of items that are not tax exempt this weekend during the sales tax holiday go to