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From the August 26, 2010 edition

Fire at T.C.’s Tires
Photo by Tom Evans
Terrell Cox (left), owner of T.C.’s Tires near Walmart watches as firefighters work to bring the fire under control. The fire was caused by an electrical short in a drop light.
The Selmer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at T.C.’s Tires on Mulberry Avenue on Tuesday afternoon just after 6:00 p.m.
A neighbor called in the fire after seeing smoke coming from the top of the building. When the fire trucks arrived on the scene, traffic had to be re-routed so hoses could be hooked to the fire hydrant across the street near the Huddle House.
The firemen broke the windows to the shop’s doors to unlock them and quickly had the fire under control once the doors were raised and the water was sprayed inside.
“The fire was due to an electrical short,” said Chief Anthony Carr. “It started from a short in the drop cords between the second and third bays. We were fortunate that the fire couldn’t get any air or it could have been a big fire with all those tires inside. We were lucky that it happened in the daytime too where someone saw the smoke. If it would have been at night and all those tires caught fire before someone saw it, it could have been bad.”
Most of the damage to the building was from smoke and water. There were a few tires that had damage.
“We hadn’t been gone from the building too long when someone called and said my shop was on fire,” said Terrell Cox, owner of the business. “We had just left and were eating supper at Ramer Station. We jumped up and came back as quick as we could.”
T.C.’s Tires sells new and used tires and they should be re-opening in the next few days.
Photo by Tom Evans
Highway 45 was closed when the fire department had to run a fire hose across the highway to a hydrant near the Huddle House restaurant.

House fire on Beauty Hill Rd.

Fire Departments from Beauty Hill, Bethel Springs, Finger and Leapwood responded to a house fire at the home of Everett Stiddom at 802 Beauty Hill Road last Thursday morning.
“The fire started from the clothes dryer in the utility room,” said Darrell Goodrum McNairy County Fire Chief.
No one was injured in the fire, but one of the family’s cats didn’t make it out. The house suffered smoke, heat and water damage.
43-nws-beauty_hill_firePhotos by Alan Murray
Fire departments from Beauty Hill, Bethel Springs, Finger and Leapwood work to put out a house fire at 802 Beauty Hill Road last Thursday morning.


Tractor Tangle

43-nws-tractorPhoto by Alan Murray
Scotty Ashe of Pickwick Electric points out a problem further up the line as PEC crews work to restore power after a tractor, driven by Harmon Lewis of Brownsville, snagged a guy wire on a utility pole while mowing the right-of-way along Leapwood-Enville Road. Lewis was trapped in the tractor by the downed lines until PEC could make sure the lines were safe.

Toyota plant hiring
The new Toyota plant that is coming to Blue Springs, MS in northeast Mississippi is resuming hiring. Positions for hourly production and skilled maintenance are being coordinated through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the WIN Job Centers.
Individuals interested in job opportunities at the plant may apply online at . Click the Toyota link and follow the prompts to apply for a position online.

Vietnam traveling memorial wall coming to Corinth

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to Corinth September 3rd – 6th and will be open 24/7 with free admission.
The Wall will be on display at the North Corinth Baptist Church. The Wall is to honor the 58,000 men and women killed during the Vietnam War.
The names on The Wall replicate the names on The Wall in Washington D.C. They are listed alphabetically by day of casualty.
The Wall is transported by a one-ton dual trailer with a 32-ft gooseneck. While it is on display, the area near The Wall is considered Hallowed Ground and is to be treated as such.

Elected officials to be sworn in
All those elected in the August 5th election will be sworn-in at a ceremony on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the courtroom of the McNairy County Courthouse.
Circuit Court Judge Webber McGraw will perform the swearing-in ceremony.
Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

Adamsville City Meeting
Part of South Oak Street will be closed
The Adamsville City Meeting was held on Monday night.
Following the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance the minutes of the July meeting were approved.
In the financial report City Administrator Terry Thrasher noted that they were 8.83% into the fiscal year and revenues were not as high as expected, but they were countering that by not spending anything. Sales tax revenue for July was up $1,805.51 from June from Hardin County and it was up $5,958.73 from McNairy County.
The Adamsville Police Department issued 64 speeding tickets in July and 5 other traffic violations. They made 12 arrests for various offenses.
Parks and Recreation Director Bubba Martin noted in his report that record numbers were expected to sign-up for soccer, football and cheerleading this season.
Although attendance was down this July from last July at the Buford Pusser Home and Museum total sales were up with $10,411.11 collected from website sales, admissions (880), and gift shop sales.
Old Business
In Old Business, the Commission voted to table the Slum Clearance Ordinance until specific wording could be entered that could prevent selectivity. The Commission also tabled the Meter Amortization Ordinance.
There were several minutes of discussion on tap fees for water and gas meters. Paul Wallace Plunk, head of the Public Works Department, stated he would like to see the fees waived for a period of time to try and entice more customers to hook on or change to city services. The cost of installing the meters would soon be recovered by the city.
Terry Thrasher stated they it really wouldn’t matter if they charged for the tap fee because people were going to hook on to gas and water regardless.
Voting to waive the tap fees until November were Frank Lacey, Matt Wood, and Mayor Leckner. Voting no to waiving the fees were Mark Massey and Dwana Garrison.
New Business
Earl Johnson of Habitat for Humanity addressed the Commission and stated, “We need a family. We’ve build two homes in Selmer and one in Eastview and we have a lot in Adamsville and would like to build a home here.”
Johnson noted that Habitat for Humanity Homes were not free, that they partner with a family to help them buy a home and there are certain guidelines that must be followed. The partner family could be an elderly couple, single parent, or family of four.
Mayor Leckner thanked Johnson for the information and advised him that they would get the word out that Habitat was looking for a family in Adamsville to partner with.
The Commission voted to give a $1,500 donation to the Carl Perkins Center to help them hire another worker. They came up around $3,000 short on their fundraising goal and Mayor David Robinson of Selmer, who was present at the meeting, said he hoped to convince his aldermen to also help fund the Carl Perkins Center. Commissioner Garrison said it was nice to see Adamsville and Selmer working together for such a good cause.
The Commission voted to transfer funds from a Debt Service account ($130,000) to the General Fund. The vote was unanimous.
The Commission voted to fund half of the cost of $29,000 to install lights on the soccer field, with the School Board funding the other half.
Next, the Commission voted 5-0 to sponsor the Adamsville Football radio broadcasts and use their commercials to promote the waiver on tap fees.
The Commission voted 4-1 to close a section of South Oak Street and make it a one-way street. People would be able to enter South Oak from Main Street, but would not be able to pull out onto Main Street from South Oak. They would have to use Ash Street (behind F&M Bank) or Birch Street (near Wesley Apartments) to get to Main Street.
Commissioner Matt Wood was the only no vote. He felt the measure should have been presented to the residents of the street and gone before the planning commission before being voted on.
Reasons stated for wanting to close the street were it was dangerous pulling out onto Main Street since the shrubs had been planted and the curbs extended due to the downtown project. Commissioner Frank Lacey added that Elm Street, where the elementary school is located, should also be made one way during school hours.
The Commission voted to try and sell the 800 or so garbage poly carts that were taken out of use and replaced with new taller carts. People have asked about buying them to use for leaves and other things. The price was set at $20 per cart and Commissioner Frank Lacey made a motion to donate the money from the carts sold to the Irving Meek Library. The motion passed 5-0.
The Commission voted to buy a Tool Cat that they were now leasing.
The Commission discussed getting in writing a job description for the City Administrator position. Terry Thrasher will be retiring in the spring and a new administrator will be hired and will train with him for a period of time prior to his retirement.
Several citizens came forward to show the Mayor pictures of their property from the recent flooding. The Mayor agreed to meet with them after the meeting was adjourned and discuss the problems.