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From the April 22, 2010 edition

Michie man dies in crash
bridgePhoto by Tom Evans
Rickman was traveling north on Hwy. 117 when his car crossed the highway and struck the southwest corner of the bridge over Snake Creek.

Brent Allen Rickman, age 32, of Michie was killed early Monday morning after his 1993 Ford Taurus crossed the center line and struck a concrete bridge railing on Hwy 117 just south of the Adamsville city limits. According to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Jimmy Plunk, Rickman was traveling north towards Adamsville when he ran off the road on the west roadway edge and struck the end of a concrete bridge railing. The wreck occurred just after 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Rickman was not wearing a seat belt.

Administrative Professional of the Year
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From left to right: guest speaker and former Mrs. America Susan Goodman of Waverly, 2010 award recipient Debbie Moffett, and Ted Moore, Executive Director of the McNairy Regional Alliance.

Debbie Moffett named Administrative Professional of the Year
Debbie Moffett, who works in the Adamsville City Hall, was named as the McNairy Regional Alliance’s Administrative Professional of the Year at their annual luncheon on Wednesday.
The event, held at The Marty in Adamsville, had a large crowd on hand. They enjoyed a delicious meal catered by the Saw Meal Restaurant and served by members of the Bobcat Community Service Club.
“This is probably the biggest crowd we’ve had for this event and I want to thank everyone for coming and all those that had a part in making this a success,” said Ted Moore, Executive Director of the McNairy Regional Alliance.
Debbie was nominated by her co-workers at Adamsville City Hall and was chosen by the selection committee after reading the nomination form her co-workers submitted.
Others in the final running for the award were; Jimmie Forsythe of Shackelford Funeral Directors, Ann Henderson of the City of Selmer and Kim Petty of Bodiford and White Insurance Agency.
“I am honored to accept this award, but it’s also a team award,” said Debbie. “We work as a team at City Hall and I have a lot of great people helping me. It’s a great honor to be chosen by your peers for an award like this. I thank you all.”
Debbie is in her 22nd year of working for the Town of Adamsville. She has worked numerous years with the Adamsville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball programs and has also served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for a number of years.
Guest speaker at the event was Susan Goodman of Waverly, who is a former Mrs. America. Mrs. Goodman spoke to the crowd on her days as Mrs. America, her work with the United Way and also gave some tips on how to get the most out of life.
“We want to thank Susan for speaking today and also a special thanks to Saw Meal Restaurant, City of Adamsville, MCHS Community Service Club, All City Communications, BancorpSouth, Bank of McNairy County, General Electric, Saddle Mountain Baking Company, and the Administrative Luncheon Committee Members,” said Ted Moore in his closing remarks.

Head-on collision kills Selmer woman

Deborah D. Berg, age 53, of Selmer was pronounced dead at the scene following an accident on Monday night just after 10:15 p.m.
The accident occurred when Berg’s 2001 Saturn collided head-on with a 2004 International 18-wheeler on Hwy 45.
The Corinth Police Department received a report of a vehicle traveling south on Hwy 45 in the northbound lanes near the Tennessee and Mississippi state line.
Rudy F. Mason, age 59, of Hackleburg, AL was driving the 18-wheeler loaded with paint and headed for Jackson, TN. He told police that he was traveling north when he saw Berg’s vehicle coming toward him on his east side of the highway. He attempted to come to a stop to avoid the vehicle but was unable to do so.
Police are not sure why Berg was in the wrong lane and the wreck is still under investigation.

Annual Red and White Game is this Friday
footballPhoto by Tom Evans
The annual Adamsville High School Red & White game is this Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. Come out and support the Cardinals as they wrap up spring practice.

Alice Hawkins, owner of Hawk & Company has been in business in Selmer for a number of years. However, she recently relocated from Court Avenue to 225 South Fourth Street beside J & J Electronics.
Last Friday, members of the Chamber of Commerce were on hand as Hawk & Company held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Hawk & Company offers all types of formal wear for pageants, proms and other special occasions. They do tuxedo rentals, they also have gift items, do sewing alterations and offer a complete line of flowers and live plants. They will be happy to design a special flower arrangement for any occasion. They will also deliver to the funeral home for you.
Stop by and see Alice Hawkins and her staff in their new location. You can call them at 645-8870 or 610-0790.

Farris Holmes inducted into Lambuth Hall of Fame
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Lambuth University in Jackson, TN held their Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday night. Five “Lambuth Legends” were inducted including Farris Holmes of Selmer who was a graduate of the class of 1967.
Holmes, a former star at Selmer High School starred for Lambuth in the mid 60’s. He was a member of the “L” Club and lettered in basketball for four years. He averaged 15.3 points per game during his Lambuth career. He won the Sportsmanship Award his freshman year. He was a team captain in 1964 and 1965. He was voted to the Dixie Tournament All-Star Team in 1964, 1965, and 1966. He also received the Most Outstanding Athlete his sophomore season.
Holmes played for Lambuth Hall of Fame Coach Roscoe Williams. He also lettered in tennis and cross-country while at Lambuth.
After graduating from Lambuth Farris coached basketball at Selmer High School and Selmer Middle School for 10 years. He recently retired after 32 years as a partner in Holmes Brothers Auto Sales.
Farris and his wife have two daughters, Amy Whitten and Angie King and five grandchildren. All the grandchildren are actively involved in sports. Farris says his favorite “sports moment” took place this year during the 14-AA district basketball tournament at Bolivar when his grandson Chris Whitten hit an 80-foot shot against Bolivar in his final high school game. Congratulations to a very deserving Lambuth Legend.

Hardin County inmate escapes, but recaptured
An inmate escaped from the exercise yard at Hardin County Correctional Facility on Water Street on Wednesday, April 21st at around 1:30 p.m.
Matthew Thomas Moody, age 21, of Scotts Hill, was recently arrested during a drug sweep in Sardis at 1360 Hurricane Drive.
Moody was recaptured on Wednesday night at 8:41 p.m. in front of the Savannah Post Office a few blocks from the jail. Moody was treated at the Hardin County Medical Center for cuts and bruises he sustained during the escape.
An additional charge of felony escape will be added to his previous charges.

Adamsville City Meeting
The Town of Adamsville held their monthly meeting on Monday night.
Following the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance the reading of the March minutes were approved.
In the financial report Terry Thrasher told the Board that they were ¾’s of the way through the fiscal year and tax revenues were falling. The city was still $600,000 in the black and they were also trying to cut back on spending.
In Old Business, the second reading to disband the current Beer Board and allow the mayor and commissioners to become the Beer Board passed by a vote of 4-1, with Frank Lacey voting no.
In an update on the Downtown Project it was noted that the project should be finished by the end of the month. The sidewalks are being extended to Magnolia Street and gas lines for lights are being run in case lights for that section need to be added in the future as funds became available.
Commissioner Dwana Garrison commented that she had had several people complaining that the etching on the bricks was not legible and wanted to know what could be done. Mayor David Leckner advised the Board that the Beautification Committee would be addressing those problems.
Loops at the intersection were bid on by three companies, but two of the bids were incomplete.
An easement for Clear Talk Communications for property they recently purchased near Aqua Glass was discussed. A motion to approve the easement was made upon the condition that wording in document be approved by City Attorney Ken Seaton.
In New Business, the Board discussed rules for lights being left on at the park. Police Chief Bill McCall stated his officers would work with the Parks Department to possibly lock the light switch boxes after a certain time of night. The Board discussed raising the tap fee for new gas and water connections. P.W. Plunk, Director of Public Works, was asked to check with Selmer and Savannah and see what they charged and report back at the May meeting.
The next item of discussion was city workers working past the meters in locating gas leaks. P.W. Plunk stated that they are ordered to shut off the gas and lock the meter if a leak is discovered past the meter.
The Board discussed establishing a new Arts and Parks Council in order to help pursue possible grants. Mayor Leckner had spoken with Dr. Shawn Pitts of Selmer and he had advised the Mayor this was something that needed to be done to pursue grants.
“We need to get more community involvement and this is a way we can do it,” said Mayor Leckner. The Board discussed a possible purchase of property for a new school. The Board voted to give Terry Thrasher the authority to negotiate prices with property owners. Mayor Leckner has spoken with Director of Schools Charlie Miskelly and he has advised the mayor that he and an architect would visit in the near future and look at the three different properties that might be available. “This is a step in the right direction,” said Mayor Leckner.
The Board discussed taking action on property owners that were in violation of the city codes as far as keeping their property clean and mowed. A vote to enforce the code passed 4-1 with Mark Massey voting no.
“I think we should try diplomacy. A strong arm sometimes backs people up,” said Massey.
The city is having problems with the polycarts that trash is picked up in. It appears that the truck used by ASCO, the company that picks up trash, is having problems due to the city using two different size carts and the trash is not all being dumped from the carts. Terry Thrasher advised the Board that the city was trying to switch everyone to the taller carts in the future.
Renee Moss then gave a power-point presentation on her recent trip, along with Commissioner Garrison, to the Tennessee Association Museum Conference. Moss noted that the conference was very helpful. Ways to help run museums, get more grants, increase visitation, and promote the museums were discussed at the conference.
Commissioner Garrison told the Board that plans are underway for the Annual Buford Pusser Festival and they were looking for one of the largest crowds ever.
In the final item of discussion Mayor Leckner told the Board that the Walking Tall Classic had donated lights for the t-ball field and that he had approached the McNairy County School Board about helping secure lights for the local soccer field at the elementary school. The meeting was then adjourned.

The sign of a great senior project
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MCHS senior Ashley Freeman painted this sign for the McNairy County News as her senior project. Joel Littlejohn served as her mentor.

Ramer School 1930’s photo
Here are the names for the Ramer School photo in this week’s paper:
Ramer School about 1930 Start at top left - Verlee Swain, Katie Teague, Ruth Wallace, Thelma Richard, Jewel Turner, Vaugn Swain, Hazel McCullar, Sybil Kirk,---, Thannie Mae Nichols, Kathleen Dancer, Herman Fortune, Vassie Horton, Vassie Mae Moorre, Frances Teague, Eunice Barnes, Katherine Hamm, Jewell Davis ?, Estell Jones, Philip Reeder, Coleman ... See MoreTaylor, Wendell Phillips, Odell Barnes, —, Bonnie Lawson, Georgia Teague, Ruby Blankenship, —, M J Robertson, —, R C Teague, Hazel Melton, Frances Kee, Vessie Horton, Gladie Fortune, Lloyd Barnes, Baker Reeder, James Buress, Mattie Neal Shelton, Johnie Marie Blasingame, Lowell Warren, Theda Petree, Opal King, Essie Dancer, Madelyn Wallace, Addie Prather, Lora Pearl Kirk, Mary Rhodes, Vernon Locke, —, Johnie Marie Shelton, Eula Frances Phillips, Jewell Swain, Madeline Neethery, Justine Darby, Raymond Teague, Mavoureen Locke, Euel Dee Smith, Mary Lou Teague, Addie Darby, Ramer Hill, Ray Reeder, Elizabeth Hill, Geraldine Burress, Johney H Smith, Opal McCullar, —, —, Lawrence Burress, Olivia Teague, Howard L Barnes, Olen Turner, Buel Kiser teacher, Mrs Hadden teacher, Arch Robertson, —, Geneva Mccullar, Andrew Lawson, —, —, Lillian Jones, Kelsie Teague, L T Teague, Charles Norris, Mary Lou Shea, Helen Ruth Dillon, Arnie V Teague, Lloyd Swain, Maxine Teague, Dorothy Gooch, —, Burl Teague, Hugh W McCullar, — teacher, Elsie McCoy teacher, Inez Robertson, James K Wardlow, Dorothy L Teague, Virginia Blankenship, Helen M Lawson, Melba Callins, Lessie Darby, Bessie Darby, Lydia Mae Jones, Frances Dillon, J D Chandler, Mardell, Teague, —.