McNairy Central Bobcats’ final game was on the road against the undefeated, top-ranked Lexington Tigers. The Bobcats came out with the lead but eventually fell 42-20 to the Tigers on the coldest night of the season.
Losing wasn’t as upsetting as watching the senior athletes attend their final football game of their high school careers.
The Adamsville Jr./Sr. High Band won their third consecutive and 7th total Division One State Championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. last Saturday. Competing against 27 other bands in preliminaries, AHS was the only band to receive Superior ratings in Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Field Commander.
“Congratulations to all band and guard members on one of the best marching seasons ever, and thank you for representing your school, your city, and your entire community on such a high level,” said Frankie Congiardo, director of the AHS Band.
An early morning fire north of Finger last Saturday claimed the lives of two McNairy County residents including a young girl who was at the Masseyville McNairy Road residence for a sleep over.
Smoke detectors woke residents of the home and Michael Steve Kennedy ushered his family from the burning structure. Officials have stated that once outside the home, Kennedy realized that family friend 11-year-old Cheyenne A. Henderson of Stantonville had not made it out and Kennedy went back inside the burning home to rescue the young girl shortly before emergency workers arrived on the scene at 3:51 a.m.
Despite Kennedy’s heroic effort both he and Henderson succumbed to the smoke and perished from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the fire, said Robert Hitchborn, McNairy County Sheriff’s Department investigator.
On Halloween, as the school day drew to a close, Bobcat Football Head Coach Jim Glover turned in a letter of resignation to the McNairy Central High School Principal Cecil Stroup.
The letter was addressed to Principal Stroup and was written in three or four short sentences. The letter thanked everyone for their support, especially to Principal Stroup. It stated that at this time he would resign from his position as head coach and to please share his thanks to Superintendent Charlie Miskelly and the school board.
Glover gave the Independent Appeal a brief and understandable explanation.
“My family and I had decided this was best and had made the decision about midseason, but I wanted to finish out the season with my team,” said Glover. “I have really enjoyed my three years as coach, but have missed some things in my family’s life.”
The McNairy County NAACP held their annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Friday night at the McNairy County Alumni Center. Chuck O’Bannon, film producer, was invited as the evening’s guest speaker.
This year’s event was well attended and was held as a fundraiser for the NAACP to help fund their ongoing mission. The theme of the evening was coming together in unity and was stressed throughout the night by both the guest speaker, O’Bannon and the local McNairy County Branch President, Will Luster Jr.
“This event is about coming together in unity,” Luster said. The funds raised will help to get the message out to the community.”