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Cardinals march on in playoffs

Last second field goal sends AHS to quarterfinals

The Cardinals overcame a 21 day layoff and a 14 point deficit to beat the Cascade Champions 17-14 last Friday night at Adamsville’s Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.

“We had some execution problems early on on offense,” said Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray, “but we overcame it and won against a good team.”

Junior kicker Dustin Plunk’s game winning, 22-yard field goal split the uprights with only three seconds remaining in the game, giving the Cards a thrilling three point victory after scoring 17 unanswered points.

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By Andrew Alexander

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Freeland writes Blanton book

O. H. “Shorty” Freeland wrote the book “Ray Blanton and I” for two reasons. The first is to show the people of Tennessee that former Gov. Ray Blanton did not do anything to deserve going to prison. The second is to raise money for a Ray Blanton memorial in Adamsville. There is currently no such memorial, and Freeland said all money made from the book will go to this purpose.

Freeland was a member of Blanton’s staff during his term as governor from 1975 to 1979. He, along with the 95 county advisory committees, was in charge of hiring and firing for state jobs.

These committee members provided the instigation to write the book.

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By Jeff Whitten

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Hope ebbs as deadline nears

The McNairy County Board of Education failed to choose a site for the proposed new Selmer Elementary School at its meeting last Thursday. They also failed to adopt a funding plan for SES and the proposed new school in Adamsville.

Project engineer Jev Vaughn said that he talked to Greg Littlefield’s secretary, of Littlifields Surveying of Savannah, and he said she told him the field work is done and he hoped to finish up drafting work last Wednesday and get it to Vaughn either last Wednesday or last Thursday. Vaughn said 
he called Littlefield twice last Thursday.

“As soon as I get a survey, it won’t take me long to get a site plan developed,” Vaughn said.

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By Jeff Whitten

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Meet the Bobcats

McNairy Central High School held their Meet the Bobcats ceremony to introduce the community to this year’s team of returning players and new faces.

Sybil Dancer began by introducing the cheerleaders. The growing crowd clapped their hands as each player was announced. Next the young men and women basketball players got acquainted with the spectators.

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By Amanda Lowrance

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Truck crashes into creek

A pickup lands upside down in a creek last Thursday in Selmer after the driver lost control. Driver Justin R. Raider, 23, of Selmer lost control of a purple 1998 Chevrolet S10 on Sulphur Springs Road near Highway 64  after flipping around, landed upside down in a creek. The pickup was traveling northbound on Sulphur Springs Road when he ran off the side of the road. He apparently overcorrected and crossed into the southbound lane. The truck spun around in the air and ran off the road. It then overturned and fell into a large creek. According to the crash report by Sgt. Larry Forsythe of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who responded to the accident, Raider was allegedly inattentive to the road. In addition to lack of due care, Raider was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and violation of financial responsibility law (lack of insurance). Raider was transported by ambulance to McNairy Regional Hospital with possible injury. The truck suffered disabling damage and was towed by Moore Brothers to their lot. Attempts to contact MRH to confirm Raider’s condition were not returned as of press time.

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By Jeff Whitten