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Airport seeks funding for repaving project

McNairy County’s Robert Sibley Airport is hoping to begin a long overdue airport repaving project sometime in the near future. The project’s cost is estimated at $1.3 million by the engineering firm Askew Hargraves Harcourt and Associates, Inc.

There is state and federal money available to cover 90 percent of the cost and the remaining $130,000 of the funding will have to be matched locally. 

By Christen Coulon

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Bobcats face stiff competition for homecoming games

After recognizing McNairy Central Homecoming Queen Kindra Brown and Sweetheart Raven Gudino, the Bobcats battled the top ranked Bolivar Tigers in a district matchup.

The Lady Bobcats stand tall at number one in the district after a two point win over the Lady Tigers generating five consecutive wins. The Tigers, who are number two in the state, defeated the Bobcats after a tough, hard fought game 55-50.

By Amanda Lowrance

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Meet newest Bethel Springs Aldermen

As reported earlier in the Independent Appeal, the Bethel Springs Board of Aldermen elected Lew Perrigo to fill the term of Sherri Payne, who resigned two months ago.

Perrigo is 53 and was raised in the grocery store business. He served three years in the Army. Soon after leaving the armed forces, he met and married Wanda Agnew, the daughter of Jack and Rachel Agnew, of Bethel Springs.

By Jeff Whitten

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MRA Banquet: A night of excellence and laughter

The McNairy Regional Alliance and Economic Development Commission, MRA,  are busy planning their annual banquet and awards ceremony to honor the progress and success of area businesses, community leaders and volunteers.

McNairy County has much to celebrate being the state’s longest running Three Star Award recipient, 31 consecutive years.

“It has been a slow economy, but there are a lot of positives to celebrate,” stated MRA Director of Chamber Programs Russell Ingle. “Many of our businesses, large and small, should be recognized and honored for their progress and efforts to improve our community. In that regard, 2011 was a successful year.”

This year’s event, which is themed “A Night of Excellence & Laughter”, will feature an elegant dinner, awards ceremony and nationally renowned comedian Jeff Allen. State and regional dignitaries have also been invited to take part in the event.

“MRA leadership felt scheduling a comedian would be a little change of pace from years past,” stated Ingle. “Jeff Allen will provide a lot of laughs. Celebrating a ‘Night of Excellence & Laughter’, I think is a perfect way to begin the New Year.”

“With broad appeal to cross-generational audiences, Jeff’s comedy captures the humor in everyday life,” Ingle continued.

“Jeff has performed on every cable comedy network, including Comedy Central, Showtime and HBO. He has starred in projects with Castle Rock Television, First Look Studios and Warner Brothers.

He has performed for General Mills, Sams Club, Presidential Inaugurals, Congressional galas and for US troops on aircraft carriers and battle ships in the Middle East.”

The McNairy Regional Alliance Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Pickwick Inn. Tickets are $30 each or a table of eight for $240. Sponsorship packages are available that feature a wide variety of benefits. Non-members are invited to take part in the event.

This banquet offers a wonderful opportunity to network and honor the contributions of individuals and businesses having a positive impact on our community.

For more information or to make a reservation call McNairy Regional Alliance at (731) 645-6360.


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Ramer dominates at Pickwick tourney

The Pickwick New Years Tournament held at Pickwick Southside featured McNairy County’s Ramer Eagles in the tournament play.

The round robin brackets included games with Savannah Christian, Clifton, Ramer, and the hosting team, Pickwick Southside. Games were spread out to three days last week and girls and boys competed for the first place trophies.

The Ramer Eagles finished in first place position with a 3-0 record and the Lady Eagles took second place in the tournament at 2-1.

By Amanda Lowrance