The Buford Pusser Festival will be held in Adamsville from May 11 to May 17, again during National Police Week.
The first event is the Buford Pusser Beauty Pageant, which will be held at 2 p.m. on May 11 at the Adamsville Community Center.
May 14 is the Gospel Night Celebrations, hosted by Atoyia Barnes at the Adamsville City Park Pavillion.
As of last Monday the schedule was still being put together by Buford Pusser’s daughter Dwana Pusser Garrison for the May 15 Gospel Night Celebrations, according to Buford Pusser Home and Museum Curator Julia Stevens.
What began as a pursuit of three suspects in Mississippi ended with an arrest by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department following four-hour manhunt along the state-line area in Guys last Wednesday.
Lionel Staton, Aaron Hicks and Allison Jourdan were captured during the search with Jourdan and Hicks facing charges of felony credit card fraud in Mississippi and Stanton facing charges of hindering the prosecution said Detective Sgt. Frederick Serio with the Corinth Police Department.
According the Sheriff Guy Buck, the Corinth, Miss. Police were pursuing the three suspects as they fled across the border
McNairy Central will introduce their new football coach on Thursday at the Gridiron Association meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the MCHS Commons. An excited group of Bobcats fans will be on hand to welcome new coach Chad Hodge to the Blue Nation.
McNairy County Director of Schools John Prince said there 20 high quality coaches that applied for the position. There were five finalists interviewed last Monday and the decision was announced last Tuesday.
Hodge, was most recently the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dresden Lions. He hails from Bruceton where he played under coach Rod Sturdivant. Hodge has 13 years of experience coaching football, and his tenure includes stops at Henry County High School and Dresden. While at Henry County, Hodge served as assistant head coach under Joe Gaddis, one of the premier head coaches in Tennessee. Coach Hodge’s overall record as a coordinator is 90-27, while winning 18 of 27 playoff games.
Coach Hodge was an assistant at Dresden under his brother Keith Hodge, who left Dresden after this past season to become head coach at Murray High in Kentucky.
The new head coach is ready to go to work for the Bobcats and begin getting ready for the 2014 season.
“Chad displays the passion, work ethic and drive that we want for the football program at McNairy Central,” commented Prince. “He has coached at two programs that were in low spots when he got there and helped them become shining spots in West Tennessee football.”
Charlie Dampeer was told last month that his contract was not going to be renewed for next year. The Bobcats were 3-7 last season and 5-15 in Dampeer’s two seasons as coach of the Bobcats.
“We wish Coach Dampeer the best in his next endeavor,” said Prince. “We felt the football program at McNairy Central needed a new sense of urgency and that tone has to be set by the head coach.”
The Bobcats new coach will have to reverse a program that has posted five straight losing seasons. McNairy last had a winning season in 2008.