Adamsville and McNairy Central high schools held their respective graduation ceremonies last Thursday and Friday. At the weekend events, 266 local students received their diplomas and began the next stage of their lives. The Independent Appeal would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates. See our Graduation Special Section inside for complete coverage of these events.
The Eastview Board of Aldermen accepted Redmon Asphalt’s $14,000 bid to repave the tennis courts at its May 20 meeting.
Dozens of veterans, family members, friends and supporters of the military from the McNairy County area came out on Memorial Day morning to remember our fallen troops and the sacrifice each of them have made to preserve our freedom. Commander John Anderson of Post 162 (Selmer) American Legion opened the ceremony. Anderson introduced the keynote speaker and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Col. John Rhodes of the U.S. Army Guard from Corinth, Miss. During the ceremony, the American Legion Auxiliary led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance just before McNairy County Girl Scout Jewell Cooper placed a wreath at the war memorial on the courthouse steps. Cooper was escorted by Selmer Boy Scouts Matthew Williams and Wesley Moore.
Ramer held its Spring Festival last Saturday at the Ramer Ball Park. There was an antique tractor pull, an antique tractor show, face painting, a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, food and drinks. The tractor pull was sponsored by the Dixie Iron Tractor Club. Several local candidates were on hand to talk to voters. Ronnie Brooks and Larry Smith who are running for Mayor, Sheriff Guy Buck, Judge Van McMahan and Terry Wood, who are running for General Sessions Judge, Sammy Hill and Harvey Neal Smith, who are running for Road Commissioner, and Jarrell Stanfield, who is running for reelection to the school board, were all there. Ramer Mayor George Armstrong, City Commissioner Kendall Summers, Ramer Ruritan Club President Wayne Elam and others were on hand to oversee the event.
Two people were injured in a three-car crash on May 20 at the North Y in Selmer. Gordon A. Yopp, 72 and Cathryn Yopp, 94, both of Selmer were transported by Emergency Medical Services ambulance to McNairy Regional Hospital. Patricia Diane Anthony, 30, of West Cherry Apartments in Selmer, was cited for driving while under the influence, possession of a schedule IV drug, illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug, vehicular assault and driving on a revoked license. According to a report by Sgt. Ted Roberts of the Selmer Police Department, who responded to the accident, a witness told him that Anthony, in a blue 2006 Oldsmobile Intrigue was traveling west bound approaching the intersection of West Court Avenue and Peach Street. A silver 2005 Volvo XC7 driven by Gordon was stopped at the traffic light in the same lane as the Oldsmobile. Cathryn was a passenger in this vehicle. Martha R. Edwards, 90, of Selmer, was driving a red 1991 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck southeast from Peach Street to West Court, as she had the green light. Anthony was suspected of being under the influence of narcotics and did not stop at the red light. The Oldsmobile rear-ended the Volvo forcing it into the S10. The Oldsmobile continued forward, coming to rest at Hickory Street. There was no indication, according to the report, that Anthony ever braked and a witness stated she was speeding as well. MRH has told the Independent Appeal in the past that it is against their policy to divulge the condition of patients.