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Selmer railroad crossing to be repaved

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) let bids for resurfacing the railroad crossing and a small stretch of Highway 64 Business in Selmer earlier this month.

A bid for the work on the crossing of the West Tennessee Railroad and 64 will probably be awarded over the next month or two, according to Nichole Lawrence, a Community Relations Officer for TDOT’s West Tennessee Office in Jackson.

The resurfacing will occur on a stretch about a tenth of a mile on each side of the railroad crossing, Lawrence said.

Included in this contract is nearly four miles of resurfacing to be done in Eastview.

The apparent low bidder for this project, at $1.78, million is Standard Construction of Germantown.

The estimated completion date for the work is October.

About two miles of road in either direction of the Selmer work was resurfaced in 2009, Lawrence said.

Selmer Mayor David Robinson said that it is his understanding that this work will run from near the Community South  building near the railroad to Third Street.

Still on the topic of Selmer streets, the damage caused by the water pipe replacement project will be repaired after the project is completed sometime this fall, according to Robinson.

He said they will have to let the ruts settle before they are repaired or it won’t do any good to fix them.

No seat belt worn in fatal car crash 

A one-car crash in Stantonville claimed the life of a man on Sunday, May 27.

Daren T. Spears, age 44, of Stantonville, was headed westbound on Highway 142 when he swerved off the left side of the road, according to Trooper Charles Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who arrived on the scene.

Spears then struck a concrete culvert. The vehicle then spun clockwise and hit the culvert again, which spun the vehicle counterclockwise. The vehicle then came to rest in a field on the west side of the roadway on 142.

“I’d say speed was one of the determining factors in the wreck,” Stewart said.

Spears was killed before any first responders or deputies had arrived at the scene, Stewart said.

Spears was not wearing a safety belt. This is the third fatal crash in the past few weeks in which the driver was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

Miss USA Pageant just around the corner

The Miss USA 2011 Pageant is set to begin on June 19, and McNairy County’s own Ashley Durham will be representing the state of Tennessee in this year’s pageant.

The 2011 Miss USA Pageant will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

If interested in voting on contestants from this year’s pageant, do so on the Miss USA website,

If interested in sending support to Ashley Durham, do so by mailing letters and cards to:

3667 Las Vegas BLVD.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michie mayoral
candidates qualify 

The field for the Aug. 27 Michie city elections is now set. 

Current Aldermen Anthony Smith and Mike Glisson will vie for the Mayor's job and Brandon Nabors and Jed Baker will run unopposed for two Aldermen positions, according to the McNairy County Election Commission.

Mayor Don Greer will not be running for reelection.