News Briefs

Hollingsworth is TOOL president

Philip Hollingsworth was elected President of the Tennessee Organization of Locksmiths (TOOL) in March. 

He has been in business since 1997. He and his son, Aaron, have a storefront business in Selmer and two service vans, serving up to four counties daily. 

Hollingsworth has been a TOOL member since 1998 and an Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) member since 2002.

He served on the rule making board for the Department of Commerce and Insurance during Tn locksmith law regulation. 

His goal for TOOL is that it doubles its current membership by March 2012 and doubles again by March 2013. 

“The GOAL is based on the need for strength in numbers to help promote and protect all Locksmiths across Tennessee,” he said. 

For more information, call (731) 645-6793 or e-mail


Shiloh to present
Civil War Living History Weekend

Shiloh National Military Park will host a Living History Weekend focusing on Civil War Union Infantry on Saturday and Sunday, according to superintendent Woody Harrell. 

The scheduled living history programs, presented by the 8th Missouri Infantry, will be conducted in the historic Peach Orchard area of the park, located at tour stop #16 on the automobile tour route.

Historically, the 8th Missouri Regiment was part of Lew Wallace’s Third Division of General U.S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee during the Battle of Shiloh. The 8th Missouri reported 673 soldiers present for duty and would be engaged with Confederate forces on Monday April 7, 1862. The 8th Missouri would see continued action throughout the Civil War including the battles of Corinth, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta. They would muster out of service on August 14, 1865.

A period camp will be set up for visitors to explore, and reenactors will be available to answer questions regarding uniforms, equipment, and weapons. 

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturdayand at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The Shiloh Visitor Center and bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

For more information call (731) 689-5696 or go to the park website at Rain or severe weather will cancel the demonstrations.


Gasoline gallon price averages approach
$4 nationally

The price of crude oil increased slightly last week to settle Friday at $113.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—$1.64 more than last week, according to Jessica Brady, spokesperson for AAA Auto Club South.

Seven refineries were forced to shut down in Texas, Alabama, and Pennsylvania last week as a result of severe weather and power outages. The seven refineries mostly ship to the Southeast, Midwest, and Gulf Coast states.

In addition, U.S. gasoline stockpiles decreased by approximately 2.5 million barrels last week, signaling a possible increase in fuel demand before the summer driving season, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

“Oil and gas prices are expected to increase again this week if the value of the dollar remains at a reduced value against other currencies such as the euro and the pound,” Brady said. “Consumers in the Southeast will see a 6- to 9-cent jump in pump prices at the start of the week as a result of the refinery shutdowns in Texas and Alabama.”

The national average price of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.94, 8 cents more than last week. Florida’s average price is $3.88 per gallon, 6 cents more than last week. While Georgia’s average price of $3.82 and Tennessee’s average price of $3.75 both increased 9 cents from last week, respectively.


MRA to host free
customer service workshop

The Tennessee Department of Tourism in December launched the Walking Tall Trail, one of 15 trails in Tennessee designed to increase tourism.  

The Walking Tall Trail includes several stops and points of interest in McNairy County, and is an opportunity for increased business for retail merchants.

The McNairy Regional Alliance is therefore teaming with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to offer a free customer service workshop for retailers and their staff.  

The session will be offered Tuesday, May 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marty Community Center in Adamsville.

Call the McNairy Regional Alliance at (731) 645-6360 to reserve your space or get additional information. Visit the MRA office for a copy of the Walking Tall Trail map.


Go! campers will
pack meals for
Haitian children

Campers attending Freed-Hardeman University’s Go! Camp June 5-10 will partner with the Estes Church of Christ and Feed My Starving Children to pack 100,000 meals for Haitian children, according to Brad Montague, director of Go! Camp.

Go! Camp, in its inaugural year at FHU, is designed for young people in grades seven through twelve. 

“We want to put real life, world-changing ideas into the hands of a young generation who wants God’s love to be seen and known by all,” Montague said. Go! Camp will also include nuts and bolts sessions for service as well as worship and devotional time and guest speakers.

Interested persons may go to for additional information and to register.