Last Saturday the 6th Annual Rockabilly Highway Revival took over the streets of Downtown Selmer. Residents enjoyed meeting up with their local political candidates, as well as shopping at all of the booths which offered food, crafts and more. Several bands including the two Headliners Harry Fontana, and The Eskimo Brothers took the stage throughout the day.
The McNairy Co. Republican Party held their Reagan Day Dinner at the Crazy K Ranch in Michie last Monday night. Dozens of elected officials, candidates and other local dignitaries were in attendance at the event including Congressman Marsha Blackburn who was the keynote speaker. Blackburn told the IA in an interview at the event that she was honored to represent the voters of McNairy County and grateful for the opportunity to serve them. She said that she hoped to be able to meet many more county voters during the election cycle, and shake their hands to ask for their vote.
Families enjoy a little fun in the sun, and some time in the water as the Selmer City Pool is now open and ready for families to enjoy.
The Town of Bethel Springs has endured troubling times of late.
In addition to the continuing recovery efforts from the 2013 tornado which battered the small town, residents are dealing with an expensive sewer project which suffers from mountains of unpaid residential bills which has now caused paying customer’s bills to skyrocket.
The reduction of traffic due to the bypass caused many of the businesses to leave Bethel. Rental properties sit vacant due to the high water rates, Main Street in downtown is in disrepair, and overall property values continue to sink.
The combined effects of all of these factors have been strangling the town for years.
Looking at the town in the beginning of 2014, it appeared that hope, like the town itself, was beginning to fade away.
However, anyone who knows the people of Bethel Springs, should know they are not the type of people who will go down without a fight.
Recently, citizens concerned with the state of the town, have come to its defense. Not content to sit back and watch the town they love die, several investors have stepped up and begun fighting for the very survival of Bethel Springs.
In just a short period of time (the last 6-8 months), the town has begun a Business and Cultural Renaissance that has a lot of people talking.
Spurred on by local investors, local government reinvestment in the town’s infrastructure, and the desire of its citizens once again see their town thrive.
The town’s mayor and long-time resident Kay Cox credited Gary Bizzell Sr. and Lew Perrigo with beginning the town’s recent revival.
At the time, the only retail store in operation in the town was the Dollar General on the Highway 45 bypass. The two men opened what were then the town’s only restaurant and convenience stores just months apart.
Cox said that after the two men opened their businesses in the town, others began to take notice.
The Adamsville Junior/Senior High School Cardinal Marching Band have turned a lot of heads winning state titles on an almost annual basis.
This year, the Cardinal Band has turned so many heads they were invited by Congressman Marsha Blackburn to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.
On May 26, the AJSHS Band after many long hours of fund raising and hard work finally got to perform in the Memorial Day Parade.
Selmer Utility Division workers replace water valves along Court Avenue in Selmer. The division said that the valves would not shut off last Thursday. No water customers lost service according to SUD Director Richard Ashe. “We had a couple of water valves that would not cut off completely and we are updating--putting in new ones where we don’t have that issue (any) more,” Ashe said.
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.
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.
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.