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Lady Cards stave off elimination, advance to championship rematch witLady Cards stave off elimination, advance to championship rematch with Madison
Lady Cards stave off elimination, advance to championship rematch witLady Cards stave off elimination, advance to championship rematch with Madison

So far, the Region 8-A Tournament has been a roller-coaster ride for the Lady Cardinals. They dominated their quarterfinal matchup with Westwood but had to rally from nine down in the fourth quarter to defeat Middleton in the semis. 

The semifinal win earned Adamsville a substate berth and advanced the girls to the Region 8-A Championship where they will attempt to corral the Lady Mustangs of Madison for a second time in a championship game this postseason. The game will be hosted by Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn, and tip-off is tonight at 7 p.m.

Win or lose, the Lady Cards are guaranteed one more game. A loss would mean they will travel to play the winner of Lake County and Union City on Saturday, but a win would bring the substate game to Adamsville.

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Spring has sprung
Spring has sprung

The winter of 2011-12 may end up being known as the winter that never was. With temps as high as 80 (two degrees shy of an all-time monthly record) last week, and more than 10 days of tree pollen alerts from the local weather service, spring is officially in full swing. This week, local residents (like it or not) can expect to start seeing spring foliage in full force with forecasted highs above 60 predicted for all but one of the next 10 days, and a predicted high for Friday at 75.

This month’s warmer than average temperatures punctuated an already warm winter in Tennessee  as January and December were listed as the fourth warmest on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. 

The 12-month period, ending in January, was the sixth-warmest on record for the lower 48 states.

For Tennessee, it was the 20th warmest January on record since 1895. December, 2011 was also 2.5 degrees warmer than average.

January was 6.4 degrees warmer than average in Jackson, the nearest city for which figures are available, and was the tenth warmest January on record.

December was 1.76 degrees warmer, the 26th warmest December on record.

There were six days in February above 60 in Selmer and all but seven days of the month were above 50, according to the Weather Channel. 

Eleven days have been above 60 degrees in January. Only five days failed to get to 50 degrees. The highest temperature for this month was 70, which was reached on two different days.

This winter has not only been warm but has recorded the smallest January snow cover in the 46-year period on record, according to the NCDC. 

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House fire in Ramer destroys historic home
House fire in Ramer destroys historic home

There was a fire last Thursday at a Ramer house on 138 Chewalla Rd. The house, which is probably going to end up a total loss, according to Ramer Fire Chief Jamie Robertson, was owned by Andrew Parrish. The  historic house was built in 1906. “The fire was contained to the east end of the house, but there was smoke and water damage throughout,” Robertson said. Firefighters from Ramer, Eastview and Chewalla responded to the fire. According to Robertson the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Bobcats close season with tough loss to Covington
Bobcats close season with tough loss to Covington

Falling short in the Quarterfinal Round of the Boys 7-AA Region Tournament by seven points to the No. 1-seeded Covington Chargers 75-68, the McNairy Central Bobcats ended their 2011-12 season in Covington last Saturday night.

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Blackburn honors Cardinal Band
Blackburn honors Cardinal Band

U. S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn presents Adamsville Junior/Senior High School Band Director Frankie Congiardo with a statement from the Congressional Record honoring the band for its seventh Division One State Championship since 1999. Congiardo and the AHS band capped their amazing record with another state championship in 2011.

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Lady Cards District 15-A Runner-Up
Lady Cards District 15-A Runner-Up

A home Region 8-A Tournament game is Adamsville High School’s reward for the girls’ performance in the District 15-A Tournament, but the Lady Mustangs of Madison Academic Magnet kept them from hoisting the championship plaque in the end.

The defensive minded No. 3 Lady Cardinals earned another home game with a win in the first round over No. 6 Trinity Christian on Feb. 14 and followed it up with an upset over No. 2 Middleton in the semifinals last Friday.

AHS will play host to either Memphis Westwood or Memphis Business Academy out of District 16-A on Friday. For updates on tournament action, check the Independent Appeal Facebook page.

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No. 1 Lady Cats settle for 3rd
No. 1 Lady Cats settle for 3rd

Going into the District 14-AA Tournament, McNairy Central’s girls held the number one seed, but a semifinal loss to the Lexington Lady Tigers knocked the Lady Bobcats out of the Championship and Runner-up positions.

“This is not exactly where we wanted to be,” said Lady Bobcat head coach Jerry Lott. “I would rather be playing a home game Friday night, but we are still playing and we are still in the Region Tournament.”

Nevertheless, the team has done well after starting the season 0-3 and winning 24 out of 26 games following the rough beginning.

Monday night, McNairy Central defeated the Chester County Lady Eagles in the Consolation Game to attain the third place position in the district tournament.

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Robinson announces reelection bid in 2013
Robinson announces reelection bid in 2013

Mayor David Robinson of Selmer sat down with the Independent Appeal this week to discuss the past, present and future of the historic city as well as his role and future plans as the city’s leader.

During the meeting, Robinson said, that despite rumors to the contrary, he does plan to run for a third term of office in the 2013 election.

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Miss Walking Tall
Miss Walking Tall

Miss Tennessee (also former Miss Walking Tall) Erin Hatley and Miss Walking Tall 2011 Sarah Stonier, crown Ivy Depew (formerly Miss Memphis) as Miss Walking Tall 2012. Depew beat out 14 other competitors for the title in Adamsville last Sunday night. She charmed the crowd with her flute rendition of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” earlier that night in the talent competition. Depew will next compete as Miss Walking Tall in the Miss Tennessee Competition in June at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

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Truancy officer charged in Selmer Alderman’s Assault
Truancy officer charged in Selmer Alderman’s Assault

Selmer Alderman John Preston Smith was allegedly assaulted on Jan. 31 by Eric Holcombe, truancy officer for the McNairy County School District.

According to the incident report provided by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department, Smith told Deputy Amy Ballard, that it was not his week to have his kids but since it was his birthday he wanted to spend a few hours with them.

Along with friend Brian Dickey, who is McNairy County Registrar of Deeds, Smith went to the Guys home of his estranged wife, Rebecca, to pick up the kids.

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Escaped convict located in McNairy County
Escaped convict located in McNairy County

An escaped criminal was captured last Friday by the Selmer Police Department behind the strip of fast food restaurants and gas stations along Highway 45 in Selmer. 

Following the incident, Robert Bryant faces escape charges and Elizabeth Foster, who stands accused of aiding Bryant, faces a charge of accessory after the fact on an escape.

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Dream seasons end for County Champs
Dream seasons end for County Champs

The T-N-T State Tournament held in Springfield, Tenn. was not a dynamite experience for County Champions Michie and Bethel Springs last Saturday. The Michie Lady Blue Devils, who were riding an 18-game winning streak, and the Bethel Springs Rebels, who ran their county schedule unblemished at 10-0, both saw their dream seasons come to an end at the hands of Ezell-Harding Christian School in the 2A bracket. No matter how they finished at state, their seasons will be remembered in McNairy County forever.

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Lady Bobcats earn District 14-AA #1 seed
Lady Bobcats earn District 14-AA #1 seed

Gaining two more district wins last week and moving to 13-0 in District 14-AA, the McNairy Central Lady Bobcats have earned the number one seed in tournament play.

The drive from this MCHS team has kept them with a winning record as the Lady Cats have strung together 22 wins in their last 23 games. They are also the No. 10 ranked team in Class AA.

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Bethel board reinstates officer
Bethel board reinstates officer

The Bethel Springs Board of Aldermen reinstated part-time night police officer Bandy Burney after Police Chief T. E. “Pee Wee” Sowell had suspended him.

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Driver flees after splashing into pond: Officers investigate possible link between Selmer domestic disturbance, Guys crash
Driver flees after splashing into pond: Officers investigate possible link between Selmer domestic disturbance, Guys crash

A suspect is still at large following domestic dispute in Selmer last Monday night.

The sheriff’s department answered the call on a domestic dispute last Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bendall Trailer Park on Ramer Selmer Road in Selmer. 

The suspect was a black male approximately 45, driving a 2001 4-door gray Oldsmobile with Alcorn County tags.

The suspect left the scene at the trailer park and headed south.  Authorities stated the suspect was armed and dangerous.

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Arrest made in Selmer counterfeiting case
Arrest made in Selmer counterfeiting case

A suspect is in custody following the discovery of several counterfeit bills passed at three Selmer businesses over a three-day period, according to reports from the Selmer Police Department.

Steven J. Kiestler was arrested by Sgt. Ted Roberts on state charges of criminal simulation, according to Lt. Roger Rickman.

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Lady Blue Devils finish season as undefeated county champions
Lady Blue Devils finish season as undefeated county champions

The Michie Lady Blue Devils finished their season undefeated at 18-0 after a 38-15 victory over the Selmer Lady Lions in the championship game of the 2012 McNairy County Junior High Basketball Tournament held at McNairy Central High School last Monday night.

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Bethel Rebels win first county title
Bethel Rebels win first county title

The Bethel Springs Rebels won their first county title ever last Monday night and
finished their season 16-2 after defeating the Selmer Lions 44-39 in the championship game of the 2012 McNairy County Junior High Basketball Tournament held at McNairy Central High School.

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Roaming in a covered wagon on a journey for Jesus
Roaming in a covered wagon on a journey for Jesus

Mark and Deb Harris are on a journey for Jesus. What makes their journey unique is their preferred mode of transportation.

They have been on their journey in a covered wagon from Michigan since September, 2011.

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We’re gonna rebuild...bigger, better
We’re gonna rebuild...bigger, better

The Saw Meal will be re-opening in a couple of months in the Old Butcher Shop location in Adamsville, according to co-owner Michelle Geiger.

Geiger told the Independent Appeal last Monday they closed on the property last Thursday. She said that they had a lot of work to do, but hope to reopen the restaurant by April.

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CLEAN SWEEP: MCHS finishes season series with AHS 4-0
CLEAN SWEEP: MCHS finishes season series with AHS 4-0

Last Saturday night was a night for basketball in McNairy County with two incredible basketball games played between two heated rivals, Adamsville High School and McNairy Central High School. MCHS came out on top in both contests with the girls winning 39-31 and the boys pulling out a thrilling 53-49 victory.

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Sheriff’s Dept. recovers stolen guns
Sheriff’s Dept. recovers stolen guns

The McNairy County Sheriff’s Department recovered four guns from a previous robbery. 

The three shotguns and one rifle were found in 2 ponds in the Mt. Vinson community, according to Investigator Robert Hitchborn.

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Lady Cardinals’ bowling season ends at Sub-State
Lady Cardinals’ bowling season ends at Sub-State

Last Saturday, the Adamsville Lady Cardinal bowling team was defeated by Collierville High School at Sub-State held in Memphis.

“Congratulations go to the AHS Girls Bowling Team for progressing to Sub-State play against Collierville in Memphis,” said head coach Ron Christopher. “It was a very good game and as their coach I was proud of each and everyone for how they represented our school and the bowling program.”

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Stantonville, Michie FDs: raising funds to fight fires
Stantonville, Michie FDs: raising funds to fight fires

Fire fighting equipment doesn’t come cheap, and to two local fire chiefs, it’s essential.

Stantonville Fire Chief Larry Russell and Michie Fire Chief Shirley Clark have two different approaches to this issue.

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Airport seeks funding for repaving project
Airport seeks funding for repaving project

McNairy County’s Robert Sibley Airport is hoping to begin a long overdue airport repaving project sometime in the near future. The project’s cost is estimated at $1.3 million by the engineering firm Askew Hargraves Harcourt and Associates, Inc.

There is state and federal money available to cover 90 percent of the cost and the remaining $130,000 of the funding will have to be matched locally. 

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