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One-car accident kills local driver
One-car accident kills local driver
A Ramer man was killed in a one-car accident last Sunday, according to a Tennessee Motor Vehicle Fatality Report provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. more
Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:31 pm
The Freddie ‘Boy’ Burns story
The Freddie ‘Boy’ Burns story

Freddie Burns has lived an eventful 98 years. He went from humble beginnings to hobnobbing with the famous and entertaining the multitudes.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:30 pm
Cardinal JV beats up on Riverside
Cardinal JV beats up on Riverside
Sophomore Tanner Liddy hits an open receiver in Adamsville's 28-0 crushing of Riverside in a junior varsity contest at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Monday. more
Brian Azevedo - Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:47 pm
Forgiveness for felons in Tennessee
Forgiveness for felons in Tennessee

Tennesseans can now request an expunction of their criminal record and start, once again, with a clean slate after a new state law took effect on July 1. House Bill 2865 was reviewed and signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam on May 21.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:40 pm
Schools plan in limbo following vote
Schools plan in limbo following vote

The McNairy County Commission postponed a vote on the school referendum at its Sept. 4 meeting. As Commissioner Wilburn Gene Ashe acknowledged at the meeting, this means that the referendum will not be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:37 pm
Mustangs no match for Rebels
Mustangs no match for Rebels

After barely escaping their game with Selmer the week before with a win, Bethel sought to make their next victory more convincing...they succeeded.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:11 pm
Ramer remains unbeaten
Ramer remains unbeaten

The Ramer Eagles hosted the Blue Devils of Michie last Thursday. Ramer’s defense made a huge statement as the team picked up their second county win.

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Brian Azevedo - Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:09 pm
Cards seal fourth straight over Bobcats with second half surge
Cards seal fourth straight over Bobcats with second half surge

Last Friday’s rivalry game at Don Whitaker Memorial Stadium was a tale of two halves. The first told a story of competitiveness, suspense, and parity. The second, on the other hand, was not as compelling.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:07 pm
Local Advertising Options
Local Advertising Options
Local Advertising Options on our website. Contact advertising1@independentappeal.com or call (731) 645-5346 for more inforamtion. more
Independent Appeal - Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:45 am
Kirk and the giant bean sprouts
Kirk and the giant bean sprouts

Eighty-four-year-old Rachel Kirk shows off part of this year’s crop of Yardlong beans, some of which measured up to 26 inches long.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:26 pm
Bobcats fall short against Crusaders
Bobcats fall short against Crusaders

The Bobcats played well against the Crusaders but failed to come out on top in their first District 14-AA game of the 2012 season.

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Brian Azevedo - Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:24 pm
Big Hill Pond celebrates 75 years of Tenn. Parks
Big Hill Pond celebrates 75 years of Tenn. Parks

Big Hill Pond State Park hosted their 5K Walk/Run last Saturday in honor of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary. More than 60 runners and walkers took their mark to celebrate the occasion.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:22 pm
Singing in the rain: Adamsville parties despite downpour
Singing in the rain: Adamsville parties despite downpour

Rain clouds were overhead, but Main Street was still jiving with music, fun, food, and contests as The Adamsville Partnership hosted the 2012 Adamsville Main Street Music Festival.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:18 pm
Cardinals take to air, pick up big district win over rival Riverside
Cardinals take to air, pick up big district win over rival Riverside

The combination of a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a balanced air-attack aided in Adamsville’s 22-point victory over their biggest district rival, Riverside, last Friday at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 1:16 pm
Waterman takes dive in yellow submarine at Big Hill Pond
Waterman takes dive in yellow submarine at Big Hill Pond

When you think of a submarine most people think of complex machines built by the world’s superpowers prowling the largest oceans. Glen Watermen, a Corinth, Miss. resident and employee at Rowsey’s Body Shop in Guys challenged that idea at Big Hill Pond State park when he launched his tiny yellow submarine and successfully submerged it for the first time last Saturday.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:40 pm
Pickin at Pat’s returns to downtown Selmer
Pickin at Pat’s returns to downtown Selmer

Pickin at Pat’s, fall staple in downtown Selmer has returned for its fall performance schedule.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:36 pm
County rivals draw even on soccer field
County rivals draw even on soccer field

In what turned out to be a highly competitive matchup between county rivals, regulation was not enough to decide which was the better team when Adamsville and McNairy Central’s lady soccer programs did battle in Selmer last Thursday.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:34 pm
Cardinal defense stifles Tiger offense
Cardinal defense stifles Tiger offense

The Tigers’ fast-paced, no-huddle offense was no match for the Cardinals’ hard-nosed, ball-hocking defense last Friday night at Bolivar Central High School.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:33 pm
Three county schools top state’s list
Three county schools top state’s list

Michie and Ramer Elementary Schools and Selmer Middle School were recognized as Reward Schools last Monday placing them among the State’s top schools. Selmer Middle School ranked among the State’s top 5 percent of schools in overall performance, with Michie and Ramer Elementary Schools earning the top 5 percent distinction for exceptional progress.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:31 pm
Coming Next week 2012 Fall sports preview
Coming Next week 2012 Fall sports preview

Coming Next week

2012 Fall sports preview

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:34 pm
Bobcats clash with the Eagles in season opener
Bobcats clash with the Eagles in season opener

The McNairy Central Bobcats were on the road Week Zero as they traveled to Cordova, Tenn. to face the Eagles of St. Benedict at Auburndale. 

 

St. Benedict 34

McNairy Central 14

The young Bobcat team played well at times and hung around for most of the game, but unfortunately did not have enough to top the Eagles and fell by three scores in the season-opener.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:33 pm
Cards not singing redemption song
Cards not singing redemption song

The Chester County High School Eagles appear to have the Adamsville Cardinals’ number.

 

Chester Co. 21

Adamsville 14

Eagle and Cardinal fans, alike, packed the stands of Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Friday night to see Chester County down Adamsville 21-14 in what the Cards hoped would be a redemption game after falling to CCHS by a touchdown in 2011; one of only two losses they suffered all season.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:31 pm
RV with flat tire stolen
RV with flat tire stolen

A recreational vehicle was stolen from a residence on Highway 57 on Aug. 13, according to an incident report by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department. When Deputy Amy Ballard responded to the call, the owner told her the RV had a flat tire. Ballard observed skid marks where it appeared the RV had been dragged out of the driveway. The theft is under investigation. If you see this RV, call the Sheriff’s Department.

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Submitted - Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:29 pm
Fire destroys Selmer residence
Fire destroys Selmer residence

A Selmer residence on S. Oakwood Drive burned last Tuesday. Details of the fire were not available at press time, but Selmer Fire Chief Anthony Carr said the fire is still under investigation.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:26 pm
Deputies capture robbery suspect
Deputies capture robbery suspect

An armed robbery last Tuesday turned into a brief manhunt that ended at Bethel Springs Elementary.

In what McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck credited to luck, skill and training, sheriff’s deputies were able to capture Raheem Jamal Harris, 18, and an underage accomplice on the school’s premises just minutes after the robbery took place.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:01 pm
Adamsville looks sharp in shutout
Adamsville looks sharp in shutout

The Cardinals were impressive in two 12-minute halves of jamboree football last Friday.

Adamsville saw action in the third game of the night at the Star Therapy Football Jamboree. The Cardinals faced the Wildcats of Fayette-Ware High School and went on to win the contest 17-0.

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By Brian Azevedo - Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:58 pm
Purdy Store Hit by Jeep Wrangler
Purdy Store Hit by Jeep Wrangler

At approximately 3:46 p.m., last Saturday, a 2006 Silver Jeep Wrangler left the road and struck the Purdy Store located at 785 Gann Road, Selmer. 

“It knocked the building off its foundation, and bent the frame of the Jeep,” said Highway Patrolman Kennie Lamberth.

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By Janet Rail - Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:56 pm
Bobcats hold off Humboldt, preserve tie
Bobcats hold off Humboldt, preserve tie

Bobcat fans, who had just observed a solid second-half defensive performance by their team, were holding their breath when they watched Humboldt line up for a game winning field goal last Friday, but breathed a sigh of relief in the end.

McNairy Central took on the Vikings of Humboldt High School last week in a preseason contest at the Star Therapy Jamboree at Chester County High School. The Bobcats and the Vikings shared a 7-7 tie when the final buzzer rang. 

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By Brian Azevedo - Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:53 pm
Jordan comes home and recollects lost time
Jordan comes home and recollects lost time
More than six weeks had passed before 19-year-old Jordan Lambert was able to return home last Friday afternoon from Regional Medical Center in Memphis. The Lambert Family shed many tears and prayed many prayers during her long stay. more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 1:01 pm
Ramer’s World Series run ends in third round
Ramer’s World Series run ends in third round
Photo by Brooke Kiddy
Ramer’s World Series run ends in third round
Ramer’s run to the World Series Championship was cut short last Monday, but the all-stars have nothing to hang their heads about after their performance against the South’s best teams at the Dixie Youth Majors World Series in Bartow, Fla. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 1:00 pm
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

The Sundolls rallied out of the loser’s bracket to win the USSSA Class C 10U Fast-Pitch World Series in the early morning hours of July 29. The field was comprised of 17 teams from eight different states. The Sundolls defeated the Honey Badgers (Okla.) twice to bring home the championship. 

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Jeff York - Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:58 pm
Worst drought since Dust Bowl grips US
Worst drought since Dust Bowl grips US

The nation is currently wrapped in the worst drought since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. As of July 31, the U.S. Drought Monitor listed more than 52 percent of the nation’s total land mass as drought stricken areas.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:54 pm
C.R.U.N.K. Fest unites for Christ
C.R.U.N.K. Fest unites for Christ
Hundreds unified at the Selmer City Park last Saturday to celebrate the 4th Annual C.R.U.N.K. Fest, which is an acronym meaning Children of God Reaching Up in Need of the King.  more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:45 pm
More than just soccer under new lights
More than just soccer under new lights
Last Friday night was a special night for soccer in Adamsville. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:43 pm
Preventing the next Aurora: Officers hold active shooter exercise at McNairy Central
Preventing the next Aurora: Officers hold active shooter exercise at McNairy Central

Sheriff’s Deputies, Jamie West and Amy Ballard and Selmer Officers, Tony Westbrooks and Blake Huckabee train in an active shooter exercise in response to the recent mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. The exercise was held last Monday at McNairy Central High School and worked within the school’s already established emergency protocols to ensure the best possible outcome in such a situation.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:42 pm
Fire destroys Michie residence
Fire destroys Michie residence

A fire last Thursday afternoon destroyed a residence north of Michie at 5009 Pleasant Site Rd. 

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:39 pm
STATE CHAMPS
STATE CHAMPS
Finishing the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament 7-1 overall, the Ramer 11 & 12-year-old All-Stars claimed the state championship after defeating Bolivar twice in the best of three championship series at Adamsville City Park on July 24. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:38 pm
Keep dreaming...
When asked if he thought this year’s Olympic Men’s Basketball Team could beat his 1992 Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, better known as the Dream Team, all Michael Jordan could do was laugh. more
By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:53 pm
Adamsville promotes recycling program
Adamsville promotes recycling program
You might have noticed something new on display in front of City Hall for the last month if you drive through Adamsville. more
By Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:51 pm
Newspaper brings home awards at TPA Banquet
Newspaper brings home awards at TPA Banquet

The Independent Appeal took home three awards in this year’s annual Tennessee Press Association’s newspaper contest co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:50 pm
Selmer finishes in top five at state...again
Selmer finishes in top five at state...again

Defending State Champions, the Selmer 9 & 10-year-old All-Stars have advanced to the state tournament for six consecutive years and for the past five years, Selmer has won District 7’s Championship Title. In each of those six seasons, Selmer has finished in the top five of the state.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:48 pm
Ramer one win away
Ramer one win away

If there was any uncertainty regarding Ramer’s ability to compete with Tennessee’s top Dixie Youth Majors teams, there isn’t anymore. The team stormed through the first five rounds of the state tournament before coming from behind late in the first game of their championship series with Bolivar and are now just one win away from a berth to the Dixie Youth Majors World Series and a state championship.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:46 pm
Right In Your Own Backyard: McNairy County offers a plethora of opportunities to buy local foods
Right In Your Own Backyard: McNairy County offers a plethora of opportunities to buy local foods

With such busy and hectic lifestyles, we sometimes forget about healthy eating. And even when we do remember, we run to the produce departments of stores like Walmart and other supermarkets for the convenience they offer. What many don’t realize, however, is that it is far cheaper, and is becoming more convenient by the day, to buy fresh and healthy foods locally, especially in the summertime.

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By Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:44 pm
Guys pastor arrested in California
Guys pastor arrested in California

Walter Ogden McGill, the Guys pastor who has been in the news recently for his feud with the Seventh-day Adventist Church over trademark issues, is being held at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, Calif. on contempt charges after refusing to comply with a May 20 deadline of a federal court order. He is ineligible for bail, according to inmate records gathered by the Redlands-LomaLinda Patch.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:20 pm
Mayoral candidates debate, find broad agreement
Mayoral candidates debate, find broad agreement

The candidates for McNairy County Mayor debated last Thursday in Selmer and found broad agreement on the issues.

Democratic nominee Ronnie Brooks and Republican nominee Tom Cauley talked about jobs, schools and animal control, among other issues. 

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:18 pm
County Fair draws crowd of 1,200 despite bad weather
County Fair draws crowd of 1,200 despite bad weather

The McNairy County Fair was held last week, and despite the rain, saw a decent turnout.

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Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:17 pm
Single mother of three  receives Habitat home
Single mother of three receives Habitat home
Single mother of three Cassie Christopher and her sons, Logan, Talon, and Gunner, were the recipients of Habitat for Humanity’s 5th house in McNairy County. more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:15 pm
DISTRICT CHAMPS: Selmer rallies to win District 7 title
DISTRICT CHAMPS: Selmer rallies to win District 7 title

The Selmer 9-10 year-old All-Stars came up big last week as they beat the Savannah All-Stars twice in a double-header to win the District 7 championship.

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Brian Azevedo - Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:07 pm
64-year-old lady hits pastor with bible
64-year-old lady hits pastor with bible

After allegedly hitting Pastor Leon Taylor with a bible, the 64-year-old lifelong church member Ina Garrett was arrested for assault at Mt. Zion Baptist Church during Sunday service on May 20.

Deputies Dustin Jaco and JP Kellum of the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department responded to “an unwanted person” call early that morning at the Purdy Road church.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:57 pm
Selmer cops use camera to catch speeders
Selmer cops use camera to catch speeders

Selmer’s Police Department is adding a tool to their arsenal to combat speeders. The new gadget will allow police to catch speeders in the act and ticket them without having to pull the car over. Selmer has recently gone live with their manned handheld photo enforcement system. The Velocity Snap System is a device which is a combination of a laser speed detector or LIDAR Unit and an HD Photo Camera. The device is officer operated and officer witnessed (the lack of which is a major complaint with the red light cameras).

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:55 pm
Pee-Wee is back
Pee-Wee is back

After nearly three months without a functioning police department, the City of Bethel Springs had an officer on duty last Tuesday when officer T.E. “Pee-Wee” Sowell returned to his post following a suspension, months of legal wrangling, and a disagreement between Sowell and Mayor Kay Cox over his schedule.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:54 pm
Total Chaos breaks out
Total Chaos breaks out

Total Chaos reigned supreme at the USSSA Tennessee State Fast-Pitch Tournament in Franklin, Tenn. last weekend.

The team, comprised of local youths from Hardin and McNairy County, including Lady Cardinals Anna and Olivia Johnson, Parker Davis, and Taylor Hutton, was crowned champion of the state after finishing the tournament with a 6-0 record, earning a berth to the Class C USSSA 18 and Under Fast-Pitch Softball World Series later in July.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:50 pm
Runners battle heat to aid fight against cancer
Runners battle heat to aid fight against cancer

In nearly 100 degree temperatures, approximately 65 runners and walkers attended the 2nd Annual Pink Ribbon Run last Saturday at Selmer City Park.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 1:49 pm
Marijuana found growing in Ramer home
Marijuana found growing in Ramer home

Federal and local authorities working on a fraud investigation turned up a marijuana growing operation and several weapons while conducting a search on a Ramer home June 27. The search was conducted by agents from the Department of Energy and the Army Criminal Investigation Division who were assisted by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:34 am
McNairy County athletics shine
McNairy County athletics shine

Several McNairy County athletes and Coach Brian Franks were recognized for their outstanding achievements in sports this year. 

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Amanda Lowrance and Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:33 am
Record-breaking heat wave hits county
Record-breaking heat wave hits county

Record-breaking heat swept through the central and eastern United States late last week breaking all-time high records for many cities and bringing 100+ degree heat to McNairy County for several consecutive days. 

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:32 am
Dixie Youth All-Stars take the field
Dixie Youth All-Stars take the field

The county’s Dixie Youth All-Stars took to the field last weekend, playing through 100+ degree temperatures, in an exciting display of baseball.

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Amanda Lowrance, Brian Azevedo and Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:30 am
McNairy County Fair set for July 10-14
McNairy County Fair set for July 10-14

The McNairy County Fair is set to begin Tuesday, July 10 and run through Saturday, July 14 at the Selmer City Fairgrounds on High School Road.

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Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:28 am
King’s benefit proves a success
King’s benefit proves a success

Many were in attendance to honor Larron King at the Gifts to a Giver celebration and the Give back to the Giver ride last Saturday afternoon. The events featured music, food, fun, fellowship, and prayer to honor the late hero and the money helped support Mr. King’s family in their time of need.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:22 pm
50 local GED graduates defy odds, celebrate accomplishments
50 local GED graduates defy odds, celebrate accomplishments

Fifty graduates from the McNairy County Adult Education Center walked the line Sunday earning their GED, a high school general equivalency diploma.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:21 pm
Top 10 Most Memorable High School Games 2011-12
Top 10 Most Memorable High School Games 2011-12

The Independent Appeal looks back at the 10 most memorable high school sporting contests of the previous school year. Submit your own top 10 list to us at submissions@independentappeal.com.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:20 pm
Pickup truck carrying nine people involved in Selmer wreck
Pickup truck carrying nine people involved in Selmer wreck

A truck carrying a driver and eight passengers was involved in a wreck with another vehicle last Wednesday in Selmer.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:18 pm
Twilight Golf Tournament on horizon
Twilight Golf Tournament on horizon

The most popular of fundraiser for the Adamsville High School Football Program is just around the corner.The 7th annual Cardinal Football Twilight Golf Tournament will be held at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville on July 27.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:15 pm
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Kingdom Come
Larron and Anita King have reached a large audience through their misfortunes and hardships. They have built a legacy through the Lauren King Ministry, turning the death of their one-year-old daughter into a positive, using their knowledge and experience. more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:05 pm
Relay for Life raises $45K for cancer research
Relay for Life raises $45K for cancer research

In past years, Relay for Life has been, despite many rainy nights, one of Selmer’s most well-attended annual events. This year was no exception, with around 25 teams and an excellent crowd at the Selmer City Park last Friday night.

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Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:02 pm
Highway 64 wreck injures three
Highway 64 wreck injures three
A three-car accident on Highway 64 injured two people on June 13, according to Trooper Sam Bryant, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who responded to the accident. more
Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:57 pm
AiM presents ‘Into the Woods’
AiM presents ‘Into the Woods’
This week, Arts in McNairy will attempt their most ambitious production to date when they take on Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.” The performances begin Friday, June 22 and run through Tuesday the 26th. Shows are nightly at 7:30 p.m., except for the Sunday show, which will be  a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets can be bought at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. more
Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:54 pm
Pro makes appearance at Cardinal Summer Hoops Camp
Pro makes appearance at Cardinal Summer Hoops Camp
Seeing the nearly 50 campers’ faces light up when the 7-foot tall professional basketball player, Earl Barron, walked into the gym at Adamsville Jr./Sr. High School last Wednesday was enough to call the first-ever Cardinal Summer Hoops Camp a success. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:53 pm
Fourth-grader’s determination inspires others
Fourth-grader’s determination inspires others
Role models are found in sports on a daily basis, but how many of them are only nine years old? Sydni Aylor of Hornsby is playing softball with a prosthetic leg and has continued to dedicate and spend her time learning the sport she loves so much, despite the obstacles she has to overcome. more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:51 pm
Relay for Life raises $45K for cancer research
Relay for Life raises $45K for cancer research

In past years, Relay for Life has been, despite many rainy nights, one of Selmer’s most well-attended annual events. This year was no exception, with around 25 teams and an excellent crowd at the Selmer City Park last Friday night.

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Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:49 pm
Correction: Milledgeville Special Called Meeting
In last week's issue of the Independent Appeal in the article titled "Milledgeville passes budget" the article should have been titled "Milledgeville passes budget's first reading," and their special called meeting is on June 25, not July 25. We apologize for the error and any inconveniences it may have caused. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:22 pm
Fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival a success
Fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival a success

The third time may be a charm, but the fourth time around is not bad either—at least for the fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival. With a crowd size estimated to be larger than any before, this year’s Rockabilly festival was bigger and better than ever.

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By Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:39 pm
Fast moving storm hits county, damages home
Fast moving storm hits county, damages home

A severe thunderstorm raked across McNairy County last Monday bringing with it estimated wind gusts of nearly 70 mph. The fast moving storm damaged at least one home on Friendship Road near Ramer, knocked out power to hundreds of residents and downed dozens of trees and power lines across the county.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:37 pm
Dalton dashes to nationals
Dalton dashes to nationals

For the sixth time in seven years, Adamsville High School graduate Nealey Dalton advanced to the National High School Rodeo Association Finals.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:35 pm
Fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival a success
Fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival a success

The third time may be a charm, but the fourth time around is not bad either—at least for the fourth annual Rockabilly Highway Revival. With a crowd size estimated to be larger than any before, this year’s Rockabilly festival was bigger and better than ever.

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By Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:33 pm
County players enjoy All-Star experience
County players enjoy All-Star experience

Four McNairy County high school baseball players enjoyed the experience of playing in front of family, friends, college coaches, and scouts last Thursday at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn. during the 5th annual West Tennessee High School All-Star Baseball Classic.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:29 pm
Army mom reaches out for girls’ rescue
Army mom reaches out for girls’ rescue

A rare string of events have caused heartache and anxiety for the Vasquez family. Two of Matt and Shana’s three young daughters have unusual medical conditions that require continuous observation and treatment.

Shana has taken it upon herself to completely research and learn these conditions, the statistics, and the options that are available to her precious, young girls at this stage in their life and as they grow.

Luckily there is a solution to ease their worries, and her name is Pixie. After the application and acceptance, the family was assigned to a nearly two-year-old, 50 lb. Golden Labra doodle, Pixie, who was trained for peanut protection and service therapy by Angel Service Dogs, a non-profit organization in Colorado.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:26 pm
Tornado sighted in area, no widespread damage
Tornado sighted in area, no widespread damage

Though a tornado was sighted in the area and we were buffeted by hail, high winds and heavy lightning from a storm that moved through last Sunday, the county apparently escaped without widespread damage and without injury.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:33 pm
Rockabilly set to rock downtown Selmer for fourth year
Rockabilly set to rock downtown Selmer for fourth year
The Rockabilly Highway Revival has quickly become one of Selmer’s most anticipated events, and this year’s festival, which will be held on June 9th, is set to be bigger than ever.  more
Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:30 pm
Family connection bats in ballpark sluggers
Family connection bats in ballpark sluggers
Following in his footsteps, McNairy Central Bobcat graduate Austin Gafford has proudly worn the No. 27 in memory of his uncle Paul York. more
Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:28 pm
Chasing the dream they call ‘rodeo’
Chasing the dream they call ‘rodeo’

Kamala O’Neal Dalton, better known as Nealey, shares her name with the Hindu name for a beautiful and delicate flower—the lotus. The young blonde may surpass that flower in beauty, but she’s anything but delicate. She happens to be a gritty and grizzled rodeo veteran, and she’s itching to saddle up and gallop toward the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Lebanon, Tenn. June 7-9th.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:19 pm
Ramer’s Roten named McNairy County Teacher of the Year
Ramer’s Roten named McNairy County Teacher of the Year
Ramer's Lisa Roten is a finalist for the 2012-13 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award after winning this year's McNairy County Teacher of the Year Award. more
Lisa Roten - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:17 pm
Cardinal Baseball Tryout
New head coach, Rennard Woodmore, has announced that a tryout for the Adamsville Cardinal Baseball Team will be held on Tuesday, June 5 at AHS, beginning at 5 p.m. The tryout is open to all upcoming 8th-12th graders. more
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:42 am
Bobcats hold heads high
Bobcats hold heads high

Every high school baseball team’s goal at the beginning of each season is to be crowned state champion at the end of the year. 

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:13 pm
A’ville hosts Buford Pusser Festival
A’ville hosts Buford Pusser Festival

Before Memorial Day, the 24th Annual Buford Pusser Festival held in Adamsville brought people together from around the world. The four-day festival offered a carnival, a parade, competitive events, and good family fun and entertainment.

Many people helped volunteer and organize the event to carry on the legacy of Sheriff Buford Pusser and to bring the community and families together.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:06 pm
Fire destroys Guys residence
Fire destroys Guys residence

An early afternoon fire destroyed a Guys residence last Wednesday. The incident at 679 Gay Thompson Road in Guys was reported shortly after noon when neighbors called to report that the home was in flames. 

Units from the Guys, Eastview and Chewalla fire
departments responded to the call.

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:05 pm
Playing for the future: Congiardo not satisfied after first-ever Lady Cardinal Tennis state tournament appearance
Playing for the future: Congiardo not satisfied after first-ever Lady Cardinal Tennis state tournament appearance

The District 15 A-AA Female Tennis Player of the Year and Region 8 A-AA Singles Champion Darby Congiardo was one of the final eight girls’ singles competitors to make it to the 2012 BlueCross Spring Fling A-AA Girls’ Singles Tennis Tournament last week in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:02 pm
Arts in McNairy receives federal funding for Littlejohn project
Arts in McNairy receives federal funding for Littlejohn project

When Arts in McNairy first began a cultural assessment of the county five years ago, they had no idea what would turn up. 

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Emily Pitts - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:58 pm
New age dawns on Cardinal Baseball
New age dawns on Cardinal Baseball

It has been more than 13 years since the shoes of the head baseball coach at Adamsville High School needed to be filled, but last Wednesday a new man stepped into them.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:19 pm
110th Anniversary Issue
110th Anniversary Issue

James Washington Purviance began his life in Illinois and died in Selmer, Tennessee, but his life served as a bridge between old and new worlds and old and new orders. He was a prominent citizen of Purdy when it held the honor of being the county seat, and he became a prominent leader of the new county seat. 

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John Talbot - Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:32 pm
Blackburn visits Selmer
Blackburn visits Selmer

Rep. Marsha Blackburn dropped by the Latta Visitor’s Center in Selmer last Monday for a tour of the new facility. 

She represents the 7th district, which includes McNairy County, in the United States House of Representatives. 

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:28 pm
Two airlifted from Friday wreck
Two airlifted from Friday wreck

A portion of Highway 64 was closed Friday night and converted into a helicopter landing pad following a one-vehicle accident on Sulphur Springs Road less than a mile from the highway. 

Helicopters from the Hospital Wing and Air Evac were called to transport Joe Carlton Hurt, the driver listed on the accident report, and his passenger, William Hill, from the scene after the red Chevrolet truck they were traveling in left the roadway, crashed through a fence and then rolled, ejecting both passengers from the truck. 

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:25 pm
Local businesses link-up at MRA Open
Local businesses link-up at MRA Open

Over 20 teams made up of local business leaders and employees got together on a beautiful, late spring afternoon last Friday at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville for the McNairy Regional Alliance Open, also known as the McNairy County Spring Classic Industry Appreciation Golf Tournament.

The event took place during Industry Appreciation Week, and Chris Combs, President of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said it was an ideal afternoon for golf.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:22 pm
MCHS Baseball team heads to state
MCHS Baseball team heads to state

After claiming their first-ever Region 7-AA Championship with a 8-6 win over Covington last Wednesday, the McNairy Central Bobcats continued rewriting the record books by punching the school’s first-ever ticket to the BlueCross Spring Fling Class AA Baseball State Tournament in Mufreesboro, Tenn. 

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:15 pm
Many mourn the loss of King
Many mourn the loss of King

Last Monday at approximately 5:15 a.m. Larron King passed away at Regional Medical Center (The Med) of Memphis. He had been struggling for roughly a month trying to endure the aftermath of a tragic car accident that occurred on Sulphur Springs Road.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:11 am
District Champs substate bound
District Champs substate bound

For the first time in a quarter century, the McNairy Central Bobcats can call themselves district champions after rolling through the District 14-AA Tournament unbeaten, but that is only the beginning of their historic run.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:09 am
Congiardo Region 8 A-AA Champion
Congiardo Region 8 A-AA Champion

For the first time in Adamsville High School history, a Lady Cardinal advanced to the Class A-AA State Tournament.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:08 am
Lambert Resigns
Lambert Resigns

For the first time in over a decade, the head coaching position for the Adamsville Cardinal Baseball Team is vacant.


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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:58 am
Fire damages Selmer trucking company
Fire damages Selmer trucking company
An early morning fire last Tuesday in Selmer damaged the Carolina Southern Trucking Company, owned and operated by Sammy and Sherry Kiser, which employs more than 140 people. more
Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:57 am
Fare thee well, Coach
Fare thee well, Coach
I moved to Tennessee in the winter of 2001 when I was just a rotten little junior high kid. more
Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:02 pm