McNairy Central will introduce their new football coach on Thursday at the Gridiron Association meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the MCHS Commons. An excited group of Bobcats fans will be on hand to welcome new coach Chad Hodge to the Blue Nation.
McNairy County Director of Schools John Prince said there 20 high quality coaches that applied for the position. There were five finalists interviewed last Monday and the decision was announced last Tuesday.
Hodge, was most recently the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dresden Lions. He hails from Bruceton where he played under coach Rod Sturdivant. Hodge has 13 years of experience coaching football, and his tenure includes stops at Henry County High School and Dresden. While at Henry County, Hodge served as assistant head coach under Joe Gaddis, one of the premier head coaches in Tennessee. Coach Hodge’s overall record as a coordinator is 90-27, while winning 18 of 27 playoff games.
Coach Hodge was an assistant at Dresden under his brother Keith Hodge, who left Dresden after this past season to become head coach at Murray High in Kentucky.
The new head coach is ready to go to work for the Bobcats and begin getting ready for the 2014 season.
“Chad displays the passion, work ethic and drive that we want for the football program at McNairy Central,” commented Prince. “He has coached at two programs that were in low spots when he got there and helped them become shining spots in West Tennessee football.”
Charlie Dampeer was told last month that his contract was not going to be renewed for next year. The Bobcats were 3-7 last season and 5-15 in Dampeer’s two seasons as coach of the Bobcats.
“We wish Coach Dampeer the best in his next endeavor,” said Prince. “We felt the football program at McNairy Central needed a new sense of urgency and that tone has to be set by the head coach.”
The Bobcats new coach will have to reverse a program that has posted five straight losing seasons. McNairy last had a winning season in 2008.
The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats ended the regular season well with a big win against the Bolivar Lady Tigers on Senior night.
McNairy Central 7
Bolivar Central 0
The Lady Bobcats faced off against the Lady Tigers on their senior night, and it was a pitcher’s duel from the very beginning.
Kelly Beth Ernest got the call to the circle for the Lady Bobcats once again, and she pitched another great game for the Lady Cats.
Ernest was able to keep the Lady Tigers off balance for the length of the game, and was able to record four strikeouts while only allowing four hits.
Although Ernest was pitching well, the Lady Bobcats were having troubles getting the bats to come together.
Fortunately for the Lady Cats, that did not last the entire game.
As the bottom of the sixth inning came around, the Lady Cats exploded on offense, and they were able to push seven runs across taking a huge lead over the Lady Tigers.
Moving into the top of the seventh inning, Ernest kept up her good work on the mound and she was able to shut the Lady Tigers down.
The Lady Cats took home the big win on Senior night, and they were looking to carry the momentum on into the district tournament.
A pickup truck crashed in to a Ramer residence last Saturday. According to an Tennessee Electronic Crash Report by Sgt. Dwayne Stanford of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a maroon 2001 Ford Pickup driven by a 16-year-old juvenile was traveling west on Highway 57, when he veered off the right roadway edge and over-corrected.
It appears that McNairy County dodged a bullet early this week as a strong series of storms moved through McNairy County beginning last Sunday night and extending into Tuesday.
As of press time the storms had spawned more than 106 tornados and claimed more than 28 lives in several states.
The storms began west of the Mississippi River on Sunday as 30 tornados struck in several western states claiming more 16 lives. As the storms moved into Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, another round of 58 tornados brought destruction to those states including a mile-wide tornado which struck the commercial district of Tupelo, Miss. near the city’s mall. The shopping area, popular with McNairy County shoppers, on Tupelo’s northern edge sustained severe damage. Several popular restaurants, stores and hotels were completely destroyed in the storm.
Milledgeville held its inaugural Heritage Day celebration last Saturday. There was a car show, motorcycle show and tractor show, plenty of great food, a Civil War Cannon firing demonstration, a mini-tractor pull and rides for the kids.
Arts in McNairy launched its first ever Art Walk & Fine Craft Fair last Saturday in downtown Selmer. The event drew dozens of art, craft and food vendors from around the area. A wide range of events and activities were available for all ages including a puppet show, henna tattooing, bone carving, sand art, face painting, a children’s art show, photography and much more.
The McNairy Central Bobcats made the trip to Henderson, Tenn. to take on the Chester County Eagles in one of their last district match ups of the regular season. The Bobcats played well, and came away with shutouts against the Eagles and the Lions of Scotts Hill.
McNairy Central 10
Chester County 00
The Adamsville Cardinals made a trip to Parsons, Tenn., but could not come away with the much needed district win, losing 11-3.
The McNairy Central played host to the Lady Tigers of Bolivar Central High School last Monday, after getting a District win earlier in the week against Southside, the Lady Cats used their momentum to get a big win against the Lady Tigers as well.
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode today joined Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Pickwick Electric Cooperative President Karl Dudley and other local leaders to announce funding for jobs in McNairy County. The announcement was made at the McNairy County Industrial Park.
The Adamsville Lady Cardinals played host to district rival Trinity Christian last week, and came away with a huge win 11-1.
A Selmer Police Officer was involved in a high speed car pursuit last Sunday afternoon in south Selmer.
The chase began when Ptl. Blake Huckabee observed a maroon Chrysler 300 with Mississippi license plates traveling at a high rate of speed. He then witnessed the vehicle, driven by a white male with dark hair, running a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stantonville Rd. and Falcon St.
A McNairy County man has been charged with attempted murder related to a January arson investigation in northern McNairy County.
A Selmer Police Officer was involved in a high speed car pursuit last Sunday afternoon in south Selmer. The chase began when Ptl. Blake Huckabee observed a maroon Chrysler 300 with Mississippi license plates traveling at a high rate of speed. He then witnessed the vehicle, driven by a white male with dark hair, running a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stantonville Rd. and Falcon St.
Senior Cardinal football stand outs Zak Neary and Jacob Wallis will add another achievement to their already terrific careers by being selected to play in the Toyota East/West All-Star game. Both Neary and Wallis were selected to play on the defensive side for the West team, and will join players from all over the region to play under coach Jeff Porter of White House High School. Both Neary and Wallis are among 88 players from across the state that will be participating in the contest which will take place on December 13, in Cookeville Tenn.
In the past several weeks we have followed the story of Anthony Westbrooks, a Selmer resident who was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly starving horses under his care. Westbrooks was arrested Nov. 1 after McNairy County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Pinson responded to a complaint that two horses belonging to Westbrooks were malnourished. According to the incident report from the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department, one of the horses was deceased and appeared to Pinson to have been starved to death. The other had a large amount of ribs showing, as though it had received little or no food.
The Adamsville Cardinals played host to the Trinity Christian Lions once again, and this time in the Semi-final round of the State Playoffs. It was a high scoring contest, but this time the Cardinals came out on top to punch their ticket to the BlueCross Bowl and a chance at the state title.
Adamsville’s turn-around season was extended last Thursday with a win against Madison in the opening round of the District 15-A Tournament, but the Cards suffered a loss to Trinity Christian Academy in the semifinals at Middleton last Saturday.
The Lady Bobcats defeated Fayette-Ware and Chester County on their way to a runner up finish, which was culminated with a heart-breaking loss to Bolivar Central in the finals of this year’s district tournament last Monday.