The 26th Annual Buford Pusser Festival was held last week. The four-day event filled the Adamsville Park and featured live entertainment, food, a full midway and daily events. On Saturday, the last day of the event, residents flocked to the event despite heavy morning rain. All events went ahead as scheduled except for The Buford Pusser Car Show scheduled for last Saturday which has been rescheduled for this Saturday at the old Garan parking lot behind Jack’s in Adamsville. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and there is a $25 entry fee. Everyone will receive a plaque with either gold, silver or bronze level and the first 100 entries receive a t-shirt. Best of Show and Sponsor Choice trophies are also available. The Joe Rickman Band with Lloyd, Brenda and Andy Watkins will play from 11 a.m.-1pm. Party Jumper for the kids. Delicious hamburgers by the Shiloh Area Street Rod Club. For more information, call 731-697-9149.
Last Friday, the Selmer Jaycees with President Jason Garrett and several other members hosted the Mother/Son dance in preparation for the upcoming Mother’s Day Holiday. Dozens of young men came out with their mothers to celebrate the event and enjoyed games, dancing, snacks and door prizes.
New McNairy Central High coach Chad Hodge in a rousing and emotional speech to the Gridiron Association last Thursday, in Selmer, vowed to turn the MCHS football program around.
Director of Schools John Prince called Hodge the obvious choice and Hodge showed why in his remarks to the enthusiastic crowd that packed the MCHS commons.
“This is a good crowd to see in the commons and we just hope that you keep this up through the season. We’ve got us a winning coach,” said MCHS Principal Mickey Murphy.
Hodge was chosen from a pool of 20 applicants, Murphy said. Of the 20, five were interviewed. After Hodge was interviewed, the four people on the committee agreed they had found the new coach.
Hodge said the thing he likes to bring out in kids is to do things they do not know they can.
Teams coached by Hodge have not missed the second round of the playoffs since 2005.
“If you want to turn a program around, you’d better start shutting people down,” Hodge said, emphasizing defense.
Hodge vowed to beat MCHS archrival Adamsville High School.
“That’s going to start happening here. It’s going to start this year. It’s just going to repeat itself so many times, they won’t even want to play us anymore,” Hodge predicted.
“These kids are going to have my passion—my excitement. It’s just boiling right now. I can feel it. Other people are telling me they can feel it. It’s going to be so awesome,” Hodge said.
Hodge also vowed to defeat district rival Lexington and told its coach so.
“You might as well get ready because I’m going to shut you down,” Hodge recounted.
Hodge said if his new team was healthy and did what he told them to do, they would go to the second round or beyond in the state playoffs.
“I want to win every game. I don’t care who we play. If the Tennessee Titans roll into McNairy and want to play us. Let’s suit up and let’s do it, Let’s do it now because I tell you what our boys are going to smack you in the mouth and we’re going to score on you, too. We’re going to have fun doing it,” Hodge said.
One change Hodge predicted was that the Bobcats will finish games this year. The goal for the team will be to hold opponents to single digits while scoring 30 or 40 points, Hodge said.
Hodge is not only a football coach but an accomplished academic instructor.
“I’m excited to work with the faculty here, the coaching staff, the community. I believe in education,” Hodge said.
Hodge also believes that education should build character.
“You’re not only learning academics, but how to mold yourself into an adult and learn how to deal with other people...and how to make hard decisions,” Hodge said.
“These kids who come to my classroom— they’re going to be working and learning,” Hodge said.
Hodge said there was no down time in his classroom. Students will be learning constantly and enjoying it.
“I am going to hold these boys to a higher standard,” Hodge said about his players.
“It’s obvious what is going on here now and it’s only going to get bigger,” Hodge said.
Hodge predicted the crowd at the next Gridiron meeting would be even larger.
“Every meeting we have, I want to see more people,” Hodge said.
Hodge said he wants people who do not even live in McNairy County to come to the meetings.
One of Hodge’s goals is to raise the funds for a new field house.
“We do need a new field house and it’s coming...and I’m going to need your help to do it,” Hodge said.
Hodge predicted that some of the money will be raised by winning playoff games.
Hodge told the crowd that they will want to watch practice.
Larron King’s family poses for a picture at the dedication of the Larron King Highway near Selmer last Monday. The Larron King Highway is located near the intersection of Highway 45 and Rose Creek Road. County Mayor Ronnie Brooks called this a very special day and long overdue. Also present were Selmer Mayor John Smith, Sheriff Guy Buck, General Sessions Judge Van McMahan, Circuit Court Clerk Byron Maxedon, Road Commissioner Harvey Neal Smith, school board member and candidate for County Mayor Larry Smith, Road Commissioner candidate Sammy Hill, former County Mayor and Executive Director of the Southwest Human Resources Agency, Mike Smith, King’s family and friends. King died in May 2012 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident a month earlier. King is well known throughout much of West Tennessee for the years of work he and his family members have contributed to the Memphis Ronald McDonald House through Lauren King Ministries.
The Adamsville Lady Cardinals are District 15A champions. The Lady Cards were able to defeat Riverside on the road, before winning the district title against the Trinity Christian Lions at home.
The Lady Cardinals made the trip to Parsons, Tenn. to take on the Riverside Lady Panthers in the second round of the District 15A tournament.
Adamsville got off to a good start
What began as a pursuit of three suspects in Mississippi ended with an arrest by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department following four-hour manhunt along the state-line area in Guys last Wednesday.
Lionel Staton, Aaron Hicks and Allison Jourdan were captured during the search with Jourdan and Hicks facing charges of felony credit card fraud in Mississippi and Stanton facing charges of hindering the prosecution said Detective Sgt. Frederick Serio with the Corinth Police Department.
According the Sheriff Guy Buck, the Corinth, Miss. Police were pursuing the three suspects as they fled across the border
The Buford Pusser Festival will be held in Adamsville from May 11 to May 17, again during National Police Week.
The first event is the Buford Pusser Beauty Pageant, which will be held at 2 p.m. on May 11 at the Adamsville Community Center.
May 14 is the Gospel Night Celebrations, hosted by Atoyia Barnes at the Adamsville City Park Pavillion.
As of last Monday the schedule was still being put together by Buford Pusser’s daughter Dwana Pusser Garrison for the May 15 Gospel Night Celebrations, according to Buford Pusser Home and Museum Curator Julia Stevens.
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.
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.