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Henry heads to Raiders mini-camp
Henry heads to Raiders mini-camp

It is a long way from Ramer Elementary School to Oakland, calif.

For county native and former Ramer Elemen­tary Student, Rob Henry, the journey has taken nearly 20 years crossing through home football fields in Mississippi, Florida and Indiana.

The Former Purdue quarterback is a native of Guys, who, following an outstanding high school career in Florida, made his way to play quarter­back at the storied Division I football program.

Following his college career, Henry said that he was contacted by several NFL teams. Ironi­cally the Raiders contacted him last, just a few days before the draft began.

During the draft, Henry watched as teams made their draft selections but he went undraft­ed through the final rounds.

“About 30 minutes following the draft (the Raiders) called me up and that was it,” Henry said in a interview from Los Angelas Internation­al Airport on route to Oakland. “It was a dream come true. Now I am out here and ready to go to mini-camp.”  

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Top officers awarded
Top officers awarded

(Left) Dwana Pusser daughter of legendary Walking Tall Sheriff Buford Pusser and Adamsville Mayor David Leckner congratulate the national police officer of the year Madison County Tennessee elected Constable Frankie Lax of Jackson, Tenn. (Right) along with local officer of the year McNairy County deputy sheriff Keenan Lamberth at the 26th Annual Sheriff Buford Pusser festival in Adamsville.

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26th Annual Buford Pusser Festival a hit
26th Annual Buford Pusser Festival a hit

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.

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Selmer Jaycees Mother Son Dance
Selmer Jaycees Mother Son Dance

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.

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Selmer Elementary Leader in Me Mini Leadership Day
Selmer Elementary Leader in Me Mini Leadership Day
Selmer Elementary Leader in Me Mini Leadership Day
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Hodge vows to beat AHS, Lexington
Hodge vows to beat AHS, Lexington

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. 

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King Highway Dedication
King Highway Dedication

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. 

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Lady Cards are District Champs
Lady Cards are District Champs

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. 

Adamsville 6 

Riverside 3 

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 

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Deputies capture suspects in state-line manhunt
Deputies capture suspects in state-line manhunt

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 

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Buford Pusser Festival begins Sunday
Buford Pusser Festival begins Sunday

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. 

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McNairy Central announces new head coach
McNairy Central announces new head coach

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. 

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Storms slam south
Storms slam south

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. 

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Bethel sweeps Southaven
Bethel sweeps Southaven
Following a sweep of Pickwick Southside on Oct. 29, Bethel kept the brooms out and continued cleaning house when Southaven came to town last Thursday.
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Runners, runners everywhere: 5Ks top weekend's list of things to do
Runners, runners everywhere: 5Ks top weekend's list of things to do

Approximately 50 runners took their mark at the starting line last Saturday morning at The Marty Community Center in Adamsville for the 3rd Annual 5K Run for the Paws, but the running excitement did not stop there.

Several traveled to Selmer immediately after to compete as part of the 75 participants who registered for the 2nd Annual Fall Hog 5K held at Selmer City Park.

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Close losses trending for Volleycats
Close losses trending for Volleycats
While the Lady Bobcat volleyball team went the full five sets with two of their last three opponents, the girls were not able to pick up a win in several very close matches last week.
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Lady Cards wrap up first junior high softball season
Lady Cards wrap up first junior high softball season
Though their year was not a success by the win-loss standard, the Adamsville Junior High Lady Cardinals grew as softball team in the program's first season.
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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.
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Common Sense: Irrational exuberance or gas and crude oil prices revisited
Gasoline and crude oil prices have followed a similar script so far this year as they did last year. They rose during the winter, peaked sometime in the spring, then dropped.
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Lady Bobcat dynamic duo dedicates life to sports

Two Lady Bobcats of McNairy Central High School have spent their lives in basketball and have carried on a legacy passed down from their parents.

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Pollard powers forward
Pollard powers forward

McNairy Central’s 6-foot-4 senior, powerhouse post player, Rameil Pollard finished the season with a bang. He led the Bobcat team through the postseason tournaments and ended as the leading scorer in McNairy County, finishing his senior season with an average of 18.9 points per game.

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Pollard powers forward
Pollard powers forward

McNairy Central’s 6-foot-4 senior, powerhouse post player, Rameil Pollard finished the season with a bang. He led the Bobcat team through the postseason tournaments and ended as the leading scorer in McNairy County, finishing his senior season with an average of 18.9 points per game.

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Former McNairy Central ballers now scholars at Blue Mountain College

A pair of former McNairy Central basketball standouts has been honored by the TranSouth Athletic Conference by being named scholar athletes. The Blue Mountain College players are Samantha Burns and Jermael Bingham.

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Lady Blue Devils on fire

The Lady Blue Devils' hot streak continued in Adamsville last Thursday when Michie's girls picked up their 12th straight win with a 21-point victory over the Junior Lady Cardinals.

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Cards steal win from Blue Devils
In dramatic fashion, the Junior Cardinals of Adamsville stole a win away from the Michie Blue Devils late in their game last Thursday, picking up one-point victory, 26-25.
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