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Arson Suspected
Arson Suspected

A fire that destroyed a vacant home at 3059 Hubert Manuel Road, Michie, TN on last Monday is being investigated as suspected arson according to McNairy County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Ballard.

Michie, Guys and Eastview volunteer fire departments were dispatched at 9:10 a.m. last Monday to the structure fire.

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By Janet Rail - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:14 pm
A new heart for Christmas
A new heart for Christmas

Jennifer Sisk and her husband, Rodney, of Adamsville, sat in the doctor’s office at Jennifer’s 21-week checkup.  

Jennifer had been through this process twice before when she had her two sons, so she thought she knew what to expect.

Neither Jennifer nor her husband could have guessed what the doctor would say next though.

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By Megan Smith - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:12 pm
Arrest made in string of county burglaries
Arrest made in string of county burglaries

Casey Lynn Redmon of 164 Walker St. in Bethel Springs, was arrested on Dec. 29 in connection with a series of burglaries according to incident reports provided by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department.

Redmon was charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft over $500 and vandalism under $500 in connection with a break-in at Price Saw Mill in Selmer sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.,  one count of each of these charges in connection with a break-in at Mast Tires in Bethel Springs on Dec. 2, one count of each of these of charges in connection with a break-in at an out building on Masseyville Rd. in Selmer on Dec. 29 and one count of each for a break-in at the Finger Service Station. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:10 pm
Arrest made in string of county burglaries
Arrest made in string of county burglaries

Casey Lynn Redmon of 164 Walker St. in Bethel Springs, was arrested on Dec. 29 in connection with a series of burglaries according to incident reports provided by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department.

Redmon was charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft over $500 and vandalism under $500 in connection with a break-in at Price Saw Mill in Selmer sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 11.,  one count of each of these charges in connection with a break-in at Mast Tires in Bethel Springs on Dec. 2, one count of each of these of charges in connection with a break-in at an out building on Masseyville Rd. in Selmer on Dec. 29 and one count of each for a break-in at the Finger Service Station. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:10 pm
Decisive victories for Lady Cards
Decisive victories for Lady Cards

In their first game of the McNairy Central Christmas Classic played last Wednesday, the Adamsville Lady Cardinals dominated the Jackson North Side Lady Indians and walked away with their second straight 22-point victory.

Day two of the McNairy Central Christmas Classic was as equally successful as the first for the Lady Cardinals.

Adamsville gave Crockett County fits as they continued to execute the full-court press efficiently, forcing 24 Lady Cavalier turnovers in route to a 26-point victory.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:07 pm
Bobcats secure two wins
Bobcats secure two wins

The McNairy Central Bobcats have been working hard all season and have lost in a few unfortunate buzzer beater games. In last week’s McNairy Central Christmas Classic, the tides turned and the Bobcats earned two wins over the Jackson North Side Indians and the Union City Tornadoes to add two notches in the win column to their now 8-6 overall record.


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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:05 pm
2011: The year in review
2011: The year in review

Another year is coming to an end so we here at the Independent Appeal are taking a moment to reflect on some of the notable news stories that have effected McNairy County. Fortunately, we managed to have year devoid of national level news events occurring within the county as we have seen too often in years past. However, this year was full of news that has impacted the everyday lives of those who live in McNairy County.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:29 pm
Ward charged in Hardin County
Ward charged in Hardin County

Jerry Matthew Ward, of Purdy, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, felony evading arrest, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance) and failure to give immediate notice of an accident in Hardin County General Sessions Court.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:26 pm
Lady Cats win ninth in a row
Lady Cats win ninth in a row

The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats acquired their ninth win in row with a 68-49 victory in the game at Alcorn Central against the Lady Golden Bears on Dec. 20.

“We had a good defense, other than allowing Alcorn’s post player, Foster to score 32 points,” said Lady Bobcat Coach Jerry Lott. “Offensively we did good scoring 68 points.”

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:25 pm
Adamsville Crushes Collinwood
Adamsville Crushes Collinwood

Playing as a fill-in on Dec. 19 during Wayne County’s Christmas Classic, the Lady Cardinals crushed the Lady Trojans of Collinwood by 22 points.

Led by Brianne Knight’s 21-point performance, the Lady Cardinals made easy work of the Lady Trojans after getting off to a slow start. Leading by only four points at halftime, AHS outscored Collinwood 19-3 in the third quarter and built a lead the Lady Trojans could not overcome.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:23 pm
Christmas miracle: Dumpster dog now Saint Oscar
Christmas miracle: Dumpster dog now Saint Oscar

Thanks to some hard work from animal rescue agencies and some caring individuals, a dog found near death, in abhorrent conditions is getting a crack at a new life in McNairy County. 

The animal, a pure bred and spayed Miniature Schnauzer who has been given the name Saint Oscar, was starved to the point where his ribs were prominently outlined on the outside of his body. He was found in the days leading up to the Christmas weekend in Mississippi inside a plastic bag thrown into a dumpster by a man who was looking for cans that said he heard something moving inside the bag.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:17 pm
Two-section Christmas Spectacular
Two-section Christmas Spectacular
Check out our 2-section, 20-page Christmas special section with childrens' artwork, essays, letters, and Christmas surprises. more
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:58 pm
Burglars hit gravel pit, make off with $15-20K in equipment
Burglars hit gravel pit, make off with $15-20K in equipment

Be on the look out for anyone trying to sell copious amounts of used tools. Burglars made off with $15-$20,000 worth of equipment from Tennessee Material Corporation at Stantonville  Plant manager Kerry Stevens said the burglary occurred sometime between  6:30 p.m. last Saturday night and 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:54 pm
Bobcats butcher Tigers
Bobcats butcher Tigers

Knocking out two wins at home, McNairy Central sent the Hardin County Tigers packing with a 52-37 victory from the Lady Bobcats and a 67-55 final by the Bobcats.

By the end of the games, both the girls’ and boys’ teams sent in their bench players in for playing time. The youngsters were glad to have the chance to accumulate stats and compete with future contenders.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:53 pm
Possible black panther  sighting in Selmer
Possible black panther sighting in Selmer

Last Friday, a reliable source in McNairy County reportedly saw a creature resembling a  black panther in the woods outside of Selmer.

The sighting occurred near McNairy Central High School.

This report, while coming from an eyewitness account from a reliable citizen, is still considered unconfirmed evidence.

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By Megan Smith - Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:51 pm
Mustangs run wild against Cardinals
Mustangs run wild against Cardinals

Something had to give in the matchup between two winless teams, Houston and Adamsville, last Saturday night, and it was not the Cardinals losing streak.

Adamsville lost their ninth consecutive game to get the 2011-2012 season off to a historically bad start after the 13-point defeat at the hands of the previously 0-8 Mustangs of Houston High School in Memphis.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:50 pm
Adamsville moves on in the aftermath of devastating fire
Adamsville moves on in the aftermath of devastating fire

The fire that claimed three of Adamsville’s downtown businesses may not have taken any lives, but it certainly took a lot from the residents and employees of the town.

“We were a big family,” said Michelle Geiger, Saw Meal owner. “It’s just a shock, and that word isn’t even big enough to describe it.”

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:47 pm
Adamsville moves on in the aftermath of devastating fire
Adamsville moves on in the aftermath of devastating fire

The fire that claimed three of Adamsville’s downtown businesses may not have taken any lives, but it certainly took a lot from the residents and employees of the town.

“We were a big family,” said Michelle Geiger, Saw Meal owner. “It’s just a shock, and that word isn’t even big enough to describe it.”

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:44 pm
DTF agents make crack arrest in Adamsville
DTF agents make crack arrest in Adamsville

Investigators from the McNairy County Drug Task force arrested a man for possession of crack cocaine  last Friday night during a traffic stop on Highway 64 in Adamsville. Investigators Jamie Lowrance, Lynn Ingle and James Frazier made the arrest following a traffic stop.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:42 pm
Lott honored for 700 career wins
Lott honored for 700 career wins

Many coaches only hope to achieve what Coach Jerry Lott of the McNairy Central Lady Bobcats has accomplished in his career.

Lott was honored with a plaque handed to him by Athletic Director Danny Day in front of the crowd that had just witnessed a win over the Wayne County Lady Wildcats on Saturday night.

The audience clapped their hands and “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry” chanted from the student body as he accepted the award.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:39 pm
Selmer takes steps to improve driving safety
Selmer takes steps to improve driving safety

The City of Selmer has taken proactive steps to prevent accidents at the South Y Intersection where Court Avenue splits into Poplar and Mulberry Avenues. At issue, is the south entrance of Dollar General where many cars make illegal left turns onto Poplar leaving the store and illegal left turns into the store from Court.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:37 pm
Gray breaks MCHS tackles record
Gray breaks MCHS tackles record

For the past 11 years, Willie Loving has held the record of most tackles in a season at McNairy Central with 126 tackles. As of Oct. 28, in the final game against the Lexington Tigers, inside linebacker Kerby Gray set the new record with 132 tackles.

“He set a goal to break the record this year in tackles and that’s what he did,” said father, Jimmy Gray. “I am glad that he set out to do what he did and he wasn’t selfish about doing it either. He played where he needed to play. We are proud of him.”

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:35 pm
Adamsville Burns
Adamsville Burns

Flames engulfed the Saw Meal restaurant in Adamsville last night. The fire, which broke out just before 11 p.m., was battled for three hours by firemen from Adamsville, Selmer,  Hardin County, Savannah, Crump and Lawton, according to Selmer Fire Chief Anthony Carr, who was on the scene.

The restaurant, its large dining room, the Dance Academy, Tanning Alley and the Saw Meal Coffee Shop were totally destroyed, Carr said.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:21 pm
Adamsville tripped up by Dresden
Adamsville tripped up by Dresden

Cardinals end title run with 35-19 loss to Lions

For the first time since 1986, the Adamsville Cardinal Football team made it to the semifinals of the Division I BlueCross Bowl Class 2A Football Playoffs, and this is their third time in a row to compete in the playoffs.

In 2009, the Cardinals finished in the quarterfinals, and in 2010, they made it to the second round. On their home field, Adamsville has won four out of five playoff games.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals finished their winning streak last Friday at home in the semifinal matchup against the Dresden Lions, 35-19.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:13 pm
Shoppers, retailers turn Thanksgiving into Black Thursday
Shoppers, retailers turn Thanksgiving into Black Thursday

Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving, is considered the busiest shopping day of the year. The descriptor “Black” refers to the date retailers can expect to finally show profits for their year’s work. This year, a concerted effort by retailers to squeeze an extra day of shopping out of this busy weekend had shoppers lined up a day early making Thanksgiving Black Thursday. 

At the Selmer Walmart, the parking lot was overflowing and shoppers filled the store looking for deals last Thursday night.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:11 pm
Lott reaches 700
Lott reaches 700

The McNairy Central Bobcats took the road for a regular season game against the Middleton Tigers on Saturday’s rainy, dreary evening.

The intensity of the game rushed into the crowd and even caused a major scuffle, but in the end the teams competed to their fullest.

Jerry Lott received his 700th career win and the Lady Bobcats got their first win of the season at Middleton High School 52-35 over the Lady Tigers.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:09 pm
Donna Siler gives the gift of life
Donna Siler gives the gift of life

Most people know Donna Ayers Siler by her warm and genuine smile, but those of us who know her best see one of the kindest hearts in the world.

Donna is a twin to Wanda Ayers Crider and on Thursday will give her kidney to her nephew Zak Crider, her twin’s son.

This is a story of unconditional love that began long ago. When I moved to McNairy County, my family visited churches and decided to make Antioch Church of Christ our home.

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Janet Rail - Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:08 pm
Lott breaks TSSAA record
Lott breaks TSSAA record

Documented by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s girls’ basketball records, Coach Jerry Lott of the McNairy Central Lady Bobcats has broken a record, tying for ninth spot in Most Coaching Victories in a Career.

Lott has coached since 1977 winning 699 games and soon looks to accomplish a whopping 700. Tied at 699 along with Coach Lott is Larry Lopper from Livingston Academy, who has coached since 1972, which is five additional years compared to Lott.

The overall record breaking statistics include 699 wins and 289 losses. In top ranked position is Jim Smiddy of Bradley Central and he has been coaching since 1948 with a record of 1217-206.

Congratulations to our local McNairy County coach for making such a big accomplishment and look forward to observing Lott climb the ladder in hopes to reach the number one position.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:39 am
Drug raid at Citgo, BP Officers seize thousands worth of synthetic marijuana in Selmer, Adamsville
Drug raid at Citgo, BP Officers seize thousands worth of synthetic marijuana in Selmer, Adamsville
Drugs seized in last Monday's raid of two local gas stations..
Drug raid at Citgo, BP Officers seize thousands worth of synthetic marijuana in Selmer, Adamsville

The Selmer Citgo and Adamsville BP gas stations were raided by agents of the McNairy
County Drug Task Force for selling synthetic marijuana last Monday. At the Selmer location alone, more than 185 containers, packaged for individual sale, were seized with an estimated street value at more than $3,000. 

These drugs, which have gained national media attention were made illegal last year in Tennessee and have been declared a “drug of concern” by the DEA, but remain legal in many states.

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Jeff Whitten and Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:38 am
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE — Cardinals soaring, Lions roaring
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE — Cardinals soaring, Lions roaring

No Cardinal football player was alive the last time Adamsville played Dresden. No Cardinal football player was alive the last time Adamsville played in the state semifinals either. With a berth in the Class 2A State Championship game on the line, there is no doubt both teams will be leaving everything on the field Friday night.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:33 am
Cheyenne’s star continues to shine on those she knew
Cheyenne’s star continues to shine on those she knew
Cheyenne Henderson may have only finished fifth grade but the impact she had on the lives of others was great. An early morning fire in Finger Oct. 29 claimed the life of Cheyenne and Michael Steve Kennedy at the Kennedy’s home while the young girl was
Cheyenne’s star continues to shine on those she knew

Cheyenne Henderson may have only finished fifth grade but the impact she had on the lives of others was great.

An early morning fire in Finger Oct. 29 claimed the life of Cheyenne and Michael Steve Kennedy at the Kennedy’s home while the young girl was at the residence for a sleepover.

From an early beginning, Cheyenne was mature beyond her years. Her mother Chandra shared countless examples of her child’s kindness toward her fellow man and animals alike.

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Janet Rail - Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:59 pm
Frix, Jennings adding a little care and pizazz to downtown Selmer
Frix, Jennings adding a little care and pizazz to downtown Selmer
One way to describe these physicians is entrepreneurs. Doctors Carey W. Frix, a family practice physician and a native of Chester County and Nicole Jennings, practicing internal medicine physician, of Gabarone, Botswana, a modern city and the seat of powe
Frix, Jennings adding a little care and pizazz to downtown Selmer

Once the doors open early next year, the citizens of McNairy County will be introduced to the Frix-Jennings Clinic, a family and internal medicine clinic and a unique coffee shop Besso’s.

One way to describe these physicians is entrepreneurs. Doctors Carey W. Frix, a family practice physician and a native of Chester County and Nicole Jennings, practicing internal medicine physician, of Gabarone, Botswana, a modern city and the seat of power on one of Africa’s most successful economies is where their journey begins, leading both to scoring in the top 10 percent among their peers nationally on standardized medical exams.

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Janet Rail - Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:50 pm
Cardinals march on in playoffs
Cardinals march on in playoffs

Last second field goal sends AHS to quarterfinals

The Cardinals overcame a 21 day layoff and a 14 point deficit to beat the Cascade Champions 17-14 last Friday night at Adamsville’s Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.

“We had some execution problems early on on offense,” said Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray, “but we overcame it and won against a good team.”

Junior kicker Dustin Plunk’s game winning, 22-yard field goal split the uprights with only three seconds remaining in the game, giving the Cards a thrilling three point victory after scoring 17 unanswered points.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:45 pm
Hope ebbs as deadline nears
Hope ebbs as deadline nears

The McNairy County Board of Education failed to choose a site for the proposed new Selmer Elementary School at its meeting last Thursday. They also failed to adopt a funding plan for SES and the proposed new school in Adamsville.

Project engineer Jev Vaughn said that he talked to Greg Littlefield’s secretary, of Littlifields Surveying of Savannah, and he said she told him the field work is done and he hoped to finish up drafting work last Wednesday and get it to Vaughn either last Wednesday or last Thursday. Vaughn said 
he called Littlefield twice last Thursday.

“As soon as I get a survey, it won’t take me long to get a site plan developed,” Vaughn said.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:40 pm
Freeland writes Blanton book
Freeland writes Blanton book

O. H. “Shorty” Freeland wrote the book “Ray Blanton and I” for two reasons. The first is to show the people of Tennessee that former Gov. Ray Blanton did not do anything to deserve going to prison. The second is to raise money for a Ray Blanton memorial in Adamsville. There is currently no such memorial, and Freeland said all money made from the book will go to this purpose.

Freeland was a member of Blanton’s staff during his term as governor from 1975 to 1979. He, along with the 95 county advisory committees, was in charge of hiring and firing for state jobs.

These committee members provided the instigation to write the book.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:39 pm
Truck crashes into creek
Truck crashes into creek

A pickup lands upside down in a creek last Thursday in Selmer after the driver lost control. Driver Justin R. Raider, 23, of Selmer lost control of a purple 1998 Chevrolet S10 on Sulphur Springs Road near Highway 64  after flipping around, landed upside down in a creek. The pickup was traveling northbound on Sulphur Springs Road when he ran off the side of the road. He apparently overcorrected and crossed into the southbound lane. The truck spun around in the air and ran off the road. It then overturned and fell into a large creek. According to the crash report by Sgt. Larry Forsythe of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who responded to the accident, Raider was allegedly inattentive to the road. In addition to lack of due care, Raider was also cited for not wearing a seat belt and violation of financial responsibility law (lack of insurance). Raider was transported by ambulance to McNairy Regional Hospital with possible injury. The truck suffered disabling damage and was towed by Moore Brothers to their lot. Attempts to contact MRH to confirm Raider’s condition were not returned as of press time.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:37 pm
Meet the Bobcats
Meet the Bobcats

McNairy Central High School held their Meet the Bobcats ceremony to introduce the community to this year’s team of returning players and new faces.

Sybil Dancer began by introducing the cheerleaders. The growing crowd clapped their hands as each player was announced. Next the young men and women basketball players got acquainted with the spectators.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:35 pm
School deadline in peril
The school board failed to choose a site for the proposed Selmer Elementary School or funding for it and the proposed new Adamsville school. more
Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:52 pm
Mary Winkler movie debuts on Lifetime
Mary Winkler movie debuts on Lifetime

The Lifetime Television Network debuted “The Pastor’s Wife” last Saturday. The movie centers on Mary Winkler, the Selmer housewife who was convicted of killing her husband, Matthew Winkler, in a 2006 shooting. The movie is based on a book by Dianne Fanning, who came to Selmer to attend the trial while researching the book. 

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:45 pm
Three for the Money
Three for the Money

Trio trains for marathon to raise funds for friend, LLS

Steve Prefontaine, the greatest collegiate distance runner of all time who died tragically in a car accident at the age of 24, once said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

For several McNairy County residents, the gift happens to emerge from an unfortunate disposition bestowed upon a man of great faith, but he and several others are doing their best to make every single day a day lived purposefully and to the fullest.

Twenty-two-year-old Alaina Hartle, 28-year-old Abigail Hobbs, and 46-year-old Cathy Willcutts of Rose Creek Village have banded together to give their best to support a friend while raising funds for a foundation that gives its best to save lives by running a half marathon and collecting donations for their efforts.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:27 pm
Playoff time in Adamsville
Playoff time in Adamsville

The Adamsville Cardinals will clash with the Champions of Cascade High School for the first time in school history in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs Friday night for what is sure to be an exciting game in an electric atmosphere.

“We’ve had good crowds all year, and I expect a big crowd for this game,” said Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray. “There’s nothing like playing at home in front of fans, family, and friends.”

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:23 pm
BANDTASTIC: MCHS takes traveling snare, places in top 5 at state finals
BANDTASTIC: MCHS takes traveling snare, places in top 5 at state finals

The McNairy Central High School Band placed 5th in the 2011 Division II Marching Band State Championship at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. last Saturday.  The MCHS Percussion section placed 1st in state with a score of 96 and won the coveted “Traveling Snare” Award for the first time in school history.  The band also placed in the top five in the preliminary competition with Percussion winning 1st place in the preliminary competition with a score of 94.5.

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Staff Report - Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:21 pm
Fall Hog Food Fest
Fall Hog Food Fest

The first ever Fall Hog Food Festival was held last Saturday in Selmer. The festival, organized by the McNairy Regional Alliance with part of the proceeds going to sponsor Jack Cheshier’s Christmas Shopping Spree program, is likely to become an annual event.

According to early figures, attendance was in the thousands for the one-day event featuring barbeque, chili, cobblers, a car show, children’s rides, live entertainment and more.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:19 pm
Adamsville cites apartment owner

Bell Park Apartment owner Mark Alexander failed to appear at a hearing in Adamsville City Court on Oct. 25 and was cited for code violations, according to Code Enforcement Officer Danny Daniels.

Tenant Erica Harrison did appear and told Judge Terry Wood she was moving. Wood said all charges against Harrison would be dropped if she moved by the next court hearing on Nov. 22.

Daniels said the Alexander is cooperating with the city in rectifying the violations.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:30 pm
Fire Kills 2 in Finger
Fire Kills 2 in Finger

An early morning fire north of Finger last Saturday claimed the lives of two McNairy County residents including a young girl who was at the Masseyville McNairy Road residence for a sleep over. 

Smoke detectors woke residents of the home and Michael Steve Kennedy ushered his family from the burning structure. Officials have stated that once outside the home, Kennedy realized that family friend 11-year-old Cheyenne A. Henderson of Stantonville had not made it out and Kennedy went back inside the burning home to rescue the young girl shortly before emergency workers arrived on the scene at 3:51 a.m.

Despite Kennedy’s heroic effort both he and Henderson succumbed to the smoke and perished from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the fire, said Robert Hitchborn, McNairy County Sheriff’s Department investigator.

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:10 pm
Cards 3-peat: AHS Band takes state title...again
Cards 3-peat: AHS Band takes state title...again

The Adamsville Jr./Sr. High Band won their third consecutive and 7th total Division One State Championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. last Saturday. Competing against 27 other bands in preliminaries, AHS was the only band to receive Superior ratings in Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Field Commander.

“Congratulations to all band and guard members on one of the best marching seasons ever, and thank you for representing your school, your city, and your entire community on such a high level,” said Frankie Congiardo, director of the AHS Band.

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Submitted Report - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:10 pm
McNairy NAACP holds freedom fund banquet
McNairy NAACP holds freedom fund banquet

The McNairy County NAACP held their annual Freedom Fund Banquet last Friday night at the McNairy County Alumni Center. Chuck O’Bannon, film producer, was invited as the evening’s guest speaker.

This year’s event was well attended and was held as a fundraiser for the NAACP to help fund their ongoing mission. The theme of the evening was coming together in unity and was stressed throughout the night  by both the guest speaker, O’Bannon and the local McNairy County Branch President, Will Luster Jr. 

“This event is about coming together in unity,” Luster said. The funds raised will help to get the message out to the community.”

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:05 pm
Bobcats make final stand
Bobcats make final stand

McNairy Central Bobcats’ final game was on the road against the undefeated, top-ranked Lexington Tigers. The Bobcats came out with the lead but eventually fell 42-20 to the Tigers on the coldest night of the season.

Losing wasn’t as upsetting as watching the senior athletes attend their final football game of their high school careers.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:03 pm
Glover steps down
Glover steps down

On Halloween, as the school day drew to a close, Bobcat Football Head Coach Jim Glover turned in a letter of resignation to the McNairy Central High School Principal Cecil Stroup.

The letter was addressed to Principal Stroup and was written in three or four short sentences. The letter thanked everyone for their support, especially to Principal Stroup. It stated that at this time he would resign from his position as head coach and to please share his thanks to Superintendent Charlie Miskelly and the school board.

Glover gave the Independent Appeal a brief and understandable explanation.

“My family and I had decided this was best and had made the decision about midseason, but I wanted to finish out the season with my team,” said Glover. “I have really enjoyed my three years as coach, but have missed some things in my family’s life.”

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:02 pm
Citizen of the Year Awards
Citizen of the Year Awards

The Selmer Rotary Club held their 13th Annual Citizen of the Year Banquet last Tuesday at the Selmer Community Center. As in years past, the banquet honored the Citizen of the Year winner and 10 other award winners who worked to better the local community. This year’s awards were unique, however, with the addition of the new category of Rotarian of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year honoree for this year’s event was Jeff York who was honored for his outstanding service to the community. 

York, a journalist of 31 years, started his career in 1980 as a sports writer at the Independent Appeal for publisher Bill Rail and was promoted to Sports Editor in ’81 where he served in that capacity for 16 years. In 1992, York worked as a stringer for the Daily Corinthian in Corinth, Miss. where he continues as a special correspondent today. 

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Christen Coulon - Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:24 pm
Adamsville commission bids Pusser Garrison farewell
Adamsville commission bids Pusser Garrison farewell

The Adamsville City Commission bid commissioner Dwana Pusser Garrison an emotional farewell at its Oct. 17 meeting.

This was the last meeting of her term. She decided not to run for reelection, citing health reasons. Tommy Morris was elected to fill her seat. Ironically, she was first appointed to the commission to fill Morris’ in May 1998 when he resigned after moving outside the city limits.

Garrison began an emotional and sometimes teary farewell address by thanking the commission and the voters of Adamsville for trusting and believing in her.

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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:23 pm
Burlesci nominated Volunteer of the Year
Burlesci nominated Volunteer of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Burlesci has been nominated as Adamsville High School Student Volunteer of the Year and was recognized last Tuesday at the Selmer Community Center during the 2011 McNairy County Citizen of the Year Banquet.

Burlesci is from Fort Bragg, California, but is well-known throughout McNairy County because he has been a manager for the Adamsville Cardinals for over two years and has attended school there for four.

“The jobs differ day by day depending on what needs to be done,” said Burlesci. “Some things include getting equipment to the field, sanitizing the weight room equipment, driving stuff to different parts of the school and into town, serving meals on Friday, locking up the school after league football ends, working the gate, filming the games and/or practice.”

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:16 pm
Cardinals stay red-hot on Senior Night
Cardinals stay red-hot on Senior Night

It was Senior Night at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Friday night and the future 2012 graduates finished an impressive regular season 9-1 after a 38-22 win over the McKenzie Rebels.

The careers of 19 senior football players, 16 senior band members, and one senior cheerleader were celebrated before the game began.

Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray had a strong message for his team leading up to what was arguably the Cardinals’ biggest game of the year. It was a message that he delivered not just this week, but 655 days before when Adamsville began preparing for their next season after a 46-20 loss to the Rebels in the 2009 State Playoff Quarterfinals.

His message was, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. If you aren’t the best, you better find out in a hurry how good the best is because that’s how good you have to become. You can’t be afraid of competition.”

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:08 pm
Blocked kick saves game for Bobcats
Blocked kick saves game for Bobcats

The McNairy Central Bobcats blocked a kick in the final minutes to preserve a 14-12 win over the Fayette-Ware Wildcats in Somerville, Tenn. last Friday.

The game resulted in a very close match-up and the Bobcats had to fight for the win. Fayette-Ware had not won a game all year and came out determined to get a win on their senior night.

“With the adversity that we had, it was a tribute for [our players] to keep coming back time after time,” said Glover. “Some things we did to ourselves, there were some bad calls, and plays that the other team made that just kept putting us behind the eight ball. We just kept fighting and coming back to it.”

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:06 pm
A night in Hurst’s haunted mansion
A night in Hurst’s haunted mansion

This is a series of journal entries logged last Friday night and Saturday morning when my editor, Christen Coulon, and I spent the night at the reportedly haunted Hurst Mansion in historic Purdy, Tenn.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:09 pm
Eastview recordings may be Carl Perkins’ first ever.
Eastview recordings may be Carl Perkins’ first ever.

The earliest recordings of Carl Perkins are believed to have been made in Eastview, according to Arts in McNairy Heritage and Culture Committee Chair Dr. Shawn Pitts.

“It’s an absolute treasure. We’re just tickled pink. It’s important for our heritage,” Pitts said. 

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:07 pm
Fire engulfs Selmer businesses
Fire engulfs Selmer businesses

A fire destroyed two Selmer businesses last Sunday night, according to Selmer Fire Chief Anthony Carr. 

Carr said when he got to the scene it was a total loss.

It was too dangerous to investigate, but they will try to go back later when it is safer, he said. 

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:04 pm
Joyous homecoming for  McNairy Central Bobcats
Joyous homecoming for McNairy Central Bobcats

McNairy Central won their first game of the season and their first District 14-AA contest against Jackson Central Merry, 36-17, last Friday night.

After the beautiful Bobcat Homecoming ceremony, McNairy surged through the Bobcat banner and took the field against the JCM Cougars.

Don Whittaker Memorial Stadium was flooded with people, and Emily Harris conducted the band to get the crowd upbeat and raring to go.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:03 pm
Perseverance key in Cards’ win over Tigers
Perseverance key in Cards’ win over Tigers

Coming off a record setting offensive performance the week before, the Adamsville Cardinals made history again last Friday by beating Hardin County 17-14, marking the first time in the school’s history that its football team defeated both its rivals, Hardin County and McNairy Central, in the same season.

“It was a big victory for us,” said Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray, “and I believe everyone got their money’s worth.”

When asked what it meant to defeat both rivals in the same season, Gray told the Independent Appeal, “I guess it means we have a pretty good ball team.”

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:01 pm
Correction
CORRECTION: During a routine review of our publication by our staff on the morning of Oct. 5, 2011 it was revealed that an inadvertent error in a headline may have conveyed an erroneous impression. The headline which reads Selmer Board moves to suspend officer, published on Oct. 5, 2011 regarding Officer Tony Westbrooks was a reflection of background information relating to a prior suspension and was in no way meant to convey any current action by the board. The newspaper plans to print a full and fair retraction on the front page of our next publication to clarify this on Oct. 12, 2011. This oversight was unintentional and we regret any misunderstanding this may have caused. more
Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:55 pm
Lady Cats hang 10 on Lions
Lady Cats hang 10 on Lions
The McNairy Central Lady Bobcat soccer team wore Scott Hill’s scoreboard out last Thursday when they beat the Lions 10-0 in an outstanding offensive performance. more
By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:25 am
CARDINALS FOUR-PEAT
CARDINALS FOUR-PEAT

The Junior Cardinals of Adamsville, in front of a standing room only crowd, won their fourth straight county championship last Thursday, defeating the undefeated Bethel Rebels 20-8.


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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:22 am
Bungling burglar strikes Selmer
Bungling burglar strikes Selmer

In what are likely to be related crimes, a burglar has struck downtown Selmer twice in recent days. However, police may not be looking for a criminal mastermind in these cases. Evidence suggests that these crimes may have been committed by one of the least skilled criminals ever to hit McNairy County. 

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:16 am
McNairy County nabs record 31st Three-Star Award
McNairy County nabs record 31st Three-Star Award
Staff Photo by Christen Coulon
McNairy County nabs record 31st Three-Star Award

McNairy County was awarded the Tennessee Three-Star Award for a record 31st consecutive year at the annual Governor’s Council on Economic and Community Development last Friday in Nashville. 

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By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:13 am
Downtown Selmer gets makeover
Downtown Selmer gets makeover
Staff Photo by Christen Coulon
Downtown Selmer gets makeover

Downtown Selmer is getting a new look. The repaving of city streets damaged by the water pipe replacements is nearly complete, Mayor David Robinson told the September meeting of the Board of Alderman. Contractor Arrow Paving, a Lexington firm owned by Andy Autry, is coming back to put finishing touches on the streets, Robinson said.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:11 am
Where were you on Sept. 11?
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Jeff Whitten - Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:52 am
Three in a row; Cardinals begin new streak with 47-22 victory over Bobcats
Three in a row; Cardinals begin new streak with 47-22 victory over Bobcats

The Adamsville Cardinals defeated the McNairy Central Bobcats 47-22 giving AHS wins in three consecutive games against MCHS, the longest streak in school history.

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Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:39 pm
MCHS places 2nd in  district tournament
MCHS places 2nd in district tournament

McNairy Central and Adamsville competed in the District 15 A-AA golf tournament last Monday attempting to advance to the region tournament next Monday.

The Bobcat golf team advanced to the region tournament after finishing second in the district tournament held in Decatur County’s Tennessee River Golf and Country Club with a score of 311.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:36 pm
10th Anniversary of Darryl Worley River Run
10th Anniversary of Darryl Worley River Run

Darryl Worley, Kansas, and Montgomery Gentry are among the musical acts playing the tenth annualTennessee River Run.

Bill Dance and Sterling Martin will also be there.

The River Run will take place between Sept. 15-17 in Savannah.

The event includes concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:24 pm
Selmer set for  Broomcorn Festival
Selmer set for Broomcorn Festival

The 16th annual McNairy County Broomcorn Festival will take place  Saturday, at the Selmer City Park. The event, which has been a yearly tradition in Selmer for the past 15 years, is sponsored by Hockaday Handmade Brooms, along with Arts in McNairy and McNairy Regional Alliance. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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By Amber Price - Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:16 pm
Selmer Bank Robbery
Selmer Bank Robbery

SouthBank’s Selmer branch was robbed last Tuesday morning. The suspect who was not in custody as of press time, was described as a white male wearing khaki pants. The suspect left the bank with an undisclised amount of money and the investigation as to his identy and location are ongoing.

 

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By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:10 pm
Emergency workers save lives
Emergency workers save lives more
Christen Coulon - Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:07 am
Selmer Approves Cars for Kids Settlement
Selmer Approves Cars for Kids Settlement more
By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:07 am
Main St. Music Fest set to rock Adamsville
Main St. Music Fest set to rock Adamsville

The fourth Annual Main Street Music Festival will fill the city of Adamsville with a joyous noise, great food, and plenty of fellowship, dancing, and music this Saturday.

In its fourth year gracing Adamsville with good tunes and family entertainment the Main Street Music Festival will present a multitude of musicians, vendors, and fun for the whole community downtown.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:07 am
Adamsville survives at Riverside 7-6
Adamsville survives at Riverside 7-6

 

 

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:07 am
McNairy fights hard in 49-19 district loss
McNairy fights hard in 49-19 district loss more
By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:07 am
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
The alleged perpetrator of a serious assault and theft in northern McNairy County was apprehended at the scene Aug. 19. Brandon E. Shelton was charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, theft of property and criminal trespass in the case and is being held at the McNairy County Jail on a $100,000 bond. An attempted murder conviction could carry a penalty of up to 12 years in prison. more
By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
AiM pulls off wonderful rendition of Fools
AiM pulls off wonderful rendition of Fools

Arts in McNairy did not miss their mark with their most recent production of the comedy Fools, a brilliantly amusing Neil Simon play set in a Ukrainian town cursed by stupidity.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
AiM pulls off wonderful rendition of Fools
AiM pulls off wonderful rendition of Fools

Arts in McNairy did not miss their mark with their most recent production of the comedy Fools, a brilliantly amusing Neil Simon play set in a Ukrainian town cursed by stupidity.

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By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Petra Outreach Ministries
Petra Outreach Ministries

Driving through Selmer last week, you might have noticed free produce being handed out at the south Y. This is the work of Petra Ministries International Fellowship Inc.

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Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
The alleged perpetrator of a serious assault and theft in northern McNairy County was apprehended at the scene Aug. 19. Brandon E. Shelton was charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, theft of property and criminal trespass in the case and is being held at the McNairy County Jail on a $100,000 bond. An attempted murder conviction could carry a penalty of up to 12 years in prison. more
By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
Attempted murder Charge filed against shelton
The alleged perpetrator of a serious assault and theft in northern McNairy County was apprehended at the scene Aug. 19. Brandon E. Shelton was charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, theft of property and criminal trespass in the case and is being held at the McNairy County Jail on a $100,000 bond. An attempted murder conviction could carry a penalty of up to 12 years in prison. more
By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Cardinals top Tigers in ugly game
Cardinals top Tigers in ugly game

Down early in the game, the Adamsville Cardinals fought back for a 34-24 victory against the Bolivar Central Tigers last Friday night.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Cardinals top Tigers in ugly game
Cardinals top Tigers in ugly game

Down early in the game, the Adamsville Cardinals fought back for a 34-24 victory against the Bolivar Central Tigers last Friday night.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Three County teams victorious in season openers
Three County teams victorious in season openers

In the only junior high match up between two McNairy County teams the Adamsville Junior High Cardinals hosted the Michie Blue Devils at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Thursday to officially kickoff the 2011 season.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Three County teams victorious in season openers
Three County teams victorious in season openers

In the only junior high match up between two McNairy County teams the Adamsville Junior High Cardinals hosted the Michie Blue Devils at Lendon Martin Memorial Stadium last Thursday to officially kickoff the 2011 season.

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By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:04 pm
Guys rallies to save post office
Guys rallies to save post office

More than 25 citizens attended a meeting last Thursday to develop their grassroots campaign to save the Guys Post Office that has served their community since the early 1900’s.

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By Janet Rail - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Guys rallies to save post office
Guys rallies to save post office

More than 25 citizens attended a meeting last Thursday to develop their grassroots campaign to save the Guys Post Office that has served their community since the early 1900’s.

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By Janet Rail - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
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Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
According to some published habitat maps, the territory of the nine-banded armadillo stops 50-100 miles southwest of McNairy County, but if you have ever driven down the road and seen their mangled bodies lying there or found your yard dug up, you know the armadillos have already made our county their home. more
By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
www.birdphotos.com
Armadillos: Those Pesky Varmints in the Road
According to some published habitat maps, the territory of the nine-banded armadillo stops 50-100 miles southwest of McNairy County, but if you have ever driven down the road and seen their mangled bodies lying there or found your yard dug up, you know the armadillos have already made our county their home. more
By Jeff Whitten - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
No Payne, No Gain
No Payne, No Gain
McNairy Central’s defensive lineman Joseph Payne returned to the Bobcat lineup last Thursday ready to fight after spending more than 80 days in combat training at Army boot camp. more
By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
No Payne, No Gain
No Payne, No Gain
McNairy Central’s defensive lineman Joseph Payne returned to the Bobcat lineup last Thursday ready to fight after spending more than 80 days in combat training at Army boot camp. more
By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Ramer’s Kody Moore runs through one tackle in “the battle of the Eagles” last Monday night.
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Preseason middle school football matchups led to only one county victory and only one county team reaching the end zone. more
By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Ramer’s Kody Moore runs through one tackle in “the battle of the Eagles” last Monday night.
Rebels lone county victor at jamboree
Preseason middle school football matchups led to only one county victory and only one county team reaching the end zone. more
By Amanda Lowrance - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
Senior Rachel Burns (#10) and junior Tiffany Winebrenner (#11) stretch to block a spike by a Dyersburg Lady Trojan as senior captain Tierra Lusk (#12) looks on.
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
McNairy Central’s Lady Bobcat Volleyball Team traveled to Henderson, Tenn. Saturday to partake in Freed Hardeman University’s high school volleyball play day.  more
By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
Senior Rachel Burns (#10) and junior Tiffany Winebrenner (#11) stretch to block a spike by a Dyersburg Lady Trojan as senior captain Tierra Lusk (#12) looks on.
Lady Cats Volleyball partakes in Play Day
McNairy Central’s Lady Bobcat Volleyball Team traveled to Henderson, Tenn. Saturday to partake in Freed Hardeman University’s high school volleyball play day.  more
By Andrew Alexander - Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:32 pm
Town of Finger has new Facebook page
The City of Finger held its monthly meeting last Monday night announcing the creation of the City of Finger Facebook page.  more
By Christen Coulon - Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:10 am
Ruby Cox Bright more
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Norma Jean Perry Dempsey more
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Keith Nowlin more
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