(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.
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.
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.
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.
Selmer United met at Jackson Central Merry High’s field against Deportivo Parsons on Sunday for the Jackson Soccer League Tournament but the game was abandoned after 55 minutes of play due to fierce weather conditions.
McNairy Central High School’s Eric Moore and Adamsville High School’s Will Erwin signed with the Bethel University Baseball Program July 18, according to a report on the Wildcat’s official website.