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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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McNairy County nabs record 31st Three-Star Award
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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Downtown Selmer gets makeover
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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Where were you on Sept. 11?
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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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