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Stories from Wednesday, January 14, 2009

After 4,500 calls to police, man arrested on harassment charge (01/14/09)
4,500 calls by one man to police in '08 False reports, harassment alleged By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer A Lewisburg man who applied to be an appointed city councilman last year was arrested Sunday at a gas station where he was picked up on two warrants alleging he made more than 4,500 false calls to police in 2008...
Town needs attorney, mayor says (01/14/09)
PETERSBURG - This town needs a lawyer and the mayor came to that conclusion last week even though it's being defended by an attorney in Marshall County Chancery Court. "We need to hire a city attorney," Mayor John Cowden said Thursday night after a non-voting workshop of the town's Board of Mayor and Alderman and in discussion about changing aldermen by ouster and appointment...
Teachers ratify contract (01/14/09)
Marshall County Education Association members voted by a huge majority Monday to ratify the contract their team negotiated with the school board last year. Now only approval from the full school board at their meeting Thursday night stands between the county's teachers and their first-ever negotiated work contract...
MCHS enjoys 'Cool School' designation (01/14/09)
Not many students would be want to get to school by 4:00 a.m. on a cold, January morning, however nearly all of Marshall County High School's student body did just that on Friday for the chance to show off their Tiger pride on live television. MCHS was Channel 4's first "Cool School" of the new year and WSMV anchor Aaron Solomon broadcasted live from the packed gymnasium from 4:30-7:00 a.m. ...
Town recorder: 'I do not feel safe' (01/14/09)
PETERSBURG - The woman who complained of sex harassment that allegedly made Town Hall a hostile work environment says she still doesn't feel safe. "As it stands today," Petersburg Town Recorder Dawn Forlines said Thursday night, "the feeling of being unsafe is gone from the standpoint of sex harassment."...
Annexation 'probably' a solution for Petersburg (01/14/09)
PETERSBURG - Annexation will "probably" be a solution for the man appointed to the town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen even though his house isn't in the town. Ricky Wright's home is on land that crosses the town line. He and others say that because his Orchard Cemetery Road address is in the city, he is an eligible successor to Anthony Nichols who was the subject of an ouster vote on Dec. 15...
Obituaries (01/14/09)
Linda Ellen Curtis Linda Ellen Curtis, 64, of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Murfreesboro. Mrs. Curtis was a native of Williamson County. She was a homemaker and former medical technologist. She was a member of the Assembly of God faith...
Supervisors trained for disaster response (01/14/09)
A swift response to disaster requires organization and responsible people working in a pre-established chain of command, so leaders from across Marshall County have volunteered to serve when needed. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security and, while NIMS provides a chain of command to deal with a hijacked airplane, it's also ready for the spring tornado season...
Man gets out of jail, finds home vandalized (01/14/09)
A local man spent about 12 hours in jail because he was charged with domestic assault, and police were called to his residence again when he returned home because it had been vandalized while he was gone, according to reports on file at the Lewisburg Police Department...
Man faced aggravated rape charge (01/14/09)
A 37-year-old Columbia man is behind bars here, charged with aggravated statutory rape of a 17-year-old Marshall County girl. Lewisburg Police Department Detective James L. Johnson was called to the jail in late December to talk with an inmate who told him about the couple's sexual relationship...
Board member's son faces pot charge (01/14/09)
A Forrest High School student was arrested last Friday and charged with simple possession of marijuana on school property after a police dog led deputies to his car. Jonathan Wilkerson of Caney Creek Lane, who turned 18 on Dec. 28, is alleged to have had "seeds, stems and a small amount of a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana," in the car he drove to school, according to a report by School Resource Officer Eli Stuard that is on file at the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, "The car had a strong odor of marijuana in it," officers also reported.. ...
Tigers hang on against Loretto (01/14/09)
The Marshall County Tigers' first game without senior shooting guard Blaise Spencer proved to be an adventure, as MCHS beat the Loretto Mustangs 59-56 in Lewisburg to remain undefeated in District play. After building a 34-28 lead in the first half, the Tigers (13-3, 5-0 District) opened up a 13-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter and appeared to have the game in hand. ...
Tigerettes tame Lady Mustangs (01/14/09)
Another District 10-AA foe bit the dust Friday night, as the Marshall County Tigerettes (17-0, 5-0 District) defeated the Loretto Lady Mustangs 62-43 in Lewisburg to grab sole possession of first place in the league standings. Loretto (9-7) came into the contest with a 4-0 record in District play, but the Tigerettes quickly erased any thoughts of a possible upset by bolting out to a 14-point first quarter lead. ...
Bulldogs squeak past Wildcats (01/14/09)
The Cornersville Bulldogs picked up their first District win of the season Saturday night when they defeated the Santa Fe Wildcats 48-47 at home to snap a two-game losing streak. Although Cornersville (9-8, 1-3 District) had beaten the Wildcats three times last year by an average of 18 points, Santa Fe held a tenuous 47-46 advantage with only 29 seconds left after overcoming a nine-point third quarter deficit. ...
Lady Bulldogs stomp Santa Fe (01/14/09)
Wins are worth waiting for. The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a disappointing loss to Richland the night before by crushing District rival Santa Fe 57-30 at home Saturday evening after the tip-off was delayed 80 minutes because no officials had been assigned to the game by the TSSAA...