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Stories from Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Minor drafted by Braves (06/10/09)
ATLANTA -- The Braves were denied a chance to pick another local star. They didn't seem to mind. Atlanta selected pitcher Mike Minor of Vanderbilt with their first pick of the amateur draft on Tuesday night, grabbing the left-hander at No. 7 overall. He was the highest Braves' choice since Mike Kelly was taken at No. 2 in 1991...
TDEC mulling increased protection at landfill (06/10/09)
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is apparently going to ask Waste Management Inc. for more environmental protections if it's to permit increased use of land at Cedar Ridge Landfill. Company officials have received permission from Lewisburg and Marshall County for the use of property at the landfill where a sinkhole would be capped, according to plans described during meetings and hearings during the past year...
Talkin' turkey: Birds of a feather learning together (06/10/09)
CHAPEL HILL - America's recession has had a couple of effects on taxidermists and they appear to be in conflict with each other, according to the president of the Tennessee Taxidermists Association. Association President Kenny Brancefield of Charleston, Tenn., explained both ends of the spectrum at Henry Horton State Park on Friday when one of the organization's guest speakers was telling members how to improve their trade...
No-zero policy meets resistance (06/10/09)
The school board's policy committee had a lively dialogue with teachers attending their meeting last week. "I have been swamped with feedback from all over the county," said board member Randy Perryman to start the discussion on removal of the zero grade for work missed due to an unexcused absence. ...
Board faces criticism from NAACP, union (06/10/09)
The school board received criticism from two bodies at their meeting May 21. Rochelle Alexander of the NAACP addressed the board about the treatment of minorities in the county's schools. She cited numerous incidents at Westhills Elementary of "poor response to concerns of parents," and pointed out that the board of education employs a below-average number of minority teachers and staff, especially in Chapel Hill and Cornersville...
Chiefs say why GM should stay (06/10/09)
COLUMBIA - Brainstorming by state and regional officials on Friday - to promote the Spring Hill auto assembly plant as General Motors' best route to recovery - generated ideas and cautious optimism. State Sen. Bill Ketron is to get a list of 700 suppliers who should write letters of commitment so GM executives will be able to see that two thirds of the suppliers for the Spring Hill plant are local, loyal and capable, the Murfreesboro Republican said...
Two hit by guilty verdicts (06/10/09)
Sentences were passed last week on two Marshall County residents who had been found guilty of crimes - one in a jury trial, the other in a bench trial. A jury found Tommy Lemont Wray, 41, of Chapel Hill guilty of the felony offences of aggravated burglary and sexual battery, and the misdemeanor offence of criminal attempted sexual battery. ...
3 of 10 counts end in guilty verdicts for horseman (06/10/09)
A Spring Hill man was convicted Friday on three of 10 counts in a theft and forgery case brought by the state as a result of crimes reported at Free Sprit Farms on Globe Road. The trial of Brian Mark Driggers, 38, lasted two days in Marshall County Circuit Court where former Bedford County Sheriff Clay Parker was the defense attorney. It was Parker's first jury trial as an attorney...
Briefs (06/10/09)
Marshall County Memorial Library is having its Summer Reading Program this summer every Thursday through July 16. The Lewisburg Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring a Mini Cheer Camp for 4- to 10-year-olds, from June 22 through 25, at the Rec Center gym. For more information, or to register, call Jane Tilford at 359-2482...
Marion Roberta Mangrum (06/10/09)
Marion Roberta Mangrum Marion Roberta Mangrum, 66, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at her residence. Mrs. Mangrum was a native of Davidson County. She was retired from Russell Vending and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Earl and Susie Elizabeth Haynes McClure; husband, James Junior Mangrum; sisters, Betty Selby and Earline Pritchet; and brother, Nathan McClure...
Phillip B. McElhaney (06/10/09)
Phillip B. McElhaney, 51, of Alpharetta, Ga., died Thursday, June 4, 2009. Mr. McElhaney was a native of Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in electrical engineering and later received his MBA from Berry College, Rome, Ga. He worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and for the past seven years was employed by Occam Networks where he was the national sales leader for several years...