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Stories from Friday, October 23, 2009

Red flags up, down in one day at MCHS (10/23/09)
A program designed to help teens recognize and avoid violence in dating relationships was halted at Marshall County High School after a student, and then a parent, complained earlier this month. The program, known as the Red Flag Campaign, started on college campuses in Virginia in 2007 as a project of the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance. ...
Facing financial facts of life at EMS HQ (10/23/09)
Financial issues facing the Marshall County Emergency Medical Service range from illogical equipment purchases to results of the State Comptroller's audit that found discrepancies in purchasing practices. EMS Director James Whorley reviewed some of them during a county committee meeting this week when he invited visitors to the ambulance stations. ...
Legal alien gets OK to serve beer (10/23/09)
Lewisburg's Beer Board this week issued a beer sale permit to a man from China who's here with a legal work permit. Mei Liang Xiao, 40, of 5th Avenue, the sole proprietor of China Wok in the North Ellington Parkway shopping plaza with Quizno's, was granted the permit on the strength of a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office...
Opportunity knocks to promote economic recovery (10/23/09)
Congress has changed the terms on income tax free bonds sold for local government projects such as water line extensions and incentives to attract restaurants and other retail businesses to communities like Lewisburg and Marshall County. It's part of the economic recovery program and Lewisburg-based attorney Bob Binkley has explained it to at least three local panels: the city's Economic Development Board; the county's Budget Committee, which is recommending it to the County Commission for a vote Monday; and the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities.. ...
Commissioner: Save, don't fix, courthouse clocks (10/23/09)
A Marshall County commissioner is calling for a change to a contract for roof repairs and other work on the County Courthouse. He'd leave the clocks broken. However, Commissioner Scottie Poarch would use the stopped clocks as a way to memorialize events in American history such as 9-11 and/or Pearl Harbor Day. The clocks could be left at 9:11 and 12:07...
School board left to hear greivances (10/23/09)
The director of schools is gone, but the school board is still dealing with the after-effects of decisions he made, which have led employees to file grievances. Effective July 1, former director of schools Stan Curtis transferred Michael Frey, a tenured teacher who taught physical education at Westhills Elementary, to the job of supervisor of transportation. Frey has a master's degree in administration and supervision, and is reported to be doing a "commendable" job at the bus garage...
Count ready to match federal grant for VFD (10/23/09)
Money to match federal funding sought by a fire department and, separately, to help Rotarians improve the Goats Music and More Festival was approved Tuesday night by a committee of the Marshall County Commission. The Economic and Community Development-Tourism Committee, led by Commissioner Jimmy Stitt, receives money from the county's hotel-motel room tax and makes decisions on how that money is spent to improve the county...
Council concerned about experience (10/23/09)
A recommendation to hire a pastor as a policeman is stalled at City Hall. The City Council was polled by the city manager. Council members prefer someone with more experience and training. Shaun Grant, 32, a police chaplain and associate pastor at the First Assembly of God, was endorsed on Oct. 7 by the Police Advisory Board. That panel is meeting in special session Monday at 5 p.m. in the City Courtroom...
Treatment for meth lab kids is class topic (10/23/09)
Two district attorneys are hosting a seminar in Pulaski on Wednesday to develop procedures on what to do with children who've been exposed to the manufacture of illegal drugs and their use. "There are children across Tennessee who live every day with the hazards of methamphetamine manufacturing or crack houses or homes where people are addicted to or are selling drugs," District Attorney Chuck Crawford said...
Briefs (10/23/09)
Seat open on city planning commission (10/23/09)
Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods is faced with the task of finding a successor for a man who's resigned from the Planning Commission after nearly 10 years of service. Bill Holly, 80, of Midway Street resigned because of his health, he said Wednesday during a brief telephone interview. He's getting dialysis treatments because of kidney failure...
Page eliminates Tigerettes (10/23/09)
The Marshall County Tigerettes gave it all they had, putting forth a gallant effort before falling 6-0 to top seeded Page (17-1,7-0) in the semifinals of the District 11A/AA Tournament at Huntland on Tuesday. MCHS head coach Lisa Raffo and assistant coach Larry Pung said after the contest, "I think they played terrifically. Our team played beyond themselves. The seniors led the team and developed the team beyond what they were ready for and stepped up to another level."...
Playoffs hopes on the line (10/23/09)
According to research done at the Marshall County Tribune, the Cornersville Bulldogs' best chance of making the playoffs would be to go to Collinwood Friday night and win and then hope that Wayne County holds true to form and defeats Perry County. Then they have to beat Perry County at home next week and Collinwood would have to lose to Wayne County...
Obituary: Margarette Louise DeFoe Cashion (10/23/09)
Margarette Louise DeFoe Cashion, 88, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at her residence. Mrs. Cashion was a native of Marshall County. She was a homemaker and member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Albert and Mamie Louise Jones DeFoe; husband, Sherrell Morgan Cashion; sister, Cora Winnett; brothers, Loyd and Bill DeFoe; and grandson, Benjamin Cody Cashion...
Obituary: Aline Stinnett Whitesell (10/23/09)
Aline Stinnett Whitesell, 84, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, in St. Thomas Hospital. Mrs. Whitesell was a native of Williamson County. She was employed by Kroger for 20 years; was co-owner of I-65 31A Truck Stop (now known as the Tennessean) for seven years; and retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation at Belfast in 1990. She was a member of the Church of Christ...
Obituary: Mary Lou Childress Osborne (10/23/09)
Mary Lou Childress Osborne, 75, of Culleoka, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Life Care Center of Columbia. Mrs. Osborne was a native of Maury County. She was a homemaker and farmer, and a great cook. She was a member of Campbell Station Church of Christ...