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Stories from Friday, April 1, 2011

Tyrades! That comic book costs how much? (04/01/11)
Publicity for upcoming movies starring Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Mighty Thor got me started thinking about the cover prices of the comic books from which such heroes sprang. Readers in the Great Depression got a 64-page comic for one thin dime. When I was the age of my son (that is, 7) my weekly allowance was based on the 12-cent price of a 32-page comic book. As recently as 1988, the average price at the spinner rack was 75 cents...
Insurance company funding prevention program equipment (04/01/11)
When Lewisburg firefighters present fire prevention programs this spring, they'll have new tools to help drive their message home. That's because the department received a $1,600 from FM Global's Fire Prevention Grant Program. A check was presented Tuesday to Fire Prevention Officer Mike Barron...
Bald barber begs a question (04/01/11)
FARMINGTON -- There's a new barber in this town that's not too far from the Bedford County line but not closer to the Wheel Community east of here. Bruce D'Amico is the barber. He and his wife, Gretchen, opened the County Line Barber Shop just north of White's Store. Jerry White is their landlord. Gretchen runs the tanning salon...
Briefs (04/01/11)
Marshall County veterinarians will offer rabies vaccinations at the reduced rate of $8 for the month of April. Tennessee law requires all cats and dogs three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. There have already been three cases of rabies confirmed in Marshall County this year...
Sheriff checking about LMS SRO (04/01/11)
Lewisburg Middle School might have a school resource officer from the Sheriff's Department in a couple of weeks, according to statements from the sheriff and a county commission vote. County commissioners voted 15-2 on Monday for an agreement with the School Board to have a deputy serve as an SRO at LMS. The two no votes were against unbudgeted spending. Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden found a program to help pay for an SRO...
Ford found guilty, could face 10 years for arson (04/01/11)
A Lewisburg man was found guilty Tuesday evening at the end of a two-day trial on charges of aggravated burglary and arson. A jury of seven women and five men took almost three hours to decide that Mitchell J. Ford, 33, formerly of Nashville Highway, was guilty as charged...
Caring for the stars (04/01/11)
Police officers say the worst part of their job is telling the next of kin about highway fatalities, but consider the call made by an athletic trainer from a football field here to tell a mother her son is in a helicopter ambulance bound for Nashville and he can't move or feel anything...
Trucking jobs available (04/01/11)
Leaders of a recently formed long-haul trucking company in Lewisburg anticipate hiring more employees and the owners say they want to help lower Marshall County's unemployment rate. CDT (Commercial Drivers Trucking) Transport LLC is located on Heil Quaker Avenue at the old Heil Quaker Fleet Shop, abandoned by ICP nearly a decade ago. Conservatively speaking, about 20 jobs are to be filled...
Obituary: Susan Elizabeth Johnson (04/01/11)
Susan Elizabeth Johnson, 55, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in Marshall Medical Center. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Flint, Mich. and daughter of the late Paul Simpson and Leone Tice Burwell. She was a homemaker. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one son, Christopher L. Johnson...
Obituary: Laurri Mae James (04/01/11)
Laurri Mae James, 43, of Woodstock, Ga., formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Northside Cherokee Hospital in Woodstock. Miss James was a native of Marshall County, and daughter of the late John A. James and Mrs. Eddie Sue Philpot James. She was an assistant manager in the jewelry department with Wal-Mart in Woodstock. She was a member of the Church of Christ...
Obituary: Lila Ruth Addis (04/01/11)
Lila Ruth Addis, 94, of Franklin, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Minnie Masphole Mead; husband, Robert W. Addis; and son, Robert "Bobby" Walter Addis II. She is survived by her son, Paul Bradley (Evelyn) Addis; daughter, Robin (David) Jamison; grandchildren, Amy Jamison, Robert (Kara) Jamison, Kristin Addis, and Bradley (Valerie) Addis; and three great-grandchildren. ...
Obituary: James Rook Thompson (04/01/11)
James "Jim" Rook Thompson, 52, of Lewisburg, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Maury Regional Medical Center. A native of Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Barbara Rook Thompson and Joseph Russell Thompson. He was a former employee for the City of Columbia...
Obituary: Margaret Elizabeth Vernon Naron (04/01/11)
Margaret Elizabeth Vernon Naron, 88, of Franklin, died Monday, March 28, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Nell Whitley Vernon, and sister to the late Thomas E. "Pete" Vernon. She was preceded in death by Luther Naron. She is survived by her children, Linda (Herbert) Miller of Lewisburg, Everett Naron of Franklin, Sandra Naron of Lewisburg, Harvey Naron of Franklin, Phillip Naron of Franklin, and Michael Naron of Franklin; grandchildren, Jamie (Andy) Collins, Lacey (John) Chapman, Matthew Naron, Kassi Miller, and Anna Nicole Naron; and six great-grandchildren.. ...
Obituary: William Howard Gentry (04/01/11)
We regret to inform you that William Howard Gentry, 67, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Maury Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late Howard and Dovie Mai Gentry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his sisters, Bettye Flowers, Evelyn Cleveland and Barbara Turner...
Public records (04/01/11)
Marriage Licenses Kevin Michael Claxton and Takeshia Leann Summers; Jonathan Dane Hargrove and Brandy Morgan Potts; Christopher Wayne Henson and Sarah Alicia Hanson; William Steve Hooten and Carrie Wallace Hill Pruitt; Jeffery Scott Marshall II and Jennifer Marie Chunn; Bradley Eugene Philpot and Jessica Ann Mortimer; James Kent Stewmon and Evelyn Lorinda Smith...
Valentine: Ayn Rand's vision comes to big screen (04/01/11)
If you feel like we're living in strange times, you're not alone. Many cannot escape the feeling that this country has turned a wrong corner into a bad neighborhood. Too many things are looking unfamiliar. America has seen its ups and downs but there was always the underlying sense that we would get back to who we were. Talk these days is of "a new world order" where America is no longer the dominant force in the world and many in this country are celebrating it...
Confehr: Remake of 'Our Town' could be in Lone Oak (04/01/11)
It seems as though a reverse remake of the old science fiction movie, "The Day the Earth Stood Still," could be "The Weeks That Lewisburg Couldn't Settle." Or maybe "Our Town" could be slightly modified to have those buried at Lone Oak Cemetery speak out about the rules governing how graves should be decorated -- or not...
Letters: Readers react to grave-decoration controversy (04/01/11)
To The Editor: The recent controversy surrounding our beloved Lone Oak Cemetery has compelled me to reach out to our community and express my sincere belief on a subject that is dear to my heart. Since my earliest memories Lone Oak has been a place of peace, reverence and great beauty - truly a treasure to our community and a place of dignity in which to respectfully inter our loved ones...