Stories from Friday, August 12, 2011
County Courthouse icon Tommy Higdon retires
An ebb and flow of well-wishers went to the McKnight Center adjacent to First United Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon providing personal tribute to Tommy Higdon's three decades of public service.
"This is the party he didn't get the first time he won" election as Marshall County Court Clerk, his loving wife, Betty Jo Higdon, said as the two-hour party was coming to an end. That campaign in 1981 took such a toll on Higdon, she said, that after the race was over, he "went home to sleep."
State changes affect Lewisburg
Lewisburg's city manager has expanded a Manchester firm's service contract because the governor eliminated the Local Planning Division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).
In recent years, Kristin Costanzo, a local planner in the ECD office in Nashville, provided Lewisburg planning commissioners with professional advice on how to deal with planning and zoning issues. It's a frequently arcane, but sometimes a controversial and emotional topic, as city councilmen realized again Tuesday when two residents opposed establishment of a crematory on Yell Road.
HVAC lukewarm in county schools
Hot conditions in Marshall County's schools were a topic at the school board's meeting Monday, and still a cause for concern Thursday afternoon.
"We've got a lot of hot kids," said board member Harvey Jones Jr. who had added the topic of "thermostats" to the board's agenda.
Caring people volunteer to address abuse
It only seems like Americans have gone crazy for ribbons: yellow for returning soldiers; pink to find a cure for breast cancer; and now blue to deal with child abuse.
Volunteers now advocating blue ribbon displays, however, are unanimous in their desire to deal with child abuse and take steps to stop crimes that would appear to be everywhere.
Another example of what motivates them is the Blue Ribbon story.
Council moves forward with rezoning for crematory
Neighbors of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home on Tuesday asked Lewisburg Councilmen to deny the mortuary rezoning to a commercial classification in hopes it would prevent the business from conducting cremations at its Yell Road site.
However, councilmen unanimously voted to approve the rezoning on the second of three votes for the proposed ordinance with explanations that preventing the rezoning would not affect the business' ability to offer the new service. Furthermore, councilmen said, state law says crematories are an integral part of funeral home services, so that part of the business can't be denied.
Jamborees prelude to gridiron's return
Friday night, at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg, Tom Turchetta's Marshall County Tigers will host a six-team jamboree, beginning at 6:00 p.m. when the Cornersville Bulldogs (4-7) take on Zion Christian Academy (4-7).
Big Dawg, Ray Stocstill will take a good look at his ballclub and he won't have to look too far to find what makes the offensive engine rumble.
Rocket golfers capture historic first win over MCHS
On Tuesday at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, history was made as the Forrest Rockets' golf team defeated Marshall County High School for the first time ever by the narrowest of margins 173-174.
"That's exciting, I really wasn't expecting that," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham.
The match was the first of the year for the Rocket golf team.