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September 2008 - Archives
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2 enter plea agreements in teen’s slaying

 CLINTON, Ky. (AP) — Two people charged in the slaying of a western Kentucky teen have entered into a plea agreement.

Hickman Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Kellett says Jeffrey Burton and Tamara Caldwell entered Alford pleas Monday to second-degree manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. An Alford plea means they did not admit guilt, but conceded there was enough evidence for a guilty verdict. Burton entered the same plea to tampering with physical evidence.

Published in The Messenger 9.30.08


Candidates, Bush urge reviving financial bailout



Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush warned today that failing to pass a financial rescue plan would bring severe consequences to the U.S. economy. “Congress must act,” he declared in an appeal that John McCain and Barack Obama echoed.

Published in The Messenger 9.30.08


City, county schools awarded grants for health partnerships

 The Obion County and Union City school systems have both been awarded grants to continue Coordinated School Health Partnerships, encouraging systems to build strong relationships with local resources to improve students’ health.

Published in The Messenger 9.30.08


Tanner touts provision

 WASHINGTON — Con-gressman John Tanner said the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act is important to protect Tennessee families’ retirement funds from drastic drops. 

Published in The Messenger 9.30.08


Union City’s Main Street program achieves recertification

Tennessee Economic and Community De-velopment Commissioner Matthew Kisber announced recently that Main Street-Union City has been recertified for the Tennessee Main Street Program.

Published in The Messenger 9.30.08 

Doster announces retirement

After 18 years of service as Weakley County Trustee, Donald Doster announced Monday morning he was retiring his office effective Oct.31. In a written letter to the Weakley County Commission supported by an early morning press conference, Doster cited “Due to some major changes in my life over the last couple of years, the loss of my wife to cancer and now my upcoming marriage to the former Carolyn Finney, I offer my resignation to the office of Trustee …” 
Dresden man accused of beating girlfriend

She underwent surgery on her left eye socket because it was fractured. She also has a laceration to the liver, a brain contusion and she has multiple bruises to her body. These were the terms used in an affidavit to describe what a 21-year-old victim suffered during an alleged attack by her boyfriend last week. 
Martin bank robbery nets federal prison sentence

A former Martin woman arrested in connection with a local bank robbery earlier this year has pled guilty to the charge. Pam Wilson, 45, of Camden will serve 78 months in federal prison according to a press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office in Memphis. Wilson, along with her daughter LaToya Wilson and Edward Tharpe were arrested in March after investigators determined their connection to the robbery of Regions Bank in Martin. 
McWherter honored as Distinguished Citizen

Former Tennessee Governor and Palmersville native Ned Ray McWherter was honored over the weekend at the Palmersville Fair. 
Minor injuries reported in car rollover

Weakley County EMS crews were busy last Wednesday afternoon at the scene of a two-vehicle accident. 
Toddler's stepmom pleads guilty

After one year in the custody of his maternal great-grandparents, Austin Cash has “made progress, but he has a long way to go.” That was how his great-grandfather, Robert Cash of Milan, described the toddler now in he and his wife Doris’s care during a court hearing Thursday for the stepmother accused of severely beating Austin one year ago. 
Weakley County awarded state grants

Tennessee officials announced last week that five Weakley County agencies have been awarded highway safety grants totaling $52,986. Weakley County agencies receiving funds are the Dresden, Gleason, Martin, and Sharon Police Departments and Weakley County Sheriff’s Department. The funds will be used for high visibility law enforcement campaigns and for youth alcohol and traffic safety initiatives. 
Annie 9.30.08

Dear Annie: My late husband and I started a business together. When he died, I asked my two sons, “John” and “Philip,” to take over. Philip became money hungry and sued his brother and me. He is no longer part of the business, and in retaliation, I am not allowed to see my two grandchildren.

Classical guitarist Terry Pazmino to perform at Dyersburg State

The Messenger 09.30.08 Dyersburg State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) are bringing classical guitarist and recording artist Terry Pazmino to Dyersburg. A free concert is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Campus Activities Building (former Student Center) on the DSCC campus. A reception will follow at the new Student Center. Pazmino, born in Quito, Ecuador, belongs to a generation of composers and virtuosos who reintroduced the European influences and rediscovered the popular music from Latin America. 
Dunagan and Chesteen selected to panel for advisory commission

The Messenger 09.30.08 Dr. Nick Dunagan, University of Tennessee at Martin chancellor emeritus, and Dr. Richard Chesteen, professor emeritus of political science, were recently named to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations’ “Forum on Tennessee’s Future” project panel. TACIR was created to monitor federal, state and local government relations and to make recommendations for improvement to the legislature. 
Museum at UT Martin library to be named in honor of alumnus

The Messenger 09.30.08 The University Museum in the Corbitt Special Collections area of the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee at Martin will be named the “J. Houston Gordon Museum” in honor of J. Houston Gordon, alumnus, benefactor and volunteer leader of the university. The dedication ceremony will be held at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the museum during UT Martin homecoming week. Gordon also is one of three alumni receiving awards, during the UT Martin Alumni Awards Banquet later that evening. He will receive the Chancellor’s Award for University Service, given in recognition of outstanding service to UT Martin. 
NBC's Norah O'Donnell to address election at luncheon at Union University in Jackson

The Messenger 09.30.08 NBC and MSNBC correspondent Norah O’Donnell will speak at a luncheon at Union University in Jackson on Oct. 22 as part of the annual Union Forum. O’Donnell will address the topic, “The 2008 Election: An Eleventh Hour Analysis.” The chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC, O’Donnell also serves as a contributing correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show. She previously was White House correspondent for NBC News and a reporter for NBC News broadcasts. 
Octubafest scheduled at UTM

The Messenger 09.30.08 An Octubafest recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Harriet Fulton Theatre at the University of Tennessee at Martin. It will feature the members of the UT Martin Low Brass Studio — Dr. Bradley Coker, assistant professor of music; Delana Easley, lecturer of music; and Dr. Dwight Gatwood, recently-retired UT Martin music professor. 
UC Kiwanis Club helps save lives by placing AEDs in local schools

The Messenger 09.30.08 The Union City Kiwanis Club has embarked on a major service project to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in every school in this area. This initiative is part of a larger goal to place at least one AED in every school in Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee over the next several years. An AED is a small, portable device used when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest. When AEDs are used in such a rescue situation, survival rates grow to as much as 90 percent as opposed to only a 5 percent survival rate when no AED is available. Each year, more than 250,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest before they reach the hospital. 
'Put the bailout on the ballot'

The $700 billion rescue package being rammed through Congress should be voted on by the people, not Congress, advises Trends Research Director, Gerald Celente. “The bailout plan will only bail out CEOs and preferred stakeholders of failing financial firms while sinking the American people deeper in debt,” said Celente. “If America is truly a democracy, then let the people decide. Put the bailout on the November ballot.” 
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