Chimes set to ring for less fortunate in Obion County

Chimes set to ring for less fortunate in Obion County
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity is ready to entertain.
Chimes’ annual telethon, a major fund raiser for the program, will kick off Monday night.
The telethon’s four-night run is set for Monday through Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 Everett Blvd. in Union City. This year’s goal is $50,000.
Chimes for Charity helps less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas. It is sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and is supported by contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in the community.
The program is now in its 77th year of providing food, clothing and toys to those in need.
During the telethon, guests may enjoy the entertainment live each evening as audience members at the church or they may choose to enjoy broadcasts to air on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT. Local school, preschool and church groups will provide entertainment, with listeners and viewers asked to phone in pledges as they enjoy the family entertainment.
Contributions may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
The line-up
All four nights of next week’s telethon will be emceed by local radio personality Jim Adcock, who served as 1977 Jaycees president, according to a schedule released by Chimes.
For Monday’s opening night, the featured performers will be Pleasant Valley Preschool from 6-6:30, followed by the Obion County Children’s Chorus from 6:30-7 and Exchange Street Church of Christ’s children’s group from 7-7:30. Guests will include Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston, Union City Elementary School principal George Leake and past J’Cettes president/past Chimes co-chairman Catherine Nailling. The program will be opened in prayer by the Rev. Jerry Leggett, associate pastor of Second Baptist Church.
Tuesday night, entertainment will be provided by First Friends Preschool from 6-6:30, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 6:30-7 and Calvary Baptist Church’s Singing Hands group from 7-7:30. Adcock’s guests will be Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee chief professional officer Ron Green, past Jaycee president/past Chimes chairman Robert Wood and past Jaycees members Robin Wood and Steve Goodrich. Micah Harbison, Second Baptist’s youth minister, will open the program with prayer.
The entertainment Dec. 7 will be provided by Second Baptist Church’s preschool choir from 6-6:30 p.m., the host church’s K-5 choir from 6:30-7 and the host church’s 6-8 choir from 7-7:30. Second Baptist Church pastor Rev. Eddie Mallonee will lead in prayer to open the program and Adcock’s guests for the evening will include 2011 Chimes co-chairmen Don Parks and Emily Hall and 1982 Jaycees president Larry Storie.
The final night’s program Dec. 8 will feature entertainment by Kare Bear Preschool from 6-6:30 p.m., Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids from 6:30-7 and the school’s Voices of UCES from 7-7:30. Adcock will be joined on the final night by Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, 1971 Jaycees president Johnny Bruff and 1968 Jaycees president Bob Stephens. The program will be opened in prayer by the Rev. Stan Waldon, pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church.
How to help
Chimes will also benefit next week from the annual Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. Chimes’ designated night will be Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m., during which time volunteers may work on behalf of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes. The more workers present, the more Chimes will benefit from the receipt of non-perishable goods collected as the suggested admission from those attending.
Several area businesses are also serving as drop-off locations for toys and non-perishable food items for the 2011 Chimes for Charity campaign.
In Union City, dropoff locations include: Van Heusen in the VF Outlet building at 601 Sherwood Drive; State Farm Insurance at 800 East Reelfoot Ave.; First State Bank at 100 East Reelfoot Ave.; Union City Housing Authority at 1409 East Main St.; Golden Living Center at 1105 South Sunswept Drive; Danny Larcom Heating & Air at 1600 West Main St.; Miller Family Dental Care at 1209 Russell St.; Walmart Supercenter at 1601 West Reelfoot Ave.; Computers Direct at 224 South First St.; Maurices at 1700 West Reelfoot Ave.; Ameriprise Financial Services at 227 South First St.; Fuller Partners Real Estate at 317 South Second St.; and Bucket’s Neighborhood Pub & Grub at 1700 West Reelfoot Ave.
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport at 1489 Airport Circle is a dropoff location outside Union City. In Troy, items can be dropped off at Briar Patch Flowers & Gifts at 108 South College St.
Local residents are asked to donate items by Dec. 16.
For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or send an email to chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.30.11

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