Mission accomplished: Soldier surprises son after arriving home
A Newbern soldier has been waiting for nearly seven and half months to be back home with his family and hold his young son in his arms and tell him he loves him. On Friday, after returning from his deployment in Afghanistan, Petty Officer Chris Harrell got to surprise his son in front of family and friends and again hold him in his arms...
Annual Easter Egg Hunt leaves children 'eggstatic'
Kids lined the Dyer County Courthouse with nervous anticipation on Saturday afternoon. They could not wait for the courthouse clock to strike 1 p.m. and begin singing its top-of-the-hour chimes, signaling the official start of the Annual Main Street Easter Egg Hunt and releasing hundreds of kids to scour the courthouse lawn for eggs and potential grand prizes...
DHS Hall of Honor: John Wilson Hart
Retirement often signals a time in our life when we will enjoy ourselves, possibly travel, take up a new hobby or spend time with family. For John Wilson Hart, retirement marked a time where he decided to commit himself to serving others and "exemplifying Christ-like love for the people of this community." A 1942 graduate of Dyersburg High School, the community he has given so much to, will now honor him as he is enshrined in this year's DHS Hall of Honor...
'Acoustic Ninja' Trace Bundy to visit Dyersburg for upcoming concert
Area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance by "The Acoustic Ninja" in an upcoming concert sponsored by the Dyersburg-Dyer County Arts Council. Guitarist Trace Bundy will perform in the First Citizens National Bank Auditorium in the Campus Activities Building at Dyersburg State Community College at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 26...
Local artist brings spring to library art wall
Spring has arrived on the art wall at McIver's Grant Public Library. Artist Paula Prather Woody's collection of oil paintings, watercolors and mixed watermedia reveals the artist's love of nature and the beauty of God's creation. The collection brings springtime blossoms into the heart of the library in a collection she describes as nature impressions...
2 Missouri men, 1 juvenile charged with murder of Pemiscot Co. man
Missouri authorities have arrested two men and one juvenile in connection with the murder of a Pemiscot County man that occurred on Thursday, April 10. According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, members of the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control, Portageville Police, Caruthersville Police, New Madrid County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Fire Marshal's Office, Semo Drug Task Force, and Marston Police have been investigating the murder of 60-year-old Roy Jerrolds, who resided on Highway T in Pemiscot County, Mo.. ...
Three withdraw from August races
Three candidates in the upcoming August elections withdrew from their races before last week's deadline at the Dyer County Election Commission. Mark Oakes, Joe Pierce and Robert Mullins withdrew their names from their respective races and will not be on the August ballot...
City finance committee recommends dropping spousal insurance
The Dyersburg City Finance Committee recommended on Tuesday, April 15 to eliminate spousal coverage on the city insurance plan for spouses who have insurance coverage through their own employer. The recommendation was made after Sue Teague, the city's human resource director, presented the plan where the city would transition to dropping spousal coverage effective July 1, 2015...
DHS Hall of Honor: Timothy Lin Goff
Timothy Lin Goff left the halls of Dyersburg High School for the United States Naval Academy in the summer of 1980. His adventures would take him far and wide, and on his journey he would acquire more than 30 years of management experience in an operational environment. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Goff's civic contributions have earned him a spot in this spring's induction of the second DHS Hall of Honor class...
Dyer Co. FFA plant sale begins Saturday
The grand opening of the Dyer County FFA plant sale begins Saturday, April 19 with many of favorite vegetable plants, annuals, perennials and many new introductions. The plant sale will begin at 7 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. on April 19. The plant sale continues each following Saturday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. until May 17. Also Saturday, join the chapter for its all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet from 6 - 10 a.m., sponsored by the Dyer County FFA Alumni and Parents, located at the Dyer County Greenhouses, Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn.
Finley Pentecostal Church to present Easter drama
Finley Pentecostal Church will present the Easter drama 'Profile of an Eyewitness' on Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The performance is described as a very powerful and moving drama that depicts the life of Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him best. ...
Dyersburg High School marching band performs at Walt Disney World Resort
Members of the Dyersburg High School Trojan marching band became stars of their own Disney show on March 30 when they entertained guests in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The students traveled over 800 miles to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program...
Bobby G. Byrun announces candidacy for Dyer County District H constable
I am asking all the voters in "District H" for your support as I run again as your constable. As you know I was elected to finish out the unexpired term of the previous constable and this election will be for the full 4-year term. During this time, I have assisted several people with problems they have addressed and we were able to come up with solutions for their issues. Some were criminal activity and some were issues where they just needed to know what city department to call...
Haynes announces bid for state executive committeewoman
Crockett County resident and small-business executive Shannon Slayton Haynes has announced her intention to seek the state Republican Party's 27th Senate District State Executive Committeewoman seat. As current director of the West Tennessee chapter of the Tennessee Young Republican Federation and co-chair of the Crockett County Republican Party, Haynes is dedicated to increasing GOP representation in Tennessee government while growing and uniting the state Republican Party...
Magical humanitarian brings his style of magic back to hometown
Hundreds of people were entertained earlier this month by the magical stylings of magician Brian Staron during the Dyersburg stop of his Southern Fried Magic Tour. The performance was a fundraiser for the Newbern and Trimble Lions Clubs and brought in $2,200 to be used to help local people with sight and hearing issues who might not otherwise be able to afford treatment...
DHS Hall of Honor: James Alton Gardner
Dyersburg High School will be inducting its Hall of Honor Class on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at DHS. The State Gazette will be highlighting each inductee ahead of this year's ceremony. James Alton Gardner was not only given the courage but he was also given the opportunity to do something that not everyone can achieve: be a hero. ...
Newbern wrestling to feature Jerry Lawler on Saturday
Live All-Star Wrestling in Newbern will host its Family Funday on Saturday, April 19, beginning at noon. The free event will feature an Easter egg hunt, live band, a dance party, bouncing house, and face painting. After the festivities, Jerry 'The King' Lawler will be the main event during the wrestling matches beginning at 7 p.m...
Riverwoods Church to host Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt this weekend
Riverwoods Church will host a flashlight Easter egg hunt at the Dixie Youth baseball fields across from the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 19. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m., with the egg hunt beginning at dark. Families are encouraged to bring out their children ages 2-12 years old to enjoy this unique event. ...
Garden club donates memorial tree to Okeena
The Dyersburg Garden Club donated a new tree recently to Okeena Park. The Chinese Pistache was planted in memory of Gayle Taylor McLain, daughter of local resident Jan Kelt. Mrs. McLain, like her mother, was an active gardener, conservationist and birder. In her youth, she also taught swimming lessons at Okeena Park...
Fitness Tip: Vertical cross crunch
Targets: Abs, obliques, hips, and buttocks Standing, lift leg out to side, toes pointing forward, and place left hand on hip, extend right arm diagonally up. Balancing on right leg, slowly bring left knee and right elbow together in front of chest. Reverse motion without touching left foot on floor and repeat...
DPD releases photo and video of robbery suspect
Dyersburg Police have released this photo and a video of the armed robbery that occurred Friday night at the Parkview BP station on Parr Avenue. Around 11:03 p.m. that night, DPD officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at Parkview BP, located at 1501 Parr Ave. ...
Feed the Need postponed until April 25
Feed the Need officials are postponing this week's food distribution until next Friday, April 25. Feed the Need organizer Mark Oakes stated the move to next Friday was due to this Friday being Good Friday. The event normally takes place the third Friday of the month, but Oakes said the move is only temporary...
City board OKs beer suspension at El Patio
The Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Alderman held a called meeting on Tuesday, April 15 to discuss the recent notification from the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission that El Patio had violated its liquor license by serving liquor to a minor on Thursday, Jan. 30. According to Mayor John Holden, Tennessee law requires the city board to meet and discuss the status of the restaurant's beer permit, which is issued locally by the Dyersburg board...
DHS Hall of Honor: Dr. John Steven 'Steve' Gaines
Dr. John Steven "Steve" Gaines has been leading people to Christ his whole adult life. As a member of the Dyersburg High School Class of 1975, Gaines was a leader in and out of the classroom and is remembered as having "a big heart and a knack for fun." Although his place in DHS history is well documented, Gaines will be inducted into the DHS Hall of Honor, adding one more honor in an already impressive life...
Fair lease agreement draws discussion, ultimately approved
The Dyer County Fair Association was granted a lease to continue to hold the fair at the Dyer County Fairgrounds (formerly the Dyer County Farm) for an additional 50 years at the Dyer County Commission meeting on Monday evening. The approval was about as smooth as a fair bumper-car ride as confusion arose during the meeting over who drafted the agreement and what grounds were covered in the lease. ...