Obituaries for April 26, 2015
Betty Sue Putman, 91, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at her residence. She was born August 5, 1923 to the late John Thomas and Lillie Gertrude Hester Canada, Sr. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sellers Sunday School class, Salt & Pepper Senior group and the Senior Circle. She was a homemaker...
DHS Honors Banquet celebrates student successes
More than 220 students were honored by teachers and administrators at the annual academic banquet at Dyersburg High School Thursday. The 2015 Honors Banquet, "Oh The Places You'll Go," a spin on a Dr. Seuss book, was held in the DHS commons. The students, who each had a 3.6 GPA or higher, were gathered along with family and friends to celebrate their academic accomplishments...
Former NFL player speaks to Three Oaks students during TCAP pep rally
The week of April 27-May 1 is the scheduled dates for the state standardized TCAP Achievement test for Dyer County School students in third through eighth grades. In preparation for the test, schools across the county hosted TCAP afterschool 'camps' to review important skills and information needed. ...
CMA hosts 'Run for the Son' May 2
On Saturday, May 2, the Christian Motorcyclists Association will host its annual 'Run for the Son'. The Dyersburg Disciples, one of many CMA chapters chartered in the Unites States, will be participating in the Run. This will be a ride where riders will seek sponsors to help raise money for CMA to spread the light of Jesus to every nation...
Choral Society Spring Concert set Thursday
Community members can take a break from spring chores and listen to music during a free concert this week. The Dyersburg Choral Society will present a Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg...
Delta donates to Feed the Need
Delta Chevrolet, Buick and GMC of Dyersburg donated $2,000 toward the Mobile Food Pantry 'Feed the Need' program Thursday. Pictured, Delta Chevrolet owner Charlie Dunn (center) presents Dyer County Mayor Chris Young (left) and Dyersburg Mayor John Holden (right) with the contribution check.
Legislator wins money for local charity
Sixty legislators won a total of almost $10,000 in donations for charities in their communities during the Tennessee Health Care Association's (THCA) annual "Partnering for Charity" event March 18 at The Hermitage Hotel, including Rep. Bill Sanderson, who won $200 for Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center...
Transitions race sees another successful year
Residents of Dyer County hoping to make a difference in the lives of local women donned their tennis shoes this month and hit the ground running for a good cause. Transitions of Dyer County held its second annual 10k run at the Dyer County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 11 with Mayor John Holden kicking off the event. This year, organizers added a 5k and one-mile color run to the list of options available to participants. The participants also enjoyed the color run, new to the event...
Memphis cellist featured soloist for upcoming Dyersburg Community Orchestra concert
Cellist Griffin Browne is the featured guest soloist for the Dyersburg Community Orchestra scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at Newbern First Baptist Church, 114 W. Main St., Newbern. Browne is active as an orchestral musician, private teacher, and freelance musician. ...
Newbern snuffs rumors of Moose Lodge locating in recreation center
Following the opening prayer and approval of the previous month's business minutes, Newbern resident David Thomas addressed the board of mayor and aldermen with concerns of a Moose Lodge claiming permanent residency at Oakview Recreation Center, the community's only public recreational building and swimming pool facility...
Finley Elementary's Seaton named WBBJ's 'Educator of the Week'
Lisa Seaton, a first-grade teacher at Finley Elementary School was named Channel 7 WBBJ's "Educator of the Week" during the first week of April. Seaton, whose passion is reading education, was completely surprised by the honor. "A parent nominated me for this honor and I was shocked when they came into the classroom," said Seaton, a 17-year veteran at the school...
Newbern Girls Softball shows support to special sponsor
From the beginning of the reinstatement of a Newbern Girls Softball league, local businesses have supported the organization and Hilltop Hair owner Teresa Hill is no different. Hill has been a huge supporter, according the organization and on Monday afternoon, the league wanted to show their support for Hill in her fight against breast cancer...
'Free to Be Me': Middle school girls taking the initiative to be themselves
--- Inspired by the lyrics of a song written and sung by Christian music artist Francesca Battistelli, Free to Be Me is a Bible-based mentoring program that is designed to build the self-esteem of pre-teen girls and to encourage them to simply be themselves by having the confidence and courage to share their faith...
Life Choices cookbook now available
After many months of collecting recipes from friends and neighbors, Life Choices of Dyersburg will start selling its personalized cookbook on Thursday, April 23 as its spring fundraiser. The beautiful spiral-bound cookbook will feature recipes from local residents in seven different full-color sections. ...
Northview Middle School recognizes TIP participants
Northview Middle School is proud to recognize the seventh-grade students who were chosen to take part in the Duke University TIP Talent Search. This group of students qualified to take the ACT or SAT test alongside juniors and seniors by scoring 95 percent or above on their TCAP tests. Northview is extremely proud of the 15 students who qualified to take the test. Out of the 14 who took the test, four qualified for state recognition...
Coffman informs school officials of decision to leave DHS in favor of perennial power Riverdale
An end of an era took place on Monday when longtime Lady Trojan basketball head coach Randy Coffman informed Kim Worley, principal at DHS, of his intention to step down in order to become the new head coach at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro...
Coffman's decision to depart will benefit Riverdale
Ever received a text message from someone asking you to call and wondering, is this going to be something good or bad? Well, it happened to me late Monday afternoon. The text from Randy Coffman simply said "holla". While I knew his decision had been made regarding staying at DHS or leaving for Riverdale, as I touched the screen to dial the digits a bit of adrenaline began to flow...
Future City repairs discussed at city board meeting
Future City Recreation Center's facility was scrutinized during the Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting Monday. The local NAACP chapter said outdoor electricity at the facility is an issue for the upcoming Juneteenth celebration. "We need more work done at Future City," Michael Parr of the Dyer County NAACP said. "There is electricity in the center but none on the outside."...
Dyersburg Elementary participates in anti-bullying week
Dyersburg Elementary School is taking a proactive stand in an effort to deter bullying and other school violence. Although school officials say violence isn't a problem among the 780 students that attend DES, faculty members have created a list of weeklong activities to remind the children of appropriate behaviors...
Jury selection underway in double-murder case
On Monday morning, jury selection began in the double murder trial of 25-year-old Joshua Hunter Bargery. Charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Bargery has been in custody since March 4, 2011 after the bodies of Clarence Shell, 70, and his wife, Sue Shell, 69, were found in their home in Lake County. ...
Feed the Need set for May 22
Salvation Army officials say the popular "Feed the Need" food-distribution program may become a quarterly event. The program, which once provided extra food to more than 800 Dyer County families on a monthly basis, has cut back in recent months due to funding...
Snider brings Grand Ole Opry to Dyer County stage
Country comedian and musician Mike Snider brought the Grand Ole Opry to Dyer County on Saturday evening as the featured entertainment at the Throwdown at the Hoedown fundraiser for McIver's Grant Public Library. Snider and his talented string band provided high-quality, old-fashioned entertainment to over 250 residents in the Family Living Center of the Dyer County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 18. ...
Jake the border collie flies to new 'furever' home
The Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue center is based in Eagle, Michigan, and is staffed by volunteers working together to rescue, retrain and re-home border collies with breed-specific training and education. Jake, a blind, senior border collie was being kept at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society after being picked up as a stray by animal control officers. The rescue group found Jake on the humane society's rescue site and made plans to rescue and find Jake a forever home...
County 911 operators honored with luncheon
On Friday afternoon, the Dyer County Sheriff's Office and members of the E911 Board attended a luncheon honoring Dyer County 911 operators. Pictured (l-r) are E911 Board Chairman Jason Roberts, 911 Supervisor Diane Fortner, 911 operator April Gibbons, 911 operator Candace Klutts, 911 operator Brecht Deal, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, Jail Committee Chairman Kim 'Peck' Peckenpaugh and E911 Coordinator Jeff Burns.
'The 911 operators are the lifeline for our citizens and our deputies and we really appreciate all of their hard work and dedication,' said Box.
Newly appointed E911 Coordinator Burns added, 'Thank you for all that you do. I will be one of your biggest supporters.'
Local young hero throws out first pitch of Cardinals' ball game
For many young boys, standing on the mound of a professional league baseball team's diamond is something they wish for, and on Thursday, April 16, one local hero received his wish of throwing out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals' baseball game...