Master Pilot ceremony held at Gibson Co. Airport

By Crystal Burns With the odds against in the early 1940s, Eugene May wouldn’t take no for an answer. His persistence paid off with a flying career that spanned seven decades and landed him the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which he received during a special ceremony held Aug. 4 at the Gibson Co.…

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Bradford board promotes city clerk to recorder

By Crystal Burns With City Recorder Melissa Workman tendering her resignation to take on her new role as County Trustee, the Bradford Board of Aldermen opted to promote from within city ranks to fill Workman’s position. City Clerk Valorie Rinks got the board’s vote of confidence at its Aug. 6 meeting. Workman gave Rinks her…

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One city, three school board elections were held Thursday

By Crystal Burns One local city and three school board elections were included on Thursday’s county general and state primary ballot. In Trenton, City Court Clerk Wilma Champion received 591 complimentary votes. On the Bradford Special School District board, voters re-elected Ricky L. Bratton with 504 votes and chose Charles Cowen over John T. Dawson…

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Sheriff’s 80-percent margin could be biggest ever

By Crystal Burns Sheriff Paul Thomas cruised to his second term Thursday, capturing 80 percent of the 9,975 votes cast for what could be the biggest margin of victory in a sheriff’s race in county history. “It was a good ending to a long campaign,” Thomas said. “That margin speaks a lot for our administration…

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Thomas, Witherspoon win big in county election

For more local election coverage, including photos and comments from candidates, pick up a copy of the Trenton Gazette, Mirror-Exchange, Humboldt Chronicle or Tri-City Reporter Tuesday, Aug. 7. By Crystal Burns Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas and Mayor Tom Witherspoon won handily in their respective three-man races during Thursday’s county general election. Thomas, an Independent,…

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Bradford Elementary tops state in Student Growth Portfolio

By Crystal Burns Kelly Knott had a trick up her sleeve Thursday. The Bradford Elementary School principal found out that morning that her Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade had been named No. 1 in the state in the Student Growth Portfolio. Knott secretly ordered a cake and balloons and invited the BES and Bradford High…

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Police Dept. turns TRMS into training grounds

By Crystal Burns Stephanie Franks yelled for help and waved her arms as an armed Trenton police officer, gun drawn, carefully entered the Trenton Rosenwald Middle School lobby. “There’s a shooter!” she yelled. “He’s on the sixth grade hall!” There was urgency in Franks’ voice, but the Trenton Special School District Safety Supervisor was merely…

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First Baptist Church celebration honored Trenton patrolman

By Crystal Burns A historic African-American church in Trenton celebrated its 151st anniversary July 15-16 and honored one of the city’s finest during a banquet at Trenton Rosenwald Middle School. First Baptist Church encouraged members and guests attending the annual celebration to contribute to a love offering for Trenton Ptlm. Xavier Keys who is recovering…

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Trenton couple takes over Cotton’s Café

By Crystal Burns Timing is everything. Judy Oliver spent nearly four decades at Cotton’s Café in Trenton. She went to work for Coy Mackins as a waitress, expecting to help him for two weeks. Seven years later, Oliver bought the business and ran one of Trenton’s most popular restaurants for 30 years. “I’ve had a…

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Board picks Wamble as Trenton Light & Water GM

By Crystal Burns The Trenton Board of Alderman hired Joe Wamble as general manager of Trenton Light & Water during the city’s July 10 meeting. Wamble has lived in Trenton 32 years. He has spent the last 26 years with Tennessee Job Training & Safety. Prior to that, he was a journeyman lineman for Gibson…

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