SGC blocks Tide’s bid for jamboree win

By Gary Smith      After finishing in a 0-0 tie with South Gibson County in a preseason jamboree football scrimmage last week, the Peabody Golden Tide will be attempting to clean up its game for Friday night’s season opener against Booker T. Washington of Memphis.      Evaluating Trenton’s performance in the scrimmage against South Gibson County, PHS…

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Retired Marine dog is part of the family

By Crystal Burns For a Trenton couple, Hottie is more than a pet. She’s a protective older sister to their two-year-old son, a military hero, and what completes their family. Chais Wallsmith and Leslie Young took Hottie to a veterinarian in Nashville last week where they learned the retired Marine Labrador is suffering from insulinomna…

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Student recognition highlights county school board meeting

The only thing missing from the Gibson County Special School District board meeting Thursday evening was the red carpet. District leaders recognized a host of student achievers. Before shining the spotlight on the youngsters, Director of Schools Eddie Pruett received the Northwest Superintendent of the Year Award from the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS).…

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Kustoff says tax reform, health care are priorities

By Crystal Burns U.S. Congressman David Kustoff and State Representative Curtis Halford gave legislative updates at a “chamber chat” hosted by the Gibson County Utility District and Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce last week. Kustoff, a Republican serving the 8th District, said tax reform and health care are priorities for Washington, D.C. lawmakers. “Tax…

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‘Living miracle’ motivates Trenton school staff

By Crystal Burns Trenton Special School District staff got a special treat at the annual kickoff luncheon last week. HK Derryberry, a 27-year-old blind man from Brentwood who also has cerebral palsy, and his friend and mentor, Jim Bradford, shared their life-changing story with employees, moving teachers, administrators, and staff to belly laughs and tears.…

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Trenton teen, service dog make perfect pair

By Crystal Burns A service dog named Jackson has opened a new world for a Trenton teenager. Kaitlyn Keller, 16, and her Labrador retriever formed an instant bond when they met two years ago in Brentwood. Kaitlyn was suffering from mental illness that, at the age of 13, transformed her from the class clown to…

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TLC Riding vanquishes competition

By Crystal Burns In a popularity contest among 80 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified centers, TLC Riding Academy Inc. vanquished the competition, garnering more than 30,000 votes to win a gypsy horse. Tom and Cheryl Crider officially opened TLC Riding Academy on Gibson Wells-Brazil Road in Gibson County in late 2006 to provide…

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Trenton school board passes $12.5M budget

By Crystal Burns Using money left over from the 2016-17 budget, the Trenton Special School District Board of Trustees passed a $12.5M, balanced budget that includes a two-percent raise for all employees and a robust list of one-time expenditures. “I tell you I think it’s a really healthy budget, and I tell you I think…

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Youth Engagement Summit provides fun activities for local kids

By Crystal Burns The Peabody High School Little Theater was transformed into a Price Is Right showcase-style game show last week on the first of a three-night Youth Engagement Summit. A DJ kept the crowd hyped between questions while the host tested the competitors’ knowledge of pop culture, ‘70s music, and more, occasionally sliding in…

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Trenton church celebrates 150th anniversary

By Crystal Burns Members of Trenton’s oldest African-American church culminated a month-long celebration of the 150th anniversary with a gala Saturday and rededication Sunday morning. First Baptist Church was organized in 1850 and established as an African-American church in 1867. Members first met on West Huntingdon Street until moving into a new building on North…

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