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Year in Review 2013: July-December

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*The Millington Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with Millington Central High School and the Band Booster Club, started planning and coordinating the construction of a new, permanent concession stand on the visiting side at MCHS Football Stadium. For many years, there has been a need for a structure on the visitors’ side of the field to provide services for our guests. The new facility was to be equipped with bathrooms, running water and electricity.

*Millington resident, former Memphis Wrestling host and sportscaster Corey Maclin, 43, died in a car crash late on July 31. According to early reports, Maclin was involved in a one-car wreck when his vehicle rolled over around 10:30 p.m. on south I-55 near Sardis, Miss. Maclin was best known as a wrestling promoter and commentator for Memphis Wrestling working along side Jerry “The King” Lawler, Bill “Super Star” Dundee and Dave Brown. Later Maclin got involved in politics running for Shelby County Clerk in 2010. Maclin is survived by his wife and six children. Maclin, a life-long democrat and resident of Shelby County is the son of Jerry and Everlena Maclin, the fifth of six siblings. Maclin has been married to Carmela Sykes- Maclin for 20 years and they now reside in Lakeland,  where they are raising their six children.

*An 11-year-old Millington boy died in late July in a boating accident in Arkansas according to the state’s Game and Fish Commission. The boy was killed when his father hit him with a boat on an Arkansas lake. An official with the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission said the child and his family were tubing on Bull Shoals Lake. The child and two other children fell off a tube being pulled by a pontoon boat. As the 11-year-old William Feehan’s father turned the boat around, the child was hit by a propeller and killed. The child was pronounced dead on the scene by the emergency responders.

*NCCS (AW/SW/NAC) Jessie L. Jones Jr. had a big day planned for July 25. Jones and business partner Diana Gilreath invited the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce and special guest to the ribbon cutting of JD’s Wings 2 Go at 5066 Navy Road. Also a part of the festivities would be the retirement ceremony of Jones from the United States Navy. But the day was made complete when Jones concluded his speech thanking friends, family and supporters with a surprise for Gilreath.
Jones made his way from the podium through the crowd to take to one knee and propose to his girlfriend and co-owner. With tears streaming down her smilling face, Diana said yes to Jones’ request for marriage. The couple formed a business union last fall opening JD’s Wings. On Nov. 6, 2012 the eatery named by the initials of the owners Jessie and Diana opened to the public. For more information on hours and the menu, call 872-3664.

*Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback presented Inspector Jimmy Little with a plaque on the afternoon of July 18 thanking him for 25 years of service during a retirement luncheon at the Millington Police Department.

*Dozens of area firefighters were called to the former Pollution Control Industries at 5485 Victory Lane just south of Millington to control a full commercial hazardous material assignment.
Five firefighters and two employees were injured July 18 from the fire at the waste management, recycling and hazardous waste plant outside of Millington.
In the early moments after controlling the blaze, two firefighters were injured, with one from Shelby County Engine 68 taken to Methodist North Hospital in Memphis for heat exhaustion. Another firefighter from Shelby County Rescue 66 suffered a rotator cuff injury.
Then, reports came out that three other firefighters were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries related to extinguishing the fire.
The owners of the plant were on the scene after 50 to 60 firefighters from Memphis, Shelby County and Millington battled the chemical fire.
Located next to the Memphis International Raceway, the plant fire led to the cancellation of events that night at the race track.
Some of the first on the scene after the 4:37 p.m. call were firefighters from Engine House No. 6 located on Raleigh-Millington  Road within view of the blaze.
Reports were that a fire started in an area where flammable chemicals are stored. By the time firefighters arrived, thick, black smoke could be seen for several miles. After the smoke cleared, it appeared that the fire began in the center of the plant.

*For the second time in less than a year, Millington residents said that they would like to create their own municipal school district.
They approved a referendum July 16 by a vote of 923 or 73.78 percent to 328 or 26.22 percent.
The margin of victory this time exceeded the one for a referendum that was passed on Aug. 2, 2012. That was approved by a vote of 1,338 or 64.42 percent to 739 or 35.58 percent.
Now, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen must pass an ordinance that schedules a new school board election in November. The municipal school district is expected to take effect at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
The Tennessee Board of Education requires that, to operate its public schools, a municipal school system must raise and spend local funds each year that are at least equal to the amount that would be raised through a 15-cent tax levy on each $100 of taxable property.

*Naval Support Activity Mid-South, in conjunction with various private enterprises in the community and the city of Millington,  hosted the The Flag City Freedom Fireworks Celebration at Navy Lake in early July.
Because national budget cuts had put the fate of the event in doubt, the timely help allowed the event to be held last Wednesday on Navy installation property. The effort came from local private enterprises and the coordination efforts of the city of Millington and the NSA Mid-South Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department leading to a waiver approval from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).
All funding for the event was obtained through outside sponsorships from private enterprises in the community including Homer Skelton Ford, Homer Skelton Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Allied Waste Services,  Malco Theaters and Rock 103 and 600 WREC. No Department of Defense, Department of the Navy or Naval Support Activity Mid-South appropriated or non-appropriated funds have been or will be used in the funding of the Flag City Freedom Fireworks Celebration.

*In all major cities and most small towns, there seems to be a McDonald’s.
The No. 1 fast food chain in the world was absent in Millington for a few days.
But Millington McDonald’s owner Fred Tillman and crew had a good reason for the temporary closure.
The location at 4735 Navy Road was Flag City’s stop for Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and McDonald’s fries.
Now Millington residents and those passing through can pop into McDonald’s at its state-of-art 7839 Highway 51 location.
“It’s very exciting because as you know we closed the other store down about a week ago,” Tillman said. “So our customers have been complaining. So we’re very excited to get open and we’ll be open Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock.”
The new Millington McDonald’s opened to the public July 3 in time for the long holiday weekend. But two days prior to the official unveiling, Tillman and McDonald’s dignitaries invited special guest and leaders in Millington to a “sneak peak” gathering.
Among those greeting guest were CO Steve Lykins, Director LeRoy Ratliff, CFO Ned Little, Director Lisa Clifft, General Manager Janice Wren and location Operations Manager Pam Carter.

*The beginning of the MCHS Hall of Fame. State champions, countless All-State players, award-winning coaches and even the founder of the TSSAA have called Millington Central High School home.
From William Osteen to Coach Tommy Harrison, the black and gold of the Trojans have been a part of the Tennessee sports fabric since the 1920s. Current Assistant Principal and Athlete Director Beth Hale wants to preserve that history and showcase that legacy by creating a MCHS Sports Hall of Fame.
“I realized how quickly history is passing,” she said. “Millington has such a strong tradition and history. I remember years ago when I first started, there was a picture in the library of the 1923 Millington Lady Trojan Basketball team State champs. I don’t know where that picture is now.
“As we continued to move forward, things like that are beginning to die and the people are being forgotten,” Hale added. “The coaches and the people who made Millington what it is are being forgotten. We don’t want that to happen. We want to bring them back and honor them.”
With support from Principal Mark Neal and other faculty in the school, Hale created a blueprint for the Hall of Fame which will be feature in the William Osteen Gymnasium on a Wall of Fame.

*The officers of RE/MAX, LLC congratulated Tommy and Ginger Whitlock upon their induction into one of its most prestigious groups: the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.
“Your consistent productivity, year after year, has propelled you into an elite group of real estate professionals — the best of the best. With more than 90,000 agents, worldwide this is truly a prestigious award. We truly appreciate your dedication to real estate and the exceptional results you have achieved. You have helped build the foundation for the RE/MAX network’s success in both your community and around the world.”

August 2013
*Multiple lead changes, standout players making plays, big hits, comebacks and an overtime finish between area rivals is the recipe for an instant classic. The latest installment of the Brighton Cardinals vs. Millington Trojans Aug. 30 was an epic with the visiting Trojans pulling out a 34-28 overtime victory in the Brighton Football Stadium. The winning score came on the Trojans’ first play in overtime from the 10-yard line when senior athlete Lakeron Garcia scored on a run. The trip to the end zone was his fifth of the night.

*Dollar General celebrated the opening of its new location at 6040 Raleigh-Millington Road in Millington Aug. 31 with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General offered Millington residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essential at low prices. Additionally, the first 50 shoppers at the store received a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers received a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our Millington customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

*Bob Clement (D-TN), who served eight terms from Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, talked to Cpl. Christian Brown, of Munford, during a recent visit in August to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Clement, who is active in the U.S. Association of Former Member of Congress (FMC), is spearheading a new FMC program, paring Former Members with wounded warriors in an effort to support them during and after their rehabilitation. Brown earned a Silver Star in Afghanistan, and plans to open “Gunslinger Outfitters,” a non-profit that helps wounded warriors, once he leaves Walter Reed.

*Once the Millington Trojans wrapped up practice last, it was time to remember why August 21 will always be an important date to the program. It was a year ago on their home field they lost teammate and friend Dana Payne. Just a sophomore, the 15-year-old football player died from injuries he suffered from a tackle at practice. On the first anniversary of his passing, Millington Central High School Principal Mark Neal, members of the Trojan coaching staff, players, cheerleaders, students, friends, supporters, the Northaven community and Payne’s family came for a candle tribute to No. 87.
Aug. 21, 2012 changed Tameka and Diana’s life forever. Tameka received news her son was injured during practice and then later that night he had passed away. The news devastated her mother, Dana’s grandmother Diana. Since that day, Diana has been right be her daughter’s side supporting her as she also grieved over the loss of Dana. The Smiths arrived to the Millington Football Stadium on Wednesday surrounded by friends and family to remember Dana a year later.
“It just shows the true love and that Dana will be in our hearts forever,” Diana said of the ceremony. “It let’s us know that Dana is still remembered and never will be forgotten.”

*From the Patriot Guard Riders from Tipton County to everyday residents of Bartlett, the Mid-South has rallied in support of the New family after losing their son Sgt. Stephen New last month. The latest to give back to the New family and express love during their time of loss was Pop’s Bar and Grill in Millington.  Stephen’s parents Michelle and Bill made the trip from their Bartlett home to Pop’s 6365 Navy Road location for a check presentation. The business opened by the late William “Pops” Lee Beckman is now under the operation of his wife Jeanne “Ms. Jeanne” Beckman. Back in December Pop’s featured an upside down Christmas Tree fully decorated by Donna Ankebrant, Rhonda Ledbette and Terri Strauser. The trio used the tree in a raffle raising $600. Since January, the women and Beckman were looking for a charity to donate the money.
“Once we heard of one of our own dying overseas, we felt it was right to donate the money to his family in his name,” Beckman said.
New was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire. The Defense Department said 29-year-old Bartlett native died July 28 in Bagram. New’s unit came under fire in the Sarobi District of Kabul Province.
New was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Jackson, Miss. New was welcomed back to the United States earlier this month at the Millington Regional Jetport. On Aug. 17 his parents returned to Millington to meet with well-wishers and the staff of Pop’s.
“People have been just awesome showing there love for Stephen and for our country and the love of God has been amazing and just overwhelming,” Bill said.

*The building and faces in it are still the same.
But the name providing phone, internet and cable service to the residents of the Millington area has changed from Millington Telephone Co., to Ritter Communication.
In August, the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting for Ritter Communication at 4880 Navy Road. Several Millington dignitaries like Mayor Terry Jones, Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, Chamber President Charles Gulotta, several Millington aldermen and community leaders made their way to the former Millington Telephone Co., to celebrate the arrival of Ritter.
“It means so much,” Ritter CFO Gregg Smith said. “It’s a great company and we’re more than 100 years old. We’re just honored to be over here and a part of this community and to bring our services and investments over here. With this great group of employees, it’s a real honor for the company.”
Ritter Communications is now the name over Millington Telephone Co., Millington CATV, Inc. and Millington Alarms, Inc. The deal was done back in December.
The companies formerly owned and operated by the Howard family were acquired in December 2012 by Ritter Communications, a provider of advanced telecommunications services and broadband technologies to business and residential customers in Northeast and North Central Arkansas.

*The Navy Wives Clubs of America Memphis No. 119 celebrated its 60th anniversary Aug. 7 at the Helmsman Club on the NSA Mid-South Navy Base. Several members came to the luncheon to remember the formation of the chapter in August 1953 growing from 20 members to 40 today. Lifelong members Janet Park and Pat Rutter, who joined 1975 and 1985 respectively, received a new member to their portion of the club. Lois Wilber, (far right) who arrived to Millington in 1988, has been a member of the NWCA for 39 years and was inducted as lifelong member at the event. Other festivities at the luncheon were the chapter’s scholarship being honored to Joshua Martinez, James Coronado and Taylor Martchek. NWCA National President Melissa Worthey was one of the speakers and she noted the dedication of the local chapter living up to the pledge of charity and service.
NWCA 119 participates in several organizations and charities like Mother Theresa in Memphis and the Millington Food Pantry. The Club dedicates hours to the Millington Crisis Center, adopts a child, feeds the needy and support one another while their spouses are working overseas.
One of the longest serving members is Wilber. And with her husband right next to her side, she was informed she would be rewarded with the pin as a lifetime member.
“I’m speechless,” she said. “That doesn’t happen very often. It just feels really good to be acknowledged for years of service you’ve given for years by your peers. That’s what means the most.”

*Since March 2011, this day was coming.
The hour and minute arrived the morning of Aug. 5 the unified school district for the Shelby County Schools and the former Memphis City Schools systems. It was more than 2 years ago MCS surrended it’s charter leading to the formation of one school district.
Since that vote, it has been a whirlwind of confusion, voting for municipal schools in 2014 and change for faculty and staff across the board. Despite all the happenings since the charter surrender, Monday arrived with new SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and board members touring schools across the county including Millington Middle School.
The bus carrying Hopson and crew arrived on the MMS campus about 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the home of the Stallions.
“We feel honored to be a part of the tour,” Millington Middle Principal Amie Marsh said. “But more than anything it speaks to great faculty and staff we have here and the great work that we do here, And I hope that the community is able to see that. Hope that the spotlight on us works its way out to the community so they can see the work we do here.”
Marsh has been a part of Shelby County Schools for 18 years starting off as a teacher. She later worked as an assistant principal at two middle schools before spending five years at the board. Last year Marsh arrived to Millington Middle replacing Dr. Michael Lowe.
Monday was a chance for Marsh to showcase some of the changes she implimented last school year. Dorsey, staff members and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell were impressed with programs, philosophies and the structure of the school.
“I feel like a proud parent, this is my baby,” Marsh said. “It’s not me, it’s all the people on staff. I have incredible people who work really, really hard. And it shows.
“Every school should be doing that,” she continued. “That’s the most effective way to make sure you reach every child and give them what they need to succeed. I think that’s our duty. I hope that more schools will imulate that, and I’ll be willing to help anyone with that.”
Hopson and the SCS personnel hopped on the bus after visiting 4964 Cuba-Millington Road to head to their next stop on the first day of school tour. Hopson and the members of the new Shelby County Schools started their tour at 7:10 at Carver High School. Then there were stops at Idlewild Elementary and Frayser High School before coming up Highway 51 to Millington. The rest of the day’s agenda for the bus included stops at Kate Bond Middle, Germantown High, Southwind Elementary and Melrose High.

*The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted a resolution in early August to terminate the employment of Thomas Christie as the city’s first professional manager. Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers. The resolution was approved by a 4-3 vote, with Aldermen Hank Hawkins, Bethany Huffman and Thomas McGhee dissenting and Mayor Terry Jones casting the tie-breaker. Alderman Frankie Dakin was absent.
Millington’s new Charter requires the board to designate a “qualified officer of the city” to assume the duties and authority of the manager. Jones said he has talked to several people who are willing to be appointed interim city manager. Then, the board can begin the process of advertising the opening for the permanent position. City Attorney Charles Perkins noted that the board needs to make the interim appointment “pretty quickly.”
“You need someone to run the city,” he acknowledged, “because pretty much everything flows through the city manager.”

*The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted a resolution in August authorizing the employment of Mike Chesney as interim city manager.
Board members took the action Monday night during a special called meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Bethany Huffman and seconded by Alderman Thomas McGhee. The motion was passed by six affirmative votes, with Alderman Mike Caruthers absent.
The action came one week after the board voted to terminate the employment of Thomas Christie, who had served for seven months as the city’s first professional manager.
The resolution states that Chesney will perform the duties listed in the City Charter and Municipal Code until a permanent city manager is employed.
He will coordinate all the city’s activities with the mayor and periodically report to him regarding the status of any matters pending in the city. On a periodic basis, he will also keep the aldermen advised and informed regarding any important activities occurring in the city.
Chesney will receive the same salary and benefits that Christie did.
During discussion before the vote, Mayor Terry Jones acknowledged that the city’s new form of government has “some growing pains” that the board is currently attempting to “get through.” Describing the relationship between the city manager and the mayor as “like a marriage,” he said they have to be able to “hold hands and work with each other.”
A resident of Knoxville, Chesney graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1978 and “went straight into” the telecommunications industry, where he has been for the past 38 years. He spent 26 of those in telephone and data systems, beginning as a local manager and working his way up the ladder.

September 2013
*High atop the scoreboard at the Millington Football Stadium sets the No. 29.
Occasionally a Millington Central High School student will ask, “Why is 29 up there?” or “Who is No. 29?” Those close to the Millington Trojan Football program proudly answer those question with the name Mario Reed.
And this spring a book, “Brothers: The Mario Reed Story,” was released that goes in depth about the 2000 MCHS graduate and his journey back from the Sept. 12, 1997 night when he suffered an injury on the same field where his No. 29 is retired.
Now, 31, Reed has lived in Bartlett the past 11 years. But he visits Millington often to visit friends, attend Trojan Football games and share his story. This past weekend Reed was in Flag City for the annual M&M Bowl to watch his friend and former teammate Ahmaad Galloway coach the Munford Cougars against their alma mater.
Then on Sept. 14, Reed was back for his book signing at Applegarth Books located at 8507 Highway 51. For a couple hours, Reed greeted fans and supporters.
For those who picked up the book and read it, they found out about Reed from childhood to a Millington Football legend. And they learned about his life today, how he stays active from working out in the gym, to coaching and giving back to the communities that shaped him.
“It’s an honor to come back and have a signing,” Reed said. “This is where everything started as far as my football injury. I emphasized a lot in my story about Millington and how they came together and supported me. They helped keep my spirit alive.”
“Brothers: The Mario Reed Story” by auther Perry Burrows addresses relationships between Reed and his family, teammates, coaches, politicians, religious and civic leaders that helped him face challenges. It was 16 years ago Reed, a sophomore defensive back, suffered an injury against Houston that left him paralyzed.

*Michael A. Lilley, 49, of Millington, was indicted in late September by a federal grand jury on 13 counts related to the sex trafficking of minor girls in West Tennessee, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and A. Todd McCall, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Lilley was charged with four counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, four counts of production of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
Lilley faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on each child sex trafficking charge and the conspiracy to commit trafficking charge; a minimum sentence of 15 years and maximum of 30 years on each of the production of child pornography charges; a minimum sentence of five years and maximum of 20 years on each of the child pornography distribution charges; and a sentence of up to 10 years on the child pornography possession charge. Each count carries a fine of up to $250,000.
This case is being investigated by the FBI. Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deb Ireland are representing the government.

*The Memphis Air Show featuring the Canadian Snowbirds Demonstration Team returned to the Millington Regional Airport September 27-29.

*The Town of Brighton celebrated it 100th birthday with the Brighton Centennial held at the Old Brighton High School in September. Hundreds showed up to the new Brighton High School to be picked up by shuttle buses provided by area churches to be driven to the Brighton Centennial site. There were activities for all ages ranging from a history lesson to a performance by the Brighton Showstars.
One area was designated for children’s play area featuring space bounces and a dunk tank that the Mayor Jeff A. Scott even took a turn on.
Speaking of taking turns, many children climbed the wall like 4-year-old Jaxon Jones. Just a few feet away arts and crafts were on display and on sale. While some event goers shopped, the aroma of burgers, barbecue and funnel cakes flowed through the sunny pleasant conditions.

*Over the years the annual game featuring rivals the Munford Cougars vs. Millington Trojans has seen its share of memorable moments. Some of the highlights over the years are Millington’s Miguel Barnes scoring six touchdowns, Eric Knowlton saving the day for Millington with a 71-yard TD run in the fourth quarter or Derek Pierce ending Munford’s losing streak last season with touchdown and conversion.
In the 2013 edition of the M&M Bowl, Millington sophomore quarterback Eldon Tyms added his name and a moment to the legacy of the rivalry. Ahead 6-0 in the first quarter Friday night, Tyms was driving the Trojans toward another score when a crazy play took place on the Millington Football Stadium field.
“It’s the M&M Bowl and every year there’s crazy plays one way or the other,” Millington Head Coach Chris Michael said. “Just expect it. That was a bad read by Eldon and a bad throw by Eldon. The receiver did a good job of getting back and stripping that ball.
“Eldon in an effort to get over there and make a tackle, by the time he gets over there to make the tackle the ball rips out and hits him in the hand,” he continued. “Then he does a good job of running it in and breaking a couple of tackles to get it in the end zone. That’s what you come to expect from this game.”
That Tyms touchdown was one of the big plays for the Trojans leading to a 39-0 win over the Cougars, returning the M&M Bowl Trophy back to Flag City.

*Just in time for the M&M Bowl, it was time for the full unveiling of the Millington Football Stadium Concession Stand benefiting the Millington Band. Several donations were given in time, money and work. From start to finish, the Millington Kiwanis Club and members like Bruce Rasmussen have laid the foundation literally and figuratively to get the concession stand built in time for the 2013 Trojan Football season. But moments before the debut Friday night, one of the last parts needed for completion was in jeopardy. With the original plumber backing out of the project, Cody Childress of Splash Plumbing located at 6664 Willow Brook Street in Millington came to the rescue. Splash Plumbing had both the men’s and women’s restrooms working before kickoff. And the volunteer parents working the stand had running water.

*Alice Lucille Jones, 61, of Memphis, formerly of Jackson, passed away Sept. 7, 2013 at the Methodist Hospital. She taught for 30 years at Millington Central High School. Service was held Sept. 11 at the Hurt’s Chapel C.M.E. Church, 383 Hurt’s Chapel Road, in Jackson. Burial followed in the Parkway Memorial Gardens. She is survived by four sisters, Pearlie Matthews-Fields of Jackson, Laura Turner of Chicago, Annie K. Jones of Milwaukee, Wis., Judy (Jay B.) Mercer of Nashville; three brothers, Joe (Lotus) Jones of Forest Hills, N.Y., Clifford Jones, Sr. of Memphis, Ed “Too Tall” Jones of Farmers Branch, Texas; two uncles, Charles (Luster Mae) Lancaster of South Bend, Ind., Wilbon (Diane) Lancaster of Milwaukee, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

*Playhouse 51, Millington’s Community Theater, celebrated the opening of their 10th Anniversary Season with dinner and a show Sept. 27. Festivities began with cocktails in the Magnolia Room at NSA Pat Thompson Center.

*Several visitors to the 2013 International Goat Days in September held at USA Stadium in Millington pulled out cameras and cell phones to take pictures of all kinds of goats. Some were dressed in outfits during the two-day event. The 24th Annual International Goat Days Festival BBQ Bash brought world-class barbeque into town Sept. 13–14 as championship barbeque teams from more than eight states and two countries descend on Millington for prizes, cash and fame.

*When Foreigner’s past tour stopped in Memphis in September, they featured Memphis music in a very special way. They had the Munford High School Advanced Choir accompanying them live on stage. The choir won the band’s “Sing with Foreigner” contest, where one lucky high school joins the multiplatinum band onstage to sing together. Foreigner, who appeared September 20th as the final concert in this year’s Live at the Garden series, has been offering this contest on each of its tour stops over the last five years. Classic Hits 94.1 KQK partnered with the band to promote the contest, a part of Foreigner’s charitable work for the Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation. The band will also be making a donation to the choir program as part of their arts education advocacy. Munford choir director, Peter Colin, Jr., says “it’s so great to see the music industry reach out to music education in this way. Experiences like these are what connect students to music and the arts.”
It’s another exciting performance for the MHS Advanced Choir, a 36-member group extracted from the 162-member MHS choir program. This concert comes on the heels of their Carnegie Hall debut this past Easter, and adds to the choir’s impressive resume over their 67-year history.

The unified board has named Dorsey Hopson permanent superintendent in early September. The Shelby County Board of Education voted yesterday to end its partnership with a national search firm and change Hopson’s interim title to the superintendent of the unified school system. Board members noted the Hopson’s performance in the newly unified school district and during the transition phases has been solid. Every member of the board voted to make Hopson the permanent superintendent. Hopson, former general counsel of the Memphis City Schools, was introduced to the area education scene when he was named interim superintendent of the former Memphis City Schools replacing Dr. Kriner Cash in February. The combined system came into affect July 1.

October 2013
*The Fourth Annual Millington Fall Festival was held in late October at the Millington Farmers’ Market.
Since 2010, Millington residents have come to know the first Saturday in May as the opening of the Market and the last Saturday in October as it’s finale for the season.
Vendors like Marla’s Garden and Larry Duncan’s Boiled Peanuts have been a fixture at the Millington Farmers’ Market the entire time. Over the years, vendors have set up shop offering fresh vegetables, homemade jams, arts, crafts and designer items under the roof of the Market.
2013 was no different with several first-year merchants. Vendors like James Hoppis welcomed the new arrivals. Hoppis has been at the Market since 2010 and started selling his fresh herbs and chili powder three years ago.
“This is a wonderful chance for us to offer things people don’t even realize is food,” Hoppis noted as he stood at the Joy Today booth. “Here you have five different tomatoes with five different taste. You can find that here. All the vendor fellowship creating a family type environment.”

*As several residents of Millington prepared for the escort of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Munford, many had a visual treat hours before the sound of one motorcycle.
Before the Patriot Guard Riders from Tipton County made there way up Highway 51 in front of the 18-wheeler housing the Wall, locals spotted the old anchor that used to be stationed in front of Millington Transmission located at 7656 Highway 51 North. More than a year ago, the anchor given to the city by the U.S. Navy was removed. A group, featuring members like former Millington Mayor Richard Hodges and Fleet Reserve Branch 86’s Eugene Leech, raised funds to purchase the anchor back and preserve it. There efforts were rewarded with a chance to display the refurbished anchor with a POW and American Flag along Highway 51 as the Wall came through town.
“It’s important to have it out here to be seen while the Wall is being escorted,” Leech said, also a member of the VFW Post 7175 and American Legion Post 252. “We wanted to show our appreciation for them doing a big favor for our country. It’s to remember those who protected and served our country.”
Several residents expressed happiness seeing the anchor with a new paint job and still intact. The anchor was sold for $800 after it was removed from in front of Millington Transmission.
Millington Transmission owner Leslie McGroom remembers the moment the anchor was removed from it’s resting place after more than 30 years.
“They came and got it with a wrecker from my property,” he said. “I was very, very, very angry. When I called and told them we needed to clean it up because I felt it was very disrespectful to the (Navy) and the town for this thing to be all rusty, nasty looking. I told them we ought to clean it up, paint it make it look like it does right now. They did an awesome job on it.”
The group trying to save the anchor raised the $1,800 needed to purchase it. With efforts from Leech, the anchor was refurbished for $450.

*Amos Patton, 42, of Cordova, was charged today in a criminal complaint with one count of assault within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III; Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, A. Todd McCall; Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Michael C. Cote; and Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback.  According to the affidavit filed with the complaint Thursday Patton was directed by his commanders to come to the Tennessee Army National Guard Recruiting Center, located at 5650 Attu, Millington. During this meeting, Patton was notified that he was being relieved of duty, recommended for reduction in rank, and recommended for separation from the active guard reserve because of misconduct. Following the meeting, Patton was directed to return government equipment believed to be in his government vehicle. When he returned from the car, Patton had in his possession a “fanny pack.” When he attempted to access the pack, one of the Tennessee Army National Guardsmen yelled “Gun.” At that point, a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) attempted to subdue Patton. Patton was able to fire his weapon, and rounds struck three Tennessee Army National Guard personnel in the room. Patton ran from the building, followed by the senior NCO, who caught Patton, subdued him, and held him until the Millington Police Department arrived and took Patton into custody. The handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

*Today’s generation is considered a fast pace group, consistently moving in this highly technological world. From social media programs to the Internet, a teenager can communicate across the world in mere seconds and be informed of major news in no time. But there is one teen in Millington who used an old-school method to see the world, move fast and make news of his own. Jacob Copeland, 17, finished the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October in 4 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds. That time was good enough for the fifth fastest time in his peer group. Copeland finished 55th for his age bracket (16-19 years old).
“It was worth it,” he said. “It was tough, especially the last 6.2 miles. They were the hardest by far. But it was so worth it because of the sense of accomplishment. To accomplish something like that just feels so awesome.”
Copeland was joined by his parents Kathryn Copeland and Michael Cowgill and about a group of 10 supporters including classmates Carter Hawkins, Greg Hairston, Luke Walker and Tyler Harrison in the Windy City.

*Five of the 10 candidates running for seven positions on Millington’s first municipal school board responded to questions in October during a public Forum.
Co-sponsored by The Millington Star and the Millington Exchange Club at the Harvell Civic Center, the Forum was moderated by Star Editor Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Nov. 7 school board election would feature only three contested races.
Oscar Brown and Cecilia J. Haley competed for Position 2, Jennifer Carroll and Thomas D. Stephens for Position 6, and Donald K. Holsinger and Charles P. Reed for Position 7.
The four uncontested candidates were Gregory Ritter for Position 1, Chuck Hurt Jr. for Position 3, Cody Childress for Position 4 and Louise Kennon for Position 5.
In his opening remarks, Sellers noted that three of the 10 candidates – Childress, Hurt and Stephens – were not present.

*Things were going according to the Munford Lady Cougars’ plans in late October.
Head Coach Nina Makris’ crew would arrive to the Brighton Gymnasium to start the District 13-3A Volleyball Tournament. The defending champs picked up a three-set victory over the Hardin County Lady Tigers to advance to the championship game later that night.
The next phase for the Lady Cougars was wait on the winner of the Dyer County Lady Choctaws vs. Brighton Lady Cardinals match up. And after five thrilling sets, Dyer County emerged as the opponent for Munford.
With the Lady Choctaws fresh off a 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 15-12 win over Brighton, the Lady Cougars were supposed to take advantage of a tired Dyer County squad and win the title in three sets.
But the Lady Choctaws had their own agenda of trying to win the district title and earn the No. 1 seed in Regionals. Dyer County won the opening set over Munford 25-20.
“We were definitely concerned,” Lady Cougar junior Cecily Gable said. “We were not expecting that. But they’re a really good team. They’re scrappy. They go after everything.
“We just kind of brought it together,” she added. “We knew our attitudes needed adjustment. We had to stay positive.”
The Lady Cougars regrouped in time to win the next three sets 25-21, 25-16 and 25-12 to win the district championship and earn the right to host this week’s Region 7-3A Volleyball Tournament.

*The Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee gives a Coach of the Year award each year to the most outstanding coaches in A, AA, and AAA in both boys and girls basketball.  In order for coaches to receive this award they must be a member of BCAT.  This year Steve Poindexter of Munford High School received this award for AAA girls.  Poindexter guided the Lady Cougars to Sub-State.  Jim Bean  from Macon County won the AA girls award.  Class A went to Lamar Rogers from Clark Range High School.  The awards were presented at our annual coaching clinic in Nashville.  There were some 400 plus coaches in attendance.  Some of the speakers were Josh Pastner and Melissa McFerrin from University of Memphis.

*MCHS coach selected to head All-Star team on Oct. 15. One of the brightest young coaches in the Memphis area will face one of the area’s most successful veteran coaches in the 12th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football Game. Millington Central High School Head Coach Chris Michael will coach the Blue Team and Lynord Crutchfield, the longtime head coach at Central High School will lead the Red Team. The All-Star Game featured the top 84 players from Shelby County Schools and private schools in the Memphis area.

*Oval track racing returned to the Mid-South as the CRA Super Series and JEGS Late Model Series battle it out in twin 125 lap races plus a 50 Lap Shootout on Tap featuring the stars of the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. On Oct. 26, the Memphis International Raceway hosted “Racing is Back – Memphis 250 with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS. See history in the making as Ross Kenseth, Steven Wallace and Cody Caughlin compete in the inaugural oval track race at Memphis International Raceway.

*Two former Millington Central High School Queens were on hand Homecoming night in the Millington Football Stadium to crown the 2013 Homecoming Queen.
1993 honoree Missi Carter Joiner stood beside 2012 Homecoming Queen Erin Clark to present this year’s tiara to senior Iris Reyes. Escorted by her father Jose Reyes Sr., Iris said she was surprised to be voted Queen by her peers.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” she said. “This is truly an honor because we had so much good competition with our senior class. This makes me feel really special.”
Reyes is the daughter of Jose and Ema Reyes. She is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, SGA, Young Life, FCA and the captain of the Millington Lady Trojan Soccer team.  Other on the 2013 MCHS Homecoming Court were freshman maid Tamara S. Braden escorted by her cousin Tevin Richardson, sophomore maids Sara Carrisoza escorted by her uncle Eddie Savage, Ally Hall escorted by her father Derrick, junior maids Ashlee Fleming escorted by her brother Randon Fryerson, Mackenzie Ingram escorted by her father Darryl, Aaliyah Threlkeld escorted by her brother Ke’Vontae Threlkeld, senior maids Keonia Burnett escorted by her father Cedric, Kennea Raine escorted by her father Kenneth and Dawn Taylor escorted by her father Michael.

*Beside the people, there were three key components of true American small town.
Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs member Ruth Billingsley noted the trio and how the ones that were in Rosemark, Tenn., helped shape the town as it today. Also the that trio helped Rosemark be declared a historic landmark by Millington, Shelby County and State of Tennessee.
“Every strong small town needed a store, school and church,” she said. “And as you can see today as we stand here the presence of some of those.”
The historic marker unveiled Oct. 5 on the grounds of Richland Associate Reform Presbyterian Church read “Rosemark National Historic District: Land Grant 1788.”
But before HARE member, author and Judge Jon P. McCalla pulled the cloth off the marker with the help of dignitaries, several people attend the festivities before the ceremony. From the Rosemark Civic Club to the Rosemark Garden Club were on hand informing event-goers about their organizations and the town they call home.
There were games and activities for children. Historic displays gave a view of Rosemark at the turn of the 20th century like the 1952 Ford 8W Tractor provided by Arnett Tractor and Equipment.
People from all over Shelby County came not only to hear music from We Be 3 and inspect classic cars in the Tipton-Rosemark Academy parking lot, they also got a quick history lesson on Rosemark.

*For the first time in three  years, Tipton-Rosemark Academy has soccer.
In the mid 2000s TRA created a boys’ and girls’ soccer program. The sport had a brief stay on the campus and despite the short life, it had some success.
But in 2009-10 the Rebels fielded their last teams and soccer vanished. Then this summer came the arrival of Matt Baxter to the TRA campus.
“I’m very excited to be here,” he said. “For me, I’ve coached some club and I’ve coached some camps. This is my first high school. It’s an absolute pleasure because the girls have been absolute fantastic. They’ve given 100 percent commitment the whole time.
“They’ve worked hard and they’ve put up with me shouting a little bit,” Baxter continued. “I’m proud to be here. It’s an excellent school. They’ve supported me and they didn’t have a program previously. We’ve set up hopefully a feeder system as well. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the boys this spring. We’ll set up the boy’s JV. And hopefully when we get the feeder system we’ll have JV and varsity.”
The TRA administration have given full support to Baxter reviving the Rebel Soccer program. This year the Lady Rebels have taken the field in JV action only. The same is planned for the Rebels this spring.

*On hand to celebrate Millington Middle School’s 40th anniversary in October were  Shelby County School Chief of Student Services, Herchel Burton; former SCS Financial Advisor Ernest Carter; Millington Chamber of Commerce Executive Board member Dianne Baker; Millington Alderman, Thomas McGhee; Millington Middle School Principal Amie Marsh; former MMS Principal, Louise Kennon; former MMS Principal, Roger Deanes; Millington Alderman, Larry Dagan; former MMS teacher, Marshall Cummings.  In October, Millington Middle School celebrated its 40th year in educating the children of Millington.  The celebration included weekly trivia questions throughout September about Millington Middle School and the community which it serves, that the students answered to win prizes;  “1973” shirts to commemorate the inaugural year of the school, and a Birthday Bash on October 3, which culminated the celebration, complete with birthday cupcakes for all guests, students, faculty and staff.  Invited guests included dignitaries from the City of Millington, Shelby County Schools and past principals of Millington Middle School. “1973,” students who wore their 1973 shirts on Oct 3, to commemorate the anniversary.

November 2013
*After the Nov. 7 Millington Municipal School Board Election, all seven members of the first time board are known: Position 1 Greg Ritter, Position 2 Cecilia “CJ” Haley, Position 3 Chuck Hurt Jr., Position 4 Cody Childress, Position 5 Louise Kennon, Position 6 Jennifer Carroll and Position 7 Don Holsinger.

*The football career of Charles Mosley has loomed large over the field and history books of Brighton.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, well over 300 pound lineman has dominated the middle of the Cardinal defensive line helping to shut down opposing offenses. In the process, Brighton has reached the postseason all three varsity seasons for Mosley including winning the 2013 District 13-3A championship.
With all the team success and impressive play of Mosley, several major colleges have offered the Brighton standout. And the Cardinal senior has racked up many awards and honors. The latest in that line of accomplishments is being Brighton High School’s first player to be nominated for a Mr. Football Award.
“I just feel blessed,” Mosley said. “That was one of the things I always wanted to be — Mr. Football. Dec. 2, I’m going to see if I won it or not.
“I’m just thankful,” he added. “I just want to go out here and be a team player. All the success I’m receiving, I’m just happy my teammates get to see everything and be a part of this with me. It’s all just a blessing.”
Mosley and members of the Brighton Football program including Head Coach Will Wolfe will attend the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards banquet Dec. 2 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro. Mosley is nominated along with Dylan Jackson (Maryville) and Jack Jones (Oakland) for the Division Class 3A Lineman award.
The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The top kicker in the state will also be honored.

*The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance on final reading that changes its regular monthly meeting date from the first to the second in November.
Board members took the action during their Nov. 4 meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Bethany Huffman and seconded by Alderman Hank Hawkins.
The ordinance was passed on first and second readings, respectively, on Sept. 3 and Oct. 7.
It states that, if the second Monday of a month is on a day observed by the city as a legal holiday, the meeting will be scheduled on the second Tuesday of that month.
Section 4.05 of the new City Charter requires the board to establish its regular meeting date and time by ordinance.

*The normally quiet Lucy neighborhood was full of police cars Nov. 25 with officers investing two bodies found dead at a house on the 3000 block of Oakhurst Avenue. By the afternoon, reports identified one of the victims as Millington Central High School Art Teacher Amy Lange. And the other body found was of her estranged husband Mark Perry.
“It is murder-suicide,” said Millington Police Inspector Charlie Coleman.
Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback confirmed the identities of the two found dead at 3829 Oakhurst Ave. The loss of Lange hit the MCHS and Millington communities hard prior to Thanksgiving. A teacher at the school for nearly a decade, Lange became known for her promoting her students’ work, growing the art program and building up the culture of art in Millington. She was named Shelby County Schools Teacher of the Year in 2012-13.
“It’s been very exciting,” Lange told The Millington Star earlier this year. “It’s very unexpected. I didn’t expect to be even nominated. Mr. (Mark) Neal nominated me and when they came in they surprised me with balloons and someone from the Board. I thought, ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’ I didn’t think anything farther from that.”
She taught Art II, III and IV. Then advanced placement students and media graphic pupils work under her experienced guidance. Lange used her position as an art teacher to start events like the annual Silent Auction and sales at the Millington Farmer’s Market that have promoted students and their creative pieces. Lange was a part of the Millington Arts Council. She got students like ST Davis featured on billboards in New York. Other students have had their work displayed at the Memphis International Airport. Lange and Perry made their home in the Lucy community.

*National Signing Day kicked off Wednesday. And another area student/athlete to sign a national letter of intent was Brighton Cardinal Colton Hathcock. The senior pitcher inked a letter to The University of Memphis. The senior standout has shined for Brighton Head Coach Brian Oswalt from the plate and mound. With a powerful fastball, effective curve and developing change-up, Hathcock attracted several area teams like Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis. Hathcock picked his hometown team over the pair of SEC schools citing the program, campus and Memphis Head Coach Daron Schoenrock. Schoenrock enters his 10th season at the controls of Memphis Baseball armed with a club featuring both experienced players and a talented group of newcomers. Schoenrock led the Tigers to the program’s seventh 30-win season and second straight since joining Conference USA in 1995. The Memphis Tigers will be a part of the American Athletic Conference this upcoming season.
Hathcock will join the Tiger squad in fall of 2014.

*National Signing Day paid a visit to the campus of Tipton-Rosemark Academy this afternoon. TRA Baseball Head Coach Brad Smith presented his standout senior Connor Alexander for his signing ceremony. Alexander inked a letter of intent to play at The University of Memphis.
Alexander joined his older brother Cale, as Rebels to sign letters of intent to play baseball. Cale is a member of the Christian Brother University Bucs. It was Connor’s final season playing along side his brother at TRA were he started to gain attention from college scouts. As a sophomore, the younger Alexander was a key bat and emerging arm helping TRA reach the State Tournament. Last season he was a leading hitter and one of the best pitchers. With his natural talent and ability, Memphis Head Coach Daron Schoenrock was one of the coaches heavily after Connor.

*On Nov. 1, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed a concert to benefit Cpl Christian Brown.
Brown was wounded in Afghanistan, when he stepped on an explosive device. He arrived at the Center with police and Patriot Guard escorts. People were lined up watching as Brown arrived in a long black limousine. When the door opened and he got out, he declined the wheelchair and made the way inside on his prosthetics legs, to the sound of people applauding his arrival.
The ballroom was filled with people there to support Brown. Sinise, with his Foundation and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation have come together to put on concerts across the country to benefit wounded soldiers. They donate their time and money to see that these soldiers have a “smart home” built for them.
The Tunnel to Tower Foundation was formed to honor Stephen Siller, a New York fire fighter who died during 9/11. They have joined up with the Gary Sinise Foundation and are “Building for America’s Bravest”.
Sinise said he enjoys doing concerts to benefit these soldiers. That Friday night Sinise was enthused again to perform this time for Brown, who he considers a close friend.

*In a hard-fought battle to open the TSSAA Class 5A of the playoffs Nov. 8, the East Mustangs emerged as the victors on the Millington Football Stadium turf. The host and No. 4 seeded Millington Trojans got a late interception return for a touchdowns with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game. But the No. 5 seeded Mustangs ran out the clock to win and advance 19-14. East played at Henry County the following week. The No. 1 seeded Patriots defeated Kenwood 52-8 in the opening round Friday night. The Mustangs (9-2) jumped out 7-0 against Millington after taking advantage of a Trojan fumble at the 28 yard line. East made the short march to the end zone capping off the drive with a Devante Turner 7-yard TD run with a minute and 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Trojans (6-5) tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter when LaKeron Garcia scored on a 7-yard run of his own. The scoreboard read 7-7 at the break. Midway through the third quarter East regained the lead at 13-7 when Turner crossed the goal line from 5 yards out. Then the Mustangs went ahead 19-7 after a blocked field goal was returned to the 14-yard line. To capitalize on the turnover, East fed the ball to fullback Roderick Fields for a 3-yard TD with 8 second left in the period. The Millington defense held East scoreless in the fourth quarter including a stop on downs. With 2 minutes and 58 seconds remaining, the Trojan defense came up with a big play giving Millington some hope. Linebacker Dante Pitts intercepted a Marvellous Jackson pass near the East sideline. Pitts raced down the field to the end zone for the 40-yard pick-six to make the score 19-14. But East was able to get enough first downs to run out the clock and end the Millington season.
Franklin Road Academy defeated the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels 34-21 in the first round of the Division II-A playoffs. In Class 6A First Round action, the Memphis Central Warriors won a shootout in Brighton 54-48 to eliminate the Cardinals.

*Shelby County Sheriff Office and the Millington Police Department joined forces for Operation United Front in November. The units gathered together across from Millington City Hall for a briefing prior to going on patrol.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office along with the Millington Police Department worked a joint operation inside the Millington city limits along with unincorporated areas of the county.
The results are as follows; one drug search warrant netted (3) Felony arrests along with 27 grams of powder cocaine, 390 grams of marijuana and $847 in cash.
17 Warrant arrests with 20 warrants cleared.
(2) DUI arrests, (2) juveniles located and arrested for robbery, 148 regular citations and (8) Misdemeanor citations issued.

*On Nov. 1, the first Millington Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted during halftime of the Bolton/Millington football game.
Family, friends and some of the honorees were on hand all night for a dinner and induction. Plaques will be made and on display in the Williams Osteen Gymnasium. And the first inductee into the Hall of Fame was William Osteen. Also a part of the inaugural class were Tommy Harrison, Bobbie Percer Sr., Chris Michael, Nancy Norwood, David Terrell, Mooney Boswell, Rex Waits, 1928 Girls’ Basketball Team, Gordon Wilson, Jake “JC” Carter and the 1962 Football Team.

December 2013
*The Millington School Board has voted to offer the city’s first school superintendent position to Dr. David Roper of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Board members took the action Dec. 20 during a special called meeting in the Board Chamber at City Hall. Roper was one of three applicants among six semifinalists for the position who were invited to return this week for second interviews. The other finalists were Ronnie Mackin, former regional superintendent of the Achievement School District, and Scott Porter, superintendent of the Bluford, Ill., School System.
The initial interviews were conducted Dec. 10 and 11 in the Board Chamber.
In the decision by the school board, Roper received four votes, and Mackin got three votes.
As a master clinician in the College of Education at MTSU, Roper trains teacher candidates.
With a doctorate in education administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he has eight years’ experience as a school superintendent in systems comparable in size to what Millington’s will be.
He spent 21 years in the Birmingham, Ala., School System, advancing from a school psychologist to executive assistant superintendent. He subsequently served as the school superintendent in Roanoke, Ala., and Elizabethton, Tenn.
Roper has also been the director of assessment in the Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Special Education and executive director of the Guilford County, N.C., School System’s Office of Innovative Services.

*Millington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala is held in December.
Leanna Dagen, Dagen’s Jewelry
Patriot Bank
Hall of Honor
Leroy Boatwright, Boatwright Pharmacy

*Millington Fire Department Lt. Tommy Wilston knew the community he serves would step up to the cause for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Still a little short on their fund raising goals for 2013, MDA reached out to Chief Gary Graves and the MFD to be the cause for the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. With help from Millington Walmart managers Matt Cody and Mary White, fire fighters were able to make six visits to the business to raise $5,000 for MDA.
“This community stands behind us and believes in us,” Wilston said. “So it went really well. This community is very chariable. So it makes us feel good to know our community will support us and a good cause.”
Fire fighters took to the streets of Millington to “Fill the Boot” for the MDA several times throughout the month of November at the Walmart and raised money to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.

*Sporting a mohawk design by Jarra Dowell of Mandatory Swagg Barber Shop in Millington, Brighton senior standout lineman Charles Mosley made it clear where he plans to attend school next year. With orange and white checkerboards on the side of his head, Mosley’s fresh haircut read UT Vols.
Mosley announced Dec. 9 in front of family, friends, teammates and Brighton High School administrators he will attend The University of Tennessee. The 6’5 Mr. Football Lineman finalist was joined by his parents Jeffery and Janet and siblings Jeffery Jr., Michael and Maya for the announcement.
Mosley under Brighton Head Coach Will Wolfe has guided the Cardinals to playoffs each varsity season and to the 2013 District 13-3A championship. Mosley is a member of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Blue Team, which will took the field that next Saturday at MUS to face the Red Team at 3 p.m.
Mosley will make it official on National Signing Day in early February joining Tennessee. “Why not Tennessee?” Mosley said. “It’s the school I fell in love with. I feel at home at Tennessee and Coach Jones. I’m ready to go to work right away and bring Tennessee back on top.”

*Icy and cold weather canceled the 2013 Millington Christmas Parade. The Munford Christmas Parade was postponed until Dec. 14.

*After they were sworn in Dec. 2 Millington’s first municipal school board members elected a chairman and approved an agreement negotiated with the Shelby County School System. With Mayor Terry Jones administering the Oath of Office, the board members vowed to support the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions, the new Millington City Charter and ordinances and to “faithfully and impartially” perform all their duties.
Following a 45-minute reception in the lobby of City Hall, the board began its first meeting in the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Chamber.
On a motion offered by Louise Kennon and seconded by Chuck Hurt Jr., it unanimously approved an agreement to pay the county school board $2,762,628 over a 12-year period, which amounts to $230,219 a year.
Board Attorney Charles Perkins said the money will come from the Basic Education Program funds that the board will receive each year from the state. The first payment will be due in November 2014.

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