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   Over 130 people attended the public forum with Perry County Sheriff candidates, June 21, 2016, at the courthouse in Linden. 
    All three candidates—Chris Hickerson, Lee Gary Smith, and Sheriff Nick Weems—were present and provided answers to six questions they received in advance and fielded questions from the audience. 
    The event was hosted by the Perry County Tea Party, moderated by Ed Pitts, and sponsored by 101.3 WOPC and the Buffalo River Review. 
    The candidates drew numbers to determine the order in which they would answer the advance questions. That order was not followed when answering questions from the audience.
   In almost every round, Sheriff Weems’s answers were longer than those of the other two candidates, hence, the longer summaries for some of his responses. 
    Following are the advance questions and the candidates’ responses:
......For more on this story, be sure and pick up a copy of this week's edition of the Buffalo River Review. 


   Nearly one mile below the surface near Linden, some of the purest, premium drinking
water in the world was recently discovered, sealed in a previously unknown freshwater aquifer.
   Planet H2O, LLC discovered the aquifer in 2012, believed to be the deepest sourced artesian
water in the country. The water is slowly filtered through 500-million-year old rocks and
bottled at the source in a newly constructed bottling facility utilizing solar technology. 
   Unlike processed or “dead” water, which is acidic and absent of any mineral content,
Planet H2O is “living” alkaline water, containing minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium
and silica that promote good health and growth. 
    Because the aquifer is sealed and entirely free of surface contaminants, the pureness of the
water is unmatched. 
   One of these contaminants, tritium—found in nearly all drinking water today—is notably
absent in “tritium-free” Planet H2O. 
   “We have developed a world-class premium, natural artesian water resource,” says
Jim Bruner, president of PlanetH2O. 
For more on this story, be sure and pick up a copy of this week's edition of the Buffalo River Review. 


   An exciting, energetic night of musical performances awaits attendees at this Saturday’s
Music on Main Street, 7:30 p.m., on Main Street in Lobelville, TN.

   Pure Bred Rebels take the stage as the concert opener; headliner Johnny Collier will close
the show.

   Collier is no stranger to the Music on Main stage. He brings something unique to his
fans and followers in today’s music scene.  

   Digging deep into his Nashville and Muscle Shoals roots, Johnny mixes country music’s
past and present to create a passionate, soulful music adventure. 

   This isn’t the stuff your Daddy stomped his boots to, but it kind of is. You’ll hear a hint of R&B
and blues.

   Johnny’s is not a rock show, but it totally does. His ability to fuse that feel-good driving
country beat with a contemporary musical vision lead Johnny to write hot selling fan
favorites like “Hole In My Heart”, “I Got This…”, and “Never Really Famous.”

   “I’m blessed,” Johnny says, “to perform an average of 140 concerts each year all over the
South for crowds up to 80,000. People tell me all the time, ‘Man, you are so smooth. The music
 just flows out of you and it looks like you’re enjoying every second,’ and the truth is, I really
am. And they get to come along.”

   With MMG Records, Johnny’s first release, “Honey For Hire,” went to #30 on The World
Wide Top 100 Singles Chart.

   He was later awarded “Artist of the Year” by ICU Radio Network for a Number #1 song,
“Love Let Her,” which set new records by remaining in the Top Five for 28 consecutive weeks. 

   His latest single, “Never Really Famous,” is getting great reviews, radio says, “This song is
an attention-getter right from the first verse.”

   Collier got his start working with the Hank Williams, Jr. Band and has gone on to play
with some of country music’s finest performers, such as T. Graham Brown, Marty Raybon,
Terri Gibbs, Stella Parton, and so many others. 

   His drummer, Mitch Rigel’s big break came when he was hired by Gary Rossington to drum
for Lynyrd Skynyrd. After two years touring with the Skynyrd Tribute Tour, Mitch went on to
record studio tracks for major artists, tour with various groups, and worked with the Edd Jones
Orchestra for over 12 years.

   Bass player Alaina Sims began her career in live audio and lighting production,
working with  Chevalier Productions and recording artist Rexton Lee, and playing for southern
favorites such as Diedra and The Ruff Pro Band, The Ferguson Brothers, Young Sullivan, and more.

   Pure Bred Rebels started in September 2012. They are a Tennessee country rock n' roll band

Jojo Malugin on Guitar & Vocals, Jon Malugin on bass, and Jimmy Taulbee on drums.

   The rock-based band incorporated styles from rap, country, metal, but most of all, rock n' roll.

   The Pure Bred Rebels are based in Maury County but have Perry County ties. They have
played all over Tennessee and parts of Alabama.

   The music becomes magic through their energy.

   Jojo said, “We are currently finishing up the final writing touches on our new album. We play
for the love of the music and to inspire the people.

   Music on Main Street offers shows every Saturday through August 6, alternating between Linden
and Lobelville.

   Sponsored by the Buffalo River Review, Perry County Chamber of Commerce,
WOPC 101.3 FM, the Town of Linden, the City of Lobelville, Perry County Government,
and The Commodore Hotel & Café.

   In case of inclement weather, close-by indoor facilities will be made available.


   Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems announced this week that two of his deputies have
completed the twelve week Basic Police Academy.

   Forrest White, a 28 year old 2006 Perry County High School graduate from the
Lobelville community, joined the Perry County Sheriff’s Office on November 3, 2015.

   White was a star football player for the Perry County Vikings in the middle linebacker position.

   Sheriff Weems said he sought out Deputy White because he is a “home-grown, hard-working,
big man with a big heart. His love for this county is much bigger than his size and that's the
 caliber of men I'm looking for to build my team.”

   Also, Bill McClain, a 50 year old resident of the Pineview community, was hired by Sheriff
Weems on November 17, 2015, after representatives of the Perry County School
system voted unanimously to replace the former School Resource Officer with Deputy McClain.

   He was placed immediately in the schools and had six months from his hire date to attend the

   The Sheriff said McClain has already built good rapport with principals, teachers, and students.

   “I have no doubts, SRO McClain will do his best to protect our children,” Sheriff Weems said.

White and McClain graduated the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday,
June 24—both in the top of their class with high GPAs.  Deputy White said, “I'm honored
to have the privilege to serve the county I call and will always call home.:

SRO McClain stated, “Our children are our future. It is my plan to do everything in my power
to see that both our children and teachers return home each day to their loved ones.”

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