Here is a recap of stories that made the front page of the Buffalo River Review in 2017 during the months of April through June. The look back will continue in the coming weeks.
According to a report from Smart Assets, Perry County taxpayers get a lot “bang for their buck,” meaning that services provided compared to property taxes paid were favorable—in fact, second most favorable in Tennessee. Only Chester County had a higher overall value index.
The Perry, Hickman, and Lewis County Health Department District was honored by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence with the coveted Interest Level Recognition. “It is a great honor to be recognized as an organization dedicated to performance excellence,” said County Heath Director Sarah Russell.
Choir members from three Linden churches—First Baptist, First Methodist, and First Christian—joined voices to offer the community an Easter cantata, “The Risen King.”
Lt. Tim Armstrong—a veteran law enforcement officer with forty years of experience—retired. First beginning work with the Ohio Highway Patrol, he became a deputy with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office in 1997.
Perry County High had special guests in April when the Allstar Nation Tour stopped as part of a four-city anti-bullying concert tour to help kids understand they’re not alone in the face of depression, anger, of suicide caused by bullying.
The Viking pressbox at the Perry County High baseball field was dedicated in the memory of standout athlete and student, the late Jimmy Hinson. During his senior year, the Memphis Commercial Appeal ranked Hinson as the state’s number one catcher. He was being scouted by pro baseball teams when his career was tragically cut short by a boating accident in 1977 after the end of his freshman year at Lambuth University where he received a dual scholarship in baseball and basketball.
Cannon Daniel and Addison Dudley were winners of the MLEC Short Story contest. Cannon, as first place winner, earned a trip to the nation’s capital on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour.
Work continued in anticipation of the annual “Remembering World War II” Living History event to restore a Linden landmark—the old Chevy dealership and Esso gas station at the red light on Main Street—to its 1940’s era appearance. Renovations continue to convert the site into a World War II museum. The event was named one of the top battle re-enactments in the United States by “History List” website.
The Perry County Sheriff’s Office took a great communications stride forward by going completely digital on Monday, May 1. The upgrade insures quality communication with officers in the field. Before the improvement, “It has not only been a hazard to our officers but for citizens needing aid in an emergency situation,” said Sheriff Nick Weems. The transition went smoothly, allowing radio communication to areas of the county that once had no service at all.
The Perry County Historical Society received a grant of $4,090 from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to purchase a microfilm reader/scanner for use in the genealogy room at the Linden library.
The first ever Boat and Water Parade sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce was held in Linden on May 20 as an official kickoff to summer boating on the county’s waterways.
Friends of the Perry County Library received a $6,609 grant to purchase new laptops, software, and technology training. The local group was one of forty-five statewide to receive the grant money.
Logan Morris (99.06447 gpa) and Alle Hinson (99.01614 gpa) were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the 2017 graduating class of PCHS, Rounding out the top ten in academics: Hope Richardson, Audrey Coble, Caden Johnson, Michaela Frank, Christian Tinin, Summer Coble, Samuel Foust, and Brandon Warren.
Robert DePriest was named the newest member of the Buffalo River Review 90s Club.
Representatives of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee visited Perry County to release local financial impact figures on the state’s IMPROVE Act. The TCT said Perry County’s five approved road projects would mean $24 million in benefits over a fifteen-year period.
A large group of local veterans came together at the war memorials on the courthouse lawn to remember the fallen on Memorial Day weekend with the laying of wreaths.
James Tucker and Naomi Faye Richardson became members of the 90’s Club in June. The club recognizes those who have reached the birthday milestone.
The Sheriff’s Garden at the Perry County Jail had an abundant harvest year and began offering free produce to the public as it became available. The garden is planted, tended, and harvested by inmates.
Cleo Harris and Ruth Denton reached birthday milestones of another sort when the Perry County ladies turned 100 and 102, respectively.
Longtime Linden Alderman Sherman Vaughan retired June 13 after serving in that post for thirty-eight years. The date was also his ninety-five birthday.
Viking standout football quarterback Jacob Tucker moved to Germany to continue his athletic career as a member of the Potsdam Royals.
Justin Spaid, a 4-H competitor in shooting sports, earned a spot on the Tennessee team and competed at the 4-H championship in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations reported that Perry County had $36 million in infrastructure needs in the areas of transportation and school renovation.