Trans-America journey by bicycle
German teenager amazed at American generosity
Trans-America journey by bicycle
German teenager amazed at American generosity

Henderson continues its reputation as a crossroads of America. Every summer about this time someone travels through our fair community on a coast-to-coast odyssey. The mode of travel is varied, from walking, veterans marching in step, in Model T Fords or even on a unicycle.

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County Commission approves budget

Chester County Commission met in special called session on Monday, June 29, to discuss and approve the 2015-2016 budget for the county. The budget amendments for all departments were approved without comment.

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July 4th fireworks & festivities

July 3
Jackson Generals at the Ballpark - Fireworks are to follow the final night of the homestand with the Mobile BayBears.

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Independent offices closed Friday, July 3
Independent offices closed Friday, July 3

The offices of the Chester County Independent will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

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Reagan man sentenced on statutory rape charges

A Reagan man appeared before the Circuit Court for Chester County, Tennessee, Division II May 29, to determine the sentence to be imposed as a result of the March 25 guilty plea of Randy Ray Hart.

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Grand Jury announces indictments

The Chester County Grand Jury met June 16 and returned eight true bills.

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School board ends midterms and finals tradition

Chester County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, June 18. Board members reviewed the testing policy at Chester County High School and Chester County Junior High School, and they discussed the proposal of opting out of midterm and end-of-course testing.

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Local business wins state Small Business Administration award

Southern Chic Spatique, owned and operated by Stacey Ingold, has been named the Tennessee 2015 Rural Small Business of the Year.

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Chester County receives recycling grant
Chester County receives recycling grant

Chester County is one of only 14 places in the United States to receive a recycling grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Dr Pepper Snapple group.

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Crye-Leike Elite Realtors joins Chamber
Crye-Leike Elite Realtors joins Chamber

Henderson-Chester County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Crye-Leike Elite Realtors during a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 18.

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Ribbon is cut at Waggin' Tails
Ribbon is cut at Waggin' Tails

Chickasaw Waggin' Tails, a pet grooming facility at 655 Pleasant Springs Road, officially opened for business last Thursday with a ribbon cutting.

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Soaping out a new hobby
Could your passion turn a profit?
Soaping out a new hobbyCould your passion turn a profit?

If you have ever began any kind of hobby just for fun or even with the idea of resolving a particular problem or situation you may have also wondered if it could become a lucrative idea for profit. Something you love to do is sometimes the perfect beginning for many home-based businesses.

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Chester County Senior Citizens news

On June 19, there were 22 of us that went to Reelfoot Lake to take a pontoon excursion on the lake.

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Deanburg Community News
Deanburg Community News

It's hot in Deanburg! Hello to all this week. Hope it will be a good week.
Independence Day is next week on Saturday. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday remembering why we celebrate this historic day.

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Deanburg Community News
Deanburg Community News

Orban, Mitch and I had a wonderful trip to Murphy, Texas, to visit Orban's cousin, Carolyn, and her husband, Mickey, last week.

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Hazardous tanning: Is darkening your skin ever worth the risk?
Hazardous tanning: Is darkening your skin ever worth the risk?

It is the time of year when the heat is on to enjoy the sun, surf and turf. So many are taking their much needed, wanted or deserved vacations, children are out of school for the summer, the pools have been uncovered and filled, grills are fired up for hours of outdoor cooking and the sun and/or water worshippers are headed to the beach in droves.

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What can $200 accomplish? It can influence presidents and nations!
What can $200 accomplish? It can influence presidents and nations!

Our country this week celebrates its 239th birthday. It is a country of heterogeneous peoples from all over the world homogenized into a citizenry that has created the greatest nation and civilization humanity has ever achieved.

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A new take on cooking for company
A new take on cooking for company

Expecting company sometimes puts me at a loss for ideas, especially if said company is visiting on a work night when I don't have much time to prepare.
When we're having friends over for dinner, for some reason lasagna usually pops into my head.

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An easy lamb recipe - for all those who think lamb is fussy and difficult to cook
An easy lamb recipe - for all those who  think lamb is fussy and difficult to cook

Yes, I'm cooking lamb again. It has become one of the staple meats in our refrigerator, and contrary to popular belief, it's delicious and easy to cook.

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CC Retired Teachers met June 17
CC Retired Teachers met June 17

The Chester County Retired Teachers met at noon Wednesday, June 17, at Whiskers Restaurant. The teachers paid their association dues as they arrived.

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Chester County High School Class of 1985 Reunion
Chester County High School Class of 1985 Reunion

The Chester County High School class of 1985 recently enjoyed their class reunion marking 30 years since they graduated.

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Creative Kids learns about the newspaper business
Creative Kids learns about the newspaper business

Creative Kids Summer Camp recently visited the offices and printing facilities of the Chester County Independent.

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Library Summer Reading Program, Illusionist entertains and surprises
Library Summer Reading Program, Illusionist entertains and surprises

Every summer the Chester County Library has a summer reading program during the month of June designed to both entertain and educate.

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TCAT-Crump instructor named Advisor of Year
TCAT-Crump instructor named Advisor of Year

Regina Wyatt has been named the 2015 Tennessee Post-Secondary SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year. Wyatt was selected from a broad field of candidates representing post-secondary SkillsUSA Chapters across the state including 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

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Library Summer Reading Program
Coon Creek scientists show fossils
Library Summer Reading ProgramCoon Creek scientists show fossils

Every summer the Chester County Library has a summer reading program during the month of June designed to both entertain and educate. Children of all ages are welcome.

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Bethel University awards degree to Henderson student

Bethel University held its Spring 2015 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school's McKenzie campus.

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FHU awarded Teacher Education Program grant

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded Freed-Hardeman University a Diversity in Teaching grant for almost $100,000 over the next two years, 2015-17.

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FHU professor, student present research at conf.

Dr. Caleb Kersey, assistant professor of biology at Freed-Hardeman University, and Darren Heintzman, a junior biology major from Sistersville, W.Va,, attended a meeting of the American Society of Microbiology May 30-June 2 in New Orleans.

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Freed-Hard. student receives internship at Youth Villages
Freed-Hard. student receives internship at Youth Villages

Ashley Yeager of Henderson was recently selected for an internship at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more than 23,000 children and families live successfully.

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Dixie Softball tournaments
Angels in district title game, and then on to state
Dixie Softball tournamentsAngels in district title game, and then on to state

At Ramer, the Chester County Dixie Angels, softball age 9-10, began play Monday as the only undefeated team. CC pitchers have thrown one combined no-hitter, and offensively Maddie Burton has hit two home runs over the fence.

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Dixie Boys champions
Dixie Boys champions

Powerade sponsored team claimed the championship this season of the Chester County Dixie Boys, age 13-14, baseball league.

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Barker chosen as FHU SID
Barker chosen as FHU SID

Freed-Hardeman University alumnus Matt Barker has been named the new Sports Information Director for the FHU Athletics Department.

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USA advances to quarterfinals in FIFA Women's World Cup
USA advances to quarterfinals in FIFA Women's World Cup

The United States women's soccer team has advanced to the Quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup after defeating Columbia 2-0 on Monday afternoon.

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Women's World Cup wraps up this week
Women's World Cup wraps up this week

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will conclude this week in Canada in what promises to be a dramatic conclusion to the month long event that takes place every four years. The semifinals took place on Tuesday, as well as Wednesday of this week so by the time you read this the final will be set.

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Generals hosting camp July 23

The Jackson Generals baseball team will host the first of two baseball camps July 23 at the Ballpark at Jackson prior to the team's game against the Birmingham Barons that night.

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Gens' Diaz to play in MLB Futures Game

The Jackson Generals Class AA baseball club has announced that right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz will be a part of the MLB All-Star Futures Game at 3 p.m. July 12 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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