2021-07-26 E-Edition

Safe Harbor providing an addict’s path

A closer look

(Seventh in a series) “My alcohol abuse got a little bit out of hand,” says Herbie Pascal, one of the 80 men who are living at Safe Harbor Bucksnort as he seeks to recapture his life. “Whenever I got under the influence, I would turn into a different person, and it changed my whole behavior, attitude, disposition toward different people,” […]

Sheriff’s Department


Crime in the county shows some increase Crime in Hickman County increased in 2020, especially in personal injury categories, compared to 2019, according to the TBI’s annual report. In this county — not including the Town of Centerville, which is tracked separately — incidences of murder, rape, aggravated assault, stalking and intimidation showed an increase from 2019 levels. Sheriff Randal […]

Edwin Hickman Award

The rarely-given Edwin Hickman Award was presented to Hickman County Schools director Michelle Gilbert. Hickman County Chamber President Jane Herron cited her “outstanding school year” in the face of a pandemic that challenged the operation of the local system, which was open from start to finish. “She is the leader; she pulled it all together,” said Herron. Gilbert said it […]

McDonald Community Service Award

Hickman County Librarian David Dansby — who does “far more for our county than most people even know,” said Donna Bradley, received the 2021 W.E. and Mable McDonald Community Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce on July 19. Bradley, presenting the nomination on behalf of Mike and Dawn Orton, cited his community work — including leadership of the Grinders […]

Citizen of the Year

“Hickman County’s cheerleader” was the way nominator Karen Fox described Hickman County Economic and Community Development Association Executive Director Brenda Brock in her successful nomination for 2021 Citizen of the Year. Brock admitted that the description was true: “It’s a great place to live, work and play,” she said, as she accepted the award from Centerville Mayor Gary Jacobs and […]

Legacy Award

Steve Turner and the Centerville radio station — WHLP, now WNKX — were honored with the chamber’s Legacy Award, presented to long-standing businesses in the county. The radio station has been broadcasting since 1955 and Turner — with “his natural talent for singing,” has been part of it in all its capacities since 1959; he and his spouse Wanda owned […]

Chamber Member

Receiving the Chamber Member of the Year award were Janet Blackwell and Charles Caudill. Chamber Executive Mandy King cited their strong support of the organization’s anti-litter campaign and the 24th Law and Safety Appreciation Award dinner. “It’s our pleasure to help,” said Caudill.

Spirit Award

Mickey Bunn was the recipient of a 2021 Spirit Award, in recognition of his regular support, “for years,” of the chamber by fixing broken items, hanging signs as necessary and helping with other building needs, Executive Director Mandy King said. Bunn hosts the weekly Grinders Switch Hour music show, at the chamber’s office.

Buildings, 23-acre site on agenda

Two major projects will be discussed when the Legislative Body gathers on Monday night in the Hickman County Justice Center. The July 26th meeting begins at 7, with a public hearing at 6:30 for a rezoning proposal, outlined below. Any citizen may speak at the 6:30 p.m. session. Both meetings are open to the public. Mayor Mark Bentley will ask […]