Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nashville News

Post date: Mar 13 2014 - 12:27pm
MURFREESBORO – Brandon Kalenda’s mother-in-law watched the segment of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” where the Jim Bob Duggar family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park. She decided that her family also needed to experience Arkansas’s diamond site, and talked them all into it. So during their travels through Arkansas last week from Louisiana to Minnesota to visit family, they stopped to enjoy the park. While they searched in the park’s 37 ½-acre search area, Kalenda, who lives in Maurepas, Louisiana, unearthed a  2.89-carat white diamond. He named his stone the Jax Diamond after his infant son, Jackson.  Kalenda told park staff he plans to keep the diamond.
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Post date: Mar 3 2014 - 12:45pm
NASHVILLE - A local woman has filed to seek the position of city clerk in the upcoming election.
Mary Woodruff, 56, said Monday her campaign for the office was inspired by both community support and an apparent lack of interest in the seat, which hadn’t been filed for since incumbent Liz McDaniel announced she would not seek re-election.
“I never really wanted to be in an elected position. Of course, I always had a job with the city,” Woodruff said. “But when it came up this year and I saw that Liz wasn’t gonna run again, I actually waited till Thursday to see if somebody was gonna run for it. Several people approached me about it and I finally decided, ‘OK, I’m gonna do it.’”
A 1976 graduate of Nashville High School, Woodruff began working for the city in 1980, spawning a career that lasted over 30 years and included stints in the water office, treatment plant, waste water plant and ultimately as the administrative assistant to the public works director. She purchased a print shop in 2009 and has served on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors for two years. This year, she was selected as president of the organization.
“Most everything I did was through the city of Nashville,” she remarked.
Asked if recent changes made to the office, which included a reduction in salary and the transfer of most financial duties to the office of the city financial director, had affected her decision to run, Woodruff said they hadn’t been a factor.
“It’s not the money, because I already draw full retirement from the city after 32 years,” she explained. “I love this town. I love the city of Nashville. That’s why I stayed here and raised my children and I’m glad my grandchildren are growing up here.”
Woodruff is a member of First Christian Church in Nashville and the mother of three sons: John Mark Cox, Kris Woodruff and Thomas Woodruff. She also has four grandchildren: Alyssa, TJ, Killis and Gracie, all of whom reside in Nashville.
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Post date: Mar 3 2014 - 12:42pm
NASHVILLE - A local man has filed to represent ward one on the city council.
Joe Hoen, 44, announced Friday that he will seek the seat vacated by Matt Smith, who announced a bid for state representative last month.
“I’m involved with stuff in the city, I live here, I’m involved with sports at the park and my child goes to school here,” Hoen said when describing his motivation for seeking the seat. “I want to help the city grow.”
A 1989 graduate of Ouachita High School, Hoen relocated to Nashville in 1991 and has worked as a milk distributor for Perry Rice ever since. He has served in the Army Reserve for 14 years, as a reserve deputy for eight and has been a member of the Nashville Fire Department since 1998.
Asked to comment on issues currently facing the council, including the proposed annexation of additional property and changes made to the duties of the city clerk and financial director, Hoen declined to comment, saying he needed to more thoroughly research the matters.
Hoen and his wife, Lulu, have one daughter named Lauren, and attend Ridgeway Baptist Church.
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Post date: Mar 3 2014 - 12:35pm
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Scrappers are headed to the state basketball tournament for the first time in over 50 years after finishing third in regionals.
Nashville defeated Hamburg Thursday, suffered a loss at the hands of Monticello Friday, then bounced back with a win over conference rival Bauxite Saturday to claim the third place seed.
Thursday night the Nashville Scrappers took on the Hamburg Lions in the second round of the regional tournament and pulled off a 63-51 victory.
The game started off equally good for both teams with Nashville and Hamburg both scoring 12 points in the opening period. Cameron Alexander led with six of the 12 followed by Brandon Shamrock with four and LaMichael Pettway scored two.
The second period proved to be almost just as close as the first, with the Lions outscoring Nashville by one point, 11-10, in that period. Pettway put up four points, Trey Hughes scored his first three, Shamrock put up another two points and Alexander had one point. Going into the half the two teams were at a stalemate with Hamburg up by one, 23-22.
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Post date: Feb 26 2014 - 12:45pm
NASHVILLE - A Mineral Springs man accused of raping an elderly Tollette woman has been found fit to proceed in Howard County Circuit Court.
Adrian Wooten, 39, appeared in court Wednesday and was ordered to return April 30 for pretrial with a trial date scheduled for May 20. The mental evaluation was ordered for the suspect in December of last year.
Court documents indicate that the charges against Wooten stem from an August 2013 incident during which police allege he entered the home of a 79 year old woman and physically assaulted her.
“During the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 2013 ... [the victim] and her 14 year old great-granddaughter were sleeping in a back bedroom in the same full sized bed,” Investigator John Eric Glidwell wrote in the arrest narrative attached to Wooten’s case file. “During this time at least one or more persons entered [the] home, possibly through a window at the east side of the home, and made his/her way to the room where [the victims] were sleeping.”
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Post date: Feb 26 2014 - 12:03pm
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Scrappers became district runners up Saturday after a week of district tournament action that saw them defeat Malvern and Arkadelphia before falling to Central Arkansas Christian in the finals.
Action began Thursday night, when the Scrappers took on the Malvern Leopards in a game that turned into a blowout 61-35 victory for the host team.
The first period of play saw the Scrappers outscore the Leopards by 11 points, 14-3. Nashville’s defense was just as strong as its offense in the first half, holding Malvern to single digit scoring in the first two periods. 
Darius Hopkins and Brandon Shamrock led the way in the first with four a piece, while Jamie Newton scored a three, Cameron Alexander had two and LaMichael Pettway made a free throw.
Nashville kept the scoring going in the second stanza with 17 points while the Scrapper defense held Malvern to only eight. Hopkins scored another six points, Alexander scored five in the second, Newton sank another three pointer, Shamrock scored two and Pettway scored another free throw. With this, the Scrappers improved to a commanding 20 point lead at halftime, sending them into the big break up 31-11.
The third proved to be the best scoring period for both teams as the Leopards scored 13 points while Nashville scored 19. Pettway and Shamrock led the period for the home team with eight a piece, followed by Alexander with two and Hopkins with one. 
In the final period of the game, the Leopards outscored the Scrappers, but only by one, and the would-be rally proved to be too little, too late. Austin Bowman scored his first two points in the fourth, while Hopkins and Pettway scored two each in the quarter, and Alexander and Kevin Brazil hit one each in the final period. 
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Post date: Feb 26 2014 - 11:59am
ARKADELPHIA - A Henderson State University Fine Arts student with Nashville ties recently presented a unique art project at the university.
Richard Lacefield, son of Rick and Judy Lacefield, of Nashville, presented ‘Melancholy’ Tuesday as part of a final project by  the graduating BFA digital design candidate. Lacefield came to Henderson State University in 2010 from Nashville. 
While enrolled at HSU, he has studied under the tutelage of Aaron Calvert, David Stoddard, and Gary Simmons. Melancholy is a culmination of these studies in ceramics, digital design, and technical pen drawing.
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Post date: Feb 20 2014 - 2:44pm
NASHVILLE - School officials are considering outsourcing the food service department of the district following discussion at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
A wellness committee consisting of several Nashville teachers spoke to the board regarding their  research into the benefits of outsourcing the food service and said they had recently toured school districts that are already outsourcing.
The committee presented the board with many different benefits of outsourcing, one of which is that it addresses the complaints by students about the selection and portion sizes. The cost of the district maintaining the service and the waste of uneaten food were presented as other concerns.
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