Bro. Frank Whitman of Bethel Springs, TN was born November 17, 1932 in Chester County, TN the son of the late Roby Odell and Era Brooks Whitman.  He was united in marriage to Ann Weaver on December 24, 1955.
Bro. Whitman was a member of Selmer First Baptist Church.  He was a Baptist Minister formerly pastoring Selmer Second Baptist Church, Lone Oak Baptist Church near Corinth, MS, Cave Springs Baptist Church near Henderson, TN, and Olive Hill Baptist Church in Guys, TN.  He preached many revivals and hosted a radio ministry on WADI in Corinth and WDTM in Selmer.
Bro. Frank was a Korean War Army Veteran.  He was employed by Brown Shoe Company in Selmer for 17 years.  He enjoyed his family, farming, and raising cattle and horses.  He was the owner and operator of Lake Hill Memorial Gardens in Bethel Springs, Pine Hill Memorial Gardens in Adamsville, and Chester County Memory Gardens in Henderson. He departed this life on August 15, 2017 in his home at the age of 84 Years, 8 Months, 29 Days.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Whitman; four daughters, Vickie Rowland and husband Anthony, Sherry Miller and husband Steve, Lorie Tull and husband Robbie, Cristi Dickey and  husband Brian, all of Bethel Springs, TN; seven grandchildren, Brandy Berg (Jeremy), Tiffany Gray (Josh), Misty Brown (Dustin), Kimberly Rowland (Matt), Autumn “Cookie”  Raper (Daniel), Emma Dickey, and Robert Frank Tull (Abbey); 11 great grandchildren and a great grandchild, Andy Wayne, on the way.
Also survived by a sister, Sandra Bass (Leon) of Michie, TN; a brother, Homer Whitman (Arby) of Selmer, TN; a sister-in-law, Peggy Whitman of Finger, TN; a host of extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Whitman was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Whitman.
Funeral services will be held on August 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, TN, with Bro. Ronnie Geary and Bro. Anthony Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, TN.  Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer 731-645-3481.

Weather Update:

Clouds are increasing across West Tennessee this morning. They are increasing in response to outflow or rain cooled air from the convection back over Arkansas and Missouri. This complicates the forecast today. The degree of destabilization will depend strongly on how much sunshine we have across West Tennessee. Models are still redeveloping activity this afternoon, but it may be more mid to late afternoon before the atmosphere recovers enough to support robust updrafts. We’ll keep you updated. I went ahead and dropped back the high temperature today to around 88°F. The thick cloud cover suggest hitting 90 outright will be difficult today, especially if showers and storms pop prematurely.

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Help out those in need. RIFA will host their 6th annual Pack the Bus Food Drive this Saturday. Donations go to the snack backpack program to help feed hungry children on weekends. You can drop of food from 9 to 4 on Saturday at Walmart North, Walmart South, Kroger Lynwood Place and the Kroger University Parkway. A Jackson-Madison County school bus will be parked at these locations with volunteers accepting food and monetary donations.


The Jackson Comic, Toy and Anime show is this weekend. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. Tickets go on sale Friday from 12 to 5 and Saturday morning starting at 9. Single day tickets cost $10. Limited amounts of VIP tickets are available. Special guests include Jackson Bostwick and Mike Holeman.

JACKSON, Tenn.-Auditions were held for the play, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, to be performed by the Jackson Children and Teen Theater…
were held Wednesday at ‘The Ned’.

The play is set in 1903, about a large family preparing for the 1904 World’s Fair that is coming to St. Louis.
The play has nine primary characters and has 25 role characters.

Once the parts are cast, the actors and actresses will practice three times a week until the show begins October 19.

“If there’s any young men out there we would love to draft you for “Meet Me in St. Louis”. If you can sing, if you can read and project, you’re our person,” said Pat Alford, the show’s director.

Auditions are being held again Thursday at ‘The Ned’ in downtown Jackson.


MILAN, Tenn — The years have come and gone since Cayce Lynn McDaniel was last seen by her family. She vanished from her home 21 years ago. Although this time of year is difficult for Cayce’s family, they pulled together to honor her name.

A somber day as many remember the anniversary of Cayce Lynn McDaniel’s disappearance. The family of the missing girl hosted “Candlelights for Cayce”.

“Candlelight is just showing that this community is together and we’re honoring Cayce and trying to come together to find an answer,” Cayce’s cousin, Lucas Smith said.

A local church, The Vineyard, volunteered their building to host the vigil. “We’re always wanting to help the hurting and the broken,” Teaching Pastor of The Vineyard, Larry Eddings said. “So it was a perfect situation to help them out.”

Family members say Cayce was last seen August 16, 1996. They said she was dropped off at home by a chaperone after church that night. Cayce’s best friend, one of the last people to see her, spoke at the event.

“She said, ‘see you tomorrow’, and that was that,” Cayce’s best friend, Amber Henson said.  “If I could turn back time and know that would’ve been the last time that I would see her or talk to her.”

Family members said having a vigil in Cayce’s honor can hopefully help them find answers.

“We just want more people to remember her and hopefully bring something of it,” Cayce’s cousin, Lindsey McDaniel said.

Smith said he only has a few memories left, but of what he can remember he holds close to his heart.

“I looked at pictures and things come back to me. I just remember Cayce being always laughing and keeping everybody up, smiling just selfless personality,” Smith said.

Family members said they hope this is the last time they will have to light a candle in her honor.

Milan Police Chief Bobby Sellers, along with other officers, attended the event. Chief Sellers said over the past 21 years, the police department has never stopped searching for Cayce.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Cayce McDaniel, or her whereabouts, contact Milan police at (731) 686-3309.

JACKSON, Tenn.-A new program has been established to help active duty soldiers from Fort Campbell find work when they end their service.

“Transition to Trades” is a 30-day class that teaches soldiers plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
The program recruits soldiers that are in the last six months of duty. After the classes, the soldiers either are hired at Hiller or at other companies across the country.

“We’re hoping to gain valuable employees, you know, the soldiers, they’re dedicated, they’re honorable, it’s the best employee you could ask for,” said Daphne Frontz, senior program manager for “Transitions to Trades.”

” Having that sets, a stability and security for myself, not having to worry about how I’m going to make ends meet, how I’m going to take care of the family,” said Bryan Witzel, a transitioning soldier.

Out of the more than 150 soldiers that have participated in the classes, 103 of them have jobs, and 60 of them are at Hiller.


JACKSON, Tenn. — The Generals drop the series opener to the Biloxi Shuckers, 6-4.


JACKSON, Tenn. — When parents have a teenager who starts driving, they are faced with all kinds of questions about safety, liability and the type of insurance needed.

Safety experts say you should ask all types of questions to both insurance companies and law enforcement about making certain your teen driver knows the law and how to stay safe.

MILAN, Tenn. — A major building demolition was underway Wednesday in Milan.

The buildings came down as part of the revitalization of the downtown area. What used to be a supermarket is soon to be retail shops and a restaurant.

City leaders say half a block of downtown will come down to be built back up again and will bring more attractions and investors to the area.

“It’s somewhat of a joint effort and good timing,” Mayor B.W. Beasley said. “I believe if you create positive energy, you create a good synergy for your town, and as a result of that you see what’s going on behind me.”

Mayor Beasley says a coffee shop as well as a bed and breakfast are soon to be in the downtown area as well.

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