Thursday, June 10, 2010
‘Jailed’ for good cause
By SUE WATSON
With the Marshall County Relay For Life scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in Holly Springs, the race picked up momentum last week to raise funds before the big night.
Tropical Thunder, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office team, played “Jail and Bail” and got lots of laughs Tuesday and Wednesday last week by setting up a temporary “jail” on the south lawn of the courthouse. The brightly painted “jail” was temporary quarters for lots of local celebrities who were served “warrants” by their friends who wanted to see them get what they deserved. Anyone who was taken to “jail” had to arrange for his or her “bail” at $25 cash bond.
The game started Tuesday with youth court counselor Sarah Liddy Bisenius the first to go to “jail,” followed by circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter, thrown in “jail” with attorney Amanda Whaley Smith. Chuck Thomas, chancery clerk, was happy to pay Carpenter’s “bail.” He later was thrown in “jail” and his deputy chancery clerk Susie Hill appeared from an errand with money for her boss’s “bail.” Afterward, Thomas spent good time trying to help think of others who he could put in “jail” and enjoyed lots of snickers on the sidelines as others were brought to the “jail,” many unawares.
One notable celebrity who did not know he was going to get “arrested” was none other than Holly Springs Police Chief Robert Pearson, who stepped into the trap on his way to the courthouse to handle municipal business.
While busily trying to think of someone to bring $25 for his “bail,” two others, tax assessor Juanita Dillard and Beverly “Nubbie” Hurdle with Jones & Schneller were thrown in “jail” with the chief. It was miserably hot and they tried to laugh it off while awaiting someone from their office to respond to their emergency call.
Later lots of fun and laughs were on sheriff’s receptionist Patricia Glass, who unsuspectingly and innocently was “arrested” and cuffed by deputy Carol Scruggs, who herself spent a few minutes in “jail” loudly protesting but was released after a call to sheriff Kenny Dickerson guaranteed her “bail.”
Scruggs and deputy David Cook, who both had been on the lookout for people to serve “warrants” to, surrounded Glass and threw her in the clink as she was crying for someone to call her daddy.
County prosecutor Shirley Byers worked the telephone hard to round up and serve more people with “warrants.” Bisenius and co-workers Lynn Pullen and Dawn Holbrook helped keep records of who had been served and who had paid their “bond” and who had been released on their own recognizance by approval of an IOU. Yolanda Jones and Bernita Fountain kept busy making calls for deserving “jail birds,” some who agreed to not show up but have their check ready when the “police” arrived at their office. These included some in-town attorneys, notable businessmen and some elected officials whose names were left out of the paper to protect their innocence.
County defender Kent Smith turned himself in and spent a few moments in jail without losing his composure - his trademark smirk and smile.
Some others tending “jail” for Tropical Thunder were Det. Jivaro Jones and jailer Ethyl Smith.
Others “arrested” Tuesday included Anthony Mickey with the tax assessor’s office, businessman Jonathan Moore with Booker Hardware, banker Hunter Hollingsworth with the Bank of Holly Springs, Donna Cothern with the circuit clerk’s office, Byers and Pullen,
The Relay For Life kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday this week at Sam Coopwood Park and continues until 6 a.m. Saturday. In case of rain, the event will be held inside at the Multi-Purpose Building on North Memphis Street.
The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, is held in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their lives to the disease.
The public is encouraged to attend the 12-hour event that benefits the American Cancer Society, and have fun, food, and fellowship while walking the track, listening to a variety of local musical entertainment, and enjoying some of the best fellowship Holly Springs has to offer. About 20 teams will be participating and everyone is invited to enjoy the all-night activities and to “walk for the cure.”
Proceeds raised by the Relay For Life go to research for a cure and for support services for those who are undergoing treatment.
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