Thursday, March 17, 2011
Letters To The Editor
Tyler still has hopes of finding that duck pond:
The wild Coldwater River has claimed another victim. My grandson, Tyler Lawler, used Google Earth on the Internet and thought he had spotted a duck pond on the Hathaway Farm that the Coldwater runs through.
Tyler set out on a mission alone to confirm this finding on my seldom-visited land on the southern side of the river. He crossed the first bridge on Cayce Road and headed east. After approximately an hour of hacking his way through some thick brush and vine-infested areas with a large machete he had taken along, he realized he didn’t know exactly where he was and could not find the elusive duck hole.
He elected to start making his way back and came across a large fallen tree, about waist height, impeding his route. He chose to go over the log as Coldwater channels were on both his sides and he could not go around.
As he was climbing over the log, he lost balance and began to fall, subsequently dropping the machete. His left hand came down on the blade and cut his hand severely. He began to bleed profusely. He took off his shirt and wrapped it around the wound to stop the bleeding. Tyler had a cell phone with him, but said, “It wouldn’t have done any good to call; I couldn’t be found in a timely manner and knew it was up to me to get out.”
He then ventured about a mile through the treacherous, swampy, snake-infested Coldwater backcountry back to the Hathaway house. Tyler could not remember the path and various logs he had crossed to make it to the location where he had severed his hand. Dusk was beginning to fall and he had no option but to wade through the various channels and traverse the main body of the Coldwater on his way back. After an hour, he eventually made it back to Cayce Road, where he was shirtless and still carrying the machete.
It was during Tyler’s six-hour-long stint in the Collierville ER where he received the devastating news that he had severed the tendons in his left middle and ring fingers, as he could not move them.
Tyler underwent surgery the following week at Campbell Clinic in Germantown to repair the ruptured tendons. He is currently undergoing physical therapy and hops to eventually gain full motion back in the fingers.
His dedicated and lovely grandmother, Cora, is nursing him back to health. Tyler still has hopes of finding that duck pond, but he will have to be wary the next time he faces the wild Coldwater River.
Thanks to Marshall County law enforcement:
On February 4, I was on my way to West Palm Beach, Fla., from Malvern, Ark., when I received a call from my wife that I had to take a DOT (Department of Transportation) drug test. Well, I pulled my tractor and trailer into Slayden at the BP Station on Hwy. 72 and N. Slayden Road. I live directly across the street. Now mind you I was there at 3:30 p.m. and secured my truck and trailer for the night to go take the drug test the next morning.
I went to bed about 9:15 that night and awoke at 4:55 that next morning. I looked out the window to check on my truck and trailer only to find it was missing. Of course, I was panicked and drove right over there to the BP Station to find out if anyone had seen anything. Then I called the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and made a report with Officer Wilson.
I was freaking out that this had happened to me. It seems you never expect things like this to happen to you. I took off in my pickup truck and started driving up and down roads, not to find anything of the truck and trailer and load that was on it. By the way there were 10 reels of wrapped aluminum cable that weighed 40,000 lbs. After about three hours, I gave up and went home to start making flyers to take to the scale houses and truck stops.
On Monday, I was put in touch with Det. Jason Mills, to whom I was directed by Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, and we went over the case and I gave everything I could offer. I took off again to West Memphis and Memphis to Jackson, then to Olive Branch, Southhaven. I covered over a thousand miles in back roads and highways to the Alabama border near Iuka. I kept this up for about two weeks until I ran out of funds to go anymore.
Now I did get responses from several sources but none panned out and I was offering a $1,000 reward for the truck and trailer. Yet there was no success.
Then on March 8, my mother called me at 8:50 p.m. to tell me she had a man on her phone that was from Mooreville and he was trying to find the owner of a truck that was abandoned in a nearby hole-in-the-wall truck stop, I called him as soon as possible and talked to him for a moment, trying to hold my excitement in and verify the truck was mine and not someone else’s.
I then called Jason Mills – now this was about 9:05 at night. I could only reach him through dispatch, but boy, did he get right back to me and was already on the road. I gave him what I knew and the next call was at about 12:20 a.m. with Jason telling me he got the truck. All I could do, short of going there myself, was wait till the next morning to call him, and exercise my patience. Well, I was anxious to say the least. First thing, after I woke, I called to see what kind of condition the truck was in and to thank him.
I think there is a moral to the story and it could very well be that if you give the law enforcement officers a chance, they will work for you. I didn’t expect Jason Mills to leave his family in the middle of the night to go find a truck 70 miles away on a rainy night, and to be as dedicated to his job.
Thank you, Det. Jason Mills, and the folks at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Writing book about historic trial in county:
I am in the final stages of writing a book about my grandfather, Ben Ingram Jr., and the historic trial that took place in Marshall County in 1918.
The book is centered on eyewitness interviews I began in the 1970s.
In order to complete the book, I am looking for additional information. If you have anything to share regarding the Ben Ingram trial, please contact me.
The people listed below are of special interest. I need photographs, surviving descendants, information about their professions, full names, and anecdotes or stories you may have about them.
Dr. J.B. Bailey, Dr. McAuiley, Dr. C.R. Senter, Mr. Nichols of Bank of Byhalia; Dr. D.R. Moore; Mr. H. French of Citizens Bank; Holmes Teer; E.B. Horn, Dr. MacIntosh, W.P. Ingram, Lester G. Fant, Clyde Wright, Rush Knox, Leroy Kennedy of Albany; Judge Crum, Capt. R.L. Roper of Byhalia, M.R. Luckett, A.D. Johnson, Sol Potts, J.H. Boone, J.T. McCauley, Gus Gill, Ed Fitche, Joe Hale, J.W. Brownlee, Jesse Shaw, W.C. Earney, H.L. Poe; Dr. H.J. Sigman, E.L. Williams, Oscar Strickland, P. Stanback, L.L. Herring, J.W. Stephens, J.W. Miller, Floyd Echols, Rich Sullivan, Marshall Echols, Loretta Sullivan, J.C. McCauley Rufus Falkner, William Sharp, Robert Shard, J.M. Butter, C.T. Hicks, Alcuin Easom, Bud McComb, Tom McComb, the family of Jenny, Homer, Robert and Clifton Gatewood and Williams Masonic Lodge Number 33.
I can be contacted at 415-830-2977 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website www.schyleen.com.
Thank you so much for your help and interest. I also want to thank the many people of Marshall County who have already been of great assistance to me.
Thank you for wonderful edition of newspaper:
What a wonderful blessing to read Marshall County Faces and Places - Profile 2011.
With all of the negative news we hear, just reading positive news for a change is a delight. Each person’s story is unique and special.
I spent the weekend reading every word of this edition and enjoyed every story and feature. Thank you for a wonderful edition of The South Reporter.
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