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                       Ceremonies: 9:45 a.m., HCHS, and 11 a.m, Public Square
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 Hickman County Times                                                           County Population 22,295 -- Centerville Population 3,793
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Volume 60 -- Number 43, Centerville, Tennessee
                                                                                                    (2000 Census)
                                                                                                                                                                                       Monday, November 10, 2008
Aetna, Bon Aqua, Brushy, Bucksnort, Coble, Farmer's Exchange, Gray's Bend, Grinders Switch, Little Lot, Locust Creek, Lyles, Nunnelly, Only, Pinewood, Pleasantville, Primm Springs, Shady Grove, Shipp's Bend, Spot, Swan, Totty's Bend, Vernon, Wrigley

                                                                                                                                                                          U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won
                                                                                                                                                                        only one Hickman County
                                                                                                                                                                        precinct but did much better
                                                                                                                                                                        elsewhere in America, winning
                                                                                                                                                                        election as the President of the
                                                                                                                                                                        United States on November 4.
                                                                                                                                                                          The Democratic Party nomi-
                                                                                                                                                                        nee becomes the first African-
                                                                                                                                                                        American citizen to capture the
                                                                                                                                                                        nation’s highest office, defeat-
                                                                                                                                                                        ing U.S. Sen. John McCain, the
                                                                                                                                                                        Republican nominee, with 53
                                                                                                                                                                        percent of the vote, according to
                                                                                                                                                                        the Cable News network web-
Dodie C. Lovett (standing,) mainly teaches at Studio D, on the south side of the square; its open 2-7 Monday.                                                           site.

Square attracts families
                                                                                                                                                                          In Hickman County, the ma-
                                                                                                                                                                        jority of voters supported Mc-
                                                                                                                                                                        Cain, who defeated Obama here
                                                                                                                                                                        with 56.3 percent of the vote,
                                                                                                                                                                        4,784-3,563. The Republican
Churches                                                                                                                                                                senator from Arizona won 17 of
                                                                                                                                                                        the 18 precincts plus the early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         BARACK OBAMA
find this is                                                                                                                                                            voting tally. Obama was a win-
                                                                                                                                                                        ner in the Armory precinct of             million to 1.093 million for
a place                                                                                                                                                                 District 5, taking a 39-38 advan-
                                                                                                                                                                        tage there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Though popular vote totals
to prosper                                                                                                                                                                The result was the second
                                                                                                                                                                        consecutive time that a majority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are indicative, it is the Electoral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  College where a president is
                                                                                                                                                                        of Hickman County voters have             elected. Obama held a 349-163
   By BRADLEY A. MARTIN                                                                                                                                                 chosen the Republican nominee             edge there on Thursday, with
   Visitors to the Centerville                                                                                                                                          for the nation’s highest office.          Missouri and North Carolina
Public Square can see that there                                                                                                                                        President George W. Bush won              still counting votes. A candidate
is a new dry-goods store on the                                                                                                                                         50.2 percent of the vote here             who earns 270 votes wins the
east side and an art studio on the                                                                                                                                      four years ago.                           election. States get electoral
south. On the north side, the old                                                                                                                                         Hickman County was reflec-              votes based on the number of
dime store is in the middle of a                                                                                                                                        tive of Tennessee as a whole in           U.S. Congress members; Ten-
refurbishment, and there’s a                                                                                                                                            the presidential race. Statewide,         nessee has nine U.S. House
bakery about to open this Satur-                                                                                                                                        McCain won 57 percent of the              members and two senators.
day on the west.                                                                                                                                                        total vote and the state’s 11               CNN exit polling of more
   The place is changing, and if                                                                                                                                        Electoral College votes. He won           than 17,000 U.S. voters showed
you duck inside any one of                                                                                                                                              majorities in 89 of the 95 coun-          the following about the election:
them, you’re liable to discover                                                                                                                                         ties, according to CNN report-              — Females were predomi-
not only an optimistic spirit but                                                                                                                                       ing, with a total margin of 1.48           (continued on page A5)
an expectation that the Public

                                                                                                                                                                        Turnout here
Square will become a serious
drawing card for shoppers once
again.                                    Chris (left) and Burt Stouffer operate Dominion Dry Goods.

                                                                                                                                                                        was barely 60%
    You also may find this: The
folks — entrepreneurs, really —              His members are just that,              “How do you minister to peo-            Chris, at the new Dominion Dry
who are coming to do business             here, and his church is not the          ple? Can you have a Bible                 Goods store, on the east side of
downtown are conservative                 only one who has lately found a          church while living in a metro            the Square. They promise good                The November 4 election                tion, when Bush defeated Vice
Christians who are focused                home in Hickman County                   area?”                                    prices on name-brand apparel,              drew 60.5 percent of registered          President Al Gore of Ten-
much more on this as a good                  ***                                     The Stouffers weren’t the only          among other things, by access-             voters to the polls, a lower per-        nessee.
place to live and raise their fam-           Burt Stouffer is among the            ones who found an answer that             ing top-of-the-line merchandise            centage than in any U.S. Presi-            In 1996, 61.8 percent of the
ilies than a place to make mon-           Heritage Church members who              required action.                          as it’s rotated off the shelves of         dential election here in at least        local electorate cast ballots in
ey.                                       have come here from suburban               Their church was looking for            well-known stores.                         16 years.                                the presidential election, when
   “It’s about the Kingdom of             Georgia. A consultant for 25             a new place; not everyone                   The Stouffers home-school                  The Hickman County Elec-               President Bill Clinton won his
God first in our lives and then           years, he and his wife Christy           would go, as it turns out. But            their children, and Chris — who            tion Commission reported that            second term, defeating U.S.
living those principles out in the        are parents of four who are de-          upon identifying the Centerville          turned 18 November 3 — is                  8,650 citizens cast ballots, out         Sen. Bob Dole.
one-another passages of scrip-            voted to their church and their          area as a worthy location, the            studying on the college level.             of a total registration of                 In 1992, 75.7 percent of
ture,” says Marion Lovett, pas-           beliefs. But making a living was         Stouffers were the first ones             The store is in part to help him           14,296. That’s fewer than in             Hickman County voters partic-
tor of the Heritage Church, a             getting in the way.                      here.                                     “decide what he wants to do,” as           2004, when 8,776 participated.           ipated when Clinton won his
Presbyterian congregation that               “I was traveling all the time,”         Burt Stouffer’s skills include          well as to provide a retail spark            Of those who voted, 4,735              first term in a race against
meets on the south side of the            he said. “Our quality of live had        selling real estate, and he says          for a downtown area where                  did so during the early voting           President George H.W. Bush.
Public Square every Sunday at             deteriorated while we tried to           the prices in Hickman County              clothing pretty much disap-                process, meaning 54.7 percent               In 1988, turnout was 4,915,
10:30.                                    life the American dream.”                are attractive; he says he could          peared from all the shelves sev-           of all the electronic ballots cast       but a total electorate was not
   “We’re here for the long haul.            Even delivering a meal to a           sell plenty of it if a major prob-        eral years ago.                            here were cast before Novem-             available, preventing calcula-
We want to see our children               fellow church family was no              lem was solved: lack of access              ***                                      ber 4.                                   tion of the percentage.
prosper. We want to see the               easy thing. He tells of the day          to high-speed internet.                     Marion Lovett and his family               In 2004, 69.9 percent of lo-             The next scheduled election
town say, ‘We’re glad they’re             his wife spent six hours on the            But that didn’t deter him.                                                         cal voters cast ballots during           in Hickman County is in Octo-
here.’”                                   road trying to do just that.               He now works with his son,                (continued on page A6)                   the November general elec-               ber of 2009, when voters in
                                                                                                                                                                        tion, when President George              Centerville elect a mayor and
                                                                                                                                                                        W. Bush won a second term                five aldermen. Countywide,
                                                                                                                                                                        over U.S. Sen. John Kerry.               the next election would come
                                                                                                                                                                          In 2000, 63.6 percent of               in 2010 with the August Gen-
                                                                                                                                                                        Hickman County voters partic-            eral Election, which will in-

                                                                                                                                                                        ipated in the presidential elec-         clude most local offices.

The good news is that
characters like this won’t
be hanging around the
                                                                                                                                                                                       HCHS FFA
                                                                                                                                                                                       fruit sale
Bobby and Sandy McFar-
lin place anymore, scar-
ing young people sleep-
less. The bad news is that
the McFarlins won’t be                                                                                                                                                           Through Nov. 21; see page B2
decorating their West
End yards for the Hal-
loween holiday anymore.
See page A2 for more
spooky sights.
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  Photo by BOB McCLELLAN                                                                                                                                                    Centerville - Lyles                931-729-5181

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