Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 5


Better health

Thumbs-up to Seymour District 3 Councilman Matt Nicholson for challenging other city residents to join him in training to run in the annual Oktoberfest 5K this year. The idea goes hand-in-hand with the Jackson County Health Department’s program to “Do One Thing” for better health.Autism awarenessThumbs-up to 17-year-old Tre Perry of Seymour and his family for raising awareness of autism by entering a car in the Jackson County Fair’s demolition derby July 26.


Thumbs-up to Jim Browning of Seymour and John Wesley Spurgeon and Marvin Hash, of Freetown. The three men and others formed the Spurs and Wheels Saddle Club in 1966 during a meeting at the County Seat Conservation Club, and they have stuck with it for 50 years.

Fond memories

Thumbs-up to the Kern Family of Lawrence County for bringing snow cones, caramel corn, cotton candy and candy apples to the Jackson County Fair for 80 years. They missed this year’s fair because of the July 15 death of The Cotton Candy Queen, Darlene Steele McSoley. The Bedford attorney spent a week each year at the fair with Kern’s Concessions. L.C. Kern of Fayetteville said Kern’s Concessions plans to return to the fair next year. Here’s to hoping that happens.

Golf supporter

Thumbs-up to 1977 Seymour High School graduate Frank Winton for supporting the game of youth and golf by working with the United States Golf Association Junior Amateur committee. Winton has set up junior qualifying events across the state and at out-of-state events for years. On July 19, the Oolitic Middle School teacher was the starter for the second round of stroke play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Oolteweh, Tennessee.

Sweeping Seymour

Thumbs-up to Tanner Sims of Seymour for organizing Operation Sweep the Streets, a call to action for people to clean the community of trash, especially syringes being left in parks, public restrooms, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and other easily accessible areas.

No needles

Thumbs-down to people who leave used syringes lying around in public and other areas where a child — or adult for that matter — might come across it and get stuck.

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