Body recovered at Pickwick Park, apparent drowning

UPDATE, May 20-- Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin identified the man who drowned as LaDarrian Holmes, 18, of Memphis.

It was "just a tragic accident," he said. "Hardin County volunteer firefighters and special operations team responded and worked quickly to recover his body."

May 19– Hardin County emergency personnel retrieved the body of an apparent drowning victim at Pickwick Landing State Park around 2:50 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene said two men and two women were swimming at The Circle area of the park. The group was swimming to a boat dock when one of the men began struggling in the water.

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Thankful for traffic: School traffic director leaves after 17 years (video)

May 19– With the widening of Pickwick Street, Susan Cordova won’t be directing school traffic anymore. 

“Mama would say, ‘Go play in the road,’” she remarked with a chuckle, “so I took my mom’s advice and I made a living out of it.”

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Parris South Elementary leads state in 'Leader in Me' program

May 18– Parris South Elementary has achieved the distinction of being the first school in the state to become an official Lighthouse School.

Lighthouse status is the highest ranking evaluation any school can receive through the Leader in Me program.  

Leader in Me, based on Stephen Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a program designed to equip students with leadership and life skills.

Michael Davis, Hardin County director of schools, made the announcement yesterday during a “Facebook Live” school assembly.

“I’m proud of you students and teachers for all you have accomplished,” said Davis.

Parris South has been working toward this goal for five years.

“When Parris South started the Leader In Me process there were less than 100 schools around the world that had ever received this honor,” said Mitzi Baker, Parris South principal. “Today, Parris South becomes the first school in Tennessee to earn this prestigious award.”

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