Happy Thanksgiving

On November 24, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris

November 22, 2011

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.”
~Abraham Lincoln Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

 Lincoln acknowledged our blessings and our sins. He recognized the need for us to give thanks to God in unity “as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”

This Thanksgiving, we are ever mindful of this need and the needs of others, and we are thankful for the opportunity to share thanks with you.

Happy Thanksgiving!



 Sen. Mark Norris

West Tennessee’s natural assets can boost economic growth says Leader Norris

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) addressed dozens of Lauderdale County residents and others in Ripley, Tennessee earlier today to promote home grown economic development along the Mississippi River and Tennessee’s “West Coast.” Norris promoted West Tennessee’s natural assets as one of the region’s best assets to spur economic growth.

“The Mississippi River is to West Tennessee what the Smokies are to East Tennessee,” said Senator Norris. “We have some of the only in-tact flood-plain forestland and state natural areas in the South and some of the best river views which are perfectly suited for nature and sports-based tourism.”

Norris helped found the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee, a 501 (c) 3 organization, which sponsored the event. With support from the McKnight Foundation and the State of Tennessee, the group will spearhead the effort to formulate an economic development plan capitalizing natural and recreational assets.

“Outdoor recreation is an $18 billion industry in the four-state region which includes Tennessee. Wildlife viewing, bicycling, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting is big business, and we’re going to make it bigger in West Tennessee,” added Norris.

Norris was instrumental in securing federal scenic by-way recognition of Tennessee’s west coast which was also designated by the State of Tennessee as the Great River Road in October.

“Economic development through eco-tourism is a natural,” says the Senator with a smile. “It’s not hard to find the good and praise it amidst such opportunity.”

Norris represents District 32 which is “the West Coast of Tennessee” including Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby County.

Did You Know?

Last week’s Congressional Medal of Honor ceremonies in Washington recognizing U.S. Outer-space pioneers revived memories of one of our own heroes from the last century.

John Adkison of Atoka, TN in Tipton County was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism on the field of

battle in 1918. On September 29, 1918, near Bellicourt, France, Adkison, by then a Sergeant, found he and his platoon pinned down by heavy German machine gun fire located fifty yards to their front.

Adkison, acting alone, charged the machine gun nest, kicked it over into the enemy trench, and using the bayonet fixed on his rifle captured the three man machine gun crew, allowing his platoon to advance. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1919, and was one of six soldiers from Tennessee to receive that medal for their service during the First World War. Another of the six was Alvin York,

A monument in his honor stands at Adkison Park on Adkison Circle off North Main Street. Thanks to Atoka Mayor Daryl Walker for bringing this to our attention.

Adkison Park on Adkison Circle

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