The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee on December 24, 1997 · 1
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The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee · 1

Jackson, Tennessee
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Wednesday, December 24, 1997
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Ml Vandy not rolling Dyer board still waiting for money c chance of rain out red carpet Oilers should look elsewhere SPORTS, PAGE 1C Buy cheap at the end of the year and expect good performance early in the new year, BUSINESS, PAGE 6C Chairman to resign after its return Complete report on Page 2A. LOCAL, PAGE 3 A 40 cents in stores 50 Cents in coin racks Madison County Edition Wednesday December 24, 1997 Jackson, Tennessee tit VtQtWtl imm MUM u V- K V I . 0mm Toclay ' v. t.VJ . oYY,t' ACJ 'Twas the night before Christmas The classic Christmas poem by Clement C Moore. Page IB Local Your Town: The Majestic Ladies, a group that started about a year ago, helps the needy by providing and delivering free food. 3 A. Decorations vandalized: Vandals swiped two reindeer decorations, cut Christmas lights and even stole baby . Jesus from the nativity scene at the home of Jackson City Councilman John Allen. 3 A. Nation Vietnam remembered: A Christmas tree in front of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington is decorated with remembrance cards. 5A. Unabomber defense: Prosecutors reject an offer by Theodore Kaczynski's lawyers to withdraw his mental illness defense in exchange for one that may save his life if he's convicted. 5A. World Mexico massacre: 45 people were killed in southern Mexico when gunmen opened fire in a village, shooting down fleeing bystanders. 8A. 'Jackal' convicted: A French court has convicted the aging revolutionary known as 'Carlos the Jackal' of three 1975 murders. He's been sentenced to life in prison. 9A. '. Sun and wire reports Index Business 6C Classified...........' 7B Comics . 4B Crossword 10B Deaths 6A Living IB Local 3A Nation 5A. Opinion 11 A Sports ...1C Television.. 28 Weather 2A West Tennessee ....4 A World 8 A 1 The star of Bethlehem, a poetic symbol for the Christmas story, may ; have been a real astronomical event LIVING "40901"1 5135' masons m The jury decides defendant was not equal partner with McVeigh in Oklahoma City bombing case. The Associated Press DENVER - Terry Nichols was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the Oklahoma City bombing, found to be a junior partner rather than an equal to Timothy McVeigh in Jaxx to Procter & Gamble, Jackson reach 1 5-year deal for baseball stadium. By DAN MORRIS Sun sports editor Guess which potato chips will be sold at Pringles Park. Procter and Gamble Co., makers of Pringles, and the city of Jackson have reached an agreement in principle to name the city's new Double-A baseball stadium Pringles Park. The West Term Diamond Jaxx begin play there April 16. The 15-year deal guarantees minimum payments of $1.2 million to the city and $400,000 to the Diamond Jaxx. The city's portion will be applied toward the stadium's $8 million cost. P&G will make a lump-sum payment in March, and the deal could get even sweeter for both the city and the Jaxx. "This represents a Christmas gift to the community," said Joe Kastner, plant engineer at P&G's Jackson . site. Jackson is the only location in the United States where Pringles are made. The agreement allows additional negotiations over the next two months for potential increases in the length of term, dollars involved and services provided. P&G officials and Jackson Mayor Charles Farmer made the announcement Tuesday. "If the next two months of negotiations prove entirely fruitless, this is still an excellent deal as it stands now," said Ron Barry, who has coor- Please see JAXX, 2A Memphis is having a hard time getting money to build downtown stadium, 1C. New recliner to fulfill By tom Mclaughlin The Jackson Sun Henry Shaw will be sitting pretty this Christmas. Thanks to the hard work of Pepsi employee Steve Phillips and the generosity of a Jackson Heilig-Meyers furniture store, Shaw, a quadriplegic, will have his Christmas wish fulfilled this week when he receives a new recliner. Shaw had been confined to a wheelchair for five years, ever since being injured in an automobile wreck involving a drunken driver. But his wheelchair is broken, and a new one costs $16,000. While trying to get his wheelchair replaced, Shaw sat in a the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil. Nichols, who still faces the death penalty for conspiracy, was safe in his Kansas farmhouse more KIIMH.,HpilWjn.liyJ,i 4, ' ' Nichols than 200 miles away at the time of the blast and portrayed by his lawyers as a family man "building a life, not a bomb." Jurors deliberated 41 hours over six days to conclude that play in ;".; ' ' ;' ' , ; ; t CH . " ' 't ; J - I ' . 'H ' ' 1 ' - ' f " - - ' ' ' v k-. S- ' 1 f , : , .' r,' i ZZJL' ' -i-.; c-; - 't ; , 1 ' t t If : If ... - - , Jt CHRIS STANFIELDThe Jackson Sun Jackson Mayor Charles Farmer addresses the media during a press conference Tuesday at Procter & Gamble, announcing Pringles Park as the name of the new stadium for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The minor league baseball team will start playing there April 16. Stadium name new corporate trend By JERIANNE THOMPSON The Jackson Sun Getting Jackson's new baseball field named Pringles Park is like killing two birds with one stone for Procter & Gamble. It is a corporate trend: Your company pays for stadium name rights. In return, your company also gets advertising and community recognition. P&G will pay about $1.2 million over the next i5 years for naming rights to the stadium. The money will go to the cost of the stadium, Mayor Charles Farmer said. The agreement promotes community goodwill for P&G, which is Madison County's largest industrial employer, said Darin White, an assistant professor of marketing at Union University. recliner propped up by a trash can. Now the recliner is broken, too. Phillips read about Shaw's plight in The Jack Shaw son Sun, where he was featured as part of the newspaper's Brighter Christmas Fund for needy people. "I was reading about that ol boy and I knew we could do something," said Phillips, a district manager for Pepsi. Phillips said he originally approached Heilig-Meyers with the idea of raising funds " " ij" - J t ' WHAT'S NEXT . The sentencing phase of Terry Nichols' federal trial begins Monday. the circumstantial prosecution case built on fertilizer receipts, phone records and Ryder truck sightings was not enough to make him an equal to McVeigh. The verdict came six months after McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to death on mur Pringles Park "They want people in the community to think well of them. They want to look like a socially responsible member of the , community," he said. "They're providing funds for the entertainment of people in the community." Ira Mayer, president of EPM Communications, which does research on licensing and consumer behavior, said naming the stadium is "not quite community outreach, but showing you're a good citizen of the community." Besides, naming a park after a company's product is reminder advertising. "Nowadays there are so many advertising stimuli out there we have to cope with," White said. "The number of ads we see per day are in the hundreds. If you can find quadriplegic's wish fc Bnshter A b Christmas The Jackson Sun's Brighter Christmas program will feature one needy family each day through Christmas. To help, contact the referral agency named in the story. through the sale of Pepsi's Slice drink, and had worked a deal with Jackson's . Jim Adams IGA, a local grocer. But Heilig-Meyers offered to donate the $599 chair. "The gentleman was in need of it and couldn't afford it. We try to do all we can with char- der, conspiracy and weapons charges. Jurors in that case did not have the option of considering lesser charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Under the instructions from U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, the jury was allowed to consider the lesser charges only if they were unable to find premeditation in the eight first-degree murder charges, covering the federal agents who died in the blast. Second-degree murder is kill- some unique way to get your message in front of the consumer, it's a winner for you." There are other potential benefits as well. For example, depending on terms of the final agreement, the company could gain the rights to sell Pringles at the stadium or could get a certain number of reserved seats at each game. P&G believes it is important to participate in the community and to help improve it, Jackson plant engineer Joe Kastner said. He sees the stadium investment as one way to do that. And the move holds little risk for the company, even if the team ends with a lousy record. "I don't think that matters," Mayer said. "The stadium is separate from that." HOW TO HELP To help Henry Shaw, call Mary Gay Brazier at Area Relief Ministries, 423-9257. ity," said Greg Stone, a manager at the store on the U.S. 45 Bypass. So instead of raising money to buy Shaw a recliner, Phillips said he intends to present the chair to him. The fund drive he had arranged with Jim Adams IGA will go to a fund to help Shaw, who needs a space heater and his apartment painted. Agencies, contributors, 6A. ing "without premeditation and malice." Involuntary man- , slaughter was defined for the jury as "the unlawful killing of a human being without malice." This would be a "lawful act done without due caution, which might produce death." In Oklahoma City, District . Attorney Bob Macy said he, would seek 160 murder charges against Nichols for the others who died in the blast. B Analysis, 2A. HARDEMAN CO. Inmate killed at prison Another prisoner being questioned in the death at CCA-run Whiteville facility. By RICHELLE TURNER-COLLINS The Jackson Sun An inmate at a Whiteville prison was killed Tuesday, and another, prisoner was being questioned in the apparent , slaying. Guards at the Hardeman County Correctional Center were doing routine room checks shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, when they noticed that William -Christian, 36, wasn't moving. He was later pronounced dead in his cell by the coroner." An autopsy is being conducted, and officials believe foul play was involved. "We believe at this time that he was murdered," said John Mehr, a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The death is also being inves-" tigated by the Tennessee De-' partment of Correction, the prison's internal affairs department and local authorities. The 1,504-bed medium security prison is owned by Hardeman County. The county contracted with Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America to build and manage the prison. Z The state hen contracted" with Hardeman County to place 1,500 inmates in the facility. CCA spokeswoman Susan Hart provided few details about how Christian died. Christian's cell mate "is being interrogated and questioned about his involvement and this is being treated as a criminal investigation at this point," Hart said. Two inmates are housed in a cell at the facility, and there Please see INMATE, 2A Idaho signs 'landmark' con tract with CCA, 6A. CCA Prison in Whiteville jL (

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