Many people in Lee County remember Reginald “Moon” Denman as a basketball standout at Nettleton High School who went on to play on the college level.

After graduating from Rust College, Denman moved to Milwaukee. There he became a popular physical education teacher at an elementary school and an active member of Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee.

“He tried to get (the kids) to do the right things,” said Maria Walwork, principal of Grantosa Drive School, in an Milwaukee newspaper article about Denman.

“He spent a lot of time talking to students who had problems … to get them directed to making better choices for themselves.”

But all of that came to a tragic end on April 16, 1995.

Denman, 27, and another man were killed when the car they were riding in was struck by a train in Tupelo. Denman was in Tupelo visiting family when the accident occured.

On March 23, the friends and family of Denman will honor him in Nettleton by doing something he especially loved playing basketball.

The Rust College Tri-County Alumni Club is sponsoring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Nettleton Primary School Gymnasium. The tournament proceeds will go toward the Reginald “Moon” Carta Denman Endowment Scholarship Fund at Rust.

The tournament starts at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 per person.

Teams can enter in the tournament by calling Michael Denman at 963-3940 or Steve Buchanan at 963-7370.

For additional information about the tournament or the Reginald Denman Scholarship Fund, call the following local numbers: 963-2237, 767-3085, 963-2379, 447-2248, or Rust College at (601) 252-8000, extension 4009.

Foot problems seminar Thursday

Foot problems don’t just go away, especially when you have diabetes, a lack of sensation in your feet or other generalized foot pain.

“The Agony of De-Feet,” a free program, will be presented Thursday night at the North Mississippi Medical Center Education Center. The program, which lasts from 6:30-7:30 p.m., will be presented by Stacey Stokes, a registered physical therapist from the NMMC Foot Center.

For more information or to register for this program, call the NMMC Diabetes Treatment Center at 791-2500 or Community Outreach at 841-4013.

Community news

Lee County Neighbors would like to welcome Jeri Beard as a community correspondent.

Beard, who is involved in many projects, will be writing about the happenings “On the East Side” of Tupelo starting March 27. If you know anything happening in East Tupelo that might be of interest to our readers, give Jeri a call at 842-4055.

Also, I would like to make a correction about where to send information for our new church column, which makes its debut today. If you have any news to report, mail it to Carolyn Jamison at 110 Meadow Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.

If you’re interested in becoming a hometown news correspondent or you know of someone who would make a good reporter for your community, give me a call at 842-2612 or 678-1600.

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