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Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
READY for the DREAM (01/30/15)
Hightower primed for Super Bowl challenge Dont'a Hightower is a Bell Belichick kind of guy. No-nonsense, hardworking, and wired with a will to win. Hightower's rise to excellence started at a young age, carrying him to a storied gridiron career at Marshall County High School, two times a national champion at Alabama with Nick Saban, and an NFL first-round draft choice by the New England Patriots in 2012. The man in the gray hoodie knew what he was doing, Hightower's commitment to excellence was perfect for the New England brand of football Belichick has sculpted into six-time Super Bowl participants and three-time NFL champions. "It's everybody doing their job and everybody being dedicated and buying into what everybody believes in here, typical do your job has kinda been what we have lived on," said Hightower at the Patriots Super Bowl Media Day on Wednesday. "Everybody has done their job, so that's why we have had so much success this year." Hightower started as a rookie, playing in 42 regular season games and six playoff games in three seasons for the Pats, and now the all-time great Tiger linebacker that roamed Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg will go eye-to-eye with the beast, the Seattle Seahawk's Marshawn Lynch. In the dessert, in what could be the most viewed TV event in the world, in the Super Bowl! "It' like a dream come true, I've been dreaming about this moment ever since I played football, everybody wants to play in the Super Bowl," said Hightower. "I am finally getting the opportunity to go showcase my abilities, so I am looking forward to it." It's no surprise Hightower is in the middle of it all, calling the signals from his linebacker spot for the Patriots defense that has its hands full in Super Bowl XLIX, containing Lynch, probably the hardest running back to tackle in the NFL. Lynch rushed for 1,306 yards in the regular season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, while scoring 13 touchdowns. "You don't really see a lot of guys with the running style the way that he has and to be as big as he is and move the way he does," said Hightower. "He has great feet, good balance, great vision, he is just a unique back." In two playoff games this season, Lynch has 216 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown. The Seahawks offense also has one of the best young quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, who has a 10-0 career record versus Super Bowl quarterbacks as a third-year starter. Wilson is a prolific passer and just as dangerous in the open field as a runner out of the read option. "I have so much respect for him, he is one of the biggest competitors you can see, especially in the NFC championship, in the end how he competed, how he started out and how he finished you could tell how big of a competitor he is," said Hightower. The Patriots are looking for their fourth Lombardi trophy Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona and Hightower and his defensive cohorts will be ready. "I know my job and I'm very confident that all the 10 other guys up there know their job as well, so will just have to handle and see what comes up on Sunday," said Hightower. Asked about a prediction for the game, Hightower said, "I'm predicting the Patriots win, it doesn't matter the score, the Patriots win."
New staff members welcomed at the Tribune (01/30/15)
From Staff Reports Veteran journalist Larry Taft has joined the Marshall County Tribune and Marshall County Shopper staff as general manager following the retirements of Jim and Glenda Ward. Taft is taking over the position held by Jim Ward for the past seven and a half years. Also joining the staff, filling Glenda's role as advertising sales account representative, is Marshall County native Misty Cruz...
Jewelry store remains closed after fire (01/28/15)
By Karen Hall Editor Lewisburg Jewelry, 564 E. Commerce St., remained closed as the Tribune went to press Tuesday. A car crashed into the store's front wall Monday morning, starting an electrical fire and causing structural damage as well. "We will re-open," said owner Tony Kirby. "It's a little bit of a mess here right now...
Saddle Creek Golf Club ranked No. 6 for friendliest staff (01/23/15)
By Ivory Riner Staff Writer Sometimes being nice to others is its own reward. But, sometimes others notice. The staff at Lewisburg's Saddle Creek Golf Club has found out that its down-home Southern friendliness hasn't gone unnoticed by the course's patrons...
MLK Day celebrated here with march and speeches (01/21/15)
By Karen Hall Editor In what has become an annual tradition, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated in Marshall County with a march and speeches on the square, organized by members of Marshall County's NAACP. Led by NAACP President Gary Davis, the group marched down East Commerce Street from The Acres and three-quarters of the way around the square to assemble on the west side of the courthouse...
City Council recognizes long-serving employees (01/16/15)
By Karen Hall Editor Members of Lewisburg's City Council had the enjoyable task of presenting the annual awards for years of service to city employees Tuesday night. "All the awards and accolades these guys get, they deserve," said Councilman Bam Haislip. "Thank you all."...
Truck recovered, trailer still missing after theft last week (01/14/15)
By Karen Hall Editor A valuable truck and trailer were stolen from a local business last week and at press time, according to Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David L. Henley, the truck has been recovered, but the trailer is still missing. About 9 a.m. ...
First TNPromise meeting was held Wednesday (01/09/15)
By Ivory Riner Staff Writer Seniors from Marshall County's three high schools - Cornersville, Forrest, and Marshall County - convened Wednesday at MCHS for the first TNPromise Student and Mentor meeting of the year. Conducted by Jennifer Dreis, regional coordinator for tnAchieves and Director for Marshall County, students had the opportunity to meet with their mentors, while Dreis went over deadlines and learned what is expected of them under the program...
House-bound three-year-old loves to see UPS man (01/07/15)
By Ivory Riner Staff Writer As a result of health problems, Jill Barlow was told she would not be able to conceive -- during an emergency operation, doctors found her fallopian tubes were full of infection. She and her husband Eric were devastated. A year or two later, Jill found she was 12 weeks pregnant and the doctor said it had been a miracle the tubes reopened when she conceived. ...