Stories from Wednesday, March 14, 2012
State jobless rate lower than nation's
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer With more numbers to be released this week, the state's labor department reports Tennessee's unemployment rate dropped below the nation's rate for the first time in 14 months. Meanwhile, another job fair at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at The Acres shopping center has been rewarding for Lewisburg resident Margo Venable, a licensed certified nursing assistant who wanted a better job...
Abernathy starts work as schools director
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Marshall County's new director of schools started work last week, after school board members voted Thursday night to have her contract take effect Friday. New director Jackie Abernathy had negotiated her contract with board attorney Sam Jackson. After some discussion of its terms at the board's March meeting last week, board member Sam Smith asked when the contract would start and finish...
Girl Scouts celebrate
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Monday afternoon Marshall County Girl Scouts braved a windy, showery March day to celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting at Lewisburg's Rock Creek Park. Exactly 100 ago, the first American Girl Scout troop was formed by Juliette Gordon Low. She had just returned from England, where she had met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and, with his sister Agnes, the Girl Guides...
Tennessee Career Center to host job fair March 30
At the end of the month, residents of Perry County, and other Middle Tennesseans, will be able to apply for jobs at NYX. The Tennessee Career Center in Linden will be hosting a Job Fair for NYX on Friday, March 30. Applications may only be submitted at the job fair and more details will follow in the upcoming weeks...
Retired teachers enjoy brunch
The Marshall County Retired Teachers' Association was entertained with a brunch hosted by First State Bank of Chapel Hill on March 1. The menu included breakfast casserole, frozen mixed fruit, breakfast rolls, banana muffins, blueberry muffins, orange juice and coffee. The delicious food was prepared by the bank employees and a cookbook with all the recipes was given to each retired teacher...
City, county leaders drafting Animal Shelter agreement
By Karen Hall Staff Writer The city's mayor is now working with the chairman of the county commission's animal control committee to draft an agreement on how the animal shelter will operate. At a council work session Friday, Mayor Barbara Woods said she and Richard Hill would draft a document and forward it to the council. She asked councilmen to submit in writing their thoughts on what they wanted to see at the shelter on Woodside Avenue...
Cornersville Police get $5,000 from CSX
By Karen Hall Staff Writer CORNERSVILLE - The police department here got a $5,000 check last week from the railroad with tracks passing through Marshall County. Two CSX railroad police agents visited Cornersville City Hall on Friday afternoon to present the check to Police Chief Todd Bone...
Students' quarters pay for vet's program license
From staff reports Marshall County commissioners have authorized transfer of money from one account to another for the Veterans Service Office, an ordinary accounting action, but the source of the money and its use are what make the authorization notable...
Once a Tiger, always a Tiger
There are a couple of handfuls of athletes that come along, that at a young age, you just know with all their God given talent and drive to succeed that they are going to keep climbing the ladder towards a great athletic career and Marshall County High School senior Brianna Roberts is one of those special talents.
Roberts' hard work and excellence on the softball diamond paid off as she recently signed a Letter of Intent and scholarship papers to play softball next season for the Division I Tennessee State University Tigers (TSU) in Nashville.
Lady Rockets win season opener 9-1
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off their first season in five years with no state tournament appearance, started the 2011-2012 campaign off with a bang, shellacking Eagleville 9-1 Monday night at the Field of Dreams in Chapel Hill.
"We are not satisfied with our mental intensity," said FHS head coach Becky Cheatham after the game. "We have a lot of improvement that we need to make. I thought we had made some over the past week, but I am not happy with where we have begun, so we have a lot of work to do."
Viqueens cool off hot Lady Rockets
Coming into Friday afternoon's showdown in Unionville, the FMS Lady Rockets had averaged 11.5 runs per game during their 4-0 start, but that was before they ran into Viqueen hurler Karla Pena, who tossed a solid, 6-0 shutout gem as Community took over first place in conference play.
Pena scattered eight Forrest base hits, walked one and struck out one for the unblemished Viqueens.
Blaze burns Tigers in season opener
Former Marshall County High School graduate and current Blackman baseball coach Chris Parker ran his record to 3-0 against his alma mater on Monday afternoon, as his Blaze squad defeated the MCHS Tigers 6-1 at Joe George Field in the season opener for both teams.
"You can go around here and look at all the state championship signs so winning here always means something," said Parker. "I grew up around a lot of great players here. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those players, but my coaches here taught me a lot."
Spring Hill squeezes past LMS Tigers
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (2-1) were dealt their first loss of the season on Friday night when they dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to the Spring Hill Generals on the road.
After Lewisburg rallied from a two-run deficit by crossing home plate twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 2-2, the Generals (4-0) pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a perfectly executed squeeze play, which saw Orrin Delk score from third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Adam Westra.
Tigerettes win three games at Shelbyville play day
The Marshall County Tigerettes wrapped up their preseason softball schedule by posting a 3-1 record at the Shelbyville Play Day on Saturday afternoon at Musgrave Park.
After defeating Shelbyville 4-1 in their opener, the Tigerettes thumped Moore County 8-2. Marshall County then lost 10-3 to Oakland before ending the day with a 5-1 victory over Huntland.
Lady Bulldogs struggle at Shelbyville play day
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs had a tough afternoon in their final preseason tune up for the 2012 softball campaign, as they lost all three contests at the Shelbyville Play Day on Saturday at Musgrave Park.
Playing without sophomore hurler Taylor Wolaver, who is currently sidelined with an injured shoulder and is expected to be Cornersville's top pitcher this season, the Lady Bulldogs were forced to use freshman Ashley Umbles and eighth grader Briley Bean in the circle against a trio of Class AAA opponents in Warren County, Lincoln County, and Franklin County.
Columbia State uses big brooms in sweep
The Columbia State Lady Chargers, loaded with local talent, used a set of big brooms in a (10-2, 18-0) double header sweep over Lansing, Michigan on Saturday at Eddie Campbell Field on the CSCC campus.
A pair of Lawrenceburg freshman, Shelby Boyd and Kaylee Jones played home run derby with both former Lady Cats pounding two home runs apiece in each of the ballgames.
Boyd and Jones were unreal at the plate as Boyd finished the twin bill with six hits in eight at bats, drove in seven, and scored six times.
Malcolm Edward Slate
Malcolm Edward "Mac" Slate, of Lewisburg, died Friday, March 9, 2012, in Maury Regional Medical Center. Mr. Slate was a native of Hickman County, and son of the late Archie Barnett and Irene Tinsley Slate. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was retired as superintendent of the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church...
Forrest Eugene Brown
Forrest Eugene Brown, 87, a resident of Lewisburg, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Lincoln Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Hardy Earl Brown and Sallie Hazlett Brown. He retired from Faber Castell with over 40 years of service and was a member of Westvue Church of Christ...