Stories from Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Dog advocates to protest on square this Saturday
By Karen Hall Staff Writer The euthanization of 13 dogs at Marshall County's Animal Shelter last week unleashed a firestorm of protest which appears to be growing. A peaceful protest is planned for noon Saturday, July 28, on the square in Lewisburg, organized by Pit Bull Awareness of Tennessee (www.pabtn.org). The same group launched an online petition demanding an investigation of the shelter, and it had over 5,000 signatures as of noon Tuesday...
Boiling oil attack 'worse than murder'
By Karen Hall Staff Writer A Lewisburg man was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder Friday evening, after a three-day trial. The jury deliberated for about an hour before returning the guilty verdict for Ryan Haase, 35, who will be sentenced Oct. 1...
Glorious tractors, track
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer CHAPEL HILL - Truck and tractor pull contestants at the Lions Super Pull of the South were talking about track conditions here on Saturday afternoon when both sides of the story were found. "The track was consistent," said Fairgrove, Mich. ...
Horse at large on Powell Lane A Brentwood man's stallion was found running at large on Powell Lane on July 21. The horse had cut himself going through a barbwire fence to get at a mare. The stallion also fought with a younger gelding, inflicting numerous bite wounds. ...
$550 raised to fight human trafficking
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer About 700 people attended a ministry's program in Marshall County High School's gymnasium nearly two weeks ago when a South Central Tennessee woman warned against becoming a victim of human trafficking as she was 27 years ago...
15U Stars reach state semifinals in Lebanon
After rain washed out opening round play in the state tournament on Thursday, the 15U Babe Ruth all-stars took a 4-1 win over Franklin County on Friday at Charles A. Askew Field in Lebanon.
Marshall County followed that with a come from behind 14-6 blowout victory over Manchester in round two, before falling to nemesis Lawrenceburg 10-1 Sunday night.
Giles County outlasts Thunder
The Marshall County Thunder turned in a valiant effort, but fell into the loser's bracket of the 14-year old Eastern Tennessee Babe Ruth State tournament on Sunday night when they dropped a hard fought 16-14 decision to tourney host Giles County at Sam Davis Park.
Capitalizing on a slew of early mistakes by the Thunder, Giles County raced out to a 13-4 lead in the top of the second inning and appeared headed for an easy victory.
After Marshall County whittled the deficit to 13-9 in the bottom of the second, Giles County tallied three runs in the top of the fourth to open up a 16-9 advantage.
The Thunder then narrowed the gap to 16-11 in the fifth inning but saw a last ditch comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh fall short en route to suffering their first loss of the tournament.
Thunder surge past Johnson City
On Saturday, the Marshall County Thunder assured themselves of a top three finish in the 14-year old Eastern Tennessee Babe Ruth State tournament by defeating Johnson City 8-2 in the second round of the tourney at Sam Davis Park in Pulaski.
Aided by a strong outing from starting pitcher Preston Walters, Johnson City had Marshall County on the ropes late in the contest and held a 1-0 lead through the first five innings of play.
Thunder blanks Lebanon
Despite batting stifling heat the entire afternoon, Marshall County starting pitcher Stuart Warner kept his cool under pressure on Saturday, as he tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Thunder to an 8-0 victory over the Lebanon Lions in the first round of the 14-year old Eastern Tennessee Babe Ruth State tournament at Sam Davis Park in Pulaski.
Effectively mixing his curveball with his fastball, Warner racked up nine strikeouts and yielded just one hit and four walks in seven innings of work en route to earning the win.
Super Pull lights up Chapel Hill
The 36th Annual Lions Super Pull of the South, one of the landmark stops for the National Tractor Pull Association (NTPA) circuit, transformed Chapel Hill into a small city over the weekend and once again, was a huge success.
Tractor Pull Chairman Chris Gilbert, who has been a part of all 36 Super Pulls said, "Things went great this weekend, it was an exciting time and we had big crowds both nights. We had little rain delay Saturday night, but we covered the track and once the showers went away, we got right back to pulling and things went fantastic."
Gilbert indicated that the estimated gross income from the Super Pull would be between $350,000 and $400,000.
Jean Poarch Petty
Jean Poarch Petty, 81, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her residence in Evanston, Ill. Jean, who completed her high school years in Cornersville and raised her family in Chattanooga, was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Glenn Petty; her father and mother, Eugene and Lois Poarch of Cornersville; her brother, Dr. Saxon Poarch of Lewisburg; and her sister, Serene Shepherd of Nashville...
Annie Ruth Davis McElhaney
Annie Ruth Davis McElhaney, 86, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, July 22, 2012. Mrs. McElhaney was born in Bedford County and was a daughter of the late John Herbert and Emma Annie Beatty Davis. She was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Phebian Sunday School class. Mrs. McElhaney was a retired office worker and was a very active member of the Lewisburg Senior Citizens, where she was an avid rook player...
Gladys J. Borger
Gladys J. Borger, 95, of Lewisburg, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at NHC- Lewisburg. A native of Winter Beach, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Zunie Strickland Roddenberry and Tilden Roddenberry. She was retired from the accounting department for Winn Dixie and a member of the Methodist faith...
Bobby Gene Walker
Retired Captain Bobby Gene Walker, 82, of Lewisburg, passed on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at NHC Oakwood. He was the son of the late Harrison and Annie Ruth Stahls Walker and a member of St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, an Army veteran, and a retired police captain...