Stories from Friday, August 3, 2012
Susan Hunter wins seat on School Board
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer Voters in Marshall County's 7th District elected a new member of the Board of Education on Thursday, ending a 12-year, three-term of service for the incumbent. Susan Hunter of Anes Station Road won the school board race with 228 votes over incumbent Ann Tears' 203 votes. Both candidates were gracious about the results...
Legislative nominees are Billy Spivey, Vicki Cain
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer Marshall County has both the Republican and the Democratic parties' nominees for the open state House seat created during redistricting. Republican Billy Spivey now faces Democrat Vicki Cain in the state general election to be conducted in November when the presidential election is conducted...
Campbell is county's new property assessor
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer Marshall County voters elected a new property assessor on Thursday - Michelle Griffy Campbell of Cornersville. Campbell won with 53 percent of the votes in a three-way race, besting her rivals Billy Lanier of Lewisburg, a retired real estate agent, and Shirley Lowe, a Realtor who's well known as the moving force behind the Pregnancy Resource Center on East Commerce Street...
Judge Lee Bowles retains bench seat
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Marshall County Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Lee Bussart Bowles has won another two years on the bench - besting her challenger, Marshall County Attorney Bill Haywood, by about a 3-2 margin. "I feel so blessed," she said while surrounded by friends and family during her victory party at Saddle Creek Country Club. "I appreciate the confidence in me shown by the voters, and I will do my best to keep doing a good job for Marshall County."...
County retains judge, elects new assessor, school board member
Marshall County voters elected a new property assessor on Thursday when they: retained their sessions and juvenile court judge; elected the challenger in the only contested school board race, and nominated Lewisburg residents to run for the state House of Representatives...
Moos prepares Rockets for grueling road trips
The Forrest Rockets put the pads on this week for the first time and was a welcome sight for the players after months of workouts, weight training, and shorts and shirts.
Forrest is in transition after long-time head coach Kyle Stacey stepped away after the heart breaking 14-10 second round playoff loss to Decatur County Riverside last season.
Joe Moos was hired shortly after Stacey's resignation and he said about the current squad's performance so far, "So far we have had great participation and great effort, so we are pleased so far."
Tigers gearing up for 2012 football season
Football practices became more physical for the Marshall County Tigers this week, as they joined hundreds of other teams across the state in donning full pads for the first time on Monday.
While new head coach Aaron Pitts is in the process of adding some new wrinkles to MCHS' offensive and defensive schemes, his primary concern at this stage of the preseason is making sure his team is fundamentally sound.
"We're just trying to get the fundamentals down of blocking and tackling. We look a little sloppy right now, but that was expected with putting in a new system. Guys are thinking instead of reacting," said Pitts. "We want them to be physical, but we're trying to make sure they block and tackle correctly. We want them to get the fundamentals down and do things right."
Although the Tigers return a number of starters from last year's squad that went 9-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs, Pitts insists that he isn't simply going to hand his veteran players a spot in the starting lineup.
"It's an open competition everywhere. We're trying to find guys that fit our system. We're not going to change too much, but this is our time to evaluate them," said Pitts. "I'm sure a lot of the guys that started last year will start again this year, but it's still an open competition and we want them to earn their spots."
With the Marshall County coaching staff trying to find a replacement for departed tailback Trevor Irizarry, who broke MCHS' single season rushing record last year, the Tiger defense currently holds the upper hand over the offense after yielding just 13.3 points per game during the 2011 campaign.
"I think without a doubt the defense will be the strength of our team and we should have a good defensive line. I'm a defensive guy anyway," said Pitts. "Our secondary still needs some work, but we have some good players back there that are going to get better."
MCHS football fans will have a chance to check out the Tigers on Friday, August 10th, when they take on the Shelbyville Golden Eagles in the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Pigskin Preview at Preston Hopkins Field.
Lucille King Leverette
Lucille King Leverette, 78, of Chapel Hill, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. A native of Rutherford County, Mrs. Leverette was a daughter of the late Carson and Minnie Sandlin King. She retired from Durango Boot Company as a shoe cutter and was a member of the Old Time Pentecostal Way Church...
Johnny Reed Walker
Johnny Reed Walker, 69, of Maryville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at his home. He was retired from the 134th Air Refueling Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard and was a veteran of the U. S. Army during the Vietnam era. He loved music and nature. He was preceded in death by his parents, John "Ned" and Lenis Derryberry Walker; sisters, Mary Frances Neill and Pat Taylor; and brother, James Walker...
Andy Wayne Walls
Andy Wayne Walls, 46, of Culleoka, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at his home in Culleoka. Mr. Walls was born in Maury County, and was a son of the late Pat Fagan and Janice Faye Hickman Walls. He was a member of Glendale United Methodist Church and was a farmer and cattleman...
Bobby Ray Endsley Jr.
Bobby Ray Endsley Jr., 47, of the Buffalo Community near Linden, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Bobby was a native of Marshall County, and son of Bobby Ray Endsley Sr. of Shelbyville and Mary Elizabeth Green Hodge of Lewisburg. He was a construction company mechanic and member of the Baptist Church...
Auston Henry Tomlinson
Auston Henry Tomlinson, 84, of Lewisburg passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. A native of Erin, he was the son of the late Edna Lomax Tomlinson and William Henry Tomlinson. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a dairy farmer in Giles County, a deacon at Antioch Church of Christ, and a former elder at Campbellsville Church of Christ...