Stories from Friday, November 2, 2012
Grave issues get attention
By Karen Hall Staff Writer The city's largest cemetery has a big problem with monuments leaning over, and even falling down. As Lone Oak Cemetery's "only living resident," City Manager Tommy Engram sees the problem every day. "I've never seen one as snaggle-toothed as this one," Engram said, showing Cemetery Advisory Committee members a PowerPoint about the monuments...
Town resident sees God's hand clearing path for home's clear title
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer CHAPEL HILL - Helen Wray is so convinced that divine intervention led to the construction of her new home on Broadview Street that she placed her Bible in concrete as it was poured for her front porch. "I said to my heavenly daddy, 'I need some help,' and he said, 'I've got you covered,'" Wray explained while displaying her house paid for by a program funded by Congress through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...
Reward proposed for teachers who use less paid leave
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer Several Marshall County school board members have endorsed an idea raised this week to pay teachers a reward for not needing substitute teachers. When teachers need a substitute, the county system pays two people for the work, said school board member Donnie Moses, chairman of the board's budget committee...
Veterans Day ceremony set for November 12th
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer Veterans Day ceremonies will be held Nov. 12, the day after the traditional date because Nov. 11 is a Sunday this year. Veterans organizations in Marshall County decided against competing with church services on that Sunday, according to Edwin Scott of American Legion Post 39...
1st-year coaches enter 2nd season
When you enter the postseason, a new season or second season begins and for the county's two first year head football coaches Joe Moos (Forrest) and Aaron Pitts (MCHS), a road trip is in order for the first round of the TSSAA post-season.
A 140-mile one way yellow bus trip to AP Top Ten No. 3 East Hamilton High School in Chattanooga will be the destination for the Tigers (6-4) as they open up the 4A playoffs versus the Hurricanes (9-1).
FMS Rockets cage Cougars
The FMS Rockets picked up their second win of the season on Monday in Chapel Hill, coming away with a 46-31 victory over the MTCS Cougars.
"The kids hustled tonight," said FHS head Coach Randy Toombs. "They played well on defense which caused the transition, we kept them pushed out and they wanted to get it down low to their big boy."
FMS girls lead early, falter late
Even in a loss, it may have been the best game of the year so far for the FMS Lady Rockets (1-5), who battled a stout MTCS Lady Cougars squad tooth and nail before falling 46-31.
"We just have to work on staying in their face, staying with our press, and not standing around and watching," said FMS head coach Rhea Webb.
MTCS point guard Abby Buckner hit a basket to begin the contest, but a Dani Hoeft jumper tied it up at the other end.
Kyleah Hengesbach hit two out of four three throws over the next several minutes as the Lady Rockets turned up the defensive heat on the Lady Cougars and led 4-2.
An MTCS turnover off more FMS pressure led to a Brynn Colvin basket underneath to make it 6-2 and force an MTCS timeout with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Two missed field attempts gave the ball back to FMS and Katie Harmon drove to the hoop for a Lady Rocket deuce, making it 8-2 before Holly Bowman scored for MTCS to cut the lead in half.
Hengesbach drilled a jumper at the other end for a 10-4 Lady Rocket lead and that would be the score after the first six minutes of action.
MTCS pivot Camden Adams got red-hot, scoring two deuces and a trey over the next few minutes to pull her team to within one point at 11-10 with 2:45 remaining in the first half.
Hengesbach stopped the MTCS spurt with a basket to make it 14-11 before Buckner and the Lady Cougars turned the tables defensively in an 8-0 run to end the first half, forging a 19-14 lead over the hometown girls.
"We came out and did a really good job in the beginning, but we got a little mentally and physically tired and had to come out of our press and that hurt us," said Webb.
Buckner began half number two with two free throws and then stole the ball and fed Adams for a layup to make it 23-14.
A Harmon steal and score moments later gave FMS some hope at 23-17, but an Adams score, followed by a Buckner 3-pointer ballooned the MTCS lead to 30-16.
The Lady Rockets would not quit as Harmon scored off a steal and then scored on a rebound and put-back to pull FMS to within ten points at 30-20.
A single free throw at the end of the period by FMS' Tamia Northcutt made it a 30-21 ballgame, entering the final six minutes of play.
Both teams went into a fourth quarter scoring drought, but the Lady Rockets' scarcity of points was worse than the Lady Cougars, who outscored Forrest 6-2 in the final period to win by the 13-point margin.
"They had really good players at all the spots," said Webb. "They knew how to handle the ball, take their time, look to see what we were doing and they figured us out," said Webb.
Adams finished with a game high 19 points going along with Buckner's 15, while Bowman had the only other score for the Lady Cougars.
Hengesbach and Harmon, who both scored 8 points apiece, led FMS in the scoring column.
Colvin had four points, Hoeft ended up with two and Northcutt netted just the one free throw.
CMS Lady Bulldogs bounce Elkton from CABC tournament
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs tasted victory for their first time this season when they whipped the Elkton Lady Elks 37-16 on Monday night in the first round of the Cornersville Athletic Booster Club tournament.
Cornersville (1-2) put the game out of reach early and built a 23-4 lead in the first half before opening up a 33-7 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 21-point victory.
Elks edge CMS Bulldogs in overtime
On Monday night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs came tantalizingly close to picking up their first win of the year, before suffering a gut wrenching 41-39 overtime loss to the Elkton Elks in the first round of the Cornersville Athletic Booster Club tournament.
After overcoming an 11-point third quarter deficit to tie the game at 31-31 at the end of regulation, the Bulldogs (0-3) held a tenuous 39-37 lead in the waning moments of overtime.
MCYFL Week 9
Standings Eagles 31 Warriors 7 The Eagles fumbled on their first possession with Camren Hazel getting the recovery for the Warriors. The Warriors fumbled it back to the Eagles with Xavier Mosley covering up the loose ball. This time the Eagles offense got rolling and Demari Braden got into the endzone on a 52 yard TD run to make it 6-0. ...
Sweeney bags early birthday present On opening day of the 2012 juvenile weekend, Culleoka native Hope Sweeney shot her first buck. After missing a big buck and hitting her nose with the scope, Sweeney did not give up hope, deciding to tough it out and hunt a little longer. ...
David Hugh Stacey Jr.
David Hugh Stacey Jr. was born to the late David Hugh Stacey Sr. and Mary Ruth Ledford Stacey on Nov. 22, 1941, in Marshall County, and passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital after a four-month stay in critical care from heart problems...
Tommie Ray Collins
Tommie Ray Collins, 65, of the Wheel Community, passed suddenly Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. A native of Bedford County, he was the son of the late Haskell Collins and Mildred Inez Arnold Collins. Before his retirement, Mr. Tommie was a pipe fitter and welder. He was a member of the Christian Chapel Church...
Cleo Henson, 75, of Lewisburg, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at her residence. Mrs. Henson was a native of Athens, Ala., and daughter of the late Frank and Annie Lou Emerson Elliott. She was a homemaker and member of the Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Odell Henson...