Stories from Wednesday, November 14, 2012
School vouchers raise big issues, need close study; Harwell says
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer School vouchers raise tough constitutional questions, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell says, acknowledging America's standard of equal treatment under the law. "If you allow vouchers to follow a child to a Catholic school or a Baptist school, then you would be hard pressed to not allow that money to follow a child to a Muslim school as well," Harwell said...
Cannon fired in Lewisburg and Cornersville Saturday
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Fall weather was perfect Saturday for the firing of a cannon on the squares in Lewisburg and Cornersville to celebrate the new Civil War Trail plaques recently placed in both locations. "Nothing is ended until it is forgotten," said Cathy Gordon Wood, president of Giles County Chapter #257 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy...
Arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license, speeding, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment *Wallace Greer III, 42, Nashville. Bond: $10,000; court date: Dec. 18. At 6:42 a.m. Nov. 9, a black Monte Carlo was clocked doing 68 mph in a 45 mph zone on Liberty Valley Road by Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Layne Worsham. ...
Man said he'd cut her throat
By Karen Hall Staff Writer A Lewisburg man who pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault was sentenced to five years in prison last week. Billy Wayne Vestal, 65, of 5th Avenue North, admitted he pulled a knife on the victim on Jan. 22, according to the report by Lewisburg Police Officer Clyde Ragsdale...
Hobbs knows repeat performance will be tough
Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs turned in an incredible first season on the bench last year, posting an overall 24-9 record, while winning the regular season District 9-A title with a a 13-1 mark, but a second round 57-51 Region 5-A tournament loss to McEwen spoiled the magic carpet ride for the Rockets.
"I am glad to be back; we had great time last year and look forward to another good time this year," said Hobbs. "I think we kind of came in under the radar last year and surprised some people. It was a perfect situation with all the support of the players, the community, the parents, and the administration here."
Lady Rockets still stinging from first-round loss
In four seasons at the helm of the Lady Rockets, Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean has posted a 95-31 overall record and a sparkling 48-6 District 9-A mark, including a state tournament appearance in 2008, but a second-round Region 5-A tournament exit in 2010 and a stunning first-round district tournament loss last year has left Jean with a bad taste in his mouth.
Jean said about the disappointing finish, "It still stings; last year wasn't acceptable to me either. That all falls on me, I have to keep them more focused. This year, I think the hunger, the fight, and the memory of what happened last year will keep that from happening again. We have to be mentally prepared and come to practice every day to get better."
FMS splits with Eagleville
FMS took on Eagleville for some Monday night basketball in Chapel Hill, beginning with a nail biting 28-24 win by the Lady Rockets, but the Rockets could not get the sweep as they lost to the Eagles 41-28.
An early Brynn Colvin basket and a fast break bucket by Madison Curtis at the buzzer was all the scoring the Lady Rockets could manage in the first quarter versus Eagleville, but they trailed by just two points at 6-4.
In the second period, FMS outscored the Lady Eagles 13-4 thanks to some great defense and second chance buckets to lead at the half 17-10.
LMS Tigers crush Cougars
After hammering Spring Hill 51-25 in their season opener seven days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers recorded their second straight lopsided victory on Monday night when they thrashed the E.A. Cox Cougars 52-29 on the road.
Although E.A. Cox came into Monday's contest with a 3-1 record, the Tigers (2-0) were never seriously challenged by the Cougars and built a 30-15 lead in the first half.
E.A. Cox defeats LMS Tigerettes
The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (1-1) were dealt their first loss of the season on Monday night when they dropped a 28-22 decision on the road to an athletic E.A. Cox Lady Cougar squad.
E.A. Cox (2-3) held LMS' offense in check for much of the contest and built a 15-11 lead in the first half before opening up a 21-13 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the six-point victory.
CMS Bulldogs knock off Knights
On Thursday night, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs picked up their first win under new coach Gerard Randolph when they defeated the Riverside Christian Academy Knights 38-33 at home.
With Randolph sitting his usual starting lineup at the beginning of the game, CMS trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter but steadily chipped away at the deficit and narrowed the gap to 21-17 at halftime.
RCA squeaks past CMS Lady Bulldogs
The Cornersville Middle School Lady Bulldogs (3-5) suffered their second straight loss on Thursday night when they dropped a gut wrenching 30-29 decision to the Riverside Christian Academy Lady Knights (3-4) at home.
After taking a 17-16 lead into halftime, the Lady Bulldogs held a tenuous 25-23 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
CMS, however, was unable to hold onto the lead in the final period, as the Lady Knights used a 7-2 run to pull ahead 30-27 with 1:15 left before making three late defensive stands to take home the one-point victory.
Mary Beth Nunley Hopkins
Mary Beth Nunley Hopkins, 35, of the Mooresville Community, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Marshall Medical Center. Mary Beth was a native of Marshall County, and the daughter of James Haskell Nunley of Columbia and Linda Hobby of the Mooresville Community. She was a cosmetologist and a member of the Church of Christ...
Gracie Austin, 88, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in NHC Oakwood Healthcare. Ms. Austin was a native of Woodbury, and daughter of the late Thomas and Molly Elizabeth Reed Helton. She was retired from Faber Castell Corporation after 45 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ...
Malcolm Sidney Wright Sr.
Malcolm Sidney Wright Sr., 85, of the Laws Hill/Anes Station Community passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at NHC-Oakwood. A native of Marshall County, Mr. Wright was the son of the late Oliver Wright and Georgia Mae Rhiner Wright. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict and was a farmer...