Stories from Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thefts and vandalism reported A yellow 2001 Caterpillar backhoe worth $20,000 was taken from a construction site on Warner Road sometime between 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 7 a.m. Jan. 16. Between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 2:15 p.m. Jan. 12, someone entered a home on Verona Caney Road and ransacked a child's bedroom. ...
MLK birthday remembered here
From Staff Reports More than 100 people remembered Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday Monday by marching to Marshall County's Courthouse, where speakers called for community unity and renewed respect for the slain civil rights leader's peaceful work for change...
Not guilty verdict for Verona man accused of reckless endangerment
By Karen Hall Staff Writer A Verona man was found not guilty after a one-day jury trial last week. Robert "Gator" Grissom, 66, was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon after a June 26 incident when he allegedly fired a .50 caliber blackpowder pistol toward his neighbor...
Playacting for preparedness
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer In an exercise Thursday, local Special Weapons And Tactics Team officers talked a man, who portrayed a recently fired factory worker, into surrendering after releasing hostages. Lewisburg Police Sgt. David Henley, the SWAT team commander, wrote the scenario. Officer Shaun Crawford played the unemployed man, who was living in his truck after his wife obtained a restraining order to keep him away...
Stocstill steps down as Bulldog grid coach
After leading Cornersville High School's football team the last nine years, Ray Stocstill recently decided to hand over the reins of the program to someone else and resigned as the Bulldogs' football coach.
Stocstill sighted the desire to watch his son Joe Stocstill play football at the University of Tennessee as the main reason for stepping down, but will still be a part of the school's athletic program by coaching the Cornersville Middle School team this coming Fall. Joe Stocstill is currently a freshman walk-on at UT, but still has four years of eligibility left after redshirting this past season.
LMS Tigers topple Coffman for Area 2 title
Still perfect. The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers claimed their third straight TMSAA Area 2 Class AA tournament title by defeating the E.O. Coffman Panthers 41-28 on Saturday afternoon in Hohenwald to run their record to 16-0.
LMS had defeated the Panthers by double digits twice during the regular season, but E.O. Coffman hung tough for much of Saturday's contest and trailed just 20-18 at halftime before seizing a 26-22 lead late in the third quarter.
Hindered by the loss of guard Garrett Martin in the final minute of the third quarter due to a broken wrist, the Panthers (15-6) were unable to hold off Lewisburg down the stretch, as the Tigers outscored E.O. Coffman 19-2 the rest of the way to take home the 13-point win.
Forrest climbs to Mountain Top
The Forrest Rocket grapplers picked up their 20th win of the season after taking home first place in the Mountain Top Invitational Tournament in Sewanee on Saturday.
"Winning this tournament was big step in the right direction for our wrestling program," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "This should be a big confidence boost for our kids going into the Region Tournament, but they must understand the Region will be much tougher."
MCHS sweeps East Hickman
As far as road trips go, Friday night's was a good one for both MCHS hoops squads as they came away with a much-needed sweep over East Hickman.
The Tigerettes, coming off two straight District 12-AA wins, took to the hardwood in Lyles first and they came out swinging, doubling up the Lady Eagles 20-10 in the first quarter.
Phifer game winner sinks Huntland
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off a 40-point shellacking at Moore County, righted the ship at home Friday night, coming away with a thrilling 53-51 win over Huntland.
"That must have been a good game to watch, but it was pretty tough from where I was," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "It' been a long four days of practice, but they were ready to play tonight and we came away with the win."
Rockets rain 3s on Hornets
On Dec. 7 at Huntland, the Hornets burned Forrest from downtown, converting 11 three-pointers in a 70-65 loss, but on Friday night in Chapel Hill, the Rockets turned the tables, raining down a dozen three-bombs in a huge 88-48 thrashing over the Franklin County squad.
"I don't know what to say about that, that was ridiculous and it was definitely our best shooting performance this year, by far," said Tyler "Juice" Rumley after the game.
Forrest had four players in double figures in the scoring column with Mark Pope leading the way with 22 points, including three treys.
Lewis County waylays LMS Tigerettes
Lewis County halted the Lewisburg Middle Tigerettes' magical run through the TMSAA Area 2 Class AA tournament, as the top seeded Lady Panthers thumped LMS 52-17 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon in Hohenwald.
Boasting a stellar 20-0 record coming into Saturday's contest, Lewis County dominated the game from start to finish and built a 26-11 lead in the first half before outscoring the Tigerettes 26-6 over the final two quarters en route to claiming the title.
Richland upends Lady Bulldogs
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in District play on Friday night when they were defeated 49-42 by archrival Richland in Lynnville.
After beating the Lady Raiders 55-44 in their previous meeting on Dec. 11, the Lady Bulldogs (13-5, 6-1 District) took an 18-16 lead into halftime of Friday's contest and held a 37-36 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
CHS, however, faltered down the stretch, as Richland (10-7, 7-1 District) outscored Cornersville 13-5 the rest of the way with the help of some clutch foul shooting to pull out the seven-point win.
LMS stops Spring Hill, Lewis Co. in semis
After pulling off a stunning upset against second seeded Bridgeforth six days earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes (5-10) earned a berth in the championship game of the TMSAA Area 2 Class AA tournament by defeating the Spring Hill Lady Generals 19-16 in the semifinals on Friday night at Lewis County Middle School.
The LMS Tigers also earned a spot in the title round when they crushed the fourth seeded Lewis County Panthers 65-28 later that night to remain undefeated on the season.
Raiders hold off fiesty Bulldogs
On Friday night, the Cornersville Bulldogs gave Richland a run for their money for the first three quarters, but were unable to come away with the win, as CHS dropped a 45-34 decision to the Raiders in Lynnville.
Having lost to Richland 63-34 in their previous meeting on Dec. 11, the Bulldogs (3-15, 2-5 District) only trailed 17-13 at halftime of Friday's contest before rallying to tie the game at 24-24 late in the third quarter.
Ettie Cates Elliott Williams
Funeral services for Ettie Cates Elliott Williams, 102, of Shelbyville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Brother Mark Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home...
Kelly Lunn, 88, of the Holts Corner Community of Marshall County, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Hillcrest Nursing Facility in Owensboro, Ky. Mr. Lunn was born in Marshall County and was a member of Promise United Methodist Church. Kelly was a self-employed merchant for 35 years, where he served his community generously. ...
Dorothy B. Collins
Dorothy B. Collins, 91, of Lewisburg, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia. A native of Marshall County, she was the daughter of the late Hettie Sanders Burgess and Archie Burgess. She was a retired school teacher for the Marshall County school system and a member of Westvue Church of Christ...
William Wilford Welch
William Wilford Welch, 74, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Marshall Medical Center. Mr. Welch was a native of Marshall County, and son of the late Marvin and Maggie Watt Welch. He served his country during the Vietnam era in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired farmer and real estate agent with Century 21 Realty and attended Cane Creek Church of Christ...
James Edward "Jim" Jobe
James Edward "Jim" Jobe, 68, of Hendersonville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was born in Nashville to the late Thomas Lovel and Lake Audalene Jobe on Dec. 1, 1944. He loved to tell stories and considered himself a historian. Jim served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a radio telegraph operator. ...
Helen Rachel Williams Bowden
Helen Rachel Williams Bowden, 93, of Lewisburg, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at NHC-Oakwood. A native of Marshall County, she was the daughter of the late Clemmie Whitesell Williams and Ernest Thompson Williams. She was the owner of Two Sisters Dress Shop and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg...
James Marlon "Major" Adams
James Marlon "Major" Adams, 76, of Petersburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Jan. 29, 1936, in Marshall County, to the late Gollie B. and Mildred Kidd Adams. Mr. Adams was a tow motor operator at Intercity in Lewisburg and was a member of Medium Methodist Church...