Stories from Friday, January 25, 2013
Cornersville I-65 tickets in spotlight
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer At least two Cornersville officials take a stand that's different from state Rep. Billy Spivey's position against town police patrolling Interstate 65. It looks like a speed trap that people have been ducking for years, thereby reducing commerce in Cornersville, Spivey says. It looks like the town is trolling the turnpike for revenue...
City Manager search starts again
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Lewisburg councilmen agreed the candidates who lost out to now-departed City Manager Tommy Engram should be asked if they are still interested in the job. At a special called meeting Wednesday, councilman Ronald McRady said he asked city attorney Steve Broadway if they could go back to people they intereviewed for the job last time...
Two charged with local murder
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Two Marshall County men were indicted this week for the murder of Ronald Shelton, who died almost two years ago at the old Fox Motel on West Commerce Street. The grand jury, holding the first meeting of their six-month term, indicted Jason C. McCollum, 28, of Woodlawn Avenue, and Sharod W. "C-Moe" Moore, 30, of East Berkley Circle. Both were charged with first-degree murder, and McCollum was also charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder...
Welcome Gattis Leadership
By Karen Hall Staff Writer Friendships and connections are being made across county lines, thanks to a new regional leadership group whose first class spent two days in Lewisburg last week. Graduates of Leadership Marshall decided they wanted to form a regional group, said Mike Wiles, Executive Director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board...
Denton named new Cornersville football coach
After longtime coach Ray Stocstill recently stepped down, Cornersville High School quickly found a new man to lead their football program when they promoted offensive line coach John Denton to their head coaching position.
"I'm really excited. It's been a lifelong goal and dream of mine to be a head coach," said Denton. "I've learned under a lot of great coaches growing up and they've given me some guidance so it's something I've always wanted to do."
Coleman returns to guide Forrest football
A Rocket made a return trip to Chapel Hill on Wednesday as former Forrest football standout and defensive coordinator Brian Coleman was announced as the new Rockets' head football coach.
"I have always wanted to a be a head coach, it's been a lifelong goal and I love this place, hometown, so this was just a great opportunity," said Coleman.
Rockets blast No. 7 Cougars
The Forrest Rockets won their third consecutive district contest Tuesday night in Chapel Hill, knocking off AP Class-A No. 7 Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) 67-48 in a ballgame that got very testy at the end.
"I think it says a lot to the competiveness of both teams," said Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs. "They got a little frustrated, but we did too at the end, but it just goes to show the toughness and the determination to win by both teams. It got a little out of hand in the crowd more than it did on the court."
Bulldogs hold off Culleoka, tie for fourth in 11-A
The Cornersville Bulldogs picked up an important District 11-A win on Tuesday night when they defeated Culleoka 48-42 at home to complete the season sweep of the Warriors.
Culleoka (6-14, 2-7 District) was coming off a stunning upset victory over three-time District tournament champ Mt. Pleasant four days earlier, but were unable to carry that momentum into Tuesday's contest, as Cornersville built an 18-8 lead in the first half.
Rockets pin Page on senior night
Dual Meet Score
Forrest 64 Page 18
113 Alex Jordan (Forrest) won by forfeit
120 Peyton Sisk (Forrest) won by pin over Tristin Edwards (Page)
126 Nathan Sizemore (Page) won by pin over Cooper McNair (Forrest)
132 Andrew Birchett (Page) won by pin over Andrew Dyer (Forrest)
138 Brian Lacey (Page) won by pin over Clepper Watson (Forrest)
145 Ivan Wentzel (Forrest) won by pin over Daniel Prendergast (Page)
MCHS gains road split in Hohenwald
A total of three points separated both MCHS hoops squads from gaining a road sweep in Lewis County Tuesday night with the boys coming away with a 48-46 win, while the Tigerettes lost by the slimmest of margins, 58-57.
Marissa Lyttle, the game's leading scorer, poured in 30 points for the Tigerettes, who led 27-25 at the half before the Lady Panthers came up with a 21-point third quarter, taking a 44-37 lead into the final eight minutes.
Lady Bulldogs blowout Culleoka
On Tuesday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak by pummeling District 11-A foe Culleoka 66-33 at home to record their 21st straight win over the Lady Warriors.
With Cornersville coach Micah Landers substituting liberally throughout the game, the Lady Bulldogs (14-5, 7-1 District) quickly wore down Culleoka (7-15, 4-5 District) and built a 30-15 lead in the first half before outscoring the Lady Warriors 36-18 over the final two quarters to complete the sweep of the regular season series.
Lady Cougars complete sweep over Forrest
MTCS snapped Forrest's 16-game winning streak over the Lady Cougars at the 2009-2010 Region Tournament and since then, the Murfreesboro private school has won three out the last six meetings, including a sweep of the season series this year.
The Lady Rockets fell 61-56 Tuesday night in Chapel Hill in a contest that they fought from behind in most of the game.
"Every time we had a lead, we did something not smart to lose it," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "We kept doing stuff we couldn't do and it came back to bite us. Everybody is shooting layups on us and we can't defend."
Forrest never led by more than four points in the ballgame and had to fight from behind by as many as seven points early in the third period.
LMS Tigers chop down Sycamore
After winning the TMSAA Middle Tennessee Class AA Sectional tournament championship last year, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (17-0) began defense of their title on Tuesday night by defeating the Sycamore Knights 58-32 in the quarterfinals at E.O. Coffman Middle School.
Although leading scorers Jay Howard and D'Andre Brown were forced to sit out much of the second quarter due to foul trouble, LMS was able to overcome the early adversity and still held a 23-20 lead at halftime.
Patricia Fern Gibson
Patricia Fern Gibson, formerly Dayton, 66, of Petersburg, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her daughter, April; her mother, Carma Hakes; and her sister, Jean. She is survived by her son, Tony; one brother, Les; three sisters, Betty Jo, Gail, and Anita; her former husband of 25 years, William; one grandson, Aaron; two great-granddaughters, Haley and Brook; close friend, Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family, and friends...
Patricia Ann Moore Hann
Patricia Ann Moore Hann, 70, resident of Saddlewood Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Marshall Medical Center. Mrs. Hann was born in Westminster, Mass., the daughter of the late Robert James Moore Jr. and Pauline Norman Moore Pope. When she was a few days old her family moved to Columbia and later she moved to Lewisburg. ...
Mable Lynch Cherry
Mable Lynch Cherry, 99, of Madison, Ala., formerly of Lewisburg, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. A native of Bedford County, Mrs. Cherry was a daughter of the late Hiram Lee Lynch and Lenore Blackburn Lynch. She was a homemaker. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Sims of Plano, Texas, and Juanita Boyd of Huntsville, Ala.; a son, Kenneth Cherry of Plano, Texas; two brothers, Cooper Lynch of Unionville and Junior Lynch of College Grove; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren...
Lisa Marie Baum Pointer
Lisa Marie Baum Pointer, 37, of 311 Meadow Drive, Shelbyville, formerly of Lewisburg, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Vanderbilt Medical Center. A native of Greenville, Ky., she was the daughter of Donald Baum of Cornersville and the late Shelia Baum. She was married to the late James Pointer, who died in 2012. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church...
Bettie Ann Coxon
Bettie Ann Coxon, 73, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her residence. Ms. Coxon was a native of Bedford County, and daughter of Fred and Thelma Austin Rowland. She was the owner of Bettie Ann's Fashions & Accessories in Lewisburg for several years. She was a member of Church Street Church of Christ...
Personal risk everywhere, should you increase it?
Freedom comes with responsibility. Responsibility comes with risk and late last year there were some remarkable reactions to information reported during a public meeting of a private group in Marshall County. A Lewisburg man complained that his wife's medical exam included a doctor's questionnaire asking if she had guns and how they are stored, locked, loaded and where bullets are kept...