Thirteen inductees will join the Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame on August 5. The Grundy County Herald will feature inductees in the weeks prior to the induction banquet.
Kyle Brewer, the son of Gary “Rooster” and Jan Brewer of Gruetli-Laager, is the oldest of three brothers. He attended Swiss Memorial Elementary School and played baseball, football, and basketball. After elementary school, Brewer attended Grundy County High School where he played baseball and football for the Yellow Jackets and lettered in both sports all four years.
In 2002, Brewer was selected by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association to represent Team Tennessee in a tournament held in Edmond, Oklahoma. He was also a standout football player while at GCHS, being named to the Lakeway All-Region team in 2003. In 2004, Brewer helped lead the Yellow Jackets baseball team to a 33-9 record and a third place finish in the state tournament as a senior. During that season, Brewer garnered several individual achievements including being selected to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association All-State First Team, Best of Preps – Chattanooga Times Free Press, and was selected to play in the Tennessee/Georgia High School All-Star game.
Brewer continued his baseball career at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. He was part of two of Walters State’s World Series teams that competed in in the National Junior College Athletic Association (JUCO) World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Brewer and his teammates were crowned National Champions after winning the World Series. The Senators finished the 2006 season with a record of 61-8.
Brewer finished his baseball career at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2008, after playing his last two seasons with the Saints.
Brewer returned to the mountain upon obtaining his degree and began a career in law enforcement. He and his wife, Marilu now reside in Monteagle with their twin daughters, Harper and Hazely. Brewer is a special agent with the 17th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and assigned as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chattanooga.
Janice Overturf attended Grundy County High School from 1961-1964 and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. She was a starter guard from her first basketball game as a freshman and continued in the varsity position for all four years. As seniors, Pat Nunley and Overturf were co-captains of the girls’ basketball team.
During Overturf’s senior year, the team won the first place trophy in the annual Tennessee Valley Conference basketball tournament. With Hollie Brown coaching, the girls shot down Sale Creek 40-37.
Overturf participated in several school clubs at GCHS. She was vice-president of her junior class and a homecoming attendant her junior year.
“All the hard work in Mrs. O’Dear’s typing and shorthand classes paid off,” said Overturf. “I attended Draughon’s Business School in Nashville after graduation. Upon graduating from Draughons in 1965, I started my first job in human resources for Nashville Electric Service.”
Overturf moved to Atlanta, in 1969, and went to work for Mead Packaging, enjoyed a long career and working her way up the corporate ladder. She won top salesperson one year, which meant a first class trip to Palm Springs, California.
“I was able to invite my sister, Tannis, since I was divorced,” said Overturf.
In 1996, Mead Packaging decided to close down Overturf’s department and she took off a year and decide what career she wanted to pursue next.
“I was tired of the corporate world and decided to pursue real estate. I had gotten my real estate license while working at Mead.
“My second career has given me the flexibility that I wanted and also has been very profitable. The secret to my success has been if you work hard for your clients and do a good job, they will send you referrals. My whole real estate career has been based on referrals,” explained Overturf.
“I have accumulated five rental properties over the years and my plans are to start selling them off so I can truly retire.”
Overturf enjoys traveling and looks forward to doing more traveling in the future. She is a member of a Bunko and Book Club group that meets once a month.
Overturf currently lives in Mableton, Georgia, approximately 9 miles from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta.
The Grundy County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual banquet and induction on August 5, beginning with a meet and greet at 4 p.m., at Grundy County High School.