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Looking Back At 2013 – January To June

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm


Church messages included: “Season Change, God Doesn’t” from First Baptist Gruetli-Laager; “Pray for a tough hide and a tender heart” and “When we do what we can, God will do what we can’t” from Bufard Jones Building Supply in Gruetli-Laager; “If your Bible is falling apart, your life isn’t” from Cumberland Baptist Church; “God wants full custody not just weekend visits” from the Altamont Baptist Church; and “Life stinks, we have a pew for you” from First Baptist Gruetli-Laager.

Five generations gathered during the holidays at Mrs. Olean Hart’s Palmer home.

The Swiss Lady Wildcats and the Tracy City Eagles won the Jingle Bell Classic. Named to the All-Tournament girls’ team were Katlin Anderson and Emilee Meeks of Palmer Autum Spencer and Hope Archbold from North, Shayla Bennett and Hanna Phillips of Monteagle, Teah Bosio, Makayla Misiolek, Kristen Weaver and Taylen Scissom of Swiss.  Named to the All-Tournament boys’ team were James McDaniel of North, Kollyn Cooper and Coy Gibbs of Swiss, Hogan Holland and Blane Harris of Monteagle, Noah Callahan and Trey Hampton of Palmer, Draven Tate, Boo Goins and Dakota Schild of Tracy City.

The Monteagle Hornets finished in second place in the Warren County Masonic Lodge Tournament.

The Town of Palmer Christmas lights winners included Lou White Rollins, first place; Mike and Mary Ruth Shadrick, second place; Jack and Joyce Morrison, third place; and honorable mentions included Darin and Rhonda LeCroy, Clayta Cleek and Carl and Rebecca Morrison.

Players of the week included Tori Sartain, Terrince Bramhall, Madison Burrows, Austyn Cooper, MiKayla Williams, Hayden Holland, Kristin Hill, Jacob Campbell, and the entire Lady Yellow Jackets basketball team. 

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Skyfall, Guilt Trip, and Jack Reacher.

The remains of PFC Glenn Schoenmann of Palmer, reportedly taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy during the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28, 1950, were brought home and buried in Brown’s Chapel Cemetery on January 12.

Members of the 2012 Grundy County Nursing Assistant class sponsored by the Tennessee Technology Center in McMinnville included Sherri Caldwell (instructor), Stephanie Green, Songsi Pharr, Tracey March, Miranda Givens, Sherry Seagroves, Jenny Thomas, Annetta Kilgore, Teri Layne, Jessica Scott, Stacey Walker, Kimberly Meeks, Tena Jones and Julie Coffelt. They were recognized during a ceremony at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City.

After serving local Grundy County residents by volunteering and managing the Grundy County Food Bank for over eight years, Glenn and Carol Vanden Bosch stepped down from the position. Sandy Spies was named the new Grundy County Food Bank Director.

Gladys Seagroves was the “Best Decorated Home” during Christmas in Tracy City and Dutch Maid Bakery was the inner of “Best Decorated Business.”

Danise Lanciault was chosen as January “Senior of the Month,” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

Grundy County High School freshman Jessie Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the January meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

Grundy County Mayor Lonnie Cleek administered the oath of office to the new Tracy City Councilmen Seth Layne and James “Bubba” Cory during the January monthly meeting of the Tracy City Council.

Susan Hill of Beersheba Springs celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends.

The Brown family of Coalmont including Weldon, Jeremy, Carter, and Lewis (Bear) Brown posed for a four generations photo.

Cory Pickett, son of the late Chris Pickett and Joyce Pickett, was named the new head coach of the Yellow Jacket middle school baseball program.

Grundy County Historian William Ray Turner turned 87 on February 1.

The Tracy boys and Swiss girls were the winners of the Big 8 basketball tournament. Monteagle and Palmer received the Big 8 Cheerleader Spirit Award.

We remember in memorial: June Marie Manning, Alvin Hammers, Reverend Stanley E. Shrum, Charles H. “Chuck” Johnson, Maggie Nola Ramsey, Ruble R. Price, Paul Benson Norman, Marvin King Layne, John Willie Lockhart, Willie Dee Meeks, Kenneth Green, Marvin Leon (Mart) Layne, Michael Sean Dye, Terry Ray Smartt, Dorothy Marie Rollins, Jay T. Park, Larry Lewis Haynes, Charles Henry Gilliam, and Freddie Wayne Hassebrock.  


Raymond Hargis celebrated his 85th birthday.

The top five spellers in the 29th Annual Grundy County Spelling Bee included Kendale James, first place; Brittany Church, second place; Elizabeth Copeland, third place; Hagen Stiefel-Cash, fourth place; and Karissa Northcutt, fifth place.

Praising local Imagination Library volunteers for the success of the books-for-preschoolers-program, First Lady Crissy Haslam thanked supporters and pushed for continued community support at an event held at the Dutch Maid Bakery.

It was reported that 9.14 inches of rain fell in Coalmont during the month of January. The low temperature for the month was 17 degrees on four different days and the high temperature for the month was 64 degrees on four different days.

Ms. Helen Kirk, a long time resident of Tracy City and resident of Meadowood Apartments, recently moved to the Manchester Healthcare Center. She was honored with a surprise going away party.

Grundy County Farm Bureau in Tracy City welcomed new agent Josh Blevins, a lifelong resident of Jasper.

Wayne Johnson of Tracy City celebrated his 60th birthday at the Lodge Hall in Tracy City with family and friends.   

Church messages included: “2013 lucky year if you find Jesus” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “Is your life running on empty – free fill ups here every Sunday” from the Laager Independent Methodist Church; and “Sign broke – for message, come inside” from Altamont Baptist Church.

Players of the week included Kamie King, Jacob Campbell, Kelsey Arbuckle, Levi Miller, and Trevor Hampton.

Former Yellow Jacket standout Michael Sanders was named head coach of the Junior Jacket football program.

Grundy County seniors were honored including cheerleaders Mercedes Orange, Shelby Brewer, Lyndsay Dyer, Lady Jacket Kamie King, Jacket men Alex Campbell, Austyn Cooper, Trevor Rheal, Ethan Meeks, Levi Miller, and Jacob Campbell.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Jack Reacher, and Escape from Planet Earth.

Mrs. Anna Polk “Ann” Conry Creighton celebrated her 90th birthday.

Members of the Lady Jackets received plaques including MiKayla Williams, Kristin Hill and Tori Sartain who were named All District for the regular season. Kelsey Arbuckle was named to the All Tournament team for her outstanding play in the tournament.

North Elementary fifth grader Alison Nunley led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the February meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

South Cumberland Rangers received a gift of three mountain bikes from the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.

Joyce Hargis celebrated her 79th birthday with a dinner and party attended by several friends and family.

Francis Small, 101, was chosen as the February “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

The Big 8 5th and 6th girls champions were the North Lady Warriors and the Swiss Wildcats were the boys champion.

We remember in memorial: Grace Evelyn Byers, Jackie Morgan, Susie Lockhart Dykes, Charles Edward Shrum, Helen Marie Nunley, Ruby Elizabeth Winton, Harley Cleveland “H.C.” Tate, Thomas Lawson Myers, J.D. O’Neal, Bobby Gene Hooper, June Marie Simon, Jack William Pickett, Mildred Lou Vandergriff, Fannie Clair Layne, Anna Bell Odom, Juanita Campbell Nunley, David Franklin Patrick, Carl B. Brown, Betty Fults, Pamela Gipson, Wentzie Mildred Stearns, Geneva Dickerson Risko, and Lester Bennett Scott, Jr. 


Y.B. Ashby was the Adult Honoree from Grundy County at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards Ceremony and Zachary Gallagher was the Youth Honoree.

The faculty, staff, students, and administrators at Tracy City Elementary School dedicated their gymnasium in honor of thief former teacher Brian McDowell, better known as “Coach Mac,” renaming the gym “The Mac.” McDowell taught and coached at TCE for 20 years and retired due to a long-term fight with cancer.

The Pelham Elementary School cafeteria scored 100 from the Tennessee Department of Health Inspection.

Church messages included: Walmart is not the only saving place!” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “Honk if you love Jesus; Text if you want to meet Him” from Altamont Baptist Church; “Don’t let the stone cry out – you Praise Him” from Palmer Church of God; and “Jesus paid your debt – keep the change!” from West Side Baptist Church.

It was reported that at the dam in Coalmont, 2.64 inches of rain fell in February. The low temperature for the month was 14 degrees on two different days and the high temperature was 60 degrees on February 8. Valentine’s Day was mild and sunny with a high temperature of 51 degrees.

Rocky Top Restaurant, an all you can eat, lazy Susan, family style restaurant, opened in Monteagle.

Traders Market and Deli in Gruetli-Laager opened with owners Gabrielle and Cindy LeCroy.

Raymond Trussell and Nell Long celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Swiss Memorial Elementary second grade student Emilea Pugh led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the March meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

South Cumberland State Park Ranger George Shinn was chosen as “Park Ranger of the Year” by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association.

Gruetli-Laager resident Earl Haskel Rigsby celebrated his 93rd birthday.

The Grundy County Agriculture (Ag.) Business Council recognized Clay-Clay Farms as Conservation Farmers of the Year; Caleb and Amy Rae as Beginning Farmers of the Year; Billy Smartt for Horticulture Farmer of the Year; Ann Haynes as 4-H Member of the Year; Zack Gallagher as FFA Member of the Year; Kerastin Nunley as FCCLA Member of the Year; and the Grundy County Farm Bureau Women as Conservation Communicator of the Year.

Ray and Doris Winton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party with family and friends at the Coalmont Community Center.

Players of the week included Kelsey Arbuckle, Trevor Hampton, Harley Davis, Austyn Cooper, Hunter Brown, and Madison Burrows.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included OZ the Great and Powerful and The Croods.

GCHS Bass Team members Dakota Cantrell and Hank Lowrie won the Yellow Jacket Open on Nickajack.

Charles Scott was selected as the March “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

William Ray and Marie Turner celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

The 32nd Annual South Cumberland State Park Easter Egg Hunt was held.

We remember in memorial: Dorothy Smith, Elizabeth C. “Betty” Walker, James Lloyd Pickett, Sr., Lettie Lucille Myers, Claudia Louisia Hoback, Edna Christine Burnett Campbell, Brandon Lee Phipps, Lavona Watley Nunley, Stacy D. Creighton, William Jonathan Winton, Paul K. Parks, Shirley F. Green, Jeffery Allen Kern, William Gilliam (Bill) Womack, William “Porkey” Turley, Shirley Short Nunley, Mildred Ann Smith, Pamela Rose Anderson, Mark David Wallace, Sydney “Syd” Church, Leonard Layne, Joyce Olean Hart, Michael David “Peanut” Worley, George Leon Blauch, Ricky allen Meeks, Brenda Ann Hill, Gwendolyn Maxine Ledford Rice, James Homer “Papa” Trussell, James Robert “Bo” Anderson, and Billy Ray Ledford.  


Holly Bryan of Pelham Elementary, with a career of 32 years of teaching, was chosen for the Golden Apple Award.

The “guns in parking lots” bill was signed into law.

Howard Lewis of Palmer celebrated his 90th birthday.

Mary Ruth Mayes Rogers of Palmer celebrated her 80th birthday.

The Grundy Yellow Jackets baseball team downed Marion County 9-5.

The Rocky Top Restaurant opened in Monteagle at the former Larry’s Army/Navy Store location. Owned by Rodney Kilgore, the restaurant features Lazy-Susan type all-you-can-eat southern, home cooking.

Former Palmer resident Amanda Opal Hobbs James of Nashville celebrated her 99th birthday.

The Grundy County weather report for March announced that at the dam in Coalmont, 7.47 inches of rain was measured. The snow total was .5 inches and the coldest temperature was 18 degrees on March 20 and 21. The high temperature was 64 degrees on March 10. The first day of spring on March 20 was dry and chilly with a high of 51 degrees while Easter Sunday on March 31 was cloudy with .21 inches of rain and a high of 56 degrees. The winter season ran from December 12, 2012 to March 19, 2013 and rainfall totaled 20.38 inches and there was no measurable amount of snow. The low temperature for the winter was 14 degrees on January 31 and February 1. The high temperature was 69 degrees on March 19, which was the last day of winter.

Church messages included: “You may think the price of gas is high – grace cost God His only son,” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “If God is all you have, you have all you need,” from Palmer first Baptist Church; “The best vitamin for a Christian is B1,” from Altamont Baptist Church; and “God can turn ‘lemons’ into lemonade,” from The House of the Lord in Palmer.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included The Croods, Scary Movie 5, and GI Joe: Retaliation. 

Players of the Week included Zach Sanders, Madison Rogers, Chandler Knight, Harley Davis, Hunter Brown, Madison Burrows, and Dylan Cleek.

The American Legion Post 74 awarded Certificates of Appreciation to Peggy Griffith, Theron Gross, and Brandi Hargis for the support and work they did for Post 74.

Mary Johnson was selected as the April “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

Billy Ray Nunley of Gruetli-Laager celebrated his 80th birthday.

Doris Miller, a Pre-K educational assistant at Pelham Elementary, received an award of Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

Amedisys Hospice of Monteagle honored volunteers for their time and dedication. The “Volunteer of the Year” was Inez Winton; Ann Pack and Wanda Newsome received “Honorable Mention.”

The National Cornbread Festival was held in South Pittsburg.

Traders Market and Deli opened in Gruetli-Laager. Owners Cindy and Gabrielle Lecroy have a self-service salad bar, hot soups, specialty subs and sandwiches, along with pizza and hot of the grill creations.

Rebecca Coffelt Guffey celebrated her 71st birthday.

We remember in memorial: Hoyt Grady Dykes, John Edward Kilby, Judy Lynn Layne, Virginia Lynn Mullican Scissom, June Ann Long, Nancy M. Gilliam, Manuel Melvin Knott, Billy Ray Green, Norma M. Sitz Stocker, Mary Marguerite McKendrick Willems, William “Eddie” Jackson, William A. Robertson, Thomas G. Pack, Ken Swift, Georgie E. Dunwoody, and Anthony Dean Nunley.


Jamie Ruehling, assistant principal and athletic director at Grundy County High School, played Brooklyn Dodgers third baseman John “Spider” Jorgensen in the move “42,” the biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first black player to cross the color line in Major League Baseball.

Because of the 7.2 inches of rain that fell in Grundy County last week, Pelham Fire Chief Billy Hill and Assistant Chief Travis Lawyer set up a command post at Bethel Church preparing to rescue possible flood victims in the Pelham area.

Grundy County baseball player Chandler Knight was hit in the head with a pitch during a game and was flown to the hospital, where he was later released.

Legendary country legend George Jones was remembered after he passed away in April.

There was a “full house” at the American Legion Hall in Tracy City when Blood Assurance recruiters set up for residents to give blood and bone marrow samples for Grundy County resident Kevin Shrum who was diagnosed with leukemia.

Coach Frank Emmett Clay, who coached baseball at Grundy County High School from 1971 to 1982, was honored with a reunion of all players, managers, and batgirls at the Pelham ball field.

Pelham Valley Ball Field announced it was now a tobacco free zone.

Yellow Jacket baseball seniors Austyn Cooper, Hunter Brown, and Josh Rhea were recognized on senior night.

The 2013 “Don’t Meth with us” program was presented to all fourth through seventh grade Grundy County elementary students.

According to the dam at Coalmont, 11.51 inches of rain fell during the month of April. The big rain event was April 26, 27, and 28 when a total of 6.33 inches of rain fell. The low temperature was 23 degrees on April 2 with a high temperature of 79 degrees.

Charles Williams was chosen the May “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

Lady Jacket softball players Madison Rogers and Harley Davis were named to the All District 7AA team for the 2013 season.

Palmer Elementary sixth grade student Dixie Nunley led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the April meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation lifted a 13-year water contact advisory for Little Fiery Gizzard Creek and several of its tributaries in the Tracy City area of Grundy County.

The Annual Memorial Service for deceased veterans was held at Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle.

Daryl Adams, APN, RN, primary care nurse practitioner at the Grundy County Health Department, was honored as Nurse Practitioner of the Year.

Orange Hill Memorial held a candlelight service for loved ones in the cemetery.

Former Grundy County resident Gladys Creighton Arnett celebrated her 100th birthday.

Leadership Grundy Class of 2013 included Jeff Sholey, Gina Sons, Mary Jo Gallagher, Sally Krebs, Carolyn Kilgore, Brent Smith, Emily Partin, Amanda Diamond, Clyde Leeds, and Dave Hodges.

GCHS seniors were recognized during Awards Night and seniors were presented with their diplomas at graduation services. Valedictorian was Scarlett Elizabeth Bray and Joseph Hunter Stocker was Salutatorian. Academic Honors students included Caitlyn Case Clay, Angel Danae Schild, Summer Faith Northcutt, Briley Kendal King, Victoria Brook Simmons, Miranda Gayle Givens, Dakota Lance Cox, Taylor Nicole Fincher, Kierra Shontae King, Kassidi Lee Harper, Jonathan Nicholas Green, Jonathan Michael LeBron Mansfield, Justin Hunter Brown, Austyn Cole Cooper, Trevor Brian Jones, Zachary Noel Gallagher, Mary Kaitlyn Pittman, Braxton Shane Meeks, Ashton Leigh-Ann Scissom, Ethan Dwayne Scott, and Eric Matthew Sweeton.

Lorene Barnhill celebrated her 103rd birthday at the Bridge at Monteagle with family and friends who surprised her with a special party in her honor.

Players of the week included Madison Rogers, Chandler Knight, Harley Davis, Taten McBee, Maty Partin, and Josh Rhea.

Church messages included: “A clean conscience makes a soft pillow” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “For now, we’re caught between the third rock and a heavenly place: from First Baptist Gruetli-Laager,” Just because you don’t believe in hell, doesn’t put the fire out,” from Altamont Baptist Church, “Graduates honor God and He will honor you,” from Laager Independent Methodist Church; “How is your account with God?” and “A debt is never too old for an honest person to pay,” from Bufard Jones Building Supply in Gruetli-Laager.    

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Iron Man 3 and Epic. 

We remember in memorial: Lucille Sanders Clendenon, Melvin J. Argo, Sandra Dee Anderson, Joyce Winona Long, Carolyn Ruth Turner, Justin “Butch” Steele, Dorothy Kalmar, Retired MSGT Angus Charles A. Lawson, Melvin H. Hampton, Carol Ann Cox, Randall K. Roberts, Alvirn Dickerson Thomas, Carlos Everett Lewis, Carl Houston Sitz, Maggie Mae Custer, Jerry Q. Mason, Jennifer Rae Collins, Avene Estell Norris, Bertha Schulze Ashley, David Brinkley Cash, Essie Mae Ogelvie, James Everett Payne, Patricia Sue Scott, and Charles E. Bishop, Sr.


On June 2, the Community Fund of the South Cumberland Plateau announced the 2013 grant recipients whose awards totaled almost $65,000. Accepting the awards were Sandy Spies (S Double A Ranch), Donna Lovelace (Grundy County Historical Society), Janice Thomas (Mountain Goat Trail Alliance), Jessica Lusk (Grundy County Youth Leadership Program), Tonya Garner (Grundy County Health Council), Susan Binkley (Blue Monarch), Renea Corley and Kathy Hill (North Elementary School).

The American Legion Post 74 traveled to Manchester to present John Hankins a certificate and lapel pin to recognize him as a 60-year member of Post 74 in Tracy City. Julia Kirk Hargis was also presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her many years of support to Post 74.

The Monteagle Nutrition Site honored their veterans including Charles Scott, Ralph Goodman, Charles Williams, Jesse Betschart, Raymond Privette, Charles Curtis, Lewis Summers, Charles Masingill, and Roberta Bogart. for their service to our country and each member was presented with a citation of appreciation.

Frances Small celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Crandel McNabb celebrated his 100th birthday.

Eric Dempsey of Gruetli-Laager was presented with the prestigious Jim Prince Award for outstanding service to the South Cumberland State Park and the Friends of South Cumberland.

Former Grundy County resident Huey Paul Brown celebrated his 77th birthday.

Lucyle Hampton, Grundy County Trustee was the recipient of the 2013 State of Tennessee Trustee of the Year Award, due to her exemplary service to the State of Tennessee and to the citizens of Grundy County.

Cumberland Mtn. Rifles, Camp 386, Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted their annual Confederate Heritage Festival and Civil War living history event.

Myer’s Hill First Congregational Methodist Church, South Cumberland State Park, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosted the annual Grundy Lakes Fishing Rodeo at Grundy Lakes State Park.

At the dam in Coalmont the rainfall total for May was 5.86 inches with the big rain event of the month on May 4-5 with a total of 3.75 inches. The coldest temperature of the month was on May 12, “Mother’s Day,” when it fell to 24 degrees. High temperature for the day was 60 degrees and dry. Memorial Day was a high of 79 and low of 56 degrees and it was also dry.

The late L.H. Burnett was recognized by a resolution passed by the Grundy County Commission at the June meeting. A copy of the resolution was presented to Mr. Burnett’s sons, Edwin and Carlton Burnett.

Allie Jean “Shorty” Sanders celebrated her 80th birthday.

Tracy City Elementary student Haley Guyear led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the June meeting of the Grundy county Board of Education.

The second annual Camp Discovery was held at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor’s Center.

Church messages included: “Fight truth decay, study King James Bible daily,” from Palmer Free Will Baptist Church; “Friends don’t let friends die without Jesus,” from Altamont Baptist Church; and “This church is prayer conditioned,” from Laager Independent Methodist Church.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Epic and Superman “Man of Steel.” 

We remember in memorial: Charles E. Bishop, Sr., A.M. “Jack” Conn, Alfred Thompson Adams, William Melvin Christman, Judy K. Turner, Lucille Kilgore Hall, L.H. Burnett, Deborah Inez Hawkins, Ernestine Gilbert, Richard L. Fisher, Jr., Lorene P. Mottern, Kenneth E. “Rooster” Short, Lois Elizabeth Meeks, Billy Ray Scissom, Susie Mae Chilers, James Gregory “Red” Meeks, Johnsie Katherine Brannan, and Percy Glenn King.