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Looking Back At 2013 – July To December

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm


Church messages included: “America – The greatest Christian nation on earth” from the House of the Lord Church in Palmer; “If you don’t like the devil’s fruit, stay out of his orchard” from Laager Independent Methodist Church; “God is more willing to forgive than we are to ask” from Altamont Baptist Church; and “You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving” from Laager Independent Methodist Church.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included The Lone Ranger and Turbo.

Big Creek Utility District received a $2.42 million low interest loan projects that included a new 1 million-gallon capacity water storage tank, replacing three tanks, and for the replacement of water lines. The project was funded with a 20-year, $1.93 million loan with an interest rate of 0 percent and $484,000 in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid.

Larry Crabtree of Palmer celebrated his 65th birthday.

After serving the citizens of the district since 1986, 12th Judicial District Circuit Judge Buddy Perry announced he would not seek re-election to the judgeship.

Hank Lowrie of Palmer and a member of the Grundy County High School Bass Fishing Team won the NBT National Championship and was named Angler of the Year.

Mike and Mary Ruth Phillips Shadrick of Palmer celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.

The Grundy June weather report recorded 7.2 inches of rain at the dam in Coalmont. The big rain event of the month was June 17-18 with a total of 2.77 inches. For the first six months of 2013, 43.35 inches of rain was recorded. The high temperature for the month of June was 87 degrees on June 12 and the low was a chilly 50 degrees on June 3. Father’s Day on June 16 had a high of 82, low of 65, with 0.65 inches of rain.

Tracy City was designated as a “Tennessee Downtowns Community.”

Vivian Ladd was selected as the July “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

The Annual Swiss Heritage Celebration took place at the Stocker-Stampfli Homestead in Gruetli-Laager.

We remember in memorial: Johnsie Katherine Brannan, Percy Clenn King, Joe Monroe “Go” Fults, Dr. Charles D. Smith, Joshua Dee Seagroves, Herbert E. Caldwell, James Allen “Jim” Brown, Minnie Marie Mathis, Parthenia McHone Fults, Edna Brewer, Danny Lee Thomas, Gwendolyn Kay Ladd, Larry Dean Caldwell, Aurelia Dell Gregory, Billie Thomas Spence, Edward David Reeves, Bobby Dewayne Meeks, Jessie Jane Land, Johnny Earl Fults, Jayshun McCrea Whitman, Lavona Whatley Nunley, and Tresa Gail Fults.


Grundy County was preparing for a new school year starting with the tax-free holiday on the weekend of August 2.

The Grundy County School Board thanked retiring teachers for their dedication and commitment to education. Those teachers included Kaye Campbell (20 years); Leigh Ann Meeks (20 years); Charlotte McGuire (22 years); Marion Rollins (25 years); Margaret Nunley (32 years); Lloyd Carden (33 years); Sherry Guyear (33 years); Teresa Cunningham (36 years); Sharron Patton (36 years); Linda Goodman (37 years); Margaret Beaumont (39 years); and Richard Rust (40 years).

Amanda Lance was introduced as the new principal of Grundy County High School.

Molly Payne, daughter of Carly Payne and Andrea Miller, grew a 15-pound cabbage given to her by her teacher, Ms. Bridget, from Palmer Elementary School.

The 47th Annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival was announced.

Tanner Bean of Lusk Motorsport won the title of Home Run King of the Beersheba Softball League this past summer hitting 23 homers.

Palmer native Hank Lowrie, 16, was recognized with a plaque at the Board of Education meeting for achieving the title of “National Angler of the Year” he received at the NBT National Championship in Illinois.

Coalmont Elementary student Cullen Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education meeting.

Ralph Goodman was chosen as “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance received a grant of $200,000 to construct a multi-purpose, multi-modal recreational trail along the former Mountain Goat Railroad bed. The grant allow for approximately two miles of trail to be built in Grundy County.

Legendary Yellow Jacket running back Jerry Bryant became the first ever inductee into the Grundy County High School Sports Hall of Fame.

The Grundy County weather report for July included 9.96 inches of rain with the big rainfall event on July 10 with 2.28 inches. The high temperature for July was 88 degrees on July 17 with ten mornings in the 50’s with the low temperature on July 28 of 52 degrees.

Church messages included: “What if you woke up tomorrow and had only what you thanked God for yesterday” from Altamont Baptist Church; “We have become a generation of people who worship our work – work at our play – and play at our worship” from Palmer First Free Will Baptist Church; “Happiness comes from who you know – know Jesus!” from House of the Lord Church in Palmer; “Thank you Lord for the veterans who fought for worship free” from Altamont Baptist Church; and “When looking for faults use a mirror not a telescope” from Laager Independent Methodist Church.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Turbo, Planes, and Smurfs 2.

Players of the Week included Hannah Ladd, Ethan Smith, John Meeks, Shawna Worley, Jess Goodman, and Dylan Mooney.

Several members of the Mountain Archery family took home state titles or placed very high at the ASA Tennessee State Archery Tournament. Tyler Sanders won the state title for the second year in a row and the third time in four years in the Eagle Class. Heath Layne also won a state championship for the second year in a row shooting from the Young Adult Pins. J.C. Beene took second in the class.

We remember in memorial: Mary Alyce Nunley, Pauline Brawley Baggenstoss, Gene Cleek, Bruce E. Coffelt, Edward Sanford Berghold, Wilburn “Bud” Keener, Marjorie Howell Todd, Tim Batson, Carolyn Jean Layne Rollins, Clifford Larry McBee, Peggy C. Hankins, Sharon Lee Tate, James Earl “Bud” Holt, Douglas Woodrow “Papa” Doug Whitt, John Carroll Ross, Rodney Kenneth “Peewee” Thomas, Virgie Taylor, Leonard Ray Green, Rudy Wendell Myers, Mildred Cox Yarworth, Irene Saynes, Sharon Maxine Nunley, Margaret Neil Boyer, and Fannie Idella Pease.


The Southeast Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors announced that David Burnett was the recipient of the “Counselor of the Year” award, one of the organizations highest honors.

The Annual Mountaineer’s Day Festival was held in downtown Tracy City.

Church messages included: “The ten commandments are not multiple choice” from Altamont Baptist Church; “Practice makes perfect so be careful what you practice” from Monteagle Church of Christ; “Where death finds you eternity will keep you” from Laager Independent Methodist Church; and “Never give the devil a ride; he will always want to drive” from Palmer Free Will Baptist Church.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Players of the Week included Hallie Monroe, Michael Nolan, John Meeks, Summer Shipley, Terrance Bramhall, Maty Partin, Dylan Mooney, Eldon Posey, Whitlee Burnett, Will Land, Hannah Ladd, and the entire Volleyball Team.

The Monteagle/Sewanee Rotary Club distributed free dictionaries to the students in the third grade class at Monteagle Elementary School.

Loretta, the K-9 search dog, conducted her first monthly search on the campus of Grundy County High School.

The 1st Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off and Car Show was held at Hannah Pickett Park with proceeds benefiting the Mike Price Toys for Tots and the Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

The Mt. Ararat Cumberland Methodist Youth Group was invited to sing at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia with President Jimmy Carter teaching Sunday school.

The August Grundy County weather report recorded 3.75 inches of rainfall with a high of 69 degrees on August 17 and the hottest day of the month on August 30 of 87 degrees. August had 19 days with highs in the 80’s and 11 days with highs in the 70’s.

Coach Ricky Richards was inducted in the coach category and the 1998 Lady Yellow Jacket state championship team was inducted as a team to the Grundy County High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Leon Crisp was chosen as “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

Several elementary schools celebrated “Grandparent’s Day” with special luncheons and activities.

At a special called meeting of the Grundy County Commission five of the nine commissioners voted to approve a new tax rate for Grundy County of 2.5054, the first tax increase in Grundy County in approximately 18 years. The new tax rate, an increase of 19 ½ percent over last year’s rate, means residents will pay approximately $20 more per each hundred dollars owed for property taxes.

The Swiss Memorial Elementary lunchroom staff received a perfect score of 100 on the Health Inspection.

Lady Jacket golfers competed in the District 7A-AA Tournament at Ironwood Golf Club in Cookeville with senior Hannah Ladd scoring a 128 and junior Maty Partin scoring a 138.

Zac Campbell of Pelham Elementary took second place in the 4H Chick Chain.

We remember in memorial: Darrell Layne, Mae Bell Turner, William Eugene Hiett, Otsie June Partin Anderson, Zora Elizabeth Parks Bean, Walter Brock, Raymond Gene “Skip” Desmarais, Rose Lee T. Meeks, Dorothy Mae Beetch, Mae King Thomas Wilhelm, Ed Wilson Sweeton, Ralph Bouldin, Bruce “Tadpole” Stevens, Jr., Nadine P. McDaniel, Patricia Ann Caldwell, Hilda Daphine Johnson, Jeffery “Darin” LeCroy, Eddie L. McDaniel, Martha Keener Sullivan, Bertha C. Potts, Robert Lee Anderson, Maudie Lewis Kilby, Billy Wayne Wilder, Evon Campbell, Dennis Clayton Geary, Mary Lou Shook Milbrath, and Chrles D. Grimes.


Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Free Birds.

Players of the Week included Schylar Burgess, Abby King, the Cross Country Team, Megan Haynes, Michael Nolan, Hunter Layne, Tyler Nolan, GCHS Cheerleaders, Jathan Campbell, John David Dickerson, Julie Nance, Dylan Cleek, Arthur Roberts, Dakota Cantrell, and Trevor Hampton.

Church messages included: “Jesus died for you – you live for Him” from Altamont Baptist Church; “If the wages of sin is death, shouldn’t you quit before payday?” from Palmer first Baptist Church; “If you have to curse use your own name instead of God’s” from Altamont Baptist Church; “An eternity without God will be Hell!” from Palmer First Baptist Church; and “There is a way to stay out of hell but no way to get out” from Altamont Baptist Church.

Legendary Yellow Jacket football player Hugh Gerald Hi8ll and the late Horace Moore, Jr. were inducted into the GCHS Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2013 GCHS Homecoming “Jackets Are Going Places” was celebrated with a win over CCS of 35 to 0. The Homecoming Court included: Senior Class – Katie Allen, Becca Everett, Becca Kilgore, and Torie Scissom; Junior Class – Mallory Seals and Baylee Jones; Sophomore Class – Joyceline Garcia and Caitlin Rogers; and Freshman Class – Chloe Scissom and Emilee Meeks and were escorted by GCHS Yellow Jacket Football seniors Michael Nolan, Dylan Cleek, Schylar Burgess, Will Land, Arthur Roberts, Jesse Goodman, Dakota Cantrell, Chase Nunley, and Dominic Elizada.

GCHS graduate Austyn Cooper received a certificate from the Department of Safety, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Special Programs Division for wearing his seat belt that kept him from serious injury when his vehicle hydroplaned and flipped over.

The First Annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp was held in Altamont to celebrate Altamont’s heritage.

Edith Layne Shirley of Pelham celebrated her 102nd birthday on October 3.

Charlene Nunley, director of the Grundy County Health Department, was honored with the R.H. Hutcheson, Sr. M.S. award from the Tennessee Public Health Association.

GCHS graduate and Marine Corporal, Matthew Hampton, was the 2013 recipient of the 28th Annual Palmer Veterans Appreciation Award.

North Elementary second grade student Eli Myers led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the October meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

Only 2.65 inches of rainfall was reported for the September Grundy County weather report. The high temperature for the month was 86 degrees with a low temperature of 42 degrees.

It was announced that a total of $10,440.04 was raised during the St. Jude Weekend, which was donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of Sabastian Cole, who lost his battle with cancer.

The Tracy City Police Department received a Governor Highway Safety Office Grant in the amount of $19,994.72, which was the largest grant that the department ever received.

Charles Masingill was chosen as the “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

We remember in memorial: Henry “Buddy” Sylvester Smallwood, James Fredrick Bell, Jr., Toby Bradford Lockhart, Colby Lee Perry, Mary Ethelene Hargis, Donna Jo Byers, Kelly Jo Archey, Bobbie Attress Prater, Charles E. Nunley, Barbara Ann Burnette, Sandra Jean Nunley “Sandy” Bess, Louis Shane “Bull” Roberts, Earl Mitchel Sitz, Lawrence David Kopek, Helen M. Henke, Carlene Haynes Eldridge, Billy Garner Burnett, Randall “Randy” M. Miller, Jessie P. “J.P.” Shipley, Barbara Nell Boston, Roy Neal, Craig Franklin Morgan, Allen Tate, Sammy Roberts, Oma L. McNabb, Dave Melton, and Stewart Anton Galus.


Grundy County High School was awarded $7,500 through a competitive grant process from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Tennessee Appalachian Center for Higher Education program at SouthEast Educational. Inc. The funds will be used to implement the high school’s college access program called “Sowing the Seed.”

Local Marines celebrated the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps.

The Grundy County Veterans Historical Society honored local veterans and was dedicated to the memory and in honor of the late Mr. Y.B. Ashby who established the Society to make sure that Grundy County veterans were always recognized and honored for their service to our country, especially during Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

On the 50th anniversary, local residents and Grundy County Herald readers remembered where they were when they heard that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.

Photos of “trick or treaters” that stopped by the Grundy County Herald on Halloween night were featured.

Church messages included: “Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our great country!” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “Freedom – free for some – Costly for others!” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “Thanksgiving – It’s not just about a great meal – It’s about a great God” from Altamont Baptist Church and “Got Jesus? It’s hell without Him” from Palmer First Baptist Church.

Players of the Week included Logan Meeks, Jesse Goodman, Trevor Hampton, Houston Mainord, Tori Sartain, Kasey Brown, and Macey Meeks.

Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Free Birds and Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire.

Miss Mary Ellen Roberts Patton was inducted into the GCHS Sports Hall of Fame.

Palmer Elementary School turned 86.

There were just 1.49 inches of rain reported during October. The high temperature was 80 degrees on October 5 and a low of 21 degrees on October 25 and 26.

The 9th Annual Bill and Mendia Patton Patriotic Awards were presented to GCHS juniors Aaron Gross, first place winner, Harley Meeks, second place winner, and Alex Gross, third place winner.

Jean Pirtle was chosen as the “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

Swiss Elementary kindergarten student Taylor Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the November meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

The Foggy Mountain Liquor Store opened for business on Railroad Avenue in Tracy City.

“Why I’m Thankful” winners included: Abi Seagroves, first grade Pelham; Dakota Grayson, second grade Tracy City; Ethan Myers, third grade Monteagle; Alexis Goff, fourth grade Palmer; Kameryn Dickerson, fifth grade North; Jasmine Anderson, sixth grade Swiss; Makayla McGee, sixth grade North; Kendra Laym,an, seventh grade Palmer; Taylor Buckner, eighth grade Pelham; and Tiffany Nolan, eighth grade Palmer.

We remember in memorial: Lisa Jane Tate, Edith “Tabby” Sweeton, Nellie Katherine Hill, Y.B. Ashby, Brayden Isiah Douglas, Claude Willis Henley, Connie Jones, Lewis G. Roberts, Jr., Eddie Junior “Dickie” Cox, Betty Louise Ladd, Susan Pauline Hill, Freddy Allen Nunley, Frank Lee Hobbs, Margaret Joyce Hargis, Margie E. Felton, Samuel Edward Sargent, Lucretia Faye Barrett Meeks, Dawn Marie Melton, Stanley Thurman King, Charles F. Scott, Jeffery A. Welsh, and Gloria Ann Smith Walker.


Movies playing at the Alma Mater Theater in Tracy City included Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire, Hobbit 2 and The Desolation of Smaug.

Church messages included: “Just like Dairy Queen – We have great Sundays” from Altamont Baptist Church; “Look deeply into the manger and see the shadow of the cross” from Palmer First Baptist Church; “Jesus – the gift you will not return” from Palmer First Baptist Church; and “Jesus is the best gift for Christmas” from House of the Lord Church in Palmer.

Players of the Week included Mallory Seals, Devan Hampton, Mikayla Williams, Tanner Smartt, Kristin Hill, Tyler Rose, Tori Sartain, and Terrince Bramhall.

GCHS Welding Instructor Robin Dykes was awarded the American Welding Society Instructor of the Year 2013 from the Chattanooga AWS Section.

David Fogle was chosen “Senior of the Month” at the Monteagle Senior Nutrition Site.

There were 3.87 inches of rainfall reported for the month of November in Grundy County. The high temperature for the month was 66 degrees on November 17 and the low was 11 degrees on November 27 and 28. There was no measurable snowfall but there were flurries on two days.

Steve and Liz Privett were presented with the Town of Palmer’s Outstanding Citizen Award in appreciation of their support for the Town of Palmer and the Palmer Volunteer Fire Department.

Josephine Caldwell received the “Support Staff member of the Year” award and Donna Layne from Pelham Elementary received “Teacher of the Year” recognition at the Grundy County Board of Education Employee Appreciation Banquet.

Palmer Elementary fourth grade students Katelyn Nolan and Katie Robinson, second grade students Emma Nolan and Haley Robinson, and kindergarten student Miley Nolan led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the December meeting of the Grundy County Board of Education.

 The Second Annual World War II Veterans Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Coalmont Community Center.

A ribbon cutting was held to open the new North Warrior track at North Elementary.

We remember in memorial: James Nimrod “Jim” Blaylock, Nelma McGee Sullivan, Thelma Lorene Trent, Donald Earl Savage, Kevin Russell Shrum, Lori Angela Partin, Herbert Leo Kent, Paul Edward Dunn, Hollis McDonald “Mack” Fults, Joshua Lee Kalmar, Mary Jo Chism, James Jerome Nolan, Raymond Jackson Schoenmann, Richard Mark Hunt, Billy W. Seals, Harvey Morgan Sweeton, Randall Ralph Brewer, Frances Austin Small, John Wayne Dishroon, April Dawn Cordova, Frank Meeks, George Edward Dotson, Jr., Melinda Carol “Lindy” Layne, and Leona Marie Henry Green.