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Looking Back: January to June 2016

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

JANUARY

Top Stories

Zero traffic fatality year in 2015; Adam Braseel released on bond after 8 years in prison; Mayor Michael Brady announces Governor’s Star Award winners Chynna Fults and Ray Winton; warnings for Zika virus surface.

Lifestyles

Neighbors of the Week: Jessie Kinsey, Eliza Gilliam, and Missy Lowrie.

Senior of the Month: Vivian Ladd.

School News

Vietnam veteran Roger Dale Kilgore awarded honorary diploma from Grundy County Schools; GC school leaders attend SWOT training; Commission accepts Mike Yates’ resignation from school board; CTE named model program; 100 percent Tennessee Promise participation at GCHS.

Sports

Lady Jackets defeat North Sand Mountain and Coffee County; Brooke Scissom bags 8 point and Zach Sanders kills second deer of the season; Lady Jackets defeat SCHS; Alex Killian scores 8 point, Teresa Fann removed as cheer coach at GCHS.

Players of the Week: Blane Harris, Teah Bosio, Trey Hampton Mikayla Williams, the Lady Jackets, Johnnie Adkins, and Peyton Eads.

In Memory

Nellie Morrison, Scotty Killian, Gerald Tate, Edna Parks, William Lewis, James Anderson, Carl Yarworth, Helen Lynn, Gary Wideman, Rhoda Rankin, Christine Campbell, Roy Bouldin, Carl Burnette, Gary Roden, Linda Turner, Ralph Meeks, Norma Hill, Bettye Foster, Jerry Bryant, Flora White, Sam Schaerer, and Lora Trussell.

FEBRUARY

Top Stories

Mikayla Williams signs to play basketball with Martin Methodist’s Lady Red Hawks; John David Dickerson signs for cross-country at Trevecca Nazarene; Houston Mainord signs for football at Maryville College; SVEC Board Chairman Mike Jordan receives certification; Citizens State Bank becomes Tower Community Bank; SVEC promotes Nicolas Gipson; TBI investigates death in Monteagle; Thomas Andrews bound over to Grand Jury.

Lifestyles

FSC receives grant for Fiery Gizzard reroute.

Neighbors of the Week: William Ray Turner, Kelsey Arbuckle, and Carolyn Sartain.

Senior of the Month: Joann Meeks.

School News

MES Pre-K celebrates 100 days; GC deputies attend ALICE training to improve school safety; Chris Smallwood, CES, wins GC spelling bee; MES students demonstrate caring and self-discipline; Chris Snyder appointed to empty board seat; TCES designated Reward School.

Sports

North girls, Swiss boys take Big 8 titles as regular season and tournament champs; Nathan Coffelt and Taylor Meeks named Big 8 tournament MVPs; Lady Jackets seniors Madison Burrows, Mikayla Williams, Kylan Pickett, and Peyton Eads honored; Mikayla Williams hits 1000 points; Lady Jackets and Jackets end seasons in round 1 of district tourney; NES and SMES advance in state tourney; Jason Killian wins the Herald’s “Show Us Your Rack” contest; Madison Burrows, Mikayla Williams, and Trey Hampton receive all-district basketball honors.

Players of the Week: Blane Harris, Mikayla Williams, Boo Goins, Lady Jacket seniors, Teah Bosio, Trey Hampton, Kollyn Cooper, and Haylee Northcutt.

In Memory

John Derryberry, Hazel Meeks, Charles Brooks, Danville Sweeton, Margaret Creighton, Cynthia Rust, Larry Reece, Robert Perry, Mary Ellen Meeks, Douglas Reeves, Emma Burkhalter, Nicholas Hamlin, Michael Miller, Rick Dickinson, and Jennifer Layne.

MARCH

Top Stories

Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) win Presidential Primary in Grundy County; GC Sheriff Clint Shrum participates in National Sheriff’s Institute; Grundy County honored for zero fatalities in 2015; GCSO shuts down “chop shop” on Holland Road, arrest Jonathan Creek; Grand Jury indicts Daffie Nolan, Danielle Nolan, Danny Nolan, Felicia Nolan, and Louie Nolan on drug charges; Dr. David Florence charged with fraud; Kirby Wideman of Palmer arrested for attempted murder, Thomas Andrews indicted by Grand Jury for statutory rape by an authority.

Lifestyle

Clark Weatherford, GC Jail nurse, saves choking man at local restaurant; Farm Bureau Women donate to Ronald McDonald House; Fiery Gizzard trail bridge completed early; Jesse Black performs at Smokehouse; Karen Wickham, Tonya Garner, and Katie Goforth receive health awards, GCSO’s Josh King promoted to Sergeant Investigator; GCSO Chief Deputy Tony Bean completes school safety course.

Weddings: Jessica and Jamie Tindle, Pat and Michael Price.

Births: Hattie Jo Nunley.

Neighbors of the Week: Sara Bunemann, Andy Patel, and Leila Tate.

School News

AEDC promotes STEM at TCES; MaKenzi Melton crowned Miss GCHS and Jessica Green named first runner-up; GCHS National Honor Society induction; GCHS jobs program secures grant; GCHS holds STEM days; Taylor Misiolek earns top honors in Accelerated Math at CES; GCHS holds career day.

Sports

Looking back picAlexa Fults swims at state championship; GCHS bass team wins at Battle of Chickamauga; softball kicks off season with banquet; Lady Jackets open softball season with win, baseball defeats Notre Dame, Travis Cunningham, James McDaniel, and Kevin Castro honored for all-region football.

Players of the Week: Josh Powers, Cole Stewart, Alexa Fults, Kyle Ingleburger, Kyle Palmer, Blane Harris, Emilee Meeks, Noah Bean, and Madison Rogers.

In Memory

Ruby Myers, Vivian Gregory, Audrey Nunley, Michael Nunley, Ted Nunley, Doris Smart, Patricia Windham, James Walker, Janie Hines, William Campbell, Georgia Rider, Aaron Adams, Ruby Willie, Paul Green, Sonya Sanders, Virgil Borne, Dr. Michael Cowan, Lewis Roberts, Henry Stevens, Thomas Shrum, and William Bryant.

APRIL

Top Stories

Tracy City Police Department begins seatbelt safety campaign; Youth Leadership and Leadership Grundy travel to Nashville; GC Courthouse “Pinks Out” for Miracle on the Mountain.

Lifestyles

Sewanee students off Highlander tours; SCV honors the Herald; American Pickers come to Tracy City.

Births: Fletcher Clinton Walters.

Neighbors of the Week: Jessica Lusk, George Shinn, and Donna Basham.

Senior of the Month: Christa Sells.

School News

NES tours Swiss Colony; GCHS and GCSO hold active shooter drill, GC schools receive grant for reading program, Waffle House visits Palmer Elementary School.

Sports

Ashley Green and McKenzie Broadway, members of the Central Tennessee Tide Basketball Team, win championship at Lake Guntersville, Ashley Green finishes tourney as second highest scorer in tourney; Grundy Jackets complete in Special Olympics; GCHS announces students who will receive a Diploma of Distinction; GCSO leads drug and contraband search at GCHS; GCHS Hall of Fame announces; GCHS baseball and softball “Pink Out” for Miracle on the Mountain; Cleveland State signs Kyla Braden and Keya Jenkins for basketball.

Players of the Week: Brady Meeks, Paul Freeman, Kaleb Meeks, Makayla Nunley, Blane Harris, and Madison Burrows, Bailee Sweeton, Jacob Thomas.

In Memory

Kimberly Agee, Mary Roberts, Anna McDaniel, Jerry Fults, Roy Nunley, Jeffery Tate, Nancy Sitz, Charles Campbell, Bonnie Campbell, Robert Grimes, Velma Lowe, Quinton Bradford, Gordon Gibbs, William Garner, Ricky McDaniel, Cecil Cunningham, Joseph Partin, Lois Oliver, and James Worley.

MAY

Top Stories

Body discovered in Ross Creek area turns into homicide investigation; Miracle on the Mountain breaks ground; Tyler McCullough named Trustee of the Year; Meredith Richardson indicted by Grand Jury for child endangerment; meth lab bust on property owned by Larry Phipps, Tracy City mayor.

Lifestyles

GCSO focuses on motorcycle safety; Citizens Tri County Bank highlights remodel at Tracy City location; Sierra Sanders attends Statesmen’s Dinner.

Engagements: Sheena Sanders and Alan Barra.

Neighbors of the Week: Miracle on the Mountain, Dianne Martin.

Senior of the Month: Charles Williams.

School News

MES children’s choir performs at Trails and Trilliums; GCHS student Karissa Northcutt wins SVEC writing contest and a trip to Washington; TCPD educates TCES students on dangers of texting and driving; GCHS holds academic honors banquet; Madison Burrows and Zack Sanders named GCHS Prom King and Queen; Cade Campbell of NES wins Ag in the Classroom poster contest; John Ross Jones to teach in China. Countywide field day held at GCHS for area schools.

Sports

NES’s Taylor Meeks honored for career 1,245 points; GCHS baseball and softball close season at district, Grant Dees wins on National Bass Fishing Trail at Guntersville; Jody Hargis joins the Herald team as new sportswriter; Brady Meeks, Paul Freeman, Blane Harris, Madison Burrows, Emilee Meeks, Madison Rogers, and Sierra Kilgore receive all district honors.

Players of the Week: Trent Hampton, Paul Freeman, Sierra Kilgore, Brady Meeks, Teah Bosio, Chloe Scissom,

In Memory

Branlynn Cunningham, America Taylor, Dorothy Goodman, Willie Northcutt, Samantha Chandler, Dorothy Savage, Francis Coffelt, Betty Coffelt, Alyene Williams, Edward Orange, Quentin Rorer, Nancy Rigsby, Mary Howell, Gladys Meeks, Wilma Manus, George Walters, and George Nunley.

JUNE

Top Stories

Home invasion leaves one shot in Tracy City; Leadership Grundy presents 2016 class; Bryan Yates of Pelham arrested for counterfeit operation; Pat summit dies; Thomas Andrews enters plea for statutory rape.

Lifestyles

Roots Salon holds open house in Monteagle; FSC receives $5000 grant; St. Thomas Hospital brings medical services to the underserved in Grundy Count. Tori Bosio joins the Herald team as sales manager.

Weddings: Jama and Logan King.

Births: Michael Garrison Jace, Emberly Campbell, and Kynzlee Rhea Fincher.

Senior of the Month: A.J. Hawkins.

School News

Ray Lamz receives Principal’s Award at SMES; SMES garden club meets for summer camp; Camp Discover students enjoy summer activities; GC Schools announce new leadership to include Donald Partin as principal at Palmer, Dr. Russell Ladd as principal at CES, Jamie Ruehling as principal at SMES, and Deidre Helton as principal at GCHS.

In Memory

Alton Childers, Max Geary, Patricia Nunley, John Whitman, Alma Turner, Bobby Turner, Buford Newsome, Margaret Nance, Carolyn Patterson, Mary Meeks, William Ray Turner, Troy Hopper, Betty Parks, Harold Grooms, Clara Tate, Nora VanHoosier, Ken Smith, Margie Rollins, Opal Murray, Alvin Schoenmann, and Dorothy Garner.