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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers rolled to a 49-17 home win over the Tigers of DeKalb County Friday night; improving to 2 and 0 on the season. SMHS trailed 10-7 in the first quarter, but scored 42 straight points to cruise to the win. Justin Johnson scored three touchdowns as the Panthers scored on their first seven possessions of the game. Friday, September 4th the Panthers open Region play with a trip to Hixson. The kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 with pre-game coverage on Mix 99.3 at 6:15.
The Cumberland County High School Jets played host to the Kingston Yellowjackets and the road team recorded a 27-6 victory. CCHS trailed by only a single point at the half, 7 to 6, but Kingston returned the second half kick-off for a score and went on to the win. Seth Randall scored on a 57 yard run for CCHS. The Jets are now 1 and 1 on the season and will have a week off before traveling to take on the Tigers at DeKalb County High School on September 11th.
Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield has called for an independent audit of Tennessee’s prisons following claims from prison employees that TDOC’s new work schedule has made an already dangerous work environment even more so. Guards claim that attacks on them have increased but the state’s data doesn’t reflect that because employees have been forced to classify violent assaults as nonviolent incidents. Commissioner Schofield is not necessarily taking the side of prison employees because he is still defending the reclassification of violent acts committed by inmates, stating the changes have made the statistics more accurate. Schofield also said , according to tn.gov, that the Tennessee Department of Correction is fulfilling its mission by operating safe and secure prisons and providing effective community supervision that enhances public safety… and any reports to the contrary are mistaken.
In a special session prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education on Thursday, board members voted 5 to 4 to approve the $51.2 million budget. The 2015-16 school budget is about $2.2 million short of projected revenue with the shortfall to be taken out of a $3.7 million fund balance.
UT’s senior wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard will miss the Vols September 5th season opener against Bowling Green for a violation of team rules that happened several months ago. However, Coach Butch Jones said he appreciates Howard’s efforts during training camp. Jason Croom, Vincent Perry and LaDarrell McNeil are all expected to miss several games due to injuries. As for the rest of the team, Coach Jones said they have had some very good practices and he likes the morale but they still need to clean up some items in a hurry to be prepared to face Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on September 5.
The Kingston Fire Department now has a dive team which will assist the Roane County Rescue Squad in aquatic emergencies at no cost to taxpayers. The 11 member dive team consists of all volunteers who will work in shifts each day. Their equipment and boat was purchased through fundraisers and donations. According to Local 8 News, Kingston Fire Chief William Gordon says the dive team is important because Kingston has a vast waterfront area. However, Gordon says he hopes it is something the citizens never need, but if they do, the dive team will be prepared to come to the rescue. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).