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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers traveled to Ooltwah Friday night for a first round match-up with the Owls in the TSSAA State Playoffs. Ooltewah improved to 9 and 2 and advanced to the second round with a 47-7 victory. The Owls led 7-0 after one quarter and scored 33 unanswered second quarter points to take control. Nathaniel Clanton scored for the Panthers on a 1 yard run. SMHS ends their season with a 6 and 5 record. The six wins set a new school record.
Other District 6-AAA teams in action Friday: White County lost to Cleveland 42-8, Rhea County posted a 35-24 win over Lenoir City, and Cookeville lost at Sevier County 56-42.
The Stone Memorial High School cross country girls team finished 20th at the state race. Hailey Coudriet was in the top twenty until another runner stepped on her heal causing her to fall. Hailey recovered, and led the Lady Panthers by finishing 39th with a time of 20:13. Stone had one boy running in the state race. Jordan Schroeder finished 138th with a time of 18:38.
Clear skies this weekend could mean snow by Tuesday night. Forecasters say we will see the cool temperatures continuing, and some moisture Tuesday could lead to the first snowflakes of the season
A land surveyor says he was threatened by a property owner while he attempted to do his job. According to Cumberland County Sheriff's reports, the victim said he was surveying land on Chestnut Hill Road when a Davidson Lane woman approached him and fired 2-3 shots in his direction. The woman told him she wanted him to stay off her property. The victim stated that he told the woman what his purpose was to no avail. As he continued down the road, the victim says he was approached by a man in a truck who threatened to harm him if he didn't stay off his property.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says a walnut tree killing disease has been found in Morgan and Rhea counties. The counties are now under quarantine due to Thousand Cankers Disease, which is transmitted by walnut twig beetles. Residents are not allowed to move walnut tree products and hardwood firewood outside the quarantined counties. Cumberland, Bledsoe, Fentress, Hamilton and Meigs counties are now considered buffer regulated counties. Products from buffer counties can be moved into a quarantine county but not taken back out. The Division of Forestry estimates 1.38 million black walnut trees in Tennessee's urban areas are potentially at risk from the disease.