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The Navy says pilot error was the cause of a deadly Blue Angels jet crash in Tennessee in June. Marine Captain Jeff Kuss was flying too fast and low when he lost control of his F/A-18 practicing for an air show in Smyrna. Fatigue and weather were also listed as contributing factors. The Navy reports Kuss tried to eject just before the crash. An F-16 jet from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed on the same day in Colorado. The pilot ejected and wasn't seriously injured.
A Monday-night season opener and seven games at Neyland Stadium highlight the 2017 Tennessee football schedule as released Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference. The Vols play 12 games over 13 weeks in 2017, with the open date coming on October 7th, following the completion of Week Five. UT opens the season with the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game versus Georgia Tech on Monday, September 4th at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Vols have not played the Yellow Jackets in 30 years.
The University of Tennessee has invited students to what they call a "hack-a-thon" from September 30th to October 2nd. Local 8 News reports that, during the "hack-a-thon" students will have the opportunity to hack into business systems like IBM, Cisco and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The event is designed to help businesses by pointing out flaws in their systems and to help students by allowing them to meet with representatives and recruiters from those businesses.
Roane State Community College is reaching out to students affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute by hosting an informational session to answer questions. The session is scheduled from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the college's Oak Ridge campus on Briarcliff Avenue. Former ITT tech students can also go to an open house on Monday, September 26th at the college's Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility in Clinton. The event will last from 5-8 p.m.
After being tied at seven early in their game with Livingston Academy the Stone Memorial High School Panthers scored 40 unanswered points and rolled to a 47-7 Region win over the Wildcats at SMHS Friday night. The Panthers defense forced five turnovers in helping Stone Memorial improve to 2 and 0 in Region play and 5 and 0 overall as they reach the midway point this season.
Cumberland County traveled to Sequoyah to take on the Chiefs and through three quarters the Jets had controlled the game and enjoyed a 13-0 advantage. The final quarter proved to be all Sequoyah as the Chiefs defense scored a pair of touchdowns and set up two more scores with takeaways. The home team scored 29 unanswered points in the final frame to win 29-13. The Jets drop to 0 and 1 in Region play, 0 and 4 overall.
In the other Region 3 Class 4A matchup, Hixson slipped by East Hamilton 21-18.
Friday, September 23, Stone Memorial will play host to the Owls from Smith County and Cumberland County travels to Sparta to take on the White County Warriors. The action for each game is scheduled to begin at 7:00. Catch the Panthers on Mix 99.3 and the Jets are on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.