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The Stone Memorial basketball teams opened district play with games at Cookeville on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Cavs 31-25 and the Cookeville Cavaliers pulled away from the Panthers in the second half and recorded a 69-47 victory. SMHS travels to Rhea County for district games this Friday. Coverage begins at 4:55 on Mix 99.3 with the Lady Panthers game with the Lady Eagles scheduled to tip at 5:00.
The Cumberland County High School Jets and Lady Jets will be in action at Science Hill this weekend. CCHS will play their next district games on Tuesday, December 16, as they host Cookeville. Coverage of the Jets and Lady Jets district games will air on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
The University of Tennessee football team will open the 2015 season on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field against Bowling Green State University of the Mid-American Conference. Bowling Green replaces the original opponent for the Vols for next year’s season opener, UAB, who announced the discontinuation of their football program last week. Local8now reports ticket information for the 2015 season opener is not available but will be listed on utsports.com and Nashvillesports.com when sales begin.
A judge has sentenced an East Tennessee couple to 35 years in prison each in the death of his 5-year-old daughter after she was forced to drink grape soda as punishment. The Kingsport Times News said 41-year-old Randall Lee Vaughn and 58-year-old Mary Lavonne Vaughn of Surgoinsville were sentenced Monday in Hawkins County Criminal Court. The Vaughns pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect. According to Local8now, officials said that on Jan. 1, 2012, the Vaughns forced Alexa Linboom, who formerly lived in Rock Falls, Illinois, to drink about 2.4 liters of soda and water over one to two hours as punishment. The massive liquid intake caused her brain to swell and herniate, and she died two days later.
To prevent insect infestations that threaten the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are proposing new rules regarding firewood brought into the park. Local8now reports that the new rules would only heat-treated firewood to be brought into the park. If the proposal is adopted, beginning in March 2015, only firewood that is bundled and displays a certification stamp by the USDA or a state department of agriculture will be allowed for use in park campgrounds. Heat-treated wood will be available to purchase from concessioners in many of the campgrounds as well as from private businesses in the communities around the park. In addition, visitors may still collect dead and down wood in the park for campfires. A final decision on adopting the new regulation is expected by the end of the year.
Local authorities are investigating an iPhone return scam. City Police were called to Walmart in Crossville after an unknown man returned two iPhones that he claimed were purchased in Hayes, Kansas. The phones appeared to still be sealed in the factory plastic and the suspect received two laptops and $400 in return. Upon closer inspection, Walmart employees discovered the iPhone boxes were filled with wood. Police report the suspect got away with the same scam at the Walmart in Putnam County shortly before he struck the Crossville Walmart. The man was seen driving a red sedan and investigators are working to identify him and any possible accomplices. Loss was just under $2,400.