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The first black player in NBA history passed away Thursday. Earl Lloyd, of Crossville, was 86. Lloyd, nicknamed “The Big Cat”, was a 6ft. 5 in. forward known for his defense. He played collegiately at West Virginia State College and was selected in the ninth-round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Washington Capitals. On October 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first black person to play in an NBA game, against the Rochester Royals. Lloyd, a native of Alexandra, Virginia, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. When he retired, he moved to Fairfield Glade in Cumberland County, Tennessee.
Cumberland County School Superintendent says that spring break will be on schedule, however, there are still 5 days to make up. Superintendent Andrews noted that they have requested a waiver due to natural disaster, but no decision has been made regarding the waiver. For the school year, Cumberland County students have missed a total of 15 days. The calendar allows for a maximum of 10 days.
The Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Teachers will start on August 2nd with in-service while students will start on August 4th with a 10 AM dismissal. The first full day of school will be August 8th, 2015.
Cumberland County High School has been placed on a 2-year probation by the TSSAA for recruiting violations. Penalties will include a $500.00 fine for each year of probation and restrictions on pre-season and summer practice. Superintendent Andrews noted that they are looking into the possibility of a county-wide athletic director to better administrate the athletic programs.
Volunteers are needed in Monterey, TN to help with storm clean up and recovery efforts. Samaritan’s Purse is set up at the First Baptist Church in Monterey. Volunteers will primarily be cutting down trees, limbs and removing debris. If you would like to volunteer to help those in Monterey you can call 931-646-HELP.