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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers won the Region 3-AAA Basketball Tournament as they posted a 72-54 win over the Walker Valley Mustangs at Cookeville High School on Thursday. The Panthers, now 27 and 6 on the season, never trailed and scored 13 of the first 15 points in the game. Three Panthers were named to the All-Tournament Team: Justin Simmons, Luke Matthews and Tyler Yoder. SMHS will host a State Sectional (Sub-State) game on Monday as they host the Blackman Blaze. The Blaze, now 24 and 6, fell to Siegel 59-52 in the Region 4-AAA title game.
The Panthers advance to the Championship game Thursday at 7:00, pre-game at 6:55, where they'll take on the Walker Valley Mustangs in Cookeville. Catch that game on 102.5 WOW Country and online at www.1025wowcountry.com
Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say lone star ticks are to blame for an increasing number of people being diagnosed with a severe food allergy which leaves them unable to eat red meat. Doctors say a growing number of people across the mid-south are becoming plagued by an 'Alpha-Gal' allergy they develop after being bitten by a lone star tick. While not all people who get tick bites develop the condition, doctors note that it one of the issues that can develop as a result of tick bites, and is one more reason to be diligent in the prevention of tick borne illnesses. Doctors say Tennessee appears to be at the the epicenter for this outbreak simply because of the high number of ticks found throughout the state.
Gas prices are on the rise again. But despite the recent jump in pump prices, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins says gas prices are more than 40 cents less that they were this time last year. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.41, 6 cents more than last week. Tennessee's average of $3.19 rose 2 cents from last week.
Governor Bill Haslam says he has no plans to change his free tuition proposal to include children of people living in the country illegally. Haslam wants to create the country's first free community college program for all high school graduates by using state lottery reserves to cover the difference between tuition costs and all available aid. The governor's proposal would require students to exhaust all possible support by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which requires a Social Security number.