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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers played host to the Cumberland County High School Jets Friday night and both teams started fast as the first three possessions ended in touchdowns. The Jets scored on the opening drive of the game as Kenny Brewer found the end zone with a 32 yard run. The Panthers answered and tied the game at seven with a time consuming drive, capped by Justin Johnson’s one yard run. CCHS then regained the lead on Jordan Buckner’s five yard scoring run. At the half Cumberland County held a 13-7 lead and the teams played a scoreless third quarter. In the final frame of regulation Justin Johnson scored for the second time for the home team and the game was tied at 13-13. In overtime the Panthers, now 2 and 1 on the season, took possession first and Johnson once again found the end zone to give the Panthers their first lead of the night at 20-13. The SMHS defense held the Jets, 0 and 3, out of the end zone on their overtime possession and the Panthers claimed the victory.
Next up SMHS will host Pickett County; CCHS has an Open Date and will host Rhea County in two weeks.
Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza is asking for an independent counsel to be hired in order to investigate claims of workplace harassment by Water Department Director, Jerry Kerley. Councilman Souza has asked that the City Attorney to respond to the questions concerning the requirement of the city to maintain a harassment-free environment under the appropriate U.S. Code, as well as to determine elected officers’ responsibility and clarification on the abuse of authority. Souza’s agenda item is in response to a confrontation that occurred between Kerley and Crossville Mayor JH Graham the III. The matter will be heard at the Crossville City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th at 6pm
Tonight (Friday) is the annual King of The Mountain Football Game, as the Stone Memorial High School Panthers host crosstown rivals Cumberland County High School. While the Jets have yet to win a game this season, the Panthers are coming off a win at Dekalb County last week and going to in to the game as the winners of the last 3 King of the Mountain contests. In addition to the football game, he schools have been collected canned food donations for Second Harvest’s annual Football Food Challenge. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45, kick off is at 7…the game can be heard on both Mix 99.3 and on 102.5 Wow Country
Former Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess was honored for his service at a luncheon last Friday. Burgess was hailed as a “hero for the kids” in our county by newly appointed Student Resource Officer Gary Howard. Burgess was presented with several plaques and gifts. Burgess celebrated his retirement later that evening by watching the Stone Memorial Panthers beat the Dekalb County Tigers.
Another school bus has been involved in a minor fender bender. According to reports, cheerleaders and football players from Brown Elementary were awaiting the bus to take them to the game when the accident occurred. The accident caused the Brown versus Martin Elementary football game to be delayed, but officials say there were no injuries reported