Monthly Archive: July 2012

8/1/12 — Mary Margrette Elam Keele

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary  Margrette Elam Keele, age 86, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on  Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Hart  and Bro. John Bush officiating. 

Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. 

Visitation with the family will be from  4:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31 at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Keele passed away on Monday at  Manchester Healthcare.

Mrs. Keele was born in Coffee County,  TN, the daughter of the late Luther and Eula Bowman Elam. 

She was employed in meat departments at  various stores for 30 years.  She  attended Red Hill Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Keele  was also preceded in death by her husbands, J.C. Mahaffa and Raymond Keele; two  sisters, Imogene Demintoff and Delois Parker; and three brothers, Lynward,  Austin, and Edgar Elam. 

She is  survived by her daughter, Treva Bundy of the Pocahontas Community; two sons,  Rayford Mahaffa of Cannon County and Michael Mahaffa of Manchester; one brother,  Mervin Elam of Manchester; five grandchildren, Bradley Bundy, Bridgett Morrison,  Julie Cobb, Rachel Driver, and Kelly Mahaffa; six great grandchildren, Justin  Morrison, Ciera Ballinger, Layla Bundy, Taylor Driver, Madison Driver, and Korey  Bundy; and one great, great grandchild, Kennedy Skye  Ballinger.

The family requests memorial donations  to the Dusty Elam Foundation, c/o Peoples Bank & Trust Co., 1203 Hillsboro  Blvd., Manchester, TN  37355.

Manchester Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lady Raider Volleyball Set To Begin

2012 Lady Raider Volleyball Schedule

Date Opponent Place Time
8/20 Grundy Co. Grundy Jv 5 V 6
8/21 Fayetteville High Fayetteville 6:00
8/23 Cumberland Co. Crossville 6:00
8/27 Lincoln Co. Fayetteville 6:00
8/28 Warren Co. Home 6:00
8/31-9/1 Choo-Choo Tournament Chatt., Tn TBA
9/4 Tullahoma Tullahoma 6:00
9/5 Franklin Co. Winchester 6:00
9/10 Lincoln Co. Home 6:00
9/11 White Co. Sparta 6:00
9/13 Cumberland Co. Home 6:00
9/15 Southern Slam Tournament Home TBA
9/17 Fayetteville High Home 6:00
9/18 Warren Co. Away 6:00
9/20 Grundy Home Jv 5 V 6
9/22 Warren Co. Tournament Away TBA
9/24 Franklin Co. Home 6:00
9/25 Cookeville Cookeville 6:00
9/27 Tullahoma Home 6:00
10/1 Cookeville Home 4, 5, 6
10/2 White Co. Home 6:00
10/3 Riverdale Murfreesboro 6:30

Motlow Student-Athletes Doing Great In The Classroom

For the fourth consecutive year Motlow College graduated a higher percentage of its sophomore student-athletes than any other community college in the state of Tennessee. The information was included in the official Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) report released on July 28.

Over 82% of Motlow’s sophomore student-athletes graduated from the College in 2012. That’s 8% higher than the second highest rate of 74.1% from Volunteer State. Only five of the state’s ten community colleges graduated at least half of their sophomore student-athletes in 2012.

“Our top priority as an athletic department and as a college is to see our student-athletes graduate and move on to four-year institutions,” said Motlow athletic director Jerry Nichols. “Winning games is important, fun, and entertaining for the fans but the bottom line is educating young people. That’s what we do at Motlow College.”

Thirty-two of the thirty-nine Motlow student-athletes who began as sophomores in 2011 graduated in May 2012 or are on schedule to graduate in August 2012.

Statewide graduation rates for sophomore student-athletes fell .2% from 2011 to 2012, from 49.2% to 49%. The largest increase came in softball, where 64% graduated in 2012 as compared to 46% in 2011. The largest decrease came in women’s basketball, which graduated 53.3% in 2011 but fell to 43% in 2012.

Seven Motlow freshman and 14 sophomore student-athletes received TCCAA All-Academic honors in 2011-12, including seven from baseball, five from both men’s basketball and softball, and four from women’s basketball.

8/5/12 — Cora Stovall

Cora Stovall, christened Johnnie Cora Stovall but called “Cora” all her life, was born in Huntland, TN in the family home August 29, 1912.

While Cora flourished, her twin sister did not and died shortly after birth. Cora spent her formative years in Huntland and attended school there, where she developed a love for learning.

She graduated from high school just at the time of the Great Depression and after the death of her father, She, her mother and her sister moved to Hiwassee, TN, where her mother was fortunate enough to have a job as a dietitian at the college there. At a later date, the family returned to Huntland, and Cora taught school during the school year and attended what was then MTSU in the summers. She tells the story of spending the night with her students in the “school house” because it had rained so hard that the creeks were flooded and no one could get home! When Cora received her degree with a major in math, she began to teach at the local high school in Huntland. In the meantime, a high school principal that she and her family had met while at Hiwassee had told her that if she ever did get a college degree and needed a job, she should contact him. Thus began her career at Dobbins Bennet Junior High School in Kingsport, where she lived and taught math for over thirty years. Even though she spent many years in East Tennessee, her heart remained in Huntland, and she returned there every holiday and every summer until she retired in June, 1977 and moved permanently to Huntland.

Following the death of her sister Ruby’s husband Grover Pogue, she and Ruby lived together n the family home there. When Cora could no longer live alone, she moved to Chattanooga to be near her nieces.

Cora never married but is survived by a family that loved her well and communed with her often. She has two nieces, Shirley Pogue Caldwell and Sue Pogue Sawrie, both of Chattanooga, and one nephew, Rex Franklin Pogue of Columbia, TN. A second nephew, John William Pogue, died in 2002. In addition, she has ten great nieces and nephews and fourteen great-great nieces and nephews, all of whom are planning to celebrate her 100th birthday August 29, 2012!

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 5, 2012 in the Moore-Cortner Chapel with interment to follow at Moore Memorial Cemetery in Huntland.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester.

Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Red Raider Wins Championship

Matt Johnson wins Cherokee Classic Championship

The Coffee County golf teams competed in the Cherokee Classic on Monday in Niota at Springbrook Country Club.
The Raider boys finished 4th with a team score of 312. Coffee County Junior Matt Johnson won the individual championship with a 3-under 69. Other Coffee County scores were Andy Stout with a 75, Kyle Johnson 83 and Justin Mooneyham with an 85. Kingsport Dobyns Bennett won the team tournament with 303 score. The boys are now 16-5 on the season.
In girls play Coffee County came in 3rd place with a 178. Cookeville earned the championship with a 157. Sophomore Hollee Sadler led the Lady Raiders with an 82. The ladies moved to 7-3 on the year.
Coffee County has a 9-hole match today at Shelbyville.

Titan Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

OJ Murdock from Titans website

A Tennessee Titans football player died Monday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot outside the Tampa, FL, high school where he graduated.
Officers discovered wide receiver O.J. Murdock, 25, wounded around 8:30 a.m. in his car in front of Middleton High School.
Murdock was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m., Tampa police said.
Murdock was signed by the Titans in July 2011. However, he was placed on the injured reserve list prior to the 2011 season after hurting his right foot during training camp.
Friday, Murdock was listed on the Titans’ “did not report list,” after he was absent at the beginning of the team’s training camp in Nashville. Team officials said Murdock had called Friday to say he wouldn’t be present for the start of training camp for personal reasons, but no one was expecting to get this news.
Murdock was a star-athlete at Middleton High who would go on to play at the University of South Carolina and Fort Hayes State University before signing with the Titans in 2011.

Update On Perkins Triple Murder Plea

Perkins in an earlier court hearing... By Barry West

Matthew Perkins of Tullahoma plead guilty of killing a mother and her two children on Monday in Coffee County court. Yesterday (July 30, 2012) Perkins plead guilty of the murders of 26-year-old Stephanie Hershman, and her sons, three-year-old Jathan and one-year-old Jaylon.
According to assistant district attorney Ken Shelton, the autopsies showed the victims died of multiple blunt force trauma and knife wounds. In September 2010 the victims’ bodies were found in a bedroom closet of their Skinner Flatt Road home in Manchester.
Nearly 30 family members were in court Monday and had to approve the deal before he could accept it. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty, but the district attorney general’s office said in a statement that they accepted the plea agreement based on uncertainties about whether a jury would unanimously impose the death penalty.
Perkins entered a plea of guilty on three counts of murder. He is sentenced to three counts of life without parole. He will serve the rest of his life in Tennessee state prison. Matthew Perkins plead guilty on his 32nd birthday.

Crash Sends Three To Hospital

Car flips injuring three... By Barry West

Around 1:30pm Monday afternoon, a woman from Illinois was traveling north on Fredonia Road in her late model Mitsubishi. She stated that she went off the side of the road where there is no shoulder and whipped it back onto the road, overcorrecting the car. She then went off the right side of the road into a bean field rolling over at least two times. Traveling with the female driver were her son, age 11, and his friend, age 9. The three were transported to an area hospital to be checked out. None of the three seem to have serious injuries. Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputies were in charge of the scene.

Murder In Grundy County

Witnesses say an argument between friends turned deadly in Grundy County Sunday afternoon, leaving one man dead.
The Sheriff’s Office tells us the two were arguing near a BP convenience store Sunday afternoon in Gruetli-Laager. One of the men left then returned with a gun.
Investigators say the two men were arguing near the corner of Highway 108 and 60th Avenue, across from the BP store.
Investigators say Kurt Brewer left the argument but came back with a gun.
Brewer has been arrested and faces a murder charge.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the name of the victim.

5 Horse Industry Organizations In Trouble With Feds

With the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration less than a month away, federal animal regulators are moving to decertify five of the 12 horse industry organizations that are supposed to help them inspect for abuse.
Chester Gipson, deputy director of animal care for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says the five haven’t adopted the government’s new toughened minimum penalties rule for exhibitors of walking horses that are found to show signs of soring — the use of chemicals and objects or pain to exaggerate the high-stepping gait of walking horses.
The action signals the agency isn’t about to back off from a campaign aimed at ending abuses in the walking horse industry.

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