More than 10,700 adults have applied for a state grant that would send them to technical college for free.
The Tennessean reports the number of applicants for the Tennessee Reconnect grant has exceeded initial estimates by more than 2,000.
The grant offers eligible adults the chance receive training in nursing, cosmetology, early childcare, manufacturing and other programs from a Tennessee College of Applied Technology. It is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 plan to ensure 55 percent of Tennesseans have a college education by 2025.
It will take a few weeks for colleges to know how many applicants ultimately will enroll in classes.
The state will pay only tuition and fees that aren’t covered by existing grants and scholarships.
More than 10,700 adults have applied for a state grant that would send them to technical college for free.
“Cumberland just felt right.” were the words of Coffee County’s Sara Brown shortly before signing a basketball scholarship with Cumberland University in a ceremony at CHS on Monday. Brown, who averaged 8 points per game and ranked as one of the leagues top defenders, had fielded interest from other colleges and turned down a volleyball/basketball scholarship from Martin Methodist University. Cumberland Coach Jeremy Lewis was very complimentary of Brown and liked her combination of shooting, quickness and tenacity. “We invited Sara to our campus and our players loved her. We wanted to recruit a good person, a good student and a good basketball player and Sara does all 3 of those things.” Sara also liked the fact that Cumberland, located in Lebanon, Tennessee, is close enough for her parents and grandparents to watch her play. “My grandparents are my number 1 fans.” added Sara. Brown also loved the small, beautiful campus and her future coaches and teammates. Lewis, who will begin his 7th year as head coach for the Bulldogs, led his team to a berth in the 2015 NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament in March. Cumberland is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Funeral services for Mrs. Kathryn Ramsey Hickerson, age 86, of Manchester will be conducted Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Charles Williams officiating.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mrs. Hickerson passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Manchester.
She was born December 31, 1928 in Coffee County, Tennessee the daughter of the late H.B. Ramsey and Sally St. John Ramsey.
She attended Coffee County Central High School, where she met the love of her life, J.D. Hickerson, and the two married April 8, 1950. In earlier years while raising their family, Mr. & Mrs. Hickerson enjoyed gardening together, he providing the vegetables and she doing the canning. During the 1970’s, Mrs. Hickerson served as Clerk with the Coffee County Circuit Court. Known as Grana to her grandchildren and most everyone else, Mrs. Hickerson was happiest spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to read and was a long standing member of Main Street Church of Christ. Most recently she resided at McArthur Manor where she was reunite with old friends and made many new friends, especially among the staff. She will be forever remembered by her loving family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, J.D. Hickerson, September 27, 2008; an infant son, John Wiley Hickerson; and four sisters, Virginia Holt, Leona Campbell, Jane Wiseman and Peggy McKenzie.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Jo Keele and husband, Stanley of Manchester; and Kim Floied also of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jeff Keele and wife, Beverly; Jenn Nogodula and husband, Jay; Julie Keele; Katie Roberts and husband, Chris; and Joseph Floied; and six great-grandchildren, Riley and Audrey Ruth Keele; Jaydee and Jenslee Kathryn Nogodula; Hunter and Lyla Roberts and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dusty Elam Foundation or one’s favorite charity in memory of Mrs. Hickerson.
Sam Thomason of Estill Springs died peacefully in his sleep April 17, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his spouse Doris Ann Sheldon Thomason, his parents Katie Mae Kitchen Thomason and Samuel E. Thomason Jr, his brothers: Troy Thomason and Richard Thomason, and his sisters Mildred Whitworth, Grace Mason, Mary Katherine Williams, Lily Mae Pate and Ruby Garwood.
He left behind sons: David W. Thomason and his wife Terri Dale of Atlanta, Barry P. Thomason of Estill Springs and daughter: Kristi T. Anderson of Estill Springs. His grandchildren: Michael A. Thomason and his wife Jenna Thomason of Seattle, Washington and Sara E. Anderson of Chattanooga, TN; his brothers Jack B. Thomason and wife Blanche of Dallas, TX and Gene E. Thomason and wife Betty of Powder Springs, GA. His godchildren: Ted Sheldon and his wife Bonnie Sheldon of La Pas, MS and their 2 children Cody and Sadie, and J. Marshall Sheldon II of La Pas, MS and cousin Arlene Hanlos of White Bear Lake, Minnesota along with many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was born June 6, 1928 in Loganville, GA. He was the 7th of 10 children. He graduated from Snellville High School. In his late teens while he was working at AC Delco a friend set him up on a blind date. The young woman became his wife when they were married 10 months late at Central Congregational Church of Christ. They had 3 children. Sam worked many second jobs over the years but his passion was working on anything that ran. He and his family moved to Memphis in 1976 where he was a member of Balmoral Presbyterian Church in Memphis. He was a patron of the arts at Germantown Playhouse. Sam retired from AC Delco as a Regional Service Sales Manager in 1985. That year he and his wife moved to Estill Springs where they designed and built their current home. While in Estill Springs he was a Member of Tullahoma 1st Presbyterian Church, Methuselah’s Mob, did volunteer work and received the John Knox Award in 2001. Sam was well known for his love of tinkering with cars and clocks. He was a seasoned traveler and enjoyed traveling especially with his spouse, children, grandchildren and godchildren. In recent years he has suffered from many medical issues which limited his abilities to travel and enjoy his hobbies. He continued to bring hugs to the lives of those that he came in contact with until his death.
Sarasota Avionics will be teaming up with XP Services in providing Garmin equipment for aircraft. XP Services is located in the northwest section of the airport property.
The Florida company is known worldwide for installing flight equipment on airplanes.
“We will be a full-fledged Garmin dealer and sell avionics equipment,” Armstrong said.
He said at least six to eight new jobs will be created and that the business will be operating out of an existing hangar that XP Services has at the airport.
Airport manager Jon Glass informed the authority that the state Department of Transportation is scheduled to start construction of a road into the area where XP Services is located in July or August.
A 2nd inning solo home run from J.P. Duncan staked the CHS Red Raider baseball team to a 1 to nothing lead thru 3 innings of play as Coffee County played host to Warren County on Friday afternoon at Pwers Field. Warren County answered with 2 runs in the 4th inning before scoring 10 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to drop Coffee County 12 to 4. In addition to Duncan’s home run, Noah Anderson was 2 for 3 on the game with an RBI, Dylan Sandoval was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Deandre Wakefield, who pitched well as he finished the game on the mound in relief, added the other RBI.
Another strong start but disastrous finish doomed the Red Raider baseball team on Saturday at Powers Field as they dropped a 17 to 2 decision to Independence. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st to the visiting Eagles, Coffee County starting pitcher Daniel Gassman settled in to hold Independence scoreless through 3 innings which allowed Coffee County to plate the tying run on a Brandon Haston double in the 2nd inning which scored Dylan Sandoval from 1st base. However, 3 Raider errors in the 5th inning broke open a close game as Independence built up a 8 to 1 lead which they would never relinquish. Sandoval scored the 2nd run of the game when Haston reached on an Independence error in the 5th. Coffee County could only muster 4 hits on the game as Sandoval, Wyatt Day and Zach Wise had singles to go with Haston’s double. The JV baseball team will travel to Tullahoma on Monday for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 PM. Coffee County will play host to Tullahoma on Tuesday night at Powers Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM and you can hear the game on Thunder Radio beginning with the pregame show at 5:50.
The Rockets baseball team of Westwood Middle School played their 3rd game of the week as they played host to Huntland on Friday evening at Looney Riddle Field at Fred Deadman Park. The young Rockets continue to improve but dropped an 18 to 1 decision as coach Tyrell Campbell features a starting lineup loaded with 6th and 7th graders. After spotting the visiting Hornets 2 runs in the top of the first inning, Westwood answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, catcher Nick Smith singled, advanced to second base on Devin Taylor’s sacrifice and scored on Jacob Garms RBI single. Westwood kept it close thru 3 innings before Huntland began to string together hits to put the game out of reach. Winston Alford and Byron Sullivan added singles for Westwood in the game as Huntland’s pitcher did not allow a walk and the Hornet defense did not commit an error on the game. Westwood will be off until Friday when they play host to Cornersville in a 3 PM start on Good Friday at Looney Riddle Field.
The Red Raider soccer team split their 2 games on Friday in Alabama as they opened play in the Gulf Shores tournament. The Raiders won a literal slug fest with Madison County, AL in their morning contest by a score of 3 to 0, before dropping the second game to the tournament host, Gulf Shores 5 to 1.
In the morning contest, Breyer Taylor ripped an unassisted goal past the Madison Co keeper at the 10 minute mark to give the Raiders an early lead. Samuel Brown added a goal at the 23rd minute off an assist from Ethan Hickman as Coffee County took a 2 to 0 lead into the second half. Breyer Taylor notched his second goal in the 55th minute before the fireworks ensued. Cole Hawkins took a punch from a Madison County defender before 2 other Tiger defenders jumped on Hawkins. After the fight was broken up, 3 red cards were issued to Madison County which disqualified those players from the game. Madison County decided to forfeit at that point. After the game, head coach Robert Harper expressed he composure shown by his squad.
In the afternoon contest, the Raiders took an early 1 to 0 lead on a Paco Barrera goal off of a Breyer Taylor assist in the 2nd minute. The host Dolphins added 2 first half goals to take a 2 to 1 lead into intermission and 3 goals in the second half against a tired Red Raider squad to claim the 5 to 1 win.
On Saturday, the Red Raiders opened with eventual tournament champion Sparkman as Coffee County was blanked 4 to 0. Sparkman came into the game averaging 8 goals a match in the tournament, but the stingy Raider defense held them to 2 first half goals. Sparkman added 2 goals in the final 10 minutes to advance to the title game and send Coffee County to the 5th place game against Gadsden Southside. The Raiders got on the scoreboard first as Breyer Taylor drilled a shot past the keeper on a pass from Abilene Barrera in the 14th minute to give Coffee County a 1 to 0 lead at the half. Southside answered with goals in the 38th, 43rd and 55th minutes to take a 3 to 1 lead. Coffee County answered back in the 60th with an unassisted goal from Scott Randolph but could not find the equalizer in the 3 to 2 defeat. The Raiders return home to open district play on Tuesday night as they travel to Franklin County for a 7:00 PM match in Winchester.
The Coffee County Middle School Red Raider baseball team completed the series sweep of North Franklin on Tuesday night with a 17 to 3 win over the Gators in 5 innings. The Red Raider bats banged out 11 hits on the night as Tyler Surber went 3 for 4 with 6 RBI and Andrew Mahaffey was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Harley Hinshaw started on the mound and went 4 innings with 2 strikeouts giving up only 1 hit to get the win. Hayden Skipper came in relief and had 2 strikeouts in his inning of relief. The Raiders will be back in action on Thursday as they take on South Franklin with a 5:00 PM first pitch.
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