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Hayden Skipper Signs College Baseball Scholarship on Friday

Hayden Skipper(center) celebrates his signing with Lipscomb University surrounded by family and coaches. Front Row(left to right): Kaylee Skipper, sister; Jenny Skipper, mother; Hayden; Richard Skipper, father; Steve Moss, youth travel coach. Back Row(left to right): Rebecca Koger, CHS athletic director; Rodney Meeker, CCMS coach; David Martin, CHS head coach; Cameron Boyett, CHS assistant coach, Parker Gunn, CHS assistant coach.

After a change of heart late in his recruitment, Coffee County CHS baseball player Hayden Skipper publicly celebrated his signing with Lipscomb University on Friday.  The senior pitcher/center fielder celebrated his commitment to the Bisons’ baseball team in a ceremony at the CHS library on Friday.   Skipper signed his National Letter of Intent and returned the paperwork on Wednesday, which was the first day of NCAA’s Early Signing Period. 

Hayden was named to the 2019 District 8AAA All-District team and was selected as the Red Raiders’ Most Valuable Player.  Skipper is being recruited as a dual player meaning they expect him to pitch and play in the outfield.  “I love the coaching staff and the campus vibe” said Skipper.  He went on to say that “the facilities are as nice as you can find and the city of Nashville is a fun place.” 

Coffee County CHS head coach David Martin was effusive in his praise for Skipper.  “(Hayden) has the ability to go in right away and win his teammates over because he has the ability to develop relationships with his teammates after they see how genuine he is. First thing is first, you have to have the ability to play at that level which he clearly does. But his parents have done an amazing job instilling work ethic and character that he is able to bring to their program. He is everything you want your program to represent and you want him to be the face of your program. His will to compete brings an energy to his teammates that elevates everyone’s game. He is truly a coach on the field but holds himself accountable as he does his teammates. He is one of those players that has set a standard in our program and his legacy will be remembered for many years because of the way he carried himself every day. No matter what this kid does, success will follow him and the people around him.”

Lipscomb University is a private, Christian liberal arts university in Nashville.  The Bisons are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA) Division 1 and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  Lipscomb is coached by Jeff Forehand who is in his 14th year as head coach for the Bisons. 

11/17/19 — Judge Timothy Ray Brock

Judge Timothy Ray Brock, 62, of Tullahoma, TN, passed away unexpectedly on
Monday, November 11, 2019 while attending a Judicial conference in Nevada.
Having served on the bench for nearly three decades, Judge Brock was first
elected as a General Sessions Judge in 1990 and added Juvenile Court
jurisdiction to his duties in 1998. A native of Franklin County, TN, he
graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979 and earned his law
degree from the University of Tennessee in 1982. Judge Brock served on the
executive committee of the Tennessee  Council of Juvenile and Family Court
Judges for many years, and in 2017 was awarded the McCain-Abernathy Award
for his exceptional service in advancing juvenile justice.

Judge Brock has presided over the Coffee County Drug Recovery Court, Coffee
County Mental Health Court, Coffee County Juvenile Recovery Court, and the
Coffee County Safe Baby Court. The Family Treatment Court, which held its
first graduation earlier this month, is the first and only one in the state
of Tennessee. Judge Brock’s tireless work within the area of recovery has
paved the way for a more rehabilitative system of justice across the state
of Tennessee.

Judge Brock was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Ray and Virginia
McKown Brock, and his nephew, Craig McKown Brock. He is survived by three
children; sons Adam Brock (Lauren) of Chattanooga, Matthew Brock (Jill) of
Spring Hill, TN, and daughter Sarah Kathryn (Katye) Bodak (Jason) of
Knoxville; brother Edward Brock (Sherry) of Cowan, TN, sisters Ruth Brock
Gardner of Louisville, KY, and Kathleen Brock Huntsberry (Charles) of
Gallatin, TN; his two beloved granddaughters Talia and Josephine Brock of
Spring Hill, TN; Donna Bryant Brock of Tullahoma, mother of his children,
and sweetheart partner, Mary Mealer of Tullahoma.

A lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Judge Brock was a long-time season
ticket holder for the University of Tennessee football and basketball
programs. He was an avid reader with a passion for history, but nothing
made him happier than traveling with his children and grandchildren,
especially to Disney World.

Pallbearers will be Edward Brock, Steven Foreman, Phil Barnes, Bob McCall,
Roger Bean, the Honorable Jere Ledsinger, Stanley Bean, Clint Mealer, and
Frank Brock. Honorary pallbearers will be graduates of the Coffee County
Recovery Courts.

Visitation with the family will be at Central Funeral Home in Manchester,
TN Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 2:00-6:00pm, and a celebration of Judge
Brock’s life will be held at the Cowan Fellowship Church in Cowan, TN on
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00pm. The service will be officiated by Mike
Lewis with burial in the Cowan Montgomery Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the
children ask for your support of and contributions to the:

Coffee County Drug Court Foundation, Mike Lewis, Director
604 College Street, Manchester, TN 37355

West and Pippenger Sign Softball Scholarships on Thursday

Sarah West signs a softball scholarship with the University of the Cumberlands. Joining Sarah are front row, (left to right) Beth West, mother; Sarah; Chris West, father. Back row: Brandon McWhorter, CHS head coach; Bailey Dillender, University of Cumberlands head coach; Alyssa Richards, University of Cumberlands assistant coach; Jon Spears, CHS assistant coach.

A pair of Coffee County CHS softball players inked their National Letters of Intent with the University of the Cumberlands on Thursday.  Seniors Sarah West and Gracie Pippenger each signed to continue play at the Williamsburg, Kentucky University in separate ceremonies at the CHS library.  The Lady Raider duo join a Patriots softball class described as “a very highly touted recruiting class” according to University of the Cumberlands head coach Bailey Dillender.  “We want to build a winning culture so it is important to bring in winners (like Sarah and Gracie)” said Dillender. 

West verbally committed to Coach Dillender in the summer of 2018 after her campus visit.  “It felt right(on my visit) and I fell in love with the campus” said West.  West is expecting to play as a utility player but “will play where they need me” said Sarah.  Coach Dillender expects Sarah to “fill a void in the middle of our lineup immediately.”  Coffee County CHS head coach Brandon McWhorter described West as “the heart of our team.  She is a Division 1 hitter and makes plays on defense.”  McWhorter also described her as a great leader with good instincts and “great hands.”

Gracie Pippenger signs a softball scholarship with the University of the Cumberlands. Joining Gracie are front row, (left to right) Kerri Pippenger, mother; Gracie; Keith Pippenger, father; Cole Pippenger, brother. Back row: Brandon McWhorter, CHS head coach; Alyssa Richards, University of Cumberlands assistant coach; Bailey Dillender, University of Cumberlands head coach; Timmy Richardson, travel ball coach.

Pippenger, who committed earlier this year, liked the coaching staff and campus as well.  “It is the right size and I look forward to doing my best(at the University of the Cumberlands).  Coach Dillender has known Gracie for a while and “followed her for several years.”  Dillender expects Pippenger to compete for a starting position immediately.   “Gracie gives us some great firepower offensively and can play multiple positions defensively.”  Coach McWhorter called Pippenger a player with  “high softball intelligence with a will to succeed.  After her ACL surgery, Gracie showed a lot of toughness and determination” added McWhorter.

The University of the Cumberlands is a private liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  The Patriots are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Mid-South Conference. 

CCMS Basketball Splits Thursday Games at White County

Olivia Vinson of CCMS basketball

The Coffee County Middle School basketball teams traveled to Sparta on Thursday night for a conference doubleheader with White County.  The Lady Raiders fell behind early as they fell 37 to 30.  The Red Raiders shut down the Warriors in the 4th quarter to grab a 31 to 25 win.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Raiders missed 11 of 16 free throws in the game, including 5 in the first half as they fell behind 23 to 15.  The Lady Raiders were led in scoring by Olivia Vinson who had 15 points.  Taylor Anthony added 12 points.

Jackson Shemwell of CCMS basketball

In the boys game, the Red Raiders trailed by 1 at the half before pulling ahead in the 3rd quarter before holding White County to a single free throw in the final 6 minutes.  The Red Raiders showed off their balanced scoring attack as Jackson Shemwell, Ethan Hargrove and Brendan Sheppard each netted 8 points.  Evan Kirby tacked on 4 points for Coffee Middle. 

The Raiders and Lady Raiders return home on Monday night as they welcome West Tullahoma to the CCMS gym.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you all the action as part of the 1st National Bank Hometown Sports Series.  The pregame show begins at 5:50, tip-off is set for 6:00. 

Temple Baptist Christian School Basketball Opens Season with Tournament Wins on Thursday

Mich Gloden of Temple Baptist Christian School basketball[File Photo]

The Temple Baptist Christian School varsity basketball team opened their season on Thursday.  The Eagles opened up play in the Shenandoah Baptist Academy Tournament in Cleveland, Tennessee.  The Eagles opened the tournament with a doubleheader.  Temple opened up with a 31 to 19 win over Calvary of Kentucky.  In the nightcap, the Eagles shut down the host Shenandoah team by a final score of 36 to 9. 

Against Calvary, the Eagles played nearly mistake-free basketball as they got 14 steals against only 4 turnovers.  Alex Gloden was the leading scorer for Temple as he netted 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.  Mich Gloden also had 6 rebounds, 7 steals and scored 10 points.  Sam Floyd added 6 points.

Against Shenandoah, Temple held Shenandoah to 1 field goal in the 1st half as they rolled to a 17 to 3 lead at intermission.  Temple had 16 steals on the night led by Isaiah Baker and Alex Gloden who each had 5.  Mich Gloden led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points.  Baker added 10 points and Alex Gloden chipped in 6. 

Temple will return to action on Friday as the tournament continues.  The Cleveland tournament concludes on Saturday.  Temple travels to Shelbyville on Tuesday night to take on Victory Baptist Academy.  That JV/varsity doubleheader will get underway at 5 PM.  Temple will host its first home game on December 12th

Birthdays – 11-14-19

Ken Delaney – 60

Bo Sain – 80

Tim Henley – 60

Tabithia Jones -11 – PIZZA WINNER

Britney Nunn – 28

Coffee County’s Jenna Garretson Signs Soccer Scholarship with Lee University

Coffee County CHS senior Jenna Garretson(center) signs a soccer scholarship with Le University flanked by her mother, Rhonda Johnson(left) and her father, Frank Garretson(right)

Coffee County CHS soccer player Jenna Garretson has signed a college scholarship to continue her soccer career.  Garretson inked her letter of intent with Lee University at a ceremony in the CHS library.  Surrounded by friends, teammates and family, the senior midfielder made her college choice official on Wednesday.

Garretson led the Lady Raiders to 2 straight district finals in her final 2 seasons including a regular season district championship this fall.  Jenna was the team leader in goals and points this season as she finished with 15 goals and 3 assists.  Garretson was named to 1st team All-District team as an attacking midfielder this season after being named the District Defender of the Year in her sophomore and junior seasons.  Jenna is expected to compete for a starting position as an attacking midfielder at Lee. 

Coffee County CHS head coach Lee Xixis believes Garretson will be successful at the college level because of her intensity.  “Jenna understands what it takes to compete at the next level and will work hard and have the intensity to compete(at the college level).”  Xixis praised Garretson for her leadership with her play and “she also led by example.  She will be hard to replace for a lot of reasons” added Xixis. 

Lee is coached by head coach Chris Hennessey and Luidgi Beauzile and Jenna said that was a big reason she chose Lee.  “They have been my travel coaches since my freshman year” said Garretson.  She also loved the campus saying “everything is new” in addition to the tradition and success of the program. 

Lee University is a private Christian university in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Lee is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, competing in the Gulf South Conference.  The Lady Flames have made 3 straight appearances in the conference championship game, and advanced to the NCAA Division 2 Final Four in 2018.

Coffee County CHS Basketball Season Tickets Are On Sale

Season tickets for the upcoming season of Coffee County CHS basketball have gone on sale this week.  Tickets are available for purchase between the hours of 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday at the CHS Main office.  Tickets are $60 each which is a one game discount over purchasing them at the door. 

Season tickets, employee badges, and student Renaissance cards cannot be used for Hall of Champion, Christmas Tournament, or Post-Season games. 

Tickets at the gate will be $6 for adults and $3 for students. Preschool children get in free. 

Titans Begin Expansion of Saint Thomas Sports Park

An artist rendering of the proposed remodeling of Saint Thomas Sports Park

The Tennessee Titans will begin construction next week on an expansion project at Saint Thomas Sports Park, which will almost double its current footprint in Nashville’s MetroCenter neighborhood.

The plan includes 60,000-square-feet in additions, including a new building situated along one of the practice fields, and major renovation of spaces within the existing 75,000-square-foot building. Improvements to Saint Thomas Sports Park, home to the team’s practice facility and corporate office since its inaugural season as the Titans in 1999, will continue to transform the space into a modern, first-class building aimed at enhancing the production of both its football and business staffs.

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, who assumed her role in 2015, has made a priority of ensuring that the team has the best tools at its disposal to perform on and off the field. In the past five years, the Titans organization has seen its staff grow by 50 percent. This increased headcount and the continuing evolution of the Titans’ overall business led to the decision to develop the building.

“We’ve added so many members to the Titans family over the past several years,” Adams Strunk said. “Evolving our workplace makes perfect sense from both a growth standpoint as well as maximizing our team’s overall effectiveness. This new facility will ultimately create the modern environment that will enable further success.”

Optimizing the workspace of the coaching staff and players is a key goal in the new office building. A revamped auditorium for all-team meetings, modernized meeting spaces for film study and a new draft room are among the items planned. These improvements come following Adams Strunk’s already completed renovations to the facility, which include a new cafeteria, weight room, locker room, training room and TV and radio studios.

Also planned in the new development is a 2,000-square-foot event space that leads out onto a 2,300-square-foot rooftop deck. While this space will be used for day-to-day staff functions, it will also serve as a key entertainment area for sponsors and other visitors to the facility.

On the business side, the construction will allow the Titans to consolidate various departments that had been housed in multiple locations into the same building. Currently, the Titans lease additional space in MetroCenter to accommodate growth and houses its Ticket Sales group at Nissan Stadium. The new space will bring the vast majority of its staff under one roof.

In addition to functional workspace, a two-story, 39,000-square-foot parking garage will add over 100 parking spaces to the facility.

Titans staff toured multiple NFL practice facilities as research for the building development to ensure the team’s ideas matched or exceeded current NFL standards. The project is in collaboration with Smallwood Nickle Architects, who developed the renderings of the proposed space. PBG Builders Inc. has been hired as the contractor.

Birthdays – 11/13/19

Ethan Stephens – 12 PIZZA WINNER!

Dylan Johnson