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Cougars Look To Answer Questions In Spring Scrimmage

Cahron WIlliams

Spring practice is often the time to answer questions about what a team will look like in the fall. The Cougars have more than their share of questions for the 2018 season. Gone are the powerhouses of the offense as the Zach Rutherford to Shawn Marcum connection are both graduating. The McGuyver of the team, Elijah Phillips, is gone as well. Who will replace them.

On Thursday the Sevier County Smokey Bears rolled up The Hill and took to Pat Kerr Field to battle the Cougars and hopefully answer some of these questions. Though it is too early to truly say that any questions were answered it looks like the pieces are already falling into place.

Landon Addington looked good throwing the ball and seems to be poised to be the offensive signal caller. Preston Bowman, who actually had a good year at wide receiver last season, looks as if he is ready to step into the role of top ball catcher. Drew Jordan had touchdown reception from Addington as well. Eric Hopper is also looking strong on defense. Brennon Byrge had a fumble recovery that likely would have gone for a touchdown in a game situation but the play was blown dead. Riley Wallace is on pace to have a record breaking season at kicker

The Cougars were missing a couple of important pieces during the scrimmage. Javan McCulley injured his knee early in spring practice but will hopefully be back by the time the season starts. Jordan Tolliver was also out for the scrimmage.

As many may not realize the Cougar junior varsity program has been reloading the team as the seniors graduate. This year seems to be more of the same. Joseph Paul came in to relieve Addington at quarterback and had a rushing touchdown. Cahron WIlliams had a great run after a screen pass and broke several tackles on the way to the endzone.

There is also an impressive group of freshman that we have not seen coming from the middle schools.

Though there are several questions waiting for answers it looks like the answers will be positive ones.

LaFollette Amends Budget and Settles Lawsuit

Early Thursday afternoon the LaFollette City Council had a special called meeting to deal with a pair of issues. First the city agreed to pass a budget amendment regarding the purchase of the building at 313 North Tennessee Avenue. Councilwoman Ann Thompson chose to abstain from the vote. When Mayor Mike Stanfield questioned her as to why she told him that though she had agreed initially to purchase the building she feltn that the procedures used to buy the house were improper

After the budget vote the council adjourned in to executive session to meet with counsel from the Tennessee Municipal League on the matter of a lawsuit brought against the city by local business owner Arnie Meredith. Executive sessions are designed to protect the innocent and assure confidentiality about sensitive matters. The time spent in executive session is not for formal voting, rather time spent sorting things out privately. Board members don’t take any parliamentary action during executive session.

After the session the council reconvened and voted to settle the suit. Once again Thompson abstained. Thompson cited a lack of information on the matter as the reason for her abstention.

Roberts Arrested For Attempted Theft

Alicia Partin was attempting to eat lunch at McDonald’s Wednesday morning when someone attempted to steal her car. According to the report Jacksboro Police Sergeant Pam Jarrett Raven Roberts took Partin’s keys from her tray unbeknownst to the victim. Roberts then got in Partin’s car, a 2008 Hyundai, and started to back out. Roberts did not have permission to take the car.

The victim went out and made contact with Roberts and stopped her from backing out. Roberts claimed that she had a male friend with her in the car and they were going to Walmart. No male was on scene and the video surveillance of the property never showed a make subject upon its review. Roberts was also described as unsteady n her feet and very confused. The report states that Roberts was believed to be under the influence of some manner of controlled substance. The reports states that Roberts continued to make statements about things that did not occur during the incident. Roberts also informed Jarrett that she was three months pregnant.

Jarrett placed Roberts under arrest and charged her with Pubic Intoxication and Attempted Theft of Property Over $1,000.

LaFollette City Council To Hold Special Meeting This Afternoon

Thursday afternoon at 1 The LaFollette City Council will hold a special called meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the recent purchase of a building adjacent to LaFollette Utilities on North Tennessee Avenue.

The LaFollette City Council will also be meeting with an appointed councilor of the Tennessee Municipal League to discus a lawsuit brought against the City of LaFollette by Arnie Meredith. FOllowing the session the meeting will reconvene and action will be taken on the suit.

Jacksboro Middle Earns Unique Distinction

It has been the “Year of the Eagle” in sports but Jacksboro Middle School is also earning honors on the academic side as well. Jacksboro Middle School is the first school in the state and one of the first schools in the nation to be named an America’s Entrepreneurial School.

Director of Schools Jennifer Fields was the principal at JMS when the school began their journey to this distinction. Fields told her former charges that they had made history when she first learned that this honor was coming their way. She was on hand Friday when the school was presented the banner that officially recognized them as an America’s Entrepreneurial School.

Gretchen Thomas was Field’s vice principal and is now the Eagle’s principal.Thomas told everyone assembled what a huge honor it was for the school to receive this recognition.

The journey to this honor started when a half dozen teachers from the school traveled to a conference in Charleston, West Virginia to train for the steps needed to start the process. While in the capitol of West Virginia the teachers, now known as the Tennessee Six, received the training that they needed to get this program going across the curriculum of the school.

When the Tennessee Six returned to JMS they took steps to spread what they had learn to the school. There as a student advisory board formed to involve the students in the process as well. Once the board was in place the lessons of entrepreneurship were taught at the school In the end it all came to fruition at the school’s annual STEM night.

Jacksboro Middle School has already received sustainable funding to continue this in the 2018-19 school year.