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Brady Receives Pair Of Offers

Though most people are thinking about football this time of year the recruitment of Madison Brady has heated up during the summer months. The rising junior has been playing AAU basketball with the East Tennessee Pyro this summer and has continued her domination under the basket.

She has added a pair of offers to the several she already has. A pair of Division 1 schools recently dropped offers in her lap.

The Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN has extended an offer to wear the purple and gold to her. The Lady Eagles struggled last season with only 7 wins on the season while playing in the Ohio Valley COnference and surely must ahve seen Brady’s ability to produce both points and rebounds under the basket. Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee. Tennessee Tech places special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, although degrees in education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and other fields of study.

The Lady Owls of Kennesaw State,located in Kennesaw, Georgia, also made an offer to Brady. Kennesaw State was another team with 7 wins hoping to add the firepower Brady is known to provide. The Lady Owls play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a public, coeducational, research-oriented institution with two primary campuses located in Kennesaw, Georgia. KSU is part of the University System of Georgia. The university has a multitude of academic programs in business, education, engineering, nursing, physical sciences, information technology, criminal justice, and sports management.

Report Of Stolen Vehicle Leads To Drug Arrest

Last week Deputy Nathaniel Bostic was dispatched to Shawnee Drive to speak to a victim about a stolen vehicle. Deputy Bostic posted a Be On Look Oit (BOLO) for the vehicle and the individual believed to have taken it. When Bostic left the victim’s residence he spotted the vehicle in question traveling the opposite direction. He hit his lights and initiated a traffic stop.

When the vehicle pulled over he spoke with April Wade, who claimed that she actually had permission to be driving the car. When Deputy Bostic ran the information on Wade’s driver’s license he learned that license was suspend. Wade also informed Deputy Bostic that there may be some manner of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Deputy Bostic then deployed K-9 Deputy Santo who alerted to the driver’s side door.

When Deputy Bostic searched the vehicle he found a multitude of hypodermic needles. One of the needle contained a brown liquid. Upon finding the first needle Deputy Bostic informed Wade of her Miranda Rights. Wade waived her rights and admitted to Deputy Bostic that the brown liquid was methamphetamine. She also informed him that she was carrying a glass pipe that she used to smoke marijuana.

Deputy Bostic placed Wade under arrest and transported her to the Campbell County Jail. She is charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Driving While Suspended.

Ten And Under All Stars Finish 5th In State

The 10 & Under Campbell County Baseball All Stars had a great run this season. The young diamond stars had a strong showing in the state tournament. In fact in the end they finished 5th in the state.

They opened up strong in pool play. They took a 6-4 victory over Decatur County and later that day defeated Signal Mountain 2-1.

On Saturday the team played a game that was extremely long due to rain delays. Though they led 5-0 at one pont they were eventually defeated by Springfield 8-6. The rain delays forced the game to go all the way til the wee hours of Sunday morning. Though they fought a pitched battle against Wayne County 3-2 to be eliminated.

County Commission Approves New School Board Member and Budget.

Isaac Jones addresses the commission.

The Campbell County Commission had an active evening Monday, July 16th as they approved the 2018-19 county budget via a unanimous vote, 14-0, with only Carl Douglas not voting on the budget because he hadn’t yet arrived at the meeting. The budget was completely free of any tax increases for the citizens of Campbell County for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Before the budget was brought to vote the commission took up the matter of an empty school board seat. 4th district commissioner Johnny Bruce nominated, on behalf of himself and the two other 4th district commissioners Sue Nance and Charles Baird, Jennifer Orick, to fill the seat vacated by her late husband, Michael Orick. The motion was unanimously seconded and the vote was 14-0 in favor of Jennifer Orick getting the seat. She will occupy the seat until November when the seat will be added to the ballot in the 4th district. The added race will be to elect a representative to complete the original term to which Orick had won election.

The commission voted in favor of an ordinance allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue squad workers to avoid wheel tax on one vehicle per volunteer. The volunteers must have one year of recorded volunteer service in order to be eligible for this wheel tax break. The vote was 14-0 and the ordinance will be carried over to the next meeting. If approved at the next meeting it will become standing law, as ordinances must be approved at two meetings.

The commission also voted to lease a parcel of property to the industrial development board who will lease it to BMT. The property is a small parcel that was needed by BMT in order for tractor trailers to better get into and out of the facility in the Mt Paran community. If BMT ever chooses to move or end the lease, the property reverts back to Campbell County.

Issac Jones appeared before the commission as a continuing part of his anti-bullying campaign. Young Jones is trying to raise funds to get t-shirts for every student in Campbell County with an anti-bullying message. Jones was given $500.00 by various commission members and County Mayor El Morton, and 2nd district commissioner Lonnie Weldon vowed to match funds raised by the other commission members. Jones received a hearty ovation after being commended by Commissioner Bruce for his hard work to better his school environment.

Outgoing 3rd district commissioner Clifford Jennings hadn’t used his discretionary fund from 4 years prior, so he decided to put it to good cause on his way off the commission. He used his monies from the now defunct program to give $1500.00 to the Disabled American Veterans fund, $500.00 to Meals on Wheels, and $500.00 to the Campbell County Cancer Association.

The commission voted to spend $600.00 on plaques bearing the image of Micheal Orick for each school in the county as part of Orick’s anti-bullying legacy. 5th district commissioner Ralph Davis said school board members assured him they would pay any additional cost above the $600.00 for the plaques.

Finally the commission voted to allow the Campbell County Animal Shelter to move fencing to create dog runs. The animal shelter plans to move the fence through in-house labor at no additional cost to the county.

Youngest All Stars Bow Out Of Tournament

The 5-6 year old Campbell County All Stars recently bowed out of the state baseball tournament. Just getting their was a huge accomplishment as they were only the second team from Campbell County in their age group to make it this far into All Star play in a two decade span.

The entered their first game against East Robertson on a blazing hot afternoon. At the end of two innings the teams were tied at 4-4. The third inning was a tough one for these young diamond star as not only did they leave the bases load but they also were down 11-4 by the end of the third. These youngsters were not ready to give up and by the top of the fifth inning they had tied things up at 12. Unfortunately by the end of the game they had fallen 19-12.

After the hot nature of the first game the coaches and parents rushed to cool off and hydrate these young athletes before their next game against Sweetwater. The young All Stars seemed up to the challenge and had recovered well as they came out swinging hard. Unfortunately Sweetwater had the hotter bats for the game as they won 23-21 in a nail biter.

Finally with one game remaining in pool play they faced Signal Mountain. They started out strong with a 7-4 lead after an inning of play. Things were still looking good after the second inning as Campbell County led 14-11. After the third they still led 16-13. The scored another run in the 4th to extend the lead to 17-13. Alas they lead would not last as Signal Mountain’s bats heated up as the game progressed.In the 5th Signal Mountain scored seven runs to go up 20-17 to start the inning. Campbell County fought back in the bottom of the inning as they were sitting with runners on first and second with no outs. But in a bizarre set of circumstances Signal Mountain pulled a triple play to end the inning. In the end Signal Mountain took the game 25-17.

Though they fell in state play these young athletes represented the folks of Campbell County well.