JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Christian Lady Eagles, are headed to The Boro looking to bring back their first ever state title. The seniors know what it’s like going to The Boro, as they went their 8th grade year in 2013.

Head coach Jennifer Wheeler talks about some other areas her team will need to excel in, for a chance at winning a state title.

“Our big thing right now is playing as a team, one game at a time, playing hard, going all out, being aggressive at the plate and playing solid defense,” Wheeler said.

The Lady Eagles take on Meigs County Tuesday afternoon.

JACKSON, Tenn. — After surviving a scare last Friday against Knoxville Webb, the USJ Bruins are headed back to The Boro.

Posting a 26-5 record so far this season, this is something the Bruins have worked extremely hard for. On record they have five state titles and will look to bring back a sixth. After suffering a heart breaking loss last year in sub state, this group is ready to get things rolling.

“I got a group of guys that are anxious to get there along with the coaching staff and we’re excited,” head coach Jack Peel said. “We’ve worked an awful long time this year to get to this spot and we’re ready for it.”

Up first is a match up against Harding Academy who the Bruins defeated twice this season, outscoring them 23-9.

TRENTON, Tenn. — After taking down Adamsville Friday night, the Peabody Golden Tide are making their second trip to The Boro in the past three seasons, so experience is on their side. But win or lose, head coach Todd Lumley only wants to see one thing from his group when they get to Murfreesboro.

“I guess the thing I hope is that we go up and play our best,” Lumley said. “If we can go up there and play our best, we’ll take what happens. I think if we play our best we’ve got as good as shot as anybody.”

The Golden Tide take on Goodpasture first.

LEXINGTON, Tenn.  — The Lexington Tigers are making their fifth trip to the spring fling in the past eight seasons. But the Tigers only have one state title in the school’s history. Head coach Adam Harrington know’s what needs to be done, in order to bring back their second title.

“Pitching’s got to give us an opportunity to stay in the game and then as long as our bats and our speed can take over, we’ll feel pretty comfortable about our chances,” Harrington said.

Up first for the Big Red Tigers is Spring Hill, from the Columbia, Tennessee area.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson Christian Eagles found their new head girls basketball coach, coming over from Obion County is Bryon Freeman, who was the lead assistant coach for the Lady Rebels the last two seasons.

Freeman will inherit a team that failed to win double digit games last season. But he once coached at LeVergne Middle School, a team that had won five games in five seasons, and led them to a 12 win season in his first year as head coach.

Freeman is a native of West Tennessee, growing up in Dresden.

MARTIN, Tenn. — Kurt McGuffin comes over from Missouri Western State University to be the new director of athletics at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

In a press release sent out by UTM, McGuffin said, “We plan to go in and hit the ground running as soon as I get there.”

McGuffin is expected to begin work June 28th.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Tennessee man says he spent five years in jail for a murder he did not commit because a Kentucky State Police detective and a former Kentucky sheriff lied to protect an accomplice who was related to the detective and bribing the sheriff.

William Anderson filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday that says former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard and Kentucky State Police Detective Jason York coached witnesses on what to say and even assaulted one man during a recorded interview for refusing to change his story.

It is the second lawsuit since April to accuse Pickard and York, among others, of writing fake police reports and fabricating witness testimony before a grand jury in a murder case. Attorneys for both men declined to comment.

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Many West Tennesseans are counting down the days until Memorial Day weekend — in particular, boaters looking forward to getting back on the water.

“We’re not out here to spoil anybody’s fun. We want people to come out to the lake, enjoy, and have a good time out here, but we want them to do it responsibly and safely,” TWRA Sgt. Ray Garton said.

We met up with TWRA at Pickwick Lake in Hardin County to go over important things to remember before leaving the dock. They say life vests are one of the most important pieces of equipment. There needs to be one for everyone on deck.

“Over 80 percent of the fatalities involving boats is drowning,” Sgt. Garton said. “And a lot of those situations, a life jacket could have saved those people’s lives.”

TWRA reminds boaters to avoid driving distracted and pay attention to signs on the water such as buoys as well as other boaters around you.

“There is going to be an increase in boating traffic, so be aware of your surroundings,” Sgt. Garton said. “Boating’s not like driving a car to the fact that you don’t have lanes that everybody stays in.”

Garton says one of the easiest ways to ruin a day on the water is to be caught drinking and driving. The law is the same as on the road, and a .08 blood alcohol level can land you in jail.

“Alcohol will affect someone a lot faster on the water versus on land due to external stressors such as the wind, the waves, the sun,” Sgt. Garton said.

Garton also says if you’re boating, you must have a license if you were born after Jan. 1, 1989. To learn more about getting your license, visit the TWRA Boating in Tennessee website.

 

BOLIVAR, Tenn. —  A statewide plan to cut food taxes while updating roads and streets will take effect this July. State Rep. Johnny Shaw spoke about how the act will affect residents in the area.

“The average family will save almost $3 per month even with the gasoline increase but the decrease on food taxes,” Rep. Shaw said.

State officials say the revenue from gas taxes will fund road and street projects. One of the bigger projects under the act is the Bolivar bypass, which will be a two-lane road. Shaw said the city’s main interest is keeping the trucks out of Bolivar, not the traffic.

“Give the trucks a convenient route to get around Bolivar that are passing through,” Shaw said. “That means money for us because the trucks are having to pay those diesel fuel tax, but we don’t have bring them right downtown.”

Although some residents may be concerned about the changes, Shaw says the ultimate goal is to increase jobs, create better roads and improve safety.

“We want our kids safe, and we don’t want them on the school buses with bridges caving in,” Shaw said.

State leaders say the IMPROVE Act will bring in close to a million dollars for Hardeman County roads and bridges, and 30 percent of that for city streets. Shaw says change is on the way, but he is remaining optimistic about the public’s response.

“Every citizen who’s a little reluctant about it, who’s complaining a little about paying the high gasoline taxes, is going to say, ‘you know, this was really for our good,'” Shaw said.

Shaw says the total span for the road projects are over the next 10 years with some of the smaller projects happening within the first three years.

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — County leaders came together Monday, meeting with construction companies hoping to build the proposed new jail.

We spoke with County Mayor Jimmy Harris, who told us three companies came in Monday, one of which will be picked to join architects already at work designing the facility.

County leaders say they’re looking for a company with the right experience that can lend to this ongoing process.

“I hope we’re going to move quickly but also that we’re going to be smart on the way we go about it and we make the right decision,” County Mayor Harris said.

Harris says those plans should be completed this fall with the construction hopefully starting early next year.

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