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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time to Hang Them Up.
Posted Thursday, May 5, at 12:04 PM
Saying goodbye is never easy. Saying goodbye for the last time renders it even more difficult. After six years, my body tells me that I can no longer leave one job to go to work at a second even if my mind is still willing. It is time to turn it over to fresh blood. My decision to resign my sportswriter position conjures up a rash of emotions that I am simply not capable of conveying as a person or as a journalist, but I feel compelled to try...

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Mark Harmon Retires after 30 Years
Posted Friday, February 18, at 9:42 AM

Congratulations on your retirement Mark! 30-plus years is a long time, especially since most of those years were spent toiling away under difficult time and budget constraints, and in poor working conditions--and that was just on your farm! For many of us, your career has been a model to follow. Your remarkable contributions and unselfish commitment to Tyson Foods and to the Shelbyville Complex will set the standard for those that follow for many years to come...

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Tennessee Recruiting Class
Posted Wednesday, February 2, at 1:35 PM

Derek Dooley and staff appear to be having a banner class this year with eleven 4 Star recruits, six of which were rated as top 150 prospects by ESPN, signed as of this posting. Signed so far are DeAnthony Arnett, a wide receiver out of Michigan who also had offers from Michigan State, USC, Michigan, California, and the Iowa Hawkeyes...

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Jeff Fisher out as Titans coach
Posted Thursday, January 27, at 8:31 PM

The Tennessee Titans have announced that they will part ways with their long time head coach, Jeff Fisher. It is a surprising decision considering that Bud Adams had recently decided that he would trade or release Vince Young, who had quit on his teammates on several occasions during games, and has been a divisive force in the lockerroom with his antics since he joined the team...

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TSSAA Home School Ruling Benefits All Student Athletes
Posted Wednesday, December 8, at 3:03 PM

Great news for parents that choose to home school their children! The TSSAA approved the following proposal during their Legislative Council Session on December 8th. e. Approved the proposed TSSAA Bylaw Concerning Home Schooled Students' Participation. The rule passed is as follows:...

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Mike Minor Makes a Major Career Move
Posted Sunday, August 8, at 7:41 PM

Chapel Hill's Mikie Minor, a former Forrest standout and Vanderbilt star is scheduled to make his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves on Monday in Houston. Braves General Manager Frank Wren told mlb.com Thursday that Minor will fill the rotation spot of the injured Kris Medlen, who has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow...

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The Boss Is Gone But Not Forgotten
Posted Tuesday, July 13, at 10:30 PM

He was a control freak that butted heads with commissioners and fellow owners, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, was suspended from baseball two times, insulted his players, changed managers 21 times, including Billy Martin on five occasions, and was probably one of the most reviled men on the planet at one time or the other because of the perceived competitive imbalance he created by taking advantage of free agency with pockets deeper than the other owners could compete with, but no one could ever say that New York Yankee's owner George Steinbrenner wasn't a winner.. ...

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Good to be Home
Posted Monday, November 30, at 9:10 PM

Former Eagle and Vanderbilt baseball star Jonathan White has been home from his first season of pro ball with the San Francisco's rookie team (AZL Giants) for a few weeks now. I have gotten to talk with him a few times and he took some time to meet my 14-year old daughter Lillie and I at the gym one day to teach her a workout routine to help her gain strength and perhaps more importantly, become more agile, as she grows into her nearly 5'10 frame that never seems to be satisfied hunger wise. ...

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Facing Mortality
Posted Sunday, June 28, at 8:19 PM

Recent news of the tragic deaths of Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, David Carradine and Ed McMahan has not only saddened me but has served as a stark reminder of just how short life is. I grew up with each one of these celebrities, not in a literal sense, but they were just as much a part of my life as the kids I did grow up with at the Baptist Children's Home in Franklin, Tennessee...

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Baseball with no dirt!
Posted Saturday, May 30, at 1:53 PM

Welcome from Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger and the University of Louisville, who are hosting their first-ever NCAA Regional baseball tournament. Jim Patterson stadium is a first class facility with first class staff and a very unique characteristic in that it is one of only five baseball stadiums in the nation to use FieldTurf as their playing surface...

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Vanderbilt Selected for NCAA Tournament
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 8:06 PM

The Commodores were selected as one of 64 teams to play in the NCAA Tournament after their strong showing in the SEC Tournament this past weekend. VU will be the number three seed and will play MTSU, the number two seed at 2:00 ct on Friday in Louisville. The two teams split their games with home and home wins during the season...

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Vanderbilt Advances to SEC Semi-Finals
Posted Friday, May 22, at 9:53 PM

The Commodores won a nerve racking 5-4 win over South Carolina, a team that swept them earlier this month, to move into the semi-final game against Arkansas on Saturday at 10am. Once again our home town hero Jonathan White played an integral role in the win when he walked with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to drive in the winning run. Johnnie was down 0-2 in the count, waited out three pitches out of the strike zone by Gamecock reliever Michael Roth to run the count to 3-2...

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Another Shelbyville Athlete in the Spotlight
Posted Thursday, May 21, at 2:45 PM

Greetings from Hoover, Alabama home of the South Eastern Conference Baseball Tournament. As many of you may know by now Vanderbilt scored an upset over the number one-seeded LSU Tigers 4-1 Wednesday night in the opening round of the tournament. Former Shelbyville Central star Jonathan White played an instrumental role in the victory with two hits, including a double off of the left field wall that just missed by inches being a homer, a walk and a run scored out of the two hole in the Commodore lineup.. ...

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Another One of the Good Guys Gone
Posted Monday, April 13, at 7:50 PM

For those of us old enough to remember Mark Fidrych, the eccentric former All-Star pitcher nicknamed "The Bird" whose potentially brilliant career was shortened by injuries, was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm. He was 54. The crowd pleasing right-hander was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1976 for the Detroit Tigers...

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Bedford County Baseball hits a homerun!
Posted Monday, April 6, at 6:17 PM

Have you been out to HV Griffin Park to watch the 3 and 4 year old kids play baseball? The league's idea to let these tykes play ball in an instructional and nurturing setting is a huge hit with the parents and the community at large. Kudos to the board members for recognizing the opportunity and to the Shelbyville Recreation Department for sanctioning the newly created division...

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Jay Cutler traded to the Chicago Bears
Posted Thursday, April 2, at 6:16 PM

The Denver Broncos ended their troubled relationship with former Vanderbilt star Jay Cutler Thursday by trading him to the Bears for two first round draft picks and quarterback Kyle Orton. Chicago beat out at least 10 teams reported to be bidding for his services...

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Great News for Home School Students
Posted Friday, March 20, at 3:36 AM

Imagine if Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow or All-Pro defensive end Jason Taylor had not been allowed to play ball in high school because they were home schooled. They are just two of many that attended school at home and were afforded the opportunity even though their parents opted to home educate...

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Bryce Brown Coming to UT
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 3:50 AM

Bryce Brown, the nation's top rated recruit has just signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Tennessee. The highly recruited running back had previously announced that he would attend Miami where his brother Arthur Brown is a star linebacker for the Hurricanes. ...

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College or Pros?
Posted Thursday, March 12, at 4:08 PM

Shelbyville Golden Eagle pitcher Jordan Cooper will have a tough choice to make very soon. (see Gary Johnson's March 12 article sports page http://www.t-g.com/story). He has signed a letter of intent to play for SEC power house Kentucky. However, the 6-foot-three 190 pound right-hander is projected to be among the top 50 picks in the upcoming major league baseball draft and will be offered a substantial signing bonus to by-pass college...

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