Destination: Lone Star State.
Reason: National competition.
Who: Four Cumberland County High School culinary arts students.
The girls scored a major win at the STAR Event Competition in Nashville. Britney Stubbs, Angel Perry, Mariah Meek and Kelby Sapp placed first overall in culinary arts. As a result, each girl won a $5,000 scholarship from the Art Institute and a $6,000 scholarship from Sullivan University. The team now advances to the national competition in San Antonio, TX, in July and they have their sights, or should I say tastes, set on a national title.
Culinary arts instructor Linda Kington said, “These four girls have worked hard for the past 15 days after school getting ready for this competition. It is a very difficult competition and very competitive. We are very fortunate to have support from our board of education, CTE Director Wendell Wilson and the community financial donors.”
Kington and her co-worker, Rachel Shoemaker, also had other students competing in numerous contests at the STAR Event. Bailey Galen placed first in nutrition and wellness. Britney McDaniel won the number one slot in job interview. Brianna Reid was named second in early childhood and won a $4,000 scholarship. All will also compete in the Texas nationals come July.
Other students competing in the STAR Event were Josh Whittenberger, K.J. Smith, Brooklyn Smith and Bella Staggs. They all earned high marks in their respective contests, according to Kington.
Speaking of high schools, Phoenix High School will host Prom 2014 Saturday night at Cumberland Mountain State Park. The Jets and Panthers attended their respective proms last weekend.
It is May and this always means it's time for the annual Cumberland County Relay for Life. The annual fund-raising/awareness event is slated to begin Friday night at the Cumberland County Community Complex. Relay features opening ceremonies, entertainment, survivor’s walk, caregivers lap, luminaria ceremony and food vendors. Cumberland County’s Relay for life will feature more than 40 teams with some 500 participants.
Relay for Life also benefits each year from Ms. Cam’s annual recital. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, May 10, at Stone Memorial High School’s auditorium, with show times of 2 and 6:30 p.m. “Dancing on the Air” showcases the talents of 150 students and will feature ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement and hip hop pieces. In addition, there will be a special “Studio Dads and Guys” hip-hop number. The radio theme highlights favorite music from all formats: rock, country, gospel, easy listening, pop, classical, rhythm and blues and top 40.
"Dancing on the Air" is being choreographed by staff members Rachel Hawn, Tricia Evans, Sarah Padgett, Betsy Collins, Cameron Hill and guest choreographers Anna Hill and Ashley Gentry.
Tickets may purchased at the studio at 56 South Main St. or at the door the day of the performance. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Crossville received a nice, national plug from my favorite Weather Channel meteorologist, Jim Cantore, earlier this week. Cantore, broadcasting live during the severe storms on Monday evening, referred to Athens, TN as “just south of Crossville in a beautiful part of the Cumberland Plateau.”
The TAD Center’s Pitch, Hit and Run Contest will be held this weekend on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. next to the center at Garrison Ball Park. You can sign up beginning at 8:30 a.m., and registration is free. The baseball/softball skills competition is for youngsters ages 7-14. Call Shane at 456-2859 if you have any questions.
Destination: Lone Star State.
Christian Counseling Center celebrating 12 years
Help the Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County (C5) celebrate 12 years of community service. Dine at Ruby Tuesday of Crossville Aug. 8, 9 or 10. Print the flyer from the center’s website, www.cccotp.org, and give it to the server.
A Time 4 Paws collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls in fight against global poverty
Attention anyone with a closet! Those shoes no longer wanted are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.
Parkinson’s therapies help patients live big and loud
Parkinson’s disease has famously affected the lives of celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. But whether a person with Parkinson’s is world famous or a next-door neighbor, new therapies are offering hope for a better quality of life.
Local art event planned at CATS
Plans are being made for an event sponsored by the CATS Gallery at the Palace Theatre, 72 South Main St., Crossville, Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, music and an opportunity to view a performance painting by artist Chuck Jensen. A live auction of donated art pieces will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the opportunity to "Be a Cool Cat — Buy Local Art." There is free admission, but it is advisable to get a free ticket at the CATS Gallery in the middle section of the Crossville Mall, at the Palace Theatre or from any participating member of CATS. During the event, original art items including paintings, photographs, and jewelry will be offered for auction, such as this expressive waterfall painting by Carole Cullen.
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Heritage demonstrators welcome
Most of Americans today never stop to think how different our lives would have been several hundred years ago. How many times a day do we wash our hands, and do we ever realize when we take those hot showers and lather up, the long all-day process our ancestors had to go through just to make a bar of soap? Not to mention packing water to the house and heating it up over a wood fire just to have a bath and wash clothes. Times are changing faster than ever.
Mathes restores a bit of Pleasant Hill's history
Miss Alice Adshead, RN, created a “wilderness trail” through the woods just down the hill from Uplands Sanatorium, the first hospital in Cumberland County once located on Main St. in Pleasant Hill.
Prune flowering shrubs: now or wait until February?
Experts say, “Don’t prune woody-stemmed plants (shrubs, trees and some types of vines) after mid-August.” Do pay close attention to that advice. The purpose of this late-season pruning prohibition is to keep plants healthy.
Burgess Falls offers a big payoff for a short hike
At Burgess Falls, you can be out of your car and taking in the breathtaking view of the Falling Water River as it falls 136 feet in the third and final drop of the river with just a short walk through the woods.
But even though the state park is close to civilization, this natural wonder retains its wild and scenic reputation.
Colonial Dames honors members with luncheon
The John McKnitt Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century held its May meeting at the home of Joyce Ernst. Those present were Sherry Sneed, Jessie Watts, Dot Brodhag, Kandy B. Smith, Lynn Constan, Donna Hamilton, Margaret Markum, Lana Davis, Sara Tripiciano, Jane Tavernier, Joyce Ernst, Kathy Wilson, Charlotte Reynolds, and Cheryl Chrobot. President Lana Davis welcomed the ladies and followed with the opening ritual.
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