Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


February 28, 2013

AROUND THE TOWN: Racing on Lantana Speedway

CROSSVILLE — I am pretty sure that someone in Crossville has the poll for Sunday’s Nascar race in Phoenix, AZ. Traveling into work this morning on Lantana Motor Speedway, a black vehicle literally flew by me in the left lane of traffic. This person was weaving in, out and around vehicles at such a high rate of speed, and so masterfully, I knew he was either trying to qualify for Sunday’s race or I had taken a wrong turn and ended up on Interstate 285 in Atlanta — a road I have often though should be added to the Sprint Cup Series.

Speaking of Nascar, Danica Patrick’s first ever female poll win was overshadowed last weekend by an accident that left numerous Nascar fans hurts and several others exploring their legal options. A Nascar vehicle veered off the track in Daytona, FL, during the Nationwide Series Drive, tearing down protective fencing and injuring some fans as many as 40 rows up. The incident occurred as several cars got tangled up, setting up a dangerous chain reaction that sent one vehicle flying into the air and stands. The accident has left fans across the country calling for increased safety measures so they are protected when watching their favorite sport.

Last Sunday’s race was won by Jimmie Johnson, with Dale Earnhardt Junior placing second and Mark Martin, third, in Sprint Cup points after the opening run of the 2013 season. Patrick placed seventh and took home around $370,000. Not bad for a day’s work, huh?

Anyway, I will be watching for this week’s poll winner. It may be the first time, ever, that someone from Cumberland County nabs the coveted top spot in the race.


Speaking of competitions, the Avalon Center’s annual Parade of Beauties “beauty” contest has been slated for Friday, April 12, at the Palace Theatre. This hilarious fundraiser features local men in women’s pageant attire vying for the crown and entertaining the audience. The tickets are $12 and available through the Palace Theatre’s website. It is

I have some school-related “high fives” I want to share. Congratulations to the Cumberland County High School Jets and Stone Memorial Panthers men’s basketball teams. They both won their district championships. The Jets lost a close one in their opening round of region play. The Panthers made it to the second round of their region before losing by just three points to the Fulton Falcons.

Congratulations also to the South Elementary Girls basketball team. Coaches Andy and Becky Brown led their team to the state TNT championship. The boy Rebels finished as state runners up. They are coached by Randy Herring. Both South Cumberland teams won the county elementary championships.

Becca Patton, daughter of Earl and Rachel Patton and Becky and Jason Atkinson, is the new 2013 Cumberland County High School Sweetheart.

The annual TAD Center Fundraising Fashion Show, featuring fashions by Gigi’s and the Screen Door, food by Forte’s on the Square, door prizes and a silent auction, is slated for Monday, April 8, at Forte's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include lunch and the fashion show. You may purchase your tickets at the Screen Door or Gigi’s in Crossville.

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  • Melling, Sounds of the Country at Hebbertsburg Community Center

    Jack Melling and Sounds of the Country will entertain at the Hebbertsburg Community Center on Saturday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    April 22, 2014

  • Marriage licenses (Published April 23, 2014)

    April 22, 2014

  • Pleasant Hill Ramblings CSA.jpg Pleasant Hill Ramblings: CSAs are a win-win situation

    Every Wednesday after 1 p.m. from May through October, there is a steady stream of people converging on the kitchen of Heritage Hall on Church St. in Pleasant Hill with baskets and bags. Inside the kitchen there is excited chatter as they discuss the array of vegetables, some varieties never tried before. Farmer Dave Myers and his helpers provide this largesse of vitamins to the members of the CSA.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • plateau gardening.jpg How to collect and submit soil sample

    Garry, a new resident in Crossville, emailed to ask how to gather a soil sample and where to take it to have testing done. Your local University of Tennessee Extension office is the place to go. Those in the Crossville area should call UT Extension Cumberland County at 484-6743. A staff person at the office can explain how to collect soil samples. (Those new in town who may not know where the Extension office is located may also call for driving directions.)

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5-2 white cane days.jpg Lions Club White Cane Days returns May 2 & 3

    The Fairfield Glade and Crossville Lions Club members will hold their annual White Cane Days fundraiser Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at several locations. This is a major fundraiser throughout the state of Tennessee and many parts of the world to help assist blind, sight impaired and deaf individuals. This is an event that only happens once a year.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140412_110402.jpg Kids get creative at Youth Expo

    Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) held its annual Youth Expo Saturday, providing young people an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artistic endeavors, from music and writing to painting and traditional crafts of weaving and spinning.

    April 17, 2014 4 Photos

  • AROUND THE TOWN: The Easter egg hunt that never was

    The Easter Bunny should be able to deliver his baskets in pretty nice weather this weekend. The Good Friday and Easter holiday weekend should feature much warmer temperatures than we had earlier this week when snow showers fell on Cumberland County. Cumberland County students were released Tuesday for spring break, but their last day of school for the week found snow and ice falling from the sky and temperatures in the 20s. Students will return to class on Monday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 127 Seniors.jpg Jay Fox performs for seniors after receiving new prosthesis

    On Friday, April 11, the members of the 127 Senior Center had another good time playing bingo and dominos. Bingo was called by Arlene Simmons and Helen Lord, and the bingo gifts were provided by Bob Folger of State Farm Insurance.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marriage licenses

    Publised April 16, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Pancake breakfast held for cancer research

    During the year various groups connected with the Pleasant Hill Elementary School provide a Saturday morning pancake breakfast to support the Relay for Life campaign.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo