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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Fair Park.jpg Final audition planned for talent show

    Last auditions for Crossville’s Got Talent will be this Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Fair Park Senior Center. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. It looks like another good show, so miss this one.

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  • PLATEAU GARDENING: Cool-season lawn grass fertilization and soil tests

    Recently, I got an inquiry about the right timing for homeowners who want to fertilize a cool-season lawn which has bare spots that need over-seeding. An email from a new resident in the Crossville area asked how to take a soil sample and where to have it tested. Since problems with the pH or fertility of the soil beneath can result in chronically thin grass with persistent bare places up top, testing the soil then correcting pH and fertility to match plant needs can be an important first step in maintaining your lawn.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG953498.jpg It's a great day to fly a kite!

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  • Season of fundraising begins

    Spring is in full swing, and this mean there are a host of not-for-profit organizations in Crossville and Cumberland County hosting events over the next few weeks. The first event will begin this weekend with a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    April 10, 2014

  • 4-25 N&N meeting.jpg Investigative forensic science close to home

    NCIS? CSI? Bones? All fictional! Here in East Tennessee, they have a real investigative forensic expert — Dr. Bill Bass.

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  • Seniors honor Drasal for service

    The 127 Senor Center members gathered Friday, April 4, with goodies and chit chat and welcomed some members who returned from their operations, winter excursions and other illness. The members played dominos and bingo, with Arlene Simmons calling the numbers.

    April 8, 2014

  • Marriage licenses (Published April 9, 2014)

    April 8, 2014

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