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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  • 8-5 CATS in Palace-Carole Jarboe Cullen - waterfall.jpg 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.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 22, 2014

  • fair park.jpg 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.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg 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.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • plateau gardening-hydrangeas5117.jpg 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.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_1850.jpg 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.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo 19 Links

  • 8-2 colonial dames.jpg 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.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • J & J Show Best of Show.jpg Art Guild announces winners from Judged and Juried Show

    On June 6, the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade held a reception to announce the winners of the Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show. The pieces were judged by Marcia Goldenstein of Knoxville. Stonehaus Winery provided refreshments for the occasion.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-1 Celtic Circle.jpg Celtic Circle donates to ACPL

    Celtic Circle, a local group of Americans celebrating their Celtic heritage, recently donated a subscription for Scotland Magazine to the Art Circle Public Library and to the Homestead Elementary School library. Pictured, left to right, are Barbara Nugent, originally from Yorkshire, England; Susie Randleman, ACPL director; and Catherine Stewart Munkelwitz from Inverness, Scotland. Celtic Circle will host a program titled "Celtic Sampler" at ACPL on Friday, Aug. 1 beginning at noon. Entertainment includes great Highland bagpipe, bodhran, harp, Irish step dancing, both Scottish and Irish songs, Gaelic spoken and sung, tartan weaving and Celtic Children's Corner with crafts.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo