By Tina Taylor
This is the fifth year that the Cumberland County Chess Club has won the bid for the Tennessee Senior Open Chess Tournament to be held in Cumberland County. The Tennessee Senior Open Chess Tournament is open to all men and women in the world 50-plus. Some do travel from other states to compete.
It will be held this coming weekend, beginning on Friday, May 16-18, at the Fair Park Senior Center at 1433 Livingston Rd. Registration will start Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The current entry fee is $35 and a $10 entry fee for unrated. United States Chess Federation membership is required. TCA $10. Dues are required for Tennessee residents.
Plagues are only given to Tennessee residents. The top Tennessee resident award is recognized as the 2014 champion. Medals will be awarded to all participants. Top place winners will also win cash prizes. For more information on the schedules, prizes and more, contact Harry Sabine at 261-8440.
The Tennessee Senior Open Chess Tournament is sponsored by the Tennessee Chess association, Cumberland County Chess Club, city of Crossville and Fair Park Senior Center.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department will be contacting another great Senior Police Academy. Seniors can interact with the officers to understand about their job, the judicial system, communications, narcotics, K-9 units, crime scene investigations and lots more. This academy will be only for four weeks, held every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning May 21 at the center. It is free, but you must sign up.
The senior center will be taking a van trip to the Ms. Senior Tennessee Pageant this coming Saturday, May 17. The evening will be full of bling, as ladies from all over the state compete for the crown, which could lead to Ms. Senior USA. The ladies from Cumberland County will be attending and supporting our entry, Ms. Senior Cumberland County Noelani DeRossett. Come and enjoy the evening. For more information on the cost and times, call Tina at 484-7416.
The Cumberland County Playhouse cast of Annie Get Your Gun will be at the senior center this Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. Sharpshooter Annie Oakley falls for rival Frank Butler, the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. It's a shotgun wedding made in heaven, all set to a brilliant Irving Berlin score. All seniors are welcome to come and meet the actors and enjoy a few tunes from the show. The bingo will be sponsored by Life Care Center of Tennessee.
The Fair Park Senior Center is a busy place, open to all seniors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located across from the Cumberland County Community Complex at 1433 Livingston Rd. Learn more by going to www.fairparkseniorcenter.org or call 484-7416.