Since the arrival of Ponce de Leon in the 1500s, the Florida Keys have evolved from a dense, nearly impenetrable jungle full of bears, pumas, snakes, alligators and crocodiles into America's Caribbean islands. And the fish in the region have made the Keyes one of the nation's favorite playgrounds for anglers, according The History Press and author Bob T. Epstein of Crossville. The Keys are home to more saltwater fishing records than any other angling destination in the world and offer sportsmen an array of amazing fish, from tarpon and Spanish mackerel to mahi-mahi and bonefish. U.S. presidents, celebrities and the world's greatest fishermen and women have cruised the waters of South Florida. Epstein has authored a new book, "A History of Fishing in the Florida Keyes...Anglers Paradise," which is a journey through the storied history of fishing in the Florida Keys. Epstein is holding a redfish, which is a red drum sportfish found throughout Florida shallow water flats.
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Former champs headline Women's Open
Two former champions headline the 108-person field for the 16th annual Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open hosted by the Tennessee Golf Association July 31-Aug. 2 run at Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairfield Glade. There are 35 professionals and 73 amateurs listed in the tournament pairings released by the Tennessee Golf Association last week.
Elementary jamboree set Aug. 8
The Cumberland Elementary football jamboree will be played Aug. 8 at Jet Stadium. There will be four quarters of action with several activities scheduled for halftime.
Register now for Tansi POA club championship
The annual Lake Tansi POA club championship will be held Aug. 9-10 for both men and women.
Mullinax crowned champ, brings home awards
Carys Mullinax, 11, of Crab Orchard, competed in two karate tournaments over the last four weeks — the KFCI World Championship June 14 in Pigeon Forge and the 19th annual Gold Bar Challenge in Atlanta, GA, July 19.
Wyatt foursome takes Team Championship win by one stroke
Greg Wyatt, Adam Forgey, Tim Richardson and Blake Garrison held off Loren Personett, Paul Brannon, Dwayne Lindsey and Jake Dailey to win the City of Crossville Team Championship honoring Bobby Nichols Tuesday afternoon at Lake Tansi.
Senior Olympics winner is 'on the run' for good health
No one can get away with telling Naiad Kuhlman of Crossville that age is a barrier to exercise. The avid runner, personal trainer and instructor at Cumberland Medical Center’s Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade won’t buy the excuse.
Hedgecoth takes first in sporting clays at state championship
Cody Hedgecoth, the 17-year-old grandson of Peggy and Bobby Houston and son of Missy and William Hedgecoth, won first place in varsity sporting clays at the Tennessee State Championship. He won by shooting 97 out of 100 clay targets.
Wyatt leads team to win in Crossville Team Championship
Greg Wyatt fired a three-under-par 69 to lead his team to a 12-under-par 60 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the City of Crossville Team Championship Tuesday morning at Lake Tansi.
Senior men's softball brings home the gold, again
Crossville once again sent four senior men's softball teams, representing four age categories (60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79) to Franklin, TN to compete in the 2014 Tennessee Senior Olympics.
CCHS alumni baseball game set Sept. 20
CCHS baseball is pleased to announce that the annual alumni game will be Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. at Jet Park. This has become an annual tradition for the program to welcome back its alumni for a weekend of festivities and allow them the opportunity to lace up the spikes another time to represent the Jets.
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