Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not have gotten the win in the play-off game with the New York Giants, but he did get the girl. Well, that is if he wants her.

While Rodgers was probably trying to understand how Eli Manning’s Hail Mary Pass was caught by his receiver in the end zone amidst a lot, and I do mean a lot, of traffic near the end of the first half, Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler, was winning the Miss America Pageant. So, even though the Packers didn’t get the win, Kaeppeler got the crown and apparently wants her home state’s famous quarterback to go with it, as she said after being crowned, “Aaron Rodgers, call me!”

I was watching the play-off game while my friend Frances, aka the director of the Cumberland County Fairest of the Fair Pageant, was texting me updates on the Miss America contest. I didn’t actually hear the newly coronated Miss America say she wanted Rodgers to dial her. I have, however, read numerous accounts about it. I am guessing that Miss Wisconsin turned Miss America thought capitalizing on her new found fame may lure the Packers front man into her court. No word as to whether she has received that call.

My research reveals that Rodgers doesn’t have a steady girlfriend but “plays the field,” if you will pardon the pun. The women he has been linked with, however, do resemble the brunette, lithe opera singer, who says programs for children of incarcerated parents will be an area she will focus on during her one-year reign as Miss America.

As a friend and I were talking about Miss America’s courageous invite (it is Leap Year you know), she asked me which NFL quarterback I would want to call me. Are you allowed to throw out a couple of names just to up the odds? If so, I would be saying “Mark Sanchez (New York Jets quarterback) or Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos quarterback) please call me!”

Speaking of title holders, Bree Huckeby, 2011 Cumberland County Fairest of the Fair, will be traveling to Music City this weekend to compete in the annual Fairest of the Fair Pageant. Miss Huckeby, a freshman at Roane State Community College, will compete against Fairest of the Fairs from all across Tennessee in the evening gown and interview competition. Bree is the daughter of Elise Dyer and granddaughter of Donna Evans of Crossville.

The Cumberland County Fair Association will also be in competition during this weekend’s annual State Fair Convention. The local fair board, which has racked up numerous awards over the years, is hoping to win the grand prize for best fair.


Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School will face each other in basketball action this Saturday night. The two teams will play at Cumberland County High School. Girls action begins at 6 p.m.

The TAD Center’s annual three-on-three basketball tournament will be held Saturday. Interested teams can still enter by contacting Shane at 456-1311 or 261-1460. There are three divisions to participate in: elementary (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12) and a open mens’ division.