Franklin, Carr Earn TSWA Honors

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who led the Commodores to their most wins in a season since 1915, and Tennessee-Martin quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 3,276 yards and 31 touchdowns, were named the TSWA College Football Coach and Player of the Year, respectively, in a vote by TSWA members.

Franklin was a runaway winner for the honor, with MTSU’s Rick Stockstill being a distant second in the voting of TSWA members. The Player of the Year wasn’t as defined, with Carr finishing ahead of a handful of players in the voting.

In Franklin’s second year as coach, Vanderbilt closed with a seven-game winning streak, including a 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Commodores finished 9-4, the most wins in a season since 1915.

Vanderbilt was 5-3 in the SEC with conference wins over Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Kentucky and Ole Miss. The Commodores’ four losses were to teams ranked in the final polls.

Vanderbilt was ranked in both of the season’s final polls; No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll.

Carr, a 6-foot-1 senior from McKenzie, had a completion percentage of 63.6 percent (264 of 415), while throwing only eight interceptions. He was a second-team All-OVC selection and guided the Skyhawks to an 8-3 overall record and 6-2 conference record.

Carr was part of two of the OVC’s most memorable games. He completed 42 of 46 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns in a 66-59 win over Murray State.

Against Jacksonville State, Carr completed 28 of 43 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.

Carr played in the 2012 FCS Senior Bowl and leaves Martin with five career records.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 8-4 Win Over Smokies

Homeruns by Edgar Corcino and Mitch Garver helped lead the Lookouts over the Tennessee Smokies by a score of 8-4. Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-1 lead against Lookouts starting pitcher Kohl Stewart.  Though his ERA went up a little bit to 3.38, Stewart improved to 5-4 on the season. The right-hander gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. He ... (click for more)

Dalton State Basketball Assistant John Redman Accepts Job In Mobile

Mobile, Al. – St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile announced on Thursday that John Redman has been hired as their Head Men’s Basketball Coach. St. Paul’s is located on property bought from Spring Hill College, where Redman played basketball in college. Dr. Mark Foley, Headmaster, and Coach Steve Mask, Athletic Director, made the announcement. The move ends Redman’s successful ... (click for more)

Morning Fire Destroys Vacant Valleybrook House; 2 Firefighters Suffer Burns

Fire destroyed a vacant house in the Valleybrook Community early Thursday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 5:35 a.m. and responded to a reported fire at the Valleybrook Golf and Country Club off Hixson Pike. When the first firefighters from Station 19 arrived on the scene, they could not find the fire. Lt. Scott Sheets with Quint 19 said that ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)