Flames Remain Undefeated With Win Over Belhaven University

Saturday, January 5, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. – The Lee University Flames began the 2013 portion of the schedule just how they finished 2012, with another win. Lee improved its record to 13-0 (5-0 SSAC) with a 77-62 defeat of host Belhaven University.

The third-ranked Flames will continue their tour of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon with a showdown against No.
10 William Carey University. Lee and William Carey are two of the three teams that remain unbeaten in conference play.
Will Barnes scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Flames. Duran Blue added 14 points, seven boards and four assists.

Chase Dunn and Jamorris Gaines made it four Lee players to hit double-digits in scoring. Dunn had 13 points and three assists, Gaines contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in his Lee debut.

Chad Lee finished shy of a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Steve Bennett finished with nine points and six rebounds in less than 12 minutes of playing time.

The Flames shot 45 percent (24-of-53) from the floor and held Belhaven (6-10, 3-2 SSAC) to 34 percent (21-of-61).  Belhaven forced 22 Lee turnovers and were guilty of 17 floor mistakes of their own.

“We looked like ‘Space Jam,’ where the aliens took all of the players’ talents away,” said Lee head coach Tommy Brown.
Lee held a slight 22-19 advantage in made free throws and made good on 7-of-20 three-point attempts, while Belhaven missed 14-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc.

“We didn’t really move our legs on defense, they just missed the shots,” added Brown.

Jonathan Ratliff made the Blazers’ lone three-pointer to finish with 11 points and seven rebounds.

“(Curt) Hall played so hard,” said Brown. “He was a warrior. We were fortunate (Jordan) Butts picked up his third foul early after being hit with a technical foul.”

Hall, Butts and Datodrick Pinkston each tallied 15 points in the loss. Butts added eight boards, while Pinkston came down with six rebounds and dished out four assists.

UTC Women's Tennis Posts 5-2 Win Over UT Martin

The UTC women’s tennis team won its second straight match with a 5-2 victory over UT Martin today.  Despite the chilly weather, the Mocs competed in singles on the outdoor UTC Tennis Courts and took four of the six matches. Action started with singles play, and junior  Alison Storie  gave the Mocs a 1-0 lead with her (6-3, 6-1) win over Tamara Klimek at No. 6.  ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Who Was Skip Viall?

The 2015 class of the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted tonight at the Trade Center and among the inductees is Paul Jackson "Skip" Viall in the media category. Since the new inductees were announced several weeks ago, I've heard this same question asked over and over again; "Who is Skip Viall?" Some even suggested the HOF committee didn't do their homework ... (click for more)

Local Governments Forgave Over $26 Million In Taxes For 2014, Citizen Activist Says

Over $26 million in property tax revenue was apparently "forgiven" (abated) in 2014 because of tax breaks to businesses approved by Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments under the PILOT program (payment in-lieu of tax), according to figures compiled by citizen activist Helen Burns Sharp. She said, "Most PILOT agreements last at least 10 years; some last as long as 30 ... (click for more)

Judge Approves Protective Order In Woodard-Thompson Suit Against Erlanger

Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas has approved a protective order requested by Erlanger Health System in the lawsuit filed by former Erlanger CEO Charlsetta Woodard-Thompson against the hospital. Plaintiff attorney Jennifer Lawrence had opposed the order, saying Erlanger is a public hospital "and they should not have any of these secrets." She said, "We know what they're doing. ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)