Baylor Wins Blue Cross Championship Series Trophy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Baylor Athletic Director Thad Lepcio holds the 2012-2013 Blue
Cross Championship Series Trophy, which was awarded to Baylor by the TSSAA
Baylor Athletic Director Thad Lepcio holds the 2012-2013 Blue Cross Championship Series Trophy, which was awarded to Baylor by the TSSAA
The TSSAA has awarded Baylor the 2012-2013 Blue Cross Championship Series
Trophy, given to the school with the most outstanding athletic program in
the state.

Grouped according to TSSAA competitive divisions and classes, schools earn
points based on quarterfinal, semifinal, final round, and championship
appearances with points increasing at each level of competition. Total
points are divided by the number of sports offered to create an average
point total.
Only schools that have no reported incidents of
unsportsmanlike behavior during the school year are eligible. The winning
schools receive a $2,500 cash donation.

Receiving the trophy on behalf of the school, Baylor Athletic Director
Thad Lepcio said it is a wonderful accomplishment for Baylor's
student-athletes, coaches, and community as a whole. “I am thankful every
day for the opportunity to work with students and coaches who achieve
great success in the classroom and on the athletic fields. I’d also like
to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield and the TSSAA for creating this award to
recognize programs that have succeeded across the board while maintaining
the highest levels of sportsmanlike behavior.”

Baylor won five TSSAA state championships in 2012-13, taking titles in
girls’ and boys’ golf, girls’ cross country, girls’ tennis, and softball.
In non-TSSAA sports, Baylor added state crowns in swimming – girls, boys,
and combined – and fencing.

Dalton State’s Poole Wins Runner Of The Week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Lady Roadrunner Emily Poole has been named the Southern States Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.  The freshman from Ringgold, Ga., was chosen for her performance during the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4. As the conference selection, Poole will be nominated for the NAIA Women's Cross Country ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Will SEC Fans Ever Learn?

I have come to the conclusion that SEC fans are the best and most loyal fans in the country. They are also among the least patient fans as well.  They are easily spoiled and they become too comfortable in the winning environment that practically every team has now and then. (Yes, even Vanderbilt) When teams begin to scream for the head of their head coach, as several Tennessee ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)