Funeral Rites Are Friday For "Coach Geren" Who Died In Traffic Accident

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Funeral services will be Friday for a longtime area teacher and coach who died in a traffic accident on Monday.

Services for Randall L. Geren, 67, of Decatur, Tn., will be at 11 a.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Martin and Pastor William “Skip” White officiating. Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.

The single-car crash on Georgetown Road (State Highway 60) was just west of White Oak Valley Road. 

Investigators say the vehicle was inbound to Cleveland when it left the road in a curve and struck a tree. 

He received his B.S. degree in the class of 1969 from Lee University. He was a teacher and coach in many area school systems and retired from Cleveland High School after 30 years of teaching. 

His obituary said, "He was known affectionately as 'Coach Geren' by the many students and athletes whose lives he touched over the years. Coach Geren never met a stranger and wherever he went fun seemed to follow. He loved a good joke and to put a smile on people’s faces with his quick wit and knack for storytelling. Coach Geren also loved the water and fishing. He knew the Hiwassee River like the back of his hand. A sometimes larger than life character, possibly Coach Geren’s favorite role later in life was that of 'Papaw' to his two young grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home. 


Corker Advocates For Revenue-Neutral Tax Reform

During a hearing on the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, discussed the president’s tax reform plan with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and urged the White House to put forward a revenue-neutral, pro-growth proposal that does not add to the country’s deficit.  ... (click for more)

Bradley County Sheriff's Office Seeks Identity Of Men Who Passed Counterfeit Money

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office and Charleston Police Department are asking for the public's assistance with identifying two men who passed counterfeit money at a local business. On Thursday, between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., two men entered a Dollar General store in Charleston and handed eight counterfeit $100 bills and purchased two prepaid credit cards. Investigators ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Governor Haslam, Please!

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOV. BILL HASLAM … Greetings to you, my friend. You know with one more year on the course we have sailed during your two terms as the leader of our state you will go down as one of the greatest governors we have ever had. It stands to reason you eye Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat, but whatever you do it will be hard to replicate your service to Tennessee and ... (click for more)

McCallie Loses To Brentwood Academy 6-5 In DII-2A Title Game

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – McCallie came up just a little bit short. The Blue Tornado overcame a three-run deficit, grabbed a quick lead but the Eagles regained the upper hand and claimed the TSSAA Division II-2A state baseball championship with a 6-5 win Thursday at James Reese Jr. Field on the Middle Tennessee State University campus. Brentwood Academy is no stranger to state ... (click for more)

Henry County Eliminates Ooltewah 3-1 In Class 3A State Softball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Dashed hopes. Again. Ooltewah came up short for the second time in three years in the TSSAA Class 3A state softball tournament Thursday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Henry County that sent the Lady Owls packing for home. “We finished 33-10 and had a good year,” Lady Owls coach Jon Massey said. “A lot of people would have loved to be in Murfreesboro ... (click for more)