Alexander, Corker Introduce Legislation To Award Pat Summitt Congressional Gold Medal

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker on Thursday introduced in the Senate legislation by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. that would award former University of Tennessee girls’ basketball coach Pat Summitt the Congressional Gold Medal. The Duncan legislation is also cosponsored by the entire Tennessee House delegation.

Senator Alexander, a former president of the University of Tennessee, said, “Tennesseans could not be more proud of Pat Summitt. What we have valued in her for so long is her remarkable skill, as well as her strong character; her commitment to the community, to the University of Tennessee and to the players; and her love of the game, which changed women’s basketball forever.”

Senator Corker said, “The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to America’s most distinguished citizens, and there is perhaps no one in America who has made a more indelible mark on their profession and in their community than Pat Summitt.  She set a historic record of achievement in her 38 years as head coach of the Lady Vols, an achievement that is only surpassed by her positive impact on the lives of the women she’s coached. No longer on the sidelines, Coach Summitt has taken her enthusiasm to pursue a new crusade:  supporting Alzheimer’s awareness.  She is most deserving of this honor, and we are grateful as Tennesseans for the lasting impact she has had on our state and our nation.”


South Pittsburg, Union City Top 1A Coaches' Poll

The same two teams that fought to the final buzzer in last year’s Class 1A BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville sit atop this year’s preseason coaches’ poll, conducted by Tennessee high school football guru Murphy Fair. Union City’s Golden Tornadoes garnered the most first-place votes but when all the numbers were counted, South Pittsburg had the same number of points. Here’s ... (click for more)

Twelve Area Players Chosen TSWA All-State In Soccer

Twelve area players have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state boys soccer teams. Making the Division II team were Baylor's Colin Brewer, Rafael Gaglianone and Austin Maize. In Class AAA, Ooltewah's Leudy Franco and East Hamilton's Jose Orellana were selected. Signal Mountain's Adam Pickett and Connor Apthorp were chosen from Signal Mountain in ... (click for more)

Erlanger Health System Projecting $10.8 Million Profit - With Help From $19 Million In Federal Funds

Erlanger Health System is projecting a $10.8 million profit for the upcoming fiscal year - with the help of $19 million in federal funds from a pool for public hospitals. The $19 million received in time for the current budget helped avoid a sizable deficit. The hospital is hoping the federal funds will be coming on an annual basis. At the start of the last fiscal year, ... (click for more)

Election Officials Hit 2 Snafus; Early Voting Brisk

Election officials have encountered two snafus in the early voting process, but administrator Kerry Steelman said they won't happen again. Due to a heavier turnout than was expected, Republican ballots briefly ran out on Friday at the Northgate precinct. And it was discovered after 10 people had voted, that the Domestic Partnership Ordinance was not included on the Kings Point ... (click for more)

Vote To Retain Supreme Court Justices

On Aug. 7 or by voting early by Aug. 2, voters will choose to "retain" or "replace" Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade. If retained, they will serve for another eight years.  The retention election is a way to retain judges who make decisions based on the law and facts -or remove judges who are incompetent. Tennessee's Judicial Performance ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)