Track And Cross Country Star Dylan Smith Commits To Dalton State

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith tries on a Dalton State cap after signing a letter of intent to run with the Roadrunners Thursday. From left, seated, Dylan is surrounded by his parents, Whitney and Jerry Smith; standing, Lester Gaylon, Gordon Lee head cross country coach; Andy Meyer, DS cross country coach; and Ricky Murdock, assistant cross country coach at Gordon Lee.
Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith tries on a Dalton State cap after signing a letter of intent to run with the Roadrunners Thursday. From left, seated, Dylan is surrounded by his parents, Whitney and Jerry Smith; standing, Lester Gaylon, Gordon Lee head cross country coach; Andy Meyer, DS cross country coach; and Ricky Murdock, assistant cross country coach at Gordon Lee.

Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith signed his letter of intent with Dalton State’s cross country team Thursday morning in the Gordon Lee media center.

Smith is the defending state champion in men’s cross country and in the one mile in track. “Dalton State is a good fit for me,” he said. “I have taken notice of the early successes and the runners the school has attracted. I also like that it is close to home.”

A large crowd of students and staff applauded their approval as the Trojan athlete tried on a Dalton State cap. “You’re getting a fine young man,” said several teachers on hand. “You ask him to do something in the classroom or in sports and he always goes above and beyond.”

“We’re blessed to have a runner of his caliber with two state titles and a 3.7 GPA,” said Roadrunner cross country coach Andy Meyer. “He will be a great addition to next season’s team. We hope to be a big part of his success.”

Smith has plaid several high school sports but settled into running. He is in his third year on the track team and also ran cross country for three seasons. In addition, he has been active in the Future Farmers of America.

Dylan is the son of Whitney and Jerry Smith of Chickamauga. 


Chattanooga's McLennan Leading Women's Open

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Chattanooga's Emily McLennan leads 17th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open Championship.    McLennan has a two day total of 143. Karlin Beck of Pike Road, Ala., had a two day total of 144. Kaitlyn Rohrback of Houston, Texas and Casey Kennedy of Venice, Fla. are tied for third with a two day total of 146.  The tournament ... (click for more)

Cleveland Speedway Has Several Events Saturday Night

A full night of racing with the Late Models, Crate Late Models, A & B Hobby and Road Warriors will be at Cleveland Speedway on Saturday.   For the kids it's "Bike Nite" with a half-dozen bicycles set to be given away to a wide age range of the youth in attendance.   Pits open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps start at 8 p.m. after the drivers' meeting. ... (click for more)

Man Shot On Walker Avenue Friday Night

The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened at about 10:10 p.m. Friday at 1700 Walker Ave.  Officers were told the victim had been taken to a local hospital.  Mark Parker, 51, stated he was in the 1700 block of Walker Ave. when he was approached by a black male who pulled a firearm and shot him.  Mr. Parker sustained non-life ... (click for more)

July Is Record Month For Court-Ordered Restitution In TennCare Fraud Cases

July brought a record for the state’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) in terms of the amount of money people have been ordered to repay the state for TennCare fraud. In July, people convicted of TennCare fraud were ordered to make $154,000 in restitution to TennCare. In total, TennCare fraud restitutions have led to more than $3 million being repaid to the state.   The ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Memorial Day - And Response

It is recorded in the Fourth Chapter of the Book of Joshua, that after the nation had crossed the River Jordan, Joshua would receive a divine commandment to choose 12 men from among the people and tell them to take 12 stones from the middle of the river.  Each man placed a stone on their shoulder which represented one of the tribes of Israel, and served as a memorial ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In August 2015

Those in the know tell me the month of August is National Peach Month, so as I take a stroll through garden, I am paying particular attention to the poppy and the gladiolus because they are the “birth flowers" of this month. But as we dole out our months Orchids and Onions, let’s substitute a peach and a pit, that hard seed you find when you bite into a peach. A PEACH to the ... (click for more)