Chattanooga Rail Runners Host Memphis Sunday

3 p.m. at Old Rossville High School

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

The league-leading Chattanooga Rail Runners host the Memphis Soul Kings (2-2) in a Central Basketball Association (CBA) game Sunday at the Rossville Athletic Center (old Rossville HS) with tip off set for 3 p.m.

The Rail Runners (4-1) are led by former Baylor School player Jonathan Adams who is averaging 18.3 points per game and 9.0 rebounds.

The 6-6, 235 pound forward played college ball at Old Dominion.

The team's point guard is former Brainerd star E'Jay Ward who is averaging 9.7 ppg, 8 assists and 3.3 steals.

Former U. of Tennessee player Rob Murphy is averaging 14 ppg.

"This is a big game for us as we beat Memphis at their place the second game of the season, 123-112, so they will be looking for some pay back," said head coach Rodney English who is also the head boys basketball coach at East Hamilton HS

"Jonathan leads us in scoring and rebounding, while E'Jay is our engine who gets us started and leads in assists and steals," said English who is a former Harlem Globetrotter and played college ball at East Tenn. State.

Memphis has won two straight and plays at Bowling Green (Ky.) tonight.

If You Are Going

Chattanooga vs. Memphis Soul Kings

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Rossville Athletic Center

League: Central Basketball Association

Tickets: Adults: $10   Students 12 and under: $5   Senior Citizens/Military Personnel: $5

Local Players: Area products include former UTC player Donte Hampton (Chattanooga Arts and Sciences/UTC),  Jonathan Adams (Baylor School/Old Dominion), E’jay Ward (Brainerd/Tenn. Wesleyan), Alex Wells (East Ridge/Lee U.) and Dominique Harper (Tyner/Walter State CC).

CBA Teams: Chattanooga Rail Runners, Memphis Soul Kings,  Middle Tenn. Storm (Nashville), Bowling Green Hornets, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Flite, St. Louis Hawks, River City Panthers (Ill.)

contact B.B. Branton at


Calling All Red Bank Football Alums

It’s the celebration of 75 years of high school football tonight at Red Bank as the Lions honor their past and face their oldest rival, Soddy Daisy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. It’s a silver anniversary with a myriad of golden moments created by talented teenagers who return tonight to be honored for being Friday night heroes to so many in the Red Bank community. ... (click for more)

Prep Football Picks: Week One

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)