Lady Mocs Softball Headed To Athens For NCAA Regional

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gathered in Downtown Chattanooga among friends, family and fans, the Mocs softball team discovered its future in the NCAA Regionals: Athens, Ga ., May 16 to face No. 4 Georgia.  North Carolina State and UAB are also set to make the trip to the University of Georgia as the four teams battle on the Road to the Women’s College World Series.

Receiving the Southern Conference’s automatic bit after winning the league’s tournament championship Saturday, the Mocs locked up the program’s ninth regional trip.  UTC first appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and returned the next four years (2000-04).  Chattanooga qualified again in 2008 and 2009, and most recently in 2011.

The Mocs traveled to Seattle, Wash., in its first year, Tallahassee, Fla., in 2002 and Athens, Ga., in 2004.  The remaining five years were all spent in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the University of Alabama.  Overall, UTC is 6-16 in regional appearances.  Its most successful rounds came in 2002 and 2011 when Chattanooga won two games each.  The Mocs advanced in the championship game both years, taking on Florida State in ’02 and Alabama in ’11. 

All-time, Chattanooga is 1-4 against the Bulldogs.  In their last meeting, the Mocs fell 4-3 in 2011 in Athens as part of the Bulldog Invitational.  UTC’s win over UGA came in 1999 at Frost Stadium as the Mocs won 5-4.

Dalton State's Lee Named Player Of The Week

S.M. Lee of Dalton State has been named the NAIA National Men's Golfer of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Lee was selected based on his performances from March 14-20 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.  National Golfer of the Week S.M. Lee, Dalton State (Ga.) So., Buford, ... (click for more)

Dalton State's Women's Golf Battles Back For Top 5 Finish

 Dalton State, (+82, 934) battled tough conditions from the overnight storm, but fought back to pass Carson-Newman and finish fifth in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on the HIghlands Course at Sevierville Golf Club on Tuesday. Two-day leader Jacksonville State, (+50, 902), distanced themselves from the field on the final day to take the victory.  Marshall, (+61, ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)