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Congratulations to Emily Crook on completing the Walt Disney Marathon, Orlando, FL, held the weekend of the 9th. She left out Friday the 8th, ran the 9th and came back home the 10th. Although rushed, she had a great time.

Saturday the 9th P-pa and I were off to Warren County Middle School to watch grandson, Rylon Morrison, play his first basketball game. Another first was his coach who coached her very first game, Bethany!! To top it all off, they won.

Following the game we were joined by Rylon, Sam and Bethany with friends, Vince Smart and Vanessa Dyer for a meal at Gondola's.

At our house Sunday, we celebrated the birthday of Tim Reed who turns 46 on the 18th. His specialty birthday cake was a strawberry bundt with strawberry glaze. Helping sing "Happy Birthday" were Ray, Anita and Daxton Patrick, Kyle, Shannon, Kullon and Shiloh Patrick, Bethany, Rylon and Amaieah Morrison, DeAnna, Alayna and Adrianna Reed, Case Isenhart and P-pa and me.

Monday it was off to Murfreesboro and O'Charley's for Betty Thomas, Wilma Harris, Robbie Owen and me. The event was to celebrate, a little late, Betty's birthday which was December 27th. We trekked around Hobby Lobby and finished out the day visiting with Frank Patrick.

Thursday night was the last home game for 14 of our athletes. The Lady Knights who will be moving on up are Madison Gaither, Katie Hancock, Mary Beth Patterson, Destiny Wood and Adrianna Reed. The Knights making their last stand on the home court are Ricky Blair, Jon Heffelfinger, Luke Jakes, Joshua Stansbury and Braxton Gilley. Ashton Gilley, Alyssa Avera, Daysha Murry and Kaylee Rusnock performed their last cheerleading routine before the home crowd. Good luck to each of you in the future.

The second 9-week reporting period has come and gone. Those on the Principal's List with all A's are Lily Crook, Nathan Junker, Kyleigh McCoy, Emily Whited, Henry Williams, Caleb Powers, Makayla Taylor, Garrett Goff, Kiley Hughes, Sharon Bessant, Anna Leach, Shelby Parker, Hunter Patterson, Dylan Avera and Lulu Maier.

The Honor Roll consists of students who had all A's except 1 and it was a B. On this list are Emma Claire Crook, McCarlee Eubank, Lily Hughes, Lacie Arnold, Keely Brandon, Nevaeh White, Leighanne Dodd, Olivia Robbins, Alex Williams, Caitlyn Crook, Hannah Junker, Ryan Scott, Lauryn Crawley, Daysha Murry, Mary Beth Patterson and Adrianna Reed.

The Merit List has the names of those who made no less than a B and includes Carter Hancock, Alana Stansbury, Ben Brown, Bailey Campbell, Hunter Eidson, Dixie Garrison, Allen Leach, Maleeya Murry, Jada Bobo, Alana Rusnock, Jesse Tucker-Vaughn, Sarah Wheeler, Wesley Patton, Brenden Reed, Jacob Tramel, Carly Brown, Baleigh Fulkerson, Ethen Powers, Anna Williams, Alyssa Avera, Madison Gaither, Katie Hancock and Destiny Wood.

Congratulations to all of you. Keep up the good work.

It's a short week for news, birthdays and anniversaries. The 22nd begins our birthday list this week when Rebekah Bryan Tate, Tommy Melton and Dean Vantrease celebrate. Bobby Francis finishes our week when he celebrates the 25th. Happy birthday.

A word to Todd Hollandsworth - it's a silver year for you and Tracy on the 26th. And although you did surprise her with a beautiful ring for a combination Christmas and anniversary gift, it would still be nice of you to surprise her with a little more silver on THE day! Happy anniversary to a beautiful couple.

If you have news for this column, please e-mail me at, or call 464-4310 and leave a message if no answer.

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