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Change In Boys Basketball Program

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cannon County Schools will announce Jason Knowles as History Teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Cannon County High School beginning with the 2019-2020 School Year.  A Press Conference scheduled for today at 3:00 PM in the cafeteria of the high school.
Knowles grew up in Norene, Tennessee and went to Watertown High School where he played basketball, football, baseball, and golf.  He attended Cumberland University and majored in History, where he was a member of the PI Gamma Mu Honor Society.  He played baseball at Cumberland University from 2003-2006 and was a member of the 2004 NAIA National Championship Baseball Team under legendary Coach Woody Hunt.  Knowles referees High School football and was on the 2016 State Championship officiating crew. He is 34 years old, attends Fall Creek Baptist Church, in Norene.
Professionally, Knowles is in his 11th year in education and coaching at Watertown High School, with 1 year at Mt Juliet High School and Wilson Central. At each school he taught History, Geography, and several Advanced Placement courses. Knowles has been selected for the past two years as an Advanced Placement Human Geography Reader, scoring AP Human Geography Free Response Questions from high schools all over the country. He was a 2003 graduate of Watertown High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree at Cumberland University in History and his Master’s Degree in Education.
Knowles has coached basketball under Coach Matt Bradshaw at Watertown, leading the JV team to consecutive league titles. He has been the head cross country and tennis coach leading the Purple Tigers to their first appearances at the state tournament in both sports. He has also helped coach football and baseball for several seasons.
CCHS Principal Courtney Nichols recommended him to Director of Schools William F. Curtis, and Mr. Curtis accepted his recommendation.  Coach Knowles met with CCHS Boys Basketball Players last week, will be conducting Boys Basketball tryouts on Tuesday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, and will be meeting with Boys Basketball Parents and Boosters soon afterward.
Cannon County High School Principal Courtney Nichols commented, “Mr. Knowles will bring enthusiasm not only to the basketball court, but the classroom as well.  His forward thinking ability and professionalism as a coach, combined with his energy and passion he possesses on the basketball court and in the classroom, will transfer to success with our Boys Basketball Program.”
Director of Cannon County Schools - Mr. William F. Curtis stated, “I am extremely impressed with Jason Knowles’s experience as an outstanding educator and basketball coach.  His expertise in the History classroom and his experienced coaching abilities will exemplify Cannon School’s MISSION – ‘Preparing All Students for Their Future’ in our Boys Basketball Program and the School System’s VISION – ‘New E3 – Engaged in Excellence Every Day’ on the basketball court. I sincerely believe his character and commitment will bring a spirit excellence to our Boys Basketball Team and Program.”

New Girls Soccer Coach Announced

Monday, 20 May 2019

Cannon County Schools has announced Cliff Walker as Microsoft Office, Retail Operations, & Personal Finance Teacher and Head Girls Soccer Coach at Cannon County High School beginning with the 2019-2020 School Year.  A press conference will be held tomorrow at the Cannon County High School to announce his hire as CCHS Girls Soccer Head Coach.
Cliff Walker was hired in late December 2018 to replace Dorinda Walker (no relation to new Coach Walker) as the Microsoft Office, Retail Operations, & Personal Finance Teacher.  He has acclimated himself at Cannon County High School beginning his teaching duties during the Spring 2019 Semester and will begin his Head Soccer Coach duties immediately.
 Walker was born in North Carolina and grew up a member of a military family. After being introduced to soccer while living in Germany, Walker started playing soccer in high school. Soccer became his primary sport while in college where he played (mostly with) foreign exchange students. Later he played with the Hispanic Soccer league in Nashville where he primarily played defense. After getting married and having children he began coaching youth soccer. He and his wife have 3 children who all play travel soccer. He has coached recreational and travel soccer for 9 years and holds his National Diploma with the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America). His strong desire is to help players grow in their knowledge, skill and love of the game here in Cannon County.
CCHS Principal Courtney Nichols recommended him to Director of Schools William F. Curtis, and Mr. Curtis accepted his recommendation.  Coach Cliff Walker has met with the CCHS Girls Soccer players numerous times this semester and looks forward to working with them.
Director of Cannon County Schools William F. Curtis stated, “We look forward to Mr. Walker’s teaching in the classroom, bringing his experiences from the business world to CCHS, demonstrating his in-depth soccer knowledge to assist our student athletes, and utilizing his coaching abilities to take our CCHS Girls Soccer program to the next level. 
Cannon County High School Principal Courtney Nichols commented, “We are certainly glad to announce this hire and are excited about the future of the CCHS Girls Soccer Program.”

Agriculture Department Reports EIA in State

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners of a case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in West Tennessee.
A horse stabled at a farm in Shelby County recently tested positive for EIA. The horse has been euthanized, and state officials are now testing additional horses that stabled with or live near the infected horse.
EIA is not contagious to humans. It is a blood-borne illness that can be fatal for horses. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, swelling, loss of appetite, or colic. However, an infected horse may not show any clinical signs. There is no treatment or vaccine. Once infected, a horse must be permanently quarantined or euthanized.
In January, four horses stabled at a farm in Rutherford County were euthanized after they tested positive for EIA. Six other horses at the same farm tested negative.

Coffee County Farmer Advances

Friday, 17 May 2019

Jerry Ray of Tullahoma, Tennessee, started farming 45 years ago on just 45 acres that once belonged to his grandfather. Ray has been named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year by the University of Tennessee Extension.

As Tennessee Farmer of the Year, Ray will compete in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia this October.
The Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition chooses from among the top farmers from 10 southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The award recognizes excellence in agricultural production and farm management, along with leadership in farm and community organizations.
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Cannon's McGill To Continue Playing Baseball

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Director of Cannon County Schools William F. Curtis, Cannon County High School Principal Courtney Nichols, Athletic Director Matt Cagle, and Baseball Coach Colin Jones announce that on Senior Baseball Player Kailan McGill has signed with Tennessee Wesleyan University to continue his baseball career.
Near the center of Athens, Tennessee, Tennessee Wesleyan University provides experiences one expects from a major university with the attention and nurturing a liberal arts education offers.  Faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting students in the realization of their full potential through holistic and transformational learning experiences in the classroom, the field and the community.  Tennessee Wesleyan University enrolls more than 1,100 students. 
Tennessee Wesleyan University Baseball Bulldog’s Head Coach is Billy Berry who returned to the university in July of 2017 after a two year coaching stint at the Baylor School.  This marks his 12th year as head baseball coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Legislation To Aid Walking Horse Industry

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to protect the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition.
Senator Alexander commented, “In baseball if a player illegally uses steroids you punish the player – you don’t shut down America’s pastime. We need to punish and stop any trainer, owner or rider who engages in the illegal practice of horse soring – not shut down a treasured and important tradition in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Just as there is zero tolerance in baseball, there should be zero tolerance in horse soring.  This legislation is a proposal to end the contemptible, illegal practice of horse soring, while preserving the century-old Tennessee Walking Horse tradition. It would do that by improving the consistency of inspections and regulations and enhancing accountability.” 
The Tennessee Walking Horse industry supports more than 20,000 jobs nationwide and pumps $3.2 billion into the nation’s economy. In 2018, there were more than 200 shows contributing millions of dollars to local economies. There are more than 260,000 walking horses registered nationwide, including over 58,000 walking horses in Tennessee, and more than 35,000 in Kentucky.


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