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High School Basketball - Lady Jet Signs with Tennessee Tech

High School Basketball - Lady Jet Signs with Tennessee Tech
Submitted Thursday November 12, 2015

Makenzie Iles, daughter of Porter Iles and Leslie and Brandon Letner signed a DI scholarship with Tennessee Tech during the early NCAA signing period on Wednesday afternoon.

Iles began playing basketball at South Cumberland Elementary in the 2nd grade where she helped lead the Lady Rebels to numerous county and state titles under the coaching of Andy and Becky Brown. The team also won 2 AAU D3 titles with Iles on the team.

Makenzie has been a 3 year starter for the CCHS Lady Jets. She is coached by CCHS Head Coach Radhika Miller and Assistant Coach Andrew Miller. In her 3 years as a Lady Jet, she has helped lead the team to a District 6 AAA Championship, 2 Top 10 AP Poll State Rankings, 2 Sweet 16 finishes, and 2 TSSAA Sub-State Sectionals.

Currently, Makenzie is CCHS Lady Jets 2nd All-Time leading scorer with 1465 points. She is 84 points behind the record holder - Jessica (Beaty) Capps with 1549 pts.

Iles was nominated for AAA Miss Basketball for the 2014-2015 season, scored her 1000th career point on Nov 21st, 2014, named District 6 AAA MVP in 2013-2014, named to the District 6AAA All-District Team 2013-2014 & 2014-2015, named to the District 6 AAA All-Torunament Team her freshmen, sophomore, and junior years, named to Region 3 AAA All-Tournament Team in 2013-2014 & 2014-2015, named the Lady Jets MVP in 2013-2014 and shared the title with Junior Destiny Carlton in 2014-2015, named Lady Jets Offensive Player of the Year her freshmen, sophomore, and junior years.

Makenzie finished her junior year racking up 555 points, averaging 17.9 points per game, 106 rebounds, 106 steals, and 73 assists.

According to CCHS Lady Jets Head Coach, Radhika Miller, "Makenzie sets a positive example for our team and our program. Her work ethic on and off the court, her dedication, and her commitment to her goals definitely ensure her success. She had worked hard for her achievements and has her goals set high for her last season as a CCHS Lady Jet. I am proud of Mac, proud for her family, and proud for our program. She will excel this season and as a Lady Eagle at TTU." (photo courtesy CCHS)

SMHS Abi Wightman Wins Wendys High School Heisman Award

SMHS Abi Wightman Wins Wendys High School Heisman Award
Submitted: Lance Kennedy/Lisa Dillard Thursday November 12, 2015

Abi Wightman of Stone Memorial High School was recently named a School Winner for the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Ms. Wightman will move on for consideration in the next stage of the program where she could be named a State Finalist. For 22 years, Wendy's in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level. (Photo Courtesy SMHS)


SMHS Invites Cumb. Co. Employees/Everyone to this Fridays Playoff Game
Submitted: Lance Kennedy, SMHS VP/AD Thursday November 12, 2015

Stone Memorial High School invites all Cumberland County Employees and the entire community to join the 11-0 Panther Football Team this Friday, November 13th at 7pm at Panther Stadium as SMHS takes on district opponent East Hamilton. Everyone is encouraged to wear black and gold and cheer on the Panthers as they look to remain undefeated and advance to the quarterfinals of the Football Championships. Tickets are $8 and prices are mandated by TSSAA. Unfortunately, county passes, season passes, and regular TSSAA passes are not permitted. The kick-off for the Region 3 Class 4A rematch is scheduled for 7:00p.m. Catch all the action on Mix 99.3 beginning with the pregame at 6:45 p.m. and online at


Panthers Advance to Playoffs
Vince /Steve/Gordon Thursday November 12, 2015

The Stone Memorial High School Panthers team is now 11 and 0 this season and will be at home in round two of the playoffs this Friday night, November 13th, as they play host to the Hurricanes of East Hamilton. The kick-off for the Region 3 Class 4A rematch is scheduled for 7:00p.m. Catch all the action on MIx 99. 3 beginning with the pregame at 6:45 p.m. and online at


Brushy Mountain Prison Being Transformed into Distillery/Tourist Attraction
AP Thursday November 12, 2015

Work continues to convert the notorious Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary into a distillery and tourist attraction. The correctional complex was opened in 1896 and closed in 2009. During that time, some of the nations most infamous criminals were housed at Brushy Mountain in Morgan County, including James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that developer Brian May is not able to give a timetable for completion but when it is done the huge moonshine distillery will have a museum, prison tours, RV park and music festivals.


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