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It’s going to be a busy week here in Cumberland County. Students return to school on Wednesday with a 10 am dismissal. Students are off Thursday for teacher in service, and the first full day of class will be Friday, August 8th. Thursday will be a busy day, as it is Election Day across the state, and it is the kick off for the World’s Longest Yard sale. Expect heavy traffic on the 4 Lane with vendors and shoppers all weekend long.
A Louisiana woman took home the top prize this weekend at the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open at Stonehenge. Chirapat Jao-Javanil took to the course for her first time like a seasoned veteran, posting a 73-70-71, overall 2 under par 214…she was the only player to post a sub-par 54 hole total. The Thai native came to the United States to pursue athletics, where there is much more opportunity. She recently turned pro after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. Saturday’s win is her first as a professional. 15 year old Columbia, Tennessee high school Junior Riley Rennell took home the top spot for the amateurs, finishing just 10 strokes behind Jao-Javanil with an impressive 224 overall.
Early voting and absentee numbers are in for the August 7th county and general primary election, and no surprise, Friday was the busiest day for election workers in Cumberland County. Poll workers stated that heavy crowds filled the election commission office throughout the day, casting their ballots, taking the advice of officials who recommended early voting due to the exceptionally long ballot. Residents waiting to vote were pleasantly surprised at the organization of the process. Despite long lines, wait time was surprisingly short. The biggest frustration was simply finding a place to park near the election commission due to heavy campaigning across the street. In total, 5,824 Republican and 1,340 Democratic ballots-a total of 7,305- were cast during the early voting period in Cumberland County. Across the state, 562,637 total ballots were cast, 352,850 Republican, 164,429 Democratic. Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM on Thursday. Join your favorite Peg Broadcasting station for complete election night coverage.
A Kentucky man has been arrested in connection with the murders of 2 men in Pickett County earlier this week. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say 34 year old Joshua Pyles has been charged with 2 counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 58 year old Dan Dowdy and his son, 22 year old Cody Dowdy. The bodies of the two men were discovered by family members at the business the elder Dowdy had owned for more than 30 years. The crime has shocked the small community, especially Pickett County For Sheriff Dowdy, who not only had to assist in solving the first murder the county has had in nearly 12 years, but to find that the victims were relatives. Officials say they do not have a motive for the crime.
The Tennessee Volunteers opened a training camp today (Friday) with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of four straight losing seasons. Coach Butch Jones welcomes fans to attend an August 16 practice at Neyland stadium in order to let his team experience game-like situations. Before their Aug. 31 season opener with Utah State, Jones must decide on a starting quarterback.