County eyes Per Diem increase

County Commissioners are looking into raising the per diem amount given to county employees for travel. At Thursday’s commission meeting, First District Commissioner John Pippenger told the board the amount given had not been raised since 1992, and gave some suggested amounts.Pippenger said the current amounts available for county employees for meals was $28 per day for out-of-state travel and $25 per day for in-state travel. He suggested those amounts be raised to $61 and $52. Pippenger suggested the rate for lodging reimbursements be raised from $50 per day to $65 per day.

Third District Commissioner Sheena Gaddis suggested the handbook committee discuss the issue. She said raising the amount was great, but they needed to look at all the options. Gaddis suggested using a daily per diem without using receipts would be much easier. She said a lot of places were doing away with receipts. Pippenger said he believed county employees should have to turn in receipts. Gaddis said using time brackets would work, and that Georgia had different brackets for high-cost and low-cost areas.

Second District Commissioner Karen Bracken said some places gave the money before employees went on trips. She said Bradley county gave $38 per day with no receipts.

Election Administrator Steve Gaddis said he appreciated the commission bringing this issue up, commenting that he once had to pay $12 for nachos. He said he gave packets to Election Commissioners when they travelled, but it receipts created so much paperwork it was not worth it. Steve Gaddis said per diem was money given for travel and cost. He said if someone chose to starve, it was still their money and they should be able to keep it.
County Clerk Angie Sanford asked if the state or comptroller required receipts.

Sheena Gaddis made a motion to have the handbook committee go over everything. Sanford asked that the elected officials be told when the meeting was.

Copperhill, McCaysville talk about sewer issues

Representatives from the City of Copperhill and City of McCaysville met last Thursday to discuss issues surrounding the sewer system. McCaysville had objected to the amount being charged them for sewer service, and has been only making a minimum payment for the last few months.

Ricky Oakley explained that in the past, Copperhill had been approximating the amount of sewer used by McCaysville. He said they knew 25-26,000 gallons was being used by Copperhill customers and that McCaysville was billed based on a percentage of total gallons going through the plant. About a year ago, meters were installed in order to charge McCaysville for what they actually used. He said the amount charged to McCaysville before the meters was not accurate.

Charles Welch with the City of McCaysville said he felt there was an abnormal reading and an issue with a back-up around one of the meters near the sewer plant. He said another issue was that in July, the meter reading for McCaysville showed 11.4 millions gallons of the 13.8 gallons total going through the plant. He said thones numbers only gave 45 gallons per customer for Copperhill and something was not right. Welch said that number was not practical and suggested the meters be calibrated and cameras be put into the section where the meter was backing up.

Oakley pointed out that Copperhill had mostly 6-inch pipe and McCaysville had 8-inch pipe. He said the meters had not been calibrated since they were not put in, and that the agreement had been for Copperhill and McCaysville to take turns paying for the calibration every six months.

Copperhill Mayor Kathy Stewart said Copperhill had 260 residential customers, and McCaysville had 500. She said the Fannin hospital and schools were on the system, and suggested their flow would be much higher because of that.
Stewart said they needed to get to a middle ground until the problems could be sorted out. She said Copperhill could not operate if McCaysville was being billed for $34,000 worth of services and were only paying $18,700. She said Copperhill needed to get more than the minimum and asked Welch if he agreed McCaysville was using more than the minimum. Welch said yes.

Stewart said they wanted to do what was needed to investigate the problem, but did not have the money if McCaysville was not paying. Oakley said even doing an average on dry days, McCaysville’s bill would be in the $30,000 range. He said if 13 million gallons were run through the sewer plant and 86% of that was McCaysville, that would be 11 million gallons. Welch said their July bill was for 11.4 million gallons. He said if McCaysville was going to be paying $40,000 a month, they needed to look into having their own plant.Representative from both sides agreed a $30,000 flat fee was fair until the cameras could look at the sewer lines and the meters could be calibrated. McCaysville is having camera work done already, and agreed to have the questioned section inspected during the process. Copperhill said they would deduct that cost from the sewage bill.

September County Commission notes …

Polk County Commissioners had a long agenda for their monthly meeting last Thursday, including appointing a Chair and Vice-Chair, discussion about the Benton dump site (see separate story), a per diem increase for employees (see separate story), roof bids for the Election Commission, drug dog, work on the WPFR building, Copper Basin softball field, resolutions on declaring surplus property, supporting local determination of broadband, and supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood (see separate story). A 3rd District School Board member was also appointed.
Second District Commissioner Mike Curbow, who was absent at the meeting, was appointed Chairman. First District Commissioner John Hoyt Pippenger made the nomination, saying Curbow had been serving as Vice-Chair. Second District Commissioner Karen Bracken nominated First District Commissioner Mark Bishop. Bishop declined the nomination, saying he was fine with Curbow, and didn’t really want to be Chair.

Pippenger was appointed Vice-Chair, nominated by Second District Commissioner Greg Brooks. Bracken nominated Third District Commissioner Sheena Gaddis. On Pippenger’s appointment, Bracken voted against and Gaddis passed.
Pat Suits was appointed to fill the School Board vacancy left when Stephanie Loudermilk resigned after moving out of the county. Suits and Sonya Standridge were the only applicants for the position. Suits will fill the position until the next election, where the seat will be filled for the two remaining years on that four-year term.
Suits said he was the other candidate in the election where Loudermilk was elected. He said he had kids in school, was active in sporting events, and took part in school activities. Suits said he wanted to do what is best for the kids.

Third District Commissioner Daniel Deal made the motion for Suits to be appointed. He said he received several calls about the position, but pointed out there were two more seats open in the next election. Deal said if they could run for those seats if they were really interested. He said Suits had at least already run.
Third District Commissioner Sheena Gaddis nominated Sonya Standridge. One the nomination for Suits, Commissioners Bishop, Deal, Buster Lewis, and Pippenger voted in favor.

Bids for the placement of lights at the Copper Basin Softball field will be taken if the specs previously done can be found. Third District Commissioner Daren Waters said specs had been done twice by TVA on behalf of Tri State Electric. Waters said he had been assured the specs would be found, but if they weren’t bids would have to be done for them. Pippenger suggested the recreation committee take bids for the project if the specs could be found.
Waters motioned to have bids done as soon as the county had the specs. Deal seconded. Commissioners decided bids would be accepted until November 9th.

One bid was received for a drug dog for the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Steve Ross said the dog would be for detection of drugs only, no a bite dog. He said they had received a private donation for the purchase of the dog, and the donation had been put into the drug fund. He said food and care for the dogs would be paid out of the drug fund. Bracken asked where the dog would live. Ross said it would live with the officer, and that Deputy Greg Price would be the officer taking the dog. Tarheel K-9 submitted the bid, which was for $9495. Ross said the dog would be between 2-4 years old and trained. He said there would be a two-week transition period between the trainers and Price. Commissioner approved the bid.

The county’s building committee will be taking bids for a new roof on the Election Commission office. Administrator Steve Gaddis said he and Nathan Hitson spent some time repairing the roof and beams, but they were not roofers. He said they patched it and it was good for a few weeks, but then water broke through again. Gaddis said a ceiling tile had fallen in, damaging the screen on one of the election machines, which are covered with a tarp to try to avoid water damage. Bishop asked how much the election machines cost. Gaddis said they were bought with grant money for about $153,000. He said the company was sending a replacement screen for the damaged machine. Gaddis said it wasn’t major, but could have been. Bishop said it was a lot of money if the county had to replace them.

Bishop asked if moving to the third floor of the courthouse was a possibility. Gaddis said it was, but he didn’t like the access. He said there would also be issues with boundary lines. Gaddis said he had been in the courthouse when they had no heat and when water was everywhere, and it would be just moving from one disaster to another.
Gaddis said they had two roofers come look at their building, and there was not much cost difference between re-doing the rubber roof and getting a metal roof. He said he preferred the metal roof. He said drains on the roof were higher than the roof and more work would have to be done for the rubber roof. Pippenger, who as acting-chair for the meeting due to the absence of Mike Curbow, appointed the building committee to take bids. Bishop said if they couldn’t afford it, the election office would have to move.

Commissioners also discussed the old jail building, which was donated to West Polk Fire and Rescue. Bishop said WPFR had been working on the building for several years using donated money. He said the group had secured $750,000 worth of trucks and equipment through grants, but were unable to house them in the fire station because the roof was not high enough. He moved to appropriate $50,000 from the fund balance to get the roof finished.
Bishop said WPFR had been working hard and were doing a great job. He said the $750,000 worth of trucks came at no cost to the county, the they needed to do their part to maintain it.

Pippenger said WPFR needed to clean up outside the building. He said he had gotten several calls during the week of the fair about the way it looked. Bishop said there were 100+ members of the rescue squad, and that n the past the average age was 55. He said it was now 36. Pippenger asked how much of the membership responded to calls. He asked if there were more than 5 on the last call. Keith Jeske with WPFR said there were 13 on the last call.
Pippenger said he was hearing there was a drop in membership and that multiple vehicles were not being used. Jesse said most of their members held jobs for their income and could not always respond during the day.

Pippenger said they would have to run notice in the paper if they intended to donate money. Sheena Gaddis said she was all about helping the fire department, but that was $50,000 and the election office needed $20,000 for a new roof, so they needed to make sure there was enough money. Bishop said if they put the $50,000 into the WPFR budget there would be accountability and it would not have to be put in the paper. On the motion to add $50,000 to maintenance and repair, Deal, Gaddis, and Waters passed.

An issue regarding “arrogant comments” made in regards to Polk Countians was brought up by Pippenger. Pippenger said he had been informed of a comment referring to Polk and Bradley Countians as inbred made by Paul Moisan. He said he was told an apology had been made, but he had not seen it. Pippenger said he just wanted people to be aware of what was being said. He said he had asked Moisan what his degree was to say who was inbred and who was not, and asked where he was a citizen of because he did not think he lived in the county. Pippenger said Moisan responded he was a citizen of the United States. Bracken said there was no law against being arrogant or rude. She said she did not think it was an issue for the commission. Bracken said if a Facebook page didn’t want him to comment, they could block him. Pippenger said it was not on his page. He said he had been asked if the county could sue Moisan for defamation; County Attorney Jimmy Logan said that would not be successful.

Logan said some of Moisan’s comments accused a violation of state statute in regards to a member of the school board being a School Resource Officer. Logan said it was his job as county attorney to investigate those claims, and that there was “absolutely no merit to the legal claims.” Logan said Sheriff Ross’s handling the SROs was completely above board and legal.

A resolution was passed to support allowing counties and municipalities to decide whether or not to allow utility companies to provide high-speed internet services outside their service area.

Commissioners voted to declare the property currently housing the Baptist Association to be surplus property in order to sell it. Bishop asked if Logan had looked into the legitimacy of the contract between the Baptist Association and the county. Logan said it would have no bearing on the item. Pippenger said the Baptist Association had asked if the county would be willing to reduce the amount they would take for the property by the same percentage the Baptist Association reduced their price for the building. Logan said the answer to Bishop’s question would affect that, and also did not have any bearing on the item. The commission also voted to declare the 35 acres donated to the county by Judge Bill Balls as surplus property in order to sell it.

Commissioners suspended the rules to vote on an item not on the agenda. Logan said the Copperhill Police Department would be ceasing operations, and an agreement needed to be put in place with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in the city limits. Logan said the contract would be for $1333.33 per month.
Sheriff Ross said the county would not be writing citation for city code enforcement. He said that would be done by the city. Bracken asked it if would spread the police thin; Pippenger said the county already had jurisdiction in the cities.

At the end of the meeting, Logan told the commission her knew they would be looking to appoint the county attorney for another year, and he wanted to encourage them to appoint someone else. Logan said he was “knocking on the door” of 70, and had family and a home in Birmingham, where he planned to be spending more time.
Logan said he loved Polk County and loved the people of Polk County. He said he was proud to have worked with the county and would be available for consultation and guidance

Early voting dates set for 2016 Polk County, TN Primary

Polk County Election Commissioners recently discussed roof issues and upcoming seminars, and set dates for early voting. Election Commissioner Anna Clark was absent.

VoteButtonC1511_S_72_C_REarly voting for the March 1st Primary election will begin February 10th at the election office in Benton. Early voting dates for Copper Basin will be February 12, 13, 17, 19, and 20th at the Ducktown Community Center. The last day for early voting at Benton will be February 23.Commissioners debated whether or not to be open on Presidents Day for early voting. Election Administrator Steve Gaddis said he thought it would be at their discretion, but he would check. The board initially agreed it would be best to be open, but later decided if Nashville was closed, they would have no choice but to close.

Election Commissioners discussed an upcoming seminar slated to begin January 12, 2016. Commissioners discussed whether or not to go up on the 11th. Gaddis said the board had about $7500 and could could spend the money it has, but it would become an issue once it is spent. He said as far as he was concerned they should go up on the 11th. Gaddis said it was standard procedure and they should do what they have done before. The seminar ends January 14th.

Commissioners discussed having a workshop on September 21st. The next meeting will be held October 12th at 1 p.m. in Ducktown.

Resolution to defund Planned Parenthood stymied

An occasionally heated discussion surrounding a proposed Polk County Commission resolution to support defunding and investigating Planned Parenthood ended with a motion to disregard the agenda item. Second District Commissioner Karen Bracken presented the resolution, which she said was geared toward showing support to state legislators who are currently investigating the organization.

Bracken said Senator Mike Bell and Representative Dan Howell supported defunding Planned Parenthood, and that Diane Black had introduced a bill to defund the organization. Bracken said she strongly advised people watch all 10 of the videos released by activists in regards to Planned Parenthood. “As Christians and human beings, we can no longer be silent,” Bracken said.

Bracken said taxes paid by Polk Countians were among the monies used to fund Planned Parenthood, making it a Polk County issue. She said there was a lot of talk about bullying lately, and tied that to abortion, suggesting the possibility that we see more bullying because we don’t value human life enough. Polk County News Editor Cheryl Buehler interrupted Bracken to express her feelings on the ridiculousness of that notion, and asked about the bullying being done by people who are against abortion. A back-and-forth of raised voices between Bracken, Buehler, William Bracken, and other audience members erupted until acting-chair John Hoyt Pippenger banged the gavel and demanded quiet. Buehler apologized for her outburst.

Second District Commissioner Greg Brooks said nobody was as opposed to abortion as he was, but that the county had no more business dabbling in the issue than they had in legalizing marijuana. Bracken said it was a state issue and there was a state law against profiting from the selling of dead baby parts, and that there was a strong reason to believe Planned Parenthood was profiting. She said it wasn’t about abortion and the county should show its support because our tax money was going to fund illegal operations.

Pippenger asked if the investigation had found any wrongdoing. Bracken said they were still investigating, and the resolution was to show support to the legislators who were investigating the “inhumane activity.”
Third District Commissioner Daren Waters said the resolution did not say “support,” it said, “defund Planned Parenthood.”

“You’re saying it has nothing to do with abortion, but that’s not how this reads,” Waters said. Bracken said the resolution did say it was to support legislators. Brooks said Bell and everyone in Nashville went against everything the county did, and asked why they should show support. Third District Commissioner Sheena Gaddis said they voted on resolutions all the time, and that Brooks had sent several resolutions to the state about hunting and fishing. Brooks said the state never supported them. First District Commissioner Mark Bishop said Planned Parenthood did other things besides abortions.

Brooks made a motion to disregard the item. First District Commissioner Buster Lewis and Third District Commissioner Daniel Deal simultaneously seconded the motion. Resident Bill Russell said our taxes did go toward the funding. He said when residents knew of wrongdoing, they wrote letters to their legislators and came to their commission. Bracken said Planned Parenthood was breaking the law. Pippenger said it had not been proven.
Mac York said he was not at all in support of abortion, but it was not our job to defund. He said there had to be some proof they had done it.

Buehler asked what would happen to Planned Parenthood if it turned out they were guilty once the investigation was complete. Bracken said they would likely get fined, and they would lose their public funding.

“So if they actually did it, they lose their funding anyway, so the point is moot,” Buehler said.

Bracken reiterated the resolution was about showing support to legislators. She said Bradley County passed it easily. Several people pointed out this was not Bradley County. Pippenger said they were being asked to defund something when they didn’t even know if it was true.

On Brooks’s motion to disregard the item, Bracken and Gaddis voted no. Brooks, Deal, Lewis, and Waters voted yes. Pippenger and Bishop initially passed on the vote, but later changed their votes to yes. The motion passed.

Co. A 278th Regiment holds Reunion at Etowah Depot

Veterans of Co. A, 278th Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard held their annual reunion at the Depot Park in Etowah. The gathering annually celebrates the Unit being nationalized Sept. 1, 1950 and their departure by train from the Etowah Depot to Fort Devens, Mass. Jimmy R. Williams, a unit member and president of AMVETS, Dept. of Tn., emceed the event. During the meeting there was a Memorial Service and roll call of former members who have passed away since last years’ meeting. The Memorial Service was followed by a playing of Taps.278th Depot
Attending the event this year were Jimmy Williams, Bill Stewart, Buddy Sneed, Bob Cooley, Gene Perry, Scott Green, Tom Champion, Les Cole, Glenden Miller, Carl Bearfield, Charlie Blair, Roy Trew, Hoyt Martin, Jerome Fain, Kenneth Stone, James Coleman, Rual Johnson, and Loyd Morgan.
Lunch was provided by Tellico Iron Works 2636, United Daughters of the Confederacy for the veterans, their families and friends. Group photos were taken of the attendees in front of the Memorial on the grounds of the Depot and the Depot itself. The depot was the departure point of the troop train that took the unit to their destinations.

Cougars lose to the Bears

The Copper Basin Cougars took on the Tellico Plains Bears this past Friday night at Tellico’s stadium. Weather became a factor right as the half time buzzer went off; the game was delayed due to lightening. After over an hour, they were cleared to start the third quarter.Copper Basin received the kickoff. Cougars scored on their first possession of the game, and moved the ball up and down the field from then on, but could never find the end zone again en route to a 20-6 loss at Tellico Plains on Friday, Sept. 11. Cougars head coach Patrick Daley said the effort of his players was outstanding, but mental mistakes doomed the team.

“They played hard, gave a great effort, and I’m proud of their intensity, but we also have to play with more intelligence,” Daley said. “We made the same mistake over and over on defense, just lined up wrong almost every play, but our effort was so great we stayed in the game and held them to just three scores.”
The Cougars moved the ball well in the game, led by senior quarterback Jackson Ledford and junior running back Peyton Sosebee. Sosebee was named the offensive player of the game by the coaching staff for his consistent effort running the ball. Senior lineman Ben Galloway was named the defensive player of the game, while senior tight end and punter Joey Sparks was named the special teams player of the week for the second week in a row. Sparks also scored the only touchdown of the game for the Cougars on a 20-yard pass catch from Ledford.
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Daley said that repeated delay of game penalties debilitated several Copper Basin drives. “We teach the quarterback to watch the back judge. His arm is straight up in the air at five seconds, and goes down a quarter of the way for every second until the play clock runs out,” Daley said. “At least three times they called delay of game on us and the back judge still had his hand straight up in the air.” Don’t get me wrong,” Daley added. “I don’t believe it was done on purpose. I believe it was just an error.” Regardless of the penalties, Daley said the overall number of mental mistakes was the reason the team lost. “But all of those lapses can be corrected this week,” Daley said. “And they had better be before South Pittsburg.”

The Cougars play new division opponent South Pittsburg in a rematch of the Class A quarterfinals game won by Copper Basin last season. Daley said the recipe for beating South Pittsburg consists of ball control and keeping the Pirates’ offense off the field. “They aren’t as big or as physical as Hayesville, but they are a lot faster,” Daley said of South Pittsburg. The coach added that two of the Pirates’ biggest weapons are a pair of juniors: Quarterback Hogan Holland and running back Joseph Lily III. “Holland is a big, tall guy and they like to run power formations and sneaks with him,” Daley said. “And Lilly is faster than anybody we’ve seen yet.” The Cougars and the Pirates will face off beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 at Copper Basin High School.

Lady Wildcats Reach Double Figures

For the ninth consecutive year, the Polk County Lady Wildcat varsity volleyball team has reached double digits in wins. The 2015 edition of the Lady Cats won their eighth, ninth and tenth matches with wins over Tellico, Sequoyah, and Loudon. Their record is now ten wins against one loss in the 2015 campaign. The Lady Wildcat junior varsity picked up their sixth win of the year against only one loss with a straight set victory over the Tellico junior varsity, 25-15, 25-16.
In their first match of the week, the Polk varsity defeated the Tellico Lady Bears in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-15. “Tellico is a young, but improving team, and we have to play them three more times. I think as they get better, the challenge to us is going to be even greater.”, Coach Danny Rogers stated. The Lady Wildcats were led by junior Aubrie Bowman who had 4 kills. Bowman also had 3 blocks and was 10 for 11 in serving. Beth Wilson had a stellar night behind the service line, hitting on 25 of 26 serves. Shyanne Gray had 2 service aces for the Lady Wildcats.

Shyanne Gray hits a return in an earlier win. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Shyanne Gray hits a return in an earlier win. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Two nights later, the Lady Cats traveled to Sequoyah to take on the host school and Loudon in a tri-match. In the first match of the night, Polk dispatched Sequoyah in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, “Both of those sets were tight until right at the last. This is another team that is improving as the season progresses, and I really don’t look forward to having to deal with them come tournament time.” Katrina Brackett and Riley Moats led Polk with 5 kills each, while Bowman had 2 blocks. Bracket also had 3 service aces to lead the Lady Cats. In the second match of the night, the Lady Wildcats romped over an under manned Loudon team 25-9, 25-7. “This was not the Loudon team that we are accustomed to competing against. They had 3 starters, including their libero, who were not there, and in volleyball that makes you a whole different team. They will be back to full strength when we go up there Tuesday, and I am betting they will be waiting to get revenge.” The Lady Cats had twenty-one kills, their high for the season so far. Riley Moats had 6 kills, while Aubrie Bowman and Katrina Brackett had 5 each, Sissy Waldroup had 3, and Catherine Tudisco had 2. Beth Wilson had a stellar performance from the service line, hitting 23 out of 24 services, with 3 service aces. Wilson also had 3 digs to lead the Lady Cats.

Central Downs Polk

Polk played the “take-away” game and scored on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead over McMinn Central but it was downhill from there in their September 11th loss to the Chargers. The ‘Cats also had their best scoring output for the season but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Chargers in the 40-20 loss. Turnovers again were a big factor in the outcome of the game as Polk put the ball on the ground six times and Central recovered four of them thus limiting the ‘Cats’ scoring opportunities. There were some bright spots though. Polk had their best scoring game of the year with the three TDs with each score by a different player and there were some younger players again stepping up and playing key roles.

Kyle Dunn and Jake Carden put a hit on the Central ball carrier inducing a fumble that was recovered by Chandler Stafford and led to Polk's first score of the game. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Kyle Dunn and Jake Carden put a hit on the Central ball carrier inducing a fumble that was recovered by Chandler Stafford and led to Polk’s first score of the game. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Polk kicked off to start the game and recovered Central’s fumble to start their offensive series at the Charger 36 yard line. Kyle Dunn, a freshman, hit the ball carrier inducing the fumble and Chandler Stafford, another freshman, recovered to give the ball to the ‘Cats. Polk scored on the 6th play of the series on a QB sneak by Nate Waters, again a freshman, Reno Wimberley kicked the PAT, and Polk led 7-0 with 9:59 left in the first quarter. Central took the KO and drove 90 yards for a score and tied the game at 7-7. After the kickoff Wimberley picked up 18 yards on two carries but two plays later Polk returned the “fumble favor” and Central recovered, drove 47 yards for a TD and took the lead 13-7.

On the first offensive series of the 2nd quarter Polk came up an inch short on a 4th and four turning over the ball to Central at their 38. Central then scored on a 75-yard pass-run play for a 20-7 lead. Polk’s next series was cut short on a fumble on a punt attempt, Central recovered and scored on their first play on a 42 yard run for a 27-7 lead, still in the first half.

The game encountered a one hour weather delay because of a lightning infused downpour with 3:58 left in the quarter. After play resumed Polk began at Central’s 45 and scored on the 4th play of the series. The score occurred when Ben Norwood took a pitch from Waters and completed a 43-yard pass-run to Dunn, Wimberley kicked the PAT and Polk cut the lead to 27-14.

 Reno Wimberley carries the ball to the Central one-yard line setting up Nate Waters' sneak for a Polk TD. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Reno Wimberley carries the ball to the Central one-yard line setting up Nate Waters’ sneak for a Polk TD. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Polk had the ball to start the 2nd half but fumbled on the 2nd play, Central recovered and ran it in for a TD and took a 34-14 lead with 11:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Central scored their final TD of the game on their 1st possession of the final quarter for a 40-14 lead. Polk took the KO and drove 45 yards for a score on Norwood’s surge from the four for the final 40-20 score. Polk recovered a Charger fumble with 1:58 left in the game but couldn’t score.
Norwood led the Polk offensive effort with 88 yards on 18 carries, scored a TD and also had the one pass completion for a TD. Wimberley had 32 yards on 16 carries, Dunn had his best game of the season with 31 yards rushing on 4 carries and caught the TD pass, Teddy Mealor gained 11 yards on 6 carries, and Waters had 2 carries for 5 yards and a touchdown. Polk will play host to Bledsoe County Friday night with the game starting at 8:00PM.

Copper Basin Golf getting underway

By Courtney Montgomery

The Copper Basin High School Golf Teams played Silverdale Baptist Academy on Sept. 1st at the Copper Basin Golf Course. This was the second match between the two teams.

The Copper Basin Girls Team took the team win with a 119. The top two scorers for the Copper Basin Girls Team were Emma Wood with a 56 and Kaitlynn Cribbs with a 59. The Copper Basin Boys Team had a combined score of 222. Silverdale won the match with a 209. The top scorers for Copper Basin were Logan Hutcheson with a 54, Cole Fowler with a 57, Robert Waters with a 55, and Austin Collis with a 56. The teams will play Meigs County on September 10th.s-basin golf

Other individual CBHS scores were as follows:
Jacob Smith 59
Kristen Jack 60
Alaura Rollins 61
Alex Hook 61
Emma Dillard 59
Gracie Hedden 60