I can't wait to watch the Signal Mtn - Sequatchee County game in person next week!! From reading today's transcripts, I would say that Signal Mtn has defended themselves very well. I don't understand how the TSSAA can say McClendon is ineligible and that SMHS should forfeit all wins in which he played. Also, it is VERY FISHY as to why the TSSAA did not notify Signal Mtn until two weeks after they received word of this and began looking into it. 8 day vacation... I can't get an 8 day vacation from my work, and I'm nowhere near as important as these TSSAA people. My boss expects me to check voicemails and emails and return the important ones even when I'm on vacation. I would say the same for the TSSAA. Why did they wait to notify Signal Mtn about any of this? That essentially screwed them because had they sat Tim, they could have reached enough legitimite victories (assuming Tim is ineligible by TSSAA definition) without him to make the playoffs.
glad to see the final part about Vasya taking a trip to D.C. and noticing how many people have fought and died to give us this wonderful personal freedom in the United States of America. He probably has a greater appreciation than most average American citizens. Kudos to the Jones family for adopting this kid, and kudos to him making the most of it in school and athletics. Love reading stories with positive endings about people making an impact on this world, even if it only impacts a small handful of individuals.
This should be more of a cover story than the Signal Mountain story because of the ties illegals have to the Dalton area schools. I know the player in question is not an illegal immigrant, but I'd love to see a study on how many athlets playing in GA or TN are illegal. Pass a law like Alabama did and you'll immediately know because none of the illegals will show their face for fear of being arrested and deported.
ldurham is a dang joke!! I'd hate to live inside your bitter mind! It's funny that 4 of the 17 posts are by ldurham... obsess much?? If you have no dog in the fight, then why does this story mean so much to you?? Keep hiding behind your vail of privacy that is the internet message board. My guess is you wouldn't have the jewels to stand up in front of 150 people and defend your argument if you were given the chance.
While I agree with you that sports have gotten out of control in high schools and colleges across the country, why can't you admit that sports is a way for some underprivilegded individuals to get a great education? Allow this story to play out and for SMHS to get the appeal that they deserve. Then the facts will be presented and you can make your final personal judgement on the issue. The Hamilton County Board of Education already agreed that Tim McClendon should be allowed to attend SMHS due to the "hardship." Signal Mtn High School is not the enemy here. This kid is getting the opportunity to receive a world class high school education (google International Baccalureate World School) and all people want to do is throw the school and its administrators under the bus. If the School Board okayed for him to attend SMHS, then there really isn't any argument why he is there. The School Board does not make decisions based on athletics. You're pointing your anger towards the wrong parties. I think it's a shame that the TSSAA is attempting to ruin this young man's life by the decision that they made. He is enrolled in a school based on the decision of the local school board, and they are taking away his privilege to play football at a great school which will probably ultimately lead to this student getting an athletic scholarship to attend a decent college. As it stands today, he can't play football, he is losing exposure to colleges who may be recruiting him, and he may end up leaving the school to play football somewhere else next year where he may not have school administrators and teachers who give a rip about his academic success. I am from Signal Mtn, and I personally know many of the teachers at the school. I can honestly, whole heartedly say that most of the teachers there care so much about their students and want to see them succeed in life and get a great college education upon graduating from SMHS. People blindly throw the common stereotypes of Signal Mtn around, but the fact is that the school provides Tim McCelendon with a positive environment and a better chance at academic and athletic success which could bring him great opportunities in the future. I realize that there are other schools in the area where Tim could have attended, but he was given the option to enroll at SMHS, and he took that opportunity and ran with it. Don't hate the school, the coaches, the student, or anyone else for him being given this opportunity!
Congrats Lauren Alaina! While I don't personally listen to much country music and probably won't buy her album, it's great to see a local artist wreap great success and live out their dreams! And while some can argue that American Idol gives an easy pass to exposure for their annual finalists as opposed to other artists who work their butts off spending their own money touring before they ever land a deal or have any success, the fact is that Lauren Alaina is already more successful than almost all other Idol finalists ever (with the exception of a few), and she has EARNED this success that almost 1 million other people have tried to attain by trying out for Idol the past 10 years.
Also, if the TSSAA cared about the individual student, Tim McClendon, then they would allow him to play varsity football at SMHS. The fact is that this student will get good football exposure while also receiving a great education at SMHS. The end product of this combination will probably lead to a football scholarship at a respectable college for Tim McClendon where he will ultimately receive a college degree to further his chances at success in life. SMHS helps him attain the standards that are required to be accepted in college while also maintaining eligibility to play college football. I am NOT arrogantly saying that he could not receive this same combination of benefits at other programs in the Chattanooga area. I am merely stating that SMHS provides this great opportunity for McClendon, and the Hamilton County School Board agreed when they allowed him to enroll at SMHS.
ScoopAway: While you may be able to guess as to why this student went to Signal Mountain for school, you cannot prove it. Let me ask you this... is a Signal Mountain High School education better than a Brainder High School education (where the student would have to go if the school board didn't okay his transfer)? The answer lies in the fact that SMHS is recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School. There are only 3,290 IB World Schools in the world, so this is a very high honor for a school to receive. There are only 19 schools in the state of TN with this honor, and the only other Chattanooga area school with it is Brown International School. If the Hamilton County School Board okayed for this student to go to SMHS, then I think the TSSAA should respect that and allow the student to participate in varsity athletics. These kind of things go on everywhere. If the TSSAA upholds its decision, this could turn ugly for many schools under TSSAA jurisdiction including Alcoa and Maryville, the pride of Tennessee high school football.
Carl, how do you recommend we "move" the deer from overpopulated areas?? I'd love to hear what you think.
libover30, let us know how you feel about overpopulation of deer when you hit one on the highway someday and total your car. There wouldn't even be much of a deer population in TN without hunters and the TWRA who helped boost their population in a controlled environment over the years. There was once a time, believe it or not, when deer were very scarce in this area. Now, there are too many, and the only way to control them is to have quota hunts and hunting season itself which has limits as to how many deer can be killed in each season (archery, muzzleloader, gun).