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Off the Field – Little League season approaches

By Curtis Carden

Just like their Blue Nation counterparts at Unicoi County High School, local youngsters will soon get their own taste of brickdust.

The Unicoi County Little League (UCLL) is gearing up for a season that is expected to see some fun and excitement for the future diamond dandies of the Valley Beautiful.

A preseason look at the season with the UCLL’s own Terry Higgins will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Erwin Record.

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East Tennessee State University cyclist and Unicoi County native Nolan Tankersley continues to ride by the competition.

Tankersley added another first place award to the trophy mantle, taking home top honors in the Men’s A criterium college race on Sunday, March 13, at Georgia Tech University. Tankersley, who also rides professionally with the Lupus Racing Team, will return to the region to defend his crown in Johnson County Omnium scheduled for June 4-5. Tankersley was the first local cyclist to win the event back in 2015.

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The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) recently tabled a discussion on the ramifications of illegal targeting during the high school football season.

According to a report from the Daily News Journal’s Tom Kreager on March 16, the move would have called for the suspension of football players who were called for targeting.

Kreager featured TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress saying that coaches would have the opportunity to challenge rulings. If the rule were to be adopted and a player was handed the suspension, a coach could file an appeal, which would go to TSSAA officials. TSSAA members would then review the tape to see if there was an error.

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is now producing an Internet-based audio and video program named Tennessee WildCast, where the agency’s field and office staff are the featured guests.

A weekly program, the WildCast is available at different Internet sites. According to the TWRA website, individuals can visit tnwildcast.com for the best opportunity to catch the show.

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