Sports Update Saturday 2/23/2019
Region 7-A semi finals begin @ 6:30 & 8:00pm tonite at UT Martin.
This is now 30 minutes later than originally scheduled.
Gates open at 5:30pm at UT Martin[ssba]
The TBI is asking for public’s help in identifying a man who was found deceased in Dickson County last May.
TBI spokesperson Susan Niland says the man had been living under the fictitious name of “Steve Johnson”, and are hoping someone may know his real name.
Investigators believe the man died about two years before his body was discovered, and foul play is not suspected.
“Steve Johnson” was a white male with short, greyish-white hair. He was about five-foot six-inches tall and had a thin to average build.
If anyone has any information on this case, recognize the sketch of him, or know who any of his friends or family might be, contact the TBI.
Local law enforcement agencies are continuing to search for two missing West Tennessee women.
The Milan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding 22-year-old Sarah Michelle Phillips, who was last seen January 9 leaving a residence in Milan.
Phillips was supposed to return home the next day and no one has had contact with her since.
Anyone with any information of her whereabouts, should call the Milan Police Department or your nearest law enforcement agency.
Meanwhile, Dyersburg Police are still searching for 24-year-old Shelby Hubbard, who was reported missing February 15.
Ms. Hubbard’s mother told officers her daughter had been stressed lately due to personal issues and left the residence without taking her purse and cell phone which was unusual.
Investigators believe Miss Hubbard left the residence on her own free will.
Based on floodwater levels and conditions along the Kentucky approach to the US 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge connecting Kentucky and Illinois, the bridge will close sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today.
Floodwaters along the Kentucky approach to the bridge will sever a critical transportation link that carries north-south traffic on US 51 and east west traffic on US 60 and US 62.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has pre-placed message boards and signage leading to the bridge between Wickliffe, KY, and Cairo, IL, to be prepared for the closing. Based on the river forecast, the bridge is likely to remain closed until around February 28th, possibly longer if the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys get additional rainfall.
In addition to closing the US 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., today, floodwaters are likely to force US 51 to close south of Wickliffe near the Ballard-Carlisle County Line sometime in the next 24 to 48 hours. KYTC engineers are continuing to monitor that site. Additionally, state highways are blocked or restricted by floodwaters at more than 60 locations around the 12 counties of the KYTC District 1 region.
Closure of the US 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge will present travelers with about an 80 mile detour to get from Wickliffe to Cairo via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah. The detour will be shorter for motorists and truckers who adjust their travel route before they reach the bridge.
Beginning Monday, work on the John Vincent Memorial Bridge on Hyndsver Road will have both lanes of traffic closed for two months.
TDOT has contracted Dement Construction to replace the approach slabs on the bridge.
Weakley County Road Supervisor Charles Ross tells Thunderbolt Radio News with the major undertaking of the bridge work, traffic on the heavily-traveled road will need to be re-routed.
Ross says there are four other bridge projects coming up this year in Weakley County.
Ross says bids for the Jolley Springs Road bridge project won’t be let out until late summer or fall.
UT Martin will host the 2019 United Equestrian Conference Championship at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion March 21-23.
Admission is free throughout the three-day, five-team tournament.
The Skyhawks will vie for the UEC title alongside Delaware State, Fresno State, SMU and South Dakota State as the full seedings and bracket will be announced March 12.
This marks the second time UTM has hosted the UEC Championship, as it also hosted the event in 2013. The Skyhawks won the tournament that year, starting a streak where six different schools have won the league title in each of the last six seasons.
The UEC Championship is slated to feature premier collegiate competition, as SMU (No. 4), Fresno State (No. 9) and UT Martin (No. 10) are all currently ranked in the top-10 in the nation.
Delaware State’s ranking reached as high as No. 8 during the fall while South Dakota State also spent time in the top-10 earlier this season.
A Gleason man was injured Tuesday night in a one-vehicle accident on Old Highway 22 near Dresden.
THP Lieutenant Brad Wilbanks says 45-year-old Anthony Brandon Carroll was traveling west on Old Highway 22 when his 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road, hitting a highway sign and a tree.
Carroll was transported to the emergency room at West Tennessee Healthcare-Volunteer Hospital in Martin.
According to the THP report, charges against Carroll are pending.
Four local people are among the fourteen applying for consideration to be appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in the Western Division.
The opening was created by the appointment of Brandon O. Gibson, of Crockett County, as senior adviser in the governor’s office.
The four local applicants include; James L. Cresswell, of Dyersburg; Jennifer King, of Huntingdon; John M. Miles, of Rives; and Keely N. Wilson Nanney, of Martin.
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments will interview the applicants in a public hearing, vote and forward three names to Gov. Bill Lee for consideration. The hearing date hasn’t been announced.
Quick action from multiple area law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of two people, following a bank robbery in South Fulton.
Just before 11:00 on Wednesday morning, deputies with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department were notified that a robbery had occurred at Simmons Bank, and the suspects were traveling toward Dresden.
Weakley County Chief Deputy Mark Black, along with investigator Eric Smith and Dresden Police Chief Steve Howe located and stopped the wanted vehicle, with two people taken into custody.
36 year old Shantez Tywon Burnside, of South Fulton, and 37 year old Julie Lee Olds, of Franklin, were arrested, with some of the stolen money also recovered from the vehicle.
Burnside and Olds were turned over to officers with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, who were also on the scene with officers from the South Fulton Police Department and Fulton County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department.
Westview quarterback Ty Simpson has received another offer from a power conference school. Virginia Tech is the latest school to try to recruit the Class of 2022 prospect.
Simpson came to national attention when Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh invited him to their campus and gave him his first big league offer last spring. He has also received an offer from the University of Kentucky and Mississippi State, where his dad, Jason Simpson played college ball.
Throughout last summer, Simpson kept racking up the offers as the University of Tennessee and the Commodores of Vanderbilt also offered the young star quarterback.
Simpson will get to showcase his talents once again with spring training in May, before the 7-on-7 passing leagues get under way this summer.
Westview’s first game of 2019 will be against the Dresden Lions Friday, August 23rd at UTM.
The Weakley County Health, Education, and Economic Development Committee agreed Wednesday to pursue a grant for a county multi-purpose building and safe room.
The 15,000-plus square foot building would house the Weakley County Office on Aging, the Weakley County Ag Extension Office, and a multi-purpose room and safe room, capable of housing 2,000 people in the case of a tornado or other life-threatening weather event.
Commissioner Gary Eddings told the committee the project is a good thing for Weakley County, not just during severe weather, but also after.
Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum says the county is seeking a $4 million dollar grant for the new building.
Mayor Bynum says the project probably wouldn’t go before the full Weakley County Commission until the May meeting.
Union City native Russell Dickerson earned his first Academy of Country Music nomination Wednesday for his multi-platinum song, “Yours.”
Dickerson tells Thunderbolt Radio News he was shocked by the news he’d been nominated for “Song of the Year.”
Dickerson says his inspiration for songwriting is just everyday life with his wife, Kailey.
Dickerson was born in Union City and attended First Baptist Church. His father Richard was the choir director and his mother Carol taught piano.
Dickerson says his music is heavily influenced by growing up in church.
Dickerson says he was also influenced by two artists who broke new ground for country music.
Russell Dickerson is currently out on “The Way Back Tour” with Carly Pearce and in May, will kick off a summer tour with Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, and Rhett Akins.
The ACM Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, April 7th.