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Remember When? UC’s Jenny Jernigan repeats as state discus champion

Remember When? UC’s Jenny Jernigan repeats as state discus champion
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
May 21 — Jim Kizer Chevrolet nearly doubled Gibson’s Pharmacy in an 11-6 victory on the local Babe Ruth League diamond. Greg Cochran doubled and singled for the victors, while teammate Jimmy Pendergast had two singles. GP was led by Jim Faulkner and John Barker, who both singled twice.
May 23 — A dispute of budgetary interpretation that escalated into a confrontation led to the dismissal of UT Martin head football coach Vester Newcomb. The issue had reportedly been building for several days and it was allegedly over Newcomb’s making comments concerning the budget of his football program and allegations that his department was being made to suffer at the expense of basketball. Newcomb’s official dismissal came after a meeting with UTM Chancellor Charles Smith and athletic director Ray Mears where he was reportedly confronted about his comments. Though he reportedly admitted he was wrong in his accusations in the meeting with his superiors, Newcomb refused to do so to his team and assistant coaches, which resulted in his dismissal.
20 Years Ago
May 21 — Union City’s Jenny Jernigan repeated as the TSSAA state discus champion. The Lady Twister senior’s best throw of 114 feet, two inches was good enough to defend the state title in Nashville. Memphis East’s Corhonda Dawson hurled a best attempt of 113 feet, seven inches. Jernigan, a UC senior, advanced to the State Track Meet in all four seasons of her high school career.
May 22 — The Obion Central baseball team honored its standout players at the school’s spring sports banquet. Those receiving honors were Lance Gray, Clay York, Shane Lee, Chad Wyatt, Brian Holford, Curtis Colbert and Stephen Little.
10 Years Ago
May 24 — The Union City girls’ tennis team settled for second at the TSSAA State Tournament. The Lady Twisters were defeated 4-0 by Chattanooga Christian School. Team members participating in the state tournament were Betsi Hepler, Lindsey Thomas, Marcy Stringfield, Elizabeth Hudson and Lori Bransford. It was the second straight year that UC had finished as the state runner-up.
May 24 — South Fulton blanked Davidson Academy 5-0 in the opening round of the Class A State Tournament. Jennifer McDaniel improved to 18-1 on the campaign with the mound victory, inducing 10 popups on the infield. McDaniel, Leah Malray and Lora Bryant all had one RBI for the Devilettes.
5 Years Ago
May 20 — Former Union City High School football coach Randy Barnes agreed to give it the old college try. Barnes was hired as the assistant director of athletics for development at UT Martin. The 21-year veteran of the Tornado gridiron had been an insurance representative for Union City Insurance in the 2 1/2 years since announcing his retirement from the coaching game.
May 23 — Members of the South Fulton High School track team were honored at the school’s annual spring sports banquet. Those receiving individual honors were Kelsey Jones, Allison Jones, Brittanie Cross, Kyle Greer, Chuck Seratt, Adrian Taylor, Emily Oliver and Terrico Hunt.
1 Year Ago
May 20 — It wasn’t a “running” joke. Union City High School principal/athletic director-in-waiting Wes Kennedy confirmed his institution was to begin a cross-country program in the fall. Newly-hired girls’ basketball coach Eddie Suiter was selected to coach the team. Kennedy lauded the benefits of a cross country team that he had witnessed first hand at Millington, Fayette Academy and Dyersburg as one of the reasons for starting the sport.
May 21 — South Fulton’s George Garmon signed scholarship papers to continue his basketball career at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield. Garmon averaged 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a senior during the 2008-09 season. Garmon’s signing gave SF two players at MCU. 2008 graduate David Shepherd also signed to play hoops at the Kentucky college after the completion of his senior hoops campaign.

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