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INDEX Appalachian Fair.... pgs. 2-3 Celebrating ‘Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams’ Community Programs....p. 4 Accepting applicants Keeping it Fresh .......... p. 5 Preserving summer’s harvest Sunday Stories Showcase ................................ pgs. 6-7 Highlighting local businesses This Week in Sports.... p. 9 Celebrating sports through photos Sunday Scrapbook ............................ pgs. 10-11 Sharing reader photos If you would like to discontinue receiving Sunday Stories, please call 423-392-1390.

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Lots of exciting things are happening at I Love Books Bookstore and at the Fort Henry Mall these days. The mall renovation is going great with the recent opening of the beautiful new NCG Cinemas, the new design look for the main mall entrance and the upcoming opening of the massive Dunham’s Sports as a new mall anchor. The independent book business is really coming back strong as we’re consistently seeing monthly sales records reaching 20-year highs; both the quantity and quality of new release books by popular authors are increasing. E-books are virtually dead, diving at a rate of nearly 20 percent per year (after peaking in 2013)according to the Association of American Publishers. Big name authors and publishers are now doing many of their author events and book signings at independent bookstores - we’re working with New York agents and publicists to get some of those well-known authors to Kingsport. Because our inventory of books grows daily and demand for products from our over 300 categories varies as trends change, we’re currently rearranging several sections of the bookstore. For several years we have used antique China cabinets to display signed first editions and specialty book categories, so I got an idea from John Grisham’s latest book, “Camino Island,” to create a limited admission

section of the bookstore for signed first editions and special collections. We’re also making about 10,000 of our “online only” unique titles accessible to local customers through our exclusive website that uses the address www.kingsportbooks.com. Until now those books were only available through our online resellers including Alibris and Barnes & Noble. We currently have three author events scheduled in September and one in October.

September Sundays at I Love Books will feature author events with Cindy K.Sproles, Fred Sauceman and Karen Spears Zacharias. who lives in Oregon now, and her family were living in Rogersville when her dad, Dave Spears, was killed from a mortar explosion in the Vietnam War. She will also be in town for the dedication of the new Gold Star Family Monument at Kingsport Veteran’s Memorial in J. Fred Johnson Park. The subtitle of her non-fiction book, “After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War - And the Mother Who Held Her Family Together,” frames the story of her formative years growing up without a dad and with a hardworking mother.

Local author Cindy Sproles, who is nationally published through Kregel Publications, just released “Liar’s Winter: An Appalachian Novel” - the sequel to her bestselling “Mercy’s Rain.” We have autographed copies of both titles in stock now and will be sponsoring a special “Launch Party Meet and Greet” with Cindy in the mall on Sunday, Sept. 10. You’ll also want to save this date: Wednesday evening, Oct. 11. Sharyn McCrumb will be in town The following Sunday afternoon (Sept. 17), as our guest, signing her forthcoming book, “An we’re hosting regional author Fred Sauceman and Unquiet Grave.” Many folks remember Sharyn’s Ridgewood Barbecue owner Larry Proffitt for an Appalachian ballads, several of which were set in event featuring the September release of “The Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Proffitts of Ridgewood: An Appalachian Family’s Life in Barbecue.” At I Love Books Bookstore, we have continuous ongoing sales and bargain racks. See our selection of And finally, on Sunday, Sept. 24, we’ll have Karen ‘gently-used’ hardcover books at 75 percent off, our Spears Zacharias for a book signing and the release wide selection of local and regional books, and our of her newest book, “Christian Bend,” the third in special deals on New York Times bestsellers. We’re the “Mother of Rain” series - historical novels set in located upstairs in the Fort Henry Mall and open the Christian’s Bend area of Hawkins County. Karen, seven days a week.


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Want to learn more about your community? Apply now for Insight KCS

Chris Lane

Eric Paslay

Brett Young

Clint Black

KINGSPORT - Kingsport City Schools is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 class of Insight KCS, an opportunity for up to 15-20 area residents to learn more about the inner workings of all KCS educational and functional operations. Insight KCS is an initiative that provides opportunities for stakeholders and potential advocates from various sectors of the Kingsport community to study the full scope of education and operations of Kingsport City Schools. During six sessions occurring throughout the 2017-18 school year, accepted program participants will review the full scope of Kingsport City Schools. Sessions will take place in KCS schools and department locations across the district and will explore topics including: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Orientation, Leadership, and KCS Organizational Overview Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 – Teaching and LearningFriday, Nov. 17, 2017 – KCS Vision Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 – School Facilities and Operations Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 – Human Resources and Finance Friday, April 6, 2018 – Student Services and Community Engagement Participation in Insight KCS requires a non-refundable tuition cost of $100 that covers all food (including breakfast and lunch), training materials, monthly training sessions, KCS logo items, and all administrative costs (tuition due by the first program session). Applicants must be 21 years of age to apply, and individual interviews may be held prior to participant selection. More information on Insight KCS is available at www.k12k.com. Applications will be accepted online through Tuesday, Sept. 26. For more information, contact Andy True at 423-378.2130.

Explore Leadership Hawkins

ROGERSVILLE - Leadership Hawkins is a program of the Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the program takes 10 -15 professionals into a class that teaches about the Rogersville/Hawkins County area. Leadership Hawkins is a nine-month personal development program designed to bring together a diverse group of people from the community who has demonstrated a commitment to the area through their leadership involvement. The program is designed to motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership in addressing pertinent community needs. The goal is to promote interaction among the participants and community representatives through education and training experiences that broaden the understanding and prospective of those involved. The class not only broadens the community prospective but gives the participants skills that can be used in the workplace as well. The program begins in September with a two-day retreat and includes eight full sessions and a two-day overnight trip to the Tennessee State Capitol. The program sessions take the participants through all aspects of the community such as heritage, economic development, local and state government, education, social services, health, technology, communications and tourism. The program ends with graduation at the end of May. The group will meet with area leaders, representing a broad range of community interest about selected topics. Participants must 21 years of age to apply. Applications are available at the Chamber office, located at 107 East Main Street, Suite No. 100, in Rogersville. A downloadable application is available online at rogersvillechamber.us. The 2017-2018 class begins in September and requires one full day each month. Tuition for Leadership Hawkins is $500. To learn more about Leadership Hawkins, contact Nancy Barker at 423-272-2186 or hawkinschamber@gmail.com.

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Appalachian Fair serves up family entertainment Entertainment Lineup

Main Stage

Museum Stage

(Free grandstand admission with fair entry. However, reserved seats are $15 each.)

(Free admission with fair entry) Monday, Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. - Fairest of the Fair Contest Tuesday, Aug. 22 6 p.m. - Little Miss Contest

Monday, Aug. 21 7 p.m. - Chris Lane 8:30 p.m. – Eric Paslay Tuesday, Aug. 22 8 p.m. - Brett Young

Wednesday, Aug. 23 7 p.m. - Hillbilly Bad in concert

Wednesday, Aug. 23 8 p.m. - Clint Black

Thursday, Aug. 24 7 p.m. - Youth Talent Contest

Thursday, Aug. 24 8 p.m. - Chris Janson

Friday, Aug. 25 7 p.m. - So, You Think You Can Dance Saturday, Aug. 26 7 p.m. - Appalachian Fair’s Got Talent

Friday, Aug. 25 8 p.m. - David Wallace Crowder Saturday, Aug. 26 7 p.m. - Lonesome River Band 8:30 p.m. – High Valley

Appalachian Arena (Free admission with fair entry) Monday, 7 p.m. - Monster Trucks with War Wizard, Heavy Hitter, Basher, Fluffy and Radical Motion. A pit party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Outlaw Diesel Truck Drags (top 5 finisher cash payouts) events@wizardoffroad.com to register Thursday, 7 p.m. - Diesel Truck Sled Pulls (top 5 finisher cash payouts) events@wizardoffroad.com to register Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - Demolition Derby (Facebook: Tennessee Slammers Bangers to register)


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The 2017 Appalachian Fair, which runs Aug. 21-26 at the fairgrounds in Gray, offers something for everyone – from old favorites like the demolition derby, concerts and Barnyard Building displays to new rides, special entertainment and more.

Appy Fair serves heaping helping of family fun By Amy Millhorn Leonard In August of every year since 1926, excitement builds as a year’s worth of hard work culminates into the ultimate weeklong community event: the Appalachian Fair. Rides and games are fully assembled on the midway. Stages and sound systems are ready for toe-tapping concerts and a showcase of homegrown talent. Livestock of all kinds have been brought in for judging and display. Amateur artists, photographers, home chefs and craftspeople have submitted their best creations. Farmers have brought in the best examples from their crops. All have hopes of winning a coveted ribbon. Arts, crafts and cooking demonstrators are on hand to exhibit their talents. Business booths are ready and food outlets are preparing favorites like funnel cakes, barbecue, ice cream and even fried Twinkies. Engines are revving for thrilling auto racing and events at the arena. The 91st Appalachian Fair starts Monday, Aug. 21, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 26, at the fairgrounds in Gray. This year’s theme is “Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams.” People in the Tri-Cities area have treasured Appalachian Fair memories from childhood through adulthood. Manager Phil Booher invites everyone to come out and have a fun and exciting time, especially kids. He says, “We are looking at a great Appalachian Fair this year with an opportunity for folks to make lots of new family memories.” Many fair-goer favorites and traditions will be featured along with some new things. Three new rides this year are the Dalmatian, Surfer and Cherokee rides. Phil Booher assures that every safety precaution has been taken and rides will not only be inspected by three on-staff inspectors, but also by a National Association of Amusement Rides Safety Official. “We have been very happy with James H. Drew Exposition for over 65 years and they have an outstanding safety record,” he stressed. Along with the midway, James H. Drew will present special entertainment for two daily shows by Team Rock Ninja Experience featuring a mixture of martial arts, gymnastics, weaponry, comedy and audience participation. Everyone loves seeing the farm animals in the Barnyard Building including the ducklings sliding down a slide which inspired the creation of Appy the Duck - the official Appalachian Fair mascot since 2016. Appy will be on hand for photos and to meet the kids daily. Take a break from the heat at the new Cooling/Resting Station in Building 4.

Gate admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under with a paying adult. Admission discounts are available on some days including School Day on Monday until 6 p.m., College Day on Friday and Senior Day on Thursday. Fair gates open at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. will feature a Family Midway Special with all-you-can-ride for $20. On Saturday, patrons can get the Unlimited Rides Special from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $25. Free admission and rides will also be available from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. On Tuesday, bring five cans of food for Second Harvest Food Bank and get two rides free. For more information or a complete schedule of activities, visit www.AppalachianFair.com or email questions to: appfair@embarqmail.com.


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Sunday Scrapbook

BEE-u-ti-ful! Photo by Sharon Mallory Submitted by Suzanne Manis Sharon Mallory captured this moment in her lily flower garden... BEE-u-ti-ful!

HEAR Me Roar! Submitted by Chad Meade

Breakfast with the Balloons Submitted by Mallory Hubbard Three-year-old Hillary Hubbard was so excited to see the balloons and kept asking my husband to toss her in the air so that she could try to catch them. Hillary is the daughter of Jerrett and Mallory Hubbard of Kingsport.

Avery Meade having fun at this great event called Hear Me Roar at Creation Kingdom Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 12. Waiting to Hear, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping deaf children hear, teamed up with Creation Kingdom Zoo for the fourth annual event.


Keeping It Fresh

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Simple steps help preserve harvest By Melinda Myers You spent the summer weeding, watering and tending to your vegetable garden. Now all your effort has paid off with a bountiful harvest. Maximize the flavor and nutritional value of your homegrown vegetables with proper harvesting and storage. For the freshest flavor, always prepare and serve vegetables immediately after harvest. But let’s face it, most of us are living busy lives and are lucky to get the vegetables picked and eventually cooked. Plus, all the extras will need to be shared, preserved or stored for future enjoyment. Here are a few things you can do to keep the flavor fresh: * Handle produce with care. Nicking, breaking and bruising the vegetables during harvest decreases storage life and quality. Harvest leafy crops such as lettuce, kale and collards last, as they quickly wilt after harvest. And with the wilting goes the ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). * Ideally, vegetables you plan to prepare immediately should be cleaned outdoors. You’ll keep garden soil out of the kitchen sink and in the garden where it belongs. Collect your veggies in an open weave wire or plastic harvest basket like the Mod Hod. Its fold-out legs allow the produce to dry before bringing it indoors. Rinse off the soil with the hose, drain excess water and carry your veggies into the kitchen to prepare.

* Increase storage longevity by matching vegetables with their preferred storage conditions. The closer you come to this, the longer your produce will last. Store roots crops like beets, turnips and radishes as well as cabbage and Brussels sprouts in a cold, moist condition. A spare refrigerator works great for these. Those in colder climates can store their carrots and parsnips right in the garden. Once the soil gets a bit crunchy, cover them with straw or evergreen boughs for easier digging in winter. Then dig as needed or harvest during the first winter thaw. Keep potatoes in a cool, humid and dark location like a cool corner in the basement. Sunlight causes the exposed portions to produce green chlorophyll and solanine, a glycoalkaloid toxin. The solanine gives the potatoes a bitter flavor and can cause vomiting and diarrhea if enough green potatoes are eaten. Just cut away any green portions before using. Store winter squash in a cool location as well. They can tolerate a bit lower humidity and last for four months or more when properly harvested and stored. * Use slatted crates or other vegetable storage solutions (gardeners.com) to maximize storage space and increase storage longevity. These systems provide ample storage space, so fruits and vegetables do not touch. Keeping stored fruit separated prevents rot from spreading from one fruit to the next. Plus, the slatted sides allow airflow to extend storage longevity.

* Clean your counters and cutting boards before you start slicing, cutting and dicing your vegetables. Trim stems, remove damaged A few simple changes in handling your harvest will improve its leaves and compost these in the garden or worm bin. They will storage life, flavor and nutritional quality. Better quality means have a second life as compost in next year’s garden. less waste and more abundance for cooking and sharing.

* Wait to wash, trim and clean the vegetables you plan to store or Follow these harvesting tips to enjoy garden-fresh meals prepare later. The scraping, cutting and slicing process increases throughout the remainder of the growing season. Then continue the loss of vitamins and flavor and reduces storage quality. creating tasty meals reminiscent of the garden season with

Orchard racks and other storage solutions for fresh produce increase storage longevity while maximizing space. Photo credit: Gardener’s Supply Company properly stored produce long after your harvest is past. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including “Small Space Gardening.” She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally-syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” TV and radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for “Birds & Blooms” magazine and was commissioned by Gardener’s Supply for her expertise to write this article.

The British are coming to Historic Rugby RUGBY, Tenn. - Historic Rugby, the restored Victorian village, will host its sixth annual “The Return of the British” car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26. The event is free to spectators. Vehicles can be entered in the show for a fee of $10 with all proceeds going to Historic Rugby. Vehicles will be judged and prizes awarded. Early registration of entrants is ongoing, and registration forms are available at www.pbcctn.org/Rugby. British cars and motorcycles of all descriptions will be on display including Jaguar, Austin-Healey, MG, plus other lessknown brands. In addition to the British Car Show, an English tea tablesetting contest will be held at the beautifully-rustic Uffington House, an original Historic Rugby building where participants will compete in a contest where tea place settings for one will be judged for style and creativity. Spectators will be able to view place settings as well as the cars on display for free. For those

interested in participating in the contest, there is a $10 entry fee. Historic Rugby will offer guided tours of its extraordinary restored or recreated buildings showcasing the 1880s BritishAmerican village. A ranger with the National Park Service’s Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will lead a round-trip guided hike at 1 p.m. to the nearby Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole. Or hikers can continue on and see huge boulders and towering trees as they follow the river to the Meeting of the Waters where early Rugbeians loved to picnic and take photographs with the novelty of the portable camera. A restored or recreated. Historic Rugby, Inc., the non-profit that complimentary exhibit of historic river photos is on display in Rugby’s ranger station, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each maintains the village, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Learn more about the history of Rugby, its unique attractions and Saturday and Sunday through September. how to become a member at www.historicrugby.org. Rugby was founded in 1880 with the goal of building a strong Rugby is located just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, 16 miles agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 distinctions that prevailed in Britain at the time. The village has or I-75 in East Tennessee, on the southern edge of the Big South continued for 135 years, with numerous original buildings either Fork National River and Recreation Area.


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I Love Books Bookstore has utilized the ad program and feature story opportunity of Sunday Stories continuously for four years. In the past, we’ve done radio, television, billboards, direct mail, social media, workshops and about every other kind of consumer marketing and advertising. But, our contract with Sunday Stories is, by far, the most effective and best return on investment for our advertising dollars. One of the most useful modern books on consumer marketing, Decoded, talks about the value of marketing in ‘getting the coupon right.’ The format of Sunday Stories and their ad design department has allowed us to become ‘choice architects’ in combining education and marketing to inform our customers about new products, offer money saving coupons, and provide the products consumers want to buy at the prices they want to pay. I Love Books Bookstore is experiencing significant year to year increases in sales and much of that is due to the way we have been able to utilize the Sunday Stories marketing program. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Sunday Stories and the Kingsport Times-News. We are grateful for the partnership we have with them. - T. Glen Moody, Ph.D. I Love Books Bookstore

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Countdown to College A little brainstorming can go a long way in crafting a college essay By Lee Shulman Bierer The Charlotte Observer

(TNS) - Summer is a great time to ponder deep thoughts, and right about now, high school seniors should be pondering their college essays.

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The essay is students’ best opportunity to set themselves apart in the college application. Their grades through junior year are set, and while they may be able to improve their test scores in the fall, it’s the essay where they can truly put the spotlight on their personality.

Do you all have your game faces on? Well, we want to see ‘em!

Remember, there are more than 25,000 other student government presidents, nearly 25,000 other school newspaper editors and thousands more members of the National Honor Society. The essay can be the ticket out of “Sameville.”

This season, the Kingsport Times-News and your Kingsport Mets invite you to share photo(s) of your #MetsMugs for a chance to win a prize pack in our annual fan photo contest! Simply snap a selfie or a snapshot of your friends and family members with their game faces on at each of the K-Mets home games this season and share them on Twitter or Instagram using #MetsMugs or email your photo(s) to us at kmets@timesnews.net for your chance to win.

No question, summer is the best time to start thinking about and drafting essays. Where to start

The prize pack includes: a Times-News mug, one of our popular coffee table books, K-Mets tickets, a food voucher for the concession stand and a special Mets gift!

I’m a firm believer that while brainstorming a compelling topic is much more challenging than just sitting down and writing an essay, in the end, it is a much more rewarding process. It is tough work because it requires self-analysis and a willingness to dig deep to provide the college admissions reader with thoughtful, introspective writing.

Plus, for the first time ever, we’ll feature our #MetsMugs: Game Faces of the Week winner in Sunday’s newspaper! That’s right, it could be your mug showing up in our Sports section on Sunday morning!

How do you brainstorm? First off, find a quiet place where you can think and write, away from distractions. To start, free-write some thoughts on different or defining moments you’ve had. Have you worked with someone who has had an impact on your life? This could be an extracurricular, or an academic or athletic activity. What are the descriptors or the “defining characteristics that you or someone who knows you really well would use to describe you? Are you passionate about something? Do you have any quirky hobbies? Did you choose to become vegan? How have you changed in the last few years? Which experiences have been the most meaningful? Ask yourself, “What do I want colleges to know about me?” This is a great time to think about what is important to you and how you have changed or matured over the last several years. Once you have written up some thoughts, then look at the Common Application or Coalition Application essay prompts. A lot of the essay prompts that the Coalition offers are similar to the options on the Common App. The biggest difference between the two platforms is the word limit of the essays. The Coalition recommends that students write an essay of 300-400 words, while the Common Application has a 650-word limit.

So what are you waiting for? Entering is as easy as 1-2-3! Next step Now, see if anything you’ve written has a natural connection with one of the topics. Think beyond the literal interpretations for each prompt - i.e., something central to your identity, and it doesn’t have to be about your race, family background or socio-economic level. It can be a value or characteristic that truly defines who you are. Write some more and then take a break. Reread what you’ve written with fresh eyes and see if you still think it truly reflects who you are. Don’t be discouraged if you need to start over. Crafting a solid essay is worth the investment. Lee Shulman Bierer is an independent college adviser based in Charlotte, N.C. Visit her website College Admissions Strategies. (c)2017 The Charlotte Observer Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

1) Snap a selfie or photos of your friends and family members with their game faces on during each Kingsport Mets home game at Hunter Wright Stadium 2) Share the photo with us by email at kmets@timesnews.net. Or share it on Twitter (@tnsportslive) or Instagram using #MetsMugs. Just be sure your social media settings are set to public so that we can find it, and don’t forget to include the name of the person in the photos! 3) Pick up the Sunday newspaper to see the weekly winner in print or visit www.timesnews.net to view all of the entries in the #MetsMugsonline gallery to see if you’ve won. The weekly winner will be announced on Sunday and can pick up the prize pack in the K-Mets office at Hunter Wright Stadium (800 Granby Road) any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. The person who is selected as the winner will need to claim their prize in person. Enter as often as you like! A new winner will be selected each week! Any questions or problems submitting a photo, call Carmen Musick at 423-723-1435.


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This Week in Sports T H I S

How ‘Bout Those Tigers? Submitted by Jimmy Johnson You don’t have to go all the way to Death Valley to catch these Tigers in action! You can find them right here in the Tri-Cities. Members of the Clemson Tigers T-Ball Team, sponsored by Steve Huff Plumbing, include (kneeling, from left) assistant coach Sierra Almaroad, Bentley Hopson, Cori Hollifield. Ellie Parker, Kay Jeter, (standing, from left) assistant coach Ashley Saylor, Abby Jeter, Bryson Slemmons, Jimmy Jackson, Annsly Hobson, Acadia Gunter, Madison Garcia and head coach Jimmy Jackson.

W E E K in

The #Fightfor5 Continues Submitted by Jimmy Moore Cherokee senior J.T. Brooks joined friends and family members at McDonald Hills Golf Course on Aug. 5 for the the second annual Help Hope Live golf tournament. The benefit helps J.T. and his family address the ongoing expenses associated with his recovery from a football injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down in May 2016. J.T. was all smiles with his father Jimmy and mother Christie (top left) and Mike Hurd and Chuck McLain (top right). Tax-deductible gifts to benefit Brooks may be made online at helphopelive.org/campaign/11234. Help for others who are transplant or catastrophic injury patients also can be made at helphopelive.org for the South-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund. More information is available by calling 1-800-642-8399.

S P O R T S

His Family Just Calls Him Ace Submitted by Susan Qualls Ten-year-old Carter Wolfe made his first hole-in-one on Hole No. 2 at Scott County Park on Tuesday, Aug. 1. It was witnessed by Brevan Spivey and Uncle Jody Wolfe. Carter is the son of Barry and Amanda Wolfe and brother to Max and Ella. He is the grandson of Roger Wolfe and Donnie and Susan Qualls.

Share your sports photos ~ any age, any level ~ at sportslive@timesnews.net


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Sunday Scrapbook

Competition Results Mine Rescue Grand Champion: Wellmore Energy Red Team 1st runner-up: Alden Resources Team 2nd runner-up: Paramont Contura Mine Rescue Team Day 1 1. Wellmore Energy Red Team 2. Buchanan Minerals Black Team 3. DMME Regulators Mine Rescue Team Day 2 1. Contura Energy, Paramont Contura 2. Alden Resources Team 3. Wellmore Red Team First Aid 1st place: Alden Resources Team Bench 1. BG4 - Scot Jordan, Drummond Company

2. BG4 - Jackie Dillon, Buchanan Minerals Red Team

2. 240R- Shannon Moore, Wellmore Energy

Wellmore Energy Company’s Red Team Wins Annual Virginia Mining Institute’s Mine Rescue & Safety Contest

3. 240R- Robert New, Greenbriar Minerals

Submitted by Tarah Kesterson

Pre-Shift

Wellmore Energy Company’s Wellmore Red Team, from Grundy, Va., took top honors in the Virginia Mining Institute’s Mine Rescue Competition held Aug. 8 at the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Community Center. Team members included (back row, from left) Philip Hale, Virginia Mining Institute; Bill Carroll, Bill Slone, Terry McClanahan, Todd Ward, Ethan Wibel, Randy Moore, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, (front row, from left) Will Altizer, Shannon Moore, Caleb Schoeff and Chris Turner.

3. BG-4 - Shaun Bailey, Buchanan Minerals Black Team Bench 1. 240R- Caleb Scheoff, Wellmore Energy

1. Kevin Yeary, Paramont Contura 2. Brian Keith, Paramont Contura 3. Jimmie Bonner, Drummond Company Mine Rescue Teams included: Alden Resources, LLCAlden Resources Team, Corbin, Ky.; Buchanan Minerals LLC- Buchanan Black Team, Oakwood, Va.; Buchanan Minerals LLC- Buchanan Red Team, Oakwood, Va.; Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME); The Regulators, Big Stone Gap, Va.; Contura Energy- Paramont Contura, Norton, Va.; Drummond Company, Inc.- Shoal Creek Black Team, Cordova, Ala.; Greenbrier Minerals, LLCCentral Appalachian Mine Rescue, Lyburn, W.Va.; Southern Pocahontas- Cherokee- Pineville, W. Va.; and Wellmore Energy Company- Wellmore Red Team, Grundy, Va.

The rescue and safety contest was sponsored by the Virginia Mining Institute (VMI). The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Kentucky mine officials, Ohio mine officials, West Virginia mine officials and several volunteers including retired mine rescue alumni helped at the event. The teams competed to conduct rescue and recovery operations in a staged mine disaster scenario. Team members wore full mine rescue gear, including oxygen breathing apparatus, to determine underground mine conditions, construct ventilation controls and locate and extract accident “victims.” The teams were judged on their thoroughness in recording mine conditions on a map as they advanced into the “mine” and their ability to identify and respond to hazards that could endanger the team or trapped miners. Miners also competed in a First Aid skills competition, a bench contest in which they identify problems within breathing apparatuses and a preshift competition in which mine foreman assure the mine is safe before others come into work. Awards were presented on Thursday, Aug. 10 at a banquet at Custom Catering.


SUNDAY STORIES//SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 • PAGE 11

Sunday Scrapbook

Mount Carmel Student Attends National Youth Leadership Forum Emily Doyle, a fourth-grader at Mount Carmel Elementary School, attended National Youth Leadership Forum - Pathways to STEM at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., in July. During this time, high achieving students have the unique opportunity to participate in many hands-on experiences, hear from industry experts, be actively involved in advanced learning opportunities with other students. This opportunity opens the door for college and career readiness. Beef heart dissection, building robotics, and a power point presentations are some of the tasks she was actively involved in. Also, each day students were given a CSI tip. Along with this came a blood drop analysis and fingerprinting to solve a mystery. They were given a clue each day and had to solve it by the end of the week! The name of mystery was STEM Island. This was a great experience for Emily and she brought back a lot of interesting information! She is grateful for the opportunity to attend such an exciting week of learning and fun!

Church Hill Girl Among State’s Top 100 Summer Readers A big congratulations to Becca Lee, a young patron of the Church Hill Public Library, who was chosen as one of Tennessee’s Top 100 Summer Readers by First Lady Crissy Haslam’s “Read to be Ready” Summer Reading Competition. The challenge was to read the highest number of minutes over summer break and Becca Lee clocked in at 91 hours and 8 minutes while reading approximately 228 books between June 1 and July 28. She was invited to participate in the Kids State Dinner celebrating Tennessee’s Top 100 Summer Readers at the Governor and First Lady’s residence in Nashville on Aug. 18.

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