WECO News – Friday, January 6th, 2011

Lamar Rogers is exactly who one should think of when thinking of a high school basketball dynasty. Rogers has coached the Clarkrange High School girls basketball team since 1977.

During his 36 and a half year career, he has compiled 19 state tournament appearances,8 state championships, numerous district titles, and more than 1000 wins. To put that into perspective, Rogers is ranked 6th for the most high school basketball wins in the entire nation.

Rogers won’t take all the credit, though. Rogers 1 Rogers said that winning has become a tradition and he’s gotten a lot of community support. He also says the tradition drives the players to work harder. Rogers 2 Rogers says he doesn’t know how long he will remain in coaching. Rogers 3 Rogers currently has 1,003 wins. He trails Thednall Hill of Hardy Highland in Arkansas by 60 for fifth all time most in the nation.

In other news, The Tennessean is reporting that the Tennessee Department of Education has announced it will cut 43 jobs over the next three months. The cuts will be made in an effort to supply schools and teachers with more money.

The Nashville newspaper also states that the extra funds generated will be served to hire more top teachers and expanding effective teacher preparation programs. WECO will provide more information on this story when it comes available.

The Morgan County Rescue Squad will host a country style breakfast this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:30. The menu will include Ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, coffee, juice, and soft drinks. Cost is 5 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for children. Everyone is invited.

In Sports, some area high school basketball teams will be in action tonight. Sunbright will make the trip to Oliver Springs, Oneida hosts Jellico, Rockwood has to travel to Harriman, and in our game tonight, Wartburg goes to Coalfield. Pregame coverage on WECO FM begins at 6pm.

Also in sports, the Lady Vols picked up a big SEC win last night over 15th ranked Georgia. UT used a 20 point advantage in the second half to pull away 80-51. Glory Johnson led all scorers with 13 points.

And finally, if you’re going to have drugs, the courthouse probably isn’t the best place to take them. Police in Winter Haven, Florida, have arrested a 31-year-old man on drug charges after he threw away a bag of marijuana at a courthouse. Police say Demetrius Nickerson was at the courthouse Wednesday morning and attempted to pass through security.

After setting off the metal detector, Nickerson was wanded by security personnel, who discovered a hard, unknown object. Nickerson quickly told security that he would be right back and headed out the front door. Police say he returned a short time later and proceeded through security.

During this time, security became suspicious and called police, who discovered that Nickerson had thrown away a bright yellow bag containing marijuana separated into different bags. Twenty minutes later, Nickerson left the courthouse and retrieved the bag from the garbage can. Officers were waiting for him and he was arrested.


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