WECO News: Aug. 8th, 2012 -Two Elderly Fenress Men Killed

Two elderly men were killed in a two-vehicle accident along Highway 127 in Fentress County yesterday.

According to the THP in Cookeville, the accident was reported at about 8 a.m.

Willis Jones, 76, of Clark Range, was traveling north on Highway 127 in a Chevy Blazer. Wade Stephens, 79, of Clark Range was driving south with a passenger.

According to Trooper Charles Slaven’s report Stephens is believed to have crossed the center line for some unknown reason, striking Jones’ vehicle.

Both Willis Jones and Wade Stephens were killed. The passenger in Stephens’ vehicle was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been a factor, according to the Trooper’s report.


The voice of the Tennessee Volunteers Bob Kesling was the guest speaker during a luncheon yesterday at First Baptist Church in Wartburg.

The luncheon was hosted by WECO in appreciation of area business and professional people who are vital to the success of our community.

Kesling will enter his 14th season as the voice of the University of Tennessee Football Vols on Aug. 31 when the Volunteers open their 2012 season against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

WECO has a long standing relationship with the Vol Network that spans more than 30 years.

Following yesterday’s luncheon, Kesling talked about that relationship:

KESLING:  “We try and go through our philosophy on the Vol Network, and it’s always been this, is to get the best radio station in each county across the state …. You want to identify the one that’s the community leader. You want to identify the one that’s very involved in what’s going on and that’s also able to get your signal out and get your message out as well. WECO does such a good job in promoting Tennessee and helping us. And they’ve been a longtime Vol Network station and we hope they’re gonna be a network for a long time to come.”


A new business has opened in Wartburg in the old Ford building located on Main Street. USA Karate is open four days a week, according to owner Andy Webb.

Michael Hendrix is an instructor at USA Karate. He talks about the how karate can benefit children.

HENDRIX: “You get a five year old in here and they get excited. They feel the energy and they want to do some things. They want to throw some kicks and some punches.”

But children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from classes.

HENDRIX: “You want to teach a 76-year-old who might be worried about how to walk down the street in the middle of the night. He might feel worried about himself. You want to teach him some self-defense. Get him a little bit of confidence built up.”

For more information on classes available, you may call (865) 617-6514 for stop by USA Karate’s new location on Main Street in Wartburg.


Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman has a new Assistant Director, Chris Ayers.

He joined the staff in Harriman on July 1. Ayers comes to TTC-Harriman from TTC-Murfreesboro with over 13 years of technical education experience.

He has a Master of Arts degree of Instructional Leadership along with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, both from Tennessee Technological University.

Chris has served on several high school advisory boards, the Tennessee GED policy and procedures committee, and the Tennessee Board of Regents’ student disciplinary policies and procedures committee.

He has also been an active team member for the Council on Occupational Education for over 10 years. He is quoted as saying “I am excited to be coming to Roane County to help become a liaison between technical education and business and industry for this area.”

In her welcoming speech with faculty and staff, Danice Turpin, the Director of TTC-Harriman stated, “Chris will be a valuable asset to our campus, our students, and area employers.


Appalachia Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants for the 2012-13 AmeriCorps Members.

AmeriCorps is a National Service Program designed to help non-profits in communities around the United States.

For more information contact AmeriCorps Director Haley Terry at Appalachia Habitat for Humanity at (423) 627-2507.


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