Montgomery Bell starts year with First Hike Sunday

Montgomery Bell State Park and other parks across Tennessee will celebrate the New Year with a hike on Sunday. Montgomery Bell’s First Hike will be at 9 am Sunday. Participants can join Ranger Tim Wheatley at the park office and visitors center for coffee and refreshments before kicking off the new year with an easy one-mile hike on the Jim Bailey Nature Trail. The trail is natural surface and participants should dress for the weather and comfort. Montgomery Bell State Park has almost 19 miles in hiking trails, ranging from .2 of a mile on the Campground Trail to 10.4 miles on the Overnight Trail. For more information on Montgomery Bell State Park, visit tnstateparks.com or the Montgomery Bell page on Facebook or call 615-797-9051.

DCHS opens Hickman Co. tourney with pair of wins

With a pair of wins over Scotts Hill Wednesday, the Dickson County High School Cougars and Lady Cougars advanced in the winners’ bracket of the Above the Rim Invitational at Hickman County High School. With a 64-38 win over the Lady Lions, the Lady Cougars will face Perry County at 4 pm Thursday. By rolling over the Lions 84-43, the Cougars play at 8:30 pm against the winner of Wednesday’s late game between Loretto and host Hickman County. The Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks will play their first game in the 4th annual Christmas Classic at Summertown High School at 5:30, making for a Thursday tripleheader on the RFC Sports Network. Emily Beard scored 23 points in the first half as the Lady Cougars took control early over Class A Scotts Hill. After leading 45-19 at halftime, the Lady Cougars went to the bench extensively in the second half to coast to the 26-point win. Nine Lady Cougars got into the scoring column as Beard led the way with 27 points. A 24-4 second quarter put the Cougars firmly in control of their game with the Lions. Leading comfortably 46-18 at halftime, the boys also went to the bench early and reserves played exclusively in the fourth period of the 41-point win. Darian Burns led Dickson County with 14 points while Noah Edmisson had 11 as every Cougar that played put points on the board. Creek Wood’s Lady Red Hawks will take on host Summertown at 5:30. Today’s schedule on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, wdkn.com and the WDKN app has the Lady Cougars in a semifinal at 4 pm in Centerville, the Lady Red Hawks immediately after that at 5:30 in Summertown and the Cougars in a semifinal at 8:30 back in Centerville. Coverage begins with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show from Centerville at 3:45. Both tournaments conclude Friday.

TSWA names Murphree to Class 5A All-State Team

Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team for football’s Class 5A. Murphree broke his own school records with over 3,200 yards passing and 28 touchdowns as the Cougars finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs. Joining Murphree on the All-State Team is Farragut quarterback Adam Fulton, who guided the Admirals to the Class 5A state championship. Farragut led the TSWA’s All-State Team with five players named. Also honored from Region 6-5A are Centennial offensive lineman Eli Katina, Brentwood kicker Tucker Day and Northeast running back Gus Antoine was named Class 5A Athlete of the Year.

Memphis snaps streak with 75-59 win over Vandy

Rachel Bell (3) drives against Louisville. (photo courtesy Vanderbilt)
Rachel Bell (3) drives against Louisville. (photo courtesy Vanderbilt)
LeaLea Carter (30) fires against Louisville. (photo courtesy Vanderbilt)
LeaLea Carter (30) fires against Louisville. (photo courtesy Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt wrapped up its last non-conference game of the season with its worst performance in a 75-59 loss at Memphis Wednesday. Hampered by cold shooting and foul trouble, the Commodores fell behind early, trailed 43-27 at halftime and never cut the margin to less than double digits in the second half. Four Commodores fouled out and Vandy shot only 35 percent from the floor, including hitting just 4 of 13 three-pointers. Getting the second start of her career, former Lady Cougar LeaLea Carter had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists but committed a team-high 6 turnovers. Junior Rachel Bell from Creek Wood finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. Erin Whalen was the only Commodore in double figures with 14 while Cheyenne Creighton led four Tigers in double digits with 26 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs. Despite missing 20 free throws, Memphis snapped an eight-game losing streak to Vandy. The 10-3 Commodores will open their 16-game SEC schedule Monday at Texas A&M in a 6 pm game on the SEC Network and host Tennessee Jan. 5.

Study: Heart disease leading cause of death in Dickson Co.

A new report lists heart disease and cancer as the leading causes of death in Dickson County. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report Tuesday that lists the top 10 causes of death for each county in the United States. Researchers used the death records from the National Center for Health Statistics to categorize the causes of more than 80 million deaths that occurred in the United States 1980-2014. Deaths are assigned to the county of residence at the time of death and the study does not include the deaths of Americans that occurred outside the United States. Researchers say the study provides the most comprehensive look at trends in causes of death based on geographic regions. For each county, the study ranks the causes of death based on the number per 100,000 residents. For Dickson County, the study shows cardiovascular diseases as the leading cause of death with 340 per 100,000 residents per year in that 35-year period. Heart disease was identified as the leading cause of death in most counties across the southeastern United States and is the most common cause of death for the country. Tumors, including all cancers, were the second leading cause of death in Dickson County with 230 per 100,000 residents. The top two causes accounted for 61 percent of annual deaths in Dickson County. The remaining eight causes of death were all less than 100 per 100,000 residents. Neurological disorders were third at 94, followed by chronic respiratory diseases at 67 and diarrhea, lower respiratory and other common infectious diseases completing the top five at 56 per 100,000. Diabetes, urogenital, blood and endocrine system diseases were sixth highest at 54. Transport injuries, which includes all deaths in motor vehicle accidents, came in seventh in Dickson County at 28 per 100,000 residents, followed closely by self-harm and interpersonal violence, which includes suicides and murders, at 25. Cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases were ninth at 23 and mental and substance abuse disorders rounded out the top 10 causes at 18. The results for Dickson County were not much different from the overall trends across the country. The report does show geographic pockets where certain causes of death are higher than in other parts of the country, some based on economic factors and others believed attributed to environmental factors such as pollution. The study showed the percentage of deaths due to heart problems to be highest along the southern half of the Mississippi River, while violent deaths are more common in western counties and deaths from mental and substance abuse disorders are more common in counties in Kentucky and West Virginia. Other risk factors include unequal access to healthcare and ethnic populations in regions. The county-by-county breakdown is available on the journal’s website, jamanetwork.com.