One former Dickson County Cougar already notched a bowl game win while a second goes for a win Monday. Luke Paschall’s special teams and receivers played a major role in Arkansas State’s 31-13 win over Central Florida in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando Saturday. DCHS graduate Paschall is in his third season as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Red Wolves. In a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for more penalties (26) than first downs (25) and a total of 41 yards rushing, the fewest ever in an FBS bowl game, Arkansas State’s special teams scored two touchdowns and wide receiver Kendall Sanders caught three scoring passes. The Red Wolves blocked a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumbled kickoff for a score. Playing in its sixth consecutive bowl game, Arkansas State got its first win under third-year coach Blake Anderson, who brought Paschall and DCHS graduate Walt Bell with him from North Carolina. After starting the season 0-4, the Red Wolves won 8 of their last 9 games and claimed their fifth Sun Belt Conference title in the last six years. After two season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Bell left for the same position at Maryland and the Terrapins rebounded from 3-9 to go 6-6 under first-year coach D.J. Durkin and with Bell calling plays. Maryland will face Boston College at 1:30 pm Monday in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN. Both Maryland and Boston College missed out on bowl games last season and needed wins in their final games to become bowl eligible. The Terrapins are seeking their first bowl win since 2010 while the Eagles haven’t won a bowl game since 2007. Playing in two conferences represented in the College Football Playoffs, Maryland and Boston College both struggled against some of the nation’s best teams. Bell’s Terrapins lost by a combined 121-6 in back-to-back games against Michigan and Ohio State and lost to Big 10 champs Penn State 38-14. All six of Maryland’s losses came to teams playing in bowl games. Boston College was outscored 202-24 by the top four teams in the ACC: Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Virginia Tech. Five of Boston College’s six losses came against bowl teams. Raised together in the home of Mary and the late Dr. Butch Bell, Paschall and Bell are 2002 DCHS graduates and played at Middle Tennessee State University where Anderson was an assistant coach.
A one-vehicle wreck in Texas has claimed the lives of a Dickson County man and his son. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports 42-year-old Mark Anthony Glasgow and 17-year-old Christian Glasgow of White Bluff died Tuesday in a wreck on Interstate 30 just north of Omaha in Morris County in northeastern Texas. According to the report, a 2002 Buick LeSabre driven by Mark Glasgow was westbound in the right lane of the interstate when it veered left into the median, overturned and struck a tree around 4:30 pm Tuesday. Glasgow and his son were pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Jennifer Easley, according to the report. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the investigation into the wreck is ongoing and no other information is available. No funeral arrangements have been announced. A GoFundMe page has been created to accept donations to help the family with funeral expenses.
The city of Dickson will proceed with the purchase of the former Chevrolet dealership site in downtown at a reduced price as long as the cost of addressing environmental issues is not too high. At a special meeting Monday night, the Dickson City Council approved a contract to purchase the former Alvin Jones Chevy property for $585,000 contingent on the findings of a state program designed to help buyers deal with unexpected environmental issues. In January, the council voted to purchase the 1.65-acre site at the corner of Church and East College streets for $625,000. But negotiations to close the deal hit a bump when it was discovered there will have to be some remediation to address issues on the property, including underground gasoline storage tanks. At Monday night’s meeting, City Administrator Rydell Wesson said the city hopes to enroll the property in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Brownfields Program, which assists buyers in the development or reuse of property that might be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. City attorney Jerry Smith said the contract presented to the council allows the city to have inspectors go on the property to determine what needs to be done about the potential issues. TDEC and a consultant will present a plan of action for what has to be done to reduce the city’s liability for any future development of the site. Wesson said if the plan proves to be too costly, the city will not move forward with closing on the purchase. Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said he believes the purchase and cost of remediation still will be under the $625,000 purchase price originally approved by the council in January. Wesson said the contract says the sale will close within 60 days. The Brownfields program will determine what the city needs to do to remediate the property for its initial plan to use the site as a parking lot as well as if any additional action is needed for future development. When the purchase was first proposed, Weiss said there are no definite plans for what to do with the property, but said it initially could be used to provide additional parking for downtown and the city would have it for any future needs. In January, Weiss said potential uses could include expansion of the Dickson Fire Department, additional city hall space or even a small convention center. The council unanimously approved the new contract with the three Jones heirs and Wesson said the city is ready to start the environmental assessment. Those findings will be brought back to the council before any action is taken. The money for purchasing the property is part of $3 million loan the city got for road projects and other purchases. The corner lot had been the site of a car dealership since Reeder Chevrolet opened in 1930 until the Jones family sold the dealership to the Alexander Group, which moved it to Highway 46.
A funeral service will be held Friday for former educator and long-time Oakmont Elementary School Principal Janey Thomas. Mrs. Thomas died Tuesday at the age of 67. A Montgomery County native, Mrs. Thomas spent 30 years in the Dickson County school system. She started her career as a history teacher at Charlotte Junior High School, then spent five years as principal at Vanleer Elementary School. She is most remembered for her 19 years as principal at Oakmont where she remained until she retired. Mrs. Thomas also was a Sunday school teacher and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Visitation with the family will be 4-8 pm Thursday and 9 am until the service Friday at Taylor Funeral Home. A funeral service for Janey Sue Kirkland Thomas will be at 11 am Friday from the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Joe Epley and Tommy Marvin officiating. Burial will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. She is survived by a son, Jeff Thomas; a daughter, Kelli Miller; a brother, Don Kirkland; five grandchildren, Anthony Thomas, Michael Scott, Taylor Grace Thomas, Seth Mangrum and Greg Mangrum; a great-granddaughter, Katlyn Mangrum; special cousin, Millie Rittenberry; and several nieces and nephews. For those desiring, memorials can be made to the Humane Society of Dickson County or the American Heart Association. Arrangements for Mrs. Janey Thomas are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.
Faced with playing four games in four days and with an important district matchup tonight, Creek Wood High School turned Wednesday’s seventh-place game in the Rossview Roundball Christmas Tournament into a junior varsity contest and came away with a 57-54 win over Montgomery Central in Clarksville. The Red Hawks had lost their first two games and were facing an Indians squad they had just played last week. With a visit from Waverly coming up tonight, coach Charles Taylor played his junior varsity squad and they held off a Montgomery Central rally for the win. Creek Wood led by 13 points going into the final quarter before the Indians fought back to pull within one point on two occasions. But the Red Hawks hit free throws down the stretch, led by Timothy Randolph who was perfect in six trips to the foul line in the fourth. Randolph led Creek Wood with 13 points while Andre Darden added 11. The Creek Wood varsity returns to action tonight to host Waverly in a District 11-AA doubleheader to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule. Creek Wood-Waverly will be live on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, wdkn.com and the WDKN app with coverage starting with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 5:45.