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Monday, May 27, 2013

Students learn about history

Tallassee's Southside Middle School

Col. Larry Cornwell (USAF, Ret.) spoke to the fifth graders on behalf of the Sons of the American Revolution. His program was on what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier, specifically Gen. George Washington. Cornwell wore period dress and brought the actual instruments and weapons that were used by the colonists as they fought the British during the 1770s and 1780s. Cornwell also quizzed the students on various names, dates, and historical events. Mr. Shane Scroggins also visited the fifth graders, but he was in his Civil War uniform. Scroggins brought gear and supplies to show and demonstrate for the students, but also had real Confederate uniforms for the students to try on. Scroggins believes in historical recreations, and in "bringing the past back to life," as stated in his brochure. Fifth graders study the American Revolution near the end of fifth grade. Students study the Civil War and its aftermath at the beginning of sixth grade. Both of these programs were informative and educational, and enjoyed by the students.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wedding Plans

Rachel Jane East and Samuel Kristopher (Kris) Parker
May 25, 2013 in Knoxville, Alabama
The wedding will take place May 25, 2013 at Southern House and Gardens in Knoxville, Alabama. All friends and family are invited.
Kris is the son of the late Kevin and Lynn (Decker) Parker of Centre, Alabama. He is the grandson of Reba Decker and the late Rev. Artis Decker of Leesburg, Alabama; the late Leon and Betty Sam Parker of Centre, AL; and Harvel and Kathi Anderson of Centre, Alabama.
Rachel is a 2007 graduate of Tallassee High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama in 2011 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama in December, 2012. She is currently employed with Restore Therapy Services, Ltd. Kris is a 2009 graduate of Cherokee County High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in May, 2013.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Neptune offers students CHOICES®

On May 7 and 8, Neptune Technology Group presented a program called CHOICES to Tallassee High School ninth grade students. CHOICES is an interactive decision-making workshop that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations.
In two 45-minute sessions, business volunteers took students through real-world exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money management and goal setting. CHOICES has been delivered to more than six million teens in three countries since 1985.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Council Considers Goat Ordinance

 Staff Report  
The Tallassee city council introduced and ordinance that if passed will permit domestic goats within the city to control vegetation.
The proposed ordinance would allow goats to battle kudzu, but is not limited to kudzu.
The idea for such an ordinance came to the attention of the city last spring when the Tallassee Historical Preservation Society requested the use of goats to control kudzu on its property on the west side of the Tallapoosa River.
Ann Christian is the THPS president. "We requested that the city council please consider an ordinance for THPS or any other "entity" to use goats (to) maintain overgrown property," she said. "(City attorney) John Smith recommended that it not be done and that THPS could rezone their property to agricultural, but if we do that there is no way we could get any type of grants.  So it was pretty much dead before it ever got off the table."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baynes inducted into Hall of Fame

 By Michael Butler
Longtime Tallassee coach Ronnie Baynes has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.  Baynes was one of eight inductees which included Alabama head football coach Nick Saban...
Baynes remembered the first title at Tallassee as one of his fondest memories in sports. "The excitement we had, you have to rank it high."
Winning the first state title of any sort for THS was a hurdle that set the table for a dynasty in Tallassee under Baynes.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tigers Football News

Tallassee wrapped up spring football drills with a scrimmage vs. Notasulga on Friday night.
The game will be available On-Demand on Tallassee Times TV
THS head coach Mike Battles has 70 players out this spring.The next game will be Friday, August 23rd for the Tigers vs Jemison. The pre-game coverage starts at 6:00pm with the kickoff at 7:00pm. the game will be aired live on Tallassee Times TV:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring game Friday

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Tallassee will put a wrap on spring football drills with a scrimmage vs. Notasulga on Friday night. The game will kick off at 7:00 from Tallassee's J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium

Man drowns on Tallapoosa

By Michael Butler

Rescue boat searching the Tallapoosa River Friday.

A Wetumpka man has died after being swept underwater in the Tallapoosa River in Tallassee near the AES boat ramp on Thursday afternoon. John Picken, age 27, was fishing with friends when electricity began being generated and water levels quickly rose.
Picken's brother and two friends were able to make their way up the banks to safety, while he was reeling in a fish.

The Alabama Power Company cooperated with search teams by lowering levels below Thurlow Dam. Picken's body was found on Saturday morning.
Tallassee police chief Jimmy Rodgers said that the four men did not hear the sirens which go off when water is generated, but noticed the rising water.
"People don't realize how quickly that water comes," Rodgers stated. "Mr. Picken apparently slipped on the rock from the pressure of the water coming down the river. He was last seen at the eddy."
The area known as the "Big Eddy" has some of the most extreme undercurrent on the river. The Tallassee Fire Department has trained swift water operations and dive personnel that responded
 to a 911 call.
Picken Rodgers said studies have been done that indicate water levels rise three feet in just over a minute when electric current is being generated.
Alabama Power has a toll-free number (800-525-3711) for access to information on generation schedules of their hydroelectric facilities.