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STATE BOUND! Little League Girls looking for state title

SNEEDVILLE — They did it!

The Mooresburg/Bean Station/Hancock County Girls Little League Softball 12U team is undefeated, the District 6 Champions, and headed for the Tennessee State Senior League Tournament this weekend in Portland, Tenn.

Their first game is at 9 a.m. Saturday morning against Morristown at the park complex, located at Elvis Brown Little League Park, 110 West Market Street in Portland.

The ladies lost Game One to Maryville (7-4) in district playoff action, but quickly rebounded in Game Two to defeat Grainger County (13-3). In Game Three, the ladies were again paired with Maryville, but this time showed their opponents how it’s done by collecting a 10-3 win. An 18-5 win in Game Four against Maryville was the clincher that sent the ladies to State playoffs.

(PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Review and The Eagle would like to send our hearty congratulations to these young athletes and our best wishes and hopes that they can bring home a STATE TITLE! We are proud of you, girls, and we will be there in Portland to snap photos! See y’all at ‘State’!! — Tommy)

Jubilee Project Director Stransky retires; new Director Nichols welcomed

As I near the end of my time at Jubilee, I’ve been reflecting back on the many blessings I’ve received over my years here. I have felt God’s hand teaching me and moving to shape my life in new ways. I pray that I have been able to listen and be faithful to the things that God has asked. Some of those blessings include:

1) A greater sense of the connectedness of the body of Christ. We are blessed at Jubilee to have many people and churches express compassion and generosity for the people we serve in a variety of ways. Many of you have shared your love for our folks through special projects, donations and prayers. It has been truly inspiring!

2) A deeper understanding of God’s faithfulness. As the Director, there have been times when I really felt the pressure of the needs (financial or otherwise) of Jubilee. God has never failed to provide, sometimes in interesting ways. However, how God provided was through the faithfulness of many of you. You listened when He gave you a nudge and I am forever grateful for your faithfulness.

3) A different perspective on life. Living in an area with such poverty has given me a different perspective on necessities and has opened my heart to a new understanding of what it means to live in real poverty in an area where there are few resources to get out of the cycle. It is always a blessing to be able to understand some of the struggles and challenges of our brothers and sisters.

I’ve received many more blessings, including working with a committed and gifted staff, workers through the Senior Program and Americorps, and the volunteers that have come or brought donations. Every one of you has enriched my life!

Now my final blessing here is that God has provided another Church and Community Worker (CCW) missionary to follow me as Executive Director, so I can leave with a sense of peace that He has provided someone with the right gifts and experience to lead Jubilee in its next steps. Her name is Lisa Nichols and she will take the reins on July 8.

Lisa has been a CCW for 36 years serving most recently as the Executive Director of Henry Fork Service Center in Rocky Mount, VA for 10 years. Some of you may recognize her from her years serving in Chattanooga at Saint Elmo Alton Park partners, St. Elmo UMC and St. Andrews Center. Others might recognize her from her years growing up in the Holston Conference. Her father, Rev. Sullins Lamb, served for 40 years in Holston. Her other service stretches to North Carolina, Alabama and Missouri.

At Jubilee, we are all excited to welcome her to this new chapter in her life, knowing that God has many blessings in store for her as well. Thank you to all of you for being part of my life and helping me to grow in Christ.

(Readers may visit the Jubilee Project at 197 Jockey Street, Sneedville, or by calling 423-733-4195.)

"Badges For Kids" raises money for Christmastime "Shop With a Cop"

SNEEDVILLE — It was a ton of fun, it was both hilariously funny and deadly serious out on the court as six teams took to the floor on Saturday, June 29, in the Hancock Co. Rescue Squad’s “Badges for Kids” basketball tournament.

Captain Tony Seal with the Hancock County Rescue Squad said that several local first-responder agencies — along with other volunteers and even some children — came together to raise money for the Christmastime “Shop With A Cop” program, whereby money is provided for needy children to go gift shopping with a local law enforcement officer.

Every penny raised will go toward the purchase of gifts for children who might otherwise receive no presents at Christmas, Seal said.

“We just feel like its a good thing to do,” Seal said. “These kids can’t help their circumstances and its real hard on these little ones to not have anything at Christmas.”

Teams included not only first responders but local elected officials and area youth.

Sneedville Vol. Fire Department won the opening round against Treadway VFD, 48-19.

In Game Two, the Hancock Co. Ambulance Service took a 47-41 win over the Sheriff’s Department, followed by Game Three, between Vardy-Blackwater VFD and the Rescue Squad, with VBVFD winning that match, 29-18.

The three victorious teams then took to the court at the Hancock Co. High School Gym in ‘playoffs’, with Sneedville VFD winning the final match against VBVFD.

A crowd of about 250 attended the event which raised more than $650 for the Christmastime event.

Sneedville man loses life in ATV accident

SNEEDVILLE — A Sneedville man lost his life on Saturday, July 6, after the side-by-side utility vehicle on which he was riding apparently went off the edge of a steep embankment and rolled over.

A report by Hancock Co. Sheriff’s Detective Jesse Trent indicated that he, Det. Evans, and Deputy Swiney responded to 318 Waterfall Creek Road after receiving a report of the discovery of a body.

John Charles Grindol, 71, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body was examined by Dr. John Short and was sent to a forensic science lab in Johnson City where an autopsy is being performed.

At the scene, officers spoke with Steve Holden, a neighbor, who told them that Mr. Grindol’s wife had contacted him between 5:30 and 6 p.m. that day asking if he had seen him.

Holden set out on his own ATV to look for Mr. Grindol along riding trails on the victim’s property. A short time later, he found Mr. Grindol’s body on an ATV path along the Clinch River.

Mrs. Grindol told authorities that she had last seen her husband about 11 a.m. that morning. She did not become concerned until later that evening because he often went out to fly a drone or ride his ATV.

The black ATV was located about 148 feet above the trail where Mr. Grindol’s body was found. Det. Trent’s report indicated that the side-by-side utility vehicle, “appeared to have damage on all areas”.

Discovered with the body was a fanny pack waist belt, two pistols, a pistol magazine, a digital camera and a camera card.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of mid-week.