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Trousdale County rolls past East Robertson

Trousdale County had five different players score touchdowns Friday evening as the Yellow Jackets defeated East Robertson 55-6 on the Creekbank.

The Jackets (5-1, 2-1 4-2A) amassed an impressive 497 rushing yards in the victory.

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Yellow Jackets hit road to face Portland

Trousdale County will make its first trip to Portland in 16 years when the Yellow Jackets face the Panthers on Friday.

Portland is led by senior quarterback Caleb Mandrell (6-foot-3, 225 pounds), who is among the leading scorers in the Midstate.

This will be the 31st meeting between the teams, with Trousdale County holding an 18-11 advantage in the series.

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Trousdale youth football to get ‘under the lights’ experience

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Youth football players and cheerleaders display some of their new uniforms.

The future stars of Trousdale County football will get their own turn “under the lights” come Saturday.

The Trousdale County Youth Football League will hold its homecoming games on Saturday, Oct. 5 at John Kerr Field and wants to give the kids the complete experience they watch on Friday nights.

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Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week: Bryson Claiborne

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Bryson Claiborne, who was selected by the coaching staff for his performance in the Sept. 13 game against Gordonsville.

WB&T lender Jenesia Ellis presented Claiborne with a branded Jackets backpack.

Trousdale County shuts out Macon County in rivalry game

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Trousdale County’s Jayden Hicks (6) directs downfield blocking on his way to a first-down run against Macon County.

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets scored wins in all three phases of their game at Macon County on Friday night and came away with a 28-0 victory over the Tigers.

Senior Jay’dynn Hayward led the Trousdale defense with 12 tackles (one for loss) and classmate Tarvaris Claiborne added nine tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown as the Jackets posted their third shutout of the year.

On special teams, senior Will Holder flipped the field with a 51-yard punt in the first quarter and junior Heath Chasse converted all four of his extra-point kicks.

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Yellow Jackets to host East Robertson

Trousdale County’s Yellow Jackets will return to Region 4-2A action this week when they host the East Robertson Indians at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Indians from Cross Plains are 3-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

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JSMS ends season with homecoming victory

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The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets completed their season on Sept. 26 with a 36-30 homecoming victory over the Walter J. Baird Blue Devils.

Kobyn Calhoun scored three touchdowns for JSMS on a 75-yard punt return and scoring runs of 23 and 5 yards.

Cole Gregory also had two touchdown runs for the Jr. Jackets covering 4 and 3 yards.

The Jr. Jackets won their final three games to finish the season with a 5-4 record under coach Hayden Williams and assistant Jamal Carter.

Yellow Jackets dominate Westmoreland, improve to 3-1

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Trousdale County’s Xavier Harper (50) tackles a Westmoreland ballcarrier in the backfield during Friday’s game.

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets rolled to an easy 44-6 victory over the Westmoreland Eagles on Friday night on the Creekbank in Region 4-2A action.

Trousdale senior cornerback Aaron Pickett grabbed an interception on Westmoreland’s first possession and on the next play, junior quarterback Jayden Hicks raced 46 yard to the end zone. Junior Heath Chasse’s kick gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game.

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JSMS defeats Livingston in playoff game

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JSMS’ Cole Gregory (6) escapes a defender’s grasp on his way to a 65-yard touchdown run.

The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets hosted a playoff game on Sept. 19 as they defeated Livingston Middle 36-14.

Cole Gregory returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and also scored on a 65-yard run on the Jr. Jackets’ first play from scrimmage.

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Yellow Jackets hit road to face Macon County

Trousdale County will hit the road on Friday evening as the Yellow Jackets visit Pat Parker Field in Lafayette to face the Macon County Tigers.

Macon County is 3-2 on the season with losses to Smith County (13-7) and Westmoreland (21-11) and wins over Mt. Juliet Christian (55-7), Glencliff (70-8) and Cumberland County (48-12).

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Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week: Will Holder

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The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Will Holder, who was selected by the coaching staff for his performance in the Sept. 6 game against Watertown.

WB&T Office Manager Lisa Dies presented Holder with a branded Jackets backpack.

Larry Woody: CWD making way across Tennessee

Chronic Wasting Disease, the highly contagious and always fatal deer disease, last year made its way into several West Tennessee counties, and despite the TWRA’s efforts to contain it, there’s no way to know how far it may have spread.

It is possible it could have reached Middle Tennessee.

The reason for the uncertainty is because researchers don’t how long CWD may be in a deer’s system before the infected animal exhibits the symptoms: loss of balance, erratic behavior and dramatic weight loss – it literally wastes away as its nervous system and immune system break down.

An infected deer could appear perfectly healthy for sometime prior to the final, fatal stages. That infected but undetected deer could spread the disease to other deer through feces, urine, saliva and other contact.

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TWRA biologists are monitoring the CWD outbreak.

That’s why the TWRA has banned certain urine-based deer-scent attracts this season, and discourages the use of deer feeders by hunters and wildlife watchers. One CWD-infected deer eating from a feeder could infect every other deer that eats from it.

Another way the disease can be spread is by infected carcasses and tissue on hides and raw antler caps. For several years the TWRA has set strict guidelines on importing deer and elk carcasses and by-products from CWD-impacted states. Starting last year, those restrictions were expanded to include ALL States. (Details about restrictions can be found in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide.)

Those restrictions apply to out-of-state imports, but what about in-state transports?

What if a CWD-infected deer is killed in one of the eight West Tennessee counties in the newly-designated “CWD Unit” – Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Madison, McNairy, Shelby and Tipton – and transported to, say, Trousdale County?

Last month a CWD-infected doe was found in Tipton County, the 187th case diagnosed, indicating the disease remains rampant.

Hunters who kill a deer in the CWD Unit are required to have it checked for CWD, but the system is not foolproof. Just one infected deer transported to another county could introduce the disease there.

Biologists don’t know where CWD originated; the first cases were diagnosed a half-century ago among a few western mule deer.

All they know for certain is that it is highly contagious, has been spreading rapidly into more and more states – Tennessee being the most recent — and once a deer is infected it is doomed, as are perhaps other deer in the vicinity.

Deer diagnosed with CWD are known to live from a few weeks to several months. That means an infected animal potentially could travel extensively before succumbing to the disease, infecting other animals in which it comes into contact. They, in turn, also travel extensively, further spreading the disease.

In some of the 26 states in which CWD has been found, deer populations have been decimated by 50 percent in impacted areas.

Biologists don’t believe CWD can be spread to humans, livestock or any wildlife except cervids (deer, elk, moose) but advise hunters to take precautions when dressing their kill, and to report any deer exhibiting abnormal behavior.

The TWRA terms CWD the biggest challenge to deer management in modern history, a nightmare scenario that continues to unfold before our eyes.

Trousdale County dominates home opener vs. Gordonsville

Trousdale County scored five touchdowns on just 25 offensive plays and added a pair of defensive scores as the Yellow Jackets handled the Gordonsville Tigers 49-0 on the Creekbank on Friday night.

The Jackets showed great character as they bounced back from a disappointing loss the previous week and raised their record to 2-1 on the season.

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Wilson Bank Player of the Week: Ben Chumley

The Wilson Bank & Trust Player of the Week for Trousdale County High School football is Ben Chumley, who was selected by the coaching staff for his performance in the Aug. 23 game against Friendship Christian.

WB&T Office Manager Lisa Dies presented Chumley with a branded Jackets backpack.

Yellow Jackets to host Westmoreland in region play

Trousdale County will return to Region 4-2A action this week when the Yellow Jackets host the Westmoreland Eagles.

Westmoreland will come to town with a 3-1 record and at 1-0 in region play. They lost 35-2 at Livingston Academy in Week 1 but have put together three consecutive wins over Macon County (21-11), Jackson County (35-7) and Whites Creek (51-6).

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Jr. Jackets topple Upperman

The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets earned their best win of the season Monday night as they defeated the Upperman Jr. Bees 22-20 on the Creekbank.

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Mistakes doom Yellow Jackets in loss to Watertown

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Trousdale County’s Kobe Ford vaults over a Watertown defender during Friday’s game.

Five turnovers and 11 penalties were too much for the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets to overcome Friday night as they fell 16-13 in overtime at Watertown.

The Jackets (1-1, 0-1 4-2A) outgained the Purple Tigers (2-1, 1-0) by seven yards, but lost four fumbles and threw an interception while Watertown lost just one fumble.

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TWRA reports velvet hunt numbers

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported 579 deer checked in during last month’s second annual “velvet hunt” for bucks with antlers still in the velvet stage.

During last year’s inaugural hunt, 794 deer were taken.

This season eight velvet bucks were killed in Wilson County, four in Trousdale.

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This rare velvet buck with a third antler in its forehead was killed by a car.

The velvet hunt is limited to bucks only, and restricted to private land.

Bucks killed during the velvet hunt count toward the two-buck season limit.

Hot shot: Kerry Hale shot a perfect round of 50 to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.

Fishing comments: Fishermen have until Sept. 12 to submit comments and suggestions to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regarding the state’s fishing rules and regulations.

The comments will be considered when the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission meets later in the month to set the regulations, which will go into effect March 1, 2020.

Email comments to fishingreg.comments@tn.gov or mail to TWRA Fisheries Division, 5105 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37221.

Friends of NRA: The Wilson County chapter of Friends of NRA’s annual banquet/fundraiser is set for Sept. 28 at the Expo Center.

A wide array of firearms and other outdoors items and accessories will be available at auction. Proceeds go to support local gun-safety programs and shooting-related activities, along with ROTC units, civic and Second Amendment education.

For information about event tickets or sponsorships call Eddie Kirkus at 615-533-8721.

Boating safety: Although the peak summer boating is over, area lakes are still congested, especially on weekends, and the TWRA’s crackdown on safety violations will continue.

A point of emphasis is Boating Under the Influence, which carries similar penalties as Driving Under the Influence.

The TWRA encourages boaters to wear a life jacket any time the boat is moving.

Wearing a life jacket is mandatory for youngsters at all times, and for all passengers in boats below power-generating dams, even if the generators are not operating at the time.

Correction: In last week’s story about a charity clay target shoot, former Channel 4 Sports Director Rudy Kalis was misidentified.

Kalis, retired from TV, does inmate counseling at the Tennessee State Prison and remains a popular figure throughout Middle Tennessee.

Yellow Jackets to face Watertown in region opener

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets will return to action Friday after the first of two open dates when they travel to face the Watertown Purple Tigers.

The game can be heard live on WTNK 93.5-FM / 1090-AM and online at funradiotn.com with kickoff at 7 p.m. Live updates are also available via The Vidette’s Facebook page.

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