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Jr. Jackets defeat Cumberland County

The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets raised their record to 2-2 with a 24-6 victory over the Cumberland County Jr. Jets last Thursday.

The Jr. Jackets will play at Stone Memorial on Sept. 5.

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Hayden Williams to coach TCHS baseball; Blake Satterfield keeps softball role

Trousdale County Director of Schools Clint Satterfield has named Hayden Williams as the head baseball coach at Trousdale County High School for the 2020 spring season.

Additionally, Blake Satterfield will remain as softball coach at TCHS.

Coach Williams will be assisted by 2019 assistant baseball coach Jamal Carter, while Coach Satterfield will be assisted by Jared Hawkins, who also serves as the head girls’ basketball coach at TCHS.

Photos courtesy of Trousdale County Schools

Williams and Carter presently work together as the coaches for the Jim Satterfield Middle School Football team. Coach Williams, who also assists with high school football, and Coach Satterfield will begin spring preparation drills at the conclusion of the football season.

“We are excited that we are able to keep Coach Carter in the assistant’s position in order to provide continuity with the program during our head coach transition,” stated Clint Satterfield in a press release. “We also think that the addition of Coach Hawkins will benefit the cross-over of our girl athletes in several sports for years to come,” added Satterfield.

“I don’t think it has been a secret that I have not been an advocate of our head football coach coaching a spring sport. However, under our continuing budget conditions we do not have the luxury to hire people just to coach sports. We have to hire good teachers first who can coach second. I have waited as long as I can for more desirable arrangements to develop; however, that has not materialized, so I am placing our available personnel to best support all of our students. Our coaches now have time to build their spring schedules and plan for the upcoming seasons. We are most appreciative of them taking on more responsibilities to help students. I ask that our parents and community rally their support behind them as well.”

Yellow Jackets defeat Friendship in season opener

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Trousdale County players celebrate a fourth-down stop during the fourth quarter while Friendship’s Justin Seagraves (8) sits on the ground in frustration. The Yellow Jackets won 14-0.

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets kicked off their 2019 season and Blake Satterfield started his head coaching career with a 14-0 victory at Friendship Christian on Friday night.

It was the first varsity game on the new synthetic turf at Pirtle Field and was the first time the Commanders had been shut out in 46 games.

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Larry Woody: Snakes will get readers’ attention

Photo by Larry Woody
Snakes always get attention.

When I started my newspaper career a half-century ago as a teenager working part-time for The Crossville Chronicle, there was one type of story guaranteed to grab readers’ attention: snakes.

When someone killed a big rattler in their bean patch, the paper would run a photo of it, usually on the front page. It was considerably more interesting than the city counsel squabbling over garbage pickup.

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Jr. Jackets defeat DeKalb County

The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets claimed their first win of the season on Saturday, winning 26-20 at DeKalb County in a game that was suspended Thursday by inclement weather.

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Yellow Jackets defeat Station Camp 7-6 in Tobacco Bowl Jamboree

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Trousdale County’s Ben Chumley reaches the goal line for the Jackets’ lone touchdown in a 7-6 jamboree win over Station Camp.

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets had their final tune-up for the 2019 regular season on Friday with a 7-6 victory over the Station Camp Bison in the 31st annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree.

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Yellow Jackets to open 2019 football season at Friendship

Trousdale County will open its 2019 football campaign on Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at longtime rival Friendship Christian.

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

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Jr. Jackets’ rally falls short vs. Macon County

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JSMS’ Cole Gregory stiff-arms Macon County’s Gabe Borders late in the first half.

The Macon County Junior High football squad had its biggest test of the season last Thursday when Hartsville’s Jim Satterfield Middle School visited.

The Tigers were forced to fend off a fourth-quarter rally by the Yellow Jackets in order to remain unbeaten, escaping with a 16-14 victory.

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Trousdale County’s Blake Satterfield continues family coaching legacy

Tradition. Legacy. Winning.

For Trousdale County’s football program, those words carry a deeper meaning. And for over 60 years, the Satterfield family has had a tremendous impact on maintaining the importance of football in the Hartsville community.

As the 2019 season nears, that legacy is now in the hands of the third generation as Blake Satterfield prepares for his debut as head coach of the Yellow Jackets.

Blake was named head coach in February to replace Brad Waggoner, who left Trousdale County for a job in Georgia. Blake served as defensive coordinator for the 2018 team, which finished as runner-up in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl.

Blake is the younger son of Clint Satterfield, who coached Trousdale County to five state titles in 24 years, and the grandson of Jim Satterfield, who won a state title in Hartsville and whose name graces the Jackets’ stadium.

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Blake Satterfield, left, and his father Clint stand beside the plaque on Trousdale County’s fieldhouse honoring Clint’s father, Jim Satterfield. Blake was named head coach of the Yellow Jackets earlier this year, becoming the third generation of the Satterfield family to serve in that role.

Both Clint and Jim Satterfield are members of the TSSAA Hall of Fame, with a combined 486 victories between them in roughly five decades of coaching. Both also served as Trousdale County’s director of schools, with Clint currently in that position since 2007.

Blake insisted he felt no pressure to take over the Trousdale County program based on his name and the success of his father and grandfather. In fact, Clint tried to steer his son away from the head coaching job.

“Going into this coaching thing, (Clint) said ‘You don’t have to do this, you don’t owe anything to it.’ I said, ‘Dad, it’s not because of you that I am or I’m not going to do it.’ ” Blake said.

“As a father, this was something I didn’t encourage,” Clint added. “I know how much time it takes away from family… As a superintendent, I felt there was a lot of pressure on me to hire someone local. But I hope I was really objective about that selection. Ultimately, I had to put the biases I had as a father aside to make the decision in the best interest of our school district.

“I don’t want Blake to be me. I don’t want him to be anybody but himself.”

Clint spoke on his own experiences following in his father’s footsteps when he became coach in the mid-1980s. He said the opportunity to come home and help his alma mater and his father was a motivating factor, but said he never felt pressured to succeed based on his father’s accomplishments.

“I just wanted to try to serve my school and county that have been so good to me,” Clint said. “I’ve always enjoyed football since I was a child and I was just so caught up in that. I never really thought about the pressure.

“Everything that I know about building relationships and the psychology of coaching, I learned from my dad… But I never tried to be my dad.”

Clint credited his college coaches, Boots Donnelly at Middle Tennessee State and Wayne Grubb at North Alabama, for developing the technical side of his own coaching experience.

While it may seem to outsiders looking in that having another Satterfield on the sidelines was inevitable, both father and son said that was never the case.

“I took a sabbatical from coaching football for a while… All of a sudden Coach Waggoner approached me and said, ‘Would you be interested in being defensive coordinator?’ ” Blake said. “At that point I felt I had coached these guys and I think I would give them a better chance on defense.”

Blake said that when the Trousdale County job came open, he again felt there was an opportunity to make his own mark on one of the state’s tradition-rich programs. He also noted that the 2019 senior class will be under its third head coach and noted the instability that brings into a team.

“That’s tough on kids,” Blake said. “Ultimately, I believe I can give them the best chance to be successful.”

Aside from his father and grandfather, Blake credited current Upperman coach Adam Caine as one of his coaching influences. Caine served as defensive coordinator at Sewanee when Blake played safety there.

“The Creekbank was always more home than away from home,” Blake said. “My defensive coordinator at Sewanee, Coach Caine, was my biggest influence about getting into coaching. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Asked what he would like to incorporate from his father’s coaching tenure into his own time leading the Yellow Jackets, Blake joked, “Winning state championships. That would be awesome!

“My dad had his kids ready to play on Friday night and he stressed doing things the right way all of the time. It’s an injustice of you don’t do some of those things… I want to hear about what’s done well and how we can use that in what we do.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Trousdale County 2019 football preview

Trousdale County football fans saw their Yellow Jackets advance all the way to the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl last year.

The Jackets came up short in their bid for an 11th state championship, but many prognosticators think this year’s squad could challenge for another gold ball.

Trousdale County is already receiving some statewide recognition in the preseason as longtime high school football sage Murphy Fair has the Yellow Jackets as one of his top five teams in 2A, along with Fairley, Meigs County, Peabody and Tyner Academy.

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Tarvaris Claiborne (7) and Cameron Rankins (5) will be two key performers for the Yellow Jackets in 2019.

The Jackets are also getting respect from coaches, who have picked them second in 2A behind last year’s champions from Peabody. The remainder of the coaches’ Top 10 picks are Meigs County, Union City, Tyner, Waverly, Fairley, Watertown, Lewis County and Oneida.

The Jackets have been picked by league coaches to reclaim the Region 4-2A title ahead of Watertown, Westmoreland, East Robertson, Jackson County and Cascade.

After serving as defensive coordinator last season, Blake Satterfield has been elevated to head coach and will again oversee the defensive side of the ball.

Paul Pitts has joined the Trousdale staff as offensive coordinator. Potts served as offensive coordinator at Cumberland University in 2018 and previously filled that same role at the University of the Cumberlands. He also honed his coaching skills for eight seasons at Shorter University.

“Heading into a season after ending the 2018 one with a loss in the championship game is tough,” Satterfield said. “However, our players have responded very well this summer and have allowed me and the coaching staff to push them to get better.”

Defensively, the Jackets are led by two all-state senior linebackers in Tarvaris Claiborne (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and Jay’Dynn Hayward (5-9, 175), who each recorded 80-plus tackles last season for the Jackets.

On offense, Trousdale County must replace 58 percent of its rushing game after the graduation of Dyson Satterfield (1,530 yards in 2018) and Keyvont Baines (739 yards).

Junior Jayden Hicks (6-0, 165) is the team’s top returning rusher with 584 yards last season while playing at wingback and receiver. Hicks will be called upon to take over at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets this season.

Also expected to get their share of carries will be senior Kobe Ford (6-1, 185), junior Cameron Rankins (6-2, 230) and junior Sebastian Linarez (5-10, 175).

Nine seniors headline a Trousdale County roster than features 51 players.

“Having 51 players on our roster is the most I can ever remember playing or coaching with at Trousdale County High School,” Satterfield said.

The Jackets will start the season with perhaps their two toughest opponents with trips to Friendship on Aug. 23 and to Watertown on Sept. 6.

Trousdale County defeated Friendship 27-21 last season and split with Watertown, losing 22-21 in Hartsville during the regular season and winning 15-8 on the road in the quarterfinals.

Yellow Jackets prepare to host Tobacco Bowl Jamboree

The 31st annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree will unfold Friday night in Hartsville with three schools coming for competition. Clay County, Station Camp and Trousdale County will be playing in one of the longest running jamborees in Tennessee.

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Trousdale County’s Keenan Burnley (21) is brought down by a Livingston Academy defender during last week’s scrimmage.

At 6 p.m., Station Camp and Trousdale County will play a freshman game, followed by Clay County’s varsity taking on Station Camp’s junior varsity. Around 8:30 p.m., Trousdale County and Station Camp will face off.

Before that last half of action, players from the 1998 Trousdale County state championship team will be recognized.

“Friday night is our last dress rehearsal before this season starts,” said Jackets coach Blake Satterfield. “I am happy with our improvement over the last week, but the next two weeks mean everything for getting our young men ready to play heading into the fall of 2019.”

The Jackets had their final two scrimmages last week as they hosted Livingston Academy on Tuesday and traveled to Upperman on Friday.

“Last week we got back to some of the basics and taking pride in doing the little things right,” Satterfield added. “We improved in areas that make football teams and that’s blocking and tackling. We have some kids out right now with injuries and we still have a lot of improving to do before our opening game.”

JSMS: The Jim Satterfield Jr. Jackets kicked off their 2019 season on Aug. 8 but suffered a 6-0 home loss to Smith County.

Poor blocking and a number of turnovers led to the Jr. Jackets’ first shutout loss in seven years.

Smith County’s Peyton Hix scored on a 3-yard run with 3:30 left in the first quarter for the only points of the night.

The Jr. Jackets were to host Gordonsville on Tuesday and are scheduled to play at Macon County on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Larry Woody: If you see Bigfoot, don’t shoot him

A recent report about a Kentucky camper firing shots at what he claimed was a Bigfoot brought back memories of an alleged sighting in Wilson County several years ago.

I was contacted by a farmer who lived in a remote area of the county who claimed his teenaged son and his girlfriend encountered a Bigfoot.

The farmer, who insisted on remaining anonymous, gave this account:

He was bush-hogging a field, accompanied by the teenagers, who decided to stroll down a nearby logging road.

Sketch by Makayla Boden
Descriptions of Bigfoot tend to be similar.

A few minutes later they came running up the road, frantically shouting that they had seen a Bigfoot.

The son said they walked around a bend in the road and confronted an 8-foot-tall, man-like creature covered in shaggy, dark-brown hair. It was standing upright beside a pine tree and appeared to be chewing something.

When it spotted the youngsters it paused in mid-chew, then whirled and disappeared into the brush.

The girl’s account matched the boy’s exactly, right down to the creature’s jaw appearing to be lop-sided, as though it had suddenly stopped chewing.

The girl was crying, shaking and almost hysterical.

She stayed behind in the field while the farmer followed his son down the road where he pointed out the tree where he said the creature stood. The grass and leaves were matted down around the base of the tree, but no footprints could be detected.

The farmer said he had never believed in the existence of a Bigfoot, but was convinced the youngsters had definitely seen “something.” He said the girl’s emotional state was too genuine to fake, and his son was not the type to play pranks.

He said he contacted me not to seek publicity – he insisted no names be publicized for fear the teens would be teased – but rather to ask if I, as an outdoor writer, had heard of any similar sightings in the area.

I told him I hadn’t, and I never heard from him again. But in ensuing years I recalled the account every time there was a reported Bigfoot sighting.

The most recent came a couple of weeks ago at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

A man told park rangers he was camping when a Bigfoot appeared out of the underbrush. The man ran to a nearby campsite and total two other campers about the sighting.

He returned to his campsite, which he said had been “demolished” and as he surveyed the wreckage, he said the Bigfoot appeared again. He said he fired several shots at the creature as it fled.

The two other campers corroborated the shooter’s warning about the presence of a Bigfoot at his campsite.

Reported Bigfoot sighting can be traced back to the early 1800s – and even earlier, according to Indian lore – but most wildlife professionals claim there is no such creature. They note that no Bigfoot body or body parts have ever been produced, nor has any verifiable photograph been taken.

However, if a Bigfoot does exist, it is illegal to shoot or otherwise harm it. TWRA regulations prohibit killing or capturing any wild animal for which there is no specified hunting season.

Bigfoot – if he’s out there somewhere – is a protected species.

Youth football players, cheerleaders show off new uniforms

Trousdale County’s youth football players and cheerleaders will be sporting new uniforms when they take the field this fall, thanks to hard work in fundraising and generous support from the community.

Players and cheerleaders displayed some of the new uniforms at the Victory Bridge on Saturday morning. The uniforms and other equipment cost around $12,000, according to Youth Football president Shane Sanders.

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

“It’s amazing how quickly the whole town, businesses, parents, everybody pulled together,” Sanders said. “We knew we needed new jerseys and everybody really hustled and did their part.”

Sanders credited former president Troy Calhoun for getting the ball rolling in fundraising.

“Those guys did a really good job in saving money and we started off with a good nest egg. That helped us a lot,” Sanders said. “We’re going to continue to make it grow and be bigger every year.”

Sanders said youth coaches have already reached out to coaches at the middle and high school levels to implement some of the same offensive schemes. By doing so, when current youth players make it to high school they should already be very familiar with what will be asked of them.

“We want to be a farm system,” Sanders said. “Little things now can make a big difference later.”

The youth league has also received permission to play one night game at John Kerr Field, to give the children a taste of playing under the lights on the Creekbank. That night game is scheduled for Oct. 5 against Jackson County.

“The high school band will be there playing for these kids,” Sanders said. “We’re really going to promote it as a ‘Friday Night Lights’ deal and we want to get the town involved.

“See these kids that are going to be the stars of tomorrow.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Yellow Jackets take part in two scrimmages

High school football teams were able to put on full pads last week, so the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets got in four days of contact and a scrimmage on Friday.

“We have had great work since we have gone in full pads,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “Unfortunately, we have accumulated some bumps and bruises; however, our kids are responding to adversity really well.

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Trousdale County’s Cameron Rankins brings down a Livingston Academy runner during Tuesday’s scrimmage on the Creekbank.

“In order for us to do the things we have set out to accomplish this year, getting mentally and physically stronger is a priority heading into the 2019 season. We still have a lot of work to do.”

The Jackets completed their week with a scrimmage against Class 1A power Lake County in Clarksville. Online reports said the teams each scored twice, once on offense and once on defense.

“Hopefully after our Lake County scrimmage, we can make adjustments and learn from our mistakes,” Satterfield added. “We are going to rely heavily on our skill guys this year, but getting our linemen caught up is the challenge we are facing.”

The Jackets scrimmaged Tuesday against Livingston Academy, getting two rushing touchdowns from Cameron Rankins while allowing just one score on defense. They will travel to Upperman on Friday for a 6 p.m. scrimmage against the Bees.

JSMS: The Jr. Jackets will kick off their season tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a home game against Smith County. JSMS will return to the Creekbank on Tuesday to face Gordonsville.

Larry Woody: Pay attention to risks of heatstroke

The heat wave that has been sweeping the country may get worse with the coming Dog Days of August, and for outdoorsmen it is beyond uncomfortable.

It can be a killer.

I’ve used this example before, but it’s worth repeating as a warning: a friend who was a veteran fishing guide almost died of heat stoke a few years ago on Old Hickory Lake.

He was middle-aged, in good physical health, and had been fishing since he was a kid.

He was accustomed to sizzling summertime temperatures. The heat had never bothered him before.

Then suddenly one morning he almost died from it.

Photo by Larry Woody
Even deer try to cool off in hot weather.

He had taken a client out at dawn, and by mid-morning the heat was getting intense. He was about ready to head in when suddenly he grew dizzy. Then he blacked out.

By luck, his client that day was a doctor and he recognized the symptoms of heatstroke – dizziness and loss of consciousness; hot, dry skin; rapid heartbeat – and knew what to do.

He soaked a shirt in water and spread it over the unconscious guide to cool him off and protect him from the sun, then took control of the boat and sped back to the marina.

The guide was carried inside, and paramedics were called. By the time they arrived, the air conditioning and cold towels had revived him, but he was nauseous and suffering a severe headache.

The paramedics said if he had been alone in the boat when he passed out under the searing sun, he likely would have died.

He was cautioned against spending further time in the summer heat (one heatstroke may mean you are prone to more). Ever since then, he has heeded that advice.

His message is simple: if heatstroke could strike him – an experienced fisherman in good physical shape and conditioned to being outdoors in the summer – it can happen to anyone.

Medical experts warn that being on the water can magnify the effects of heat, with the sun reflected off the surface, giving a boater a double dose of rays.

Also, if the boat is moving it can produce a cooling effect and the boater many not realize how intense the ambient temperature actually is.

And in an open boat on the water, there is no shade to duck into for a periodic cool-off.

Heatstroke on the water even more dangerous is the fact that help is seldom close at hand. The boat has to return to the dock or marina to seek aid and medical assistance. A boat ride takes time, when time is critical.

Fishermen and other summertime boaters are advised to drink lots of fluids such as water and sports drinks that contain electrolytes. They should avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea, as well as alcohol.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting clothes. Shirts or towels can be soaked in water and draped over head, neck and shoulders for cooling.

At the first sign of dizziness or fatigue, get out of the sun and cool off.

The best way to avoid heatstroke or related problems is to stay off the water during the hottest times of the day.

The fish seldom bite then anyway, and they’ll still be there when it cools off.

Yellow Jackets to play Station Camp in Tobacco Bowl Jamboree

The 31st annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree is set for Friday, Aug. 16 and three high school football teams are scheduled for some football competition on the Creekbank.

Station Camp and Trousdale County will play a freshmen game at 6 p.m., followed by a contest between Clay County’s varsity and Station Camp’s junior varsity around 7:15 p.m.

At 8:30, the 1998 Trousdale County team that won the Class 1A state championship will be recognized. Current Jackets assistant coach Corey Timberlake was part of that squad, which defeated the University School of Jackson 63-18 in the Clinic Bowl.

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Trousdale County’s Mason Basford (70) tackles a ballcarrier during summer workouts.

Station Camp and Trousdale County will conclude the jamboree with two quarters of exhibition play that will start around 9 p.m.

“We are looking for a good turnout to finish our preseason scrimmages,” said coach Blake Satterfield. “Playing Lake County, Livingston Academy and Upperman before our jamboree will provide a great opportunity for our guys to get quality work.

“Please come out and support us for a great night at the 2019 Tobacco Bowl Jamboree.”

The Yellow Jackets will scrimmage on Friday against Lake County at Austin Peay, then at home against Livingston Academy on Tuesday.

JSMS: The JSMS Jr. Jackets will kick off the 2019 season on Thursday, Aug. 8 with a 6:30 p.m. home matchup against Smith County.

Larry Woody: ‘Frog fishing’ can be unique experience

Pat Haywood was fascinated when she watched Lebanon guide Jim Duckworth “frog fishing” with his grandson Logan in a pond near the Duckworths’ home.

Duckworth asked Pat if she’d like to try it sometime.

She hopped on the invitation, and one day last week a hunt was arranged.

Pat bagged her frog.

“I wasn’t sure it would work, but it did,” says Pat, wife of longtime Charlie Daniels Band bass guitar player Charlie Haywood.

Photo courtesy of Jim Duckworth
Pat Haywood went ‘frog fishing’ and brought back this big one.

“I cast out and reeled the worm across the grassy surface like Jim showed me, and suddenly a big frog grabbed it.”

“It hit like a three-pound bass,” Duckworth says. “I’ve caught lots of frogs that way.”

Unlike traditional frog hunting which is done at night – shining frogs’ eyes and gigging, grabbing or shooting them – ‘frog fishing’ is done in the daytime. The frogs lurk in the grass and weeds waiting to pounce on whatever food source happens by.

Duckworth uses a worm for bait. Since it is too light to cast far, he uses an 8-foot BnM float & fly rod he designed himself. The worm is flipped into a froggy-looking spot and slithered across the surface.

Because of the tangle of vegetation, six-pound-test line is used.

Pat grew up in the outdoors in Texas where she once attended a rattlesnake roundup. She eventually moved north where she met her future husband. She and Charlie were wed 45 years ago and moved to Wilson County the following year when he became a charter member of the world-famous Charlie Daniels Band.

Charlie Daniels, a longtime resident of Mt. Juliet, is an ardent outdoorsman, but he and the Hargroves seldom get a chance to share adventures.

“We used to take our son fishing in Charlie’s lake,” Pat says, “but he stays so busy he doesn’t have much free time.”

Pat, a self-described “stay-at-home mom and grandmother,” met Duckworth through his outgoing wife Ramona, and they formed a strong friendship.

“Jim and Ramona are special people,” Pat says. “They are a delight to be around.”

During their recent frog-fishing excursion, catching a frog wasn’t the only excitement of the trip.

“We were walking on a liner that helps hold water in Jim’s pond, and suddenly he felt something squirming under his foot,” Pat says. “We looked down, and there was a big snake.”

The snake slithered away, perhaps to catch a frog of its own.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency classifies catching frogs as hunting, with regulations listed in the Hunting & Trapping Guide. The daily bag limit is 20.

Pat settled for one, but plans to go back for more.

“There’s a giant frog in Jim’s pond we named ‘Jabba,’ after the Star Wars character,” she says. “I’m going to get him.”

And then?

“I love frog legs,” she says, adding with a laugh: “As long as someone else does the gruesome work.”

Yellow Jacket football holds golf tournament fundraiser

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From left: Brad Glassell, Alex Anderson, Joey Tuck

The Yellow Jacket Golf Classic was a big success Saturday, as some 60 golfers came together to support the Trousdale County football program and enjoy some competition on the links at Long Hollow Golf Course.

The team of Alex Anderson, Joey Tuck, Jeff Beam and Brad Glassell won the first flight with a 17-under par score of 54.

The second flight had a three-way tie at 8-under 63, with the Lipmann Brothers squad declared the winner after a scorecard playoff.

Michael Dallas won a prize for the longest drive on hole No. 8.

“We had a great turnout of 16 teams,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “That doubled from the previous year. We will keep trying our best to grow this tournament each year.

“I would like to thank our community for their support and donations to TCHS football. Without our community support, funding our football team would be impossible.”

Larry Woody: Scary things sometimes in the dark

I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’m scared of what might be lurking in it that wants to eat me.

I came across a story awhile back that said a “sizable” percentage of the population is afraid of the dark. There’s even a name a name for it: nyctophobia.

I’ve spent over a half-century prowling the outdoors, sometimes at night, and I’ve had some nervous nocturnal moments.

One year my fishing buddy and I set up camp on the bank of a remote lake in the Canadian wilderness. We noticed trails coming out of the woods and leading down to the lake, but didn’t pay much attention to them as we pitched our tent under some hemlocks.

Photo by Larry Woody
A harmless owl can sound eerie at night.

Beavers, we figured.

Around midnight we were awakened by a loud “woof” outside the tent. Suddenly a big, hairy paw took a swipe at the canvas. Beavers don’t woof and swipe tents. Bears do.

My buddy let out a yelp, the bear let out a grunt, and I grabbed a flashlight and shined it toward the shaggy intruder. The bear went crashing off through the underbrush. Judging from the noise it made, it was a big one.

My buddy and I slept in the truck the rest of the night.

The next morning a ranger dropped by and advised us to move our tent away from the bear trails, and also to stop cleaning fish around the campsite. Either that, he said, or start wearing t-shirts that read “Free Food.”

On another Canadian trip we heard a timber wolf howl nearby. This time we were safe inside a cabin, but it was still eerie. It was a flimsy cabin.

I spent one eventful year sleeping in Southeast Asia jungles in which tigers prowled and cobras slithered. I never saw any of the former, but a squad-mate was struck in the eye by venom spit from one of the latter.

On another patrol we came across a python with the girth of a football.

The cobras and pythons weren’t interested in us. They were after the big red-eyed rats that screeched and scampered over us at night as we huddled under our poncho liners.

The jungle was a scary place after dark.

While those fears of the dark were founded, some were not. One pitch-black night, while camped alongside a trout stream in the East Tennessee mountains, my buddy and I were snapped awake by a spine-tingling scream.

It sounded like Bigfoot with an abscessed tooth. I’d never heard such a horrible shriek.

A few years later I heard it again, this time in my suburban backyard. I stepped out on the deck with a flashlight, and discovered the source: a pint-sized screech owl perched in a tree.

Most of the time when I’ve been jittery at night, it turned out there was nothing to be scared of – just an owl, raccoon or other harmless critter. However, on other dark nights there were cobras, bears, wolves and tigers prowling around.

If Mother Nature had a night-light, I’d sleep with it on.

Hayden Williams named as JSMS football coach

Hayden Williams

The Jim Satterfield Middle School Jr. Jackets have a new head football coach in Hayden Williams.

Williams has been elevated to the top spot after serving as an assistant under Matt Dyer last season.

“I am excited to take over as head coach of the JSMS Yellow Jackets football program,” Williams said. “Coach Dyer put in a lot of time and hard work last season to help improve the program and I look forward to building upon that. We have a lot of work to do, installing a new offense and getting these young men up to speed with everything.”

Jamal Carter will serve as an assistant coach.

“Coach Carter and I will work tirelessly to get the team ready for the upcoming season,” Williams said. “I look forward to us having a great year!”

The Jr. Jackets will open the 2019 season on Aug. 8 at home against Smith County.

Golf tournament: The annual Yellow Jackets Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Long Hollow Golf Course in Gallatin.

The entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per team of four. For more information, call coach Blake Satterfield at 615-633-8544 or email blakesatterfield@tcschools.org.