The Cocke County Middle School football team will be starting practice on Monday, July 10 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The team will practice every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from then until the season begins.

The program is accepting all sixth, seventh and eighth graders to come and sign up. There are no registration fees, however, interested players must bring a physical form.

For players who will be on vacation and still want to play, or for further information, contact coach Scottie Thornton at 423-248-8668.


Proceeds from a spaghetti supper on Thursday, July 8, will benefit the Cosby Little League ball teams.

The event will be held at Cosby Church of God from noon until 7 p.m. Cost will be $7 per plate, and carry-outs are available.


The Morristown Volleyball Association is looking for individuals interested in refereeing middle school and high school volleyball in the Lakeway Area. Experience or knowledge in volleyball is preferred. Training will be provided and weekly meetings will begin in early July.

If interested, contact Jeff Blanken at or call 423-839-6795.


The Cocke County High School Lady Red volleyball team will he holding a six-week clinic this summer to teach youngsters the skills of volleyball.

The instructional camp will be held for girls across Cocke County ages 8-14 one night a week at the Cocke County High School gymnasium.

The latest of skills of volleyball will be introduced in this clinic through drills and demonstrations and participants will also learn the different positions of the court. The clinic is perfect for girls wanting to play at the middle school and high school level.

Nights for the clinic are June 5, June 12, June 19, July 10, July 17 and July 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. each night. The cost of the camp is $10 per session or $50 for all.

For more information, contact CCHS Volleyball coach Jennifer Slover at 423-620-2169 or via email at


Members of the Cocke County High School athletic department will hold a yard sale and flea market on Saturday, August 5.

Booth space will be available for $10. Organizer Dr. Mitzi Hall also reports that anyone can donate items to Cocke County High School athletics so they can be sold is welcome to do so. A trailer will be available to take donated items that we will be sold at the events.

If interest is there, the sale may be expanded to Friday and Saturday. All proceeds will go towards the CCHS athletic department. For more information, contact Hall at 423-623-8718 (ext. 150) or 423-237-5457.


Walters State volleyball coach Megan Blaylock has announced the dates for her upcoming Walters State Volleyball Clinics to be held inside the college’s ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

There will be three different levels of clinics, as girls in grades 9-12 will have three dates, as will girls in grades 6-8, and girls ages 5-11 will have two opportunities for instruction. The cost is $40 per clinic for grades 6-12 and $20 for younger participants. If older players come to more than one camp, the cost becomes $60 for two clinics and $80 for all three.

For high school players, the first clinic date is June 1, with the hitters clinic going from 9 a.m. until noon, the defensive clinic going from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and the setters clinic running from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The second date is July 10 with hitters going from 9 a.m. until noon and the defensive clinic running from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The third date is July 24 with setters going from 9 a.m. until noon and the defensive clinic running from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

For middle school players, the clinics will be July 18-20, with the first date comprising of a defensive clinic from 9 a.m. until noon and the setters hitting the court from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. On July 19, the setters will have their clinic from 9 a.m. until noon and hitters will be on the floor from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

On July 20, hitters will have a clinic from 9 a.m. until noon and a defensive clinic will be held form 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The youth skills clinics will be held on July 25-26 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. each day.

The primary goals of the clinics are to help players that are interested in learning and improving fundamental volleyball techniques and skills. The clinics are a way to teach proper fundamentals in a fun-filled environment. Instructors in addition to Blaylock will be assistant coach Erika Waycaster and the Walters State volleyball players.

Each attendee is asked to arrive 30 minutes early to check in. Each player will receive a T-shirt at the end of the session. For more information, contact Blaylock by phone at 423-312-9593 or by email at


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