Hawkins This & That: Volunteer swimmer honored, Hale Springs Inn features local artists

Jeff Bobo • Feb 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Commission honored Volunteer High School senior Tinsley Whalen Monday evening for both her academic and athletic achievements, including becoming the county’s first ever Region 1 title winner in swimming.

Whalen has been a three-sport athlete since seventh grade, competing in golf, swimming, and basketball, where she was the Falcons’ team captain this past season.

But Whalen’s greatest success has been in swimming, in which she earned All Conference honors and qualified for the state swim meet each of her four years of high school. She was the 2020 Region 1 runner-up in the 100 meter freestyle the 2020 Region 1 champion in the 50 meter freestyle.

Despite her busy athletic schedule, Whalen has maintained a grade point average of 3.83.

On Monday, the Hawkins County Commission read a proclamation honoring Whalen which states the commission “wishes to recognize and congratulate Tinsley Whalen on her success as an academic student-athlete, and also wish her success in the future at the collegiate level as well.”

Local artists featured at Hale Springs Inn

Beginning in March, the historic Hale Springs Inn located in downtown Rogersville will launch its monthly local artist series with painter Lorrie Adams.

The works of different artists will be on display in a dining room for the entire month, and on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. The Inn will host a reception for each artist.

Adams paints mainly in oils and enjoys subjects such as animals, plants, old homesteads, barns, and mountain scenery. Her work will be on display March 1-29.

The inn already has local artists booked through October including: Lorna Paquin in April, Rhonda Abbott in May, Lily Rasmussen in June, Kathy Frankford in July, Renee Suich in August, Dan Gibson in September, and Nathalie Wyss in October.

RCS band members honored by school board

Seven members of the Rogersville City School marching band were recognized by the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association for their achievements in Junior Clinic.

Five of those seven students were able to attend the Feb. 18 RCS Board of Education meeting and be recognized for this achievement with their director, Sarah Tilley.

The seven members who were recognized include: Abigail Buttry, 24th chair clarinet; Savannah Cradic, fifth chair trombone; Brady Eidson, third chair tuba; Dennie Gao, third chair alto saxophone; Molley Jackson, 11th chair clarinet; Brooklyn Leach, sixth chair tuba; and Ella McLain, first alternate alto baritone.

The BOE also honored fourth-grader Carrie Ruth Lawson, who was Hawkins County’s 4-H public speaking overall winner in the Upper 8 County Competition as well as fourth-grader Anna Claire Catron and sixth-grader Bella Catron, who were the Hawkins County 4-H photography contest overall winners at the Upper 8 County Competition.

Storytime and Mystery at Rogersville library

The next Children's Storytime event at the H.B. Stamps Public Library in Rogersville is Wednesday March 4th at 10 a.m. and will last about an hour.

Greta Sumpter will read a story to the children, and afterwords the youngsters will do a craft. Children’s Storytime is free and no registration is required.

Anyone interested in participating in the Rogersville Library’s next Mystery Book Club should begin reading “Death of a Gossip” by M.C. Beaton.

The Mystery Book Club is also free and requires no registration. It will meet to discuss “Death of a Gossip” on Tuesday, March 31st at 6 p.m.

The meetings last about 90 minutes, and refreshments are served. For more information, call the library at (423) 272-8710.

Diaper donation from MCES kindergartners

Mount Carmel Elementary kindergarten teacher Michelle Shanks’ class donated diapers and wipes to Heaven’s Bell Diaper Pantry, which is a free diaper mission located in the Church Hill shopping center.

The MCES “Sharks” did this service project instead of exchanging valentines with their classmates.

The class donated a total of 507 diapers and 1160 wet wipes, which will provide diapers for five children for a month. The diaper pantry said, “Tell your class we said thank you and they are making a huge difference in our community!”

Rescue Squad Bass Tournament

The Hawkins County Rescue Squad is advising anglers not to wait until the last minute and wait in line the day of the tournament.

Register today for the 28th annual Ralph Stanton Memorial Bass Tournament that will be held on Saturday, April 11 at Quarryville Boat Ramp in Mooresburg.

The event is an important fundraiser every year for the rescue squad, and there two ways to register this year: Online through Thursday, April 9; and onsite the day of the tournament.

There are guaranteed prizes of first place, $1,000; second place, $800; third place, $400; fourth place, $200; and Lunker.

To register online, visit https://hawkinscorescuesquad.org/bass-tournament.

Hawkins Democratic Convention set for March 7

The Hawkins County Democratic Party will host its presidential convention on Saturday March 7 at the Steel Workers Union Hall, 124 Hurd Road, Surgoinsville, to select representation to attend the district convention on March 21.

The doors open for registration at noon and lock at 1 pm. The convention is open to all registered voters in the county who are supporters of the Democratic Party, have voted in the March 2020 presidential primary, and who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential election.

The convention will begin at 1 p.m. when caucuses will be held for the top vote-getting presidential candidates in Congressional District 1. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic presidential convention in Milwaukee the week of July 13.

For more information, contact Jenny Carter, chair, at (423) 383-0913 or Karen Givens, vice-chair, at (423) 327-1552.

If you have a Hawkins County-related announcement, upcoming event or something to brag about that you’d like to see in “Hawkins This & That,” email the information and photos to jbobo@timesnews.net.