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BBQ Winners
Jay Walker Monday August 11, 2014

Local teams competed Friday night in the Smokin' in McMinnville Barbecue Cookoff Charity Competition. The Peoples Choice winner was Poppy's Swinetts, cooking for the Senior Center. The Judges Choice winner was Galligan and Newman, cooking for Books from Birth.
The Backyard Champion was South Pork from Elkmont, Alabama.
In the Pro category, the Reserve Grand Champion was Historic Barbecue from Lebanon, Ohio. The Grand Champion was Warren County Pork Choppers from Bowling Green, Kentucky.


State Says DesJarlais Won
Saturday August 9, 2014

State officials disputed a claim by the Associated Press that State Sen. Jim Tracy had moved up to a two-vote lead over Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the race for Fourth District Representative.
Blake Fortenay of the Secretary of State's Office said the AP apparently received some bad information. He said the numbers, which show DesJarlais with a 35-vote win, have not changed.
DesJarlais claimed victory early Friday morning after Sen. Tracy told supporters he had won on Thursday night. The incumbent was boosted by late returns from Grundy County.

District 6aaa Rankings

District 6aaa Rankings
Saturday August 9, 2014

District 6aaa coaches have picked the Warren County Pioneers to finish fifth in the District this fall. The rankings were published in Murphy Fair's book that covers high school football in Tennessee.
The coaches' poll has Rhea County and Cookeville tied for first place, ahead of White County. Stone Memorial follows White County, ahead of Warren County and Cumberland County.
Rhea County won the district last year with a 10-2 record.
The Pioneers are hoping to prove the coaches wrong as they continue preparations for the season opener at DeKalb County in two weeks.


DesJarlais Wins
Jay Walker Friday August 8, 2014

Fourth District Congressman Scott DesJarlais survived a scare from Jim Tracy in the Republican primary to move on to the November election. Tracy had already indicated he had won earlier in the evening, but late numbers from Grundy County apparently pushed the incumbent over the top as DesJarlais won by a mere 35 votes, according to unofficial totals.
If the numbers hold up, DesJarlais will face Democratic candidate Lenda Sherrell in November. Sherrell was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In the primary for 43rd district state representative, Kevin Dunlap won the Democratic nomination, taking 81 percent of the vote in Warren County. He will face White County Republican Robert Dunham in November.


School Board Election
Jay Walker Friday August 8, 2014

The Warren County School Board will have a different look as two of the three incumbents will not be returning.
In District 1, longtime educator James Bennett unseated current board chairman Jeff Lee, getting 57.5 percent of the vote to Lee's 30 percent.
In District 3, Helen Martin defeated incumbent Michael Wayne Adamson by nearly a 2 to 1 margin.
In District 5, Linda Blair was re-elected, getting 44 percent of the vote against three challengers.


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