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Section 303: The Preds super fans who put the "loud" in Smashville hockey

Jul 5, 2017
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Follett/Watson)  --  The Nashville Predator’s run at the Stanley Cup turned into a sports feeding frenzy here in Middle Tennessee and introduced Smashville hockey to lots of new fans. Overnight everyone in the Mid-State wanted to root the Predators to victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

So on the night of the first Stanley Cup home game, a sea of gold and blue jerseys flooded Lower Broadway. Free concerts, combined with a whole lot of booze flowing from the overcrowded honky tonks, made the 50,000 fans especially boisterous.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MARSHALL) --  Nashville enjoyed some beautiful weather on Saturday, but even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, thousands experienced “Thunder on the Cumberland.”

“Thunder” is an annual formula one boat racing festival that took place on the river downtown this past weekend. Tomcats Hospitality produced the event with support from sponsors like Toyota.

Tomcats CEO Tom Morales described the racing event for WMOT from a spectator tent near 1st Avenue.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It may sound like a throwback to the state’s pioneering days, but there are a growing number of Tennesseans interested in trapping wild animals for their meat and fur.

On a recent Saturday morning, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Fur Harvesters Association partnered to put on a trapping seminar. So many people showed up, TWRA personnel had to scramble to find more transportation.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legendary country singer Alan Jackson is going to play a free outdoor concert Saturday in Music City in advance of the Nashville Predators first home game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame said it's an exciting time for the Predators and the city of Nashville. Jackson, in his statement, said he's a Predators fan and proud to be included in the team's road to the Stanley Cup.

Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

May 1, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason.

Returning home, they put their deep scoring on display and bounced back with a big victory.

Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Sunday to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Now that they've swept the Western Conference's top seed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Nashville Predators want to continue making history by finally advancing beyond the second round.

The Predators have been around since 1998-99 but never have won a second-round playoff series. They came close last year before losing a seventh game to the San Jose Sharks.

Then again, the Predators also had never recorded a playoff sweep or had won a postseason series with the Chicago Blackhawks before this week.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a new contract that runs through the 2023-24 season.

School officials said Friday the seven-year deal will gives Davis a $575,000 base salary plus $175,000 each year for television and broadcast responsibilities.

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The NCAA tourney got off to a mixed start for mid-state teams.


Vanderbilt University lost a squeaker yesterday to Northwestern 68-66. Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.


Middle Tennessee State proved it’s no one-year wonder yesterday, taking down top-seeded Minnesota 81-72.  Reggie Upshaw scored 19 points, Giddy Potts added 15.




CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Peay coach Dave Loos is taking a leave of absence to continue chemotherapy for a cancerous lymph node.

School officials say it's unclear how long Loos will be away. Assistant coach Jay Bowen will take over in Loos' absence, starting with Thursday's game at Tennessee Tech.

Athletic director Ryan Ivey says Thursday "our thoughts and prayers continue to be with (Loos) and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Star wide receiver Andre Johnson is retiring after 14 seasons in a career mainly spent with the Houston Texans.

The 35-year-old Johnson is a seven-time Pro Bowl player now with Tennessee. Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in a statement Monday that Johnson "in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game."

Johnson ranks among the top 10 receivers in NFL history in career catches and receiving yards. He had 1,062 catches for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's nothing like a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars to make the Tennessee Titans remember how to protect their home field.

Marcus Mariota threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns to end his home struggles and the Titans had their highest point total of the season in a 36-22 victory over the Jaguars on Thursday night.

Since the start of the 2014 season, the Titans are 3-0 at home against the Jaguars and 1-17 against everybody else. The Titans are 3-8 in home games started by Mariota, a second-year pro out of Oregon.

Fiala, Arvidsson score 2 each as Predators beat Penguins 5-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals each to lead the injiury-riddled Nashville Predators to a 5-1 victory over the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

Calle Jarnkrok also scored and P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg each added two assists for Nashville. Juuse Saros had 34 shots for his first NHL victory as the Predators snapped a three-game skid.

Panik gets hat trick to lead Blackhawks past Predators, 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Richard Panik scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Scott Darling was sharp in making 33 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks earned their first victory of the season, 5-3 over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach who led the U.S. women's team to 15 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89.

Temple's daughter, Edwina, told Tennessee State officials that her father died after a lengthy illness. He celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

Temple coached the women's track team at Tennessee State, formerly Tennessee A&I, from 1953 to 1994. He was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women's teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980.

MTSU hoping to bounce back from loss to Vandy

Sep 15, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TYLER LAMB)  --  The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are traveling to Ohio this weekend to face off against Bowling Green after a disappointing loss to Vanderbilt.

In last week's game against Vandy, star quarterback Brent Stockstill threw for a career-high 399 yards and his go to wide receiver Richie James hauled in a school-record 14 catches.

However, the team made costly mistakes which led to them falling 47-24 to the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Webb runs for 211, Vanderbilt beats Middle Tennessee 47-24

Sep 11, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ralph Webb ran for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns as the Vanderbilt Commodores beat Middle Tennessee 47-24 Saturday in a game delayed an hour, 44 minutes by a weather delay.

Vanderbilt (1-1) took control with a 28-point second quarter after trailing 10-5 at the end of the first, the final two TDs coming after the storm. Middle Tennessee blocked a field goal on the first play after resuming the game, setting up Brent Stockstill's 5-yard TD pass to Ty Lee to pull within 19-17.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An investigation finds a Tennessee high school basketball program had a "culture of hazing" even before three of its players were charged with the rape of a freshman teammate.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports that the Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to release the findings of the Ooltewah High School investigation, which was conducted by attorney Courtney Bullard.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Siegel High School’s football team had a surprise supporter cheering them on from the sidelines at last night’s home game in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessean reports former Siegel football player Baylor Bramble and his family showed up for the game against Ravenwood.

Bramble suffered a traumatic brain injury during a Siegel game nearly a year ago. The then 16-year-old left the game complaining of a headache. Later that night he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart is retiring effective June 30.

The school announced the decision Thursday.

Hart said in a statement he decided this would be a good time to step down "as I thought about finishing this job well and how extremely proud I am of what everyone in our department has contributed collectively to get us to where we are today."

Officer who called UT's Butch Jones loses assignment

Aug 18, 2016
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville police officer who called Tennessee football coach Butch Jones during a rape investigation involving his players will no longer serve as the police department's liaison to the football team.

Knoxville police chief David Rausch said Wednesday that Sam Brown was removed from that assignment due to "reported concerns" about the relationship between the football program and the police department.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee teen was honored posthumously last night at the ESPY Awards for shielding two friends during a drive-by shooting.

Fifteen-year-old Zaevion Dobson shielded two girls from gunfire with his body in what police say was an episode of gang related violence.

Zaveion’s mother Zenobia Dobson, accepted the Arthur Ashe Award on behalf of her son. She voiced a challenge for the athletes gathered for the ceremony.

Will Tennessee get some love from the ESPY's?

Jul 13, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee will be featured prominently in tonight’s ESPY Awards on ESPN.

WKRN-TV reports that the late Zaevion Dobson will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award posthumously during tonight’s ceremony. Dobson was shot and killed in December while shielding bystanders with his body when gunfire erupted in his Knoxville neighborhood.

The 15-year-old’s mother, brothers and football coach will be on hand to accept the award on Dobson’s behalf.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who boosted women's game, has died at 64.

Amid reports of Summitt's failing health, her family issued a statement Sunday asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt was surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. They also asked for privacy.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee forward Reggie Upshaw will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

School officials said Wednesday in a university release that Upshaw experienced "slight pains" during postseason play. According to the release, the pain returned the last couple of weeks and an MRI on Friday revealed a torn ligament.