For the second consecutive evening, Hardin County High School saw their dreams of a trip to the TSSAA State Tournament snatched from their graspsÂ by Collierville High School. After the Lady Tigers fell 2-1 at Collierville in softball action Friday, the Tigers hosted the Dragons in a baseball sectional contestÂ in front of a huge crowd Saturday night at Savannah City Park with the winner clinching a spot in Murfreesboro next week. Despite a valiant pitching effort by Trevor Bishop and a clutch home run by Jordan Lambert, Collierville used a late home run of their own to take a 2-1 victory and end an outstanding season for the Tigers, as well asÂ the high school careers for a special group of seniors.
Heartbroken Tigers fall 2-1
Lady Tigers fall, Tigers play Saturday night
Playing at Collierville in a hostile environment Friday evening, the Hardin County Lady Tigers saw their dreams of a trip to the TSSAA State Softball Tournament fall excruciatingly short as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Lady Dragons to end their excellent season.Â The baseball Tigers home game vs Collierville was postponed by rain until 8 p.m. Saturday night at Savannah City Park with a berth in next week's TSSAA State Baseball Tournament on the line. The Tigers are hoping for a huge crowd to come out and cheer them on to victory.
Gresham undeterred by governor’s veto of bill aimed at animal abuse stings
May 16– NASHVILLE (AP)– Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday vetoed a bill that would require images that document animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, saying his main concern is its constitutionality.
State Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a legal opinion that the measure would be "constitutionally suspect’’ because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection.
The bill’s sponsors–Republican Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville, whose district includes Hardin County, and Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden–said in a joint statement that they respect Haslam’s decision, but aren’t giving up on the legislation.
"We...look forward to working with law enforcement officials, district attorneys, the agriculture industry, and the animal welfare community to craft a better and more legally enforceable bill to address animal abuse during next year’s legislative session," they said.
Haslam said the opinion is among at least three reasons he’s vetoing the bill.
The second reason he gave was the bill appears to repeal parts of Tennessee’s Shield Law without saying so.
"If that is the case, it should say so," Haslam said.
A third reason for the veto, Haslam said was that some district attorneys are concerned the bill actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases, "which would be an unintended consequence."
A number of groups and celebrities have spoken out against the proposal they have dubbed the "ag gag" bill. They say the bill is designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse.
The Humane Society in 2011 secretly filmed video inside a training stable showing caustic substances being applied to Tennessee walking horses’ legs and hooves, and the animals being beaten to make them stand. Trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty in federal court in September.
"It’s the wrong policy to punish the person who exposes cruelty, instead of the person who perpetrates it," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Human Society, said of Haslam’s veto.
Seizure may have caused fatal crash
May 13– An Alabama man was killed Friday and another man injured in a high speed one-vehicle crash in downtown Savannah.
Savannah police said today that Terry D. Hutcheson, 60, of Tuscumbia, Ala., died in the 1:55 p.m. crash which snapped two utility poles.
The impacts caused two loud explosive sounds. Electrical power flickered or failed for a short time in some downtown businesses and the Hardin County Courthouse.
The black 1999 Ford F-250 was traveling northbound on Pickwick Street when it crossed Main Street or U.S. 64, and hit a utility pole on the right side of the intersection, snapping it and knocking a traffic signal down. The pickup then continued north on Pickwick Street,Â breaking and leaving hanging a second utility pole on the right side of the road.
The Ford came to rest on its side after hitting a tree and damaging the office building of physician Jim Thomas on the right side of Pickwick Street, lodged between the building and tree.