Local NewsSimcox named Director of Schools

By Teresa Cunningham

The Johnson County Board of Education met Thursday, April 10, 2014 with Chairman Gerald Buckles presiding. After the meeting was called to order, various members from the audience presented regarding the topic of bullying. Christian Dugger, JCHS student, addressed the board regarding his personal issues with bullying at Johnson County High School. Warren Arnold and his father, Brian Arnold, also spoke to the board on the subject. The senior Arnold asked the board to consider changing school policies on how these items are addressed and dealt with in the schools. Copies of a letter from a third high school student were distributed to board members. These presentations were discussed and the board asked Director of Schools Morris Woodring, JCHS Principal Lisa Arnold, and Johnson County Middle School Principal Steven Long to meet to discuss and investigate further into the bullying issues on the hill. They are expected to report back to the board and further discussion will follow.

The School Board then approved the Consent Agenda as presented and student board member Blake Robinson gave the following report: More...

Jim Crowder named Athletic Director of Year

By Jonathan Pleasant

Mr. Jim Crowder is a familiar face in Johnson County, having had a long time presence in the county school system. Crowder has been CTE director since 2006, assistant principal at JCHS since 2000, a position he took after leaving the top administrative position in the middle school, and prior to that change in the mid 90s held positions teaching math, science, and physical education. Yet, this distinguished academic career aside Crowder is likely best known for his athletic legacy, having coached football for many years, including at the college level, and is now serving his second era as Johnson County High School’s Athletic Director.

Recognizing his past and ongoing efforts, the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (TIAAA) recently awarded Crowder with one of their highest honors, naming him Athletic Director of the Year at the association’s annual conference in Murfreesboro.  Ever humble, Crowder still seemed very appreciative of the nomination. “It was very nice and I enjoyed it,” Crowder said. “I always feel like probably somebody else deserves it more than I do, but I was honored to get the award. I hope I have been able to have a positive impact on some of the young people here by being involved in athletics. When you start looking back that’s what makes it worthwhile, to think that maybe you have been able to influence somebody. That’s one of the most enjoyable parts of it, the people you get to work with over the years.” More...

Abused boy grows up to be an accomplished novelist

By Paula Walter

J.P. Nelson, a graduate of Johnson County High School, has recently released his first novel, Call of the Wolf. The book falls into the category of science fantasy, a genre of literature that is a combination of fantasy and scientific facts.

The basis of Nelson’s book comes from his own personal story. Growing up in an abusive home, Nelson was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive and Attention Deficit disorders. His family told him that he was shameful. He wasn’t allowed to play with other children or have any friends. His contact with others was severely limited. “I didn’t have a childhood,” he said. Call of the Wolf is based on the three separate worlds he created in order to mentally and emotionally survive his upbringing. Within these worlds, he had hundreds of characters. “I developed things in my mind,” Nelson said. More...

From the archives

Editor’s note: The following article was printed in The Tomahawk on January 19, 1954, and that was a reprint from an even earlier article that was published on June 25, 1892. Apparently, when in 1954 The Tomahawk reprinted an article from 1892 about a subscription drive that awarded a lucky young woman by the name of Kate Crosswhite a gold watch, the man that had married her contacted The Tomahawk to tell them that she was still very much alive and still had in her possession the gold watch from 1892. We found it very interesting and thought our readers would as well. What would prove even more interesting would be if a descendant might still be one of our readers and contacted us today in 2014. Hmmmm ... the makings of a really good story!

JANUARY 19, 1954 - The following news from The Tomahawk of sixty-two years ago is printed through the kindness of W.W. Morefield of Neva, who furnished the copy. More...

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