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The Blount Countian, January 29, 1997

Seven inducted into Blount County Sports Hall of Fame

“We’re fortunate that we got to live out our dreams,” Dr. Donald Sutton said Saturday night to a crowd of several hundred at the National Guard Armory in Oneonta.

His sentiments were echoed by the six other current and former Blount Countians who were the first inductees into the county’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The first class includes Randy Faust, Charles Grisham, Mary Harvey Isbell, Hugh O’Shields, Larry “Pod” Patterson, Lamonde Russell, and Donnie Sutton.

The inaugural members were introduced in alphabetical order by golf legend Jerry Pate, who also served as keynote speaker of the event.

County under thunderstorm, tornado warnings

Rescue squads throughout the county, Blount 911 dispatch, and county commissioners were on special standby much of Friday afternoon and night as thunderstorm and tornado warnings were given for the county.

Three mobile homes and several outbuildings near the Blount/Marshall line received heavy damage. Brooksville and Summit rescue combed the area, checking all backroads, to assess the damage and make certain there were no injuries after the 5 p.m. storm.

During the height of the storms, Susan Moore was called to an 18-wheeler involved in a wreck on Ala 79 about 8 miles north of Cleveland but it was not noted whether that accident were weather related. A Boaz man was taken to an area hospital from that wreck.