Rhea County Lady Eagle Volleyball is pictured above after winning first place in Saturday's Golden Eagle Classic held in Evensville.

Eagle anglers open the season in Kingston

Rhea County’s Golden Eagle anglers kicked off the 2019 fall season on Watts Bar out of the Kingston ramp over the weekend. Sale Creek’s Gage King and Banks Shaw took home top honors in the tournament with a total weight of 12.57 pounds. Their teammates Seth Hodge and Hunter White claimed fourth place overall with 10.48 pounds.  

Rhea County’s Kalabe Sharp and Bo Smith were the frontrunners for the Golden Eagles in 21st place bagging 4.53 pounds. Hunter Presley and James Gravitte took 27th with 3.44 pounds. Sequatchie County’s Tyler Martin and Jake Miller won the big fish award (4.46 pounds) edging out Clinton High School’s Colby Moody and Nate Murphy (4.33 pounds) who finished third overall with 10.51 pounds.

RCHS heads to Dale Hallow and the Sunset Marina this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 2,8 before preparing for the annual Rhea Alliance tournament Oct. 12-13 at Watts Bar/Rhea Springs and Lake Chickamauga/Dayton Boat Dock.

Rhea Co.  Volleyball wins Golden Eagle Classic

Rhea County’s Lady Eagle Volleyball team (24-10) successfully defended its own home court over the weekend to capture first place in the Golden Eagle Classic held at Rhea County High/Middle School on Saturday.

In pool play, the Lady Eagles defeated Kingston and McMinn County soundly before toppling East Hamilton and Hixson in the Chamionship for Rhea County’s first tournament win of the season.

“We were definitely excited to get the win over East Hamilton. We’ve been wanting to play them for a while and knew they would be a challenge with their big middles,” RCHS head coach Stephaine Burgiss said.

Monday was senior night and it was again a night worth celebrating with the locals battling through a tight match for the two-set sweep over Red Bank (25-22,25-21). Prior to the match, RCHS honored the careers and contributions of Maddie Taylor, Keylee Morgan, Lauren Speciale, Kira Davis, Shailin Duggar and Zyon Smith. The girls are part of a key group over the last two years that have led the culture change of the program.

“When I first came here it was a very difficult transition. Not all were welcoming to me and my ideas but this group always was. They’ve grown with me and I never have to worry about them doing the wrong things,” Burgiss said. “They’ve been great leaders--especially my captain Zyon Smith--and I could not ask for a better group of seniors. They will be missed tremendously next season.”

Rhea County was to have battled against Sale Creek on Tuesday night in Evensville and will host district front-runner, Cookeville, on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.

Upward signups now underway

First Baptist Church of Dayton is taking registrations for the 2019-20 season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for children ages 5 through 6th grade. Cost per child is $60 and deadline to register is November 9. Registration forms may be picked up and dropped off in the church office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the church office at (423) 775-0255.

Funky Monkey Glow Run set for Sept. 27

Rhea County Community Center’s annual Funky Monkey Glow run will take place Friday, Sept. 27. The race is a 5k and 1 mile fun run/walk. This is a timed race with a fast and flat course through downtown Dayton. All ages and levels are welcome including walkers and strollers.

Participants should wear their best glow fashion and all participants will receive T-shirts (long sleeve for 5K/ short sleeve for 1 mile). All proceeds from the event go to Rc3’s Strong Kids and Families Campaign which funds financial assistance for all Rc3 programs and memberships. Registration will begin at 7 p.m. with the 5K and 1- mile set to begin at 8 p.m. Cost to run the 5K is $35 per person. College students and those 18 and under can register for the 5K race for $30. There is a $5 runner group discount for groups of six or more.

The one-mile fun run/walk is $15 per person with no group discounts available. Only children ages 12 and under and adults 50 and over will receive place medals for the one mile fun run/walk. For questions, contact Rc3 at 423-775-0821.

JTA to host fifth annual Kicking for a Cure event on Saturday

Johnson’s Taekwondo Academy [JTA] of Dayton recently announced the annual “Kicking For a Cure” fundraiser will be held Sept. 28 at the training facility located at 200 Able Drive, Suite 15 next to Zaxby’s.

Each year, the academy hosts the event in an effort to raise cancer awareness and make a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Over the last four years, the academy has raised over $15,000 in donations through the fundraiser.

Last year, the academy donated $5,500 to St. Jude’s in memory of Jaxon Willliams, who passed away on Nov. 14, 2017 after a tough and courageous battle against childhood cancer.

All month long, JTA students will have gone around the community asking for donations and in return they get to break wooden boards the day of the event. The breaking of the boards symbolizes “putting a break in cancer”.

“In order to maximize our donations we need sponsors to donate a box of boards. The cost of each box is $110 and has 90 boards in each box. Last year, we broke almost 12 full boxes of boards. That’s almost 1,000 boards broken in two hours!” Owner and Chief Instructor Brannon Johnson said.

In addition to the board braking, the team will also perform a few times during the event. Unique Hair Salon will be in attendance for face painting and Cuts for a Cure while La-Z-Boy has donated a recliner, which will be raffled off.  The event will also include a hot dog plate/bake sale with all proceeds to benefit  JTA’s donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Any individuals or businesses interested in signing up as a sponsor or making a donation be it monetary or otherwise,  please call 423-775-0198 or email daytontkd@

Dayton COC to host annual Golf Classic

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual golf classic will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Dayton Golf and Country Club. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. with Tee off slated for 1 p.m.

A four-person team cost $240 to register. The price includes green and cart fees, lunch and the chance to win great prizes (TBA).  Prizes will also be given to first, second and third place.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Rhea County Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship Fund.

For additional information or to register, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 423-775-0361 or visit them at 107 Main Street in Dayton.