Friday, March 10, 2017

What's Happening at TPHS!


What's Happening at TPHS!

by: Hannah Fiorucci


The next few weeks coming up for Tellico Plains High School will definitely be one for the books. In addition to these events, not only will they be fun, but kid friendly as well. The first exciting event on the schedule will be this Saturday, March the 11th. That’s right folks, it’s time for our annual Miss-ter TPHS Pageant. Sponsored by the football team, all male students are given the opportunity to put on some heels and work their magic down the runway. Contestants can raise money before hand, but they also collect as they walk. The winner with the most money collected and a good score from the judges, is crowned the title of being “Miss-ter TPHS.” The doors and concessions will open at 4:30 p.m., and the contest begins at 6 p.m. There’s no admission charge, but voting for your favorite and buying food from concessions will cost you. This event will guarantee you a laugh, but not like the laugh you’ll receive from Donkey Basketball. On Thursday, March 16th at 7 o’clock, volunteers will be playing basketball in the school gym. However, this will be unlike any other normal basketball game. These contestants will be riding donkeys all while trying to score their team points. The best thing about this event is the fact that anyone can volunteer to ride the donkeys. So if you are looking for a laugh, I personally recommend this event. If these events do not seem fun to you, then don’t worry it is also the beginning season of baseball and softball. Our TPHS baseball and softball players have been working hard all year and plan on having winning seasons. Baseball boys will open at home on March 14th at 5 p.m. against Midway. Softball girls will open at home on March 16th at 5:30 p.m. against McMinn Central. So if you are looking for a laugh, or just a sport to come and watch, then Tellico Plains High School is the place for you! So come on down to have a laugh and support your TPHS Bears!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

182 Carnitas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine




182 Carnitas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine

by: Brady Brown



On March 20, a new hotel will open. The Walled Off Hotel, constructed on 182 Caritas Street, Bethlehem, Palestine, has one of the most prestine views in the area. All 10 rooms, including a presidental suite, have a view of the concrete wall that seperates Israel and Palestine. Created by the anonymous British street artist Banksy, the art project is the most recent in his 20 year long career. The hotel, whose name is a refrence to the iconic Waldorf Hotel in New York City, is modeled on the hotels of the twenties, including a gentlemen’s room decorated with the caputred heads of CCTV cameras instead of animals. One exhibit recreates the signing of the Balfour Declaration, which established British support of Israel. Each room is furnished with original artwork by Banksy, most of which carries an anti-Islamic theme. 
 (painting by Banksy behind the bed in one of the rooms)

Everything from the monkey doorman to the TVs converted to painting frames carry the mock colonial style of the hotel. The piece is the ultimate example of Banksy’s dark sense of humor and anti-establishment philosophy. The business and art gallery is currently open to the public, while rooms cannot be purchased yet, but they will begin booking on March 11.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SheBelieves that the Team is Back!

(Alex Morgan flew in from France to represent the country as she is playing for club team Olympique Lyonnais during the NWSL offseason.)


SheBelieves that the Team is Back!

by: Morgan Teeters


The United States Women's National Team (USWNT) kicked off the SheBelieves Cup 2017 on Wednesday night in Chester, Pennsylvania. They faced the reigning Olympic Gold Medalists, Germany, and their newly minted Coach Steffi Jones. Both teams had a new keeper in the net, with the USWNT relying on Alyssa Naeger in her 11th appearance at the national level and Germany using Laura Schult to replace the legendary Nadine Angerer. After struggling to build up fluid attacks in the first half, Lynn Williams struck gold for the US after putting a rebound from a shot by Tobin Heath into the back of the net, which would be the winning goal as the US held on for the 1-0 victory in their opening match of the tournament.


As a new cycle just kicked off for the USWNT, with the next major tournament being the 2019 World Cup, Head Coach Jill Ellis plans to experiment with the lineup and focus on bringing younger players into the national team. Playing in a 3-4-1-2 formation, the back line was composed of Becky Sauerbrunn at right back and Casey Short at left back, with Allie Long, who was awarded Player of the Match, at the center back position she's found success in recently. The Germans were expected to have the edge, since all of their players are currently in the middle of their club soccer season, whereas most of the US team plays in the National Women's Soccer League, whose season doesn't start until April.
(Dressed in #RedToToe the WNT's celebrates Lynn Williams(17) winning goal.) 

Germany got more shots on frame 4-3, but with the dynamic striking power of Lynn Williams and Christen Press, the Yankees attacked focused on attacking in the second half. The single goal came as Christen Press picked the ball from Isabel Kerschowski on the right flank before charging into the box and just pinging the ball off of the post. The rebound from Press's shot fell to the feet of Tobin Heath who bounced the ball off of a defender and in front of Lynn Williams. Williams finished with her right foot sending the ball sailing into the net from eight yards out in the 56th minute. From there the Yanks found their footing and held off the Germans defensively for the rest of the match. Ellis only made three substitutions for the rest of the match, with 18-year-old Mallory Pugh coming in for Crystal Dunn, Alex Morgan coming in for Williams, and Lindsey Horan in for Christen Press. Both sides had a few more chances built up from the midfield, but neither team could finish. In the 87th minute, the Germans were able to get two corners, but no one was able to capitalize in the box. With the win, the US ties France for top of the table with three points. The WNT will play in Harrison, New Jersey against England on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.


Notes: The USA debuted their new Red To Toe uniforms in this match. GK Alyssa Naeher got her seventh international clean sheet. Mallory Pugh, who was out with an injury, played for the US for the first time since the Olympics. Germany's Elizabeth Kerschowski(42nd) and Anna Blasse(63rd) was cautioned in the 42nd minute. Lindsey Horan(90th) was the only US player to be cautioned in the match.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

NBA Trade Deadline: Biggest Moves

(Boogie holding up his new jersey as he joins the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis.)


NBA Trade Deadline: Biggest Moves

by: Morgan Teeters



Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, the buzzer sounded. There will be no more trades in the NBA until next season. The biggest trades came well ahead of the deadline, but there was considerable movement on Wednesday and Thursday.

Demarcus Cousins was traded on Sunday, the last day of all-star weekend, after the all-star game. Ironically, the game was in New Orleans, where Boogie was traded. The Sacramento Kings traded Boogie to protect their top ten draft pick, but many sports analyst are labeling the move as a terrible call. Although he has seventeen technical fouls on the season, Boogie is considered by his peers to be one of the best examples of a player who leaves it all out on the floor.

Despite many Philadelphia Sixers fans hoping that the administration would trade Jahlil Okafor, a lackluster center known for his terrible defense, the Sixers ended up trading Nerlens Noel, who was supposed to be a cornerstone for the rebuilding franchise. Worse, the Sixers only got a late first-round draft pick and Justin Anderson, who provides decent defense to distract from an abysmal shooting percentage.

The Toronto Raptors increased their chances at another sting playoff run by acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. The Raptors, who lost six of their last ten before the break, were back-pedaling and looking for a solution. Fans seem to think they've found the answer in the 6'10" power forward.

Oscar Recap





Oscar Recap


by: Brady Brown





The overall show was quite unique. Jimmy Kimmel did a decent job as host, however, the prank involving a tour group was unneeded and him parachuting candy was over done. The first award of the night went to Mahershala Ali for his performance in Moonlight. He is the first Muslim to win an Academy Award. Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts, two films panned by critics, snagged the awards for makeup and costumes. O.J.: Made in America, a 30 for 30 documentary by ESPN became the new longest film to ever win an Academy Award. Katherine Johnson, the subject of Hidden Figures, which didn't win any awards despite being nominated for three, appeared along with the three lead actresses when announcing best documentary feature. The Salesman won best foreign language film, however its director Asghar Farhadi chose not to attend the awards ceremony in an act of protest against the recent travel ban. La La Land then began to sweep the awards, winning best production design, cinematography, original score, original song, directing, and lead actress. Damien Chazelle is now the youngest recipient of best director and Lin-Manuel Miranda lost to Justin Hurwitz for best original song, denying him the EGOT. Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight swept the rest of the awards. At the end of the night, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway created a controversy as they announced La La Land as the winner. The envelope was a backup version of the one for best lead actress, which went to Emma Stone for La La Land. After the cast and crew of La La Land began to give their speeches, a producer of the awards rushed to the stage and announced that Moonlight was the actual winner. The awards were happily handed over with America in a sense of confusion. Overall, the awards were overly long and meaningless, but they were the third I’ve seen.

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Tour of the Darker Side of American History

                                           (Sweatshirt and Purse worn by Carli Richards, survivor of the Aurora Theatre Shooting)

A Tour of the Darker Side of American History


by: Brady Brown



     I visited the new crime museum in Pigeon Forge on February 20. Called Alcatraz East, the museum opened in December 2016. As someone interested in the history of crime, I was excited to see the exhibits. The first three sections were a bit boring to me, as they were about pirates, cowboys, and Prohibition era gangsters. There was a brick from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and a pistol used in The Godfather. The next exhibit began to peak my interest. Financial crime, which may seem boring, but the section included a cabinet of items from infamous fraudster Bernie Madoff. What came next was not for the faint of heart. Serial killers and mass murderers. A typewriter from Ted Bundy and handcuffs used to restrain Jeffrey Dahmer. At the end of the hall, I saw the Batman logo. This caught me off guard. Why would that be in there? Upon closer inspection, I saw a sweatshirt and purse, and the label said that they belonged to Carli Richards, a survivor of the Aurora Theatre Shooting. I was taken aback, due to the fact that Carli was not a criminal, but a regular person. That sweatshirt could have been mine. Around the corner was an exhibit on terrorists. There was a KKK robe and a runner’s bib from the Boston Marathon Bombing. Down the hall was a room with an 8-10 foot tall piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Exhibits on forensics, prisons, and the death penalty followed. A recreation of a federal courtroom and room examining the history and tactics of the police. A final exhibit showcased four cars. The 1993 Ford Bronco used during the O.J. Simpson car chase on June 17, 1994. The car shot during the climax of the 1967 classic film Bonnie and Clyde. A car owned by John Dillinger. The 1968 Volkswagen Beetle used by Ted Bundy to kidnap and kill women. The museum houses a heavy subject, but details it in a mature way. No gory crime scene photos or recreations. While I wouldn’t take children, if you have any interest in law enforcement and the history of crime in America, I would advise you visit.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oscars So White, More Like Oscars So Hype



Oscars So White, More Like Oscars So Hype

by Brady Brown




On February 26th, Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the 89th Academy Awards. La La Land is leading the nominations, with 14. Moonlight and Arrival sit in second place with 8. For best director, it seems as Mel Gibson is back, as he is nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, however, Damien Chazelle will likely win for La La Land. As a rule of thumb, if the nominations include La La Land or Moonlight, either of those will win. The Lobster has been nominated for best original screenplay, which is unique as the film came out in 2015. O.J.: Made in America has beaten the 1966 adaptation of War and Peace as the longest film to be nominated for an Oscar, being 467 minutes. Suicide Squad, a film hated by critics, made a controversial appearance amongst the roster, being nominated for best makeup. Notable snubs this year include The Handmaiden for best foreign language film, Tower for best documentary, and Amy Adams for either Arrival or Nocturnal Animals. As for my personal picks, I hope Arrival wins best picture and The Lobster wins best original screenplay. All in all, this is looking to be a great ceremony. A report of winners to come.