Hawkins This & That: Rescue Squad bass tournament Saturday with COVID-19 precautions

Jeff Bobo • Apr 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — On Saturday, social distancing on Cherokee Lake will mean staying at least 6 feet away from the next bass boat.

The Hawkins County Rescue Squad (HCRS) announced Monday that the 28th annual Ralph Stanton Memorial Bass Tournament is still on for Saturday, although there have been a few changes to keep up with COVID-19 precautions.

For example, online registration is encouraged at www.hawkinscorescuesquad.org and  has been extended until Friday at 6 p.m. Once you have submitted your registration and payment, you will receive an email with your boat number for blast off.

On site registration Saturday morning at the Quarryville boat ramp in Mooresburg will be available, but the HCRS asks that only one member of the team come to the registration tent. Those who register on-site Saturday morning will be placed in the second flight.

Also, to ensure all boats are in the water by 6:15 a.m., there will be two lines when you come in the parking area of the ramp. One lane will be for those who pre-registered and one line for on-site registration. Please make sure you get in the correct lane according to your registration process. 

Once the 6:15 a.m. competitor meeting is completed, event officials will begin blast off tentatively at 6:30 a.m. They will stagger the blast off doing five boats every three minutes.

The Ralph Stanton Memorial Bass Tournament is the biggest and most important fundraiser of the year for the 100% volunteer rescue squad. For more information, call (423) 293-2062 or visit the Hawkins County Rescue Squad Facebook page.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawkins up to 14

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawkins County nearly doubled over the weekend from eight on Friday to 14 reported by the Tennessee Department of Health as of Monday evening. Hawkins County also has 77 negative tests reported and still only the one death that was reported Friday.

COVID-19 statistics for other Northeast Tennessee counties: Sullivan County has 25 positives, 211 negatives and one death; Washington County has 24 positives and 320 negatives; Greene County has 17 positives, 92 negatives and one death; Hamblen County has four positives and 128 negatives; Carter County has three positives and 79 negatives; Hancock County has 12 negatives; Johnson County has two positives and 12 negatives; and Unicoi County has one positive and 31 negatives.

Passover service Thursday

The Rev. Sheldon Livesay from the Of One Accord ministry will conduct a Passover service while live streaming on his personal Facebook page Thursday at 6 p.m., and he’s encouraging his audience not only to watch but also participate.

“God instituted Passover during the 10th plague over Egypt, when the ‘death-angel’ was sent to kill the first born of every home,” Livesay said. “Passover stopped that plague from coming on Goshen where God's people lived. Passover was observed for the next 1,450 years, and every year Jesus would go to Jerusalem, like all good Jews, to observe this feast.”

You can participate by finding some unleavened bread or bread to represent unleavened bread, and a small clean bowl or plate to put it on. Have some grape juice and small glasses for everyone at your home that will participate.

Have a small plate for each person participating,and each plate will have three items: parsley and a small cup of saltwater; horse-relish; and a mixture of ground up apple and nuts with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Also look up and print the lyrics to a Passover song Dayenu; look up and print out the lyrics to He's Alive (preferably the Dolly Parton version); and look up and print out the lyrics to Worthy is the Lamb. 

Hawkins County parks closed until further notice

Hawkins County facilities manager Sarah Davis reported that as of Sunday both Hawkins County parks — Laurel Run Park and St. Clair Park — would be closed until furth notice to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Check the Laurel Run Park Facebook page for more information about the park and possible updates on when it will reopen. 

Expressing gratitude to Hawkins health care workers

Rogersville Heritage Association Director Melissa Nelson and David Farmer from the Rogersville-based company DivisionWon in Rogersville created and posted signs Saturday in front of the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and nearby Urgent Care to remind health care workers that their efforts are appreciated during these trying times.

The signs read “Heroes work here.”

“This is a small community, and we support each other,” Nelson said. “These people on the front line put their lives at risk for us every day. This was one small gesture to show just how much they are appreciated each and every day. I hope as the staff pull into work and see these signs, it will remind them that this little community will continue to lift them in prayer and supports them 100%. We are most grateful for their continued service, and now it’s our time to take care of them.”

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