Elizabethton City Council celebrates Cyclone football team state championship

John Thompson • Updated Jan 9, 2020 at 8:47 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The highlight of Thursday’s meeting of the Elizabethton City Council was city government’s official congratulation to the Elizabethton High School football team for winning the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s 2019 Class 4A state championship. It was the first state championship in 81 years for the school’s football team.

Mayor Curt Alexander and council members proclaimed Jan.15 as “Elizabethton High School Football Team Day” in Elizabethton and asked all citizens and residents of the city to honor and recognize the players and coaches. In addition to winning the championship, the proclamation listed several other accomplishments by the team, including going undefeated in 15 games.

The council also congratulated some of the stars of the team, including:

• Bryson Rollins for being named the Most Valuable Player for the 2019 Blue Cross Bowl and a semifinalist for Mr. Football of Tennessee and for being the third player in Elizabethton High football history to gain over 3,000 yards in a season.

• Cade Maupin was recognized for finishing ninth in rushing in the state and being selected to the East vs. West All-Star Game.

• Parker Hughes is the fourth player in Elizabethton High football history have 1,000 receiving yards.

• Jaxton Holly tied an Elizabethton High School football record with 62 consecutive points after touchdowns, placing him fifth in the state. He also finished sixth all time in career points after touchdown and was named one of the 55 players selected to the Blue-Gray All American Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 13 in the Georgia Dome.

• Zack C. Harrley, Zack A. Hartley, Carson Stressemann, Jason Holly, Joseph Kechter, Jordan Haynes, Jordan Sproles, and Remington Tyree played in the FCA East vs. Wes All Star Game with Zack C. Hartley being named the Most Valuable Player of the game.

• Coach Shawn Witten led the West team in the win and was named the Tennessee Titans 2019 High School Coach of the Year.

In other matters, the council voted unanimously to authorize an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Grant to help in the purchase of a triple-combination pumper fire truck. The grant would only cover a maximum of 35 percent of the purchase. The Elizabethton Fire Department hopes to receive between $45,000 and $100,000 toward the purchase of the $495,000 fire truck.

The council also resolved a zoning controversy about used car lots near downtown. While a car lot was grandfathered in at 301 E. Elk Ave. following a downtown rezoning in 2014, Jason Dupell wanted to make the usage more definite in order to prevent any problems in the future. The Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission approved Dupell’s request to rezone the lot from B-3 (central business district) to B-2 (arterial business district).

Following the action of the Planning Commission’s, the City Council approved the rezoning Thursday.

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