2016 SC Hall of Fame Inductees

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The inductees for 2016 to the Scott County Hall of Fame were released on Tuesday. They are as follows:

Special Recognition-Scott Terry and Jami Huling
Outstanding Teacher-Chester Goad
Mentor/Coach-Betty Jeffers
Senior Citizen-Marine Hall
Citizen-Bill Boyatt
Lifetime Achievement-Dwight Murphy
Elected Official-Steve Thompson
Student-Academics Caleb Harper
Student-Sports Matt Williams
Business Person-Scott Burke
Business-Scott County News

The Hall of Fame Dinner is Tuesday, November 22nd @ 6:00pm. Guest Speaker this year will be Randy Boyd. Tickets are on sale now. For more information call 286-9500.

Biography for each inductee

Jami Huling

Jami Payne Huling was born in Knoxville, in 1977, and lived her entire life in Scott County. She attended the Oneida schools. She graduated in June, 1995, having been voted Most Athletic in her senior class. Success in the classroom came easily, but she developed another love. From a very early age, she showed a natural talent for athletics.
In elementary school, she played community sports, and, in middle school, played on the school teams, SAYSO, and AAU. In high school, she played basketball four years and was a starter on the 1993 Oneida State Championship Team. Known for her defense, she was given the role of "shutting down" the best opposing players. She played on the first soccer team at Oneida High School beginning as a sophomore as keeper. She also played softball for four years as catcher. After graduation, she attended TTU for a year and played university softball.
Returning home, she married Shane Huling of Robbins, and attended Roane State Community College. Her background and personality began to shape her passion for working with children. She had played and excelled at multiple sports. She took those skills and knowledge and put them to use with youth of all ages. She coached Junior Pro and AAU basketball teams and began her coaching career at Oneida High School in both Softball and Soccer, helping make both programs a success. She was also the middle school's softball assistant coach for 8 years and a part of the first District Tournament Championship in 2011.
But the most important and lasting part of Jami's career was as a special needs teaching assistant at Oneida High School. Jami had passion and heart for those she mentored and enjoyed being a part of their lives. Again, her teaching method was "coaching", and no matter the ability, she pushed each child to do his best. Jami was always "coaching". A staple of the Boys and Girls Club League as a referee, she would always take the time to stop and explain her calls to players. When she was not umpiring, refereeing, or coaching, Jami would be "coaching" from the sidelines. The week before Jami's death, she received her certification to be a referee and umpire for TSSAA.
In her personal life, Jami was fun-loving. She loved movies, musicals, plays, reading, travel, and knew words, tunes and artists for every song she heard. She loved innocent practical jokes and took as well as she gave. She could fix anything that was broken and loved being outdoors.
In 2011, she lost her husband to a heart attack. Her children gave her the strength to pick up the pieces of her life and look forward. As always, and until she had to leave on June 27, 2016, they were the primary inspirations for everything she was and did. Jami was a giving and selfless person. She gave her time and what money she had to those who needed it. Her children were the most important part of her life, but they shared their mom with many. Her daughter, Tesla, said it best at her memorial... "She always knew what to say to people and she was always doing the right thing for everybody around her and not herself. She gave knowledge to all of us on the team, her students and anybody she saw. But she wasn't just my mom; she was the teams' mom... she knew how to make me smile and everyone else around her. She was always coaching ... from t-ball to soccer in high school".

David 'Scott' Terry

David "Scott" Terry was born on July 23, 1962 in Homestead, Florida. He developed a passion for the game of soccer as soon as he was old enough to kick a ball. He played on various teams from early childhood into his junior high and high school years. After high school, he played for the University of the
Cumberlands and Eastern Kentucky University. Scott began his coaching career in 1982, alongside his oldest brother, Steve.
He coached various teams on and off for a number of years. He began coaching
the Oneida Middle School girls' team in 2003. He held that position for two years. After that, he took a break from coaching so that he could enjoy watching his daughter, Kelli, play for the Oneida High School girls' team.
In 2010, he became the Head Coach for the Oneida lady Indians High School team, where he remained until his passing. Scott led his team to several
successful seasons. He was named District Coach of the Year three consecutive years, and Region Coach of the Year for two consecutive years.
Coaching was more than a "job' to Scott. His life's passion, besides spending as much time as possible with his family, was being on the soccer field.
He thoroughly enjoyed getting to share his love for soccer with each of his players throughout the years. He was an astounding coach, driven with the passion to lead any team he was coaching to success. Winning every game wasn't Scott's main priority. The goal he focused most towards was making sure his players stayed safe, played each game respectfully, and had fun. He didn't ask for perfection, he just asked that each player gave their all.

His leadership will be forever honored and remembered in Scott County, Tennessee.

Chester Goad

Dr. Chester Goad is a university administrator, a former K12 principal and teacher, and a former US Congressional staffer. He's also an author and blogger, and has presented from Appalachia to Africa on topics related to education, disabilities, non-profit advocacy, parenting, access, policy, and leadership. He has a heart for people and for people who help people. In addition to the Huffington Post, Chester is a contributing writer for The Good Men Project and has been quoted in major media outlets like CNBC, Washington Post, Forbes and more. He's also the author of Purple People Leader.

Betty Jeffers

Graduated from Oneida High School in 1965 where she was an All Conference Basketball player during her sophomore, junior and senior year; All Regional Basketball Player during junior and senior year; averaged 34.6 points a game; and leading scorer in state of TN in 1964 averaging 40.3 points a game.
Studied and completed business program at the Nashville Business College in Nashville, TN in 1968. She played on the Nashville Business College AAU basketball team for 3 years with All American Team members: Nera White, Doris Rogers, Joan Crawford and Marie Rogers. Her picture is on display at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN with the All American Team.
Attended Cumberland College, now known as University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, KY graduating in 1972 with a BS in Health and Physical Education, Biology and Social Study.
Educational career began in 1972 at Titusville High School in Titusville, Florida. Betty was the first Swimming Coach, first Cheerleading Coach, and first Girls Basketball Coach. The girls basketball team won 4 conference titles, 2 district titles, and was state runner up. She was recognized as Women's Basketball Coach of the Year in 1979.
Her educational career transitioned to Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL where Betty continued coaching girls and served as a mentor to her students.
She was honored to be asked to be a Guest Coach by Pat Head Summitt in February 2009 that focused on breast cancer awareness.
Coaching allowed me to touch and mentor many lives in a positive way; and in return, my life was touched.
Retired in 2007.

Marine Duncan Hall

Marine was born in Scott County in 1923 to Lonnie and Liza Duncan. She was married to Sam Hall for 67 years until his passing in 2006. Marine and Sam had 8 children.
She is a long time faithful member of the Paint Rock Baptist Church. She has devoted her life to the selfless service of God, her family, and her community. Her heart for volunteering is easily recognizable in her instrumental involvement in the establishment of the Paint Rock Fire Department and the Paint Rock Community Club, where she has served on the boards of both.
Her expressions of love are bestowed upon people throughout the county through her hundreds of well-known crocheted toboggans she gives away randomly each Christmas, the special hats she makes for women undergoing cancer treatments, and the hand-made quilts sold to benefit the Community Club.

At the age of 93, she continues to participate in Project Share each month, distributing donated goods to the community. She has touched countless lives by setting an example of what it truly means to love others


Bill Boyatt

Graduated from Oneida High School and attended Martin Methodist College. Served 2 years in the U.S. Army, was wounded in action while serving in Vietnam as a Combat Medic with the 196th lt. Inf. Bgde. Is a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, D.A.V., Purple Heart Assoc. and V.V.A. While serving as Commander of V.F.W Post 5669 he received the honor of All American Post Commander. Presently is serving as Commander of D.A.V. Chapter 91.
Married to Cheryl Boyatt and they have two children Willie Boyatt & Brandon Ryon (Husband Todd) , three grandsons Todd Derek, Brock and Wyatt.


Dwight Murphy

Dwight Murphy graduated from Oneida High School, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and his Master's Degree from Tennessee Technological University. He started his career as a second and third grade teacher at Winfield Elementary, and then taught vocational agriculture at Scott High School for five years. He also taught several years as an adjunct instructor at Roane State Community College. Dwight worked for many years in the family business Winfield Grocery. He was also one of the founding partners for Winco and Valumart Furniture.
Dwight served on the Scott County Election Commission on two different occasions. He was elected to the Scott County Commission in 1978 where he served 4 years. Mr. Murphy was elected Scott County Executive/Mayor for 4 terms and chaired the County Commission for 16 years. In January 2006, he resigned as Scott County Mayor to become the Director of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville. In 2012 he also became Director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville. He presently serves both colleges.
Over the years, Dwight has served on the Scott County Hospital Board, Scott County Fair Board, Children's Center Board, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club Board, Winfield Industrial Development Board, and the Mountain Peoples Board. He served on the East Tennessee Development District Board and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency Board for 16 years and was Chairman for two different terms for both agencies. Murphy is past President of the Tennessee County Mayors Association and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Directors. He presently serves on the ALQI Board, LWDA4 and LWDA3 Workforce Boards, Scott County Dental Committee, AGAPE Board, Project Grad Knoxville, and the Industrial Development Board of Scott County. He is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Winfield Baptist Church. Dwight is married to Terri (Phillips) Murphy and they have three children: daughter Jordan (Murphy) Sims, and sons Blake Murphy and Cole Murphy. He and Terri have 4 grandchildren: Ayla, Jaxon, and Hadley Sims, and Elijah Murphy.


Steve Thompson

1968 Graduate Oneida High School.
1974 B.S. Degree Cumberland College
Williamsburg, KY
1980 Second person in the United States to receive Bone Marrow Transplant
·- Acute Aplastic Anemia.
Little League Baseball Coach.
Junior Pro Basketball Coach.
Member and Attends First Baptist Church of Oneida.
Assessor Property 2000-2016.
Initiated several progressive programs in Scott County.
• Real Estate Data on Internet
• Map Viewer
• Geographical Information System
It was an honor and privilege to serve the people of Scott County.

Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper is the son of Rick and Becki Harper. He was the co-Valedictorian of his graduating class at Oneida High School in 2015. While at Oneida High School, Caleb was the President of his class from Freshman year through graduation. He was also a member of the Oneida Soccer team through graduation as well as a member of the Yearbook staff during his Junior and Senior year. While in High School, he was also the Vice President of the STAND Youth Board of Directors. Caleb is currently attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he is in his Sophomore year majoring in Political Science and History and minoring in Arabic. Caleb was awarded to the Dean's List after both of his completed semesters at Vanderbilt. At Vanderbilt, Caleb has been a member of the Student Government, the Vanderbilt Programming Board, and the University's branch of Manna Project International. He is also involved with the Vanderbilt College Democrats and writes for the Vanderbilt Political Review.


Matt Williams

Matt Williams, son of Tony and Shellie Williams, began playing little league baseball when he was nine years old. From there his skills on the mound quickly developed, and he became a stand-out pitcher for the Oneida Indians baseball team. In 2012 he was named TSSAA District 4-A Freshman of the Year, and in 2014 and 2015 he was awarded both TSSAA District 4-A and Region 2-A Pitcher of the Year. Matt's record-setting pitching was instrumental in leading the Indians in winning three consecutive district championships, and, for the first time in school history, he helped lead his team in 2015 to the state tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the championship.
His most notable single-season achievements and records set as the pitcher for the Indians include a record 0.98 ERA in 2014 and 0.74 ERA in 2015 (top ten in state), pitching 6 shutouts (first in state) and 110 strikeouts (top ten in state), and at 14 wins in a single season, Matt was ranked first in the state for 2015 and second most ever by a pitcher in a single season. Matt's hard work, dedication, and love for the sport allowed him to be part of the school's most winning baseball team.
After graduating from Oneida High School in 2015, Matt continued his successful career in baseball by pitching at the collegiate level at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee. Matt ranked in the top 15 in the nation in ERA as a true freshman and was part of the team's first-ever appearance at the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio.
Matt plans to return to Scott County after graduation to pursue a coaching role with the baseball team that gave him so much. He attributes much of his desire to coach to his father and baseball coach, Tony, and head baseball coach, Shawn West, for being examples of excellence in coaching.
Matt would like to thank his parents for their endless support in helping him to achieve his goals, both on and off the field. Their love and commitment has encouraged him to be successful in baseball and in life.

Scott Burke

Scott Burke is a 1981 graduate of Oneida High School. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Agriculture Science degree in Plant and Soil Science and Vo-Ag education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1986. His agriculture background ended up landing him in the lending field at Farm Credit Service in Oneida at the time was Production Credit Association PCA and the Federal Land Bank. While working at Farm Credit for 16 years, he loaned money for Farms, Loan cattle and Equipment loans to local farmers and well as rural home owners.
In 2004, Billy Rice CEO of Citizens First Bank in Wartburg made the decision to open up a branch in Oneida and named Scott Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. Scott has been dedicated to customer-service and building relationships since he has been in the lending and banking business. Scott goes above and beyond expectation to ensure every costumer has a fair chance at building their life. He has built the Oneida Citizens First Bank branch into a profitable and trusted bank in the area. Citizens First Bank is also very well known for giving back through sponsoring sports and clubs, as well as charity events to the community and schools in the area.
Scott has served on the Chamber of Commerce for many years and also served as President in the past. Scott also served many years on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Members in the past. Scott is a member of the Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church and is married to Kim Burke. He has four children: Olivia, Ariel, Amelia, and Easton and three grandchildren: Kylee, Kase and Hadlee.

Scott County News

This is the Scott County News 100th year of providing news coverage to Scott County. It was founded as a weekly paper in 1916 after the Cumberland Chronicle discontinued publication in 1915 by Bell Press and its owner Edward Bell, located in Oneida.
The building that houses the paper has seen many changes in its 100 years of existence but it has always been in its present location in one form or another all those years. At one time there was a house attached to the building, which was eventually removed and then an addition was added to the front of the building that currently houses the two front office areas.
Edward Bell was Editor and Publisher until 1927. He was succeeded by C. W. Wright, who was Editor until his death. Following Mr. Wright's death, Mrs. Wright and their daughter, Mrs. Sue Sexton continued the publication. Luttie Abrams followed the Wright's as Editor of the paper and he was followed by Audney Lloyd. Audney Lloyd was followed in 1984 by Richard Magyar. Magyar was Editor until his sudden untimely death in 2003 from cancer. In 2009, Richard Magyar, Jr., was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Philanthropist category. The News was without a designated Editor until 2012, when Bill Skytta was promoted to the position after serving 5 years as Sports Editor/Chief Reporter.
Melton 'Mitt' James Robbins, Jr., Henry Wattenbarger & Paul Page took over as owners in the 1960's. Ortha Robbins took over Mitt's owner/publisher role when he passed away. The owner/publisher role then went to Robbins' daughter, Shelia Robbins Erwin in 1993. Mike and Rena Erwin assumed the owner/publisher responsibilities in 2010 from Shelia just two years before she lost her long battle with cancer.

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