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"I love pickleball!" says Stephanie Lane.
The game combines 3 different sports.
"It is the perfect combination between tennis, badminton and ping pong," says Nicole Hobson.
You play on a shortened tennis court with a wooden or graphite square paddle and a pickleball, which is a bit heavier than a wiffle ball. Nicole Hobson of Nashville played college tennis, but spent much of her time on the sidelines with injuries to her shoulder, ankle and knee. She gave up tennis and discovered pickleball.
"It sounds like a big joke," says Nicole.
Now she can't stop playing it.
"There's a smaller court, especially when you're playing doubles and there's just not as much movement," says Nicole.
Nicole has organized this small but growing group of Nashville pickleballers who play twice a week at Centennial Sportsplex. Stephanie Lane also played college tennis. She says the low impact of pickleball is so much easier on her body.
"My joints don't hurt," says Lane. "It's not as much running and it's just amazing to me how much my body loves pickleball more than tennis."
Stephanie travels around the country now to play in pickleball tournaments.
"I can't stop," says Ken Alpren of Franklin. "It's too much fun."
Despite a torn knee ligament, Alpren says he's addicted to the game.
"It's just so much fun and people are so great to play with and it's a great workout," says Alpren.
You don't have to have an injury to play pickleball and you don't have to be a certain age. Players in this group range anywhere from 12-85 years old.
"I'm 55 going on 85," says Joe Tiratto.
Tiratto is a pickleball medal winner from the Senior Olympics. He says playing pickleball keeps all the parts moving and keeps him young.
"You don't play pickleball because you're too old," says Tiratto. "You get too old because you don't play pickleball."
So, what's in the name? Well, the game was first played in Washington state in 1965 when a family was playing a modified version of badminton using a wiffle ball. The family's dog would chase after the ball and hide it in the bushes. The dog's name was Pickles, and that's how you got pickleball. If you are interested in joining a league, go to Fox17.com, click on FOX LINKS and look for MIDDLE TENNESSEE PICKLEBALL.
Monday, October 15 2012, 06:14 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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