Rogersville, Ala. native serves aboard USS Ronald Reagan
by Lt. j.g. Christopher Hanson
SAN DIEGO – A 2002 Winter Springs High School graduate and Rogersville, Alabama, native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Parker Rountree is an aviation electronics technician aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.
“I work in aviation maintenance, working on navigation and communications equipment and troubleshooting for the aircraft on board the carrier,” said Rountree
Named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, the carrier is longer than 3 football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph.
As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Rountree said he is proud to serve his country aboard an aircraft carrier.
“I love the people and wonderful experiences. My opportunities to travel and see places outside growing up in the South are amazing,” said Rountree.
Rountree also said he is very proud of the work he is doing as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s nearly 3,000-member crew, helping protect America on the world’s oceans.
The American Fishing Tour, Division 47 of American Bass Anglers held its final one-day Divisional Tournament of the 2015 season on Lake Hamilton on March 28, 2015. A recent cold front had knocked the water temperature down a few degrees but it didn't seem to affect the fish too much. Eighteen anglers produced 59 fish, including ten five fish limits, for a total weight of 111.72 pounds.
Ray Neighbors topped the field with a five fish limit that weighed 18.18 pounds. John relied on a Rat-L-Trap to catch his fish. Ray earned $590 for his efforts on the day.
Bill Cerrato earned $288 for second place. He too hauled in a five fish limit that weighed 10.91 pounds all caught on a Carolina-rig.
Athens, Al - Jason Dies, of Lebanon, TN, won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee Central division 31 tournament with five fish weighing 12.15 pounds held on Old Hickory on 03/29/2015.
With a beautiful day free of snow and rain, the angler came out to run for AOY. The Morning started out in the mid-20s but ended with a windy 65 Degree day.
In second among the competitors, Clark Cowley, of Lebanon, caught five bass weighing 12.00 pounds. He pocketed a check for $163.
Taking third place, Billy Throne, also of Lebanon, caught five bass weighing 8.50 pounds. In Fourth place, Fred Needham, of Portland, Tennessee, caught three bass weighing 8.15 pounds. Alvin Pannell, of Indianapolis, Indiana, rounded out the top five competitors with 2 bass weighing 5.60 pounds.
Athens, Al - Tyler Heuple won the RAM American Fishing Tour division 14 tournament on High Rock Lake in Lexington, NC with three fish weighing 6.00 pounds held on 03/28/2015.
Tyler Heuple of Gainsville, Va. is one step closer to the RAM American Fishing Tour National Championship with a first place win on High Rock Lake this past weekend. Heuple weighed in three bass, which weighed 6.00 pounds. Second place went to Charles A. Whitaker of Troutman, NC with two bass weighing 5.91 pounds. Third place went to Lee Busque of Olin, NC with two bass weighing in at 5.38 pounds.
At launch time the temperatures were in the upper 30's with clear skies, and north northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. The day’s post frontal conditions continued with high pressure, blue bird skies, and temperatures topping out in the low 50's. Water temperatures were in the mid to upper 50's.
The winning pattern was cranking rocky points in 8 to10 ft. of water. Tyler was very gracious and thanked his boater for putting him on the winning fish, which led to a victory in his very first Ram American Fishing Tour event. Congratulations!
Athens, Al - Reid McGinn of Fort Mill, SC won the American Fishing Tour South Carolina - Greenwood division 96 tournament with five fish weighing 23.80 pounds held on Lake Murray running out of Dreher Island State Park near Prosperity, SC.
Our winner, Reid McGinn had five fish for 23.80 pounds for the win. His limit was anchored with a 7.26 pound kicker. He was fishing jig on docks around the middle part of the lake. Reid's first place finish and option pot earned him a payback of $810.
Gene Parker finished second with five fish weighing 19.83 pounds. Gene was bed fishing on the lower part and caught his fish on a Brush Hog rigged on a shakey head and a pig and jig. Gene earned $504 with second place and the option pot.
Athens, Al - Tim Wiltfong of Wake Forest, NC won the American Fishing Tour North Carolina East division 15 tournament with 5 fish weighing 16.16 pounds held on Falls Lake on 03/21/2015.
Running out of Ledge Rock Landing near Creedmoor, NC, the Wake Forest, NC, angler caught 5 bass weighing 16.16 pounds. Tim took home a check for $195.00. Tim caught his fish on worms crank baits jigs and spinner baits.
In second among the competitors, Jason Taylor of Richlands, NC, caught 3 bass weighing 7.14 pounds.
Athens, Al - Jay Carter of Springfield, MO won the American Fishing Tour Missouri - Stockton division 126 tournament with five fish weighing 15.62 pounds held on Stockton on 03/21/2015.
That win also put Carter in the lead for Division 126 Angler of the Year. His five fish tipped the scales at 15.62 pounds; his Big Bass was 5.18 pounds. Jerkbait was the bait of choice for Carter, commenting the bite would have been better with a little wind.
Second place went to 2014 D126 AOY, Eric Craft of Erie, KS. His weight was 10.42 pounds. Craft, as the defending AOY and American Bass Anglers National AOY, is now two points behind Carter, 788 and 790. Angler of the Year points are determined by totaling the best four one-day tournaments and the two-day championship, all held on Stockton Lake. The winning AOY is provided the opportunity to fish at the National Championship for a fully rigged Triton Bass Boat valued at over $50,000.
Athens, Al - Clark Cowley of Lebanon, TN won the American Fishing Tour Tennessee Central division 31 tournament with five fish weighing 11.35 pounds held on Old Hickory on 03/15/2015.
Running out of Bull Creek landing near Gallatin, the Lebanon, TN angler caught five bass weighing 11.35 pounds. For the victory, Clark took home a check for $337.
In second among the competitors, Jason Dies of Lebanon, TN caught five bass weighing 10.45 pounds. He pocketed a check for $153.
Taking third place, John Morrow of Mt. Juliet, TN caught four bass weighing 10.15 pounds. In fourth place, Mickey Beck of Nashville, TN caught four bass weighing 8.15 pounds. Toby Sutton of Lebanon, TN rounded out the top five competitors with three bass weighing 7.85 pounds, including big bass. Sutton pocketed a check for $100 dollars. He caught his big fish on a Rat-L-Trap.
Athens, Al - Mark Scott of Panama City, FL won the American Fishing Tour Florida - Talquin Division 76 tournament with five fish weighing 12.68 pounds held on Talquin on 03/14/2015.
Second Place went to Mitch Oldnettle with a weight of 6.28 pounds. Third Place was Len Lindahl with a weight of 2.92 pounds.
These anglers are acquiring valuable points to insure their birth in the American Fishing Tour National Championship that will be held this fall. Their points are also being used to determine the divisional angler of the year. The top angler by points earned in this division will represent the division in the Angler of the Year final round.
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