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Jonesborough Senior Center team wins Regional Brain Games

A file photo from their competition in Jonesborough.
A file photo from their competition in Jonesborough.

By LISA WHALEY

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Jonesborough seniors took the Tennessee Regional Brain Games in Knoxville by storm Monday, missing only one question in the four-round contest and walking away with the title.

“They won,” Town Administrator Bob Browning said delightedly when he heard the news. “They creamed the competition.”

The three-member Jonesborough Senior Center team will now go on to the state competition in Morristown on Oct. 7.

The team, titled “The Olde Towners,” is made up of Carol Salinas, Mike Willis, Joe Allison and alternate Nancy Weaver.

“They played four rounds and we had a perfect score going into the fourth round,” said Jonesborough Senior Center Director Mary Sanger. “They are on cloud nine. They are really proud and they worked really hard.”

The Olde Towners defeated six other area senior centers in August to win the District Title. Now, with their Regional Title secured, they will face senior centers from West and Middle Tennessee, as well as defending State Champion Morristown at the Oct. 7 event.

A state win would mean not only a trophy and a $1,000 prize, but also the honor of hosting the State Senior Games next year.

Sanger has high hopes for the event.

“They are very smart and they have been practicing,” she said.

Sanger also thought the crowd they brought along to Knoxville to cheer the team along didn’t hurt either.

“I think that (support) makes a difference to the team,” she said.