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Jonesborough seniors win state title in Brain Games



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The Olde Towners have done it again.

Carol Salinas, Mike Willis, Joe Allison and alternate Nancy Weaver, the Jonesborough Senior Center’s team for the statewide Brain Games, won first place and the state championship on Oct. 7 in Morristown.

“It was awesome,” said Mary Sanger, director of the Jonesborough Senior Center. “ The Morristown team was the two-time state champs and our team beat Morristown by 36 points.”

As the new state winners, the Jonesborough Senior Center will host the 2017 Brain Games state championship to defend their title.

“It puts us on the map,” said a delighted Joe Allison at Town Hall Monday night. The team was there to receive a special proclamation from the town for their win.

The Jonesborough team got its start after last year’s Brain Games, according to Sanger. Intrigued by the annual competition that pits seniors against each other in a battle of wits and trivia, members started gathering at the center each Friday for trivia games.

The toughest match this year, according to Mike Willis, was the first — the August local contest pitting Jonesborough against six other area seniors.

At the next battle — the Regional competition in Knoxville — the Olde Towners only missed one question and once again emerged  victorious.

At the Morristown State Games, the reigning champions and Jonesborough tied after the second of four rounds.

But when the winner was announced at the end, Sanger said, the Olde Towners were the clear champions, bringing in 136 points to Morristown’s 100.

The center will receive a trophy, a $1,000 check and the honor of hosting next year’s games.

“A case is going to be built for the trophy,” Sanger said.”It is being engraved right now and will be presented back to us in November.”

“I think it says a lot about seniors in general,” Sanger added. “The questions are really hard.”

And they still came out as winners, she said.