Judge Bill Locke is known for taking a bite out of crime. On Friday night, Judge Locke helped take a bite out of cancer.
At least he took a bite out of one of Tammie Gribble’s popular pies at Relay for Life.
“This is delicious,” said Locke, his mouth full, moments after getting feed a chess pie by Gribble herself.
Gribble says she makes 130 mini pies for Relay for Life each year. They normally sell quickly.
“I use an old family recipe and I don’t share it,” said Gribble, who started baking when she was 10.
Nunley Stadium was flourishing with activity for the 14th annual Relay for Life in Warren County. Jessica McKinney and Emily Davis were playing a giant-sized game of Jenga, a game that ended badly for McKinney.
WCHS rugby player Alexis Aramburo was brave enough to perch atop the dunking booth, daring people to dunk her.
“This is easier than rugby,” said Aramburo, whose mom is currently battling cancer. “I want to do everything I can to help.”
Jodie Greer was trying to put a squeeze on cancer with her fresh-squeezed lemonade. She travels to festivals all over Middle Tennessee with her stand called Miss Pokey’s Lemonade.
“When they see me in Murfreesboro or someplace else, people from McMinnville know I’m from McMinnville because of the name,” said Greer, referring to the famous bootlegger who once operated here.
Chloe Williamson, 13, was one of the youngest cancer survivors in attendance. She got her hand painted and then put the imprint on a banner featuring handprints of other cancer survivors.
“I just made the cheerleading team,” said Chloe, a rising eighth-grader at Irving College School. “I’m a little nervous about it, but excited.”
Chloe was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10. She underwent her last treatment in May 2015 and still has doctor visits every eight weeks. She won’t be declared cancer free until she reaches the five-year mark because leukemia is a cancer known to recur.
It was announced during the ceremony 163 cancer survivors registered for this year’s event. Special prayers were asked for 15-year-old Chelsea Clark, who is currently battling cancer.