Isabel Watkins

Isabel Watkins' heart for helping 

The drive to help people is only natural for Coffee County High Central High School senior Isabel Watkins, so her choice of a career in sports medicine is a good fit.

“Since the fourth grade, I’ve wanted to be an athletic trainer,” Isabel said. “I’ve been sold since then.”

She works with the school’s athletic trainer Jason Sanders and will focus on exercise science when she begins college in the fall. 

“I have always loved taking care of people, and football,” Isabel said.

“One of my favorite things about taking care of athletes is the relationship you build with them. Through that I’ve been able to witness (share her faith) to them – to take care of their other needs, not just physical needs on the field,” Isabel said.

Faith is a big part of Isabel’s life. She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Trinity Baptist Church.

Part of her duties for Fellowship of Christian Athletes is scheduling speakers for their meetings.

Seeking a variety of presenter, Isabel seeks local business leaders as well as pastors, and pastors’ wives.

Her faith has led Isabel to participate in Trinity mission trips to minister at the Native American reservations in South Dakota and mentors the younger girls at Trinity.

“Jesus died for us, so why would I not be willing to step out of my comfort zone for Him,” she said.

Isabel will attend college at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., to major in exercise science, followed by a master’s degree in athletic training. 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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