Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – October 16

Workplace safety

Thumbs-up to the 700 or so people who work at Cummins Seymour Engine Plant on East Fourth Street Road. The factory recently achieved “STAR” certification in the state’s Voluntary Protection Program for its exemplary worker safety and health management system. The STAR designation is the highest level of certification a worksite can achieve.Fighting domestic violenceThumbs-up to Nikki Allman and her mother, Cindy Bloom, for establishing The Tabitha Brock Foundation in memory of Allman’s sister and Bloom’s daughter, Tabitha Brock. On May 10, 2012, Brock’s on-and-off boyfriend, Gerald Combs, killed Brock in front of her son, placed her body in a car and set the car on fire. The foundation, which was established to spread awareness of abuse and to support victims of violence, recently sponsored a program, Taking Back Jackson County from drugs and violence, for October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Sectional champs

Thumbs-up to the members of the Seymour High School boys tennis team, which won the Seymour Sectional title for the first time since 2006. Members of the team were Alex Berry, Ty McCory, Adam Berry, Hao Li, Josiah Rudge, Sam Voss, Grant Handloser and coach Brad Emerson. The Owls fell to Columbus North 5-0 in the Bloomington North Regional.

Conference champions

Thumbs-up to Crothersville High School runners Piper Hensley, Tristan Maschino, Torri Boldery, Alisha Basil, Taylor Blake and Breanna Barger. The Tigers, coached by Marc and Carl Bowman, won the school’s first Southern Athletic Conference girls cross-country title.A similar Thumbs-up to the members of Seymour High School’s boys cross-country team, which recently earned the Owls’ first Hoosier Hills Conference title in that sport since the school joined the conference in 1997. Members of that team are Tim Molinari, Jacob Voss, Cam Deppen, Alex Lovins, Hunter Bauserman, Trent Hohenstreiter and Cooper Morrow.