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Why do they call it that? Carrollwood and Jetton Avenue

Why do they call it that? Carrollwood and Jetton Avenue

A lake with a patriotic name has given its name to an entire area of Tampa Bay. Plus, a street in Tampa connects two generations of local pioneers.

Why do they call it Carrollwood?

What's now a bustling part of Tampa Bay -- used to be way off the beaten path.

Before Carrollwood was developed, many families who lived near Downtown Tampa had lake houses in northern Hillsborough County, said Rodney Kite-Powell, the curator of history at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Because of the slow speed of transportation before the 1950's, the Carrollwood area -- which is now just 20 minutes away from Downtown Tampa -- was considered a fine place for a vacation home.

Kite-Powell says faster cars and better roads had made the trip to the area quicker by 1959. So a developer built what was still considered a far-off suburb, way out in the country: Carrollwood.

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Football player penalized for end zone prayer gesture

Tampa, Florida - From the NFL to high school football, it seems referees are cracking down on excessive celebrating on the field. But what is excessive to some is seen as a bad call by others.

It's a move Washington fans have seen before from high school football player Ronnie Hastie. He scores a touchdown, takes a knee and points to the sky. It's his way of thanking God, except this time he draws the flag.

"I've done it every time I've gone in the end zone. No one ever said anything about it done, it's tradition," says Hastie.

It's a tradition that cost his team 15 yards and it's a questionable call to many. 

"There is so much gray area in the rule, we don't know from week to week what it will be," says Plant High School head football coach Robert Weiner.

Lunch review: Mellow Mushroom

Lunch review: Mellow Mushroom

Westchase, FL - Mellow Mushroom is a nationwide chain of self-proclaimed "pizza bakers" that is bringing chill vibes, special touches, and darn good pizza to each unique location. Our very own Westchase/Citrus Park area hosts one such hub, where the beer is almost as beloved as the pies, and the psychedelic scene is a perfect fit with the quirky staff.

J.J. Hubbard is Hss.net Player of the Week

Tampa, Florida- Robinson's J.J. Hubbard is this week's High School Sports Net Player of the Week after the senior running back got even closer to his school's single season scoring record in Robinson's playoff 2A playoff win over Jesuit.

After a 177 yard performance and two touchdowns, Hubbard now has 1,450 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.

Robinson meets Belle Glade Glades Central in the next round of playoffs.

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Highlands Board to replace Commissioner Carlson

Highlands Board to replace Commissioner Carlson

Sebring, FL - In response to formal charges of boating under the influence, manslaughter, and vessel homicide, the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners announced they are requesting applications for a replacement for Chairman Commissioner Jeff Carlson on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Gov. Charlie Crist removed Carlson from office the day before, after charges were finalized.

Carlson is responsible for the death of his own wife, Julie Carlson, a result of striking a channel marker while driving a boat when the Commissioner's blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. He turned himself into the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Nov. 2 , but charges weren't filed until Nov. 22.

The Board is taking nominations and applications now, but don't anticipate a replacement to be finalized for up to three months.

Plane lost wing before Highlands County crash

Plane lost wing before Highlands County crash

AVON PARK, Florida (AP) -- A small plane that crashed during a MacDill Air Force Base training exercise, killing three civilians, lost its right wing in flight before slamming into the ground.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday says two sections of the right wing were found northwest of the main wreckage.

Photo Gallery: Plane crash near Sebring

The four-seat Cessna 337 went down Nov. 17 in Highlands County, about 90 miles southeast of Tampa.

Deputies fix up home for struggling Brandon woman

Deputies fix up home for struggling Brandon woman

Brandon, FL -- A Brandon woman going through some extremely tough times this holiday season is breathing a sigh of relief.

64-year-old Kathleen Alexander will soon be able to live in a clean, fixed-up home thanks to many off-duty Hillsborough County deputies and other volunteers who worked on her house today.

They say the home had most of its appliances and copper tubing stolen when Alexander was busy dealing with the loss of her mother and brother.

"Most of us are able to say, 'Let me make a phone call' and, 'Let me have my family members help' but she has nobody. Zero. And that's why we're here," said Deputy Carlos Bonilla with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Local organizations also donated money and appliances towards the renovation project.

Alexander will be able to move back into her home once construction wraps up next month.