By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
Based on facts and projections provided by Bible Park USA Holdings, a University of Tennessee research team has offered a detailed study of potential effects of the proposed park in Wilson County during a briefing on Thursday prior to a Wilson County/Lebanon Development Board meeting.
“Dr. (Michael) Hicks and Dr. (Mark) Burton based their study on facts and projection we provided,” said Robert Wyatt, president of BPU Holding on Thursday.
Burton, who presented the material, assured those present that the predictions were “conservative,” but that he could see no downside to the project, and that while he and his partner, “normally don’t like anything, this looks to us like a very good project.”
He said the park could potentially generate about 1,800 new jobs both in the park itself and for other support businesses he expected it to generate. He predicted six new hotels with a 250-person capacity each and about 20 new restaurants.
HOMECOMING GAME SET FOR 1:30 PM
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson POST
This one has been a long time coming. After four consecutive road games to start the 2008 football season, Cumberland University’s Bulldogs will host Mid-South Conference Western Division rival Bethel College Saturday to highlight homecoming activities.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and around the world on the Internet at cumberland.edu.
"The coaches have been joking about the putting the players on a charter bus and riding around town Saturday morning before the game," said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander.
Cumberland stands 1-3 on the season after tough losses to nationally-ranked NAIA teams Campbellsville College and Georgetown College in addition to NCAA-member UT-Chattanooga.
"We have played some very good teams, and I can assure you that good competition only makes you better," Alexander said.
"We have played teams that have challenged us. We’ve been in physical ball games against well-coached teams.
"We’ve had to prepare hard, work hard and play hard every week. I think our team has gained a toughness about itself over the past four weeks -- a toughness that will serve us very well as we enter play in the Western Division."