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Douglas Warren Risner, 84

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, January 16 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Risner, 84, of Mt. Juliet. A US Army veteran of World War II, he died January 14, 2009.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Grubbs. Interment follows at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors: his wife of 65 years Wanda G. Risner of Mt. Juliet; children Larry (Betty) Risner of Hermitage; Terry (Mary) Risner of Lawrenceburg; Ricky (Donna) Risner and Kenny (Kathy) Risner -- all of Mt. Juliet and Carolyn (Larry) Graves of Richmond, VA.

Also surviving is sister Martha Anderson of Nashville, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

He was the son of the late, John Enoch and Annie Jo Brewer Risner. Mr. Risner was also preceded in death by son Randy; grandson Kevin and several brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers: Donnie Risner, Jerry Womble, Denny Harvey, Johnny Crumby, James Risner and Robert F. Risner.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Infant Bryson Allen Collins

LEBANON -- Infant Bryson Collins passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2009. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home Saturday, January 17 from 11 a.m. until service.

The chapel service, conducted by Brother Terry Fessler, is 1 p.m. Interment follows in Conatser Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Deanna Collins of Lebanon; father William Marero; grandparents David and Brenda Collins; aunt Trisha Collins; and great-uncle Michael Collins.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home.

Ray Thomas Rollins, 70

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services are set 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Rollins, 70, of Lebanon.

Born in Smith County and a well-known auto mechanic, he died Jan. 14, 2009 at University Medical Center. A veteran, having served in the US Army, Airborne Division, he was the son of the late Raymond and Grady Presley Rollins.

Visitation 12 Noon until service Saturday. Services will be conducted by the Rev. James G. Williams with burial at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors: wife Ruby Lannom Rollins and sons Randy Rollins and Richard Rollins -- all of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandchildren Buddy Rollins, Tabitha and Michael Sevier; siblings Eddie Rollins of Lebanon and Polly (Greg) harelson of Las Vegas, NV.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Lonnie, Donnie and Earl Rollins.

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home.



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General News

LSSD schools closed Friday


Students attending the Lebanon Special School District will be getting a jump on the planned Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday scheduled for Monday.

LSSD schools, including Byars-Dowdy, Sam Houston, Coles Ferry, Castle Heights Upper Elementary and Baird Middle School, will be CLOSED FRIDAY, JAN. 16.

After an afternoon high around 21 today, temperatures will plunge to near six degrees Friday morning under mostly clear skies. Temperatures will top out at 26 degrees with plenty of sunshine Friday.

In addition to Wilson County, Metro-Nashville, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Pickett and Warren county schools are closed, among others.

Extended care at LSSD will be open.


General Sports

WC hosts Mt. Juliet Friday


GLADEVILLE -- There’s nothing like a red-hot basketball rivalry to knock the chill off a January evening. Friday night’s District 9AAA showdown at Wilson Central between the defending Class AAA state champion Lady Wildcats and their arch rivals from Mt. Juliet could be a sellout.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans are urged to arrive early to avoid long lines at the door.

The two teams find themselves tied at No. 5 in the latest statewide Class AAA poll and both are coming off impressive wins.

Tuesday night Wilson Central improved to 14-3 overall / 3-0 in District 9AAA Tuesday with a 60-42 win at Hendersonville High. Senior guard Jessyca Christopher knocked down four 3-pointers as she and Iesha Hassell each finished with 12 points for the winners.

Kelsey McGee also reached double figures with 10. Reigning Class AAA Miss Basketball Jasmine Hassell battled through a stomach virus and added eight points.

On Monday, Mt. Juliet’s Lady Bears rolled to an easy 71-30 road win over Antioch.

Mt. Juliet improved to 16-1 overall as ninth grader Caya Williams poured in 26 points for Mt. Juliet. Britt Bell finished with 14 and Sarah Beth Roberts had 10 points.

Like Wilson Central, Mt. Juliet stands undefeated (4-0) in District 9AAA play after a thrilling 52-49 victory over a veteran Smyrna club Friday, Jan. 9.

Perhaps as many as three ninth graders are expected to see extensive action for Mt. Juliet -- including high-scoring post Caya Williams.

Other prep action Friday includes the following match-ups:

Westmoreland at Friendship Christian School and Gordonsville visiting Watertown in District 8A action.

Lebanon travels to Murfreesboro to play Siegel High in a District 7AAA twinbill.

On Saturday, Friendship will entertain Eagleville High while Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will travel to Warren County to take on Boyd Christian.



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