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Dr. James Perry Parker, Sr., 79

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at Cooks United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Road, for Dr. Parker, 79, of Mt. Juliet.

A retired minister of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Parker passed away Monday, April 6, 2009. A former Chaplain serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Parker earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Vanderbilt University.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Services will be conducted by Dr. Craig Goff, Rev. Tom Gildemiester and Rev. A. Barton Pepper officiating.

Survivors include: his wife Betty Parker; children Jim Parker and Susan (David) Parker -- all of Mt. Juliet and Liz (Mark) Clary of Oak Ridge; grandchildren Lindsey and Bryan (Melissa) Clary, Kendall, Cameron and Noah Parker.

Dr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents, Vilus and Ora Parker.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr., Suite 305, Nashville, 37211 or to the church of your choice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet


Telling Tales

A Change of Heart
I like to joke with my husband, that when he dies I’ll honor his death as they did in ancient Egypt. I’ll bury him with his dogs so that they can all go into the afterlife together.

Ask Ken Beck

Tom Sellecks chief Jesse Stone will be back
Dear Ken: I’ve seen Tom Selleck play a police chief in a small town over the past few years in several TV movies on CBS. In the last one, that aired in early March, it looks like his character was either fired or quit as he left town on a bus. Will there be any more of these TV movies?

General Lifestyle

ETC presents Inherit the Wind

“Inherit the Wind” by  Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, opens at Encore Theatre Company on Friday, April 17, for a three-weekend run. 

Director Jason Deathridge said, “This is the fictionalized account of the Scopes ‘Monkey’ trial which took place in Dayton, Tenn. in 1925. This event not only shook the world, but turned the small rural town on its end” when a high school science teacher attempted to teach Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, contrary to a Tennessee state law that prohibited the teaching of anything besides creationism.

Lebanons forgotten horseman gains his rightful place

Harness racing ‘Pop’ Geers proved to be the ‘Dale Earnhardt’ of his era

Special to The Wilson Post

In a beautiful, quiet little corner of Donna Evins’ yard, where redbud and dogwoods peak with their early April blooms, a chunk of granite, almost 7 feet high, preserves the name of one of Lebanon’s most notable native sons.

The name Geers has nearly been forgotten. For decades it has been mispronounced (it rhymes with jeers). Nevertheless, the fame of sportsman Edward Franklin “Pop” Geers remains hitched to horse-racing lore.

Spring fitness tips from Stroller Strides put new moms back in full bloom

At the first signs of spring, many new moms will emerge from their winter hibernations ready to resume outdoor workouts and reverse recent indulgences in cold-weather comfort foods.

But a foray into post-baby fitness following a seasonal hiatus does require some major mom motivation, so Stroller Strides founder and Lean Mommy author Lisa Druxman is sharing her expertise on how to spring back into good health -- and stick with it.


General News

Tougher development rules may follow after Chestnut Ridge case

The Wilson Post

The State Court of Appeals’ recent decision concerning the Chestnut Ridge development, may lead to tougher rules in the future for development in Lebanon.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath told Lebanon City Council during Tuesday night’s regular meeting that she thinks the decision means the city’s regulations regarding drainage are not tough enough.


General Sports

FCS tops Watertown in softball


LEBANON -- Addie Couch broke open a 3-3 game with an RBI double to lead Friendship Christian to a thrilling 4-3 softball win over visiting Watertown Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Commanders improved to 3-0 in District 8A and 8-8 overall.

Brooke Klinefelter went six innings to get the win for FCS. Camille Cross belted a two-run homer in the fourth for the winners.

Friendship will play at Trousdale County today (Wednesday) in a 4:30 p.m. make up game.


LaVERGNE -- Sarah Beth Roberts ripped a two-run single in the top of the fifth to lead Mt. Juliet to a 4-1 softball win at LaVergne Tuesday.

The victory improved Mt. Juliet’s record to 10-4 overall, 2-2 in District 9AAA. Brittnie Goins got the win, scattering six hits with six strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.

Mt. Juliet visits Wilson Central today (Wednesday) at 4:30 p.m.

Local prep baseball report


COOKEVILLE -- Lebanon High exploded for 19 hits Tuesday night in a 12-3 victory at District 7AAA rival Cookeville. The Blue Devils of Coach Tracy Slone will play the Cavs in a 6:30 p.m. game tonight (Wednesday) at Veterans Field in the Baird Park Complex.

LHS improved to 12-3 overall / 7-0 in the district with the win.

Senior Craig Gann picked up the decision with a complete game five hitter. Gann struck out six and walked two Cookeville batters.

Shortstop Daniel Harrison had three hits, catcher Dexter Cross drove in three runs with a triple and a double while Brent Morris drove in two runs with a pair of hits.

WC 5, GALLATIN 3 -- Wilson Central improved to 9-4 overall and 4-2 in District 9AAA Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory at Gallatin.

Jessie Snodgrass got the win with 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out nine and scattering four hits.

Brad Collins had two RBI and Cody Liddle had a pair of hits. Central will host Gallatin Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Gladeville.

FCS 8, TROUSDALE CO. 5 -- Friendship Christian posted a come-from-behind 8-5 win over visiting Trousdale County High Tuesday afternoon. The Commanders upped their record to 5-0 in District 8A and 9-5 overall.

Adjusting nicely to his new home at second base, junior Lee Maasen had three hits including a homer and a double.

Shortstop Mitch Miller added a two-run home run as the Commanders scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Travor Bowles scattered eight hits and struck out four to gain the pitching decision. Jordan Dennis picked up the save with two innings of work.

FCS hits the road Thursday to play in the Yellow Jacket Classic at Dalton, GA. The Commanders will open up with Gordon Lee High in Thursday’s opener.

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