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Showing 13 articles from October 9, 2009.

General Lifestyle

Southern Festival of Books set for three-day run

The Wilson Post

It’s that time of year again, the time that book lovers in Wilson and surrounding counties look forward to as the annual Southern Festival of Books begins its three-day run today at Legislative Plaza in Nashville.

Some 200 or so authors will read, sign and sell their books during the event. Authors’ readings will be held in various locations including Legislative Plaza/War Memorial Building and the State Capitol Building.


Guest Column

A watchful eye on Tennessee bridges

By Commissioner GERLAD NICELY
Tennessee Department of Transportation

As heavy rains fall on Tennessee, TDOT's bridge inspectors await notifications from an automated program called "Bridge Watch." Flooding can undermine the structural integrity of certain bridges in the state, so TDOT utilizes this program to alert the department of any potential problems with bridges due to heavy rains.


Letters to the Editor

Squires see new LHS need but must be careful with tax dollars

To the Editor:

The desire for a new Lebanon High School and the issue of a wheel tax or no wheel tax has become so emotional I am afraid that reason and the need to look at the facts have been completely overlooked.

The Wilson County Commission has taken the blame for most of this. I don’t mind sharing the responsibility for problems in our county but, I wish the Lebanon daily newspaper and some of their letter writers would look at the facts before resorting to name-calling and jumping off the emotional deep-end.

Writer has issue with LHS advocates post-election comment

To the Editor:

Vote for LHS or Not?

Whether you agreed with the outcome of last Thursday’s vote, I strongly disagree with Lebanon High School advocate Larry Hubbard that, “we had the wrong people voting for this” and his comment “God is great, life is good and people are crazy.” Would Mr. Hubbard have the same attitude if the vote had been the other way? I think not. Is this the kind of attitude we have supporting our school system, calling the voters of Wilson County “crazy” for not agreeing with his side? Mr. Hubbard poorly represents the people wanting a new LHS.


General News

Investigation continues in Statesville murder

The Wilson Post

A man who was shot and killed during a party in Statesville this past weekend was buried Thursday.

The investigation is continuing in the case. Authorities are still interviewing persons regarding the shooting.

Reward for arrest in horse shooting grows to $3,000

The Wilson Post

The reward for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse two weeks ago has now grown to potentially $3,000.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $1,000 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers. The maximum reward given by Crime Stoppers is $1,000, but the group’s board decides exactly how much to award for information.

Rhizokids holding Family Fun Day at fairgrounds

The Wilson Post

A local children’s charity is holding a fund raiser at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Rhizokids Family Fun Day will donate all money raised will go to research for a cure/treatment for Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata, or RCDP. This is a fatal form of dwarfism that typically takes the lives of children before they turn 3.

Scholarships available for area business students

Applications open online until Dec. 31

The Scarlett Family Foundation today announced it will accept applications Sept. 15-Dec. 31 for financial aid to students from 39 Middle Tennessee counties.

The scholarships are open to high school seniors planning to study business, and current college freshmen, sophomores and juniors already studying business at any accredited, not-for-profit, four-year college or university in the United States.

Tennessee, Georgia put aside rivalries to team up and kick-off college savings

MJ’s Bryant awarded $1,000 to kick-off her college savings 

As “Rocky Top” plays at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, two long-time college football rivals, Tennessee and Georgia, will compete on the field for the usual year-long bragging rights. 

But on Wednesday, the two states came together in Mt. Juliet to award $1,000 to student Lea Bryant to help her kick-kick off her college savings. 


General Sports

Beech 40, Lebanon 7


LEBANON -- Beech dominated Lebanon from the first quarter on and rolled to a 40-7 victory over the Blue Devils -- spoiling Senior Night Thursday at Nokes-Lasater Field.

Beech scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second to mount a 27-0 lead at intermission and never looked back as the Bucs improved to 6-1 (4-0 in 9AAA) on the season. Beech never punted in the game.

Beech fullback Travis Haymer ran for 105 yards on 10 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Jarod Neal completed 7-of-13 passing attempts for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

"Tonight was not a good night," said LHS head coach Bobby Brown, "That comes back to me. I didn't do a good job getting these guys ready. We're going to get back to work next week. We've got to play better than this."

Lebanon (4-4 / 2-3) will be idle next week.


Friendship 48, Watertown 16


LEBANON -- Leading 14-0 at halftime, Friendship Christian exploded for 21 third quarter points en route to a 48-16 Region 4A victory over Watertown Thursday night at Pirtle Field.

The win vaults the Commanders to 7-1 (5-1) on the season while Watertown fell to 5-2 (4-1), halting a five-game Purple Tiger wining streak.

The Commanders started slowly as the Tigers stingy defense only allowed the FCS in the endzone twice in the first half of play.

The difference was in the defensive effort of the Commanders.

"We tackled better tonight and got some pressure on (Watertown QB Dalton) Phillips," FCS Head Coach John McNeal said.

FCS allowed Watertown only five first downs, four coming after intermission.

Commander quarterback Lee Maasen ran 16 times for 211 yards, running for two scores and passing for two more.

Tailback John Markham added two touchdowns, one on a 28 yard pass from Maasen and the other a 67-yard third quarter run. The senior rushed seven times for 82 yards.

Sophomore tailback Dekolas Reeves added two scores with runs of 12 and one yards and finished with 41 yards rushing.

Most of the offensive effort for FCS came in the second half of play as the Commanders looked a little flat early in the contest.

"We were not clicking in the first half. We made some good plays but we finally got our heads right in the third quarter," McNeal added.

Watertown QB Dalton Phillips completed 11-of-25 passes for 244 yards. Ben Smith caught two passes for 147 yards, both TDs — one going for 54 yards and the other 93.

MJ 35, Wilson Central 3


MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears improved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in District 9AAA Thursday with a 35-3 victory over Wilson Central.

Mt. Juliet led 14-3 at intermission, then stretched the margin out with three second half scores.

Quarterback Reed Gurchiek completed 8-of-16 passes for 95 yards, three for TDs to Vaughn Cornelia and two more to Chris Brazile.

Wilson Central (0-8 / 0-5) got its only points on a 51-yard field goal by Jackson Redditt.

The victory snapped Mt. Juliet's five-year losing streak to the Wildcats.


MJCA - Webb game canceled

Tonight's scheduled high school football game between Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Knox Webb at MJCA has been canceled due to weather concerns.

The game will not be made up.

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