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General News

Haiti via Dominican Republic

By Sister A.A.A. STAFFORD
Special to The Wilson Post

Thank God for allowing me to be able to go to Haiti via the Dominican Republic on Feb. 4. I have been waiting on a flight to Haiti; however, every time I would attempt a flight to Haiti, something would come up that it is not possible to get into Port-au-Prince. Remember, there is a way to anything you want to do if you are doing it for God.

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Local goods bound for Afghanistan

The first eight of 17 pallets of humanitarian aid bound for Afghanistan were to be loaded onto a C-130 yesterday at the Air National Guard's 118th Airlift Wing at Berry Field.

The donations will support the local civilian population of Afghanistan and include blankets, medical supplies, coats, jackets, gloves, boots, crutches and more. They were originally loaded onto pallets Jan. 9, at the base.

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MJ woman helping Haitian orphans find a home

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- They almost had the little girl, whose face and name have been splashed across the news for weeks, home to Nashville when the earthquake hit.

For Whitney King of Mt. Juliet, the news meant that her almost-adoptive cousin, Tia, was now trapped in Haiti. King is the niece of Mike and Missy Wilson, who had just been in Haiti the week before finishing paperwork to formally adopt Tia and bring her home to Franklin when the devastating earthquake hit the impoverished country. King has worked with Brent Gambrell Ministries since 2006 and has been on mission trips to Haiti many times, so she was familiar with life there even before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake leveled the country.

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Riders increase, third car added for Music City Star

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Ridership on the Music City Star has increased this month more than 25 percent and that has brought the addition on Monday of a third train car to the commuter rail service between Lebanon and Nashville.

Patricia Harris-Morehead, communications and marketing director for the Regional Transportation Authority, said the third car has been placed on the train that leaves Lebanon at 6:40 a.m. headed for Nashville and the train that leaves Nashville at 5:05 p.m. for Lebanon.

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Threats made against witnesses in Cooksey case

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Some witnesses in an investigation into the death 40 years ago of Charles “Butch” Cooksey Jr. have been threatened, and authorities have opened a separate investigation into the matter.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe confirmed Thursday that witnesses residing in Smith County have received threats surrounding the case which was reopened in the fall of 2009. Cooksey’s body was found early on June 14, 1969 on Highway 70. He was 19 years old, and authorities who investigated his death at the time ruled it as a hit-and-run. Questions, however, have always remained about his death.

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Wilsons jobless rate climbs

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate climbed 0.6 percent in December 2009 to 9.1 percent, up from the November ’09 rate of 8.5.

The county unemployment rates for December ’09 were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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General Sports

CU hosts Lyon Thursday

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring Thursday’s Cumberland University home basketball game against Lyon College, and the organization plans to have halftime competitions of building a LEGO house and a relay race with construction hats, shoes, tool belts, etc. Habitat for Humanity will receive half of Thursday’s gate receipts to go toward community projects.

The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s contest follows at 8 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Admission is $5 for everyone above the age of 10 and $4 for senior citizens.

Cumberland is scheduled to play four home doubleheaders in the month of February beginning with Thursday’s contests.

SCHEDULE CHANGE -- Cumberland's TranSouth Conference basketball doubleheader at Mid-Continent University scheduled Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Mayfield High School Sports Arena, was postponed.

The games have been rescheduled for Monday, February 22, at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky, with the women’s game tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

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Prep boys from Thursday

LEBANON DOWNS CENTRAL -- It wasn't very pretty. Backyard brawls usually aren't.
Lebanon closed out a tight game with a 15-2 fourth quarter and downed Wilson Central 35-28 Thursday at Campbell Brandon Gym.
Strong defensive efforts from both squads kept the scoring down as the Blue Devils improved to 12-10 overall and 4-6 in District 9AAA.
Wilson Central slipped to 7-10 overall / 3-7 in the league.
No one from either team reached double figures as LHS was led by eight points from Cameron High, seven from Justin Bridges and six each from Ryan Beadle and Case Sloan.
Wilson Central got eight from Jared Stroman and six each from Dee Oldham and Nick Roy.
LHS is scheduled to host Station Camp Tuesday while Wilson Central will entertain Gallatin.

BEARS THUMP PORTLAND -- Mt. Juliet went on an 18-2 fourth run and blew out Portland 45-21 Thursday in a District 9AAA contest.
Coach Troy Allen's Bears improved to 18-4 overall and 8-2 inside the league.
Senior Teraes Clemmons led all scorers as he rolled up 22 points against the Panthers. Vaughn Cornelia added eight while Caleb Chowbay had six.
Mt. Juliet will play at 9AAA-leading Beech High Tuesday.

FCS FALL AS AT GORDONSVILLE -- Friendship Christian slid to 3-3 in District 8A and 14-6 overall following Thursday night's 54-50 road loss at Gordonsville.
The Commanders trailed 25-18 at intermission, only to tie the game after three periods at 37-all.
Josh Sapp drilled three 3-pointers to pace Gordonsville with 20 points.
Friendship's Parker Teeter had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Hardie Sorrels added 10 while Cameron Hill chipped in with eight.
FCS will visit Red Boiling Springs Tuesday night.

TIGERS WIN IN OT AT MONTEREY -- Watertown outscored host Monterey 8-2 in overtime and defeated the Wildcats 57-51 Thursday night.
Tiger guard KeAndre Bates led all scorers with 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Dalton Phillips added 10 points while Anthony Jordan had nine.
Watertown is scheduled to play at Eagleville Saturday night, but the impending weather threatens that match-up.

DCA AT MJ CHISTIAN -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's Friday night home game vs. DCA has been postponed. A decision will be made on tomorrow's game by noon tomorrow.  The make up game with DCA will be announced on Monday. Check www.mjca.org for more information.

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Prep girls from Thursday

WCHS DOWNS LEBANON -- Down nine at intermission, Wilson Central made a third quarter run a defeated Lebanon 49-42 Thursday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
The win upped Central's District 9AAA record to 7-3 and 11-9 overall. LHS slipped to 14-8 on the season / 5-5 in league play.
The Lady Wildcats clawed their way back into the game and tied the contest at 32-all with 7:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Central had outscored LHS 9-2 in the third period.
Ieshia Hassell paced Central with 18 points, and Sydney Vanlandingham knocked down 10-of-13 free throws and finished with 16.
Julia Fox had 13 for Lebanon and Marissa Jennings had eight before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
LHS is scheduled to host Station Camp Tuesday while Wilson Central will entertain Gallatin.

FCS DEFEATS GORDONSVILLE -- Down 13-10 after one, Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders went on a 26-6 second quarter binge and won 57-39 at Gordonsville Thursday night.
FCS improved to 8-13 overall and 5-1 and District 8A with the victory.
Soph guard Andi Morrisett had 20 for Friendship while Kaitlyn Teeter had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
FCS will visit Red Boiling Springs Tuesday night.

TIGERETTES FALL AT MONTEREY -- Watertown's Tigerettes saw an eight-point fourth quarter lead slip away and lost 38-35 in overtime at Monterey Thursday.
Watertown fell to 6-14 overall, despite 14 points from Morgan Gartner.
Watertown is scheduled to play at Eagleville Saturday night, but the impending weather threatens that match-up.

MJ HAMMERS PORTLAND -- No. 2-ranked Mt. Juliet rolled to a 71-9 win at Portland Thursday night -- holding the Lady Panthers scoreless in the second half.
The Lady Bears improved to 21-1 and a perfect 10-0 in District 9AAA.
Caya Williams had 22 points and Britt Bell 13 for the winners.
Mt. Juliet will play at Beech High Tuesday.

DCA VS. MJCA -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's Friday night home game vs. DCA has been postponed. A decision will be made on tomorrow's game by noon tomorrow.  The make up game with DCA will be announced on Monday.

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