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Showing 9 articles from April 30, 2010.


Worn out before getting started

I woke up at 3 in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep so I walked a few feet from my hotel room on Jasmine Beach to the pier to take in the star show. The Milky Way was so dense with stars it looked like a cloud in the southern sky. The Southern Cross had begun its march across the horizon and now was tilted toward the west making room for the other millions of starts behind it to make their appearance before dawn.

When it became light enough to walk I went to the beach and listened to the waves slapping against the white sandy shore. I looked for colorful shells and found a few small ones to bring back as reminders of my trip.

Letters to the Editor

Writers frustrated, but thinks Tea Party also lacks solutions
To the Editor:

I was handed a flyer inviting me to the Tea Party in Charlie Daniels Park by a man strolling the streets of my neighborhood. It said to sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence, enter my children in a poetry contest on what freedom means to them and bring a soup can for the future soup lines. Many people I respect are into the Tea Party, including my sister-n-law, and according to your paper, my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Sherrie Orange, 4th grade.

General News

LPD involved in accidental shooting 10 years ago
The Wilson Post

Wednesday’s early morning shooting death of an unarmed man by a Lebanon Police officer was not the first such incident to occur within the department.

Ironically, Greg Thompson Jr., 22, who was shot by an officer who mistakenly believed the young man had shot at another officer, was related to John Adams, in his 60s, who was shot by a Lebanon officer in a drug raid that went tragically wrong.
Sheriff takes second look at Cooksey crime scene
The Wilson Post

Recently discovered photographs of the scene on Sparta Pike where Butch Cooksey’s body was found 41 years ago are hoped to shed new light on the cold case reopened by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in 2009.

Cooksey was found dead in the roadway in 1969, apparently struck by a vehicle. No one has been charged in the case.
Six new road projects slated for Wilson Co.
State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced on Thursday six proposed transportation projects slated for Wilson County.

“These projects will continue to help make Wilson County one of the best counties for families and businesses to call home,” Bone said. “Improving and expanding our roads says to those looking to move here that we’re committed to making our county one of the best places to live.”
State OKs $9M surgery center deal
From Post staff reports

Approval has been given for the construction of a new $9 million surgery center and medical office project to be located near the intersection of South Hartmann Drive and I-40 in Lebanon.

To be located south of I-40 and near Physicians Plaza on Physicians Way, the new medical complex will include medical offices and an outpatient surgery center.

According to Phil Pace of Healthcare Development Associates, a Nashville firm in charge of developing the project, the surgery center itself will account for about $4 million of the total cost of the project.
TBI continues investigation in officer-involved shooting death
The Wilson Post

An investigation is continuing in the early Wednesday morning shooting death of an unarmed man by a Lebanon Police officer who mistakenly believed the man was shooting at a fellow officer.

The body of the victim, Greg Thompson Jr., 22, was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville for an autopsy. “There should be a preliminary autopsy report completed,” said Kristin Helm, spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation which is heading up the investigation into the matter.

General Sports

CU softball eliminated

NASHVILLE -- After losing a 3-1 quarterfinal game to Trevecca Nazarene earlier in the day, fifth-seeded Cumberland's softball season came to a close with a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Bethel in an elimination game in the TranSouth Championships at the Trojan Softball Complex Thursday.

The Lady Bulldogs finish the year with a 20-30 mark, a 13-win improvement over second-year head coach Heather Stanfill's first campaign.

Bethel's run in the eighth inning came on an RBI single to left that Christina Manis came inches of snagging on a dive. The hit off the bat of Amanda Renfroe scored Brittany Edmonds, who singled up the middle and moved up a base each on a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The tally was the first for either team since the first inning when Bethel struck first, getting a run on the board in the top of the frame on a pair of singles, including Amanda Renfroe's hit that scored Lindsey Davis, who started the game with a bloop to right field and stole second. The two hits and a pair of walks loaded the bases for the Wildcats, but Katie Pacifici grounded back to pitcher Allison Blackwood to end the threat. The two walks were the first free passes issued by Blackwood in 36 2-3 innings, dating back to the second game of a doubleheader against Mid-Continent University on April 16.

It didn't take long for Cumberland to answer, knotting the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame. Christina Manis beat out a leadoff bunt and stole her 22nd base of the year, swiping second. The speedster from Hendersonville, Tenn., moved to third on a groundout by CaSarah Gilliam before Blackwood ripped a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Manis. The two-bagger was the eighth of the year for the Lawrence County High School product and her team-leading 27th RBI.

Trevecca 3, Cumberland 1
Cumberland University fell behind early and couldn't climb out of the hole against host Trevecca Nazarene in a 3-1 earlier Thursday.

Blackwood, who had the most RBIs of any player in the tournament after the first day with five, drove in Cumberland's only run of the day with a one-out single that brought Manis home. The former Station Camp High School standout led off the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Gilliam.

The Cumberland lead was short-lived as the Lady Trojans (39-13) put up two runs with two outs in the bottom of the first. After Manis robbed a base hit with a diving catch to get the second out of the inning, Anais Puertas got a bloop single into shallow left-center and Karli Rush followed with a triple into the right-field corner. Rush came home on a single by Monica West, who went 3-for-3 and drove in Trevecca's other run in the third inning.

Jr. Pro football alive & kicking

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
LEBANON -- Despite rumors to the contrary, the City of Lebanon’s Junior Pro Football League is still alive and kicking. There has been much confusion since the recent forming of the Lebanon Youth Football League under the umbrella of Tennessee Youth Football Alliance (TYFA).

“We’re two different operations,” said William Porter, Director of the Lebanon Recreation Department.

The City of Lebanon has sponsored junior pro football since the late 1970s with a junior league for kids ages 7, 8 and 9 and a senior league for players 10, 11 and 12. Last year, we had more than 275 participants, not including cheerleaders,” Porter said.

“We’ll continue to offer Junior Pro Football as long as we’ve got children wanting to participate.”

The difference between the two operations is very similar to recent trends in youth baseball and softball. Some parents want their children to play league (or rec) ball. This means almost no out of town travel, games during the midweek and a reasonable participation cost. Those wishing to go this route will probably stay with the City of Lebanon’s Junior Pro program.

Other parents are looking for their children to participate in “travel ball” which usually includes out of town road games roughly every other Saturday against similar teams and a higher participation cost per child. Those who are looking for a “travel ball” experience would most likely be interested in the TYFA -affiliated Lebanon Youth Football.

Porter says the City’s Junior Pro League will still play senior league games on Monday nights and junior league games on Thursday at the Walter J. Baird Junior High Field. Games will feature four, eight minute quarters fol- lowed by a running clock “fifth quarter” to ensure playing time for all participants.

Registration cost for the Junior Pro League is still only $30 per player which includes a jersey and a post-season trophy. Registration for this fall’s league is currently being accepted at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Building in the Baird Park Complex.

For more information, call the City of Lebanon’s Recreation Dept. at 449-0303.

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