By ANGEL KANE
As the temperatures finally begin to cool down, one can’t help but begin to think about all things fall. From pumpkins to hayrides to bonfires, we all know that there is no better place to spend fall than in middle Tennessee.
And this year, one place we all can all get together and enjoy our favorite fall activities will be Wilson County’s newest pumpkin patch. Located just one mile off of 840 (Exit 67 - Couchville Pike ) in the Gladeville area, the Pumpkin Place will offer pumpkins for the picking, hayrides, corn mazes, children’s games, animals, inflatables and much, much more.
CU’s Danny Bryan on quest to rescue the timber rattler
By KEN BECK, Special to The Wilson Post
For more than 20 years Cumberland University Biology Professor Danny Bryan has been serving indiscreetly as a peacemaker for the timber rattlesnake.
By going among them to learn their ways, he’s hoping the information that he has gathered will help the timber rattler to survive, although their numbers have been rapidly declining due to loss of habitat and indiscriminate killing.
“They’re pretty passive animals. They are not aggressive, but they will defend themselves,” said Bryan, 50, who lives in DeKalb County where some of the residents of Smithville refer to him as “the Snake Man.” “They don’t get as large as people think. Hunters tend to exaggerate. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard of 7- or 8-foot rattlers in Tennessee. The largest caught in the state was 64 inches.”
(The largest timber rattlesnake captured in the U.S. was a 72-inch timber rattlesnake found in Louisiana.)
As for Wilson County, the biologist said that a few timber rattlers may be found in and around Cedars of Lebanon State Park, as their range has been choked off by development. Their population increases moving eastward toward Smith and DeKalb counties.
Bryan’s research will culminate in his doctoral dissertation, “The Natural History, Survival and Conservation Plan for the Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, at Center Hill Lake, Tennessee.”
From Post staff reports
Research for creation of a book highlighting the history of the Auburntown community is currently underway, according to Mary Hughes, president of the Auburntown Historical Society, the all-volunteer organization heading up the project.
“We’re having great response from people wanting to help with this project in any way they can,” Hughes said. “Many feel such a book is long overdue, and they are excited to know the book is being compiled.”
Hughes said that the Auburntown Historical Society has received numerous contributions, such as photos, copies of grants, military records, family stories and other materials.
“These are the types of items that will help us in telling the history of our community and the surrounding area in an interesting manner,” Hughes added. Hughes suggested that those interested in following the progress of the project visit http://www.auburntowntennessee.blogspot.com.
Hughes, who was born and raised in the community and now makes her home in the Short Mountain area of DeKalb County, said the publication is being designed to appeal to anyone with connections to the Auburntown community of Cannon County.
“We welcome all who have ties with the community to participate in this project,” she said. “We are seeking information on early settlers, churches, schools, businesses, social events, military activities of those from the community and other interesting aspects of our history.”
The Auburntown Historical Society meets monthly from January through October at the Fellowship Hall of the Auburntown Church of Christ. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Officials with the Wilson County Fair are happy with this year’s edition which completed its one day-shortened run on Saturday after heat and heavy rain affected the annual event.
The final attendance this year was 397,075, a decrease of 108,359 from the fair in 2009 when attendance was 505,434. Even so, this year’s attendance was still more than that of the fair in 2007 when record-breaking heat also occurred. The attendance in ’07 was 366,641.
Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc. which puts on the fair each year, has said previously that fairs, festivals and other outdoor events are done “in cooperation with Mother Nature. We know from the get-go we’re taking a chance.”
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Family, friends and colleagues stopped by the Wilson County Courthouse Tuesday to wish retiring County Mayor Robert Dedman well in his retirement during a reception held in his honor.
Dedman is retiring after a career in public service that began in 1972 when he became the City of Lebanon’s first purchasing agent.
Since that time, Dedman served in the Secretary of State’s Office for six years, on the Lebanon City Council for four years, as the Wilson Property Assessor for 12 years, the Sergeant of Arms for the State Senate for two years and as County Mayor for the past 12 years. During his 12 years as County Mayor, Dedman has watched Wilson County expand and grow significantly.
“I’m very proud of the schools we’ve built for our kids,” Dedman said Tuesday. During his tenure, Dedman has pushed for the construction of new schools in Wilson County and led Wilson County Commission as it approved funds to build them.
By TOMMY BRYAN
GLADEVILLE -- Missteps in Lebanon’s kicking game and a pair of costly fumbles opened the door just wide enough for Wilson Central to waltz in and claim a thrilling 14-13 victory over the Blue Devils in Friday’s Week Zero season opener at Wildcat Stadium.
Trailing 14-13, with 2:45 remaining in regulation, Lebanon marched 75 yards in 11 plays all the way to the Central five yard line. Stopping the clock with :06 seconds left, the Blue Devil field goal unit came on for a potential 22-yard game-winning three pointer.
Central’s first year head coach Brad Dedman burned back-to-back timeouts hoping to ice Lebanon’s kicker. The attempt was pulled wide left -- giving Dedman his initial career win.
“We lost two fumbles and both of those really hurt,” said LHS coach Bobby Brown, “we gave up a couple of punt returns -- one that set up the go-ahead score. We had our chances to put the game away -- well before that last kick.”
Lebanon played well enough on defense to get the win -- giving up just 155 yards in total offense and six first downs to the Wildcats.
Junior quarterback Patrick Maynard accounted for 185 yards in total offense -- rushing 22 times for 108 and completing 6-of-11 passes for 77 yards. He threw a 30-yard TD strike to wideout Kelan Rhodes.
Senior Juicy Apple ran eight times for 46 yards and soph Ethan Copas had a solid varsity debut with 45 yards on six carries -- including a 26 yard burst around right end on his first attempt.
Tailback Darell Stewart led Wilson Central in rushing with 57 yards on 12 attempts -- including a 34-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. QB Hunter Cranford completed 3-of-5 passes for 19 yards and for the most part steered his team clear of trouble.
Defensively, senior linebacker Nathan Corn was in on several big hits, including three tackles for loss.
LHS hosts Rossview High in the home-opener Friday night while Wilson Central entertains Rhea County.
FCS 14, MTCS 0 -- Quarterback Kyle Neal ran for 118 yards and a touchdown Friday night as Friendship Christian defeated Middle Tennessee Christian 14-0 at Pirtle Field.
Up 14-0 at intermission, the Commander defensive unit took over -- limiting the visiting Cougars to 181 yards in total offense and just nine first downs for the game.
Dekolas Reeves rushed 10 times for 25 yards and Kyle Wood carried five times for 27 yards and scored Friendship’s second touchdown.
The Commanders will return to action Friday as they travel to Lafayette to take on Macon County High.
HERITAGE 26, WATERTOWN 13 -- The Purple Tiger defense couldn’t get stops when they were needed the most in a 26-13 loss to Heritage High of White House Friday, Aug. 20 at Robinson Stadium.
“We’ve got some work to do with our tackling,” said Purple Tiger head coach Gavin Webster.
Heritage never trailed, jumping out to a 13-0 lead with 7:44 left before intermission.
Freshman quarterback Ty Jobe came off the bench to complete 10-of-15 passing attempts for 107 yards.
He threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to KeAndrew Bate and 42 yards to Andrew Jennings.
He also threw three interceptions -- two of which came off deflections.
Robert Davenport was in on several tackles for the Tigers and recovered a Patriot fumble.
Watertown will be on the road Friday night as they travel to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee Christian School.
Both teams enter Friday’s game 0-1 on the season following season-opening losses.
DCA 48, MJCA 0 -- Fresh from a 48-0 loss to Donelson Christian in the home-opener Friday, Aug. 20, Mt. Juliet Christian will bus to Shelby County Friday night for an encounter with Memphis Academy for Health Sciences. DCA (1-0) went for the throat early with four first period touchdowns and mounted a 28-0 lead with nearly six minutes left. Leading 35-0 after three quarters, DCA threw the ball well into the fourth quarter, connecting on scoring passes of five and 42 yards. Mt. Juliet Christian QB Tyler Sumner connected on 3-of-12 passes for 40 yards. He ran six times for 23 yards.
Mt. Juliet opened the 2010 with a 27-0 victory over visiting McGavock High Thursday night.
The Golden Bears overcame three first half turnovers (two fumbles and an interception) with stellar defensive play. All told, Mt. Juliet defenders picked off a pair of Raider passes, blocked a punt and recorded several quarterback sacks.
"Thank goodness for our defense, they played outstanding -- especially in the first half," said MJ head coach Roger Perry. "They kept the field position for us. We moved the ball offensively, but turning the football over is going to cost any team. Fortunately for us tonight our defense kept stepping up."
Perry praised his team for making some key adjustments in the second half, especially in the area of ball secutiry. "I didn't jump anybody at halftime, I just said we've got to find somebody who will hang on to the football. George Nwokoji came out and had a great second half."
Nwokoji ran for 107 yards and scored a TD to lead the Bear offensive attack -- 80 yards came after intermission.
Mt. Juliet will go on the road next week as they travel to Gallatin to play the Green Wave in a District 9AAA contest.