By BECKY ANDREWS
You read that right. After a very uneventful two weeks waiting for something funny, dangerous, or even inspiring to happen…nothing. I started and stopped about 30 different story ideas. This happens sometimes but this time…nothing.
I started one about training for a half-marathon. This race was different because it was on my birthday and completing it would be a birthday gift from me to me. When I started writing about hurting my calf during one training day, the story kind of went south. I came home from that run complaining to my husband. I went on about how this injury would ruin my chances of hitting my PB because intervals will be impossible.
By Angel Kane
If you are like those of us at Wilson Living Magazine, you are counting down the days to Fall break. But before you pack up the car and the kids for parts unknown, be sure to check out all Wilson County has to offer this weekend.
First up, is the Low Country Boil. This benefit stated years ago over dinner with close friends. They had an idea to raise money for a worthy cause and when one of them had a family member touched by breast cancer - they went into full force.
Haunted woods will knock knees, shiver your soul
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Dead Land Haunted Woods is no walk in the park. It’s a nocturnal hike into a frightening forest filled with ghosts, goblins and ghouls of every ilk. Making its second season in Wilson County, the bedeviled patch of ground lies about nine miles south of Lebanon on Highway 231 South. Its 1.2-mile trail of terror features 50 live actors doing their dead-level best to scare your pants off.
“The difference here between our haunted woods and other haunts around is that it has no commercial scares. You’ll not find Mike Myers and Freddy Krueger here. You’re gonna find a bit of history for a more lifelike scare,” said Dana Chapman, the madwoman behind this Halloween-timed production.
Helping accelerate the maximum sensory experience are strolls into or past a haunted barn, tunnels of spiders and snakes and the Dead Man’s Dip (a shallow, open grave). Hikers must crawl through a mid-1950s Cadillac hearse and tiptoe around an abandoned, fog-encrusted cemetery with 95 tombstones.
Cell phone scramble delays rescue call
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — An 8-year-old boy drowned Friday, Sept. 24 in Old Hickory Lake after his father allowed him and his brothers to remove their life jackets in shallow water. Sammy Dean Liradi was with his father, Ahmed, and his two brothers, ages 8 and 7, in the Deacon Hill area of Old Hickory Lake off River Drive.
According to reports from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the family was in shallow water when the father allowed the children to remove their life jackets. The child went under the water and did not surface.
A call was made from a cell phone, according to Wilson Emergency Management Agency Assistant Chief Brian Newberry, in reference to a child in the water, but the call went first to Davidson County emergency personnel. It was then transferred, Newberry said, as a non-emergency call to Sumner County.
ONE OF SIX SITES CONSIDERED
By SAM HATCHER, The Wilson Post
The controversy in Nashville’s Metro government surrounding the future of the Tennessee State Fair may have implications reaching out to Wilson County. According to two sources closely related to the issue, Wilson County’s Superspeedway near Gladeville is one of six sites under consideration for the fair to be relocated.
There supposedly are other areas in Davidson County under consideration as well and also the farm in Coffee County near Manchester that annually plays host to the Bonnaroo music festival.
Metro Nashville Councilman Duane Dominy introduced local legislation this week to keep the State Fair at its present location until a suitable relocation area can be found. He also is seeking to keep the fair in Davidson County.
1ST LOSS IN TRANSOUTH PLAY
LEBANON -- After letting match point slip away in the fourth set, the Cumberland University volleyball team was unable to regain control in the fifth as the Lady Bulldogs suffered their first defeat in TranSouth Conference play with a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 10-15) loss to Bethel University Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Leading the match 2-1, Cumberland (18-5, 5-1 TranSouth) battled back from a four-point deficit late in the fourth set to force a 19-19 tie. Bethel (8-6, 4-4) scored the next point before CU ripped off the next four points to make it 23-20 and causing the Wildcats to take a timeout.
Following the timeout Taylor Denney served her only ace of the contest giving the Bulldogs match point, however Denney’s next serve went into the net and giving Bethel extended life. The Wildcats took advantage of the gift, scoring five more points to force a fifth set.
During BU’s run Cumberland had two attacks blocked and committed one other error when Jessica Gericke hit the ball into the net.
The Wildcats carried the momentum into the final set, holding onto an 8-3 lead when the teams swapped sides of the court. Bethel scored another point before Cumberland successfully used a timeout to end a 5-0 run. BU stretched the lead to 12-5 and held the same seven-point lead at its first match point. The Lady Bulldogs stayed alive with three straight points, but a Wildcat kill closed out the match.
Cumberland started off slow, allowing the Wildcats to jump out to a 7-4 lead in the opening set before runs of 4-0 and 5-0 sandwiched around a pair of Bethel points put the home team on top by three. The Wildcats kept it close as CU wasn’t able to keep building on the lead. Cumberland committed six hitting errors in the set and just .174, but held the Wildcats, who had nine errors, to a .091 attack percentage.
The second set went down to the wire as Bethel claimed the two-point victory. Cumberland ’s largest deficit came at 19-15 before the Volleydawgs scored five of the next six points to tie the set for the eighth time. The Wildcats took two points on both sides of a Stanton kill to give them their first set point and forcing CU head coach Dwayne Deering to take a timeout.
After the break Stanton, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, threw down her third kill of the set off a Taylor Denney assist. That point was followed by a block by Stanton and Lauren Carter to keep the Wildcats at bay temporarily, but after a Bethel timeout Brooke Bowers hit her serve into the net giving BU the set victory.
The Wildcats scored the first three points before Cumberland eventually tied the third set at 4-4. From there the two teams went point-for-point until the Bulldogs started a 7-1 stretch culminating with Jessica Gericke and Stanton teaming up for a block to make the score 13-8.
Cumberland stretched the lead out to six points before the Wildcats started to mount a comeback, getting to within three. However the Bulldogs won five of the next six points to get to set point, which Bethel held off twice before committing a ball handling error to end the period.
Three days after setting a career-high with 16 kills, Stanton matched her personal best against the Wildcats, while Kaysi Arnold recorded 10 kills. Denney and Gass finished with 23 and 22 assists, while three Bulldogs – Brooke Bowers (17), Danielle Girardeau (15), Samantha Bellar (10) and Gericke (10) – had double-digit digs. Cumberland combined for 14 blocks with Laura DeGear leading the way with eight.
The Volleydawgs hit the road Thursday for a non-conference matchup against Campbellsville. The Tigers participated in the TranSouth/Mid-South Classic and went 3-1 at Cumberland earlier this month, but did not face the Bulldogs.