Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice in the movie “Resident Evil: Afterlife”?
Ukrainian-born Jovovich, 35, came to the U.S. at age 5 and became a Revlon model at 12. She has since been on more than 150 magazine covers and been a model for Chanel, Donna Karen, DKNY, Armani and Calvin Klein. Her movie credits include “Return to the Blue Lagoon,” “Kuffs,” “Chaplin,” “Dazed and Confused,” “The Fifth Element,” “He Got Game,” “The Claim,” “Zoolander,” “Dummy,” “Ultraviolet” and the “Resident Evil” series. Also a singer-songwriter, she has a young daughter and is married to director Paul W.S. Anderson.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
A quarter of a century has passed since anyone in Leon Denney’s family inhabited the house known as Cedarvine, but he pictures crystal clearly in his memory bank the way life used to be when it was a farm, dairy and home, sweet home.
“The first gutters on the house were made of Virginia red cedar and the roof was covered with handmade, white oak shingles,” said Denney, 79, gazing toward the green tin roof that tops the mansion today.
In late December 1930, Denney, at 12 days of age, moved into this 12-room house in the Major community with his parents, Henry and Robbie Lee (Barrett) Denney, and his older brothers, Gene and Ralph. The 178-year-old white house stands on the east side of Highway 231 South about 10 miles from Lebanon.
The last Denney to live here was Leon’s mother, who moved out around 1985. Leon sold the place in the late 1980s, and it has since undergone a glorious restoration. Auctioned off for $982,000 this past February at the Wilson County Courthouse, Cedarvine will go on the auction block once more, at noon Saturday.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Wilson County dodged the proverbial bullet Tuesday with some funnel clouds spotted but no tornado touchdowns reported as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the state shortly before noon.
No major damage was reported from the high winds that blew through the area as part of a storm system that formed Monday night in the upper Plains and Midwest states and moved east.
John Jewell, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, said there may have been some lines down here and there and perhaps some tree branches down, also, but overall there was no significant damage reported to WEMA as a result of the storms.
From Post staff reports
JACKSON -- Five local athletes, including three from Cumberland University, were named to the Preseason All-TranSouth basketball teams Monday at the conference Media Day -- held at Union University.
Cumberland’s Tamara Gonzalez was voted Preseason All-TranSouth on the women’s side along with former Wilson County standouts K.C. Van Atta and London Elie -- who both play at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville.
Gonzalez averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals per contest in 2009-10 while shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.
The Paraguay native scored in double figures seven times in TranSouth action, including 12 points in outings versus Union and Trevecca.
Van Atta, who prepped at Mt. Juliet High, at Elie, a former Lebanon High standout, combined to help Trevecca return to the Final 16 of the NAIA national tournament last season. Van Atta, a senior, is TNU’s all-time leader in 3-point shots made and was a first team All-TranSouth selection last year and an honorable mention All-America pick.
Elie, a 6-3 sophomore, was named the TranSouth Conference Freshman of the Year last season.
Cumberland athletes Walter Simon and Lindal Yarbrough were selected to the Preseason All-Conference men’s team
Simon, who was selected to the conference All-Freshman team last season, averaged double-digit scoring with 10.9. The 6-foot-9 forward from Dresden, Germany also averaged 6.6 rebounds per game.
Yarbrough, a senior point guard from Nashville, joined the club after Christmas a year ago and averaged 8.2 points per game and had an assist-to-turnover rate of 1.5.
CU’s women have been picked to finish sixth in the league. Second-year head coach Jeremy Lewis returns six letterwinners but more importantly has six newcomers, including three Division I transfers and a junior college transfer as the Lady Bulldogs look to make a jump in the standings in 2010-11.
Cumberland lost eight contests by seven points or less last season during a 9--18 campaign. Six of the eight defeats came against ranked foes and national tournament attendees Union, Bethel, Trevecca Nazarene and the Univ. of the Cumberlands, all by a grand total of 31 points.
CU’s men were picked to finish fourth in the conference this season. There will be some big shoes to fill at Cumberland University this year as the Bulldogs look to replace the reigning TranSouth Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American Brandon Springer.
Despite the loss of one of the most decorated basketball players in Cumberland history, head coach Lonnie Thompson feels the Bulldogs are poised to make a run at the conference championship and improve upon their fifth place finish in the conference a year ago.
“I think based on our returners and what we’ve added, we could easily be in the top three in the league,” Thompson said. “We’re going to compete every night, there’s no question.”
The Bulldogs will look to Yarbrough, who joined the club after Christmas last season, to run the offense again. The transfer from Middle Tennessee, averaged 8.2 points per game and had an assist-to-turnover rate of 1.5.
Simon, who was named to the TranSouth All-Freshman team last year, was the only Bulldog besides Springer to average double-digit scoring with 10.9. The 6-foot-9 forward from Dresden, Germany also averaged 6.6 rebounds per game.
Cumberland returns a total of nine letterwinners from last years club that went 12-17 overall and 9-7 in the TranSouth Conference.