From Post staff reports
Businesses and individuals were honored at the 87th annual Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Tuesday night, held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Presiding over the ceremony was Danny Stewart, 2010 chairman of the Board, who was to hand over the gavel to Paul Jewell, the 2011 chairman of the Board.
Stewart presented the 2010 Cedar Tree Awards, which were established in 1983 by the Chamber’s Beautification Committee to encourage and recognize property owners or leaseholders who excel in preserving or improving the physical environment of the community.
LEBANON -- Enrollment at Cumberland University has reached 967, making it the largest spring full-time undergraduate enrollment on record for the private university. That figure breaks the record for spring enrollment and follows a record-breaking enrollment for fall 2010.
“The enrollment growth we are experiencing is a signal that prospective and current students appreciate the value of a Cumberland education even during the challenging economic climate,” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of the university. “We are providing an outstanding education with more services for our students to increase their chances of success, and an outstanding learning and living environment.”
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Lebanon Police have confiscated 20 guns since the first day of January, 14 more than they recovered in all of January 2010.
That was the word Tuesday from Chief Scott Bowen who noted the increase in the number of weapons was alarming, particularly since 11 officers were shot in five states within a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday of this week. And two of those 11 officers died.
“Those 20 guns are what we’ve taken in since Jan. 1. In January 2010, we took in six,” Bowen said.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
A list of 19 candidates have been forwarded to Lebanon High principal Myra Sloan as the search for a new Blue Devil football coach continues.
According to Mary Ann Sparks, Human Resources Supervisor for Wilson County Schools a total of 47 applications have submitted for the position, which came open Dec. 15 when Bobby Brown resigned after nine seasons.
“Each application submitted to our district is carefully reviewed using a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, experience, teaching credentials, references, work history, and the Gallup on-line interview,” Ms. Sparks said.
“We have had 47 total applicants for the teacher/coach position, 19 of which were sent to Mrs. Sloan as candidates. Ten more applications are pending because they have not completed all the requirements or documentation.”
Tuesday was a bizarre night of upsets as Wilson County basketball returned to a full schedule after a week of postponements due to snow.Among the headlines from last night:
Beech 59, Wilson Central 56 (girls)
SHACKLE ISLAND – Wilson Central’s Lady Wildcats fell behind 10-0 early and never recovered in a 59-56 loss at District 9AAA rival Beech High Tuesday.Ranked No 6 in Class AAA, Central dropped its second consecutive contest after opening the season with 15 straight wins. The Lady ‘Cats stand 5-2 in the league.Ieshia Hassell paced WCHS with 18 points while Sydney Vanlandingham had 14 and Taylor Peterson 11.
The nightcap at Beech found Wilson Central pulling out a 51-49 double-overtime win over the Bucs, thanks to a free throw by Alex Ward with 12 seconds remaining.The game was tied 45-all after regulation and 47-all after the first OT.
Dee Oldham led Wilson Central with 17 points. Malcolm St. Louis had 11 and Blake Huffman 10 for the winners. The Wildcats upped their record to 14-5 on the season and 5-2 in the league.Central is scheduled to host Lebanon High Friday night, then will play at Station Camp Saturday at 5 p.m.
Watertown sweeps RBS
WATERTOWN – The Tigerettes of first-year head coach Lane Price scored a big District 8A win by downing Red Boiling Springs 55-44 Tuesday.The win was the first for Watertown over RBS since 2003.Morgan Gartner led WHS with 14 points,
Jordan Brewington chipped in with 12 and JoBeth Davenport added 10. Hailey Speck rounded out the scoring with eight points.
Watertown’s boys scrambled from behind to capture a narrow 48-47 win over the Bulldogs in Tuesday’s nightcap.KeAnDre Bates led Watertown with 18 points and Cameron Jordan added 12. Watertown (10-10 / 2-3 in 8A) will entertain Van Buren County Friday night.