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General News

City's proposed budget deficit down to $930K


By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
The City of Lebanon’s deficit is down to around $930,000 as the council and Mayor Philip Craighead have worked to cover the shortfall, with councilors trying to find a consensus and ideas that will cover the city’s shortage.

With a previous deficit total of $1.8 million, Lebanon City Council has decided to use $583,000 left over from money borrowed from the Rainy Day Fund last year to reduce that down to $1,166,000 and then cut the proposed employee raises to save another $237,000.

That brought the total deficit remaining to $930,000 with the council sitting down to a budget work session Wednesday night.

“We need to find some ways to cut, if we can,” said Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler.

Food Stamp useage on the rise in Wilson County

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County may be Tennessee’s second-wealthiest county, but times are still tough locally as unemployment and the number of households on Food Stamps has risen dramatically in the past four years.

In 2010, numbers from the Tennessee Department of Human Services show that Wilson County received a total of $23,895,549 in Food Stamps aid to local individuals and families who were enrolled in the program. In June of this year, 14,313 individuals received $1,953,982 through the Food Stamps program.

Compared to four years ago, the number of individuals in Wilson County enrolled in the Food Stamps program has nearly doubled, while the money those enrolled received has also doubled.

Weather still hot, rain iffy

Wilson County escaped Mother Nature’s wrath Thursday afternoon as severe weather headed south bringing heavy rainfall and high winds. There is a chance for more of the same type of weather today and this afternoon as temperatures will continue to be hot with a high today of about 95 and a heat index as high as 102.

The storm system yesterday, brought about by the hot, humid conditions, moved from northeast and east to west and southwest, striking Bedford and Rutherford Counties the hardest.

A weather spotter said some 2 inches of rain fell in the Shelbyville area of Bedford County and covered one of the roads there. The storm also produced wind gusts of 25 mph.

A tree was reported down on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. Other trees were reportedly down in Rutherford County in the Highway 269 area.


General Sports

A. Dillon on the pole at NSS

LEBANON -- Austin Dillon will start from the pole for tonight’s Lucas Deep Clean 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

Dillon wheeled his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado to a lap of 156.808 miles per hour around the 1.33-mile concrete oval. That was good enough for his third pole of the season and 10th of his Truck Series career in just 39 career starts.

Teammate Joey Coulter put the No. 22 RCR Chevy on the outside of Row 1 with a lap of 156.665 mph.

“It was a just a little adjustment we tried in the front end and got it turning,” Dillon said in explaining the speed of the two RCR trucks. “They (his crew) fought really hard for me. ... Those guys are going to fight until we get our first win (of 2011).”

Austin Dillon wins truck race Friday at NSS


LEBANON -- One week after coming up just short, Austin Dillon became the fourth consecutive driver to win from the pole at Nashville Superspeedway when he held off points leader Johnny Sauter in the Lucas Deep Clean 200.

Driving the Richard Childress Racing Chevy, Dillon took only two tires on his final pit stop and restarted first, but Sauter and his four fresh tires quickly took over the lead. Max Papis' truck erupted in flames, stopping the action for the final time.

On the final green-flag run, the 21 year-old Dillon methodically tracked down Sauter and regained the lead for good with 20 laps remaining for his third career victory.

Sauter, Timothy Peters, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top five.

Caya Williams commits to MT

From Post staff reports
Mt. Juliet High’s all-state post player Caya Williams has committed to Middle Tennessee State and will sign with the Lady Raiders in November.

“MTSU is close to home and I just knew I’d have a lot more of my friends and family close to me,” Williams said. “I really like the coaches and I really like the school.”

Williams chose Middle Tennessee over Tennessee Tech, Western Kentucky and Louisville.

Williams, a three-year starter for Coach Chris Fryer, was a finalist for TSSAA Miss Basketball last season as a junior -- averaging 23.3 points and eight rebounds per game. She is a two-time District 9AAA MVP.

“I think she’ll make a great college player,” Coach Fryer said. “I’m glad she was able to get this out of the way and focus on her senior year. It’s good not to have that pressure on her.”

LHS slates Media Day Aug. 6

From Post staff reports
Lebanon High’s football program will host a “media day” event Saturday, August 6 with an array of activities for Blue Devil fans.

Following a morning photo shoot for local newspapers and school publications, a silent auction will get under way at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. LHS players will serve a steak dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets for the steak dinner are $25 each and are available from Blue Devil players.

A “media day” fan fair is planned for 7:30 p.m. with introductions of all LHS players, as well as introductions of players from participating feeder schools.

Invitations have been issued to players at Baird Middle School, Winfree Bryant Middle School, Tuckers Crossroads and Carroll Oakland.

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