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Annie Mae Smith, 65

LEBANON -- Annie Smith passed away on Aug. 19, 2011 at age 65.
No services are scheduled.
Survivors include: husband J.W. Smith; children Theresa (Sparky) Stephens and Rudolph Rudy (Tammy) Tanner; step-children James Stevie (Susan) Smith, Mary Brown, Charles (Vickie) Smith, and Nancy (Reen) Cottrell; nephew Johnathan Simmons; sister Peggy (Jim) Chaney; brother William (Francis) Waltman; 34 nieces and nephews; four grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by parents Jacob Benjamin Waltman and Ora Cora Brooks Hicks.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Cecil Edward Jones, 84

Mt. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, August 25 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Jones, 84, of Murfreesboro.
A member of Westwood Baptist Church, he died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
Mr. Jones served with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific during World War II and was retired from TWA after 30 years of service.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Jason Morrison and Bro. Billie Friel. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of over 60 years Bethel Beth Jones; children Craig Edward Jones, Tony (Stephanie) Jones and Jennifer (Norm) Underland; sister Mabel Shafer; grandchildren Jessie (Brian) Williams, Will (Jade) Underland and Sam Underland; great-grandchildren Brody and Ally Williams.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by parents Samuel Dee and RoseAnna Hall Jones; two sisters and a brother.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Cordell Jones, 75

SHOP SPRINGS -- Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21 at the Shop Springs Baptist Church for Mr. Jones, 75, of Lebanon.
Born April 13, 1936, the native Wilson Countian was the son of the late Henry M. and Edna A. Loftis Jones. He died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Jones was a retired aircraft electrician from Textron Aerostructures in Nashville.
He was a member of the Shop Springs Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Teacher of the Co-Ed Sunday School Class.
Services were conducted by Rev. Carl Price and Dr. David Briscoe.
Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 54 years Claudine Jones; children David (Tammy) Jones of Lebanon and Randy (Bonnie) Jones of Flower Mound, TX; grandchildren Patrick Jones and Brittan (Linda) Jones; great grandson Baylan Jones; brothers Billy (Margaret) Jones of Lebanon and Harvey (Margaret) Jones of Alabama; and sisters Verna Midgett of Smithville and Dee (Wilburn) Hensley of Cookeville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Ben, Bethel, Hooper, Jessie, Tom Jones, Jean Heady and Oler Belle Bradshaw.
Active pallbearers: Jason Bradshaw, Grant Chambers, Tyler Hobson, Justin Turner, Jason Turner and Jeffrey Turner.
Honorary: Deacons and Co-Ed Sunday School Class of Shop Springs Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Hugh W. Gaston Sr., 85

A memorial service for Mr. Hugh W. Gaston Sr. will be held a later date.
Mr. Gaston, 85, of Lebanon passed away Monday, August 15, 2011, at his home.
Born October 27, 1925, in Gastonburg, Alabama, he is the son of the late Emmett L. Gaston Sr. and Harriett Juan George Gaston.
He was a navigator in the United States Air Force during World War II and was a Presbyterian.
He was a graduate of Auburn University and retired as the Principle Architect for the State of Tennessee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Emmett Lamar Gaston Jr. and a sister Eloise Gaston Strasinger.
He is survived by a son Hugh W. Gaston Jr. of Brevard, NC; and a brother Dr. Robert Gaston of Nashville.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Lester Rollin, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 24 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Rollin, 86, of Lebanon.
The son of the late James and Eleanor Sullivan Rollin, he died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at his residence.
Born in Allen County, KY, June 10, 1925, he was retired from TRW / Ross Gear.
Visitation Wednesday after 9 a.m.
Services will be conducted by Roger Garrison. Interment will be in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by children: Cheryl Dillon, Gerald (Jan) Rollin, David Rollin, Belinda (Loren) Dobe, Ricky (Lynn) Rollin and Laurie (Roger) Garrison; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Eleanor Sullivan Rollin; step-mother, Nora Rollin; ten siblings; wife, Sondra Street Rollin; and a son, Russell Rollin.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Davis Harrison, 59

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Harrison, 59, of Lebanon.
Mr. Harrison passed away Aug. 19, 2011.
Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Reverend Sherard Edington.
Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Davis Harrison; brothers David (Lynne) M. Harrison III and Robert (Teresa) Haden Harrison; niece Wendy (Scott) Street; nephew Logan (Diana) Harrison; and many friends.
He is preceded in death by parents David M. Scotty Harrison Jr. and Mary Casey Harrison.
Pallbearers: Tommy Davis, William Harris, Frank Bryant, Jeff Lasater, Mark Clark, Bobby Sircy and Mackie Bentley.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Louise Barnes Morris, 70

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Morris, 70, of Lebanon.
A 1959 graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church, she died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Mrs. Morris was a homemaker, and retired from the manufacturing business where she worked for over 50 years at Toshiba, Lux Clock and Precision Rubber.
Services were conducted by Bro. Jason Lohorn and Bro. Mark Rager with interment at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband of 49 years John Morris; son Scott (Ami) Morris; grandchildren Jess Morris, Colten Morris, Chloe Venegoni and Jadon Morris; great-grandchild Teagan Maliyah; brothers Joe (Harriet) Barnes and David (Judy) Barnes; sisters Frances Baird, Jane (Gerald) Griffin, Charlene Cooper and Ann Barnes; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Kenneth) Dodd and Frances (Jr.) Dodd; brother-in-law Charlie Morris; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by parents Herman and Alma Barnes; sister Dorothy Davis; brother Bobby Barnes; nephews Larry Baird and Mike Bush; bother-in-law James Albert Morris; sisters-in-law Nellie Tyree and Anna Lou Morris.
Pallbearers: Terry Ashe, Eugene Roberts, Floyd Barnes, Steve Bush, Ronnie Davis and Tommy Davis. Honorary: Charles Scott, John Petree, Mark Vastola, Mike Douglas, Kenny Wilkerson, Mary Beth Malone and Jennifer Oglesby.
The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Rocky Valley Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Patricia Ann Oran, 60

LEBANON -- Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mrs. Oran, 60, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late James W. and Patricia E. Gladin, she passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.
Visitation Thursday from 11 a.m. 12:45 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Dr. Steven Manley.
Survivors include: sons Charles Baugus, Jamison Jamie Baugus and Jamie Armstead and daughter Traci (John) Marshall.
Also surviving: siblings Billy (Angela) Gladin and Susan Johnson; grandchildren Lacreshia Grooms, Hunter Marshall, Allison Hillard and Erin Nelson (Adam) Kraskouskas; great-grandchildren Tylan and Bailey Kraskouskas.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Ronnie Oran and son Nichalos Stanage.
Pallbearers: John Marshall, Richard Hale, Brandon Hale and Jim Story.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Robert William Schwartz, 58

LEBANON -- A memorial service has been planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 28 at the Faith Lutheran Church for Mr. Schwartz, 58, of Lebanon.
Formerly of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Schwartz died on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 after a lengthy struggle with complications following a stroke and a brief battle with cancer.
Born in Painesville, Ohio on November 8, 1952, Rob graduated from Tates Creek High School in Lexington where he was a member of the wrestling team and high school band.
He attended Transylvania University and Morehead State University, where he was involved in soccer and music programs.
He worked as a professional musician throughout his adult life, playing the drums in Lexington (with bands including Ol Dad), in other cities, and on national tour. He played the drums under the name of Bob Barnes during the 16 years that he lived in Tennessee.
In addition to his passion for the drums and all music, he adored Basset Hounds and loved to laugh. He enjoyed reading, and treasured time outdoors in state parks and forests, especially near lakes and rivers.
He will be fondly remembered for a full and colorful life prior to his stroke and the nobility, acceptance, strength, and courage he displayed in the four years which followed.
Visitation will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon August 28 beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service.
Pastor Matt Steinhauer will officiate, concluding with a reception in the fellowship hall.
Survivors include: his wife Lori Ward; children Adam and Molly (Eric Swann); sister-in-law Janet Schwartz; niece Sarah Woodworth (Michael); nephew Andrew Schwartz; aunt Roma Freilich; in-laws Paul and Myrna Ward, Michael Ward and Steven Lovely; and beloved cousins in-laws in the Ward, Nelson and Olson families, longtime caregiver nurse Ann Burnett; and devoted friends in his final days Slim Stephenson, Terry Thomas, Joe Turley, Bob Pearce, and Frank Saracino.
He was the son of the late Addie and Stan Schwartz of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and the twin brother of the late Richard Schwartz, M.D. of Lexington.
Memorial contributions in Robs honor may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, where he especially loved the musicians and greatly appreciated their talent, 1655 West Main Street, Lebanon, 37087.
Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Rose Marie Shoulders, 81

NASHVILLE -- A funeral service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Spring Hill Funeral Home, 5110 Gallatin Road, for Mrs. Shoulders, 81, of Lebanon.
Mother of Mr. Jon Shoulders, President of Friendship Christian School, she passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
A resident of Saddlebrook Adult Community, Mrs. Shoulders was a retired RN. She was a longtime Dorm mom at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson where she was affectionately known as "Mama Rose".
Born to the late James and Ruth Murphy, she is also preceded in death by her husband Paul Edward Shoulders; and grandchildren, Clark Derryberry and Amanda Steward.
Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by her son Jon Shoulders. Interment will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons Jon (Pam) Shoulders and Tim (Valerie) Shoulders; daughters Paula (George) Boling and Suzanne (Bob) Derryberry; brother James Murphy of Anaheim, CA; grandchildren Stewart Boling, Kathleen Boling, Rob Derryberry, Anna Carter, Paul Derryberry, Paul Robert (Jennifer) Shoulders, Bethany Shoulders, Davis Shoulders, Heather and Tiffany Shoulders, Kristen Shoulders, and Luke Shoulders; and four great grandchildren.
The men of Benson and Brigance Hall will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements by Spring Hill Funeral Home, Nashville.

Willena Rose Frances Bruce, 72

JOELTON -- A Funeral Mass will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5655 Clarksville Pike, for Ms. Bruce, 72, of Hermitage.
A graduate of The Assumption School (1953) and St. Cecilia Academy (1957), she passed away in her home on July 20, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret C. Peck (stepfather, Henry C. Peck) and her father, Mr. Bruce who died in 1954.
She never married or had children, but was formally employed by several Nashville companies including C. B. Ragland and First American Bank.
Her neighbors and St. Cecilia Academy friends will celebrate her life at 10 am for visitation and a rosary. The funeral mass will be conducted by Fr. John O'Neill.
Interment will follow at the St. Lawrence Parish Cemetery adjacent to the church.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Wylene C. ONeal, 84

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. O'Neal, 84, of Lebanon.
The daughter of the late Wiley Lovejoy Aids and Bertha Beatrice Stovall, she died Aug. 20, 2011.
Services were conducted by Reverend Garland Meadows.
Survivors include: her husband of 52 years, Norman ONeal; brothers Witty and Wiley Aids; grandchildren Ilene and Robbie Woods, Ceceal and Richard Dean; great-grandchildren Gabrielle Woods, Justin and Hailey Evans and Raven Dean.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by daughters Metia Dean and Mary Stephens. Memorial donations should be directed to: American Cancer Society (2000 Charlotte Ave, Nashville 37203, 615.327.0991) and/or the Alzheimers Association (Mid South Chapter, Middle TN Regional Office, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste 219B, Nashville 37215).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


General News

Co. Commission OKs $203M budget

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- With many amendments being proposed Monday night, and only two accepted, Wilson County Commission passed a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which gives bonuses to all county employees and sets the minimum pay for county employees at $9.50 an hour.

The proposed budget contained expenditures totaling $203,531,702 with revenues of only $195,547,624, a shortfall of $8 million, which District 8 Commissioner Frank Bush said was not a good way to operate.

District 14 Commissioner Jeff Joines proposed setting a minimum pay of $9.50 for county employees, pointing out there were at least 14 people working for the county that made less than that amount.

Its going to have a minimal impact on your budget, minimal, Joines said.

Joines noted that Rutherford County has a minimum pay of $9.50 an hour for its county employees, as does Davidson County. He said the countys employees are its best asset, and they need to be paid adequately. The amendment to the budget was accepted by a narrow vote of 13 to 12.

Most of the dissenting comments were in reference to having the amendment go back through the committee process before being added to the budget.

The budget included $1.2 million to fund a 6 percent cost of living bonus for all county employees, and another $1.2 million for teacher salary increases. Bush proposed removing those two expenditures to lessen the deficit.

Bush said the county needed to have a balanced budget, saying Its something every family and every business has to deal with.

He admitted the current budget proposal could not be balanced, but said in the future, they needed to spend less. The $8 million difference is made up from money in the General Fund left over from the previous year. The overall fund balance, which includes the General Fund, was an estimated $36,765,585 as of July 1.

District 13 Commissioner Clint Thomas asked that the $2.4 million total that Bush asked be removed from the budget instead be given back to the taxpayers as a tax rebate.

This will be infused into our local economy and businesses, Thomas said.

Bush accepted Thomass alteration to his original amendment, which didnt require a vote by the full commission. District 23 Commissioner Bernie Ash asked how the pair planned to pay for removing the $2.4 million tax rebate, which would take away from the countys revenues.

If I give the $2.4 million back, I still have an $8 million shortfall, I havent gained anything, asked County Mayor Randall Hutto. Bush and Ash said that was correct.

Ash pointed out four or five years ago, the county had a General Fund balance of $90,000 and now it is at $2 million. We are moving in the right direction, Ash said.

The amendment proposed by Bush and further amended by Thomas failed in a full vote of the commission 5-19 with District 11 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw abstaining. Bush, Thomas and District 3 Commissioner Fred Weston, District 18 Commissioner Adam Bannach and District 10 Commissioner Nathan Clariday all voted in favor of the amendment.

District 22 Commissioner Wendell Marlowe proposed raising the property tax by 12 cents, which would give all county employees, including teachers, a 3 percent bonus and some added funds for the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. The amendment died for the lack of a second to the motion.

The second amendment that was accepted was a change to the Road Commission budget, taking out $186,000 from that departments fund balance into a variable pay line item to cover its employees 6 percent bonus.

The measure had already been approved at the committee level and was accepted without a vote from the full commission. The amendment prevented the $186,000 from being drawn from the General Fund to pay for the bonuses to Road Commission employees.

When the budget finally came up for a vote, the commission approved it by a vote of 18 to 6 with Bradshaw abstaining. Weston, District 7 Commissioner Terry Scruggs, Bush, Clariday and District 16 Commissioner Jason Brockman all voted against the budget.

The commission also approved a new certified tax rate in a 21 to 4 vote, which came as a result of property reappraisal. The tax rate was set at $2.5004 per $100 of assessed value. Weston, Bush, Clariday and Thomas voted against the tax rate.

The squires tabled a resolution that created an interlocal agreement between Mt. Juliet and Wilson County that had the county providing an ambulance and two personnel per shift for the ambulance at a proposed Providence WEMA station.

The station is slated to be built by the City of Mt. Juliet from revenues raised by the city passing a 20 cent property tax. District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford proposed the resolution be tabled until the station is built.

All youve got to do is vote on this and put an ambulance there, said Bradshaw, who is also a Mt. Juliet city commissioner. If theres not an ambulance there, Mt. Juliet is not going to build it, Brockman said.

The vote was 18 to 7 in favor of tabling the resolution. Bradshaw, Brockman, Weston, Bush, Clariday, Thomas and Marlowe all voted against the motion. All seven of the commissioners who opposed represent districts that are fully within or contain areas in the Mt. Juliet city limits.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Save the Chapel! A Musical Extravaganza set Sept. 17

Talented musicians and dancers from across Middle Tennessee will be in the spotlight Saturday, Sept. 17 in a free-admission show that hopes to raise money for a good cause.

Save the Chapel! A Musical Extravaganza will feature all types of music, said Mary Harris, event organizer and president of the Wilson County Black History Committee, which is sponsoring the event.

Donations will be accepted at the show to go toward the restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel, the oldest brick building in Lebanon, which is being restored by its owner, the Wilson County Black History Committee.

The historic building that housed Pickett Chapel, at 209 East Market Street, has stood empty for years, but it has a long history: Pickett Chapel Methodist Church, established in 1866, was the first church for Blacks in the city.

Pickett Chapel was built in 1827, and throughout the years became a major factor in the formation of the community. The church remained active until 1973, when members moved to a new building and formed Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church. For several years, until 2001, the historic building on East Market Street was home to the Pickett Players, a local theater company.

The Wilson County Black History Committee purchased the building in 2007. After renovation, it will become the committees headquarters and the site of the Roy Bailey African American History Center, and a resource for the entire community.

We need to raise money, but we also need to raise awareness of the chapel and our mission to restore it, Harris said. For the Musical Extravaganza, we have a commitment from talented musicians who share our vision. It will be a great show.

Expect to enjoy country, choral, and praise music and dancers, soloists, local church choirs and more during this evening of music. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Churchs Hope Center, 633 Glover Street, in Lebanon.

For information, call the Roy Bailey African American History Museum at 449-2911. You may also call 512-7921 or 739-2283.

To learn more about The Wilson County Black History Committee and Historic Pickett Chapel, visit

Wilson Co. Fair smashes attendance records

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A weekend of exceptional weather helped the Wilson County Fair reach record-breaking attendance with the event posting its highest ever total for the full nine days, and also breaking many single-day attendance records.

The overall attendance topped out at 545,945, according to numbers released Sunday, and the final Saturday night set an all time single-day record with 109,603 in attendance.

In 2009, the Fair set its previous all-time record with an attendance of 505,434. Attendance numbers increased every day except two, Thursday and the final Friday, to carry the 2011 Fair into the record books.

Wilson County Commission honored the Fair Board of Directors and all the volunteers during its Monday night meeting with a special resolution recognizing their efforts.

This year was a big hats off to all the volunteers and workers who make this possible, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., which sponsors the Fair each year.
District 14 Commissioner Jeff Joines said while he was traveling out of state, he picked up a paper that listed Things to do in the South this summer.

For the month of August, he pointed out the Wilson County Fair was the number one thing for people to experience in Tennessee.

John Jewell, director of the Wilson County Emergency Agency, said there were no serious health issues during the entire run of the fair. There were no deaths, thankfully, however he did point out they treated a broken leg and a few other injuries. In all, Jewell said WEMA responded to 24 calls at the Fair over the full nine days.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said his department had no problems during the Fair at all and commended all the volunteers involved in the event and the officers working to keep those in attendance safe.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

CU Football Coaches Show returns Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Cumberland Football Coaches Show returns for another year starting August 31 and running through the end of the season.

Tommy Bryan, who handles play-by-play duties for all Bulldog football broadcasts, will host the 60-minute show inside the Mitchell Student Center on the CU campus.

Bryan will interview Cumberland head coach Dewayne Alexander about the previous weeks contest as well as the upcoming game for the Bulldogs.

The show runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. starting August 31 until November 9 inside the Mondos Subs and Papa Johns in the Bulldog Bistro. All of the coaches shows may be heard on 98.9 FM WANT and on the web at

Two Wilson County high school football coaches will join the show as well for the 11-week program, with the second half-hour split into two 15-minute segments with those coaches from Watertown, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Wilson Central, Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet Christian.

CU's Mandarino named All-League for summer ball play

Cumberlands Mike Mandarino earned All-League honors in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League this summer after batting .308 with 26 RBIs and tossing 44 innings on the mound for the Southern Maryland Nationals.

Mandarino was selected to the midseason All-Star Team in the league as well. The Massapequa, N.Y., native recorded eight doubles and five home runs with 13 walks and 25 runs scored in 34 contests at the plate.

On the mound he posted a 3-3 record with a 3.07 earned-run-average in nine games with seven starts, striking out 34. The Nationals finished the regular season 24-16 overall, tied for the second in the nine-team league, before dropping two straight contests in the league championship series.

More information on the league may be found at

Prep volleyball opening games

LEBANON -- Wilson Centrals volleyball team dropped the first game to Trousdale County, then rallied to win three straight in a 3-1 win over the Lady Jackets Monday afternoon. Game scores were: 21-25, 25-14, 25-22 and 25-23.

Kristin Cook led WCHS with 15 kills and an ace while Hannnah Hinson handed out 40 assists, drilled four aces, ahd a block and three kills. Korri Bowers checked in with eight kills and three aces. Kendall Roberts served three aces, had two kills and two digs.

Mt. Juliet Highs volleyball program started the 2011 season Monday with a 3-0 home victory over Oakland High: 25-14, 25-23 and 25-18.

Kirbi Hudnall had 33 assists, two digs and one kill for the Lady Bears while Aly Butler was on on 12 kills, three digs and six assists. Ryann Amity accounted for six kills, five digs, five assists and seven service aces.

MJHS will host Murfreesboro Riverdale Thursday, Aug. 25.

RTA honors MJ's Caleb Chowbay as Player of the Week

Mt. Juliet High School senior quarterback Caleb Chowbay has been named the Music City Star Game-Day Express Player of the Week in Wilson County for Week Zero.

Chowbay completed 9-of-13 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Mt. Juliets 38-13 victory over Lebanon. Chowbay is coached by Roger Perry.

Honorable mentions for WeekZero are Watertowns Brannon Hill, Wilson Centrals Brandon Mallory and Lebanon High Schools Patrick Maynard.

Each week during the high school football season, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) recognizes a football player of the week among the four public high schools in Wilson County: Lebanon High School, Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High School.

Game-Day Express, the RTAs Music City Star train service to Riverfront Station for Tennessee NFL home games at L.P. Field, will operate again for the 2011 season and begin with the Sept. 18 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

New this year, customers can receive a 20 percent savings on Game-Day Express tickets if they purchase single-game tickets online at between Aug. 1 and Sept. 11. During this time, tickets are available online for $12 instead of the regular $15 advance purchase price. Cost is $20 for a game-day purchase on the train.

The RTA will run one Music City Star train on game days. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations. Please note that regular weekday Music City Star tickets are not valid on the Game-Day Express train.

For noon games, the Music City Star operates the schedule listed below:

Depart from Lebanon Station 10 a.m.
Depart from Martha Station 10:15 a.m.
Depart from Mt. Juliet Station10:25 a.m.
Depart from Hermitage Station10:35 a.m.
Depart from Donelson Station10:50 a.m.
Arrive at Riverfront Station 11 a.m.

The return train to Lebanon leaves Riverfront Station 45 minutes after the game.

Passengers are welcome to tailgate at the outlying train stations prior to the game and also tailgate on the train. In addition, they may bring small coolers onboard and leave them on the train upon arrival at Riverfront Station.

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