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Burton Thomas Cole, 68

NASHVILLE -- A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at the St. John's Lutheran Church for Mr. Cole, 68, of Mt. Juliet.
Past Master of the Madison Masonic Lodge #762 and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, he died Aug. 30, 2011.
Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Rick Roberts.
Survivors include: his wife Judy M. Cole; daughters Kelley Lewis (Scott) and Kristin Cole; five sisters; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 3259 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37214-1899.
Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory.

Gary Delmar Laude, 64

Services will be held in Minnesota at a later date for Mr. Laude, 64, of Lebanon.
He passed away Aug. 28, 2011.
Survivors include: his wife of 15 years Mary Boyer Laude; children Dayn (Vicki) Laude, Dustyn (Tiffany) Laude, Mysti (Tyrel) Schalamon, Matthew (Bernadette) Laude and Robert Boyer; mother JoAnne Swenson Laude; sisters Delann (Ernie) Ohlin, Kris (Cameron) Wilwand and Mary Ellen Miller; grandchildren Ashley (Terry Jones) Laude, Austyn Laude, Alec Laude, Bryce Laude, Coltyn Laude, Justyn Gallegos, Aspyn Gallegos, Brett Schalamon, Calina Laude and Neila Laude; and great-grandchild: Jaden Jones.
He is preceded in death by father Delmar Laude.
Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Kerry Wilson, 47

MT. JULIET -- Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Wilson, 47 of Mt. Juliet.
He passed away August 31, 2011.
Pastor Ed Britt will officiate.
Survivors include: parents Randolph and Anne Wilson; sister Beverly (Glen) Jordan; brothers Mike (Cindy) Wilson and Kevin (Christie) Wilson; grandmother Lucille Lowry; along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by sister, Kaye Wilson.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Ronnie Wayne Williams, 64

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Williams, 64 of Old Hickory.
He passed away Aug. 31, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be Friday from 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Alan Maxwell, Adam Williams and Aundrea Davis; brothers John Williams, Ralph Williams and Roy Williams; grandchildren Victoria Hammond, Dylan Davis, Rosie Davis, Emily Maxwell and Kelcie Maxwell.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by wife Alicia Frye Williams; parents Gene Odell and Omie Bell Williams; and sister Wilmadean Williams Sadler.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.


General News

Lebanon Council nods tax rate

Lebanon City Council voted unanimously to adopt a certified tax rate Tuesday afternoon at a special called meeting, getting the tax rate in place shortly before the Sept. 1 deadline.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath was able to attend her first council meeting in many weeks as she has been recovering from pneumonia. The council voted 6-0 in favor of the tax rate on its third reading, setting the new rate at 34.5 cents for every $100 of assessed value.

The rate was handed down by the State Comptrollers Office because of the county reappraisal that altered the values of many homes in Lebanon and Wilson County. The council had to pass the new certified rate by Sept. 1 or the city would fall back on the old rate of 33 cents and could have lost around $90,000 in revenue as a result.

The council deferred an ordinance on first reading to adopt the Property Tax Freeze Program for

Elderly Low-Income Homeowners. The program allows for a property tax freeze for homeowners that qualify.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

The Wilson Post

LPD charges 2 with theft

Two Lebanon men were charged Wednesday with theft of property, vandalism and other charges for allegedly stealing batteries and CD players from several vehicles located in the McDowell Motors car lot on South Maple Street.

Walter Laurence Long, 35, of 2350 Hunters Point Pike, and Christopher Scott Myers, 39, of 2011 Rogers Road, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after Lebanon Police Segt. Titus Kelley found them in the car lot of McDowell Motors.

Kelley reported hearing a loud beating noise while he was sitting on the south side of the Public Square. He drove to the source of the noise on South Maple and saw a shirtless Long running through the car lot.

Upon checking the area, Kelley also reportedly found Myers passed out in the front seat of a tan van parked in the back of the car lot. The van had temporary tags that were registered in Longs name.

Kelley indicated Myers had a strong odor of intoxicant coming from his person and had slurred speech. The officer noticed two car batteries and four CD players inside the van. He later found Long to be lying beneath a vehicle on the car lot.

During further investigation of the car lot, Kelley reportedly found burglary tools throughout the lot. A Ford Ranger pickup truck also had a window broken and a car battery was reportedly missing from a Ford Taurus.

The owner of the car lot was notified and upon arriving at the scene, confirmed the car battery belonged to a Taurus on his lot. Other officers also arrived on scene and discovered car batteries and CD players were missing from several cars in the parking lot of J & M Auto repair on West Spring Street.

Long was charged with criminal attempt, theft of property, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. Myers was charged with criminal attempt, theft of property, possession of burglary tools and public intoxication.

Long is being held in the Wilson County Jail with bail of $9,000 and Myers is also being held at the Jail on $2,500 bond. Both men are set to appear in General Sessions Court on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1:45 p.m.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

The Wilson Post


General Sports

CU opens at Lindsey Wilson

The Dogs will be turned loose Saturday night.

After a long, hot preseason camp the 2011 edition of the Cumberland football team will finally get to hit someone in a different color jersey when they line up against second-year program Lindsey Wilson.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Columbia, KY at Blue Raider Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 / WCOR AM-1490 and around the world on the Internet at

Our guys are ready to get on the field and play, said Cumberland head coach Dewayne Alexander as he prepares for his sixth season at the Bulldog helm. Weve had a very productive fall camp, weve had a few injuries here and there, but weve been able to work some guys in during practice -- and theyll be fine. Our tempo has been very good in practice, certainly the best in my six seasons here at Cumberland.

The Bulldogs enter the 2011 campaign, the 22nd since the program was revived ranked 19th in the NAIA Football Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll. CU was ranked in seven Top 25 polls last season, including 23rd at the end of the regular season.

Cumberlands defense figures to be a strong point again in 2011 after leading the Mid-South Conference in almost every statistical category and ranking in the Top 20 nationally in seven categories last season.

Were operating the same defensive scheme for the fourth straight year under coordinator Donnie Suber, Alexander said, we had the best defensive unit in the conference last year, hands down. He runs a great scheme getting those guys lined up right and letting em play.

The defense returns six starters, including leaders at linebacker and defensive back. Cumberland has scored five defensive touchdowns and forced four safeties over the last two seasons, intercepting 15 passes last year and 18 in 2009.

All-MSC performers Ben Miller (Gallatin) and Stephon Ransom (Shelbyville) return at linebacker after combining for 157 tackles, including 19 for loss, with five sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles last season.

They will be joined by Connor McChurch (Wilson Central), who missed all of 2010 with a foot injury. McChurch was CUs starting strong safety in 2009, making 70 tackles with two interceptions and five passes defensed.

All-Conference defensive backs Chris Simpson (Nashville Maplewood) and Allant McLemore (Franklin Centennial) also return, with Simpson still at cornerback and McLemore moving back to safety where he played in 10 contests in 2009.

Cody McCallister (Dickson County) starts at free safety for the third straight season and redshirt sophomore Michael Shannon (Wilson Central), who missed last season because of an academic snafu, will start at the other corner spot. He played in 10 contests in 2009, mostly on special teams.

Senior DaJuan Manning (Gallatin) will also see a great amount of action as the nickel back, returning to defense after two years on the offensive side of the ball.

Receiver and kick returner Daniel Dayton underwent shoulder surgery over the summer, sidelining him for the entire 2011 season. The Knoxville native was an Honorable Mention All-American last season as a punt returner by the Victory Sports Network. He led the Mid-South Conference in punt returns in 2010, averaging 13.9 yards on 15 attempts.

The senior had six returns for 84 yards versus Lindsey Wilson and three returns for 78 yards against Belhaven University, including a season-long 53-yarder. Dayton was rated as the top returning punt returner in the nation by VSN earlier this summer as part of the networks Super 72 players in the NAIA.

From Post staff reports

Lebanon's Thompson -- a lifetime on the gridiron

Hes played on teams with some of the most recognized names in football. Hes won national championships as a college player and two state championships as a high school coach.

But those days are now behind him. Former Lincoln County Coach Louis Thompson, a native of Lebanon, continues to work in Fayetteville as assistant principal and athletic director.

Despite his absence on the sideline, he still has a special place in his heart for Friday nights in the fall.

Thompsons love affair with football dates back to the early 1960s when he was an All-Midstate player for the Blue Devils. Starring for Coach Clifton Tribble as an offensive and defensive lineman, he drew lots of college attention and received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.

In fact, he was among the initial class of inductees into the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame,
He chose Alabama, possibly one of the best decisions he ever made regarding football. He played under legendary coach Paul Bear Bryant and was a part of two national championship teams.

A 7-8 game starter at DT his junior year, Thompson saw extensive action in 1965, the second straight year for the Crimson Tide to win a national title. As a senior starter in 1966, he played for a team that allowed just 44 points in 11 games but failed to win a national championship. That title went to a Notre Dame team that went 9-0-1.

I still look back at that 1966 team and consider what we did that year (allow just four points a game) as my best college football accomplishment, said Thompson. No other team since then has come anywhere close to matching a number line that, he added.

During his playing days in Tuscaloosa, Thompsons name appeared on the roster with some of college footballs most well known names. Quarterbacks for the Tide during his tenure there included Joe Namath, Steve Sloan and Kenny Stabler. His one-year stint in the NFL was in New York when Fran Tarkington was the quarterback for the Giants.

One of Thompsons most memorable moments at Alabama came during spring practice in 1964. Still a freshman, he was standing outside the locker room, awaiting practice after being knocked unconscious the day before.

Coach Bryant approached him and asked how he felt. Thompson replied, Coach, Ive got this terrible ringing in my ears, hoping his mentor would show a compassionate side and allow him miss a day of practice.

That ringing you hear is the telephone and Im on the other end of the line, responded The Bear.

I got myself into the locker room as fast as I could and never again thought about trying to miss practice, responded Thompson.

Thompson was looking for a shortcut on that day nearly 50 years ago. He learned a great lesson that has served him well over the years. Hell be sadly missed on the sideline.

Murphy Fair has published Tennessee High School Football for the past 24 years. His website ( gives high school fans further insight into the prep football scene.

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