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Showing 10 articles from September 8, 2011.


Bessie Laverne Allen, 75

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home for Mrs. Allen, 75, of Lebanon.
Born July 29, 1936, she died Aug. 30, 2011 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: devoted husband Garland Allen; daughter Rae (Anthony Farley) Cartwright; step-daughter Melony (Joe) Cason; sister Geraldine Johnson; brothers Rufus Johnson, Paul (Pat), Ben (Alice) and Frank (Elizabeth) Hurd; brothers-in-law Leslie (Marilyn), Richard and Calvin Allen; aunt Elizabeth Hearn; as well as many Other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home , 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.

Dr. Ralph Bentley Moore, 96

LEBANON -- A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 37 Stumpy Lane, for Dr. Moore, 96, of Lebanon.
A retired physician and a former violinist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Moore died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Cedars Health Care.
Born March 21, 1915 in Richmond, IN to the late Everett R. and Edith McAdams Moore, Dr. Moore was a graduate of Madison College and Vanderbilt University. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University and practiced medicine in McMinnville and Woodbury.
Upon retirement, he did missionary work in many locations, including Africa.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: his wife of 71 years Earline Thomas Moore of Lebanon; daughter Arlene (Smuts) Van Rooyen of Duarte, CA and son John Thomas (Gwen) Moore of Lebanon.
Also surviving are grandchildren Craig (Mimi) Van Rooyen, Andre (Kristin) Van Rooyen, Natasha (Alan) Latta -- all of California, Brent (Shalletta) Moore of Lebanon and Ashley (Marcel) Eisele of Australia; nine great grandchildren as well as special friends Joe and Shirley Fields.
In addition to his parents, Dr Moore is preceded in death by a sister Mary McConnico.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Mark Allen Robbins, 56

LEBANON -- A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Robbins, 56, of Lebanon.
Born May 15, 1955 in Peoria, IL to Russell and Clara Robbins, he died Sept. 5, 2011.
Survivors include: wife Shelley Slater Robbins; children Josh Robbins and Emily Robbins; father Russell Robbins Jr., of Peoria; sisters Brenda (Dick) Emmons and Anita (Steve) Gosch -- all of Mapleton, IL; brother James Robbins of Peoria, IL; many nieces and nephews; as well as dear friends Caroline, Frank, Wynema, Ralph along with all of his theater friends.
He is preceded in death by mother Clara Robbins.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Nancy Jane Phillips, 82

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning Sept. 8, at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Phillips, 82, of Watertown.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the homemaker died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.
Services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Tramel.
Survivors include: husband John Thomas Phillips of Watertown; son Bill (Sherry) Phillips of Potomac, M.D.; daughter-in-law Vickie Phillips of Hermitage; grandchildren Stephanie Phillips of Hermitage and Brett Phillips of Potomac, M.D.
She was preceded in death by her son Mike Phillips.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Terry Arlene Bryant, 58

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bryant, 58, of Lascassas.
She died Sept. 4, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends Friday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon and from 5 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include: daughters Tonya (Steve) Babcock and Tammy Barnes; siblings Bob Collins, Paul Collins, Keith Owen, Juanita Cookie Collins and Wanda Spag; grandmother Mary Nell Garrett; grandchildren Cody Ray Bryant, Clifton Ray Wombles, Dakota Babcock, Briana Barnes, Corey Ty Barnes, Matthew Evans, and Eli Mobbs; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She is preceded in death by mother Sally Mae Owen, father William Cleopis Collins, step-father Thurman D. Owen, step-mother Maureen Collins, cousin Cindy Mobbs, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


John Sloan - Outdoors

Silver Bullets of the Caney Fork, Pt. 2

The fog lays close and thick. It is dawn but we can barely see. The forecast is for a high temperature of close to 100 degrees. I dont care where you are, we call that hot. But I shiver slightly and button another button on my long sleeve shirt.

Seldom do I start an article or column about trout fishing on the Caney Fork that I dont recall that opening paragraph or something similar. I wrote that somewhere around 1984, for Tennessee Sportsman magazine. I believe that article was the start of the influx of trout anglers on the river. I also recall July 4, 1974, when Harold Dotson and I floated from the dam down to Dick Samsons store. We had 17 fish, a mixed bag of rainbow trout, walleye, spotted bass and a smallmouth. We did not see another angler either in a boat or on the bank.

I cannot say that about the blistering hot morning, July 28 of this year when Mark, Big Bird Campbell and I hit the river. It was, as I said blistering hot but again I wore long sleeves and they felt good until close to 10 AM. At daylight, it is cold on the Caney Fork regardless of what the temperature is back in the world.

There was no generation and the water was crystal clear and bone aching cold. We caught some fish, enough I guess, a mixture browns and brooks. One rainbow-the lone silver bullet. I dont know what has happened to the rainbows. Maybe the rockfish ate them all. Maybe it is something in the dam repair work or maybe we just caught them all.

It was a good morning. The sun, as always, was slow to top the ridges and not a drop of sweat dripped until the sun was well up and coloring everything copper. The slow current moved us along and turkeys called in answer to my squeaky reel handle. No, I am not making that up. When it finally warmed enough for me to shed down to short sleeves, the fog still lay close on the water. I caught a fish that jumped and I could not see it in the fog.

It was a different river for me. This was the first time I had been down the Caney in three years. I just had not been physically able. However, I made this trip just fine, very little pain and as usual, I caught the most. But it was a different river for sure. The heavy rains and floods of the past two years have changed the gravel bars and the float pattern. New trees down, old ones gone.

There has been another change, a great one. It has been coming for some time and the movie, A River Runs Through It, broke it wide open. Fly fishing has proliferated to the point that time after time, Orvis clad figures, male and female and one unidentified, suddenly appeared in the fog. Standing waist or chest deep in the cold water, their upper bodies waving wraith-like in the fog, they presented yet another obstacle to avoid. All were obliging and friendly as we quietly slid past in the small float boat. Susan and her husband Bob, friends of Mark, even obliged by catching one from their top of the line kayak so I could get a picture.

One motor powered canoe, complete with well-tattooed fly anglers also smiled for a picture. Lots of people on the river even though it was a weekday.

It was not the non-stop action we have seen in the past and we did not boat any bragging fish. Bird did catch a bass, one of his best this year and strangely enough, we did not lose a single lure. We needed a little generation. The fish go on a feeding frenzy as the fresh water first water comes down. At Happy Hollow, our takeout point, we ran into a high-ranking TWRA employee who shall remain nameless just in case he should have been working. He emailed me later and told me just after we left; he caught a dandy brown trout of over 20-inches. That is what you said, isnt it, Steve?

Are you hot? There are still some hot days left this year and time before we finish our last minute scouting, pick up the bows, and climb the trees.

The Caney, early in the morning, offers a sure fire escape from the heat. Trout and rockfish offer plenty of action. Maybe the rainbows will return and I can write another story about the Silver Bullets of the Caney Fork.

Contact John L. Sloan at:


General News

LFA donates to CP tournament

Lebanon Fire Association members John Hubbard (left) and Don Winfreeannounced a donation of $1,000 for the upcoming Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The money will help Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry in their building program for a new 9,700 square foot warehouse to be located behind the existing facilities. The new storage area will allow them to bring in additional meat, dairy and fresh produce to feed more hungry families in Wilson County.

The food ministrys Board of Directors has estimated it will require $300,000 to complete the new building, and they are encouraging everyone to consider helping them feed hungry families in Wilson County.

The founder of the ministry, Brother Bob Evans, said, If we could get 300 donations of $1,000 each, or 600 donations of $500 each, or even multiple donations of $30 for each square foot of the building, we will be able to start the construction right away!

To register for the golf tournament or for information about helping with sponsorships, visit or email

School board votes to partially fund SRO at Gladeville Elementary

Just a week after Student Resource Officers discovered a Mt. Juliet High School student had weapons on school campus, the Wilson County Board of Education voted Sept. 6 to pay half the salary of an additional SRO to be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of adding the SRO with Zone 4 member Ron Britt voting against the measure. Mike Davis, director of schools, said the county Law Enforcement Committee voted against the idea 5-2 in their last meeting.

Were putting the safety of our kids on the back-burner, said Greg Lasater, Zone 5 board member.

Lasater pointed out that no K-5 elementary in the county has an SRO and said all of the schools should have those officers to keep students safe. Lasater pointed out that recently Gladeville has had several incidents where it was placed on lockdown, one of which involved a police chase in the area of two robbery suspects.

Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins pointed out that Gladeville is unique compared to other county K-5 elementary schools because it is not located within a close proximity to law enforcement offices. Response times to the school in case of an emergency would be much longer than at the other schools.

Mt. Juliet Elementary has the Mt. Juliet Police Department, so does W.A. Wright, Lakeview is close by, Adkins said.

Britt pointed out that he polled many school systems near Wilson County and said only one, Rutherford County, has SROs at its K-5 elementary schools. Lasater replied that Rutherford County has 41 schools and 40 SROs.

He said his objection to voting for this measure was because the Law Enforcement Committee had already indicated the county would not pay for the other half of the officers salary.

I have a problem voting for something thats dead-ended, Britt said.

The salary would be $60,000 for one year, to be funded through the Education Jobs Program Grant for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Davis said the money would no longer be available after June 30, 2012.

He also pointed out the school board has no authority to dictate where the SRO would be placed, as the officer would be employed by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department. Davis did say that Sheriff Terry Ashe agreed the officer would be placed at Gladeville Elementary.

Also during the meeting, the board approved selling property where its Bus Maintenance Facility is located to Custom Packaging Inc. and purchasing new property for a new maintenance facility.

The existing facility is behind Custom Packaging on 204 McCowan Drive and would be sold for $675,000.

The board voted 4-1 with Britt opposing to authorize the sale of the property. Custom Packaging offered to buy the property in order to expand its facilities. The board also approved the purchase of a new facility on Maddox-Simpson Parkway in a 4-1 vote with Britt opposing.

Before this came along we were not looking for a new facility, Britt said, pointing out the $350,000 difference in the sale price of the old facility and purchase price of a new facility.

The new maintenance facility is owned by Rollins Leasing LLC, and the property could be purchased for $875,000. Davis said moving everything from the old facility to the new one would cost about $150,000 more.

This would meet the needs of the school system for the next 25 to 30 years, Davis said.

The $350,000 difference between the two prices would come from the school boards fund balance and County Attorney Mike Jennings said the purchase of the new facility would be contingent on selling the old.

Don Weathers, Zone 3 board member, asked to have the $150,000 in transition costs be pulled from the measure and have it bid to see if the move can be completed more cheaply.

We have plenty of time and I want to know what its going to take, Weathers said.

During the meeting, Roger Perry, head football coach at Mt. Juliet High School, and Mel Brown, principal of MJHS, asked the boards approval to begin raising funds through the schools booster club to construct a new weight room.

Perry said the existing weight room was too small to accommodate the 125 football players and that they also do not have enough locker space for the players. Perry proposed turning the old weight room into a Junior Varsity locker room once the new weight room is built.

We have growing pains and in our football program we dont have enough lockers, Perry said.

The project would not require any money from the school board, but would be built on donations alone. Perry indicated an individual had already donated $100,000 to get the project underway. The board unanimously approved the request to raise they money.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

CU football's utility infielder

At a school known for its baseball program, everyone knows the value of a "utility infielder". On the football field, that guy is DaJuan Manning.

A fifth year senior, the former Gallatin High standout has emerged as one of Cumberlands most valuable players.

Since he arrived on campus Manning has played defensive back, returned kickoffs, seen time at wingback, blocked punts, caught passes and has moved back over to defense as a senior.

"DaJuan has really handled all this pretty well," said CU football coach Dewayne Alexander. "Whenever weve been a little undermanned at a position, DaJuan has been able to step in and take up the slack.

"Hes one of the fastest guys on the team and now that weve got a little depth at wingback, we decided that he could get on the field more in the secondary as kind of our nickel back against these spread offense teams and even a little linebacker if the matchup isright."

Manning has taken all the moves in stride.

"Hes always got a smile on his face, our coaches love him," Alexander said. "Hes one of those kids who is always hanging around the locker room, hes just a pleasure to be around."

CU visits Campbellsville -- Fresh off a 23-1 win at Lindsey Wilson last week, the Bulldogs head back up the road into Kentucky to play at Campbellsville on Saturday.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Finley Stadium with live radio coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 as well as around the world on the Internet at

"Campbellsville is a very good football team, well-coached," Alexander said. "Theres a lot of excitement up there and deservedly so."

The Tigers will employ a 3-3 stack defensive front and according to Alexander, "theyll stunt like crazy".

Campbellsville (1-0) is coming off a season-opening 30-14 victory over Union, Ky. last week.


MJ, W-town play homecoming games

No. 6-ranked Mt. Juliet will look to improve to 4-0 on the season as the Bears step out of District 9AAA play Friday against LaVergne. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Coach Roger Perry is hoping his squad will bring great effort for 48 minutes. We were clicking early in last weeks (48-20) win over Portland, Perry said, but I feel like we let down a little once we got a lead.
LaVergne comes in 2-1 overall after a 28-0 loss at Oakland High last week.
That game with Oakland was a battle, Perry said, LaVergne comes to Mt. Juliet Friday and theyll mean business. Theyve got tremendous talent and you can see it on film. Those guys are playing good football. We better be ready to play.
Mt. Juliet has scored 104 points through three games -- an average of 34.6 points per contest.

RBS at Watertown -- Its homecoming Froday night at Watertown as Region 4A rival Red Boiling Springs provides the opposition. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium with homecoming festivities scheduled for halftime.
The Purple Tigers stand 2-0 on the season after blitzing Huntland High 54-7 last week on the road. Friday night marks the first of eight consecutive Region 4A games to close out the regular season.
The Bulldogs come in 2-0 and were idle last week. RBS scored a 47-13 win over Pickett County in the season opener and a 53-15 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian a week later.
Through two games, the Bulldogs have racked up 100 points and allowed only 28.

FCS at Clay County -- Still smarting from a 26-20 home loss to Gordonville, Friendship Christian School will be on the road Friday at Clay County High for another Region 4A contest.
The Bulldogs stand 1-2 overall (1-1 in the region) following a 17-14 loss last week to Monterey.
Clay County quarterback Alex McLerran completed on three of his nine passing attempts, but two went for touchdowns as he racked up 133 yards through the air.
The Commanders stand 1-2 overall and 0-1 in league play following last weeks emotional 26-20 home loss to Gordonsville.

Wilson Central at Shelbyville -- Wilson Central limps into Bedford County Friday with a record of 0-3 following a 47-13 loss last week at Hendersonville. The Wildcats have suffered through a string of injuries, but should get some of their players back in action tonight.
Shelbyville sports a record of 3-0 with wins over Coffee County (40-13), Warren County (44-0) and Franklin County (31-27).

Glencliff at Lebanon -- Lebanon (1-2) will be without the services of quarterback / playmaker Patrick Maynard who injured an ankle last week in the 41-0 loss to Gallatin.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 76:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 with a live video feed available on the Internet at
The reigns of the offense will be handled over to sophomore Bryce Suber who will be operating behind a re-vamped offensive line. Glencliff comes in 1-2 after a 13-9 loss last week to Nashville Overton.

Clarksville Academy at MJ Christian -- The 0-3 Saints get no relief in the schedule tonight as 2-1 Clarksville Academy comes to Suey Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
CA knocked off Nashville Christian last week 28-16 after splitting a pair of games vs. Montgomery Central (33-14 W) and Stewart County (26-20 L).
We kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quarter last week, and thats on me, said MJ Christian coach Mark Harrison. Our guys are playing with good effort, but weve got to play physical football for 48 minutes.


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