First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet conducted a ceremonial ground-breaking Sunday, Oct. 30 starting the construction of a new childrens building. This multimillion-dollar project will include more than 33,000 feet of additional classroom space that will provide the church and its academy (Mt. Juliet Christian Academy) the capacity to minister to several hundred children each week. The church, under the direction Pastor Andy Hale, continues to focus on its vision to "Love God, Love People, and Go into the World". It is the goal of First Baptist Church for this building to be a place that assists families in teaching children Christian values that will make an eternal difference in their lives.
Lebanon Kiwanis sets Pancake Day -- From left, Ken Clinard, Kiwanis Pancake Day co-chair; Billy Mullinax, manager of Ponderosa Steak House; and Tony McFalls ,Kiwanis Pancake Day co-chair, make plans for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 a.m. Ponderosa has sponsored Pancake Day for the past three years providing facilities for the annual event. Tickets are $5 per person and proceeds benefit Kiwanis Little League, Christmas for All and Terrific Kids programs in Lebanon. For ticket information, contact McFalls at 444-4166.
Wilson County Career Center is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
For applicants seeking good paying, manufacturing production positions, a major employer will be holding the job fair, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Wilson County Career Center in Lebanon.Yates Services will be recruiting employees to work Third Shift only at the Nissan manufacturing facility in Smyrna. Previous manufacturing experience is preferred. The starting pay is $12.50 per hour.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Please bring a copy of your high school diploma or GED, a copy of your DD-214 if you have served in the military, a valid drivers license and a resume with you to the job fair.
Applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, a background check, a CRC Test, and be fluent in the English language.
Again, the date for the job fair is Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Tennessee Career Center in Lebanon starting at 9 a.m. The address is 155 Legends Drive in Lebanon. The office is directly across the street from the Roxy movie theatre.
The Tennessee Mens Chorale will perform in concert at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon (227 East Main St.) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The singers that comprise the choir are musicians from all over the state, most of whom serve as Minister of Music for their church.
The Tennessee Baptist Volunteer Chorale was organized in 1963, and was originally directed by Dr. Louis Ball, then head of the Music Department at Carson-Newman College. Music ministers from Baptist churches across the state have participated in this group for more than four decades.
The chorale is presently conducted by Dr. Paul Clark, who serves as Director of Worship & Music Ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Dr. Clark has been conductor and musical director for the group for the past ten years. The current makeup of the group reflects a wide range of ages, and of styles being utilized in the churches represented by the singers. Music selections are eclectic ranging from energetic contemporary arrangements to classical anthem material to a small taste of Tennessee gospel accompanied by a complement of bluegrass players.
The chorale is accompanied by two outstanding keyboard artists. Mary McDonald has been an integral part of the group for more than25 years.
A gifted composer/arranger, most of the chorales music has been arranged and adapted by Mary. Vicki Wright has served as organist for the Mens Chorale as well a womens group of similar composition, the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, for more than ten years. Vicki is a fine composer/arranger as well, and currently teaches and directs music for a high school.
The First Baptist Church concert will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees will experience a wide variety of stylistic expressions and hearty singing from this group of trained musicians, most all of whom are themselves choral directors in their own churches.
The nature of the group by vocation and avocation makes it a unique musical ensemble. The evening concert provides a rare opportunity to hear this chorus that has performed across the state of Tennessee, for national and regional events in other U.S. locations, and has traveled to perform in international missions settings, including their most recent international trip to the land of Wales in the U.K. back in 2007.
The public is invited to the concert and celebration. There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received.
Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt released the 2012 schedule this week, which includes 23 home games and contests against 11 teams that reached the NAIA Championship Opening Round.
The Bulldogs begin the season February 3, the earliest opening day for CU since 2003, with a three-game series at Brewton-Parker.
The next week Cumberland will take on Belhaven University, LSU-Shreveport and Southern Poly in Jackson, Miss., and the squad opens the home slate against Milligan College on Feb. 15.
CU plays Lindsey Wilson and Point Park University before embarking on an eight-game road swing that covers the first part of Spring Break.
The Bulldogs head to Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 29, the team that eliminated them from last years NAIA Championship Opening Round in Paducah, Ky., and begins TranSouth Conference play that weekend at Mid-Continent.
Cumberland then heads to Florida for four games, including three against Embry-Riddle.
The club returns home March 10 against Lyon College, starting a stretch of 11 home games in 14 contests that includes meetings against Missouri Baptist, Campbellsville University, Georgetown College, Bethel University and Tennessee Wesleyan.
The Bulldogs play home games against Lee University, Bryan College, Indiana-Southeast, Blue Mountain and Freed-Hardeman during the month of April.
The month also includes seven straight road outings before finishing the regular season with a series against FHU.
The TranSouth Championships are scheduled for April 30-May 3 at Union Universitys Fesmire Field.
CU went 46-16 last season, losing in the finals of the NAIA Opening Round.
The complete 2012 schedule may be found at http://www.gocumberlandathletics.com/baseball/schedule/.
BLUE League basketball scores from Nov. 5 hosted by Carroll Oakland.
Byars-Dowdy 2: Kyleigh Burton 2
Tuckers Crossroads 8. Rilee Grover 7, Landry Dixon 1.
Byars-Dowdy 6: Addison McLean 6
Tuckers Crossroads 0
Byars-Dowdy 31: Xavier Mills 23, Kobe Gwyn 4, Edmund Stewart 2, Allen Martinez 2.
Tuckers Crossroads 25: Tyler Hayes 8, Ethan Njezic 8, Evan Britt 7, Ethan Chambers 2.
Byars-Dowdy 8: Edmund Steward 8.
Tuckers Crossroads 0.
Castle Heights 19: Bailey Lasater 8, Addie Grace Porter 4, Jakeshia James 4, McKenna Burrleson 2, Emily Sword 1.
Coles Ferry 20: Mattie Averitt 11, Jenna Manus 4, Anne Marie Heiolebreich 2, Mary Strickland 2, GiGi White 1.
Castle Heights 0, Coles Ferry 0
Castle Heights 19: Thomas Bryan 6, Dawson Allen 4, Kameron Davis 4, Malachi Frewin 4,
Braden Reece 1.
Coles Ferry 14: Gerik Fitts 4, Djuan Cragwall 4, Zian Logue 3, Lewis Coville 3.
Castle Heights 2. Trent Morgan 2.
Coles Ferry 0.
Carroll Oakland 32: Aaryn Grace Lester 16, Allissa Mulaski 14.
Sam Houston Girls 12: Christaney Moore 6, Ali Davis 4, Aliyah Steverson 2.
Carroll Oakland 0.
Sam Houston 11: Courtney Allen 4, Molly McElheny 4, Tristen Neal 2, Callie Hall 1.
Carroll Oakland 31: Gaven Reasonover 9, Dustin Hulse 8, Corey Jones 7, Logan Hawks 3, Luke Jones 2, Josh Folkerts 2.
Sam Houston 28: Andrew Harper 8, Chase Birdwell 6, Polo Phillips 6, Keyvont Bains 4, Peyon Platt 4.
Carroll Oakland 0.
Sam Houston 6: Brandon Ruffin 6
Cumberland Universitys Casie Cowan was one of 10 players voted to the 2011 TranSouth Womens Preseason All-Conference Team, as announced this week by the league office.
Cowan was a Second Team All-TranSouth selection and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team last season after averaging a team-best 12.4 points along with 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals while starting all 30 contests at point guard for the Bulldogs.
The Seymour, Tenn., native scored in double figures in 21 contests, including 13 of 17 outings versus TranSouth competition, and led the squad in scoring 10 times.
She ranked third in the TranSouth in 3-point field goal percentage (.360), fifth in 3-pointers made (59), 11th in scoring, 12th in steals and 17th in assists and hit three or more 3-pointers in a game nine times, with a season-high five trifectas at Martin Methodist.
Union Universitys Lavanda Ross was voted the Preseason Player of the Year. Union, Freed-Hardeman and Bethel University each had two players voted to the Preseason Team along with one apiece from Lyon College, Mid-Continent, Cumberland and Martin Methodist.
2011 Women's Preseason All-TranSouth Conference
Lavanda Ross Union University
Vee Young Martin Methodist
Natalie Shumpert Freed-Hardeman
Molly Wallsmith Bethel Univ.
Jana Roney Bethel Univ.
Casie Cowan Cumberland Univ.
Lauren Ramsey Lyon College
Hannah Parsley Freed-Hardeman
Shelby Ashcraft Union Univ.
Stephanie Malone Mid-Continent
Preseason Player of the Year: Lavanda Ross, Union Univ.
McKENZIE -- Candice Ray scored in the 86th minute on an assist from Shauna Gilpin, providing the only score in a 1-0 Cumberland women's soccer victory Saturday over Bethel University in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships.
With the win Cumberland (10-7-0) will take on Union University in Jackson, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Bulldogs lost 1-0 to Union in Lebanon on October 25.
The goal was just the second of the season for Ray, a sophomore from Kingston Springs.
Elizabeth Surdam made 20 saves for the Bulldogs in net, as Bethel posted a 32-11 advantage in shots. But as so often happens in soccer, the Wildcats'control of the match did not turn into victory when they were unable to find the back of the net.
Jessica Coates recorded five saves in goal for Bethel, whose season ends with the loss.
photo by STEVE WAMPLER