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Scott Alan Hicks, 47

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Dec. 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Scott Alan Hicks, 47, of Lebanon.

An agent with Shelter Insurance and a 1982 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Hicks died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

A member of Gladeville Baptist Church, he was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bruce Grubbs officiating. Interment followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Bailey, Connor and Emma Hicks, mother Pat Hicks, sister Christy Hicks (Jason) Marsden; nephew Clark Marsden and girlfriend Corie Townley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Jerry Hicks, his maternal and paternal grandparents and his brother, Robby Hicks.

Active pallbearers: Jeff Martin, Don Allmon, Fred Baker, Robert Towns, Doug Bone, Tim Bennett, Tommy Grace and Paul Standifer. Honorary: Scotts Pi Kappa Alpha brothers and the many other special friends in his life that are too numerous to mention.

The family requests that memorials be made to an education fund for Scotts children at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.


General News

Lebanon City Council work session

Lebanon City Council will meet in a work session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss the proposed Entertainment District/Cumberland Center project.

LPD targets Opana dealing

From Post staff reports
A search warrant was executed at a Lebanon location last week, targeting a person suspected of dealing large amounts of Opana pills, a highly addictive extended release tablet being ingested by younger adults.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the search warrant was served on Thursday, Dec. 8, by detectives with the Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit at a residence at 263 Hunters Lane at Hunters Creek Apartments. Detectives have received complaints about excessive traffic at the apartment and possible drug dealing.

The target of the investigation is suspected of dealing large amounts of the pills to a broad group of people in the Lebanon/Wilson County area, Bowen said, in a news release.

The LPD SWAT team was utilized for the execution of the search warrant. Detectives were able to seize a loaded handgun, several thousand dollars in cash and a vehicle.

Evidence will be submitted to the Wilson County grand jury for future charges.

Bowen said his agency is seeking an increasing amount of cases involving the illegal sale of prescription narcotics.

In my opinion, this is the biggest drug issue that we face today as a community, he said, adding that abuse of prescription narcotics are a significant threat to the youth of Lebanon.

Suspect in bank heist nabbed after high-speed chase

The Wilson Post
An Ohio man, who allegedly robbed the Watertown branch of Wilson Bank & Trust on Saturday, Dec. 10, led deputies of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department on a chase that ended on South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon.

Ralph Patrick McMahon, 63, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, reportedly entered the WB&T on the Watertown public square at approximately 10:54 a.m. on Saturday, demanding that the teller fill a backpack with money and then fled the scene.

Sheriffs Deputy Michael Warren intercepted the suspect, who was driving a Ford pickup truck, on Sparta Pike as McMahon was traveling toward Lebanon. Warren said in his report he attempted to pull the suspect over, but McMahon refused.

Warren said the suspect was traveling at speeds near 100 mph as well as forcing other drivers off the roadway.

McMahon then entered Interstate 40 westbound and avoided a spike strip, exiting onto South Hartmann Drive, driving north. Deputy Rusty Johnson, also pursuing McMahon, was given permission to disable the suspects vehicle.

Johnson said he struck the vehicle three times and wound up forcing the pickup truck into the ditch. McMahon then fled the vehicle on foot and was arrested quickly.

A decision had to be made, we had to take him out before he killed somebody, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe told news media on Saturday.

McMahon was reportedly driving a stolen pickup truck registered in Kentucky and had outstanding warrants in Pennsylvania. He is currently in custody at the Wilson County Jail.

McMahon is facing charges of robbery, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, evading arrest and theft of property.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

WCSD busts marijuana grow operation

From Post staff reports
A suspected marijuana growing operation in rural East Wilson County was searched recently, and narcotics detectives with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department were expected to take the matter to a grand jury.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Dec. 1 at 4251 South Commerce Road, a location where they said they had been receiving and investigating information about an alleged indoor Hydroponic marijuana growing operation on the site. The suspect in the case resides at this same address.

According to a news release from the Sheriffs Department, upon serving the search warrant, detectives found and seized from inside the main residence individually wrapped bags and jars of what appeared to be marijuana for resale and various prescription and legend drugs for possession and resale.

Several firearms were also reportedly found inside the residence that were seized in connection with state seizure law TCA 53-11-201 pertaining to narcotics.

During a further search of the premises, detectives found two large out-buildings that were covered within the scope of the search warrant. The first building reportedly contained a hydroponic grow operation. The building was described in the news release as self-contained. It was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer.

All plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

The second building was the largest of the two and also contained a hydroponic grow operation.There was a section of this building that was sealed off for the growing operation and was self-contained, the news release said. This section was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer. The plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

In addition, there were several suspicious articles and items located within this storage building, the news release said. Detectives documented several riding lawnmowers with unidentifiable serial numbers. They also found a 1994 Bumble Bee boat that contained a large Mercury 225 horsepower motor with the serial number not visible. Located in a large freezer were several deer heads and deer carcass hanging inside the building.

Patrol deputies located the suspect on the premises and served him with an outstanding aggravated assault warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriffs Department.

The Wilson Post is not publishing the name of the suspect at this time as he has not been charged in connection with the reported marijuana grow operation.

Lt. Det. Ricky Knight of the Sheriffs Department and an agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were notified regarding the articles and items that were documented as suspicious and required further investigation. The boat was seized by Knight under the state seizure law TCA 55-5-108 pertaining to alteration of VIN, or vehicle identification numbers.

The investigation regarding all items is continuing.


General Sports

FT's clinch WC's win over Bowling Green, KY Saturday

From Post staff reports
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Wilson Central knocked down six free throws in the final 48 seconds to seal a 61-56 victory over Bowling Green High (Ky.) in Saturday's Kentucky/Tennessee Minit Mart Challenge at Warren Central.

Coach Troy Bond's Wildcats led by 11 in the third quarter, but needed the final stretch at the charity stripe to hold off the surging Purples.

The two teams swapped the lead seven times in the opening quarter, with Bowling Green (2-1) surging ahead 18-16 on a three from Clay Sowell late in the period.

The Purples extended the advantage to 26-20 after a 3 from Nacarius Fant midway through the second, but Wilson Central (6-1) used a 13-0 run to build a 33-26 lead.

The Purples Devin Hayes made a 3-pointer on the final play of the half to shave the margin to four points.

The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take their largest lead of the game, 40-29, with 6:25 left in the period.

The Purples responded, switching to a full-court, trap defense, and made a 13-2 run to pull even, 42-42, late in the third.

The Wildcats scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and was able to hold back the Purples from there.

Bowling Green got as close as three, but the Wildcats hit 8-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final period.

Wilson Central shot 45.5 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers. Dee Oldham paced the Wildcats with 16 points, while Malcolm St. Louis added 13 and seven rebounds. Connor Brandon chipped in with 12 points.

After Tuesday nights game with Smyrna, the Wildcats are idle until they participate in the Smokey Mountain Tournament Dec. 21, 22 and 23 in Gatlinburg.

Gold ball a long time coming for Ron Welch

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
At some point in his long tenure at Friendship Christian School, veteran teacher and coach Ron Welch had a wish.

"I asked the Lord to let me live long enough to see us win a state championship in football," Welch said.

Now, that he was on the sideline for the Commanders' 34-0 victory over Dresden in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl -- he's considering amending that request.

"Now, I'd like to live long enough to see us win number two," Welch said Wednesday afternoon with a laugh.

Welch has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows since signing on at FCS in August of 1977 -- from the days when practice started with just nine players on the team, lopsided losses and a parade of games as homecoming fodder.

"I always thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel if we could just hang in there," Welch said, "A couple of years, we had 16 or 17 players dressed out. We were in such a shape that if we had two frontline kids get hurt, we didn't know what we'd do.

"There were some lean years, but we always had hope that we'd grow into this thing."

When asked about the turning point for the Commander football fortunes, Welch was quick with an answer.

"When Mr. (Leonard) Bradley hired Coach (Bill) Bryson to come over from Castle Heights in 1979 to take over the football program, I knew right then that he was going to get this thing going in the right direction," Welch said.

"There have been some hills and valleys since, but for the most part we've been competitive ever since."

Bryson, who spent four years coaching at FCS after leaving crosstown rival Castle Heights Military Academy, is now on the schools Board of Directors.

In my mind, Ron Welch has had more influence on Friendship Christian in general, than anyone I know, Bryson said. Hes touched so many people, had a huge impact on everyone who has come through that building. I would say most all the students can claim some unique relationship with him and all of us are better for the time weve spent with Ron.

Welch teaches Bible at FCS with all ninth graders coming through his class as well as all senior boys.

"First and foremost, we're here for the spiritual impact on these young people," Welch said, "we getting 'em coming in as freshmen and then again on their way out. We do get close to the students. That's one thing I love about teaching. It's not like a job where you go in and punch a clock. You can impact people's lives. Their souls are the most important thing. It doesn't matter how much money you make, we want to teach them to know Jesus Christ and we don't back up from that."

As Welch was walking off the field at Tucker Stadium last Saturday, two thoughts kept popping up into his mind.

One, I was thrilled for the kids, because I know how hard they've worked to get to that point, Welch said.

Number two -- I was thinking about my buddy John McNeal. I get emotional talking about it, because that's my friend over there. He's been through some things and put up with some stuff over the years -- things I guess all head coaches have to go through -- but now he's got that state championship.

Most coaches are 'system guys'," Welch said, "but Coach McNeal isn't like that. He'll draw something up on a pad and take it to the practice field. We've run everything in the world on offense over the years. John will fit his scheme to his players. Some coaches try to mold their players to their scheme.

"He will take his talent and work his offense around what his kids can do best. He's thrown it 40 times a game when he's had a passer and a bunch of receivers, then there have been times -- like this season -- where he'll line it up and run downhill.

Welch was also thinking about former players at FCS, including current defensive coordinator Duane Lowe.

"I'm just so proud of Coach Lowe -- as well as the other assistants. I coached Duane in junior high and on Saturday, I watched him call almost a perfect defensive game."

As Coach McNeal says, guys, its about the ones in the room, Welch said. We play for mom and dad for our school and everything, but what really matters is that group of guys in the locker room .

Years from now, you can imagine what those kids will be talking about. The memories theyll share -- when theyre 40, 50 or 60 years old theyll still be talking about this stuff.

And perhaps, the influence of Coach Ron Welch.

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