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John Sloan - Outdoors

Me and Robert and Hilda and them

By JOHN L. SLOAN, bowriter1944john@aol.com
It closed for business two years ago. The door slammed shut to the public. Over 25 years of tradition was over. White Oak Plantation as we all knew it was no more. Gone. However, you cannot close a reputation for excellence.

The boots of 16,000 hunters had trod the wood steps leading to the big lodge and the bedrooms and dining hall. Lord, the lies told and the memories created in the great room. Mounted heads looked down in amazement, antiques begged to be admired, all gone, now.

I worked and played at White Oak for some 25-years. I was part of the start of the largest bowhunt for women only. What a success that was. For 13-years Does and Bows was one of the highlights of the season. I helped with the first hunt for juveniles. Both those hunts started with conversations between Robert Pitman and me on the front porch.

I killed a few deer at White oak, too, including the biggest one ever killed there with a bow. I killed a turkey or two and Lord at the fish I caught, bass and bream. Over the year, I spent a lot of time down there. It was where I went to recover when I was sick. It was a place I could kick back and refill my swerve.

I watched the sunrises and sunsets from the large front and back porches. I swapped lies and facts and enjoyed the camaraderie of the hunters and especially Robert and Hilda Pitman, the owners. The doors are shut to the public, now. No more groups of 30 hunters creating a din of stories in the dining hall. The vast acres chopped up and sold.

Gone.

Maybe not all gone. There are still 1,200 acres surrounding the home place. The main lodge and out buildings are intact. Robert and Hilda still live there and Matt, their son and his family, wife Mary, and their two kids. Matt put in some green fields this year and made sure some stands were up just in case a few old friends stopped by to hunt. There are some stands back in the swamp where a creek I can neither pronounce or spell runs through the thick cypress, tupelo, hardwoods and pines. There are still a few fish left in the home lakesome big ones, too. Course, the drought this year hasnt helped.

Mark Campbell, known locally as Big Bird and I will be visiting January 13-16. It will be a bit of a homecoming for me. We will fool with the deer some because there are some big bucks that havent been hunted for two years. See, it is the peak of the rut down there, prime time to hunt. There are plenty of does that need thinning. If one of those cussed hogs steps out, he is toast. We might fish a little, too. I have been saving a special backstrap from a dry doe I killed here for at least one meal.

The afternoon hunt on January 15 will be a special one for me. I have been asked to guide one Ryan Donald on special hunt for deer. Ryan, age 23, has a severe form of cerebral palsy. This may be his last hunt. Robert, Hilda, and them, are going all out to make it special. Matt built a stand to accommodate his wheel chair. Various companies have outfitted him in the latest hunting clothes and equipment. I am honored that he asked me to guide him and more than happy to oblige. Ill try hard to get that young man a deer.

I know, there will be some porch activity complete with big glasses of the best grapefruit juice I have ever had and a lie or so punctuated with some I told you sos. We will recall years past, going back over the special memories from special hunts, the great meals.

The bucks will be trailing if not actually chasing the does. Since the entire place was under a strict management plan for a quarter century, the buck/doe ratio is great and the age strata are about the best around. Therefore, the chances for a mature whitetail buck are better that average.

The Bird might have a chance for the biggest buck of his life. Wont take much. For years, this week has been known as the premiere hunt of the year. Many families reserved this week for their hunt. I wonder how many young people have killed their first or maybe biggest buck on this week.

White Oak is closed to the public. No more 500-600 hunters a year. Those days are gone. The big lakes are sold, gone. No more racket from hunters messing with their turkey calls. Those days are gone. Walking in a straight line all day and never, leave the property will not happen again. Much of that property is gone.

White Oak is mostly no more. What is left, excluding the memories, is for sale, too and one day it will be gone. But not quite yet. Right now, it is not quite

Gone.

You just had to be there -- Picture it. Jeanne in the kitchen with pots and pans everywhere. The ham just ready for glazing. So, Jeanne goes to take her shower, leaving the ham on the edge of the counter. My good dog Libby, can easily reach the edge of the counter.

I have to giver her credit, Jeanne; she did not melt down as she might have a few years ago.

There was enough left that with careful trimming, it was okay. In fact, it was downright hilarious.

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Telling Tales

Your Permanent Record
End of the year means lots of things to lots of people.

In the Kane household, it meanscheck ups. From the adults, to the kids, to the pets everyone gets their annual physical right before the year ends.

And in our household, we are firm believers that doctors are on a need to know basis.

Thats because I have every intention that one of my children will one day be President. And as we all know, when that time comes their medical records become public.

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Ask Ken Beck

McAvoy found Arthur unbearably nice

Dear Ken: Please share some background on James McAvoy, who is the voice of Arthur in Arthur Christmas.

Scottish actor McAvoy, 32, grew up with his grandparents. His grandfather was a butcher, and McAvoy worked at a bakery as a teenager. He appeared in his first film at 15 and then studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He was in an episode of Band of Brothers and then began working steadily in British films and TV shows. His film credits in the past seven years include Wimbledon, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, The Last Station and X-Men: First Class. He was also the voice of Gnomeo in Gnomeo & Juliet. He is married to actress Anne-Marie Duff and they have a young son. As for voicing Arthur, McAvoy says, It was difficult to keep up such an unwavering enthusiasm and high levels of anxiety at the same time. Hes so nice. Hes unbearably nice. (Director) Sarah Smiths note to me was, Keep making him nicer! Smile more! I said, Isnt that going to get really annoying? So yes, that was quite difficult for me to make him so nice. But, I love Christmas. I never used to. I didnt hate it, but I could take it or leave it. But, as I got to the age of 25 or 26, Christmas became quite a big deal, and I love it now. I love the food, and I love sharing time with people.

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Wilson Living

Wilson Living Today, December 21, 2011

The January/February Issue of Wilson Living Magazine comes out Friday. And we are thrilled to announce country music crooner Tracy Lawrence agreed to grace our cover.

Tracy and his family have made Wilson County home, and the latest issue takes an inside peak into why this singer, businessman and father believes Wilson County Is The Place To Be! Inside the latest issue, you not only get to meet Tracy but also his wife, Becca, who just last year opened her dance and athletic apparel wear boutique, Gravity, in Lebanon. We were excited to meet them, and cant wait to share their story with our readers.

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General Lifestyle

Ask Anne: Resolutions for tongue and pen

Dear Anne, How about some New Years Resolutions for People Who Talk Redneck? Ill bet you can get going on that! Youll probably offend a lot of people, but you cant make an omelet without breaking eggs! Happy New Year!

-Like That Good Language, Too

Hey, those of you who could be offended, how about if the shoe fits, wear it? But, Im not going into rednecks. When thats employed as a pejorative term, the user needs to ask himself or herself why being a hard worker, who while bending his head laboring in the fields burned his neck crimson, is a bad thing. Of course we do have that bunch of lazies who stick on a cap and try to pass themselves off as part of the tradition when the hardest lick they put in involves getting the tobacco out of their pockets.

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Call of the wildlife
Hooper Whether in forests or fields, on the waters of Old Hickory Lake or driving the back roads, eagle-eyed Lt. Jim Hooperhas been a man on a mission for the past 23 years.

Working for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) as a wildlife officer, a job once known as game warden, Hooper tackles many tasks, but his main role remains enforcing state hunting and fishing regulations.

For some people its a job. For some people its a calling, a way of life, and I guess Im the latter. It defines who and what I am, said Hooper, 51, the married father of two grown children, who lives in Mt. Juliet.
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The end of the Maya calendar

I sit on the couch and watch the gray clouds spread across the sky on this winter day and contemplate the end of another year. What should I get out the exercise of thinking back over the months passed or anticipating the calendar turn as I go from 2011 to 2012? Is there any redeeming value in drawing a line in the sand to mark the passing of time?

Thankfulness comes to mind first as I remember the fun things I have enjoyed about the year passing. The simple joy of watching things grow enters my thinking. Cooler temperatures squeeze the moisture out of the air and it gently falls to the ground preparing my garden spot with water that will soak in as a buffer against the dry summer soon to come in the middle of the growing season.
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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Whats all the fuss?

Wow, did the fat man with the red suit and white beard make this my best Christmas ever?

Saint Nick dropped off a dozen Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord sneakers and left them under our tree. You know, the $180-a-pair Nike Jordans that first came out when His Airness and the Chicago Bulls were at the top of the NBA world.

I understand they were hot items in stores around the country this month.

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Calendar

Community Calendar, December 19-26

If you suffer from addiction/dysfunctional behaviors (hurts/hang-ups/habits) and would like a safe place to meet with others like you sharing your struggles, strengths and hope with one another to grow closer to God and others, then you are invited to Fairview Church, 1660 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., Thursdays. For information, call Sonny at 707-0305 or email sonnywarmath@gmail.com.

Telephone Pioneers of America has Volume Number 1 and Volume Number 3 cookbooks for sale. All sales benefit the Pioneer Museum in Fiddlers Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. For information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.

Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.

Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.

Lebanon Friendship AL-ANON and ALATEEN Family Groups, for family and friends of alcoholics which meets at Our House at 115 North Greenwood Street, is changing the time of meetings to 7 p.m., Sundays and Thursdays, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Contacts are Harriet at 444-2852 and Lynda at 444-8434.

HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Wednesday evenings. For information, or if you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.

Piecemakers Quilt Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church. The Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room of the Family Life Center, and Sit n Stitchers meet every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Craft Room. For more information, call 443-2354 or 444-1182.

Wilson County Landfill will be closed on Saturdays in December, January and February.

City of Lebanon Sanitation Services will not be interrupted during the upcoming Christmas and New Years Day holidays. All regular routes and schedules will continue during this time.

The Sugar Pea Consignment Boutique is the drop-off location for hygiene items such as toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotions, etc., through Christmas to be given to MorningStar Sanctuary, a local domestic violence shelter. The Sugar Pea is at 14665 Lebanon Road. For more information, call 553-4627.

Unity Church will hold Gospel Singing on Saturday, Dec. 31, New Years Eve at 8 p.m. featuring gospel singers The Proclaimers and other musical guests. Everyone is welcome to attend. Unity Church is led by Pastor Kenneth Bowen and is located at 222 Cainsville Road in Lebanon.

Wilson County Beekeepers will meet Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the West Building at 7 p.m. The program will feature the Pros and Cons of Spring and Winter Splits by Dan Purvis. For more information please call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529.

NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter meets at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Spain House, First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Hostesses will be Mary-Margaret Farris, Mildred Gaston, Jane Ferris, Caroline Walker and Anne Donnell.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the JECDB office located at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, in Lebanon.

will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, at Cheekwood in Nashville in Botanic Hall. The program will be a slide show on Gesneriads. For information, contact Julie at Julie.mavity@gmail.com or at 364-8459.

will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Central Office at 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be emailed to Rose Ratagick at RatagickR@wcschools.com

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) new volunteer training will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 and will concluded on Thursday, Feb. 9 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 until 9 p.m.). Volunteer advocates are trained and supported to speak in court for the best interests children in Wilson County who are victims of abuse and neglect. Wilson County CASA has provided 59 volunteer advocates to 175 children this year. For information, call 443-2002 or visit www.wilsoncountycasa.org.

Wilson County Beekeepers will be hosting a three-day beginners beekeeping class Jan. 17-19 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Space is limited. The cost is $25 per person and $45 per couple. Please contact Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 for questions or to reserve your seat!

Wilson County Right to Life will not meet in December. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m., Jan. 24, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet. For information, call Trecia Dillingham at 443-5458.

To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to news@wilsonpost.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.

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General News

3 charged in holding woman against her will

Lebanon Police have charged three men with allegedly holding a woman against her will at a unit in the Upton Heights federal housing project last week.

One of the men charged has been a victim of crime himself, suffering two gunshot wounds in two separate incidents, one in November and the other earlier this month.

The incident occurred Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 83 Upton Heights as officers with the Lebanon Police Department responded to a call regarding a possible robbery attempt. Police Chief Scott Bowen said police received an anonymous call telling them that a group of males armed with guns were planning to rob a business in Lebanon.

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Amazon donates $20,000 to book charity

Amazon is donating $20,000 to the Governors Books from Birth Foundation, with a portion of that money coming to the local Wilson County chapter of the organization that provides free books to children from newborn to 5 years old.

Thursday morning, Amazon issued a news release announcing it would establish new facilities in Lebanon and Murfreesboro and also donated money to the foundation that would be divided among Wilson, Rutherford, Bradley and Hamilton counties, where Amazon fulfillment centers are located.

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N. MJ Road construction remains on schedule

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Construction on Mt. Juliet road is on schedule, according to interim City Manager Kenneth Martin, and is expected to complete by May 2012, despite rumors the project was lagging behind.

Martin said that he had been getting questions as to why the project was delayed, but pointed out it was actually ahead of schedule earlier this year. During the summer, favorable weather put the construction ahead of schedule and said there was hope the work could finish by the end of this year.

The project has been in the works since 2009, working to widen Mt. Juliet Road to accommodate more traffic and a growing city. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is over the construction due to the road being a state highway, Highway 141.

It doesnt look like its going to finish when we had hoped, Martin said.

But that was a best-case scenario date according to Martin, who said the project was initially planned as a 36-month job, which would have it scheduled to conclude in May 2012.

Lots of rain this fall and in the winter have made construction difficult to advance and prevented the project from staying ahead of schedule. Now that temperatures are entering their lowest point, paving and further work will be more difficult.

Its been pushed back to the original completion date, Martin said, noting that does not mean the job is delayed, but merely back on schedule.

Many businesses along Mt. Juliet Road and residents have had complaints during the construction period. Motorists have expressed their displeasure with traffic delays and lane closures in the past while business owners have said the construction has turned some people away.

Martin said the current state of the project is more conducive for drivers and the businesses along Mt. Juliet Road and said it isnt any different from other roadway construction projects.

Its like any other project, you get different dates and are subject to the weather, Martin said. Theres light at the end of the tunnel, it looks better.

Martin said of two thermometers at each end of the construction, one near Highway 70 and another near East Division Street, still show four to five months of work remaining before the project is completed.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Neal remains jailed after Monday's car chase, crash

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
A Lebanon man was arrested Monday night after leading a Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy on a high-speed chase, resulting in a crash on Cainsville Road.

Matthew Ross Neal, 28, of 105 Fontenay Drive, in Lebanon, reportedly fled from the sight of a WCSD patrol vehicle at the four-way stop of Cainsville Road and Maddox-Simpson Parkway. Cpl. Jonathon Daniel of the WCSD said they both pulled up to the four-way at the same time, about 5:24 p.m., but Neal sped away at high speeds.

He decided to floor it and I didnt have a reason to pull him over before he did that, Daniel said.

The ensuing chase lasted for a few miles and Daniel recalled Neal passing only one vehicle along the way, pointing out they were lucky no other motorists were injured. Daniel said he stayed about a quarter of a mile behind Neal and was traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Near the 500 block of Cainsville Road, Neal lost control of his vehicle and crashed off the West side of the road. Daniel said Neal was ejected from the vehicle and landed about 20 feet away from it.

He lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times, Daniel said.

Daniel noted Neal was driving too fast around a curve and slid sideways in a yaw before running off the road and rolling over multiple times.

Neal suffered no injuries except for a small cut on his head. He was transported by ambulance to University Medical Center where he was treated and released. Neal was then booked into the Wilson County Jail and remains in custody on $8,250 bond.

As to why Neal drove away so quickly upon seeing the patrol car, Daniel said He pretty much ran because he had a small bag of marijuana in his pocket and a suspended drivers license.

Neal is charged with reckless endangerment, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and drugs simple possession.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Secret Santas visit local Kmart

This Christmas story originated in Michigan years agobut has found its way south to Middle Tennessee and more precisely to Lebanon.

Nationwide, Kmart stores are being visited by what has been labeledLayaway Angels and the store here is no exception.

According to Neal Crowell, local Kmart manager,his store has seenLayaway Angels payoff some 10 or so Christmas layaways over the past few weeks.
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WCSD offers 'Safe ride Home'

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Those going out this weekend to celebrate the coming of 2012 will be able to take a Safe Ride Home from the Wilson County Sheriffs Department as they offer their annual volunteer service once again to keep local residents safe.

Capt. Gary Keith said this is the ninth year the department has offered the service and coupled with efforts of other local law enforcement agencies, the number of DUI accidents and arrests on New Years Eve has significantly decreased.

The statistics of alcohol-related incidents are way down since we started doing this, Keith said.

This Saturday night, Dec. 31, Sheriffs Deputies will ferry partygoers from the party back home to avoid motorists driving home impaired and risking their own life and the lives of others.

The service will run from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 3 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, when any Wilson County resident can call the WCSD and receive a ride home from a deputy.

The rides are free of charge and Keith noted that all the deputies giving residents a ride home, volunteer for the Safe Ride program. Patrol cars can carry up to three passengers and may be able to carry a group of friends from a party to their home.

Keith pointed out they will not give a ride from one party to the next, but will take individuals to their homes after the party is over. As a result, fewer motorists are risking the drive home after partying over-the-limit.

Our record has been extremely good over the past seven or eight years, Keith said

To receive a ride, call the department at 444-1412 and ask for a Safe Ride and Keith said the dispatcher will send a car to your location. You must give the address of your location and how many people will be riding with you, if any.

There are also safe options to getting home if Wilson County residents choose to celebrate in Downtown Nashville. The Davidson County Sheriffs Department is offering their Sober Ride program for the second year and can receive a ride at the bus station at Fifth Ave. and Broadway or Second Ave. and Church Street. This service is available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

In addition to the Safe Ride program, Keith said the department will have numerous road blocks in place on New Years Eve and encouraged everyone to have a designated driver and to be sure not to drink and drive this weekend.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Wilson's unemployment rate falls

Wilson Countys unemployment rate for November followed a statewide trend as 79 of the 95 counties in Tennessee experienced a drop in unemployment compared to October, according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released Thursday.

The local unemployment rate fell by 0.3 percent, from 7.3 in October to 7 percent in November, and has experienced a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to November 2010, when the rate stood at 7.8 percent. In Wilson County, the labor force was made up of 61,340 individuals, of which 57,030 were employed and 4,310 unemployed.

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General Sports

CU hosts Rosa Stokes Classic

Cumberland University will host the eighth annual Rosa Stokes Classic Thursday and Friday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Action starts Thursday evening at 6 p.m. as Nashvilles Trevecca Nazarene will play the University of the Cumberlands. Host Cumberland University will take on Purdue University - Calumet in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

On Friday, Trevecca will play Purdue University - Calumet at 12 Noon followed by Cumberland and the University of the Cumberlands at roughly 2 p.m.

The Classic is played each year in memory of the late Rosa Stokes, a DeKalb County native who played for coaches Benny Jennings and Rick Reeves and graduated in May 1988 with a bachelors in Education.

Considered one of the all-time great players for the CU womens program, she scored more than 1,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during her career.

She was posthumously inducted into the CU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stokes went into the coaching profession, serving stints as a graduate assistant at the Univ. of Louisville and Murray State before becoming an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1991.

The Golden Eagles won a pair of OVC championships and she also earned a masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling in 1993 at TTU. She moved from there to Chattanooga and then to Long Beach State, where she was the associate head coach.

Stokes then became the head coach at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, Ga., in the
summer of 2001, compiling a 26-35 record, before passing away of a heart-related condition on Aug. 7, 2003.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's CU men will take a record of 7-2 on the road this weekend as the Bulldogs head to Columbia, Mo., for the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic at Columbia College Friday and Saturday, December 30-31.

CU will face William Woods University and the host Cougars on the classic.

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Devilettes pound MLK Magnet

SMYRNA -- Lebanon Highs Devilettes jumped out to an early 25-6 lead and never looked back in Tuesdays 68-48 victory over Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet in the opening round of the Smyrna Christmas Tournament.

LHS improved to 5-7 overall with the win and is scheduled to play Lincoln County today (Wednesday) in a 4 p.m. semifinal contest.

Devilette sophomore Kristen Dedman buried four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 14 points. Julia Fox added 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers while Madison Sloan had eight points.
Freshman Abby Wright had seven points and Scottlyn Elie added six.

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FCS girls win over Portland

MURFREESBORO -- Friendship Christians Lady Commanders pulled away with a strong second half in Tuesday mornings 51-30 victory over Portland in the opening round of the MidState Christmas Tournament at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

After having been off for four day, I thought we played pretty well, said FCS head coach Deanna Teeter as her team improved to 4-4 on the season.

The Lady Commanders led 25-19 at intermission, but out scored Portland 26-11 the rest of the way.

Andi Morrisett led Friendship with 18 points while Deja Jones dominated inside with a double-double, scoring 16 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Mallory Johnson added seven points, Samantha Finley six and Christian Watkins four points for Friendship Christian.

The Lady Commanders are scheduled to play today (Wednesday) in the second round of the tournament at 4 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday Clinton - Donelson Christian Academy contest.

(boys) PJP II 45, Friendship 42
Friendship Christians boys were scheduled to play in an 11:30 a.m. losers bracket game today (Wednesday) against Coffee County.

The Commanders fell to 6-2 on the season following Tuesday nights 45-42 loss to Pope John Paul II in the first round.

FCS took an early 13-7 lead and managed a 26-19 margin at intermission, only to see the Knight slowly get back into the game.

Mark Sandoval had 12 points to lead the Commanders while Dalton Patterson had nine.

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WC, MJ win in LandAir openers

GREENEVILLE -- Wilson Countys two entrants in the 23rd annual LandAir Ladies Classic opened with a splash Tuesday morning, thumping their respective opponents.

Wilson Central, now 7-2 on the season, is scheduled to play tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. CST against either Greeneville or Charlotte Christian School in the semifinals.

Mt. Juliet High, 12-1 overall, is on tap to play in a 4:30 p.m. contest against either Chuckey-Doak or Christian Academy of Knoxville in the other semifinal matchup.

Wilson Central 68, Cocke County 39
GREENEVILLE -- Wilson Central used a 9-0 run in the final 1:12 of the first half to break open a tight game and move to a 68-39 victory over Cocke County in the tournament's opening game Tuesday morning at Hal Henard Gym.

Sydney Vanlandingham pretty much had her way in the paint for the Wildcats as she poured in 27 points, 21 of them coming in the first half.

She connected on 11-of-14 shots from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Taylor Peterson chipped in with 18 for Wilson Central as she and Sydney Comer each pulled in five rebounds.

Wilson Central hit on 29-of-53 field goal attempts (54.7 percent), but went 0-11 on 3-point attempts.

The Lady Wildcats shot 77 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 10-of-13. Central forced Cocke County into 23 turnovers. Cocke County (6-8) got eight points from Heather Ottinger to lead the way.

Mt. Juliet 78, Morristown East 36
GREENEVILLE -- In a battle of teams with identical 11-1 records, two-time Ladies' Classic champion Mt. Juliet used an 11-0 first-quarter run to take charge and defeat Morristown East 78-36 in Tuesday mornings opening round at Hal Henard Gym.

2009 Classic MVP Caya Williams paced the Golden Bears to the victory, scoring 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half and leading all players with 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Golden Bears shot 66.7 percent (34-for-51) from the field in the game.

Williams, an MTSU signee, had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter alone to help the Golden Bears to a 23-14 lead.

Mt. Juliet led 39-25 at halftime thanks to 60 percent shooting in the opening half, then outscored Morristown East 39-11 in the second half to put the game away.

Three other Lady Bears cracked double figures as ninth grade guard Jamasha Jackson had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Sally McCabe was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and two-for-two at the line to finish with 12 points. Sophomore Brandy Alley came off the bench for 10 points on a 5-for-6 effort from the field.

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WHS teams reach tourney finals

By TOMMY BRYAN
Watertown Highs basketball teams each won in impressive style in Wednesday nights semifinal round of the Watertown Christmas Tournament.

Both the Tigerettes and Purple Tigers were scheduled to play in Thursdays finals -- well after our print deadline.

Scores and details from the finals can be found online Friday at www.wilsonpost.com.

The Tigerettes improved to 10-4 on the season with a 43-35 victory over DeKalb County Wednesday. Jordan Brewington led all scorers with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while Morgan Gartner finished with 11. Watertown connected on 9-of-11 free throws to ice the win.

In Wednesdays nightcap, the Tigers broke open a 33-all game with a frenzied defensive effort and blitzed Cheatham County 63-42.

Now 12-1 overall, Watertown got 20 points from KeAnDre Bates and 10 from Josiah Smith.

Hailey Speck scored 15 points to lead the Tigerettes and Morgan Gartner added 11. All told, Watertown connected on 19-of-24 from the free throw line (67 percent) -- including an 11-of-14 effort from Speck.

Watertown improved to 9-4 on the season with the win. DeKalb County reached the semifinals with a 45-24 victory over Cheatham County Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Watertown boys defeated Monterey 58-44 in opening round action -- leading 30-12 at the halftime break.

Eleven players broke into the scoring column for Watertown, including Ty Jobe with 12 and Macieo Gaines with nine and Josiah Smith with seven.

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