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Service held for former Co. Commissioner Cook, 77

A Celebration of Life was held Monday afternoon, Jan. 2 at Cook's United Methodist Church for Mr. Johnson Cook, 77, of Mt. Juliet. A former member of the wilson County Commission and a veteran of the US Army, Mr. Cook died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at his residence.

The son of the late Joseph Lasater & Claude Adele Johnson Cook, he attended MTSU, farmed and was from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Mr. Cook was a member of the Cook's United Methodist Church.

Pastors Lee Stevenson and Roland Scruggs officiated the services. A private burial followed in the Cooks Family Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Teddy Mitchell Cook of Mt. Juliet; son Carroll Johnson Johnny Cook Jr.; daughter Lex Anne( Mike) Seifert of Texas; granddaughter Kate Adele Seifert of Texas and sister Sue Cook Gwynn of Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cook is preceded in death by brother Lex Kelly Cook; sister Jo Anne Cook Adams.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Cooks memory to the Cook's United Methodist Church Prayer Garden, 7919 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, 37122.



General News

Lebanon Kmart will stay open

Kmart in Lebanon was safely not on a list of store closings released Thursday afternoon just two days after Sears Holdings Corp. announced it would close up to 120 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide due to poor sales.

The list represented 79 of the 100 to 120 stores scheduled for closing, which the company said will target stores that are not posting adequate profits. The company said earlier in the week they would move forward with fewer, better-performing stores.

Nearby, a Hendersonville Kmart, located at 237 E. Main Street will be closing at a date that has yet to be determined. While the company could not provide a total number of jobs lost from the 79 closings announced yesterday, they did note a typical store employs between 40 and 80 people.

The remaining list of closings will be posted on the companys website, sometime in the near future.

LPD plans weekend roadblocks

The Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this New Years holiday weekend with a sobriety checkpoint Friday, Dec. 30 on Highway 109.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the checkpoint will be utilized to monitoring for impaired drivers while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. He noted the primary reason for these checkpoints is that they are proven to save lives.

The department asks that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoint to please be patient and understanding. We hope people understand itll be a short stop for them, Bowen said.

On the other hand, those who may consider drinking and driving should think twice. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges, and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives.

Bowen said the department has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. One of those crashes occurred in the early morning hours of New Years Day.

He asked that all drivers buckle up and to please dont drink and drive.

We wish all of the citizens and visitors of our city to have a happy and safe New Year, Bowen said.

The LPD will also have extra officers out on patrol Saturday, Dec. 31 watching for any impaired drivers and to keep others safe on New Years Eve.


General Sports

CU women fall to Univ. of the Cumberlands 65-44

LEBANON - Lauren Wombles scored 23 points to lead 14th-ranked University of the Cumberlands to a 65-44 womens basketball win over Cumberland University in the 8th annual Rosa Stokes Classic Friday afternoon at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (3-7) fell behind by as many as 15 points in the first half and by a dozen early in the second half before putting together a 12-4 run to pull within 34-30 with 11:07 remaining.

Tamara Gonzalez hit a 3-pointer and another field goal and Jessica Pace ended the spurt with a short jumper. It was the closest CU had been in the contest since trailing 5-2.

But the Patriots (12-1) answered with a 3-pointer from Wombles and a jumper in the lane by Jade Howard and pushed the advantage back to 10 points quickly. UC made 13-of-17 shots from the field, 3-of-4 at the foul line and had just two turnovers in the final 11 minutes, pulling away for its 10th consecutive victory.

Pace posted her second double-double and fourth double-figure rebounding game of the season with 11 points and 10 boards for the Bulldogs, but CU shot just 39 percent from the field, including 23 percent in the first half.

Casie Cowan and Simone Ryan each netted eight points for CU but Cowan accounted for six of the clubs 23 turnovers in the loss.

Haley Ratliff hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points along with seven rebounds for UC. The Patriots also scored 29 points off turnovers, including 17 in the first half.

Cowan and Ryan both scored six points for the Bulldogs while Ratliff led all scorers with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action January 5 at Lyon College and hosts second-ranked Freed-Hardeman in league action January 7 at 2 p.m.

ON THURSDAY -- Simone Ryan grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds and Kristi Landers led three players in double figures with 13 points, as Cumberland outlasted Purdue University-Calumet, 62-53 in womens basketball action at the 8th Annual Rosa Stokes Classic Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (3-6) won their fourth consecutive game at home dating to last season in just their second contest of the year at the DFRC. Jessica Pace recorded her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Tamara Gonzalez added 12 points in the victory.

Cumberland started the contest very slowly but took the lead with a 17-4 run to end the first half. The Bulldogs opened an 11-point advantage after a jumper from Casie Cowan with 13:06 remaining, but the Peregrines (11-6) reeled off 11 consecutive points to tie the game at 41. Nine of the 11 points came at the foul line for PUC, which finished 26-of-33 at the charity stripe.

A field goal from Landers ended an almost four-minute drought for CU and the two teams went back-and-forth for the next six minutes, with Cumberland pushing its lead back to six before Brooklyn Short nailed a 3-pointer and then completed an old fashioned 3-point play to tie the game at 51.

Again Landers put the Bulldogs ahead, this time for good, finishing a backdoor cut on an assist from Cowan with 2:57 to play. Landers and Gonzalez made three free throws apiece down the stretch to put the game away, as PUC missed all seven of its shots over the final three minutes.

Short led the Peregrines with 21 points, including 10-for-10 at the foul line, while Alex Starr added 16. Short also led PUC with nine rebounds and Amanda Gaskin grabbed eight caroms.

The Peregrines built a 21-12 advantage after a 3-pointer from Starr with 8:16 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldogs responded with a 17-4 spurt to end the period. Tasia Blue started the run with a trifecta from the top of the key and Courtney Atkinson added three driving layups during the stretch.

Landers ended the run with a 3-pointer from the right corner, giving CU a 29-25 advantage. CU had one last chance to add to the lead before the half, but Paces two attempts in the lane both missed just before the buzzer.

LHS girls win Smyrna tourney

Lebanon High's Devilettes defeated Independence High 56-47 Thursday night to win the Smyrna Christmas Tournament.

Sophomore post Kelsey Yarbrough had a double-double, 14 points / 13 rebounds to lead Lebanon as Coach Larry Inman's team improved to 7-7 on the season.

Madison Sloan finished with 16 points and tournament MVP Julia Fox had 13 -- including four 3-pointers. Kristen Dedman rattled home a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points and Sydney Floyd had four points.

LHS returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 3 with a District 9AAA contest at Wilson Central High.

MJ falls in title game

GREENEVILLE A young and talented Scinece Hill squad took control in the second quarter and never looked back to claim the championship of the 22nd annual LandAir Ladies Classic Friday night with a 55-45 victory over Mt. Juliet at Hal Henard Gym.

After seven lead changes in the first quarter, the Lady Toppers (16-0) out scored Mt. Juliet 14-5 in the second quarter and took a 26-17 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.

Two minutes into the third, the Johnson City squad had upped its lead to 32-20.

But the Lady Bears (14-2) came clawing back as freshman Jamasha Jackson nailing a pair of 3-pointers with the second cutting the lead to 36-30 in the middle of the third.

But Science Hill closed the quarter with a dagger when Keisha Gregory sank a trey from the deep corner with the clock running down to go into the fourth up 41-33.

The Lady Bears leaned on posts Caya Williams and Sally McCabe to trim the lead to 45-39 early in the fourth, but the Toppers depth appeared to take a toll on the Lady Bears.

Williams finished with 21 points and four rebounds while McCabe had nine points and a team high six rebounds before fouling out. Jackson and Helen Mitchner each had six points in the loss.

Mt. Juliet was just 6-of-12 at the free throw line and was out-rebounded 29-228.

Science Hill placed three in double figures -- Gabby Lyon with 13, Shy Copney with 10 and tournament MVP Tianna Tarter with 10.

ON THURSDAY-- The Lady Bears reached the tournament finals with a 52-37 win over Franklin County Thursday evening to reach its third straight Landair Classic championship game.

Middle Tennessee State signee Caya Williams canned 12-of-15 shots on her way to a game-high 25 points for the Bears (14-1), which decided matters in the first four minutes by scoring 15 unanswered points.

"We took advantage of some opportunities," Mt. Juliet coach Chris Fryer said. "They were playing a junk defense and left some people unguarded. We were able to knock down those shots."

The Rebelettes (7-10) managed to cut the deficit to 23-20 early in the second quarter as Chelsea Holman drained a couple of 3s while Danielle Jordan worked for six points and four assists.

But the Lady Bears restored order by ripping off the half's last 11 points, then gradually built the lead as high as 22 in the fourth quarter.

Fryer said his team has looked forward to another crack at the championship it won in 2009, then lost last year to Hoover (Ala.).

"It would mean a lot to win another title here because we enjoy coming up here so much," he said. "The girls remember how they felt after losing last year."

Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats were scheduled to take on Christian Academy of Knoxville Friday afternoonin the fifth place game of the LandAir Ladies Classic.

Coach Bud Brandon's team had no problems in eliminating Seymour 62-27 in Thursday's consolation bracket after grabbing a 20-10 first quarter lead.

The Lady Wildcats (8-3) improved the lead to 35-18 by intermission. Their impressive attack was led by Taylor Peterson, a Palm Beach Atlantic signee, with 21 points, and Sydney Vanlandingham with 19 proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.

Victoria Nelson scored 10 points in a losing effort for the Eagles (8-7).

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