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Showing 13 articles from March 6, 2012.


Beverly Rose Glasscock, 77

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 3 at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Glasscock, 77 of Mt. Juliet and formerly of Memphis.
She died February 28, 2012.
A Celebration of Life was conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012 at High Point Funeral Home, 3788 Summer Avenue, Memphis.
Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

David Lee Wiley, 58

Mr. Wiley, 58, of Lebanon died Monday, March 5, 2012 at his residence.
Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and 12 Noon Thursday until 1:45 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie E. Webster Pugh, 94

Mrs. Pugh, 94, and a longtime member of Shop Springs Baptist Church, died March 5, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service Thursday at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow in Hilliview Cemetery, Alexandria.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

James E. Moss, Sr., 79

Mr. Moss, 79 of Hermitage, died March 5, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. Interment with full military honors will follow the service at Wright Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday from 4-8 pm and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Louis Perner, 94

LEBANON -- Mr. Perner, 94, of Lebanon, another of The Greatest Generation died March 5, 2012. Known as "Lou" to his friends and family, he was born Feb. 8, 1918 at 506 Concord Avenue, Bronx, New York, the second son of Louis Perner, Sr. and Rosa Ludwigsen Perner.

Mr. Perner served in the Army of the United States during WWII, Service Company 13th Infantry. Battles and campaigns included: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland. He was a military occupation specialty, automotive mechanic and received American Defense Service Medal, European African-Middle Eastern service medals as well as good conduct medal. He was an expert Gunner Submachine Gun Cal 45.

He and his wife of 50 years, Frances Chambers Perner, met while he was on maneuvers in Lebanon.

He served The National Guard of Tennessee as Master Sergeant Company E 173rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

"Lou" was a graduate of Nokes Business School, former photographer, owner of The Hobby Shop at Castle Heights and Quality Pets & Hobbies.

He retired from the United States Postal Service and the City of Lebanon. Born and reared of the Lutheran faith, he was a longtime member of the American Legion.

His generosity and fun-loving personality along with never meeting a stranger or someone he wouldnt help. He was a world class father and a devoted family man. You will always be remembered and loved by your family.

Louis is preceded in death by wife, Frances Chamber Perner (of the late John William and Bessie Trice Chambers); father Louis Perner, Sr. and mother Rosa Ludwigsen Perner; brother Henry John Perner.

Survivors include: daughters Jackie (Jack) Malone and Barbara Perner (Sonny) Petza; son John Louis (Joyce Ayers) Perner; grandchildren Lacy Victoria McCullough, Peyton Louis McCullough, Marty (Tanya) Petza and John Theodore (Brittany) Perner; great-grandchildren Ari Giovanni Petza and Jennifer Perner.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Partlow Funeral Chapel with a Veteran graveside service Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers: Sonny Petza, Donnie McCullough, James T. McCullough, Phil Dickens, Dave Mellon and Harry Martin.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Mary Ann Hough, 76

Mrs. Hough, 76 of Mt. Juliet died March 1, 2012.
A private graveside service was at the Middle TN Veteran's Cemetery Monday, March 5.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Ralph Mack Gilley, 87

Mr. Gilley, 87, of Mt. Juliet died Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Bel Air Memorial Gardens in Bel Air, Maryland.
Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 27303.
Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Juliet.

Vicki Elaine Graham Moffett, 56

Ms. Moffett, 56, died in Lebanon Feb. 21, 2012.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore, Ala.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Willard Winky Parman, 77

Mr. Parman, 77, of Mt. Juliet died Sunday, March 3, 2012.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Bond Memorial Chapel
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Juliet.


John Sloan - Outdoors

In search of turkeys

I am sure someone has started doing it, scouting for turkeys. It is about that time. I do not know much about turkey hunting. I think I have gone three times in the past five years. Of course, I was sick during most of that time and didnt hunt anything much. I do know I never scout for them. However, some say scouting is as important in turkey hunting as it is in deer hunting. I guess it is if you dont see them almost daily or are serious about killing one. I am not.

My standard method of hunting is just to go where I have been seeing them regularly and wait for them to come by.

Most mornings, just about seven or seven-thirty, I see one or two big longbeards on the edge of a pasture near here. When the Music City Star blows the horn, most mornings I hear three or four gobble across the street. I have permission to hunt both places. If I go opening morning, I will probably just sit in front of a big maple I know about and wait for them to head for the pasture. However, I have been turkey scouting in the past.


General News

County students make gains in reading

The Wilson Post

Thanks to a federal Education Jobs Program, Wilson County Schools are making considerable gains for students who were identified to receive reading intervention as the Board of Education listened to results from the program on Monday night.

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Monty Wilson said that four certified teachers were hired with federal EJP money in 2010 with one placed at each high school to help the 253 students identified as reading below grade level.

After working with teachers in special group lessons, private tutoring and basic reading classes, Wilson said the students gained on average three years worth of reading comprehension.

The majority of these students were reading at a middle school level, while some were still reading at an elementary level, Wilson told the board, noting that students on a sixth grade reading level improved to a ninth grade level.

In the fall of 2010, the county schools received approximately $2 million to hire reading teachers for students whose reading skills were below grade level. The county has since monitored the success of the program to consider its continuation.

The following semester, in 2011, eighth grade students were administered the Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency or TOSCRF and 156 students, or approximately 11 percent of rising ninth graders, were shown to be severely behind in grade level reading fluency.

These students received a full semester of reading intervention prior to enrolling in an English 1 course, Wilson said. At the conclusion of one semester the average student gained three years of fluency.

Wilson pointed out those 156 students would have tested as Below Basic on the English 1 End of Course Test if they had been moved straight into English 1 as freshmen. He said many of those students were reading at or around a sixth grade level when they would be expected to study plays such as Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar in ninth grade English.

If youre reading at a sixth grade level, youre just not going to understand Shakespeare, Wilson said.

After a full years worth of data, Wilson said hes hoping to show that these students were able to not only pass English 1 but test Proficient on the English 1 EOC test as a result of receiving the additional reading course.

He said if the program were allowed to continue, he would want to monitor the students progress throughout high school to even take into account their graduation rates. By reading on grade level upon entering high school, Wilson said these students would be more likely to graduate than if they didnt receive the additional course.

These 156 students reading fluency level is on grade level, which will enhance not only their ability to read, but their probability of graduating high school and being college and career ready, he said.

The program was also implemented in elementary schools to make sure students are able to read on grade level by third grade, which board members indicated was the first real benchmark to reading comprehension skills.

The third grade level is really the first benchmark and for whatever reason, were failing there, said Zone 4 board member Ron Britt.

According to data obtained from local elementary schools, nine out of 12 saw a decrease in the number of students who tested Below Basic on their Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test, or TCAP.

In all, 24 additional teachers were hired to assist the schools regular classroom teachers for improving reading levels districtwide.

Director of Schools Mike Davis said while they received around $2 million from federal funds to start the program, it wouldnt be as expensive to continue providing the additional reading instruction.

Zone 1 board member Vikki Adkins said the certified teachers they hired are getting paid as educational assistants, indicating the school system is getting a major bargain.

Board members indicated they wanted to present the data to Wilson County Commissions Education Committee and possibly the full commission to show the value of the additional programs.

We need to put together a presentation for the education committee about the success of this program, said Don Weathers, board chairman and Zone 3 member. To me, this is more important than anything else we have going on in any of our other programs.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

CU tennis wins big in Fla.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Cumberland swept all three doubles matches and all six singles outings, defeating 16th-ranked Warner University in mens tennis action Tuesday.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 this season and have won both of their matches on the Spring Break trip to Florida. CU will take on Webber International on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

In doubles the seventh-ranked duo of Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Evan Sanna defeated Julian Ramirez and Vitor Schepper, 8-1, at No. 1; Devin Crotzer and Naim Azhar won 8-3 over Amar Vora and Akharis Sa-ardphanchai at No. 2; and Pedro Rodrigues and Andres Burgos posted a victory by the same score at No. 3 against Juanes Espinel and Diogo Barros.

In singles the Bulldogs won four matches easily in straight sets and another in a pro set.

Marcelo won a first-set tiebreaker, 7-4, and led 4-0 in the second set when Ramirez retired at No. 1, while Azhar recorded a 6-1, 6-1, victory at No. 2 over Schepper and Sanna won by the same score at No. 3 versus Tiago Oliveira. Rodrigues posted a 6-2, 6-1, triumph at No. 4 against Espinel, Burgos won 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 over Sa-ardphanchai and Jeremy Fleming finished off the victory with a 9-8 (5) win at No. 6 versus Barros.

Cumberland Univ. 9, #16 Warner Univ. 0
1. Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU) def. Julian Ramirez (WAR), 7-6 (4), 4-0, retired
2. Naim Azhar (CU) def. Vitor Schepper (WAR), 6-1, 6-1
3. Evan Sanna (CU) def. Tiago Oliveira (WAR), 6-1, 6-1
4. Pedro Rodrigues (CU) def. Juanes Espinel (WAR), 6-2, 6-1
5. Andres Burgos (CU) def. Akharis Sa-ardphanchai (WAR), 6-0, 6-2
6. Jeremy Fleming (CU) def. Diogo Barros (WAR), 9-8 (5)

1. (7) Marcelo-Sanna (CU) def. Ramirez-Schepper (WAR), 8-1
2. Devin Crotzer-Azhar (CU) def. Amar Vora-Sa-ardphanchai (WAR), 8-3
3. Rodrigues-Burgos (CU) def. Espinel-Barros (WAR), 8-3

FCS, Central earn state berths

BRENTWOOD -- Jacob Williams had 20 points and Dee Oldham 19 as Wilson Central went on the road and eliminated Brentwood High 60-52 in a Class AAA Sectional game Monday.

The Wildcats led 31-27 at intermission, then pulled away for good with an 18-12 advantage in the final eight minutes.

Wilson Central advances to the TSSAA BlueCross Boys Basketball Championships next week in Murfreesboro with a record of 26-6. Brentwood High ended the season 26-8 overall.

LEBANON -- Friendship Christian Schools depth and experience proved to be too much for Chattanooga Arts & Science in Mondays 66-29 TSSAA Sectional victory at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

The Commanders went on an 18-1 run midway through the second quarter and never let off the gas -- leading 30-13 at intermission and 41-24 after three periods.

After eight previous sub-state losses, FCS earned its first ever trip to the TSSAA BlueCross Basketball Championships with the win.

The Commanders (25-3) got 18 points each from Allen Heaston and Dalton Patterson. Mark Sandoval finished with eight and Hunter Anderson six as ten FCS players broke into the scoring column.

Patrick Taylor led the Patriots with nine points and Jonathan Kurs added eight while Chaison Gordon came off the bench for seven points.

Chattanooga A&S, who started 1-7, finished theseason 11-17.

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