By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Local athletes and runners better prepare for a tough day tomorrow as Friendship Christian School kicks off its inaugural Commander Run on Saturday, a tough 5K run mixed with various obstacles to push the limits of local participants.
Wilson County residents Tab Kirkland and Katrina Gill are no strangers to these extreme runs, both having participated in two grueling national events on which the Commander Run is based.
Im excited about the Commander Run, but I dont suspect it will be as grueling as some of these other races, Kirkland said.Last year, he and Gill participated in the Warrior Dash, in Manchester, on the site where the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is held each year. The Dash is a national event that is held in many states, giving participants a grueling outdoor course filled with mud crawls, wooded trails, wall climbs and more.
Songwriters Spotlight will present a concert featuring Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Even Stevens and Leslie Satcher in a special event called Hits for the House, the proceeds of which will benefit Brooks House.The concert will be held Saturday, April 21, at Winfree-Bryant Middle School in the Auditorium, located at 1213 Leeville Pike, Lebanon. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will get under way at 7. Limited tickets for the event are available by calling 466-5480.
By SAM HATCHER
The Wilson Post
The report of Earl Scruggs death early Wednesday stirred a number of local remembrances associated with the famed banjo picker and his late partner Lester Flatt.
Together they, Flatt and Scruggs, made bluegrass music like its never been heard before.
Mr. Scruggs, 88, died at a Nashville hospital of natural causes, according to his son Gary.
He is being remembered as the single force who helped shape bluegrass music leaving what some say will be a signature forever on a particular style of banjo picking.There are two significant local ties to Mr. Scruggs. His wife, the late Louise Certain Scruggs, was born in Lebanon.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making preparations to suspend unemployment benefits for claimants in the Extended Benefit (EB) program.
More than 10,000 claimants who are in the last 20 of 99 weeks available will receive their last benefit payment the week of April 12.The EB program is triggered on and off by the health of Tennessees unemployment rate. The trigger rate is based on a look-back provision of three years. To remain triggered on, the states current rate must be higher than 120 percent of the average rate three years ago. The states current rate recently dropped to 8.0 percent, dipping below the threshold to continue the program.
FRIDAYNIGHT RESULTS --
Friendship Christian improves to 11-1 on the season following Friday's 10-0 home win over Class AAA White County High.
Lebanon goes on the road and falls 4-0 at Sycamore High, leaving the bases loaded twice.
COMBINE FOR PERFECT GAME
LEBANON -- Pitchers Caleb Snider and Connor Gaines combined to throw a 5-inning perfect game Thurday as Friendship Christian rolled over District 8A rival Red Boiling Springs.
Snider (2-1) breezed through the first four innings with five strikeouts with Gaines pitching a 1-2-3 top of the fifth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Commanders (10-1 / 3-0 in 8A) scorched the Bulldogs for 16 hits, including four by Drew Erie and three from Stefan Remus.
FCS is scheduled to host Class AAA White County High Friday at 7 p.m.
Wilson Central 7, Lebanon 2
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central pounded out 13 hits and downed District 9AAA rival Lebanon 7-2 Tuesday.
Kaitlyn Clark went 4-for-4 and scored three runs to pace the Lady Wildcat attack. Central also received two hits apiece from Allie Bennett, Lauren Stavinoga, and Kendall Eden. Morgan Powell (12-4) scattered six hits,going the distance for the decision.
Central improved to 19-7 and 3-0 in district play heading into Thursday's match-up with rival Mt. Juliet. Lebanon dropped to 5-10-1 overall / 1-4 in 9AAA.
Bethany Anderson slugged a second-inning HR for LHS while Kaite Blackburn added two hits -- a single and a double. Lebanon is idle until a Monday, April 9 game at Friendship Christian.