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Roll-your-own stores should pay as others

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, is gaining significant public support for a position she has taken in Congress relating to roll-your-own tobacco retailers who are establishing a greater presence almost daily in Wilson County and in much of Middle Tennessee.

Rep. Black recently sponsored House Bill 4134, an act that calls for roll-your-own tobacco retailers to be taxed as manufacturers. The proposed legislation would serve to close tax loopholes, support small business owners with a level playing field, and ensure regulations regarding this particular area are fair to all concerned.

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Guest Column

Birding by ear on the Natchez Trace

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

The ancient trail of the American Indian days going from north to south across Tennessee and into Mississippi has been converted by the National Park Service to a scenic limited access highway which is perfect for bicycling.

The history of the trail dates back 8,000 years when it was used by wild animals and Native Americans and later by Spanish explorers, British troops and finally Frontires settlers as a path across Tennessee, Alabama and well down into Mississippi. The route is now a gently curving road which has a 50-mile-an-hour speed limit making it easy to stay out of the traffic as you bike along and admire the scenery.

The last cool and breezy day was just right for an outdoor activity and we got off of Highway #7 near Hilltop, Tenn., to turn onto the Nachez Trace at mile number 415. Starting South on the route gave us a downhill ride much the way over the next 7 miles.

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General News

Lebanon women face TennCare fraud charges

From Post staff reports

Two Lebanon women were arrested and charged with TennCare fraud in separate cases by the Office of Inspector General following joint investigations with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department.

Tabatha N. Ferebee, 23, of Lebanon, is charged with falsely reporting her income to the state to obtain TennCare benefits. The OIG indicated Ferebee would not have been eligible to receive benefits otherwise.

Also, Tiffany Rhea Mabery, 35, of Lebanon, was charged for allegedly selling prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare.

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Reward offered for info. on felony theft

A reward of up to $1000 is being offered by the Wilson County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for a felony theft.

On Feb. 1, unknown suspects stole a construction crane from a lot adjacent to the Linwood BP gas station on Linwood Road. The crane is a Lorain brand, model LRT-275D and is white in color.

Anyone with information concerning this crime or any other crimes should contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Department at 444-1459 or the Wilson Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245). All callers will remain anonymous.

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General Sports

PREP FOOTBALL -- Jake Roberts hired as MJCA's new coach

MT. JULIET -- As expected, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy announced Monday afternoon the hiring of Jake Roberts as new football coach of the Saints.

I am excited to see the future of MJCA football now in place," said MJCA athletic director Paul Christensen. "Coach Roberts has shown great enthusiasm for this school and our kids. He is not coming in here to start over. He simply wants to continue to build on what former coach Mark Harrison has done."

Harrison was let go March 30 after going 4-16 in two seasons.

The MJCA athletic department is reportedly with Roberts to assemble a coaching staff. According to Christensen, former assistant Ron Young, will be retained as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach.

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PREP SPORTS -- Inman takes TSU women's coaching job

BREAKS COLOR BARRIER AT TN STATE--
NASHVILLE -- At the age of 64, Larry Inman is going back to college. Not to get another degree, but to revive the women's basketball program at Tennessee State University.

Inman resigned his position as coach of the Lebanon High Devilettes Friday, April 13, a job he held for the past two seasons, to become the first white head coach hired to lead a major sport at the historically black university.

"TSU is serious about the basketball program and I appreciate their confidence -- allowing me to get back into college coaching. I watched this program for a number of years and I believe Tennessee State is a sleeping giant. It is time to wake the giant, to get after people. It is time to take this program to a whole new level, indeed where were capable of becoming as players and as a program."

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ROAR RUN -- Armstrong, Bond post top times Saturday

LEBANON -- The fourth annual Byars Dowdy Roar Run 5K was held Saturday, April 14.

Mens Division Winners:
1st Greg Armstrong17:48
2nd Kaleb Dickerson18:06
3rd Kerry Dickerson18:07

Womens Division Winners:
1st Ginny Bond20:39
2nd Amy Hodge22:13
3rd Ashlee Chance22:58

Boys Division Winners:
1st Brett Hutto26:39
2nd Corey Jones27:58
3rd North Hopper33:22

Girls Division Winners:
1st Allie Dozier22:49
2nd Macy Lee26:56
3rd Allison Burruss26:58

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Stovall earns TranSouth honor

LEBANON -- Cumberlands Devin Stovall was named the TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing a two-hit shutout against Blue Mountain College on Saturday and posting a save in another appearance last week.

The Scottsville, Ky., native allowed just three baserunners in his first-ever start against a TranSouth Conference opponent. The Toppers had a walk in the second, a single in the fourth and a double in the seventh, with just one runner reaching third base. The righthander struck out seven and threw just 85 pitches in the seven-inning victory.

Stovall has become one of Cumberlands most relied upon relievers and has served as a spot starter as well this season. The sophomore has suffered some tough luck in the wins and losses column, but he has five saves and a 2.23 ERA for the year.

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TRACK & FIELD -- Cragwall, Neal set new LHS records

CLARKSVILLE -- Lebanon High athletes establised two new school records at the Austin Peay High School Classic Saturday, April 14.

Xavier Neal set a new school record winning the 400 meters in a time of 49.98.

Shaq Cragwall established a new record in winning the triple jump with a mark of 43'1". Cragwall also won the high jump at 6' and the long jump with a distance of 21'4".

Next up for the Blue Devils is the Wilson County Championships to be held at Mt. Juliet High Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17.

The field events and 3200 are on Monday, the running finals are on Tuesday (17th).

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