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General News

4th graders garden benefits senior citizens

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The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET Elzie Patton Elementary School fourth graders played in the dirt Wednesday, but it was for a good cause.

The students have been growing bean sprouts at school to plant in the garden at the Mt. Juliet Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park as part of the schools Focus on the Community project.

The students recently planted their bean sprouts alongside Master Gardener and City of Mt. Juliet Parks Clerk Jan Littrells corn seed.

When Littrell visited Elzie Patton earlier in May to help the kids begin their beans, she told them about the Native American tale of the Three Sisters, which represent beans, corn and squash. These plants have a mutually beneficial relationship when planted close together.

The beans grow up the corn stalks and that gives the beans somewhere to go. The beans anchor the corn when storms come. Theyre so heavy theyll blow over. Then when you plant the squash it spreads out and keeps the ground wet. So thats the Three Sisters, Littrell explained.

Cooler temps today, Saturday

The Wilson Post

It may seem downright chilly today and tomorrow with highs in the 70s and lows in the low to upper 50s.

After a Memorial Day holiday weekend with temperatures in the 90s, a light jacket may not be out of the question Friday night and Saturday night.

The cooler temperatures are the result of a strong cold front that was to bring potentially severe weather to Middle Tennessee last night and into early this morning.

That was the word Thursday from Trevor Boucher, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

The high today should be about 70 degrees with the low tonight dropping to 52. If you happen to be traveling to the Cumberland Plateau, the low there tonight is expected to be in the 40s.

CU celebrates with Patrons' Party, Phoenix Ball

Check out photos from this year's Cumberland Univeristy Patron's Party and Phoenix Ball, held on Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2, respectively.

The Patron's Party was held at the home of CU alumni Dr. Aaron and Mandy Pryor and the Phoenix Ball is held each year in Baird Chapel on the CU campus.

Schools prepare for curriculum change

The Wilson Post

Local school systems are preparing teachers this summer for a statewide change in curriculum that will give them more time for in-depth instruction in Mathematics and English/Language Arts that Lebanon Special School District Associate Director of Learning Jeanne Barker said would change the way teachers teach.

As part of Tennessees greater shift in education, the new Common Core is a set of standards for Math and English/Language Arts designed to increase the number of high school students who graduate prepared for college or the workforce.

The new standards in Math will be adopted statewide in the 2012-2013 school year for grades 3 through 8 and for Math and English/Language Arts in 2013-2014 for all students in grades 3 through 12.

Next year in mathematics, teachers will be working with a slimmed-down curriculum that focuses deeply on a number of core concepts to ensure students have a strong foundational understanding needed to move to the next grade level.

There are fewer standards, but its more in-depth, it gives students a deeper understanding of the concepts, Barker said.


General Sports

Fanchier anchors BU bullpen

For the second year in a row and the just second time in program history, the Belmont Bruins baseball team has earned a berth in the NCAA Regional Championships at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA.

Lebanon High graduate and Belmont relief ace Garrett Fanchier has been a big part of the Bruins success this season.

It was really exciting last year, being the first team to make it to the tournament, Fanchier said. Its been exciting to make there again this year.

The Bruins sport a record of 39-22 and are coming off a second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

FCS grad called up to majors

BULLETIN -- Friendship Christian School graduate Stephen Pryor has been called up to the major leagues by the Seattle Mariners and will join the team in Chicago tonight for the team's series with the White Sox.

Pryor, 22, began his 2012 campaign with Double-A Jackson where he owned a 1-0 record with seven saves and a 1.13 ERA in 11 appearances.

Pryor, 6-4, 245-lbs., has since appeared in nine games for Triple-A Tacoma, pitching 12 innings without allowin a run while converting both of his save opportunities.

His fast ball has been clocked at over 100 mph.

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