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Floyd D. Ricketts, 76

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Ricketts, 76, of Lebanon. Born August 11, 1936 in Wilson County, he died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at University Medical Center.


General News

County under severe T-storm watch

Wilson County, along with 27 other counties in Middle Tennessee, has been placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 tonight by the National Weather Service Offices Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Meteorologists with the NWS Office in Old Hickory said a cold front is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to the Mid-state area this afternoon, and a few of them could be strong to severe with large hail and strong gusty winds.

Local Christmas lights on Youtube

A home on Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon is aglow with Christmas spirit, but with a technological touch.

The lights are coordinated with music broadcast from the home for passers-by's pleasure.

Watch and enjoy. Better yet, see it in person.


Man charged in vehicle burglaries

Lebanon Police arrested and charged a man in connection with some vehicle burglaries that have occurred recently in the Richmond Hills and Five Oaks subdivisions.

Authorities also believe that two juveniles were also involved in the burglaries and they may be charged at a later date.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said in a news release that Officer Jason Toporowski, at about 11:28 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, got out with a Dodge Ram truck at the intersection of North Cumberland and East Market Streets where upon approaching the vehicle noticed the driver and passenger were passed out with the truck in gear and running.

MJ officer involved in shooting, placed on administrative leave

A Mt. Juliet Police officer is on administrative leave after shooting a man who pointed a gun at officers and another individual early Saturday morning. The man who was shot was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when Mt. Juliet Police officers responded to a call of a man reportedly threatening to kill himself at a home in the 700 block of Stonegate Drive, near I-40 westbound.

Significant Weather Advisory issued

A Significant Weather Advisory has been issued for Wilson, Smith, DeKalb, Jackson, Putnam and Rutherford Counties by the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory.

At 3:33 p.m., NWS Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm just northwest of Watertown or just southeast of Lebanon moving east at 40 mph. There is the potential for additional strong thunderstorms to develop and move across these counties through 4:30 p.m., also.

Small hail and winds around 50 mph are expected with this storm.


General Sports

16 CU football players feted for academics

A record 16 Cumberland University football players were named 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes last week by the national office. Cumberland led all institutions with its 16 honorees among the 259 total athletes named to the list.

Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the award.

Under seventh-year head coach Dewayne Alexander, a total of 39 players have garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades, including nine in 2011 and eight in 2010.

Ten of the 16 players played in all 11 contests for the Bulldogs, with 47 combined starts. CU posted an 8-3 mark this season, 4-2 in the Mid-South Conference West Division, and the program has registered a 23-9 mark over the last three seasons, the winningest three-year period in program history.

NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Beau Baker, 3.54 General Business
Bobby Bock, 3.57 General Business
Reed Gurchiek, 3.91 Health and Human Performance
Jacob Hill, 3.80 Criminal Justice
William Judson, 3.62 Biology/Bio-Chemistry
Kyle Long, 3.50 Management
Corey Matyskiela, 3.61 Nursing
Cody McCallister, 3.84 Physical Education
Daley Sallis, 3.65 History
Robert Scales, 3.75 Masters, Business Administration
Naaman Stillwell, 3.69 General Business
Josh Walker, 3.74 Masters, Exercise Science
Taylor Watson, 3.50 Biology
Jared White, 3.69 Health and Human Performance
Adam Wiss, 3.56 Biology
Josh Workman, 3.61 Criminal Justice

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