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General News

Adult HS graduates June 8


Wilson County Adult High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at First United Methodist Church on West Main Street, Lebanon.

Pat Suddarth, coordinator of the program, said 25 graduates will receive their diplomas during the ceremony which will be awarded by Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis, assisted by Pat Climer, principal of the Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that three awards will be presented included Most Improved Student, an English award and an Endeavour award. In addition, the Brian Joseph Wright Memorial Scholarship, established by Randy and Leeann Wright in 1998-1999 in memory of their son, Brian, will be presented.

Music for the ceremony will be provided by James Jordan.

The Wilson County Adult High School was one of eight pilot programs in Tennessee in 1992. Since then, many counties in Middle Tennessee now provide an Adult High School.

Suddarth noted that the first graduate of the program in Wilson County in ’92 was 67 years old.

The program, she said, "has been helpful in raising the graduation rates in Wilson County. Students who have obtained their GED’s may also participate in the Adult High School program, if they wish."

Students must be at least 18 to participate in the Adult High School program. The program was developed for those who may have dropped out of high school for whatever reason, Suddarth said, adding it may also assist students who have a Certificate of Attendance or a Special Education Diploma to prepare for the state exit tests in order to receive a regular high school diploma.

Schedules are designed to meet individual needs and are self-paced. The adult students can receive credit for their life experiences, provided they meet certain criteria, she noted. Credit recovery programs are available for students seeking a diploma.

Preparation and registration for the ACT college admission exam is offered to students. Staff members can also help with paperwork to attend college.

In addition to Suddarth, Adult High School faculty members include Sandra Farley and Nancy Steward.

A reception will be held for graduates and their guests following the graduation exercises.

If you are interested in attending the Adult High School or need more information, call 443-7199. It is located at 207 Joe Branham Drive, Lebanon. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.




General Sports

8 to play in all-star game

MTSCA event set June 11

Eight former Wilson County softball standouts have been selected to play in the annual Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.

The event is set for Wednesday, June 11 at Drakes Creek Park, Hendersonville. Squads representing AAA North, AAA South and A/AA will play two games against each other starting at 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

Players were selected entirely on the number of votes they received from MTSCA member coaches.

Five former members of the Mt. Juliet High Lady Bears will be playing for the AAA North Senior All-Stars, including: Merrick Martin, Caroline Mason, Shelby Barrett, Hannah Irwin and Shelby Morris.

Three former Lady Wildcats at Wilson Central High will be playing for the AAA South Senior All Stars, including: Kristyn Clark, Courtney Billington and Caitlin Bailey.

Bill Robinson retires


EXCLUSIVE -- Bill Robinson, a fixture at Watertown High since his days as a student-athlete, turned in his retirement papers earlier this week.

Robinson, who coached football, boys and girls basketball, softball and baseball during his 32-year tenure, started his education career with five years at the old Lebanon Junior High School in the Lebanon Special School District, before taking over the reins of the WHS program once headed by his late father, the legendary Brownie Robinson.

"Coach Robinson has been a mainstay of Watertown High School and its athletic program for many years," said Watertown principal Jeff Luttrell. "He has shaped young people by his leadership with dignity and class. His legacy is irreplaceable."

Central plans ring ceremony


The Wilson Central Lady Wildcats will be having a State Championship Ring Celebration on Thursday, June 12 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

Time will be at 6 pm. The cost is $12 per person which includes meal.

Guest speaker is LSU Women’s head coach Van Chancellor, also four-time WNBA championship coach.

Tickets will be available in the main office at Wilson Central through Tuesday, June 11. RSVP by contacting Coach Bud Brandon at (615) 453-4636 or by e-mail to

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