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Sgt. Edward Ed Cook, 68

LEBANON -- Sgt. Cook, 68, and a native of Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the V.A. Hospital in Nashville from complications while fighting cancer.

Sgt. Cook was the Vice President of Security Federal Savings and Loan in Nashville and was a Free & Accepted 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a U.S. Army Retired Master Sergeant, Special Forces-Green Beret, Airborne Ranger, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Palm, Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star (3), Air Medal, Meritorious Service Award (2), Good Conduct Metal (5), numerous other awards & Decorations.

Ed was an Army Recruiter and a Sergeant Majors Academy Graduate. Theaters of Operations: South East Asia, South & Central America.

Sgt. Cook is survived by one son, Edward A. Cook III of Durant, OK; brother, Henry Cook of Lebanon; and special friend, Lucy Foutch of Hermitage.

At Sgt. Cooks request, a private graveside service will be held at a later date in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Cooks memory to the College Hills Church of Christ, or the Fellowship House.

Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


General News

Two on council oppose city manager push

At least two members of the Lebanon City Council, Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes, are opposed to a resolution that would change the citys government to a City Manager form, expressing their opposition before a vote could change the government on Tuesday.

Cesternino said in an email that he has not be informed by the other members of the council on the issue and said he only saw the resolution because Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead showed him a copy.

I am strongly opposed to this resolution, Cesternino said, adding that he felt the timing was wrong, the lack of information was unsettling, the cost unknown, a lack of necessity for the change and the inappropriate nature of having the council decide such a large change on its own.

Hayes said he doesnt have enough concrete information about the other form of government to vote in its favor on such short notice. He pointed out the council has yet to approve a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and said there are too many financial unknowns to approve a change of government at this time.

I cant vote for it because I dont know enough about it, Hayes said.

Cesternino also stressed the fact that a budget has not been passed and that should remain the councils top priority. He noted the resolution calls for the council to hire a City Manager during next years budget process, a frightening prospect to Cesternino.

Somehow, based on what I observed in my first budget process, that does not seem like a recipe for success for either task, he said.

Hayes said they do not know how much money a City Manager would make, nor how much a secretary would be compensated in addition to other financial issues. The manager would require the use of a city vehicle, office space and other necessities that cost unknown amounts of money.

When we cant get a budget together, how can we hire someone to make so much money? Hayes asked.

Cesternino said the council has had one work session relative to the City Manager form of government and it had little hard information as to why it would benefit the citizens.

He said the council needs to sit down with other cities that have transitioned from a full-time mayor to a city manager to find out how much it costs from passing the resolution to having a manager in place.

When it comes to negative feedback from citizens, Cesternino said he has not heard as much directed toward Mayor Philip Craighead or former Mayor Don Fox. In fact, he has heard more anger toward the council than mayor.

I have received more negative feedback relating to the actions and performance of the council, and I include myself as I have received many negative critiques of my opinions and votes, than I have relating to the actions and performance of the last two mayors, Cesternino said.

Hayes and Cesternino said the choice should be left for the citizens of Lebanon as opposed to a vote by the city council. Cesternino said this was his largest point of contention and added he would like to see numerous public meetings held on the subject for the citizens.

We have some votes upcoming and I would wholeheartedly support placing an initiative on the ballot for the approximately 13,400 registered voters of the city of Lebanon to decide, Cesternino said.

I would rather have it come up to a referendum. I was opposed to the superintendent of schools becoming an appointed position and I think this needs to be up for a vote, Hayes noted.

The council would have to request the charter change be ratified by a referendum if it passes an initial council vote and goes before the Tennessee General Assembly. If placed on a referendum, the final say would belong to the voters.

If a referendum is not requested by the council and a Private Act to change the charter is passed by the General Assembly, the council would vote again to ratify the change and would need a two-thirds majority of the six-member council, or four votes to approve.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

Bears thump Beech 49-25

SHACKLE ISLAND-- For the last two years the Mt. Juliet football team has come up just short to Beech, falling in double overtime, and in the process, losing the district championship. But the Bears didnt leave anything to question Thursday night in their 49-25 win over the Buccaneers.

After losing twice to them the past two years in double overtime this was a good win, and it was good not to have the game go down to the wire, said Mt. Juliet Coach Roger Perry. I still dont think weve played a complete game because there are things we couldve done better, but we did what we needed in order to get the win tonight over a good Beech team.

Beech Coach Anthony Crabtree said his Buccaneers were outmatched Thursday night by the Bears, and while he knew they had a good offense he was surprised by one aspect of the game.

They simply outplayed us tonight without a doubt, said Beech Coach Anthony Crabtree. We knew coming in that (Mt. Juliet) had an explosive offense, but what we didnt expect was (Contrez McCathern) to just dominate the way he did tonight.

McCathern finished the game with 155 yards on 20 carries, and added two touchdowns, but he wasnt the only Bear that did damage to the Buccaneers Thursday night, Caleb Hopkins also had 138 yards on just four carries, and had three touchdowns of his own in the win.

This was our biggest win of the season, said Hopkins. I felt like we had something to prove out here tonight, and I think we did that.

It felt pretty good because we felt like we owed (Beech) something after the last two years.
Beech (3-2, 2-1 9-AAA) got the opening kickoff and Jalen Hurd took it 54 yards to the Bears 43 yard line, but the Buccaneers only managed three yards on the next three downs and were forced to punt.

Mt. Juliet (5-0, 3-0) didnt waste anytime getting on the board, going 86 yards on six plays, capped by a 51 yard touchdown run by Hopkins to make it 7-0.

The Buccaneers next drive was over before it really got started as Keenan Harris broke through the line on the fourth play of the series, and hit Beech quarterback Lincoln Kenitzer as he was handing the ball off, forcing the fumble, and then Harris was able to gather the loose ball to give the Bears the ball on the Buccaneer 25 yard line.

It only took two plays for Mt. Juliet to get back into the endzone as Jalen Graham went off tackle and across the goal line untouched to make it 14-0 with 5:43 left in the opening quarter.

Beech finally got on the board in the second quarter when the Buccaneers put together an eight play drive that encompassed 49 yards as Kenitzer took it the final 10 yards on a broken play up the middle, but Kyle Grace blocked the extra point to make it 14-6 with 6:50 left in the half.

Mt. Juliets potent offense struck again on the ensuing drive that started at its own 23 yard line when Hopkins took it 70 yards around the right end and outraced the entire Beech backfield to put the Bears up 21-6.

After forcing the Buccaneers third punt of the half, Mt. Juliet went 37 yards on four plays, the final play, a 13 yard touchdown by McCathern, put the Bears up 28-6 with just over two minutes left in the second quarter.

Unfazed, Beech went right back to work and went 65 yards on six plays, capped by Hurds 27 yard ramble into the endzone, but the two point attempt was no good leaving the Buccaneers with a 28-12 deficit at the halftime break.

Mt. Juliet picked up where it left off in the first half on the opening kickoff of the second half when Graham took the kick 71 yards into pay dirt, and then added the two point conversion, going around the left end untouched to put the Bears up 36-12 just 17 seconds into the second half.

Beech answered on the ensuing series, going 47 yards on five plays as Hurd added his second touchdown of the game with a 27 yard ramble into the endzone.

Mt. Juliets Graham appeared to score on the opening play of the next series, going 53 yard into the endzone, but a block in the back brought the ball back to the Beech 17 yard line.

The Bears also had two more penalties after the block in the back, but the penalties only delayed the inevitable as Hopkins took it the final 11 yard three plays later to put Mt. Juliet up 43-19.

Two series later Hurd added his third score of the night, capping an eight play, 52 yard drive, but the Buccaneers were unable to convert the two point conversion, making it 43-25.

Mt. Juliet added another score late in the fourth quarter when McCathern did the heavy lifting all by himself, running for 15, 4, and then the final 18 yards for the score to put the Bears up 49-25.

They did everything they could to put 50 (points) on us, never calling off the dogs because they kept their starters in the whole game, but we cant complain about it, said Crabtree. Its not their job to take their guys out, its our job to stop them, and everyone saw the result.

This was a bad loss, and it was frustrating, but what made it worse was we were on television for the whole world to see. Now, were going to have to put this behind us, learn from it, and go back to work for next week because were still in the district race; we just have to regroup.

Mt. Juliet has the week off next Friday, and then will take on Gallatin September 30.

By CHRIS LYNN, Main Street Media

CU hosts KY Christian Saturday

Even if Cumberland had managed to pull out a win last week at Campbellsville, the Bulldogs would still have plenty to get corrected before playing Kentucky Christian Saturday in the 2011 home opener.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and via Internet at

We had a good day of practice Tuesday, got a lot done, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. The film from Campbellsville was a good teaching tool. There are several areas we need to address and will continue to do so this week.

Redshirt freshman QB Reed Gurchiek received good news from his MRI Tuesday -- his left knee is sound. Gurchiek, who was lost for the year in the 2010 season opener with a hip injury, gave everyone a scare when he went down in the third quarter of the Campbellsville game.

Hes got a sprain, something well keep an eye on and treat, Alexander said, but we know for sure weve got a guy in Broc Loveless who can step in and we wont miss a beat. Quarterback play did not cost us that game at Campbellsville.

Loveless, a native of Spring Hill, completed 6-of-10 for 164 yards and a touchdown.

D-lineman Elvin Vann out of Thomasville, GA is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken leg vs. Campbellsville.

CU season tickets on sale -- Season and single-game tickets for the 2011 Cumberland University football season are now on sale. New chairback season tickets will cost $200 per seat in 2011, with half of the fee serving as a personal seat license. Season ticket prices will reduce to$100 per seat in 2012.

General admission season tickets are $30; single game general admission tickets will be $10 per game; $8 tickets for senior citizens. Children 10 and under are admitted free for all CU athletic events. A season pass may also be purchased for $150, allowing general admission to all CU home events. Call Jo Jo Freeman at 615-548-1350.

As in year's past, Cumberland will host a free tailgate party for fans at the home-opener. Vendors for Saturday include:
* Wilson County Sports Council
* Immanuel Baptist Church
* Cross Road Community Church
* College Hills Church of Christ
* CU Student Life
* Church of the Epiphany
* First Baptist Church
* The Journey Church
* Sweat Savior Church

By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post

CU volleyball falls at Bethel Thursday

McKENZIE -- Cumberland University dropped a hard-fought decision Thursday night at Bethel University, falling just short at the end of each set in a 3-0 loss to the Wildcats.

Karli Collins led the Bulldogs with eight kills and Jaclyn Rodriguez posted a team-best 13 digs. Cumberland stayed within striking distance or led in each set, but the Wildcats eventually prevailed in each instance, winning 25-22, 25-23 and 25-22.

"I really thought our team played very well, especially since it's so early in the season and we are playing a good many young players," head coach Dwayne Deering said. "Bethel is a very good team and we were right in each set. We didn't play the key points well and that was the difference in the match. We just have to learn how to close out the match."

Cumberland plays at Trevecca Nazarene next Tuesday at 6 p.m. before returning home September 22 against Martin Methodist at 6 p.m.

LHS visits Central tonight

Remember the old Jerry Clower story about coon hunting with his buddy Marcel Ledbetter?

You know the one where Marcel is stuck in a tree with a lynx and hes pleading with Jerry to shoot up in the tree because this thang is killin me!

Jerry yells up, Im afraid to shoot, I might hit you. To which Marcel responded, Just shoot up here amongst us, one of us has got to have some relief.

Tonight near Gladeville, a local football team is finally going to get some relief. Lebanon High visits Wilson Central tonight in a District 9AAA game only a mother could love.

The two teams have a combined overall record of 1-7 (0-2 in 9AAA) and have been outscored in their seven losses by an average of 17.5 points per game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

We were headed in the right direction the first two weeks of the season, but weve been going backwards the last two, said Lebanon coach Troy Crane.

Lebanon (1-3) is coming off a 28-7 loss last week to Glencliff High -- a game that found the Blue Devils behind 14-0 after three minutes.

WC (0-4) cranked out 22 first downs and 366 yards in offense, but couldnt contain Shelbyville in a 42-28 loss.

Game notes -- Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9. A free, live video feed is available at

The teams have played 10 times since Wilson Central opened. Lebanon won the first four, but Central has won four of the last six.

WC coach Brad Dedman is a graduate of Lebanon High while LHS head coach Troy Crane taught and coached at Wilson Central.

Elsewhere in the county -- Friendship Christian plays at Jackson County; Watertown plays at Pickett County and Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will host Riverside Christian from Fayetteville in a 7 p.m. game at Suey Field.

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor /

Upward Basketball at FBC Lebanon

Registration is now open for Upward Basketball at First Baptist Chuch, Lebanon. Parents may pick up registration forms at the church office, 227 E. Main Street anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year the league will be expanded with leagues for grades K and 1; 2 and 3; 4 and 5 for both boys and girls.

Registration fee is $65 per player for basketball; $75 for cheerleaders. Player evaluations will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at the FBC Christian Life Center between the hours of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. A cheer camp will be held Sat., Oct. 22.

For more information, call the church office at 444-3331 or go onlie at

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