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James "Jim" Robert Nunn, 74

Mr. Nunn, 74, of Mt. Juliet died Nov. 22, 2011.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

James Howard Jimmy Davis, 67

Mr. Davis, 67, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanons Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Sandra Kay Watkins, 54

Ms. Watkins, 54, of Lebanon died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in an auto accident.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.

She was a 1975 graduate of Lebanon High School.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service, which will be conducted by Brother Glenn Denton.

Survivors include son Joshua P. Watkins, sisters Ann (Thomas) Baird, Faye (Ron) Childress, and Gail Fleming, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents Eligie and Katherine Swafford Watkins.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


John Sloan - Outdoors

What do you do now?

Assuming you have killed a deer or maybe someone gave you a deer roast. Maybe you have never cooked a deer roast you liked.
Maybe you want something different for Thanksgiving. If you have four people or less to feed, try this. I got this recipe from two top-notch deer cooks in the Midwest.
Tommy Linguine and Strogh Beefenough turned me on to this.

Step one -- Thaw meat to room temperature and pat with paper towel. Sprinkle liberally with Worcestershire sauce. Season well with Tony Chachere Cajun Seasoning and plenty of meat tenderizer. Do both sides. Then seal in ZipLoc bag and place in refrigerator for 12 hours. Repeat meat tenderizer, rubbing in well, at six hours.

Step two -- Remove from bag and stab a bunch of times with a long-tine fork, (tenderizes it more) and wrap completely in bacon, securing bacon with toothpicks. Place in Dutch oven or Crockpot. Cover with sliced red onions and one tablespoon of minced roasted garlic or fresh garlic, crushed. Pour one can of cream of mushroom soup, blended with 1/2 can of water over top and spread around. I like to cover mine with a selection of diced mild peppers. Place in oven at 325-350 degrees for 1-1.5 hours. Check internal temperature of meat, 155-159 degrees is perfect. Internal temperature is the best guide.

Step three -- Remove bacon and slice in -inch cuts against the grain and serve over bed of long grain and wild rice. Ladle pot drippings on top. Serve with corn on the cob and stove-top sauted asparagus, Add whatever else you want to go with it. It is fit to eat. Warning: Do not overcook. If it is well done, the dog wont eat it. Medium rare-good pink to red center-is perfect. Call me when done.


Ask Ken Beck

Candy stole the show in Planes, Trains comedy

Dear Ken: My favorite Thanksgiving movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring John Candy and Steve Martin. Who was the car rental agent that infuriated Martin?

John Candy (as Del Griffith) to Steve Martin: Dont let me stand in your way, please dont let me stand in your way. The last thing I want to be remembered as is an annoying blabbermouth . . . You know, nothing grinds my gears worse than some chowder head that doesnt know when to keep his big trap shut . . . If you catch me running off with my mouth, just give me a poke on the chubbs. Edie McClurg played the agent.

Dear Ken: Whats the background on Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead?

Born Andrew Clutterbuck in London, Lincoln isthe son of a civil engineer father and a South African mother, a nurse. He gained his education at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, England, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Previously, he starred in three British TV series. His wife is the daughter of Jethro Tull musician Ian Anderson.

Dear Ken: How many episodes were there of I Love Lucy and how many times was Lucille Ball married?

I Love Lucy ran from 1951 to 1957 for a total of 194 episodes. Ball was wed to Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960 and to Gary Morton from 1961 until her death in 1989 of dissecting aortic aneurysm at 77 years of age.

Dear Ken: How old was singer-songwriter Jim Croce when he died?

The Philadelphia native was but 30 when he perished in a plane crash in 1973 in Natchitoches, La. He had No. 1 hits with Time in a Bottle and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. Among him his other popular songs were I Got a Name, Ill Have To Say I Love You in a Song and Operator. His widow, Ingrid, has operated Croces Restaurant & Jazz Bar in San Diego, Calif., since 1985.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at


General News

DUI checkpoints set this weekend

This Thanksgiving weekend, the Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures, or sobriety checkpoints, on Highway 70 on Friday, Nov. 25.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said the checkpoints will be utilized to monitoring for impaired drivers while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. The primary reason for these checkpoints is that they are proven to save lives.

The department asks that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoints to please be patient and understanding. On the other hand, those who may consider driving and driving should think twice.

A Driving under the Influence conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives.

During last years Thanksgiving holiday eight vehicle crashes occurred, resulting in two injured individuals. Neither of these crashes was alcohol related. In addition, two DUI arrests were made during that holiday weekend.

Bowen noted that his agency has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. He asked that all drivers buckle up and please dont drink and drive. The department wishes all citizens and visitors to have a safe and happy holiday.

K-9 helps nab cross-dresser

Authorities in Mt. Juliet arrested a man dressed in women's garb Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly stole a car in Nashville and was later identified driving on Interstate-40 in Wilson County.

The man was reportedly taking a burgundy Mercury Cougar for a test drive Wednesday afternoon from LA Auto Sales in Hermitage, when he fled in the car and was pursued by police.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department placed spike strips on I-40 causing the man to crash the vehicle and then lead police on another chase on foot.

The man was arrested in a wooded area near New Hope Road in Mt. Juliet with the assistance of a K-9 officer.

The as-yet unidentified male was treated for bites from the police dog and remains in custody.

Lebanon woman dies in auto mishap

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A Lebanon woman was killed Monday afternoon, Nov. 21 in a traffic accident on Highway 109 when her vehicle was struck by another, being driven by a Cross Plains resident who suffered minor injuries.

Sandra Kay Watkins, 54, of Lebanon was driving her 1999 Nissan Altima on East Laguardo Road at approximately 5:50 p.m. and while attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Highway 109, her vehicle was struck by a 2004 Subaru IWX, driven by Kenneth S. Reeves, 39, of Cross Plains.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said Watkins had made a complete stop at the sign on East Laguardo Road, but said they believe she failed to yield to Reeves, who was traveling north on Hwy 109.

It appeared as if it was just a failure to yield on her part. She pulled out into his path and he struck her, Bowen said.

When officers arrived on scene, Watkins was found trapped in her vehicle and was successfully extricated by Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel. Watkins was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight where she died from her injuries. Reeves was transported to Summit Medical Center for minor injuries and was later released.

The crash is being investigated by Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green of the departments Crash Reconstruction Team.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at


General Sports

FCS wins in OT at Boyd Buchanan

By B.B. Branton
CHATTANOOGA -- Brennan Swindolls 6-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in overtime followed by Hunter Andersons extra point, lifted Friendship Christian to a 21-20 win against host Boyd Buchanan in the 2A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 18.

Controversy surrounded Swindolls touchdown run as video tape by local television stations showed he was lying on the ground short of the goal line and then bounced forward and stretched the ball across the goal line and only then did the official award him the touchdown.

The tape also showed that the official was standing behind the play and not on the goal line when Swindoll was down.

On third down, Swindoll was driven out of bounds by a Boyd Buchanan defender at the 12-yard-line for a loss of six, but an official ruled he threw an incomplete pass before going out of bounds and marked the ball at the original line of scrimmage.

Boyd Buchanan had the first possession in overtime and scored on a 10-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jim Cardwell for a 20-14 lead but Reeds extra point attempt was blocked by Kyle Wood setting up the stirring finish.

Friendship Christian improves to 10-3 while the Bucs closed out the season at 10-2. The victorious Commanders travel to Oliver Springs in a semifinal game Friday, Nov. 25.

We played with a heart of a champion tonight, but we came up short, said Boyd Buchanan coach Grant Reynolds.

I have a locker room of players who are hurting right now and all I could say was that I loved them and was proud of them, stated Reynolds.

For the second week in a row, the Bucs rallied in the second half, but this time the rally ended a play short. Last week, Boyd Buc trailed Rockwood 10-0 at halftime and won, 17-13.

FCS led 14-6 at halftime thanks to the running of Wood who had 44 rushing yards in the first half, including a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs.

Reed had a 35-yard scoring run for the Bucs in the first quarter, but he missed the extra point attempt.

FCS controlled the tempo in the first half as it had an 11-3 advantage in first downs, 36-16 lead in plays from scrimmage and a 177-54 lead in total offense.

But as they did against Rockwood, the Bucs came alive in the final 24 minutes against FCA and tied the game at 14-14 at the 4:49 mark of the third.

Reed dashed 56 yards to pay dirt, followed by a Cardwell to Kyle Thomas pass completion for the 2-point conversion.

In the second half, the Bucs out rushed FCS 87-to-34 and had a 128-to-50 advantage in total offense.

Overall, the total offense numbers were in Friendships favor, 238-184 and rushing, 211-168.

Individually, Reed led Boyd Buchanan with 134 yards and two scores in his final high school game. He also had 100 kickoff return yards on two carries.

Dekolas Reeves led FCA with 90 yards on 23 carries, while Wood gained 51 yards on 14 carries and two scores. Swindoll ran for 21 yards on eight carries, including the final six for a score.

Local prep hoops at a glance

From Post staff reports
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Centrals basketball teams tuned-up for a busy weekend of tournament hoops with a season-opening sweep of visiting Smyrna Tuesday night.

The Lady Wildcats cruised to a 71-35 win over Smyrna in the opener while the WCHS boys pulled off a 58-49 victory in the nightcap.

Coach Bud Brandons girls will open play Friday in the Mountain View Tournament at Bradley Central in Cleveland against McMinn County. Tip-off is set for 2:45 p.m. CST. Second round play is set for Saturday as Central will face either Oak ridge or Chattanooga Girls Preparatory. Tournament finals are set for Sunday afternoon.

Taylor Peterson lit up the nets Tuesday against Smyrna, drilling three 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 27 points. Sydney Vanlandingham added 17 points while Dominique St. Louis had 10 points. The Lady Wildcats led 20-10 after one quarter and 48-23 at intermission.

Coach Troy Bonds Wildcats got 17 points from Dee Oldham and 14 from Malcolm St. Louis in their win over the Bulldogs. Tyler Soffiantino and Blake Huffman each had eight points for Central while Connor Brandon added seven.

The Wildcats will play in the Venture Express Classic this weekend at Siegel High in Murfreesboro. Plans call for WC to face Shelbyville Central at 5:30 p.m. Friday afternoon; then play Nashville Maplewood Saturday at 4 p.m.

(girls) Lebanon 74, Whites Creek 35
ANTIOCH -- Lebanon Highs Devilettes improved to 1-2 on the season following Tuesdays 74-35 win over Whites Creek in the LeRoy Wright / Civitan Thanksgiving Tournament at Cane Ridge High.

Guard Julia Fox led Lebanon with 21 points, drilling five 3-pointers. Kelsey Yarbrough and Katie Blackburn added nine points each while Kristen Dedman helped out with eight points -- including two 3-pointers.

Coach Larry Inmans team took a 17-10 lead after the first quarter and a 39-21 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Lebanon is scheduled to take on host Cane Ridge Friday at 7 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

JPII sweeps MJCA
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet Christian dropped a basketball doubleheader at Pope John Paul II Tuesday night. The Saints committed 25 turnovers -- 21 in the first half -- in a 61-49 loss to the Knights.

I feel that we got better tonight, said MJCA coach Paul Christensen. I love coaching these guys. They are not quitters and are always trying to get better.

Trevor West led MJCA (2-1) in scoring with 15 points while Ben Wankel added 13 points. Zack Pollock had six and Sam Mummert five.

The MJCA Lady Saints dropped to 2-1 on the season with a 52-33 loss to Pope John Paul II in Tuesday nights opener. An active fullcourt press caused MJCA problems as JPII ran out to a 16-5 lead after one period and a 29-11 advantage at intermission.

Lynnze Ethridge paced Mt. Juliet Christian with 15 points while Lauren Wankel and Jessica Melvin each finished with five points.

MJ Christian is scheduled to host Watertown High Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

MT runs away from CU

MURFREESBORO -- Michael Sweat scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds but Middle Tennessee shot 75 percent from the field in the second half, breaking open a close game en route to an 88-48 exhibition victory over Cumberland Tuesday night at Murphy Center.

The Bulldogs went more than five minutes of the second half without a point, allowing the Blue Raiders (5-1) to run off 13 consecutive points and break open a game that CU trailed just 37-24 at the half.

Iowa State transfer LaRon Dendy netted 14 of his 21 points in the second half, leading four players in double figures for Middle Tennessee. JT Sulton added 14 points, Kerry Hammonds netted 11, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Jason Jason posted 10 points.

The Bulldogs had several chances in the second half that rimmed out and the Blue Raiders nearly could not miss, making 18-of-24 shots after the break. CU also committed 17 turnovers that led to 19 points for the home team.

The Bulldogs made just 4-of-17 from the field in the first 12 minutes of the game, falling behind 23-10, and trailed 34-18 at the four-minute media timeout but closed the gap before halftime.

Sweat made a bucket underneath and Charles Stewart hit two free throws just after the media break. Sweat added a putback and Kyle Upton hit an 18-footer, as CU outscored the Blue Raiders, 10-3, over the final five minutes of the period. The Bulldogs went to the locker room behind 37-24.

Cumberland hosts Hiwassee College on November 30 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

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