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August Vastola, Sr., 83

Mr. Vastola, 83 of Lebanon, died Feb. 16, 2012.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

Billy C. Sam Sanders, 71

Mr. Sanders, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at his residence.
He is preceded in death by parents, Clayton & Mary Louise Gannon Sanders and brother Doyle Sanders.
Survivors include: his wife of 52 years Huetta Sanders; daughter Ginny (Bruce) Smith; son Clay (Amy) Sanders; siblings Mike Sanders, Boots (Rebecca) Sanders and Barbara (Robert) Dennis; granddaughter Rebecca Lauren Turner; grandsons Austin & Peyton Smith; as well as numerous very special nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sanders was a member of Gladeville Baptist Church, a 1959 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a retired sheet metal worker with Sheet Metal Workers Local 177.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 17 12 noon until funeral services at 2 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Frank Jordan and Rev. Tom Theriot. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers: Chris McDonald, Haskell Evans, Charles Ricketts, Andy Parrish, Ducas Frazier, Charlie Palmer, Gomer Jordan and Allen Yelton.
Honorary: The Gleaners Sunday School Class, Ernest Sanders, Joe Lannom, Tommy Knowles, Keith Cook, Raymond Evans, Raymond Parker, Bill Hicks, Allen Graves, Jessie Hunt and the fellow brothers of Sheet Metal Workers Local 177.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made in Mr. Sanders' memory to The Gladeville Baptist Church Family Assistance Fund, 9000 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Mt. Juliet, 37122.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Caroline Chyla, 96

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 24 in Hamtramck, Michigan for Mrs. Chyla, 96, of Mt. Juliet.
She died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
Local arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet.

Joyce Marie Young, 59

Ms. Young, 59 of Lebanon, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at her residence.
Funeral services set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Visitation Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Mary "Lou Lou" Garner Usery, 52

Mrs. Garner died Feb. 15, 2012 at age 52.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial.
Visitation 2-8 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Maryvonne Ferguson Howell, 79

Services for Mrs. Howell, 79 of Lebanon, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Howell died Thursday, Feb. 16 at Quality Care.
Visitation Saturday 2-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home; Sunday after 1 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Phyllis Jeanette Turner, 63

Ms. Turner, 63, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 16 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown.
Interment was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Wayne Hailey, 61

Richard Hailey, 61 of Knoxville, died Dec. 19, 2011.
A memorial service is planned for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon. Visitation is from 3 p.m. until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


General News

Author Bradley to speak to SCV

Dr. Michael R. Bradley will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the General Robert H. Hatton Camp #723, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Cato Industrial Building, 212 South Maple Street, Lebanon. The public is invited to attend.

Bradley will be speaking on his latest projects, one of which is a biography of David C. Kelley, a prominent Methodist minister, who was a Colonel under General Nathan Bedford Forrest, published as, Forrest's Fighting Preacher. Kelley was raised in Wilson County, and his first wife in buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery. He was on the Board of Trust when Vanderbilt University was founded.

Another book for general readers, Mysteries and Legends of the Civil War, was released in April 2011. Copies of each of his books will be available for purchase Thursday night.

Bradley is a native of the Tennessee-Alabama state line region near Fayetteville. He attended Samford University for his B. A., received a Masters of Divinity degree at New Orleans Seminary, and a M. A. and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, graduating from there in 1970.

For 36 years, Bradley taught United States History at Motlow College, a Tennessee Board of Regents junior college near Tullahoma. He retired in May 2006.

He has been pastor of two Presbyterian churches in Middle Tennessee, LaVergne Presbyterian from 1968 to 1976, and Clifton Presbyterian from 1977 to 2006. He served as Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Manchester from January 2007 until June 2008.

During his teaching career, Bradley received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant and a National Sciences Foundation Grant. He also was made a Fellow of Johns Hopkins University.

Bradley is the author of several books on the War Between the States period including Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign; With Blood and Fire: Behind Union Lines in Middle Tennessee; Nathan Bedford Forrests Escort & Staff in War and Peace; It Happened in the Civil War, a second edition of which appeared in 2010; and Home Fires in the Line of Fire, published as part of an anthology titled Sister States/Enemy States about the war in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Two recent articles have been published in North & South magazine; Death Lists in Middle Tennessee, and In the Cross Hairs: Confederate Civilians Targeted for Death by the United States Army. Tullahoma: The Wrongly Forgotten Campaign was published in Blue & Gray magazine in 2010.

He also writes on other topics including the Revolutionary War, the Great Smoky Mountains, and historical stories. Bradley has written for various reference works, including The Civil Rights Encyclopedia and The Tennessee Encyclopedia, and Sports Encyclopedia. Bradley continues to research and write on War Between the States history.

Bradley is a Life Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and in 2006, was elected Commander of the Tennessee Division, and served four years.

In February 2010, he was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Bradley is married to Martha Rae Dobbins Bradley. They are the parents of two adult children, Nancy Todd Bradley Warren and Michael Lee Bradley. The couple has two grandsons, William Andrew Warren and Michael Alexander Warren.

Lebanon avoids using reserve funds in 2010-2011, sales taxes up $900,000

The Wilson Post

Through a combination of spending cuts and increased revenues, the City of Lebanon reportedly did not have to use any of the $1.8 million budgeted from the reserve fund for the 2010-2011 budget, ending the year around $6,000 to the good according to Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee.

The newest figures from the closing of the 2010-2011 fiscal year were given to the Lebanon City Council during a work session held Wednesday afternoon, during which Lee noted sales tax revenues were far greater for the last fiscal year than they anticipated.

We did not have to use any of it, Lee said. That is really good news.

In the last fiscal year, Lee said they budgeted sales tax revenues of $6,850,000 but surpassed that projection by over $900,000. Lee said the city received $7,760,000 in total sales taxes for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Also, for December 2011, Lee pointed out sales tax collections were up by 17 percent and the year-to-date receipts were up by about 8 percent. He said the city has currently exceeded its sales tax receipts for this fiscal year by around $400,000.

This has allowed us to finish with net expenses less than revenues by $6,172, Lee said.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said city departments did an excellent job of tightening their budgets and keeping their expenditures in check. Lee noted departments only hired new employees when it was absolutely necessary.

Lee said the city ended with more revenues than expenditures through a combination of cutting spending and the increase in tax revenues.

Thats awesome, you guys did a great job, said Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino. But that just means we have $8.8. million in the I dont know what were doing with the money fund.

Craighead said the reserve fund started with a total balance of $9 million during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. He said they used $200,000 of that money during that fiscal year and may have to use about $1 million budgeted for the current fiscal year.

Through three budget years weve only spent about $1 million of this fund, thats really great, Craighead said.

Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler said the economy must have picked up in the past year to have such a large increase in sales tax revenue compared to the budget projection. He was also complimentary of the department heads that held spending in check during the last fiscal year.

That just shows that it can be done, that we can cut and save, Buhler noted.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Man charged in Uncle Petes burglary

From Post staff reports

A Wisconsin man is facing a burglary charges in connection with a break-in that occurred early Thursday morning at Uncle Petes truck stop at 1210 Sparta Pike, Lebanon.

A phone tip called in to Lebanon Police Departments dispatch at about 3 a.m., yesterday, indicated that someone may have broken the front window of Uncle Petes and was walking around inside.

Toney Crook

Upon arriving, officers confirmed that a window had been broken and searched the business but found no one inside.

However, the officers quickly located a man walking on Sparta Pike near I-40. Upon questioning the man, officers identified him as Toney Crook, 22, of Lone Rock, Wis., as the suspect who allegedly broke into Uncle Petes.

Officers said that when the suspect broke into the business to steal two cases of beer his ride fled the scene, leaving him on foot.

Crook was charged with Burglary and Vandalism. He remains in the Wilson County Jail with bond set at $45,000. He is to appear in court on May 1.

Project Linus to host a Make-A-Blanket Day on Saturday

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will be hosting a Make-A-Blanket Day (MABD) 2012.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 1655 West Main Street in Lebanon.

Many chapters all over the country will be hosting local MABD on this day. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteers, whom we call blanketeers. It also provides a creative outlet for those who wish to use their talents to help children.

Come help make a blanket for a child. You do not need to know how to sew/quilt to participate, well show you how you can help, said Tina Wilke, Middle Tennessee Chapter coordinator.

If possible, bring your sewing machine, yarn, supplies, etc and come have a day of fun. Bring your own lunch. Lemonade, coffee and water will be provided.

Community involvement is vital to the success of this event, and it is hoped that as many people as possible will come and help make blankets, Wilke said. Monetary gifts to Project Linus as well as donations of handmade blankets, new cotton or flannel fabric, fleece (1 to 2 yards), yarn, or other supplies will also be accepted.

Kit Rosskamp started the Nashville Chapter in October 2001 which donated blankets to over 16,000 children. When Rosskamp passed away in October 2011, Wilke, her daughter, took charge of the chapter to continue her mothers passion of providing hugs to children.

Wilke, along with the support of Project Linus national headquarters, decided to change the name of the chapter to Middle Tennessee which better describes the area they serve.

Blankets are delivered to facilities such as Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Baptist Hospital, Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, White House, Lebanon and Goodlettsville. They have also donated the blankets to children of military personnel lost in service to the country as well as individuals who fit the mission of Project Linus. The volunteer non-profit 501c(3) organization has now delivered more than 4 million blankets since its inception in 1995.

For more information on the Make A Blanket Day 2012 and/or to learn more about Project Linus, contact Wilke at 449-5097 or at 584-5799, or, or contact Tammy Dillard, co-coordinator, at 238-1883 or

TXR parent arrested after civil complaints dismissed

The Wilson Post

Jackie Shook, the plaintiff in two civil warrants filed against Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School Student Resource Officer Pete Mecher and TXR parent Ashley Davis, was arrested Thursday morning for filing a false report after the civil warrants were dismissed in Wilson County General Sessions Court.

She is being arrested for filing a false police report against a Tennessee State Trooper, William Bennett, said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.

Ashe said Shook filed a report stating Bennett, who is also the parent of a TXR student, was at her home and blocking her driveway on Feb. 7. He also noted the report claimed Bennett was allegedly harassing Shook and her family.

However, Ashe said they have proof that on Feb. 7 at the time Shook claimed Bennett was at her home, he was actually on Hartmann Drive in Lebanon working a traffic accident.

When asked if she was sure the State Trooper was Bennett, Ashe said Shook was adamant in her identification of the patrolman.

Ive got her on video saying she knows him and his child, the sheriff said.

Ashe said the 12 members of the Wilson County jury heard testimony from local officials. He said the grand jury looked over the evidence presented and returned the indictment last week.

Jackie Shook, center, is arrested by Sheriff's Deputies Thursday morning.

A deputy with the Sheriffs Department met Shook outside the courtroom Thursday morning and arrested her, after two civil warrants she filed were dismissed by Judge Barry Tatum.

Because of the two civil warrants being heard in court Thursday, Ashe said he withheld arresting Shook until those matters were resolved.

I didnt want to prejudice the judges decision during this civil matter, the sheriff said. But this has got to stop.

During the courtroom proceedings, Shook took the stand testifying that Davis allegedly filed two false police reports against her and defamed Shooks character in the process. Shook also filed a civil warrant against Mecher stating he filed false reports against her and intimidated and harassed her and her daughter at school.

Jeff Thompson, attorney for Travelers Insurance, who represented Mecher, asked that the case be dismissed due to the fact that all claims against Mecher were made while he was in the official capacity of a Student Resource Officer. Travelers Insurance is the countys insurance provider.

County Attorney Mike Jennings explained that the General Sessions Court has no jurisdiction over lawsuits filed against county employees. He pointed out the Government Tort Liability Act states any suits against government employees belong in Circuit Court.

Im going to grant the motion for dismissal because I dont have jurisdiction, Tatum said.

When Shook testified in the case against Davis, she claimed reports filed by Davis saying Shook allegedly ran her off the road in her vehicle and grabbed Davis by the arm, cursing at her, were false.

Shes written these lies about me in this false police report and none of this ever happened, Shook said.

Shook was seeking $25,000 from Davis in the case for defamation of character, reckless endangerment and punitive damages. John Meadows, attorney with the Law Offices of Hugh Green who represented Davis, said the case was without merit and also asked for a dismissal.

She has no good character, respectfully, shes been banned from Tuckers Crossroads by the county, Meadows said, referring to the charge of defamation of character.

Tatum asked Shook if she had any witnesses to corroborate her claims that Davis has defamed her character, but Shook said she had no other witnesses. She did want to bring her daughter to testify, but indicated Tatum told her the 11-year-old could not testify in the matter.

Shook insisted she was telling the truth and said she had proof that she was at a parent-teacher meeting at the time Davis claimed Shook ran her off the road. However, Tatum again asked if anyone could attest that Davis actions had hurt Shooks character.

In regards to the $25,000 sought by Shook, Tatum noted that Shook did not have a job and asked if she could show proof that she has lost money due to Davis actions. Shook said she could not say shes lost money but noted the stress caused to her and her daughter is the main injustice.

My daughter and I have endured emotional stress because of this, your honor shes been the victim not only this year but last year in fifth grade and the year before that, Shook said.

However, Tatum said civil matters are focused only on what the defendant may have done to cause the plaintiff harm, and the plaintiff being able to prove that harm occurred.

He advised Shook to be represented by an attorney, who was more aware of the legal proceedings, including the fact that General Sessions Court had no jurisdiction in the case against Mecher.

You have to show that theres a disregard for their responsibilities, and you have to show that theyve caused you harm and most importantly you have to show that theres a monetary loss, Tatum explained.

Shook, who became emotional on the stand, said the Wilson County School System illegally banned her from coming onto TXR property. Last week, Jennings and the school system issued her a letter preventing her from coming onto campus except to pick up and drop off her child.

She said she also sent letters to 6th District U.S. Rep. Diane Black and Gov. Bill Haslam about this situation and received an invitation to speak with Black at the Wilson County Board of Education on Monday.

However, Shook said they sent her another letter that told her she was not allowed to come onto any Wilson County Schools property, preventing her from speaking with Black.

I have done nothing, but theres a man sitting in this room that has come to my back door, threatened to shoot me, shoot my livestock and burn my house down, Shook said.

Tatum told her the General Sessions Court was not there to make people feel better or to get people to kiss and make up.

Thats not what Im here for, Shook said.

Well I cant work miracles, Tatum responded.

Immediately after the case was dismissed, Shook was met outside the courtroom by Sheriffs deputies and arrested for filing the false report against Trooper Bennett. Ashe said it was unfortunate the false report came up during the civil matters, but said holding onto the indictment was fair to the system and fair to (Shook).

This has got to stop, and I depend on the school system to do their part to make it stop, Ashe said.

He also noted he felt the letter sent to Shook by school system officials was effective and said his concern was for every child at TXR, including Shooks daughter.

Shook was booked into the Wilson County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

This wont be the end of it, Jennings commented after her arrest.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Wilson County Schools offering TCAP 101 workshop

Wilson County Schools is conducting TCAP 101 workshops throughout the county in order to provide our parents with a clear understanding of the new testing expectations set forth by the state of Tennessee.

The next TCAP 101 is tonight, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6, at Carroll-Oakland Elementary School. The administration at Carroll-Oakland has gone a step further and printed individual projection data sheets for every student who is pre-registered in order to speak to each individual parent about their childs performance.

County Schools officials are giving parents an opportunity to see the state standards, overview the upcoming common core standards, view practice tests and interpret the districts report card through TCAP 101.

Parents are also given the opportunity to try their luck at a mini mock TCAP and predict the grade-level each question was derived from. Its a very eye-opening experience, said Tara Loftis, parent involvement teacher, Federal Programs, for Wilson County Schools.

Parent evaluations from ones already done in Watertown have commented that they were very grateful for this information. Parents also said that they were unaware of how much they werent prepared for and had misinterpreted, and feel very confident now in helping their children be successful at home.

With the tremendous pressure on both teachers and students concerning test scores, we want to ensure we are providing as much detailed information as possible to the families of the students we serve, she said.

Upcoming TCAP 101 sessions will be held at Southside Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 23, and at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 28.


General Sports

CU hosts Lindsey Wilson today

Fresh from a doubleheader sweep over Milligan Wednesday, Cumberlands baseball team will be back in action Friday against Lindsey Wilson College.

First planned as a single game, a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader is on tap at Ernest L. Stockton Field on the CU campus.

No. 7-ranked Cumberland improved to 4-4 on the season with a pair of wins, 13-8 and 5-2, over Milligan. Pitchers Devin Stovall and Cody Ferrell each posted quality starts and the Bulldog hitters produced five home runs on the day.

"We played much better Wednesday," said coach Woody Hunt. "We showed some signs of being a good offensive team, but it's still awfully early. I hope we can build a little on what we did Wednesday."

The Bulldogs (4-4) collected 24 hits in the doubleheader, including five from leadoff hitter Cory Urquhart and four by Josh McGee. Urquhart drove in five runs in the twinbill as well and Sam Lind hit two home runs and posted four RBIs.

Stovall (1-0) picked up the victory in the opener, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings. The righthander walked two and struck out seven. Ferrell (1-0) was even better in the second game, giving up two unearned runs and four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts for the lefthander.

Cumberland scored 11 runs in the first two innings in the first game, including home runs from Lind, Craig Monson, Mike Mandarino and McGee. Lind hit a second homer later in the contest and Milligan (1-5) scored five times in the final inning to make it closer.

In the first game the Bulldogs exploded for 11 runs in the first two innings and then held on in the final frame.

CU posted seven runs in the first inning, sending 12 batters to the plate. Urquhart led off with a single before Lind belted his first career home run to rightfield. Nick Sydnor then walked and McGee singled with one out, setting up Monsons three-run blast to leftcenter.

Heath Holliday kept the inning going with another single and Antonio Butler followed with a double. Urquharts single down the rightfield line plated both runs to finish the inning.

Cumberland added four more runs in the second, starting with back-to-back solo homers from Mandarino and McGee. Holliday and Butler both singled with two outs before a two-run double to rightcenter put the Bulldogs ahead, 11-0.

Sydnor doubled to leadoff the CU third inning and scored on Daniel Harrisons two-out single to the left side.

The Buffaloes got on the board in the fourth when Luke Kirk doubled to leadoff and Kyle Kolat plated the run with a two-out single through the left side. Milligan added another run in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Joe Purus, who stole second and came around to score on a single up the middle by Wesley Jones.

Lind belted his second homer of the day to start the bottom of the fifth for a 13-2 CU advantage.

But Milligan was not done, scoring once in the sixth after a two-out walk to Kolat. Ryan White then doubled down the leftfield line and after another free pass, this one to Purus, and a hit batter, loading the bases, pinch-hitter Brandon Malone plated Kolat with a single through the left side.

In the seventh Bulldog reliever Matt McFarland allowed back-to-back doubles from Jones and Kirk and Cory Hilton singled, putting runners on the corners. Consecutive walks pushed across a run and Logan Neal entered the game. The lefthander got a popout before Purus reached on an error, plating another run. Hunter Carpenters two-out single to left scored two more for the Buffaloes, but Jones flied out to center to finally end the contest.

In the second game Cumberland scored three times in the third inning to give Ferrell some breathing room.

William Henderson started the frame with a bunt single and Urquhart followed with a double. Linds single to right plated a run and Urquhart later scored on a wild pitch. McGees two-out infield single scored Lind for a 3-0 advantage.

In the fourth Richie Seaton singled, stole second and scored on Urquharts two-out single to center for a 4-0 edge.

The Bulldogs gave up two unearned runs in the sixth to left Milligan back into the game.

Kirk singled with one out before two straight fielding errors by Harrison at third base. Kolats single to rightcenter plated two runs, cutting the Cumberland lead to 4-2.

CU got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Seaton was hit and pinch-runner Butler came around to score on two passed balls and a wild pitch.

Lady Bulldogs wear pink tonight

The Cumberland womens basketball team will take part in the newly branded Play 4Kay national initiative, formerly Think Pink and Pink Zone, sponsored by the Womens Basketball Coaches Association tongiht against Bethel University tonight at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Lady Bulldogs will wear special pink and white uniforms worn by several high school teams in Middle Tennessee this season, including Lebanon, Friendship Christian, Blackman, Station Camp, Wilson Central and Smyrna.

The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007, will remain intact: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will continue to be the official charity of the initiative. The justification behind the rebranding is to keep the story and legacy of Kay Yow at the forefront of everything associated with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Both teams will wear pink items such as headbands, wristbands, shoestrings, etc.

Cumberland's men will take part in the TranSouth Conference canned Food Drive tonightagainst Bethel University. The event is a part of the conferences commitment to the NAIAs Champions of Character initiative.

Fans who bring two or more canned or nonperishable food items to the game will be admitted for $2 for the mens and womens doubleheader against Bethel. All food items will be donated to Josephs Storehouse in Lebanon.

Action tips at 6 p.m. for the women, 8 p.m. for the men.

Locals compete in TSSAA state

Fifteen Wilson County wrestlers have earned spots in the TSSAA State Championships beginning Thursday afternoon at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin

Eight grapplers hail from Wilson Central; three from Mt. Juliet and four from Lebanon -- one male and three females.

Weigh-ins are scheduled for 1 p.m. today followed by the round of 32 at 3 p.m. Round of 16 matches as well as consolation matches will be held later on Thursday, feb. 16 with round of eight (quarterfinals) on tap for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Weigh-ins for the girls invitational is set for 9 a.m. Friday with matches set to begin at 11 a.m.

Heres a look at the 15 grapplers who have made it to the state tournament.

Wilson Central
106 lbs: Lane Dickeson, a freshman who went 47-17 on the season and finished fourth in the regionals;
113 lbs: Christian Cerrito, a sophomore who went 20-7 on the season and was the regional runner-up;
120 lbs: Nick Insalaco, a junior who sports a season record of 56-6, and placed third at regionals;
126 lbs: Eddie Small, a sophomore, who was 52 - 15 on the season with a third place regional medal; 132 lbs: Austin Richard, a sophomore who was 54-9 and won the regional championship. Richard needs just one victory at state to reach 100 career wins;
160 lbs: Jacob Myers, a junior who is 47-18, with a fourth place finish at regionals;
182 lbs: Perry Baltz, a freshmann with a record of 43-19 and a regional runner-up medal;
220 lbs: Johnny Kramer, a freshman with a 54-8 mark and a regional championship.

138 lbs: Kelly Olds, a senior with a record of 25-5. He lost in the regional final on an injury.
Olds pinned Casey Dibble of Oakland High, beat Siegel's Willis Keeton 14-10, and pinned top-seed Zack Lusk of Coffee County to advance to the finals.

The three LHS girls qualifiers are as follows:
185 lbs: ninth grader Jamie Reed. She received a bye to Fridays semifinals in the six-person bracket;
148 lbs: senior Althea Grisham finished second in the regional and placed second in the state last year. She will wrestle in Thursdays semifinals against Rebekka Mennifield of Science Hill.
120 lbs: sophomore Priscilla Garza was a regional runner-up. She is scheduled to wrestle Ruth Dammann of Science Hill in a Thursday quarterfinal.

Mt. Juliet
152 lbs: Matthew Seamon, a senior is making his third trip to the state tournament. He reigns as the Region 5 champion, winning a major decision in the finals.
170 lbs: Alex Charest, a senior, is making a second trip to the state after winning the Region 5 title. Hes 29-4 on the season.
220 lbs: Ryan Dakill, a junior qualified with a fourth place finish in his regional at Warren County High.

Admission costs
Fans are reminded, admission is $10 per day, per person at the Williamson County Expo Center. Parking is an additional $5 per vehicle.


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