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Showing 5 articles from May 4, 2012.

General News

25 years and counting for WB&T

The Wilson Post

In 25 years, Wilson Bank & Trust has grown from eight employees to 430 and from operating in a converted two-bedroom home to having 25 branches in seven counties, and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Randall Clemons has been there through it all.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=32|imageid=175|displayname=0|float=left}In 1986, Lebanon Bank and Peoples Bank, two local independent banks, were sold to larger regional financial institutions, leaving an opportunity for several local businessmen and residents to come together to meet the needs of their community.

Clemons was Senior Vice President of Peoples Bank at the time, and was approached by the organizers of the bank to be Wilson Bank & Trusts first official hire.

There was a need for a locally owned community bank, Clemons said in an interview with The Wilson Post Thursday in his office.

A week from today, 25 years ago in 1987, the new bank opened the doors to a converted two-bedroom home on the corner of the former Castle Heights Military Academy, which closed in 1986. The banks first branch was once home to the academys caretaker, but now housed the communitys only locally owned bank.

CU's unique history "Rises from the Ashes"

Special to The Wilson Post

The sound of young soldiers in training is all that can be heard on campus. The stomping of thick boots thumps loud and clear as they hit the ground in rhythm, and military obstacles of every type stretch across the main courtyard.

This scene describes a typical day at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., during World War II. The 2nd Army Maneuvers Field Headquarters is what Cumberland came to be known as for those chaotic years.

From the outbreak of the war until its end, Cumberland served as a training camp where 850,000 soldiers from Middle Tennessee came here to prepare for the war before leaving for Europe and the Pacific.

Now, Cumberland is ready to celebrate 70years since the day it became a World War II training headquarters for more than 25 U.S. Army divisions.


General Sports

PREP SOFTBALL -- Tournaments start on Friday

District tournament play begins tonight for local softball teams. While the various tournaments vary slightly in format, all are designed to send two teams from each district on to play in their respective regional tournaments.

The District 8A softball tournament will be played at Crump Paris Park in Smith County while the District 9AAA tournament will play first round games at home sites of higher seeds, with action moving to Mt. Juliet High on Monday.

Mt. Juliet High opens play in the District 9AAA softball tournament today (Friday) with a 5 p.m. game against Hendersonville High. The Lady Bears stand 28-11-1 overall following Wednesdays 6-0 home win over District 9AAA rival Gallatin High. The Mt. Juliet squad wrapped up 9AAA play 9-1 with the victory over the Lady Wave.

THURSDAY BASEBALL -- WHS 11, Jax Co. 1; FCS 11, H-Ville 1

Watertown 11, Jackson Co. 1 --
WATERTOWN -- The Purple Tigers tuned up for tonight's District 8A play-in game with a rousing 11-1 victory over Jackson County Thursday at Three Forks Park.

Freshman infielder Austin Brown paced the offense with a two-for-three effort -- both doubles. Brothers Chase Maedor (senior) and Dusty Meador (freshman) pitched, with Dusty earning the decision.

The Purple Tigers, now 11-11-1 overall, will take on RBS tonight in a 6 p.m. game at Friendship Christian School. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the District 8A tournament while the loser is eliminated.

TRANSOUTH SOFTBALL -- CU ousted Thursday

JACKSON - Chrissy Worth allowed one run on five hits and Samantha Queen went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Martin Methodists 6-0 victory over Cumberland in an elimination game here Thursday night at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

With the loss the season ends for Cumberland (27-22-1) and seniors Caity Gray and Tonya Barlow, but the Bulldogs return 14 letterwinners for next season, including both pitchers.

The RedHawks (38-21) scored once in the first and three more times in the fourth thanks to two CU errors. Queen had an RBI double in that inning and added a two-run homer in the fifth for MMC.

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