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LPD seeks market burglary suspect

The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are seeking a man suspected of breaking into the Raceway Market on Sparta Pike early Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, taking an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

The suspect is clearly seen in the surveillance footage as a white male with short brown hair and moustache wearing a blue plaid button-up shirt and jeans, Det. Chad Jones said in a news release.

The suspect, Jones said, appeared in the footage to be in his late 30s to late 40s. The man was driving a late 1980s to early 1990s model white Chevy or GMC small pickup truck.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is urged to call Lebanon Police Department at 444-2323.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

Stolen property recovered

The Wilson Post

Information obtained by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department regarding some residential burglaries in the Saundersville Road area of the western portion of the county led to the recovery of a number of stolen items and may lead to the indictments of at least two individuals suspected in the thefts.

Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnson with the WCSD said the stolen property was recovered at a home in Hermitage in Davidson County.

We followed up on information we received that led us to this house in Hermitage, he said Wednesday afternoon.

We got two (suspects) Friday night. They are residents of Davidson County, he noted.

Johnson said the case will be presented to the grand jury which will determine whether to hand down indictments.

The burglaries occurred over a period of months. The items recovered were from recent incidents, he said, and included laptop computers, a 42-inch LED flat-screen TV, several firearms, cameras, a bow and arrows, two Samurai swords, tools, games and other items.

Most of the items have been matched with reports taken at the time the burglaries were discovered. Well be contacting victims as soon as we can itemize it all, Johnson added.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

Fair Grounds, Baird Park removed from proposed entertainment district

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Plans for the Cumberland Center entertainment district have undergone some changes as the James E. Ward Agricultural Center has been removed from the proposed site while city and county officials work to hammer out the details of the development.

During his initial presentations, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead proposed establishing an entertainment district that included the Ag Center where the Wilson County Fair is held, totaling almost 700 acres.

Craighead pointed out the removal of the Ag Center was an effort to make the overall plan more simplistic, and said he also removed the baseball and softball fields in Baird Park from the entertainment district.

Knowing you had two other organizations over there, it muddied the waters a little bit, Craighead noted, referring to Wilson County Promotions and the county commissions Agricultural Center Management Committee.

Larry Tomlinson, director of the Ag Center, also noted with the Ag Center having an oversight committee, it was unnecessary to have it in the entertainment district. Craighead hopes to establish an Entertainment District Authority Board consisting of city and county officials to oversee the development of the entertainment district.

They didnt feel like the Ag Center needed to be a part of that because we already have a board, Tomlinson said. It would just make another bureaucratic hoop to jump through.

Craighead pointed out hes been speaking with numerous county and city officials about the entertainment district since his initial announcement and said the districts borders have changed as a result.

He felt the reduction in size will help the Lebanon City Council and Wilson County Commission approve the creation of the district and ultimately move the Cumberland Center plans forward.

Included in the Cumberland Center plans are a 150,000 square foot events arena that may include a professional, minor league ice hockey team from the Central Hockey League and also 1,500 square feet of convention floor space. The proposed events arena would only begin construction after two milestones have been met and more than 400,000 square feet of retail space is occupied.

The establishment of an authority board and the designation of the arena as a qualified public use facility require approval of the Tennessee General Assembly. A bill has been crafted by the Mayors office to send to the legislature when they reconvene in January 2012.

Under the current Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998, the proposed Lebanon events arena does not meet the definition of a qualified public use facility. The proposed bill would change the definition to match the 6,500-seat center.

If the bill is adopted, a tourism development zone could be created, establishing the entertainment district and the authority board could use incremental sales tax increases within the district to finance the districts development.

Also in the proposed bill, local sales tax revenues within the district would be used to finance development of the Cumberland Center, instead of both state and local taxes. The bill would also amend the law to allow for the creation of the authority board that would dictate how revenues from taxes within the district are used to further the development.

While the process is still in its infancy, Craighead pointed out hes working with the county to set up a meeting to get city councilors and county commissioners in the same room to discuss the future of the Cumberland Center.

Were trying to arrange a meeting with the council and the (county) budget committee or something like that, Craighead said.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Dick Van Dyke living a Lucky Life

Dear Ken: What is Dick Van Dyke up to these days?

Van Dyke, who was born in West Plains, Mo., and grew up in Danville, Ill., turns 86 in December. Earlier this year he co-starred on the stage with his brother, Jerry, in The Sunshine Boys, and he has a singing group, The Vantastix. Im always announcing my retirement. I'm still not retired, says the man with four Emmys, a Grammy and a Tony. He exercises daily, is proud of his four kids: Chris, Barry, Stacy and Carrie Beth. And he has a girlfriend about 45 years less his age. Of his classic Dick Van Dyke Show, he says, It was just a party for five years. There was so much creativity. I never had so much fun. Earlier this year he released his autobiography, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. TV Land recently began airing his 1961-1966 TV series at 6 p.m. weekdays as the show celebrates its 50thanniversary. During those five years, the happiest ever, we were like otters at play. Carl (Reiner) chose to wrap it while we were ontop. Who does that today? And how many 50-year-old shows still get this much attention? he said. The sitcom revolved around Rob Petrie (Van Dyke), a comedy writer for the fictional The Alan Brady Show, and his life at home with wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and his life at the office with his wacky coworkers Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam). Carl Reiner was the creator, head writer and producer for the series.

Dear Ken: Why is Christopher Meloni no longer on Law & Order: SVU?

Wilson Living Today, November 2, 2011

The days seem to be moving at a snails pace lately. Its probably because we are so excited about the 3rd Annual Holiday Expo coming up in just two weeks. We kick off this year with a Gala the night before the expo opens to the public on Thursday, November 17th from 6pm-8:30pm. You can purchase tickets online at or at area Wilson Bank and Trust locations. Breakfasts with Santa tickets are available for purchase at Painturos in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet as well as Gifts on Main. There are only 60 tickets left so dont delay. For more information on Breakfast with Santa tickets call 418-1200.

My Bid for 11-02-11

The mysterious vanishing act that is Titans running back Chris Johnson continues to escape logic.How does the one-time fastest running back in the NFL change from a thoroughbred into a Clydesdale?Johnson has no burst, no acceleration even on those rare occasions when he finds himself in space.

Cynics claim Johnsons wallet is slowing him down. I guess lugging $53.5 million around would get tiresome.Former Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth took his money and ran. Johnson took his money and he cant run, at least the way he did two years ago.

Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played at Seattle with former Alabama running back Shaun Alexander. Alexander was headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.He peaked in 2005 when he ran for 1,880 yards. The Seahawks rewarded him with an 8-year, $62 million contract. It was guaranteed for $15.1 million, and the team paid him $15 million in the first year of the new contract. At the time, it made Alexander the NFLs highest paid running back.

I see a lot of similarity, Hasselbeck said Sunday. Just in terms of when youre so successful and you produce in such a major way with Fantasy Football and all of that stuff and people are just expecting it to happen.

Alexander broke his foot three weeks into the 2006 season. It began a decline that escalated when Alexander fractured a wrist and suffered a sprained knee and ankle in 2007.He was cut in April of 2008 and the Redskins cut him after four games and 11 carries that year and he was out of the league, just three years after having his best season.

Its hard to be that elite all the time, so people got on him real quick, real easy, Hasselbeck said of Alexander. He probably got a little too much credit when things were good and definitely got too much blame when things were bad.

Fans at LP Field and those watching on flatscreens across the country see a different Chris Johnson. The boo-birds are in full throat.When asked, Johnson denies losing a step. He claims to be the same runner he was when he piled up 2,006 yards two seasons ago.

He averaged 125.4 yards a game in 2009. It dropped to 85.2 yards a game last season and is now averaging 43.1 yards a game -- 2.8 yards per carry. That, my friends, is pedestrian. Thats a mule crashing the Kentucky Derby field.

Even if he came back out of shape, Johnson has had seven games to get his mojo back. He may be regressing, as the Colts came into the game ranked second to last in run defense. New Orleans piled up 557 yards and 62 points a week before the Colts arrived at LP Field.

And, Johnson was shown up Sunday by Colts quarterback Curtis Painter, who lumbered 79 yards on just seven runs for his life. Johnson managed 34 yards on 14 carries.

Its something we have to get going if we want to continue to win and make the playoffs. Our goal is to win the Super Bowl, Johnson said.

To use one of former NFL coach Jim Moras legendary rants: Playoffs? Youre talking about playoffs? Playoffs?

Mora faced reality. Im not sure Chris Johnson has.

Sports Columnist Joe Biddle can be contacted at

Katherine Sutton, 86

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 1 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Sutton, 86.
Widow of former Lebanon High principal Barry Sutton, she died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in Smith County.
Mrs. Sutton was a member of College Hills Church of Christ and was retired from the State of Tennessee's Department of Employment Security.
Services were conducted by Dr. Larry Locke. Interment was in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Survivors include: step-daughters Peggy Angel Blackburn and Nancy Sutton (John) Bsaggio; brother Leon Jack (Ann) Overstreet; step-grandchildren Angela Bates, Kenneth (Laura) Blackburn and Jennifer (Joey) Lloyd; nine step great grandchildren; nephews Jack (Darci) Overstreet, Clark (Donna) Overstreet and David (Suzanne) Overstreet; sisters-in-law Mildred Martin Overstreet Ulrich and her daughters, Linda Overstreet, Donna (Joe) Medine and Cindy (Paul) Tetreault; Betty Overstreet and her children, Pixie Morgan, John (Sally) Overstreet, Judy & Richard Overstreet; Marian Overstreet McKay and her daughters, Amy (Henry) Behr and Dana Overstreet, Wanda Strong Overstreet Huberts, Bobbie Jones, Robbie and Michael Overstreet; niece Nancy Mullins Omer and several great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Butler & Edna Thurman Overstreet; spouses Lynn Spivey, N.L. Angel Jr. and Barry Sutton; brothers Robert Glenn Overstreet, Joe Frank Overstreet, Kenneth Wise Overstreet and Kelly Thurman Overstreet.
Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary: Tuesday Ladies Bible Study of College Hills Church of Christ and The Birthday Club.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Suttons memory to the College Hills Church of Christ.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.

Roland D. Crutcher, 60

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 31 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Crutcher, 60, of Lebanon.
Born August 1, 1951, in Davidson County, he died Oct. 27, 2011, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
The son of Nell Watson Crutcher of Lebanon and the late Earl Thomas Tommy Crutcher, he was a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church. Mr. Crutcher was a television technician having owned ED-CO TV and also worked at Chaffin TV for many years.
Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: his wife Sandra Park Crutcher; children Rebekah Crutcher of Buford, GA; Morgan Crutcher of Pace, FL; Andy Crutcher of Lebanon; and Chris (Crystal) Park of Clarksville; siblings Brenda (Louis) Myrick, Donna Crutcher, Sherry (Mike) Ashey -- all of Lebanon; and William (Regina) Crutcher of Columbia.
Also surviving are grandchildren Lauren Hackett, C. J. Park and Kayla Park; nieces Anna & Emily Jarosinki; nephews Michael & Brian Ashey, Justin Boswell, and John Thomas Jarosinki; great nieces Cloe Dillard & Emma Ashey.
Honorary pallbearers: Dalton Chaffin, Ralph Carter, Abe Reeves, Larry Parkerson and Johnny Allison.
Active pallbearers: Michael & Brian Ashey, William Harold Boyd, Doug Jennings, Chris Park & Justin Boswell.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

June Cumby, 65

HENDERSONVILLE -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 1 at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville for Ms. Cumby, 65, of Hendersonville.
She died Oct. 30, 2011.
Services were conducted by Mike McClanahan.
Survivors include: sisters Myrna (Hollace) McKinley of Mt. Juliet and Lana Randall of Trussville, AL.
She was the daughter of the late John Howard and Norah Creel Cumby.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Oncology wing at St. Thomas Hospital and Alive Hospice.
Memorials may be made to "Rein in Cancer", June Cumby Wing, 13181 U.S. Hwy 177, Byars, OK 74831.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Kenneth V. Broadhead, 82

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Broadhead, 82, of Mt. Juliet.
Born in Yorkshire, England and schooled in Drumnalockin, Scotland, he died Oct. 28, 2011.
Mr. Broadhead was a graduate of Cambridge University and was a Spitfire fighter pilot in WWII for the Roayal Air Forceas well as an agent for the British Secret Service.
He was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church, the Pierce Co. Sheriffs Posse, the rodeo circuit and the Wilson County Grand Squares.
Services were conducted by Pastor Mark Youngman.
Survivors include: his Wife of 20 years Janie Grace Broadhead; daughter Andrea (Ken) Maaske; step-children Christy (Mike) Davis, Richard (Dawn) Andrews and Jeff (Nicole) Andrews; sisters Deliene (Joe) Green, Winnie (Ray) Moore, Freda Cooke and Joy (Allen) Grant; as well as nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and two great, great grandsons
Mr. Broadhead was the son of the late Harry V. and Edna Parker Broadhead.
He was also preceded in death by sons Gerald Broadhead and Graham Broadhead; siblings Kath Dyson, Eric Broadhead and Frank Broadhead.
Memorials may be made to The Leukemia Society, 404 BNA Dr., Suite 102, Nashville, 37217 or Gladeville United Methodist Church, 8770 Stewarts Ferry Pk., Gladeville, 37071.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Fred "Sonny" Jones

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Jones, of Lebanon.
A retired veteran of the US Navy, Special Forces, he died Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 at his residence.
Mr. Jones was a member of VFW, DAV, and the American Legion.
The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Brother Dennis Waynick and Brother Fred Jones III, will conduct the funeral. Interment in the Nashville National Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 17 years Debbie Hodge Jones; children Barbara "Bobbie" (Walter) Rodgers, Fred "Dee" (Barbara Ann) Jones, Cayce (Charlotte) Jones; step-children Jason (Crissie) Holder and Trent Dyer.
Also surviving are grandchildren Fred "Doug" Jones, DeeAnn Cochran, Walter "Shane" Rodgers, Jeremy Rodgers, Jordan Prichard, Jacob Lane, Chelsea Holder and Allisah Holder; six great-grandchildren: siblings Marie (James) Hall, Elaine (Bill) Malone, Barbara Jones and Donna Jones; Bobby (Elsie) Jones and Raymond (Diane) Jones.
He is preceded in death by first wife Barbara N. Jones, and parents Fred and Ruby Byrd Jones Sr.
Pallbearers: Trent Dyer, Jason Holder, Jeremy Rodgers, Shane Rodgers, Glenn Williams and Fuzzy South.
Special Thank you to Donelson Home Health, Joe Trombley, The Breakfast Crew at Elaine's Restaurant and staff on 2 North at UMC, and Special Angels Mary Frances, Dusty, and Karen.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Bobby Allen Strawbridge, 69

LEBANON -- A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Strawbridge, 69, of the Brush Creek Community.
Born June 26, 1942 in Baldwyn, MS. to the late U. L. Bill Strawbridge and Alene Strawbridge Russell, he died Oct. 29, 2011 at his High Point Ranch in Brush Creek.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service.
He was a 1961 graduate of Groveland High School, Groveland, FL.
He is retired from the State of Florida, Division of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection, where he worked 37 years. He was a member of the Bay Lake Baptist Church in Groveland, Fla.
He was a member of the Florida FFA Alumni Assoc., Florida Cattlemens Assoc., Lake Co. Cattlemens Assoc., North American Limousin Foundation, Fla. Limousin Assoc., Tennessee Limousin Breeders Assoc., Smith Co. TN. Cattlemans Assoc., Southeastern Pinzgauer Assoc.
He raised Limousin cattle and ran a horse/dog rescue at his ranch.
Mr. Strawbridge was an avid gardener, fisherman, model car collector and a Florida Gator fan.
He is preceded in death by his parents and by brothers Billy Wayne Strawbridge and Roger Dale Strawbridge and sister Pamela Strawbridge Hamblin.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Karen Bolin Strawbridge; mother Audry Williams Strawbridge, Pontotoc, MS; children William (Bill) Strawbridge, Christopher Hood and Robin Strawbridge -- all of Brush Creek; Patrick Strawbridge and Wes Hayton and Susan Allan -- all of Lebanon; and Renda (Richard) Howell of Clermont, FL;
Also surviving are three sisters, a brother, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Bobby has requested in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his wife Karen, to continue his wild mustang rescue efforts.
Donations can be sent to 184 Rural Academy Lane, Brush Creek, 38547.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Joseph Jasenovic, 91

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Jasenovic, 91, of Hermitage.
Mr. Jasenovic died Oct. 29, 2011 after a short illness and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Born in Croatia, he escaped communism in 1952 and moved to Canada where he lived and worked until 1977. He then moved to the United States where he retired from Nortel in 1989 after 35 years.
Services will be conducted by with Chaplain Nanette Mathe.
Survivors include: his wife of 49 years Carmelle Poirier Jasenovic; sons Darko (Fern Shaw) Jasenovic of Signal Hill, CA; Ivan (Debbie Glave) Jasenovic of Queensland, Australia; Alan (Kathleen Nishikawa) Jasenovic of Wanship, UT and Michel (Sheri Sanders) Jasenovic of Murfreesboro.
Also surviving are grandchildren Jean-Sebastien Jasenovic, Dahlia Pattington Jasenovic, Joakim and Ellis Jasenovic and Emma and Simon Jasenovic as well as five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jasenovic was preceded in death by his parents Antun and Marija Nemet Jasenovic.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alive Hospice Inc., 1718 Patterson St., Nashville 37203.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

CU women thump Fisk

LEBANON -- Sarah Collins scored 21 points and Courtney Atkinson added 15, both in their Cumberland debuts, and the Bulldogs scored 36 points off turnovers in a 74-39 season-opening victory over Fisk University in womens basketball action Monday at the Floyd Center.

Collins netted the first eight points of the game for the Bulldogs, as CU jumped out to 14-2 and 20-5 leads in the first nine minutes of the contest.

Casie Cowan and Madison Pavan hit 3-pointers later in the half and the Bulldogs handed out 13 assists on 16 field goals en route to a 40-16 advantage at intermission.

With added depth at nearly every position Cumberland also debuted a high-pressure defense, extending to full-court and half-court at times.

Fisk committed 30 turnovers in the contest, with the Bulldogs scoring 36 points off those miscues.

Collins and Katie Smith, who scored nine points, also led a big inside scoring attack for CU, as the Bulldogs posted 46 points in the paint.

Samantha Harper came off the bench to post a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Simona Newman led Fisk with 11 points and Tiffany Wynn added nine.

Cumberland (1-0) plays Georgetown College and the University of Rio Grande in the Habitat Classic at Georgetown College this weekend.

Fridays game against the host Tigers starts at 7 p.m. Central Time and Saturdays contest begins at 2 p.m.

CU opens season 2-0

Cumberlands mens basketball team will host a pair of home games Thursday and Friday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs, 2-0 after opening the season with wins over Fisk and Hiwassee, will entertain Bryan College Thursday and 17th-ranked St. Catharine College on Friday, both at 7 p.m.

CU 81, Fisk 60 (men) -- Kyle Upton hit three 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the first half Jerret Towns added a dozen points as well, leading four Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-60 victory over Fisk University in mens basketball action Monday night at the Floyd Center.

Eleven of the 13 Bulldogs who played in the contest scored, including six players with nine or more points.

CU took advantage of 20 Fisk miscues, turning those into 25 points, and netted 36 points in the paint thanks to a height advantage in the front court.

Both teams started slowly but the Bulldogs used a 19-8 run over eight minutes to open a 36-20 advantage with 4:41 remaining in the first half. Upton started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Michael Sweat and Andrew Ayodeji each hit a trifecta to end the run.

But Fisk fought back before the half, scoring 10 of the final 13 points before the break, including a 3-pointer from Cameron Lewis and a driving layup by Darrell Miller.

CU took a 39-30 lead to intermission.

Cumberland started the second half on a 10-0 run thanks to eight straight points from Towns, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Lamar Brinkley and Charles Stewart each finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs, while Sweat and Johnny Williams both collected nine points.

Sweat led CU with nine rebounds and Brinkley added six caroms, while Williams posted five assists and Stewart had four.

Cumberland turned the ball over just 13 times in the game and handed out 18 assists.

MY BID -- Even Barbara is cringing

By JOE BIDDLE, Oct. 26, 2011
Barbara Dooley must be pulling her hair out. Wringing her hands. Pacing the floor after midnight. The mother of Tennessees second-year coach Derek Dooley and wife of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, is protective of her flock.

You see, Vols fans are starting to pick at her son she always called Precious.

This isnt Barbaras first barbecue. She went through it with Vince and now Derek.

Beware Tennessee fans. Barbara Dooley can be as salty as they come.

Vols fans have started critiquing Dooleys strategy, his failure to make halftime adjustments, his Day-Glo orange pants. These are some of the same Vols fans who cannot not find their cars in the parking lot after the game.

No one said this was going to be an easy fix. Certainly it is not going to be a quick fix.

The Vols lost back-to-back SEC games against the top-ranked LSU Tigers, 38-7. Saturday it was UTs turn to be Alabamas punching bag in a 37-6 loss.

Folks, these are two of the best teams the SEC has produced in years. Alabamas defense is giving up 6.88 points a game. Thats better than the 1992 undefeated national champion Crimson Tide defense.

LSUs secondary and linebackers will be playing on an NFL field in short order. The Titans could have used them Sunday, they are that good.

So, stop it with the whining.

What halftime adjustments would you suggest, Mr. Saturday Second-Guesser? You have a team that has absolutely no depth anywhere. You have a team who was playing a backup quarterback long on guts, short on ability. Your best receiver had season-ending surgery. Your best defensive player got booted out of school. Your best quarterback broke his thumb and is weeks away from returning.

How about those adjustments? Dooley took the red-shirt off quarterback Justin Worley during the loss Saturday and Worley will make his first start Saturday night against South Carolina.

South Carolina is a team with problems of its own. Yes, the Gamecocks are 6-1, but it has been a shaky 6-1 and now they are playing with backup quarterback Connor Shaw, a sophomore who has started less than a handful of games.

Did I mention South Carolina lost Marcus Lattimore, arguably the best running back in the SEC and a player who was getting Heisman Trophy attention before he blew out a knee?

South Carolinas defense is no shrinking violet. It is ranked No. 7 in the country in total defense, No. 1 in pass defense and No. 18 in scoring defense, giving up an average of 19.14 points a game.

And Dooley is expected to make halftime adjustments with an inexperienced quarterback, no running game to brag about and South Carolina playmakers such as 6-6, 254-pound freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has seven of his 22 tackles behind the line.

You have to have the players to be able to make adjustments. Right now, Tennessee comes up woefully short in that department.

Granted, Dooley hasnt been the miracle worker Vols fans hoped for. He was slow to make a change when it was obvious each week that Nashvilles James Stone could not make the shotgun center snap right-handed, as he was a natural left-hander. Dooley has had some clock management issues.

And even Barbara Dooley has to cringe when she sees him in those orange pants.

Contact Joe Biddle at

MSC honors CU's JJ McClain

LEBANON -- Cumberlands James "JJ" McClain was named the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after compiling 241 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns in a victory at Union College.

The Nashville posted a seven-yard rushing TD in the first quarter and then caught a 78-yard pass for a score just before halftime.

The touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, with McClain hauling in a long spiral from Reed Gurchiek on the left sideline at the Union 35 and was the longest pass play of the season for the Bulldogs.

The former Hunters Lane standout rushed 11 times for 75 yards and caught two passes for 83 yards. McClain also returned three kickoffs for 83 yards.

He now has 1,337 all-purpose yards this season, which leads the Mid-South Conference and ranks sixth nationally despite missing almost the entire game at West Virginia Tech.

Cumberland plays at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before ending the regular season at home November 12 against the University of the Cumberlands.

Prep football; playoff pairings

From Post staff reports
MT. JULIET -- Perfection.
Mt. Juliet blew open a close game with 28 second half points enroute to a 42-6 victory over Wilson Central Friday night, completing the first 10-0 regular season in the history of the football program.

With the win, the Golden Bears earned a No. 1 seed in the 6A playoffs and will host No. 8-seeded Oakland (6-4) Friday, Nov. 4.

Jalen Graham and Brannon Garza each scored two touchdowns as Mt. Juliet racked up 462 yards in total offense. Graham ran three times for 114 yards while fullback Contrez McCathern had 12 carries for 151 yards.

Wilson Central ended the season with a 2-8 record.

Hendersonville 37, Lebanon 0
Hendersonville ran for 239 yards and came away with a 37-0 win at Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The Commandos closed out the regular season with a record of 6-4 while Lebanon slid to 2-8 in Troy Crane's first season as head coach of the Blue Devils.

Hendersonville's David Priddy rushed for 108 yards and scored twice.

Friendship Christian 58, Monterey 7
Friendship Christian tok contral early with 30 first quarter point in Friday's 58-7 victory at Monterey.

The win vaulted FCS into a first round home game in the Class 2A playoffs as a No. 4 seed. The Commanders will take a record of 7-3 in their Nov. 4 home game vs. No. 5-seeded Jackson County (6-4).

FCS rushed for 252 yards on 32 attempts and did not attempt a pass in the game.

FRA 42, MJ Christian 8
NASHVILLE -- Franklin Road Academy bolted to a 21-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 42-8 victory Friday over visiting Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

The Saints closed out the 2011 season with a record of 2-8.

Jackson County 13, Watertown 6
GAINESBORO -- Jackson County improved to 6-4 on the season with a 13-6 home win over Watertown Friday night.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Purple Tigers after starting the season 6-0. Watertown (6-4) will be a 6-seed in next week's 2A playoffs and will travel to No. 3 seeded Rockwood (6-4). The winner of that first round game will play at No. 1 seed Boyd Buchanan (9-1).

CU hangs on at Union

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Cumberland scored on its first three possessions of the game and five of six possessions in the first half and the 15th-ranked Bulldogs held on for a 43-35 victory Saturday at Burch-Nau Field.

Quan Johnson and James McClain both posted over 240 all-purpose yards and combined for four touchdowns while Adrian Baker scored twice on the ground for CU (7-1, 4-0 Mid-South West). Cumberland led 37-7 late in the first half and 37-14 at halftime before Union (2-7, 1-3) stormed back in the second half.

Johnson caught a 46-yard pass for a score in the first quarter and added the team's only points of the second half, a 75-yard punt return in the third period. The Pensacola, Fla., native finished with 265 all-purpose yards in the contest, including a team-best 87 yards on 17 carries.

McClain had a seven-yard scoring run in the first quarter and made a 78-yard catch-and-run late in the first half, giving CU a 37-7 advantage at the time. The sophomore ended the game with 241 all-purpose yards, 74 on the ground, including a first down with a minute to play to ice the contest.

Reed Gurchiek threw for 152 yards in the game, 143 in the first half, on 7-of-13. He had two interceptions, both in the second half, including one returned 32 yards for a score by Pedro Pinckney early in the third quarter.

CU took the opening kickoff and moved 58 yards on six plays, with Baker rushing five yards for the touchdown. Union answered on its first drive, going 57 yards on 10 plays. James Sterlin caught a 12-yard touchdown pass, tying the contest at seven less than seven minutes into the game.

Cumberland faked a wide receiver screen on its next possession and Gurchiek hit Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown.

Connor McChurch then forced a fumble and recovered it on Union's next drive. CU went 33 yards on seven plays for another score, with McClain getting a good block on the corner from Johnson and rushing around left end for the score and a 21-7 advantage late in the opening quarter.

After a short punt the Bulldogs moved 20 yards on seven plays before stalling, but Jarad White booted a career-long 40-yard field goal. Cumberland punted for the first time on its next possession but after the exchange of punts, CU took the ball at the Union 36.

Five plays later Baker broke several tackles up the middle en route to a nine-yard scoring run and a 24-7 lead. The Bulldogs got backed up on their next drive and Union helped the visitors with a running into the kicker penalty on fourth down, giving CU a chance to extend the possession.

On the next play Gurchiek tossed a long pass to McClain, who made the catch at the Union 35 on the left sideline, hit the breaks and let all of the defenders run right by, then cut back to the middle of the field, picking up blockers and going 78 yards on the longest pass play of the season. White missed the PAT, giving CU a 30-7 advantage with 1:44 left in the half.

After the opening drive Union lost three yards on five total drives before marching 60 yards on eight plays in the final minute of the half. Rob Brown carried four yards for the score, cutting the deficit to 37-14 at intermission.

Union drove inside the CU 20 on the opening drive of the second half, but Chris Simpson stepped in front of the pass at the goal line, picking up his third interception of the year. But Pinckney's interception return followed. Gurchiek threw another pick on the next drive, but the CU defense forced a punt.

Ryan Moses hit Josh Winkle for a 24-yard TD pass late in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 43-28, and Demetrius Hicks got behind the defense for an 80-yard catch-and-run with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, making it a one possession game.

Union drove to the CU 32 in the final minutes, but Moses misfired on 4th-and-8. The Bulldogs picked up two first downs to run out the clock and also burned more than seven minutes off the clock at the end of the third and into the fourth periods with a drive that ended with a punt.

Cumberland plays at Belhaven University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before finishing the regular season November 12 at home against the University of the Cumberlands.

Halloween on the Square is tonight

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Once again, trick-or-treaters of all ages will fill the Lebanon Public Square for Halloween on the Square tonight, but you dont have to wait until then to celebrate the ghostly holiday with Markets at The Mill hosting Halloween festivities this weekend.

On Monday, Oct. 31, you can celebrate Halloween on the Square with the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department and the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, as well as local businesses.

Sue Vanatta, Chamber president, said this years festivities were a joint project between the three departments and the Chamber of Commerce. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Square will be filled with costumed-children and adults trick-or-treating for candy at more than 30 businesses.

The WCSD will be giving away free drinks, the LPD is giving away hot dogs and the Fire Department will have a fire engine out here and giving away candy, Vanatta said.

During the hours of the event, the Square and East Main Street will be blocked off for safety as the Chamber shuttle will carry people from designated parking areas to the Square.

Vanatta said participants can park at the Bank of America off the Square on West Main Street, in the lot next to the Capital Theater, at the Wilson County Courthouse and First Baptist Church. The shuttle will run between all of the parking locations.

New this year to the event is a special pumpkin roll for children, giving them the opportunity to compete for prizes by rolling a pumpkin through a course of hay bails

Of course, for the second year in a row, the Neddy Jacobs Coffin Race will be held at 7:30 p.m. Teams will have the chance once again to dress up in costumes, if they wish, and speed their coffins with a teammate aboard, around the Square. Rules and applications for the coffin race may be picked up at the Chamber office, 149 Public Square.

Vanatta also said there will be many other activities that night including face painting, inflatables, balloon making and storytelling and more. Also, Channel 4s Snowbird will be attending the event as well.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Service held Oct. 29 for "Mr. Watertown" Edsel C. Floyd

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Funeral services for Watertown icon Edsel Cordell Floyd were held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29 at Hunter Funeral Home.

Former Watertown Mayor, Alderman, Postmaster and longtime public address announcer for Watertown High football, Mr. Floyd passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his residence at the age of 81.

Mr. Floyd was an icon as a postmaster and as a sports announcer, said Wilson County Mayor and Watertown native Randall Hutto, who grew up in Watertown. He was one of those guys, when you hear Watertown, you think of his name.

Affectionately known as Mr. Watertown. he gave a lifetime of service to the community. Mr. Floyd was a 1948 graduate of Watertown High School and attended Austin Peay State University.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and later in the Naval Reserve, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service as Watertown Postmaster and worked for several years with Wilson Bank & Trust.

Edsel Floyds nickname of 'Mr. Watertown' was well-deserved and appropriate, said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings. There are so many things in the last 50 years in Watertown that he impacted positively.

A member of the Watertown First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and song leader for more than 40 years, Mr. Floyd also served as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in DeKalb County for several years.

He was loved in the community, and hell be missed but never forgotten, Jennings said.

Funeral services were conducted by Hugh Patton. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Park in Lebanon.

Survivors include: his wife Margie Atwood Floyd; sons Mark (Jan) Floyd of Smyrna and Chris (Jo) Floyd of Oxford, England. Also surviving are grandchildren Alexey, Avalon, Justin, Joshua, Brittany, Eleanor and Daniel Floyd.

Also surviving are sisters Gwynn Patton of Murfreesboro and Paulette Dorris of Watertown, brother Kenneth Floyd of Nashville as well as several nieces and nephews.

The son of the late Elroy and Macon Anderson Floyd, he is also preceded in death by son Jesse Michael Floyd, grandson Jesse Matthew Floyd and sister Dorothy Harvey.

Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

CU hoops wins opener

MADISONVILLE -- Michael Sweat scored 17 points, Andrew Ayodeji netted 16 and Kyle Upton added 12 in Cumberland's 88-56 victory over Hiwassee College in the men's basketball season opener for both teams Saturday.

Sweat grabbed six rebounds and posted two blocks while Lamar Brinkley collected eight points, nine rebounds and four assists. Ayodeji also added four assists and Upton had two.

Cumberland opens the home schedule Monday with a men's and women's doubleheader against Fisk University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The women's game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men.

MJ seeks perfection tonight

Backyard brawls are seldom pretty. Tonights Wilson Central at Mt. Juliet game is a case in point.

While the Golden Bears are coming in 9-0 overall and a prohibitive favorite against the 2-7 Wildcats, expect a knockout, drag-out fight at Mt. Juliet. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Coach Roger Perrys team is shooting for the programs first 10-0 season and convincing win over the Wildcats would be a good springboard into the TSSAA Class 6A postseason playoffs.

MJHS overcame a slow start last week and went on to polish off Hendersonville 41-10 to wrap up the regular season District 9AAA championship.

Central battled Station Camp but lost 16-12, marking the second consecutive setbacl for the Wildcats.

LHS at Hendersonville -- Tonight Lebanon (2-7) closes out the 2011 season at Hendersonville against a Commando team that has lost three of its last four games after starting the year with a 4-1 record.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Live radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Lebanons last victory over Hendersonville was a 32-10 contest back in 2000. The Blue Devils went eight straight years without playing the Commandos, then picked the series back up in the 2009 campaign due to regional realignment.

LHS lost to Hendersonville 41-20 in 2009 and gave up 28 first quarter points in last seasons 47-7 debacle. Hendersonville (5-4) is coming off a 41-10 loss at Mt. Juliet while Lebanon dropped a 34-7 decision to Beech last week.

Friendship at Monterey -- No. 8-ranked Friendship Christian will close out the regular season tonight at Monterey High in a Region 4A contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

FCS comes in 6-3, 5-2 in the league after blasting Red Boiling Springs 63-6 last week for homecoming.

Weve been fortunate to be able to get our young guys a lot of playing time this season, said FCS coach John McNeal. Those guys have helped the starters get prepared for Friday nights with their work on the scout team. They dont get much recognition, so when they are able to play on Friday night, Im proud for them.

The Wildcats stand 3-6, 3-4 after an open date.

We need to go out there Friday night and execute, McNeal said, no lapses or missed assignments. I know its been a hectic week at school with our volleyball team in the state tournament, but weve got to pay attention to details against Monterey.

Watertown at JCHS -- Watertown will be playing for a first round home game in the TSSAA playoffs when they visit Gainesboro for a Region 4A matchup with Jackson County High tonight.

The Purple Tigers started the season 6-0, but have dropped three straight to the likes of Friendship, Gordonsville and Trousdale County High to stand 6-3 / 4-3 in the region.

After thumping Pickett County 46-6 last week, Jackson County (5-4 / 4-3) has four straight games leading into tonights contest.

With a victory tonight, Watertown can clinch a home playoff game for the first time since the 1985 season.

MJ Christian at FRA -- Mt. Juliet Christian limps into tonights regular season finale with the faint hopes of postseason play still alive. The Saints (2-7 overall / 0-2 in DII East-Middle) can earn a playoff berth is they can score a win over the Panthers tonight.

MJ Christian led Middle Tennessee Christian 21-0 last week, only to fall to the Cougars 42-27.

Franklin Road Academy is 3-6 overall / 1-1 in the region after last weeks 35-7 loss to Knoxville Webb.

Price honored by Star -- Wilson Centrals sophomore wingback Alex Price was named the Music City Star - Game Day Express Player of the Week in Wilson County
Monday. In Centrals 16-12 loss to Station Camp, Price caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Road Trip..anyone, anyone?
Since writing my last column, Ive been asked quite a bit if we went anywhere for Fall break.

And the answer is yes, and it didnt involve any camping gear!

Instead, we went to Chicago. The trip was filled with museums, the zoo, shopping Miracle mile, and bike rides on Lake Michigan. It was perfect, except. that due to the fact the trip was planned at the last minute, (by me) we decided to drive.

And that meant 7 hours, 20 minutes, 42 seconds, in the carwith our children.

One way!

When I was growing up, wed drive to the beach every summer.

No stops! That was Dads rule. And he wasnt kidding.

Sometimes, however, if he was particularly generous, hed stop at Stuckeys - to get my brother and I each a game book. You know - the kind where youd write in invisible spy ink. (I lived for those books!) And for 8 hours straight my brother and I would play hangman while munching on whatever my mother had packed in the picnic basket that was sitting on our laps in the backseat, along with pillows, blankets, blow up floats, towels and goggles.

Our children, however, are not knowledgeable in the ways of a road trip.

For most of their lives, they have flown to their destinations. And have mastered security checks, carry-on restrictions and convincing the air line stewardess to give them an extra bag of snacks.

So, when we told them they were driving to Chicago - they had NOOOOOO idea what that really meant.

We figured that out the first hour, when driving through Lafayette, our youngest asked Are we there yet?

Getting to the destination is never as bad as coming back. Only problem is that on the way there, they watched all their movies, read all their books and used up all the battery power in their iPods, iPads and Game Boys.

So after spending five, fabulous days bonding and enjoying family time in Chicago, it took 9 hours, 30 minutes and 33 seconds to pretty much ruin every moment of that!

First of all - getting out of Chicago - in the rain, in the dark, when your GPS is as confused as you are - is not a good start.

Neither is somehow getting yourself on a toll road and realizing your cash is limited. Thankfully, our teenager - didnt spend a dime of her money on the trip - and was grudgingly willing to lend us a few dollars. (Yes, Madison, we remember, we have to pay you back.)

So, after getting out of Chicago and back on the road - the torrential rain coupled with the fact that there is nothing for us to do!!! resulted in .memories.

And not the good kind.

Instead, the kind that will be brought up in therapy one day, when our kids disclose all the horrible things their parents said to them growing up.

Did I mention, the two hour detour through the Amish country of Kentucky?

Their father and I made lots of memories for them during those extra 2 hours as well!

Good times.

by Angel Kane

Wilson Living Today, October 26
The November/December Issue of Wilson Living Magazine hits stands Friday! And we couldnt be more excited because it also marks the third anniversary of Wilson Living Magazine. Three years ago we started the magazine with the mission to bring Wilson County a premiere publication that was dedicated to the good lifefound right here, in our own back yards. In those three years weve watched the magazine grow and grow and have added to our team of writers and photographers. Our staff has become family and we couldnt produce this publication without them.

As the magazine has grown so has our participation in the community. For a third year in a row, we are proudly bringing back our Holiday Expo and in 2012 have plans to bring back the Second Annual Bridal Expo and Third Annual Womens Health Expo, in partnership with Summit Hospital. And when we are not putting on Expos, weve enjoyed helping out with smaller events with various retailers around the County. We stay busy and love every minute of it.

That being said, the November/December Issue being delivered in your Friday edition of the Wilson Post, is packed with a great stories about many of your neighbors. Be sure to pick up a copy as you will surely see someone you know within the pages.

And make sure to mark your calendars for the Dreams Boutique Exclusive Shopping Event, produced in conjunction with Wilson Living Magazine. The event, scheduled for?????, is an invitation only event where our readers will be invited to a sneak peak of the newest store on the Wilson County Square. This jewel of a store is the perfect place to spend an evening enjoying some ladies only time while shopping for something perfect just for you! Be on the look out for your invitation. Not on our mailing list? Then be sure to email us at and we will be sure to include you. Its going to be a fun evening and you dont want to miss it!

And weve had quite a few calls about our Holiday Expo scheduled for November 18 and 19th. The Pre-Gala tickets, for the sneak peak shopping event on November 17th, go on-sale this Friday at the many WB&T branches in Wilson County and also at

Tickets for the Breakfast with Santa, which will be held Saturday morning of the Expo, also go on sale this Friday and are available at Painturos in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet and also at Monograms Plus. The Art Mill will also be on hand Saturday to paint with the kids, while Mom and Dad shop!

Over 100 vendors are expected at our biggest Holiday Expo to date. Its going to be a wonderful shopping extravaganza with some of the best products in the state all under one roof. And Santa will be on hand both Friday and Saturday for photos with the kids. And this year we are pleased to announce that Lebanons own photographer, Ken Griffith, will be the man behind the lens.

There are only a few limited spaces available, so dont delay to call us at 969-6751.

Until next timekeep reading.

By Angel Kane


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