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Stadium to bear Watkins' name

The football stadium at the new Lebanon High School will bear the name of one of the all-time Blue Devil greats -- Danny Watkins.

A recommendation was approved during Monday nights meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education following remarks by Watkins former LHS teammate Eddie Eskew and Wilson County Commissioner Annette Stafford.

Watkins was an All District and All Mid-State performer at tailback and linebacker for the Blue Devils under Coach David Petty in the 1972 season. Also starring in track and basketball at Lebanon High, Watkins was voted Most Talented as a senior.

He played in the TSSAA All-Star game and went on to have a distinguished football career at UT-Martin, starring at linebacker.

Watkins was voted Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, was a three-time all-conference player and in 1976 was named to the Associated Press All-America team. He was a two-year captain at UT-M.

In 1977 he signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. In 2009, Watkins, along with Buster Jennings and Bruce Skeen, was inducted into the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.

While the football stadium at the new school will bear the Watkins name, the playing surface was named Clifton Tribble Field some months ago -- in honor of the former Blue Devil standout player and coach.

By TOMMY BRYAN, tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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Local Job fair set Nov. 9

Wilson County Career Center is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

For applicants seeking good paying, manufacturing production positions, a major employer will be holding the job fair, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Wilson County Career Center in Lebanon.

Yates Services will be recruiting employees to work Third Shift only at the Nissan manufacturing facility in Smyrna. Previous manufacturing experience is preferred. The starting pay is $12.50 per hour.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Please bring a copy of your high school diploma or GED, a copy of your DD-214 if you have served in the military, a valid drivers license and a resume with you to the job fair.

Applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, a background check, a CRC Test, and be fluent in the English language.

Again, the date for the job fair is Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Tennessee Career Center in Lebanon starting at 9 a.m. The address is 155 Legends Drive in Lebanon. The office is directly across the street from the Roxy movie theatre.

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TN Men's Chorale performs at FBC Lebanon Sunday, Nov. 13

The Tennessee Mens Chorale will perform in concert at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon (227 East Main St.) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The singers that comprise the choir are musicians from all over the state, most of whom serve as Minister of Music for their church.

The Tennessee Baptist Volunteer Chorale was organized in 1963, and was originally directed by Dr. Louis Ball, then head of the Music Department at Carson-Newman College. Music ministers from Baptist churches across the state have participated in this group for more than four decades.

The chorale is presently conducted by Dr. Paul Clark, who serves as Director of Worship & Music Ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Dr. Clark has been conductor and musical director for the group for the past ten years. The current makeup of the group reflects a wide range of ages, and of styles being utilized in the churches represented by the singers. Music selections are eclectic ranging from energetic contemporary arrangements to classical anthem material to a small taste of Tennessee gospel accompanied by a complement of bluegrass players.

The chorale is accompanied by two outstanding keyboard artists. Mary McDonald has been an integral part of the group for more than25 years.

A gifted composer/arranger, most of the chorales music has been arranged and adapted by Mary. Vicki Wright has served as organist for the Mens Chorale as well a womens group of similar composition, the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, for more than ten years. Vicki is a fine composer/arranger as well, and currently teaches and directs music for a high school.

The First Baptist Church concert will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees will experience a wide variety of stylistic expressions and hearty singing from this group of trained musicians, most all of whom are themselves choral directors in their own churches.

The nature of the group by vocation and avocation makes it a unique musical ensemble. The evening concert provides a rare opportunity to hear this chorus that has performed across the state of Tennessee, for national and regional events in other U.S. locations, and has traveled to perform in international missions settings, including their most recent international trip to the land of Wales in the U.K. back in 2007.

The public is invited to the concert and celebration. There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received.

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FBC MJ breaks ground

First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet conducted a ceremonial ground-breaking Sunday, Oct. 30 starting the construction of a new childrens building. This multimillion-dollar project will include more than 33,000 feet of additional classroom space that will provide the church and its academy (Mt. Juliet Christian Academy) the capacity to minister to several hundred children each week. The church, under the direction Pastor Andy Hale, continues to focus on its vision to "Love God, Love People, and Go into the World". It is the goal of First Baptist Church for this building to be a place that assists families in teaching children Christian values that will make an eternal difference in their lives.

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Kiwanis Pancake Day

Lebanon Kiwanis sets Pancake Day -- From left, Ken Clinard, Kiwanis Pancake Day co-chair; Billy Mullinax, manager of Ponderosa Steak House; and Tony McFalls ,Kiwanis Pancake Day co-chair, make plans for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 a.m. Ponderosa has sponsored Pancake Day for the past three years providing facilities for the annual event. Tickets are $5 per person and proceeds benefit Kiwanis Little League, Christmas for All and Terrific Kids programs in Lebanon. For ticket information, contact McFalls at 444-4166.

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BLUE League scores from Nov. 5

BLUE League basketball scores from Nov. 5 hosted by Carroll Oakland.

GIRLS:
Byars-Dowdy 2: Kyleigh Burton 2
Tuckers Crossroads 8. Rilee Grover 7, Landry Dixon 1.
5th Quarter
Byars-Dowdy 6: Addison McLean 6
Tuckers Crossroads 0

BOYS:
Byars-Dowdy 31: Xavier Mills 23, Kobe Gwyn 4, Edmund Stewart 2, Allen Martinez 2.
Tuckers Crossroads 25: Tyler Hayes 8, Ethan Njezic 8, Evan Britt 7, Ethan Chambers 2.
5th Quarter
Byars-Dowdy 8: Edmund Steward 8.
Tuckers Crossroads 0.

GIRLS:
Castle Heights 19: Bailey Lasater 8, Addie Grace Porter 4, Jakeshia James 4, McKenna Burrleson 2, Emily Sword 1.
Coles Ferry 20: Mattie Averitt 11, Jenna Manus 4, Anne Marie Heiolebreich 2, Mary Strickland 2, GiGi White 1.
5th Quarter
Castle Heights 0, Coles Ferry 0

BOYS:
Castle Heights 19: Thomas Bryan 6, Dawson Allen 4, Kameron Davis 4, Malachi Frewin 4,
Braden Reece 1.
Coles Ferry 14: Gerik Fitts 4, Djuan Cragwall 4, Zian Logue 3, Lewis Coville 3.
5th Quarter
Castle Heights 2. Trent Morgan 2.
Coles Ferry 0.

GIRLS:
Carroll Oakland 32: Aaryn Grace Lester 16, Allissa Mulaski 14.
Sam Houston Girls 12: Christaney Moore 6, Ali Davis 4, Aliyah Steverson 2.
5th Quarter
Carroll Oakland 0.
Sam Houston 11: Courtney Allen 4, Molly McElheny 4, Tristen Neal 2, Callie Hall 1.

BOYS:
Carroll Oakland 31: Gaven Reasonover 9, Dustin Hulse 8, Corey Jones 7, Logan Hawks 3, Luke Jones 2, Josh Folkerts 2.
Sam Houston 28: Andrew Harper 8, Chase Birdwell 6, Polo Phillips 6, Keyvont Bains 4, Peyon Platt 4.
5th Quarter
Carroll Oakland 0.
Sam Houston 6: Brandon Ruffin 6

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CU women advance

McKENZIE -- Candice Ray scored in the 86th minute on an assist from Shauna Gilpin, providing the only score in a 1-0 Cumberland women's soccer victory Saturday over Bethel University in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships.

With the win Cumberland (10-7-0) will take on Union University in Jackson, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Bulldogs lost 1-0 to Union in Lebanon on October 25.

The goal was just the second of the season for Ray, a sophomore from Kingston Springs.

Elizabeth Surdam made 20 saves for the Bulldogs in net, as Bethel posted a 32-11 advantage in shots. But as so often happens in soccer, the Wildcats'control of the match did not turn into victory when they were unable to find the back of the net.

Jessica Coates recorded five saves in goal for Bethel, whose season ends with the loss.

photo by STEVE WAMPLER

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Cowan a preseason All-TSAC

Cumberland Universitys Casie Cowan was one of 10 players voted to the 2011 TranSouth Womens Preseason All-Conference Team, as announced this week by the league office.

Cowan was a Second Team All-TranSouth selection and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team last season after averaging a team-best 12.4 points along with 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals while starting all 30 contests at point guard for the Bulldogs.

The Seymour, Tenn., native scored in double figures in 21 contests, including 13 of 17 outings versus TranSouth competition, and led the squad in scoring 10 times.

She ranked third in the TranSouth in 3-point field goal percentage (.360), fifth in 3-pointers made (59), 11th in scoring, 12th in steals and 17th in assists and hit three or more 3-pointers in a game nine times, with a season-high five trifectas at Martin Methodist.

Union Universitys Lavanda Ross was voted the Preseason Player of the Year. Union, Freed-Hardeman and Bethel University each had two players voted to the Preseason Team along with one apiece from Lyon College, Mid-Continent, Cumberland and Martin Methodist.

2011 Women's Preseason All-TranSouth Conference
Lavanda Ross Union University
Vee Young Martin Methodist
Natalie Shumpert Freed-Hardeman
Molly Wallsmith Bethel Univ.
Jana Roney Bethel Univ.
Casie Cowan Cumberland Univ.
Lauren Ramsey Lyon College
Hannah Parsley Freed-Hardeman
Shelby Ashcraft Union Univ.
Stephanie Malone Mid-Continent

Preseason Player of the Year: Lavanda Ross, Union Univ.

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2012 Bulldog baseball schedule

Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt released the 2012 schedule this week, which includes 23 home games and contests against 11 teams that reached the NAIA Championship Opening Round.

The Bulldogs begin the season February 3, the earliest opening day for CU since 2003, with a three-game series at Brewton-Parker.

The next week Cumberland will take on Belhaven University, LSU-Shreveport and Southern Poly in Jackson, Miss., and the squad opens the home slate against Milligan College on Feb. 15.

CU plays Lindsey Wilson and Point Park University before embarking on an eight-game road swing that covers the first part of Spring Break.

The Bulldogs head to Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 29, the team that eliminated them from last years NAIA Championship Opening Round in Paducah, Ky., and begins TranSouth Conference play that weekend at Mid-Continent.

Cumberland then heads to Florida for four games, including three against Embry-Riddle.

The club returns home March 10 against Lyon College, starting a stretch of 11 home games in 14 contests that includes meetings against Missouri Baptist, Campbellsville University, Georgetown College, Bethel University and Tennessee Wesleyan.

The Bulldogs play home games against Lee University, Bryan College, Indiana-Southeast, Blue Mountain and Freed-Hardeman during the month of April.

The month also includes seven straight road outings before finishing the regular season with a series against FHU.

The TranSouth Championships are scheduled for April 30-May 3 at Union Universitys Fesmire Field.

CU went 46-16 last season, losing in the finals of the NAIA Opening Round.

The complete 2012 schedule may be found at http://www.gocumberlandathletics.com/baseball/schedule/.

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CU drops to No. 20 after loss at Belhaven

From Post staff reports
Cumberland dropped six spots to No. 20 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced earlier this week, after the Bulldogs dropped a 34-21 decision over the weekend at Belhaven University.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for CU and dropped Cumberland into a first-place tie with Bethel University atop the standings in the Mid-South Conference West Division.

The Bulldogs own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Wildcats via a 36-34 victory over BU on Oct. 22. Cumberland still has a chance to qualify for the NAIA Football Championship Series but must defeat the University of the Cumberlands this Saturday at home in order to at least tie for the regular season conference title.

Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

Belhaven 34,, Cumberland 21
JACKSON, MS -- Apparently, theres no place quite like home for the Belhaven Blazers.

QB Alex Williams threw two touchdown passes and Belhaven scored 34 unanswered points to upset then -14th ranked Cumberland 34-21 Saturday at H.T. Newell Field.

The Blazers (5-5, 3-3 Mid-South Conference) improved to 5-0 at home with the win -- just seven days after taking a 58-0 pasting on the road at University of the Cumberlands.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Bulldogs and put CU into a first-place tie with Bethel University.

Cumberland committed three turnovers in the contest, all fumbles, and the Blazers turned those miscues into 10 points.

Number one, we played a solid and talented football team, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. We turned the football over three times, committed 10 penalties for 115 yards and just couldnt get them off the field on some key third downs.

Belhaven won despite spotting Cumberland (7-2, 4-1) an early 7-0 lead on JJ McClains 65-yard touchdown bomb on a pass from Reed Gurchiek.

After a 35-yard field goal by James Bryan, Belhaven took the lead for good, 10-7, on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Kylan Pollard.

The lead stretched to 34-7 before Cumberland struck for two scores in the final five minutes, but it was too little too late to stop the upset.

Senior corner Chris Simpson intercepted a pass and ran it back 22 yards for a touchdown and QB Broc Loveless hit Dillon Kirkham with a 14-yard touchdown pass in the final minute after DB Josh Walker picked off another Belhaven pass.

Blazer tailback Justin Gaines finished the contest with 153 yards on 24 carries and one score, while two Belhaven quarterbacks combined to complete 15-of-26 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior wingback Lemeco Miller returned to the lineup to carry nine times for 77 yards while fullback Adrian Tank Baker rushed eight times for a career-high 60 yards. Baker also had a 40-yard kickoff return in the second half.

Cumberland quarterbacks Reed Gurchiek and Loveless were 10-of-21 for 132 yards and two scores, though the Bulldogs dropped several passes and just missed hitting on a pair of deep balls to McClain and Quan Johnson.

I told our team point blank after the game, youll either react to this or respond, Alexander said. If we react, well start pointing fingers, blaming each other and second guessing. If we do that we wont win on Saturday.

Knowing these young men like I do, I would be very surprised if we dont respond with a solid week of practice and preparation for Saturday. I can assure you that we as a staff are going to roll our sleeves up and go to work to get this fixed.

The one positive out of all this -- we still control what happens to us. If we win at home on Saturday, weve got the opportunity to still be the conference co-champions and still have a shot at a playoff spot.

Stat line -- Behlaven rolled up 24 first downs while CU had 18. The Blazers finished with 415 yards in total offense while Cumberland had 366. LB Ben Miller led Cumberland with 11 tackles.

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Nathan J. Walker, 70

LEBANON -- Longtime local banker Nathan James Walker, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011at University Medical Center.

A member of College Hills Church of Christ, he worked in the banking business for over 47 years. He began his career with Lebanon Bank and later retired from Wilson Bank and Trust.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel with Dr. Larry Locke officiating. Interment will follow at the Walker-Alcorn Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughters Natalie Walker (Nick) Karousatos and Carol Walker (Steve) Weiler; brother John (Janie) Walker; sister Martha Sue (Leonard) Tipps; sister-in-law Diane Walker; grandchildren Grace and Christina Weiler and Laurel Karousatos; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Walker is preceded in death by parents, Nathan and Nettie Walker, Sr,; brother Joseph G. Walker; and mother of his children Elizabeth Anne Witt.

Active pallbearers: James Tipps, Leonard Tipps, John Frank Butch Nelson, Andy Reed, Daniel Zajac, Dan Zajac and Steve Weiler. Honorary: staff of Wilson Bank and Trust.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

www.partlowchapel.com

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Colene Kayree Hamlett, 73

SELBYVILLE, DE -- Mrs. Hamlett,73, of Ocean City, Maryland and formerly of Annapolis, MD went to be with the Lord and reunited with her husband Bobby and daughter Barbara on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
She was born in Lebanon and was the daughter of the late Vonda (Harp) Kirk.
Mrs. Hamlett was a devoted mother, wife and servant of God.
She is survived by four sons, two brothers, two sisters and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law Ed Hamlett.
A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, Nov. 5 at Faith Baptist Church in Berlin, MD. Friends may call an hour before the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Worcester County Developmental Center, 8545 Newark RD, Newark, MD 21841 or to the Lebanon Camp of Gideons International, P.O. Box 591, Lebanon, 37088-0591.
Hastings Funeral Home of Selbyville, DE is in charge of arrangements.

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Terry Wayne Vaughn, 48

LEBANON -- Terry Vaughn of Baxter passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at age 48.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday from 11 a.m. until the service.
The chapel service, conducted by Brother Danny Sellars, is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: father Gene Vaughn of Baxter; siblings Deborah Vaughn, Randy (Sharon) Vaughn, Daryl Vaughn and Melissa (Jerry) Brimm; nephew Daryl Wayne Vaughn; and niece Leslie Ann Vaughn.
He is preceded in death by mother Mary Ann Felure Vaughn, sister Tammy Martin, and brother Jerry Vaughn
Pallbearers: Daryl Wayne Vaughn, Terry Robinson, Brian Robinson, Jamie Foster, Nicky Foster, and Chris Stanford.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Council sets special meetings on Project Tango

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council moved through its Tuesday night regular meeting quickly and easily, passing all measures unanimously and setting further special called meetings next week.

The council approved a contract with the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County, entering into the agreement to charge the county for water withdrawn by the city from the Cumberland River. According to the contract, the county is to pay the city $2.34 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Also during the meeting, the council established a policy and procedure for public records requests, pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act. City Attorney Andy Wright said the city is not required to have a procedure by law, but it is recommended.

He pointed out a recent request was made for more than 3,000 pages worth of public records for use in a lawsuit. The policy adopted was a model policy created by the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

The council scheduled two special called meetings next week, as well as a work session prior to the first meeting to discuss developments involved with Project Tango. The city and county have been recruiting a U.S. based company to locate here, and the project was recently identified to be Amazon.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the council will hold the work session at 5:30 p.m. and then the special meeting at 6. The second meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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Collision sends four to UMC

LEBANON -- An early Thursday morning, Nov. 3collision between a pickup truck and a county school bus sent four people to the hospital three students and the driver of the truck.

The accident occurred about 7:06 a.m. at the corner of Oak Hill Drive and Bartonwood Drive in Lebanon.

Traffic Officer Wayne Howard with the Lebanon Police Department said Wilson County Schools veteran bus driver David Wright was eastbound on Oak Hill Drive when he spotted a 2010 Ford Ranger pickup truck coming through a yard at his bus.

The left front quarter panel of the truck impacted on the drivers side of the bus about midway and slid down toward the end of the bus.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as neighborhood resident David Myrick, 76, of Bartonwood Drive.

He and three students were transported to University Medical Center, the students for observation with minor neck and head injuries. Howard said Myrick was disoriented and suffering from some unknown medical condition when officers arrived on the scene.

There were a total of 16 students on the bus which was headed to Lebanon High School.

From Post staff reports

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Football playoffs open tonight

By TOMMY BRYAN
One and done is the mantra beginning tonight as three Wilson County prep football teams take part in the postseason playoffs. Mt. Juliet and Friendship Christian will be at home tonight while Watertown High will hit the road. Heres a look at tonights matchups.

Oakland (6-4) at Mt. Juliet (10-0)
Coach Roger Perrys undefeated Golden Bears earned a No. 1 seed in their bracket thanks to winning outright the District 9AAA championship after the first perfect season in the history of the football program.

Mt. Juliet is matched up with Oakland, a team the bears scrimmaged back in the preseason.

There are some things you can pick up from having matched up with them in the preseason, Coach Perry said, but but comparing that film to what Ive seen from their recent film -- I can see Oakland has certainly improved over the course of the season.

The winner of tonights 7 p.m. game will face the winner of the Overton - Siegel contest. Both teams sport records of 7-3.

If they keep winning, Mt. Juliet could play four consecutive playoff games at home.

Jackson County (6-4) at Friendship (7-3)
No. 4-seed Friendship Christian will host Region 4A rival Jackson County in a 7 p.m. game at Pirtle Field. JCHS lost 45-0 to the Commanders when the two played Sept. 16.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 13-6 win over Watertown while No. 7-ranked FCS rolled to a 58-7 win over Monterey.

JCHS enters the playoffs on a five-game win streak -- the longest stretch for the program since the 1981 season.

Tonights winner will travel to No. 1-seeded Trousdale County High next week.

Watertown (6-4) at Rockwood (6-4)
The Purple Tigers hope to break a four-game losing streak tonight as they travel to Roane County to battle Rockwood. Coach Gavin Websters crew opened the season 6-0, then dopped consecutive games to Friendship, Gordonsville, Trousdale County and Jackson County.

No. 3-seed Rockwood hammered Midway last week 49-0 while No. 6 Watertown lost 13-6 at Jackson County. Rockwood has won five of its last six contests.

Tonights winner will play at No. 2 Boyd-Buchanan next week.

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Bulldogs can clinch Saturday

By TOMMY BRYAN
No. 14-ranked Cumberland can clinch at least a share of the Mid-South Conference West Division title Saturday with a win at Belhaven. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at H.T. Newell Field in Jackson, MS. Live radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Cumberland stands 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the MSC West after a wild and wooley 43-25 victory at Union College in Kentucky last week.

Belhaven enters Saturdays contest 4-5 overall / 2-3 in the West after a 58-0 loss at the University of the Cumberlands last week in Williamsburg, Ky.

Cumberland, 4-0 in the West, already has the tie-breaker over second place Bethel (4-1).

Sometimes a team will have a meltdown, and thats what happened to Belhaven last week, said CU coach Dewayne Alexander. As usual, theyre a talented bunch on offense, very dangerous with a really good quarterback.

Cumberland will have a couple of players back in action Saturday after recovering from injury.

Defensive end Collin Urenda is expected to be in the rotation while starting middle linebacker Stephon Ransom has recovered from a sprain in his mid-foot suffered back on Oct. 8 vs. Shorter.

Wingback Lemeco Miller took part in practice this week and is expected to play after suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee vs. Bethel Oct. 22.

However, offensive tackle Sam Greene will miss Saturdays contest with a sprained MCL, but is expected back in time for the home finale Nov. 12 vs. the University of the Cumberlands.

DOG BITES -- Soph JJ McClain has 1,337 all-purpose yards this season, which leads the MC and ranks sixth nationally.

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Of course you know . . .

By JOHN L. SLOAN
With the muzzle loading season just about to open, this Saturday in fact and it runs through November 18, I started thinking about some things most deer hunters should know. With an archery season full of opportunities mostly under our belts and now all sorts of options with firearms approaching, here are about a dozen little facts about deer all deer hunters should know. These are facts, scientifically based facts, not myths. See how you do.

You know of course, 20-25 percent of twin fawns have different fathers. Maybe that accounts for more than one buck following a doe even if she is with another buck. Sometimes the bucks are together and sometimes they are separated by several seconds or even minutes. Might make you want to hold off on shooting that first buck. Might also make you want to sit very still if you pop that doe. Best deer decoy in the world is a freshly killed doe. But you knew that.

During their entire life, most bucks sire less than five fawns that survive to six months of age. They fall to disease, predators, cars, and of course, hunters. Think about that. Fewer than five fawns per buck make it to a year old. Hard to fathom is it not?

How many spots do you think the average fawn has? Now I dont know how many fawns some poor grad student somewhere had to count but the average they came up with was 300. Yep, 300 white spots on the average fawn. Why is this important? You may be on Jeopardy some day.

When is a fawn old enough to have a chance against a hungry coyote? Contrary to the belief of many, fawns do have a scent when born. They can be smelled. However, they spend most of their time separated from mom, I suppose to avoid compounding the scent problem. So what happens when a yote or a loose dog comes along? A few days after birth, a fawn can outrun a man. However, it takes a good six weeks to escape a predator.

Know what bio-stimulating means? It means to stimulate life. We hunters refer to it as the rut.

Most of us figure it is the doe that gets things started and she might. However, buck pheromones left at rubs and scrapes and licking branches may be bio stimulating and have a trigger effect on the rut.

See few rubs in your hunting area but know you have a few young bucks? Reason is an area with more mature bucks will have up to 10 times as many rubs as an area with few or no mature bucks. How old is a mature buck? For general purposes, most of us agree anything over 3.5 years is considered mature. Not a lot of them around most places. Therefore, if you see a lot of rubs, you may wish to rethink your hunting strategy. May want to hold out for the old one. Of course, you do know they are much harder to kill. That is how they got mature.

A mature buck will make 85% more scrapes than a yearling and 50% more rubs. However, dont let lots of scrapes fool you. They are not very valuable in terms of killing a mature buck. Scrapes are badly misunderstood in terms of usage and hunting tactics. They are good for gathering information but dont amount to much in terms of killing a mature buck.

Bucks of all ages use scrapes and many individual bucks may use the same scrape. However, they are not used as many think. They have little to do with breeding. The doe does not come along, urinate in the scrape and then walk off to later be followed by the buck and bred. She may well urinate in the scrape though I have never seen one do so. But it is not to attract a buck. Scrapes are communal information centers. I like to compare them to message boards at a local store.

You may find an active scrape, one worked by several individuals, male and female, any time of the year. When I was fooling around with mock scrapes, I often started them during spring turkey season and I used nothing but my own urine. It worked well on several scrapes as long as I had the right location and a good licking branch hanging down.

Human urine works every bit as well as the most expensive bottled product. It is a lot cheaper, easier to carry and easier to refill. No, Im not kidding. It is about all I have used for over 25 years.

The problem with keying on a scrape to try to kill a buck is that 85% of all scraping activity occurs at night. If we are to be legal, we do not hunt at night.

I might as well drop a little more factual info on you in regards to scrapes. There is no such thing as a scrape line. At least, not as we think of one. You may find scrapes in a line but most of the time; they are made by several different bucks and tended by several different bucks.

The old thinking that one buck came along and made a line of scrapes is myth. Of course, you know does make scrapes, too.

Im sure you also know that antlers can grow up to one inch a day during formation. In addition, if you get a piece of a pedicel imbedded in another part of the body, an antler may form there, too. The pedicel is the base upon which the antler grows.

All of this is fact, hard, proven fact. It may or may not help you but it sure will not hurt you to know it. There are a lot of myths in deer hunting. Many of them started by someone with something to sell.

Remember, our muzzle-loading season opens Saturday, Nov. 5 and runs through Nov. 18. No break this year. The limit is three does per day and one buck per day, no more than three for the

Contact Sloan at: bowriter1944john@aol.com

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Our Feathered Friends - November 2, 2011

I hope you all survived Halloween and all the Trick-or-Treaters who came to visit. This year my daughter was a witch and my son decided to be Spiderman. Halloween ranks second on their list of favorite holidays. (Christmas is hard to knock out of first place!) They love to dress up and of course the candy, candy, candy! I could personally do without all the extra candy in the house because it calls my name when no one else is around

Speaking of calls, Ive decided to write this week about bird talk or in other words, what a birds call sounds like in English. Im always impressed when I am birding with Ray because he can hear a call and tell me what type of bird we are looking for. Ray calls this birding by ear. Please keep in mind that all of these can be translated in several ways. The books and our Bird Guru, Ray, make it seem very easy to pick up on, but I can assure you it takes an open mind and a bit of imagination to pull the English out of a call, so I wish you all luck and hope that you will find this useful.

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John R. Hill, Jr. 52

LEBANON--Funeral services were held Saturday morning, Nov. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, West Main Street, for local real estate executive John R. Hill, Jr. 52. The owner of Buyer Solutions in Mt. Juliet, he died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2011 at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

Born in Knoxville on Feb. 10, 1959, he graduated from Lebanon High School in 1977, attended Maryville College, and graduated from Rhodes College in 1982 with a degree in Business.

Mr. Hill started Cumberland Realty with his grandfather, Charlie Lee Teasley, Sr. As Cumberland Realty grew, he took on the Re/Max franchise. Later the company nowknown as Cumberland Real Estate was formed and grew to be one of the largest real estate operations in Wilson County.

He was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his brothers were Eagle Scouts in Troop 434 of Lebanon. He served as the first Troop Committee Chairman for Troop 643 of Lebanon and remained a Troop Committee Member until the present.

Hill also served on numerous Eagle Scout Boards of Review. He was also Empower Me Day Camps biggest fan -- supporting his wifes efforts to help special needs children.

He was past President of the Wilson County Board of Realtors, named 1999 Realtor of the Decade, and a former member of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He was also active in several civic and religious organizations including Rotary and First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.

Survivors include: his wife Michelle Judy Hill, and children John Reed Hill, III and Rylee Day Hill of Lebanon; his parents John and Bettie Hill of Lebanon and Monteagle; brothers Dr. Keith (Angel) Hill their children Lilly, Mallory, Luke, Jake and Tommy Hill of Elmwood; Hugh Happy Hill, and his children Charlie, Eliza and Mattie Hill -- of Louisville, KY; as well as dozens of loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mr. Hill was the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. O. Reed Hill and Charlie and Christine Teasley -- all of Lebanon.

Memorial gifts may be made to Empower Me Day Camp (PO Box 672 Lebanon 37088) or the Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council Walton Trail District (3414 Hillsboro Pike, PO Box 150409, Nashville 37215).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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LPD seeks market burglary suspect

By JENNIFER HORTON
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 news@wilsonpost.com.

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Stolen property recovered

By JENNIFER HORTON
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 news@wilsonpost.com.

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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 phall@wilsonpost.com.

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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?

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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 www.wilsonlivingexpo.com 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.

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