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Sen. Beavers' bill won't stand constitutional test

A bill introduced in the state senate by District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers is raising questions from members of the legal and academic communities who say that the intent of the legislation is in violation of the state and U.S. Constitutions.

The senator's bill which would amend state law addressing the powers and jurisdiction of the state supreme court proposes that "The supreme court shall have no jurisdiction to determine the constitutionality of a statute which has been properly enacted by the general assembly and become law" as provided by the state constitution.The proposed legislation also includes similar language for state circuit, criminal and chancery courts.

Wilson Democratic Party to nominate delegates for National Convention

Wilson County Democratic Party will hold elections for candidates to the Democratic National Convention set for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte N.C.

This election will be held on Saturday, March 10, at the United Auto Workers District Hall, located at 151 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy. in Lebanon at noon. No one will be allowed to enter the convention after this time.

Railroad Authority reports economic boost

Based on a report presented at the regular quarterly meeting of the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority Thursday, the local economy is realizing a boost.

Stephen Drunsic, senior director with the Nashville and Eastern Railroad, told members of the Authority's board that 2011 "was a good year" for the railroad.

Drunsic's comment came following a report showing a significant increase in the number of carloads of freight managed by the railroad in 2011 compared to 2010.

Wilson leaders gather for conference

Wilson County's government leaders mixed with a handful of business and community leaders are gathering at the invitation of a Leadership Wilson group today to learn and discuss how their respective roles may enhance the county's future.

Their day was to begin early this morning when they were to board the Music City Star for a commuter rail ride into Nashville.

UMC announces Providence West Medical Center
In what Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University, called a bold, strategic advancement, the school is partnering with University Medical Center to bring healthcare and education to Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County in an announcement Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Providence West Medical Center will be a multi-specialty medical facility located just off Interstate 40 across from Providence MarketPlace. Saad Ehtisham, chief executive officer of UMC, said the facility will later add cardiology, general surgery and orthopedic services.

Lebanon officers thwart burglary attempt

An attempted break-in at a local store was thwarted by Lebanon Police officers who then arrested the suspects, one of them on parole for an attempted murder conviction.

Officers Chris Luna and Allison Steely responded to a call at about 9:56 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Freds Discount and Pharmacy located at 230 East Gay Street where they caught two suspects allegedly trying to break into the store.

MJ Senior Center to host Grand Gala

Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center will hold the Grand Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 9 p.m., at Cooks United Methodist Church 7919 Lebanon Road.

The event will feature the music of The Bonna Brothers, a 70s acoustic band.

The banquet will include a full prime rib or chicken entre compliments of the morning Rotary Club of Mt. Juliet. The morning Rotary Club is an ongoing supporter of the senior center and this annual event.

Lebanon posts solid sales tax gains

Wilson County received $2,706,275.43 in local option sales tax receipts in November 2011, with Lebanon receiving the highest revenue from sales taxes than any other local government, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

In December 2011, Lebanon had a net collection of $1,351,422.80 in sales taxes and Mt. Juliet had a net collection of $1,086,332.61. Wilson County collected $252,181.48 and Watertown collected $16,338.54 for the month.

Dolly Parton to open Nashville Theme Park

Dolly Parton and Gaylord Entertainment announced yesterday afternoon that they had entered into a 50/50 joint venture to develop the first phase of a new Nashville amusement park on 125 acres of land across Briley Parkway from Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

This is going to be so special. Its a gift for everybody, Parton told the press yesterday on her 66th birthday.
Photos: Amazon begins construction

Heavy machinery and about 50 construction workers from Plateau Excavation, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, are busy moving earth and getting land off State Route 840 and Central Pike ready for the next phase of building a one million square feet facility for Amazon. The land is expected to be pad-ready in the next 90 days.

CU basketball sweeps Oakwood

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Cumberland rode the high-scoring efforts of Gallatin's Michael Sweat Monday in a 75-57 victory over Oakwood University Monday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Sweat, a 6-7 senior, lit up the Ambassadors for 24 points going 10-of-12 from the field.

CU, now 13-6 on the season, got a double-double from Nashvillian Lamar Brinkley who scored 19 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

For the game, Coach Lonnie Thompson's crew was 28-of-50 from the field (56%) and 16-of-23 from the line (70%).

In the women's game, Courtney Atkinson scored 15 points, Jessica Pace netted 11 and Samantha Harper added 10 points off the bench in Cumberlands 64-24 victory over Oakwood.

The Bulldogs (7-11) won their third game in the last four outings, limiting the Ambassadors (4-12) to just seven total field goals and 16 percent shooting in the contest. Oakwood committed 29 turnovers, which led to 25 Cumberland points.

Atkinson paced the Bulldogs for the third consecutive outing and grabbed seven rebounds. Pace and Harper both recorded eight boards, while Simone Ryan registered nine points and six caroms and Katie Smith added seven points and six rebounds off the bench. Nine of the 10 Cumberland players scored, grabbed a rebound, handed out an assist and made a steal.

CU held a 30-9 advantage at halftime after the Ambassadors netted just four points in the games first 13 minutes. The Bulldogs led 24-4 after an Atkinson bucket with 3:45 remaining in the half.

Cumberland pushed the lead to as many as 43 points late in the game thanks to a pair of free throws by Harper and then another bucket by the junior.

Cumberland heads to Fisk University on Thursday at 6 p.m. and returns to TranSouth Conference action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mid-Continent University.

Monday night prep basketball results

Monday was a busy evening for two Wilson County high school programs as Watertown hosted Eagleville from Rutherford County and Friendship Christian visited District 8A rival Gordonsville.

Matt Bradshaw's Purple Tigers had little trouble disposing of Eagleville as his team rolled to an early 22-9 lead. KeAnDre Bates paced Watertown with 17 points and Josiah Smith added 15.

The girl's game found Eagleville downing Watertown 56-47. Morgan Gartner had 16 in the loss for the Tigerettes.

Tuesday night action finds Watertown at Red Boiling Springs.

Friendship Christian's girls came out on the short end of a 48-34 decision at district foe Gordonsville High Monday, despite 23 points from junior post Deja Jones.

The Commanders had a much easier time in the nightcap, dusting the Tigers 67-45. FCS raced to a 44-25 lead at intermission and was never threatened in the second half.

Dalton Patterson had 17 for the Commanders; Mark Sandoval 15 and Allen Heaston 14.

FCS will play at Westmoreland on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Severe weather possible locally

The National Weather Service has placed Middle Tennessee in a Moderate chance of severe weather tonight into Monday morning.

The main threat will be damaging straight-line winds but spin-up tornados are possible. The time of impact for Wilson County is 2 - 5 a.m. at this time.

The National Weather Service has said with the warmer than normal winter we have experienced, we may see our severe weather season arrive much sooner than normal.

Now will be a good time to review your severe weather and tornado plans and check or purchase NOAA Weather radios for the home and office.

Local hoops for Monday, Jan. 23

LOCAL Monday night basketball--

Watertown at home Monday for a 6 p.m. doubleheader vs. Eagleville High.

Friendship Christian visits Gordonsville High in a District 8A make-up doubleheader.

Cumberland University will host Oakwood University from Huntsville, Ala. Women tip at 6 p.m.

Wrestling coach Swint out at CU

LEBANON -- Cumberland University wrestling coach Jarad Swint (pictured left) has been relieved of duties immediately, as announced by Director of Athletics Ron Pavan on Monday. Dr. Jason Grindstaff, a former grappler at Dakota Wesleyan University and current faculty member at CU, will take over the team for the rest of the season.

The decision has been made to take our wrestling program in a different direction," Pavan said. Jarad has given Cumberland University a great deal and made the program one of the best in the NAIA. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

Swint was in his ninth season as the head coach of the Bulldog wrestling program. During that tenure he produced 11 NAIA All-Americans, two national champions and 17 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes during his tenure in Lebanon.

Grindstaff was a two-time NAIA national qualifier (1999, 2001) at Dakota Wesleyan University from 1998-01, wrestling at 141 pounds his first three seasons and 149 as a senior. He was an NAIA National Scholar-Athlete in 2000 and 2001. The 2001 DWU wrestling team finished 12th at the NAIA National Championships, marking the highest finish in university history.

Grindstaff began teaching at Cumberland in the Fall of 2010 and teaches courses in the Health and Human Performance (HHP) program. Within the HHP program he primarily teaches courses in Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science.

Prior to arriving at Cumberland, Grindstaff (pictured right) was a Post Doctoral Associate for two years with the University of Florida, where he provided mental health and sport psychology services for the Gators athletic department.

Grindstaff earned his bachelors in Psychology and Sports Medicine from Dakota Wesleyan and masters in both Sport Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee. He also garnered his doctorate in Sport Psychology from Tennessee. He holds multiple national certifications and licenses in strength & conditioning and counseling.

Cumberland has only three events remaining in the 2011-12 campaign the Mid-South Conference Championships on January 28, the NAIA East Qualifier on February 18 and the NAIA National Championships on March 1-3.

Girls games from Friday, Jan. 20

Wilson Central 58, Hendersonville 33 as Sydney Vanlandingham had 17 and Taylor Peterson 16.

Beech defeated Lebanon 60-53, despite 17 points from 9th grader Abby Wright.

Mt. Juliet downs Station Camp 56-41. Caya Williams had 28 points, including a 3-pointer.

Watertown defeats District 8A rival Trousdale County 39-31 behind 10 points from Morgan Gartner.

MJ Christian loses at St. Andrew's-Sewanee 45-39. Lynnze Ethridge had 10 points. MJCA falls to 9-10 overall / 2-7 in the East-Middle Region.

Ashby named Interim Adult High principal

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis has named Mary Ashby as the interim principal at the Wilson County Adult High School.

The former principal, Pat Suddarth, was recently named interim principal at Wilson Central High School.For the past 33 years, Ashby has served as an educator at Lebanon High School.

Ashby graduated from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville in June 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education K-12 /Elementary Education 1-9. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Lebanon, and in August 1978, she began her educational career as a Special Education Teacher at Lebanon High. She served as a Special Education teacher and chairman of the department for five years.

In 1985, she earned her Masters in Education Administration/Supervision K-12. For the next 13 years, she worked with the at-risk youth at Lebanon High.After this program was phased out, she workedwith specific students in a pull-out program for two years targeting at-risk students.

Her next teaching assignment was teaching ninth grade English.A new program, the Freshman Academy, was launched and Ashby was recruited to serve as the lead English teacher for the next three years. She taught regular English for the next several years, and served as the English department chair.

For the past 18 months, Ashby has served as the Graduation Coach at Lebanon High. During this time, she has worked with students who are at-risk of not graduating on time.She has worked closely with the Adult High School to ensure that students who may not graduate at LHS on time will complete their studies and graduate on time at the AHS witha regular high school diploma.

In 1990-91, Ashby was selected as Special Needs State Vocational Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was selected as the Lebanon High School Teacher of the Year. And on April 16, 2010, Ashby was chosen as the Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

The Ashbys have resided in Lebanon for 33 years. They have two grown sons, Justin and Ryan, both LHS graduates.

CU, UMC plan joint venture in Mt. Juliet

The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET In what Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University, called a bold, strategic advancement, the school is partnering with University Medical Center to bring healthcare and education to Mt. Juliet / West Wilson County in an announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Providence West Medical Center will be a multi-specialty medical facility located just off Interstate 40 across from Providence MarketPlace. Saad Ehtisham, chief executive officer of UMC, said the facility will later add cardiology, general surgery and orthopedic services.

UMC has always had its eyes set on Mt. Juliet, Ehtisham told an audience at the Hampton Inn and Suites just across the street from the location of the new facility.

Eaton said the new Cumberland facility will be the home of the schools virtual campus and School of Professional Studies, providing off-campus facilities for Cumberlands nursing, criminal justice and Master of Science in Public Service Management, as well as other programs in the health professions and business.

We belong to Wilson County, Eaton said. When I came here eight years ago, I said we would cross Highway 109.

The new facility will be one of many healthcare-related offices and buildings in what was revealed to be a large site plan for a medical complex.

Cumberland is in the midst of incredible growth as theyve recently constructed a new residence hall, have plans to construct a new caf and community center on campus and seek to take over operation of the old Lebanon High School football facilities.

This development represents another extraordinary advancement for the University, Eaton said. Since our founding Cumberland University has responded to unprecedented economic times by offering programs that are relevant and produce graduates that immediately enter the workforce and experience success.

We are going to be serving this community for a long, long time, Ehtisham said.

The new facility, located at 5000 Crossing Circle, is expected to open in summer 2012.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

Union women escape with 60-57 win over CU

LEBANON -- Union University's No. 3-ranked women escaped with a 60-57 victory over a determined Cumberland squad Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The nip and tuck affair featured 15 lead changes with the outcome in doubt all the way down to the final 20 seconds.

"It was really something to see how our kids competed on every possession," said CU coach Jeremy Lewis. "This bunch has given us everything they have in practice and games. We're starting to execute a little better, I'm thinking we're going to be a very tough team to play against in February."

CU's Jessica Pace drilled a pair of free throws to tie the game at 54-all with 2:33 left, only to see Union take the lead for good on a jumper by Lavanda Ross second later.

Cumberland missed a shot on the next possession, then lost the ball out of bounds. Forced to foul, CU sent Union's Amy Philmalee to the line where the 5-5 freshman drilled a pair of free throws for a 58-54 lead.

Tamara Gonzalez ripped a 3-pointer from the left win with 2.9 seconds, to play to cut the margin to 58-57. Again forced to foul, CU placed Ross at the line who iced the game with a pair of free throws.

Cumberland (5-11 / 2-4 in the TranSouth Conference) placed three players in double figures -- Courtney Atkinson with 15, Jessica Pace with 12 and Casie Cowan with 10. Pace pulled in seven rebounds and handed out five assists.

Union improved to 18-2 overall and 5-1 in the league. Ross led Union with 14 while Philamlee and Astrid Huttemann each finished with 12.

STATS -- Cumberland outrebounded Union C4-28 and finished 11-of-12 at the line ((92%). Union was 9-of-16 at the stripe (56%), but came up with 29 points off the bench compared to just 14 for Cumberland. The game was tied 28-all at intermission. Union's largest lead was five points at the 9:34 point in the second half; Cumberland's largest lead was a six-point margin at the 13:37 mark of the first half.

CU will host TranSouth rival Martin Methodist Saturday, Jan. 21 in a 2 p.m. twinbill at the Floyd Center.

MEN'S GAME -- Michael Sweats 3-pointer clanged off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded, the epitome of the evening for 23rd-ranked Cumberland, as the Bulldogs shot just 33 percent from the field and 3-of-23 from behind the arc in a 55-51 loss to Union University in mens basketball action here Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (12-5, 4-2 TranSouth) started the game 2-of-15 from the field and then went 3-for-16 to start the second half. Yet Sweats 3-pointer with 1:36 remaining tied the contest at 49, but CU gave up an easy basket to Unions David Lane on the ensuing possession.

Charles Stewart was called for a questionable double-dribble in the lane and Unions Dani Marti got lost in traffic and scored another easy basket for a four-point advantage with 44 seconds left. Andrew Ayodeji scored with 14 ticks remaining, but Lanes two free throws with thereafter sealed the victory for Union.

The two teams combined to shoot 36 percent in the contest (44-of-121), with both clubs, but especially Cumberland, missing numerous baskets around the rim. The Bulldogs held a two-point lead at the half and extended that advantage to six before going ice cold from the field, scoring just two points over a stretch of more than 10 minutes.

Union took advantage, producing a 16-2 run highlighted by points from six players, including six by Antoine Hall. The eight-point advantage was quickly cut to one with a 9-2 spurt by the Bulldogs, including an old-fashioned 3-point play and a short jumper from Josh Pierce. Sweats 3-pointer less than a minute later tied the game, but that was the end of the run for CU.

Hall led all scorers with 14 points, while Skyler Vaden posted 11 points and Leventrice Gray netted nine points and 10 rebounds for Union. Sweat was the only Bulldog in double figures with 11 points, while Daniel McFadden scored nine, all in the first half.

The Bulldogs started the game 2-of-15 (13 percent) and trailed 12-3 after a pair of 3-pointers from Hall and two buckets by Vaden. CU responded with a 13-2 spurt midway through the period, erasing a seven-point deficit, including a pair of buckets as well as a 3-pointer from McFadden.

CU stayed in the lead the rest of the half and one free throw by Johnny Williams with 5.8 seconds remaining gave the home team a 31-29 edge at the break.

Cumberland hosts ninth-ranked Martin Methodist on Saturday at 4 p.m. and takes on Oakwood University at home on Monday at 8 p.m.

Watch out for that Twinkie It could kill ya!

Im sick of it! Every time I turn on the TV, radio, computer or Dr. Oz, theres something else I use every day that might cause cancer, crows feet or cardiac arrest! If I start to feel dizzy from the only perfume I wear, I cant even dial 911 because my cell phone might cause a brain tumor It makes me want to scream Literally and out loud and in front of TV news people, NPR, bloggers and that little twit, Oz. Dont they know they are making an already slightly neurotic mother who suffers from a mild form of hypochondria even more unbearable to be around?

2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

have been hard at work the last few weeks on our big Bridal and Bachelor Issue. Thank you for all the emails suggesting the top bachelors in Wilson County. It is so much fun going through all the photos and submissions. We cant wait to share our top picks with you. But, we havent made our final selections just yet, so please continue to email us at Let us know in 100 words or less who you think is a Wilson County Bachelor we should feature. A picture would be great as well. Final decisions will be made the first week of February.

Maurices announces Main Street Model Search

Maurices on Monday launched its second annual Main Street Model Search.

The young womens retailer is looking for 12 real girls in all sizes to model maurices clothing in upcoming fall, holiday and spring campaigns. Models will be selected through maurices Main Street Model Search.

Through last years Main Street Model Search, we were able to express maurices passion for embracing real girls from hometowns across America, said Brad Hartmann, maurices vice president of marketing. Were excited to give another group of women the opportunity to live their dream of modeling while demonstrating what the maurices brand is all about: fashion, fun and giving back.

Antonio Aldana, 80

Services for Mr. Aldana are incomplete at this time and will be announced as soon as they become available.
Mr. Aldana, age 80 of Lebanon, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at his home.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Helene Ladas Croslin, 67

Mrs. Croslin, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at the University Medical Center.
A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lester Kenneth Cooper, 51

A memorial service for Mr. Cooper, 51 of Hartsville, is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
He died Jan. 18, 2012.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


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