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Christopher reaches 1,000 pts. at MMU

FORMER WILSON CENTRAL STANDOUT
Former Wilson Central High standout Jessy Christopher cemented her legacy as one of Martin Methodist's all-time greats as the guard scored the 1,000th point of her four-year career with a 15-point effort in an 81-49 victory over Pensacola Christian at the Union (Ky.) College Classic Saturday afternoon in Barboursville, Ky.

In a game that was largely decided in the first half as the RedHawks (2-3) built a 35-9 lead, much of the attention shifted to Christopher, who entered Saturday's contest needing eight points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

After the halftime break, Christopher stepped to the free throw line in the second half and rattled home a shot home to an ovation from friends, family members and teammates.

In addition to her 15 points, Christopher also tracked down eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Christopher becomes just the seventh player in team history to join the 1,000-point club and the third player in the last three seasons to achieve the mark.

Two of Christopher's ex-teammates, Vee Young and Micah Anderson, reached their milestones in the 2011-12 and 2010-11 seasons, respectively.

"It was exciting to see Jessy score her 1000th career point," RedHawks head coach Jamy Bechler said. "She has been such a joy to coach these past three seasons. It was great to see her enjoy the moment."

Christopher is the daughter of Bob and Edye Christopher of Lebanon.

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Louis Kenneth Simms, 86

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Louis Kenneth Simms, 86, of Lebanon. A U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II and Korea, Mr. Simms died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the University Medical Center.

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Mike Gregory, 68

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4 at Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Gregory, 68, of Lebanon. Born June 19, 1944 in Michigan and a veteran of the U.S. Army, he died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at his home.

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3 locals honored by MSCCA

You cant make this All Mid-State squad because of your press clippings. The only way to get your name on the Mid-State Cross Country Associations honor team is be one of the 15 fastest runners over three qualifying races.

Three Wilson County runners have earned spots on their respective postseason All Mid-State squads -- Lebanons Mark Britt, Mt. Juliets Elijah Wilson and Wilson Centrals Taylor Blankenship. They were recognized Monday night at the MSCCA awards banquet at Brentwood Academy.

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CU women crush Hiwassee

LEBANON - Jessica Pace and TaCouya Allen each scored 18 points and Pace and Samantha Harper both grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Cumberland to an 85-38 victory over Hiwassee College in womens basketball action Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Pace scored eight of CUs first 12 points of the game and 12 of 21 in the opening eight-plus minutes for the Bulldogs (3-0). Hiwassee made just one field goal in the first 14 minutes of the contest and went scoreless for almost eight minutes in the middle of the period, going 0-for-8 with 10 turnovers during the stretch. Cumberland outscored the visitors, 18-0, during the dry spell for the Tigers, opening a 30-6 advantage.

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Local woman gets five years in federal prison on drug charges

The wife of a Vice Lords gang member who is awaiting sentencing on drug conspiracy charges was sentenced on Friday in federal court to nearly five years in prison for facilitating drug sales with a one-time delivery of crack to an informant.

Lucretia Neal, 30, of Lebanon, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release on one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack after she delivered 25.6 grams of crack for $1,300 to an informant with local law enforcement and the FBI.

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Girlfriend allegedly stabs boyfriend for 2nd time

A woman was arrested and charged with stabbing her boyfriend shortly after midnight Sunday, the second such incident involving the couple since 2008.

Officers with Lebanon Police Department responded to a call at 12:12 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at University Medical Center regarding an individual who was receiving medical treatment for a stab wound. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, James L. Waters, 27, of 711 Vincent Cason, Lebanon.

Chief Scott Bowen said in a news release that Waters was uncooperative and refused to give any information regarding his injury. Waters was transported by LifeFlight helicopter from UMC to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Further investigation revealed that Waters had been stabbed allegedly by his girlfriend, Rosaline M. Hastings, 24, also of 711 Vincent Cason, Lebanon. In addition, officers determined that the incident occurred at the couples residence.

Hastings was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and Tampering With Evidence.

This is the second such incident between Hastings and Waters, Bowen said. In January 2008, Hastings was arrested and charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault for allegedly stabbing Waters.

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CU's Gurchiek honored by MSC

Cumberland University quarterback Reed Gurchiek was voted the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting a nearly perfect day passing and accounting for three touchdowns in just one half of play in a 49-0 victory over Bluefield College.

The Mt. Juliet High graduate completed 14-of-16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, including a 34-yard TD pass to BJ Stewart and an eight-yard scoring throw to Daniel Dayton, both in the second quarter. Gurchiek also rushed four times for 25 yards with an eight-yard TD run in the first period.

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Wildcats and Tigers ousted

Brentwood too much for WCHS
BRENTWOOD -- Four turnovers spelled doom for Wilson Central Friday night as the Wildcats dropped a 35-0 loss to Brentwood High in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Two fumbles and two interceptions gave the host Bruins extra possessions and the No. 2-seeded Brentwood squad took advantage. QB Austin Winfree scored twice on two-yard runs and the Brentwood defense limited Wilson Central to just 84 yards on the ground.

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CU pounds Bluefield on Senior Day

LEBANON -- Reed Gurchiek and Broc Loveless each threw two touchdown passes, Michael Hagewood picked off two passes and Lemeco Miller scored twice, setting the single-season touchdowns mark, in Cumberlands 49-0 victory over Bluefield College Saturday on Senior Day at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2 Mid-South West) routed the first-year program, holding the Rams to just 113 yards of total offense and posting two interceptions, the second one in the CU end zone in the third quarter.

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MJ Bears maul Indy 52-22

MT. JULIET -- Halfback Caleb Hopkins scored five touchdowns and the Mt. Juliet offense rolled up 485 yards in offense as the Golden Bears thumped Independence 52-22 Friday in the first round of the TSSAA Class 6A playoffs. Mt. Juliet improved to 10-1 with the victory and moves on to a second round game Nov. 9 at top-seeded Dickson County -- a 42-14 winner over McGavock.

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Our Feathered Friends- Oct. 24

Coming back home from Al's Foodtown, I drove down Cole Avenue and was well surprised to hear a House Wren singing its little heart out. Usually this late into the fall, they should be much farther south where the weather in a little warmer.

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Perpetual motion wheel still turns heads

Photos courtesy of the Museum of Appalachia

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By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

Even though it is motionless, Wilson County inventor Asa Jacksons perpetual motion machine continues to keep heads turning and minds spinning 150 years after its creation.

Nobody seems to know exactly how it operated and plenty of pieces are missing, but the Leeville farmers perpetual motion wheel, 6 feet in diameter and made of wood, commands a prominent place in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tenn.

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Mt. Juliet Homecoming celebrates rich, rural heritage

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By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- West Wilson Countys best-kept autumn secret may be the Mt. Juliet Homecoming, a gathering of hundreds of folks, young and old, who share music and meals but mainly take a day to reminisce about the towns agrarian roots.

The big event, which organizers describe as a miniature version of the Museum of Appalachia with lots of old-time, bluegrass, country and gospel music, takes place Saturday at the Circle P Ranch, behind Cloyds Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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Unruly students may be charged

Armed bus driver report was false

A frightening situation on a school bus about an armed bus driver in Mt. Juliet turned out to be false.

Mt. Juliet Police officers quickly responded to a 911 call of an armed bus driver on a Wilson County School Bus around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday afternoon. Once arriving on the scene, officers noticed multiple students in a nearby field who were upset and scared. The bus driver was located, and the scene was rapidly cleared by officers to ensure all children were safe.

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LSSD to host Year Two of Rachels Challenge

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for Rachels Challenge, one of the most life-changing school programs in America, a spokesperson said.

Fifth through eighth grade Lebanon Special School District students will attend age-appropriate presentations regarding Rachel and her life story. These assemblies create the want to or desire for positive change. In February, LSSD hosted its first Rachels Challenge. In August of this year, the school system hosted a kickoff rally at the Wilson County Fair. LSSD will host year two of Rachels Challenge on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5-6.

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MJ songwriter tabs ASCAP Songwriter, Song of the Year honors

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Ben Hayslip is the first to admit hes a lucky guy.

Blessed with a wife, Melissa, three sons, Tarver, Camden and Knox, and four hit songs currently on country radio most everyone would have to agree 2012 has been Hayslips year.

"Ive had four hits this year, Honey Bee by Blake Shelton, I Dont Want This Night to End by Luke Bryan, This Ole Boy by Craig Morgan and Im Gonna Love You Through it by Martina McBride, said the Mt. Juliet resident. Because of the success of these four songs, Hayslip was named 2012 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year with an added bonus. Honey Bee also won Song of the Year. I felt like I would probably get Songwriter of the Year but didnt expect to win Song of the Year. It stayed at number one on the charts for four weeks, he said.

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Schools officials pleased with students progress

Graduation RatesAmong Area Counties:

Wilson 95.5 Percent
Williamson 92.2
Trousdale 95
Smith 93
Putnam 91.4
Sumner 91.2
Rutherford 90.7
Davidson 78.4

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said he was very pleased with how schools ranked on the 2012 state Report Card, released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Davis said that all Wilson County Schools are above the state average in ACT composite scores and that they received all As in Achievement.

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30,000+ cast ballots early

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

More than 30,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period that ended at 6 p.m., Thursday.

That was the word yesterday from Phillip Warren, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission.

As of press time, 30,151 voters had cast their ballots early, surpassing the 26,054 total number of early voters in 2008.

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CU hosts Bluefield Saturday

Bring a new toy for half-off admission
Football fans can help make the holiday season a little brighter for local children just by donating a new, unwrapped toy for a discount admission to Cumberlands final home game of the 2012 season.

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9 qualify for state C-C meet

Saturday at Percy Warner Park --
Nine Wilson County runners will be competing Saturday in the TSSAA state cross county meet at Nashvilles Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course. Runners qualified for the state based on their performances at the Region 5AAA meet Thursday, Oct. 25 at Hendersonvilles Sanders Ferry Park.

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Mary Helen Bradshaw, 89

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Bradshaw, 89, of Lebanon. A devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Lebanon's Quality Care.

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Mt. Juliet shooting victim ID'd

UPDATE -- Mt. Juliet Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a woman who was found shot to death in the drivers seat of a vehicle early Thursday morning.

Police have identified the woman as 35-year old Mt. Juliet resident Sara McPherson.

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One arrested in Lebanon stabbing

From Post Staff Reports

Lebanon Police Officers responded to a 911 call related to a stabbing at 8:02 p.m. on Wednesday.

Officers arrived at 121 Westlynn Drive to find victim, Stevie Tomlinson, lying in the street in front of the residence with several stab wounds. The victim identified his attacker as Michael R. Robertson, who was arrested by responding officers.

The suspect, Robertson, has been charged with Aggravated Assault. Police believe the stabbing stemmed from an argument. The victim was taken to Vanderbilt by LifeFlight and is scheduled to be released today.

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Terry Ashe honored by friends

By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe surprised those around him when, in September, he announced his resignation from the position after more than 30 years of service.

Friends gathered this time to surprise him. A crowd honored the local hero on Monday evening at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on what will forever be known as Terry Ashe Day. Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings presented Ashe with the proclamation on behalf of themselves, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty.

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