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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
By TOMMY BRYAN
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.
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.
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!
by Angel Kane
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 email@example.com 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 www.wilsonlivingexpo.com.
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
Photos and story by KEN BECK
The Wilson Post
BUDDY, aka Gator Dog, aka Lucky
Master: Ronnie Miller, long haul driver for Yellow Jacket Transport
Breed: Part Jack Russell terrier, part beagle?
Age: 22 months
Favorite food: Four Winds Restaurant hamburger patty
Origin: Got him from a man in Wilson County who had three pups and was fixing to shoot them. Buddy is the lone survivor.
The story: Buddy has ridden more than 400,000 miles with his truck driver and seen 28 states. Back in June in Lake City, Fla., Buddy jumped in a lake to cool off and an alligator clamped his jaws down on him and took him under the water twice. All I can say is he was gone, said Miller. Amazingly, Buddy bit the gator in the eye and escaped. He bears scars from the watery adventure. He can open the windows and turn the lights on. I believe if he set his mind to it, he could actually drive the truck, Miller said.
I hope all of you are enjoying this fall weather. Our birds are making preparations for winter, so I thought it might be a good time to share with you some ideas for making bird treats for our feathered friends during the cooler months. Many different types of treats can be made at home for little money versus store bought treats which can be very costly! My children love to help make a few of these and they get so excited when the birds come to enjoy their creations.
One of the feeders I use in the winter was made by my husband out of an 8 piece of log. He drilled half-inch-to-one-inch holes into the log and added a small eye-hook to hang it with. My kids and I fill the holes with peanut butter and unsalted nuts. This is a huge hit with the woodpeckers. My kids also love to hunt for pine cones in the fall. We fill in the cracks with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed. Be sure to hang the pine cones with some strong string or fishing line otherwise the squirrels will run off with your treat!While searching online, I found a recipe for edible glue which consists of 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, and 3 tbsp. corn syrup (add package of plain Knox gelatin for extra holding power if you need it). To this you can add 4 cups of whatever your birds like mostunsalted nuts, raisins/fruit, bird seed, sunflower seeds, berries from your bushes, etc. You can form it into a shape or make squares to put in your suet feeders.
You can also buy lard from your local grocery, melt it and add peanut butter, bread crumbs, bird seed and dried fruit. Then pour the mixture into an empty plastic cup. (Be sure to punch a small hole in the bottom of your cup and put a string through it so you can hang it when you are done.) If the lard is too soft you can add cornstarch, flour or gelatin to firm it up. This one works best in the mid-to-late winter as warmer temps can make it very messy!
An easy way to make a garland is by using a thread or yarn with a needle and stringing bread, orange quarters, thick apple slices, cranberries, raisins, bananas, banana peppers, chili peppers or whatever else you can find. You can hang this garland on trees, shrubs, decks, etc. (Chili peppers will not harm the birds and may actually deter your squirrels. Birds do not have the taste receptors we have, therefore the heat from the peppers does not bother them.)
If you are like me I often times have left over rice, beans, or pasta from dinner, as well as bread or crackers that have gone stale. Spread the pasta, rice and beans out on the ground below the feeders for an occasional treat, and crumbling up the bread and crackers will make them last longer. Be sure that the rice is well cooked, because uncooked rice will swell in the birds bellies and can make them very ill. If you make popcorn that is unsalted you can also throw that out. Please be sure that whatever you give to our feathered friends contains little to NO salt!
I would like to again wish our friend and mentor, Ray, a speedy recovery. We all wish you well and look forward to the day you can return to writing your articles. Until then, I would like to thank all of you for your patience and I hope that I have provided you with some useful information.
By Karen Franklin
LEBANON -- A celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Faith Lutheran Church for Ms. Rosskamp, 68, of Lebanon.
An active member of Faith Lutheran Church and a Budget Analyst for the Tennessee State Museum, she died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at the University Medical Center.
She was also Coordinator for the Nashville/Middle Tennessee Chapter for Project Linus -- providing security through blankets.
Visitation at the church will be held 3:30 until 4:00 p.m. Pastors Matt Steinhauer and Larry Moore will officiate the services.
Survivors include: children Richard Wayne Geer of Hartsville, Dwight David (Karen) Geer, Tammy Louise Dillard and Tina Lynne (Frank) Wilke -- all of Lebanon; siblings Paul Bill(Lee) Rosskamp, Douglas (Linda) Rosskamp, Louise Allison Rosskamp, Lee Bruce and Lou Owens -- both of Florida; 15 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by parents Paul Frederick Rosskamp and Louise Schwiering Rosskamp; infant son Jeffrey Scott Geer and son-in-law, Keith Dillard.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Kit Rosskamp to Project Linus Tennessee Chapter, 102 Hartmann Dr. Ste G PMB 264, Lebanon, 37087 or to the Faith Lutheran Church.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Hardy, 73, of Old Hickory.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Federal Government after 41 years of service with the last years spend at NOAA, he died Oct. 25, 2011.
Mr. Hardy was the son of the late, Isaac Clarence and Martha Catherine Stodghill Hardy and was a member of Green Hill Church.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Jerry Williams. Interment with military honors will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 50 years Mary Ann Hardy; children Laural Ann (Jack) Piatt, George E. (Ilona) Hardy, Jr., Charles Andrew (Amanda Leigh) Hardy and Kimberly Patrice (John) Allen.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece Mary Ann (Jesse T.) Beckham; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hardy is also preceded in death by seven siblings.
Pallbearers: Scott Maynard, Scott Milele, Rob Rausch, Troy Formosa, Brian Coble and Matt Russell. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, One Vantage Way, Suite D220, Nashville, TN 37228.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.
CARTHAGE -- Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Sanderson Funeral Home for Mrs. Armistead, 90, of the Pea Ridge Community.
Born March 24, 1921 in Smith County, she died Oct. 26, 2011, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Mrs. Armistead was a homemaker and a devoted member of the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School Secretary for many years.
Visitation is set Friday 2-8 p.m. and Saturday after 10 a.m. at Sanderson Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted by Elder Danny Raines. Interment will be in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughters Peggy Apple of Gordonsville and Alberta (John) Winkler of Helms Bend; grandchildren Leigh Ann Apple (Guy Randall) Jones of Gallatin, Jana (Jonathon) Hawkins of Murfreesboro, Jamie (Amber) Winkler of Carthage, Todd (Rebekah) Winkler of Knoxville, Michael Winkler of Knoxville and Matthew Winkler of Atlanta; great-grandchildren Mary Hannah Jones, Claire Hawkins, Jack and John Haynes Winkler as well as several nieces and nephews.
The daughter of the late Walter and Alma Clark McKinney, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Albert C. Fennie Armistead; siblings Ruby Dillard, Louise Rittenberry, Mary Jo Rittenberry, Leon and Jim McKinney; half-brothers Benton and Charlie McKinney and son-in-law Obie Apple.
Honorary pallbearers: members of Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church.
Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as active pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Tomlinson, 85, of Mt. Juliet.
Born Sept. 9, 1926 to the late Elbert E. "Bert" and Cumine Afford Tomlinson, he died Oct. 27, 2011 at Alive Hospice Nashville.
He was employed by DuPont in Old Hickory, for 38 years where he retired in 1985.
Visitation is set Saturday from 4 - 8 p.m., Sunday from 2- 8 p.m. and Monday, October from 10 - 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Reba Tomlinson; children Genice (Willie) Siegrist of Lebanon, Elbert Earl Tomlinson of Mt. Juliet and Peggy (Fred) Trusty of Lebanon; grandchildren Robert (Melissa) Tuggle, Brad (Emily) Siegrist, David Trusty and Michael Trusty and seven great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchild Joseph Elbert Tomlinson and also three sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers: Robert Preston Tuggle, William Bradford Siegrist, David Wayne Trusty, Michael Alan Trusty, Wayne Hamblen and Rufus Page.
The family would like to thank Alive Hospice for all of their help.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice Nashville.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Local officials are bringing Shop Wilson County First to the minds of every county citizen with the unveiling of new road signs and tossing around ideas Monday morning on how to further encourage people to shop locally.
District 19 County Commissioner William Glover, who is leading the effort, showed off brand new signs to a group of local business owners and elected officials Monday morning at Ponderosa Steakhouse, while the group brainstormed about ways to take the campaign to new heights.
We really need to keep the tax dollars here, Glover said, adding, It helps our tax base and it helps our local economy.
The first sign was placed at the intersection of Leeville Pike and Highway 109 in Lebanon with County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings and Kenny Martin, Mt. Juliet economic development director, tying a ribbon to signify the campaigns goals of having local citizens keep their dollars in Wilson County.
Glover said he hopes to put up the second Shop Wilson County sign on South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon and said hes working with Jennings on a location to add a sign in Watertown. Also, Glover, Martin and Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty are working to find a prime location for the sign in Mt. Juliet.
The first 10 signs and 200 car window stickers for the campaign were purchased by the Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Director Ricky Rodriguez said the effort fits perfectly in the bureaus Wilson County is the Place to Be initiative.
Were very happy about this campaign, and there are future developments to come, he said.
Sue Vanatta, president and CEO of the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, stressed the importance of uniting the county under this effort and making it less about the three municipalities and more about Wilson as a whole.
She suggested placing a sign at the entrance to every public school in the county, pointing out Wilson County Schools is the largest employer in the county and saying the high level of traffic means the signs will be seen by many locals.
Glover said he came up with the idea while talking with Martin and seeing signs in Martins office that promote shopping in Mt. Juliet. Glover felt the entire county needed to make a push for citizens to buy locally whenever possible.
Businesses can purchase signs to place outside their doors or in their windows to promote the initiative. Glover said the campaign cant begin strong and then taper out. He pointed out the community has to work together to keep local citizens spending in Wilson.
This has got to be something that we keep going, he said.
The campaign is not only to keep local citizens buying in Wilson County, but also to try and influence people living in other counties or other states to stop and shop locally as well. He said they hope to partner with businesses to place a billboard on Interstate 40 to encourage travelers to stop here.
He also showed new car window stickers that he hopes people will see while local citizens may be out of the county working or traveling and maybe influence others to think of Wilson County.
It makes people look at us. They may see that and think, whats going on in Wilson County? It may put Lebanon and Wilson County in their minds, Glover said.
Glover and other county leaders hoped the campaign will be an ongoing process that will expand and possibly include other initiatives besides road signs. Glover and those present at the meeting even discussed a smart card that would encourage shoppers to choose local businesses.
Helene Cash, owner of the Crystal Couture store on the Lebanon Public Square, stressed the need for a marketing campaign to help keep the initiative in the minds of local officials and local citizens. Rodriquez said he would devote time at each monthly Place to Be initiative meeting for the Shop Wilson County First initiative.
Im very proud of our county, and I wanted to have a sign that reflected that pride, Glover said.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singer-songwriter Arthur Alligood, a 1997 Lebanon High grad, took away the grand prize Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Mountain Stage NewSong contest in New York City.
In view of all the amazing songwriters and artists there, it was pretty shocking, Alligood said of his victory. I thought I did well, but there were just so many talented people from across the world there. I wasnt really planning on winning.
Among his rewards for taking top honors, Alligood will record an EP (extended play disc) with hit songwriter and producer Mikal Blue, who has worked with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Five for Fighting, One Republic, Augustana, Jason Reeves and current indie fave Lady Danville. The disc will be released on Brooklyns NewSong Recordings label. He also will perform on the West Virginia radio show Mountain Stage that airs internationally on National Public Radio.
A part of Alligoods inspiration may have been his moms home cooking.
I told him, If you win, Ill bake you a chicken pot pie, and I will bake the judges one too, said his mother, Bertie Alligood, assistant principal at Mt. Juliets Lakeview Elementary.
Apparently the word got around. After he won, one of the judges told Arthur he wanted his pie.
Her reaction when he called home to tell he had won?
The same reaction when he told me he was having twins: I didnt believe itno way. Its been a long time coming. Hes worked hard. He and his wife, Tracy, theyve sacrificed a lot for this. Were very proud of him. Hes a good boy.
Alligood, 32, moved with his family to Wilson County when he was 4 and grew up in Watertown and Lebanon. Now living in White House, he and Tracy, a special education teacher in Sumner County, have three daughters.
At Thursdays semifinals and final round, he performed three of his original songs, accompanying himself on his guitar.
Actually, it was my wifes Ibanez guitar. She lets me borrow it, he said with a laugh. Everyone involved in the contest writes their own material. It is really catered to the songwriter.
Arthur is exactly the kind of artist I was hoping to meet through the NewSong contest. said producer Blue, who will record the project in his Los Angeles studio. While remaining very true to his art, his lyrical and melodic sensibilities make his songs very accessible, and his rich vocal tone captivates the listener. I cant wait to see what we come up with in my studio!
NewSong Co-Founder and Director Gar Ragland said, Arthur was selected from among over 2,000 entries to become this years grand prize winner of the 10th annual Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. His songs are characterized by poetic lyrics and strong, memorable melodies, and he delivers them with a authenticity and connection that deeply engages the listener. This combination of strong performance and songwriting ultimately separated him from the rest of the finalists.
Alligood began playing guitar and songwriting at 16 or 17.
I remember getting a guitar and wanting to make up little songs, kind of an instinctive thing, he said. I went through a phase of wanting to learn other peoples songs, cover songs, but for the most part I wanted to write my own stuff.
He describe his style as a little mix of folk, and Im really going through a phase of old country music and being influenced by people like Hank Williams. I really respect a lot of that music, roots music really, the kind of foundation of what we know as rock and blues. Most of it just comes from early gospel, and I love that stuff too.
The week before the contest in the Big Apple, Alligood performed in California and Nebraska, and he will play Nashville on Nov. 12 and Cookeville on Nov. 15.
The singer-songwriter holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Tennessee State University. He has served as a music minister at several Middle Tennessee churches and worked last year as a substitute teacher in Metro Nashville schools.
Alligood said of his goals, I dont have any grand view of fame or any of that. I just would love to make records and see that my family is provided for.
By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post / email@example.com.
NOTE-- Lebanons Arthur Alligood performs at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Dewey House Show in Nashville and at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Backdoor Playhouse at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. He has recorded five discs: Live at Para Coffee, I Have Not Seen the Wind, Full Circle, Under the Gray and Formerly. For more info, go online to www.arthuralligood.com.
For more info about NewSong Music and Mountain Stage, go to newsong-music.com and www.mountainstage.org
LEBANON -- The Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry will be giving away large wheelbarrows of food including meats and fresh vegetables Saturday, Oct. 29.
The hours to receive food are from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. You receive a number as you drive on the parking and if you have been approved you will get your food when you number is called.
If you come for the first time, bring proof of household income, proof of address and two forms of identification, at least one must be a photo ID. The average income for those receiving food is around $600 a month.
Bob Evans, president of Josephs Storehouse, wishes to thank all financial partners that have brought in several truckloads of food to give away this month. Evans encouraged all volunteers to try and be there to help.
Josephs Storehouse is an agent for the federal US-AID food program and is able to give away frozen meats and desserts from their two, large walk-in freezers and 24 regular freezers. Each wheelbarrow is estimated to hold between $160 and $170 worth of food. They are able to give away about 500 wheelbarrows of food a month.
Evans said the ministry has purchased a refrigerator truck and are able to bring in a lot of fresh vegetables to give away. They also have an addition of 9,700 square feet to be added to the back of the warehouse coming up.
We are presently in a drive to raise the $350,000 to build the addition, but we must keep the money coming to bring in the food above all, Evans said.
He said trailer-loads of food are donated from out of state and it costs about $1,700 to get the food in cartons, pallets and shipped. This accounts for 30,000 to 34,000 pounds of food and Evans said they have rented more warehouse space to bring in extra for the winter.
Also, Evans said they are trying to give away a turkey to each family for Thanksgiving at a total cost of around $2,500. They are looking for donations to help support the effort.
We do not want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner while knowing that many cannot, Evans said.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Authorities have arrested the remaining suspect in a federal case involving drug and firearms charges against 17 people, the majority of them believed to be members of the Vice Lords gang.
Sterling Reneva Rivers, aka Little Real, 24, of Lebanon, was arrested Tuesday night by agents with the FBI and local authorities in Paris, Texas, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.
Were really pleased to have him in custody, the chief said.
Rivers was one of the 17 indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged participation in a drug distribution conspiracy and associated violence while reportedly illegally possessing firearms.
The indictments were handed down in September, said U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin.
Martin said 11 of the suspects were members of the Vice Lords gang. The arrests also included their alleged drug suppliers, he added.
The investigation was a joint operation conducted by the FBI, Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sparta, Cookeville and Metropolitan Nashville Police Departments; White County and Putnam County Sheriffs Departments, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Of the 17 indicted, 11 of them also were from Lebanon.
Rivers was also indicted on related federal firearms charges.
If convicted, they each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Bowen noted the arrest and the case are the culmination of a three-year investigation. He said Rivers was originally from West Tennessee but was known to frequently visit Lebanon.
Were very pleased with the investigation, he said, adding local officers working in conjunction with their counterparts in other agencies spent countless hours on the case.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy included the acquisition of large quantities of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, cocaine and marijuana, for distribution in Middle Tennessee.
The manner in which the alleged conspiracy was conducted included actual and attempted acts of violence including murder, attempted murder and assault to protect the gang's criminal operations. The indictment also alleged that members of the conspiracy and their associates robbed rival drug dealers of controlled substances and proceeds derived from the sale of controlled substances, promoted a climate of fear through violence and threats of violence and used and threatened to use physical violence against various individuals.
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors Note: Information from a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office, Middle District of Tennessee was used in this article. The arrests were first reported at www.wilsonpost.com on Sept. 19 and in the print edition of the newspaper on Sept. 21.
The team of (from left) John Lovetere, Fred Ray, Larry Wilcox and Mike Wyatt shot a 61 to win the Oct. 25 installment of the Hunters Point Senior Scramble, sponsored by First Freedom Bank. Closet to the hole honors were to: Ronnie Sloan (No. 2), Nick Barnes (No. 9) and Rhoni O'Shea (No. 16).
LEBANON -- On Saturday, Oct. 22 the inaugural B.L.U.E. (Basketball Leauge Upper Elementary) League games were held at Winfree- Bryant Middle School. The league is made up of 4th and 5th grade girls and boys teams from Byars Dowdy, Carroll Oakland, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Tuckers Crossroads, and Sam Houston.
Game 1 - GIRLS: Jasmine Fuqua from Sam Houston Elementary scored the first 2 points in BLUE League history.
Sam Houston 18: Ali Davis 10; Jasmine Fuqua 6; Alyssia Francis 2 points.
Byars Dowdy 4: Kyleigh Burton 2; Jazmin Ninez 2.
5th Quarter - Sam Houston 6, Byars Dowdy 0. Christaney Moore had 4 points and Tristen Neal 2.
Game 2 - BOYS
Byars Dowdy 27: Xavier Mills 16; Jeremiah Hastings 8; Kobe Gwyn 2.
Sam Houston 14:
Polo Phillips 4; Andrew Harper 4; Austin Brown 3 (1st BLUE league 3-point FG); Peyton Flatt 2; Keyvont Baines 1.
5th Quarter- Byars Dowdy 6, Sam Houston 0. Damien Collins 4, Allen Martinez 2.
Game 3 - GIRLS
Castle Heights 10: Addie Grace Porter 5; Emily Sword 3; Jakeisha James 2.
Carroll Oakland 8: Aaryn Grace Lester 4; Allissa Mulaski 3; Rebecca Brown 1.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 6, Carroll Oakland 0. Riley Painter 2; Akriana Steverson 2, Roshayah Hall 2.
Game 4- BOYS
Carroll Oakland 19: Dustin Hulse 6; Logan Hawk 4; Gavon Reasonover 3 points; Luke Jones 2; Tyler Wiggins 2; Corey Jones 2.
Castle Heights 16: Kameron Davis 9; Thomas Bryan 4; Dawson Allen 2; Braden Reece 2.
5th Quarter - Castle Heights 4, Carroll Oakland 0. Luke Bradshaw 2, Justin Collins 2.
Game 5- GIRLS
Coles Ferry 37: Jenna Manus 10; Antori Anderson 10; Mattie Averitt 6; Emily Jones 4; Sara Strickland 4; Gigi White 2; Anne Marie Heidebreicht 1.
Tuckers Crossroads 3: Haleigh Sutton 2; Landry Dixon 1.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 6, Tuckers Crossroads 0. Antori Anderson 2; Sydney Samilton 2; Brooklyn Bilbrey 2.
Game 6 - BOYS
Tuckers Crossroads 26: Ethan Njezic 10; Tyler Hayes 4; Cole Armstead 2; Ethan White 2; Elijah Williams 2; Ethan Chambers 2; Zachary Scott 2; Evan Britt 2.
Coles Ferry Boys 12: Gerik Fitts 8; Levi Sampson 2; Djuan Cragwall 2.
5th Quarter - Coles Ferry 4, TXR 0: Djuan Cragwall 2; Mark McDearman 2.
Dear Ken: How old is Gene Wilder, and what happened to the boy who played Charlie Bucket with him in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?
Wilder is 78 and retired. I dont like show business, I realized, he said a few years ago. I like show, but I dont like the business. Child actor Peter Ostrum, 53, became a veterinarian and practices in Glenfield, N.Y. Earlier this month Warner Home Video released a limited and numbered Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition as athree-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo that features a 144-page production book reprint filled with production photos and notes, and archival letters. Sweet premiums include a retro Wonka Bar-shaped tin box with scented pencils and eraser.
Dear Ken: I think I just spotted Garrett Morris in a new TV series, 2 Broke Girls. Am I right?
Yep. That is Morris, 74, one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players of Saturday Night Live fame. Born in New Orleans, he was raised by his Baptist preacher grandfather and sang in the church choir. Later he trained at the Juilliard School of Music and turned professional performing with the Harry Belafonte singers. Before his SNL days, he was featured in several Broadway musicals. Like baseball, life has been berra berra good to he.
Dear Ken: I remember a fantasy Western with Tony Randall playing all sort of characters. Can you help me find the title?
That is a marvelous gift from Randall from 1964 as he portrayed Dr. Lao, the abominable snowman, Merlin the magician, Apollonius of Tyana, Pan, a giant serpent and Medusa. His co-stars were Barbara Eden, Arthur McConnell and Noah Beery Jr.
Dear Ken: Please share some background on Shenae Grimes of 90210.
Grimes, who turns 22 this week, was born in Toronto, Canada, and previously starred in the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She did a comedic cameo in Scream 4. A huge fan of the original Beverly Hills 90210, the actress was in a music video for the band Our Lady Peace in their single, All You Did Was Save My Life.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at email@example.com
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, Oct 29 at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle, 1015 Bluebird Road, for former Lebanon High football standout Julian Anton "Tony" Cantrell, 36.
Born July 4, 1975, and a 1994 graduate of LHS, he died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 in Nashville.
He was an all-state performer for Coach Mark Medley's last team at Lebanon, the 1993 squad that lost in the state quarterfinals at Knox Farragut. Cantrell was named first team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, All Mid-State by The Tennessean and was named regional defensive player of the year. He attended Cumberland University and was currently attending Kaplan Career Institute studying to become a medical assistant. He was a lifelong member of The Garden of Prayer Tabernacle.
Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 28 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. at the Garden of Prayer Tabernacle and again Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service.
Bishop Alfred Howard will offer the eulogy and Elder Johnny Crudup will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his father Van Cantrell; children Markesshia Antina McCathern, Julian Rashad Cantrell, Anton Xavier Cantrell and Damien Hogg; brother Christopher Ramone (Mon) Cantrell; grandmother,Loucille Cantrell; aunts Mary Sue Brandon, Katherine Robertson, Delorse Vaden and Rachel Cantrell; uncles Elroy (Earlene) Cantrell, James (Betty) Cantrell, Tollie (Barbara) Cantrell; great-great-aunt Queen Ester Steverson; great-aunts, Fannie Harris, Bonnie Pleasant and Darlene Jackson; great-uncle Paul Smith; nephews JaWilliameze Jennings and Jaylan Cantrell; God-sisters Yolander Coggins and Marvolyn Neuble; God-brother LaByron Seay; like a brother, Randall Lewis; cousins friends and special friend Renee Schmitt.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Jeanette Robertson Cantrell.
Pallbearers: Shavez Jobe, Jesse Gilliam Jr., Tyrone Head, Marlow Seay, Daryl Seay, Reece Hall, Maurice Davis and Darren Cason.
Gardner Memorial Chapel of Nashville isin charge of arrangements.
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Center Chapel Church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, for Mrs. Bernadine Foriest Nelson, 65, of Mt. Juliet. A beloved and dedicated educator, the Oak Ridge native passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
She received her Bachelors Degree in Education from David Lipscomb University, a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Alabama and an additional degree from the University of Tennessee. She taught in her native Oak Ridge, in the state of Hawaii, in Alabama as well as serving as a geography teacher at Lebanon's Friendship Christian School before moving to the Wilson County Adult Learning Center, where she served as director.
Mrs. Nelson was active in the Tennessee Adult Education program and championed the cause of General Equivalency Diplomas -- helping more than 1,000 earn a GED. She was a member of the Center Chapel Church of Christ and enjoyed traveling.
Services were conducted by Bro. Andy Connelly, Bro. Darrell Duncan and Bro. Pierce Dodson. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: her husband Melvis Nelson; mother Dora Mash Foriest; son Brandon (April) Nelson; grandchildren Emma and Evan Nelson; as well as numerous other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Burnice Foriest, and brother Jerry Foriest. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.
Mt. Juliets Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 24 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Arbuckle, 87, of Lebanon.
A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and retired from Robertshaw / Lux Clock, Mrs. Arbuckle died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the University Medical Center.
Services were conducted by Bro. Glenn Denton and Bro. Mike Shelby. Interment followed in the Conatser Cemetery.
Survivors include: daughters Janie (Bobby) Edwards and Barbara (Tim) Heston; son-in-law Clyde Edwards; grandchildren Kathy (Michael) Shoptaw, Brian (Rhonda) Edwards, Karen (Danny) McDonald, Missy (Gary) Yarbrough, Lisa (Doug) Williams and Gregg (Candy) Overstreet; nine great grandchildren along with great, great grandchild and best friend, Maria Carson.
She is preceded in death by parents Vernon and Anna Bell Harrell Broyles; husband James William Arbuckle and daughter Jo Ann Edwards.
Grandsons and family members served as active pallbearers.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Elouise Foster, 81, of Lebanon, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
Funeral services were conducted by Brother Mike Hollaway and Brother Danny Sellars Monday afternoon, Oct. 24 at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Selmer / McNairy County.
Interment followed in Mt. the Gilead Cemetery.
Survivors include: children Donna (Bobby) Jones, Gary Mack (Cindy) Foster and Hugh Edward Foster; and grandchildren Jennifer Jenny Leighanne (Matt) Savage and Jonathan Jon Michael Jones.
Mrs. Foster is preceded in death by husband Hugh Foster, parents Buford and Eunice Whitten Henson, and brother Ed Henson.
Pallbearers: Comer Donnell, Doug ONeal, Bobby Pickle, Eddie Henson, Matt Savage, Jon Michael Jones and Bobby Jones. Honorary: Doug Hall, Larry Turnbow, and Johnson Ray.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, Oct. 24 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Tittle, 55, of Lebanon.
She died Oct. 18, 2011.
Interment was in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Jackie Tittle; children Bronson (Paula Gibson) Roberts, Terri (Thomas Colyer) Roberts, Trena Gay (Jr. Hicks) Roberts, Barbara Jean Tittle and Jackie (Chris) Hood; siblings Barbara (Dale) Roberson, Amanda Kemp, Mike (Kathy) Kemp and Jerry Kemp; grandchildren Michael Riley Hicks, Elizabeth Renee Hicks, Toby Colyer, Trinity Colyer, Theodore Miguel Taylor, Tyler Roberts, Taylor Colyer, Lee Colyer, Hailey Hood, Emily Hood and Brad Bell; as well as lifetime friend Jenny Neeley.
She is preceded in death by son Michael Tittle, parents Harlan and Gaynell Barrett Kemp, sister Sue May Brewington and brothers Riley Cummings and Danny Kemp.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
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