FORMER CITY BUILDING INSPECTOR
LEBANON — Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for former Lebanon Building Inspector Robert J. Robinson. Mr. Robinson, 68, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at Elmcroft in Lebanon.
He served as the building inspector for the City of Lebanon during the early 1990s. According to former Lebanon Mayor Bobby Jewell, Mr. Robinson was appointed city building inspector in 1990 and served in that post for some four years.
To fill the position, Jewell said yesterday he had called a meeting of local building contractors to explain that the city was adopting the Southern Building Code and what impact that might have on them and their businesses. He said in the meeting he explained that there was a vacancy in the city building inspector’s position and asked if anyone in that group would have an interest in taking over the job.
2011 BASEBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt announced the 2011 schedule this week, which features 31 home games, two contests at Veterans Field in Lebanon and eight opponents ranked in the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll announced last week, open the season February 11-13 at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium against Missouri Baptist and St. Francis-Fort Wayne.
“We’re looking at a very ambitious schedule,” Coach Hunt said. “Our guys love to play at home and I’ve done everything I can to get us as many games as possible in front of our fans.”
CU will head to Jackson, Miss., the next weekend for contests against McKendree University and Belhaven University.
Cumberland then hosts Brewton-Parker in a three-game series and Indiana Tech in a doubleheader the last weekend of February before beginning TranSouth Conference action the first week of March at Freed-Hardeman.
The Bulldogs will continue west after the FHU series for Spring Break, taking on Texas Wesleyan and Northwood University in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and playing LSU-Shreveport on the way home.
Rival Trevecca Nazarene will await the club for a three-game series at home at the end of Spring Break. The series with the Trojans begins a stretch of 16-of-20 games at home, which includes a pair of contests at Veterans Field – March 22 versus Campbellsville University and April 5 against Lindsey Wilson.
During the long home- stand the Bulldogs will entertain Embry-Riddle in a pair of games as well as Georgetown College and Union University.
Cumberland also plays weekend home conference series against Martin Methodist and Mid-Continent in the month of April before the TranSouth Championships scheduled for May 2-5.
In all the Bulldogs will play 14 games against teams ranked in the Preseason Top 25 against Lee University, Embry-Riddle, Belhaven, LSU-Shreveport, Tennessee Wesleyan, Union University, Campbellsville and Brewton-Parker.
In addition the Bulldogs will play another 10 contests against teams in the receiving votes category of the Preseason Poll, including Northwood, Texas Wesleyan, Indiana Tech, Trevecca Nazarene and Bethel University.
Four clubs on the schedule participated in the 2010 NAIA World Series – Lee, Belhaven, Embry-Riddle and Tennessee Wesleyan – while six others played in the 2010 NAIA Championships Opening Round – Brewton-Parker, Campbellsville, Indiana Tech, LSU-Shreveport, Missouri Baptist and Union University.
The full 2011 schedule may be found at www.gocumberlandathletics.com/baseball/schedule/.
LEBANON -- A benefit is planned in December for a cafeteria worker at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School who is battling Stage IV melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
Debbie Cruz has worked for 12 years with the Wilson County Schools Nutrition department at TXR and has battled cancer for several years. Her illness has now caused her to take a leave of absence from work.
A benefit for Cruz will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 at TXR which will include entertainment from the Music Ministry of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Music Ministry will perform from 5 until 6 p.m.
Boy, 13, removed from home
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Authorities have charged two people in connection with an active meth lab discovered at a residence in Lebanon on Wednesday. A 13-year-old boy who was living in the home was placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Service.
Detectives with the Wilson County Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home at 1098 Greenwood Road, Lebanon where they found a “a working methamphetamine lab,” one of the investigators said.
Arrested and charged were Christopher Michael Howell, 35, and Tanya Michelle Williamson, 37.
FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL COACH
Wilson Central football coach Brad Dedman was honored Wednesday as one of only three high school coaches across the Midwest to be invited to the Army All-American Bowl Game in January.
Army officials were on hand at the school Wednesday to make a presentation to Dedman during an assembly at the school’s gymnasium.
Dedman will attend the game and related activities in San Antonio, Texas, prior to game day on Jan. 8, 2.
WILKERSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
From Post staff reports
Cumberland University is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released this week. The defending national champions garnered 16 of the 20 first-place votes and totaled 556 points in the poll of head coaches representing each of the 25 conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
Coach Wood Hunt’s team is ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since March 30, 2005 and the fourth time overall dating to 1998. The Bulldogs were No. 2 in the 2005 Preseason Poll after claiming the 2004 national title.
The Bulldogs return three position starters and seven pitchers from last year’s 58-9 national championship club, including Preseason All-American pitcher Aaron Wilkerson. He posted a 14-1 record with a 2.13 earned-run-average and 125 strikeouts in 101.1 innings last season. The Waco, Texas, native appeared in 17 contests with 15 starts, tossing 11 complete games with three shutouts.
He posted 14 straight victories after losing his first start of the year. Wilkerson was especially dominant in the postseason, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Bethel University in the TranSouth Championships in Paducah, Ky., and then striking out 17 in another complete game shutout versus Campbellsville University in the NAIA Championships Opening Round in Joliet, Ill.
He recorded a pair of victories in the NAIA World Series, striking out 13 and giving up just one run in eight innings versus Embry-Riddle in the opener for CU. Then in the championship game, Wilkerson tossed eight innings of four-hit ball before running into trouble in the ninth but still escaping, starting a game-ending doubleplay in the Bulldogs 4-3 triumph against Lee University.
Catcher David Fanshawe, first baseman Greg Appleton and second baseman T.J. Murphy are the Bulldogs three returning position players. Fanshawe batted .342 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs and 49 RBIs while catching more than 90 percent of the innings last season. He was one of the biggest reasons for the Bulldogs great pitching staff in 2010, which posted a 3.76 team ERA, struck out 464 and walked just 150. He threw out 34 percent of potential base stealers and also drove in all four runs in the championship game.
Appleton played mostly first base but also saw action at second and third. He hit .361 with 13 doubles, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.
Murphy played in 48 games with 36 starts last year, batting .315 with three doubles and 10 RBIs. He scored 23 runs, walked 16 times and was also hit six times. He started everyday during the last month of the season, as the Bulldogs won 29 of their last 30 games to end the year.
Cumberland’s No. 1 ranking dethrones Lewis-Clark State’s seven-poll hold on the top ranking dating to the first 2010 regular-season poll. The first-regular season poll of the 2011 season will be announced on March 29.
CU OVERCOMES 30 TO'S
NASHVILLE -- Yalonda Davis scored a game-high 17 points and Jessica Pace added 13 points and 15 rebounds, as Cumberland led from the opening tip and hung on to defeat Tennessee State, 66-62, Thursday night in women's basketball action at Gentry Center.
Cumberland's final eight points of the contest came at the foul line, but CU was just 8-of-13 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes. Cumberland opened the game with an 11-2 advantage and used an 11-2 run to open a 31-22 lead at halftime.
The Lady Tigers (1-2) came out pressing in the second half and eventually cut the CU lead to 53-52 with just less than four minutes to play, but Davis made a bucket on a backdoor cut the then nailed a 3-pointer on the next trip, forcing a TSU timeout.
The Lady Bulldogs maintained the lead for the rest of the game, hitting necessary foul shots, but the Lady Tigers made two mistakes in the final seconds.
After Pace hit a free throw with 14.5 seconds remaining, two Lady Tigers got confused on who was taking the ball out, causing a violation when one stepped back out of bounds after the ball had been already put into play. CU threw the ball away on the ensuing in-bounds, holding a three-point lead, but TSU did not shoot a 3-pointer, instead taking it to the basket and missing two shots before fouling again.
Pace's final free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining finally put the game out of reach, giving the Bulldogs the four-point victory.
Cumberland won despite committing 30 turnovers in the contest, but the Lady Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field and got big buckets when needed, including the two from Davis and one earlier in the second half from Pace, a driving lay-up plus the foul.
Tayla Foster and Jasmin Shuler led the Lady Tigers with 15 points apiece. The Lady Tigers shot just 30 percent from the field.
Cumberland jumped out early, 11-2, in the first five minutes, with Casie Cowan hitting a 3-pointer and another jumper and Pace converting an old-fashioned 3-point play. A pair of 3-pointers from Shuler cut into the CU lead, though the Bulldogs were never behind in the period.
Meredith Stafford's trifecta and a free throw from Foster cut the Cumberland advantage to 20-19 with 7:39 left in the half, but the Lady Bulldogs used an 11-2 spurt to end the period. Five different players scored during the stretch, with Cowan's driving layup with 48 seconds remaining putting the Bulldogs ahead 31-22 at intermission.
Cumberland takes on fourth-ranked Campbellsville University on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
By ANGEL KANE
As I lay across the kitchen floor Sunday night, surrounded by bubble wrap, duck tape, a pulley and wig, my husband walked in,
“Well, this looks like another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into.”
And honestly, if at that moment my fingers had not been super-glued together, I would have exhibited some rather rude behavior. Instead (due to circumstances beyond my control), I took the high road.
ASK KEN BECK --
Dear Ken: What is comedic actor Eddie Murphy up to these days?
Murphy, 49, recently signed to star opposite Ben Stiller in the movie “Tower Heist.” According to “Entertainment Weekly,” the plot has Stiller as the overworked manager of a Manhattan luxury high-rise partnering with his operation and maintenance workers to stage a heist of its penthouse tenant, a Wall Street capitalist, played by Alan Alda, who defrauded the staff of their pensions. Murphy was most recently the voice of the donkey in “Shrek Forever After,” and has completed filming “A Thousand Words,” about a man who discovers he only has 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. It’s set for release in early 2011.
By KEN BECK, Special to The Wilson Post
VINE — Woodworker Tommy Nation hated the feeling in the pit of his stomach as he saw most of his co-workers pick up not a Christmas bonus check but their lay-off slip. It was three days before Christmas 1990, and he was just about the last man standing.
Not only did he grieve for his cohorts at the Mt. Juliet company that built swim platforms for competitive ski boats, but he realized his number could be up soon, too.
A hard worker and a quick thinker, within a couple of months Nation took matters into his own skillful hands and began a family business out of his carport in the Vine Community near the Rutherford County line. Today, Teak World Enterprises makes more swim platforms than any company in the United States.
"Everybody who works here is either my son, my brother or my nephew," Nation said about the business, born March 12, 1991, which also builds teak parts for boat companies and boat owners across the country.
From Post staff reports
Two young mothers, both professionals, found themselves with some extra time on their hands some three years ago and decided to do something fun.
They approached The Wilson Post about writing a weekly column about their life experiences, and in turn, the lives of hundreds perhaps thousands of other working moms like them. The results have been amazing.
The two columnists, Becky Andrews and Angel Kane, have become a weekly favorite in Wilson County’s leading community newspaper, and their column was the foundation for developing a now very popular lifestyle magazine, Wilson Living. But wait, there’s more.
Now the inventors of “Telling Tales” are publishing their first book that is to go on sale this weekend at the Wilson Living Expo.
To those Wilson Countians younger than say, 45, the name George Harding might not ring a bell. But to those of us living on the other side of 50, there was no one who stood taller in county government than Mr. Harding, who died Wednesday morning, Nov. 17 at the age of 88 at ElmCroft Assisted Living.
A Masonic service will be held at 6:15 Friday, Nov. 19 at the Frist United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life following at 7:30 p.m. conducted by Bishop Robert Spain, Dr. Larry Locke, Dr. Martin Thielen and Rev. Bucky Hesson. A private graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
One of the architects of the present benefits package now enjoyed by county employees, as well as a champion of youth baseball, libraries, roads, and public education, Mr. Harding was a colorful, yet sometimes controversial character.
By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET — A man employed by a Mt. Juliet construction company died Friday, Nov. 12 while working on a bridge spanning the Wolf River in Memphis, officials said this week.
Chief Manager Kevin Hinson of Mountain States Contractors, LLC said Monday that Rene Mendez, a carpenter with the company for more than two years, was killed on Nov. 12 while working on a bridge over the Wolf River in Memphis. Hinson said the situation is still under investigation, and he didn’t include details on Mendez’s death. He said that Mendez had been working on the project for over a year.
Mountain States Contractors, located at 5760 Old Lebanon Dirt Road in Mt. Juliet, handles heavy civil and highway work, Hinson said, and has been in business here for seven years.
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