Cumberland's baseball team has a lot of work to do after sleepwalking through Saturday's doubleheader split with first year program Blue Mountain.
The Bulldogs managed just two hits in a 4-1 win over the 'Toppers in Saturday's opener, then hid under the covers in a 7-4 loss. How's this for stepping up? Eight errors and only seven hits against a team with NO TRADITION -- just a bunch of former juco players who were obviously tired of being kicked around.
23 TEAMS WILL VIE FOR TITLE
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Rest assured, rain is in the forecast as the annual Wilson County Invitational Tournament kicks off Wednesday night with pool games at four local baseball fields.
The tournament, hosted by Mt. Juliet, Lebanon High's Veterans Field, Wilson Central and Friendship Christian has been plaqued by Mother Nature seemingly since its inception and this year looks to be no different as the forecast is calling for some mid-week rain.
Some 19 out-of-town teams will compete for the tournament championship with pool play continuing through Saturday morning. A single-elimination tournament should produce a champion by later Sunday afternoon -- weather permitting.
Here's a look at Wednesday night's opening round games.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23:
Hendersonville at Mt. Juliet
Ravenwood at Wilson Central
Hume Fogg at Lebanon / Veteran's Field
Hendersonville at Friendship Christian
Thursday, March 24:
Mt. Juliet High
3:30 p.m. Creek Wood vs. station Camp
6 p.m. Mt. Juliet vs. Science Hill
8:30 p.m. Houston vs. Science Hill
Wilson Central High
1 p.m. Clarksville vs. Ravenwood
3:30 p.m. Beech vs. Clarksville
6 p.m. Beech vs. Ravenwood
8:30 p.m. Wilson Central vs. Montgomery Central
LHS / Veterans Field
3:30 p.m. Centennial vs. Gallatin
6 p.m. Centennial vs. Lebanon
8:30 p.m. White House vs. Station Camp
3:30 p.m. Portland vs. Franklin County
6 p.m. Lipscomb vs. Franklin
8:30 p.m. FCS vs. Lipscomb
For the complete tournament schedule, please follow this link -- WCIT.
Thanks to Louisville losing to Morehead State of the OVC, my NCAA bracket is taking on water faster than the Titanic. I've got Kansas State, Notre Dame, Duke and Ohio State making it to the final four with OSU winning it all.
By SUSAN LYNN
This year several bills have the State Legislature considering doing away with the publication of public notices in local newspapers in order to save money. Before you conclude that this is a good idea, consider a few facts.
The state Constitution and state law require publication of public notices. This is due to an important principle of civil societies: if the government is going to take some action to limit or change our rights, or take away our property, it must go out and seek to provide public notice to the citizens of the potential action. It is not mandatory that you read it but a good faith effort must be made by the state to provide the information.
Publication has always meant that the notice must be outside of Government’s own halls; in newspapers of general circulation where the community can read them. But to get around this provision, the legislature wants the government to publish legal notices on the state’s website and charge for the posting.
The City of Lebanon’s annual residential spring cleanup will begin Friday, April 1 and continue through Friday, April 29. Citizens are reminded to place items near the curb or next to but not in the roadside ditch.
The Street Department attempts to run daily routes therefore serving all citizens with four pick ups during the month. This schedule is subject to change due to weather and/or heavy volumes.
Please place all small and loose items in trash bags. Please separate out wood and metal. Please note the city cannot pick up chemicals, paint, wet batteries, mattresses, box springs, carpet and carpet padding. Questions, contact the City Street Department office at 444-0825 ext. 121.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
& MARJORIE LlOYD, The Gallatin Newspaper
A local deputy called it "teamwork," and Major Don Linzy of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department expressed gratitude for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s assistance in apprehending a Sumner County burglary suspect in Lebanon Wednesday afternoon.
Around 2:03 p.m., a call was made to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department reporting a home burglary and that the suspect had fled the scene. That suspect later turned up in Wilson County where Lt. Eric Rollins of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, apprehended him.
Linzy said a BOLO, (Be On the Lookout alert) was put out by the SCSD with the description of a white Dodge pickup truck and description of the suspect. Rollins said about 5 minutes after the BOLO was received by the WCSD, he spotted the suspect on Highway 231 North and pulled him over on Hartmann Drive at the intersection at Coles Ferry Pike.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency personnel recovered the body of a Portland man from the bottom of Old Hickory Lake in the Benders Ferry area of West Wilson after he was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Officer Matt Brian said the body of Jeffery D. Lea, 38, was found around 11 a.m., Wednesday, after an extensive search by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, WEMA and the TWRA. Brian said that Lea’s body was found by WEMA personnel who were dragging the lake during the search effort.
Around 2:11 p.m., on Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department received the call that Lea was missing. A few hours later around 6:20 p.m., the department called in two TWRA officers to help with the search.
From Post staff reports
Some 58 high school softball teams, including three from Wilson County, are participating this week in the Commando Classic at Hendersonville’s massive Drakes Creek Park.
Pool play action continues Friday at 3:30 p.m. as Mt. Juliet plays Blackman High, followed by a 5 p.m. contest vs. Chattanooga GPS. Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Mt. Juliet will take on Florence, AL.
Lebanon High is scheduled to play Sycamore High Friday at 3:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. game vs. Pigeon Forge. Saturday at 10 a.m. LHS will take on Columbia Central.
Wilson Central High is slated to play Pope John Paul II today at 3:30 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. game with Knoxville Farragut. Saturday at 10 a.m. the Lady Wildcats will tangle with Marshall County.
Siegel High 5, Wilson Central 2
HENDERSONVILLE -- Siegel struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 5-2 win over Wilson Central in the Commando Classic Wednesday at Drakes Creek Park. The Stars banged out eight hits against Central pitching. Sophomore Sidney Smith started and took the loss for Wilson Central.
Earlier Wednesday, Central dropped a 7-6 decision to Sycamore High. On Tuesday, Wilson Central split a pair of pool play games -- defeating White House 4-2 and falling to Knoxville Gibbs High 9-3.
Lebanon 12, Gallatin 0
GALLATIN -- Lebanon High rode the stellar pitching effort of Beth Swartwout Wednesday for a 12-0 victory over Gallatin High at Triple Creek Park. Swartwout allowed just one hit in four innings of work, striking out three with no walks.
Kelly McKeon and Kathryn Ludwikowski each bopped home runs for to lead Lebanon’s 12-hit attack. McKeon’s blast was a three-run shot in the third while Ludwikowski’s was a two-run bomb in the third. Katie Blackburn and Tori Brewington each had two hits for LHS. On Tuesday, Lebanon pounded Donelson Christian 13-0 at Baird Park.
By JOHN L. SLOAN
The debate goes on. Should hunting behind a high fence be legal? There are those in favor of it and they see absolutely nothing wrong with it. There are those who are diametrically opposed to hunting behind a high fence and are of the opinion that those who do so should be tarred and feathered.
The question is one mostly of two view points. First, is it ethical to hunt an animal that is, in effect penned and unable to escape? Second, should it be legal to do so? Now also in consideration is the possibility that penned animals give rise to diseases, which may then be spread, to the wild population.
That is another situation. Let me right now state my position. I think that if there is sufficient acreage involved the for the animal to evade the hunter and the baiting or feeding of the animal is not involved, thereby providing fair chase in my opinion, then I have no problem with it.
By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine
Having attended Catholic schools, I am well versed in all the requirements that surround Lent. Mind you, I am not Catholic but consider myself Catholic by association.
I recall the nuns at my school going around the class and asking each one of us what we were giving up for Lent. To be honest, being a non-catholic I felt somewhat persecuted that I had to give up anything.
Dear Ken: What can you tell me about actor Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the new movie? I have never heard of him before this.
Hemsworth, 27, hails from the Land Down Under where he starred in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away” for three years. His brothers, Luke and Liam, are actors in Australia (Liam also tested for the role of Thor). He appeared in three movies, “Star Trek,” “A Perfect Getaway” and “Ca$h,” before taking up Thor’s hammer. Sometime this year he stars in a remake of “Red Dawn” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Next year he reappears as Thor in “The Avengers.” Hemsworth married Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in December. He describes Thor’s character saying, “He’s doing what he’s doing for his family and to protect the kingdom, and he thinks it’s the right way to do it. It just happens to be a very aggressive way of doing it, which probably isn’t the right way.” “Thor” opens at theaters May 20.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- “Hats Off to the Wilson County Fair” has been selected as the theme of the 2011 award-winning Wilson County Fair.
The annual event will be held on Aug. 12-20 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
“The fair board thinks this theme will be a great one to involve all of Wilson County as we put our hats on to come to Wilson County’s greatest annual event,” a spokesperson said.
“As the fair always has a focus on fairs of the past, this year will be no exception as we reminisce on how ladies used to dress up in their finest hats to attend the annual event. One of the events this year will be a Ladies and Men’s Hat Competition with categories for all ages and types of hats.”
Wilson County Fair Board President Hale Moss also announced that Helen McPeak has been appointed by the executive board to be the Interim Wilson County Fair Manager with the retirement of Andy Brummett.
McPeak has been a important part of the Fair team for many years and knows every part of the event. Moss said that they were very fortunate to have McPeak in this position, and her leadership talents will be very important to the 2011 Wilson County Fair.
Brummett will remain on a part time basis.
I was really surprised to receive an e-mail from Karen Franklin this past Saturday telling me that she had been in Hawaii for her 10th anniversary. She forgot to take me with her and her husband, John Franklin. Karen, in all her wisdom decided to write about the birds she saw on her trip and I would love to share it with you all. Ray
By Karen Franklin, guest columnist
I put myself on unofficial assignment when my husband and I took our 10 year wedding anniversary to Maui, Hawaii on March 2-11. I would like to dedicate this article to Ray. If I could have fit him in my luggage and taken him with me I would have!!
I thought that there would be lots of tropical birds and exotic species to write about, but after purchasing a Hawaii bird book in Maui, I was surprised to learn that there are actually very few species of birds in Hawaii that are considered native. (In fact, there are very few animals, amphibians and reptiles!)
The birds are grouped into 4 categories: Endemic species and subspecies that evolved in Hawaii and are found nowhere else in the world; Indigenous species that arrived in the islands unassisted by man and established breeding populations, but are found elsewhere; Alien species introduced to and established in Hawaii by man; and Visitor/Regular migrants that spend the winter in Hawaii and depart in the spring, or pass through during migration.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Something hot and zingy is flowing out of Lebanon these days, a barbecue sauce by the name of Ol’ South Fine Swine that’s meant to be liberally doused on grilled meats.
Its maker, Richard Swindell, who has lived in Lebanon for three years, promotes it saying, “It’s a gourmet barbecue sauce tested and perfected over 10 years that reflects Southern barbecue taste.
“I’ve always liked to cook, either inside or outside, especially on the grill. I came across a recipe years ago that I liked. It seemed it needed to be tweaked a little bit, so I started adding and taking away with spices, and I made notes,” said Swindell, 66, a retired brick mason and native of Sparta.
“Finally, one day I hit on this one sauce that I really liked and started giving it to my neighbors and children, and they all liked it. Up in Sparta I didn’t have any contacts, but I really enjoyed making it and seeing the satisfaction when my friends tried it.”
Swindell took the plunge and decided to go commercial with his sauce last summer when a brother-in-law to his brother opened the Cockeyed Pig barbecue restaurant in Gallatin.
Wilson County Beer Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon, to consider the application of Idris A. Alassar d/b/a Betty’s Market, 6288 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon.
Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, March 21.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss line item transfers and a forensic audit. Council will also hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the same location, for a discussion on economic stimulus, jobs and recruiting and retaining businesses.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”
Southern STARRS Winter Class Session is now open. The program offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children. A one-hour class is available for Saturday morning and Monday evening, and you can download an application form at www.southernstarrs.org. Volunteers are needed, also. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Times are from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in the spring and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. Internships, work-studies and community service credit are offered. Forms can also be downloaded at www.southernstarrs.org. For information, call 453-2592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale to be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Gallatin Farmer’s Market. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176. All donations are tax deductible.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
St. Patrick’s Day Party at Lebanon Country Club on Thursday, March 17, open to members and non-members. Price of $15 includes dinner consisting of Irish Stew or Spinach salad, slow simmered corned beef with parsley potatoes, carrots and cabbage and Grasshopper Parfait; music, games, Karaoke and prizes. Green beer and other Irish drinks will be available. Buffet dinner will be served from 5 until 8 p.m. Music and entertainment will be until 11 p.m. Call 444-8300 for reservations.
Bluegrass/Country Music will be at Timberline Campground on Saturday, March 19, from 6 until 8:30 p.m., featuring Sue Rollins and the Pulltight Express Band.
Mt. Juliet Senior Center has several events planned for March including a Scrapbooking Class that begins at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 16; a concert by Tom and Bev Grant from 6 until 8 p.m., Saturday, March 19; and a presentation by Melody-Jennings Griffin on “Antiques Appraisal” at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 28. For information on these and other programs, call 758-9114 or visit www.mjseniorcenter.org.
4-H Babysitters Training Course, offered by the University of Tennessee Extension, will be Monday and Thursday, March 21 and 24, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., at the UT Extension Office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. Participants must attend both days of training. Cost is $30 and is open to children in grades 5-12. Space is limited, and the last day to register is Thursday, March 17. To register your child, or for information, call Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or email email@example.com.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. The next meeting is March 22. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
Home and Personal Security, a seminar presented by Informed Voter Orientation, Training & Education in cooperation with Cedars Preparatory Academy, will be 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at Cedars Preparatory Academy, 404 West Main Street, Lebanon. Sheriff Terry Ashe will be the guest speaker. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted.
March for Meals will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. Join participants for a day full of food, festivities and fun as they raise money for the MCHRA Meals-on-Wheels organization. For your donation, you will be entertained by many local bluegrass bands along with other family oriented activities. Barbecue will be for sale by the Country Haven Café so bring your appetite, lawn chair, family and friends. All the funds stay in the Mt. Juliet area to help keep elderly clients off the waiting list. For information, call Bobbie Jo Caldwell at 758-2777 or at 500-4318.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26. Personal Trainer Brenda Polk will discuss “Becoming Physically and Spiritually Strong.” The service project for the month benefits the Baptist Campus Ministries House at Cumberland University. Bring garbage bags, paper plates, napkins, 16-ounce drink cups, bath tissue or household cleaning supplies.
Wilson County Special Olympics Annual Track & Field Event will be Wednesday, March 30, at Wilson Central High School’s football field. Rain date is Wednesday, April 6. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Events include 50 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash; 10 Meter Walk, 25 Meter Walk; 25 Meter Wheel Chair Race; 50 Meter Electric Wheel Chair Race; Long Jump; and Softball Throw. There is no admission charge. Everyone is invited to come and support local Special Olympians. For information, contact Dawn Bradley at 453-7288.
Wilson County Democratic Party re-organization, including election of officers and executive committee for 2011-2012 will be held Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at the UAW District Union Hall at 151 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon. Note: All attendees must be inside the Hall before 10 a.m. as, per the by-laws, no one will be allowed to enter the meeting room after this time.
Volunteers are needed by the Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the Wilson County area. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12. For information, or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or at 452-5259.
Second Annual Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Cornhole Tournament, presented by total Family Chiropractic & Rehab, will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Mt. Juliet High School. Cash prizes total $550. Entry fee for a two-player team is $40. It is a double elimination tournament and will be held rain or shine. For information, call 758-3478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson County Democratic Women announces the Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship, Wilson County High School Senior Essay Contest 2010-2011. The scholarship is $500. All Wilson County high school seniors are eligible to enter by submitting an on the topic, “The Importance of Women in the Political Process.” The entry must be 400-500 words, typed and double-spaced; the cover page must include name, address, telephone number and school; omit your name on essay pages; it will be evaluated on content, form and clarity by the Scholarship Committee. It must be postmarked by April 26 and mailed to Linda Armistead, 210 Forrest Lawn Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. For more information, call 444-3838.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to email@example.com. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
If you’ve driven along Castle Heights Avenue or Winwood Drive lately, you’ve surely felt the effects of the City of Lebanon’s work to repair waterlines beneath the streets, but the city is also preparing to repave those streets and others as was the topic of discussion during the City Council’s work session Tuesday.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department is keeping quite busy and has been since the first of January as officers have found 11 methamphetamine, or meth, labs operating inside and near the city limits.
The large number of meth lab busts locally reflects a growing trend nationwide, and funds to deal with it have, in many jurisdictions, run out. That is because Congress recently cut federal funds that had gone to cities and counties to aid in the clean-up costs of meth labs. The manufacturing of meth produces toxic chemicals that contaminate any area where it is produced, and the clean-up can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the lab and the method of production used.
“With federal funding now gone to clean up (meth labs), it’s now up to the Mt. Juliet Police Department to clean them up,” said Officer Matt Mang of the MJPD.
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