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Linda Lorraine McDivitt, 63

Mrs. McDivitt, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Shop Springs Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Stefan M. Kowalczyk, 89

Mr. Kowalczyk, 89, formerly of Chicago, IL, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at the Gardens at Providence, Mt. Juliet.
A mass in his honor will be held at Lebanons St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Interment will be at St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, IL this Spring.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Monday prep results

MT. JULIET -- Gordonsville needed a big fourth quarter to escape with a 39-33 win over the Mt. Juliet Christian Lady Saints Monday night.

MJCA had mounted a 25-20 lead after three periods, only to see Gordonsville close out the game on a 19-8 run.

MJ Christians Lynnze Ethridge led all scorers with 16 points. Shelby Leech drilled a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight while Jessica Melvin had five. MJCA slipped to 5-6 with the loss.

The boys game found Gordonsville coming away with 58-47 victory in the nightcap. GHS led 17-9 after one and 30-17 at intermission.

Ben Wankel led MJCA with 23 points while Trevor West buried four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. MJCA fell to 6-5 overall. The teams will be idle until a Jan. 3 contest at Boyd Christian

On Saturday, MJCA swept a pair of games in Murfreesboro against Providence Christian Academy.

The Lady Saints got 24 points from Ethridge en route to an easy 51-19 win.

Wankel had 23 points in the nightcap as the Saints rolled to a 55-30 victory.

(girls) Ezell-Harding 54, Friendship 45
ANTIOCH -- Friendship Christians Lady Commanders slipped to 1-4 on the season following Mondays 54-45 loss at Ezell-Harding Academy. FCS trailed 18-10 after one period and 33-24 at halftime.

Friendships Andi Morrisett led all scorers with 18 points and Deja Jones added 13.The Lady Commanders are scheduled to play Montgomery Central this (Wednesday) morning in a classic at East Literature Magnet in Nashville.

(boys) Friendship 60, Ezell-Harding 46
ANTIOCH -- Senior Dalton Patterson knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 24points to lead Friendship Christian to a 60-46 victory at Ezell-Harding Monday night.

The Commanders improved to 4-1 overall after overcoming a one-point Ezell-Harding lead with a 19-4 fourth quarter run. Allen Heaston added 13 points for FCS while Sam Lancaster added five points.

Dolly stars with Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise

Dear Ken: What has Dolly Parton been up to lately?

The country music superstar from Sevierville, Tenn., has a new album out, Better Day, and a music video of one of the singles from the album, The Sacrifice, is now running on TV. Parton says of her new single, The Sacrifice is another song that is just so, totally, me. I think its so totally everybody that has a dream and desire to be successful, and in order to be successful we have to give up things that wed rather not.But if were not willing to make that sacrifice, usually we dont see those dreams come true. The mastermind behind Dollywood is also in a new movie, Joyful Noise, with Queen Latifah and Kris Kristofferson, that opens Jan. 13. The plot centers on an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small-town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. It features music, naturally, by Parton.

Christmas officially "on the clock'

Can you hear that? Its the sound of a ticking clock. Time is running out to finish holiday shopping, mail Christmas cards and plan last minute dinner parties. Time is also running out to get the special holiday rate gift subscription to Wilson Living Magazine. It makes a great gift for anyone who lives in Wilson County or locals who have moved away and want to keep up with whats going on in the area. Until December 31, 2011 you can get a 1 year subscription for just $10 (additional charges apply for out of county and out of state subscribers).You better hurry though, this special pricing wont last.

December is a busy month for most of us. There is one more event youll want to add to your calendar this month. On December 13th The Crystal Couture Store will host a, Holiday How Do You Do Party. Beginning at 5:30pm guests can take advantage of special discounts, prizes, beverages and hors devours. The ladies of Wilson Living will be there. So join us to take care of your last minute shopping list or just visit Wilson Countys very own Sparkle Store.

This time of year usually brings on a lot of stress. And sometimes the things we stress about arent really that important in the grand scheme of things. Theres no better way to put things into perspective than donating time to help others. 2011 was a tumultuous year for the economy. Job loss, rising interest rates on home loans and health issues left some unemployed or in worse cases, homeless. There are many foundations that need extra help this holiday season. To find where you can put your skills to work log on to Or call any nursing home or assisted living facility and find out if you can visit an elderly resident. You might be surprised at how a simple visit can brighten their day and yours.

Weve got big things planned for 2012 and we cant wait to share it all with you! Keep up with whats going on in Wilson County and maybe win a cool prize, become a fan on Facebook!

Home and Garden is a very popular section and this issue we are happy to showcase the home of Wilson County residents, Mike and Judy Cox in the January/February issue. Their home is breathtaking, especially this time of year. If you havent seen their home all lit up for Christmas, you must drive by sometime before the end of the year. Their display will get anyone in the mood for Christmas.

Be safe this holiday season! Send us your family pictures of your family enjoying the holiday season. You might see them pop up on our Facebook page!

Until next time, Keep Reading!

The good news bears
Stuffed toy bruins holding blankets and poems with kind sentiments have captured the hearts of hundreds of Wilson Countians during the past year.

The majority of these aptly named burden bears have come from the caring hands of Connie Tipton, a practicing speech language pathologist who moved to Lebanon this past December.

Her cheery-beary mission was inspired in 1995 during a stay in a St. Joseph, Mo., hospital when a friend from church gave her a stuffed brown bear wearing a 26-line poem.

Our Feathered Friends - December 21, 2011

It is hard to believe that Christmas is here, and before we blink it will be 2012. I hope you have all had a great year and are looking forward to another exciting adventure in the coming one. Ray and I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I live in Mt. Juliet and while traveling around town this past week or two Ive noticed a frequent feathered friend perched on some power lines near Old Lebanon Dirt Road. It is a beautiful American Kestrel, and he has been keeping a keen eye on some open fields from his perch. I decided to look him up this week and learn more about him since Im not familiar with our smallest falcon. Here are some of the interesting things I learned

Terry D. Climer, 60

A reception in memory of Mr. Terry Dean Climer, 60, will be held at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, between the hours of 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mr. Climer died at home on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

A native of Lebanon, Mr. Climer graduated from Lebanon High School in 1969 and later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. He began his career at WCOR radio station in Lebanon before working in the television industry in Los Angeles and Nashville. An accomplished editor, he was nominated for two primetime Emmys.

Mr. Climer was a dog lover, cared deeply for his family and friends, and was a fan of the WKU Hilltoppers sports teams.

Mr. Climer was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Willette Climer, and his eldest brother, Don Climer.

He is survived by his brother, David (Rebecca) Climer of Nashville; sister-in-law Dottie Climer of Lebanon; nephews Chris Climer of Nashville and Toby (Megan) Climer of Lebanon; great nephews Chase and Reese Climer of Lebanon; as well as a number of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Wilson County or Western Kentucky University.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon TN 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

Darian Brown resigns as Wilson Central principal

The Wilson Post
Wilson Central High School Principal Darian Brown has resigned that position and will be returning to the classroom at a local middle school within the Wilson County School System after serving as principal for nearly two years.

I just really wanted the opportunity to get back to working with kids in the classroom, Brown said.

A teacher for 16 years, Brown said he felt disconnected from the students as a principal and said he would prefer to be able to work with them in the classroom to make a difference in their lives. Brown took the WCHS principal position in January 2010.

Director of Schools Mike Davis said the position has been advertised on the county schools website for the past 10 days and they are reviewing numerous applications.

Davis said applications have come in from all over the state and said an applicant was interviewed from Knoxville Thursday morning. When you put it online like this, you get applications from all over, he said.

While plans are not finalized, Davis said Brown will be filling a teaching vacancy at one of the countys middle schools. Brown said he is to take a position at West Wilson Middle School.

What I know so far, Ill be a reading coach for the spring semester, Brown said of his position at West Wilson.

During the Christmas break period, Davis said applicants should be able to interview with everyone being out of school. He is expecting to fill the position before the teachers and students return to school on January. Davis said students return to school on Jan. 4.

I am confident we will have someone by that date, Davis said.

Brown was elevated to the principal job at WCHS upon the resignation of former principal Travis Mayfield, who took an assistant principal position in Williamson County.

Prior to coming to WCHS, Brown had been a teacher / coach at Lebanon High where he took the Devilettes basketball team to the TSSAA Sectional (substate) game his last year.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

52 cited in drug sting

Teams of Wilson County Sheriffs Deputies began a large round-up of individuals charged with drug-related crimes Thursday, Dec. 15after 84 indictments were returned on 52 individuals from a Wilson County grand jury.

By late Thursday afternoon, a total of 23 individuals had been arrested in the operation.

Sheriff Terry Ashe said the indictments were returned on Dec. 12 and the sting began before 6 a.m. Thursday, when eight teams of deputies and special operations officers went out to arrest the individuals, which included some high ranking members of local gangs.

All of these charges range from the sale of Schedule I to Schedule VI drugs, Ashe said Thursday morning, noting that heroin is a Schedule I drug and Marijuana is an example of a Schedule 6.

Ashe said the investigation has been ongoing for around five months and targeted individuals allegedly selling, manufacturing, delivery and possession of cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances.

Many of the individuals targeted by the investigation and round-up Thursday morning are first-time offenders. However, Ashe said there are many who he described as frequent fliers, indicating those individuals have a criminal past.

The round-up began with arrests in the Lebanon area with some also from Watertown and in Mt. Juliet, netting 15 individuals in the first hour. Ashe said in these large investigations, speed is of the essence and they have to move as quickly as possible.

As the day goes on, these people make bond, get on the phone and the others become real hard to find, he said.

Several of the individuals charged are known members of the Vice Lords and Crips gangs, with some holding rank in those organizations. Ashe said they are constantly fighting against the gangs, but said it can be difficult because new members take the place of those in custody.

Its a good thing that we can identify them, but its a bad thing when we pick them up and someone takes their place, Ashe said.

Included in the investigation were several search warrants and Ashe said deputies carried out a search on Hickory Ridge Road discovering a sizeable amount of cash and narcotics. He also pointed out they could seize as many as 16 vehicles.

Officers making the arrests worked in teams of two and at times teams of four, with Ashe saying there were special operations officers mixed in with the deputies. With many of the individuals considered armed and dangerous, Ashe said they were very cautious.

Also, Ashe noted some families will be charged with child endangerment due to manufacturing narcotics and controlled substances in homes and in the presence of children.

He said it was disheartening to see the many first time offenders in the round-up and said the department continues to send a message to those involved in the manufacture and sale of these drugs.

Youre never going to stamp it out, but youve got to keep fighting it, Ashe said.

As of press time for this story, the following individuals were arrested in relation to the drug round-up carried out all day Thursday

Felicia Kay Tucker, 1242 Mimosa Ct. in Lebanon charged with selling Schedule II, cocaine.
Holly Noel Beckman, 412 Lealand Lane, Lebanon charged with selling Schedule IV and III.
Joseph Dewayne Kennedy, 990 Old Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule IV.
Travis Michael Battjes, 1710, Poplar Hill Road, Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule III.
Billy Warren Harmon, Jr., 400 Andrews Avenue, Hartsville, charged with selling Schedule III.
Judy Cordelia Fields, 3356 Cairo Bend Rd., Lebanon, charged with manufacturing Schedule VI.
Charles Ray Stafford, 174 Upton Heights, Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule VI.
Randall Sylvester Lewis, 602 Springhill Circle, Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule II.
Thomas Lee Baugus, 1695B Classic View Drive, Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule VI.
Darrell Wayne Edwards, 3828 Hickory Ridge Rd., Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule VI, more than half an ounce and selling Schedule VI, less than half an ounce.
Walter Lawrence Long, Jr., 201 Tomlinson Rd, Lebanon, charged with burglary of auto, theft under $500 and selling Schedule VI.
Thomas Doyla Roberts, 830 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule II and Schedule VI.
Lesley Yvonne Jones, 1695B Classic View Drive, Lebanon, charged with selling counterfeit controlled substance.
David (Bubba) Hankins, 184 Mann Rd., Lebanon, charged with manufacturing, possession Schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Amanda Lee Spain, 2511, Phillips Rd., Lebanon, charged with possession of Schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vincent Craig Clemmons, Cumberland Hills Apt. 24, Lebanon, charged with selling counterfeit controlled substance.
Brad Eugene Bell, 259 Africa Rd., Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule VI.
Willie D. Neal, Cedar Woods Apts., Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule II.
Dustin Wayne Cooper, 106 Greentree, Lebanon, charged with selling counterfeit controlled substance.
Rachel Buster a.k.a. Chaffin, 196 Sugar Flat Rd., Lebanon, charged with selling Schedule III.
Henry Leslie Smith, 128 Walleye Pike, Lebanon, charged with manufacturing Schedule VI, simple possession Schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clayton B. Nunley, 319 Hill Street, Lebanon, charged with possession Schedule II and Schedule VI.
Garry Gene Lattimer II, 12 Tulip Ave., Lebanon, charged with two counts of selling Schedule IV.


Annie Laura Elliott, 81

Ms. Elliott, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Mt. Juliet Health Care Center.
A private graveside service is planned.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Edward "Eddie" Davis, 47

Mr. Davis, 47, of Alexandria, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Arrangemnets by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

James Clinton Clint Blair, 67

Mr. Blair, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at his residence.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Parlow Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Phillip Allen Russell, 66

Mr. Russell, 66, of the Greenvale Community, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at NHC Healthcare in Murfreesboro.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Greenvale Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

Stephanie Margaret Pedigo Soon, 29

Stephanie Pedigo Soon, 29, of Hermitage died Dec. 13, 2011. Funeral services are set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Robert Thomas Snish Fish, 55

Tommy Fish, 55, of Lebanon died Dec. 12, 2011.
Funeral services are set for is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway. Interment will follow in the Fish Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Something I learned from experience

I guess after 57 years of hunting deer, one would expect that I would learn a few things. I think I have. I know for sure I have learned some things about stand placement and positioning. No, they are not the same thing. Placement is where you put the stand. Positioning is how you place it. Maybe there is something I here that will help as you hunt next year.

Scouting and experience is how you learn to place a stand, where it should go. The type of stand-hanging, climbing, ladder or ground blind-will dictate a great deal about placement. Experience will dictate positioning. There is no substitute. You have to lay eyes on the entire situation.

I have two stands that are less than 100 yards apart. Too close you ask? I have killed 38 deer from those stands, 25 from one, 13 from the other. They are in the right places and both places are ones many hunters would pass up. To add to the mix, I park my truck or ATV within sight of both stands. That is stand placement. Now about positioning.

One thing I always try to take into consideration is the time of day I intend to hunt the stand. That is important because it will often dictate how I am going to position it. It often dictates the direction the deer will come from and that concerns the sun. See, many hunters never consider the angle of the sun. If possible, I always want the sun behind me. And yes, it does, to some degree, tend to silhouette me. However, it gives me a much greater advantage in two ways. They are important ways.

First, it puts the sun in the games eyes instead of mine. Have you ever tried to look through a riflescope when shooting directly into the sun? A man can starve down to a slim shadow trying that.

Secondly. It tends to make an animal travel with their head down and with a reluctance to look up. I have learned that many hunters never considered that. Just something to keep in mind.

While I am talking about the angle of the sun, let me mention that when I hang a stand with the early morning or late evening sun as a consideration, I also try to put the stand on the side of the tree away from the direction I expect the game to come. That way, I have the tree between the game and me. Sounds crazy to have to look behind you all the time, doesnt it. It may be but it is one heck of an advantage to have a tree silhouetted against the sun and you peeking around it. That single tactic has probably accounted for me killing well over 100 deer that I would not have killed had I been on the other side of the tree. I want the deer in the sun and looking into the sun. I want the sun behind me and a tree between me and the deer.

Just something over a half-century of deer hunting taught me.

Moving. Lets talk about moving. I mean moving the whole dang thing. Say you are hunting a stand for the first or maybe second time and you notice most of the deer are using (an old timers term for traveling), just out of range or in an area, you cannot shoot.

Move right then. Do not plan to come back tomorrow and move the stand, do it right then. I dont care if a deer is watching you, climb down and move. Several times, I have done that, climbed right back up and killed a deer. You cost yourself by waitingevery time. Often, the biggest buck will come through last. Move the stand, climb up and maybe kill him. Remember, if they cant see or hear you move, it didnt happen.

Just something else I learned.

Build a highway. Deer do not like briars and thick weeds anymore than we do. I cannot count the number of times I have actually made deer walk within shooting distance of my stand simply by creating a highway for them to travel. The latest instance was just a few weeks ago.

I was not able to hunt much last year, just not healthy enough. As a result, one of my stands went unhunted and the weeds grew shoulder high on the trail going to it. To hunt it this year, I had to use a sling-blade and actually cut a trail three feet wide and 75 yards long to it. Within three days, the trail was beaten down with deer tracks.

The first time I hunted it, September 28, late in the afternoon deer just poured down the trail and right past my stand. I killed two, a doe and a buck, within three minutes of each other. I was shooting the TenPoint crossbow.

So use that knowledge and look for places you can do the same. Make a highway through tall weeds and grass. If you have a bushog, make one pass in a place you want deer to travel -- dont make it wide. They still like cover, just wide enough to walk. Then place a stand in a good ambush spot.

Just something, I learned from experience.

You learn, after watching a few thousand deer, to read body language. You begin to understand what is about to happen seconds before it happens. You come to understand that deer crouch before running. That mean their entire body lowers by as much as 18 inches. Why is this important? If you are a bowhunter, it is very important because it tells you where to aim. Over 60% the deer that are missed with a bow and arrow are missed because the arrow goes high. If you aim low-at the lower part of the vitals-quite often, the deer ducks into the arrow.

Just something, I learned from experience.

Bowhunting makes you a better hunter or at least it should. Over half the deer, I have killed in five decades and change of deer hunting I killed with a bow or crossbow. For 30 some years it has been almost a passion and for many of those years a part of my profession.

Sitting in trees, waiting for deer to come within 35 yards of me forced me to watch and learn. With a rifle, you do not usually have a lot of waiting and watching. You shoot. Being forced to watch deer, you learn how they move and why they do things.

You learn to decipher head-bobs, foot-stomps, snorts, and blowing. You learn to read the language of the tail. A deer, especially a mature doe, communicates a great deal with her tail. Watch it enough and you learn to understand that communication. Learn from your own experience. Dont depend on what some, even me, tell you. They could be wrong.

Just something, I learned from experience.

I urge all hunters to study deer, dont just hunt them. It will make your hunting experience more enjoyable. Watch a deer do something strange, say stand with one leg raised and tail twitching from side to side and ask yourself, what is that all about? Then keep watching and see if you can figure it out. Watch an old doe stomp, flick her tail, and stare a hole through something. What did the foot stomp mean? She was communicating. Was she trying to elicit movement? What did she say? (BTW- The answer is yes to both.)

There is a lot more fun in the deer woods than just killing. Go to school and study. You will be surprised how much you will learn. I have learned far more sitting in a tree than I have sitting in a classroom. Pretty good education to share and pass on to the button bucks in your family, too.

County donates to B.H.C.

LEBANON -- Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto presents a check for $6,000 to Mary Harris of the Wilson County Black History Committee on behalf of the county. The funds will be used to help in the ongoing restoration of Pickett Chapel, the oldest brick building in Wilson County, seen in the background, as well as other projects.

Also on hand for the presentation were members of the committee. From left, are Karla McAdoo, Tim Stockton, Thelma Shockley, Cathy White, Harris, Ken Fraley, Hutto, Harry Harris and Monty Pope. Also on hand, but not pictured, was Mary Copeland.


Woman charged in fatal wreck pleads not guilty

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- A woman charged in a fatal wreck that occurred on East High Street and Cedar Street in July, pleaded not guilty on Monday to all counts while she remains in custody without bail.

Barbara Lee Mayfield, 44, waived her right to appear in court and her attorney, Adam Parrish, entered the not guilty pleas on her behalf. Mayfield is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a third DUI.

On Friday, July 29, Mayfield was determined by the Lebanon Police Department to be driving under the influence when she reportedly struck two cars before hitting a building at the intersection of East High Street and Cedar Street.

Alton B. Brant Barrett, 4, and his grandfather, James A Chuck Barrett, 69, were killed in the crash.

Mayfield remains in custody without bail on her DUI charge and reportedly was driving on a revoked license in July for two previous DUI charges. A disposition date has been set for Feb. 13, 2012.

University of Phoenix donates coats to WC Schools

The University of Phoenix recently held a coat drive Sept. 15-Nov. 21, and as a result donated approximately 200 coats to needy students in the Wilson County Schools system and many coats to the Salvation Armys Transitional Housing for the Homeless as well.

Here, Megan Hutto, Title I teacher at Southside Elementary, and Tara Loftis, parent involvement teacher, participate in the coat distribution in Wilson County.

Wilson County Schools is very appreciative of this partnership with the University of Phoenix, said Julie Harris, Federal Projects supervisor with Wilson County Schools.

Shriners celebrate Christmas
The Wilson County Shriner's Club held its annual Christmas party for special needs children and adults Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the james E. Ward Agricultural Center. After dinner, everyone enjoyed dancing to live music from local entertainers.
Scotty Gann arrested after high-speed chase Monday

The Wilson Post
A second high-speed chase in three days has landed a Lebanon man in jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and felony evading.

The incident involved speeds of 100 mph and included officers with the Lebanon Police Department and deputies with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department.

It began about 10:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, when Lebanon Police Officer Cody Bryan attempted to stop a 1990 Honda Accord that was traveling the wrong way on Owen Street, according to a report filed by Sgt. Andrew Hawkins.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jeffrey Scott "Scotty" Gann of 425 Trice Road, Lebanon, reportedly fled at a high rate of speed, going through stop signs and red lights when he saw Bryan turn around.

Bryan turned on his emergency lights and siren to try and stop the car, however, the driver continued to flee. Bryan pulled off the attempted stop.

A short time later, Cpl. Joe Nokes saw the same vehicle in the vicinity of Cedar Street and East High Street. It turned on to Rome Pike. Nokes saw it travel in the oncoming lane of Rome Pike and increase speed. He turned on his emergency lights and siren to also try and stop the vehicle.

However, the Honda Accord fled out Rome Pike to Carthage Highway, Hawkins said in his report. It turned inbound toward town and then right onto East High. Due to speed, Nokes lost sight of the vehicle. Officer Allison Steely saw the vehicle and pursued it west on West Baddour Parkway.

When speeds increased to upwards of 100 mph, the pursuit was called off for safety, Hawkins said in his report.

Our guys were to the west of him, said Lt. Steve Gatlin of the Sheriffs Department, adding deputies began their pursuit of Gann near Sports Village on West Main Street.

Gatlin said he understood that Gann was allegedly just flying, excessive speed as he followed the route through Lebanon. They (Lebanon officers) were not chasing him at that point.

A report filed by Deputy Ray Justice said he and other deputies saw a vehicle, the Honda Accord, traveling at a high rate of speed on Baddour Parkway which was being pursued by Lebanon Police for numerous traffic violations and for complete disregard for public safety.

Deputies took over the pursuit at times reaching speeds of more than 100 mph in an attempt to stop the Honda. Justice said he was traveling eastbound on Lebanon Road nearing Shenandoah Estates when he was advised the Honda was traveling westbound.

Justice stopped his patrol car and blocked a civilian vehicle. The Honda and the deputy in pursuit passed by him, and he turned around, activated his emergency equipment and began to pursue the suspect as well.

Gann reportedly tried to turn right onto Horn Springs Road unsuccessfully and then continued for a brief distance before turning left onto Saratoga Drive.

Deputies turned onto Saratoga, also, and saw the Honda as it left the roadway and drove about 200-plus yards in a field and into a vacant lot on the corner of Saratoga and Lebanon Road.

Gann then drove his vehicle into a tree. He got out of the car and tried to flee on foot for about 150 yards as Cpl. Jonathon Daniel chased him instructing him to stop.

Daniel, Justice said in his report, unholstered his weapon and ordered Gann to comply with his instructions. Deputy Robert Locke arrived and took Gann to the ground without further incident.

Locke, Daniel, Justice and Deputy Paul McPeak assisted Gann to his feet and in walking to an area where Wilson County Emergency Management Agency had set up with an ambulance to provide first aid.

Gann suffered bruises to his face from the accident. Justice noted that the suspect did have existing injuries and was transported to University Medical Center for treatment. He was later released into Justices custody and was taken to the Wilson County Jail where he was booked on three counts of evading arrest, two counts of driving on a revoked license, two counts of suspended drivers license, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of driving under the influence and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Justice said in his report that during an interview with Gann, the suspect told him he did not know why he was trying to evade authorities and that he understood it was a bad idea.

The suspect, Justice said, also reportedly told him he was taking Hydrocodone, Lorazapam and Morphine for pain due to a hip injury he suffered in the past and that he had taken the medications earlier in the day and took them regularly.

Gann remained in custody at the jail Tuesday night. His bond was set at $34,000.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

Riverdale tops MJ in overtime

MT. JULIET -- Eighteen turnovers, including a string of three straight in overtime, proved to be too much for Mt. Juliet to overcome in Tuesday's (Dec. 13)62-57 loss to nationally-ranked Riverdale.

The loss was the first of the season for the Lady Bears, who fell to 9-1 overall. Riverdale, ranked No. 18 in the USA Today national prep poll, improved to 6-2.

"We've got some young kids put there and sometimes we lose our heads," said MJ head coach Chris Fryer. "When we moved the basketball, made the extra pass, it led to some easy shots. It was as if we refused to do that in crucial times. Every time we took a quick shot, it played into Riverdale's hands."

The loss overshadowed a brilliant 32-point effort from Mt. Juliet post player Caya Williams. Sophomore Sally McCabe added 16 points. No other Lady Bear had more than three points as Riverdale's physical guards kept turning up the pressure.

Riverdale's Shacobia Barbee led the Lady Warriors with 18 points, Alexa Middleton had 16 and Toyree Watkins drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 11.

Mt. Juliet had an eight point lead in the first half, only to see Riverdale battle back and eventually take an eight-point lead in the second half. The game was tied at 53-all at the end of regulation.

Mt. Juliet will be back in action Friday as they host the annual Chick-fil-A Classic. MJ is scheduled to play Blackman at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Saturday contest vs. Shelbyville Central.

(boys) MJ 48, Riverdale 27
On a night when the offense wasn't clicking, Mt. Juliet's defense stepped up in a big way for a 48-27 victory over Riverdale in Tuesday's nightcap.

Coach Troy Allen's team won its eighth consecutive game and improved to 8-2 with the victory. Riverdale slipped to 5-2 with the loss. MJ took a 27-11 lead at intermission, closing out the second quarter on a 16-1 run.

Caleb Chowbay paced the Bears with 13 points. DeShawn McMurry had 11 and Quinton Hall added eight.

Mt. Juliet will host Siegel Friday in an 8 p.m. game in the Chick-fil-A Classic, then will play Shelbyville Central Saturday at 8 p.m.

LEBANON -- Julia Fox and Madison Sloan combined for 37 points Tuesday night as Lebanon High's Devilettes downed Shelbyville Central 62-37 at Campbell Bandon Gym.

The victory was Lebanon's fourth against six losses this season and marked the programs first win over the Eaglettes since the 1984 season. Fox drilled four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points while Sloan scored 18 around the bucket.

LHS led 17-8 after one period and 29-21 at intermission.

(boys) LHS 54, SCHS 38
LEBANON -- A smothering Blue Devil defense kept Shelbyville Central at bay most of the night in Tuesday's 54-38 win over the Eagles Tuesday at Campbell Brandon Gym.

Lebanon (3-6) led 13-5 after one quarter and 29-12 at intermission. Post man Cameron High had 15 points to lead all scorers while KeShawn Abston chipped in with 12. Case Sloan scored nine points, Zimmer Hunn seven and Cody Yarbrough five.

The Blue Devils will be on the road Friday night at Oakland High in Murfreesboro.

SMYRNA -- Wilson Central's Lady Wildcats improved to 6-2 on the season following Tuesday night's 68-59 victory at Smyrna.

Sydney Vanlandingham went off for 34 points while Taylor Peterson added 19 for the winners. Heather Hall connected on three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.

Coach Bud Brandon's team took control early with a 17-6 first quarter lead. The team is idle until after Christmas when the Lady Wildcats play in the annual Greeneville Ladies Classic.

(boys) Wilson Central 75, Smyrna 59
SMYRNA -- Malcolm St. Louis and Dee Oldham each had double-doubles Tuesday to lead Wilson Central to a 75-59 victory at Smyrna.

St. Louis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and blocked three shots while Oldham scored 16 points and pulled in 11 rebounds as Central improved to 8-1 on the season. Tyler Soffiantio had 14 points while Connor Brandon had 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Central will open play in the Gatlinburg Pittman Tournament Dec. 21 vs. Perry County, KY.

In the beginning, there were no sleepovers

In the beginning, there were no sleepovers

When birthday time rolls around for my boys one item always listed on their celebration itinerary is sleepover. We host sleepovers throughout the year but the birthday sleepover is different. Instead of one friend, there could be 5, 6, 7 or 8. Eight was the magic number this year for my youngest childs birthday soiree. An event of this magnitude is as elusive as Bigfoot to the adolescent. Parents know what goes down at these things. No matter how fun the party, kids just want to stay up all night.

So armed with only pizza, juice boxes, XBOX360 and our wits, my husband and I were ready.

The drop off

There are three types of parents when it comes to a sleepover. The concerned, 'are you sure about this parent. This is the same parent pulling away in their car when asking that question. Then theres the, No take back, who cares if you changed your mind, weve already made plans for a date night and nobody is going to keep us from a dinner out where no one spills juice or milk parent. And lastly, the, Now if he gets scared in the middle of the night, forget my name, forget my number, forget me. He can wait until the morning parent.

When all the boys arrived, we started to get concerned. The adult to child ratio was 2-8. Because of the power shift, we did what any normal parent would do- deleted Lord of the Flies from the DVR and braced for a long night.

Singer Lobo really had a dog named Boo
Dear Ken: Is the singer named Lobo, who had a hit song called Me and You and a Dog Named Boo in the 1970s, still performing?

That would be singer-songwriter Roland Kent LaVoie, aka Lobo, 68, who is semi-retired and living in Florida with his wife. People dont know me much or the way I look and thats OK. To this day, most probably think Im some group, he said. Over a four-year period in the early 1970s, Lobo also had hits with his folk-country tunes Id Love You To Want Me, Where Were You When I Was Falling in Love and Dont Expect Me To Be Your Friend. As for Me And You and a Dog Named Boo, he really had a German shepherd named Boo. Lobo released his last album, Out of Time, in 2008.

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to the stars of Laverne & Shirley?

Well, Cindy Williams, 64, who played Shirley, will star as Mother Superior in Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show, which will go on a multi-city national tour next fall. She was most recently seen on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone, and the mother of two helped produced the Steve Martin Father of the Bride movies. She also just finished the play The Odd Couple, opposite Jo Anne Worley, and stars opposite John Heard in the romantic comedy, a film that has yet to be released. Penny Marshall, 69, who played Laverne, just announced she would be publishing her memoir, My Mother Is Nuts, next fall with Amazon Publishing. The director of such movie hits as Big and A League of Their Own, said she will share tales about her childhood and her relationship with her brother, Garry Marshall, who produced Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. She likely will discuss her marriage to Rob Reiner and will talk about her battle with lung and brain cancer in 2009. People have always asked me how I got from the Bronx to Hollywood, so I thought it was time to tell how it all happened. I have had many lives (not in the Shirley MacLaine sense) and you will hear about them all. . . . just dont expect any recipes . . . I don't cook, she wrote in a statement.

Dear Ken: Our family favorite show is The Closer, and I have heard it will stop filming this year. We love to pick out who is guilty and watch the whole crew work together. How funny they are with looks, eye movements and comments between.

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