By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
It seemed like a message from beyond when Rod Richmond, a Lebanon resident and songwriter, penned a song for the Tune Up for COPD Songwriting Competition, which went on to win “Fan Favorite.”
Richmond, who is a physician’s assistant, has a personal connection to the lung disease COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His father passed away from the disease, which progressed and took hold, realizing he had the disease after it was too late.
“My father died at age 54 from COPD. The last year was very difficult,” Richmond explained. The lung disease can show up like a simple cough that just won’t go away, or shortness of breath when jogging. Richmond said his father had trouble breathing and could barely manage simple tasks that he enjoyed doing as a result.
That’s why, when Richmond saw an advertisement online for the songwriting competition, he was compelled to enter. Throughout his life, Richmond has been an aspiring songwriter and musician. Richmond’s father has always been an inspiration always encouraged his son to pursue his dreams.
KEIL LATEST TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Lebanon High principal Myra Sloan’s makeover of the Blue Devil coaching staff continued over the weekend with her dismissal of boy’s basketball coach Doug Keil.
Fired via a telephone conversation with Sloan Sunday afternoon, Keil becomes the latest in a series of head coaches and assistants who will not be returning in Blue and White next school year.
“I certainly understand the fact that Mrs. Sloan makes the decisions about her coaching positions,” Keil said Monday night. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Lebanon High both as a teacher and coach. I very much want to stay in education -- and I don’t want to uproot my family from this community.”
Keil, head coach of the Blue Devil boys for the past eight seasons, served four seasons as an assistant coach at LHS under former coach Randall Hutto, before taking a head coaching job at Warren County High in McMinnville.
He left Warren County to assume the top job at LHS following Hutto’s retirement. Keil went 121-122 in eight years as head coach at LHS, including a record of 7-21 this past season. He teaches Algebra and has earned “Level 5” status as an educator.
Longtime wrestling coach Darin Plumlee (Special Education Math, 9 years experience), track coach David Glasscock (a Level 5 Science instructor, 12 years) and offensive line coach Eric Lawrence (Algebra, 7 years) were all transferred out of the building by Sloan for the 2011-2012 academic year. Both Plumlee and Glasscock also worked as assistants under former head football coach Bobby Brown.
Coach Brown was forced to resign this past December after nine years as head coach -- after posting a record of 44-51. Brown will be taking a postion in the Lebanon Special School District this fall as assistant principal at Baird Middle School.
Volleyball coach hired -- The search for a new Lebanon High volleyball coach to replace Paula Jackson has come to a close as the school turns to Tamikia L. White, a Lebanon resident who works in the Central Office of Metro Nashville Public Schools.
White worked at her alma mater LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis as an assistant volleyball coach 2000-2006 in addition to duties in the sports information office.
She has played volleyball for over 25 years on the club, high school and collegiate level.
By TOMMY BRYAN
It is with mixed emotions I write about Sunday night's passing of Sister A.A. Stafford of Lebanon. I'm saddened because those of us who knew her will surely miss her, but there's a certain amount of relief because she's not in pain anymore.
I'm quite sure Sister Stafford offered up more prayers, held more hands, and reached out to those in need more than any single person I've ever known.
LOCAL MINISTER, MISSIONARY
LEBANON -- Sister "A.A." Stafford, 80, died May 15, 2011 at Quality Health Care following an extended illness.
Born November 19, 1930, in born in Wyatt, Missouri, she was well known in the community for the overseas mission trips where she brought compassion and the Plan of Salvation to literally thousands of people in pain.
Sis. Stafford was a former employee of Cedarcroft Home, Lebanon and Cumberland University and had lived in Lebanon since 1969.
Family visitation is Thursday, May 19 at the Heaven's View Baptist Church, 310 Coles Ferry Pike, between the hours of 12 Noon - 1 p.m.
Funeral to follow at with Pastor Jeffrey Huddleston serving as eulogist.
Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: husband Walter F. Stafford; son Jerome (Ann) Pearson; step-son Shantain Stafford; grandchildren Carlotta, Latoi and Jeffrey; as well as a host of relatives and friends.
For more on Sis. Stafford's life and ministry, please see the Page One story in the May 11 edition of The Wilson Post.
Services are in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, 107 Stokes St., Lebanon.
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- A leadoff homer from Friendship Christian's Chris Hall set the tone early as the Commanders rolled to an 11-0 victory in five innings over Monterey Monday evening in the first round of the Region 4-A baseball tournament.
Hall added a bloop double in the second inning and finished with three runs batted in as FCS won for the 17th consecutive time this season, improving to 23-7 overall. The Wildcats closed out the season 9-15.
"These Monday regional openers have always been a little issue with us," saif Friendship head coach John McNeal. "There have been times we have struggle and not played as well as we should. I thought their pitcher (Arlis Phillips) might give us a little trouble with his curve ball, but Chris started us out with a homer run that pretty much set the tone. We were able to get runs the next few innings and end it in five. We were hoping we could play a quick game and save our pitching and not push us out any more than we had to."
Right-hander Kyle Wood dominated Monterey's lineup, allowing just two hits -- singles to Isiah Walker (third inning) and Arlis Phillips (fifth) while striking out seven.
The Commanders scored three times in the second, then salted the game away with a four spot in the fourth as Tanner Martin drilled a homer off the scoreboard in right-center.
Phillips started and was tagged with the loss. He struck out four and walked four.
Friendship will travel to Gainesboro Wednesday for the Region 4-A championship game vs. Jackson County. The District 7-A champion Blue Devils eliminated Trousdale County 10-0 Monday.
Wednesday's winner will host a sectional game Friday with the loser going on the road.
MT. JULIET 1, DICKSON COUNTY 0
MT. JULIET -- A first inning run proved to be more than enough for Mt. Juliet ace Kyle Smith as the Golden Bears eliminated Dickson County 1-0 Monday night in the Region 5AAA baseball opener.
Zach Tompkins laced a clean double to score Hunter Gilbert, who had reached on a single, and from the first inning on Smith (9-1) took over. The big right-hander struck out 14 and allowed just three hits while wiggling out of a couple of jams.
"Another typical performance from Kyle," said Mt. Juliet coach Mark Purvis. "He had one or two innings where they had a chance and he shut the door on them. The others, he dominated. They (Dickson County) had a good guy on the hill, also, so it was a tough night to score."
Tompkins had a pair of doubles on the night as Mt. Juliet could scratch only four hits off Dickson County starter Joseph Teal.
Mt. Juliet (27-7) will host Rossview High Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Region 5AAA finals. Wednesday's winner will host a sectional game Friday while the loser will play on the road for a berth in the TSSAA Spring Fling.
MT. JULIET 10, ROSSVIEW 4
MT. JULIET -- Kristin Meisel drilled a pair of two-run singles Monday night to help lift Mt. Juliet to a 10-4 home victory over Rossview in the opening round of Region 5AAA softball tournament.
The Lady Bears pounded out 15 hits and improved to 27-7 overall with the victory. Lefty Laurel Woodard scattered five hits in seven innings of work to pick up the decision.
Mt. Juliet will host rival Beech High Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the regional final. Wednesday's winner will host a TSSAA sectional game Friday while the loser will go on the road for a shot a berth in Spring Fling.
Wednesday's game will be a rematch of the District 9AAA tournament played last week in Lebanon -- a game won by the Lady Bears 9-6. Beech forced the “if necessary” game with a 13-5 victory over Mt. Juliet.
FCS 13, JACKSON COUNTY 3
LEBANON -- A nine-run third inning proved to be the difference Monday as Friendship Christian eliminated Jackson County 13-3 in the Region 4A softball tournament opener.
The Lady Commanders improved to 20-17 on the season and will host arch-rival Gordonsville Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the regional crown. Wednesday’s winner will host a TSSAA sectional game on Friday with the loser going on the road.
Kaity Woodall and Laurel Burroughs each went 4-for-4 for the winners. Woodall scored four times along with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Burroughs slugged an two run homer in the third and added three doubles. Maci Wilkerson ripped a pair of hits, including a triple for a pair of RBI while Megan Reeves and Jerah Glenn each added a pair of hits.
Woodall picked up the decision in relief of starter Hunter Holland.
BULLDOGS FORCE FINAL GAME
PADUCAH, KY -- Cumberland forced the "if necessary" game Sunday afternoon at Brooks Stadium with a 19-9 win over Tennessee Wesleyan, but didn't have enough gas left in the tank to finish the deal.
TWC defeated Cumberland 9-2 in the nightcap and earned a trip to the 55th annual Avista NAIA World Series next week in Lweiston, Idaho. CU was denied an 11th trip to the World Series after winning the crown in 2010.
"We gave it all we had," said CU coach Woody Hunt, "we just kind of ran out of steam and manpower there in the second game. Tennessee Wesleyan has a very good team -- I think they're the best team we've played -- including Embry-Riddle.
TOMMY CREWS HITS FOR CYCLE
PADUCAH, KY -- No. 5-ranked Cumberland exploded for four runs in the top of the first and never looked back in Saturday's 14-7 victory over William Jewell in the NAIA Regional at Brooks Stadium.
The win upped CU's record to 45-15 overall and sends Coach Woody Hunt's team up against Tennessee Wesleyan Sunday at 11 a.m. needed two wins to advance to the NAIA World Series for a 12th time.
Pitcher Daniel Kern (6-0) went six strong innings, scattering six hits and striking out four. He allowed three runs -- all earned. Second baseman Tommy Crews was the offensive star, hitting for the cycle, and scoring four times.
"We were hot with the bat early in the game," Coach Hunt said. "We played well today, now we've made it to Sunday and we'll see what happens then."
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
May is national Foster Care Month, and the Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, office is urging the local community to get involved or support foster homes and volunteers that care for abused children.
Last year in Wilson County, Laura Swanson, executive director of CASA, said there were 109 children in foster care, with CASA assisting 106 of those children. The organization currently has 70 volunteers which are assigned to one child to assist them through very difficult times. “We train volunteers to advocate for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect,” Swanson said.
Volunteers with CASA receive 30 hours of training before they begin working with children. Swanson described them as “the eyes and ears of the court” in a child abuse case and said they compile information about the child to help the juvenile court judge make a decision in the case.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- First Lady Crissy Haslam, wife of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, encouraged second grade students at Coles Ferry Elementary School to read for at least 20 minutes a day during the summer, while reading excerpts from two books for the students.
Haslam likened reading to physical exercise, while exercise makes you physically stronger, she said reading makes you mentally stronger and “helps your brain grow.” She also encouraged children to find books they enjoy reading, saying if they don’t like to read, maybe they haven’t found the right books.
“I want you, if you can, to try to read every day this summer,” Haslam encouraged the students.
She read from two books, one titled Gregor the Overlander, holding the paperback novel in her hand, and the other, a Winnie the Pooh story, which she read from an iPad.
LEBANON MAN HURT IN JAN. INCIDENT
From Post staff reports
Federal investigators said an excessive amount of dust caused a flash fire at the Hoeganaes Plant in Gallatin in January that killed one man and injured another man who is a resident of Lebanon.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released the results of its assessment portion of its investigation this week in Nashville and must still review documents related to the matter.
CU FACES LOSER-OUT GAME SATURDAY
PADUCAH, KY -- Two Cumberland errors in the top of the ninth extended the inning and led Tennessee Wesleyan to a 5-3 victory over Cumberland Thursday night in the NAIA "Regional" Tournament at Brooks Stadium.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs (44-15) into the loser's bracket and a 9:30 a.m. "loser-out" game Saturday vs. either William Jewell or Southern Poly.
After a 3 hour, 21 minute rain delay, CU's T.J. Murphy drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-all.
"T.J.'s hit gave us some momentum," said Coach Woody Hunt, "I really thought we could scratch out another run or two after that. We fought hard to get back in it, we just didn't make the plays in the ninth. That's been our problem all year."
CU was playing without DH Mike Mandarino, who injured a shoulder in Thursday's 11-1 win over William Jewell.
Wildcats fall in 9AAA soccer finals
HENDERSONVILLE -- Wilson Central dropped a 4-2 loss Thursday night to defending state champ Hendersonville High in the finals of the District 9AAA soccer tournament at Drakes Creek Park.
The teams waited out a 75-minute delay due to lightening and heavy rains. Central (10-5-1) visits Clarksville High Monday for the first round of the Region 5AAA tournament.
POST-SEASON HONORS -- Mitch Williams, Brad Cavanaugh, Patrick Cashman and Tucker Archie were named all-district. Williams, Cashman and Jackson redditt were selected all-tournament.
MJ wins 9AAA softball crown
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet defeated Beech 9-6 early Friday morning to win the District 9AAA softball championship at Baird Park.
Play started Thursday at 5 p.m., but a storm halted play in the sixth inning for well over two hours. Mt. Juliet eventually lost the first game to the Lady Bucs 13-5 -- with the contest ending at 9:55 p.m.
The second game started at 10:12 p.m. and found the Lady Bears taking an early 3-0 lead on the strength of two-run triple by Madison Taylor.
Mt. Juliet will host a Region 5AAA opener Monday.
FCS - Gordonsville play at 2:20 p.m.
LEBANON -- Rained out last night, Friendship Christian and Gordonsville will square off Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the District 8A softball finals at FCS.
Friendship Christian needs just one win to earn the title. A Gordonsville win today would for the "if necessary" game to be played Saturday -- as GHS is holding graduation ceremonies tonight.
CU plays today at 2:30 p.m.
PADUCAH, KY — No. 5-ranked Cumberland rode a stellar performance by junior lefty Will Locante Thursday night for an 11-1 victory over William Jewell in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships.
Locante (8-2) was electric, striking out 14 batters in seven innings, allowing just one hit and no walks.
“We had a pro pitcher going for us tonight,” said CU coach Woody Hunt. “Fourteen strikeouts in just seven innings is a dominating performance at any level.”
CU pounded William Jewell pitching for 13 hits, led by second baseman Tommy Crews who went 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored — including a three run homer. Tommy Winegardner slugged a three-run homer, his 8th of the season and Mike Mandarino added a solo blast — his team leading 18th HR of the season.
“We scored consistentaly tonight, and had a couple of big innings,” Hunt said, “Tommy Crews is really swinging the bat well for us right now . We played good defense, made some tough plays.”
Now 44-14 on the season, Cumberland will take on Tennessee Wesleyan Friday in a 2:30 p.m. game at Brooks Stadium.
Live radio coverage begins at 2:10 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490 and on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mr. Squires, 83, of Lebanon.
Born July 8, 1927, in New Middleton, he died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
A member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Mr. Squires was the son of the late Clay Bridges Squires and Rosa Irene Williams Squires.
A US Navy veteran he retired from the military in 1965 with 20 years service. He then worked for the Shell Oil Company, the State of Tennessee Prison System, and as a courier for Wilson Bank & Trust.
Visitation Friday 2–8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment will follow at the Brush Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of over 60 years Rebecca Ann Ballinger Squires; children Larry W. (Linda) Squires of Lebanon and Sandra J. (Bob) Derryberry of Hermitage; grandchildren Kelly Derryberry, Cheryl (Toby) Bates and Christy (Ben) Wills; great grandchildren Callie & Carson Bates and Eli Wills; and brother in law Glenn Hunter of Gordonsville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Leroy and J. W. Squires.
Honorary pallbearers: Ready Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church and Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Fairview Baptist Church.
Active pallbearers: Kenneth Beal, Lee Squires, Larry Blackburn, Robert Huttchson, Toby Bates and Wayne Fuson.
Memorials may be made to the Missions Fund of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon in charge of arrangements.
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