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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.
Wilson Living Today, December 14, 2011

As the sleigh bells ring all around Wilson County, Wilson Living is working hard to put the finishing touches on the first issue of 2012. Its hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner. That being said, enjoy the last few weeks of 2011. Make lasting memories with friends and family instead of staying so busy making everyone else happy. Easier said than done, right?

This time last year our first book was released. Well because of the response from that book, we will be releasing our 2nd book, a follow-up to the 1st. This next book will offer humor as well as tug on your heartstrings. Look for it closer to Valentines Day! In the meantime, if youre looking for the perfect gift for a teacher, friend, sister, brother, wife or are you just looking for a good life to get youre through the holidays, pick up a copy of Telling Tales: Kids, husbands, careers It can be a mother of a tale today. Tales is a compilation of some of our most popular columns featured in the Wilson Post every Wednesday. Books are available for purchase at The Paper Mill in Lebanon, Dot and Stells in Mt Juliet,,, or call 615-969-6751 to order signed copies.

Now that the January issue will be in the can soon, the wedding issue is right around the corner. The Wedding Issue is one of our most popular issues. Not only do you get to see all the latest fashions and trends within the bridal market, this year well feature the hottest prom fashion! For the second time well also show you the Bachelors of Wilson County. We need your help on this one. If you know of someone who would be a perfect bachelor, email us his information to We need entries by December 31st.

Looking for something to do with the kiddos on Christmas break? Visit the Wilson Living community page on for ideas on affordable day trips, crafts and outings.

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Until next time, keep reading!

Whats your favorite Christmas classic?
With Christmas rushing upon us as quickly as ever, these December evenings should be times to pause, kick off our shoes and enjoy gathering with family and friends in warm homes, and maybe even overdose on hot chocolate doused with marshmallows.

Parties are a holiday tradition, but watching some of those classic Christmas-themed shows are also a must-do for many. Thus, below are my picks for the Top-10 TV Christmas specials, followed by the Top-10 Christmas movies.

Most of these air every Yuletide season on network, cable or satellite TV, while a few may only be found on DVD.

Top-10 TV Christmas classics

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): In the best animated-Christmas special of them all, Charlie Brown and his Peanuts pals discover the true meaning of Christmas while working on a school play and decorating a sickly fir tree. Linus saves the day with his recitation of the birth of the Christ child from the book of Luke. Fabulous jazz piano score by Vince Guaraldi.

2. Its a Wonderful Life (1946): This feature film only came into its own when it began airing on TV. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a small-town everyman who decides to jump off a bridge. An angel then exposes him to what life in Bedford Falls would have been like had he never been born. Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.


Is Tim Tebow for real?

Is he from another planet? If you cut him, would he bleed? Seriously.

He is becoming Rev. Billy Graham in shoulder pads.

Hell run over you one minute and pray for you the next.

Just hours after the Titans botched an opportunity to post a signature win at LP Field Sunday, I was driving home and tuned into the final minutes of the Denver-Chicago game.

Down 10-0 with some five minutes left, Superman, uh, Tebow found another improbable way to rescue his team from the jaws of defeat.

With 2:08 left in regulation, here he was again. With all his mechanical flaws, with all the naysayers harrumphing that there was no way he could pull out this game.

After all, the Bears arent called the Monsters of the Midway for nothing. Surely Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who eats quarterbacks for breakfast, would put a knot on Tebows head the size of a grapefruit.

But, no. Tebow gets Denver to the outer limit of field goal range and kicker Matt Prater nukes a 59-yarder through the uprights with three seconds to spare. It forced overtime and the Broncos were still breathing.

After Chicago failed to score on its first possession, here came Tebow riding in on a white horse. This time Prater needed only 51 yards to decide the outcome. It was just another chapter added to Tebows legend, which is spreading around the NFL world like kudzu.

If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible, Tebow told reporters afterwards.

Can I get an Amen?

Adjectives fall short of describing what Tebow has done since his arrival in Denver. Doubters included his coach, John Fox, and Broncos executive vice-president of football operations and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

Alice Vaden Poston, 86

Mrs. Poston, 86, of the Rawls Creek Community, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Cedars Health Care in Lebanon.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13 at the Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage. Interment followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mayme Carolyn Hollon, 96

Mrs. Hollon, 96, of Mt. Juliet, (formerly of Hermitage and Coopertown) died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Burial is planned for Wednesday at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

James Larry Finch, 72

Mr. Finch, 72, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at his residence.
He is preceded in death by his parents William Henry and Hester Jane Tinnell Finch; brother William Doyle Finch; first wife Janice Louise Anthony Finch and son-in-law Leon Overstreet.
Survivors include: wife Mary Finch; daughter Jennifer Lynne Finch; brother Eddy Ray (Judy) Finch; sister Julia Ann (Ronald) Waggonner; stepsons Christopher Boswell and Joseph Boswell; stepdaughters Beth (Ron) Hallmark, Dawn Overstreet and Gail (Tim) Porter; five grandsons and three granddaughters.
Mr. Finch was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church and a Licensed Pharmacist for 50 years in Tennessee and Alabama.
He was a well known Pharmacist, educated at then Howard University (Samford) in Birmingham, Al. He graduated in 1961 and began working at Maxwell Drugs in Hermitage.
He worked in several Nashville locations until moving to Lebanon in 1981. He loved his profession and continued to work at several local pharmacies until recently.
Larry was an outgoing man who never met a stranger. He loved to be around people and to make others laugh. He loved to spend time on his farm in the garden and by the creek cane pole fishing.
He especially loved his family and was very loved in return. He was a special Paw Paw, a special man. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Dec. 13 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Dr. Joseph Rosas, Rev. Ronnie Smith and Rev. Kenneth Trammel officiated the service. Interment followed at the Hurricane Cemetery.
Active pallbearers, included grandsons: Zac Overstreet, Justin Boswell, Stephen Powlus, Timmy Porter, Matt Porter, and friend Tommy Adams.
Honorary: Harold Boothe, Kevin Hale, Paul Hughey, Bill Waggonner and Ron Waggonner.
The family has request contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Finch to the Hurricane Baptist Church Missions Fund.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Lois Reed Woodson, 78

Mrs. Woodson, 78, of Lebanon died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at her residence.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

MJ hosts Riverdale tonight

The eyes of Middle Tennessee basketball fans will be on Mt. Juliet tonight as the 9-0 Lady Bears host nationally ranked Riverdale High of Murfreesboro. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Riverdale, comes in 5-2 on the season and ranked No. 24 nationally by USA Today. Mt. Juliet has gone undefeated, winning by an average of 40 points per game.

The Lady Bears are led by 6-1 MTSU signee Caya Williams, who averages 22.3 points a game while Riverdale is led by senior Shacobia Barbee, a Georgia signee. Barbee enters the contest averaging 13.6 points a game.

This is the first of two regular season games scheduled between the programs. Riverdale is 3-0 against Mt. Juliet over the past two seasons, including a double-overtime victory in the TSSAA Class AAA state quarterfinals in 2010.

FCS sweeps at Lancaster

Andi Morrisett pumped in 17 points Monday night to lead Friendship Christian to a 56-17 victory at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna

The win was the first on the season for the Lady Commanders after a pair of losses. FCS jumped out to a 13-4 lead and increased the margin to 31-17 at intermission.

Deja Jones added 13 points while Mallory Johnson pitched in seven and Kaity Woodall had five points.

(boys) Friendship 64, Lancaster 51
SMYRNA -- Friendship Christians Allen Heastons 25 points led all scorers in Mondays 64-51 win at Lancaster Christian, but the play of senior Mark Sandoval might have been the difference.

With the game deadlocked at 43-all headed into the fourth quarter, Sandoval broke free for all 10 of his points as the Commanders improved to 2-1 on the season.

FCS trailed 31-23 at intermission, but clawed back to tie the game, then took control in the fourth quarter.

Dalton Patterson had 13 points for Friendship while Hunter Anderson added seven and Austin DeFevers had a pair of fourth quarter buckets.

FCS will be on the road Friday night as they travel to Byrdstown to take on Pickett County.

Scott Alan Hicks, 47

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Dec. 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Scott Alan Hicks, 47, of Lebanon.

An agent with Shelter Insurance and a 1982 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Mr. Hicks died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

A member of Gladeville Baptist Church, he was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bruce Grubbs officiating. Interment followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Bailey, Connor and Emma Hicks, mother Pat Hicks, sister Christy Hicks (Jason) Marsden; nephew Clark Marsden and girlfriend Corie Townley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Jerry Hicks, his maternal and paternal grandparents and his brother, Robby Hicks.

Active pallbearers: Jeff Martin, Don Allmon, Fred Baker, Robert Towns, Doug Bone, Tim Bennett, Tommy Grace and Paul Standifer. Honorary: Scotts Pi Kappa Alpha brothers and the many other special friends in his life that are too numerous to mention.

The family requests that memorials be made to an education fund for Scotts children at CedarStone Bank in Lebanon.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Lebanon City Council work session

Lebanon City Council will meet in a work session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss the proposed Entertainment District/Cumberland Center project.

Suspect in bank heist nabbed after high-speed chase

The Wilson Post
An Ohio man, who allegedly robbed the Watertown branch of Wilson Bank & Trust on Saturday, Dec. 10, led deputies of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department on a chase that ended on South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon.

Ralph Patrick McMahon, 63, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, reportedly entered the WB&T on the Watertown public square at approximately 10:54 a.m. on Saturday, demanding that the teller fill a backpack with money and then fled the scene.

Sheriffs Deputy Michael Warren intercepted the suspect, who was driving a Ford pickup truck, on Sparta Pike as McMahon was traveling toward Lebanon. Warren said in his report he attempted to pull the suspect over, but McMahon refused.

Warren said the suspect was traveling at speeds near 100 mph as well as forcing other drivers off the roadway.

McMahon then entered Interstate 40 westbound and avoided a spike strip, exiting onto South Hartmann Drive, driving north. Deputy Rusty Johnson, also pursuing McMahon, was given permission to disable the suspects vehicle.

Johnson said he struck the vehicle three times and wound up forcing the pickup truck into the ditch. McMahon then fled the vehicle on foot and was arrested quickly.

A decision had to be made, we had to take him out before he killed somebody, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe told news media on Saturday.

McMahon was reportedly driving a stolen pickup truck registered in Kentucky and had outstanding warrants in Pennsylvania. He is currently in custody at the Wilson County Jail.

McMahon is facing charges of robbery, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, evading arrest and theft of property.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

WCSD busts marijuana grow operation

From Post staff reports
A suspected marijuana growing operation in rural East Wilson County was searched recently, and narcotics detectives with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department were expected to take the matter to a grand jury.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Dec. 1 at 4251 South Commerce Road, a location where they said they had been receiving and investigating information about an alleged indoor Hydroponic marijuana growing operation on the site. The suspect in the case resides at this same address.

According to a news release from the Sheriffs Department, upon serving the search warrant, detectives found and seized from inside the main residence individually wrapped bags and jars of what appeared to be marijuana for resale and various prescription and legend drugs for possession and resale.

Several firearms were also reportedly found inside the residence that were seized in connection with state seizure law TCA 53-11-201 pertaining to narcotics.

During a further search of the premises, detectives found two large out-buildings that were covered within the scope of the search warrant. The first building reportedly contained a hydroponic grow operation. The building was described in the news release as self-contained. It was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer.

All plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

The second building was the largest of the two and also contained a hydroponic grow operation.There was a section of this building that was sealed off for the growing operation and was self-contained, the news release said. This section was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer. The plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

In addition, there were several suspicious articles and items located within this storage building, the news release said. Detectives documented several riding lawnmowers with unidentifiable serial numbers. They also found a 1994 Bumble Bee boat that contained a large Mercury 225 horsepower motor with the serial number not visible. Located in a large freezer were several deer heads and deer carcass hanging inside the building.

Patrol deputies located the suspect on the premises and served him with an outstanding aggravated assault warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriffs Department.

The Wilson Post is not publishing the name of the suspect at this time as he has not been charged in connection with the reported marijuana grow operation.

Lt. Det. Ricky Knight of the Sheriffs Department and an agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were notified regarding the articles and items that were documented as suspicious and required further investigation. The boat was seized by Knight under the state seizure law TCA 55-5-108 pertaining to alteration of VIN, or vehicle identification numbers.

The investigation regarding all items is continuing.

LPD targets Opana dealing

From Post staff reports
A search warrant was executed at a Lebanon location last week, targeting a person suspected of dealing large amounts of Opana pills, a highly addictive extended release tablet being ingested by younger adults.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the search warrant was served on Thursday, Dec. 8, by detectives with the Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit at a residence at 263 Hunters Lane at Hunters Creek Apartments. Detectives have received complaints about excessive traffic at the apartment and possible drug dealing.

The target of the investigation is suspected of dealing large amounts of the pills to a broad group of people in the Lebanon/Wilson County area, Bowen said, in a news release.

The LPD SWAT team was utilized for the execution of the search warrant. Detectives were able to seize a loaded handgun, several thousand dollars in cash and a vehicle.

Evidence will be submitted to the Wilson County grand jury for future charges.

Bowen said his agency is seeking an increasing amount of cases involving the illegal sale of prescription narcotics.

In my opinion, this is the biggest drug issue that we face today as a community, he said, adding that abuse of prescription narcotics are a significant threat to the youth of Lebanon.

FT's clinch WC's win over Bowling Green, KY Saturday

From Post staff reports
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Wilson Central knocked down six free throws in the final 48 seconds to seal a 61-56 victory over Bowling Green High (Ky.) in Saturday's Kentucky/Tennessee Minit Mart Challenge at Warren Central.

Coach Troy Bond's Wildcats led by 11 in the third quarter, but needed the final stretch at the charity stripe to hold off the surging Purples.

The two teams swapped the lead seven times in the opening quarter, with Bowling Green (2-1) surging ahead 18-16 on a three from Clay Sowell late in the period.

The Purples extended the advantage to 26-20 after a 3 from Nacarius Fant midway through the second, but Wilson Central (6-1) used a 13-0 run to build a 33-26 lead.

The Purples Devin Hayes made a 3-pointer on the final play of the half to shave the margin to four points.

The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take their largest lead of the game, 40-29, with 6:25 left in the period.

The Purples responded, switching to a full-court, trap defense, and made a 13-2 run to pull even, 42-42, late in the third.

The Wildcats scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and was able to hold back the Purples from there.

Bowling Green got as close as three, but the Wildcats hit 8-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final period.

Wilson Central shot 45.5 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers. Dee Oldham paced the Wildcats with 16 points, while Malcolm St. Louis added 13 and seven rebounds. Connor Brandon chipped in with 12 points.

After Tuesday nights game with Smyrna, the Wildcats are idle until they participate in the Smokey Mountain Tournament Dec. 21, 22 and 23 in Gatlinburg.

Gold ball a long time coming for Ron Welch

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
At some point in his long tenure at Friendship Christian School, veteran teacher and coach Ron Welch had a wish.

"I asked the Lord to let me live long enough to see us win a state championship in football," Welch said.

Now, that he was on the sideline for the Commanders' 34-0 victory over Dresden in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl -- he's considering amending that request.

"Now, I'd like to live long enough to see us win number two," Welch said Wednesday afternoon with a laugh.

Welch has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows since signing on at FCS in August of 1977 -- from the days when practice started with just nine players on the team, lopsided losses and a parade of games as homecoming fodder.

"I always thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel if we could just hang in there," Welch said, "A couple of years, we had 16 or 17 players dressed out. We were in such a shape that if we had two frontline kids get hurt, we didn't know what we'd do.

"There were some lean years, but we always had hope that we'd grow into this thing."

When asked about the turning point for the Commander football fortunes, Welch was quick with an answer.

"When Mr. (Leonard) Bradley hired Coach (Bill) Bryson to come over from Castle Heights in 1979 to take over the football program, I knew right then that he was going to get this thing going in the right direction," Welch said.

"There have been some hills and valleys since, but for the most part we've been competitive ever since."

Bryson, who spent four years coaching at FCS after leaving crosstown rival Castle Heights Military Academy, is now on the schools Board of Directors.

In my mind, Ron Welch has had more influence on Friendship Christian in general, than anyone I know, Bryson said. Hes touched so many people, had a huge impact on everyone who has come through that building. I would say most all the students can claim some unique relationship with him and all of us are better for the time weve spent with Ron.

Welch teaches Bible at FCS with all ninth graders coming through his class as well as all senior boys.

"First and foremost, we're here for the spiritual impact on these young people," Welch said, "we getting 'em coming in as freshmen and then again on their way out. We do get close to the students. That's one thing I love about teaching. It's not like a job where you go in and punch a clock. You can impact people's lives. Their souls are the most important thing. It doesn't matter how much money you make, we want to teach them to know Jesus Christ and we don't back up from that."

As Welch was walking off the field at Tucker Stadium last Saturday, two thoughts kept popping up into his mind.

One, I was thrilled for the kids, because I know how hard they've worked to get to that point, Welch said.

Number two -- I was thinking about my buddy John McNeal. I get emotional talking about it, because that's my friend over there. He's been through some things and put up with some stuff over the years -- things I guess all head coaches have to go through -- but now he's got that state championship.

Most coaches are 'system guys'," Welch said, "but Coach McNeal isn't like that. He'll draw something up on a pad and take it to the practice field. We've run everything in the world on offense over the years. John will fit his scheme to his players. Some coaches try to mold their players to their scheme.

"He will take his talent and work his offense around what his kids can do best. He's thrown it 40 times a game when he's had a passer and a bunch of receivers, then there have been times -- like this season -- where he'll line it up and run downhill.

Welch was also thinking about former players at FCS, including current defensive coordinator Duane Lowe.

"I'm just so proud of Coach Lowe -- as well as the other assistants. I coached Duane in junior high and on Saturday, I watched him call almost a perfect defensive game."

As Coach McNeal says, guys, its about the ones in the room, Welch said. We play for mom and dad for our school and everything, but what really matters is that group of guys in the locker room .

Years from now, you can imagine what those kids will be talking about. The memories theyll share -- when theyre 40, 50 or 60 years old theyll still be talking about this stuff.

And perhaps, the influence of Coach Ron Welch.

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CU football players earn academic honors

LEBANON -- Cumberland Universitys Sam Greene and Cody McCallister were both voted to the First Team and Ben Miller and Tim McCord each received Second Team honors on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America College Division football teams announced this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Greene carries a 3.64 grade-point-average in General Business with minors in Management and Computer Information Systems. The senior from Maryville played in 35 career contests on the offensive line at center, guard and tackle, starting 31 games.

McCallister has a 3.84 GPA in Physical Education with a minor in Coaching, having started all 32 games the last three seasons at free safety for the Bulldogs. The Dickson junior has accumulated 100 tackles with 5.0 for loss and seven interceptions along with 11 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also has blocked three kicks in his CU career, including a punt the Bulldogs recovered for a touchdown this season.

McCord owns a 3.71 grade-point-average in General Business. The Augusta, Ga., redshirt junior rushed for 325 yards on 76 carries this year and has 837 yards on 205 rushes (4.1 yards per attempt) in 29 career outings for the Bulldogs as a fullback.

Miller has a 3.55 GPA in Criminal Justice and led the Bulldogs in tackles this season with 85. He added 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 10 contests from his linebacker position. The Gallatin, Tenn., senior has collected 235 tackles, including 31.5 for loss with 9.5 sacks and five interceptions in three seasons at CU.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point-average (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the teams games at the position listed on the nomination form. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their teams contests are not eligible. No student-athlete is eligible until he or she has completed one full calendar year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

In the cases of transfers, graduate students and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible. Nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school.

This marks the first year for a College Division category for the Capital One Academic All-America program. Previously Division I-A institutions were in one category while Division II, Division III and NAIA programs were lumped into another category. Now Division II and Division III have their own categories and NAIA, junior college and any other four-year programs are lumped into another group.

Diana Carol Johnson, 66

Mrs. Johnson, 66, of Old Hickory, died suddenly Dec. 6, 2011.
Celebration of life service is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at The Fellowship at Two Rivers, 2800 McGavock Pk, Nashville.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.


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