From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- “Hats Off to the Wilson County Fair” has been selected as the theme of the 2011 award-winning Wilson County Fair.
The annual event will be held on Aug. 12-20 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
“The fair board thinks this theme will be a great one to involve all of Wilson County as we put our hats on to come to Wilson County’s greatest annual event,” a spokesperson said.
“As the fair always has a focus on fairs of the past, this year will be no exception as we reminisce on how ladies used to dress up in their finest hats to attend the annual event. One of the events this year will be a Ladies and Men’s Hat Competition with categories for all ages and types of hats.”
Wilson County Fair Board President Hale Moss also announced that Helen McPeak has been appointed by the executive board to be the Interim Wilson County Fair Manager with the retirement of Andy Brummett.
McPeak has been a important part of the Fair team for many years and knows every part of the event. Moss said that they were very fortunate to have McPeak in this position, and her leadership talents will be very important to the 2011 Wilson County Fair.
Brummett will remain on a part time basis.
I was really surprised to receive an e-mail from Karen Franklin this past Saturday telling me that she had been in Hawaii for her 10th anniversary. She forgot to take me with her and her husband, John Franklin. Karen, in all her wisdom decided to write about the birds she saw on her trip and I would love to share it with you all. Ray
By Karen Franklin, guest columnist
I put myself on unofficial assignment when my husband and I took our 10 year wedding anniversary to Maui, Hawaii on March 2-11. I would like to dedicate this article to Ray. If I could have fit him in my luggage and taken him with me I would have!!
I thought that there would be lots of tropical birds and exotic species to write about, but after purchasing a Hawaii bird book in Maui, I was surprised to learn that there are actually very few species of birds in Hawaii that are considered native. (In fact, there are very few animals, amphibians and reptiles!)
The birds are grouped into 4 categories: Endemic species and subspecies that evolved in Hawaii and are found nowhere else in the world; Indigenous species that arrived in the islands unassisted by man and established breeding populations, but are found elsewhere; Alien species introduced to and established in Hawaii by man; and Visitor/Regular migrants that spend the winter in Hawaii and depart in the spring, or pass through during migration.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
Something hot and zingy is flowing out of Lebanon these days, a barbecue sauce by the name of Ol’ South Fine Swine that’s meant to be liberally doused on grilled meats.
Its maker, Richard Swindell, who has lived in Lebanon for three years, promotes it saying, “It’s a gourmet barbecue sauce tested and perfected over 10 years that reflects Southern barbecue taste.
“I’ve always liked to cook, either inside or outside, especially on the grill. I came across a recipe years ago that I liked. It seemed it needed to be tweaked a little bit, so I started adding and taking away with spices, and I made notes,” said Swindell, 66, a retired brick mason and native of Sparta.
“Finally, one day I hit on this one sauce that I really liked and started giving it to my neighbors and children, and they all liked it. Up in Sparta I didn’t have any contacts, but I really enjoyed making it and seeing the satisfaction when my friends tried it.”
Swindell took the plunge and decided to go commercial with his sauce last summer when a brother-in-law to his brother opened the Cockeyed Pig barbecue restaurant in Gallatin.
Wilson County Beer Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon, to consider the application of Idris A. Alassar d/b/a Betty’s Market, 6288 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon.
Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, March 21.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss line item transfers and a forensic audit. Council will also hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the same location, for a discussion on economic stimulus, jobs and recruiting and retaining businesses.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”
Southern STARRS Winter Class Session is now open. The program offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children. A one-hour class is available for Saturday morning and Monday evening, and you can download an application form at www.southernstarrs.org. Volunteers are needed, also. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Times are from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in the spring and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. Internships, work-studies and community service credit are offered. Forms can also be downloaded at www.southernstarrs.org. For information, call 453-2592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale to be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Gallatin Farmer’s Market. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176. All donations are tax deductible.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
St. Patrick’s Day Party at Lebanon Country Club on Thursday, March 17, open to members and non-members. Price of $15 includes dinner consisting of Irish Stew or Spinach salad, slow simmered corned beef with parsley potatoes, carrots and cabbage and Grasshopper Parfait; music, games, Karaoke and prizes. Green beer and other Irish drinks will be available. Buffet dinner will be served from 5 until 8 p.m. Music and entertainment will be until 11 p.m. Call 444-8300 for reservations.
Bluegrass/Country Music will be at Timberline Campground on Saturday, March 19, from 6 until 8:30 p.m., featuring Sue Rollins and the Pulltight Express Band.
Mt. Juliet Senior Center has several events planned for March including a Scrapbooking Class that begins at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 16; a concert by Tom and Bev Grant from 6 until 8 p.m., Saturday, March 19; and a presentation by Melody-Jennings Griffin on “Antiques Appraisal” at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 28. For information on these and other programs, call 758-9114 or visit www.mjseniorcenter.org.
4-H Babysitters Training Course, offered by the University of Tennessee Extension, will be Monday and Thursday, March 21 and 24, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., at the UT Extension Office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. Participants must attend both days of training. Cost is $30 and is open to children in grades 5-12. Space is limited, and the last day to register is Thursday, March 17. To register your child, or for information, call Marietta Sanford at 444-9584 or email email@example.com.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. The next meeting is March 22. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
Home and Personal Security, a seminar presented by Informed Voter Orientation, Training & Education in cooperation with Cedars Preparatory Academy, will be 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at Cedars Preparatory Academy, 404 West Main Street, Lebanon. Sheriff Terry Ashe will be the guest speaker. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted.
March for Meals will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. Join participants for a day full of food, festivities and fun as they raise money for the MCHRA Meals-on-Wheels organization. For your donation, you will be entertained by many local bluegrass bands along with other family oriented activities. Barbecue will be for sale by the Country Haven Café so bring your appetite, lawn chair, family and friends. All the funds stay in the Mt. Juliet area to help keep elderly clients off the waiting list. For information, call Bobbie Jo Caldwell at 758-2777 or at 500-4318.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26. Personal Trainer Brenda Polk will discuss “Becoming Physically and Spiritually Strong.” The service project for the month benefits the Baptist Campus Ministries House at Cumberland University. Bring garbage bags, paper plates, napkins, 16-ounce drink cups, bath tissue or household cleaning supplies.
Wilson County Special Olympics Annual Track & Field Event will be Wednesday, March 30, at Wilson Central High School’s football field. Rain date is Wednesday, April 6. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Events include 50 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash; 10 Meter Walk, 25 Meter Walk; 25 Meter Wheel Chair Race; 50 Meter Electric Wheel Chair Race; Long Jump; and Softball Throw. There is no admission charge. Everyone is invited to come and support local Special Olympians. For information, contact Dawn Bradley at 453-7288.
Wilson County Democratic Party re-organization, including election of officers and executive committee for 2011-2012 will be held Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at the UAW District Union Hall at 151 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon. Note: All attendees must be inside the Hall before 10 a.m. as, per the by-laws, no one will be allowed to enter the meeting room after this time.
Volunteers are needed by the Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the Wilson County area. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12. For information, or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or at 452-5259.
Second Annual Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Cornhole Tournament, presented by total Family Chiropractic & Rehab, will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Mt. Juliet High School. Cash prizes total $550. Entry fee for a two-player team is $40. It is a double elimination tournament and will be held rain or shine. For information, call 758-3478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson County Democratic Women announces the Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship, Wilson County High School Senior Essay Contest 2010-2011. The scholarship is $500. All Wilson County high school seniors are eligible to enter by submitting an on the topic, “The Importance of Women in the Political Process.” The entry must be 400-500 words, typed and double-spaced; the cover page must include name, address, telephone number and school; omit your name on essay pages; it will be evaluated on content, form and clarity by the Scholarship Committee. It must be postmarked by April 26 and mailed to Linda Armistead, 210 Forrest Lawn Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. For more information, call 444-3838.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
If you’ve driven along Castle Heights Avenue or Winwood Drive lately, you’ve surely felt the effects of the City of Lebanon’s work to repair waterlines beneath the streets, but the city is also preparing to repave those streets and others as was the topic of discussion during the City Council’s work session Tuesday.
By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department is keeping quite busy and has been since the first of January as officers have found 11 methamphetamine, or meth, labs operating inside and near the city limits.
The large number of meth lab busts locally reflects a growing trend nationwide, and funds to deal with it have, in many jurisdictions, run out. That is because Congress recently cut federal funds that had gone to cities and counties to aid in the clean-up costs of meth labs. The manufacturing of meth produces toxic chemicals that contaminate any area where it is produced, and the clean-up can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the lab and the method of production used.
“With federal funding now gone to clean up (meth labs), it’s now up to the Mt. Juliet Police Department to clean them up,” said Officer Matt Mang of the MJPD.
LEBANON -- Stephanie Gutierrez and Nicole Swann both hit their first career home runs and Cumberland University held off a seventh-inning rally by Martin Methodist College Tuesday, as the Bulldogs took the second game of a doubleheader, 5-4, after dropping the opener, 6-5.
With the win in the nightcap, Cumberland (13-9, 3-1 TranSouth Conference) snapped a 28-game losing skid to the RedHawks. The Bulldogs’ last victory over MMC came in the 2004 TranSouth Championships, with CU taking a 4-2 win in eight innings.
The solo home run for Gutierrez came in the senior’s 217th trip to the plate as a Bulldog, while the two-run shot by Swann was just the third career hit for the sophomore, who has seen limited plate appearances in her two years.
Gutierrez, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 with three RBIs. The Orlando, Fla., native’s long ball broke up Caroline Ezell’s no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning. To that point, the MMC pitcher had faced just one over the minimum.
After Victoria Bennett was hit by a pitch for the fifth time this season, Swann sent a rocket shot over the 14-foot center field wall, giving Cumberland a 3-0 lead.
Amber Mayne followed with a hit and got to third when Christina Manis reached on an error, but the inning ended when CaSarah Gilliam grounded into a double play.
CU added three critical insurance runs in the sixth inning but left the bases loaded. Heather James, who reached on a fielder’s choice, and Sarah Murray, who doubled, scored on a two-out, pinch-hit single by Meghan White. White stole both second and third, Swann walked and Mayne was hit by a pitch to load the bases for another pinch-hitter, Tonya Barlow. The junior sent a shot into deep center field that nearly got over the head of Karina de los Santos, who barely made the snowcone catch.
Courtney Maynard (5-2) ran into a little trouble in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on a single and a pair of walks. Two more singles plated a trio of runs and signaled the end of the day for the freshman.
In six-plus innings gave up four runs on eight hits but worked out of several tough situations. In the first inning, Martin Methodist loaded the bases with one out before the Gordonsville High School product struck out Samantha Queen and induced a groundout to end the threat.
Another strikeout halted another RedHawk scoring chance in the second as Maynard got Megan McKean swinging to end the inning, leaving two runners on base. MMC, which stranded 11 total baserunners, also left two on base in the fifth.
Caity Gray picked up her first save of the season, coming into the game with two on and no one out in the seventh. The junior gave up one hit and struck out one.
Game 1 -- Martin Methodist 6, Cumberland 5: Cumberland scored five runs in the bottom of the first but couldn’t overcome four errors, giving up the lead late.
After Manis led off the first with a bunt single, Gilliam doubled over the head of de los Santos. With one out, James hit it back to the pitcher, who came home trying to get Manis at the plate, but the speedster from Hendersonville made it in safely.
Bennett was plunked to load the bases for Murray, who grounded out to the pitcher, scoring Gilliam. With two outs Lavery reloaded the bases when she took a ball off the helmet. Gutierrez followed with a two-run single through the right side and Courtney White drove in another run with a shot back up the middle.
The 5-0 lead wasn’t enough as MMC scored two unearned runs in the second and plated three more with two outs in the third, including a two-run homer.
A dropped popup on the infield with two outs in the fifth inning scored the game-winner for the RedHawks.
Cumberland travels to league-leading Trevecca Nazarene University Thursday at 4 p.m.
BULLDOGS DOWN TN WESLEYAN 10-3 TUESDAY
LEBANON -- Tommy Crews went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and five RBIs and Lebanon High product Cody Ferrell had his second straight strong outing on the mound in No. 1 Cumberland’s 10-3 victory Tuesday over 14th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan at Stockton Field.
Cumberland (16-8) scored three times in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead, only to see the visitors push across three runs in the fifth to make it a one-run run. But the Bulldogs answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take control.
Crews belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the fourth and had a bases-clearing double in the fifth to break open the contest. He also singled in the seventh and scored three times, earning Music City Star Player of the Game honors.
Tommy Winegardner and Antonio Butler each had two hits for CU and David Fanshawe scored twice in the victory.
Ferrell (2-1) got out of a jam in the first and also worked out of the fifth unscathed before a two-run single from Stephen Branca and an RBI single by C.J. McElroy got Tennessee Wesleyan (17-10) within a run. The Bulldog lefthander allowed three runs on four hits in 6.1 innings, walking six.
Logan Neal came on in the seventh after a pair of walks and gave up just a single in 1.2 innings of relief. Patrick Corrigan worked the ninth for CU, allowing two singles before a nifty 3-6-1 doubleplay erased the trouble.
TWC starter Matt Brennan (1-4) took the loss, giving up four runs on three hits in three innings. The righthander walked four and struck out four. Reliever Drew Housewright lasted just three batters, allowing a double and two walks, and Ronald Phelps gave up three runs on six hits in three innings of work.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third inning after a leadoff single from T.J. Murphy and a walk to Greg Appleton. Richie Seaton’s sacrifice bunt pushed the runners up a base and Winegardner’s sac fly to left plated Murphy for a 1-0 lead.
CU added three more runs in the fourth. Fanshawe was hit after a 10-pitch at-bat and Crews followed with a two-run homer to right, his first home run of the season. Butler then walked, moved to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on a line out by Murphy for a 4-0 advantage.
TWC cut into the deficit with three runs in the fifth, as Anthony Boix singled to leadoff and David Lindsay walked. Jon Smith walked with one out to load the bases and Ferrell got another popout, but Branca lined a two-run single into right. McEloroy then singled into center, plating another run, making it 4-3 Cumberland.
The Bulldogs answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Winegardner led off with a double and Mike Mandarino and Cory Farris both drew walks, loading the bases. Fanshawe blooped an RBI single into leftcenter and Crews cleared the bases with a double to leftcenter.
Butler then singled to right and Appleton followed with an RBI lineout for a 9-3 Cumberland lead.
CU added another run in the seven after Crews and Butler both singled and Murphy grounded sharply to first baseman David Bergin, whose throw to second hit Butler and caromed away, allowing Crews to score on the play.
Cumberland plays Shawnee State in a single game Wednesday at 1 p.m. before heading to Blue Mountain College for a three-game series this weekend.
It doesn't seem possible, but spring sports are rolling along. Still trying to get in all the schedules from our local varsity teams, not just baseball and softball, but track, soccer, tennis as well. Email those schedules to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Lebanon High baseball opened the 2011 season Monday morning with a 10-0 loss to Alabama power Oxford High down at the Beef O'Brady's Bucanneer Classic at Hoover High -- just south of Birmingham.
MT. JULIET -- Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency Meals-on-Wheels of Mt. Juliet announces the "Mayors For Meals Day" as a part of its March for Meals campaign.
Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, who also represents District 57 in the State House of Representatives, will be participating in the event to show her support for the community’s homebound and hungry seniors on Wednesday, March 23, at the Mt. Juliet Senior Center.
“We are excited about having Mayor Elam once again participate in our Mayors For Meals Day event,” said Bobbie Jo Caldwell, site manager. “The Mayor has been involved with our program in the past and the national Mayors For Meals Day is an excellent way to continue our relationship.”
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
An unexploded pipe bomb was discovered Sunday afternoon in a field along Holmes Gap Road, which Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said had been thrown into the field in an attempt to test the bomb’s explosive potential.
Ashe said the pipe bomb measured 8 to 10 inches long and was “well made” out of PVC pipe, a wire fuse and filled with an explosive powder. The property owner who found the bomb called the Sheriff’s Department Sunday afternoon and the department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team recovered it.
“This is a great concern for me that someone out there is making this kind of thing,” the sheriff said.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Wilson County posted the second highest median household income for 2009 and the second lowest percent of people below the poverty rate out of the 20 most populous counties in Tennessee as part of the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Data released this month showed Wilson County having a median household income, adjusted for inflation, of $61,082 in 2009. (The 2009 figures are the most recent. The official data from the 2010 census will become available in early spring 2011.)
The American Community Survey provides one-year estimates for geographical areas with a population of 65,000 or more. The survey is an ongoing process providing communities with data in one-, three- and five-year periods. Data from 2009 was released this month for more than 7,000 geographical areas in the United States.
Trevecca (14-11, 3-3 TranSouth) scored three runs in the sixth inning in the second game to take the lead and P.J. Francescon (1-0) worked out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth to post a complete-game victory and the sweep for TNU. The righthander gave up one run on seven hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter in his first start in three weeks.
Francescon outdueled Mike Mandarino (1-2), who allowed just four baserunners through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out six in 5.2 innings of work. For his efforts Mandarino was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Cumberland (15-8, 4-2) went just 2-for-25 (.080) with runners in scoring position in the three-game series, scoring only two runs on 16 hits. The Bulldogs managed one hit in the opener of the twinbill and collected seven in the second game, but stranded five baserunners, including four in scoring position.
David Fanshawe provided CU’s only run of the day, a solo homer to rightfield in the second inning that put the home team ahead, 1-0. Mandarino made that stand up until hitting Chase Birdwell for start the sixth inning.
By JOHN L. SLOAN
Before I started hurting in every joint, I loved a tanning bed day for a little fishing on Percy Priest or Center Hill or Dale Hollow. It wasn’t too bad on Old Hickory, either.
You know the kind of day I mean; a day that makes you want to spend a half-hour at Sun Tan Village soaking up some serotonin and easing the ache in your aging joints. You want drizzle and a temperature that is several degrees below comfortable. It is the kind of day when the clouds hang just feet over the bow of the boat. You have to keep wiping your glasses to get the fog or drizzle off. You are often tempted to pull up the hood on your rain suit but that bothers your vision. Intermittently the sun comes out and cooks you just enough to tease you.
MT. JULIET -- Big Brothers of Mt Juliet / West Wilson County will be hosting a Dodgeball tournament on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., at West Wilson Middle School, 935 North Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers of West Wilson County’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
Teams will consist of six people, ages 18 and up. The cost to register a team is $60 and all checks should be made to Big Brothers with “Dodgeball Tournament” on the memo line. The tournament will be double elimination and trophies will be awarded to the winning team.
For more information on the tournament, call 641-0577 or visit www.dodgeballtn.com or the Big Brothers website at www.BigBrothersofMtJuliet.org/events
From Post staff reports
Sheriffing today is much different that it used to be. Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said his office today has assumed a number of new roles that local law enforcement wasn’t necessarily concerned about in years past.
A new challenge in which he is engaged, Ashe said, is that of dealing with certain homeland security issues. He told members of Lebanon’s Breakfast Rotary yesterday that among his early morning duties each day is to review a national security report published daily for law enforcement from federal authorities.
“We no longer can think that it can’t happen here,” Ashe said, referring to terrorist attacks and other threats to homeland security, because the reality is that “it can happen here.”
By GENE DAVIDSON, State Executive Director
USDA Farm Service Agency-Tennessee
In the past few weeks, there has been much talk and media coverage about unrest in the Middle East driving up the prices of fuel in the U.S. There is a certain sense of vulnerability when we realize events that occur half a world away affects our quality of life right here at home... in our own backyard. However, when it comes to food, fiber and yes, biofuels, we suffer no sense of vulnerability – Why? Because, thanks to America’s farmers and ranchers, we have what I refer to as, "Homegrown Security."
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Cold and rainy weather dampened the turnout of around 30 Wilson County teachers and those supporting them yesterday afternoon at a planned gathering on the Public Square in Lebanon, asking citizens to support teachers’ collective bargaining rights.
The gathering was planned and approved by the City of Lebanon on Tuesday afternoon. Cathey Roberts, second grade teacher at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary, helped organize the event.
Those who came held signs urging citizens to contact their local state legislators and ask them to vote against a proposed bill that would end collective bargaining rights for teachers’ unions and organizations.
CU HOSTS TREVECCA FRIDAY, SATURDAY
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Cumberland icon Woody Hunt can reach yet another coaching milestone this weekend as his Bulldog baseball team hosts TranSouth Conference rival Trevecca Nazarene in a three game series.
Hunt, in his 30th year as CU head coach, is sitting on 1,298 wins and can reach the 1,300 plateau with a couple of wins over the Trojans.
“To be honest, I didn’t know that was coming up,” Hunt said Thursday morning, “I’m really more focused on a good Trevecca team and getting our field ready to play.”
Friday's single starts at 2 p.m. as ace Aaron Wilkerson (3-0) is expected to take the hill for the Bulldogs. Saturday's twinbill cranks up at 12 Noon.
Earlier this year Hunt, the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2010, was honored by the Lebanon / Wilson County Chamber of Commerce with a special “Man of the Year” award. He was also singled out by the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association with their prestigious “Mr. Baseball” award at their 73rd annual Old Timers banquet.
Cumberland won its second NAIA national championship last June in Lewiston, Idaho, capping a 58-9 campaign with 29 wins in its last 30 games. The Bulldogs swept through the NAIA World Series, defeating Lee University, 4-3, in the championship.
Hunt picked up his 1,000th career victory March 5, 2005 with a 3-1 win over the Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville.
Cumberland dropped to 14-6 overall Wednesday with a 9-4 loss at 13th-ranked LSU-Shreveport (16-7).
The contest ended an eight-game, seven-day road trip for the Bulldogs, with CU winning the first five outings before dropping the final three.
Good Friday Golf -- The Blue Devil Football Foundation will be staging its 9th annual Good Friday Golf Tournament Friday, April 22 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Lunch at 11 a.m. with a 12 Noon shotgun start. Entry fee includes lunch and one Mulligan and is $110 per player. Call 615-351-6047 to enter a four-member team. The BDFF is a not-for-profit organization.
LHS baseball season tickets -- Season tickets for all 10 Lebanon High home baseball games at Veterans Field are now on sale for $20 each -- a huge savings over the walk-up cost. tickets are available from any Blue Devil baseball player.
Basketball camps at FBC -- Lebanon’s First Baptist Church will host a series of spring break basketball camps March 14-25. First up is a One-on-One Skills Camp for boys and girls in grades K-4. The camp is set for March 14, 15 and 16 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per camper. A girls camp for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be held March 17 and 18 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 Noon. One-on-One skills will be taught and a double-elimination tournament will be held. Cost is $50. An identical camp for boys in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be held March 17 and 18 between the hours of 1-4 p.m. Cost is $50. For info on these camps or the Week Two schedule, call Davis Harrison at 615-417-4510.
Monday volleyball at CU -- Cumberland volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering is now accepting applications for the Monday Night Girls Volleyball League at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. League play begins Monday, March 22 and continues every Monday Night until April 25 with an 18U division and a 14U division. Cost is $60 per player. Contact Deering at 615-547-1318, or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
B-D fitness scramble -- “Swinging Fore Fitness” a four-man golf scramble to benefit the physical education program at Byars-Dowdy Elementary School, will be held Thursday, March 24 at Lebanon’s Hunters Point Golf Course. An 11 a.m. shotgun start is planned. Entry fee of $200 per team includes green fees and cart. Hole sponsorships at $100 are still available. Call tourney chairman Claude Maynard at 615-476-1939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCHS softball clinic Mar. 23 -- Wilson Central will hold a softball clinic for girls in grades 2-8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23 at the Lady Wildcats’ field. Cost is $50 with a $10 discount per two players from the same family. In case of rain, it will be moved inside to the gymnasium. For more information, call Coach Mike Shepard at 453-4600.
Adult co-ed softball -- An adult co-ed softball tournament will be held the weekend of March 25-27 at Tuckers Crossroads. Entry fee is $175 per team, $25 discount is paid by March 18. Teams may bat 10 or 12 hitters, but must alternate male and females. NSA rules will apply. Top three teams will earn trophy. All tournament proceeds from tournament will go towards Wilson Sox 11U travel baseball team. For more information, please contact Brandy at 598-8356 or Terry at 517-4482.
T-ball / coach pitch -- City of Lebanon T-ball and Coach Pitch sign-ups are Saturday, April 9, from 9-11 a.m at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Center in Baird Park. Participants must be 4 years of age by April 30th, 2011, and cannot be 9 years on or before April 30th, 2011and live in Wilson County. The registration fee is $30. All new participants must provide a birth certificate (copy). Early registration continues through April 9. Those registering early can come to the Greer Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. (11-12 closed for lunch), Monday through Friday. Prospective coaches should come to the Greer Center to fill out an application. Call Nancy Lee at 449-0303.
Third annual Roar Run -- Byars-Dowdy Elementary will hold its third annual Roar Run 5k and 1 mile Fun Run Saturday, April 9. This year's edition of the Roar Run will start and finish at the College Hills Church of Christ on Leeville Pike. Registriation fees are as follows: $20 adults; $10 children (5-13 yrs), 5K Run/Walk Family Pre-Race $60 (for families of 5 or more - limited to immediate family only). One mile Fun Run/Walk $5 Children (9 and under); $10 (ages 10+). Day of Race fee is $30 for all participants. Anyone can registration until 7:45 a.m. the day of the event. Registration information at www.byarsdowdy.org.
This blog will help me "clean out" the notebook from time to time, and hopefully keep my readers informed on what's happening in Wilson County sports. TB
* Tough loss for Wilson Central Thursday in the TSSAA state tournament. A 46-39 final score doesn't tell the whole story. WC was down 19-10 after one quarter and trailed by 11 a couple of times. They came back to tie the score at 32-all in the fourth, but poor shooting at the free throw line (18-of-29) hurt.
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Hunter Funeral Home for former Watertown Vice-Mayor and Alderman Charlie Neal Allen, 96, of Murfreesboro.
Mr. Allen, formerly of Watertown, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Allen participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy and received the Purple Heart for combat injuries at Saint Lo, France. Visitation will be held prior to services on Friday.
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