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The egg or the chicken?
This summer I gave each of my children a project. To be honest, I dont even remember what project was delegated to my oldest or youngest. Thats because the purpose behind the summer project, isnt to actually accomplish anything. Its just to keep my children busy so that I drown out the summer sounds of Im sooooo bored!

However, as much as I try and tryI cant quite drown out the sounds of my middle childs project. (And believe me Ive tried!)

Thats because Zoe was required to raise chickens.

Thats right we skipped right over the summer reading list or perfecting the backstroke and went straight to livestock!

We are one of those families that lives in the countrybut isnt quite sure what we are supposed to be doing out here.

So, we bought a chicken coop, painted it and named our chicks The Chicken Nugget Gang. We named each and every one of them, my favorite chick being Little Jerry Seinfeld.

So, let me enlighten those of you who may have a yearning for country living.

Chicks are super cute when they are little. Your kids will hold them and cuddle them and you will be able to Facebook the most adorable photos of your picture perfect life.

But before you know it, the chicks grow up.

And when they dothey become fat, filthy, fowl!

Thats because all they do is eat and eat and eat, which also means that The Chicken Nugget Gang has defecated over every square inch of my beautifully, painted chicken coop.

Not to mention that they are Angry Birds times 1000!

The Cripps and the Bloods have nothing on our gang! They are mean as heck and have drawn blood from 2 of our 3 children. The only reason they havent attacked my youngest is because he absolutely refuses to tend to them.

That was Zoes project, not mine, he can be heard screaming as he runs upstairs each time I ask one of them to feed the chickens.

So, a few weeks ago the beasts (I no longer call them by their given names) finally produced an egg.

It was covered in poop.

So as I sit here tonight, Ive been googling recipes. Thats because the filthy beasts are also prolific egg layers.

Im not googling egg recipes though.

Fried chicken or BBQ chicken? Hmmdecisions, decisions

by Angel Kane

To read more of Angel and Beckys columns go to www.wilsonpost.com and read their blog.

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Proclaiming Christ at Christmas
Kenneth and Linda Bowen pose beside a traffic light with a Christmas message This time of year around here is go, go, go and do, do, do, said Lebanons Brother Kenneth Bowen, a man who promotes Christs birth with a myriad of Christmas lights in his yard display that he has christened Christmasland.

This past December he counted 2,500 vehicles that circled his driveway as wide-eyed passengers took in the hundreds of attractions, most of them accented with lights of red, white, blue and green. The messages in the lights spell out such greetings as Happy Birthday Jesus, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth.

We started when my oldest grand boy, Adam, was born. We started off with just a few pieces, and now weve got 800 of them, the most weve ever had, said Bowen, 68, pastor of Unity Church in Lebanon.

We started with a Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and a reindeer, and thats been 16 years ago, said his wife Linda. We really enjoy it because so many people come through. A lot of people send us cards in the summer thanking us for having it open.

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Our Feathered Friends - December 7, 2011
Dark-eyed Junco or Snowbird

Hello to all my birding friends. You do not know how much I have missed you. I have had a very rough time and even looked death straight in the eye. Thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, I have been given an extension on my life. We are planning on giving you the full story on my health problem with a stern warning which may save your life. Many churches have me on their prayer list, and my good friends on Facebook and Bc Yahola and the members of If you grew up in Lebanon you remember... have prayed without ceasing. Thanks to all of you.

My mother, Margie Pope, took care of me for a little over two weeks while new friends from Donelson Home Health taught me exercises to help build my muscles which had deteriorated from my two weeks of ICU in a coma. The first chance I went out to my house, my binoculars were a must-have so I could see what all was feeding on and below my brothers sock feeder. There were Chickadees eating the stale Nyjer seed from the sock while other ground feeders were scratching below for leftovers. There was one solitary White-throated Sparrow out by the old shed in the backyard.

It was great to have Karen Franklin and her two children, Anna and Nick, visit me on a Saturday afternoon. The first thing I saw when I awoke in the hospital was a couple of drawings from Nick and Anna, wishing Mr. Ray to get well soon. They are such a loving family. I would like to thank Karen for keeping you informed on my situation and to her husband John for his patience while she wrote articles for your enjoyment. You don't really know what it takes to write something each week, especially when you don't want to repeat yourself.

Dotty Kim and her daughter, Tammy, along with a couple of her grandchildren, Britney and Steven, hijacked me one night to go to Ponderosa for supper. Since I was not working, there was not enough money for a steak, so I ordered the salad bar. The manager Billy Mullinax spotted me and was asking where I had been and why I wasn't eating steak. I explained everything about my condition and my empty wallet. In no time Billy returned to our table with a juicy sirloin steak, compliments of the manager. It was the first real meal that I have eaten outside of what my mother cooked. Thanks Billy!

Finally, like Dorothy said in her famous movie, "There's no place like home." You don't know how many times I have joked with some of my visiting friends, telling them that I have clicked my heels three times and repeated Dorothys line. My mother was afraid that I might want to go home too early, but I reminded her about our trips to Florida. It was a lot of fun, but it was so nice to see the lights of Lebanon when we topped Four Mile Hill.

My birdfeeders were dry as a bone and had been for over a month when I finally got around to refilling them. It took two whole days before anything showed up to feast, and the first birds were Carolina Chickadees. The next day one of my favorites showed up. The Dark-eyed Junco was scratching beneath the feeder on the seed that was scattered just for the ground scratchers. My left ring finger is starting to get sore, so I will close this article and hope to have another for you next Wednesday.

I would love to hear from you as to whats lurking about in your neighborhood and at your feeders. You can write me at 606 Fairview Ave., Lebanon, TN, 37087 or e-mail me at ourfeatheredfriends@yahoo.com

by Ray Pope

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My Bid for December 7, 2011

The Oklahoma Cowpokes are bellyaching in their beer this week. They dont get to play undefeated LSU in the BCS Championship Game.

Ah, the BCS. An imperfect system at best.

The Harris Interactive Poll, comprised of 115 voters (including this writer) from various walks of life, submitted their final top 25 votes Sunday.

LSU was a consensus No. 1. The brilliance of the panel is overwhelming, no?

No.

Alabama came out second, with Oklahoma State third. Thats the way my poll read, but I recognize there is legitimate room for debate that Oklahoma State deserved to jump an idle Alabama and grab the coveted second spot at the table.

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Sadie Elizabeth Rohtert, 90

Mrs. Rohtert, 90, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at Alive Hospice in Madison.
services were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens beside her husband, Joe.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Arthur I. Gid Jackson, 91

Mr. Jackson, 91, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2011 at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Selalrs Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Judy Dawn Davis Jordan, 73

Mrs. Jordan, 73, of Old Hickory, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
Funeral services were conducted Monday morning, Dec. 5 at Bond Memorial Chapel.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

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Tommy Lloyd Butler, 73

Mr. Butler, 73, of Mt. Juliet, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday morning, Dec. 6 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

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Martha Eunice Dockins, 87

Mrs. Dockins, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.
Services were held Monday afternoon, Dec. 5 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Burial was at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Bobby Ray Brumley, 76

Mr. Brumley, 76, of Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
Services were conducted Tuesday evening, Dec. 6 at Grace Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

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Gabriel Buck Alexander Kaupke, 6 months

Funeral services will be held in Arizona for six month-old Gabriel Kaupke of Lebanon.
He passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Robert Cone Beasley III, 80

Mr. Beasley, 80, of the LaGuardo Community died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.
Graveside services are scheduled 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Woodlawn Memorial Park (South) 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville.
Local arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Nina Elizabeth Beth Spain Humes, 39

Beth Humes of Madison died Dec. 2, 2011 at age 39.
A memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Memories on the wind

By JOHN L. SLOAN
November is dead. The river is almost frozen. There is skim ice out three feet in some places. Brown brittle leaves scud across the hard ground. Just to make it more miserable, the wind is from the north and gusting. A flock of mallards whistles by. I blow my nose and use my left sleeve as intended. I check the scope one more time. Four power is enough.

I have come to this bleak part of Nebraska on a whim. When I was here, shooting a video during the October bow season, a much more hospitable time, I saw evidence of one, possibly two large deer. One rub on a tree larger than my cameramans leg got me excited. The rub got me excited, not his leg. When one of the local hunters killed a Pope and Young class buck near here. I did some scouting and determined where the river crossing was.

The deer feed over in the Iowa during the night and cross back into Nebraska at dawn. Since gun season is not open in Iowa, I was waiting for them to make their nightly pilgrimage. I intend to catch them on the Nebraska side before they cross into Iowa. My only chance was on the river bank. The brush was too thick leading to the bank and I had no way of knowing where in the hills and thickets they bedded. I had to take my stand just as they reached the clear river bank.

They must come soon or both November and my hunt will be over. The does, three of them, come with head bobs and ear flicking. Earlier, I had seen one pause in the scrub before entering the bottom. The last rays of weak sun seemed to warm her. She was young, an early fawn.

That was an hour ago. Now this trio moves down the bank. They look stuffed in their winter coats. They tiptoe across the ice and enter the water. Somewhere a fire is going in a house. I can smell the smoke. Across the river, a light begins to wink in a house over a mile away. The grain train at the elevator blows its whistle, preparing to pull out for somewhere. I sniff the smoke again.

A fox trips through the bottom, walking large fallen logs and investigating mice burrows. He provides color in drab afternoon. I stretch my legs and wiggle my cold toes. I have been semi-hidden behind the log, a big piece of driftwood, for an hour. The river bottom is full of blow-down trees and driftwood. It is a maze, treacherous to walk. One more hour until dark. He I remember an afternoon when I was young. I cant recall the exact age but it was a cold afternoon for Louisiana and I am walking down Colony Road, heading home. It is twilight and I can smell wood smoke from a stove. Perhaps it was Audrey Edwards house. How or why do I remember her name? I doubt it was her eyes.

Again I scan the river bank. I think of the old camp on Back Camp Slough. The smoke would come through the walls and make your eyes water.

We called it the Smoke House. We used it mostly to duck hunt and sometimes to run the big swamp rabbits with beagles. We would pack in like sardines, Lloyd, Lester, Alphus, Flytrap Wakefield and old Frank Chatelein.

It was always my job to start the morning fire to knock off the chill. That reminds me of the chill-X2, I am currently fighting. I check the riverbank again. Cold and still, just wisp of smoke, barrenalmost.

He is dim in the gathering dusk. Even through the scope I cant clearly see his antlers, just that he has some. He is not the buck I am hunting. In scant minutes it will be too dark to shoot, hunt over. I know the big, bent cottonwood tree he is approaching. It is just about 200 yards away. I let the .308 rest on my big, left-hand glove on top the log. The crosshairs hold rock steady. I take a deep breath and let half of it out. One inch low at 200-yards so I hold one inch high and gently squeeze the trigger.

The rifle jumps and the sound echoes up and down the river, bouncing off the big trees. I do not know if I hit or missed. He just vanished.

I am assuming a hit. Unless you know for sure otherwise, you always assume so. A raft of small ducks signal the end of daylight and the clouds curtain out what little is left. It is dark.

Walking the drift detritus is too hazardous in the dark. The river, when at flood, dumps everything on the banks. To walk it in the dark is to ask for a broken leg. It is below freezing. A dead deer will keep well until daylight. November and my hunt are over. Tomorrow I will know how it went.

Tomorrow I will bundle again in my warmest and perhaps the sun will shine. We will find out the truth, not a memory on the wind yet, but one day soon. Then I will head home, 713 miles south and east of the log, I lean against.

Again, I smell the smoke. As I gather up my equipment, I have no choice but to think of other smokes I have smelled through the years. Campfires and fireplaces and stoves. November is gone, the happiness of Thanksgiving just another memory on the wind.

Many memories on the wind tonight.

bowriter1944john@aol.com

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MARK TRIAL -- Guilty, life in prison

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about five hours Friday night before delivering a guilty verdict in the trial of Dr. Deborah Mark, who was sentenced to life in prison for the abuse and murder of her 4-year-old adopted daughter Kairissa.

Mark, a Mt. Juliet resident, was found guilty on all nine charges brought against her, including four counts each of aggravated child abuse and child abuse.

Mark and her husband, Steven, adopted Kairissa from China in April 2010. The child was taken to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital from the familys home on Laural Hill Drive in the Providence area of Mt. Juliet with serious injuries on June 30, 2010. She died of those injuries the next day.

Prosecutors said Mark threw Kairissa onto a mattress and her head hit against a wall and Dr. Tom Deering, state medical examiner, had testified on Thursday that Kairissa suffered from bleeding and swelling of the brain.

The trial began Tuesday morning and concluded around 8:30 p.m. on Friday with the guilty verdict.

Steven Mark has also been charged with one count each of aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, accessory after the fact and failure to protect in addition to four counts of child abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out of jail on bond.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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FCS blanks Dresden for title

By DONOVAN STEWART,
TN High School Football Examiner
COOKEVILLE- Friendship Christian used the recipe of a hard charging running game, and an opportunistic defense to shut out Dresden 34-0 in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl state title game Saturday afternoon at Tucker Stadium.

For Friendship Christian (12-3) it is the first state football title in their second appearance. The Commanders lost to Jackson Christian in the Class 1A championship game in 2006.

Friendships defense was lights out as they held Dresden (12-3) to only 216 yards of total offense.

The Commander defense allowed only 8.6 points a game this year was even better on Saturday as they was able to get a lot of pressure on Dresden quarterback Gatlin Hatchel.

I think our defense won the game for us, Friendship coach John McNeal said. They have been great for us all season.

McNeal now adds a football title with a baseball title he won at the school in Class 1A back in 2007.

The Commander defense had 10 tackles for loss and intercepted Hatchel twice and had 12 quarterback hurries on the day.

Senior free safety Dalton Patterson led the Friendship defense with 12 tackles and an interception to garner Defensive MVP honors.

The shutout in the game is the first one in the 2A game since David Lipscomb shutout Mitchell 28-0 in 2002.

Senior running back Dekolas Reeves led the Commander rushing attack with 98 yards and scored one touchdown. He was named the Offensive MVP for his efforts.

Friendship had a balanced ground game as four players -- Reeves, Kyle Wood (two touchdowns), Tallon Mehlhoff (one touchdown) and Austin Taylor (one touchdown) scored on the day.

For Dresden coach Scott Hewett it was a rough way to end his coaching career at Dresden as he has tendered his resignation.

As assistant principal, its hard to balance football and administration so, Im going to let a new guy come in and lead our young men, Hewett said.

Want to pat Donovan on the back? Think hes way off and want to blast him? Send all emails his way at donovan.stewart@bellsouth.net and follow him on twitter@ dstew4vu.

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LFD, Baskin-Robbins team up for CFA

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Yeah, its been a bit cold out lately, but dont let that stop you from getting your favorite kind of ice cream and donating to Wilson County Christmas for All.

Baskin-Robbins in Lebanon and the Lebanon Fire Department are joining together for a fund raising event to be held from 5 until 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, where you can bring a toy, or toys, or a cash donation, if you prefer, to give to firefighters who will in turn donate them to Christmas for All.

In addition, you can purchase ice cream and 31 percent of all sales that evening will be donated to purchase toys for Christmas for All, said Stacy Tyree, shift manager of the local Baskin-Robbins.

The more people we have, the more were going to be able to give back to those in need, Tyree said.

LFD will be on hand at the event with a fire truck, ready to accept donations.

Tyree said this was the first time Baskin-Robbins had partnered with LFD for the toy drive.

Recently, two roadblocks planned by firefighters to collect funds to purchase toys for Christmas for All were rained out which created a shortage of donations. Chief Chris Dowell told The Wilson Post in an article that ran in the Nov. 30 edition the department will hold two golf tournaments in 2012, one in the spring and one in the fall to raise additional funds.

A golf tournament earlier this year raised $13,000 for the departments toy drive. Firefighters shopped on Monday at Walmart for toys for about 400 children.

Tyree noted Baskin-Robbins holds fund raisers for various groups each year. We do all kind of fund raisers. We knew the Fire Department does a toy drive each year and thought why not?

With the economy the way it has been, she said she knew help was needed, and bringing your family for some ice cream was a fun, inexpensive way to assist others who might be struggling this year.

Its one night, Tyree said, encouraging everyone to bring a toy or a cash donation. Everything is going to help.

The special fund raising event with LFD will be at the Baskin-Robbins location in Lebanon only at 1023 West Main Street.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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MJ commissioners OKs land purchase

By KENNY HOWELL
Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET Mt. Juliet City Commissioners approved a resolution to purchase a property for a future fire station on Monday. The property, located at Belinda Parkway and Athens Drive, is approximately 2.33 acres.

The item had originally been on the last agenda but was deferred because the commissioners wanted to see if a two-story building could be built on the property, the reasoning being that some offices could be moved to that building temporarily to alleviate some crowding at the current City offices on North Mt. Juliet Road.

Its doable? asked Commissioner Jim Bradshaw of Public Works Director Marlin Keel.

Its doable, yes it is, Keel responded.

Keel said he believed that the property would allow for enough parking for a two-story structure. He consulted with a builder, and they agreed that a number of $175,000 to $190,000 would be the price to get the property ready for building. That price included grading and paving the crossing on Belinda Parkway and utilities.

The resolution passed 5-0, and the closing will be Dec. 15.

Vice Mayor James Maness sponsored a resolution requesting state elected officials to agree to ask the state attorney general to render an official legal opinion regarding a list of questions regarding emergency services.

I would like to get the attorney general invested in this to get some clarification, Maness said.

The commission has a forensic accounting firm looking into the matter now, but wanted to get a legal opinion on the matter.

Weve just about exhausted all means, said Commissioner Ted Floyd. The resolution passed unanimously.

The commissioners also approved a resolution and ordinance approving the financing of the new police communication system through a local bank. It passed unanimously.

In unfinished business consent agenda items, the commissioners approved money for new filing cabinets for Public Works, as well as new carpet, an ordinance to add a processing fee for utility fee payments for customers paying with credit or debit cards, appropriating payroll funds for Interim City Manager Kenny Martin, transferring money to establish a 501(c)3 for the parks and greenways, and money to replace the roof on the finance and sewer accounting building.

In unfinished business, an ordinance to approve a special event permit for organizations or individuals to conduct special events failed to make it to the floor.

In other business, Dan Anderson was appointed to the Beer Board, and the Dec. 26 meeting was cancelled due to it being a City holiday.

Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.

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CU presents annual Christmas concert

Cumberland University will bring in the holiday season with good cheer and great music as it holds its annual University Singers Lebanon/Wilson County Christmas Concert tonight (Friday, Dec. 2), at 7 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Lebanon.

The free public concert will feature the talents of Cumberlands University Singers, accompanied by piano, brass and percussion elements of the CU band. Part of Cumberland Universitys School of Music and the Arts, the University Singers is a select, audition-based student choir.

Directed by Cumberland Professor of Music Dr. Brian Kilian, the choir will perform a variety of holiday standards and favorites.

The concert will be great for children and adults alike, Kilian said. Well be playing a rather fun and fast-paced selection of Christmas music from around the world to start the holiday season.

The University Singers will perform a variety of sacred and secular Christmas songs from the album Sing We Now of Christmas by Harry Simeone, the famous American composer best known for arranging the Christmas classic The Little Drummer Boy.

Selected soloists from the University Singers will perform as well.

Having attracted large crowds in previous years, the popular event will likely prove to be the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in 2011, Kilian added.

Last year, we had an audience of nearly 500 people, he said. This performance serves to bring the citizens of Lebanon and Wilson County and the University a way to celebrate the holidays with some great music.

First Baptist Church is located at 227 East Main Street, a few blocks from Lebanons Town Square. No reservations are required for this free, festive event.

For more information, contact Kilian at 547-1283 or bkilian@cumberland.edu.

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MARK TRIAL -- Prosecution rests

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
The prosecution rested its case in the murder trial against Dr. Deborah Mark Thursday, Dec. 1, after calling two expert medical witnesses testifying to the cause of death and nature of 4-year-old Kairissa Marks injuries.

The states final witness, Dr. Tom Deering of the State Medical Examiners Office, performed the autopsy on Kairissa in July 2010. Deering said the cause of death were multiple injuries.

The best cause is acute and chronic blunt force injuries, Deering told Assistant District Attorney General Tom Swink.

Mark, a Mt. Juliet resident, faces first degree murder charges for allegedly killing Kairissa, who she and her husband Steven, adopted from China in April 2010. Kairissa died on July 1, 2010.

Deering classified the manner of Kairissas death as a homicide and said the circumstances suggested she was assaulted by other or others and also suggested child abuse.

During the autopsy, Deering said Kairissa did not suffer from brittle bone disease or osteogenesis imperfecta, and said her growth plates were orderly and normal.

He also said the trauma to Kairissas head was caused by moderate to severe force when she was allegedly flung onto a mattress on the floor and her head struck a wall. Deering said because a childs head is more flexible than an adults, the impact would not have been absorbed by the bone and caused bleeding and swelling of the brain.

Deering testified the child would not be normal after suffering a blow to the head of this kind and said she would have shown signs of neurological damage.

Defense attorney Jack Lowery Sr. asked Deering if the child could have been exhibiting neurological symptoms from a previous incident and Mark mistook those symptoms for Kairissa deliberately holding her breath, as Mark claimed the child was prone to do.

Lowery said Mark could have mistaken the neurological damage as Kairissa holding her breath deliberately and she flung her onto the mattress.

However Swink asked Deering, Would the proper treatment be flinging the child against the wall? to which Deering replied, no.

Earlier in the day, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center pediatric doctor, Dr. Paul Hain, testified that Kairissa was already comatose upon her arrival at Vanderbilt. He said she suffered 13 fractures, including nine rib fractures ranging from two months to less than two weeks old.

Hain said the child was tortured for several months before she was killed.

The state rested its case at about 3:15 p.m., Thursday, and co-defense attorney Jack Lowery Jr. asked Judge David Durham for an acquittal on the first degree murder charge and aggravated child abuse charge.

Swink told Durham the state does not have to prove intent to murder, but rather the intent to aggravated child abuse. It was (Marks) intent to engage in the conduct and that is aggravated child abuse, Swink said, pointing out that abuse lead to Kairissas death.

Durham pointed to two expert medical witnesses that testified Kairissas injuries and death were not accidents as adequate evidence to overrule the acquittal judgment request. He also pointed to previous statements given by Mark who said this was not an accident as sufficient evidence to overrule the requests for acquittal.

The defense began calling its first witness Thursday afternoon and at that time was undecided whether Mark would take the stand in her own defense.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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FCS plays for title Saturday

Friendship Christian will make a grab for the gold football Saturday as the Commanders take on Dresden in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl. Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at Tennessee Techs Tucker Stadium. Live television coverage is available locally on WNPT, Channel 8.

The Commanders come in 11-3 overall and have won seven games in a row since a Sept. 29 loss at Trousdale County.

After trouncing Jackson County 42-0 at home in the first round of the playoffs, Coach John McNeal has won three consecutive road games, including a 39-6 victory at Oliver Springs last week.

Its a really good time of the year to be playing good football, McNeal said. Youve got to play well to get here, and youve got to play that way in the finals if you want to have a shot at the championship.

Friendship Christian is back in the state finals some five years after losing 19-13 to Jackson Christian in the 2006 title game held at Middle Tennessee State.

FCS has been knocked out in the second round each year since 06.

Dresden (12-2) has relished the underdog role all season, knocking out four consecutive road wins in the playoffs to reach the title game for the first time in school history.

On defense, they fly to the football, McNeal said of Dresden, Theyre aggressive, they come at you from all angles. Theyre not big, but quick and scrappy.

Offensively, they spread it out with the intention of running the football. It starts with their quarterback whos really good.

The Lions are under the direction of head coach Scott Hewett, who is in his final year at the Dresden helm after he announced his resignation in September effective when the Lions season ends because of a rule in the Weakley County school system prohibiting administrators from coaching.

It would be a great way to go out, Hewett said during Mondays TSSAA media event.

But I want it more for these kids out there playing. Theyve put in a lot of work, and Im just glad to be a small part of what theyve accomplished this year.

Hewett is impressed with his look at Friendship on film.

Theyre solid all the way around, Hewett said, They only threw like five passes last week, but completed em all and three were for touchdowns thats pretty impressive. Theyve got a heck of a ground game. Their execution is awfully good.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our kids, and weve got to make sure they understand the focus theyll need on Saturday.

Dresden quarterback Gatlin Hatchel is among the Lions senior class who will be playing their final game for the Lions as well tomorrow, and he said they want the coach and the seniors to go out with a win.

Its something we definitely want for him and us, Hatchel said. Wed love for all of us to go out as winners.

BlueCross notes Advance tickets are $12 each and available at the FCS main office. A portion of advance ticket sales will stay with the local school.

There is no free parking in the lots closest to Tucker Stadium. Parking will run $8 per vehicle.

The FCS Dresden game will be followed by the Class 4A game at 3:30 p.m. between Greeneville and Nashville Maplewood.

The 6A game will kickoff at 7 p.m. and features 14-0 Memphis Whitehaven vs. 14-0 Maryville.

Fridays schedule at Tucker Stadium: South Pittsburg takes on Wayne County in the Class 1A title game at 12 Noon followed by Christian Academy of Knoxville and Milan in the Class 3A matchup at 3:30 with Powell and Henry County squaring off in the Class 5A championship at 7 p.m.

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor

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Steven A. Morris, 55

Mr. Morris, 55, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at University Medical Center.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Jessie D. Moore Jr., 82

Mr. Moore, 82, of Lebanon died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at the University Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Interment was in the Organ Cemetery.
Arrangements by Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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Wayne Lamont Jackson, 51

Mr. Jackson, 51, died Nov. 28, 2011, at his Lebanon residence.
Funeral services are set for 12 Noon Saturday, Dec. 3 at the JC Hellum Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mt. Lebanon Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Patricia Jane Ricketts, 68

Mrs. Rickets, 68, of Watertown died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at her residence following an extended battle with cancer.
A member of the Fall Creek Baptist Church, she was born in Murfreesboro and was a 1961 graduate of Gallatin High School. She was retired from Middle Tennessee Medicaal Center in Murfreesboro where she worked in medical records.
Visitation: Fdriday from 12 Noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the serivce.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hunter Funeral Home.
Burial will be at the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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