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CU women topple Bethel Monday

MCKENZIE -- Cumberland's Courtney Atkinsons layup with 45.4 seconds remaining put her team ahead and Atkinson and Tamara Gonzalez added free throws in the final 18 seconds, sealing a 62-58 victory for the Lady Bulldogs over Bethel in womens basketball action Monday night at Dishman Gymnasium.

CU (5-10, 2-3 TranSouth) were finally able to close out a close game, this time knocking down foul shots in the final minute after missing those chances at the charity stripe on Saturday at Trevecca Nazarene.

Atkinsons driving layup on an assist from Casie Cowan with 45.4 seconds left put the Bulldogs ahead 58-56. Kelsey Hamilton missed a 3-pointer from the wing for the Wildcats (9-9, 1-3) and Gonzalez grabbed the rebound. After a pair of fouls by BU, Atkinson calmly knocked down one plus the bonus with 18.4 seconds remaining for a 60-56 advantage.

Gonzalez missed the front end of the bonus after another miss by the Wildcats before Jana Roney, who led Bethel with 22 points, scored with 3.7 seconds left. Gonzalez was fouled again and this time made both shots for the final margin.

Simone Ryan paced the Bulldogs with 14 points and six rebounds, while Gonzalez added 12 points and eight boards and Atkinson also had a dozen points along with five caroms.

The Wildcats started the game on fire, hitting 65 percent (11-for-17) at the second media timeout, with BU leading 33-24. Roney netted 15 points in the half, making 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 at the foul line. But Bethel made just eight of its final 35 shots from the field, as Cumberland played a 2-3 zone the entire second half, neutralizing Roney and forcing jump-shooters into scoring roles.

Gonzalez kept the Bulldogs in the game early, scoring eight points with a pair of 3-pointers in the first seven minutes and finishing the half with 10 points. Ryan netted five of her eight points in the period in the final six minutes and the junior missed another jumper in traffic just before the half, as Cumberland trailed 37-29 at the break.

The Bulldogs take on third-ranked Union University at home on Thursday at 6 p.m. and hosts Martin Methodist at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Doug Thurley, 83

LEBANON -- Douglas P. Thurley passed away on Jan. 12, 2012 at age 83. The memorial service was held Tuesday morning, Jan. 17 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.

Honorary pallbearers: Vic McDonald, Vince Barry, Kaye Denton, Julia McFarland, Glynn Young, Bill Westerbeck and the Wilson County Election Commission.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Southern Manor for their excellent care. Memorial Donations: American Lung Association (One Vantage Way, Suite B-130, Nashville TN 37228).

Born April 10, 1928 in Edmonton England, Mr. Thurley graduated from Christs Hospital in December 1944 and then began an engineering apprenticeship at Vickers-Armstrong in Kent, England. In March 1946 he joined the Royal British Army Tank Regiment. He served 7 years in the Royal Army then returned to England and worked for Austin Motor Company. He immigrated to the United States in 1956.

In 1960 he went to work for Gemmer Gears and moved to Tennessee in 1961 with Ross Gear as Chief Product Engineer. He was promoted to Plant Manager in January 1966 and stayed in that position until August 1976. He left Lebanon for six years, but returned in 1982 as Plant Manager and remained in that position until his retirement from TRW in October 1988.

He joined the Wilson County Election Commission in 1994 and worked with them until his retirement in 2011.

Survivors include three children: Sheila (Carl) Schmaedig, Diane (Ed) Roddey, and Rod (Dawn) Thurley; siblings: Reg Thurley, Paul Thurley, and John Thurley; four grandchildren: Jennifer, Hunter, and Hannah Thurley, and Joshua Crosslin; three great-grandchildren: Trenton, Ronan, and Isley Cross; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by wife of 59 years, Margaret Thurley, parents Reginald H. and Mabel Morris Thurley, and sisters Bettie Smart, Anne Belton, and Janet Davey.

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

LHS trainer McKinney to receive state honor Saturday

Lebanon Highs Justin McKinney will be the recipient of the Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award during the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society annual meeting Saturday at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

McKinney, MS, ATC, and a product of Lebanons Cumberland University, is an employee of Health Management Associates -- the parent company of UMC hospital.

During the 2011 football season McKinney is credited with saving the life of football player D'Shaun Jones who collapsed after leaving practice with difficulty breathing.

McKinney initiated his emergency action plan, and used CPR and an AED to get Jones breathing again. McKinney's quick reactions helped avoid a tragedy.

Friendship Christian trainer Nathan Johnson received the 2010 Sandy Sandlin Award.

WCHS boys won't overlook Portland

All games involving Wilson County prep basketball teams scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 will go on as scheduled. Here's a look at tonight's District 9AAA games between Portland and Wilson Central. -- HOWEVER, the Central - Portland doubleheader will start at 5 p.m.

Its human nature to look ahead, especially for 16 and 17 year-old basketball players. But Wilson Central boys basketball coach Troy Bond says his troops with be focused on the task at hand -- tonights home game with Portland -- and not on Tuesdays District 9AAA showdown at Mt. Juliet.

We obviously take every game one at a time, Bond said. Portland has a new coach in Bill Duncan who took Greeneville to the state several years ago, so we are definitely concerned about them first and foremost. The (Tyrone) Harrison kid for Portland is a really good player.

Wilson Central (13-2) has not lost to a team from Tennessee so far this season.

Overall, we have played pretty solid defensively but still have some things to get
better at to be able to do anything in the tourney on down the road, Bond said. Our focus is to work hard everyday and continue to progress as a team -- to never be satisfied with where we are as a team.

Malcolm St. Louis recorded a double-double (19 points and 12 rebounds) to help power the Widcats to a 54-41 victory over Station Camp Tuesday night. Dee Oldham had 16 and Connor Brandon six as Wilson Central remained undefeated in 9AAA at 5-0.

Portland enters tonights game losers of four games in a row -- including a 75-42 home loss Tuesday night to Beech.

Tonights girls game will tip-off at5 p.m. Wilson Centrals Lady Wildcats needed a late free throw by senior Sydney Vanlandingham Tuesday to hold off a determined Station Camp team 42-41.

Bud Brandons team improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the league with the win. Vanlandingham led the way for WCHS with 16 points while Taylor Peterson chipped in with 12.

CU sweeps Blue Mountain

LEBANON -- Simone Ryan posted her 10th career double-double and second of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading six Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-41 victory over Blue Mountain College in womens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (4-9, 1-2 TranSouth) ended the first half on a 15-2 run and netted 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to take a 28-point advantage three minutes into the period. CU pushed the lead to 30 with a Madison Pavan jumper just over six minutes into the half and never looked back.

Courtney Atkinson and Casie Cowan both netted 12 points, Pavan and Katie Smith each posted 11 points and Jessica Pace posted 10 points in the victory for Cumberland, which ended a three-game losing streak with the win.

Kyesha Clark led the Toppers (3-11, 0-3) with 10 points and Amber Johnson added nine with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 13-5 advantage behind four points each from Pace and Atkinson and pushed the lead to 12 just seven minutes into the contest after another Pace bucket. The Toppers used an 11-4 spurt to cut the deficit to five, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson.

But BMC went scoreless for the next five-plus minutes and CU netted nine consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Pavan. In all Cumberland outscored the visitors, 15-2, the rest of the half with a Tamara Gonzalez layup with eight seconds to play giving the Bulldogs a 39-21 lead at intermission.

Atkinson and Tasia Blue scored quick baskets for the Bulldogs in the first minute of the second half, forcing a timeout by the Toppers, and the race was on.

Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 2 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m.

Bulldogs beat Blue Mtn. 61-48
LEBANON -- Lamar Brinkley scored 11 points and Daniel McFadden added 10 off the bench as Cumberland bested Blue Mountain College 61-48 in mens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (11-3, 3-0 TranSouth) remained perfect at home this season, improving to 7-0 at the DFRC, but it was perhaps the teams most uninspired effort of the year. Cumberland shot just 36 percent from the field and 11-for-20 at the foul line.

CU did limit the Toppers (7-8, 0-3) to just 35 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-15 from behind the arc as well as forcing 15 turnovers, but the Bulldogs could never put away BMC, which closed within seven points three times in the second half. Tyler Shavers jumper with 3:14 remaining cut the Cumberland lead to 50-43, but Johnny Williams answered with a basket and Adam Barnett added a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs to push the advantage back to 12.

Brinkley also led CU with eight rebounds while Terry Williams posted a career-best six blocks, five in the first half. Cumberland played almost the entire game without leading scorer Michael Sweat, who was a bit under the weather and logged just four minutes in the contest.

Shaver, Jarvis Fisher and DeVante Pulliam led the Toppers with nine points apiece.

The Bulldogs used a 14-3 run late in the first half to break a tie contest. A jumper from Charles Stewart at the 6:55 mark started the spurt that included a 3-pointer by Jerret Towns and five points Brinkley, including an old-fashioned 3-point play with 48 seconds left in the period. CU took a 30-22 advantage at the break.

Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 4 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 8 p.m.

Friday games will go on as scheduled

All games involving Wilson County basketball teams will be played tonight AS SCHEDULED. HOWEVER - the Wilson Central vs. Portland doubleheader has been moved up to 5 p.m. Here's a look at what's on tap

Mt. Juliet High will bring two of Middle Tennessees top basketball teams to Campbell Brandon Gym tonight for a District 9AAA doubleheader with Lebanon.

Girls action cranks up at 6:30 p.m. as the 17-2 Lady Bears and the 11-7 Devilettes square off.

Mt. Juliet stands a perfect 5-0 in the district following a 63-25 win Tuesday at Hendersonville High. Four Lady Bears cracked double figures, led by 16 from Sally McCabe.

Lebanon enters tonights game winners of seven straight after dusting Gallatin 56-24 Tuesday.

Mt. Juliets boys opened the season 0-2, but have been on a 15-1 streak since, winning seven games in a row. Tuesday night, Mt. Juliet limited Hendersonville to just 18 points in the second half of a 48-32 road win. Coach Troy Allens team was led by senior Caleb Chowbay with 13 points and C.J. McEwen with 10.

Lebanon came from behind to notch a 53-43 victory over Gallatin Tuesday -- marking the first district win of the season for the team. The Blue Devils moved to 6-11 overall / 1-4 as Cameron High had 19 points.

Other games scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 include:

Portland at Wilson Central 5 p.m.
Watertown at Gordonsville
Friendship at Trousdale County
MJ Christian at Kings Academy

New YearNew YouWho says?
As I sat with friends at dinner on New Years Eve, the conversation turned to Carolines mothers heated mattress pad.

She just loves it. Turns it on about an hour before bed and hasnt missed a night in years.

The New Years Eve festivities continued, but for me, the idea of a heated mattress, seemed outstanding, unbelievable . and completely unfathomable that I had never heard of it before!

I liken it to when Bill Gates first saw Steve Jobs iPod!

Wilson Living Today, January 19, 2012

Country music recording star, Tracey Lawrence has a magic touch. Lawrence, who is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Wilson Living, reveals to readers all the reasons he loves Wilson County. Apparently everyone wants to read all about it because the January/February edition is nearly sold out after only 12 days on newsstand shelves. So we send a big Thank You to Mr. Lawrence and his beautiful family for sharing their story.

News you can use: Prevent Accidental Poisoning

Every year poisonings result in nearly 900,000 visits to emergency rooms.The overwhelming majority of poisonings occur at home.As consumers, we buy more than a quarter of a million different household products materials used in and around the home for medication, cleaning, cosmetic purposes, exterminating insects, and killing weeds.These items are valuable, but misuse especially when used in inappropriate applications or quantities can cause illness, injury, and even death.

Nashville Lawn & Garden show coming soon
The 23rd annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4, will celebrate the timeless appeal, importance and fun of gardening.

Gardens Past, Present & Future is the theme in 2012 for Tennessees largest and most popular annual gardening event staged at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

Larry the Cable Guy continues to Git-R-Done

The Blue Collar Comedy crew member who goes by the name of Larry the Cable Guy begins a new coast to coast road trip finding fascinating people and places in the U.S.A. as he begins season two of Only in America!

This go round, the Cable Guy, who was born Daniel Whitney in Pawnee, Neb., first hits Alaska during moose season and helps troopers to catch illegal hunters, learns some sexy moose calls and chats with Sarah Palins father, who shows him an eye-popping collection of hunting memorabilia.

Our Feathered Friends - January 11, 2012

As much as my left hand is almost hurting constantly, my mind tries to shut out the pain so I can type out a new bird story for you all. There is no way that I can say thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers as words do not possess the thoughts strong enough for it. I'm still here, and that does count for something.

Lt. Col. James Richard "Dick" Colby, 94

HERMITAGE -- James Richard "Dick" Colby, Lt. Colonel US Army retired died Jan. 9, 2012 at age 94. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the McKendree Village Chapel.

He was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin. Preceded in death by his nine year old son, Larry; parents and first wife of 37 years Helen.

Survived by wife of 30 years, Margaret Arnold Colby, sons, Ron (Sharon) and Don (Rhonda), grandchildren, Anna, Drew, Austin & Jennifer; one great grandson, Isaac; sister, Virginia Anderson of Eau Clair, Wisconsin.

Dick was a graduate of Officers' Candidate School Medical Corps, West Point and served six years active duty in the Army during WW II in both Asian and European theaters and 17 years in Ready Army Reserve duty.

He was employed as an account manager for the NCR Corp. for 30 years. He served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross for 10 years on disaster duty.

He served two terms as chapter president of the Retired Officers' Association and one term as state president. He was a past member of American Legion Post 5 Band and the community concert band, Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Wars, The Society of Founders and Patriots of America, The Retired Officers' Association and Military Officers' Association of America.

He was a member of Andrew Price United Methodist Church and served as an officer and choir member. He was a resident and active volunteer of McKendree Village.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Dick's honor to McKendree Village designate Golden Cross Fund.

Condolences can be offered at

Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory.

Neal David Martin, 59

Mr. Martin, 59, of Lebanon, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at University Medical Center.
Mr. Martin chose to be cremated. No services are planned at this time.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary S. Jones, 82

Mrs. Jones, 82, of Mt. Juliet died Jan. 10, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements in the care of Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Harold Arthur "Scottie" Gee, Jr., 38

A celebration of life for Mr. Gee will be 12 Noon Saturday, Jan. 14 at Vine Baptist Church.
Mr. Gee, 38, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Reba Peach, 42

Ms. Peach, 42, Lebanon, died Jan. 10, 2012.
A celebration of life service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, Hwy. 100, Nashville.
Harpeth Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilson Board of Education defers cooperative agreement
Wilson County Board of Education deferred entering into the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative after expressing a few concerns, in order to receive sample bids from the co-op to see whether it would benefit the school system.

In December, the board asked Director of Schools Mike Davis to send a list of items the system regularly purchases from vendors to Clinch-Powell to compare prices. Davis said during Monday nights meeting that information was not sent and a representative of Clinch-Powell said the request had not been made.

MJ's Hagerty honors local mentors

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty presented an official proclamation to Big Brothers Big Sisters in recognition of Mentoring Month and the significant contributions made by Mt. Juliets mentoring volunteers who positively impact the entire community.

The official presentation was made on Monday, Jan. 9, during the Mt. Juliet City Commission meeting.National Mentoring Month is a celebration honoring local volunteers who serve as positive role models to children and encouraging others to step up and do their part to help a child overcome adversity and realize their full potential as adults.

Roy Bailey History Center to host second annual MLK Celebration

The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center will sponsor a brunch to the second annual Martin Luther King Celebration Saturday, Jan. 21, at New Christian Life Church in Lebanon.

The event will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with brunch followed by a special program. In addition to celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the program will acknowledge Wilson County clergy members and honor Lebanon sanitation employees.
LSSD, Wilson Co. & FCS closed Friday

Lebanon Special School District and Wilson County Schools as well as Friendship Christian Schoolwill be closed Friday, Jan. 13 due to weather concerns. Students will also be out of school Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

WEATHER ALERT -- As temperatures continue to fall through the twenties overnight, snowfall across the area will likely result in slick road conditions.

Locations may experience a thin coating of glazed ice which develops on roadway surfaces. This is commonly refered to as "Black Ice" which is very difficult to see and can result in hazardous driving conditions.

Motorist are urged to drive with caution to slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination. Remember that black ice covered roadways can be very difficult to see.

Hunting down under . . . grab your bow

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to start writing the back page story for South Pacific Bowhunter, a quality, slick publication of over 200 pages, devoted to bowhunting in an area about which we seldom go to or read hunting stories. The magazine is published in Australia.

From what I gather; the bowhunting there is something else. After all, they have six species of just deer! The latest issue had 19 hunting articles! So I queried Antonio Lara, the editor/publisher and gleaned some facts about hunting down there.

To start with, imagine a place with no bag limits, almost no hunting seasons and a wide variety of what to us would be exotic animals. Now before you start drooling, understand right up front, this is not a hunt you do on the cheap or without doing some homework.

Remember, their seasons are upside down. Spring here is fall there. That is a starting point. However, for sure, you want to have a local contact before you jump on a plane for Oz. And the cost to jump on that plane is not small. I suspect you can bowhunt Australia for about the gelt of a good African trip.

Okay, let us talk about available species and we can discuss where they are and then how to get there and kill one. Keep in mind, I am as lost as you are when it comes to where is what in the Land Down Under. All I know for sure is you cannot hunt any of the native species. So what? Six species of dad gum deer! And that is just a start.

Those kinda elk looking things that roars. Most of us call them Red Stag. Correctly, they are Red Deer imported to Australia a century ago. Big suckers and if I am right, they live mostly in places that are beautiful beyond belief and rather up and down. I am told Queensland is the place to start for them. They have been in the Brisbane and Mary Valleys over 100 years. That should give them a good start and judging from the pictures, they get bragging size big. I have always wanted to hunt them.

Want to kill a water buffalo? They get big in the Northwest Territories and I am told the herds are vast. I dont know that area but Antonio tells me they are found in large numbers throughout Arnhem Land and on down to the Gulf of Carpentaria. (Dont look at me. I have no idea. Look it up.) They get big, these buffs, up to a ton. Gonna need some good draw weight and a heavy arrow. Leave your soda straws at home for the target range. I understand there are plenty of guides in the area that can tailor a hunt to your needs.

I have heard of Banteng but admit I have no idea what they are. Turns out, they are a wild cattle and quite the desired game animal. I recall reading of a hunt Mr. Fred Bear went on that turned out to be a bit more challenging than he expected. You can find them in the Coburg Peninsula and are a guide only type hunt. Antonio says they are a real trophy due the difficulty in killing one with a bow. I take it they are not like Holsteins.

I have never had the least desire to kill a camel. Never even crossed my mind. Heck, I never even wanted to smoke one. I suppose if one spit on me, I might reconsider. However, if you have such a bent, they have them in the land of dingoes, which you can also hunt. I have killed a dingo. That is another story. Camels are found in the interior of Oz. Their numbers have become so out of control, the government is now culling them to prevent damage to the ecology. Probably be easy to arrange a hunt. If you are old enough, you might appreciate the fact that in Oz, it may not be necessary to walk a mile for Camel. Just couldnt resist.

I have killed an axis deer with a bow. That doesnt mean I would not like to loose the string on a bigger one. They can make for a thrilling hunt in an area such as the land around the Great Basalt Wall. That area is central Queensland and there are large herds there. Maybe that is why they are known as the Ghosts of the Basalt. The area is one that most certainly will require a guide and there are some good ones, just do some research or email Antonio at I doubt that he will mind and he might even send you a copy of the magazine if you ask nicely.

Even though there are some pigs in the area, Cape York is the place to go for the really big bruisers. I mean huge hogs. I have seen the pictures. Again, you will want a guide and they are available.

I dont know what a Rusa deer is. I have heard of them and I understand the stags make a heck of a noise when spooked. I tend to do the same. They have long tines and that is just about all I know and all I can tell you. I do know they are rewriting the record books with heads from this area. They look to me to be a cross between an elk and a whitetail. I believe I would like to stalk one. I also have no idea what the rare Hog Deer is or looks like. I looked them up. Small with high antlers, weighs about 50,000 grams, (just convert 50 Kg to pounds). They run with their heads down so their antlers can clear the brush. Hence, the name hog. You figure it out, I could not.

Okay. So in that large continent you can hunt a bunch of stuff from Sambar to Banteg to fallow deer to wide horned goats to dingoes and feral cats and all manner of things in between. The Top End of Australia, the northern portion, is a true wilderness.

It is the sort of area I daydream about hunting. In the dream, I am 45 years younger and I have two months to hunt. The only concern animal-wise is the saltwater crocodile. Care must be taken around water holes. However, dont forget your fishing rod. Remember, they are upside down. Prime hunting time is June to October. Now doesnt that just work out perfect?

Ill tell you straight. If I was young again and could still ride bucking horses and bulls, I would head for the buckjumping, (that is what they call a rodeo down there.) and I believe I could make enough to stay and hunt.

Jimmy Dix, a bareback rider from some place called West Collie, tried to get me to come, back in the 60s. I wish I had gone. But I didnt so I am content reading the pages of the magazine and dreaming.

How about you? Fancy a Sambar stalk or perhaps a boar hunt for a gagger of boar? Allow a year to plan and an understanding wife and off you go, mate.


CU proposes to utilize & maintain Nokes-Lasater Field

The Wilson County Board of Education is considering a proposal by Cumberland University to maintain and use Nokes-Lasater Field as a new home for the Bulldog football program.

Home for Lebanon High football for the past 46 seasons, the Blue Devils soon will vacate the 5,000-seat Nokes-Lasater Field and move into facilities at Clifton Tribble Field / Danny Watkins Stadium, located at the new LHS campus off Hartmann Drive which is set to open this fall.

Recent conversations between CU President Dr. Harvill C. Eaton and Director of Schools Mike Davis have resulted in the drafting of a Memorandum of Agreement detailing terms.

The Board of Education will study the proposal in a work session set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

The MOA is calling for a long-term (30 year) assignment of management and general responsibility of Nokes-Lasater Field.

CU is not requesting a transfer of ownership, because state law precludes a gift to a non-government entity.

We proposed a 30-year agreement renewable at five-year intervals at our call, Dr. Eaton said.

If approved by both parties, we would begin to transfer our operations May-June so we can be ready for the first home football game this fall.

If an agreement can be reached, Lebanon and Wilson County would benefit greatly.

With the eventual installment of an artificial playing surface, Nokes-Lasater Field could become a hub for youth and middle school football as well as a potential site for postseason play.

Cumberland officials have hinted at making application to host the NAIA National Championship game, an event that would draw thousands of visitors to the community for several days.

For seven years the city of Savannah, Tennessee, located in remote Hardin County, hosted the championship game in a high school facility much smaller than Nokes-Lasater Field.

Wilson County has far more hotel rooms and restaurants that Hardin County and is much closer to a major airport, allowing the participating teams and their travel parties a relatively short drive from Nashville to Lebanon.

With the installation of new lights at Nokes-Lasater Field two years ago, Cum- berland could opt to play several games at night, including the possibility of Thursday night games, in an effort to grow their local fan base.

In the MOA, Cumberland agrees to allow the use of the facilities by local groups / teams when their needs (on a per-occasion basis) do not interfere with scheduled CU activities.


Robbery suspect Knight surrenders

The Wilson Post
A man suspected of robbing the Pinnacle Bank on South Cumberland Street on Jan. 5 turned himself in to Lebanon Police and the FBI late Wednesday night after authorities identified him earlier in the day.

We picked him up last (Wednesday) night at 11 in Smyrna, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen. He has been charged with bank robbery.

The suspect was identified as Clifton A. Knight, 49, of Woodbury. He was arrested on a Federal warrant for Bank Robbery and is now is Federal custody.

Knight has been convicted of a gun-related crime previously, but he did not display a weapon in the Jan. 5 robbery.

Bowen noted that investigators are looking at Knight as a suspect in another bank robbery, also at the South Cumberland Street Pinnacle location, that occurred in July. In addition, Knight is also being looked at in connection with other bank robberies that have occurred in the area.

The Wilson Post broke this story Thursday morning online and on our Facebook page.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

Kyron Hart headed to TN Tech

Lebanon High lineman Kyron Hart verbally committed to Tennessee Tech during a campus visit this past weekend.

Hart, a two-year starter for the Blue Devils at both offensive and defensive tackle, checks in at 6-2, 278 pounds and displayed outstanding quickness for his size.

Hart, who moved to Wilson County from Indiana, is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent and scholarship papers on Feb. 1.

Tennessee Tech claimed a share of the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference championship with a 7-4 record and earned a berth in the FCS playoffs.

The 2011 Golden Eagles, under the direction of OVC Coach of the Yer Watson Brown, finished the season ranked No. 16 in the FCS poll and tied or set 25 school records.


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