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LSSD board tabs Benson for Director

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Special School District Board of Education unanimously supported a motion to make Interim Director of Schools Scott Benson the full-time director, effective immediately, during Monday nights meeting.

Chairman of the Board Steve Jones said Benson has done an excellent job as the interim director since taking over for former director, Dr. Sharon Roberts, on Jan. 1, when she resigned to take a position at Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE.

Mr. Benson has done an excellent job, we really threw him into the fire all at once, Jones said.

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BOE OK's fundraisers for new LHS

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education approved fundraisers for the new Lebanon High School for a Jumbotron and video board at the new football field and gymnasium for the new facility to open in August 2012.

The board authorized LHS football coach Troy Crane to sell 12 sponsorships for $5,000 each to pay for the scoreboard and Jumbotron for the new Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium.

Also authorized was a fundraising request by LHS girls and boys basketball coaches Larry Inman and Jim McDowell to sell sponsorships at $7,500 a piece for a hanging scoreboard over the gym floor.

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Election Commission handling redistricting

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Plans to change Lebanons six City Council wards passed on second reading Monday night and are now in the hands of the Wilson County Election Commission as part of a larger redistricting process to send new voter registration cards to all registered voters.

Lebanon City Council passed on second reading an ordinance to realign the six aldermanic wards during a special called meeting Monday. The vote was 5-0 with Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath absent from the proceedings.

Warmath was adamantly opposed to simply altering the existing wards during a work session last week.

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Dealership donates building to church

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Pastor Stephen Manley and the growing congregation of Cross Style Church celebrated their ownership of the church building and property on Trinity Drive in Lebanon after Wilson County Motors handed over the deed to him and the church on Tuesday.

For 2-1/2 years, Manley said the church has been leasing the property from Wilson County Motors. Since then, the church congregation has diligently worked to improve the structural state of the building and the interior and found a permanent home in the process.

This place was so bad, we were going to bulldoze it, said W.P. Bone, principal owner of Wilson County Motors. Everybody was telling us to tear it down.

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CU SOFTBALL -- Cumberland splits with Mid-Continent Monday

LEBANON -- Megan Lavery, Emily Nicholson and Courtney White each belted three-run homers, but Mid-Continents Lacee Underwood collected three hits and three RBIs in the second game and Cumberland split a doubleheader with the Cougars on Monday at the CU Softball Field.

Nicholson hit her team-leading ninth home run of the year in the first inning of the opening game and Lavery added her three-run shot in the fourth inning, helping Cumberland (22-14-1, 12-8-1 TranSouth) built a 7-0 lead. The Cougars scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings and left two runners on in the seventh, with CU holding on for a 7-5 triumph.

In the second game MCU (12-18, 8-16) scored twice in the first and Underwood hit a two-run homer in the third, but CUs Allison Blackwood answered with her own two-run shot in the bottom of the inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3. The Cougars scored three unearned runs in the fourth and added two more runs on a double from Alyssa Ybarra in the seventh.

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PREP SOFTBALL -- Friendship Christian 12, Watertown 0

Holland one-hits Watertown
WATERTOWN -- Hunter Holland retired the first 13 batters she faced Friday and went on to throw a one-hitter as Friendship Christian defeated Watertown 12-0 at Three Forks Park.

Mary Holden's single in the bottom of the fifth was the only blemish for Holland, who struck out four with no walks.

FCS scored five in the top of the first with Brittany Petry's two-run double being the big blow and added five more in the third inning -- improving to 12-13 overall / 5-1 in District 8A.

Watertown dropped to 7-9 overall / 1-4 with the loss. The Tigerettes will be on the road Moday for a 5 p.m. game at Westmoreland. FCS visists Class AA Macon County High Moday at 5 p.m.

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WCBoE OK's CU move to Nokes-Lasater Field

From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- With a final 3-2 vote Monday night, the Wilson County Board of Education gave approval for Cumberland University to move its football operation and play games at Nokes-Lasater Field in Lebanon beginning this summer.

Cumberland will take over the facility in June and move its entire football operation, including coaches, equipment and athletic trainers, to the facility. With the move the Bulldogs will be able to schedule night games for the first time in program history.

This is a game-changer for our football program and University, said Director of Athletics Ron Pavan.

We are moving in a direction to continually improve our institution and facilities for our athletic programs and this allows us to do that not only for football but other sports within the department. It will also help us grow our fan base with the ability to play night games and give us more visibility and accessibility within the community.

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MJPD offers self-defense classes for women

The Mt. Juliet Police Department in cooperation with the Mt. Juliet Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) women self-defense classes will now be available for Mt. Juliet area residents.

The first class will begin on April 28th, 2012.

Classes are held on two consecutive days with six hours of instruction each day at the Mt. Juliet Community Center. Those wishing to participate will need to register online at www.mjpd.org. Class size is limited, and registrants will be contacted when accepted into the class.

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WEATHER BULLETIN -- Cold weather coming

Frost...and possibly freezing temperatures are expected in the Mid-State Wednesday morning and Thursday morning. Precautions should be taken on those two mornings to protect tender vegetation, as a cold Canadian high pressure system spreads over the area out of Central Canada.

The best chance for freezing temperatures Wednesday morning will be in some of the colder valleys along the Cumberland Plateau. The coldest weather, however, is expected to be on Thursday morning when temperatures could dip to the freezing mark for an hour or two shortly before sunrise over the Cumberland Plateau -- as well as in low lying areas west of the plateau.

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Mobile home fire may be arson

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Arson may be to blame for a late-night fire at a mobile home that occurred late Sunday night on Greentree Circle in Weatherly Estates.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Lebanon Fire Department received a call at approximately 10:40 p.m. of a house fire in the gated community off Franklin Road in Lebanon, said Chief Chris Dowell.

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CU FOOTBALL -- 100 players going through spring practice

SPRING GAME SET APRIL 14
LEBANON -- Cumberland University started spring football practice last week with more than 100 players on campus for drills, a record number under head coach Dewayne Alexander, who enters his seventh season with the Bulldogs in 2012.

Cumberland practices Tuesday and Thursday each week with shorts, shoulder pads and helmets, working around players schedules with late afternoon and evening classes. Coaches teach, install offensive and defensive systems and work on fundamentals during these practices.

Friday and Saturday sessions involve full pad practices with team sessions and putting players in game situations and evaluating the players under those conditions.

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PREP BASEBALL -- FCS wins Yellow Jacket Classic

CHATTANOOGA -- Friendship Christian stormed through Lookout Valley's Yellow Jacket Classic over the weekend, rolling up four consecutive wins en route to the championship.

The Commanders defeated rival Boyd-Buchanan 17-1 in Saturday's tournament finals, improving to 17-1 on the season headed into Tuesday night's District 8A home game vs. Trousdale County.

Senior Drew Erie was named tournament MVP while Hunter Watts, Austin Godwin and Brennan Swindoll were voted to the all-tournament team.

FCS reached the finals with a 4-0 victory over Columbia Academy in the semifinals. On Friday, Friendship clubbed South Pittsburg 15-3 and defeated Cincinatti Hills 7-0. The Commanders opened tournament play with a 12-3 win Thursda vs. Cascade.

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My mom went sleeveless despite the snow and cold

By SAM HATCHER

The weather has caused one problem after another.

My wifes complaining because weve had to start mowing our yard much earlier than last year.

The host site for the Masters Golf Tournament, the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., says the early warm weather caused dogwoods and azaleas to bloom early leaving the golf course and its surroundings absent of the usual vivid pinks and reds traditionally seen throughout television coverage of the event over Easter weekend.

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Not snorkeling the Pacific Coast

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

When we booked the tour to Costa Rica the first thing I packed was my snorkeling gear. I just knew after having such a good time on other trips that the Pacific waters would be beckoning me to see beautiful fish and underwater sites.

Our 120- passenger sailing boat was equipped for water sports but when I took my dive equipment down to get into the water, I was informed that the snorkel could not be used -- someone had an injury on a prior trip and they were afraid for us to use it.

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American Pickers pick on Alexandria picker

By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

As a picker, Ron Moses, 63, can find almost anything.

For more than 30 years, he has been scouring the highways and byways of America buying the rare or unusual and turning it over for a profit.

Picking is the art of purchasing antiques, collectibles or other objects with the knowledge that you already have a buyer in mind who will readily pay you a profit for the item.

And recently, Moses got picked.

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Construction driving West Wilson UD's costs

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Almost 30,000 Wilson County residents receive their water from three local non-government utility districts, and the largest, West Wilson Utility District, sports the highest rates in the county, thanks to a number of factors.

For the use of about 5,000 gallons of water per month, which is a general average for West Wilson, Laguardo Utility District and Gladeville Utility District, customers can expect to pay around $50 a month.

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Brenda Holt Weatherby, 55

Funeral services will be held is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Weatherby, 55, of Lebanon.
She died Saturday, March 31, 2012.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 Noon until the service.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Shirley Irene Hess Norton, 74

Mrs. Norton, 74, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
Services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway.
The family will be receiving friends from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 12 Noon until the service on Saturday.
Interment will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.

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Mary Jo Williams, 88

KNOXVILLE -- A funeral mass has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Knox County for Mrs. Williams, 88, of Watertown.

The widow of the late James Skidmore Williams, she died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Summit Medical Center, Hermitage. She was retired from Hartmann Luggage.

The family will receive friends Saturday 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 4-8 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Knoxville.

Survivors include: children James "Skid" Williams of Watertown and Patricia L. "Pat" Williams of Redonda Beach, CA; grandchild Christa Williams of Lenanon; three sisters and two brothers.

Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Wreck ties up I-40 East; no injuries

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A two-vehicle crash clogged up much of Interstate 40 near Mt. Juliet Wednesday afternoon during rush hour, but no injuries were reported, according to the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

MJPD Deputy Chief James Hambrick said the department received the call around 4:25 p.m. Wednesday. He said a pickup truck with a slide-on camper was rear-ended by a minivan, both traveling eastbound, just west of the Mt. Juliet Road exit.

The pickup truck was driven by Timothy Holloway of Lebanon and was struck by the van driven by Eric Bucklin of Mt. Juliet.

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Lynn to challenge Elam, seeks return to Dist. 57 seat

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Several challengers arose this week for incumbents on the Aug. 2 County General and State Primary Election, including Lou Ann Zelenik for the 6th District U.S. House of Representatives seat and Susan Lynn for the State House District 57 seat.

Zelenik will challenge incumbent Diane Black, R-Gallatin, for the Congressional seat and Lynn will face current District 57 State Rep. Linda Elam, R-Mt. Juliet. Democrat George McDonald also picked up a petition for the 6th House District but did not file his petition.

Current District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, will run unopposed in the Aug. 2 primary.

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Kiwanis Community Easter Sunrise service set

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon will host its annual Community Easter Sunrise on Sunday, April 8, on the Public Square in downtown Lebanon.

The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and will conclude at 7:45 a.m. This year marks the clubs 66th Easter Sunrise event since the local civic club was formed in 1946.

Stephen Manley, Lebanon Kiwanis member and pastor of Cross Style Church in Lebanon, will speak along with Sean Kennedy, pastor and elder at New Life Christian Church in Lebanon.

A community ensemble has been put together to offer their musical talents under the direction of Sgt. Tom Freeman of the Salvation Army.

Last year was our first year to have the event on the Public Square and the rain on the Saturday before moved us inside First Baptist Churchs The Rock, said Sean Patrick, Kiwanis Club of Lebanon member and organizer of this years event.

First Baptist has offered their building again this year if we need it, but I believe the Lord has blessed us this year with great weather and we look forward to watching the sun come up as we celebrate Easter with our community, Patrick added.

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PREP BASEBALL -- FCS 13, Cascade 2

FCS HITS 4 HRS IN FIRST
LOOKOUT VALLEY -- Friendship Christian went to work early in Thursday's 13-2 win over Cascade at the Lookout Valley Tournament.

A solo home run by Drew Erie, a solo shot from Colton Gaines, a two-run HR by Austin Godwin, and a two-run HR by Brennan Swindoll -- all came in a six-run first inning.

Kyle Wood got the win for the Commaders. He allowed three runs over six innings, striking out seven, walking one and scattering four hits.

Erie, Cale Mitchell, Swindoll, Stefan Remus, Gaines, Wood, and Godwin all collected hits for Friendship.

ON SATURDAY, FCS downed Cincinatti Hills 7-0; then topped South Pittsburg 15-3.

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CU honor goes to LB Ben Miller

LEBANON - Cumberland senior football player Ben Miller is this years recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award presented annually to a Bulldog student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics. The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former Bulldog football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland University.

The Gallatin native and former Green Wave star led the Bulldogs in tackles this past season with 85 along with nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He posted five double-digit tackle performances, including 13 with 3.5 for loss at Union College.

Miller recorded 78 tackles in 10 contests as a junior with a team-best 10.5 tackles for loss. He added two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Miller was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week three times in the last two seasons, including twice in 2011. He was a First Team All-MSC selection at linebacker in each of the last two years.

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Fishin half nekked

By JOHN L. SLOAN
Im tell yall sumpin, said Battle Scarred Bill. When it comes onto hot, me, Im gonna fish half nekked and if it comes onto hot enough, like as not, Ill get whole nekked.

There is some merit to Bills thinking. Ive carried that philosophy with me for many years. It is still a month before the pool at the Floyd, my summer office, opens but it is just right for fishing half nekked

I fish a lot with my shirt off. For one thing, I like the feel of the sun on my back and shoulders. It helps some with the pain in my shoulders and I just flat like sunning. During the summer months, I am a regular at Suntan Village, tanning place. Seems that I am in a better mood in the spring and summer when I can let the sun hit my beautiful skin. The tanning bed is just a substitute. I do like to sit at the pool and read, though. See, the thing is, a man who reads in the sun is well red. Use to was, come one of those nice spring days up at Central Hill, me and Harold Dotson would fish plumb naked. I dont do that anymore.

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