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CU honors WWII veterans, 72 receive honorary Master's

By PATRICK HALL and NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

Cumberland University awarded veterans of World War II with Honorary Masters of Military Arts degrees on Tuesday in commemoration of their service and sacrifice and their roles in the Tennessee Maneuvers that took place in Middle Tennessee from 1941 to 1944.

In all, 72 veterans or the families of deceased veterans received the honorary degrees.

This day has been an honor for us, because we came to honor you. You deserve this honor, said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University.

For three years, CU served as headquarters for the 2nd Army Maneuvers, which encompassed six of the seven large scale war games that took place in Middle Tennessee, training 850,000 soldiers for war.

Col. Joseph P. McGee, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, pointed out that more soldiers trained in Middle Tennessee during the maneuvers than there are active duty soldiers in the U.S. Army today, which he said is approximately 560,000.

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9AAA SOFTBALL -- MJ v. Beech for title

DISTRICT 9AAA - MJ 8, Lebanon 4
MT. JULIET -- Trailing 4-1, Mt. Juliet exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to an 8-4 victory over Lebanon Thursday night in the finals of the 9AAA tournament loser's bracket.

The sends Mt. Juliet into today's (Friday) 5 p.m. championship game with Beech. Both teams will advance to next week's Region 5AAA tournament against the top two teams from District 10 AAA - Clarksville High or Northeast.

Mt. Juliet improved to 32-12-1 overall while Lebanon's season ended at 19-20-1.

LHS reached the finals of the loser's bracket with a 2-1 elimination game victory over Station Camp earlier Thursday.

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Seau's death may shed light on impact of concussions on former NFL players

By JOE BIDDLE

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined the thousands who showed up to mourn and honor the life of Junior Seau with a paddle out on surfboards in the ocean in front of Seaus Oceanside home.

They chanted Seaus number, the 55 that was on his jersey throughout his 20 years with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patroits.

Seau died in his house after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. Two days earlier he had played in a charity golf tournament where he was the jovial, accommodating Junior Seau fans instantly connected with and loved.

The family is growing close to making a decision that would allow researchers at Boston Universitys School of Medicine to study the impact that multiple concussions have on NFL players brains.

Seau is the third former NFL player to commit suicide in recent years. Researchers suspect a link between concussions and depression and dementia/Alzheimers disease.

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Remembering those who served here in WWII

By SAM HATCHER

There will be an important event on the campus of Cumberland University Tuesday that indeed should raise the patriotic emotions of all of us.

It will be a program honoring those who served in World War II and trained here and in other Middle Tennessee counties in preparation for deployment to Europe.

As many as 850,000 soldiers participated in the World War II maneuvers in Middle Tennessee and it was Cumberland University that served as the headquarters for those military operations.

Veterans of this war who were here training during this period have been invited back to Cumberland on Tuesday to receive Honorary Masters Degrees in Military Science.

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Technology is a two-edged sword

By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

I go kicking and screaming into the 21st century trying to resist or ignore the technology surge I find myself in. My mind says that we don't need all the phones, video games and many other advances that are all around us. I become angered when my wife picks up her iPhone knowing that she will be involved with e-mails and messages from outside my field of interest and that she will be taken up in the process for many minutes time that could be given to me.

Then the other day I was in a hurry to get out the door for work. I got a good distance down the road before I noticed my cell phone wasnt in my pocket. I can just do without it today I thought and refused to turn around and go back and get it. Things went fine till I wanted to tell what time it was for my first surgery case. I didn't have the phone to tell me the time and had long since quit wearing a watch because of the convenient window and my cell phone with the time continually displayed and accurate to a nanosecond.

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Whats wrong with our Square?

By KIM PARKS

Just whats wrong with our Square? This is a question I have been asked as chairman of Historic Lebanon Tomorrow (HLT).

My answer is an emphatic, Nothing is wrong with our Square, but we must preserve its historic nature and provide a vision for the future.

Since its founding in 1802, Lebanons Public Square has been a center of commerce and community for Wilson County and the city of Lebanon.

Lebanons Square has hosted speeches and political events staged by luminaries such as Sam Houston, William Jennings Bryant and Frank G. Clement. Its been the site of military exercises with General Patton and his Second Armored Division during the World War II maneuvers.

First Monday Mule Day sales were a monthly event on the Square until 1932 when the State Department of Transportation shut them down for obstructing traffic.

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Tuesday baseball - FCS trips Watertown

8A TOURNAMENT AT FCS -- Watertown and Friendship battled down to the wire in Monday's District 8A tournament opener, as the Commanders prevailed 3-1 behind a four-hit pitching performance from Kyle Wood.

Wood (7-0) struck out five and walked just one batter as FCS held off a determined Watertown crew, led by senior righty Ben Bain.

Bain used an assortment of off-speed pitches to keep the Commanders off-stride, limiting FCS to just seven hit. He walked five batters and helped his own cause with a ground-out RBI in the top of the sixth.

Austin Godwin belted an RBI double in the first and Drew Erie added a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Commanders.

FCS (32-2) is scheduled to play Trousdale County Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the finals of the winner's bracket finals.

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Monday update - district softball

The District 8A tournament opens today at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage and finds Watertown High playing top-seeded Friendship Christian in a 7 p.m. game.

Watertown advanced to the double-elimination phase of the tournament with a 5-0 victory Friday over Red Boiling Springs.

District 9AAA
Two loser-out games are on tap today in the District 9AAA tournament at Mt. Juliet High. The 5 p.m. game will feature Wilson Central playing Gallatin, followed by Station Camp vs. Hendersonville at 7 p.m.

WCHS (31-14) slipped into the losers' bracket with error-marred 8-6 home loss to Portland Friday. The Lady Wildcats led 4-1 after five innings, only to see Portland score a major upset.

Lebanon High, a 9-7 winner at Station Camp on Monday, will take on host Mt. Juliet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the winner's bracket.

LHS improved to 17-18-1 with the upset win over No. 2-seeded Station Camp -- scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning. Kristen Dedman had a three-run double for Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet (29-11-1) defeated Hendersonville 11-8 Friday in the tournament's opening round.

Lauren Woodard went five and two-thirds innings for the win, while ninth grader Savannah Sanders picked up the save with three strikeouts.

Ashton Stowe had three hits for the winners, three RBI and three runs scored. Brittney Graves added three hits and drove in two.

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Cragwall shines for LHS track team

Lebanon High's track team will be participating in the TSSAA Sub-Sectionals Friday and Saturday at Brentwood High School.

The Blue Devils are coming off a fourth place finish in the Saturday, May 5 Mid-State Championships at Tullahoma High School -- utilizing just six athletes.

LHS was led by Shaq Cragwalls three first place finishes in the high jump (63), long jump (212) and a new school record 452 in the triple jump.

Xavier Neal finished first in the 200 with a time of 23.02. Kadarian Garnett had two fourth places, in the high jump (56) and triple jump (376 1/2").

Mark Britt (2:18), Alston Johnson (2:22) and Adam Powell (2:23) finished sixth, seventh and eighth in the 800 meters.

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FRIDAY BASEBALL -- District 9AAA

Gallatin 2, Lebanon 0 --
GALLATIN -- Senior Zach Baker threw a complete game three-hit shutout Friday, lifting Gallatin to a 3-0 victory over Lebanon in the opening round of the District 9AAA tournament at Municipal Park. Baker struck out five, hit a batter with no walks as the Green Wave advances to a second round game on Saturday.

Lebanon got a hustle double from junior Dylan Hulse, and singles from Eddie McDaniels and Jay Pittman. The Blue Devils will play Hendersonville Saturday at 3 p.m. in a loser-out contest.

Senior Dent Burger took the loss for LHS, allowing just four hits. He struck out three and walked four.

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25 years and counting for WB&T

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

In 25 years, Wilson Bank & Trust has grown from eight employees to 430 and from operating in a converted two-bedroom home to having 25 branches in seven counties, and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Randall Clemons has been there through it all.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=32|imageid=175|displayname=0|float=left}In 1986, Lebanon Bank and Peoples Bank, two local independent banks, were sold to larger regional financial institutions, leaving an opportunity for several local businessmen and residents to come together to meet the needs of their community.

Clemons was Senior Vice President of Peoples Bank at the time, and was approached by the organizers of the bank to be Wilson Bank & Trusts first official hire.

There was a need for a locally owned community bank, Clemons said in an interview with The Wilson Post Thursday in his office.

A week from today, 25 years ago in 1987, the new bank opened the doors to a converted two-bedroom home on the corner of the former Castle Heights Military Academy, which closed in 1986. The banks first branch was once home to the academys caretaker, but now housed the communitys only locally owned bank.

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CU's unique history "Rises from the Ashes"

By HANNAH FORBES
Special to The Wilson Post

The sound of young soldiers in training is all that can be heard on campus. The stomping of thick boots thumps loud and clear as they hit the ground in rhythm, and military obstacles of every type stretch across the main courtyard.

This scene describes a typical day at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., during World War II. The 2nd Army Maneuvers Field Headquarters is what Cumberland came to be known as for those chaotic years.

From the outbreak of the war until its end, Cumberland served as a training camp where 850,000 soldiers from Middle Tennessee came here to prepare for the war before leaving for Europe and the Pacific.

Now, Cumberland is ready to celebrate 70years since the day it became a World War II training headquarters for more than 25 U.S. Army divisions.

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TRANSOUTH SOFTBALL -- CU ousted Thursday

JACKSON - Chrissy Worth allowed one run on five hits and Samantha Queen went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Martin Methodists 6-0 victory over Cumberland in an elimination game here Thursday night at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

With the loss the season ends for Cumberland (27-22-1) and seniors Caity Gray and Tonya Barlow, but the Bulldogs return 14 letterwinners for next season, including both pitchers.

The RedHawks (38-21) scored once in the first and three more times in the fourth thanks to two CU errors. Queen had an RBI double in that inning and added a two-run homer in the fifth for MMC.

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THURSDAY BASEBALL -- WHS 11, Jax Co. 1; FCS 11, H-Ville 1

Watertown 11, Jackson Co. 1 --
WATERTOWN -- The Purple Tigers tuned up for tonight's District 8A play-in game with a rousing 11-1 victory over Jackson County Thursday at Three Forks Park.

Freshman infielder Austin Brown paced the offense with a two-for-three effort -- both doubles. Brothers Chase Maedor (senior) and Dusty Meador (freshman) pitched, with Dusty earning the decision.

The Purple Tigers, now 11-11-1 overall, will take on RBS tonight in a 6 p.m. game at Friendship Christian School. The winner advances to the double-elimination portion of the District 8A tournament while the loser is eliminated.

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PREP SOFTBALL -- Tournaments start on Friday

District tournament play begins tonight for local softball teams. While the various tournaments vary slightly in format, all are designed to send two teams from each district on to play in their respective regional tournaments.

The District 8A softball tournament will be played at Crump Paris Park in Smith County while the District 9AAA tournament will play first round games at home sites of higher seeds, with action moving to Mt. Juliet High on Monday.

Mt. Juliet High opens play in the District 9AAA softball tournament today (Friday) with a 5 p.m. game against Hendersonville High. The Lady Bears stand 28-11-1 overall following Wednesdays 6-0 home win over District 9AAA rival Gallatin High. The Mt. Juliet squad wrapped up 9AAA play 9-1 with the victory over the Lady Wave.

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Jerry Benton Molder, 73

Mr. Molder, 73, of Shelbyville died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Glen Oaks Convalescent Center. A native of Bedford County, he was the sister of Lebanon's Janet Marks.
Services were held Thursday, May 3 at Hillcrest Funeral Home.
Burial followed at Pressgrove Cemetery.
Shelbyville's Hillcrest Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Joyce Laurine Lyle Collins, 74

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Collins, 74, of Nashville.
She died Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet.

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Regina Donnette Donnell, 44

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mrs. Donnell, 44, of Liberty.
Born in Harriman, she died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at her mother's home in Watertown.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Jennings Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to New Leash on Life, P.O. Box 247, Lebanon, TN 37088 or Sherry's Run, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Hobert Linnear, Sr., 82

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Linnear, 82, of Watertown.
The Wilson County native died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in the Jennings Cemetery.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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William Bill White Combow VI, 87

Mr. Bill Combow, 87, died May 2, 2012 at Hartsville Convalescent Home in Trousdale County. Mr. Combow was a long time resident of Belfast, VA, a retired Engineer, World War II Veteran and POW. He was awarded the Purple Heart and several other distinguished citations.

He is preceded in death by his father William Combow, mother Claire Graham White Combow, brother A.G. Combow -- all from the Belfast community and sister Alma Geraldine (Marvin) Tabor of Bristol, VA and the childrens mother.

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Memorial planned for Dr. Phillips

LEBANON -- A local memorial service will be held for Dr. Ray C. Phillips, 22nd president of Cumberland University. Phillips passed away April 29 in Florida at the age of89.

The service will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. in Cumberland's Baird Chapel with a reception to follow in Phillips Dining Hall -- the facility named in honor of the former president and his wife.

Dr. Phillips served Cumberland University as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1983-86. He then was elected to the Board of Trust and served from 1986-91 before serving as President from 1991-94.

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Convicted felon gets 180 months in prison

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives praised officers of the Lebanon Police Department for their work in arresting a convicted felon on a charge of carrying a loaded handgun and who was sentenced in March to 180 months in federal prison.

Hopefully this will send a message to convicted felons that carry weapons that the punishment is severe, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Bowen said he received a letter from Frank Haera, Group Supervisor of the federal ATF Nashville Group I, praising Officers C.J. Spicer and Kevin Ragland for their roles in arresting Anthony Carter of 315 E. Forrest Ave., Lebanon, on Sept. 14, 2010.

Bowen said Spicer pulled over Carter, who was riding a bicycle without proper illumination, on North Cumberland Street. Bowen said Spicer noticed a bulge in Carters pocket, and Carter admitted to carrying a loaded .38 caliber handgun.

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"Tee it up for Sean" looking for players

One of the largest charity golf events in Wilson County is now in its seventh year and is set for play on Monday, June 18, at Lebanons Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.

The tournament, which has been tagged, Tee it Up for Sean, has enjoyed a huge following in memory of Sean Putman. Sean, who loved the game of golf, battled cancer for several years and passed away Aug. 20, 2005, at the age of 8.

His parents are Troy and Beth Putman of Lebanon.

The Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in his memory later the same year Sean passed away. Seans mother, Beth, serves as a member of the committee responsible for organizing the annual event. We continue to be amazed each day at the local response in support of Seans scholarship fund by this wonderful community we live in, Putman said. Our partnership with Cumberland to assist local high school seniors entering college has been so well received. The golf tournament is an important part of our lives and directly affects others in a special way while honoring Seans memory.

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Brit Henry Cavill will fly as Superman in 2013

Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Henry Cavill, who will be the next Superman on film?

Cavill, who turns 29 May 5, will play Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel, set for release in June 2013. He is one of five sons born to a secretary and stockbroker on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands between England and France. He starred as Charles Brandon on the TV series The Tudors from 2007 to 2010 and made his film debut in 2002s The Count of Monte Cristo. Other movie credits include Red Riding Hood, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Tristan & Isolde, Blood Creek, Immortals and he will be in The Cold Light of Day this fall. Cavill was dubbed the most unlucky man in Hollywood after he supposedly lost the roles of Batman, an earlier Superman project, James Bond and the part of Edward in Twilight, plus his fans pushed him heavily for the role of Cedric Diggory in one of the Harry Potter films. For a fellow with such near-misses, he appears to be doing fine. He is engaged to British equestrian show jumper Ellen Whitaker.

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And then there were two

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So as many of our regular readers know, last summer, I issued a mandate that each of my children partake in a summer project. We have three children so there were three separate mandates. And as I sit here today, I cant even recall what two of them were.

So much for my mandates.

And the only reason I remember Zoes project is because as I sit here on my back porch typing this article, mandates number three are staring right at me.

Zoe was to raise chickens.

Zoe didnt want to raise chickens.

Zoe wanted a rabbit.

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