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Panel certifies Warmath recall petition

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A petition submitted by Beulah Garrett to recall Ward 6 Lebanon City Councilor Kathy Warmath was certified by the Wilson County Election Commission on Monday afternoon in a special meeting.

On first attempt the petition was rejected because Garrett had submitted the paperwork with the wrong Tennessee Code Annotated law referenced in the text. Garrett resubmitted the petition with corrections and it was unanimously certified.

The Election Commission will certify the form, not the content, said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections.

Warmath was present at the meeting and was unhappy with the fact that Garrett needs to only obtain 2,186 signatures to have a recall election placed on the ballot in August 2012.

Warren explained that according to TCA 2-5-151, the petition must be signed by 15 percent of the registered voters in Lebanon at the time of the petitions certification. Monday afternoon he pointed out there were 14,571 registered voters in the city and 2,186 is 15 percent of that number.

The number goes down every time I come here, Warmath said during the meeting.

Garrett has 75 days to get signatures for the petition and at that point in time, must return it to the Election Commission to certify all the signatures. Warren said they have to make sure all signers are registered voters in Lebanon and verify their addresses. The commission has 30 days to certify those details.

Its a complicated process, and it should be, Warren said.

He explained that anyone who signs the petition but chooses to remove their name will have eight days after the signatures are turned in to have it removed. The whole process could take up to 105 days.

While the petition may be signed by any registered voter in Lebanon, if placed on the ballot only voters in Ward 6 will be able to vote on whether to recall Warmath. She indicated displeasure with the fact that voters not living in her ward could force a recall election.

It looks like an at-large recall, Warmath said. I had more votes than that in my ward, she added, referring to the previous election.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

CU adds 5 to Sports HoF

LEBANON -- Cumberland Universitys athletic department inducted five new members into its Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held Friday, Oct. 14 in Baird Chapel. The event was the 25th of its kind since the Hall of Fame was established back in 1977. Honorees included:

Dave Beck - lefty pitched for CU baseball 1998-2001 and was a first team All-American. He went 10-1 with an ERA of 2.11 as a senior with 136 strikeouts. Career W-L record of 30-8.

Joe Fushey pitched 1993-1994 and was a second team All-American, going 25-6 in two seasons and is fourth in career wins and strikeouts. First team all TCAC and All-District 24.

Kathy Palk-Slaughter was a volleyball 1989-1992 and helped lead the team to the TCAC title in 1991. All-TCAC performer and NAIA National Scholar-Athlete; currently standout prep coach.

Mitch Walters coached four different sports, including womens basketball, softball and soccer and mens soccer. Former faculty athletic representive and currently assistant AD.

Herschel Moore - head football coach 1993-2003; led the team to the NAIA playoffs; his teams led nation in rushing three times.

Local teams earn TSSAA Sectionals

Three Wilson County volleyball teams stand just one victory away from trips to the TSSAA state tournament next week in Murfreesborl.

In Class AAA, Wilson Central won the Region 5AAA title at home Tuesday night defeating Portland 3-0 in the title game. Game scores: 25-14, 25-22 and 25-21 as Kristin Cook had 18 kills and eight digs. Hannah Hinson dished out 26 assists. Dariyan Stallings had three digs and three kills.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Wildcats knocked off Dickson County 3-0 in the semifinals. Game scores: 25-16, 25-13 and 25-17 as Cook had 13 kills and Hinson had 23 assists.

By virtue of the region championship, Central (38-15 overall) will host Independence Thursday in a 7 p.m. sectional match with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

In Class A action, Friendship Christian School knocked off cross-county rival Watertown 3-0 Tuesday in Celina -- sending both teams on to the sectional. Game scores: 25-11, 25-15 and 25-18 as Kaitly Teeter led the Lady Commanders with 18 kills and seven digs. Megan reeves had 16 assists while Ali Burroughs had 11 kills.

Hayley Clark had nine kills and five digs for Watertown while Morgan Gartner finished with eight digs and five kills.

FCS (41-11) will host Boyd-Buchanan Thursday in a 7 p.m. sectional match at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Watertown (38-15) rallied from two games down to defeat host Clay County 3-2 Tuesday night in the Region 4A semifinal. Game scores: 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 15-12 -- sending the Lady Tigers to the sectional for the first time in the seven year history of the program.

Watertown will travel to Sale Creek near Chattanooga Thursday for a 6 p.m. (Central) sectional game.

City budget faces third reading Tuesday night

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council is expected to consider passing on third reading a 2011-2012 budget and also approve rezoning of a large area of land for the proposed Village at Bel Air Providence development at tonights regular meeting.

The citys budget has passed two readings so far and a public hearing was to be held at 5:55 p.m., prior to the meeting on Tuesday.

The $19.95 million budget must be approved on a final third reading and includes an amendment to give all full-time city employees who have been working with the city at least12 monthsa $300 bonus.

Also on the agenda is a rezoning of 136 acres of land south of Posey Hill Road to fit the Village of Bel Air Providence specific plan, changing the land from Highway Business and Restricted Business.

The Village is a portion of the Bel Air at Providence development that will include commercial, mixed-use and residential areas. Designs for the development show retail stores, commercial office space and possible headquarters buildings as well as single-family dwellings and apartment buildings.

The development is south Interstate 40 at the Beckwith Road interchange and would connect to Beckwith Road by a proposed Opera Boulevard to run through the development. The design also points out a paved trail connecting the development with Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at
Editors Note: Due to an early deadline, a complete report from Tuesday nights Lebanon City Council meeting can be found on Wednesday.

Rev. Bill Enoch, 72

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18 at the Watertown First Baptist Church for the late Southern Baptist preacher William H. Bill Enoch, 72, of Lebanon.
Rev. Enoch died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at Cedars Health Care in Lebanon following an extended illness.
Ordained in 1972 at Fairview Baptist Church in Lebanon, he served as pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Roaring Fork Baptist Church and Watertown First Baptist Church.
He was a graduate of Smith County High School, Emmanuel Baptist College and Emmanuel Seminary.
Services were conducted by Rev. Terry Fesler and the Rev. W.L. Baker. Interment followed in the Jones Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife Virginia Walden Enoch of Lebanon; grandson Reece Enoch of
Gordonsville; daughter-in-law Aundrenia Baker of Gordonsville; step-children Debbie (Chris)
Whited of Lebanon, Lisa Alsup of Lebanon and Richard (Kelly) Clemmons of Lebanon; seven
step-grandchildren; brother Dr. Paul (Janice) Enoch of Gallatin; and sister-in-law,Mary Helen
Enoch of Brush Creek.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reece and Eunice Enoch; his first wife Betty Jean
Highers Enoch; son William Scott Enoch, and a brother Charles Enoch.
Pallbearers included: Reece Enoch, Danny Baker, Jack Hale, Myron Lasater, Ed Roberts and the Rev. Gordon Lee.
Watertowns Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Annie Lee Brown Northern, 93

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 17 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Northern, 93, of Murfreesboro.
Formerly of Lebanon, Mrs. Northern died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Born Feb. 21, 1918, in Wilson County, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Addie Cole Brown.
Mrs. Northern worked as a secretary for many years and was a member of the East Main Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.
Services were conducted by Brother Wayne P. Lankford. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: son Ron (Meredith) Northern of Murfreesboro; granddaughters Melissa (Casey) Lawler of Fishers, Indiana; and Stephanie (James J.) Jones of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren Caleb Dillon, Shannon Lawler, Meagan Lawler, Justin Jones, Sean Lawler, and Cameron Jones; and sister Mae Stewart of Gallatin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband D.W. Northern on June 14, 1994; brother Thomas Brown and a sister Geneva Harris.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.

Mildred Durham Hall Carson, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18 at the First Baptist Church for Mrs. Carson, 85, of Lebanon.
Born Dec. 10, 1925, in the Smith County community of Hickman, she died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at her home.
The daughter of the late Walter Herbert and Bevie Belle Kent Durham, she worked for many years at Production Credit and later at Castle Heights Military Academy in the Business Office.
Mrs. Carson was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Horn Springs Home Demonstration Club.
Services were conducted by Rev. Don McElroy, Rev. David Freeman and Rev. Jason Hall. Interment followed at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons David (Suzanne) Hall of Columbia; Gary (Joan) Hall of Maryville; Randy (Betsy) Hall of Lebanon; and Les (Lisa) Carson of St. Louis, MO; 11 grandchildren;nine great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Hal Turner Hall in 1952 and Frank L. Carson in 2000; and sister Belle Ford.
Honorary pallbearers: Donnell Ruth Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. Active pallbearers: Brad, Sam, Derrick, Carson and Matt Hall and Scott Diehl.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Roy Gordon "Gordy" Hawkins, 55

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Hawkins, 55, of Lebanon.
Gordy Hawkins passed away Oct. 14, 2011.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment follows in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: daughters Misty (Eddie) and Kim Paul; six grandchildren; brothers George Hawkins Jr. and Randall Hawkins; sister Kathy (Billy) Wyatt; as well as a niece and several nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents George and Reba Hawkins and sister Evealynn Squeak Brewington.
Pallbearers: Brad Pearson, Donnie Barrett, Chris Lehew, Curtis Bussel, Jeremy Bane and Brian Hawkins.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Veronica Ripley Boles, 67

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Boles, 67, of Lebanon.
Roni Boles died Oct. 17, 2011 at her residence.
A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late Elwood and Edith Ashley Ripley.
The family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until the service on Wednesday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Glenn Denton, with interment to follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband of 28 years Shirl Boles; children Velina (Doyle) Williams, Jeanine (Gary) Burnett, Lori (Mike) Pinson, Bobbi Jo (Barry) Bates, Sherry Thorne, Misty Cooper and Robert Scooter Maxfield.
Also surviving are sisters Barbara (Robert) Stanton, Shirley (Ike) Guess, Betty (Larry) Maggio, Beverly (Bob) Farkas and Carol (Paul) Carter; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers: Nathan Bates, Dusty Bates, Wesley Maxfield, Aaron Lewis, Shawn Pinson, Matt Thorne, Anthony Burton, and Matthew West. Honorary: Dr. Kehinde, Dr. Warren and Dr. Woods.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Sandra Stanich, 56

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Stanich, 56, of Mt. Juliet.
She passed away Oct. 17, 2011.
Visitation with the family will be two hours prior to the service on Thursday.
Survivors include: husband Paul Stanich; daughter Michelle (Matt Brooks) Stanich; siblings Stephen (Nancy) Knights, David (Rachele) Knights and Susan (Joe) Mysliwiec; grandchild Maddex Brooks; mother-in-law Veronica Stanich; nephews Peter, Christopher and Matthew Knights; and nieces Laura Knights and Hayley Mysliwiec.
Mrs. Stanich was preceded in death by mother, Patricia Knights and father-in-law, Jack Stanich. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Lucile Clemmons Reich, 96

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mrs. Reich, 96, of Lebanon.
Born Dec. 22, 1914, in Wilson County to the late Joe A. Clemmons and Lou Effie Eskew Clemmons, she died Monday, October 17, 2011, at the Pavilion in Lebanon.
A 1934 graduate of Lebanon High School, the homemaker was a member of First Baptist Church and LLL.
The family will receive friends Wednesday between the hours of 4-8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: sons B.J. (Geraldine) Reich of Flat Rock and Kenny (Donna) Reich of Lebanon; grandchildren Venessa (Mike) Denney, Denise (Joe) Hackett, Tiffany (Chip) Bevis, Kendra (Brian) Shaffer, Jeremy (Chastity) Reich along with 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years Joe Hale Reich; brothers Ernest and Hubert Clemmons Sr. and sisters Anna Belle Clemmons and Katherine Clark.
Pallbearers: Logan, Spencer and Joe Hackett, Grant, Caleb, and Mike Denney, Jeremy Reich, Chip Bevis and Brian Shaffer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon-Wilson County Library.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.

Charles Louis Barry, 66

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Barry, 66, of Lebanon.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, "Charlie" died Oct. 15, 2011.
A carpenter and a welder, he worked at T.R.W., C-Mop in Murfreesboro and Wythe-Will Distributing Company.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home between the hours of 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday.
Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include sons: Christopher Barry of Lebanon and Richard (Allison) Barry of Key Largo FL; the mother of his children Kathleen Stephens; granddaughter Sophia Barry; siblings Leslie (Ruth) Wynne of West Salem, NC; John (Ann) Lee of Anacoca, LA; Sam (Jackie) Barry of Tampa, FL; Haywood (Jean) Barry, Jim (Josephine) Barry and Dicky Barry -- all of Lebanon and Maude (Bob) Kilway of Rochester MI; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; along with special friend Carolyn Farmer.
Mr. Barry is preceded in death by parents Haywood St. Clair and Juanita Graves Barry, sisters Mary Barry Kaesser and Lois Wynne, nephew James Dink Barry and great-nephew Kevin Wynne.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Charles Frazier Davis, Jr., 48

LEBANON -- Charles F. Davis, Jr.passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at age 48.
The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and from 2 p.m. until the service on Thursday.
The chapel service, conducted by Brother Mike Drennon, is 4 p.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in Conatser Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Johnny Davis, Chris Loftis, Devin Loftis, Terry Oliver, Keith Warren and Jaeiey Nunuz.
Survivors include: sons C.J. Davis and Ryan Davis; parents Charles and Louise McCluskey Davis Sr.; siblings Bethany Loftis (Terry) Oliver, Johnny (Peggy Stewart) Davis, and Leon Davis; niece Pamela (Glen) Hayes; nephews Dominic Davis, Devin Loftis, and Chris Loftis; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, 313 W. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon TN 37087,

1961 photos now on Facebook

Photos from the 50-year anniversary recognition of the 1961 Lebanon High Blue Devil football team are now available for viewing at our Facebook page -- The Wilson Post Newspaper.

The team gathered Oct. 7, 2011 at Nokes-Lasater Field for the final varsity game at that facility before the school and athletic teams re-locate to a new campus off Hartmann Drive.

The 2011 Blue Devils defeated Portland High 35-21 before a packed home crowd. All photos in this Facebook album are available to download. Please feel free to tag these.

All photos by BOBBIE KAY BRYAN / The Wilson Post

WAWES to reopen Wednesday

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- Students went home early from W.A. Wright Elementary School in Mt. Juliet Tuesday afternoon due to a water line breaking shortly after noon, threatening to close the school again Wednesday, but classes will be in session as scheduled.

Mickey Hall, deputy director of Wilson County Schools, said there was a pressure problem with the schools water line which forced the early dismissal.

Buses were dispatched to the school around 1:15 p.m., while other parents had to pick up their children early.

Parents were very understanding, and the bus drivers did their usual good job. Everything went well, Hall said.

The leak was repaired Tuesday afternoon and Hall said everything will run on schedule at the school today. There was no damage to the school building itself or any of the schools other infrastructure due to the leak.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

W-B pair headed to state X-country meet

LAFAYETTE -- Two sixth graders from Lebanon's Winfree Bryant Middle School have qualified for the Middle School Cross Country State Meet, hosted by the Knoxville Track Club, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Running in the Mid-State Cross Country Association's Middle School Championships October 8 in Macon County, Cassie Kawasaki (right) ran a 14:49 and Allie Dozier ran a 15:14 as both girls finished in the Top 25 to earn spots in the state meet.

The pair are coached by Tammy Sheppard at WBMS.

CU crowns queen & king

LEBANON -- Rosie Fisher and Randy Moss were crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of Cumberland University's 49-28 victory over Faulkner Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lindsey-Donnell Stadium. On hand for the ceremony was CU President Dr. Harvill Eaton, the 1947 homecoming queen Betty Branham Ward, and Dr. Edward Thackston, chairman of the CU Board of trustees.

NATHEN McEVOY / The Wilson Post

Bulldogs whip Faulkner 49-28

LEBANON -- Nashville sophomore James McClain rushed for 110 yards and four touchdowns as 20th-ranked Cumberland rolled to a 49-28 homecoming victory over Faulkner Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

CU (5-1, 2-0 Mid-South West Division) scored on its first four possessions of the game, including three drives with 10 or more plays. The Bulldogs also scored just before the half after a fumble deep to Faulkner territory and led 35-14 at intermission.

McClain rushed for three touchdowns in the first half and added another in the second half. Lemeco Miller, Adrian "Tank" Baker and Quan Johnson all scored one touchdown on the ground.

The Bulldog defense limited the Eagles (1-5, 0-3) to just 299 yards of total offense, almost 200 below their season average, while intercepting three passes, two from Ben Miller in the fourth quarter. Defensive end BJ Stewart also picked off a deflected pass and returned it 57 yards in the third period with Faulkner driving to cut the deficit to seven.

Cumberland quarterback Reed Gurchiek completed 15-of-20 passes for 120 yards and no interceptions. The Bulldogs had just one turnover in the game and it came on a kickoff return by Lemeco Miller.

Faulkners Josh Hollingsworth finished 21-for-36 for 194 yards and two touchdowns but with three picks. The Eagles rushed for 105 yards but did so on 34 attempts, a 3.1-yard average.

CU marched 56 yards on seven plays on the opening drive of the game, capped by a six-yard touchdown run from McClain. The Bulldogs stopped Faulkner on its first drive and took the next possession 81 yards on 10 plays, with Quan Johnson rushing 10 yards to cap a 10-play drive for a 14-0 advantage.

The Eagles got on the board with a five-play, 57-yard drive that took only two minutes. Courtney Pete broke a tackle on a short pass for a 30-yard gain and Hollingsworth scrambled 14 yards around the leftside for the score.

But the Bulldogs answered with an 11-play, 67-yard drive that took more than five minutes. McClains 15-yard run to the left gave CU a 21-7 lead with 12:43 left in the second quarter.

Faulkner came right back with a 12-play, 65-yard drive, with Hollingsworth scoring a fourth down run up the middle from three yards.

Cumberland came right back with another five-minute drive, taking 10 plays. Lemeco Miller carried 19 yards to the right for the touchdown and a 28-14 edge with 3:31 remaining.

The Bulldogs were forced to punt on the next possession, but Hollingsworth fumbled on a sneak with the Eagles backed up inside their five yard line. McClain carried five yards on the first play for his third score of the half and a 35-14 advantage.

CUs Josh Walker forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and after a 19-yard completion to McClain, Jared White missed a 30-yard field goal on the next-to-last play of the half. The snap was high and away from holder Broc Loveless, causing an awkward attempt from White.

Faulkner took the opening drive of the second half 68 yards on 13 plays, with a beautifully-timed screen pass to Ricky Barr from eight yards for the touchdown. Lemeco Miller then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Eagles good field position at the CU30.

But the Cumberland defense picked off its 13th pass of the season, as Steven Clemons hurried Hollingsworth and Simon Moriarty tipped the pass into the hands of Stewart, who rumbled 57 yards on the return. Four plays later McClain rushed four yards for his fourth score of the day, giving CU a 42-21 lead.

Faulkner scored its final points later in the third period, with Joe Pereiras 28-yard catch-and-run on a post route. Ben Miller stopped the Eagles final two drives of the game with interceptions, the final one his team-leading fourth of the year.

The Bulldogs used every second of the play clock after Ben Millers first pick, going 51 yards on 11 plays for the final score. Baker rushed four yards for the score with 1:28 remaining.

Cumberland hosts 17th-ranked Bethel University Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in a clash of Top 20 programs at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Friday night prep football

COOKEVILLE -- Mt. Juliet stepped outside of District 9AAA Friday night and demolished Cookeville 52-0 at Jelly Watson Stadium.

Coach Roger Perry's team led 21-0 after the first quarter and tacked on 24 points in the second period to take a 46-0 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Fullback Contrez McCathern ran seven times for 116 yards and scored three TDs while QB Caleb Chowbay completed 5-of-9 passes for 116 and a score. The Bears racked up 417 yards in total offense.

Mt. Juliet improved to 8-0 overall while the Cavs dropped to 5-3.

WATERTOWN -- Gordonsville scored 21 second quarter points en route to a 42-7 victory over Watertown Friday night at Robinson Stadium.

The game marked the second lopsided loss in a row for the Purple Tigers who turned the ball over four times and fell to 6-2 on the season.

Brannon Hill led Watertown with 84 yards on 18 carries. QB Ty Jobe completed 13-of-27 passes for 129 yards and was picked off three times.

The Purple Tigers will host Trousdale County High next week.

DONELSON -- Donelson Christian lead 41-0 at intermission and cruised to a 48-0 victory over visiting Mt. Juliet Christian Academy in TSSAAA DII East/Middle play Friday night.

Wildcat QB Kyle Kennedy threw for 141 yards and four first half touchdowns as DCA improved to 6-2 / 2-0. The saints fell to 2-6 / 0-2 on the season.

Amazon to hire 1,800

Area residents filled the parking lot at The Mill at Lebanon, created their own parking spaces and even packed lots nearby Thursday in hopes of being hired by Amazon during the companys most recent job fair.

Lines filled the floor of The Mill and wrapped around walls with people even waiting outside the door an hour before the event to get the first spots in line. Melinda Williams, administrator of marketing and outreach for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said they had already seen well in excess of 1,000 people during the first two hours.

We estimate over 2,800 came through the event today. It was a huge success, Williams said.

She noted, We had them outside the doors at 8 a.m., waiting to get in.Williams said Amazon is looking to hire up to 2,000 people and said there are currently 1,800 seasonal and temporary positions available at the companys fulfillment center in Lebanon.

Applicants had to be 18 years or older, speak fluent English without a translator and have proof of obtaining a GED or high school diploma. SMX Management, a staffing agency in charge of hiring for Amazon, repeatedly walked through the mass of people to repeat qualifications.

Its obvious that people want to work, and there are a lot of unemployed people out there, Williams said.

Wilson Countys most recent unemployment data showed 4,950 individuals were unemployed locally. The unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up from 7.9 percent in the previous month.

The job fair had previously been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, but was moved when Gov. Bill Haslam announced an agreement with Amazon for the company to collect and remit sales taxes by 2014.

Williams said the partnership between Amazon and the Department of Labor has been very beneficial for the state and the local community. She pointed out The Mill was full all day as people showed up to apply for jobs.

Although the available positions are seasonal or temporary, Williams said its a chance for people to get their foot in the door. With the holiday season coming up, she said its the best time to hire people. The holiday season is the busiest and most profitable time of the year for retailers, and she said it will also give people money to spend during the season.

Its an opportunity for people to possibly get hired full-time with experience, she said.

Amazon is also reportedly the Project Tango company that has been recruited by Lebanon and Wilson County the past several months. Amazon could possibly locate another facility here that could employee either another 500 or 1,000 people next year.

By PATRICK HALL / Hall may be contacted at

CDB keyboardist Taz DiGregorio killed in auto mishap

Joel Taz DiGregorio, 67, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, died Wednesday night as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car accident on Interstate 40 in Cheatham County.

DiGregorio was reportedly driving to meet the CDB tour bus for at trip to Cumming, Ga., for a concert appearance at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival Oct. 13.

I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends, said Wilson County resident Charlie Daniels via a release on the CDB website.

The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. Were going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family.

Born in Worchester, Mass, DiGregorio was member of the CDB for more than 40 years and was a co-writer of the bands mega-hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. He and Daniels were the only two remaining members of the original Charlie Daniels Band.

The CDB cancelled concerts scheduled for Oct. 13 in Georgia and Saturday, Oct. 15 in Waterbury, Conn.

DiGregorio is the second member of the CDB to pass this year. In January, the bands guitar player, Tommy Crain, died at the age of 59 at his Franklin home.

No funeral arrangements for had been announced by press time.

Central, FCS sweep VB titles

MT. JULIET -- Wilson Central High defeated No. 1 seed Portland 3-2 thursday night to claim a third consecutive District 9AAA volleyball title.

Game scores: 19-25, 25-11, 25-23, 13-25, 15-8.

Wilson Central improved to 36-15 and earned the right to host the Region 5AAA tournament Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Lady Wildcats will play District 10AAA runner-up Dickson County Tuesday at 4 p.m. followed by Portland vs. Central at 5:30 p.m. The two winners will play for the region title at around 7 p.m.

Tournament MVP Kristin Cook had 24 kills and 12 digs for Central in the finals vs. Portland. Hannah Hinson added 35 assists and six digs while Dariyan Stallings was in on 13 digs and eight kills.

Wilson Central reached the tournament finals by eliminating Mt. Juliet High 3--0 Tuesday night in the 9AAA semifinals. Game scores: 25-20, 25-22 and 25-21.

Cook paced the Lady Wildcats with 18 kills, seven digs and three aces. Stallings chipped in with 12 digs, five kills, and ace and a block.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Fresh from claiming a third consecutive District 8A tournament championship, the Friendship Christian volleyball team will head to Celina for the first round of the Region 4A tournament on Tuesday.

Clay County will serve as the host team -- having won the District 7A tournament title.

District 8A tourney runner-up Watertown High will battle Clay County in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Jackson County playing FCS at 5:30 p.m.

The winners of the first two matches will play for the regional championship Tuesday at 7 p.m.

FCS improved to 39-11 overall by defeating Watertown High 3-0 in the 8A tournament finals Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-14, 25-15 and 25-11 as Watertown dropped to 23-9 overall. BELOW -- Friendship's Samantha Finley -- photo by CHUCK THOMPSON

'Dogs host Faulkner today

Cumberlands football team will host Faulkner University in Saturdays 1:30 p.m. homecoming game at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

The Bulldogs of Coach Dewayne Alexander come in ranked 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSC West (No. 20 in the NAIA) after winning 21-17 at Shorter last week.

Faulkner stands just 1-4 overall (0-2 in the MSC West) after having surrendered 547 yards in last weeks 45-27 loss to the Belhaven Blazers.

Dont think for a minute that the Eagles are your run-of-the-mill homecoming chump.

Faulkner will be trying to get their season turned around, said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. All you have to do to get ready for Saturday is pop in the film from our game with them a year ago in Montgomery (a 20-17 Eagle overtime win).

They did everything they needed to do to hang in there with us. Theyre very athletic, theyve got a quality quarterback who has come in from Furman and they make you defend the entire field with the passing game.

Quarterback Josh Hollingsworth leads the NAIA with 354 yards passing per game and the Eagle offensive line has only allowed three sacks this year.

They protect their quarterback and they love the quick hitters, the stop routes, screens, slants -- the ball is coming out, Alexander said. Weve got to do a tremendous job of tackling and eliminating the yards after a catch.

You can give up a three-yard pass, but we cant let that pass turn into a 12 yard play due to a missed tackle.

Watertown hosts G-Men

Watertown High will try to get back on the winning track tonight as the Purple Tigers host Gordonsville High in a Region 4A game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium. Live radio coverage can be heard on WUCZ - FM 104.1.

Watertown is back down to Earth after a 54-14 loss last week at the hands of arch-rival Friendship Christian School. The loss left the Purple Tigers 6-1 overall, 4-1 in league play and snapped a six-game winning streak.

Gordonsvilles Tigers come in 5-2 overall after handling Westmoreland 45-14 a week ago. Gordonsville is 4-1 in the region and can take a step closer to the post season with a win tonight.

Mt. Juliet at Cookeville -- Coach Roger Perrys Golden Bears travel to Putnam County tonight to take on Cookeville High at Jelly Watson Stadium. The Bears, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A, improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in District 9AAA with another easy win -- a 45-7 decision at Station Camp. Cookeville is 5-2 after an off week.

Mt. Juliets three-headed running attack of Contrez McCathern, Caleb Hopkins and Jalen Graham are all juniors. McCathern has four 100-yard games this year, Hopkins has three and Graham has one.

And if Cookeville had any thoughts of loading up the box, senior quarterback Caleb Chowbay can quickly make them pay, having thrown for 14 touchdowns this season -- including four in the first half of last weeks win over Station Camp.

Theyre real solid in what they do, and theyre well-coached, Cookeville coach Jerry Joslin said. Theyre ranked fifth, theyre 7-0, and theyve beaten quality teams, so weve gotta be ready to play.

MJ Christian at DCA -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will be looking at a tall order tonight as the Saints travel down Highway 70 to take on Donelson Christian Academy. The Saints are 2-5 overall after an open week, while the Wildcats sport a record of 5-2 / 1-0 in the Middle Region of TSSAA D-II.

Albert Dell Branham, 60

LEBANON -- Albert Branham, 60, of Carthage, passed away Oct. 7, 2011.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Rome Baptist Church (771 Lebanon Highway) Lebanon.
Visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.
Survivors include the mother of his children Cathy Branham; children James Branham, Becky (Jerry) Robertson and Matthew (Heather Sanders) Branham.
Also surviving are siblings Betty (W.C.) Smith, Wesley Buddy (Joyce) Branham and Shearl (Morris) Tuttle; grandchildren James Tyler, Anastasia, Brandy, Lucas, Elizabeth, Kristopher, Bryson, and Megan along with many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Branham is preceded in death by parents Wesley Monroe and Emma Goolsby Branham.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.


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